Student & Family Update

10/29/2021

Dear Students and Families -

That’s a wrap on October! Friendly reminder that Monday, November 1st is a professional development day for staff and no school for students.


Wednesday, November 3 will be my final day on campus at MTRS. Superintendent Stanton will provide an update on the Principal search soon. I want to say thank you for all of your support over the past six years. I have learned so much from this community and will take all of it with me on my next adventure. BLAZE YOUR TRAIL!

Looking Ahead:

  • Monday, November 1 is a professional development day for educators and no school for students.

  • Wednesday, November 3 and 10 are full days of school

  • Thursday, November 11- Veterans Day - no school

  • Monday, November 15 is picture day

Athletics

Click HERE for this week's Athletics Newsletter


Winter registration for MTRS Athletics is OPEN! Click HERE or visit the link below to our FamilyID portal to sign-up today! Registering is EASY -- If you've never used the site before, you'll need to create a log-in for first-time use. As a reminder ALL student-athletes MUST register via Family ID in order to participate, and need an updated sports physical on file with the MTRS Nurse's Office. In addition all student-athletes MUST sign the consent form to sign-up for COVID-19 pool testing. Click HERE for the link to sign-up for online COVID-19 pool testing or visit the link below. Paper copies are also available in the MTRS main office. If you need any help or have questions along the way, don't hesitate to reach out to Athletic Director Greg Vouros for more information at gvouros@mtrsd.org


Family ID Link: https://www.familyid.com/mohawk-trail-regional-schools


Covid-19 Online Pool Testing Sign-Up: https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=null


Our Winter Sports offerings include:


  • Alpine Skiing

  • Basketball

  • Indoor Track

  • Nordic Skiing

  • Wrestling


MTEA Scarecrow Contest

Click here for more information on the contest and how to participate!

ARTeens After School Studio Arts

The ARTeens after school studio arts program is back in person this fall! We have Tuesday or Thursday sessions (Oct 26 - Dec 16) from after school until 6pm at The Art Garden’s studio in Shelburne Falls.


This is a pay-what-you-can program and everyone is welcome regardless of ability to pay.

We share a variety of media, techniques and contemporary art through demos and slide shows, then allow teens the opportunity to develop their own creative ideas and artwork using the abundance of Art Garden supplies, and inspiration from their peers.


To provide the safest in-person environment possible we are reducing the number of teens in each group to a maximum of 6 and requesting everyone wear a mask in the studio.

More information about the program can be found at https://theartgarden.wordpress.com/programs/for-teens/.


Applications will be accepted until the program is full. Teens can fill out the online application at this link: https://forms.gle/8XciTkdWYRcNeeuE8


ARTeens is supported [in part] by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

Message from the Library

Please check out the latest edition of the MTRS Library Newsletter!

Message From the Nurse’s Office

COVID-19 pool testing begins at MTRS

This week we began our pilot pool testing program at Mohawk Trail Regional School. We're excited for the kick-off of the program, after a delayed roll-out from the state. According to MTRSD COVID-19 Nurse Leader Donna Weber, there are over 250 staff and students at MTRS currently signed-up for the program; and over 550 signed-up district-wide.


As a reminder, POOL TESTING is required for athletics, extracurriculars, and before- and after-school programs. ALL information can be found on the district’s COVID-19 Information page at www.mtrsd.org/covid-19-information OR by clicking on the “Helpful Links” drop-down from any of the school websites. If you participate in one of the above activities (including coaches and volunteers) -- you MUST sign-up for testing! If you have any questions surrounding the process, procedure, or need additional information, please reach out to our district Nurse Leader Donna Weber at dweber@mtrsd.org or Superintendent Sheryl Stanton at sstanton@mtrsd.org.


TO SIGN UP ONLINE: https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district

Select: Consent Now → Mohawk Trail → (select your school)

For staff, coaches, or anyone over 18 years of age, please select “Sign consent form for yourself.”

For caregivers who need to give consent for their child/ren, please select “Sign consent form for a minor.”

