Goodyear Newsletter

May 2, 2021

WPS Free Summer Enrichment Grades K-8

Learn more about the free WPS Summer Enrichment Program open to ALL current K-8 students. Sign up here by Friday, May 7th.

WPS Academic Enrichment Program K-8 (English)


Saiba mais sobre o Programa de Enriquecimento de Verão da WPS aberto a TODOS os alunos K-8 atuais. Inscreva-se aqui até sexta-feira, 7 de maio.

Programa de Enriquecimento Acadêmico WPS (Portuguese)


Obtenga más información sobre el Programa de Enriquecimiento de Verano de WPS abierto a TODOS los estudiantes actuales de K-8. Regístrese aquí antes del viernes 7 de mayo.

Programa de enriquecimiento académico de WPS (Spanish)

May 3 - 7 is Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you to all the teachers and the Goodyear staff for continuing to make the most of this school year. A special shoutout to Mrs. Farren (Administrative Professionals Day celebrated April 21) and Nurse Doherty (School Nurse Day celebrated May 6) for keeping the school running smoothly every day!


Thank you to our PTO and families for participating in activities through the week. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you and your children.

May Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Click here to view the menu

MCAS Update

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has informed all Massachusetts public schools that the MCAS assessments for grades 3 - 8 will take place this Spring with some modifications.


Most importantly, DESE will significantly reduce testing time for students in grades 3 - 8 through a session sampling approach. Additional information for remote administration was just released last week and more information can be found on the DESE MCAS site.


English / Language Arts:

  • Tuesday, May 18 - Grade 5

  • Thursday, May 20 - Grade 4

  • Friday, May 21 - Grade 3


Math:

  • Tuesday, May 25 - Grade 5

  • Wednesday, May 26 - Grade 4

  • Thursday, May 27 - Grade 3


Science:

  • Wednesday, June 2 - Grade 5

SEL News: May Trait is HONESTY

The character trait for April was COURAGE. Thank you to Mr. Dandrea and Mrs. Borselli for producing our April Character Trait Awards Video (to be available soon)!


The character trait for May is HONESTY:


  • be open, trustworthy, and truthful
  • admit to and learn from mistakes independently
  • do not lie, cheat, or steal


Would you like to help support our work on COURAGE? Here is a good resource:

Character Counts

Woburn Community Education Foundation

The WCEF is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2014 with a mission to increase private investment and community involvement in the Woburn Public Schools.


The WCEF hosts many events throughout the year, including the Teacher Tribute, Woburn Hall of Fame, Women's Forum, and Holiday Door Decorating Contest.


The 2021 Teacher Tribute Campaign is now open!


Please consider participating and thank you for supporting the WCEF and Woburn Public Schools.

Woburn Cub Scouts Pack 502 Fishing Derby

Woburn Cub Scouts Pack 502 are hosting a Fishing Derby at Horn Pond (Sturgis Street Boat Launch)


Saturday, May 8th from 7:30am - 10:00am


Click Here for More Information

News from the School Nurse

Please continue to contact Nurse Doherty (kdoherty@woburnps.com) with any updates to your child's health. If you or your child have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive, Nurse Doherty will review the protocols for attending or returning to school.


We will continue to notify families if there are any positive cases of COVID-19 at the school. Please contact the school office if you have any questions about school communication.


Despite the change to Massachusetts' outdoor mask mandate policy last week, the Woburn Public Schools still require all individuals to wear a mask in school, on school grounds, and while riding the school bus.


In addition, you can find COVID-19 Testing Sites in Massachusetts here. Students who must quarantine or miss school due to medical reasons may participate in remote learning classes with the approval of the school principal. Contact Mr. Kessaris (kkessaris@woburnps.com) if you need more information.


The WPS quarantine protocols are available in the following languages:


English

Spanish (español)

Portugese (português)

Haitian Creole (kreyòl ayisyen).


All students in grade four must submit documentation of an up-to-date physical to the school nurse's office.


Massachusetts has updated its COVID-19 travel advisory. Use the link to access the current information.


Thank you for helping to keep our schools safe!

Registration for Fall 2021

Any child who is a Woburn resident and will be 5 years old before September 1, 2021 is eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the Woburn Public Schools. Please visit the WPS Registration page for more information and contact Brenda Farren (bfarren@woburnps.com) if you have any questions.

Goodyear PTO

Thank you to our PTO for recent updates around the school, including an outdoor activity area, spring flowers around the new Goodyear sign,a new plate for the bench dedicated to Mr. Torrice, and the signs and balloons around the school last week.


