Woodrow Wilson Elementary School

Soon to be Harmony Grove Elementary School- A Global Academy

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Read the newsletter to learn more about our school's new name, Harmony Grove Elementary School- A Global Academy, that will take effect at the start of the 2021 school year: https://www.smore.com/nhtzy-new-name-for-wilson-school

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Week of June 21st, 2021 Newsletter

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL CALENDAR

Monday, June 21st- Last day of school for Kindergarten.

Tuesday, June 22nd- No Kindergarten classes today. All other children will be dismissed at 12:20. No lunch will be served.

June 30th, July 14th, August 18th 6:00-7:00pm - Harmony Grove virtual Summer Learning Nights (scroll down in the newsletter to learn more about these events)

Saturday, August 28th 4:00-6:00pm- Renaming Celebration at Harmony Grove Elementary School- A Global Academy


Remember that all elementary schools are closed over the summer. If you need to get in touch with the school system over the summer vacation, please call the Parent Information Center at 508-424-3420. Thank you!


Chromebook update

  • Students in grades K -11 will keep their chromebooks this summer to help with summer reading and/or summer programs offered by Framingham Public Schools.

  • Families who are leaving the Framingham Public Schools (for example, if you’re moving out of the District, or have child(ren) attending Keefe Tech or McAuliffe Charter School), must return their chromebooks to their school.

Remote students- please pick up Learning Bags

If your child is learning remotely and you did not pick up their Learning Bag on Friday June 18th , please come to the school this Monday or Tuesday to pick up the bag filled with important materials for summer learning and end-of-year materials. Ring the doorbell and we will bring the bag to you! Thanks!

Monday is Move Up Day & the last day of Kindergarten

On Monday June 21st, Kindergarten-4th graders will have the opportunity to learn about the next grade level and to ask questions. They will not know their teacher for next year until the class lists are confirmed later in August because there are often changes to class lists over the summer. Move Up Day will be organized as grade level meetings in the cafeteria or gym with a Google Meet link for remote students to join.

Congratulations 5th grade students!

Happy 5th grade Graduation!

Wednesday June 16th was the 5th grade virtual Graduation. Families were invited to attend to celebrate their child's completion of 5th grade and to reflect on their memories and accomplishments of elementary school. We are so proud of you and know you will do great in Middle School next year!


We have many students attending Cameron Middle School next year as well as some students attending Fuller Middle School and McAuliffe Charter School. Click here for information for incoming 6th graders going to Cameron Middle School.

Click here for a video for incoming 6th graders going to Fuller Middle School.

Wonderful PYP Exhibition projects!

At International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) schools around the world, students in 5th grade do a final inquiry project called the PYP Exhibition where they research and take action to share what they learn with their community.


This year, the PYP Exhibition projects were an inquiry into environmental challenges of ecosystems around the world. 5th graders met virtually in small groups with a mentor every Friday to support their learning. In these small groups, they researched, reflected, created art, and took action.


Last Wednesday, June 16th, was virtual PYP Exhibition Day when all 5th grade students shared their PYP Exhibition group projects on Google Meet! There were 36 small groups of students and each group presented their creative and informational projects throughout the day. Students inspired their audience to take action and to be part of the solution for the environmental issue they researched. They did a wonderful job!!!


We are proud of the 5th graders who have shown a lot of self-management skills, research skills, and creativity throughout the Exhibition process. Congratulations!


If you would like to view any of the PYP Exhibition projects, you can see them on this Padlet website.

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Explorers video

Explorers 2021-2022

Here's a beautiful video of our last "Woodrow Wilson Elementary" group of Explorers! This has been the most unique school year we have ever experienced. It has made us more resilient, grateful, and it has bonded our friendship, students and staff alike, beyond belief. We are so excited for what's to come!


Shout out to Mr. Miller who created this video! He was able to capture our students' candidly and exactly how they are!


With lots of love,

Explorers Woodrow Wilson soon-to-be Harmony Grove!

Happy Retirement Nurse Cowan!!!