If you are unable to complete the online sign-up/consent, please contact Donna Weber for a paper copy to complete.



Please see this document on when to stay home from school. With the concerns surrounding the Delta variant, it remains important to do the daily screening prior to coming to school every day and staying home if you’re sick. Over the next few days, the district nurses will be updating the COVID-19 section of our family guidance handbook and sharing it with you all.


Also, just another friendly reminder to please complete and send in the annual health form in order for your child to be treated in the health office. If your child has a medication, inhaler, or epipen, the health office will also need a completed medication form from their PCP office. If you are exempting your child from any vaccines, please send in a signed note with the appropriate information.


Currently, there is an issue with a few faxes in the building so please use the front office (413) 625-6652 to send over any necessary paperwork. You can also take a picture or scan and send the paperwork directly to me at this email: Larissa Harrison, lharrison@mtrsd.org

Lunch Menu


Please follow this link to the food services page for the posted menus.

MTRS International Trip

New trip info! Please click here for information on Mrs. Camarda’s trip to Italy and Greece in June of 2024. Email Mrs. Camarda for more information: lcamarda@mtrsd.org

Let’s get social - Follow Us on Facebook & Instagram!

Get a glimpse of our students and staff in action! Follow our official pages and stay connected! Our official school Facebook and Instagram pages are @mohawktrailregional.


MTRS sports fans, we also have MTRS Athletics Instagram and Twitter pages! Follow your favorite teams @MTRSAthletics.


DISTRICT NEWS:

To view the superintendent’s weekly S’UPDATES, please visit www.mtrsd.org/news.


SAVE THE DATE: Family Literacy Night - Wednesday, Nov. 17 (it's an early release day) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Mohawk Trail Regional School cafeteria and JOIN US for some literacy FUN! https://www.facebook.com/events/4707687879276409

* Small read-aloud sessions led by MTRS students & community volunteers

* FUN, movement-based literacy activities

* Refreshments

* Book Giveaways and Raffles courtesy of the Mary Lyon Foundation!


Village Closet Pop-Up hosted by It Takes A Village! FREE clothing exchange for children Ages 2-8! Stop by the closet pop-up, drop-off clean and sorted clothing, and take home new items! Need something else? To request non-clothing items (or other sizes), contact our partners at It Takes A Village at closet@hilltownvillage.org and they'll bring what you need to the event! Want to donate/drop-off items in advance? There will be a drop-off bin in front of MTRS beginning Monday, Oct. 25.


Need more information? Contact Us!

Alia Woofenden, MTRSD Liaison for Community Engagement and Enrichment Programs at awoofenden@mtrsd.org.


Want to help promote literacy skills in our district and how the Mary Lyon Foundation can help? Contact Kristen Baker at kbaker@marylyonfoundation.org for more information and to sign-up for the Foundation's mailing list!


A big thank you to our community partners at the Mary Lyon Foundation and It Takes a Village for helping to make this a great event for our families!

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SAVE THE DATE - PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (Grades K-6)

PARENTS - you need a night out and your children need a fun-filled night IN with us at MTRS! We’re bringing back a crowd favorite and hosting a Parent’s Night Out Movie Night for students in Grades K-6 on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mohawk Trail Regional School.

5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Games in the MTRS gym
6:15 p.m. - 8 p.m. Snacks & Movie time in the MTRS auditorium

Caregivers head out for a night of fun and food and support our movie night sponsor while your child is at the movie!

HERE’S THE LINK to the FB event: https://fb.me/e/1aIYrv6ad


Special Education Updates

Mohawk Trail SEPAC Member and Parent

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Do you have a question about your child, their services, or resources specific to your needs? If you or someone you know would like to be added to the private list and receive emails and event notifications, please send an email to: MOHAWKSEPAC@gmail.com Please indicate your email, title (such as parent of a student with IEP/504), District, Interested Party or other)

Disclosure: SEPAC maintains the list of contacts and keeps the information private. This email is maintained by a parent and volunteer. Our goal is to respond in a timely manner. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.


'Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way'

-George Evans


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Best,

Marisa

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