The McCarthy Memo

Our Family Newsletter for August 29, 2021

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Greeting McCarthy Families!

Good morning, McCarthy School Families!

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school this week! There is a lot of information for families in this newsletter so please take a few minutes to read it carefully.

Grades 1-5 first day of school is Wednesday.

Kindergarten students first day of school is Thursday.

School Hours 8:00am - 2:30pm

Doors open and breakfast is served at 8:00 am.

Enjoy the last few days of summer!

Cynthia Page, Principal

Jean Nolan, Assistant Principal

Newsletter Table of Contents:

School Hours

District Calendars

Morning Arrival Procedures

Afternoon Dismissal Procedures

Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday, September 1st at 9:30 IN PERSON

Important Back to School Health Updates from Mrs Beatty, our school nurse

Pool Testing

McCarthy School Staffing Updates

McCarthy Staff Directory

School Breakfast and Lunch

Virtual Question and Answer for families on Monday, August 30 at 6:30pm

Transportation and Busing

Explorers Before and After School Care at McCarthy

Important Dates to Remember

District Information

Covid Guidelines as we return to school

FPS Return to School Update 8.27.21

Transportation and Busing information

Previous McCarthy Memos for Families

School Hours

School Hours 8:00am - 2:30pm

Doors open and breakfast is served at 8:00 am.

2021-2022 School Year Calendars

Please note: These calendars have been updated as of 9/28/20 to include 4 half days for parent teacher conferences on December 10, 17, and January 7 and 14.


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Students Walking to School

Students who are walking to school can enter one of several entrances in the morning. Staff are present and on duty at the following locations:

-Walking from Oaks Rd side, students can enter Door 25, closest to the Gym.

-Walking from Normandy Road, students should be crossed by the crossing guard, and follow the side walk to our Family Drop Off area, entering Door 4.

-Walking from Warren Road path, student can enter Door 11, right at the end of the pathway.

Family Drop Off Area - OPENS AT 8:00AM

The Parent Drop off and Pick Up entrance is located on Flagg Drive. It is near the Flagg Drive/Warren Road intersection.

Please arrive AFTER 8:00am and before 8:15am. Staff is on duty from 8:00-8:15 to greet your child(ren.)


  • Have your child in the BACK SEAT on the DRIVER'S SIDE

  • SLOWLY proceed down the driveway in the marked lane, pulling up behind the car in front of you.

  • Queue up in the path, staying close behind the car in front of you.

  • A staff member will approach your car to open the back door for your child

  • Students may not get out of a car UNLESS staff are present

  • Your child will need to wear a mask upon entering the school

  • Proceed to the end of the driveway, turn right, and exit onto Flagg Drive. You may turn right or left onto Flagg Drive.

Please use tremendous caution when you pull away and are driving on our campus. We have walkers, visitors, busses, children and their families all trying to get safely to school.

Students Riding the Bus


When students arrive at school, they are greeted by staff members out front. Students enter the building and go to breakfast or directly to their classroom.

DISMISSAL begins at 2:30

Please let your child's teacher know how your student will go home each day. We will record this in the office.

*****If there is a change in the typical dismissal plans for your child, send a note to your child's classroom teacher that day. *******

Last minutes changes should be communicated with the office prior to 1:30 pm.

EARLY DISMISSALS: If you need to dismiss your child before the end of the school day, it must be before 2:15 pm.

Thank you very much for following these procedures for the safety of all the children at McCarthy School.

Meeting Walkers

This year our "Walkers" will exit out the right side of the school near the gym. Parents can wait for their child to be dismissed at this door, beginning at 2:30. If you are meeting your walker, please know we will ask you for identification before we can release a student to you.

Family Pick up



McCarthy dismisses at 2:30. Please DO NOT arrive before 2:30.

You can arrive ANYTIME between 2:30 and 2:50 each day

When arriving:

  • Turn right into McCarthy School from Flagg Drive.

  • SLOWLY proceed down the driveway in the marked lane, pulling up to the cone and/or car in front of you.

  • Please pull all the way up to the car in front of you and stay in your vehicle.

  • A staff member will ask for Identification of the Driver and the name of the student they are picking up

  • PLEASE NOTE: All Drivers will be asked for identification until we get to know you.

  • If someone other than a parent/guardian is picking up, please notify the office in advance. We will ask them for Identification.

  • Please PAY ATTENTION to the car in front to keep the line moving.

  • Proceed to the end of the driveway, turn right and exit onto Flagg Drive. You may turn right or left onto Flagg Drive.

