We Are All In This Together!

November / 2020

Dear Mason Road School Parent(s)/Caregiver(s),

WOW! Can you believe it? NOVEMBER is just around the corner! I hope that everyone is doing well and continuing to adjust to our school schedule.


Like many of you, each and every one at Mason Road School would love nothing more than to have our students back in the school full-time. Unfortunately, the pandemic is our driving force at this time. Additionally, we would all love to be able to provide more direct teacher instruction during the times when students are not participating in-person. However, at this time it is not physically possible for teachers to be in two places at once nor do we have appropriate level of staffing to honor such instruction. This will continue to evolve. The district administration team is taking the parent feedback that has been provided very seriously and we are planning for next steps. There are many factors, to include resources, qualified staff, and the pandemic that will dictate how and when we can move forward.


Wishing everyone a great week ahead and an even better month!


As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions and/or concerns at jdesto@dcrsd.org or (508)943-4312.


Sincerely,
Jennifer A. Desto, Principal

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We Are All In This Together!!!

It is here! The video I have been promising!!! Thank you, once again, to Mr. Joseph Belanger for his time and dedication in putting this video together for all to see. Be sure to download this! Its a great memory to share in years to come.


CLICK ON THIS LINK:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mxxqKXy0SzUyt79dtwnCVn80xQhbtm0P/view?ts=5f91eeee

Please help me welcome Mrs. Amy Thomas

Mrs. Thomas is a special education teacher who is working with our fully remote students in grades 1-4. She is AMAZING!!! We are lucky to have her!! Coolest thing ~ she actually lives in FLORIDA!!!
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STUDENT SCREENER

Please access the following Student Screener via this QR code provided. This survey is expected to be completed on a daily basis whether your child is hybrid or fully remote. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!


Just use the CAMERA feature on your phone to access.


If you do not have the camera feature, please access via google doc.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XbX_ES0rFvqKduXv4CBs5j10spwoqRgMWe55Mk0GMqM/edit


NOTE: This will be changing to be compatible with our Student Information System. We are just waiting up on the update to make it official.

Does your child require additional support?

At this time, teachers have a pretty good idea of where students are performing academically. Some students require additional support for review and practice. The amazing instructional assistants of Mason Road School have been/will be assigned students who they will be working with each Wednesday. Instructional assistants will be reaching out to specific parents/caregivers to arrange for a time in the day where it is convenient for households and a virtual session can be held. As much as we would like to make this opportunity available to all students, we are targeting those who are demonstrating difficulties in various academic content areas. There will be on-going progress monitoring to continue to identify those in need.


It is important to note that Instructional Assistants will not be available on November 4th and 18th for mandated trainings. If your child is receiving the additional support, please be sure to mark these dates down so that you are not disappointed when the instructional assistant does not show for a scheduled session.


This additional support is not mandatory however, we want to do anything we possibly can to help support students. If you have concerns about your child's academic progress, please reach out to me via email at jdesto@dcrsd.org.

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Attendance and Grading

  • For those participating in the in-person hybrid model, teachers will take attendance as they would regularly.
  • For those participating in the hybrid model but are on remote days, teachers will take attendance when all the students gather in the afternoon (1:45pm) via google meet. If your child is not able to attend, please communicate with your child's teacher on that day.
  • For those participating in the full remote model, the class teacher will take daily attendance via google meet live lesson attendance.


If teachers are not able to put eyes on your child and work is not turned in on a given day, they will be marked absent.


Students are expected to complete posted assignments daily. Additionally, it is important that unified arts (music, PE, Art, Health) classes are completed as well. Without evidence of work completion, it is difficult for teachers to assess any areas that require review and practice. Term 1 report cards will be available on December 18th. Teachers need to be able to accurately report a child's academic, social and emotional progress. Without evidence, it makes it extremely difficult. If you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out. Also, please be sure to check out the information listed below in "Remote Learning Resources."


Additionally, there will be no in-person parent-teacher conferences this fall. If you would like to meet with your child's classroom teacher, please reach out and make arrangements for a mutually agreed upon date and time to meet.


I cannot stress this enough...communication is extremely important!

Remote Learning Resources

Turning In Student Work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc1Fp0A0X1Y&feature=youtu.be


Remote Learning Help Desk: The district has established a new support for remote learning. This is an online tech support for students and families. Support is available Monday through Friday, 8:30AM – 12:00 PM and then from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. We are very pleased to introduce Ms. Rachel Lemansky at rlemansky@dcrsd.org who will provide the right support and answer your technological questions to the best of her ability. She is very adept with the ins and outs of our google platform and we are lucky to have her as an available resource for you.


Students can add the Help Desk to their device. They will need to go to Google Classroom, then:

Go to the main "Classes" page where they see all their Classrooms

Select the "+" sign in the upper right corner of the screen

Select "join class"

Enter the code: tyo66pq

Click the blue "join" button in the upper right corner



The Help Desk service begins Monday, October 26th.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: October 30th!

