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Benjamin Phelps School - January 2022 Newsletter

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"Future Day" at Phelps

Students really got into "Future Day" at Phelps. Students came as firefighters, police officers, film directors, fashion designers, scientists, nurses, surgeons, gymnasts, artists, hairdressers, athletes, and much, much more!

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Upcoming PBIS Events

Friday, February 11 - Football Friday

Friday, February 18 - Kindness Day

Kids Heart Challenge

Our Physical Education teacher Mr. Kimball is excited to announce that Phelps will be participating in the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge! This event will be taking place the week of February 14-18 during P.E. classes. Through fun activities we’ll discover ways to take care of our hearts and brains while practicing kindness, gratitude and learning ways to de-stress. We at Phelps want every student to live a heart-healthy lifestyle and participating in this challenge is a great way to start.

Here is the link to sign up for the Kids Heart Challenge for Phelps. It's fun and easy and just for registering, you receive a free Heart Hero wristband. There is an option to donate to the American Heart Association, but it is not required.

Dress Warm!

While we have been lucky to have a relatively mild and dry winter, the cold weather has finally moved in. Just a reminder, students do go outside to recess as long as it is not too cold. Please make sure that students come to school with a winter coat, hat, and gloves.

If you would like to send students to school with an extra set of hats and gloves to keep in school, students can store them in their cubbies.

The Love You A Lot-O-Gram is Back!!!

Valentines Day is coming soon and the Phelps School PBIS team wants to help you with your shopping! The Love You A Lot-O-Gram will be delivered to your student in school on Valentine's Day. There are two options for you to purchase. Please see the Love You A Lot-O-Gram flyer that was sent home.

Just a reminder - these are only to be sent by an adult to a student at school, not from student to student.

Orders are due by Monday, February 7.

Kindergarten Inquiry for Fall 2022

Half sheets of paper went home on Friday, January 14 for families to help us prepare for our enrollment for the fall and allow us to send the necessary enrollment materials to families. Please note that this form does not replace the district's enrollment documentation. If you or a neighbor have a student that will be 5 years old BEFORE September 1, 2022, please submit one form for each child. If you already submitted the paper version, there is no need to fill out the electronic copy. Here is the electronic Kindergarten Inquiry Form for Phelps.

Covid Protocols

Just a reminder, at the start of the new year, new Covid protocol was announced.

For students that test positive, self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 5 days after symptom onset or after positive PCR or antigen test, if asymptomatic. Students may return to school after 5 days (return day 6) and once they have:

  1. Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications); and experience improvement in other symptoms.
  2. Following the 5-day isolation period, students must mask for 5 additional days when around others.
  3. Return to school should be based on time and symptom resolution.

Updated flowcharts from DESE can be found at

Please reach out to our school nurse if you have any questions regarding symptoms or to notify if a student or family member tests positive or if the student was a close contact outside of school.

Food for Celebrations

Please do not send in food/snacks for classroom celebrations without reaching out to the nurse or the classroom teacher first. There are a number of students with allergies that we need to be mindful of. Our school nurse can guide you as to what is an appropriate snack to send in . There is also an option to purchase a tray of cookies through our Food Services Department. The cookie tray order form can be found here.

From the PTO

Thank you to everyone who supported Phelps PTO on Wednesday night at Uno's Dine to Donate!

Pasta orders are due by Monday, January 24th to support the 4th grade class! Orders can be placed at

Buy your raffle tickets to WIN a 50" TV! Flyers will go home on Monday, January 24. The drawing will be on February 2nd and all proceeds will go to the 4th grade class!

Phelps PTO will be looking for a new Secretary and Treasurer for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested, please email Krista at

The next PTO meeting will be on February 8th at 6:00 p.m.

Upcoming PTO Events...

February 12, 2022 - Thunderbirds Family Night Out! Tickets will go on sale next week.

February 24, 2022 - Looking for something to do over school vacation? Bring the kiddos to lunch or dinner at On The Border in West Springfield for another Dine to Donate from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Thanks for Reading!!!!

Are there things additional things that you would like to see in the monthly newsletter? Please don't hesitate to email suggestions to

Mr. Villamaino & Mrs. Ludkiewicz