November 13, 2020
Greetings to Middle School Families! FYI, this document is posted weekly on the GDRMS website, under News: https://gdrsd.org/gdrms/news/.
Newsletter submitted by, Kathi McCollumn, GDRMS Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
End of Quarter 1
November 18th will be the last day to turn Quarter 1 assignments in! Please guide your middle schooler to check School Brains for any missing assignments today!
Program of Studies
Here is a link to our Program of Studies so that you and your middle schooler can read up on a description of their Quarter 2 IA classes [Check school brains for Q2 class names]. Students in Remote learning will get a zoom link from homeroom teachers for the initial new IA classes.
Staff Shout Outs
We love to share positive ‘shout outs’ during our faculty meetings. If you would like to send Kathi McCollumn a shout out for any of our staff members, please do so before Nov 18, when we have our next meeting, and we will read it aloud for all to enjoy!! email@example.com.
The GD Volunteers Club has placed collection bins in each of our buildings that will remain in place until November 20th. Any new or gently used clothing or shoes would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the co-leaders Natalie Gavin, Ana Marchio, and Ava Metzger at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s Book Fair Time!!
Our Online Book Fair will be open from November 9th through November 22nd. All proceeds from this year’s Fair will go to purchasing books for classrooms and the school libraries. You can find more information here: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/gdrms.
Free Pizza Thursdays!
Great news! Our cafeteria will be handing out free pizzas in the parent pick up dismissal line on Thursdays….check this out!!
Teachers will send out specific schedules and sign-up opportunities.
November 13 & 20:
- Students in grades 7 & 8 will have Async learning all day (students have independent work). Parents will be invited to sign up for parent teacher conferences.
- Students in grades 5 & 6 will have typical Friday schedules with zoom w/teacher in a.m. and independent work in p.m
December 21, 22, 23:
- Students in grades 5 & 6 will have parent/teacher conferences. Grade 5 & 6 staff and students are remote: sync teaching (students zoom w/teacher) in a.m. and async (students have independent work) & conferences in p.m.
- Students in grades 7 & 8 will have full day remote schedules that follow typical Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
Diversity Club is starting up again!
Health Office News
NEW DISTRICT POLICY – FLU SHOT REQUIRED BY DECEMBER 31, 2020
The State of Massachusetts requires all students enrolled in the GDRSD to have the Flu Shot by December 31, 2020.
Any student that does not submit proof of receiving the Flu Shot to the nurse’s office by December 31, 2020, will not continue to participate in the Hybrid Learning Plan. The student will be moved to full Remote Learning and not be permitted to participate in any school activities including sports. Students may drop of copies to the Health Office
Influenza immunizations are widely available statewide through your healthcare provider and at pharmacies.
The new requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the Covid-19 pandemic. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the influenza virus. That’s why it’s best to get vaccinated before influenza viruses start to spread in our community.
Please send proof of flu immunization to the School Nurse, Laura Gray (5/6) email@example.com; Fax: 978-448-1201; or Pam Fleming (7/8) firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax 978-448-8470
SEL News Social Emotional Learning
‘Responsible Decision Making’
In November, every student will receive a weekly lesson in this topic: The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a
consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.
★ Solving Problems
Here’s this week’s links that parents can use at home: Guide For Teaching Kids The Decision Making Process Steps
Most Recent ‘GDRMS Has Pride Posts’
Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote Students [To be completed by parent for any early dismissal]
Nov 9 – 22 – Virtual Book Fair: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/gdrms.
Nov 12 & 19 – Previously listed as half days for parent conferences. THESE WILL NOT be half days, they will be typical Thursdays.
Nov 13 & 20 – Grades 7 & 8 Parent/Teacher conferences all day; asynchronous independent student work all day
Nov 18 – Last day of Quarter 1 – all assignments due
Nov 20 – Square One Art upload due square1art.com/shop/upload
Nov 25 – ‘Report Cards’ Live in School Brains 3pm
Nov 25 Half Day, All students/staff remote
Nov 26-27 No school, Thanksgiving break
Dec 1 – Square One Art Parent ordering due
Dec 1 – Picture Re-take day for all students, more info to follow
Dec 10 – Grade 8 Quarter 1 Awards Zoom, 11:50, teachers will give students in remote the link!
Dec 11 – Calendar says ‘half day’…it is actually a full day for students, just like typical Fridays.
Dec 21, 22, 23 Parent Teacher conferences for students in grades 5 & 6; students zoom with teachers in a.m.; work independently in p.m.
- Demonstrate open-mindedness
- Be accepting and support diverse thinking
- Have a willingness to learn