JRB Family Newsletter

January 13, 2021

Welcome Back

We have hit the ground running since our return to school on January 4th. Classes are in full swing, the building is following its proper protocols, and the students seem to be enjoying themselves.

There has been a request from our staff to make sure that students at home remain on for the full meeting times. Once a teacher has dismissed students, the students can then return to the activities they were doing prior or that they need to do next. If you know that a child is going to miss a meeting time or that they will need to leave early, please contact the teacher prior to the meeting.

It's Cold Outside!

We will continue to head outside for breaks and recess as long as the temperature allows us to. With that being said, please send hats, gloves, and boots with your student to help them stay warm. In addition, snow pants are needed to play when we have deep snow.

Planning for Kindergarten 2021-2022

We are starting to collect information about our incoming kindergarten students. Please fill out this form if you plan to register a child for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. Your child must be age 5 by August 31, 2021. Click here to complete the form.

Upcoming Dates To Know

Wednesday, January 13- PTA Meeting at 6:30 PM (see below for details)

Monday, January 18, NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

February 15-19, NO SCHOOL (February Break)

AWRSD Travel Guidelines

Please remember to reach out to our school nurse at jflis@awrsd.org if you plan on leaving the state for travel. You can read all of the district travel guidelines here.

Family Resource Guide Remote Learning; Behavior Supports & Strategies

Remote learning and having your child(ren) learn at home can often present challenges and the need for support. We are hopeful that this document will provide strategies that are realistic to implement and resources that you are able to come back to when needed.

What you will find in this document:

  • Basic tips for creating a learning environment at home

  • Visual supports and schedules

  • Simple reinforcement procedures to increase desired behaviors

  • Transitions & Supports

  • Responses to challenging behavior

  • Where to access additional resources

Reminder! Influenza Vaccine Requirement for School Attendance: Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, influenza vaccine will be required for all students. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system.

Which students need to receive influenza vaccine?

Students in Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12 will be required to receive influenza vaccine for the current influenza season for school attendance unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

When do students need to receive influenza vaccine?

Students must receive influenza vaccine for the current season by December 31, 2020.

Will influenza vaccine be required every year or just for the 2020-2021 school year?

Influenza vaccine is now a required vaccine for school attendance and will be required as of December 31 for all students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 each school year.

If my school will be providing instruction remotely, will students still need to meet immunization requirements?

The school immunization requirements, including the requirement for seasonal influenza vaccine, apply to all Massachusetts students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, regardless of whether the district is providing instruction in-person, or using a hybrid or remote learning model.

Please forward the record of this immunization to the Health Office/Nurse at school.

Thank You.


Physicals are due. If your child has had a physical recently (since January 2020) please have a copy of the physical returned to school. If your child is in need of a physical, please contact your child’s doctor and make an appointment. If you are in need of a form, please contact me.

Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser

-Sale begins for both Cohorts on Friday, January 15th, 2021

-Please send home order forms for Cohort A by Tuesday, January 12th.

-Please send home order forms for Cohort B by Friday, January 15th.

-Paper forms (Cohort A) due back to school by Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

-Paper forms (Cohort B) due back to school by Friday, February 5th, 2021

-Last day for online ordering (both Cohorts) is Friday, February 5th, 2021 at 3:00pm.

-Please turn in all paper order forms and money to the office by Friday,

-February 5th, 2021 by 3:15pm. Please return Little Caesar’s file folder

even if you have no paper orders.

Little Caesars ordering FAQ’s;

1. Checks should be made out to JRB.

2. Group Id: 139605

3. Fundraiser Id: 377806

4. Online ordering: WWW.PizzaKit.com

5. Pizza Kit pick-up is scheduled for week of February 22nd

6. Pizza not picked up on delivery date will be given to local food pantry

7. Questions can be directed to Brenda Brown at bbrown@awrsd.org or (978)827-5750

Meeting Tonight

Please join us at 6:30pm tonight (Wednesday) for our monthly PTA meeting. Click here and follow the instructions to join the meeting. Click here for the meeting docs. We hope to see you there!