Your Weekly Update from Johnson Elementary School
Screening Notification for Parents
All health screenings conducted in schools are required by Massachusetts Law. Screenings at Johnson will begin in November and will be ongoing throughout the school year.
Vision Screening: Vision screening is conducted for all grades K – 4. The nurse will send a referral to parents if a follow up appointment is needed with their physician.
Hearing Screening: Hearing screening is conducted for all grades K - 3. The nurse will send a referral to parents if a follow up appointment is needed with their physician.
Growth Development Screening: Height and weight screenings are conducted for students in grades 1 and 4.
Parents and legal guardians have the opportunity to request, in writing, that their child not participate in the screenings. The request must be written each year and be specific to which screening you do not wish your child to participate. Please send this letter via email or hard copy to the attention of the Johnson School Nurse (email@example.com)
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ADDITIONAL NOTE FROM THE NURSE:
Friendly reminder from the clinic: Please remember to pack an extra set of seasonably appropriate clothes for your student(s). The health office has a minimal supply of back up clothing. Thank you!
Kristin Gilbert, BSN, RN, NCSN
Johnson Health Office
99 South Main Street, Natick MA 01760
MONDAY, NOV. 7TH/LOST AND FOUND WILL BE OUT FRONT FROM 2:56-5:30PM
Our Lost and Found is overflowing! It is located in the hall near the GYM! If your child is missing any items, please have them check the Lost and Found on their way to PE Class and Lunch.
All items remaining in Lost and Found at THANKSGIVING break will be donated to a the service council.
As a reminder, please label your child's clothing. All labelled clothing is returned to the appropriate child.
Dear Johnson Families,
This year, Daylight Saving time ends on Sunday, November 6, 2022. Please remember to turn your clocks back one hour.
It was great to see so many of you on Monday for the Halloween Parade and on Wednesday, for Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you have not already done so, please contact your child’s classroom teacher to schedule a meeting time.
Thank you to our Johnson PTO for the delicious pizza, salad, drinks, and dessert treats provided for lunch Tuesday, November 1st. On behalf of all of our teachers and staff it is very much appreciated!
Our Johnson PTO rocks!!!
Veterans Day ~ Friday, November 11, 2022
The Johnson School Peacemakers Perform on Veterans Day
- ALL 3rd and 4th grade students are invited to perform at Natick’s Veterans Day Ceremony. (There is a parade marching at 9:30AM, but The Peacemakers are not in it.)
- Good Weather Plan: Please arrive at the Morse Institute Library by 10:00AM*. Mrs. Conaway and Mrs. D’Antonio will meet students. We will stay together throughout the ceremony and when it concludes, we will dismiss students to their grownups.
- Bad Weather Plan: Please arrive at the Community Senior Center, 117 East Central Street, by 9:30AM*.
*We will perform rain or shine!
Wednesday, November 9 at 7pm via Zoom
For parents, caregivers, and community members of all ages
Please join SPARK Kindness for this important program in advance of Kindness Week and as part of our ongoing commitment as a community to practice kindness, respect, and justice for all! All are welcome! This program will address how to raise children who work to promote justice, compassion, and belonging for themselves and others. Dr. Traci Baxley will discuss the principles of Social Justice Parenting and offer strategies for implementing these values into your daily life. Simultaneous ASL and Portuguese Language Interpretation will be provided at this event.
Quarta-feira, 9 de novembro às 19h, via Zoom
Para pais, mães, cuidadores e membros da comunidade de todas as idades
Junte-se SPARK Kindness a neste importante programa em antecipação à Semana da Gentileza, como parte do nosso compromisso contínuo, enquanto comunidade, de praticar gentileza, respeito e justiça para todos! Todos são bem-vindos!Este programa será sobre como criar crianças que se esforçam para promover justiça, compaixão e pertencimento para si e para os outros. A Dra. Traci Baxley irá falar sobre os princípios da Parentalidade com Justiça Social e oferecer estratégias para implementar esses valores na sua vida diária. Neste evento disponibilizaremos interpretação simultânea de ASL (Linguagem Americana de Sinais) e de Língua Portuguesa.
5th Annual Kindness Week -- 2022
SPARK Kindness is celebrating the fifth annual Kindness Week from November 12 - 18!
Kindness has never been more important and Kindness Week is a time to shine a spotlight on the good that happens every day in our communities, and to inspire people to SPARK Kindness through simple but powerful actions. We invite community members, organizations, and businesses to all come together to help us celebrate this week and beyond!
Our invitation to Kindness Week is HERE. And we would love to hear your stories of kindness. What does kindness mean to you? Send your stories to KindnessWeek@SPARKkindness.org and help celebrate our community and all the ways kindness connects us. Our Call for Stories is HERE.
- September 1 - October 30: Paw print campaign
- Wednesday, November 9th 7:00PM (virtual) Social Justice Parenting: Raising Compassionate, Anti-Racist, and Socially Conscious Children
- Friday, November 11th - Schools closed in observance of Veteran's Day
- Friday, November 11th - Peacemakers will be performing for Veterans Day. (See above for info)
- November 12 - November 18 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDESS WEEK!!
- Wednesday, November 16th - Early Release - CONFERENCES, PRE-K, Elementary, Middle ONLY
- Wednesday, November 23rd - Early Release Day - THANKSGIVING - 12:15 pm Dismissal
- Thursday and Friday Nov. 24 & Nov. 25 - School Closed for Thanksgiving
- Monday, November 28th - ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED - District wide Professional Development!
THREE Things You Need to Know
1 - Breakfast and Lunch is free to all students this school year. Even though meals are free to students all year, we ask that you do fill out an application because you may qualify families for additional supports.
2 - REMINDER FOR PARENTS WHO WANT TO VOLUNTEER - Volunteer--CORI Checks
If you want to volunteer in schools, you must have a CORI check conducted and you must go into the building with identification (drivers license or passport) to do this. Click here for description of what a CORI check is and does. Without a CORI check, you cannot volunteer in the school. Here is the form to fill out for a CORI.
3 - FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
We have a range of financial supports available in the Natick Public Schools. This includes assistance with school fees, such as the bus and picture day, scholarships for programs such as the Book Fair and connections to community resources that may be helpful. If you are interested in these programs, please contact Laura Loftus, our school counselors, to have a private conversation. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELP WANTED FOR JOHNSON'S YEARBOOK
The Johnson 2022-23 yearbook is going to be a community-wide effort again. We need folks to collect content and we need a committee to pull it all together.
Will you take pictures or help organize them? Super! Do you want to work with Coffee Pond’s design software to actually assemble the yearbook? Awesome! Drop an email to email@example.com so we can assemble the world’s greatest yearbook team.
If you’ve already got some photos you’d like to submit, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Yearbook – name of event” in the subject line.
Johnson PTO Info!
Thank you to Keri Clark, Memorial School PTO President and the Memorial School PTO for including the Johnson Community with their upcoming events. Please take a look and feel free to attend any of these Memorial PTO sponsored events.
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5