WMS Community Bulletin 01-24-21

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

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Եթե համակարգիչ եք, բացեք սա նոր էջում: Ապա, այս տեղեկագիրը թարգմանելու համար կտտացրեք աջ հղմանը: Եթե հեռախոսով եք, դիպչեք սև շրջանի անձին ՝ թարգմանության կոճակը ստանալու համար: (Armenian)

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Watertown Middle School 2020-2021

Dear Watertown Middle School Community,


I hope you all had a nice weekend despite the very chilly weather. Will we get more snow this winter? At least Tom Brady is warm down in Tampa Bay and headed to the Superbowl! (I'm sure there are mixed feelings about this...) :)


There are two more full weeks left in Term 2; it's difficult to believe we are almost halfway through the school year! As a reminder, if you have selected Hybrid for your child, then we expect to see your child in school on their Cohort Day except for when they (or a close contact) is not feeling well. We are finding that many students are not coming in person even though they are signed up for Hybrid In-Person learning. If you have decided to change to fully Remote learning, please email me or your child's homeroom teacher. We need to keep accurate attendance of who is in school and who is learning fully remotely. Thank you for your cooperation with this procedure, and please contact me if you have any questions.


Over the last two weeks in Community Meeting, as part of the celebration of the work of Dr. King, students looked at several Civil Rights quotations, discussed them, and created posters. We will showcase more, but I included a few in this newsletter. Enjoy!


Have a nice week!


Respectfully yours,


Donna Martin

Principal

Here are some important upcoming dates:

Monday, January 25 - School Committee meeting - 7:00 pm


Tuesday, January 26 - Anti-Bias Coalition meeting 6:00-7:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/96683897149


Wednesday, January 27 - Equity Leaders meeting 3:15-4:45 pm


Thursday, January 28 - Student Services Q&A with SEPAC 6:00-7:00 pm. Smore Link


Wednesday, February 3 - School Site Council meeting

Join Zoom Meeting https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/96781118971


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School Pictures: I am finalizing the details, but I believe we will be having school pictures taken on Tuesday, February 9th and Wednesday, February 10th. In-person students will have them taken while they are in school. Remote students will have the option of coming to school to get them taken after 12:30 pm, when the other students have gone home. I will get the final details to you soon, including the extensive safety protocols that Lifetouch has put in place for this event.


Yearbooks: The deadline to order yearbooks is April 23rd, and flyers will be coming home soon with additional information. We are excited that school pictures will be included in this year's yearbook as usual!


Please email me with any questions, concerns, or input you may have. As always, we will work together as a community! #wmsstrong


Take good care of each other,

All my best,


Donna

**REMINDER** Family Survey - Monday 1/25 is the final day!

Family Survey


As we head towards the mid-point of this school year, we are looking forward to gathering your feedback about your experiences during pandemic schooling and invite you to take a few minutes to complete the mid-year WPS family survey. Please fill out one survey for each of your children, as your experiences may be different for each of your children, especially if they are in different schools. This feedback is invaluable to inform decisions moving forward into the second half of the school year and beyond. Please complete this survey by Monday, January 25 and we will share the collective results with all of you. Students in grades 3-12 as well as faculty and staff are also providing feedback via surveys.


Your time and input are greatly appreciated!

Message from the Boys and Girls Club!

My name is Rhode Moise, and I am the Program Director at the Watertown Boys & Girls Club. For the last few months, we have been conducting our Remote Learning Center at our Club in replacement for our drop-in programs. We accommodate the cohorts who are home on the days they are doing remote learning from 7:45 am - 3:00 pm. Tuesday - Friday! During the day we assist with zoom classes and we have tutors that assist the members with their homework. Members who need a tutor, partner with our Boston College interns to have a virtual one on one homework time over zoom. After a long day of zoom and homework we have our aquatic department open for swimming. Please see the flyer below for more information.
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Student COVID testing (for students attending in-person) continues this week!

Student COVID testing will continue this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.


**A note from the nurses:

Thank you to all who have signed up for pool testing thus far. It is not too late to enroll your children in weekly pool testing, if you are interested please fill out the google form below. Moving forward, only positive pools and close contacts will be alerted with the weekly testing results. If you do not receive an update 24-48 hours after your child participates in pool testing, it means their pool tested negative. Positive pools will be contacted as soon as possible and given further information and instructions at that time.


