Greenlodge Weekly Update 1/13/2022

#ReachForYourBest

Dear Greenlodge Families,


I hope you are all having a nice week and enjoyed the snow day last Friday. I know my own children were happy to see a nice, white, blanket of snow on the ground when they woke up on Friday morning. Despite the very cold weather they enjoyed some time playing in it on Friday and Saturday. I know many of our Greenlodge students were happy to see the snow too!


As I am sure many of you saw yesterday, we will be sending out COVID updates on Wednesdays as a district, so moving forward, I will be sending our newsletter on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays in hopes of not clogging your inbox!


I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and the upcoming long weekend. As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns you would like to discuss.


Best,

Jenny

Important Dates

  • January 17th - MLK Jr. Day - No School
  • January 17th - MLK Dedham Celebration
  • February 2nd - No School / Professional Development
  • February 21st thru February 25th - No School / February Break
This year’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life will take place in Dedham via Zoom on January 17th. The celebration will include pre-recorded performances, speeches, and artwork displays to honor the legacy and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students who chose to submit their artwork will see their work displayed at the event on January 17th when the Dedham Community will gather remotely to honor and celebrate Dr. King’s life. All students in grades K-5 in the Dedham Public Schools were eligible to participate. Click here for more information.

Notes From The Nurse

Many people in our community will be testing positive for Covid-19 in the coming weeks. We are relying on you more than ever to keep students safe and schools open.


  • Please–DO NOT SEND YOUR STUDENT TO SCHOOL WITH ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS! Even if they are vaccinated, symptoms require a test to return. Stay home and test by PCR/NAAT (preferred) or Rapid Antigen at a health office or at home. Send positive results to the school nurse for guidance.

  • All students must bring and wear a well-fitting mask. Please reinforce with your student to wear their mask over their nose and mouth. If students are unable to wear a mask correctly, they may have to complete a longer quarantine or isolation period if affected.

  • Please consider Covid-19 vaccination. It can reduce spread in the school and students are exempt from close contact quarantine/testing two weeks after the 2nd dose.

  • Isolation and quarantine must be a full five days. All students returning from the shortened quarantine/isolation must wear a mask at all times–indoors and out–unless eating or drinking for five days after return. See examples below:

    • If positive test date or onset of symptoms is 1/1/22 (day zero) you isolate five days after from 1/2/22-1/6/22, then return day six on 1/7/22.

    • If an unvaccinated student was exposed/close contact on 1/1/22 (day zero), they quarantine from 1/2/22-1/6/22, then return 1/7/22.

  • Vaccinated close contacts are not required to test/quarantine. However, if Covid-19 is spreading in your home, please be very cautious about sending your vaccinated student to school. Testing is the best way to ensure they are safe to return.

Dress warm! It's cold outside!

Weather permitting, we always try to get outside as much as possible during the school day. Please be sure to send your student to school dressed appropriately, with a winter jacket, hat, gloves or mittens and boots.

Greenlodge News

Points From P.E.

Congratulations to 4Ma for winning the Family Fitness Challenge for the second month in a row. Get working on your January Fitness Challenges to earn a PE choice day for your class!

Greenlodge Artsonia Page

Do you want to see some of the beautiful artwork from our students here at Greenlodge? Please visit our Artsonia page!

Attendance

  • If your child is sick or will be out of school for any reason, please call the attendance line. 781-310-4799 to report the absence.
  • If your child is required to stay home due to illness or quarantine , they are no longer able to attend school remotely.
  • 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 regarding attendance.

Check-out the Greenlodge Homepage!

The Greenlodge Homepage is updated regularly. Go here to view:
  • Links to current and past newsletters and headlines
  • Food service information
  • Bus application
  • Families Digital Support Page
  • Counseling resources
  • Coronavirus Updates

Mental Health Resources

There have been a few questions over the last couple of weeks regarding support for students who are struggling with their mental health. Below you will find a few resources for families and students to access.


  • Riverside Emergency Services: 800-529-5077
  • HandHoldMA -- this is an excellent webpage with a lot of resources.

School Meals Program

All school meals will continue to be FREE for Dedham students through June 30, 2022. We still encourage families eligible for Free/Reduced lunch to complete the registration process, as it ensures you can benefit from the other program offerings including access to reduced fees in other areas. Also, please note that due to supply chain issues, our posted lunch menus may be subject to last minute changes.

Please see the Breakfast Flyer from our Food Service department.

Community Events and Flyers

Click on the GREEN bar above to take a look at the community events and flyers

Other District Information...

Dedham Public Schools has translated resource pages:

Please click here for translated curriculum and resources.

Haga clic aquí para ver el currículo y los recursos traducidos.

Clique aqui para obter o currículo e os recursos traduzidos.

Пожалуйста, нажмите здесь для перевода учебной программы и ресурсов.

Ju lutemi klikoni këtu për kurrikulën dhe burimet e përkthyera.

الرجاء الضغط هنا للحصول على المناهج والمواد المترجمة.


There is also a Parent Support Group for Spanish speaking families.

Learn more here:Parent Support Group Flyer (Spanish)

Video Overview of Parent Support Group (Spanish)


Substance Abuse Support Group for Children: Please see this flyer for information about a virtual group to support children dealing with the impacts of a loved ones substance abuse.