BBRSD District-Wide Weekly Update
October 15, 2021
Superintendent of Schools
Superintendents across the Commonwealth met with Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley this past Wednesday to get an update on all things related to COVID-19. Included in that discussion was further information on the Test & Stay program. As many of you have probably heard, Governor Baker, in conjunction with DESE, has enlisted the National Guard to assist with the program in areas that face large shortages of resources and personnel. Western Massachusetts, in particular, is receiving support to get the program up and running.
In Berlin-Boylston, we have worked with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and CIC to secure personnel to work with our nurses on testing and as substitutes. At this time, I want to thank the Berlin-Boylston School Committee for approving the District’s ability to fund an additional floating nurse across our three schools for the remainder of the year. While we very rarely are able to do this without being budgeted, we feel this additional position and the presence of a manager provided by the CIC will be a welcome addition to the nursing team.
As a result, I anticipate the success of the Test and Stay program in our district and ask our school community to please be patient as we learn to best utilize our additional staffing in each of our schools.
508-869-2837 ext. 1107
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learing
S.T.E.M. Week Arrives in Massachusetts
Not only are the sights and sounds of fall in the air this month, but so are plenty of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities. Monday, October 18th - Friday, October 22nd is designated as S.T.E.M. Week here in the Commonwealth! S.T.E.M. Week is a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness, and ability for all learners to envision themselves in STEM education and employment opportunities and complement the formal instruction happening on a regular basis throughout the state.
S.T.E.M. work is happening regularly across the Berlin-Boylston Regional School District in grades PreK-12 as part of our MA Frameworks, however, this may be an opportunity for families to do some projects and experiments together at home. When was the last time you built a super cool race car from a legos kit or went outdoors to look for animal tracks? S.T.E.M. incorporates so much of our everyday lives that finding something to share with your family and friends can be easy to do. Check out this terrific link to the many activities and events happening in Central MA throughout the week beginning this coming Saturday, October 16th at: https://wp.wpi.edu/cmsn/stem-week/#public
A Follow-Up to Our ESSER III Grant Survey
On behalf of Superintendent Zanghi, Robert Conry, our Director of Finance and Operations, and myself, I would like to thank all those in our community who participated in the ESSER III grant survey or met with us in a discussion about possible spending options.
With $263,868 in COVID-related funding made available to us, we prioritized our spending based on the feedback we received and extended the funding over a two-year period. The grant will enable us to add a school adjustment counselor, wrap-around services for families, instructional technology to provide all students with practice and remediation opportunities at school and at home, after school tutoring and summer learning academy, and hotspots that will enable continued access to the internet for all of our families.
Many and varied suggestions for non-COVID-related items and services were made in the survey. Those suggestions will be taken forward for consideration as we begin to prepare our budget for the 2021-2022 school year.
Our grant was submitted prior to the October 4th deadline date, however, the waiting line for approval grew exponentially with so many districts submitting for a portion of the funding. While we are still awaiting approval, we are confident that once the grant is approved, we will be able to move forward with our plans.
Carol Costello, Assistant Superintendent
508-869-2837 ext. 1111
Business Office News
Paving in Boylston – impact to bus drop-off/pick-up
The Boylston Highway Department is arranging to have paving done on Adams Rd. and Columbus Rd. next week. It may occur as early as Tuesday and Wednesday, October 19 and 20, however, the actual dates need to be confirmed with the contractor. We will send a School Messenger email blast out when the date is confirmed.
When this work is being done, there will be no access to all streets in this development. All the bus stops on the following streets will be moved to the intersections of Cross Street /Adams Street, and a second stop at the intersection of Cross Street / Ethan Allen Drive.
Impacted streets: Adams, Longfellow, Madison, Columbus, as well as Ethan Allen and Sylvan
School Lunch for Students In Quarantine
In accordance with a new state requirement, school lunch is now available to students quarantining at home. A parent/guardian may pick up the lunch at Tahanto Regional Middle/High School from 12:45 pm-1:30 pm on each school day of the quarantine. It will be a single location for all three schools.
Please call 508-869-2333 ext. 2346 in the morning to request a meal, and call again shortly before arrival, so the meal can be brought outside to you.
Bob Conry, Director of Finance and Operations
508-869-2837 ext. 1103
As you have no doubt heard in the news that Holiday shopping this year could see many shelves empty. This is most likely especially true for technology purchases, so if you are thinking of getting your student that laptop or Chromebook then now is the time to be looking for those items. As a reminder, Dell does offer our faculty and families a 10% discount. The link to that site is here. I always look at the 10% discount as about the same as the cost for the extended warranty, so for the price, I expected to pay, to begin with, I now get that extra year or two of coverage for the device.
Two other reminders: We have an opening in the Technology Department for a full-time technology support person. If you know of a talented individual looking for full-time employment in a school environment, please encourage them to apply. The posting for the position can be found here.
And again, as a reminder, if your family is in need of a mobile device (Chromebook) where it did not in the past, please reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make arrangements to have one available. If you have any questions, please reach out to that same email account.
Paul Mara, Director of Technology
508-869-2837 ext. 1109
Boylston Elementary School
October is in full swing and all the fun and joy is coming with it. We will once again have our Halloween parade! This year we will have a twist, due to COVID restrictions and also our new dismissal procedure, the parade will occur in the morning at 9:00. Families are encouraged to come early and park on the playground. We will shut down the driveway there at 8:45. We will parade around the outside of the building so feel free to spread out on the playground, along with the gym, and in the front drop-off area. If the weather does not cooperate we will communicate it with families and host the parade inside without guests but stream it out to families. Kids can return to class afterward and remove their costumes for a day of learning. Any additional celebrations will occur at the end of the day with limited adults added to the festivities.
