The Coolidge Family Newsletter

The Week of December 7, 2020

Brought to you by Sarah Marchant, Principal

@coolidgemiddle (Twitter)

Dates of Note

Week of December 7: Cohort B in Person/ Cohort A Remote

December 10: Hanukkah begins at sundown

Week of December 14: Cohort A in Person/ Cohort B Remote

Week of December 21: Cohort B in Person/ Cohort A Remote

December 21: "Make it Easy Mondays" PTO Fundraiser. Print & bring this flyer to the Reading House of Pizza! Not only will we be supporting a local (Coolidge family owned) restaurant, but 10% of your purchase will go directly back to the Coolidge PTO!

December 24 - 31: Winter Recess

January 4: School Resumes (Cohort A In Person/ Cohort B Remote)

For the district calendar (which includes Cohort A and B weeks for the year), click here.

A Message from Principal Marchant

Well, it's the first weekend that we are going to find ourselves huddling in and shoveling out. I hope everyone maintains their power and stays safe!

Looking to the winter ahead, there will likely be times when we have "snow days", but these will look different now than they have looked in the past. There will be a semblance of an official school day (still TBD at the district level) so that it will count towards the yearly total, rather than extending the school year later into the summer. We do realize that families and staff need time to shovel out and to have some outdoor fun, so that is being factored into the snow day schedule planning!

On Monday during lunch, Ms. Karow is going to reiterate the importance of mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing. Many students are amazing with this, and many are so naturally drawn to each other that I think it's very hard to live by these new practices, as they are social creatures! For those students who consistently struggle with keeping a mask fully covering their faces, we will be contacting caregivers and will consider additional options for intervention, such as removal from the classroom setting. Please make sure you are sending your child to school with a mask that fits well and that they are comfortable wearing. There are some inserts that can be purchased that sit inside the mask, allowing space around the mouth, for those who struggle with the feeling of a mask. Thank you for your ongoing help with this, as well as reiterating, and living by, the health and safety guidelines in the home setting!

Thanks Before Thanksgiving

A few weeks before the break, the PTO provided mini menus to the Coolidge staff so that they could order their favorite snacks and drinks. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving the PTO delivered the custom orders to school. (See photo below) This is just one more way your direct donation goes to celebrating the wonderful staff at Coolidge as they continue to find creative ways to teach our kids during this crazy season. Thank you for your continued support for our school community!

PTO: Holiday Cheer Request

Looking ahead, the PTO hopes to again provide each staff member a $5 gift card this holiday season. $5 gift cards donations will be received in the main office between now and December 14. Please consider donating! To make sure we get enough but not too much, there is a Sign Up Genius to commit to a certain number of gift cards. Please sign up here, thank you!

School Council Update

The Coolidge School Council had their monthly meeting this past Thursday. The group worked (with great openness and dedication) on the School Improvement plan. A final Coolidge school Vision and Mission were drafted, as well as the three Strategic Objectives. These were then finalized by the Coolidge Leadership Team. The SIP will soon be posted publicly once finalized, but I wanted to share our Vision and Mission with all families, as we are proud of them!

Coolidge School Vision: At Coolidge Middle School, we believe that all students are integral contributors to our community. Our vision is to encourage students to embrace continual self-evolution and exploration as they become confident, responsible, empathetic, globally-minded citizens who feel the value of their strengths and contributions.

Coolidge School Mission: We strive to provide a challenging, engaging, and supportive learning environment that honors and fosters the culture, individuality, and potential of every student.

Team Pegasus Hand Turkey Competition

Last week, I shared the awesome Hand Turkeys that were completed by Team Pegasus 8th graders! Congratulations to the following students, whose hands won the competition!

Slide 1: Maddie Gentile

Slide 25: Elliana Calo

Slide 20: Kalen Hagopian

Slide 23: Camryn Rafuse

"Close Contact" and Quarantining Guidelines

If someone is considered to be in "close contact" (within 6 feet for a cumulative period of 15 minutes over 24 hours), they should follow the following guidelines:

You must quarantine for:

-At least 14 days from the date of last exposure; or

-At least 10 days, provided all of the following are satisfied:

  • you have not had, and do not have, any symptoms;
  • you are tested on day 8 of your quarantine period or later using a molecular diagnostic test (e.g., polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect the presence of the virus;
  • you receive a negative test result; and
  • you monitor yourself for symptoms for the full 14 days. If you develop symptoms you should contact your health care provider and be re-tested.

