Goodyear Newsletter

April 11, 2021

WPS Return to Full In-Person Instruction

Thank you to all of the Goodyear families and staff for making our first full week of instruction a success! We will continue to monitor our schedule and routines and make changes as needed.


During the week, we were visited by Superintendent Dr. Crowley, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Baldassarre, and School Committee member Mr. Mulrenan.


Students have done an impressive job adjusting to new schedules and routines, especially lunch and recess.

SEL News: April Trait is COURAGE

The character trait for March was DILIGENCE. Thank you to Mr. Dandrea and Mrs. Borselli for producing our latest video.


March Character Trait Awards Video


The character trait for April is COURAGE:


  • bold and brave
  • faces tough challenges
  • confronts uncertainty, difficulty, or pain


Would you like to help support our work on COURAGE? Here is a good resource:

Character Counts

News from the School Nurse

Please continue to contact Nurse Doherty (kdoherty@woburnps.com) with any updates to your child's health. If you or your child have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive, Nurse Doherty will review the protocols for attending or returning to school.


Information for April Vacation (April 18th - 24th)


Since Woburn Public Schools will be closed the Week of April 19, 2021 for April Vacation, if a

need arises to report any COVID-19 matters, please email your name, child’s name and school and

your contact information to covid@woburnps.com. A school nurse, on call, will reach out to you to discuss your matter and advise you on the most appropriate next steps.


It is important that we are aware of potential COVID-19 issues during the school vacation so that we can open our buildings safely on Monday, April 26, 2021. Thank you all for your cooperation and best wishes for an enjoyable April break.


In addition, you can find COVID-19 Testing Sites in Massachusetts here. Students who must quarantine or miss school due to medical reasons may participate in remote learning classes with the approval of the school principal. Contact Mr. Kessaris (kkessaris@woburnps.com) if you need more information.


The WPS quarantine protocols are available in the following languages:


English

Spanish (español)

Portugese (português)

Haitian Creole (kreyòl ayisyen).


All students in grade four must submit documentation of an up-to-date physical to the school nurse's office.


Massachusetts has updated its COVID-19 travel advisory. Use the link to access the current information.


Thank you for helping to keep our schools safe!

Goodyear PTO

Thank you to our PTO for recent updates around the school, including an outdoor activity area, spring flowers around the new Goodyear sign,a new plate for the bench dedicated to Mr. Torrice, and the signs and balloons around the school last week.


The next PTO meeting is Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00pm (Zoom link to be shared)


President: Kristina Peitzsch

Vice President: Patrice O'Keeffe

Treasurer: Rachelle Packard

Secretary: Andrea Hanley

Member-at-large: Tricia Avery

Enrichment Chair: Sharon Crispo


You can help by downloading apps for the Target RedCard and Box Tops for Education.

News from WPS Food Services

Woburn Memorial High School (88 Montvale Avenue) is now the only location to pick up school lunch for remote students between 10:45am and 11:45am.


WPS Food Services


More information is available below:


English

Spanish (español)

Portuguese (português)

Haitian Creole (Kreyòl ayisyen)

April Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Click here to view the menu

Woburn Little League Registration

Registration for Woburn Little League is open.


Please visit Woburn Little League for more information.

Safe Traffic Reminders

I want to remind all families to please use caution and expect heavier volume when driving around the school at arrival and dismissal. The arrival & dismissal plan will remain the same.


Failure to follow the traffic routine around the school results in blocked pathways and delays for other families. Please adhere to the traffic routine to the fullest extent possible.


In addition, please note the following:


  • The drop-off lane should be accessed from Orange Street via Pine Street or Hawthorne Street. Vehicles that enter through the outlet at Montvale Congregational Church cause a two-lane funnel effect which is unsafe for students who are exiting vehicles.

  • The drop-off lane is designed to keep vehicles moving. Should you need to park or exit your vehicle for any reason, please park on Utica Street across from the school and walk your child to the front door.

  • The front bus loop and parking area is closed to traffic between 8:00 – 9:00 am and 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Students should not be dropped off or picked up in the front bus loop. Please use the drop off lane or park on Utica Street.

  • The side parking lot next to the gymnasium is closed to traffic between 8:00 – 9:00 am and 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Only vehicles that use the handicap-accessible spaces in the side parking area should enter with caution.

