Daniel Webster Elementary School

Weekly Update:

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A Message From Mrs. MacNeil

Greetings DWS Families!

We survived our first full 5 day week! Next week will be an exciting week where we come together as a community to show our support for Pediatric Cancer, which is near and dear to our hearts. All week we will work to fill our golden boot in the office with donations and then on Friday, we will wear yellow/gold to show our support for the brave warriors who are fighting and/or who have fought against Pediatric Cancer.

I am looking forward to a great week!

In Partnership,

Mrs. MacNeil

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DWS Goes Gold for Pediatric Cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To commemorate this, next week DWS is Going Gold! To "kick" us off, we will have a boot in the front office to collect spare change donations. All week long, students are invited to bring spare change to put in the boot. All money will be donated to South Shore Action for Hope, which fundraises for pediatric cancer research. Through this fundraiser, we are aiming to give pediatric cancer the boot!

As a culmination to our week of fundraising, DWS will hold a special event on Friday, September 23. All classes will have the opportunity to join together for a walk outside to support Pediatric Cancer. All staff and students are encouraged to wear “Gold” to school on Friday, September 23 to show their support.

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School Council Nomination

Since the passage of the 1993 Education Reform Act, all schools in Massachusetts must form School Councils, which include representation from parents, teachers, the community, and school administration. The purpose of the School Council is to involve parents and teachers in school decision-making. The School Council will also formulate an annual school improvement plan with the goal to strengthen the bond between our school and the Marshfield community we serve. This plan is then submitted to the Superintendent and School Committee.

We are looking for TWO parents to join our School Council this year! We encourage all parents to consider this opportunity for meaningful dialogue and active participation in our Daniel Webster School community. The meetings are generally held once each month on Tuesdays at 4:00.

Please click here for the nomination letter and paperwork.

Reminder - Please Complete the Parent Update on ASPEN

The Marshfield Public School District requires that you complete the Student Information Update workflow for all your children every school year. Please follow the instructions below and submit the new updated workflow by no later than October 1st.

The Student Information Update workflow allows families to:

o View parent/guardian contact information (Complete the separate Parent Information Update to change parent/guardian contact info)
o Update secondary emergency contacts
o Sign off on the student handbook, photo consent, and Computer/Internet policy
o Update physician/health, home language, and military family information
o Specify permissions for SEPAC/PTO emails and class lists (elementary)
o Electronically sign off (parent and student)

If you need to update/modify any communication/contact information please complete the Parent Information Update Workflow.

The Parent Information Update workflow allows families to:

o Verify or update his or her own contact information including phone and email preferences.

Instructions for completing the information update workflows can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/mr37h79w

If after reviewing the instructions you are having difficulty, please do not hesitate to contact aspen@mpsd.org.

o Pop-ups need to be allowed in order for the form to open.
o Please, double-check the information before submitting it.
o Make sure that if you have autocomplete feature turned on on your device, it won’t override what you have entered.

Important Message for Families with Middle School Aged Children Regarding District Wide Early Dismissal

The FBMS dismisses over 900 students at 11:55 AM for early release and has seen hundreds of students going to the turf and track on our campus or descending on Roche Brothers or Wendy's, or other nearby businesses. While the majority of the students do not create any issues, they typically hear from businesses, neighbors, or families about concerns or issues that arise. Please know that MPSD Staff and Administration are in professional development sessions, so are not available to supervise students after school hours.

Please know that students are not allowed on any MPSD property on early-release days without adult supervision. This includes the turf and stadium on the FBMS/MHS/MES campus, as well as the four other elementary schools while elementary schools are still in session. Officer Hernon, our School Resource Officer, will be monitoring these areas on campus and instruct all students that they are not allowed on school property after dismissal on early release days. Parents may want to reach out to the Boys & Girls Club to see what offerings are available for early-release days.

Additionally, parents and guardians are reminded that students are not allowed to ride any bus other than the one they are assigned. This is a district policy and has been in effect for many years.

School Nutrition Information

One breakfast and one lunch are Free for the 2022-2023 School year for all students.

A la carte items cost extra.

A la carte items can not be charged to a student's account.

2nd Lunch - $2.75

Milk - .75 cents (milk comes with lunch) on its own, it's an a la carte item and cost

Water - .50 cents

Ice Cream - $1.25


Preferred method of payment:

Online: www.myschoolbucks.com

After you log in or register (if new) than you can

use your child’s Birthday for the

ID Number to add your child’s account.

Check payable to:

Town of Marshfield

(child’s First/Last name in Memo)

Cash: please put in an envelope

marked Lunch Money with your

child’s name on it.

Click here for the September Lunch calendar.

DWS All Stars

DWS staff members can award any student with a DWS ALL STAR when they see students being Dedicated, Welcoming, or Safe. All of the DWS ALL STAR awards are put on display in the front lobby. The following students were featured in the morning announcements last week for being DWS ALL-STARS!

