Gibbons April 2020 Newsletter

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

-Fred Rodgers

The halls are empty and the playground is quiet but the Gibbons School spirit can be felt beyond the walls of the school. It’s felt when teachers connect with their students. It’s felt when a staff member calls a home to check on a student. It’s felt during a Kindergarten Google Meet or a fifth grade Zoom session.

The global pandemic has challenged parents and educators in a way most of us never anticipated. Our educational system, especially at the elementary level, was designed to take place in a building full of students, teachers and support personnel. Within one month we have taken this system, which evolved over the past two hundred years, and moved it out of the school and into the virtual world. All of this occured at a time when parents and caregivers were forced to work from home or leave their house to perform an essential task.

I am amazed (but not surprised) with the response from the Stoughton community. Thousands of meals have been distributed from the O’Donnell Middle School. School Department employees have risen to the occasion in so many different ways- helping to prepare meals, cleaning and disinfecting the schools, getting over 1,000 chromebooks into the hands of our neediest families and in other ways both seen and unseen. Teachers, counselors and other school staff members have set up Google Classrooms (some seemingly overnight) to provide their students with the best type of educational experience possible during this difficult time. Parents and caregivers have dropped off donations to the food pantry, picked up meals for a neighbor or checked on the well being of a friend.

The halls will once again fill with laughter. Playgrounds will once again be a cacophony of energy and joy. Together we will get through this. Please call or email if you need help . Even though the building may be empty, have faith we will always be here for you.


Food Distribution at Middle School Mon, Wed, Fri (10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.)

Monday, April 13th, 10am to Monday, May 4th, 11:30am

211 Cushing Street

Stoughton, MA

Food distribution every Mon, Wed and Friday for Stoughton students at the middle school.

Chromebook Assistance

Monday, April 13th, 10am to Monday, May 4th, 11pm

211 Cushing Street

Stoughton, MA

There are a limited amount of chrome books available for families in need. E-mail

Comcast and XFinity WiFi Access for Families in Need

Friday, April 10th, 9pm

211 Cushing Street

Stoughton, MA

Notice for families

Please use the following link for information regarding Comcast’s Internet Essential program for any families in need of internet access.

Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone

Xfinity Wifi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them free – including non-xfinity internet subscribers. For a map of xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Aviso para famílias

Use o link a seguir para obter informações sobre o programa Internet Essential da Comcast para todas as famílias que precisam de acesso à Internet.

Xfinity WiFi gratuito para todos

xfinity hotspots WiFi em todo o país estarão disponíveis para quem precisa deles livre - incluindo assinantes de internet não Xfinity. Para obter um mapa dos pontos de acesso WiFi do xfinity, visite Uma vez em um ponto de acesso, os consumidores devem selecionar o nome da rede “xfinitywifi” na lista de pontos de acesso disponíveis e, em seguida, iniciar um navegador.

Aviso para familias

Utilice el siguiente enlace para obtener información sobre el programa Internet Essential de Comcast para cualquier familia que necesite acceso a Internet.

Xfinity WiFi gratis para todos Los

puntos de acceso de Xfinity Wifi en todo el país estarán disponibles para cualquier persona que los necesite de forma gratuita, incluidos los suscriptores de internet que no sean de xfinity. Para ver un mapa de los puntos de acceso WiFi de xfinity, visite Una vez en un punto de acceso, los consumidores deben seleccionar el nombre de red "xfinitywifi" en la lista de puntos de acceso disponibles y luego iniciar un navegador.

Avi pou Fanmi yo

Sèvi ak lyen sa a pou jwenn enfòmasyon sou pwogram esansyèl entènèt Comcast pou tout fanmi ki bezwen aksè sou entènèt la.

Xfinity WiFi gratis pou tout

xinfity WiFi hotspots atravè peyi a ap disponib pou nenpòt moun ki bezwen yo gratis - ki gen ladan moun ki pa Xfinity entènèt abonnés. Pou yon kat nan pwen aksè xfinity fil, vizite Yon fwa nan yon pwen aksè, konsomatè yo dwe chwazi non an rezo "xfinitywifi" nan lis la nan pwen aksè ki disponib ak Lè sa a, kòmanse yon navigatè.

Food Resources Around the Stoughton community

Friday, April 10th, 9pm

235 Morton Street

Stoughton, MA

Stoughton Community Food Resources

Dr. Robert G. O’Donnell Middle School, 211 Cushing Street

Mon, Wed, Fri , 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Stoughton children breakfast and lunch

Contact Food Service Director Ed Gilbert with special dietary needs @

For more info go to:

St. Anthony’s Free Market, 2 Park Avenue, Stoughton

Fridays, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.; 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Stoughton residents (proof of residency required), Donations accepted from 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays

For more info or to donate to food pantry go to:

IIse Marks Food Pantry, 103 Pleasant Street, Stoughton

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Stoughton residents (proof of residency required)

To contact IIse Marks Food Pantry, go to:

Old Colony YMCA, Stoughton, 445 Central Street, Stoughton

Monday- Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Donation bins in front of the building

Area residents

For more information about how you can help support the Y, go to:

Gibbons PTA Virtual Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, April 15th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Look for more info next week about how to join our first virtual PTA meeting!