Let's have some fun!!! Please be sure to send any pictures of your child(ren) all dressed up! There just might be another video on the horizon!
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Accessing Parent Portal

The parent portal will be a valuable resource for parents to access important notifications, report cards, progress reports, etc. You can find the parent portal link on the DCRSD website under the parent tab.


Here is the link for quicker access:

https://community.schoolbrains.com/dudleycharlton_community


If you are having any difficulties access the parent portal, please contact Mrs. Harris at charris@dcrsd.org or (508) 943-4312.

FLU Clinic

Dudley Charlton Regional School District DRIVE THROUGH FLU CLINIC

for students and their families!


Families from Charlton OR Dudley are welcome to attend:


Saturday, November 7, 2020


Hours: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM


Location: Shepherd Hill Regional High School Parking Lot

68 Dudley Oxford Road, Dudley, MA 01571


THIS IS A DRIVE THROUGH CLINIC

Please join the Charlton and Dudley Boards of Health for a drive through family flu clinic. Book one spot for each family member in need of vaccination. Please bring an insurance card and wear your mask. Stay in your car and wear a shirt to allow ease of access to your arm for vaccination. Flu mist is available for qualifying minors up to age 18 if preferred. Please kindly leave animals at home. Documentation will be available showing that you have received the flu vaccine.


RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY : https://signup.com/go/LMNsEff


Please bring your Insurance card


No Insurance, No Problem. Nobody will be refused a flu shot.


Masks are required as well as proper social distancing!

Free Lunch Across District

Every student will be able to access the grab and go lunches that the district is providing. Our district is currently a Free Lunch District THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR. If anything changes, you will be notified.


Please come by Mason Road School, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:30 - 1:30 and grab some of these amazing meals that our dedicated kitchen staff prepare.


Students will continue to receive lunches as they exit the building.

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Mason Road 2020-2021 School Council

In response to the Educational Reform Act of 1993, and the focus of leadership at the local level, each school is required to form a School Council. The purpose of the Council is to build a foundation for more participatory decision making among educators, parents and community representatives.

The School Council members will assist the principal with the writing and implementation of the School Improvement Plan. The goals and objectives included in the School Improvement Plan reflect the educational needs of the students at the Mason Road Elementary School as projected through the 2019-2021 school year.

As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, parent representatives need to be elected to serve on the School Council. In order to be eligible, parents must have a child currently attending Mason Road Elementary School. Meetings will be held in the late afternoon. If you are interested in serving on the Mason Road School Council, please complete the google form below and return it to the school office by Friday, November 6th, 2020. If a vote is necessary, ballots will be distributed accordingly.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this process, or to the purpose and function of the School Council, please contact me at (508) 943-4312 or jdesto@dcrsd.org.

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

** District calendar has been revised through December 31, 2020.


November 3rd: A FULL REMOTE DAY - Students in Cohort A&C will be receiving virtual instruction from their classroom teacher. Students in Cohort B will follow the regular schedule.


November 4th & 18th: Instructional Assistants will not be available to provide additional support due to mandated training.


November 11th: Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL


November 25th: Early Release for all students


November 26th-27th: Thanksgiving Recess, NO SCHOOL


December 11th: End of Term 1


December 18th: Report cards will be distributed via parent portal


December 23rd: Early Release for all students


December 24th - January 1st: Holiday Vacation, NO SCHOOL

SHOP FOR MASON ROAD SCHOOL SWAG

Important Links

Dudley-Charlton Regional School Re-Opening Plan:

http://www.dcrsd.org/uploaded/District_Files/CV/DCRSD.Reopening.Plan_Strategy.08.10.2020.pdf


School Committee Presentation: August 4th and 5th, 2020

http://www.dcrsd.org/uploaded/District_Files/CV/Presentation.08.05.2020.2.0.pdf


Follow Up Questions & Answer from August 5th School Committee Presentation:

http://www.dcrsd.org/uploaded/District_Files/CV/Combined.Q_A.pdf


District COVID Information:

http://www.dcrsd.org/about-dcrsd/covid-19


District Calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year (trimesters subject to change upon School Committee approval):

http://www.dcrsd.org/uploaded/District_Files/calendars/SY2020-2021_Calendar.pdf


Asbestos Notification:

http://www.dcrsd.org/uploaded/District_Files/2019_Asbestos_Notification.pdf



2020 Dudley-Charlton Regional School District Asbestos Notification

Mason Road School

20 Mason Road

Dudley, MA 01507

Telephone: (508) 943-4312

Fax: (508) 949-1005


Principal: Jennifer A. Desto

Email: jdesto@dcrsd.org


Administrative Assistant: Crissy Harris

Email: charris@dcrsd.org


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact contact me. This cannot be stressed enough especially when there are concerns. I cannot address what I am not aware of. ~Jen