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

Welcome Ace!

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

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Need a workspace at home for remote learning? Request a desk!

A few weeks ago, O'Maley teacher Pat Hand, social worker Dan Graham, and engineering specialist Dave Brown put their heads together. They created an opportunity for other staff members to join and build prototype desks for students who may need a workspace at home. We have given away about 15 so far.

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.

Desk Give Away at O'Maley

Feedback Needed: Remote Learning in Term 2 and Beyond

We are fortunate to have our kids in school as much as we do. Learning in person and remotely are very different experiences. We are interested in information about the remote learning experience, both in the fully remote program and on Wednesdays for students in the Hybrid. We have noticed our students' work completion, effort, and even attendance not as strong in our remote experiences.

Please respond to the question below by clicking on the link. Your feedback will be helpful!

Remote Learning Question

Report Cards in the Schoolbrains Portal

Term 1 report cards will be available for viewing in the Schoolbrains Community Portal Tuesday, November 24th after 3:00 p.m.

To access, link to the resources below:

SchoolBrains Community Portal Link

Viewing Report Cards on SchoolBrains

SchoolBrains How-to Guide Including Report Card Viewing Information

Hapara & GoGuardian - Online Safety and Learning

Please see information at the link below regarding our browsing and monitoring software. We have now expanded to allow teachers to manage remote classrooms through Hapara in order to better direct student learning.

Hapara and GoGuardian - Online Safety and Learning at O'Maley

Upcoming Events/Dates

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
Passcode: 671449

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

Flu Vaccines

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

  • Sore throat

  • 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

GPS Online Learning & Chromebook Use

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.