North Pembroke Elementary School

October 30, 2020

Mark Your Calendar

November

1 Change your clocks

3 NO School – Teacher In-Service

11 NO School – Veteran’s Day

17 Orbit 1 of the specialists ends

18 Orbit 2 of the specialists begins

20 Grades close

25 Early Release Day

26 NO School – Thanksgiving Day

27 NO School – Thanksgiving break

Return of Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade Students

At Tuesday’s School Committee meeting, the Committee voted to bring back our youngest learners: Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1, for four days of in-person learning beginning Wednesday, 11/4.


Students in Cohorts A, B & C in those grade levels will be joining us for in-person instruction each week, Tuesday through Friday. These students and classrooms will still be maintaining six feet of spacing, and we will not be lessening any of our safety and sanitation guidelines or protocols.


As stated in the September 3rd welcome back letter, although we seek to minimize changes for students, shifts to a different homeroom teacher may be necessary in order to safeguard the health and safety of all students. You will receive a separate notification if we need to change your child’s homeroom placement.


Change to Current Learning Model

Below is a link to a Google Form for any families K-12 that would like to request a change from their current learning model, either from Cohort D to Cohort A/B or vice versa. Some families have reached out directly to our main office at Bryantville, but we ask that you formally request a change on this form.

Our goal is to accommodate requests as quickly as possible, but there are quite a few variables associated with student movement from cohort to cohort. In recognition of that, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) allows districts 4-6 weeks to accommodate these requests. Though we do not foresee needing 4-6 weeks, we want families to know that these changes may take some time.

Cohort Change Request Form


Starting November 4th

Please be advised, with bringing pack our Prek-1st graders in Cohort A, B & C for in-person instruction Tuesday-Friday starting Wednesday 11/4, there may be potential for some slight delays with our drop-off and dismissal process. Please also note that bus pick-up and drop-off times may be slightly altered due to drivers navigating additional stops along their route. Thank you in advance for your continued support and patience.

Dismissal:


If you need to dismiss your child from school be sure to send a note in with your child. The note must include the student's first and last name, date, and time of pick up along with the teacher's name. If for any reason your child needs to be dismissed at the end of the day, the latest they can be dismissed to the office is 2:45 PM in order to facilitate parent pick up and bus dismissal. Anything after 2:45 will be normal dismissal/pick up procedure.

Our school day hours are:

Preschool ½ day 8:15-11 or noon-2:45

Preschool FD 8:15-2:45

K-6 8:40-3:25

Tardy 8:45

Early Release Day 1:10

End of the day dismissal has been adjusted.

PreK 2:45

Kindergarten, Grades 5 & 2 3:10

Grades 1, 3, 4 & 6 3:15


Be sure to not block the passing lane and bus loop.

Contacting your Child's teacher


Teacher email addresses are in the format of Firstname.Lastname@pembrokek12.org.


Mrs. Maurano’s Kindergarten Cohort D

Mrs. Maurano will leave all materials outside of Hobomock Elementary School for pick up.

Social-Emotional Learning

Please be sure to contact Mrs. Pearson, our school psychologist, or Mrs. Martin, our school social worker, if your child may benefit from social-emotional support. Mrs. Pearson and Mrs. Martin are happy to consult with you on the best course of action. Visit our website for additional resources.

Lunch Conversations

In an effort to connect students with their peers who may be in different classes or cohorts, Mrs. Pearson and Mrs. Martin will be piloting Lunch Conversations on Mondays from 11:30-12:00.


Students in grades K-3 are invited to meet with Mrs. Pearson meet.google.com/bpz-xwsv-bof

and

students in grades 4-6 are invited to meet with Mrs. Martin meet.google.com/wsb-myyo-kgg.

Lost & Found

Chilly mornings that turn into warmer afternoons make our lost and found grow. Be sure your child checks out the lost and found tables in the gym lobby.


A Message from Nurse Leach

Massachusetts General Law 105CMR200.200 requires that all students entering grade 4 provide the School Nurse with a current physical examination. 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. If your child has had a recent physical examination, please send in a copy if you have not done so already.


Should your child be out of school (virtual or in-person) please call our absent line 339-244-5038 and leave a detailed message including students name, grade, and reason/symptoms. Nurse Leach will contact you with any questions.

Should your child be out of school (virtual or in person) please call our absent line 339-244-5038 and leave a detailed message including students name, grade and reason/symptoms. Nurse Leach will contact you with any questions.

Have your student STAY HOME if they have any of the following symptoms:


  • Temperature of 100.0 F or higher, chills

  • Cough (not due to other known cause)

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms

  • Muscle/body aches

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

Monday AM Enrichment Schedule

Our specialist teachers will be offering voluntary specialist enrichment on Monday mornings. If your child would like to participate, be sure to log on.

Codes are:

Art = npesart

Gym = 6vcgm4y

Music = cyo5dlv


Please do not post or share google meet codes.

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PTO NEWS

PTO Meeting: Monday, October 19th on Zoom


Our next PTO Meeting is on Monday, November 9th! Zoom details to follow.

