Wood End Wildcat News

January 17, 2021 ~ Cohort A In-Person This Week

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Dear Wood End Families,


Many have seen the unrest that is currently taking place in our country and now more closely, in our community. It’s unfortunate that differing viewpoints cannot be expressed in a safe and respectful manner. It saddens me to see our community divided. I know some of you are truly upset by what you’re seeing and hearing on the news and in social media. I certainly can understand that. I hope you know, I will continue to support our teachers, students and families, as well as the work we do everyday to help our students become good global citizens.


As adults, we all have the critical thinking skills to know what we are doing, and why we are doing it. I continue to remind us all that we need to follow our core values of respect, responsibility, and honesty when we are talking with students and one another. We all represent Wood End, and I am so proud of our school community and the work we are doing for and with our students. I am hopeful that we will someday soon experience a more peaceful and kinder world, for our sake and most importantly for the sake of our children.


I wish you all a wonderful, long weekend,

Dr. King

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Resources for Families - Discussing Violence and Current Events

This list of resources will help you in discussions about violence and the current events in the United States. These resources have also been shared with teachers.


General information about discussing violent and unsafe events with children:


Teaching Tolerance: When Bad Things are Happening


National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about Violence

Wood End Meal Train Continues

As you know, two of our moms have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are currently undergoing treatment. These amazing women continue to juggle their many roles including caring for their children, working full-time jobs, cleaning, cooking, laundry, and as always, thinking of others. We started a meal train to provide some family-friendly dinners so they can concentrate on the next phase of their journey to health. Many folks have asked to help so we are continuing to provide this support through the month of March. There are still lots of available dates in February and March!


The goal of this meal train is to provide some nourishment for these beautiful ladies and their families. If you are interested in providing a meal, or gift cards to some local restaurants, please click on this link and join the meal train. We thank you for any support you can provide, as well as your thoughts & prayers.


If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out to Dr. King. We are happy to help in any way!

Wednesdays are School Spirit Days!

We have some fun-filled days for students and staff to share this month. We have decided to make Wednesdays "school spirit days" when students can show their school-wide pride. These are times we can come together as a community and celebrate our school, national and local events, and our core values. The following spirit days are coming up:


  • January 20 - Celebrate the Boston Bruins (show your support and wear black & gold)
  • January 27 - Wood End Wildcat Day (wear your favorite wildcat gear, or blue & yellow)
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Good News From Our School Nurse

Mrs. Agami, our school nurse, received the first dose of her COVID vaccine this week. This shows us that a solution to this pandemic is coming, even if it feels slow.


We have also been updating our students' health records and are happy to report that 96% of Wood End students have received their flu shots. For the first time, we are not seeing cases of the flu in school. Thank you very much for this strong community effort!


We appreciate families keeping children home with any illness symptoms. We also need to keep students out of school if they are awaiting COVID test results. These are important steps to stop the spread of this virus. Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions as she has the most updated information.


Happy Weekend!

Kristen Agami, School Nurse

As we expand our collection to include more diverse books, check out these recommendations from Miss Norcross

Special Education Office Hours

Dear Families,

As this year comes to a close, we wanted to thank you for all that you do. This has been a challenging year for all and we couldn't have done it without the support you've provided to your students and the school. As Russel Johnson, the Director of Special Ed for DESE always says, 'We are only stronger when we work together. We are all looking forward to the New Year!


We wanted to let you know of our Office Hours for January. We have enjoyed meeting with families during this time and encourage you to sign up if you have any questions or concerns for us. Please use the link below to select a time to meet with us. Prior to your scheduled time, a ZOOM link will be sent to you via email. Please be sure to include your email address when you sign up.


Office Hours for January

  • Wednesday 1/20 @ 3-4 pm
  • Monday 1/25 @ 10-11 am


Link to the Doodle Poll to sign up for Office Hours:

https://doodle.com/poll/pc8hemvgiwr8nn34?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

We hope that you all have a restful and enjoyable break! Happy Holidays!


Best,

Jen Stys and Allison Wright

FY22 Budget Process Begins

To learn information about the FY22 Superintendent's Recommended Budget, please join the upcoming School Committee meetings. The schedule for remaining meetings is as follows:


Thursday, January 21st

  • Public Hearing on FY22 Budget (via Zoom)
  • School Committee Budget Questions


Monday, January 25th

  • School Committee Vote on FY22 Budget


All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. on Microsoft Teams and will be broadcast on RCTV. We encourage all members of the community to participate in this budget process and to view the budget meetings. If you have any questions about the budget, please do not hesitate to contact Superintendent of Schools John Doherty at john.doherty@reading.k12.ma.us .

