Willett Whaler

March 3, 2023

Principal's Corner - Mr. Jeffrey Cateon

Students and staff return to school from winter break was a success.

Student Councils' Read Across America Spirit Week was both exciting and fun. It was nice to see both students and staff participating.

Thursday, March 2, 2023 was our Kindergarten Information Night. The presentation can be found below.

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"Get Your Mitts On A Good Book" Challenge!!

Congratulations to all of the voracious readers out there!! We have met our "Get Your Mitts On A Good Book" Challenge!!
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MASS Health and SNAP Benefits

Important Information about MassHealth and SNAP Benefits:
In response to the COVID-19, MassHealth put protections in place that prevented members’ MassHealth coverage ending, and qualifying Massachusetts households began to receive extra SNAP at the beginning of each month to buy food. Due to recent action by the federal government, these protections and extra benefits will be ending soon. Please visit the Welcome Center website for more information on what you can do now.

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Dismissal Notes

We are requesting families provide a paper note if there is a change to your child's dismissal for the day. There are instances when an email is sent, and a staff member may be absent that day.

Upcoming Event Dates


17 - Early Release Day (12:25 PM)

20-24 - Winter Break


2 - Kindergarten Information Night 6:30 PM - WES Cafeteria

13 - PTO Meeting - Cafeteria - 6:00 PM

23 - Grade 2 Music Performance

24 - Early Release Day - 12:25 PM

30 - Grade 4 Chorus Performance - Attleboro High School


3, 4 - MCAS - Grade 4 ELA

5, 6 - MCAS - Grade 3 ELA

7 - No School - Good Friday

14 - Early Release Day - 12:25 PM

17-21 No School - Spring Break

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Assistant Principal Brierly's Corner

Brand New Books Galore!

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Today we received a donation of many brand new books from a Willett supporter. There are an assortment of fiction and non-fiction books for all of our friends ranging from Kindergarten through grade 4. I, personally, want to read the book called, "Eye Gunk". Sounds like there might be some new and interesting facts contained in there. Or how about learning about snakes, sharks, artificial intelligence or dolphins? So much wonderful knowledge to explore. THANK YOU to our special donor. We couldn't support our students so well without the back up from our community and we are ever so grateful for everyone's kindness. These books will be in our school library within the coming weeks so be on the lookout!

From the Health Office....Mrs. O'Malley

Please remember to send a change of clothes to school with your child.

The Mobile Dentist is returning to Willett on Monday May 1st. If you have submitted consent previously this school year, your child will be seen again. If you did not previously consent and would like to, please call the office, and request a dental consent form to be sent home with your child.

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PTO News and Update

Restaurant Fundraiser Rescheduled:

Due to the weather this past Tuesday, UNO Pizzeria & Grille has allowed us to reschedule our fundraiser to this Tuesday, March 7th!

Head over UNO Pizzeria & Grille at 221 Washington St., Attleboro and support our school! 20% of all checks will be donated back directly to our school (dine in or take-out)!

PTO Meeting:

Save the date: Monday, March 13th

Time: 6pm

Location: Willett Library

Please join us for our upcoming PTO Meeting. This will be our last in-person meeting for the school year. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. We hope to see you there!

Yearbook Request for 4th Grade Families

It’s that time of year when the Willett PTO begins work to publish the school yearbook!

Special request for all 4th grade families: please be on the lookout for a flier that is going to be sent home with your student(s) requesting a baby picture and an optional personal message. We are requesting that all pictures and messages be submitted to willettyearbook02703@gmail.com by March 27th!


The Willett PTO 🐳

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APS Welcome Center

The APS Welcome Center is happy to share the Family and Community Resource Guide. This guide is for the APS Community, including families, students, and staff, to access local resources and support. You can access the guide by visiting the Welcome Center webpage, or using this direct link:


APS Welcome Center

Did you know that the APS Welcome Center is open and continues to serve all APS families, students, and staff?

The Welcome Center is here to:

  • Offer support for families to complete district tasks, included but not limited to New Student Registration, Transportation, Food Services, “how-to” tutorials, translations and interpreting
  • Strengthen relationships between APS and the Attleboro community by:
    • Connecting families and staff to local resources and supporting this access
    • Providing referrals to local support agencies
    • Sharing information on behalf of and about community organizations through community fliers and the Welcome Center webpage
  • Within the Welcome Center you can find:
    • Staff ready to assist with district tasks, clarification of APS information, connections to local resources
    • Computers with internet access for APS families and students, hotspots available for loan to APS families
    • Information detailing local resources, programs, and events
    • Access to translations and interpreters
  • Contact the Welcome Center:
    • If you need assistance completing district tasks
    • You would like to learn more about available resources
    • You have questions or suggestions you would like to share
    • You would like to connect with a local community organization

Community Flier Summary

All APS Community Fliers can be found within the Welcome Center website. To view this week’s fliers, including information from throughout Attleboro please visit the Welcome Center webpage or click here for current fliers.

Student Attendance Policy

"Research supports that student attendance has a direct correlation to student achievement and graduation rates. Therefore, communication between schools and families regarding student attendance is critical in supporting academic success. All schools will follow the notification schedule outlined below. Students and parents should consult the Student Handbook for details about the procedures and consequences associated with excessive absenteeism at each school."

2022-2023 MCAS Dates

Families with students in grades 3 and 4 - please note the dates below. We ask that all efforts are made to have students present during testing days. Please do your best to avoid these dates when scheduling appointments and vacations.


Grade 4 - April 3,4

Grade 3 - April 5,6


Grade 4 - May 8, 9

Grade 3 - May 10, 11

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Rooms Communication Tool

You may notice that an additional button, called Rooms, will be visible at the bottom right of our Attleboro Public Schools mobile app. This button is part of our integrated system of communication and will allow for your child’s teachers/coaches/and other staff to share detailed information (assignments, special events, practice schedules, etc.). More information is forthcoming, and we will have a table set up at Welcome Back Night.

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Lunch Applications

Lunch applications can be found on the Food Services website, including the online application, a downloadable version in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and a link to access all other languages. Please note that even the online application can be completed in many languages. Direct link can be found here: https://www.attleboroschools.com/page/food-services

Our new website and App:

Please go to the App store and search Attleboro Public Schools. There is a new app which will be an excellent means of finding information in one location. You will see updates both from the district and our school. As we use this new tool, administration will be using less of the ASPEN email function.

Our new website and App:    Please go to the App store and search Attleboro Public Schools. There is a new app which will be an excellent means of finding information in one location. You will see updates both from the district and our school. As we use this new tool, administration will be using less of the ASPEN email function.