Bryantville Elementary School
January 15, 2021
Mark Your Calendar!
Important Dates in January
18 NO School – MLK Day
19 All students remote in the afternoon
20 Cohort B in person and Cohort A at home
21 Cohort A in person and Cohort B at home
22 Cohort B in person and Cohort A at home
Celebrating Valentine’s Day safely this year
Because of the need to maintain COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including not exchanging food items and practicing proper social distancing, we ask that you please do not send any food items, balloons, stuffed animals, etc to school with your students on the week prior to February 14th. Please note that as a universal rule, we do not allow the exchange of food or toys to be brought from home.
The only items that will be allowed are traditional paper Valentine cards which must be given to the teacher so that they may be quarantined before distribution. The celebration of Valentine’s Day varies greatly in a K-6 school so please see your individual teachers for more instructions.
A reminder to all families that the free meals program has been extended! Please use the google forms linked below to place orders for our Meals to Go Program. These meals are available for pick-up for students who are learning remotely. Free meals are also provided to students while in school during in-person learning days.
PTO Fundraisers and Events
Coming Soon | Bryantville Dance Fit Program
Bryantville parents and families,
In just a couple of weeks from now, family and friends will support our school by giving
pledges towards the number of minutes dawned your student will complete on the day
of the Bryantville Dance Fit.
Please note: there is NO pressure to give financially to this year’s program. All
students will be able to participate in the event, however, if you would like to give and
share your funrun.com links with family and friends, giving is welcome!
Be sure to mark these dates in your calendar, and be on the lookout for more
communication about registering your student(s) on www.funrun.com.
Pledging Opens - 1/13 *this is the day you can start getting donations!*
Kick-Off - 1/27
Event Day - 2/8
Thanks so much for your support of our school. Get ready for our best event yet!
Square One Art.
Square One has retained last year’s student artwork and parents can go online and order their children’s artwork in various formats.
Please use this link to access your child’s artwork: square1art.com/shop.
Parents can then go to the 'Find Your Childs Art" link and enter the information there.
PPS Covid-19 Dashboard
To streamline COVID communication and provide the most accurate information possible, our focus going forward will be on updating and maintaining our PPS Covid-19 Dashboard. The updated dashboard will take the place of community notification letters for individual cases. Our Covid-19 Dashboard will be updated each day and is the best source of current information as we continue to review each reported case in our community.
We evaluate COVID data daily and collaborate with our state and local health agencies as needed. Our objective is to keep students in school while minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on our students, staff, and community.
In case you missed the virtual elementary band concert!
We will soon begin kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year. We rely upon your assistance in gathering the list of children who will be entering our school for the first time.
To be eligible for Kindergarten, a child must be five years of age by September 1, 2021. If you have a child who will be coming to Kindergarten next fall, we ask that you complete and return this form as soon as possible.
If you know a neighbor with a child who will be registering for Kindergarten next fall, please share this form or ask your neighbor to contact their elementary school.
We will use this contact information to send additional information about the Kindergarten Registration process.
Pick-up and Drop Off Reminders
In order to facilitate the efficient movement of traffic in front of the school, parents are reminded that if they need to get out of their cars to assist their children or anticipate a prolonged wait, please use the parking spaces in front of the school. If you are in your car and lining up in front of school, please do not exit your vehicle as this stalls traffic and our busses are unable to reach the back of the building efficiently. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
If your child/children will be late or absent from school, you must report their absence. This includes remote learning students. The attendance line can be called 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please leave your name, child’s name, teacher, and the reason for their tardiness or absence. School hours are Tuesday-Friday, with remote learning on Monday. Students not logged into their virtual classroom or present at their physical classroom by 8:15 AM will be marked tardy unless other arrangements have been made with the in-person/remote teacher. The attendance line is: 1-781-563-2050
Bryantville Elementary Specialist Schedule and Changes for Quarter 2
Google Meets Links and Choice Board Assignments are available to students through the Bryantville Specialist Website. Because of the need to protect the privacy of students and teachers, the web address is not publicly available but has been included in this email for Bryantville parents. You may also contact a specialist teacher below to receive the web address.
You may also contact a specialist teacher below to receive the web address.
Visit the Bryantville Elementary School Specialist Website for Choice Board Activities and Google Meets Links: https://bit.ly/32f7hmM
Mr. Weldon-Physical Education (PE)
Tuesday-Friday Specialist Online Check-In Times by Grade Level for Cohorts A & B
Online check-in times for quarter two are available below. We will update this posting for subsequent quarters as we move through our orbits model for curriculum delivery. Please note that this schedule is subject to change depending on school committee decisions to move between different education models (i.e. hybrid, remote, or in-person learning)
Please remember that If no teacher is available for a given time period, students have the opportunity to complete a choice board activity available on the Bryantville Specialist Website. The website is available only through email or by contacting one of the specialists above.
Optional check-in times for Cohorts A-D students on the following schedule:
Monday Morning- 8 am-11 am
Health & Social Emotional Wellness
Massachusetts General Law 105CMR200.200 requires that all students entering kindergarten and 4th grade provide the School Nurse with a current physical examination. (*It is best practice to send a copy of your child's annual physical exam and immunizations to the school nurse every year). If your child has not had a physical examination since September 1, 2019, please schedule an appointment and send in a copy of the report upon completion. Please do not hesitate to contact me so we can work together to obtain the proper documents for your child.
Catherine Haley RN
Seasonal Flu Immunization Requirement Update
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the flu vaccine requirement for school-aged children.
New Resources for Social Emotional Health and Child Well-being
HandholdMA.org provides families with tips, tools, and resources designed to help them navigate their child’s wellbeing during COVID-19 with confidence. The content, which is targeted to families with kids aged 6-12 years, was developed by a team of mental health and child development experts as well as family and community. This website can be translated into several different languages too!
