BBRSD District-Wide Weekly Update
December 10, 2021
Vaccine Clinic Reminder!
The Berlin-Boylston School District will be hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Tahanto Regional on Saturday, December 11th from 9:00 -5:00. The clinic will be for students who are eligible for the vaccine as well as adults in the community who need their first dose.
Anyone interested in receiving the vaccine must register in advance, using this link: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/yankeeline
Jeff Zanghi, Superintendent of Schools
Boylston Elementary School
This week flew by! Below I have some messages I have been asked to share with all of you.
I'd also like to remind everyone that we try to get outside as often as possible. Once the snow is on the ground, students are confined to the hardtop unless they have boots, snow pants, and gloves. I always feel bad for the kids watching the others frolic in the snow. Maybe that is because I enjoy playing in the snow myself. If you are having trouble getting the appropriate clothing, please let me know. We do have some resources to help.
A note from the BEF:
For those of you who ordered from Square1 Art, shipments should go out next week. Orders being delivered to BES are expected to arrive on Thursday, December 16th, and get sent home on Friday, December 17th. Orders that are being shipped to home should also be sent out next week; however, the exact delivery dates may differ from school delivery dates. Please email Cara Parr at firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, December 20th if you have not received your order by then.
Thank you for supporting the Boylston Education Foundation by participating in this wonderful fundraiser! We hope you enjoy your child's creativity as much as we do!
Boylston Education Foundation
A note from Chief Flanagan:
We currently have 88 appointments open for a Pfizer 5-11 Clinic at Northborough Senior Center on Wednesday, December 15th from 4:30-7:30 pm (second dose appointments on 1/5 same times). Please share the link for families to register.
Pediatric Pfizer Clinic for ages 5-11
Where: Northborough Senior Center
When: Wednesday, December 15 from 4:30-7:00 pm
Signup Link: https://tinyurl.com/nboropedivaccine
(2nd dose Pediatric Clinic will be Jan. 5th)
We are trying to keep track of how many students are vaccinated to determine when we get to the state’s threshold to discuss masking. Please, if you haven't already let Nurse Lisa know, do so at your earliest convenience.
A note from Nurse Lisa:
Last year, many of schools' typical screenings were waived. This year we will return to this process. Students in grades K-5 are required to have a vision screening either at school or with their physician. Hearing screenings are required in grades K-3, and BMI screening (height and weight) are required for grades 1 & 4. It is important to note that you may opt out of screenings if you prefer to have your pediatrician perform the screenings. We are collecting information regarding your decision here.
Partnering With Parents
Thursday morning, our new math coach Joey Flournoy, lead a presentation around "new" math. We're calling it "Partnering with Parents" and will have more throughout the year. This particular session focused on the 4th and 5th grades. In case you missed it, we recorded it here (Passcode: +j5fnBe!) Our next session is tentatively scheduled for January with a planned focus on the 2nd and 3rd grades.
The week ahead:
Title 1 Breakfast
Report Cards Home
Ace Thompson, Principal
BES Office: 508-869-2200
Berlin Memorial School
Another week under our belts. Just a few notes for you as we get ready for report cards and a well-earned break!
Snow has arrived!
We had our first lingering snowfall on Wednesday into Thursday. I’m always a little sad when the first snow falls overnight because it is such a treat to hear kids gasp in delight when the first snow flies during the day. They are always so happy to witness the return of winter - it’s one of the delights of working around young children.
Of course, I need to now offer my annual reminder about recess and snow gear. We go out every day for recess as long as the temperature with wind chill is above 20 degrees. Once the snow is on the ground, kids need snow gear (coat, hat, gloves, snow pants, and boots) to play in the snow. Otherwise, they have to play on the blacktop. This makes for sad children, especially once “Snow Mountain” (the pile of snow that builds up from plowing the parking lot) appears.
Please be sure to send your child with appropriate outdoor clothing. If you know someone who might need help securing these things, please let me know.
