MHS/WES Newsletter

September 6, 2018

News from the Principal

Watching the pride and joy on parents’ faces as their child walks into school for the very first time, never gets old to me. It reminds me of the significance of what we do everyday. Thank you for all your help and support at home to get this school year off to a great start! It’s hard to believe that we are almost through our second week of school. I love seeing all the smiles and excitement on our children’s faces each morning. We had a few tears from some of our new kindergartners, however, they didn’t last for very long. Actually, there were a lot more tears from parents.

Speaking of kindergarten, with five classes of kindergarten this year we decided to pilot a new special subject called Social Skills/Health. This class will be taught each day by myself, Mr. Deneen, our school adjustment counselors and/or our school resource officers. While our main focus will be on friendship and kindness, we hope to incorporate other topics such as mindfulness, safety, and healthy choices. This week’s theme is “Meet the Principals.” We talked about the role of the principal and visited our office. Next week we will discuss being kind and safe on the school bus.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at our upcoming school events!

from The Principal and Assistant Principal

Substitutes needed! We are always looking for substitutes for our paraprofessionals, recess/lunch aides and teachers. If this is something you'd like to do, please click on the link above and return the forms to the superintendent's office. If you have any questions, you may reach out to our Assistant Principal, Mr. Deneen, at

From the School offices

You should have all received an email containing a link to fill out enrollment forms online. If you have not filled it out, please do so. If you haven't received the forms please call the offices to let us know. MHS 978-874-0163 and WES 978-874-2043

Also, packets of paper forms were sent out on the first day of school. These included medical forms for the nurse, free and reduced lunch forms and dental program forms. Again, please fill these forms out and send them back to the office as soon as possible.

Upcoming dates

  • Thursday, September 6th: WES Parents' Night 6:00-8:00 PM (Parents only)
  • Tuesday, September 11th: WES Picture Day
  • Monday, September 10th: Music Enrollment night 6:30 PM in the WES Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, September 18th: MHS Picture Day
  • Wednesday, September 19th: PTO meeting WES library 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 26th: MHS Open House 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 27th: Half Day all schools (12:00 Dismissal from MHS and WES)
  • Wednesday, October 3rd: Walk to School Day

Meet the School Adjustment Counselors

From the School Adjustment Counselors

As Parents Night and parent-teacher conferences approach, we are reminded of the children who split their time between two homes. If you are separated/divorced parents please keep in mind that your child benefits from being supported by both of you at various events in their lives. So, if possible please consider attending Parents Night and parent-teacher conferences together so your child can see how you both value their education and are interested in how they are doing in school.
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First Grade News

First grade teachers were excited to welcome our students to first grade last week. Being the only grade at Meetinghouse, it was a great opportunity to practice new routines and procedures. Teachers were very impressed with students when the grade held its first all pod meeting. Teachers would like to remind parents to have students bring water bottles on these hot days.

-Meet the Gym Teacher

Hello! My name is Olivia Creonte! Becoming a Physical Education Teacher has been a dream of mine since I was in kindergarten. My whole life I have been very involved with physical activity and children. I studied Physical Education at Bridgewater State University where I minored in Health Promotions, and also played soccer. I am very excited about this new school year and am beyond thrilled to start my third teaching year in Westminster.

-Kindergarten and First Grade

Welcome back everyone! I am so excited to begin the new school year and meet all of Meetinghouse’s new students! The month of September is a very busy month! We will be exploring the gym, going over classroom rules, practicing fire drill safety, as well as getting to know one another! The beginning of the year we spend LOTS & LOTS of time focusing on personal and general space. We will play lots of activities where students must stay in their own space without crashing into others! We use lots of imagination pretending to be spaceships and airplanes as well as all different kinds of animals! This is very important for students to learn and practice in the beginning of the year for it will help to prevent injuries/crashing from occurring in the gym. Please be sure to send your children with sneakers on gym day!

-Grades 2 through 5

Grades 2-5 will also be doing lots of review, going over classroom rules, practicing fire drill safety, as well as getting to know one another. The month of September is spent reviewing/demonstrating GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, playing previous/new tag games, practicing moving around the gym safely and in control, as well as team building activities. Our first unit will be soccer which will begin in a few weeks. Just like last year, every class in grades 2-5 have a class baseball. Every class they have an opportunity to move their baseball by all wearing sneakers, demonstrating great listening and working together. Every 5 homeruns scored earns the class a Free Choice Friday where they either vote on their favorite game to play or explore various stations in the gym. Congrats to Mrs. Kendall’s 3rd grade class last year for coming in first place with the most homeruns!

More Gym News

This year I decided to add something new to the gym which I am super excited about! Each month we will learn about a new muscle. I think it is important for students to learn and understand how certain muscles work, where they are located, and what stretches can help us if a certain muscle is in pain! We will learn about our first muscle the second week of September.

New pages added the WES and MHS websites

The WES and MHS websites have had a page added to it for our guidance department. The WES website has had one added for our after-school music program. It also has a new "quick link" for town sports information, and downloads for other after-school programs, such as, Westminster Youth Playhouse. Please visit the websites often to check out all the new additions!!

What's Happening in Second Grade?

Your second graders have done a wonderful job adjusting to the “big school” and have worked hard to learn many new routines and jobs. We will begin our Superkids block next week and homework will be assigned. Please look for the weekly packet that comes home each Monday. The completed packet is due in the classroom on Friday. We look forward to seeing those of you who are able to attend our annual Parent’s Night this evening. It should be informative! Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions you may have.
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