Wood End Wildcat News

April 16, 2021

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Class Placement - LAST DAY to Respond is TODAY!

Dear Current K-4 Parents/Guardians,


Spring is the time of year when we begin planning for next year. Soon we will be meeting as a staff to begin the process of assigning students to classes. Student placement is a complex, collaborative process that the staff and administration take very seriously. We spend a great deal of time carefully thinking about the whole child while we create our classes each year.

Any parental input should be provided in a written format through this survey form but know that written input is optional. Placements are made by the professional educators involved with your child and are also informed by your input as a parent. Our highest priority is to create safe, inclusive, heterogeneous classrooms. It is important that you offer information that is not specific to any particular teacher. Requests for specific teachers will not be considered in the placement process.


In order to facilitate our placement process, we ask that you complete this survey no later than Friday, April 16th. After this date, we cannot accept additional responses.


Fifth grade parents: Middle School placements will be handled at the middle school level, and 5th grade families have already received transition information about each respective middle school. This information is also available on the Coolidge and Parker Middle School websites. Do not fill out this survey form for an outgoing fifth grade student.


Families with incoming kindergarteners:Information regarding placement and kindergarten screening will be coming later in the year. Do not fill out this survey form for an incoming kindergarten student.


Please understand that once classes are created the decisions are final. We hope that you will continue to support our efforts, trust our judgments as professionals, and encourage your child to look forward to an enjoyable and productive school year.


Again, the survey form can be found HERE.


Sincerely,

The Elementary Principal Team


Julia Hendrix, Birch Meadow; Beth Leavitt, Barrows; Lisa Marie Ippolito, Joshua Eaton; Sarah Leveque, J.W. Killam; Joanne King, Wood End

Grade 2 Biography Day

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Traveling During Vacation

Several families have asked about remote learning before/after April vacation since many families are traveling. We understand with more and more people getting vaccinated, adults are wanting to travel. Unfortunately, our children do not yet have the option for vaccination. The RPS guidelines remain the same as for previous vacations; we do not offer remote learning due to quarantine before or after travel. Your child will be marked absent until their return to school. Families should follow state guidelines and test within 72 hours of returning to Massachusetts for trips longer than 24 hours.


We will encourage students to continue to read and access online learning platforms such as Raz-Kids, Lexia, and Moby Max, but they will not be provided access to remote learning due to travel.

FREE Meals for Students - In & Out of School

Through the extension of the Seamless Summer Meal program, started in response to COVID-19, we are able to offer ALL Reading Public School Children FREE meals until the end of June.


What does this mean for your family?

  • Your school-age children will receive a healthy breakfast (at Coolidge, Parker and RMHS only,) and lunch every school day, at no cost, in a safe and welcoming environment. This applies to students who are attending classes in school.
  • Our other option for FREE meals for children, ages 0-21, in your home is meal distribution. This may include remote learners, participating in a hybrid learning mode, or any other children in your home. These meals will provide breakfast and lunch for each day, including weekends, at the bridge of Reading Memorial High School on Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:30 pm or Friday from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon.
  • Your family may participate in BOTH options. Students can eat at school and receive Meal Distribution for the remote days and weekend meals that your family is entitled to.


This program allows Reading School District to provide the most nourishing and appetizing meals possible for your children. When your children eat school meals, it helps the school system by providing federal funds to the district. The more meals we serve, the more funding we receive, allowing us to focus on providing wonderful, nutritious meals for your family.


If your children have never participated in school meals, consider trying the program this year!

If you have any questions please contact Danielle Collins, School Nutrition Director, or call 781-670-2822.

Notes from the Nurse

TRAVEL

Please continue to test within 72 hours of returning to MASS for trips longer than 24 hours following this guidance https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-advisory

Especially in the week AFTER travelling, it is very important to take any symptoms seriously. Stay home and get tested even if it's mild symptoms like a sore throat, headache, or congestion. Thank you for making the effort to keep our school safe.


DENTAL HEALTH

A big Thanks to PDA Dental Associates in Reading! They donated 122 toothbrushes,

gift bags, and fun dental health info. I will be sharing this with Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade kids after vacation. These teachers can let me know a good day/time to talk quickly about dental hygiene and pass out these free packs. Estimated 5-10 minutes.