President: Kristina Peitzsch

Vice President: Patrice O'Keeffe

Treasurer: Rachelle Packard

Secretary: Andrea Hanley

Member-at-large: Tricia Avery

Enrichment Chair: Sharon Crispo


You can help by downloading apps for the Target RedCard and Box Tops for Education.

News from WPS Food Services

Woburn Memorial High School (88 Montvale Avenue) is now the only location to pick up school lunch for remote students between 10:45am and 11:45am.


WPS Food Services


More information is available below:


English

Spanish (español)

Portuguese (português)

Haitian Creole (Kreyòl ayisyen)

Before the Bell Program

Our Before the Bell Program is open. We are now accepting applications. Your child MUST have the attached form completed and approved before they can begin the program. Please complete the registration form for each child. Once we meet our maximum capacity, your child will be wait-listed in the order the application was received. You will be notified if we are unable to accept your child's application.


ROUTINE:

Please drop your child off to Miss Beth at the side entrance of the gym (next to the main entrance) on the days you wish to participate (doors will be labeled for easy access). You may come every day once approved or on a need-to basis. Drop off begins at 7:15am. The program staff will escort the children to class promptly at 8:15am. The children will participate in safe activities and follow district guidelines during their time in the program.


COST:

The cost is $5.00 per day. Attendance is taken and a bill will be sent home at the end of each month with your child. Please make checks payable to Woburn Public Schools and return the payment with the invoice to Mrs. Gibbons or the office.


QUESTIONS:

If you have any questions or concerns please email me at cogibbons@woburnps.com

Before the Bell 2021 Registration Form

Click here to access the form

Transition Resources for Families

It is age-appropriate for young children to have questions and/or worries about changes to their routine or daily schedule. With that in mind, our school counselor has created two presentations with things families can do to ease the transition to full-day instruction at the Goodyear.


Please remember that although some things at school will be different, many will remain the same for your child. Reassurance and problem-solving at home and in school will help with these obstacles.


Feeling Prepared for In-Person Learning


Easing Anxiety

Coming Soon: Literacy Curriculum Update

Our Program Selection Committee, made up of elementary administrators, central office staff, and teachers from K-5, are working together to learn about different literacy programs to find the best fit for our district. We have come up with a Literacy Vision & Values document to guide our selection, and are working with a rubric to grade each program. We will be in contact with families when the selection is complete and will be implementing this in September 2021.
WPS Literacy Vision and Values

Click here for more information

Early Childhood Program (Preschool) - Free Screening

Dear Goodyear families,


This flyer is intended to be shared with Woburn families and to serve as a reminder that the Woburn Early Childhood Program conducts screenings for children who have turned 3 years old by September 1, 2020 who present with concerns in one or more areas of her/his development.

What is Preschool screening? Pre-school screening is a brief assessment procedure designed to assess children's developmental levels and to identify children who, because of potential learning disabilities, or cognitive, communication and/or social challenges, may require a referral for a special education evaluation which is a more intensive level of diagnostic assessment.

Who is eligible for screening? Children living in Woburn who have turned 3 years old by September 1, 2020 are eligible to participate in the preschool screenings.

More information is available in English, Spanish (español), and Portuguese (português).

Woburn Recreation Department

The Woburn Recreation Department offers programs for children and adults throughout the year. They also post a weekly Activity list for families. Visit their website to view a list of the current programs being offered.

Goodyear Enrichment: Change is Simple

Change is Simple will once again visit the Goodyear, thanks to support from our PTO. This year, lessons will be scheduled remotely and they will visit all grades kindergarten through grade 5 for both Hybrid Learning Model and Virtual Academy students.


Hybrid Learning Model Schedule:

Wednesday, November 4th

Wednesday, December 9th

Wednesday, January 27th

Wednesday, March 24th


Virtual Academy Schedule:

Friday, November 20th

Friday, February 5th

Friday, April 9th

Friday, June 4th

Important May Dates

  • May 3 - 7 is Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 6 - School Nurse Appreciation Day
  • May 11 - Elementary Progress Reports
  • May 18 - MCAS, Gr. 5 - ELA
  • May 20 - MCAS, Gr 4 - ELA
  • May 21 - MCAS, Gr. 3 - ELA
  • May 25 - MCAS, Gr. 5 - Math
  • May 26 - MCAS, Gr. 4 - Math
  • May 27 - MCAS, Gr. 3 - Math
  • May 31 - Memorial Day - No School
  • June 2 - MCAS, Gr. 5 - Science
WPS School Calendar 2020 - 2021

Click here for the complete district calendar