Social-Emotional Health and Wellness Resources
The counseling staff at Bryantville Elementary are happy to offer an optional mindfulness opportunity for students in grades K-6. Each Monday, a member of our counseling team will offer a 30-minute "Drop-in/Check-in" time for students to say hello, practice some relaxation strategies, and get centered for the week ahead.
Each Monday that school is in session, go to meet.google.com and join a meeting with the grade level code:
Grades K-3: 11:00-11:25 Meeting code: bryrelax
Grades 4-6: 11:30-11:55 Meeting code: brychill
Below you will find resources for parents as well:
THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF THE COVID PANDEMIC. RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES FOR FAMILIES
Easy Ways to Support Bryantville Elementary School
BOX TOPS NEWS
The box tops program is going digital! If you still have the old box tops you clip- Keep sending them in like before. If your product has a box top that says to scan it- you must download the Box Tops app, set up an account, and then scan your store receipt. It automatically finds your box tops items and credits the school. Pro-tip- Try to get in the habit after every shopping trip to scan the receipt. (it has to be scanned within 14 days.)
Remember each box top (coupon or digital) is worth $0.10- they add up quickly! Last year we made over $1500 for Bryantville!!! Thanks for your help and support!
Remember each one is worth $0.10--they add up quickly! Please remember to cut the box tops out on the lines and, if possible, attach them to the collection sheet that can be found online. Thanks for your help and support!
Even when shopping at Amazon, you can help support Bryantville Elementary.
If you type Smile.Amazon.com in your address bar, it will take you to the simple sign up page. Once registered, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Bryantville.
1. Go to smile.amazon.com
2. In the search bar at the bottom— type Bryantville and click Search
3. In the results window select Bryantville School PTO
4. That's it! —now you are registered for Smile.Amazon.com
5. You will notice that now you are supporting Bryantville School PTO right under the Amazon search bar.
Thank you for making a difference and supporting Bryantville!
Sign up and select Bryantville Parent Teacher Organization as your charity. Amazon will remember your selection and prompt you to use this as your preferred page. The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of eligible purchase right back to our school!
Our school has a donation bin in the front parking lot. It is emptied weekly, and the PTO receives monthly rebate checks based on the weight of the donations. It is an easy way to recycle clothing, shoes, and linens.
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards
Already shop at Stop &Shop? Register your card on their website and select Bryantville Elementary School. The program runs from October through March and every time you shop it equals free money for our school!
Pembroke Public Library January Youth Activities
In the interest of helping control the spread of COVID-19, the Pembroke Public Library building will be closing at 6 PM on Monday, December 14th. The library will be returning to Curbside Services only beginning at 10 AM on Tuesday, December 15th. The book drops will remain open 24/7 for the return of all materials.
Curbside Pickup Hours:
Monday - Thursday from 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday from 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday from 10 AM - 1 PM
Monday - Thursday from 9 AM - 8 PM
Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday from 9 AM- 2 PM
While the building is closed, staff are still here for you! If you need help placing holds or are looking for book or movie suggestions, give us a call at 781-293-6771.
You can also fill out our online reading suggestion form (located on our website) to have staff select books for Curbside Pickup.
Our online collections of eBooks, audiobooks, and movies are always available to borrow with your Pembroke Public Library card through Libby/OverDrive and hoopla. If you need help setting up your account or getting a library card, call us at 781-293-6771.
Book Blizzard 2021
Now through March 20th
We're welcoming 2021 with the Book Blizzard, a program to inspire our community to keep their reading resolutions and cozy up with a good book (and maybe a mug of cocoa). All ages can participate to earn entries for prizes. To start, you just need to sign in or register with your Beanstack* account using this link ( https://pembrokepubliclibrary.beanstack.org/). Happy reading!
*Beanstack is our library's year-round book tracker available to all patrons.
Raising a Reader
Fridays at 2:00 pm on January 8th, January 15th, January 22th, January 29th, February 5th, and February 12th.
Big Ryan’s Tall Tales welcomes all parents and their children (3-5 years) to come to this 6-week series on making stories where language comes alive. Laugh, read, and interact in this LIVE event! Please complete an online registration form at pembrokepubliclibrary.org. By completing the registration you are signed up for all six weeks of the series. Links for the series sessions will be sent out the day before the first workshop or upon your registration. This program is generously provided by the South Shore Family Network, a program of the South Shore Community Action Council.
Take & Make: Book Hedgehog Craft
Available through January or while supplies last
Take & Make Book Hedgehog Craft Kids and teens (ages 8 - 18) are invited to sign up for this Take-and-Make Craft to create a book hedgehog. These little forest dwellers are the perfect pet as all they need is a loving home.
Materials Provided: 1 paperback book, 1 pom pom, 2 wiggle eyes, 1 piece of felt, 1 set of instructions
Materials Needed: craft glue or hot glue gun, scissors, some patience to fold
Storytime To Go Kit
Available through January or while supplies last
Storytime To Go aims to bring the experience of Storytime to you and your child by offering opportunities for developing early literacy skills. These Kits were created for ages 2 - 5 and include activities that support five skills that build a strong foundation for a reader: reading, talking, singing, writing and playing together every day. January's Kit is built with the theme of FOREST FRIENDS. You and your child can roll out playdough berries for a friendly raccoon, create ant finger puppets, craft a paper owl, and more with the items included. These kits are available for Curbside Pickup. Please complete an online registration form at pembrokepubliclibrary.org ; the library will contact you when your Kit is ready to help you make a Curbside appointment.