GWS Weekly Newsletter

February 8, 2019


Mon. 2/11: School store open every Monday during recess

  • ASEP applications & payments due

Wed. 2/13: Last day for Box Tops collection

Fri. 2/15: MIS-MATCH Spirit Day (3000 Box Tops have been collected as of February 1!)

February 18-22: Winter Break

Mon. 2/25: Classes resume

Wed. 2/27: First day for After School Enrichment 3:30-4:30

  • GWS Night at FAMOUS PIZZA, 5-8PM
  • PTO Meeting, 7PM

MCAS testing in grade 3, 4, & 5 begins April 2. CLICK HERE for a schedule, or see below.

Kids Heart Challenge at GWS!

Our school is doing the Kids Heart Challenge program (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) during PE classes throughout the month of February! All students will be participating in this fun physical activity, making their own hearts healthier and happier.

If you choose to help support the lifesaving work the American Heart Association does, you can donate using the Kids Heart Challenge app or at Students will bring home collection envelopes for offline donations. Checks should be made payable to the American Heart Association. Fundraising is an optional part of this program.

Thank you,

Mr. Jackson

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Applications are being accepted for the 2019 GWS After School Enrichment Program. Apply online at

Applications, along with a $60 fee, are due back no later than Monday, February 11, 2019.


DAILY ATTENDANCE POLICY: Marshfield Public Schools recognizes that the maximum educational benefits to the students and the community of Marshfield can be attained only if students attend school daily. The classroom experience cannot be replicated, and we believe that students being present and on time each day is essential to school success.

In accordance with Chapter 76, Section I of Massachusetts General Law, Marshfield Public Schools is required to notify the parent/guardian of a student who has reached five (5) unexcused absences in a school year. Parents/Guardians will be notified by a letter when five (5) unexcused absences have been reached.

In the event that a student exceeds ten (10) unexcused absences, a parent/guardian is required to meet with an administrator to discuss his/her child’s attendance issues.

Click here for more information

SCHOOL DISMISSAL: Please document all dismissal changes with a written note to your child’s homeroom teacher. The school must hear directly from a parent/guardian. Please remember that phone calls during the school day cause interruptions to the classroom and may lead to confusion at the end of the day.

NOTES TO SCHOOL: Please be sure to include your child’s first and last name plus homeroom teacher’s name on all correspondence regarding dismissal changes and absences.

ALTERNATE BUS STOPS: When road conditions are hazardous to safe school bus travel, certain residential areas have been assigned alternate bus stops. Parents/guardians will be notified by the school district’s ConnectEd telephone system when alternate bus stops are to be used.

For complete details, visit

Click here to visit Mr. Cooke’s Instructional Technology site!

  • Class Projects: search by grade to find useful links
  • Take game break
  • Explore links to fun, educational websites


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Please join us for GWS night at Famous Pizza on Wednesday, February 27, 5-8PM! 10% of all sales (delivery, dine in, and take out) during that time will be donated to the GWS PTO.

Our next PTO meeting is Wednesday, February 27 at 7PM. We will meet in the library. We always welcome new faces. Hope to see you there!

SCHOOL STORE is now open

EVERY Monday during recess


Collection deadline is Wednesday, February 13:

  • 3,000 Box Tops = Mis-Match Day - Friday, February 15!!
  • 5,000 Box Tops Crazy Hat/Hair Day

Rules: Please send in your Box Tops on a collection sheet (below) or in a Ziploc baggie or envelope clearly labeled with your child’s name, grade and teacher. Expired or unreadable box tops cannot be accepted. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact Katie McAlpine at 617-840-4015 or

Prizes will be awarded as goals are met!!

MCAS Testing begins April 2!

English Language Arts

Grades 3 & 4: April 2 & 3

Grade 5: April 5 & 9

Math & Science

Grade 5: May 7 & 8, Math

Grades 3 & 4: May 10 & 14, Math

Grade 5: May 15 & 17, STE

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February Vacation Week Brown Bag Lunch Program

Brown Bag Lunches at Ventress Memorial Library is a new program that supports the students of the Marshfield School District in grades K-12 during a gap in school lunches by providing nutritional, pre-packaged lunches for students during February Vacation Week. The library acknowledges that school breaks interrupt food services for many students in the community and wants to make sure that those children don’t go without.

See announcement below for more information. Download an application to sign up for lunches during February vacation week.


Time to start planning for 2019 and the first major race of the year, "America's Most Irish Road Race", the Ninth Annual Marshfield St. Patrick's Day 5K on Saturday March 16th! Join approximately 4,000 runners, walkers and crawlers descending on Brant Rock in Marshfield for a great time benefiting the Marshfield Education Foundation!


Please check out our web site where you will be able to find all the information on the race. Don't forget that everyone that registers by February 19, 2019 will receive the outstanding long sleeve race shirt.