In the past, I asked that kids not come in with masks (which seems a strange request now). We do need to be able to recognize who the students are though and please be mindful of excessive gore. We are a K through 5 school and we don't want to give the younger students nightmares. Additionally, it’s always important for me to remind people that we do not allow toy weapons in the building - they cause far more trouble than they add to the enjoyment. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's costumes!
Halloween weekend, the PTO is hosting their first-ever PumpkinFest! They are looking for volunteers to help so if you are willing and able please sign up here.
The PTO is also wrapping up their Fall Fundraiser with the last collection period next Tuesday. This is the last chance for kids to earn a coop. This is the "special" one they have all been talking about. They only need to add 7 email addresses to the magazine site (code: BOYLSTON) to ensure they get one. Next week will be the final tie cutting as well. Thank goodness, I'm running out of tie!
Farewell to Nurse Jenny
I am sad to report to you that our wonderful Nurse Jenny has resigned from her position. Today was her last day. In a short period of time, she has proven herself to be an amazing caretaker of our school and tireless support for all of us through these still difficult times. I know you will all join me in wishing her the best moving forward and in thanking her for all her efforts this year. We have a series of nurse substitutes lined up until we can find a more permanent solution. I spent the morning interviewing possible replacements and hope to move quickly through the process. I will, of course, let you know when the position is filled
The West Boylston Boylston Youth Basketball (WBBYB) has asked me to share that registration for this season is open! Information can be found in the electronic folder or through this link.
The week ahead:
Last Fundraiser Collection day!
Final Tie cut!
Ace Thompson, Principal
BES Office: 508-869-2200
Berlin Memorial School
Just a few notes as we come to the end of another busy week at Berlin Memorial!
Picture Retake Day
Wednesday, October 20th is picture retake day here. If you were unsatisfied with the picture your child came home with we will have a photographer on hand for a do-over!
For many years now the Berlin Lions Club has donated pumpkins for BMS students to decorate and take home. Drop-off this year will be on Wednesday, October 20th (yep, same as picture retake day). We are grateful for this annual donation.
Our second annual Halloween parade will be Friday morning, October 29th. The parade will begin at 9:00 in the morning, and you are welcome to attend. We will have more information on this for you as the date draws closer.
John Campbell, Principal
BMS Office: 978-838-2417
Tahanto Regional Middle/High School
Tardies to School
This is a reminder that students must be in their first-period class by 7:35 am or they will be marked tardy. In order to ensure that your child is not tardy, they should be in the building by 7:30 am.
October 14th Interim Term 1
We are halfway through Term 1. Please check your children’s progress on PowerSchool. Click on the shaded blue letter or numerical grade to see all assignments and grades.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding specific grades, please contact the teacher directly. Please remember that teachers are available to help your child after school for extra help! For questions regarding logging into PowerSchool please email Amanda MacDonald at email@example.com
October 14th: Midterm grades updated in PowerSchool
October 16th Booster Club Bottle and Can Drive 9-12 am
October 19th Senior Portrait Deadline
October 26th: Assabet Valley Vocational School Informational visit for current 8th graders from 11:30-12.
Middle School Counseling News
Check out Managing Middle School to learn about all that is happening in middle school counseling!
Senior Photo Deadlines
Important deadlines are fast approaching for Senior Yearbook Photo’s, wills, etc. Click below for information.
SENIOR PORTRAIT: Senior Portrait deadline is October 19, 2021. There are 2 ways to submit senior photos and MUST select ONLY 1 OPTION.
Please submit your portraits to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to put your FULL NAME along with Senior Photo as the subject line. Your photo MUST BE in Portrait view as a JPG with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and maximum file size of 20MB and should be 2 x3 in size.
Upload senior photo: https://yearbookforever.com
Click community upload
Enter access code: yearbook22
Overall dimensions of a photo should be roughly 2“x 3“ in 500 kB or greater for resolution
Due on or before October 19, 2021
YOU MUST ONLY CHOOSE 1 OPTION.
If you do not submit a portrait by October 19, 2021, your school picture taken by Grynn and Barrett will be printed in the yearbook.
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 email@example.com.
1. Letter regarding Test and Stay COVID-19 Program
2. Student Consent Form
School districts must take attendance for every student, every period. If your child is absent from school please follow the procedures below:
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.
If your child is going to be late for school please still call the above number and make us aware of this.
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.
If your child is being dismissed from school, a written dismissal note must be handed into 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the following fall sports teams for their league championships!
Girls Varsity Soccer: League Champions
Boys Varsity Soccer: League Co-Champions
Field Hockey: TBD (currently at least Co-Champions, but with a victory over Clinton they would be outright Champions!)
The WB/Tahanto Lions continued their winning ways with a 35-14 win over Tyngsborough last Friday. Due to great blocking by Tahanto starters Jamie McNamara, Jon Edwards, Sam Stille, and Brian Smith, quarterback Jackson Rice led the team to five touchdown producing drives. Special teams and defense continue to be strong, led by Luke Foley, Liam Hallowell, Connor Muldoon, Jonathan Ruas, and Jackson Caramanica. A key point of the game was an interception by Jake Arcand, who also chipped in with 8 tackles. The last home game of the regular season is Friday, October 15th against Weston High School at 7 PM. The team will celebrate Senior Night following the game. Please come support Tahanto’s seniors: Jared Moulton, Cameron O’Brien, and Jackson Rice.
Save your cans for the Bottle and Can Drive at Tahanto from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday, October 16th. Come support the Booster Club!
Diane Tucceri, Principal
Sally Stukuls, Assistant Principal
Tahanto Office: 508-869-2333