MHS/WES Newsletter

August 27, 2021

Welcome Back to School!

We are excited to welcome back our students and families next week! Even though we are all wearing masks indoors, everything else is back to business as usual. We sincerely look forward to the return of family events and the beginning of new traditions. We are partners in education and our entire staff is committed to making this the best school year yet!

Important Dates:

August 31: First Day of School (Grades 1-12)

September 3-6: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day Weekend

September 3: MHS Kindergarten Family Walk-Thru 8:00-10:00 a.m.

September 2: WES Curriculum Night 6:00-7:00 p.m. (parent/guardians only)

September 7: First Day of School for Kindergarten

September 7: Picture Day (Grades 1-5)

October 5: MHS Open House for Families 6:00-7:00 p.m.

October 18: Picture Day (kindergarten and Retakes)

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Elementary School Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Car Riders:

  • AM Drop off Time: 8:20 - 8:30 AM (There is no supervision prior to 8:20 a.m.)
  • PM Pick up Time: 2:55 PM
  • All adults, please stay in your cars
  • Please have your child practice buckling and unbuckling their seat belts independently
  • Our staff is there to help and will guide children to where they need to go

AM Arrivals: Bus drivers let children off the bus at school starting at 8:20 a.m. Walkers/students being dropped off should not arrive before 8:20 a.m. There is NO Supervision until 8:20 a.m. School officially starts at 8:30 a.m.

PM Dismissals: The school day ends at 2:55 p.m. The office needs to know your dismissal plan. Please write a note on the first day of school if your child is NOT taking a bus but will be a pick up or walker. One note is sufficient for the year unless it will be changing often. We cannot take requests to ride another bus unless it is a regularly scheduled drop off (i.e. childcare, two parent/grandparent home). If your child is a pick up, you will be given a sign to display on your car dashboard. Pick ups will be dismissed to the cafeteria and called outside in the order cars line up. Please remain in your car.

If your child needs to be dismissed early, please send a note (with his/her first and last name) to his/her teacher stating the time and reason for dismissal. Early dismissals will be handled through the main office.

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Pick Ups- Children in both MHS and WES?

No problem, go to MHS.

AM Drop-off: Your WES child can get out of the car at MHS and walk down the side-walk in the morning starting at 8:20 a.m.

PM Drop-off: We will have a staff member walk your WES child to MHS in the afternoon. All we need is a note from you indicating that you will be picking up your children at MHS.


Attendance is taken promptly each morning. Please call WES (978-874-2043 email is WESoffice or MHS (978-874-0163 email is when your child will be absent or late for school. Please state your name(first and last name), your child’s name, teacher, and the reason for absence. If you must speak to someone, please call after 7:45 AM. This system is to ensure the safety of your child. If we do not hear from you, we will contact you at home or work. If we still cannot reach someone a school resource officer may be sent to the house to do a well child check. Absent notes are required when children return to school.

News from MHS/WES School Nurses

  • If your child has a food allergy or restriction remember to contact the Director of Food Services Dennis Mueller via email
  • If child needs any medication at school, you must have a new doctor's order and parent consent for each school year turned into the nurse. Students may not transport medications.
  • The District COVID-19 website is frequently updated. Please check it to stay up to date on district protocols.

WES Curriculum Night

Thursday, September 2nd

6:00-7:00 p.m.

This event is just for parents/guardians of students in grades 2-5. Please proceed to your child's classroom at the scheduled time. Classroom Teachers will present curriculum topics and information about this school year.

6:00 - 6:30 p.m Grades 2 & 3

6:30 - 7:00 p.m Grades 4 & 5

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cafeteria Mix and Mingle

(administration, counselors, specialists, special education teachers, nurses, secretaries and more.)

Counselor's Corner

Greetings Families!

Welcome back! Just as physical health and safety has been at the forefront of our minds, so too has the social and emotional health of students. We recommend checking out the following information in order to prepare your children for the transition back to school.


How to help your child cope with the transition back to school during COVID-19

How Parents Can Support Children Through Their Worries


  • Remind your children that the changes at school are new to everyone (including the teachers!)

  • Good enough is more than enough

  • Practice mask wearing (make it FUN!)

  • Practice physical distancing (make it a game and play Bubble Tag)

  • Use this weekend to get back into a routine for school (including earlier bedtimes)

  • Make sure that your child knows his/her dismissal plans

  • Lead by example - try a new self care breathing activity to help you and your children relax Deep Breathing Exercises for Kids — Coping Skills for Kids

  • Turn off the news (if you haven’t already)

  • Communicate with your kids “Get Curious, Not Furious”

In addition, we are available for consultation anytime throughout the academic year and can be reached via email or phone. You can always find our contact information and more through the guidance page on the school website: Guidance – Westminster Elementary / Meetinghouse Schools

We look forward to seeing your children next week!

WES/MHS School Adjustment Counselors

Mrs. Pinkes and Mrs. Kosciak

MHS Kindergarten Family Walk Thru

MHS will be hosting a kindergarten family walk thru on Friday, September 3rd from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Families may visit anytime during these two hours. Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Ayles will be there to answer any questions you may have about kindergarten and this upcoming school year. We are also hoping to have a bus available for a quick ride around town.

Masks/ Face Coverings

Public school students (age 5 and above) and staff in all grades are required to wear masks indoors in schools. Masks are not required when outdoors. All visitors are also expected to wear a mask in school buildings.

Masks should cover an individual’s nose and mouth. For more information about appropriate mask use, please see:

Bus Routes

Bus routes are posted on the AWRSD website for all schools and can be found HERE. Any questions about bus routes should be sent to Please include your child’s full name, school and address in your inquiry.

At the beginning of the school year and until further notice, we will not be allowing students to take the bus to a friend's house after school. We cannot take requests to ride another bus unless it is a regularly scheduled drop off (i.e. childcare, two parent/grandparent home).

If an emergency situation arises, such as a one-time conflict, a parent out-of-town, etc. you will need to send a request to

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New Members to our MHS/WES Team!

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Answers to COVID-19 questions from Boston Children's Hospital!

You're invited

Going back to school can be stressful enough for families, but the Delta variant has caused even more concern. We are here to help you and your family understand all the facts about this and other hot topics around COVID-19. You’re invited to our free webinar, “Back-to-school and COVID-19: Answers for families.”

Thursday, September 2, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.

We’ll discuss:
  • Going back to school during COVID-19
  • Understanding the Delta variant
  • Updates on COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots
  • And much more!
With special guests:

Kristin Moffitt, MD, Boston Children’s Division of Infectious Diseases
Erica Lee, PhD, Boston Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

If you’d like to submit questions in advance, please email

We hope to see you there!

Register now!

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