A note from Nurse Cowan:

"A little background about me... I have been working as a school nurse since 2000 and the nurse at Woodrow Wilson since 2009. Prior to school nursing, I worked in a pediatric office for several years. My professional work has always been with children, of all ages!

Personal tidbit: During my life, I have lived in NY, Switzerland, Africa and Turkey.


I have been honored to be YOUR school nurse. I will retire at the end of June. My years at Woodrow Wilson (soon to be Harmony Grove!) have been wonderful, ediucational, gratifying and fun! I thank you all."

Congratulations Kindergarteners!

Kindergarten Graduation was on Friday, June 18th, and consisted of a parade around the school building, a diploma presentation, and a playground party. Staff, students, and families cheered on the graduating Kindergarteners outside the school building. It was a beautiful celebration!

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Here is the Kindergarten Team of Teachers, ready to celebrate Kindergarten Graduation!

Congratulations to the 4th graders in room 216 for publishing a fantastic Student Newspaper!

Click here to read the 216 School News!!!! All of the students in Ms Lowe's class learned how to be journalists through research, interviews, revising, and editing their writing. Their newspaper includes a variety of articles on topics such as the school's new name, Cardio Club, Wolfie, pollution, and social justice. Great job!!

5th grade teachers & special guests record a "Vacation" Music video!

Click here to watch the Vacation Music video by the 5th grade teachers with special appearances by Principal DeMorais, Assistant Principal Pugnali, the head custodian Nelson Torres, and Wolfie!

5th grade fun times!

On Friday June 18th, 5th graders who are at school enjoyed eating lunch outside and playing a variety of games in the gym and on the field. Remote students enjoyed an afternoon movie!

1st grade Dual Language Classes celebrate their nonfiction animal reports!

First graders in Ms Buss & Ms Lambert's Dual Language classes were proud to show each other their animal reports last week. Each student wrote a nonfiction book about an animal in English as well as a nonfiction book about an animal in Portuguese. They also created beautiful 3D art displays of each of their animals. What creative and talented multilingual learners!

Return your library books and earn a raffle ticket!

The school library continues to seek books that were borrowed before the Pandemic through now. If you see a library book in your home, car, etc, please send it back to school. Then your student's name will automatically be entered for a $25 gift certificate to Sunshine Dairy Farm. Students can return their books to the library or give to Mrs. Salinger.


Each book returned counts for one raffle ticket.

Drawing will be held Monday June 21 before school.

Thank you,

Mrs. Salinger

June PAWS for Applause

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Congratulations to the students in grades K-5 who received the June PAWS for Applause awards! Awesome job being role models of our school's core values of being safe, respectful, and responsible...as well as beng role models of the IB Learner Profile attributes!!!

Summer Reading 2021

It is so important to read and keep practicing math skills over the summer!


Click here to visit the FPS Summer Learning 2021 website to see summer reading lists and math activities for each grade level. You can also learn about how to check out books at the Framingham Public Library or how to access digital books.


This year all students in grades K-2 will receive a book that relates to social emotional learning and the new Code of Conduct, Character, and Support. Click here for an English description of these books and the Summer Parks meet-ups with fun outdoor activities connected to the books. Click here for the information in Portuguese. Click here for the information in Spanish.

Summer Learning Nights- put the dates on your calendars!

Please join Harmony Grove students and families for our Summer Learning Nights. We will be hosting 3 summer learning nights throughout the summer. Students can log on remotely and enjoy a science and math activity and a read aloud in multiple languages! A raffle prize will be presented to one family at the end of each event!

Save the Date for our Renaming Celebration!

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Saturday August 28, 2021 4:00-6:00pm

Please join us on Saturday August 28th at 4:00-6:00pm to celebrate our school officially starting the school year with our new name- Harmony Grove Elementary School- A Global Academy!

(The rain date will be Monday August 30th at the same time). We plan for this to be a very special event to honor this historic occasion and the significance of our new school name. Students, families, staff, and community partners are invited! At this Renaming Celebration, the class lists will be shared and students will learn who will be their teacher for the 2021 school year. More information will be shared about this important event over the summer. Hope you can attend!

