Sherwood Middle School

March 28, 2021 Update

This Week's Messages

Mindful March

To practice these daily goals at home, download or print the calendar here.

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Good Morning Sherwood,

I hope you and your family are enjoying your weekend so far!

I was excited to share the news with you this past Thursday that Sherwood will be reopening it's doors to full time, in person learning on Monday, April 12th. I know there may be a range of emotions as we plan for the reopening. I also know that you and your child may have questions about how this decision will impact your child's schedule, team/teacher assignment, and/or your child care needs for them.

Please be sure to read through this week's newsletter for more information on reopening and reminders about the week ahead.

Additionally, just a reminder that Trimester 2 report cards will be available in the parent portal of Power School on Tuesday, March 30th.

As always, thank you for all you continue to do each day to help maintain a safe and supportive environment for our students and staff.


Jonathan Kelly, Principal

This Week's Schedule

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Monday, March 29th and Tuesday, March 30th

  • Cohort A & B in person

  • Cohort C will follow their typical Monday/Tuesday asynchronous learning plans.

  • Cohort D will follow their typical schedule.

Wednesday, March 31st

  • Cohort A1 in person 1/2 day

  • Cohorts A2, B & C will follow their typical live classes via Zoom in the morning and then have asynchronous learning in the afternoon.

  • Cohort D will follow their typical schedule.

Thursday, April 1st & Friday, April 2nd

  • Cohort A & C in person

  • Cohort B will follow their typical Thursday/Friday asynchronous learning plans.

  • Cohort D will follow their typical schedule.

What's For Lunch This Week?

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Report Cards Available This Tuesday

Reports cards will be available in the parent portal of Powerschool this Tuesday, March 30th. Please open this link if you need a reminder about how to access this important information.

Reopening Sherwood

We are pleased to announce to you that we have relatively few changes to your child's team/teacher assignments. Please review the details below.

  1. We do not need to change any team or teacher assignments for students in Cohorts A, B, or C. ​​​​​​
  2. Students in Cohort D that are choosing to stay remote will stay on team and will not have any changes to their team or teacher assignment.
  3. The only change to a child's team or teacher will be for Cohort D students who are returning to in person learning.
  4. Cohort D students who are returning to in person learning will join existing 5th and 6th grade in person teams. Grade 5 Assistant Principal Heather Gablaski, and Grade 6 Assistant Principal Karen Gutekanst will email families this week to explain the details of any changes.

Upcoming Changes to Our School Day Schedule

Open the link below for the full list of changes to our school day schedule starting the week of April 5th. Please make note of these changes as they may impact your child's in person/remote days, or any child care plans you have in place. While we certainly wish we did not have to make these schedule changes, we want to ensure we carefully and safely transition students back into the building. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Important Reminders About Reopening

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We Know You May Have More Questions

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We know our students and parents may have a range of emotions as it pertains to the reopening of Sherwood on Monday April 12th. It is important to recognize that all of these feelings are real and normal. Please don't hesitate to reach out to any members of our counseling team or your child's grade level assistant principal for additional support.

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Other Sherwood News

Week Three of Voluntary Covid Student Testing

Thanks to those students and families who participated in our free, voluntary COVID-19 testing program last week! The district has contracted with JCM Analytics to provide weekly surveillance testing for all interested students. We will continue with the same schedule this week.

Students that signed up for this week's testing will:

  • Receive testing kits in Homeroom on Monday (Cohort B) and Thursday (Cohort C).
  • Bring in and drop off completed testing kits to their homeroom on Tuesday (Cohort B) and Friday (Cohort C).

Please see below for some of the details of the program and to sign up for future testing.

  • Completion of an informed consent form for each of your Sherwood Middle School students is required for participation. The consent form can be accessed by logging into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and clicking the “COVID Testing Consent'' link in the left-hand menu. This process should take no more than five minutes of your time. Consent forms must be completed by 5pm on Fridays n order to participate in the next weeks testing. Those who miss this deadline but wish to begin participating in the second week must also complete the consent form and can access it at any time. Within 2 business days of signing your consent form, you will receive a follow-up email with further instructions on how to create a unique QR code for your student.

  • All SMS students who are attending school in person are eligible to participate. Testing is not mandatory but is highly encouraged as it will provide us with valuable information about the prevalence of COVID in our school community. The more participation we have, the safer an environment we will create.

  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days are not eligible for testing due to the higher likelihood of a false positive test result.

  • Students in the fully remote cohort are not eligible for testing as the goal is to detect COVID prevalence in the in-school hybrid program.

