McGovern News!

April 30, 2021

It has been a busy and fun week back from vacation. Our students have gotten right back into their routines and are working so hard for this final push of the 2020-2021 school year. It was great to see students dressed up and showing off their smile today for picture day....something we have taken for granted in the era of masks.


Next week is National Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. I would be remiss if I did not take the opportunity to publicly and emphatically THANK all of our faculty and staff for the Herculean effort they have put in this year. We have an amazing group of educators who put in 150% every year, but these last 14 months have required them to grow in ways we never thought possible as educators. Our faculty and staff have continuously put students and families first, have shown tremendous flexibility and resiliency, and never quit. I am so honored to work with such a talented, dedicated and humble group of people. Please join me in thanking them for the tremendous job they have done this year!


Finally, there are several important updates in this week's newsletter. Please take the time to read the information below.


Best,

Amy McDonald, Principal

Next week is National Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week!

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Kindergarten Screening

We are in the process of setting up kindergarten screening appointments which will take place on May 24, 25, and 26th. Screening is an essential component of us getting to know your child. Your child will meet with one of our teachers for approximately 30 minutes and do some interactive activities. There is no way to "prepare" for screening. This helps us understand how each child will be coming into kindergarten and helps us prepare for placement.


If your child speaks another language, our ELL teacher will do a language screening as well, which also takes about 30 minutes. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.


If you have not been scheduled yet, please call the school at 508-533-3243.

Kindergarten Camp


The summer kindergarten program, Kindergarten Camp is for incoming Kindergarten students; it will be held during the week of July 12-16, 2021. The program will introduce our incoming kindergarten learners to the kindergarten experience and help them to begin to feel comfortable with a typical kindergarten day. This experience also allows the students to become better acquainted with the McGovern School. You can find out more information about our program by clicking on the Kindergarten Camp Flyer.

Welcome to Kindergarten Night, Follow Up

Thank you so much for attending the “Welcome to Kindergarten Night” on Wednesday night. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the video here. In addition, to access the slidedeck you can click on this link.


For a list of events leading up to the first day, you can view our “Road to Kindergarten” flyer. Finally, if you have not signed up for kindergarten camp yet, please use this Kindergarten Camp Flyer to sign up.


We cannot wait to welcome you to the McGovern School and if there is anything we can do to assist with your child’s transition, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Dismissal

As you may have noticed, parent pick up in the afternoon has gotten much quicker. This is a result of eliminating double bus runs at Memorial School, more students taking the bus, and the start of our after school programs.


Please be sure you are in the pickup line by 3:10 PM. Thank you!

Scholastic Book Fair

McGovern's Online Scholastic Book Fair will be from April 28, 2021 - May 11, 2021. More information and the link will be shared closer to the date.

K-5 Literacy Audit

We are excited to inform you that our district has partnered with The Hill for Literacy to conduct a K-5 Literacy Audit. This is a comprehensive review of our English Language Arts curriculum, assessment, resources, instructional practices and interventions, to name a few. Each school has developed a Literacy Leadership Team and there are several phases and components of the audit. Through this process, we will develop a literacy plan that clearly articulates action steps for the areas of leadership routines, multi-tiered instructional model, professional learning, data-based decision making and family engagement.


We are eager to work with The Hill in this process. Updates will be provided as we move through the audit.


MEPTO NEWS!

Reminders!

Travel Reminder

From Dr. Pires' recent communication:


As a friendly reminder, as you prepare for February break, please keep in mind the State’s travel policy and general guidelines. The Governor’s order requires you to quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival. However, all such arriving travelers must immediately begin the 10-day quarantine until a negative test result has been received.


For additional information, please refer to the gathering guidance and the Massachusetts Travel Form, click on the links below:

CDC Guidelines on Safe Celebrations

Massachusetts Travel Form


In addition there have been changes to the travel restrictions regarding children. Testing for children, 10 years and younger, who are traveling with an adult from their household is not required. Children 10 years and younger should mimic the quarantine requirement and testing options completed by the household adult they accompanied for travel. If the accompanying adult chooses to quarantine, the child must also quarantine. If the accompanying adult chooses to obtain a test, the child and adult must quarantine until the adult’s negative test result is received. The complete Travel Order can be found here.

Covid Response Hotline

In order to ensure confidentiality and begin Contact Tracing as soon as possible, the District has established lines of communication if ever you need to report a positive COVID Test.

Report a student positive COVID test results by either emailing or calling the hotline below:



Medway Public Schools COVID-19 Information Hub


To provide families with the latest information and resources related to COVID-19, we have created a COVID-19 information hub, which can be accessed here, and by visiting our district’s homepage. Please visit this site for information about school/community COVID-19 health data, positive test reporting, student protocols, and local testing sites.

Meal Access for Remote Learners

As we prepare for more students to make their full return to school, remote meal distribution will now take place on Thursday mornings from 7 am to 9 am. Beginning Thursday, April 1, 2021 students who have opted for remote learning may pick-up meals at Medway Middle School on Thursdays from 7 am to 9 am at the Door # 24 on the Kelly Street entrance side of the building. A week's worth of meals will be offered during this pick-up date each week. Please see the food services website for menus. https://medwayschools.nutrislice.com/ Please contact Shawn Fallon at sfallon@medwayschools.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Dressing for Recess and Outdoor Time

Please be sure to dress your child in layers. Students go out for recess daily for 25 minutes. In addition, students may have music or wellness classes, which are also taught outside for 40 minutes.


Now that the weather is getting nicer, it is often cooler in the morning and there is up to 30 degrees difference by afternoon. In addition, please remember that we keep windows open on the bus and in the classroom to increase air flow.


Students can always take a layer off if they are hot, but the same can't be said if they are cold.

Communication

If you are not receiving email communications from the district or the schools, we are here to help. Please email parent@medwayschools.org and a team will work to ensure that you are connected.

Important Dates!

April 28-May 11: Scholastic Book Fair

May 12: School Site Council, 3:30 PM

May 31: Memorial Day, No School

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