MRE Update

September 29, 2021

A message from the Principal

Academic Update

The district is undertaking two major initiatives to support student learning in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The first initiative is a result of a state requirement that all students kindergarten through grade 2 will be screened using an evidence-based tool to determine those who might be at risk for reading disabilities and require interventions to support their learning. The Lexia Rapid assessment tool has been chosen by the district to be administered to all kindergarten to grade two students. A team including our three reading specialists will go into each classroom to give these screenings in the next couple of weeks. This data will be added to our other literacy assessment. This data will give teachers a very robust picture of students’ literacy skills. This will then be used to plan instruction and interventions. This will enhance our already strong literacy instruction.


In the area of mathematics, the district began a regular review of curriculum materials it used during the last school year. A committee of teachers in conjunction with the Teaching and Learning Department is investigating materials and programs for implementation next year. Teachers at MRE will be piloting units from programs different from the current curriculum of enVisions to evaluate their effectiveness. Additionally, to gain a better understanding of students’ progress in math, we are purchasing STAR Math from Renaissance Learning. This will be used to continually monitor students’ progress in math. This will help us plan instruction and target math reasoning more effectively.

Test & 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

Step:

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.

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Breakfast is served!

Starting Monday, Oct. 4th, Nutrition Services will once again be offering Breakfast To Go bags. Students will order the bags just like they order lunch each day and then students will receive the bags for use the following day. Students have the option to bring the bag home or keep at school for snack the next day.

Dismissing early? Arriving tardy?

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Tardy, dismissal and more

Communication with your child's teacher and the office is imperative to ensure that your child is dismissed appropriately. An email before 8:15 to the teacher and MREattendance@nrsd.net or a handwritten note that your child delivers to their teacher the day of is perfect.


Procedure: Whether arriving tardy or dismissing early, please come to the MRE front door and ring the bell. We will either have your child come in to the office to check-in or call your child's classroom to have them dismissed - whichever is appropriate. We ask that parents wait outside at this time.


** Please avoid same day dismissal changes as this can be disruptive to the teacher and the class during learning time and often requires multiple calls to the classroom. We understand that emergencies happen and we will certainly work with you should this situation arise.

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PTO Dates to Remember:

9/29/21 PTO Meeting

9/28-10/15 Meadow Farms Fundraiser

10/13/21 PTO Meeting

10/26-11/21 Scholastic Book Fair

11/10/21 PTO Meeting

11/13/21 Sam Pawlak 5K Run

12/8/21 PTO Meeting

PTO Meadow Farms Fundraiser

Packets are going home with all students this week for the Meadow Farms Fundraiser. You may also access the catalogs and order online. You can start your holiday shopping early. All proceeds go directly to assisting students in MRE & LBMS.

www.meadowfarms.com
School ID: MF1032164

Save the Date for the Sam Pawlak 5K

On November 13, at 1:00PM the Lancaster PTO will be hosting the 6th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk and 1 mile kids fun run in memory of Sam Pawlak. Samuel Pawlak passed away in May of 2015 after a courageous battle with ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." Sam's life was dedicated to community, family, education, and sports. Sam served the community in many ways, including being a beloved teacher, school administrator, principal at Nashoba Regional High School, and later principal of Luther Burbank Middle School in Lancaster. Stay tuned for additional information regarding this fantastic community event!

In our Nashoba Community

Nashoba Regional Dollars for Scholars

Nashoba Regional Dollars for Scholars is at an exciting crossroads! The board is under new leadership, and the organization is in great need of volunteers to continue its work. For three decades, Nashoba Regional Dollars for Scholars has been providing scholarships to high school seniors.


GET INVOLVED! Come to our next meeting at 7 p.m. on October 13th at the Bolton Public Safety Bldg. 15 Wattaquadock Hill Rd., Bolton


https://nashobaregional.dollarsforscholars.org/index.php?section=chapterWebsite&action=main&fwID=1229

Friends of Thayer Memorial Library

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Helpful Links

Mary Rowlandson Elementary School

To report a student absent, please send an email to: MREattendance@nrsd.net.