BBRSD District-Wide Weekly Update

September 10, 2021

Superintendent's Office

BBRSD Vaccine Clinic

BBRSD will be holding a vaccine clinic on September 15 at Tahanto from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students, staff, families, and the general public are welcome to attend. This clinic is sponsored by the MA Department of Public Health. Click here to make an appointment. Click here for a general consent form. Click here for a student consent form. Students may receive a vaccination without a parent in attendance only if BOTH the general consent form and the student consent form are completed and handed in at the time of vaccination. If you have questions about the clinic, please contact Kristi Turgeon.



Jeff Zanghi, Superintendent of Schools

jzanghi@bbrsd.org

Assistant Superintendent's Office

ESSER III Grant Survey

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Berlin-Boylston Regional School District has received grant funds administered through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Through this grant process, the district has received $263,868 in ESSER III funds.


Next week, parents and community members in the towns of Berlin and Boylston will have an opportunity to provide public comment concerning the allocation of these funds through a survey conducted by our Central Office. Public comment by a variety of stakeholders is necessary to secure this grant funding.


The District would appreciate your input in the decision-making process to ensure that funds are expended in a way that will positively impact the education of all students within the Berlin-Boylston School District. We look forward to your responses and ask you to please watch for the survey that will be sent through School Messenger and through each municipality.



PD Afternoon/Early Release Reminder

Wednesday, September 15th is an Early Release Day/PD afternoon for Tahanto Regional Middle/High School, Berlin Memorial School, and Boylston Elementary School. Please check your individual school schedule for late morning dismissal times.


Early Release Days afford our teaching and support staff another opportunity to meet, plan, study and collaborate on topics related to teaching and learning, social-emotional development, and annual initiatives. We are grateful for the time afforded to us and always attempt to utilize it effectively and efficiently. Thank you for your support!




Carol Costello, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

ccostello@bbrsd.org

Office: 508-869-2837 ext. 1111

Business Office News

Each school district is required to annually communicate information related to its school lunch program offerings, prices, and information on eligibility for, and how to apply for free/reduced lunch. This requirement still exists this year even with all meals being offered for free this school year. Please see the communication from our Food Service Director, Lauren Staples below.


Annual School Lunch Notification to Students and Families

Berlin-Boylston Regional School will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option. As part of this program, Berlin-Boylston Regional School will offer healthy breakfast and lunch meals every school day at NO COST due to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow the Seamless Summer Option through School Year 2021-2022. Students will be able to participate in these programs this year regardless of whether they have qualified for free/reduced lunch.

It is still helpful to have applications submitted if you believe you may qualify for free/reduced lunch, as it may impact requests for reduced fees in other school programs. Information on eligibility requirements and the application are posted on the School Lunch section of each school’s website.


Non-Discrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or


3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



Bob Conry, Director of Finance and Operations

rconry@bbrsd.org

508-869-2837 ext. 1103

Boylston Elementary School

And just like that, it feels like we've been here forever. Walking through the building kids have a sense of confidence that they know what to do and where they are going. It didn't take long for them to get into a routine. Even our youngest seem to be navigating the building and have risen to our expectations. It feels great!


I have a few notes for families as we move into a very busy/exciting week ahead:

  • Thank you all for your patience with drop-off and pick-up. The drop-off has been going pretty smoothly all year but I do need to remind parents, if your child needs you to jump out of the car to help them, you should really pull up to the visitor spots. This allows the "tuck and roll" families to keep the line moving. There is no shame in the visitor spots, that is what they are there for. Also, once you have reached the curb and find yourselves stopped, please feel free to let the kids out of the car. We can unload up to 7 cars at a time and this again helps the flow of traffic and keeps cars off of Sewall.

  • We may have finally hit our stride with the pick-up in the afternoon. We are routinely getting done by 3:10(ish). Also, our SchoolDismissalManager Fastlane program is finally up and running! Please make sure you print out those PIN numbers for Kathy to read off in the back. This will expedite the process even further.



Picture Day

Looking ahead, picture day is next Tuesday. We will be taking class pictures outside this year to allow for students to be close to each other and maskless.


Early Release


We follow this up with a 1/2 day PD day on Wednesday. Dismissal will occur at 11:45. Please note that the After School Program will be unable to run as it is staffed with employees required to take part in the professional learning. Please update School Dismissal Manager, if your student is going to go home any way besides their default. Also, please be patient as pick up and the bus routes may take longer than typical with additional children.



If all that wasn't enough, Thursday is our Open House. We are so excited to be back "in-person" for this event. We will begin at 6:00 and each teacher will give two presentations of approximately 40 minutes. We do this so you can make it to two teachers if needed. We will have some student volunteers to help families find the right classroom - it has been a while since parents have been in the building. Please remember the mandate from DESE is that everyone, even visitors, wears a mask when entering the building. If you have a medical waiver for this please reach out to me before Thursday.


BEF Golf Outing


Save the Date: The Boylston Education Foundation (BEF) is proud to announce its first golf tournament! Please save the day, Friday, October 8th, for the BEF's first annual Golf Outing, which will take place at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton MA. All proceeds from the tournament will support the purchase of materials and the creation of programs that may not otherwise come to fruition. The BEF is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based, and community-run organization. Our primary goal is always to enhance and better the lives, education, and sense of community of all students attending BES.



