Pembroke Community Middle School

September 11, 2020

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Dear Pembroke Community Middle School Families,

We look forward to starting a new school year. Even though we start this school year in the midst of much uncertainty, the staff at PCMS are dedicated to making this year the best experience possible for your children.

We know there are a lot of questions and we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions and answers below. All of this information is also posted to the fall reopening section of our website linked here.

Please note that additional communication related specifically to Cohort D (fully remote students) will be coming later today, however much of the information outlined below apply to all cohorts.


If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Thank you.

First Day of School

First Day of School

The first day of school is September 15. (Grades 1-12)

  • Cohort A- In Person
  • Cohort B- At Home
  • Cohort C- In Person
  • Cohort D- Remote

General Instructions:

Using the Google Chrome Browser, go to: https://meet.google.com/

In the space provided: Enter the Meeting Code below that is appropriate to your grade level and enter the Google Meeting. Meet codes were sent via email. If you did not receive the meet codes, please reach out to your child's teachers. Please do not post or share google meet codes/or websites.

Health & Technology Training

Health & Technology Training


We will be hosting two very important family training seminars next week to cover the topics of health and technology. The login details are below.


Health

Monday, September 14th from 10 AM- 11 AM

Please join our school nurses for an important parent/guardian education meeting about what to expect when we return to school. They will be going over the DESE COVID Guidelines, medication drop-off procedures as well as answering questions and providing tips to help your child prepare for the start of school.

Join with Google Meet

meet.google.com/phx-jyop-dne

Join by phone

‪(US) +1 347-286-1965‬ PIN: ‪108 288 448‬#


Technology

Thursday, September 17th from 12:00-1:00 PM and 7:00-8:00 PM

Please join our Titan Tech Guru & Director of Instructional Technology, Brandon Hall on Thursday, September 17th for one of our informative Q&A sessions.

Session 1:

12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Session 2:

7:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Join with Google Meet

meet.google.com/qim-pdtg-jgi

Join by phone

(US) +1 904-580-8665 (PIN: 260896745)

For the Titan Technology Newsletter Click Here.

Start time:

Our school day begins quite early. Homeroom starts at 7:20 am. Students need to be in school by 7:20 or they are considered tardy.

Arrival & Dismissal

Grade 7:

Bus students will enter (and depart) via the cafeteria doors.

Walkers, bike riders, or those dropped off will enter the main door and remain in the main hallway or cafeteria.

  • G7 parents can drop off using the loop (near Bill’s tree) or a loop we will establish that circles the staff parking lot.

*Grab & Go breakfast will available in the main hallway


Grade 8:

Bus students and walkers/bikers will enter (and depart) via gym doors.

Parents will access the fire road and drive around the back of the building, dropping off their G8 students near the BB court. They would then enter the gym.

*Grab & Go breakfast will be available outside the gym

Once school has begun, the parking lot will be coned off and there will be signage indicating no parents nor community members are to access the grounds during the school day.

The cones and signage will be removed at 2 pm, so families of G8 students can line up along the back of Fire Road to pick up their children. Families of G7 students can line up in the staff parking lot or in the loop.


Parents are discouraged from dropping off materials during the school day

  • There will be a dropbox for critical items (e.g. medications) outside the main doors.
  • Families would buzz to indicate they are dropping off something and the secretaries would gather the materials once they have time.
  • Parents would park in the loop.

Grade 8: Enter from Rt. 27 loop around the back of PCMS and drop off/pick up by the basketball courts

Grade 7: Enter from Rt. 27 and either loop around rotary or enter the parking lot and loop back to rotary after drop off

Buses: Enter Rt. 27 and will drop students off by the cafeteria (G7) & gym (G8)

Student Backpacks & School Supplies

Student Backpacks & School Supplies

Students will be carrying all their materials, (e.g. Chromebooks, lunches, water bottles, art supplies, binders, notebooks, pens/pencils, etc.) so backpack weight will be something we want to remain mindful about.

Students will not be allowed to share materials. We will have some new school supplies in the office for students who may need them.

Supply lists are posted online.

Masks

Masks

Staff, like students, must wear face masks, except when eating (or during teacher announced mask breaks).

  • No neck-gaiters or bandanas allowed for students or staff
  • Masks must be worn when entering the building

Students should bring masks from home but the school will provide masks to students, as needed (e.g. lost/broken).

Transportation

Transportation routes will be posted to our website by the end of the day on Friday, September 11th. All students will require a current bus pass in order to receive transportation. No exceptions.


Bus passes have been mailed over the course of this week and anyone who completed the transportation registration should receive their pass in the mail no later than Monday, 9/14. If you do not receive a pass in the mail, you will have to transport your child to school until you complete the transportation registration. All students grades 7-12 are required to pay for transportation and payment must be processed prior to a bus pass being issued. Please contact the transportation office at 781-829-0832 with any questions.

