BBRSD District-Wide Weekly Update

October 29, 2021

Superintendent of Schools

Mask Mandate Extended

On October 26 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Jeffrey Riley announced the extension of the K-12 mask mandate until January 15, 2022. Please read Commissioner Riley's memo here.


Nurse Update

We are happy to announce have hired an experienced school nurse, Lisa Leighton, to work at BES. Lisa comes to us with over a decade of school nursing experience and we look forward to welcoming her on November 3.


Additionally, we have hired a "floater" nurse for the rest of the 2021-2022 school year. Tracy Valla is also an experienced RN who will spend her time in all three (3) BBRSD schools as the need arises. We look forward to her first day on Monday, November 1.


We are also in the process of hiring a new nurse at Tahanto Regional Middle/High School. In the meantime, we are excited to welcome back Ms. Janet Sequeira who graciously agreed to come back and help out at the middle/high school until the hiring process is complete. We look forward to seeing Ms. Sequeira on Monday!


COVID Vaccine Updates

Vaccines for Ages 5-11

On Friday, October 29, the FDA approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11. Read the full story here.


Future Vaccination Clinics

BBRSD continues to monitor the approval of the COVID vaccine for children and will plan another vaccination clinic in our district once approved. Please stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Business Office News

Transportation – “Here Comes The Bus” App.

I have received some inquiries regarding the Here Comes The Bus App so wanted to communicate an update on that again here, as I know folks are busy and may not have read prior communications on this.


The district is no longer using the Here Comes The Bus App (HCTB), which tracks the bus location of a student's bus. It was not consistently reliable and required significant administrative effort to maintain, both in the district and at NRT Bus. When issues arose, the HCTB’s support team was not as responsive or helpful as was needed by parents, NRT, or me in supporting the app. For these reasons, it was decided to cancel the use of the app., and to look for a replacement app. that was more reliable and easier to use and support.

NRT Bus has a replacement app that they are prepared to pilot with our district, and it is something we have on our radar to test in the near future. Updates will be provided as those efforts move forward.


Transportation – Seasonal Bus stops

There are a small number of seasonal bus stops that will be moving back to their Winter locations very soon, similar to prior years. Parents/students that are impacted will receive notice from the school and the bus driver before this occurs.



Bob Conry, Director of Finance and Operations

rconry@bbrsd.org

508-869-2837 ext. 1103

Pupil Personnel Office

Preschool Information Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m.


To join the meeting go to https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85169487744


The Berlin-Boylston Early Childhood Team will hold an informational meeting for parents of 2, 3, and 4-year-olds who are interested in our Preschool Programs.


The presentation will highlight the two early childhood programs in the district: · Berlin Memorial Integrated Preschool · Tahanto/Boylston Integrated Preschool


The presenters will be preschool teachers from each program. In addition, a Special Education Coordinator will present information on the referral process for special education screenings and evaluations.


A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

Berlin PK Program Contact Sherry Trainque strainque@bbrsd.org 978-838-2417 x4223 Boylston PK Program Contact Jannel Fitzpatrick jfitzpatrick@bbrsd.org 508-869-2333 x2320


For additional information please see our website at www.bbrsd.org

Technology Department

Tahanto Phone Update

Just a brief follow-up to last week’s information regarding the Tahanto Middle/High School phone issue. We have continued to work on this issue this past week. On Saturday, October 23, Verizon sent technicians to work on our T1 service line, our main phone communication line. Verizon spent extensive time patching this connection in four different areas out on the poles. They also re-terminated the connection within the school building. Since doing this repair work we have monitored the connection and it has remained “up” since that work was completed. We hope that this work has solved the issue of calls dropping. Again thank you for your patience as we continue this work to ensure that communications within our buildings are always available.


Paul Mara, Director of Technology

pmara@bbrsd.org

508-869-2837 ext. 1109

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Boylston Elementary School

Halloween Parade

I couldn't really write about this week without sharing pictures from our Halloween Parade! Luckily, we were able to complete the parade between raindrops. If you weren't able to make it I hope these pictures bring you some smiles. Click here to view the slideshow!


Pumpkin Festival Update

Due to a very very wet forecast for the weekend, the PTO has moved the Pumpkin Festival indoors. Pumpkins will be displayed throughout the hallways. It is important to remember, DESE guidelines for schools are still in place over the weekend and everyone entering the Festival must be masked throughout their visit.


Thank you, Nurses!

We are days away from Nurse Lisa starting (truthfully, she's already been in the building to get a sense of the health office). Meanwhile, I feel the need to thank everyone who has helped hold down the fort in the interim. Thank you, Nurse Megan, Nurse Laura, Nurse Stephanie, and Nurse Practitioner Jessica. It truly has taken a village to staff our health office.


Got Hand-me-downs?

With the very wet days we have had, we discovered that we are in need of extra pants for children when they have a bit too much fun in puddles. Really, any gently used hand-me-downs will do. Thank you!


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. That may be another way of saying STEM this year. Our Science/Technology Special teacher has been busy revamping her curriculum with hands-on activities for the students this year. To make this possible, she needs a number of items that you may be preparing to recycle. Please take a second to look at her list and if you have any of the items and are willing, please send them to school. Thanks in advance.


