A Message from the Principal
The annual MRE Open House was very well attended last week. It was so nice to see families return to the building. Being able to see your child’s classroom and establish a relationship with the classroom teacher is a key component to their success.
As we enter the third week of school, teachers will be shifting from solidifying the classroom routines, expectations, and community building to a heavier emphasis on the academic curriculum. While building students’ Social-Emotional Skills is a year-long goal for the district and school, re-engaging students in deeper academic learning will also be a priority for us this school year.. Due to the hybrid and remote environment over the past two school years, we recognize there is unfinished learning for students. The school’s focus will be to assess students’ strengths and areas for growth. We will build on students’ strengths to address unfinished learning. Having high expectations, building confidence, increasing student engagement, and requiring thinking skills will be keys to developing strong academic skills. We see academic growth through a multi-year lens. Students have a 13-year academic career and the Nashoba Regional School district is committed to the long-term success of each student.
Greetings from the Health Office
As a reminder, all children at MRE must wear a face mask to school with the exception of students who are unable to safely wear one due to a medical condition. Please provide your child with a supply of 2-3 extra masks in case their mask gets dirty or wet during the school day. Cloth face masks should be washed daily and surgical masks should be discarded after daily use.
In addition to face masks, please make sure that your child brings a healthy snack and a water bottle to school every day. It is important for all children to stay hydrated and well nourished during their school day to help enhance their learning.
Required Physical Exams:
Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations require a physical examination, including documentation of immunizations, and vision screening in kindergarten, fourth grade, seventh grade and tenth grade, and for transfer students into any grade. This good health practice exists for the prevention and early detection of health problems as well as for the protection of all children in the public school system. For all new Preschool or Kindergarten, 4th grade students or 5th grade students who did not submit a physical exam last year, please forward a copy of your recent physical exam at your earliest convenience. You may send in, email or fax a copy of these physical exams to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via secure nurse fax at 978-965-3967.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your commitment to keeping our MRE community safe this cold and flu season!
Daily Screening Checklist
One of our primary goals this year is to make sure students are in school as much as possible while being as safe as possible. This starts by doing a daily check for any Covid symptoms.
Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children before coming to school.
❏ Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills or shaking chills
❏ Muscle aches or body aches
❏ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
❏ New loss of taste or smell
❏ Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
❏ Headache, when in combination with other symptoms
❏ Cough (not due to other known causes, such as a chronic cough)
❏ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, when in combination with other symptoms
❏ 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
If you answered YES to any one question above, you need to consider staying home. Please contact your Nurse Lyndsey and follow up by contacting your healthcare provider and ask to speak to a nurse to be sure that no further assessment is needed before coming to school/into the office.
By taking precautionary measures, we can hopefully reduce the potential of needing to quarantine staff and students.
Test and Stay Program
If students do need to quarantine, there is a new program called Test and Stay. Under this program, students who are identified as a close contact due to in-school exposure may stay in school if they are tested daily by the nurse.
Test and Stay allows students who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 while at school to stay in school if the student is not showing symptoms. Instead of needing to quarantine and miss school, these students will take a daily rapid test while they remain in school as long as they are not symptomatic. Students participate in the Test and Stay Program for at least five days after they may have been exposed.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19 during the Test and Stay program, we would reach out with the next steps for quarantine and follow-up testing.
In order for your child to return to school on Monday, you must sign the electronic consent, if not already signed this year. Please click this link to sign consent: consent
1. Click Consent Now
2. Step 1: Select your District– Nashoba
3. Step 2: Select your school – Select from dropdown
4. Sign a consent form for a minor and fill out your child’s information
5. Fill out all necessary fields
If you do not consent for your child to participate in the Test and Stay Program they will follow the guidance that is provided regarding the quarantine timeline.
Lunch and Snack time
SEPAC membership is open to everyone in the Nashoba Regional School District Community. Meeting dates and locations are included in the Nashoba Regional School District Calendar.
To join the SEPAC mailing list, send a request to email@example.com
In our community
Community Center Event (THIS WEEKEND)
Friends of Thayer Memorial Library
The Friends of the Thayer Memorial Library in Lancaster will hold their Annual Book Sale on Friday, October 1st through Sunday, Oct 3rd and Columbus Day weekend Oct 9th & 10th at the old Lancaster Town Hall, 695 Main Street, Lancaster. Friday hours are 3 pm to 7 pm, Saturdays are 9 am to 4 pm, Sundays 12 to 4 pm. ‘Fill a bag’ is being offered throughout the event. Masks are currently required indoors in Lancaster and we reserve the right to limit capacity. All proceeds benefit books, programs and events at the library.
This event is held annually the first weekend in October in conjunction with the Horseshed Fair. Here’s your chance to help support your community library and take home some needed books for the cold months. Friends Members receive $5 off per bag the first weekend so if you are not already a member, you may become one at the sale. Credit cards are again accepted this year. Over 600 boxes of books, DVDs and CDs are available and sorted into categories. Friday, Oct 1st is $25/bag, Sat, Oct 2nd $20/bag, Sun, Oct 3rd $15/bag and Columbus Day weekend Oct 9th $10/bag, Oct 10th $5/bag. Otherwise hardcover books are $2, trade softcovers $1.50 and standard paperbacks $0.50.
Volunteers from the Friends provide staffing during the sale and help sort the books prior to the sale. We could really use some additional help to make this successful if you would like to volunteer or to donate, please e-mail FriendsofTML@gmail.com.