Establishing Roots at Beal School

A message from Principal Girardi & Assistant Principal Hoey

Video of the Week- Beal Dedication Ceremony

Beal School Dedication Ceremony - September 24, 2021

Thank you to Shrewsbury Media Connection for filming and producing the Beal Dedication Ceremony on Friday, September 24th. Please enjoy this video!

October 4, 2021

Dear Beal Families,


Happy October! We're a little over a month into school and we're really enjoying the growth we are seeing with students settling into their routines and becoming more comfortable in their new environment. We will continue this work heading towards our 'first six weeks of school' target of ensuring all students feel welcome, accepted, and respected.


This Tuesday, October 5th is an early release day across the district. This is an opportunity for Beal educators to participate in professional learning and continue to grow in their profession.


Beal will begin dismissal at 12:15 PM. For students riding the school bus, you should shift the time your child gets off the bus to 3 hours earlier, and please allow for some different mid-day traffic patterns. There is more information below regarding early release day specifics.


Have a great week and please stay dry! Go Patriots!


Sincerely,

Chris Girardi and Shelley Hoey

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Early Release Day on Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Early Release Day on Tuesday December 3rd

Our first early release day on Tuesday, October 5th. Staff will be engaged in various projects that allow them to grow their craft and collaborate with peers to continue their journey as lifelong learners. Please note below the schedule for Beal with specifics to dismissal procedures. Please don’t hesitate to reach us at (508) 841-8860 with any questions about early release days.

-Tuesday, October 5th- Early release
-Tuesday, December 7th- Early release
-Tuesday, February 1st- Early release
-Tuesday, March 1st-Early release
-Tuesday, April 5th- Early Release


Beal (and all elementary schools) begin dismissal. This is 3 hours earlier than a typical school day and you can adjust your dismissal clocks to 3 hours earlier.


Students riding the school bus should should adjust your child gets off the bus to 3 hours earlier, and please allow for some different mid-day traffic patterns.

*Beal Extended Day- open for operations beginning at dismissal **Only students scheduled for that day of the week may attend the After School program.

School Picture Re-Take Day

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Thank you to all of our students for smiling for the camera this past Tuesday for our Picture Day. If your child was absent or if you prefer to have the picture taken again after you receive your proofs, there will be a picture retake on Tuesday, October 12th.
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Sora

The media centers across the district would like to share that we have a K-12 subscription to an iPad app called SORA that provides access to ebooks and audiobooks that students can read or listen to on their iPads. SORA enables users to borrow up to 3 books at a time. Users can also place holds on an additional 3 books at a time.


Here is a video overview of SORA.


Here is the link to a step-by-step tutorial that explains how to get started using SORA on your child's iPad: https://bit.ly/2JZa2SZ

Emergency Contact Information in Powerschool Parent Portal

Updated emergency contact information is extremely important for the school to maintain healthy lines of communication with our families, especially when immediate parents are not available.


We ask that you check your emergency contact information in your Parent Portal and please update it or add contacts if you do not have them.

***Arrival and Dismissal Routines***

We have created this link for you to access all information related to Beal's arrival and dismissal routines.


Beal Arrival and Dismissal Routines

Information from the Beal PTO

Food Services

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Snack during the school day

Please send your students in with a water bottle and snack each day. Students will break for a snack in the morning or afternoon depending on their lunch schedule. Please note that the school does not offer a snack program.

October School Lunch Menu- Week of October 4th-8th

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Information from our School Nurse Department





COVID-19 Testing Update


Shrewsbury Public Schools is partnering with the state COVID Testing Program to provide voluntary weekly COVID-19 testing and the Test and Stay option for close contacts at school. More details about these programs can be found on the SPS website here. Testing is voluntary and all staff and students are encouraged to participate. The required consent form can be found here.



The Test and Stay option is now available for individuals identified as close contacts to positive cases at school. More information will be provided by school nurses if your child is identified as a close contact at school and qualifies for Test and Stay. Close contacts to positive cases outside of school are not eligible to participate in Test and Stay and must quarantine per Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines.


The start date for Routine COVID Safety Check testing for students will be Tuesday September 28th (test kits will be sent home on Monday September 27th) and will continue weekly. More information regarding test distribution and collection will be provided prior to that time.




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Reminder Regarding Masks


Please be sure that your child arrives at school each day wearing a well-fitting mask, and please send a replacement mask in their backpack for use when their mask is damaged or soiled. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

School Social Media- Please follow us!

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Follow Beal School on Facebook!!!

Beal School has out new Facebook page up and running with information about the upcoming school year. If Facebook is you choice for viewing your media, this might be the place for you:


Beal School Facebook page


Our wonderful PTO also has a Feacbook page geared towards supporting families and community. Please find their information here:


Beal school PTO Facebook page

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Shrewsbury Public Schools Calendar 2021-2022

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Important dates for your fall calendar

Tuesday, October 5th- Early Release Day for Staff Professional Development- 12:15 release time

Monday, October 11th- No School- Columbus Day/ Indigenous Peoples' Day

Tuesday, November 2nd- Parent Conferences- No School for students

Thursday, November 11th- Veterans Day- No School

Wednesday, November 24th-Friday, November 26th- Thanksgiving Vacation