O'Maley Family Focus

September 13, 2021

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No School for Students Tuesday, September 14th!

Dear O’Maley Families,

Happy Monday! It is beginning to feel like we are back in the routine of school, despite the shorter weeks that we have experienced thus far. We have one more interruption, tomorrow, September 14, which is a No School Day due to voting and staff professional development. We will see students back in school on Wednesday.

Please read on for important information.


Principal Lynne Beattie

Topics in this issue of Family Focus:

  • O'Maley Academy Sign-ups
  • COVID-19 Update
  • 2-Liter Bottles needed for art
  • Schoolbrains portal instructions

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, September 14 - No School, Staff Professional Development
  • Thursday, September 30 - 6:00-8:00 pm - O'Maley Open House
  • Friday, September 24 - School Picture Day
  • O'Maley Academy Programming begins October 4th

O'Maley Academy Begins October 4th!

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 at O'Maley: Since we started school August 31st there has been one case reported at O'Maley with no close contacts at school. As in the past, we will continue to contact students, families, and staff who may be close contacts in order to keep the community safe.

Masks & Distancing:
Per the Massachusetts DESE and the Gloucester School Committee, all students and staff will be masked in GPS buildings unless socially distanced at 3 feet or more until at least October 1. Masks are not required outdoors. For details on our health and safety protocols district wide, please visit the GPS COVID Guidance and Updates website at https://backtogether.gloucesterschools.com/.

We are having many instances of students forgetting to bring masks to school. While we will provide them in the event that students do not have them, please be reminded that it is the famiiy's responsibility to provide masks for their students.

Clear 2-Liter Bottles Needed!

We have an upcoming opportunity to work with artist Marilu Swett from the Boston Sculptures Guild. Marilu has proposed a sculpture project having students create individual lanterns that as a whole will formulate a collective light show. You can help! Please save Clear 2 liter bottles for us, send them into school and to the art teachers. The projected date for construction is October 12 and 13th.

Schoolbrains Portal

Our Schoolbrains Community Portal will be opening for all students and families shortly. Information about the portal, what you will find there, and how to login is below.

Parent Letter re. Schoolbrains Community Portal

Link to the Schoolbrains Community Portal Login

Student/Guardian How-to

Drop Off & Pick Up

As you know if you have been to O'Maley, there can be a great deal of traffic at drop off and pick up. If you MUST drive your child to school, PLEASE turn into the parking lot next to the rink and continue along the side to drop off and pick up your child.


  • park along Cherry Street
  • stop along the island or on the Cherry Street side of the parking lot
  • drive up over the hill and in front of the school
  • encourage your child to run across the street or parking lot to reach your vehicle

Following these directions will keep traffic moving, will prevent buses and other vehicles from being blocked, and most importantly, will keep everyone safe.

Students should NEVER run across the street or parking lot to or from cars.

Thank you for your help to keep everyone safe.

Free Breakfast & Lunch Every Day

No need to pre-order. Students can enter the cafeteria for breakfast at 7:20 and order lunch directly from the kitchen upon arrival at their designated lunch time.

Students at O'Maley have 15 minutes to eat lunch and 15 minutes of recess outdoors; in inclement weather, recess is held in the auditorium or gym.


  • Communication and Contact Information: Communication is essential for our ongoing partnership. Please be sure to keep your email address and phone numbers up to date in the student information system by informing the office if there are changes. Almost all communication from O’Maley will be electronic. If you do not have an email address, please let us know so that we can send you hard copies or a link to documents via SMS text messages.