Daniel Webster Elementary School

Weekly Update:

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A Message From Mrs. MacNeil

Greetings DWS Families!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful, safe holiday!

Mrs. MacNeil

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Do you need dinner tonight?

Dine Out Night to Support the DWS Fifth Grade Fund

Don't make dinner.... Grab dinner at Major League Pizzeria on Wednesday, November 23, 2022!

10% will be donated to the DWS Fifth Grade Fund!

Major League Pizzeria is located at 1289 Ocean Street, Marshfield.

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Kindness Vocabulary Word of the Week

Each week, our DWS Kids are introduced to a vocabulary word of the week related to kindness and building social-emotional capacity. The words are introduced during the daily morning announcement and throughout the week the DWS staff challenges students to use these words in activities and conversations, whether it be during a classroom discussion, writing assignment, or speaking with a friend. We ask that families partner with us to continue the work of inspiring and challenging our DWS Kids to continue using these words!

This week our vocabulary word was GRATITUDE.

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DWS Holiday Assistance

Please contact us at DWS if you are finding your family may need support this holiday season. We have available resources and donations that can support your family. We understand this is a sensitive matter and all communication and support will be held in confidence with our team. Please reach out to mfish@mpsd.org if you are in need of support.

DWS All Stars

DWS staff members can award any student with a DWS ALL STAR when they see students being Dedicated, Welcoming, or Safe. All of the DWS ALL STAR awards are put on display in the front lobby. The following students were featured in the morning announcements last week for being DWS ALL-STARS!

Grade K: Charley D. in Ms. Doria’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she raised a quiet hand.

Grade K: Preston B. in Ms. Hastry’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because he always uses kind words and manners.

Grade 1: Cody C. in Mrs. MacDonald’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because he was dedicated when we worked through a tough problem in Math.

Grade 1: Emily H. in Mrs. Wiedemann’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she worked hard during Reading centers.

Grade 2: Brody N. in Ms. Mulligan’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because he worked hard during Writing.

Grade 2: Dylan Y. in Mrs. Redman’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because he was a good student in Music class.

Grade 3: Charlotte H. in Mrs. Hines’ class is a DWS ALL STAR because she helped push in chairs in the cafeteria.

Grade 3: Gianna F. in Mrs. Hanson’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she thought about the feelings of others by being kind.

Grade 4: Matthew M. in Mrs. Robatzek’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because he shared great thinking during word work.

Grade 4: Reni B. in Mrs. Farrell’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she was dedicated to sharing her Writing practice.

Grade 5: Maeve H. in Ms. LaForest’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she was dedicated to her work all day and had great behavior.

Grade 5: Charlie M. in Mrs. Auriemma’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because he updated the calendar grid for the month of November.


What's happening around DWS?

Primary Wing Hallway Project Displays

Ms. Smith's PreK Class

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Ms. Wiedemann's First Grade Class

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Ms. Shiro's PreK Class

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Ms. Doria's Kindergarten Class

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Mrs. Prendergast's Kindergarten Class

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Ms. Hastry's Class

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Kindergarten Fun Fall Activity Friday

Last Friday, Mrs. Prendergast's class participated in Fun Friday Fall Centers where they worked on projects related to fall and Thanksgiving!

Grade 3 Turkey Project

Every year, after reading “Turkey Trouble” students in third grade disguise their “turkeys”. The students then write persuasive essays to convince readers not to eat them for Thanksgiving. This project is always lots of fun and the students get so creative!
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Ventress Library Fall Young Writer's Program

Some of our DWS Kids participated in the recent fall young writers program at the Ventress Library. Students joined author Erin Petti for 8 weeks where they learned to write and illustrate their own books! Special guest, DWS Librarian Ms. Conroy was there to capture the amazing projects and presentations! Great work DWS Kids!

DWS Staff of the Week

In partnership with our PTO, each week we will be introducing you to two staff members in order to familiarize our families with all of our amazing staff members at DWS!