  • Due to the limited amount of parking at the school, we ask that families park on Utica Street so that staff members may access the school parking lot in the morning.

  • Please observe all traffic and no parking signs on Orange Street and Central Street. All information in this letter is marked on signs around the school.

What to Bring to School

  • Nut-free snack: Please pack a nut-free snack that is easy to carry each day. Examples include sliced fruit/vegetables, packaged snacks, or nut-free granola and fruit bars. Students will eat snack during their morning recess time. Water bottles will remain in classrooms. We recommend using straws for all beverages.


  • "Travel" supplies: Students will bring their school supplies to specials (Art, Health, and Library) and for outdoor activities. We recommend a pencil, crayons, a glue stick, and a small, rounded pair of scissors in a gallon-size Ziploc or plastic bag. You may already have these things in your remote learning area or in your child's desk. We have limited supplies to offer students in the school as well.


  • Masks: All students and staff are required to wear masks in school and on school grounds. Classes will have mask breaks scheduled during the day. Extra disposable masks are available from the school.


  • Blanket or beach towel: for outdoor snack and activities (check with your child's teacher).

A Typical Full Day at the Goodyear

  • Arrival: Arrival will be similar to the routine we have used all year. Kindergarten students will enter their classrooms from the back of the school. Grades 4 and 5 will enter at the Stairway 1 door in the back of the school (one teacher from each grade will meet the students). Grades 1, 2, and 3 will enter through the main entrance (one teacher from each grade will meet the students). Students riding the buses will enter through the entrance at the end of the bus loop and use Stairway 2 (staff will meet the students). GAIN students will be met by GAIN staff and use the front entrance. All students should use sanitizer or wash their hands upon entering the school.


  • Breakfast: Breakfast will be available at dismissal for students to take home and eat the next morning. Due to distancing, we are no longer able to eat breakfast in the classrooms.


  • Snack: A nut-free snack should be provided each day (see What to Bring to School above).


  • Lunch: Lunch will be in the gymnasium each day. The tables will have a barrier and we have expanded to 4 lunches to decrease volume. When possible, lunch may be eaten outside.


  • Specials: Students will travel to the specialists' rooms for Art, Health, Music, Library, and Physical Education (to be in the cafeteria space). When possible, physical education class will be held outside.


  • Dismissal: Dismissal will be similar to the routine we have used all year. Kindergarten students will exit their classrooms from the back of the school. Grades 3, 4 and 5 will exit through the main entrance. Grades 1 and 2 will exit through the gymnasium. Dismissal times will be slightly staggered to reduce volume. Students riding the buses will exit through doors at the end of the bus loop and use Stairway 2. GAIN students will be dismissed by staff.

Before the Bell Program

Our Before the Bell Program will begin on April 5th, 2021. We are now accepting applications. Your child MUST have the attached form completed and approved before they can begin the program. Please complete the registration form for each child. Once we meet our maximum capacity, your child will be wait-listed in the order the application was received. You will be notified if we are unable to accept your child's application.


ROUTINE:

Please drop your child off to Miss Beth at the side entrance of the gym (next to the main entrance) on the days you wish to participate (doors will be labeled for easy access). You may come every day once approved or on a need-to basis. Drop off begins at 7:15am. The program staff will escort the children to class promptly at 8:15am. The children will participate in safe activities and follow district guidelines during their time in the program.


COST:

The cost is $5.00 per day. Attendance is taken and a bill will be sent home at the end of each month with your child. Please make checks payable to Woburn Public Schools and return the payment with the invoice to Mrs. Gibbons or the office.


QUESTIONS:

If you have any questions or concerns please email me at cogibbons@woburnps.com

Before the Bell 2021 Registration Form

Click here to access the form

Transition Resources for Families

It is age-appropriate for young children to have questions and/or worries about changes to their routine or daily schedule. With that in mind, our school counselor has created two presentations with things families can do to ease the transition to full-day instruction at the Goodyear.


Please remember that although some things at school will be different, many will remain the same for your child. Reassurance and problem-solving at home and in school will help with these obstacles.