Just a reminder to let Nurse Ana know if your child has started vaccinations. As more students are vaccinated we hope that school life will return to something closer to normal. If you are looking for a place to get vaccinated, you can follow the link here.
Staff Holiday Luncheon
Our parent group PTL (Parent-Teacher LINK) was kind enough to treat everyone to a wonderful lunch on Thursday, December 9th. In the midst of such a challenging year, the thought was greatly appreciated!
Holiday Food Drive
Our Holiday Food Drive, hosted by Michelle Donoghue from Project 351 and our student council, wrapped up today. Thank you so much for all the generous donations!
School Spirit Week
Our Student Council has planned some school spirit fun for the week of December 20th (a week from Monday). Here’s a copy of that flyer so you have time to prepare!
Have a wonderful weekend!
John Campbell, Principal
Tahanto Regional Middle/High School
Congratulations Grade 8 NJHS Officers!
The following 8th-grade students were inducted into the NJHS during a ceremony held on November 18, 2021. Along with their induction, they were also sworn in as officers of the NJHS. Congratulations!
President: Declan Dunham
Vice President: Brooke Eckelman
Secretary: Elyse Schaffer
Treasurer: Cameron Clisham
Historian: Juliana Mancini
Let's show our awesome Tahanto teachers how much we appreciate them! Please sign up for a slot to prepare food for the PTO Teacher Luncheon on Dec 17.
Unfortunately, the PTO was not able to have our annual Wreath Sale Fundraiser this year due to supply chain issues. This is one of our main fundraisers and will leave a hole in our finances.
Please consider donating in lieu of the usual wreath sale. Thank You!!!
Hope for Humanity
Tahanto’s Hope for Humanity Club is working to support the WHEAT Community Cupboard & Cafe this holiday season. Please help support this community cause!
Music Department News
The Tahanto Music Department presents
A Winter Concert
Links to the Radio productions will be posted on
the Tahanto Music Website on December 23, 2021
Don't miss out! Yearbook orders are due by 1/10/2022 and are $65. All orders MUST BE pre-ordered. Each Senior will receive a FREE yearbook, sponsored by the Class of 2022. Please reach out to Mrs. Esposito with any questions or email at email@example.com .
Do you have a senior student? Parents can send their child some well wishes by purchasing a Parent Ad. See Mrs. Esposito with any questions or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
December 21st: Mid-Term Grades Posted
December 23rd: Early Release
December 24th-December 31st: Winter Break
Middle School Counseling News
Managing Middle School
Somehow a holiday break is right around the corner. This can be a really tough time for many families, so if there is anything we can do to support your student in the coming months, please let us know. This is the end of a long stretch of school so many students are feeling the strain and we often see behaviors pop up this time of year. Keep an eye out for anything that seems out of place and let us know how we can help.
What’s happening now?
6th-grade Counseling Class
6th-grade classes were swapped in the rotation, but we’re still hoping to get some time with the students before the new year. It will look a little different, taking place during Quest block, but this allows us to connect with students on a more personal level. We’re really looking forward to connecting with the students!
Our 7th-grade lessons have begun in Ms. Hutchinson’s classroom. We started our conversation by going over how to identify and deal with bullying and mean behavior. We are moving towards talking about common stressors for middle schoolers and will be identifying strategies to deal with them. By the time we finish in a few weeks, we will also have touched on morals and ethics, philosophy, community, and good citizenship.
We’re planning on meeting with the 8th-grade class right after the holidays to discuss the transition to High School at Tahanto. We will also be introducing them to Naviance, which is a tool they will get to know quite well during the college application process.
Assabet applications and all required paperwork are due January 15th, 2022. That feels like a ways away, but these next few months can fly! Tahanto has little to do with the application or school tour process, so if you have any questions about Assabet, please reach out to them!
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
Please click on and read the important letter below from AD Matt Porcaro concerning Winter Athletics
Click on 2021-2022 Winter Athletic Registration and follow the directions.
Diane Tucceri, Principal
Sally Stukuls, Assistant Principal
Tahanto Regional High School
1001 Main Street
Boylston, MA 01505