Updates from the Director

October 16

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Message To Our Families

Dear Families,


We hope you are enjoying the autumn weather! Even though we have had some rainy days, try and get your children outdoors whenever possible as fresh air and exercise is so important for their health and development. Please have your child practice wearing a mask anytime they cannot socially distance safely both indoors and outdoors such as going for a walk. Our goal is to teach our students the skills they need to stay healthy and safe.


We realize that remote learning can be difficult for our young children and for their families who need to supervise and help their child. PLEASE make every effort to have your child participate so they can continue to learn and become familiar with the routines and expectations of school. We thank you for your effort and cooperation in this matter.


Sincerely,


Rosario Alvarez

BLOCKS First Virtual PTO Meeting

Our first PTO Meeting took place on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Thank you to all who attended! We are delighted to introduce many new 20-21 BLOCKS PTO Board Members:


Co-Presidents

Nicole Lombardi

Katelyn Anderson


Vice-President

Jessica Villatoro


Co-Treasurers

Michaela Strom

Kristen Noto


Secretary

Lindsay Valarezo


I will continue to reach out to our parents/guardians to see if you might be able to help in other ways to enhance the preschool program. Here are some opportunities for you to consider:


  • Fundraising Chair (Meadow Farms gift wrap and items and other fundraising opportunities, BLOCKS t-shirts)

  • Social Media Chair (oversee Facebook and Instagram)

  • Citywide PTO representative from BLOCKS preschool

  • Spirit Days - one per month (e.g. crazy hair day, favorite sports team, silly sock day, color day, pajama day, etc.) Create schedule and flyers to go home to families.

  • Raffle Chair - BLOCKS Raffle (Spring)

  • Classroom Liaisons (On-going)

  • Fun Day Chair (in June)

  • Family Fun Night Chair (January/February)

  • Coordinate Teacher Appreciation Luncheon (May)


PLEASE consider helping us to support the children's and families experience at BLOCKS Preschool!

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

Lately there has been a lot of talk about stopping the spread of COVID-19, especially in areas like Framingham that are considered to be in the "red zone" or are areas that are at the highest risk for coronavirus. As part of the stop the spread initiative here in Massachusetts all residents in Framingham are being asked, even if you have no COVID symptoms, to please get tested for COVID-19 to help stop the spread. The testing sites highlighted below are FREE for all Massachusetts residents and no health insurance is required. Everyone can be tested whether they are asymptomatic (no symptoms) or symptomatic (experiencing symptoms).

** The following are walk-up testing locations:

South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)- 7 Bishop Street, Framingham

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 3:00-6:00

Amazing Things Art Center-160 Hollis Street, Framingham

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-6:00

Shilman House on the Weinburg Campus- 49 Edmands Road, Framingham

Wednesday, 10/28, 11:00-3:00

**The following is a drive-up testing location only:

Walsh Middle School-301 Brook Street, Framingham

Monday through Saturday, 9:00-1:00


**Please refer to the link below for the most updated information on FREE COVID testing as well:

Click here for information on FREE COVID Testing in Massachusetts: Stop The Spread

Hopefully this information helps as we all work together to help stop the spread!

Nurse Lisa and Nurse Jenn

No School

For ALL students, in-person and remote, there will be no school on Tuesday, November 3rd due to Professional Development or on Wednesday, November 11th due to the Veteran's Day holiday. Additionally, there will be no school for all preschoolers Wednesday, November 25 - Friday November 27 for Thanksgiving. Please note that November 25 is a half-day for all other grades.