Feeling Prepared for In-Person Learning


Easing Anxiety

Massachusetts Travel Advisory (including international travel)

Massachusetts has changed its travel order to a travel advisory for travel within the United States. However, the international travel restrictions have not changed as of today.


Domestic Travel Advisory.

According to recent guidelines released, as of Monday, March 22, the Massachusetts travel order has been replaced with a travel advisory. Returning residents are advised (not required) to test and quarantine upon return from domestic travel.


International Travel Order (has remained the same):

If you traveled outside of the United States, you must have a negative PCR test done between day 3-5 upon arrival back in MA and must quarantine for 7 days regardless of negative test. If a test is positive, then you need to isolate for 10 days.


Being vaccinated does not exempt a person from the above requirements for international travel.

New England Dairy Event

New England Dairy is hosting a virtual Farm to Family event on April 22nd at 5:00pm - 5:45pm. Use the link to register and for more information.

Registration for Fall 2021

Any child who is a Woburn resident and will be 5 years old before September 1, 2021 is eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the Woburn Public Schools. Please visit the WPS Registration page for more information and contact Brenda Farren (bfarren@woburnps.com) if you have any questions.

MCAS Update

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has informed all Massachusetts public schools that the MCAS assessments for grades 3 - 8 will take place this Spring with some modifications.


Most importantly, DESE will significantly reduce testing time for students in grades 3 - 8 through a session sampling approach. In-school test sessions will be offered for fully remote students if they wish to participate. (MCAS cannot be done remotely).


Earlier this month, DESE updated the test administration window for grades 3 - 8. The updated window is now May 10th - June 11th. More information can be found on the DESE MCAS site.

Coming Soon: Literacy Curriculum Update

Our Program Selection Committee, made up of elementary administrators, central office staff, and teachers from K-5, are working together to learn about different literacy programs to find the best fit for our district. We have come up with a Literacy Vision & Values document to guide our selection, and are working with a rubric to grade each program. We will be in contact with families when the selection is complete and will be implementing this in September 2021.
WPS Literacy Vision and Values

Click here for more information

Early Childhood Program (Preschool) - Free Screening

Dear Goodyear families,


This flyer is intended to be shared with Woburn families and to serve as a reminder that the Woburn Early Childhood Program conducts screenings for children who have turned 3 years old by September 1, 2020 who present with concerns in one or more areas of her/his development.

What is Preschool screening? Pre-school screening is a brief assessment procedure designed to assess children's developmental levels and to identify children who, because of potential learning disabilities, or cognitive, communication and/or social challenges, may require a referral for a special education evaluation which is a more intensive level of diagnostic assessment.

Who is eligible for screening? Children living in Woburn who have turned 3 years old by September 1, 2020 are eligible to participate in the preschool screenings.

More information is available in English, Spanish (español), and Portuguese (português).

Woburn Community Education Foundation

The WCEF is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2014 with a mission to increase private investment and community involvement in the Woburn Public Schools.


The WCEF hosts many events throughout the year, including the Teacher Tribute, Woburn Hall of Fame, Women's Forum, and Holiday Door Decorating Contest.


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Winter Raffle.


Please consider participating and thank you for supporting the WCEF and Woburn Public Schools.

Woburn Recreation Department

The Woburn Recreation Department offers programs for children and adults throughout the year. They also post a weekly Activity list for families. Visit their website to view a list of the current programs being offered.

Goodyear Enrichment: Change is Simple

Change is Simple will once again visit the Goodyear, thanks to support from our PTO. This year, lessons will be scheduled remotely and they will visit all grades kindergarten through grade 5 for both Hybrid Learning Model and Virtual Academy students.


Hybrid Learning Model Schedule:

Wednesday, November 4th

Wednesday, December 9th

Wednesday, January 27th

Wednesday, March 24th


Virtual Academy Schedule:

Friday, November 20th

Friday, February 5th

Friday, April 9th

Friday, June 4th

Important April Dates


  • Wednesday, April 14th: School Librarians Appreciation Day
  • Wednesday, April 14th: Goodyear PTO meeting 7:00 (Zoom meeting link to be shared)


Schools will be closed for April Vacation: Monday, April 19th - Friday April 23rd.

WPS School Calendar 2020 - 2021

Click here for the complete district calendar