Introducing...Christine Meehan

What is your role at DWS? Speech/Language Therapist and DWS Team Chairperson

Do you have a fun fact or a favorite thing you would like to share about yourself? Besides Massachusetts, I have worked in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Arkansas, and Texas.

Introducing... Cynthia Bergamesca

What is your role at DWS? Special Education Teacher

Do you have a fun fact or a favorite thing you would like to share about yourself? When I am not in the stands watching my high school boys play sports, I love to read and bake.

Looking for DWS Swag?

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Marshfield Community Events

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Marshfield Road Runners Update

The Marshfield Road Runners Youth Track Club, Marshfield Boys and Girls Club, Marshfield Districtwide PTO and Furnace Brook Middle School XC/Track & Field are excited to announce the that the 5th Annual Marshfield Elementary School Invitational will take place Wednesday 11/30/2022 at the Marshfield Boys and Girls Club (37 Proprietor's Drive, Marshfield) with check-in beginning at 2:00 PM. Races begin at 2:30. A fun, free event for all Marshfield Elementary students! Please register in advance here: https://forms.gle/Kzve6VCUcqcv1Gv18


2:45 PM BOYS GRADES K-2 * 0.62 MILES
3:00 PM GIRLS GRADES 3-5 * 1.24 MILES
3:15 PM BOYS GRADES 3-5 * 1.24 MILES




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MFE Fall Giving Campaign

For over ten years, Marshfield Education Foundation has provided opportunities for enhanced learning by working in partnership with Marshfield’s educators to fund grants that complement the social, emotional and academic development of our students. As we enter the season of giving, we hope you’ll consider supporting the Marshfield Education Foundation with a donation to our 3rd Annual Fall Giving Campaign. Donate Today!


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Next meeting Monday 12/5/22 @ 7pm in the DWS Library

  • Square 1 Art online ordering closes on 11/28/2022. To search online for your student's art, use this link: Art Search, and enter state, school name, and your student's last name. If you have questions, reach out to us or contact customer care online.

  • Yup Sup will be hosting a Snack & Shop night to support DWS on Thursday, 12/1 from 6-8pm. 10% of all sales will be donated to the DWS PTO. Come mingle and get some shopping done early!

  • Sand & Water has generously offered to partner with us and provide some spirit ware options year-round. A large portion of the sale goes directly to the DWS PTO.


Please email yourdwspto@gmail.com with any general questions and for more information. Email dwsvolunteers@gmail.com for more details on volunteering at the school throughout the year.

PTO donations are welcomed year-round and are tax deductible. Some companies even match donations, ask where you work to see if they will help. Contact us for our Tax ID.

Thank you for all of your support!

Square One Art is Here!

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School Nutrition Information

One breakfast and one lunch are Free for the 2022-2023 School year for all students.

A la carte items cost extra.

A la carte items can not be charged to a student's account.

2nd Lunch - $2.75

Milk - .75 cents (milk comes with lunch) on its own, it's an a la carte item and cost

Water - .50 cents

Ice Cream - $1.25


Preferred method of payment:

Online: www.myschoolbucks.com

After you log in or register (if new) than you can

use your child’s Birthday for the

ID Number to add your child’s account.

Check payable to:

Town of Marshfield

(child’s First/Last name in Memo)

Cash: please put in an envelope

marked Lunch Money with your

child’s name on it.

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Important Dates to Note


November 23 - Half Day - Dismissal at 12:10

November 24 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 25 - Thanksgiving Break - No School


December 2 - Elementary Term 1 Ends

December 5 - DWS DEI Committee Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm

December 5 - DWS PTO Meeting 7:00 pm

December 6 - Picture Retake Day

December 9 - Report Cards posted to ASPEN

December 12 - Elementary Conferences 6:00-8:00 pm

December 13 - School Site Council Meeting 4:00-5:00 pm

December 14 - Elementary Conferences 1:30-3:30 pm

December 16 - DWS Winter Concert @ 10:00 am

December 23 - Early Dismissal

December 24 - January 2 - Holiday Break

Boys and Girls Club Before School Program

The registration for the Before School Care is now available for Children in grades K-5 offered on site at each of the Marshfield Elementary Schools.

