JRB Family Newsletter

December `14, 2020

A Huge Thank You Goes Out To All Of Our Students, Families, And Staff For The Continued Efforts!

Report Cards

Report cards go home this week!

  • Cohorts A & B: report cards will be sent home with your child (12/15 & 12/17).

  • Cohort C: report cards will be mailed home on 12/15.

We understand that parents are anxiously awaiting information about their child’s progress. Report cards provide great information about the standards and expectations for the grade level. Progress toward grade level standards is assessed by examining the evidence completed remotely by the individual student and the work completed in school for our hybrid students. The standards that are graded are the standards that teachers spent most of their instructional time on and collected enough evidence to determine progress. As a result, there will be many standards that were not assessed (N/A) in Trimester 1.

While some students are thriving, it is clear that many students are struggling. We recognize that families have had their own unique set of challenges with technology, child care and other family circumstances. Please do not hit the panic button. Although we have much work ahead of us, we are committed to helping your child succeed in all areas of school. Our teachers are working tirelessly to do the best for their students and provide quality learning experiences in new, adaptive ways.

If you have any questions about your student's report card, please contact Mr. North (nnorth@awrsd.org) or Ms. Lilley (jlilley@awrsd.org).

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AWRSD Travel Guidelines

Please remember to reach out to our school nurse at jflis@awrsd.org if you plan on leaving the state for travel. You can read all of the district travel guidelines here.

Family Resource Guide Remote Learning; Behavior Supports & Strategies

Remote learning and having your child(ren) learn at home can often present challenges and the need for support. We are hopeful that this document will provide strategies that are realistic to implement and resources that you are able to come back to when needed.

What you will find in this document:

  • Basic tips for creating a learning environment at home

  • Visual supports and schedules

  • Simple reinforcement procedures to increase desired behaviors

  • Transitions & Supports

  • Responses to challenging behavior

  • Where to access additional resources

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Box Tops should be turned in to HR teachers by Dec. 18th.

Reminder! Influenza Vaccine Requirement for School Attendance: Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, influenza vaccine will be required for all students. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system.

Which students need to receive influenza vaccine?

Students in Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12 will be required to receive influenza vaccine for the current influenza season for school attendance unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

When do students need to receive influenza vaccine?

Students must receive influenza vaccine for the current season by December 31, 2020.

Will influenza vaccine be required every year or just for the 2020-2021 school year?

Influenza vaccine is now a required vaccine for school attendance and will be required as of December 31 for all students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 each school year.

If my school will be providing instruction remotely, will students still need to meet immunization requirements?

The school immunization requirements, including the requirement for seasonal influenza vaccine, apply to all Massachusetts students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, regardless of whether the district is providing instruction in-person, or using a hybrid or remote learning model.

Please forward the record of this immunization to the Health Office/Nurse at school.

Thank You.


Physicals are due. If your child has had a physical recently (since January 2020) please have a copy of the physical returned to school. If your child is in need of a physical, please contact your child’s doctor and make an appointment. If you are in need of a form, please contact me.

JRB Holiday Help

If your family is in need of support this holiday season, you can email jrbholiday@awrsd.org.

JRB is collaborating with several other community organizations through our Holiday Help Coordinator, Dorene Francis. Your family’s request for help is confidential. Please email us if this applies to you.

JRB Chorus Sign-Ups

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are welcome.

School Council Vacancies

Due to a variety of factors, we are welcoming three parents to the school council. The attachment below is a nomination form in order to be considered for election.