Here are the testing sites:

The "stop the spread" sites are free and typically the fastest turnaround.

The specific state guidelines can be found here.

A Message From Jennifer Stys and Allison Wright, District Special Education Director/Assistant

Dear Families,

With the holidays upon us, we wanted to take a quick moment to thank all the families for their support and partnership during this most unusual school year. We hope that you all have a chance to relax, spend time with family and reenergize for the coming weeks!

As December is approaching, we wanted to share our office hours for the month of December. Jen Stys, Director of Student Services, and Allison Wright, Assistant Director of Student Services, are available for office hours on the following dates. Please sign up for an appointment through the link below.

December Office Hours:

  • Tuesday, December 8 @ 9-10 am
  • Wednesday, December 16 @ 2-3 pm
  • Monday, December 21 @ 12-1 pm

Link to the DOODLE Poll to sign up for office hours:

We are all thankful to be working in such a wonderful community. We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!


Jen and Allison

Private School Application Process

Please click here for guidance on the Private School Application Process.

Attention 8th Graders: 9-12 Technical School Applications

Northeast Metro Tech online applications will be available the week of November 1st. Paper applications will also be available for any families without internet access. Any interested families can contact Wanda DeLeon at 781-246-0810, ext. 1302 or by email at The online application can be accessed here:

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical Schools will be holding a virtual open house on November 21st beginning at 9am. (Students were able to begin the application process on October 26th.) The deadline for application is January 8, 2021. For more information please visit

SEPAC Updates/ Information

Please join the SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) at our next business meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM! New business to be discussed includes an update from the Director of Student Services, Dr. Jennifer Stys, regarding the special education program descriptions; a report from the SEPAC reading/literacy subcommittee; and a request for a SEPAC budget liaison volunteer regarding the Reading Public Schools FY 2021 Budget.

This meeting will be held virtually, via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday, December 8th at 7 PM.

Meeting link: Click here to join the meeting

All are welcome and ENCOURAGED to attend!

Connect with SEPAC by clicking these links:

The mission of the Reading Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of, all children with special needs in the community.


Introducing: Study Buddies!

Study Buddies is a volunteer tutor program where struggling middle schoolers can access free educational resources. Each middle school student will sign up to be tutored in a specific subject and will then be paired with a RMHS tutor who specializes in that subject. They will work one on one with their tutor virtually through Microsoft Teams every Thursday. If/when deemed possible to do so safely, students will have the option to meet in the Homework Center at the RPL weekly or continue virtually. Students must register for this program. For more information or to register visit the Study Buddies website.

Did you know that all students can receive free breakfast and lunch?

Please see the flyer below to learn more!

Free & Reduced Lunch Application: Many Benefits!

I am excited to announce that the standard breakfast and lunch are free for all students for the remainder of the year! We hope students take advantage of this opportunity!

In a usual year, the meals are free for those who qualify by way of qualifying using the "Free & Reduced Lunch" application. Yet what may not be clear is that the application has more benefits than just breakfast/ lunch. If families fill out the form, as well as the "Share" form on the back page, then those who qualify can also qualify for assistance for things like after school activities and field trips. So if you are someone who thinks you may qualify, please consider filling it out so that we can help you in various areas over the course of the year! We can't actually help without this form! The form can be found here.

Additional Resources for Families

Please be reminded of these amazing resources, if your family is in need:
  • Town of Reading: compiled resources linked here.
  • Mental Health Resource list linked here.
  • RCASA resources linked here.
  • St. Vincent de Paul linked here.
  • Free & Reduced lunch access: sign up here. (but ANYONE can get free lunch; the form helps with other things as well!)
  • Reading Food Pantry linked here.
  • Project Bread link here.

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Now, more than ever, show your school pride and purchase some Coolidge spirit wear!

Show your Coolidge pride by donning gear with the Coolidge logo! There is something for everyone at our Coolidge Spirit Wear store. Check it out! Proceeds (approximately $5 per item) will go to the Coolidge PTO. Copy and paste this link to start shopping:

Contact Us

Sarah Marchant, Principal (x12301)

Brienne Karow, Assistant Principal (x12302)

Marianna Zanni, Administrative Assistant (x12303)

Karen Mungenast, School Secretary (x12304)

Cindy Ventura, School Nurse (x12305)

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