Technology & Materials

Students in Cohort A & C will receive Chromebook in school during Titan Homeroom. Students in Cohort B/D will need to pick up their Chromebook prior to the first day of school on September 15th.


If you have not picked up Chromebooks/Materials, they can be picked up Monday, September 14th from 11:30-2 pm. If you cannot pick up a Chromebook at that time, please contact the building to schedule an alternative time. In the meantime, a personal device can be used for at-home learning.


The pick-up process will be similar to the spring. Families should drive into the front parking lot (where buses drop off) and a staff member will come out to the car to walk you through the process.


Students will be expected to use a school-issued device while in school. We cannot support personal devices at school, nor can we push out important software on personal devices. Students are free to use their personal devices at home, although we strongly encourage them to use the school-issued device so our Technology Department can troubleshoot any issues.

Updating Medical and Emergency Information:

Parents need to review their child’s medical and emergency contact information prior to the first day of school. Families should have received a snapcode link in their email that will allow families to update this information. If you did not receive this link, please contact the school and we will resend it.

PowerSchool:

PowerSchool is our online schedule and grading system. Login information is included in this mailing for 7th-grade families. Parents can log in to review grades and/or assignments whenever they would like. Parents can also sign up to have regular updates emailed to them automatically.

Keeping Updated:

Almost all of our school communications will be managed electronically. You should already be signed up to receive our E-News automatically through the registration process in School Office Pro. We also recommend you ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter (@pembroke_ms).

Staffing:

We have several new faces on our staff this year. We are excited to welcome Mrs. Ouidad Elfilali (G7 French, G8 French & G8 Latin), Mrs. Nicole Theriault (Social Worker; part-time at PCMS & part-time at Hobomock Elementary), Mr. Greg Tarbox (Orchestra 7 & 8), and Mrs. Gwynne Chapman (Chorus 7 & 8). Mr. Tarbox and Mrs. Chapman are not new to the Pembroke Public Schools, as they have been teaching at the high school for many years. However, this year we are fortunate enough to have them share their expertise and passion with our middle school musicians. Orchestra and Chorus will be offered to students weekly during Titan Study. We are currently in the hiring process for a special education teacher.

PCMS School Council:

We are looking for a grade 7 parent representative for our school council. The PCMS school council is an advisory group that works collaboratively with the principal on goals to improve our school. If interested, please send me an email by September 15th. This year, school council meetings will all be held remotely. If there is more than one parent interested, we will hold an election.

A Letter from the School Nurse

Pembroke Community Middle School Health Office

Joanne Earner, MSN, RN

781-293-8627, Fax 781-294-2208

joanne.earner@pembrokek12.org


A Back-to-School Health Checklist Help your child get ready for a healthy and successful school year:


Please have your student STAY HOME if they have any of the following symptoms:

• Temperature 100.0 F or higher, chills

• Cough (not due to other known cause)

• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

• New loss of taste or smell

• Sore throat

• Headache when in combination with other symptoms

• Muscle or body aches

• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

• Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms

• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms


Review hygiene tips to prevent the spread of infections.

  • Hand-washing (best practice is soap & water for 20 seconds or hand sanitizer) o Mask wearing (cover both nose and mouth)
  • Make your child’s health concern(s) known to me. Please let me know of any illnesses or injuries that may have occurred over the summer
  • Bring current signed healthcare provider orders [all medication orders must be renewed annually]. Forms are available on the website.

  • Make sure immunizations are up-to-date and provide me with documentation. o If warranted, provide an annual immunization exemption letter. [Per Massachusetts’ law, to ensure that the student body is best protected from a vaccine-preventable disease, both religious and medical exemptions must be renewed annually. A medical exemption requires a letter from the child’s medical doctor, a religious exemption requires a letter from the parent.]
  • Choose backpacks that are lightweight, include wide padded shoulder straps and a waist belt, which can adjust easily.
  • Help your child synchronize his/her sleep cycle with the school day several weeks before school starts.
  • Start the day off with a good breakfast. The cafeteria serves breakfast daily.

Food Allergies/Outside Food: Many students have food allergies. It is imperative that parents notify me of any food allergies as soon as possible. In order to keep all students safe, we ask that parents DO NOT bring in outside food, other than lunches for their own child’s consumption. We follow a “no sharing, no trading” model. A food allergy can turn into a potentially life-threatening situation.


Please be sure all phone numbers and health care information is kept current throughout the school year.


I’m looking forward to a healthy and happy school year!

Cafeteria:

Students have the option of purchasing breakfast and lunch during their in-school learning days. Students must have a pre-paid account to purchase breakfast or lunch. Cash will not be accepted. Families can create a cafeteria account by accessing the myschoolbucks link that can be found under the Food & Nutrition Department on the school website. Additional information on the costs and offerings at our cafeteria can also be found there.