Greenlodge Weekly Update 1/22/2021


Greenlodge News is back...

Action Required: Complete the form below by Sunday evening (1/24/21).

Thank you for the rapid and honest responses to the health attestations this week. This is a very challenging time where we are balancing the increase of COVID-19 cases in the community with families doing their very best to work, learn, and have some much-needed recreation. We appreciate your patience as we navigate ways to keep school open and kids learning with friends. Understanding there are frustrating moments for many families, we have to make decisions with the health and safety of the entire school in mind.
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Cohort Changes - only accepting requests from remote only to hybrid

We recognize that remote learning is challenging for both students and families. Unfortunately, at this time our number one priority is to keep all members of our community safe. In order to ensure safety, we must limit the size of the cohorts. Only students who have been designated as high needs may attend school in person 4 days. Rest assured you will be contacted as soon as we can safely and equitably bring all students back to in person learning. If your child is experiencing anxiety and/or depression related to remote learning please reach out to your child's teacher and/or our school psychologist Jess Blais. We will be happy to provide additional resources.

Drop-Off Safety

Please remember...

  • Stay in line
  • Stay in your car (use the unloading zone on Greenlodge St if your child needs assistance)
  • Use the crosswalks
  • Do not pass the vans school buses

Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe!

TCRWP Free Parent and Caregiver Workshop Thursday, January 28, 2021

Join expert Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff at our upcoming workshop day for parents and caregivers of students in grades K-8. Learn more about ways to support your child’s literacy education at home, what or how they are learning in school, how to best engage in home literacy projects, and more.

These days are typically 2-3 hours long, composed of a series of 15-minute small-group presentations. Parents and caregivers can choose the workshops that match their needs and are free to come for one workshop or many. The schedule of workshops will be made available prior to the event. These sessions are offered live and are not recorded for later viewing.

Click the link below to register.

Notes from the Nurse...

Please review the updated DPS Quarantine and Travel guidelines here.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate the best way to keep school open. Please make the safer choice if you have any exposures or symptoms--stay home and get tested. Check out this great advice from a pediatrician about whether to keep your student home when you think it’s just a cold.

Watch for symptoms - please do not explain them away as something else!

If your student has any of these, stay home and call their pediatrician. We require either a negative test or doctor’s note with alternative diagnosis to return to school.

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Muscle or body aches

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Fatigue, when combined with another symptom

  • Headache, when combined with another symptom

  • Congestion or runny nose, when combined with another symptom

Quarantine rules: Although Massachusetts has changed the guidelines around close contact quarantine, Dedham Public Schools will continue to exclude students and faculty/staff for a full 14 days for all close-contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Even if your student tests negative during quarantine, they must complete the 14 days. If you have any questions on when your student should end state or school quarantine, feel free to call or email me.

Testing Sites: The Stop the Spread Sites and City of Boston sites are operating smoothly and provide relatively quick results.

Influenza Vaccine: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health removed the requirement for flu vaccination for students. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, and DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing COVID -19 vaccination efforts. DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.

  • If you do have a flu shot record, please continue to send in via email or upload it into the SNAP Health Portal. **If you received your flu shot at one of the Dedham town flu clinics and did not receive paperwork/proof, please send me an email so I can retrieve the record.

Valentine’s Day: This year, DPS will be celebrating Valentine’s Day the safest way possible. Please do not send in anything from home for other students, including cards, gifts, or food to prevent potential transmission of germs.

Medication changes: if your student takes or starts any medication at home that may bring about side effects at school, please let the school nurse know so I can monitor how your student is doing.

Call or email if you have any health-related questions: (781) 310-4248,

Directory Spot

This year the PTO has purchased a subscription for an online app called "Driectory Spot" for our family directory. You should have received an email with information on how to join already. If you have not received this email, please contact


  • If your child is sick or will be out of school for any reason during REMOTE learning please call the attendance line. 781-310-4799 to report the absence.
  • All students will be expected to attend all scheduled remote and in-person sessions.
  • Attendance will be taken daily. Teachers will monitor and track student attendance for all scheduled remote sessions.
  • If your child is required to stay home due to illness, they may attend school remotely. You must call the attendance line to report this, as well as notifying your child's teacher.
  • The school will excuse up to 7 absences in a six month period. Students who are chronically absent will receive notification from the school.
  • Please see the student handbook for full details regarding attendance.

Notes from Ms. Blais : Feeling Stressed?

Self-Care Video Series for Parents

Feeling stressed? Take a few minutes for yourself this winter! Visit Committee for Children’s YouTube channel every Monday through the end of January for a short video about mental health, presented by a licensed clinical psychologist. The weekly self-care videos will also include a daily practice grounded in research and SEL.

Click this link to check out the videos:

Reach out to the PTO Board...

Please reach out to any member of the Board with questions or interest in volunteering.

Grade Level Representative Volunteers...

Great news! At this time we have the following reps:

1st grade: Katie McClorey

2nd grade: Kelley Downey and Jen Parnell

3rd grade: Isa Howley, Cheryl Pratt, Erica Huff

4th grade: Carrie Yandresevits and Kara McDermott

5th grade: Isa Howley and MaryEllen McDonough

5th Grade Yearbook

The 5th Grade committee has started the process of creating the yearbook for our class. We need your help more so than ever in providing pictures for layouts.

Please click on this flyer for information on how you can submit pictures to us.

The flyer includes a link for the Google Drive so that you can upload pictures.

Please do not hesitate to email us at if you need help or have any questions!

We would love to see every 5th grader included in our yearbook. Thank you!

Box Tops and Amazon Smile

Here are two easy ways to make a contribution to Greenlodge...

  • No more cutting Box Tops. Click here to learn more about scanning your store receipt to get credits for Box Tops.
  • Go to and choose to support Greenlodge! Amazon Smile app now available.

Library News from Ms. Bickel

Library Book Checkout Details

I’m so excited for students to be able to borrow books from the library! Students can borrow 2 books from the library at a time in two ways:

If students are learning remotely, I will send an email when the books are ready to pick up in the main office. If students are learning in school, books will be delivered to their classrooms to take home.

There is a bin in the main office lobby and in the library to return all library books. Please return plastic bags to quarantine and reuse as well.

The Greenlodge Library Website has more details about checking out books and other library news and links. Please reach out to me directly at with any questions. Thank you!

FREE Programs at Blue Hills Adult Ed

Blue Hills Adult Education is located at the former ECEC and offers excellent ESL and HiSet programs to adults.



Community Events and Flyers

Click on the GREEN bar above to take a look at the community events and flyers

Check-out the Greenlodge Homepage!

The Greenlodge Homepage is updated regularly. Go here to view:
  • Links to current and past newsletters and headlines
  • Food service information
  • Bus application
  • Families Digital Support Page
  • Counseling resources
  • Coronavirus Updates

Other District Information...

Dedham Public Schools has translated resource pages:

Please click here for translated curriculum and resources.

Haga clic aquí para ver el currículo y los recursos traducidos.

Clique aqui para obter o currículo e os recursos traduzidos.

Пожалуйста, нажмите здесь для перевода учебной программы и ресурсов.

Ju lutemi klikoni këtu për kurrikulën dhe burimet e përkthyera.

الرجاء الضغط هنا للحصول على المناهج والمواد المترجمة.

There is also a Parent Support Group for Spanish speaking families.

Learn more here:Parent Support Group Flyer (Spanish)

Video Overview of Parent Support Group (Spanish)

Substance Abuse Support Group for Children: Please see this flyer for information about a virtual group to support children dealing with the impacts of a loved ones substance abuse.