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December 2021

APS Things to Know
  • Important Dates in December
  • Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Updated Bullying Policy for your review
  • Tiered Focus Monitoring

Events

  • Virtual Hiring Fair
  • Annual Wreath Making from Attleboro Special Education Parent Advisory Council (ASEPAC)

Community Corner

  • Rental, fuel, and internet resources
  • Community and holiday events
  • Opportunities for students and families from local communities

APS Did you know...?

  • Substitute Nurses Needed
  • Internet Support is Available
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December 2021 Important Dates

December 2

(AHS only) Early Release for Exams

December 3

(AHS only)Early Release for Transition

Last day of Trimester 1
December 6

(ELC Only) Day and Evening Conferences

First day of Trimester 2 (AHS only)

December 8
(MS Only) Early Release

(MS Only) Afternoon & Evening Parent Conferences
December 9

(MS Only)Evening Parent Conferences

December 13

All Levels-Report Cards are published in Aspen

December 16

AHS Winter Concert

Bray Aud. 7:00 PM

December 24 – 31

Winter Break (all students)

No School

Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences

December 8, 2021

Afternoon and Evening Conferences

December 9, 2021

Evening Conferences


Please contact your child's school directly for information on how to register for conferences. As a reminder, please be mindful of the time frames provided in order to accommodate the needs of all families. Please see the Parent Information Sheet for important instructions.


To learn about the importance of parents teacher conferences and access tools to help prepare, visit the links below:

Questions to ask at parent-teacher conferences

Parent-teacher conference preparation worksheet Use this parent-teacher conference worksheet to help you figure out what you want to talk about and which questions you want to ask. There’s also room to take notes during the conference.

Tips for parent teacher conferences (English)

Tips for parent teacher conferences (Spanish)

Palooza 6 Virtual Auction

From the Blue Pride Ambassadors Club:
Since 2015, the Blue Pride Ambassadors Club and the Palooza Committee have worked to raise funds to benefit all students and staff at AHS. Proceeds from Palooza 6 support: Attleboro Varsity Booster Club, AMPA, AHS Hockey, and Blue Pride Ambassador's Club.


From December 3-11, you will have the opportunity to bid online for EXCLUSIVE PALOOZA 6 ITEMS!


Here are just a few of the Palooza items that will be available for your bids starting December 3rd ....

*Exclusive 2022 Graduation Ceremony Package
*Smugglers Notch Weekend
*Private Wine Tasting Party at your home
*Private Tour of New AHS with dinner at the Bistro
*AHS Swag Package
*Southern BBQ Feast at your home hosted by Principal Runey​


Learn more here or stay connected to the Facebook page to see all of the exclusive Palooza6 Items!

For questions, to donate, or to volunteer - email BPAC@attleboroschools.com.

Updated Bullying Policy

The Attleboro Public Schools reviews and updates its District Wide Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan bi-annually.


At this time, we are placing the policy up for public comment beginning on November 22, 2021 and ending on December 6, 2021. Should you have any questions or comments, please email: Joanne DiPalma, Director of Social Emotional Learning, at jdipalma@attleboroschools.com.


We thank you for your time and consideration to this matter. Please find the plan linked below this message for your review.

Tiered Focused Monitoring Review

During the week of December 13, 2021, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Attleboro Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring conducts a review in each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education, civil rights regulations, and English language education.


CLICK HERE to learn more. Translations available.

COVID-19 Safety Checks

Attleboro Public Schools (APS) is offering an extra layer of protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19 this school year. As part of the COVID-19 Testing Program, APS will offer the three components listed below to all students and staff who provide consent and choose to participate in the program. To read Superintendent Sawyer's full introduction letter, click here.


Symptomatic Testing is used when a student is showing symptoms of COVID-19 while they are at school. Some symptoms of the virus look identical to other illnesses like the cold or flu, and this test tells us whether a symptomatic student has COVID-19 or not. This is a rapid test, and we receive the results of this test within 15 minutes. If a student has minimal symptoms and tests negative, they can remain in school.

Routine COVID Safety Checks minimize disruption to learning by helping us catch potential spread of the virus before it starts. Each student administers the safety check on a weekly basis. Samples are collected in school groups of 5-10 individuals and are sent to the lab where they are tested in groups. If a safety check test is positive, the lab will automatically process each individual test to determine which student(s) in the group produced the positive test.

Test and Stay allows asymptomatic students who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 while at school to stay in school. Instead of needing to quarantine and miss school, these asymptomatic students will take a daily rapid test while they remain in school as long as they are not symptomatic. Students participate in Test and Stay for at least five days after they may have been exposed.


Provide Consent:

All students and staff should complete the COVID-19 Testing Program Consent form. This allows you to choose to decline or participate in the program. You can complete the consent form by clicking the link below:

https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=Attleboro


To learn more about what each situation means for your student, you can view this flowchart from the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education.

Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Click the button above to access menus for each school.

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Community Events and Opportunities

Rental Assistance Event

Thanks to a collaboration between the City of Taunton, DHCD, and Neighborworks/Housing Solutions an event will be held in Taunton to assist those currently facing a housing crisis. Open to residents of all local towns. Please see flyers below in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


December 2, 2021

9AM-12PM

Taunton City Hall

Neighbors in Dialogue: Community Conversations

Topic: Voting Access and Voting Challenges

Thursday, December 09, 2021


Trained facilitators will lead conversations in small groups to ensure that everyone has their voice heard.


To register and access the event flyer, please click here


For more information, visit attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157

Attleboro Holiday Happening

Free admission and fun for all ages! From The Attleboro Parks and Forestry Department


Enjoy a visit from Santa, pony rides, tractor hayrides, music, face painting, holiday crafts, games, photo opportunities, pizza, raffles, cookies and hot chocolate. The day will begin with a parade starting from Capron Park and traveling from Dennis Street to Mechanic Street, and ending at Highland Park.


Saturday December 4, 2021

10am -2pm

Highland Park

Attleboro Arts Museum Winter Classes

Winter Art Classes & Workshops

Jan –Mar 2022

Children • Teens • Adults

W. Charles Thompson Museum School


Scholarships available for students of all ages! Click below to download flyer.

Attleboro Public Library

To learn more about the many other events happening at Attleboro Public Library in December, see the flyers below or visit the APL Events Page.

Camp Invention

Camp Invention® is for children entering grades 1st-6th.


This year's all-new program is designed t oinspire confidence and persistence as campers bring their biggest ideas to life. Certified local educators lead campers in fun, collaborative, creative problem-solving activities for the best summer ever!


Location: Hyman Fine Elementary School
790 Oakhill Ave, Attleboro, MA 02703
Date: June 27 - July 1, 2022
Time & Cost: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM | $270 (before discount)
Camp Director: Julie O'Boyle | joboyle@attleboroschools.com | (508) 222-0286 ext. 107

Attleboro Youth Soccer Spring 2022 Season

Registration is now open for AYS In-Town Recreational and BAYS Competitive Travel soccer programs. Downloadable flyer available below.


Online Registration at:
www.attleboroyouthsoccer.com
Checks or credit cards (online) accepted for payment.
Any Questions contact: ays_info@attleborosoccer.com

Resources

Energy and Fuel Assistance

Known commonly as Fuel Assistance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills.


Learn more about programs, eligibility, and apply by visiting Self Help Inc.'s website

View the Cold Relief Brochure HERE or download below.


If you have a NO HEAT emergency please call 774-539-2631 for assistance

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.


Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.


You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org/, or by calling 833-511-0311.

Emergency Broadband Benefit - What Is It and How Does It Work
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Virtual Hiring Fair: From the Attleboro Public Schools Office of Human Resources

Please see the message below from the Attleboro Public Schools Office of Human Resources regarding potential employment opportunities within APS and other Massachusetts communities.

Prek-12 Hiring Fair!

Please join us for a virtual hiring fair. This event is sponsored by Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education. Over 25 school districts will have opportunities for immediate interviews. To access current APS employment opportunities, visit the APS website. Please check out the flyer to the right or click here and register now!

ASEPAC Annual Wreath Making Event

Attleboro Special Education Parent Advisory Council (ASEPAC) Annual Wreath Making Event


Time: Dec 5 at 5 PM EST
Location: Araujo Farms & Greenhouses Dighton


Get your holiday decorating started by decorating your own fresh balsam holiday wreath! Call Araujo Farms to reserve your spot 508-669-6988 at the ASEPAC wreath event - cost is $40 with a portion of proceeds benefiting ASEPAC. Bring your creativity and your clippers with you. Araujo's will have kits to go for those that want to support ASEPAC but want to design and assemble at home. This is a great evening with a great group of women - Hope to see you there!

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From the Attleboro Public Schools Nursing Department: Substitute nurses needed

The Attleboro Public Schools Nursing Department is looking for energetic & qualified RN's that are willing to work as substitute nurses or on a per diem basis in the Attleboro Public Schools. If you think you may be interested you can contact Deb Ebert, Nurse Coordinator for more information at 508-222-5150 x1386. Requirements: Registered Nurse (RN) Massachusetts license Three years nursing experience/preferably in pediatrics.

To apply for a substitute nurse position click on this link

https://attleboroschools.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=727

Comcast Internet Essentials

Comcast’s Internet Essentials Partnership Program (IEPP), also known as Sponsored Service, works through an agreement between the sponsoring organization and Comcast. In this case, Attleboro Public Schools will ‘sponsor’, or cover the cost, for eligible families who qualify and apply for Internet Essentials until June 2022. There will be no cost to families during the sponsored time frame. For more information, CLICK HERE.