NURSE HEALTH SCREENINGS

Parents and Teachers can let the nurse Kristen Agami know if any child needs a vision, hearing, or height/weight check at school. The routine screenings are on HOLD this year due to the Covid restrictions. We can do a quick check individually as needed.


Please contact our School Nurse, Kristen Agami, with any health questions or concerns.

Happy Vacation!

Miss Josie persuades Dr. King to become the next kindergarten teacher at Wood End

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PTO Needs Your Help!

Dear Wood End Families,


As we finish our term as PTO Co-Presidents, we’d like to thank you for this opportunity to serve the Wood End community, and to encourage you to consider an open seat on the 2021-2022 PTO Board.


Being on the PTO Board is a rewarding and important role as you help bring authors, assemblies and field trips (whether traditional or virtual), books, and technology to Wood End. The Board also helps foster and support the wonderful Wood End community through community events and staff appreciation. Being a Board member connects you with parents, teachers and staff from the whole school. Your student may be in any grade for you to hold a position on our Board, and we encourage representation from all grade levels.


Typically, a term on the Board is two years. Several members of the current Board have served 3 years, and it has come time for us to leave the Board. Volunteers have stepped forward for a few of the roles, but there are some important open positions including President and Secretary. Board seats may be shared, so grab a friend and become co-presidents or co-secretaries!


If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact us. We are happy to lend a helping hand to transition you into a new role. Thank you for considering serving the Wood End community. Although we are leaving the Board in June, we are very glad for our time on this committee and the friendships we’ve made.


Thank you,

Melissa Moran & Cristina Prior



Upcoming Meetings for Spring

We have scheduled the last of our PTO meetings for this school year and hope you can join us. All meetings will take place on Zoom and begin at 7:30 p.m. Links to our general meetings will be sent to all families and we encourage you to come and bring a friend!


  • May General PTO Meeting: Wednesday, May 5th at 7:30 p.m.
  • June Elections/General PTO Meeting: Wednesday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m.


If you are interested in filling any of the open vacancies, please reach out to Melissa Moran or Cristina Prior.


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 - FINAL YEAR

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/

5th Grade Celebration

If you would like to offer a helping hand, please reach out the committee members below.


1st Days School Supplies for 2021-22

We have been working with 1st Days School Supplies to once again create grade-level supply kits for next year! By ordering through this vendor, families are able to do their back to school shopping risk free from the comfort and safety of their own home. Get the exact supplies our teachers are requesting without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at big box retailers.


To order supplies, click HERE and you're ready to go! This link will be open until June so order when it's convenient for you.


Emails from 1st Day School Supplies with this link were also sent directly to all families who purchased a kit in prior years.

Student Services Office Hours

Dear Families,


The schools have been busy over the past few weeks prepping for the upcoming change to full in-person learning! We are looking forward to seeing more students in the building! We understand that this shift in the learning model can bring up additional questions about supporting your students, and we would be happy to meet with individuals during office hours to discuss any questions or concerns.


Below, please find our office hours for the month of April. Please use the DOODLE Poll link to select a time to meet with us. We continue to enjoy these opportunities to meet with families on an individual basis.


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! If you have any questions regarding Office Hours, please contact Allison Wright, Director of Special Education.


Remaining Office Hours for April 2021

  • Tuesday 4/27 @ 2:00-3:00 pm

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

https://doodle.com/poll/qywrhxnahz424rm3?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

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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.

MCAS Dates for Wood End

Students will be taking MCAS this year, though the testing window has been moved to later in the spring, May 10-June 11. The current testing schedule for Wood End is below:


  • May 11 - English Language Arts - Grade 5
  • May 12 - English Language Arts - Grade 4
  • May 17 - English Language Arts - Grade 3
  • May 18 - Mathematics - Grade 5
  • May 19 - Mathematics - Grade 4
  • May 26 - Mathematics - Grade 3
  • May 27 - Science, Technology, Engineering - Grade 5


DESE is making adjustments to the number of sessions due to the shortened testing window. Please keep these testing windows in mind when scheduling appointments or other school absences for your child.

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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:

April

17-25: April Vacation

26: School Council working group meeting, 7-8 PM

28: Spirit Day - Wear your Red Sox colors! Student Council Meeting with Miss Norcross, 7:30-8:15 a.m. in Library; School Picture Retakes

30: Student Council Meeting with Miss Norcross, 11:30-12:30 in Library

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