WES/MHS Newsletter

January 17, 2019

News from the Assistant Principal

Valuables At School

Growing up, there were always certain “collecting” fads that we were into. Bringing those items to school improved our status (or at least we thought it did)!

Today, such items can be costly. Bae Blades, MP3s / games, iPhones, stuffed animals, or an array of so much more - they are truly valuable to our kids. (And sometimes our wallets…)

When your child wishes to bring such items to school, please discuss with them that school is a place where things can get lost, accidentally broken, forgotten on the bus, be a distraction in class, etc.

The safest place for these valuables is at home. If they do come to school, it’s best to keep them zipped in a backpack, both on the bus and in the classroom. It’s sad to see a child upset because their treasured item is broken or lost.

Thank you for your help in conveying this message, and enjoy your children this weekend!

Dan Deneen

Assistant Principal

Please remember...

Cell phones and electronic devices are NOT allowed to be used on our elementary school buses. These items should be kept at home.

Thank you!

From the School Nurses

We have had several physician confirmed cases of Influenza which shows that the flu is definitely present in our communities. On our school health services website we have the flu symptom check list which we hope you will use to determine whether your child should attend school or stay home….and we have linked it to our newsletter for you now.

We ask that you please provide documentation from your physician if your child has been tested and positively diagnosed with Influenza also.

We also have cases of strep throat and Fifth’s disease still present in our schools. We ask that you please help us by teaching your child the importance of hand washing and proper technique for coughing (into the sleeve/elbow). If you can, provide your child with their own water bottle that they can fill at the bubbler. This helps prevent the spread of germs like the flu and other illnesses here in school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call your school nurses.

Marcia Sharkey RN, Meetinghouse School

Jessica Heffernan RN, Westminster Elementary

Flu Symptom Checklist

for Families, Schools and Child Care Programs

Massachusetts Department of Public Health


Flu season in Massachusetts usually starts in the fall and runs through the spring. The main

symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever in combination with a cough and/or sore throat. Some people may also have a runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and feel tired. Some people (especially young children) may also have diarrhea and vomiting. To keep flu from spreading in the community it is important to keep your sick child at home when he or she has the flu. Use this form during flu season to determine whether your child should attend school or child care.

Flu‐like illness: Should I keep my child home?

1) Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher in the past 24 hours? Note: 100.4° F

is the same as 38° C.

If you answered Yes to the question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms.

2) Does your child have a cough OR sore throat?

If you answered YES to both questions above, keep your child home. Your child has an influenza-like illness (fever and cough or sore throat). If your child has a cough or sore throat without fever, he or she may be well enough to go to school or child care. Your child’s school or child care program may have additional guidance.

After the flu: Can my child return to school or child care?

1) Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher in the past 24 hours? Note: 100.4° F is the same as 38° C.

If you answered Yes to the question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms.

2) Has your child had acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil)

to reduce fever in the past 24 hours?

If you answered YES to either question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms. Then use the check list questions again to decide whether you should continue to keep your child home.

If you answered NO to both questions above, and your child appears well, your child can return to school or child care.

Where can I find more information about influenza?




• the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800 or your local board of


What's happening in 2nd grade??

Second graders are excited about learning 2-digit addition with regrouping! Ask your kids to show the strategies they’ve learned to solve those problems!

We continue to explore and practice various types of writing. Next, we will be working on writing friendly letters. The children will learn the five parts of a friendly letter; heading, greeting, body, closing and signature. They will also have the opportunity to write letters to teachers and classmates in order to practice their newfound skills.

3rd grade news!!

Third graders are excited about the upcoming Math Game Night on Thursday, January 31st. Students will have the opportunity to share the games they created for homework with family members and classmates. They will also share math projects that they have been working on in class. We look forward to seeing you at the Math Game Night!


We are always looking for substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals at WES and MHS. If you are interested in a few days or a few hours, tell us what you are interested in and fill out an application.

Music News – January 2019

Greetings to all musicians at WES and MHS! As we enter our new year all kinds of exciting things will happen. This article will briefly tell you what is going in in the general music classroom and all the ensembles at WES.

At MHS, both grades will continue with great singing. The 1st graders will be learning how to play xylophones! In WES, grade 2 has entered a unit using pitched tubes called Boomwhackers, while the 3rd graders are now learning how to start playing piano. Grade 4 and 5 will be not only playing piano, but learning through the use of notation.

Chorus - Sign ups are due for all students in grades 4 and 5 as we have our 1st rehearsal on Friday January 25.

Select Chorus- An announcement will be made during chorus rehearsals that the grade 5 Select Chorus will soon be forming, look for a permission slip within the first few rehearsals.

B Band- Practices have resumed on Wednesdays as we transition the students into A Band. Be sure to keep your child practicing and aware of what they need to do from their lesson instructor to advance to A Band.

Bell Choir Rehearsals will be starting soon. Invitations to join bell choir were sent earlier so be sure to return your permission slip.

A Band- Rehearsals are running on Thursdays already. They should have all of their music by now in plastic sleeves placed inside a 3 ring folder for organization purposes. Percussion assignments have been passed out to tell your child what parts they need to prepare with their lesson instructor.

Jazz Band- Auditions are January 23, students should come in with the prepared piece and be ready to play as a group. We will begin our Wednesday rehearsals on January 30. These kids have to practice at home much more as not only do they need to learn jazz music but their A Band music as well.


3/21 A Band -District Band Night at ORHS 6:30pm (also rehearsal in the afternoon)

3/28 Chorus -District Chorus Night at ORHS 6:30pm (also rehearsal in the afternoon)

4/11 Jazz Band -District Jazz Night at ORHS 6:30pm

4/30 MHS Celebration Creation Night -4:30pm

4/16 WES Celebration Creation Night -6pm

4/25 A Band/Chorus -WES Memorial Day Program (grade 3 and 4 A Band/Chorus perform)

4/28 A Band -Memorial Day Parade

6/6 Spring Concert -A Band/Chorus/Select Chorus/Bell Choir/Jazz Band

-Concert 1 at WES 9am

-Concert 2 at Location either ORHS or Monty Tech (TBD) at 6:30pm