Again, if you wish for your student to be testing, please fill out the google form below. Please note that pool testing is only offered to hybrid students who participate in IN PERSON learning, we are not currently able to test remote students.


If you have signed your child(ren) up to be tested, please remind them that they will be tested every week, and that it is not a one-time occurrence. Student testing will occur during grade level mask breaks.


From Dr. Galdston:


WMS COVID-19 testing will continue into the new year. If you have already signed up your child, there is no need to fill out the form again. If you would like to sign up your child, please read the message below and fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/9gqu867ae6TB2ULf6. You only need to sign up once for the ongoing weekly testing.

Please consider being part of the testing! Testing prevents the spread of COVID-19 and it's free for families at this time as we using grant funding to cover the costs.

Best,

Dede Galdston

***Here is the SMORE Newsletter which was sent out originally with all of the details of the testing.***

Thank you!

ACCESS testing for ESL students - beginning January 26th!

The yearly English test will start this month. Your school and ESL teachers will let you know the schedule.


There are 4 tests: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Your school will be testing your student on the days they are in-person.


If your student is a virtual student they will be invited in on a day or time other students are not in-person.


Most testing will be complete before February vacation.


Please contact Kate Phillipson, ESL Coordinator, if you have any questions about the testing.

You can email Kate at kathryn.phillipson@watertown.k12.ma.us or call her at 617-581-8200.

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH : STUDENT VOICE "EXPRESSIONS" SHOWCASE

We are very excited to collaborate with you and share the WPS Black History Month Student Voice "Impressions" Showcase. The submission form is open from January 22 - March 1, 2021.


Here is the link to our 2021 WPS Black History Month Student Voice "Expressions" Showcase" that hosts the submission details, some student work examples for inspiration, few guidelines, and the student work submission form.


The theme for this year is " We Stand Together"

Weekly Learning Plans

All teachers will be updating their Weekly Learning Plans by Friday afternoons, and they are available on the Grade Level / Cluster websites for you and your students to view and be able to plan out activities, expectations, and assignments for the upcoming week. They are linked to the WMS website, and also here:


Grade 6 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here

Grade 7 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here

Grade 8 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here


If you have any questions, please email (or have your student email) the teacher.

Thank you!

Technology Information for WPS Families

We look forward to supporting you with your educational technology questions.


Here is a link to the weekly 01/23 Family Ed-Tech for All Newsletter, LIVE Ed-Tech Support Sessions, Resources, Tutorials & tips that are curated and created, just for you. Do you need help with Ed-Tech? Please complete the WPS Ed-Tech Support Request Form. A member of the WPS Ed-Tech team will reach out to you within a school day.


Celebrating WPS Black History Month Student Voice "Impressions" Showcase

We are very excited to collaborate with you and share the WPS Black History Month Student Voice "Impressions" Showcase. The submission form is open from January 22 - March 1, 2021.


Here is the link to our 2021 WPS Black History Month Student Voice "Expressions" Showcase" that hosts the submission details, some student work examples for inspiration, few guidelines, and the student work submission form.


The theme for this year is " We Stand Together"



Please email me if would like to add to the website or need more information. Need Classroom or submission support? Please use the Ed-Tech support form or you can also reach out to the teachers, library media learning specialists, and digital learning support specialists at your school.


Thank you and have a terrific day,

Rashmi Pimprikar (District Ed-Tech Coordinator), Digital Learning Team and IT Team

COMMUNITY SERVICE!

***DUE TO COVID, THEY WILL NOT BE COLLECTING ANY MORE PLASTIC AT THIS TIME.***


Community service is up and running at WMS! Please see the attached document to view information on safety, tracking hours, and opportunities. Just as a reminder, it is recommended that 6th-grade students complete 10 hours of community service, 7th-grade students 15, and 8th-grade students 20.


Community Service Information


One main Community Service opportunity which is currently taking place is our annual Coats for Kids collection!


  • Coats For Kids

    • When you drop off coats for our annual Coats for Kids drive, you will earn 20 minutes for each coat (3 coats = 1 hour) The coat donation box will be placed right outside the Waverly Ave entrance Monday through Friday 8:30 - 12:30.

    • Collection has been extended to February 28, 2021!!

PTO Update!

