November 21, 2020
Out of State Travel & COVID-19 Information
We want to remind all families that there are state-imposed travel restrictions. Any family that travels out of state (with the exception of Vermont and Hawaii) must quarantine for fourteen (14) days from the date of return or produce a student's negative COVID-19 test result to the school nurse before returning to school.
Massachusetts has updated its COVID-19 travel order. Use the link to access the current information.
If a family does travel, a student in the hybrid learning model will not be able to join a remote class on his or her in-person day due to the increase in size of the remote class. Please contact Mr. Kessaris if you have any questions.
The city of Woburn is offering free COVID-19 tests to residents on Saturday, November 21st from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Showcase Cinema, located on Middlesex Canal Park Drive (off of Main Street by the Rt. 129 rotary). In addition, you can find COVID-19 Testing Sites in Massachusetts here.
Please also remember that all students must be administered an influenza immunization by December 31st per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Documentation of the immunization must be sent to the school nurse's office.
Thank you for helping to keep our schools safe!
Pickup for the Goodyear PTO Pie Sale is scheduled on Tuesday, November 24th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm at the school.
The deadline for 5th grade art to be submitted for the yearbook is Wednesday, November 25th.
The PTO is also asking 5th grade families for photos of the class from any year and for baby pictures of students to include in the yearbook.
President: Kristina Peitzsch
Vice President: Patrice O'Keeffe
Treasurer: Rachelle Packard
Secretary: Andrea Hanley
Member-at-large: Tricia Avery
Enrichment Chair: Sharon Crispo
Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 6th at 7:00pm (remote link to follow).
News from WPS Food Services
The Woburn Public Schools Food Services Department will provide families with a five-day supply of meals on Wednesday, November 25th. Pickup is from 10:00am to 11:00am at the school.
The Goodyear will provide free meals for all students between 11:00am and 12:00pm daily when school is open. Contact the school office if you have any questions. More information is available below:
SEL News: Spirit Day
The Woburn Public Schools is hosting Woburn Spirit Day on Tuesday, November 24th. All students (in-person, remote, and Virtual Academy) and staff are encourage to wear Woburn gear or Woburn colors (black and orange).
The character trait for November is RESPONSIBILITY. Here are some things we will focus on throughout the month to practice responsibility:
- being accountable for our actions and behaviors
- doing the right thing at the right time so others can depend on you
- taking care of yourself, your property, and others
- know what your job is and do it to the best of your ability
- when you make a poor decision, (1) acknowledge it, (2) apologize for it, and (3) take steps to change it
News from the Music Department
Due to COVID-19, we will be unable to perform a holiday show at the school. Instead, elementary music teachers are inviting parents to participate in their child's music classes the week of December 14th. This will be an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have been learning throughout the year.
The Woburn Public Schools offers instrumental lessons to grade five students throughout the district. Please visit the WPS Instrumental Program site for more information.
Student Photo Update
This year, all ordering and payment will be done online. Photos are now available to be viewed online. Each student has received information and a code to allow access to their photos.
Photo retakes are optional and will be available according to the schedule below. Please note that the original photos will not be available if you participate in the retake. Students who missed Photo Day are also welcome to participate.
Tuesday, December 8th:
- Cohort A
- Cohort C
- All Virtual Academy (from 1:15pm - 2:00pm)
Friday, December 11th:
- Cohort B
WPS Snow Day Information
Woburn Community Education Foundation
This year, the WCEF is sponsoring a Holiday Door Decorating Contest. Please consider participating and thank you for supporting the WCEF and Woburn Public Schools.
Goodyear Enrichment: Change is Simple
Hybrid Learning Model Schedule:
Wednesday, November 4th
Wednesday, December 9th
Wednesday, January 27th
Wednesday, March 24th
Friday, November 20th
Friday, February 5th
Friday, April 9th
Friday, June 4th
Support for Remote Learning
Remote learning can be challenging for students and families for different reasons. Mr. Dandrea has created a resource for families to address common issues that make remote learning difficult: Support for Remote Learning. Please contact the school if we can help in any way.
Remember these quick tips for remote learning classes:
- set up a work area with only the items you need for class
- keep any beverages or liquids away from your electronic devices
- know your schedule ahead of time so you don't feel rushed
- Saturday, November 21st - COVID-19 testing for Woburn residents (see info above)
- Tuesday, November 24th - Woburn Spirit Day
- Wednesday, November 25th - Early Release Day (students' schedules do not change)
- Thursday, November 26th - No School (Thanksgiving)
- Friday, November 27th - No School (Thanksgiving)
- Tuesday, December 8th - Photo Retake Day (Cohorts A & C and Virtual Academy)
- Wednesday, December 9th - Goodyear Enrichment: Change is Simple (hybrid)
- Friday, December 11th - Photo Retake Day (Cohort B)