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Updates From the PTO

PTO Meeting, January 27th

The WE PTO is hosting its first "virtual meet-up" of the new year for parents on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:30 p.m. Join us via Zoom from the comforts of your home for a casual opportunity to:

  • Connect “live” with fellow WE parents and get to know parents of all grade levels
  • Connect with current Board members to learn more about the Wood End PTO. What types of things has PTO done in the past? What is it like to be on a committee? What is it like to be on the Board?
  • Learn the latest on PTO happenings and plans for the remainder of the 2020/2021 school year, including a new online Spirit Wear store, a virtual visit by author & illustrator Scott Magoon, the creation of the WE Little Library, and the 5th grade moving on celebration
  • Share any ideas you may have to further support our kids and our teachers this year
  • Ask any questions about the PTO or what we do
  • Ask any questions about Wood End
  • Enjoy some fun, adult chit chat!


The Zoom link will be sent to all families prior to the meeting. There is no time commitment required, so feel free to stay for the hour, or pop on for a few! We’d love to see you!


5th Grade Celebration Planning

All parents of students in Grade 5 are invited to a planning meeting hosted by Dr. King on Tuesday evening, February 2nd, 7-8 p.m. via ZOOM. The link will be sent out to all 5th grade families prior to the meeting time. This meeting is for anyone interested in helping to plan the end-of-year activities for our 5th grade students, including the "Moving On" ceremony and celebration in June. This will be the first of many meetings and we will provide periodic updates to keep everyone informed. We hope you can join us!


We have several ways families can help with some easy "fundraisers" including...

Amazon Smile

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the PTO. Bookmark in your browser for every time you shop Amazon. Save this link as a shortcut on your phone desktop!


Shutterfly

Be sure to use our school's Shutterfly & TinyPrints Storefront when ordering cards, photos, gifts, invitations, etc. Did you know that 8% of your purchase gets donated back to Wood End for our kids? Please feel free to share our storefront with family members and friends.


Stop and Shop A+ School Rewards

Once registered, Stop and Shop will donate to the school when you use your card and shop, sign up now! Go to: https://stopandshop.com/school-rewards/


If you are interested in running for Co-President, Treasurer, Enrichment Coordinator, Events & Fundraising Coordinator, or Secretary please email us as soon as possible and let us know! This would be the perfect year to "shadow" someone in that role and ease into some responsibilities.

SEPAC

Connect with SEPAC by clicking these links:



The mission of the Reading Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of, all children with special needs in the community.

Technology Help

If you have any technology issues with your student's laptop, please contact our IT department HELP DESK or by calling 781-670-2888.

Remote Access for In-Person Students Who Are Absent From School

Below are the remote criteria that will be used when students who are in person during a particular week are absent from school.


Students will have live remote access under the following conditions:


  • He/she is quarantined due to testing positive for COVID-19.
  • He/she is quarantined due to being in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • He/she is being quarantined for being out of state and is waiting for a negative COVID test per DPH guidelines.
  • He/she is showing symptoms of COVID-19 and is awaiting test results.
  • He/she has another medical condition that prevents them from coming to school.



Students will not have live remote access under the following situations:


  • He/she is absent for any reason other than described above.
  • He/she is quarantining for 10-14 days because of out of state travel as defined by the MDPH Travel Order and is not getting a COVID-test.
  • He/she is going on a family vacation or other non-school activity during school days.



Please note that there may be extenuating circumstances in a school that would require a different action than above. These decisions are at the discretion of the building principal.

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About These Services...

The Town of Reading contracts with William James College to offer a special service for our residents. The William James INTERFACE Referral Service maintains a mental health and wellness referral help line Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for individuals across the lifespan living in Reading. Callers are matched with licensed mental health providers from our extensive database. Each referral meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller. Click here to learn more!

Family Resources

Please be reminded of these amazing resources, if your family is in need:

  • RPS Behavioral Health Resources linked here.
  • Town of Reading: compiled resources linked here.
  • RCASA and Mental Health Support linked here.
  • St. Vincent de Paul linked here.
  • Free & Reduced lunch access: sign up here.
  • Reading Food Pantry linked here.
  • Project Bread link here.
  • Residential Financial Assistance (Rent/Mortgage) link here. (New resource! Check it out!)

Upcoming Events:

January

18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

20: "Bruins Day" wear your favorite gear or black & yellow!

25: School Council Meeting via Zoom, 7-8 p.m.

27: "Wildcat Day" wear your favorite Wood End Wildcat gear or school colors!

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