The Week Ahead

As you look at the "Week Ahead" please remember that Thursday is a half-day (11:45 dismissal for conferences) and there is no school on Friday for a Teacher PD day. When you come in for conferences, be sure to stop by the tables with this year's Lost and Found. We will be making our first donation of the year after conferences. It will be a surprisingly large donation as of right now!


Electronic Folder


The Week Ahead:

  • Tuesday (11/2)

    • Picture retakes

    • Election Day

  • Wednesday (11/3)

    • Nurse Lisa's first day!

  • Thursday (11/4)

    • Early Dismissal at 11:45

    • Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Friday (11/5)

    • No School PD day



Ace Thompson, Principal

athompson@bbrsd.org

BES Office: 508-869-2200

Berlin Memorial School

Wow, it’s sure been a busy week here! A few notes for you.


Halloween Parade

Our annual Halloween parade was this morning. Led by members of the BMS band, our students delighted all in attendance with their amazing costumes. You also didn’t need to be very observant to “find Waldo” with several staff sharing that theme. Classes also competed in a pumpkin decorating contest, which Officer Dave “Goodie” Goulding was kind enough to help judge. The winners this year - Mrs. Sheikh’s class - will enjoy an extra recess next week!


It meant so much to the kids to have such a great adult turn-out - it’s not a parade unless there’s an audience. Thanks to all who attended.


COVID Update

As I’m sure you’ve heard, we continue to have children testing positive for COVID. The number of children is very small, but I seem to be making calls every other day. Just so you are aware, we follow the process below in these situations.


  1. The school is informed of an individual who has tested positive for COVID,

  2. Nurse Ana does the necessary contact tracing to determine close contacts and gives me a list of the individuals involved.

  3. I make telephone contact with parents of involved children, plus advise impacted adults.

  4. Nurse Ana reports to the BBRSD Central Office and the Nashoba Board of Health.

  5. I send the following emails:

    1. To the parents of students who are deemed close contacts in order to provide them with more detailed information.

    2. To the school community at large to advise them of a positive case at school

    3. To the staff here at BMS, to make them aware of the situation and how it might impact events, etc.


A huge shout out to Karen Molnar, our Director of Pupil Services, for doing such a great job pulling the Test & Stay Program together. I don’t know how we would have done it without her.


And finally…

Just a reminder - Parent-Teacher conferences are next Thursday, November 4th, and there is no school on Friday, November 5th.


Have a great week!


John Campbell, Principal

jcampbell@bbrsd.org

BMS Office: 978-838-2417

Tahanto Regional Middle/High School


Upcoming Events

  • October 29th: HS StuCo presents Haunted Trail and Bonfire

  • November 2nd: Picture Retakes


Engineering Club

Tahanto will be running the Engineering Club for interested students in grades 6-12 on the next FOUR Thursdays from 2:15 PM-3:15 PM, as follows:

  1. Thursday, November 4, 2021

  2. Thursday, November 18, 2021

  3. Thursday, December 2, 2021

  4. Thursday, December 9, 2021

Parents, please email Mr. Eiermann at reiermann@bbrsd.org with your child's name and intent to participate.


Middle School Counseling News

Check out Managing Middle School to learn about all that is happening in middle school counseling!



School Absences/Tardies/Dismissals

Just a reminder that if your child is not feeling well, please keep them home and notify the nurse


BBRSD COVID-19 Test and Stay Program

Below please find two very important forms regarding BBRSD's COVID-19 Test and Stay program. Please note that for your child to participate in the Test and Stay program a student consent form MUST be filled out and signed by a parent/guardian. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at dtucceri@bbrsd.org.


1. Letter regarding Test and Stay COVID-19 Program

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FzNLTefNy4qjKgtMDASxKlD7GTGKnB2GdYjWNH1V8Uk/edit?usp=sharing

2. Student Consent Form

https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma#consent



School districts must take attendance for every student, every period. If your child is absent from school please follow the procedures below:


  1. Call (508)869-2333 and Press option 1 to report your child absent. If your child is absent due to a medical appt. (doctor or dentist) please bring a note to the main office from the doctor’s office the next day your child is at Tahanto.


  1. If your child is going to be late for school please still call the above number and make us aware of this.


  1. Each student has 3 parental excusals that can be used during each semester for absences that are not subject to a doctor’s visit. To use parental excusal please write a note and have your child bring the note to the main office on the next day your child is in person at Tahanto.


  1. If your child is being dismissed from school, a written dismissal note must be handed in to the main office by 8:00 a.m. Telephone dismissals will not be accepted.



If we do not receive a call notifying us of the absence, the secretaries in the main office will be contacting parents/guardians.


If you need further clarification or need to ask a question specific to your child’s attendance, please do not hesitate to contact Kathleen Angiulo at (508)869-2333 or send an email to kangiulo@bbrsd.org




Athletic News

For this week's athletic news please click here.


Diane Tucceri, Principal

dtucceri@bbrsd.org


Sally Stukuls, Assistant Principal

sstukuls@bbrsd.org


508-869-2333 ext. 2100 Tahanto Office

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