January 9, 2021
Note from Ms. Moulton
Greetings Hosmer Families,
Thank you for your support this week as we balance a return to school amongst the covid surge. As you are aware, we faced a dramatic increase in positive pools, with 116 across the District including 22 here at the Hosmer. We will continue our ongoing pool testing tomorrow, Monday, January 10th.
If your child has tested positive for covid, please see the important information below to determine when they can return to school.
A reminder that all adults MUST wear masks on school property. We ask that you please meet this expectation during drop-off and pick-up. Thank you.
Below you will find the list of "Ways We Keep Each Other Safe" that I share daily with students during morning announcements. These are wonderful things for you to talk about at home, especially proper mask-wearing.
Given the weather, we are continuing with indoor lunch, but snack will be outside. We have moved all lunches back to the small gym for the time being.
As mentioned last week, our 125 English Language Learners are participating in the state-mandated ACCESS testing which assesses their growth in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Tomorrow we begin the one-on-one testing with each kindergarten student in the ESL program. Students in grades 1-4 will also begin testing.
We received great news that furniture, fixtures, and equipment will begin arriving this week. As much of the country struggles with supply chain issues, it is WONDERFUL news to hear that the new items are arriving and being installed! You will likely notice trucks unloading on Concord St. over the next few weeks. If you visit school please try not to park along the new building side of Concord St. in order to help with this process.
With a grateful heart,
Returning to School After a Positive Case of Covid
The following guidelines should help you navigate your child's return after an identified case of Covid-19.
If your child tests positive for COVID and is asymptomatic, they may come back on day six. The day you test positive for COVID is day 0. For example, if you get a positive test on Wednesday (day 0), you can return on the following Tuesday (day 6). See chart below.
If your child is symptomatic and then tests positive, day 0 is the first day you start to develop symptoms.
If your child tests positive and develops symptoms AFTER the positive test, day 0 resets to the day they become symptomatic.
Students CAN ONLY RETURN after 5 days of isolation if they are asymptomatic, OR if they are fever-free and their symptoms are resolving.
If your child has had COVID, they cannot be part of pool testing for 90 days from the positive test, as they may test positive for up to 12 weeks on a PCR test. You must inform the nurse so that your child has been positive and should not be included in testing.
Procedures We Review Daily
Mark Your Calendar!
Week of January 10th - ACCESS Testing for English Language Learners Continues
Thursday, January 13th - Kalise Wornum on Implicit Bias (see below)
Monday, January 17th - No School - Martin Luther King Day
Thursday, January 20th - DIversity Council - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday, February 4th - Report Cards go home
Friday, February 18th - NO SCHOOL - Faculty/Staff Unpack in our New Building!
ACCESS Testing Schedule
Equity Speaker Series for Families
Equity in WPS Speaker Series Part 3: Implicit Bias - January 13, 2022
Join us on Thursday, January 13, 2022 for a virtual conversation at 6:30 pm via Zoom with WPS families and caregivers, facilitated by Dr. Kalise Wornum. In this session, participants will gain further understanding of implicit bias, and how it impacts our learning community.
Participants will have an opportunity to raise questions and discuss challenges in real-time. This is the third session of a four-part series with Dr. Wornum designed to provide families with information about our equity `work in the Watertown Public Schools and to help parents and caregivers navigate difficult conversations around race and bias. Please join whether you are able to participate actively or just want to listen in.
Thursday, Jan. 13th, 6:30 pm via Zoom:
Completing the Series, Session 4 - How to Have Difficult Conversations- will be held on March 10 at 6:30 via Zoom. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events.
Dr. Kalise Wornum is an Educational Consultant at KW Diversity Inc. Earlier in her career, she served as the METCO Director in the Wellesley Public Schools. As part of the equity work in WPS, Dr. Wornum has collaborated with the WPS Leadership Team in providing resources and training to become Culturally Proficient Leaders, and she delivered this year's keynote speech to all WPS staff on Opening Day, September 1. This work moves WPS towards achieving its mission of preparing all students for life by engaging them in a challenging and meaningful education within an inclusive, diverse community.
News From the PTO
Hello Hosmer Families, we hope you enjoyed some rest and relaxation over the vacation. Thank you very much to everyone who supported the Hosmer Enrichment Fund over the past 2 months. We greatly appreciate your generous donations--we couldn't do what we do without you! Next week we will be sharing our meeting schedule for the rest of the year--stay tuned! As always, please contact us with any questions and suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We wish you all a healthy and happy new year, Christina Murphy and Theresa Flaherty
Donations Needed in the Nurses' Office
The nurse's office could use donations of new or gently used pants and new underwear for all ages.
This Week's Lunch Menu
There are many more photos of our awesome community there!