The Coolidge Family Newsletter

Weekly Update: January 10, 2022

Brought to you by Sarah Marchant, Principal

sarah.marchant@reading.k12.ma.us

reading.k12.ma.us/coolidge

@coolidgemiddle (Twitter)

A Message from Principal Marchant

It was absolutely wonderful having everyone back in the building this week! The kids showed resilience and dove right back into school. I know that a lot of energy in the state and nation is going towards COVID right now. And as this newsletter reflects, a lot of energy this week has been focused on COVID at the school level as well. We are responding to a lot of cases, and we were excited to get pooled testing under way.


Students are getting lots of reminders from us about protocols and safety. And it's obvious that the stress of this pandemic is weighing on many of them, as it is on the adults. We continue to be aware of, and support, the physical and emotional well being of all of the members of our community. Many of our teacher goals this year focus on equity, on student connection, on integrating student voice, and on building classrooms that are trauma sensitive. We will be reconnecting with these priorities this month, as we have all year, as students deserve our care and keeping, while we also move teaching and learning forward. Additionally, I know our teachers can use the same care and consideration. And I am sure many of our parents need this as well! As I always state, academics and emotions go hand in hand. I wish you all some care and keeping yourselves.


A wonderful glow of joy this week has been listening to the rehearsals for the Coolidge "High School Musical" production, which is next weekend! The students have been working SO hard, and it's coming together in an amazing way! The music, the dancing, the acting - I can't wait to see it in its official form! Whether your child is a part of the production or not, I encourage you to watch it, either the in person or the streamed version, as it's truly uplifting and so fun to see what middle schoolers can do when it comes to theater (with fantastic leadership, of course).


I wish you all a nice weekend!

Upcoming Dates of Note

January 14 - 16: Coolidge production of "High School Musical". Please come enjoy the show! To purchase tickets (both in person and streaming), click here.

January 17: No school/ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19 @ 6:30: Informational meeting for 7th grade parents & students: Prindle Pond Field Trip (Scheduled for May 2 - 4). This will be via Zoom.

January 19 @ 7:00: Arts Orientation at RMHS for current 8th graders & families. To learn more, click here.

January 21: End of Term 2/ Semester 1

January 24: Start of Term 3/ Semester 2

January 28: Early Release (12:30 PM)


To access the District Calendar, click here. Please make note of the middle level early release dates, which are marked in blue.


For a full list of ALL important Coolidge dates at Coolidge (printable for your fridge), click here.

NEW NEWS

Covid Cases at Coolidge

It is too challenging to summarize the exact number of total cases at Coolidge. Many students (and staff) were positive over the break and are returning on different days. We are also awaiting pooled testing results. During the week, we had 14 new cases identified/reported between Monday and Friday.

COVID FAQ/ Q&A

The district is keeping a FAQ sheet to help answer your COVID-related questions. This was updated in the last day to reflect new guidelines so it is very important to read it!


If you have a COVID-related question, please check out this resource before reaching out - thank you! The resource can be found here.

Pooled Testing - Please Join!

In order to help prevent the spread of COVID in our school, the more we can get students and staff participating in pooled testing, the better. This coming week, pooled testing will be on Friday. To sign up, you must complete the following (even if you think you did so in August - the RPS form is new as of January 2022!)

If your child has tested positive in the last 90 days, they are not eligible for pooled testing, so please hold off for now.

Masks - Updates/ Help

With the new guidelines, students who have recovered from COVID can return to school after 5 days of isolation if symptoms have fully resolved. Yet they need to wear a mask for 5 days. This is a reminder of the importance of proper mask wear/ fit. We are being extremely vigilant with reminding students of this and with correcting improper wear. That being said, we will also be contact parents of those students who need repetitive reminders, and we will be giving consequences to those who have already been identified as frequent offenders who are still struggling. We need this for the safety and well being of all students and adults in our building. We know that this current variant spreads easily and even to those who are vaccinated. We hope that this contact and consequences send the message how everyone needs to take responsibility for their own mask wearing for the safety of all. THANK YOU!

Advisory Update

January 3 week: Reconnect/ What's in Your News/ Whatever the Advisory group is vibing on.

Remainder of January: Continue "The Power Book" Themes. Most groups are working on the following themes:


  • "Adults Rule"
  • "Peer to Peer Power"

PAST NEWS THAT MAY STILL BE HELPFUL

7th Graders: Save the Date: Prindle Pond (aka Nature's Classroom)

I am excited to share that we have reserved a date for "Prindle Pond" (aka: Nature's Classroom) for our 7th grade students. The trip will run on May 2 - 4, 2022. In the new year, we will organize an informational session for students and caregivers and will send home paperwork, including information about permission, packing lists, and costs. For now, please save the date on your calendars! And if you want to learn more about the program, click here, and explore the "School Program" tab on the left . We will be staying at the Pondside site. (Please note that while we hope for all students to attend, if there are personal circumstances and you choose for your child not to attend, there will be an alternate experience at Coolidge.)


We know that field trips that cost money are a financial challenge for many families. Our hope is to work with families to support all students to attend, no matter financial status. A huge help towards this goal is for families to fill out the "Free/Reduced Lunch" application, including the "Share" form (all linked below), as qualification for the program automatically opens a door of support that the school can provide. Any other situations will be managed on a case by case basis!

Support the Coolidge PTO!

A heartfelt thanks to the families who have already donated towards the Coolidge PTO! Donations of any amount are very much appreciated. If you haven't already sent your Direct Donation, you can do so via Pay Pal (see QR code) or by check to the Coolidge PTO (and given to the main office). THANK YOU!

Free & Reduced Lunch Application & *SHARE FORM

In a typical year, the cost of meals are free or reduced for those who qualify using the "Free & Reduced Lunch" application. The application actually has more benefits than just breakfast/ lunch. If families fill out the form (p. 11), as well as the "Share" form on page 10, then those who qualify can also qualify for assistance for things like after school activities and field trips.


If you are someone who thinks you may qualify, please consider filling it out so that we can help you in various areas over the course of the year! We can't actually help without this form! Click here to access the form.

SEPAC Updates

The Reading in Reading Subcommittee created a resource list of books and podcasts that provide recommended information regarding reading. SEPAC_RinR_Subcommittee_Recommended_Book_List_v2 with cover April 7th.docx


Connect with SEPAC by clicking these links:


The mission of the Reading Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of, all children with special needs in the community.


SEPAC webpage

Join SEPAC's mailing list

Follow SEPAC on Facebook

Family/ Caregiver Resources

Order your Coolidge Gear Today!

Show your Coolidge pride by donning gear with the Coolidge logo! There is something for everyone at our Coolidge Spirit Wear store. Check it out! Proceeds (approximately $5 per item) will go to the Coolidge PTO. Copy and paste this link to start shopping:

https://coolidgems.itemorder.com/sale

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Contact Us

Sarah Marchant, Principal (x12301)

Brienne Karow, Assistant Principal (x12302)

Marianna Zanni, Administrative Assistant (x12303)

Karen Mungenast, School Secretary (x12304)

Cindy Ventura, School Nurse (x12305)


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