Worcester Weekly

20 Years Leading the PACK

Encouraging Messages

THE ENERGY BUS FOR KIDS BY JON GORDON

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DON'T LET COVID-19 HIJACK YOUR DAY!

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A Note from Mr. Shaffer

Dear Worcester Families,


Happy Friday! It's hard to believe that today is the start of May! Thank you for a great first year as principal of Worcester, especially given our challenging circumstances!


Teacher Appreciation Week begins on Monday, May 4th. Please consider reaching out to our Worcester Team to share kind messages and thoughts of encouragement. For me, I would like to thank our teachers for their resilience, dedication, and collaboration! I feel equally thankful for our support staff who continually impress me with their willingness to extend a hand to our teachers and to one another! I am truly grateful to be a part of this amazing team!


I would also like to thank our families for their continued support and patience as we all adjust to virtual learning. I have found myself reflecting often about the importance of accepting one another for who we are and for where we are in our lives. I know my life is much different now with three little kids than it was just ten short years ago. I applaud our families who have successfully implemented a daily schedule. I would also like to encourage those families who are still working on it to continue their efforts. For me, the juggling act is still a work in progress, but that's okay! Regardless of the circumstances, please give yourselves the credit that you deserve for doing the best you can each and every day . . . And thank you for welcoming me into this great learning community!


Please join us in our efforts to remain connected and consider submitting a Flipgrid video. Please click the links below to access our "Say Hello" video and our "Be Kind and Spread Joy" playlist. You're also welcome to add a video or picture.



This week, we will be continue reconnecting through music. Please see below for a special update from Mrs. Snyder and for more information in regard to this week's Flipgrid activity.


Stay well, keep connected, and remember to smile!


With Sincere Thoughts,


Principal Shaffer (and the Worcester Team)

A MESSAGE FROM MRS. SNYDER

On Saturday, April 25, CNN partnered with Sesame Street for a special town hall about coronavirus, focused on kids and parents. "The ABC's of Covid 19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents" tackled issues including education, anxiety, screen time and playdates. The 90-minute town hall featured experts and Sesame Street characters -- including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Rosita and Grover -- answering questions submitted by families. Big Bird even joined CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill to moderate the event. Here is the link to watch the special presentation: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/25/app-news-section/cnn-sesame-street-coronavirus-town-hall-april-25-2020-app/index.html​


This week, we will continue school-wide Flipgrid activity highlighting music. We encourage you to capture your child/children or even whole family (that includes you, parents and caregivers!) sharing yourselves singing, dancing, and/or playing an instrument. Worcester Elementary School staff are already working on our videos. If you need a little inspiration, please check out Jimmy Fallon & The Roots performing "Safety Dance" with first responders: https://youtu.be/la1q1aRUaNg


To begin recording, please click the link below to access Flipgrid, and then tap the plus sign to record and upload a short video or picture. You can record for a maximum of a minute and a half.






An updated compilation of the videos/pictures will be sent in Mr. Shaffer’s May 8th Worcester Weekly. These shared musical videos will surely put a smile on all of our faces. Thank you for taking the time to do this activity!

A MESSAGE FROM MRS. SCHWARTZ

A MESSAGE FROM MRS. CHERRY

Be sure to check out the Worcester Library website by clicking the link below. Right now, you can find our Poem of the Day, which is read (and sometimes written) by our teachers as well as a 100 brick LEGO challenge. Check back often...you never know what may suddenly appear...that's a magical hint (O^O)!


https://sites.google.com/methacton.org/worcesterelemlibrary/home?pli=1&authuser=1

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MAY 1ST - MAY 7TH

  • May 1st: Kaleigh (2nd) and Lola (Kindergarten)
  • May 3rd: Emi (2nd)
  • May 4th: Chloe (3rd) and Giana (2nd)
  • May 5th: Vincent (4th)
  • May 6th: Dylan (3rd)

TOOLS TO SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING

GRADING GUIDELINES (PASS/FAIL)

STUDENT EMAIL ACCOUNTS

Please note that our IT Department has changed the settings on student email accounts. Students will now receive an email that prompts them when an assignment is returned or teacher feedback is provided. Please assist your child(ren) as needed with monitoring their email.

TIME CAPSULE

We are living in a unique and changing time in history. Students and families may want to explore the "Time Capsule" activity that is accessible below. This activity will help guide families with reflecting and memorializing their thoughts, feelings, and personal experiences.

Let's Remember to be the "I" in KIND

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HOW TO ACCESS GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Standards Based Grading & Reporting

Please click the link below to learn more about Standards Based Grading and Reporting. Methacton School District will be implementing a Standards Based Report Card next school year.


https://www.methacton.org/Page/19163

QUESTIONS? EMAIL . . . information@methacton.org

Worcester School Pledge

Please join me in thanking 4th grade student, Claire Miller, for creating our newly adopted school pledge. Claire joined Mr. Shaffer with reciting the pledge over the intercom during morning announcements. Thank you, Claire!


Today, I promise to do my best.

I will make safe, respectful, and responsible choices.

I will have a positive attitude, include others, and be a kind friend.

I will be a good role model.

Today, I promise to make our school a better place.

BEE the One to . . .

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Encourage, Empower, and Inspire

Thank you to all of the Worcester BEEs for encouraging our students, empowering our families, and for inspiring me each and everyday!


There any many lessons that can be learned from the honeybee. For me, the importance of community and working together for the greater good is the lesson that resonates most!