Daniel Webster Elementary School

Weekly Update - Week of:

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A Message From Mrs. MacNeil

Hello DWS Families!

I hope you all enjoyed our first round of sunny weather this weekend! This week I am really looking forward to our first-ever outdoor Pizza Bingo! Thank you to our PTO for their hard work in organizing!


In Partnership,

Mrs. MacNeil

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DWS Highlights

Kindergarten Field Trip

This week our Kindergarten visited Dalby Farm! Such a fun experience for all! Our Kindergarteners had so much fun learning about farm life and the animals!

Missing Cell Phone?

A cell phone was found earlier this year in the music room and still remains unclaimed. Please contact Mrs. MacNeil if it belongs to you or your student!

We Are DWS Kids!

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: Preston in Mrs. Prendergast’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because he helped with a mess that wasn’t his.

Grade K: Anya in Ms. Doria’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she did a great job during Heggerty.


Grade 1: Gemma in Mrs. Kabilian’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she consistently improved in all of her work.

Grade 1: Sophia in Mrs. Kabilian’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she read her leveled book on her own.


Grade 2: Trixie in Mrs. Bertulli’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she was focused and dedicated during the TIB block.

Grade 2: Maddy in Mrs. Bertulli’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she had amazing math participation.


Grade 3: Owen in Mrs. Hanson’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because he worked hard on area and perimeter.

Grade 3: Summer in Ms. Mulligan’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she stayed focused during independent reading.


Grade 4: Sammy in Mrs. Robatzek’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she created a project for everyone in the class.

Grade 4: Quinn in Mrs. Robatzek’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she worked extra hard on Math facts and Reading.


Grade 5: Shea in Mrs. Gentile’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she completed the Math review.

Grade 5: Natalie in Mrs. MacDonald’s class is a DWS ALL STAR because she was dedicated to her singing during Chorus.


Congratulations! Keep up the GREAT WORK DWS KIDS!

Parent Presentation - How to Talk to Your Kids and Survive

Attention parents, caregivers, and staff, please join the Marshfield Public Schools for an important presentation:

How to Talk to Your Kids and Survive

When: Monday, May 16, 2022, at 6:30 PM

Where: Seth Ventress Building at 76 South River Street

Presenter: Elizabeth Cotter, M.S., L.P.C., Effective School Solutions


Raising a child is probably the most gratifying job any of us will ever have and one of the toughest. In large part, that's because times have changed. We live in an increasingly complex world that challenges us every day with a wide range of disturbing issues that are difficult for children to understand and for adults to explain. Our kids are part of the iGen or GenZ generation. The generation born with smartphones and tablets. Let’s talk about how we can talk to our kids and survive. For planning purposes, please click here to RSVP


Coming soon: Understanding Challenging Behaviors, Monday, May 23 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. More details to follow

Staff Members of the Week!

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

Introducing... Maribeth Conroy

What is your role at DWS? Librarian


Do you have a fun fact or a favorite thing you would like to share about yourself? I enjoy spending time with my family, reading to my grandchildren, crocheting, and knitting.

Last day of MCAS is Tuesday!

There has been an adjustment to the grade 5 STE MCAS schedule.

  • The first STE session will remain on May 12th
  • The second STE session will move to Tuesday, May 17th

Grades 3, 4, and 5 MCAS Dates

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Incoming Kindergarten News


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR IS OPEN!

Click here to visit the Kindergarten Registration webpage. For planning purposes, please be sure to complete your child’s registration as soon as possible. After March 31, you will need to contact your child’s school directly to arrange registration.


Children entering Kindergarten must be five (5) years old by August 31, 2022.


KINDERGARTEN SCREENING

Kindergarten screening will take place on May 16 and May 18. Information has been sent to families who have registered. If you haven't made an appointment for your child's screening, please contact the DWS office.

Message From the Nurse

Happy Spring! We love seeing the students' smiling faces everyday!


Here are a few reminders -


  • Apply sunblock and bug spray to your children as the sun gets stronger and the bugs more active in the warmer weather.

  • Remember those healthy snacks and water bottles EVERY DAY!

  • If you are reporting your child absent due to an illness of any kind please include me in your communications. You can give me a quick call at 781-834-5045 ext 42500 or email me at kAcampbell@mpsd.org (Don’t forget the “A”). If you have any questions related to your child’s health/wellness while at school please reach out at any time.


4th Grade Physicals - Per state mandates, ALL DWS 4th grade students need to have a current signed physical from their Pediatrician/PCP. Physicals are valid for 13 months. Please have your doctor’s office fax your 4th grade students' most recent physical to 781-834-5072 or send in a copy with your child to the attention of the school nurse. Thank you to those families who have already sent in this documentation.

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DWS May Lunch Menu

Click HERE for the May menu!

2022-23 School Nutrition Free Lunch/Breakfast Update

Please see the email that was sent to the district on May 11, 2022.


Dear Parents/Guardians,


We want to update you regarding the free school meals that the Marshfield Public Schools have been able to serve to your children since the beginning of COVID in March 2020. When COVID started, the federal government created a national policy that allowed schools in the entire country to provide free meals to all students. As of now, it is likely that this national policy will end on June 30th, and we want our families to be prepared and give ample time to prepare for this change.