Please use tremendous caution when you pull away and are driving on our campus. We have walkers, visitors, busses, children and their families all trying to get safely to school.

Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday, Sept 1, from 9:30-10:30

Please see the letter below regarding our IN PERSON Kindergarten Orientation for K Students and their families! We look forward to meeting our new K students and families IN PERSON on Wednesday!

Back to School Health Update

Please click the link below for important health information from Nurse Beatty.

Pool Testing at McCarthy

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the district is providing a voluntary, free COVID-19 pooled testing program at our schools. Although participation is voluntary, it is strongly encouraged in order to allow for quick identification and quarantine of positive cases to prevent further spread of the virus in the school community. More information will be coming out this week.

Staffing Updates

Over the summer we were fortunate to hire some very talented educators for McCarthy School. We are welcoming the following new staff:

Ms Gross - Grade 3 Teacher, Room B28

Marissa joins us having taught at Potter Road the last 2 years. She is excited to be working in 3rd grade here at McC!

Ms Archibald - Grade 4 Teacher, Room C26

Lauren joins McCarthy with many years of teaching experience in New York City. Mrs. Archibald has “come home” to this area to be closer to family.

Ms McGuire - Grade 4 Teacher, Room C29

Ms. McGuire joins us from the Hooks School in Chelsea, most recently working with 5th and 4th graders. The Hooks School was the mentor school Brophy, Harmony Grove, and McCarthy visited several times when researching and preparing for our turnaround work.

Ms Sancho - School Adjustment Counselor

Marcella is joining us from Brophy. She is excited to be joining the McCarthy team and looks forward to supporting our students!

Mrs Shaw, Interventionist

Julie Shaw joins us as a former teacher and special educator in both Massachusetts and New York.

Campus Aides:

Pedro DeSouza

Jomavy Espino

Alyssa Corazzini

Dominique Gomes

Shifts in Roles at McCarthy

Mrs Sneed will leave her coaching role next year to work exclusively as a K-2 push-in Reading Teacher, directly servicing students and working with teachers in support of the workshop model using small group/individual instruction- guided reading groups, skills groups, conferencing with students.

Ms Chase leaves the 4th grade classroom to work as a 3-5 push in Math Teacher, directly working with students and teachers in support of the workshop model during Math, using small group/individual instruction-stations, skills groups, and conferring with students.

Cafeteria Monitors

Ms DaSilva

Mrs Nguyen

Explorers Site Coordinator

Philip Saint Juste

Breakfast and Lunch

This year all students can get a free breakfast and lunch.

If you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch program, Food Services is asking that you still complete the free and reduced lunch forms found below.

Letter to Parents (English)
Carta aos Pais (português)
Carta para los padres (Español)

How to Apply
Como se inscrever (português)
Cómo aplicar (Español)

Free & Reduced Application 2021-2022
Requerimento Gratuito & Reduzido 2021-2022 (português)
Aplicación gratuita o reducida 2021-2022 (Español)

Virtual Question and Answer for families on Monday, August 30 at 6:30pm

Monday, Aug. 30th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-582-0096‬ PIN: ‪341 975 064‬#

More phone numbers:


For families that have requested transportation for the coming school year, information about bus assignments was sent to families on Thursday, August 24th.

If you would like transportation for your child and you have not yet filled out the transportation request for this school year, please do so as soon as possible.

Transportation request- Eng



McCarthy Explorers Program- Before & After School Care

Click here for information on our program and registering!

Important Dates to Remember

Mon Aug 30 - Family Question and Answer Virtually 6:30-7:30

Wed Sept 1- First Day of School Grades 1-5

Thu Sept 2 - First Day of School Kindergarten


Tue Sept 7 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah

Thu Sept 16 - NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur

Thu Sept 23 - McCarthy School Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30

FPS District Information

FPS Covid Guidelines

Below please find a link to the most updated CFPS OVID Guidance.

  • Universal masking for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors and on school buses

  • Masks may be removed during mask breaks or when outside

  • At lunch, students will sit facing in the same direction, spaced at 3 feet apart in the cafeteria.

  • Ventilation/air purification systems in each school that operate properly and with effective air exchange.
  • Masks will be required for passengers and drivers on school buses in accordance with the federal public health order. In addition, all FPS school buses will have windows open at all times.
As always, please reach out to our school office if you have any questions. We are looking forward to working together with all of our families this year!

Cynthia Page, Principal

Jean Nolan, Assistant Principal