Weekly Update - Owl #12

Hybrid Learning Week 8

I enjoyed a truly low-key, strange, yet lovely, Thanksgiving. I hope you all did too! Next year had better improve. I can't make the bird, all the sides, and the desserts all by myself again!

Plus, I generally spend the holidays with my mom (79), her sister (80), and brother-in-law (82), and this year, I just couldn't. Because I'm a teacher, and my sister is a nurse, and her husband works retail at UPS, we decided that it was in the best interests of our senior citizens for us to stay home. It was so hard but important.

I did deliver small, homemade cheesecakes to my family. I'm sure the sweetness took some of the sting out of being apart. I hope you all found a way to make the holiday sweet too!


Conference appointments, along with Zoom links, were emailed out this past Wednesday. Please email me if you did not request a conference but would still like one. There are time slots still available.

Packing for Hogwarts this Week

There are some IMPORTANT changes. Please read carefully!

  • A fully charged iPad
  • Green Clough folder
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Wonders Reading/Writing Companion (Unit 1-2) Workbook
  • Chapter 2 - Go Math!
  • 3 Composition Notebooks (Dear Harry, Math, Reading)
  • Pencil box containing things like pencils, scissors, glue stick, colored pencils, pencil sharpener, crayons, etc.
  • A spare mask in a ziplock bag
  • Snack and a water bottle

Weekly Workflow Checklist

Please find a checklist to help your child stay on top of his or her weekly asynchronous assignments HERE.

December Schedule

Please beware that December 8th and December 9th will both be 1/2 days due to conferences. December 23rd will also be a true half-day with remote learning in the morning.

Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccine Documentation
Per the MA Department of Public Health, influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All MURSD students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Also exempted are K-12 students who are homeschooled and higher education students who are completely off-campus and engaged in remote learning only. This new flu immunization requirement to enter school in January is in addition to existing vaccine requirements for all those attending child care, preschool, K-12, and colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

Please provide documentation of your child’s flu vaccine to the school nurse prior to December 31, 2020. Please click here for more information on the flu vaccine requirement.

Moving into or out of Hybrid Learning

Should you wish to change the way that your child receives his or her education, please contact Mrs. Gallagher by December 4th. Students will have the option of rejoining their peers in the classroom for hybrid learning or participating in the MURSD's fully remote program for term 2. Changes will take effect after the winter vacation.