The Coolidge Family Newsletter
Weekly Update: January 10, 2022
Brought to you by Sarah Marchant, Principal
A Message from Principal Marchant
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.
Covid Cases at Coolidge
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!)
Consent through CIC if you have not completed a form yet this school year.
- Consent through RPS to opt in to pooled testing 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
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)
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!
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.
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:
Join SEPAC's mailing list by emailing SEPACREADING@gmail.com
Follow SEPAC on Facebook (please adjust settings so that you are sure to see our posts)
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.
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Brienne Karow, Assistant Principal (x12302)
Marianna Zanni, Administrative Assistant (x12303)
Karen Mungenast, School Secretary (x12304)
Cindy Ventura, School Nurse (x12305)
For a full staff directory, click here.