Students Learn about the history of Harmony Grove park

In Library class last week, Ms. Salinger and Ms Flugrad co-taught lessons in grades K-5th grade about the history of Harmony Grove Park! Students observed a drawing of the park and compared maps from the 1800s to 2021 of the land near Farm Pond. They also reflected on the ways the beautiful park that often hosted meetings and rallies to support social justice represents the values of our school.


Click here to see the Bookcreator book for grades K-2 about Harmony Grove

Click here to see the slideshow for grades 3-5 about Harmony Grove


All students decorated a leaf with pictures, symbols, and words representing Harmony Grove and all of the leaves will be part of a paper tree display at our Renaming Celebration on August 28th. Students also colored Harmony Grove bookmarks and created design proposals for new Harmony Grove Elementary School t-shirts.

June Character Traits

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Boys and Girls Club summer program:


Summer Program SMORE: https://www.smore.com/4y5ur-summer-programs-update

Summer Program List: https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/Page/9108

For Elementary Questions,

Mateo Palfreman Manager of Community Development

mpalfreman@framingham.k12.ma.us

Sign up for Transportation for next year!

Please don't forget to sign up for transportation for next year. Everyone MUST fill out the form even if you don't want a bus. Please do this as soon as possible following this link: Transportation Registration.


If you need illustrated instructions on how to complete your Transportation Request, please refer to these documents:

Framingham Public Schools Transportation Request Instructions

Escuelas Públicas de Framingham - Instrucciones para la solicitud de transporte

Como solicitar o transporte de ônibus para as Escolas Públicas de Framingham


The deadline for transportation registration will be June 8, 2021. Transportation requests received after the June 8th deadline may not be processed until after the start of the school year.

New this year! To create the most efficient and accurate bus routes as possible, we are requiring ALL Families to complete the transportation request form in Aspen even if they do not need a bus. In the past, we did not require the form completion for the K-5 Eligible families - K-5 students were automatically provided a seat and bus stop if they lived 2 miles outside of their assigned school. This year, every student will need a response whether they would like a bus or not.


Below are 3 numbers you can call if you are having trouble:

  • Call the help desk at 508-782-6928

  • Call Natalia Alves at Transportation 508-782-6845

  • Call transportation at 508-626-9179

My MedBot app

MyMedBot (Attestation App)

MyMedBot is your ticket to school! MyMedBot is used to screen all FPS staff and students daily for potential COVID symptoms. Students, families, and staff must answer a series of COVID-19 related questions and based on the answers, the app will show a red screen, meaning you are not permitted to enter the school or a green screen, meaning you may enter the school. Please remember to complete MyMedBot everyday that your child is scheduled to attend school in-person.


COVID Call Center

Framingham Public Schools has launched a trilingual COVID Call Center to help families with the MyMedBot App questions. Families can reach the Call Center by email COVID@framingham.k12.ma.us or by calling (508) 782-6633. Call Center staff are available between 5:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday. Staff who have MyMedBot App questions should continue to reach out to the Help Desk.

COVID-19 Pooled testing for students

Click to expand any of the infographics below for a visual explanation of Pooled Testing.

We encourage all of our students to participate in pooled testing! Free pooled testing will continue to be available weekly at school through the end of the school year for all students present for in-school learning. Although participation is voluntary, it is strongly encouraged. Our entire school community benefits when we can identify asymptomatic students with COVID-19 early and prevent the spread of the virus through the school community.


There are two options to complete the consent form:


Have questions? CLICK HERE to learn more about Pooled Testing.

For additional information, please review the Framingham Public Schools COVID-19 Testing for Students Overview English, Spanish, Portuguese.

