JRB Family Newsletter

February 3, 2021

Valentine's Update

We are happy to still be able to share valentines with classmates, but we are adding a few precautions to make this process as safe as possible. Your teacher has likely informed you of the needed requirements but wanted to remind families of a few. First of all, there is no food/candy allowed. This has been in place for multiple years now, but a friendly reminder doesn't hurt. Next, please send the cards in early enough to sit out at least a day. In most cases, your teacher has already communicated these dates with you. Finally, we will use hand-washing and/or sanitizing prior to passing out the valentines. Thank you all in advance for working with us to keep students safe while still having some sense of normalcy on this day of kindness.

Attending All Meetings

As many of you have likely seen recently, there has been some additional attention paid to live interactions between students and teachers. While this is fantastic, it does require more commitment from both school and home too. It is our hope to see all students at all meetings. Any time we can provide services to our students directly we feel quite fortunate, so please have students attend the meetings that are offered throughout the day.

In addition, students in attendance should stay for the entire meeting, leaving only once they are dismissed by the teacher or staff member running the session. If there is a technical challenge, please email the person running the meeting promptly to explain the situation.

Superkids Online Information for K-2 Parents

Dear Parents,

Superkids is one of the reading and writing programs we use at school in kindergarten, first, and second grades. It has an online component students can use at home. If you have a K-2 student, today you should have received an email from the Superkids Reading program inviting you to create an account. Students can access Superkids through this parent created account.

Superkids uses animal icons as passwords. Your classroom teacher will let you know which animal icon to use for his/her password. Click HERE for an info sheet on how to login to Superkids. Teachers may not be requiring use of the Superkids app at this time and it is okay to wait to follow the account set-up instructions until your child is asked to use Superkids. If you did not receive the email (only 1 parent did and we are happy to add additional parents), please email jlilley@awrsd.org to get an account.

Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser

-Paper forms (Cohort B) due back to school by Friday, February 5th, 2021

-Last day for online ordering (both Cohorts) is Friday, February 5th, 2021 at 3:00pm.

-Please turn in all paper order forms and money to the office on Friday, February 5th, 2021 by 3:15pm.

Little Caesars ordering FAQ’s;

1. Checks should be made out to JRB.

2. Group Id: 139605

3. Fundraiser Id: 377806

4. Online ordering: WWW.PizzaKit.com

5. Pizza Kit pick-up is scheduled for week of February 22nd

6. Pizza not picked up on delivery date will be given to local food pantry

7. Questions can be directed to Brenda Brown at bbrown@awrsd.org or (978)827-5750

Learning Tree Preschool Openings

The Learning Tree Inclusive Preschool Program may have a limited number of spots available for community peers beginning on Monday, March 1st or Thursday, March 4th.

If you are interested in being considered as a community peer. Please complete an application.

Applications may be submitted electronically via Google Form or a paper copy may be printed, completed, and mailed to:

Pupil Services Office

11 Oakmont Drive

Ashburnham, MA 01430

The deadline to be considered as a community peer is Monday, February 15, 2021.

If there are more applicants than spots available for community peers in the preschool program, a virtual public lottery drawing will be held. Should a lottery be necessary, it will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Families will receive a Google Meet link for the lottery.

Please note: you do not need to be present virtually for the lottery to be considered.

Families will be notified by Tuesday, February 23rd if their child is accepted into the program.

If your child is accepted as a community peer into the preschool program, you will receive an enrollment package. A completed enrollment package is required before your child may begin the preschool program.

Please direct questions about the preschool program to Aimee Vera at avera@awrsd.org

Nurse Notes

Reminder to all parents of 3rd Graders: Your child’s physical is due. If your child has had a physical in 2020 please have a copy forwarded to the health office if you have not already done so. If your child is in need of a physical, please make an appointment with their Primary Care Provider soon. If you need a form, please call the school nurse and one will be sent home. Physicals can always be faxed to the health office at 978-827-5699. Thanks for your prompt attention!


Mrs. Flis, RN

Here Is What Is Coming Up

February BoxTop Collection is this week! Please send to your child's classroom, any clipped Boxtops by Friday (2/5).

February 15-19, NO SCHOOL (February Break)

AWRSD Travel Guidelines

Please remember to reach out to our school nurse at jflis@awrsd.org if you plan on leaving the state for travel. You can read all of the district travel guidelines here.

Show Your Support For JRB Staff In February

To Spread our appreciation and love for the JRB Staff and all their hard work and commitment, we wanted to decorate the school with colorful hearts in the week leading up to Valentine's Day. Hearts were sent home already, but if you have misplaced yours or want to do more than one, please feel free to select from the ones below. Have your child decorate the sheet, or make their own design and return them to their homeroom teacher.

Cohort B- turn in finished hearts on February 5th (Friday)

Feel free to return hearts early as well.