Willett Whaler

December 22, 2022

Happy Holidays!

Thank you to the entire Willett Community (Students, Staff and Families) for supporting the amazing school we come to each day.


Enjoy the well-deserved break with your families and we will see you in 2023!

Automated Attendance Calls*

As we all know, student attendance is directly connected to student success. Beginning on January 9th, we are changing our process for automated attendance calls. All families will receive a call from our automated system should your student be absent from school whether or not the school was previously notified. If the school(s) are aware of the absence, you do not need to contact the school. If you have not, please do so as soon as possible. Additional reminders and information will be sent as we get closer to January 9th.

Willett Student Council

Congratulations to all the students that were elected as members of our Student Council. We appreciate every student that campaigned.


Thank you to our advisors, Mrs. Raposa and Mrs. Martin!

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Hello Willett Families!


Winter Pop-up Store Open through January 3rd

Just a week and a half left to order from our newest pop-up Store with limited edition Willett Wear. Make sure to grab yours before it’s too late:

https://willetwinterstore22.itemorder.com/shop/sale/


** Orders will not be in before Christmas **

With the New Year just around the corner, it's a good time to reflect on the accomplishments we’ve made so far this school year and to acknowledge that without the support of the amazing Willett staff and parents, that our goal of providing our children with the best possible education "experience" would not be possible. We thank you for your on-going support!


The result of your support and dedication resulted in some wonderful events at our school like the Ice Cream Social, Fall Festival, the Book Fair, Mission-Gnome-Possible and most recently our Holiday Drive-thru event! Plus with some amazing fundraising efforts such as the Fall Festival Raffle, Meadow Farms, Spirit Wear Pop-up Stores and restaurant nights, the PTO has been able to raise some substantial funds!


We truly thank you for volunteering, contributing to fundraisers and supporting our children in their overall school experience. The true beneficiaries of your efforts are the students. Again, thank you for your support and making a difference in your child's education, our school and our community.


May Holiday cheer fill your home with warmth and happiness. Wishing you all a wonderful break and we are looking forward to many more exciting things planned in the New Year!


Fondly,
The Willett PTO 🐳

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Project Connect

APS Student Contact Update

APS is currently updating the mobile phone numbers on record so that we can send school cancellations and other urgent notices via text message. We ask that you update your contact information in Aspen using the workflow directions listed here: https://5il.co/1ldxt If you have multiple students, please complete the workflow for each one. Families who wish to have their child(ren) receive text messaging from the district/school, should provide student cell phone number(s) through this workflow as well.

Coming to our Cafeteria on January 19th...

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Upcoming Event Dates

December 23 - January 2 -Winter Break

January

3 -School Reopens

13 - Early Release (12:25)

16 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

23 - Virtual PTO Meeting - 6 PM

Assistant Principal's Corner Mrs. Brierly

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Helping Your Young Child Dress for Outdoor in the Winter

In last week's SMORE, we asked for parents and guardians to help their children practice putting on their winter outer garments so they can be as independent as possible at school. This is especially helpful for the colder months when the children have outdoor recess. From getting the coats on and zippering them, to wiggling on mittens or gloves and maneuvering hats and hoods, young children can struggle doing these tasks on their own. We totally understand! We will continue to help the children and show them some tricks so they can be more independent as the year goes on. If parents and guardians can partner with us to provide further practice at home, together, we can create confident, self-sufficient children who feel pride in being able to dress themselves for the outdoors.


Below are a few articles that may help you along the way with some tips and tricks. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to the home-school partnership in molding our students to be independent, confident and ready to take the next step in dressing for the great outdoors!

Student Attendance Policy

"Research supports that student attendance has a direct correlation to student achievement and graduation rates. Therefore, communication between schools and families regarding student attendance is critical in supporting academic success. All schools will follow the notification schedule outlined below. Students and parents should consult the Student Handbook for details about the procedures and consequences associated with excessive absenteeism at each school."

From the Health Office....Mrs. O'Malley

In order to prevent the spread of illness in our school, I would like to take some time to review the health policies regarding communicable diseases/illnesses.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommends the following guidelines to keep children home from school:

  • Fever: Your child must stay home for 24 hours after the fever has dropped and no fever reducing medication has been given in a 24 hour span of time.
  • Diarrhea: Your child must stay home until there is no more diarrhea for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting: Your child must stay home until vomiting has stopped for at least 24 hours.
  • Cold symptoms: Frequent cough, runny nose, sneezing (not necessarily associated with a fever)-Please test for COVID 19. If negative, please use your best judgment when sending your child to school. If positive, please call the health office.
  • Remind your child to cough or sneeze into elbow and not into hands. Encourage frequent hand washing.
  • Contagious illnesses: (Strep throat, conjunctivitis), Your child needs to have taken at least 24 hours of prescribed medication before coming back to school.
  • Rashes: Rashes need to be evaluated by a doctor to determine cause and treatment
  • Head Lice: A child found to have live lice at school will be sent home. The child should be properly treated and may return to school on the day after treatment. Before being allowed back in the classroom, a parent or other adult, must accompany the student to school so the school nurse can check the student.

Please provide documentation when your child has been evaluated for an illness and for any treatments that may be needed at school with a proper doctors order form and parent permission slip.

2022-2023 MCAS Dates

Families with students in grades 3 and 4 - please note the dates below. We ask that all efforts are made to have students present during testing days. Please do your best to avoid these dates when scheduling appointments and vacations.



ELA:

Grade 4 - April 3,4

Grade 3 - April 5,6


Math:

Grade 4 - May 8, 9

Grade 3 - May 10, 11

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Rooms Communication Tool

You may notice that an additional button, called Rooms, will be visible at the bottom right of our Attleboro Public Schools mobile app. This button is part of our integrated system of communication and will allow for your child’s teachers/coaches/and other staff to share detailed information (assignments, special events, practice schedules, etc.). More information is forthcoming, and we will have a table set up at Welcome Back Night.

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Lunch Applications

Lunch applications can be found on the Food Services website, including the online application, a downloadable version in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and a link to access all other languages. Please note that even the online application can be completed in many languages. Direct link can be found here: https://www.attleboroschools.com/page/food-services


APS Welcome Center

The APS Welcome Center is happy to share the Family and Community Resource Guide. This guide is for the APS Community, including families, students, and staff, to access local resources and support. You can access the guide by visiting the Welcome Center webpage, or using this direct link:

https://coredocs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/3035/APSWC/2421108/Family_Community_Resource_Guide.pdf

Community Flier Summary

All APS Community Fliers can be found within the Welcome Center website. To view this week’s fliers, including information from throughout Attleboro please visit the Welcome Center webpage or click here for current fliers.

Our new website and App:

Please go to the App store and search Attleboro Public Schools. There is a new app which will be an excellent means of finding information in one location. You will see updates both from the district and our school. As we use this new tool, administration will be using less of the ASPEN email function.

Our new website and App:    Please go to the App store and search Attleboro Public Schools. There is a new app which will be an excellent means of finding information in one location. You will see updates both from the district and our school. As we use this new tool, administration will be using less of the ASPEN email function.