  • The district is utilizing pooled testing. Pooled testing involves the collection of individual specimens which are then grouped and tested as a “pool” to allow for more economical testing of large numbers of people. If a pool results as negative, it is safe to presume that all participants in the pool are negative. If a pool results as positive, the existing individual samples will then be tested to determine who within the group is positive, there is no need for a second sample. These results are delivered to SPS within 48 hours, and only the individuals identified as positive will need to quarantine.

  • It is important to note that pooled testing is intended for people who do not have symptoms and are not known close contacts to a positive case. Anyone experiencing symptoms or known to be a close contact to a positive case must instead follow district protocols for quarantining and individual testing.

  • Test kits and instructions will be distributed to participating students in their homerooms, and will be collected the next day, between 7:30-8:00AM in the gymnasium.

  • Tests will be a self-administered shallow nasal swab, and the test should be done at home on the morning of collection day.

  • Specimens will be assigned to random pools and shipped to the lab for processing, and results will be available within 36-48 hours. You will be notified by a school nurse if your result is positive. You will not receive notification for a negative result (no news is good news!).

Calling All Artists: Yearbook Cover Design

Calling all artists!

Time for our annual contest to design a cover for our 2020-2021 yearbook. The winning

entry will appear on the front cover! The entries of the runner-up covers may appear

on the back cover of the yearbook.

Submit art on:

1. 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper- regular copy paper

2. Vertical orientation

All entries:

1. Must include the words Sherwood Middle School and school year 2020- 2021.

2. Depict some of our core values - (cooperation, responsibility, compassion, acceptance, honesty, kindness, confidence, respect, creativity,


3. Must be turned in to the office no later than Wednesday, April 14th.

4. Write your name and your teacher’s name in *pencil* on the BACK of your entry.

Tips for a successful entry:

1. Not a lot of white space – use lots of color (including background) 2. Use bold colors! You may use crayons, markers, paint, colored pencils, or any other medium to draw and color.

3. Use up the whole sheet of paper. Keep what’s important in the design (ie: our school name) away from the paper edges to avoid the artwork being cut in the trim process.

Entries due by 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. – There will be an envelope in the lobby. Sorry, no late entries will be accepted.

Please make sure to add the student/artist name on the back in pencil. Do not include your name to the front of your artwork. We will do our best to return artwork submissions.

Zooming with the Museum of Science

6 Yellow students live-zoomed with the Boston Museum of Science this week as part of their study of the Earth , Moon and Sun. The MOS used their telescope software to help students see what is happening in space during the seasons, phases of the moon and eclipses. Students also got to go on a little side trip to Pluto.

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English Learner Parent Advisory Council News

English Learner Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC) is a volunteer organization made up of English learner and former English learner parents, caregivers, and educators. Our goal is to increase communication with and between our diverse families.

  • Please come to our next monthly meeting on Wednesday March 31st at 4:00 on Zoom.
  • Please sign up here to attend and you will be sent the Zoom link on March 31st.
  • Please join our FaceBook group too!

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Week Two Fundraiser Raffle Winners

Power of Purpose Fundraiser Week Two!!!

Thanks to all of those students and families who participated in the Power of Purpose (POP!) fundraiser this week.

This is a two-week fundraising experience that began this past Wednesday, March 17th. Students are still eligible to win some really cool prizes depending on how much money they are able to collect. Students that participated this week will receive automatic prizes in homeroom next week. Stay tuned for more information!

Please know that a donation, no matter how large or small, puts us one step closer to our goal.

And while we realize that some friends and family might be donating a little less this year, that's ok because EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our students!


During February & March the SMS PTO will be doing Team Shout Outs to recognize all 29 teams at both Sherwood and Oak. We want to include quotes from students highlighting what makes their teachers and team so awesome!
Please have your student(s) help complete this form to add their own team highlights and shout outs to this fun event.

Thank you!

From the Main Office


Attendance is taken every morning during Morning Meeting. Please make sure your child is present and ready to go by 8:00am. Thank you!

Student Absence

Any child, regardless of hybrid or remote learning program, must inform the office if their child will be absent or late to school. SPS requires that you telephone us either the night before or first thing in the morning on the day of the child’s absence at 508-841-8690. If we have not received a call to report an absence, the school will be in contact with the parent to confirm the child’s safety.

Technology Support

If students or families are having trouble with Schoology or Zoom, you can get tech support at Please remember that Team teachers are not immediately available for this support as they have students in class.

If students or families have other questions or concerns abut technology please go to this link: Frequently Asked Questions about Technology. This link includes parent access for Schoology; password help; school email help, broken iPad, and more!

District News

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The media centers across the district are excited to share that we now 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:

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All adults with a child enrolled at SPS are welcome to attend.

No registration needed; use this link to join our Zoom meeting.

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