Middle School News – September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

Greetings to Middle School Families! 

So nice to have some warm weather this week! I think we are settling in, but continue to work out kinks here and there. Thanks for your support!

Newsletter submitted by, Kathi McCollumn, GDRMS Principal: kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.


Parent Drop Off/Pick-up In the mornings, we are getting just under 100 cars dropping students off in the morning and around 60 cars picking up in the afternoon. We are trying hard to keep the cars moving along and filling in any gaps in the line in order to avoid a traffic backup on Main Street. Please have your child ready to hop right out as soon as your car stops in the discharge area. If you would prefer to have your child ride the bus, there are some spots left on buses: 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, and  17. Here is a link to show bus routes in case you are interested in getting a seat on a bus for your child. If you would like a seat, please send an email to kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.  


Library News Just like many aspects of our new approach to ‘school’, our librarians have adjusted how students may check out books to enjoy. These links are for students in Hybrid or Remote Learning: 

Checkout Form: Includes procedures for both remote and hybrid students.

Library Website: Includes ebook & audio book sites, library catalog and the book check out form. 


Bus Information

-Students may only ride the bus they are assigned to. 

-Students must sit in the seat that was assigned to them.

-Students must wear a mask on the bus at all times.

-Students should sanitize hands as they board the bus each morning.  

Below are the consequences that we will enforce in order to keep all students safe:

1st Time: Student Will Receive a Warning 2ND Time Parents Will Be Notified and Student Will Not Be Able To Ride The Bus for 2-3 Days

3RD Time Student Will Not Be Able To Ride The Bus For The Remaining Of The School Year.


Lunches When you are ordering school lunch for your middle schooler, please be sure to record the STUDENT first and last name, NOT the parent name. This will help us get the lunch to the right student much faster! Student Name Location


SEL News

Social Emotional Learning

‘Self – Awareness’ [9/16 – 10/7]

Here’s this week’s links that parents can use at home:  

The Power of ‘Yet’

*Stress (for Kids) – KidsHealth


PE News: Traditionally, we have asked students attending PE class to change out of the clothing and footwear that they will be wearing for the rest of the day. We have done this for a couple of reasons: 1. So that students are able to move freely and safely; 2. So that students do not have to wear clothing that they may have sweated in for the rest of the day in classes. We understand that some students may not be comfortable with the use of the locker rooms for changing before and after PE. With that in mind the Phys. Ed. Department here at the GDRMS has made some modifications to the rules of participation for students. A student now has a choice whether or not to change their clothes for PE classes. If a student wants to use the locker rooms to change before and after class they are welcome to do so. If a student does not want to use the locker room or change their clothes they will still be able to participate in PE as long as they are wearing sneakers that tie or velcro and pants, shorts or sweats that allow them to move comfortably and safely. So, changing or not changing for PE will not impact their grade, however, wearing clothing and footwear that are deemed unsafe will impact their grade.


Picture Day Follow-up If you would like to order your child’s picture, you may do so on-line: mylifetouch.com, use this code: EVTMJMC84


Remote Learning Materials Pick-up Each Friday that school is in session, parents/guardians may pick up materials for their middle schooler that is learning in the remote model. Teachers will notify parents via email that there is something to be picked up, and parents are welcome to enter the South building for students in grades 5 & 6, or the North building for students in grades 7 & 8 on Fridays from 8am-3pm. Items to be picked up will be in the lobby, with student or teacher name labeled. No need to let us know in the office that you are picking items up!

PTO NewsOn October 1st starting at 11 am until the end of the day, the PTO will be having a fundraiser at Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza in Littleton at the Point. Please visit the link GDRMS PTO FUNDRAISER to commit to eat and to get more information on how to help have 20% of all orders for the PTO come back to our school! sfieberg@gmail.com 

Upcoming Dates

Oct 1 – Grade 6 Open House: Teams will email parents a link to the Zoom meeting on October 1st.

Oct 1 8th Grade Open House Agenda and Links – 10/1/2020

Oct 8 –SEPAC Sponsored Parent Info Night – Minding Your Mind

Oct 12 – No School Columbus Day

Oct 13 – No School, Professional Development

**Oct 23 – This is a half for teachers and a full day of learning for students


Reference Links: 

GDRMS Opening Guidelines

Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote Students [To be completed by parent for any early dismissal]

How to order lunch

GDRMS Website


Tech Tips

Remote Learning and Zoom Tips

Email Etiquette

**Music News We want to let you know about a wonderful opportunity for students interested in band or chorus this school year. We will be offering a Virtual Middle School Band and a Virtual Middle School Chorus program beginning in mid October. Students that are interested will sign up and we will meet once each week for 40 minutes via Zoom (2:40-3:20, days TBD). This will be an ungraded, voluntary program to keep those interested in playing an instrument or singing doing so throughout this crazy school year! If your middle schooler is interested in participating, please complete the attached Google Form. This is in no way a commitment to attend, but for our own information as we complete the final planning for this program. 

Mr. DeStefano. and Ms. Stone


**Health Office News

Please check out this link for updates on Flu Vaccinations and Daily Monitoring of Wellness: Health Office News




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