Our Before School program provides a wholesome environment that promotes social/emotional, physical and character development in addition to supporting the educational efforts of both the parent and school. We encourage children to balance learning and fun through homework help, physical activity and arts & crafts. Our focus areas give your child limitless opportunities to reach their full potential.

Hours: 7am until school day starts

Program & Activities include:

  • Breakfast
  • Homework Help
  • Games & Activities
  • Arts & Crafts

To register click here.

Start & End Times

DWS will be a late school for the upcoming year. Please make note of the following changes.

School Start Time - 8:50 am (students can enter the building at 8:40 am)

School End Time - 3:30 pm

Wednesday Early Dismissal - 1:15 pm

Information From Previous Newsletters

News from the Nurse

We have had a great start to the school year!

Just a reminder -

Please remember to send your students to school with a reusable water bottle and filling snack daily!

  • All students have a snack break during the day. Please pack a healthy snack EVERY DAY! Great snacks include easy to eat fruits and veggies like apples, oranges, carrots and cucumbers as well as whole grain snacks including granola bars, crackers. Cheese sticks and yogurts are another great option. These ideas help keep hungry bellies at bay and students ready to learn!

  • Have your child bring a water bottle (or two) from home EVERY DAY. Students are able to use the bottle filling stations throughout the day to refill bottles as needed.

General Information

  • Mandated Health Screening Information:

    • The following state-mandated screenings of students will be completed this year by the school nurse.

      • Grades PK thru 5: Vision Screening (October - December)

      • Grade PK thru 3: Hearing Screening (October - December)

      • Postural screening for grade 5 in October - a letter will be sent home with more information.

      • Grades 1, 4: Heights and weights with BMI calculations per DPH regulations (October -December)

    • A parent/guardian may opt out of these mandated screenings only through written notification to the school nurse by October 8th.

    • These are only screenings and NOT a diagnostic service. Failures or concerns regarding the results will warrant further assessment by the child's physician. Specific recommendations will be sent home in writing/phone call for vision, hearing and postural screening.

    • Don’t hesitate to reach out at anytime - 781-834-5045, ext 42500 or via email - kAcampbell@mpsd.org

  • All GRADE 4 students must send in a physical exam dated within the past year. Thank you to those who have already sent in their forms.

  • Please log in to your child’s Aspen account and update the medication consent portion, this is something that needs to be done yearly. *This cannot be done on your handheld device/cell phone*

  • All medical documentation can be faxed to 781-834-5072 to the attention of the School Nurse.

  • Do not hesitate to call with any school health-related questions or concerns at 781-834-5045. I can also be reached by email at: kAcampbeLL@mpsd.org.

MPSD Has an App

The Marshfield Public Schools are thrilled to announce our new app for mobile phones! Stay up-to-date with access to events, documents, news from administrators, student stories, and even emergency notifications.

You can download the app for free on Google Play or Apple App Store.

Download for Android https://bit.ly/3yOktQ8

Download for iPhone https://apple.co/3nVNlzs

DWS Security Updates

A double door entry system with a security window was added to the DWS.

As a security measure, we will not be letting visitors into the building unless you are volunteering. Visitors who have a scheduled meeting will wait in the vestibule and be escorted by the host to the meeting.

All visitors must present a valid ID - no exceptions! We understand that we know many parents/guardians, but we will be requiring ALL visitors to present their ID when they volunteer and/or pick up a student - EVERY TIME. This will be frustrating at first, but we are working hard to maintain the safety of our students.

Arrival & Dismissal Protocols

Please review the most up-to-date arrival and dismissal protocol. We have made some changes to the existing policy in order to keep students, drivers, and staff safe.

The new policy can be found here.

School Supplies

We will be providing all the materials your student needs to have a successful year! We will only be asking families of students in grades 1-5 to purchase headphones for the upcoming school year.

Kindergarten Writing

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