Willett Whaler

December 16, 2022

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Hello Willett Families!


Winter Pop-up Store Open through January 3rd

We're so excited to share our newest pop-up Store with limited edition Willett Wear:

https://willetwinterstore22.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

** Orders will not be inbefore Christmas **


Holiday Lights Drive-Thru Event

What a wonderful turnout for our first ever district-wide holiday lights drive-thru!!! Thank you to all the families who came out to see the light displays and to those who loaned us decorations. We hope you all had an enjoyable night! We’d also like to give a HUGE shout out to the Willett teachers and staff for helping to make this such a fun night. We appreciate you!


Thank you for your support!

Fondly,


The Willett PTO 🐳

Attleboro Public Library Wrapping Paper Swap Event

Project Connect

APS Student Contact Update

APS is currently updating the mobile phone numbers on record so that we can send school cancellations and other urgent notices via text message. We ask that you update your contact information in Aspen using the workflow directions listed here: https://5il.co/1ldxt If you have multiple students, please complete the workflow for each one. Families who wish to have their child(ren) receive text messaging from the district/school, should provide student cell phone number(s) through this workflow as well.

Coming to our Cafeteria on January 19th...

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Upcoming Event Dates

December

23 - January 2 - Winter Break

January

3 -School Reopens

13 - Early Release (12:25)

16 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

23 - Virtual PTO Meeting - 6 PM

Assistant Principal's Corner Mrs. Brierly

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Helping Your Young Child Dress for Outdoor in the Winter

In last week's SMORE, we asked for parents and guardians to help their children practice putting on their winter outer garments so they can be as independent as possible at school. This is especially helpful for the colder months when the children have outdoor recess. From getting the coats on and zippering them, to wiggling on mittens or gloves and maneuvering hats and hoods, young children can struggle doing these tasks on their own. We totally understand! We will continue to help the children and show them some tricks so they can be more independent as the year goes on. If parents and guardians can partner with us to provide further practice at home, together, we can create confident, self-sufficient children who feel pride in being able to dress themselves for the outdoors.


Below are a few articles that may help you along the way with some tips and tricks. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to the home-school partnership in molding our students to be independent, confident and ready to take the next step in dressing for the great outdoors!

Student Attendance Policy

"Research supports that student attendance has a direct correlation to student achievement and graduation rates. Therefore, communication between schools and families regarding student attendance is critical in supporting academic success. All schools will follow the notification schedule outlined below. Students and parents should consult the Student Handbook for details about the procedures and consequences associated with excessive absenteeism at each school."

From the Health Office....Mrs. O'Malley

In order to prevent the spread of illness in our school, I would like to take some time to review the health policies regarding communicable diseases/illnesses.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommends the following guidelines to keep children home from school:

  • Fever: Your child must stay home for 24 hours after the fever has dropped and no fever reducing medication has been given in a 24 hour span of time.
  • Diarrhea: Your child must stay home until there is no more diarrhea for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting: Your child must stay home until vomiting has stopped for at least 24 hours.
  • Cold symptoms: Frequent cough, runny nose, sneezing (not necessarily associated with a fever)-Please test for COVID 19. If negative, please use your best judgment when sending your child to school. If positive, please call the health office.
  • Remind your child to cough or sneeze into elbow and not into hands. Encourage frequent hand washing.
  • Contagious illnesses: (Strep throat, conjunctivitis), Your child needs to have taken at least 24 hours of prescribed medication before coming back to school.
  • Rashes: Rashes need to be evaluated by a doctor to determine cause and treatment
  • Head Lice: A child found to have live lice at school will be sent home. The child should be properly treated and may return to school on the day after treatment. Before being allowed back in the classroom, a parent or other adult, must accompany the student to school so the school nurse can check the student.

Please provide documentation when your child has been evaluated for an illness and for any treatments that may be needed at school with a proper doctors order form and parent permission slip.

2022-2023 MCAS Dates

Families with students in grades 3 and 4 - please note the dates below. We ask that all efforts are made to have students present during testing days. Please do your best to avoid these dates when scheduling appointments and vacations.



ELA:

Grade 4 - April 3,4

Grade 3 - April 5,6


Math:

Grade 4 - May 8, 9

Grade 3 - May 10, 11

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Rooms Communication Tool

You may notice that an additional button, called Rooms, will be visible at the bottom right of our Attleboro Public Schools mobile app. This button is part of our integrated system of communication and will allow for your child’s teachers/coaches/and other staff to share detailed information (assignments, special events, practice schedules, etc.). More information is forthcoming, and we will have a table set up at Welcome Back Night.

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Lunch Applications

Lunch applications can be found on the Food Services website, including the online application, a downloadable version in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and a link to access all other languages. Please note that even the online application can be completed in many languages. Direct link can be found here: https://www.attleboroschools.com/page/food-services


APS Welcome Center

The APS Welcome Center is happy to share the Family and Community Resource Guide. This guide is for the APS Community, including families, students, and staff, to access local resources and support. You can access the guide by visiting the Welcome Center webpage, or using this direct link:

https://coredocs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/3035/APSWC/2421108/Family_Community_Resource_Guide.pdf

Community Flier Summary

All APS Community Fliers can be found within the Welcome Center website. To view this week’s fliers, including information from throughout Attleboro please visit the Welcome Center webpage or click here for current fliers.

Our new website and App:

Please go to the App store and search Attleboro Public Schools. There is a new app which will be an excellent means of finding information in one location. You will see updates both from the district and our school. As we use this new tool, administration will be using less of the ASPEN email function.

Our new website and App:    Please go to the App store and search Attleboro Public Schools. There is a new app which will be an excellent means of finding information in one location. You will see updates both from the district and our school. As we use this new tool, administration will be using less of the ASPEN email function.