What this means for Marshfield Public School families is that next school year we may return to the traditional system, where students receive free, reduced-price, or full-price meals based upon income status. In order to ensure we can provide free or reduced-price meals to as many families as possible, we will need families to complete the household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals in August 2022 for next school year. Please note that this does not affect the remainder of the current school year. We will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to ALL students until this school year ends June 23, 2022.


The most important thing that you can do to prepare for the start of school is to complete the 2022-23 Massachusetts Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals, which will be available online in August 2022 at www.mpsd.org. We strongly encourage all families to submit this form as it is important for the district’s records, and allows us to also waive certain district fees for those who qualify. We will be in touch again in August with the application information and form.


In addition, please consider applying for SNAP, the federal nutrition program that provides eligible residents with monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries. While the 22-23 MA Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals is not available to complete until August, the application for SNAP is available now. SNAP information and application can be found at www.gettingsnap.org .


To put money on your child’s account for lunch or a la carte items, we encourage you to log onto www.myschoolbucks.com where you can pay online and check your child’s account at any time. All funds on account are rolled over from year to year.


The School Nutrition Department at Marshfield Public Schools thanks you for your patience during this anticipated change and we understand the burden that this may place on many families. As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide nourishing and healthy meals to all our students, please reach out to us at ntellier@mpsd.org or 781-319-3812 with any questions or concerns.


Sincerely,

Marshfield Public Schools School Nutrition Department

PTO News

Next Meeting: Monday, June 6th at 7:00pm in the DWS Library

DEI Meeting: Monday, June 6th at 6:00pm in the DWS Library


Pizza Bingo | May 18th from 5-7pm on the DWS playground

Please bring a picnic blanket or chairs as seating will be limited outside!


Boosterthon:

In just 3 weeks, we’ll kick off our Daniel Webster Fun Run on 5/31! Our goal is to raise $10,000 for a rock-wall for the gym. Registration to help our school opens up NEXT WEEK on 5/17. Go to mybooster.com in order to register. Be on the lookout for more details.


Open Board Positions:

  1. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Liaison Nominees: Megan Stewart and Lauren Carey as co-chairs.

  2. Enrichment Coordinator Nominees: Meghan Niland and Erica Maffini as co-chairs.

Both positions are 2 year terms. Voting will take place on Monday, 6/6/22.


Contact:

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


Thank you for all of your support, we hope to see you all this year!

Boosterthon Fun Run is 3 Weeks Away!

Daniel Webster School families!

We are excited to kick off our Daniel Webster Fun Run on 5/31. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for a rock wall for the gym.

Here’s what all students can get excited about:

  • Fun and engaging character development lessons

  • A high-energy event to give our school a much needed boost of fun!

Registration to help our school opens up NEXT WEEK on 5/17. Go to mybooster.com in order to register. Be on the lookout for more details!

Thank you for supporting Daniel Webster School through the Daniel Webster Fun Run.


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Important Dates to Note

May

May 16 - Kindergarten Screening

May 17 - Grade 5 STE MCAS

May 18 - Kindergarten Screening

May 18 - Pizza Bingo

May 19 - Gr. 3 Field Trip to Webster Estate

May 26 - Gr. 5 Visits FBMS

May 27 - Gr. 3 Field Trip to Winslow House

May 30 - NO SCHOOL-Memorial Day

May 31 - PTO Boosterthon Begins

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BONUS Bucks for SNAP

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Relevant Information From Previous Newsletters

Headphones

At the start of the year, we provided each student with a pair of earbuds for use with their Chromebooks. Some earbuds have become broken and/or have gone missing. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to families to ask for your partnership in sending a pair of headphones to school with your child. Of course, if you are unable to provide a pair of headphones we do have extras available for in-school use. If you are unsure about whether to send headphones, I encourage you to reach out to your classroom teacher!

Notes from the Nurse


COVID-19 Information

  • Information regarding COVID-19 is continually being updated and shared with our school district. On the district's “Health Services” webpage you will find links in RED with the most up to date information regarding our district’s policies as well as updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.


  • If your children are unwell and require testing for COVID-19 we encourage you to reach out to the school nurse to discuss further.


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. Due to COVID the water fountains are not available for one time use but the bottle filling station can be used 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 K thru 5: Vision Screening (October - December)

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

      • Postural screening for grade 5 on October

      • 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.


  • 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 hand held 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.


MPS COVID-19 Links

Here is a list of helpful links regarding the District's policies, protocols, and procedures related to COVID-19.


COVID Links

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


Registration & Pricing Options:

2 Days - $30 per week

3 Days - $45 per week

5 Days - $75 per week


All participants must be registered Club Members with an annual $25 membership fee.


To register click here.

How can I stay up-to-date with Daniel Webster happenings?

Follow us on Twitter @DWSKids for pictures, announcements, and exciting events. Be sure to check in frequently on the Daniel Webster Webpage at https://www.mpsd.org/dws as important information is posted and resources are linked. In addition, you can follow the DWS PTO on Facebook: Daniel Webster School PTO Page and can email the PTO at yourdwspto@gmail.com.