April 14, 2021
From the Principal
April 5th brought a renewed energy in the school with most of the students returning to the classrooms. For the past two weeks, the school has been a buzz of happy students and staff. In talking to students, they have expressed their excitement of returning to a more normal school routine. Students universally express delight at seeing teachers and friends.
As mentioned in previous updates, the school is still in a time of readjustment and transition. Staff are working with students to build relationships and bring the multiple cohorts together as a single community of learners. They are also working on growing the students’ academic, and mental stamina. In many ways, what we are experiencing across the school is what we see in September. The difference being students already know their teacher, and the basic routines. As we head into the April break, it is anticipated that routines will be solidified, expectations set and students will feel a sense of belonging in their new classroom community. All of this will be built upon when we return, after vacation, to close out the year with strong consistent instruction.
However, in order to keep the learning consistent and to build upon the foundation laid now, it is important that families continue to follow all the health and safety protocols that have been used throughout the year. First, we ask that you do a daily check of your child for any type of COVID symptoms. This is very tricky at this time of year with spring and the allergies that accompany the change in seasons. We have noticed that students are being diagnosed with COVID with what appears to be mild allergy symptoms such as a runny nose and slight cough. If you notice this in your child we ask that you do not send your child to school and contact our nurse. Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children:
❏ Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
❏ Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
❏ Sore throat
❏ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
❏ New loss of taste or smell
❏ Headache when in combination with other symptoms
❏ Muscle aches or body aches
❏ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
❏ Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
❏ Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
We have found that the safety protocols that are in place continue to keep students safe in school. We have not found any instances of in-school transmission of the Coronavirus. What we have found is that due to the reduction of social distancing more students are contract traced and quarantined than previous situations this year. This is another reason we ask that you hold students at home if they exhibit any of the symptoms listed above.
Students in grade 3, 4, 5 will be taking a shortened MCAS test this May. Students in third and fourth grade will take one session of testing in the areas of English Language Arts and mathematics. Fifth grade students will take those two tests and one additional session of science testing. These tests are designed to last about an hour and a half each but students will have much time as needed during the day to complete the test. Students who are learning remotely will also have the opportunity to participate in the MCAS testing. More information will be provided about MCAS testing later. The schedule for testing is listed below.
Nashoba Children's Day Reverse Parade
Saturday, May 1st, 10am to Sunday, May 2nd, 11am
100 Mechanic Street
See the attached flyer for more details and to register for the event!
Hannaford Helps Schools
In our Nashoba Community
Stuffed Animal Drive
Hello! My name is Maura Hall and I am currently in my Junior year at Nashoba Regional High School. I am a member of the National Honors Society and I have been given the task of creating a project to help the community. I am hosting a stuffed animal drive with the recipients being NuDay Syria, a non-profit helping with the global humanitarian crisis, along with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and Toys for Local Children, both organizations to help kids in the local Boston area. The collections will begin on Friday, April 16th and run until Friday, May 28th. Any stuffed donations are greatly appreciated!
Hale Middle School, Stow
Florence Sawyer Middle School, Bolton
Nashoba Regional High School, Bolton
Mary Rowlandson Elementary, Lancaster
Luther Burbank Middle School, Lancaster
Earth Day: 2 opportunities for students
Important Reminders & Website Links
Picking up a student? Dropping off items?
- If you are picking up a student, you will wait outside and they will come out of the building to you. Students are not released from their classroom until the parent has arrived at school.
- If you are dropping off an item (rest mat, lunch, etc.) you will be asked to leave the item(s) outside on or near the carts. The classroom teacher will be notified that the item has arrived.
- Same day transportation notice: If the school day has begun and you wish to notify of a transportation change, please contact the office. A same day email to a teacher may not be seen until after the students have left the building and the teacher can then look at messages.