McGovern News!

May 17, 2021

We have just about a month left of school, which seems next to impossible to believe. We pack a lot into these last few weeks and as you will read below, I am grateful to include some of our end of year celebrations and traditions into our schedule.


The weather has been a great change of pace and I hope you enjoyed the sunshine this weekend! As you know, recess and our wellness classes are outside. Please be sure to apply sunscreen to your child prior to school.


There are several important updates in this week's newsletter. Please take the time to read the information below. Finally, Wednesday, May 19, 2021 is an early release day with dismissal at 12:00 PM. There is no afternoon preschool on Wednesday and no lunches are served.


Best,

Amy McDonald, Principal

End of Year Celebrations and Traditions

As we inch closer to the end of the school year, it is important to celebrate the milestones of this year. As such, I am excited to share with you that we hold some typical end of year transitions this year...though they may look a little different.


Trip to Memorial: Our 1st grade students will visit Memorial School on either June 7th or 10th for a tour of the building and meeting with Mr. Kelly. Teachers will send home permission slips in the coming days.


The schedule is below:

Monday, June 7:

9:00-9:45 (bus loads at 8:50 am)

Los, Kelly, O'Connell


10:00-10:45 (bus loads at 9:50ish)

Lomuscio, Barrows, Pierangeli, Rioux


Thursday, June 10:

9:00-9:45 (bus loads at 8:50 am)

Caveny, Barucci, Jackson, virtual school students(need to be transported to Memorial by their own parent/guardian)


Field Day: Date, TBD

Mr. Kelley and I met with MEPTO last week and we are going to pull off FIELD DAY! It will absolutely look different than in year's past, but we are excited to plan this special event for students. We are in the early stages of planning and I hope to share an update by the beginning of next week.

Important Summer Planning Underway

Following a school year unlike any other, we are excited to be planning unique and targeted experiences for the summer in support of student learning and connection. To finalize our thinking, we are seeking family interest and input. Thank you for taking a few moments to complete one survey per child: Summer 2021 Boost Programs - Initial Interest Survey

Kindergarten Screening

At this point, nearly all students have been scheduled for kindergarten screening. This will take place next week, May 24-26, 2021. If you are unsure of your scheduled time, 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.

Guardian and Student Information Changes

MPS would like to advise guardians that the Infinite Campus Parent Portal system provides a mechanism to request changes of email and phone numbers. Simply select MORE > Family Information from the menu options, then Update on the individual you wish to update. Please note that address changes can not be made through this system, as they require proof of residency. Please forward any address changes to parent@medwayschools.org, including a copy for proof of residency.

Kindergarten Scientists

Kindergarten scientists are discovering the structure and function of different body parts. Here, Room 9 students are exploring bones that make up the hand and building a bone puzzle on top of their own handprint - making their own X-Ray!

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!

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.


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!

May 17-28: Panorama testing window

May 19: Early Release Day, 12:00 PM, NO afternoon Preschool

May 19: Virtual School material pick up

May 24-26: Kindergarten Screening, by appointment only

May 31: No School, Memorial Day

June 1-2: Preschool Screening, by appointment only

June 9: Virtual School material pick up

June 7/10: Visits to Memorial School for 1st Grade

June 17: Last day of school, students

June 18 & 21: Professional Development Days

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