Ace Thompson, Principal

athompson@bbrsd.org

BES Office: 508-869-2200

Berlin Memorial School

BMS Open House, 2021

Open House this year will be held on Thursday, September 16th. We start the first of two sessions at 6:00 and end the evening at 7:30. I am delighted that we will be able to host this event in person this year. Masks will be required to participate. A reminder as well that this is an adults-only event. Child care will not be available this year, so make your plans early.


Early Release Day

Please remember Wednesday, September 15 is an early release day.


Dates to remember

  • Friday, 9/10 - Football Friday - wear your favorite Team colors to celebrate Opening Weekend (bonus points for Josh Allen jerseys!)
  • Wednesday, 9/15 - Early release day
  • Thursday, 9/16 – Open House
  • Wednesday, 9/21 – End of Summer Cook-out



John Campbell, Principal

jcampbell@bbrsd.org

BMS Office: 978-838-2417

Tahanto Regional Middle/High School


Vaccine Clinic

Tahanto will be hosting a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on 9/15/21 from 9-1. Please click on the link below for more information and registration

Vaccine Clinic 9/15/21


Student Forms Due September 13th

Please click on the important letter below to access mandatory school forms!

Forms Master Letter


Please note the change below in pick-up times for parent pick-up!

Parent pick-up 2:20-2:30 Please do not arrive at the school before 2:20. This will allow for our buses to exit onto Rte. 70 in a timely manner in order to ensure the elementary routes will run on time.


Upcoming Events

  • September 15th: Early dismissal (10:56 a.m.) Professional Development

  • September 15th: BBRSD Mobile Vaccine Clinic at Tahanto Regional Middle High School, sponsored by the MA Dept. of Public Health.

  • September 22nd: School Pictures/Senior Class Photo 8:30 a.m.

  • October 2nd: High School Homecoming (more info. to follow)

  • October 7th: Early dismissal/Tahanto Open House

  • October 8th: No School/PD Day



Senior Yearbook Photos

Important deadlines are fast approaching for Senior Yearbook Photos, wills, etc. Click below for information

Senior Yearbook Info/Deadline 10/15



Class of 2024 Parents

Congrats! It's time for your sophomore to order their Class Jewelry from Jostens. Go to jostens.com to design and order your piece of Class Jewelry!


All students who order online by Sept. 15th will receive their choice of a FREE Tahanto performance hoodie or custom backpack.



School Absences/Tardies/Dismissals

School districts must take attendance for every student, every period. If your child is absent from school please follow the procedures below:


  1. Call (508)869-2333 and Press option 4 to report your child absent. If your child is absent due to a medical appt. (doctor or dentist) please bring a note to the main office from the doctor’s office the next day your child is at Tahanto.

  2. If your child is going to be late for school please still call the above number and make us aware of this.

  3. Each student has 3 parental excusals that can be used during each semester for absences that are not subject to a doctor’s visit. To use parental excusal please write a note and have your child bring the note to the main office on the next day your child is in person at Tahanto.

  4. If your child is being dismissed from school, a written dismissal note must be handed in to the main office by 8:00 a.m. Telephone dismissals will not be accepted.



If we do not receive a call notifying us of the absence, the secretaries in the main office will be contacting parents/guardians.


If you need further clarification or need to ask a question specific to your child’s attendance, please do not hesitate to contact Kathleen Angiulo at (508)869-2333 or send an email to kangiulo@bbrsd.org


Athletics

Important information regarding athletic transportation

Due to the bus driver shortage, NRT has informed us that they may have issues supplying buses to some of our games.

They will not know for sure until they organize the routes for any given week. Typically the routes for the following week are set by Friday. NRT will inform Tahanto of any disruptions to the schedule for the next week every Friday. If there are issues for a given week, we will be as creative as possible to work through them, however, it could result in certain sports teams needing later starting times, or PPD of games to later in the season. We will do our best to deal with these situations.


For the latest information regarding fall athletics please click on the link below

Tahanto Athletics



Diane Tucceri, Principal

dtucceri@bbrsd.org


Sally Stukuls, Assistant Principal

sstukuls@bbrsd.org

Tahanto Office: 508-869-2333

BBRSD Vaccine Clinic

Wednesday, Sep. 15th, 9am-1pm

1001 Main Street

Boylston, MA


  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021
  • Tahanto Regional Middle/High School
  • 1001 Main Street, Boylston
  • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Sponsored by the Mass. Dept. of Public Health
  • We welcome students (ages 12 and over), parents, staff, and the general public.
  • Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer are available for adults. Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for those under 18.
  • PLEASE CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
  • A limited amount of walk-in vaccinations will be available
  • Consent Form
  • Consent Form for Minors
  • Students may get the vaccine without being accompanied by an adult ONLY IF BOTH consent forms are completed and turned in at the time of vaccination.
  • Questions? Concerns? Contact Kristi Turgeon at kturgeon@bbrsd.org

The Berlin-Boylston Regional Public Schools do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, genetic information, homelessness or any other class protected by state or federal law.