O'Maley Family Focus
Updates from Principal Lynne Beattie - November 23, 2020
Hello, O'Maley Families!
Happy Thanksgiving! It is at this time of year that we often rejoice at the opportunity to spend time with our family and friends. This year will look very different for many of us.Thanksgiving is one of my family's favorite holidays. There is nothing better than the smell of turkey roasting and cornbread baking in the oven, the sound of laughter as we boisterously play games after dinner. My daughter has a late November birthday, so the extended family gathering for Thanksgiving has always had the added pleasure of her birthday celebration. This year we will all be in our own homes, and while we hope to dine together over Zoom, it certainly won't be the same.
While it will be sad for many of us to be apart from families this season, I urge you to please heed the CDC and Governor Baker's direction to stay within your immediate family. All of us at O'Maley want you to be safe and return to school healthy after the long weekend. No one wants to look back at the weekend and wish they hadn't visited a loved one.
Superintendent Lummis has sent information about travel restrictions for Massachusetts residents. If you do need to travel, please be reminded that you are expected to follow the protocols strictly by getting tested, receiving a negative test and/or quarantining before returning to school if you have traveled to a high risk state.
Please continue to read below for important upcoming events and information. There are two feedback opportunities in addition to important information. As always, reach out with questions or comments any time!
Principal Lynne Beattie
I want to introduce you all to Ace. He will be joining us at O'Maley and at the other GPS schools to provide emotional comfort and be a companion in our community. Officer Sutera is his caretaker, and Ace will be with him during the school day. We will be setting procedures for students to visit with Ace, where he will be, incidents of allergies, etc. as he begins to integrate into the O'Maley community. We are looking forward to having him with us!
Wednesday 11/25 Schedule
Need a workspace at home for remote learning? Request a desk!
Just this week, we have been approved for a generous grant of $1000 from the Gloucester Education Foundation to build even more. We will be able to build approximately 30 more pieces, and want to know if you need one! We will select randomly from those families who make a request. Please complete the form below if you would like to be considered for one of your own. We will select names randomly from the requests.
Feedback Needed: Remote Learning in Term 2 and Beyond
Please respond to the question below by clicking on the link. Your feedback will be helpful!
Report Cards in the Schoolbrains Portal
To access, link to the resources below:
Hapara & GoGuardian - Online Safety and Learning
Early Release at 11:15 am Wednesday, November 25
Remote food pick up 11/25 9:30-10:30
Early Release at 11:15 am: Tuesday, December 8
O'Maley Picture Retake Day December 14
Hybrid students will have photos taken in the morning during the school day. remote students are scheduled to have photos taken 1:00-2:30 p.m. Unless weather is prohibitive, pictures will be taken outdoors.
Picture ordering: https://sullivansstudio23005.simplephoto.com/prepay/42156078
O'Maley PTO Virtual Meeting: Thursday, December 17
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 970 489 6203
Early Release at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, December 23
December Break - No School December 24, 2020-January 4, 2021
From Nurses Kim Cameron & Alycia Gossom
Nurses Kim and Alycia would like to remind you that the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is requiring flu vaccines for all students. They are due to be completed by December 31st. There is still a while to go, but please plan ahead. Unless you have a documented medical exemption, the DESE is requiring immunization.
7th Grade Immunizations
7th Grade physicals are due: An updated physical and physical report is mandated by the state of Massachusetts for every 7th grader.
Contact our nurses each and every time your child is out sick. We will do everything we can to assist in keeping your child healthy. Please contact the O'Maley nurses office at 978-281-9847.
Check your family daily for COVID-19 symptoms
As we try to minimize Covid-19 in our community and our schools it is essential that parents/guardians communicate with school if their child is out, sharing the details of why you are keeping your child home.
Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children:
Fever (100° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
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
Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
Please be sure to read this three part document related to using GPS Chromebooks and online resources. Chromebooks will be distributed to students at orientations/remote pick-up or in school Wednesday.
Drop off and pick up at O'Maley is in the rink parking lot ONLY. DO not drive up to the front of the building or drop off in the driveway.
All Students Must Wear Masks to School.
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