MASK PICK UP

Saturday, October 31st from 9 am-11 am

Members of the PTO will be in the parking lot behind the Pembroke Community Center. For those who can’t make it, alternative arrangements will be made.

Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

NPES Students are invited to join their classmates in a virtual pumpkin decorating contest! Prize baskets will be given out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Carve and/or decorate a pumpkin (don’t have a real pumpkin? Or want to save the mess check out the pumpkin printouts!) and have an adult send a picture of it (including your name & grade) to northpembrokepto@gmail.com or send via Facebook messenger by October 28th. The PTO will post submissions to an album on the PTO’s Facebook page and the pumpkin with the most “likes” by midnight on Halloween will win a prize. Prize baskets will include NPES spirit wear, Pembroke masks, and gift cards!

**Please note this is for North Pembroke Elementary Students Only**

North Pembroke PTO Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest


Spirit Wear

NPES Spirit Wear - We are super lucky to have partnered with Basement Broidery to show our school spirit! Click the link below to order!

Book Fair

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair - November 16th-20th -Save the date! Start your Holiday shopping early at the Book Fair! Great items for all the kids on your list and NPES benefits too! Win-win!


PTO Meetings

PTO meeting dates will begin virtually and hopefully, will switch to in-person in the coming months. All meetings are set for 7 PM.

  • 10/19

  • 11/9

  • 1/11

  • 2/8

  • 3/8

  • 4/12

  • 5/10

  • 6/7

All 5 Pembroke PTO Fundraiser!

All the Pembroke PTOs are working together on this amazing Sign Fundraiser with Rustic Marlin! For $20, you can choose between 2 different Pembroke signs. All proceeds will be split evenly among North Pembroke, Hobomock, Bryantville, Pembroke Community Middle School, and Pembroke High and will go towards supporting our students and teachers!


ALL SIGNS $20

Cash, Venmo @pps-pto-5 (Bypass the request to verify phone number)

or Checks {Make payable to Hobomock PTO}


We are taking pre-orders till October 30th Order form available here:

https://forms.gle/pGrAzn2egdusfTge6


THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY.

Baystate Textiles Fundraiser

Free Money-- Bay State Textile Bin

Don't forget to drop your "edits" off at the NPES Bay State Textiles box next to the outdoor basketball court. We get $ per pound of items donated. Accepted items include clothing, footwear, accessories and linens. DO NOT donate the following Mattresses, Mattress Pads, Foam Products, Couch Cushions, Lawn Furniture Cushions, Carpet Remnants, Rugs (larger than 2’ x 4’)

Chairpersons needed!

Chairpersons needed!!

Being a chairperson (or grab a friend and be co-chairs) is a great way to get involved with the school community. Let us know what interests you!! We are looking for chairs for the following:

  • Boston Sports Events- coordinate with our local professional sports teams for North Pembroke family nights.

  • Courtyard Cleanup- lead the team that keeps our courtyard looking fabulous!

  • Talent Show- continue the spring tradition of the NPES student talent show.

  • Adult Social - help keep us connected through virtual social events - all ideas welcome!

Thank you to everyone who made our first fundraiser of the school year a success! The NPES mask sale was amazing. Look for details about mask pick up in about two weeks.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at northpembrokepto@gmail.com.

Sincerely,


North Pembroke PTO Board

Sarah Quatrale – President
Kristi Cullinane & Karen Kazolias Co-Vice President
Carly Levy & Nancy Stevens— Co-Secretaries
Joanna Binette- Treasurer
Tina Putnam- Communications

Pembroke Public Library Events

Community Craft: Pumpkin Patch

Help decorate the library for autumn by helping us create a Pumpkin Patch! Patrons of all ages may submit a flat pumpkin to be displayed in our windows in October and November. Submissions will be accepted from October 1st - November 14th during Open Door hours. Visit the library website or ask a staff member for guidelines or details.


StoryWalk® with Little Ghost

Sunday, October 25 - Saturday, October 31

A StoryWalk® is an innovative and interactive way for readers of all ages to enjoy a story and the outdoors at the same time. Together you can read The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo by Elaine Bickell. Visit anytime during the week to enjoy the Walk (sunlight hours recommended). Social distancing and masks will be required.


Tutor.com

Need a little help with your schoolwork? Or your child's? Tutor.com is now available, free with your library card! Tutor.com provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation, and writing assistance for students in grades K-Adult in over 60 subjects. No appointment is necessary! Tutors are available 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 7 days a week. You can also use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review® SAT®/ACT® Essentials for self-study, 24/7. Visit https://www.pembrokepubliclibrary.org/tutor.html to get started!


Scholastic Teachables

Scholastic Teachables is a one-stop-shop for all things education for pre-K to grade 8, including differentiated learning resources to accommodate all students. Pembroke Public Library patrons have unlimited access to 1,000s of downloadables and printables including lesson plans, flashcards, activity sheets, and more. Access is free with your library card. Visit https://www.pembrokepubliclibrary.org/scholastic-teachables.html and find what works for you.