Please help us as we embark on new ways of fundraising for the WMS PTO for what will definitely be a new and challenging year! Click the campaign below to see our fundraising goals this year and what we are hoping to support.


https://go.rallyup.com/wmspto


Stop and Shop Program:

Our school, Watertown Middle School, ID#: 10628 has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop! See the letter attached below for more information. It's an easy way to earn money for the students of the school!

Emergency Rental Assistance Application - Deadline Extended!

Dear Applicant,


Please read the following information before you begin your Emergency

Rental Assistance Application!


You will need to have the following documents for every household member/s

over the age of 18 ready to upload at the time of submission.


1. The most recent pay stub for all current wage earners in the household.

2. Document supporting evidence of reduced income (Unemployment

Monetary Determination Letter, furlough or letter from employer or 1

“before” 3/23/2020 and 1 most recent paystub).

To print your UI Monetary Determination Letter: Sign onto UI, go to the UI

Inbox, Look for Monetary Determination letter-Page 1 ONLY)

3. Supporting documents for any other income source (child support, alimony,

pension/retirement etc.)

4. Copy of current year’s lease or a letter from your landlord with his name,

address, email address & phone number evidencing your monthly rent

amount.

5. Most recent checking and/or savings account bank statement/s (EVERY

PAGE) for each bank account for every household members over the age

of 18.


Go to this link: https://metrowestcd.org/rent-a-home/information-for-

renters/emergency-ra-app/


Case sensitive Password is: HEREtohelp2020

LUNCH/MEALS PROGRAM UPDATES


  • School meals are free for ALL students for the entire school year.

  • Students can order a lunch in Community Meeting each morning and will be given out at the end of the day.

  • Lunches should be eaten after you leave school at 12:30

  • The meals will be packaged in easy to carry bags and will contain multiple breakfasts and lunches.

  • If a student requests meals on both of their in-person days they will receive breakfast and lunch for 7 days.


SEE SCHOOL NUTRITION WEBSITE FOR MENU.


GRAB & GO MEAL SITE WILL BE OPEN:

EVERY MONDAY

12 - 1:30PM

&

4:30 - 6PM

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WMS Attendance Policy and Procedures

From the Handbook (with some Remote Learning updates):


Attendance is the most important aspect of educating our students. When students are not here, they do not have access to instruction.


At Watertown Middle School, we pride ourselves in maintaining a very high attendance rate throughout the year. Understandably, there will be times when our students will need to take time away from school for a variety of excused reasons. The following procedure is in place to ensure good attendance, support our families, and follow state and federal laws.


Students are expected to be present and punctual for all classes. All students must be in Homeroom/Community Meeting (in-person or Zoom) by 8:30 a.m.


If you are having trouble with your Chromebook or have any Tech Difficulties (computer, camera, charging cord, hot spot)...


Call 617-926-7783 and let Ms. Cardillo or Ms. Brackett know.


“My name is (your name) and I have (teacher name) right now and I am having Tech Trouble. Can you please let my teacher know?”


Tardiness

A student is considered tardy if he or she is not in homeroom by 8:30 a.m. Teachers will mark students tardy when they are late to homeroom and/or late to class.


Absences

In the event that a student is tardy or absent, a parent or guardian must call the absence hotline at 617-926-7783 before 8:30 a.m. Please state the name, grade, and homeroom of the student. In the event that the absence is not reported, the school will call the student’s home or the place of employment of the parent or guardian to verify the absence.


Please see the Handbook for further details describing Excused Absences versus Unexcused Absences.


Resulting Actions:

● After 3 days of unexcused absences with no contact to the school from the parent, the Assistant Principal will be notified.

● After 5 days of absences (both excused & unexcused) per quarter, a letter of concern will be sent to parents/guardians. At ten absences, a support meeting will be scheduled with parents/guardians, guidance, and administration to create an Attendance Plan, which clearly outlines the school, parent, and student obligations to improve the problem. If absenteeism continues, further action will be taken, up to and including petitioning the Juvenile Courts with a Child Requiring Assistance, (C.R.A.).

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**EMERGENCY ALERTS**

To get Emergency Alerts from the Town of Watertown text WATERTOWNMA to 888-777. Your cell phone number will be into the system without having to establish an Everbridge account. You also have the opportunity to add your email address into the system at this time. You would then receive all emails and/or texts from the system. If you already have an Everbridge account, this is not necessary, as you will continue to receive the notifications sent by the town.