Establishing Roots at Beal School

A message from Principal Girardi & Assistant Principal Hoey

Picture of the Week- Beal History Wall is complete!

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November 14, 2021

Dear Beal Families,

Happy Sunday as we dry out a bit from the past couple of days. The Beal history wall pictured above was completed this past Thursday. It is symbolic that it was finished on Veterans Day with Major Howard W. Beal present in the upper corner, as Major Beal was killed in action serving as a military physician during World War I. Shrewsbury celebrates Veterans Day each year with a ceremony at the World War I Memorial, which sits in the front of former Beal School.

The title of our history wall is 'Growing From The Past', using our tree theme with pictures strategically placed on the annual growth rings, which represent the year in which the photo is representing. The former Beal School was built in 1922 and is symbolic of public education in Shrewsbury serving as the high school for many years, and later served various grade levels with a special place in our hearts as the early childhood center. We are proud of what Beal has provided the community over the past 100 years and we will value our past to move us into the future.


Chris Girardi and Shelley Hoey

Grade 4 Student Voice

Student Voice is a Grade 4 group of role models who meet regularly to make our school and community a better place. Students and families do need to complete an application to participate in this group, and more information can be found here: Grade 4 student voice.

Student Voice meets before school on the first and third Friday of each month. Upcoming dates through December are:

-Friday, November 19th

-Friday, December 3rd

-Friday, December 17th

Lost and Found

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Beal's lost and found is growing and we invite your children to come visit to search for missing items. This includes clothing, lunch boxes, and water bottles.

Putting your child's name on their clothes and accessories is a great way to help us return missing items.

After School Enrichment Programs at Beal

STEM Beginnings

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Spanish Immersion

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Important dates through the end of the calendar year

-Wednesday, November 24th- Friday, November 26th- Thanksgiving Break- No School

-Sunday, November 28th- Hanukkah begins in the evening

-Tuesday, December 7th- Early Release Day

Friday, December 24th-Friday, December 31st- December Vacation

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'It Takes a Village...'

One wonderful thing about Shrewsbury is the support that we give each other when times are difficult. If you are having difficulty obtaining warm winter clothes, food for the holidays, or any need that your family may have, please reach out to our School Adjustment Counselor, Mrs. Savell, at or by telephone at (508) 841-8478. The information you share is completely confidential.

Information from the Beal PTO

Fall For Beal Direct Giving Campaign!

The Beal Parent Teacher Organization has been hard at work this year on our mission to build community, provide fun educational enrichment and social opportunities for our students, fund programs, and support our dedicated school staff.

To continue to provide the support our students and staff need, we need your help! Please make a tax-deductible donation today!

Donate online at or send a check written out to “Beal PTO” in your student’s backpack! Watch for a flyer coming home this week with more information!

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November Beal PTO Meeting

Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30 PM. This meeting can be attended in person and through Zoom (link below.) Help us decide on fundraising, spirit building activities, and more! Childcare will be available.

Beal PTO Meeting Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 868 8192 3873

Passcode: 138245

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Save the Date: Internet Cyber Safety Class for Parents and Caregivers.

Our December meeting will be held on Thursday December 16th at 6:30pm and will include a special Zoom presentation from the Office of the Worcester County District Attorney about Internet and Cyber Safety - starting at 7:00pm. The presentation is tailored to parents/caregivers and will teach us about the current issues children encounter when using the internet and cell phones. Family Internet safety tips will be included too! Please note this on your calendar so that you can be sure to attend this helpful parenting event!
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Amazon Smile

Got some holiday shopping to do? Head to and put your dollars to work for Beal! Search for Beal PTO and a portion of all sales will return to our school. To sign up in the iOS app, go to the menu, click settings, and then go to Amazon smile where you can search for Beal PTO and start earning for our PTO at no extra cost to you! Thank you!

Food Services

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Snack during the school day

Please send your students in with a water bottle and snack each day. Students will break for a snack in the morning or afternoon depending on their lunch schedule. Please note that the school does not offer a snack program.

Lunch Menu for the week of November 15-19

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Updates on the COVID testing program

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope all is well with you and your family and we appreciate your cooperation during the past six weeks as we work on executing the new COVID testing program. Things have gone well overall, and we are seeking improvement in the following areas:

  1. If you completed the consent form with the intent of only using the “test & stay” program, and you do not want your child(ren) to participate in the weekly pool testing, please email us: In these cases we’ll stop sending testing kits home, so that no test kits will be wasted. When you email us, please give us your student’s full name and grade level.

  1. Please return all the unused test kits to school in a separate ziplock bag marked as unused on the bag next Monday, November 8th.

  1. Please click here to view the full instructions for at-home nasal swab collection. Please be sure to complete each of the 9 steps.

  1. Unfortunately, several test samples have not been processed due to these common errors:
    1. Test tube is not labeled with name and date of birth
    2. Test tube is not registered by the parent at the Veritas website
    3. Test tube caps are not secured tightly and the sample leaks
    4. Swabs are inserted upside down in the tube. [The swab should be at the bottom of the tube in the fluid.]

Thank you,

SPS COVID Testing Team

School Social Media- Please follow us!

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Follow Beal School on Facebook!!!

Beal School has out new Facebook page up and running with information about the upcoming school year. If Facebook is you choice for viewing your media, this might be the place for you:

Beal School Facebook page

Our wonderful PTO also has a Feacbook page geared towards supporting families and community. Please find their information here:

Beal school PTO Facebook page

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Shrewsbury Public Schools Calendar 2021-2022

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Frequently used telephone numbers

Main office and child-safe hotline- (508) 841-8860

Beal School nurse- (508) 841-8870

Beal Extended Day- (508) 841-8861

Transportation questions- (508) 841-8363