North Pembroke Elementary School

January 22, 2021

Mark Your Calendar!

February

2 Orbit 3 of specialists starts

8 PTO meeting @ 7PM

Attention grade 6 families

Hi Caregivers!

We are trying to put together an email list for 6th-grade families about the fun promotion type events that typically take place in the 6th Grade. In a typical year, we would start fundraising in the 5th grade for events that take place in 6th grade. Usually, we raise about $6,000 which covers the cost of everything. Those events are Promotion Night, Starland outing, Yearbook, Survivor Night, class breakfast, and class gift. We have no idea what our current 6th graders will be able to do and have about $1,300, which would cover the cost of a yearbook. We would love to do some virtual events to bring our 6th graders together and need some ideas and help!


Please fill out this google form.

This will help us create a group of 6th-grade families to discuss our options and try to make this the best situation for our kids.

Please fill the form out and look for an email about an upcoming Zoom meeting.

Thank you!

Joanna Binette & Sarah Quatrale, 6th Grader Parents

Request to Change Cohort

As promised, we are soliciting feedback from families considering a change in their learning model choice. Below is a link to a Google Form for any family K-12 requesting a shift from Cohort D to Cohort A/B or vice versa. Some families have reached out directly to schools, but we ask that you formally request a change on this form. If you are pleased with your current learning option, no action is necessary.

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: space, transportation, etc. In recognition of that, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) allows districts 4-6 weeks to accommodate requests. Though I do not foresee needing 4-6 weeks, I want families to know that these changes may take some time.


Cohort Change Request Form

REMINDER!

Masks - All Pembroke Public Schools students (grades preschool-12) must wear a mask while in school. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not approved face coverings.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has removed a state mandate requiring all state students to get the flu vaccine. Please contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns.

Free Meals

A reminder to all families that the free meals program has been extended! Please use the google forms linked below to place orders for our Meals to Go Program. These meals are available for pick-up for students who are learning remotely. Free meals are also provided to students while in school during in-person learning days.

PPS Covid-19 Dashboard

To streamline COVID communication and provide the most accurate information possible, our focus going forward will be on updating and maintaining our PPS Covid-19 Dashboard. The updated dashboard will take the place of community notification letters for individual cases. Our Covid-19 Dashboard will be updated each day and is the best source of current information as we continue to review each reported case in our community.


We evaluate COVID data daily and collaborate with our state and local health agencies as needed. Our objective is to keep students in school while minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on our students, staff, and community.

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.

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Should you have any questions, contact Nurse Leach directly at Margaret.Leach@PembrokeK12.org

Kindergarten Child Search

We will soon begin kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year. We rely upon your assistance in gathering the list of children who will be entering our school for the first time.


To be eligible for Kindergarten, a child must be five years of age by September 1, 2021. If you have a child who will be coming to Kindergarten next fall, we ask that you complete and return this form as soon as possible.


If you know a neighbor with a child who will be registering for Kindergarten next fall, please share this form or ask your neighbor to contact their elementary school.


We will use this contact information to send additional information about the Kindergarten Registration process.

Important Reminders

Please Return Library Books!

Library Books – Great job looking for and returning overdue library books. We went from 3,000+ to just under 1,000. Please continue to search high and low and return any and all books you have. There is a cart outside the library that students can drop books off at.

Art Supplies

Art Supplies – please be sure that your child has the necessary supplies. Supplies cannot be shared this year. Mrs. Molisse revised the list. All students need to have crayons, a glue stick, and scissors.


Classroom Pencil Box – Is your child’s classroom pencil stocked and ready to go for the new year? Supply lists can be found on our website.

Dismissal Reminder

If you need to dismiss your child from school be sure to send a note in with your child. Note must include students first and last name, date and time of pick up. Teachers 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 2:45PM in order to facilitate parent pick up and bus dismissal. Anything after 2:45 will be normal dismissal/pick up procedure.

Absent from School (Virtual or In-Person)

Absent from School

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.

Late to school

If your child is expected to be late to school please call 339-244-5038 and leave a detailed message with student’s name, teacher’s name, approximate time of arrival and reason for being late.

Parent Morning Drop-Off

A reminder that parent drop off is DROP AND GO.


Please don’t park your car and get out of your vehicle. Also pull up in the line. Sixth graders can be let off in front of grade 5 doors and walk to grade 6 doors and vice versa. This will keep the process flowing and not back up the buses.

Chromebooks

Students should be bringing fully charged Chromebooks to school with them and leaving the charger at home.


Item Drop Off

If your child forgot something and you need to drop it off at the school, be sure to label it with their first and last name plus the teacher’s name.


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

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.