Letter to families about ways we are minimizing risks for in-person learning

Wilson lunch schedule

Click here for the June lunch menus in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

THERE WILL BE NO LUNCH SERVED ON TUESDAY JUNE 22nd BECAUSE DISMISSAL IS AT 12:00


The lunch/recess times for each grade level:

Kindergarten recess 10:30-11:00 & lunch 11:00-11:30

1st grade lunch 12:20- 12:50 & recess 11:55-12:20

2nd grade lunch 11:05- 11:35 & recess 11:35- 11:50

3rd grade lunch 11:45- 12:15 & recess 12:15- 12:30

4th grade lunch 1:30- 2:00 & recess 1:15 - 1:30

5th grade lunch 12:55 - 1:25 & recess 12:40 - 12:55

Click here for the IB @ Woodrow Wilson Google Site

Mrs Flugrad (IB PYP Coordinator) created this website to help parents, students, and teachers better understand why our school is special as part of a world-wide learning community of IB PYP Schools.

Coronovirus Updates and Resources

Dear Woodrow Wilson Families,

We know this unprecedented time has created many challenges for families. Please see the links below for more specific information on support throughout the district and City. If you have questions or need any support with accessing resources, you can email our school social workers nlucas@framingham.k12.ma.us (Nadine Lucas), jdonahue@framingham.k12.ma.us (Jennifer Donahue) or eferreiradasilva@framingham.k12.ma.us (Eugenia Ferreira da Silva, bilingual Social Worker). You could also contact our bilingual Wrap Around Coordinator, Raquel Cezar at rcezar@framingham.k12.ma.us


    Click here for the City of Framingham's Free Food Resources Guide that is updated weekly.

    Food Resources- English & Food Resources- Portuguese & Food Resources- Spanish

    P-EBT and SNAP Food funds

    As students return to in-person learning, we wanted to share some important information about P-EBT and SNAP. Since P-EBT was created to replace school meals, students who return to in-person learning will not get P-EBT funds for the months that they are in school in-person.

    Here are some important messages to share with families who got P-EBT and may be concerned about losing P-EBT funds as they return to in-person learning:

    • ALL kids can get free meals at school (P-EBT was created to replace school meals)

    • P-EBT will be available this summer - keep your cards!

    • You can still use your P-EBT money from previous months if you have it - previous funds don't go away!

    • Apply for SNAP and get the MAXIMUM dollar amount during COVID-19

    We estimate that of the 360,000 students that got P-EBT cards in MA, up to half could be eligible for SNAP money but are not getting it.

    Like P-EBT, SNAP is money for food. Given that it is now easier to apply and families can get the maximum amount during COVID-19 (up to $782 for a family of 4!) it is now more important than ever to encourage families to apply for SNAP.

    SNAP outreach materials (available in 11 languages)




    For more information or to apply, visit: www.map-ebt.org/snap.
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    USDA Farmers to Families Food Box is providing well-balanced, prepackaged perishable food boxes to combat the massive food insecurity problem posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each food package contains 32 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat products. Our distribution process follows all COVID-19 health guidelines. Participants have limited interaction as they pick up their food boxes, which are easy to access.

    YOU MUST REGISTER USING THIS FORM TO RECEIVE A FOOD BOX.

    Click here for more information.

    Social Emotional Resources

    Here are some resources from the Student Support Team to help with social emotional learning.


    Helpful Technology Tips and Hints

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    Additional Resources and activities to explore:

    Woodrow Wilson Elementary School has been an authorized IB World School for 5 years now! We are proud of our accomplishments on this IB journey and we are always reflecting to improve our IB teaching and learning.


    Click here for lyrics to our School Song about "Who We Are as IB Learners"


    Click here to listen to our School Song about "Who We Are as IB Learners"


    Click here to watch our School Video with our School Song, showing how IB Learners demonstrate the IB Learner Profile attributes every day at Woodrow Wilson School!

    About Us

    At the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, we celebrate our diversity. Woodrow Wilson Elementary provides an environment that develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who work to create a better peaceful world. Woodrow Wilson is committed to providing high quality, challenging, international education that nurtures active, open-minded, reflective and balanced life-long learners. These learners will respect themselves and others, empowering them to be empathetic, competent leaders in a diverse, global society.

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    We are very proud of how the students who have returned to the building are being so safe, respectful, and responsible! Thank you!


    Wolfie made a short video to show how our school looks a little different and how we are following some new rules to stay safe and healthy when we are in the school building. Click here to watch the video!