Avery Moments

November 13, 2021

Dear Avery Families,

On behalf of the Avery faculty and staff, I want to say thank you to all of the veterans in our community. Our students created cards and letters to thank the veterans. These were delivered for us by Mr. Dineen, Mrs. Serpis' father.

As the year continues, we will have rainy and snowy days. If it is raining, please have your child enter through the main entrance or door 8. If we have significant snow we will be using those entrances then as well.

Our Avery musical, Elfis and the Elves-All Shook Up, will be held this Friday evening. Unfortunately, we have had to limit seating in order to keep all safe. All students will get a preview of the show on Wednesday.

The Lost and Found is again building up. Please check it when you visit. It is always helpful for lost items to find their owner if names are written in them.

If you have not done so already, please consider signing your child up for the pooled testing. Click here to enroll your child.

Finally, if you have not returned the updated demographic sheet for your child, please do so ASAP.



Important Dates

Tuesday, November 16- Gr. 3 Pedestrian Safety Workshops

Wednesday, November 17- Elfis and the Elves-All Shook Up assemblies

Friday, November 19-

  • SRTS Survey ends
  • Elfis and the Elves-All Shook Up 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.- by ticket only
Wednesday, November 24- Early Release Day- Noon Dismissal

Thursday, November 25-Friday, November 26- Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 9- Early Release Day-Parent Conferences

Thursday, December 16- Holiday Concerts- 9:15 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.- more information to follow

Thursday, December 23- Early Release Day-noon dismissal

Friday, December 24-Friday, December 31- Vacation

Monday, January 3-School Reopens

Grades 1 & 2 Pedestrian Safety

Our first and second grade students participated in pedestrian safety sessions offered through Massachusetts Safe Routes to School. Our third grade students will be participating next week. Bicycle safety training is being scheduled for fourth and fifth grade students.

Gift Card Program through Shop with Scrip

Buy gift cards to give this holiday season.

Buy gift cards to use for your own spending throughout the year.

You buy then at face value and retailers donate a percentage to the Avery PTO!

Amazon, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Domino's, Dick's, CVS, Old Navy, GAP, Legal Sea Food, LL Bean, Lands End, Crate and Barrel, Groupon, Home Depot, Kohls, TJ Maxx, Wayfair, Whole Foods, West Elm, and Stop & Shop all participate, along with hundreds of others!

Choose one of the following two ways to order:

1. Sign up in the mobile app., RaiseRight, or at Shop.ShopWithScrip.com & create an online family account. Avery's code is BA2292CB1916L.

After you create your account, you can order online and submit a check (payable to AVERY PTO) in your child's backpack. Order egift cards, which you can print out after they are emailed to you within days after submitting your check to Avery. If you choose traditional gift cards (SCRIP), they will arrive at Avery around December 14.

2. Use the paper order form (found on Avery website or available in office).

Choose the plastic gift cards & denominations you want. Send in completed order form and check , payable to AVERY PTO, in your child's backpack. Your traditional, plastic gift cards will arrive at Avery around December 14th.

Deadline for plastic gift card orders: Dec. 5

(scrip now orders may be placed until December 20th)

Thankscriping Day- November 18-19

The Avery PTO can earn up to 20% with 105+ bonuses on eGift cards and reloaded gift cards. It’s a great opportunity to raise more money during the busiest shopping season of the year—and make a bigger impact on our PTO. As always, the list of retailers is TOP SECRET, so you'll have to wait until the promotion begins to see who's participating.

Free Student COVID Vaccine Clinic

Saturday, Nov. 20th, 9-12:30 p.m.

Dedham Middle School, 70 Whiting Avenue, Dedham, MA 02026

The Town of Dedham Health Department will be partnering with Dedham Public Schools to offer Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines- as part of a 2-dose series- to Dedham students ages 5 to 11 next Saturday, November 20th. The vaccines will be provided free to eligible Dedham students, regardless of insurance. Anyone who gets their first vaccine dose at the November clinic will be invited to a follow-up clinic on December 11th for the second dose.

To qualify for the Pediatric Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic, you must be:

  • a Dedham resident
  • a Dedham Public School student
  • between 5 and 11 years of age

Masks must be worn at the clinic, unless a medical exemption is provided.


If you would like your student to get their vaccine at the clinic, he or she MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED (click here to register).

  • Please arrive at your allotted time slot! If you are too early or late for your appointment you will be asked to reschedule. Our goal is to schedule these appointments for a safe, efficient, and quick experience.
  • You will enter the clinic from Mt. Vernon Street to the back of the Dedham Middle School (70 Whiting Ave.) where you will be directed to park and report to the check-in station at the back of the Dedham Middle School gymnasium area.
  • After the vaccine is given, please plan to stay for 15 minutes for observation.

Additional information about the Student Vaccine Clinic and about the vaccine can be found online HERE at this website created by the Town Health Department.

If you have any questions about the clinic or the vaccine, the Dedham Public Health Nurse and Health Department team are happy to answer any questions - please feel free to call them at 781-751-9220

COVID News and Test & Stay Webpages

Families are encouraged to visit our COVID News and Test & Stay webpages as a first stop to answering any questions or learning more about the process, options and next steps as it relates to COVID close contacts and positive notifications. Starting with the information and resources we've already gathered helps reduce the number of incoming phone calls our nursing team is fielding and ensures that they are able to remain focused on their first priority - the students under their care. If, after visiting the webpages, you still have questions, of course, please reach out and we will return your call or email as soon as possible.


Daily attendance is extremely important for consistency. However, if your child is not feeling well please keep them home. If your child is going to be absent, please call the attendance line 781-326-5799 to report the absence. Please clearly state your child's name and class as well as the reason for absence.

  • The school will excuse up to 7 absences in a six month period. Students who are chronically absent will receive notification from the school.
  • Please see the student handbook for full details regar