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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Don't forget about those Box Tops: Box Top clips are due March 1st. Caregivers can submit them to the classroom teacher by February 26th.

THANK YOU!

We have a few initiatives we are looking forward to! We are looking for someone to chair or co-chair our food pantry collection for the month of February that will focus on personal hygiene products. We are excited to show our Pembroke pride by supporting the Pembroke food pantry.

We are also looking for community building virtual events to bring everyone together. If you have any ideas or would like to help out, please fill out the google sheet below.

We still have masks available.

They are a great way to show your Pembroke Pride around town and everywhere else! Please email northpembrokepto@gmail.com with your order requests. Orders will be filled on a first come first served basis.

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Don't forget about Amazon Smile! Here's how to change your charity, just add North Pembroke PTO:

NPES PTO Directory 2020-2021


We hope everyone had a great fall and is hanging in there with everything that is going on! Please fill out this questionnaire for EACH child to be added to the NPES school directory. We have taken out the teacher's names and are organizing the directory by grade level. If you have three kids, you will fill out three forms. This directory is great for connecting our students outside of school, to figure out parent names, and it's an easy way to be added to the PTO email group! This is optional. Please email squatrale2@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. It will be a live document and can be updated at any time! After November 25th, the spreadsheet with grade-level information will be available. Thank you so much! --NPES PTO

NPES Spirit Wear

We are super lucky to have partnered with Basement Broidery to show our school spirit!

Click the link below to order!

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards

Stop and Shop A+ Rewards

Register your Stop and Shop rewards card to help raise money for North!


Go to: https://www.stopandshop.com/aplus/register/?_requestid=2120853! You can have multiple schools on your account! Beginning July 1, 2020, visit stopandshop.com and select “SIGN IN” at the top right to log into your online account. Once logged in, you may select or modify your school choice. • If you do not have an online account, visit stopandshop.com and click “REGISTER”. Follow the prompts to create your online account. Once logged in, follow the same instructions as noted above. • You’ll need your 13-digit STOP & SHOP CARD number and the School ID number 07409. If you need assistance, call 1-877-366-2668 option 1.


Did you know that grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family members can also register!

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’)

Sign Up for Box Tops!

ll you need is your phone! Download the Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit your school’s earnings online. Twice a year, your school will receive a check and can use that cash to buy whatever it needs!

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!


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— Secretary
Joanna Binette- Treasurer
Tina Putnam- Communications

Pembroke Public Library Activities

Book Blizzard 2021

Now through March 20th

We're welcoming 2021 with the Book Blizzard, a program to inspire our community to keep their reading resolutions and cozy up with a good book (and maybe a mug of cocoa). All ages can participate to earn entries for prizes. To start, you just need to sign in or register with your Beanstack* account using this link ( https://pembrokepubliclibrary.beanstack.org/). Happy reading!

*Beanstack is our library's year-round book tracker available to all patrons.

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Raising a Reader

Fridays at 2:00 pm on January 8th, January 15th, January 22th, January 29th, February 5th, and February 12th.

Big Ryan’s Tall Tales welcomes all parents and their children (3-5 years) to come to this 6-week series on making stories where language comes alive. Laugh, read, and interact in this LIVE event! Please complete an online registration form at pembrokepubliclibrary.org. By completing the registration you are signed up for all six weeks of the series. Links for the series sessions will be sent out the day before the first workshop or upon your registration. This program is generously provided by the South Shore Family Network, a program of the South Shore Community Action Council.

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Take & Make: Book Hedgehog Craft

Available through January or while supplies last


Take & Make Book Hedgehog Craft Kids and teens (ages 8 - 18) are invited to sign up for this Take-and-Make Craft to create a book hedgehog. These little forest dwellers are the perfect pet as all they need is a loving home.

Materials Provided: 1 paperback book, 1 pom pom, 2 wiggle eyes, 1 piece of felt, 1 set of instructions

Materials Needed: craft glue or hot glue gun, scissors, some patience to fold

Please complete an online registration form at pembrokepubliclibrary.org; the library will contact you when your Kit is ready to help you make a Curbside appointment.

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Storytime To Go Kit

Available through January or while supplies last

Storytime To Go aims to bring the experience of Storytime to you and your child by offering opportunities for developing early literacy skills. These Kits were created for ages 2 - 5 and include activities that support five skills that build a strong foundation for a reader: reading, talking, singing, writing and playing together every day. January's Kit is built with the theme of FOREST FRIENDS. You and your child can roll out playdough berries for a friendly raccoon, create ant finger puppets, craft a paper owl, and more with the items included. These kits are available for Curbside Pickup. Please complete an online registration form at pembrokepubliclibrary.org ; the library will contact you when your Kit is ready to help you make a Curbside appointment.

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