McGovern News!

April 1, 2021

It's almost impossible to believe today is April 1st! As we have said all year long, we are so grateful to be learning in person with our students and that we have been able to stay open all year long. What's exciting is that by mid-April the district will have all students returned to in person learning, with the exception of students in the virtual school.


As you know, there has been tremendous work all year long to ensure we are meeting and maintaining safety guidelines all while attempting to make learning accessible, engaging and fun. It is not easy with 3-7 year old's but our staff is doing such an amazing job each day!!!


Please remember there is no school tomorrow, Friday, April 2, 2021 in observance of Good Friday. Have a great weekend and stay healthy!


Best,

Amy McDonald, Principal

Staffing Updates

I am very excited to announce that Ms. Elyssa Glassman will join the McGovern School team as our long term substitute for music for the remainder of the school year. She will start Monday, April 12, 2021. Ms. Glassman will teach in person and virtual school students will resume music classes beginning April 12th.
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Mrs. Pierangeli's class celebrated their reading unit by using flipgrid. With flipgrid, each student recorded their story. QR codes were made for each book that was recorded and students could select read alouds by their peers during their celebration!


Reading in their jammies and with a stuffy was an added bonus! Great job room 11 readers!

Windows and Mirrors Grant

Children’s literature scholar, Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop compared books to windows and mirrors. Her idea was that books serve as mirrors when we can see ourselves reflected in the characters and can connect to their experiences. Books are like windows when they represent the experiences of people who are different from us and for some children window books might be the first time they are exposed to differences in culture, skin color, religion, and lifestyle.


Last spring, we applied for and were awarded a $5,000.00 grant from MFE to diversify classroom libraries. Our teachers spent time reflecting on their own classroom libraries, collaborating with colleagues to select diverse books that connect to our Social Studies and English Language Arts curriculum, as well as explored high interest texts our students would enjoy.


Mrs. Barrows was instrumental in pulling this all together and I am thrilled that these books are now in classrooms and children's hands! Each classroom was able to select 17 books

for their classroom library as well as multiple mentor texts that are connected to curricula. We are grateful to MFE's partnership in helping us to use children's literature in order to create a more understanding, inclusive, and open-minded school community.


Check out the photos below!

Updated Transportation Guidance: Bus Service for the Remainder of the Year

The state updated their guidance on school transportation. The District has studied this guidance and will be making changes to bus transportation. The guidance shifts capacity limits to allow more students on the bus, doubling capacity. The state guidance can be found here.


If you are interested in moving your child onto a bus for the remainder of the school year, please reach out to our transportation director, Don Aicardi daicardi@medwayschools.org to see if there is room on your child's bus. He will communicate with you and the school if moving to school bus service is possible.


Thank you to all of our families who have been so patient with our drop off and pick up procedures!

The Pandemic Effect: Student Social/Emotional Challenges

Join Dr. Elizabeth Englander on April 13th at 6:30 PM for a free parent/guardian webinar about the impact that the COVID19 pandemic has had on students' social and emotional health and how these challenges are related to issues like screen time and cyberbullying. This is presented by Medway's T.H.R.I.V.E! Here is a flyer with additional information.



Join on Zoom:

https://bridgew.zoom.us/j/97840259737? pwd=VXhTRFR3azRrbXAzNk8vWlZqT1Z1Zz09

Drop Off and Pick Up

We've gotten a few phone calls from residents who live in the neighborhoods around McGovern School. Please be mindful of resident driveways. Residents need to be able to leave and enter their homes during car pickup or drop off. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Mrs. Barucci's First Grade Class are Reading Rockstars!

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Room 17 did such a fantastic job using all of their strategies to find trick words in their books, they had a "Mario" themed celebration! Bowser made a special visit and tested them on 5 tricky words. Final score:

Room 17= 5

Bowser= 0


The students definitely defeated Bowser and have learned some awesome reading strategies! Great work room 17!

Picture Day

We have been working with LifeTouch to develop safety procedures and protocols in order to make picture day a reality this year. Student Picture Day will be Friday, April 30th. This will include virtual school students as well! More details coming soon!

MEPTO NEWS!

Each year MEPTO graciously volunteers time and energry to put together an Elementary Yearbook. In a typical year, we use our Lifetouch Photos to include individual pictures of students and volunteers come in throughout the school year to capture special events, exciting milestones, and make sure each class and student is represented in the book.


This year, due to the complications of COVID, their ability to produce such a book is next to impossible. I am very grateful that MEPTO has tackled putting together a modified version, a "Memory Book."


Please see the image below for directions on how to purchase a Memory Book for your child. If you have any questions, please reach out to McGovern's yearbook advisor: Meagan Wilde Meagan.mckenna@yahoo.com

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Reminders!

Kindergarten Registration

Medway Public Schools is happy to announce our Online Student Registration for Kindergarten is LIVE! If you are looking to register a kindergarten student for the 2021-2022 school year, you can view the Online Registration directions here. If you already have children in the district, you can simply add the new student to your existing profile by logging into your existing Parent Portal account. Click MORE from the left menu, click Online Registration, and during the OLR process add the student as described in Step 2 of the Online Registration Directions.



If your child is in preschool and matriculating up to kindergarten, you do not need to complete the registration process, as your child is an existing student.


Families New to MPS can start the registration process using this website: Infinite Campus Online Registration Portal. The link to Registration directions can be found in the previous paragraph. To help with this process, we have included a Virtual Registration Checklist. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Karen Downing at kadowning@medwaypublicschools.org . If you have technical questions about the online registration process, please email parent@medwayschools.org to assist with the technical process.


Finally, please click here for a list of all of the events (including Kindergarten Camp) on the Road to Kindergarten.


Welcome to Medway Public Schools!

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.

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.

Close Contact Guidelines Definition

Please see the below message from Dr. Pires regarding an update on the close contact definition.


DESE recently updated their guidelines to reflect an updated definition of a close contact. The new definition is An individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

An important caveat to this definition is that multiple brief or transitory interactions (less than a minute) throughout the day are unlikely to result in 15 minutes of cumulative contact and do not meet the definition of close contact.

This change will certainly make the definition of close contacts more challenging and will likely lead to more close contacts being identified. It is important that all staff are aware of this definition and take active steps to ensure that we are not unnecessarily creating close contacts, particularly with other staff.

Yearly Student Information Update - Online Registration- ACTION REQUIRED!


We request that all families complete the beginning of year packet [Online Registration] in the parent portal to ensure we have the most up to date information for you and your child. To access OLR in the portal, login and choose MORE > Online Registration. Please follow the prompts to complete this information. If you are new to Medway or in need an access code to create an account, please email support@medwayschools.org.


We are only at an 18% completion rate and it is critical that all families update their information so that we have the most up-to-date contact information.

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!

March 31: School Site Council, 3:30 PM

April 2: No School, Good Friday

April 14: Virtual School, Materials Pick Up Day

April 19-23: No School, Vacation

April 28: Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00-7:00 pm (virtual)

April 28-5/11: Scholastic Book Fair (electronic)

April 30: Picture Day

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