Grade K: Quinn B. in Mrs. Prendergast’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because she was a lunchroom ALL-STAR!

Grade K: Patrick B. in Ms. Hastry’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because he was a Math clean-up helper.

Grade 1: AJ M. in Mrs. MacDonald’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because he welcomed a new student when he comforted him during a tough time at brain break.

Grade 1: Bryan A. in Mrs. Wiedemann’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because he worked hard and stayed focused.

Grade 2: Payton K. in Mrs. Bertulli’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because she showed awesome Math participation.

Grade 2: Camryn J. in Mrs. Redman’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because she did her morning work right away.

Grade 3: Jaymelee in Mrs. Hines’ class is a DWS ALL-STAR because she invited a friend to join her at snack.

Grade 3: John D. in Mrs. Hanson’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because he modeled appropriate hallway behavior.

Grade 4: Benny P. in Mrs. Robatzek’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because he used context clues to figure out the meaning of words.

Grade 4: Lillian G. in Mrs. Farrell’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because she was dedicated during Reading and Writing.

Grade 5: Sam P. in Ms. LaForest’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because he showed a friend around that hasn’t been here.

Grade 5: Mae J. in Mrs. Drew’s class is a DWS ALL-STAR because she worked really hard on her first day as the Calendar Grid helper.


DWS News

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Headphones - Grades 1-5 Only

We are asking all families to provide a pair of headphones for students in grades 1-5. These headphones will be kept at school. We ask that families consider purchasing headphones that go over the head, rather than earbuds as they tend to last longer. The school is happy to provide headphones for those in need. Please contact Mrs. MacNeil if you would like to reserve a pair.

PTO News

The 9th Annual DWS Great Pumpkin Run 5k & Walk will be held on Sunday, 10/16 at 10:00am, kicking off at DWS. We need volunteers to help organize this big event! Please contact DWSPumpkinRun@gmail.com if you are able to help! Our last Pumpkin Run was a huge success!

Registration is now open and the first 100 registrants get a free shirt. Sign up online using this link: Pumpkin Run Sign up

Wednesday 9/28 from 4-6pm for our DWS Family Picnic! Join us on the rear playground of DWS, bring your own dinner and a picnic blanket and mingle while the kids play! A Pumpkin Run sign up table will also be set up during the Picnic for in-person registration. Cash, check or Venmo accepted.


Please email yourdwspto@gmail.com with any general questions and for more information. Email dwsvolunteers@gmail.com for more details on volunteering at the school throughout the year.

Open donations to PTO are welcomed year-round. They are tax deductible for you. Some companies match donations, ask where you work to see if they will help. Contact us for our Tax ID.

Thank you for all of your support!

DWS Happenings and Community Events

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Boys and Girls Club Before School Program

The registration for the Before School Care is now available for Children in grades K-5 offered on site at each of the Marshfield Elementary Schools.

Our Before School program provides a wholesome environment that promotes social/emotional, physical and character development in addition to supporting the educational efforts of both the parent and school. We encourage children to balance learning and fun through homework help, physical activity and arts & crafts. Our focus areas give your child limitless opportunities to reach their full potential.

Hours: 7am until school day starts

Program & Activities include:

  • Breakfast
  • Homework Help
  • Games & Activities
  • Arts & Crafts

To register click here.

Important Dates to Note


September 14 - District-Wide Early Release

September 23 - DWS Goes Gold

September 28 - Back to School Picnic


October 5 - Raindate for Back to School Picnic

October 7 - Picture Day

October 16 - Pumpkin Run

Start & End Times

DWS will be a late school for the upcoming year. Please make note of the following changes.

School Start Time - 8:50 am (students can enter the building at 8:40 am)

School End Time - 3:30 pm

Wednesday Early Dismissal - 1:15 pm

Information From Previous Newsletters

MPSD Has an App

The Marshfield Public Schools are thrilled to announce our new app for mobile phones! Stay up-to-date with access to events, documents, news from administrators, student stories, and even emergency notifications.

You can download the app for free on Google Play or Apple App Store.

Download for Android https://bit.ly/3yOktQ8

Download for iPhone https://apple.co/3nVNlzs

DWS Security Updates

A double door entry system with a security window was added to the DWS.

As a security measure, we will not be letting visitors into the building unless you are volunteering. Visitors who have a scheduled meeting will wait in the vestibule and be escorted by the host to the meeting.

All visitors must present a valid ID - no exceptions! We understand that we know many parents/guardians, but we will be requiring ALL visitors to present their ID when they volunteer and/or pick up a student - EVERY TIME. This will be frustrating at first, but we are working hard to maintain the safety of our students.

Arrival & Dismissal Protocols

Please review the most up-to-date arrival and dismissal protocol. We have made some changes to the existing policy in order to keep students, drivers, and staff safe.

The new policy can be found here.

School Supplies

We will be providing all the materials your student needs to have a successful year! We will only be asking families of students in grades 1-5 to purchase headphones for the upcoming school year.