Middle School News October 22, 2020

October 23, 2020

Greetings to Middle School Families! We sure are enjoying the weather this Fall! FYI, this document is posted weekly on the GDRMS website, under News: https://gdrsd.org/gdrms/news/

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


GDEF is a volunteer non-profit organization committed to enhancing the success of our public schools by providing private funding for innovative, inspiring programs and opportunities. We believe that each child deserves an excellent educational experience and that supported and successful schools are fundamental elements of our special communities.

The Groton Dunstable Education Foundation (GDEF) urgently needs a treasurer. The role of a treasurer for GDEF is vital to our organization. We meet the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 pm (now via Google Meet) and communicate with each other periodically during the month as grants are requested by, and awarded to teachers. This meeting and communication style make volunteering for GDEF more widely accessible as we don’t operate only during the school or work-day.

If you are interested in volunteering as treasurer or volunteering in other positions that are easily learned, let us know! For all inquires, please email president Emily Davis at info@gdefinc.org or check out our website www.gdefinc.org. We look forward to hearing from you! 


High School News for 8th Graders

On October 30th all 8th graders will be invited to take part in a virtual meeting with Nashoba Valley Technical High School counselors to learn more about this option for high school attendance. More information to follow, here is the school’s website for your reference: https://www.nashobatech.net/

Cafeteria News

As schools are adopting different learning models, we are committed to helping students access the meals they need to thrive during this pandemic. GDRSD will continue to provide free meals for all students, (including remote learners, hybrid learners, enrolled in another district, or home schooled), during the rest of the school year. No registration or identification is required to receive meals. Meals can be picked up at: South Middle School, at the delivery entrance, (around the right of the building just beyond the dumpsters), Monday through Thursday from 12:30 pm through 1:30 pm.

  • Call 978-448-6155 x3130 to leave your order, OR
  • Email pstlaurent@gdrsd.org. OR
  • Order online at https://www.fdmealplanner.com. [Your location is Groton, then choose Groton Dunstable Middle School south. Choose lunch, view menu, build & order a meal. The time is the third choice 12:30-13:30, pick up point is PARENT PICK UP MSS, then fill in the rest] 

Please know that we are following every safety protocol and best practices for social distancing at meal sites. All meals are served in a grab and go format, to limit social interactions. All employees follow hand washing, sanitizing, and mask-wearing protocols. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to us at 978-448-6155 x3106 or email pstlaurent@gdrsd.org. Submitted by: Patricia St. Laurent, GDRSD Food Service General Manager

Health Office News

As you have probably heard, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has mandated that all children in grades K-12 must have a flu shot. Next week, if we do not have evidence of this flu shot, parents/guardians will receive an email explaining that they will be excluded from school as of December 31, 2020 if they do not produce evidence of a flu shot. 

Integrated Arts News

Starting October 30th, we are excited to offer students in Remote Learning model a face-to-face [synchronous] lesson with one of their IA teachers each Friday at 11:10-11:40. Your child’s IA teachers will let them know how to find the link. 


PTO News



Remote Learning Materials Pick-up

Parents/guardians may pick up materials for their child learning in the remote model on Tuesdays 2pm-4pm & Fridays 8am-3pm. 


SEL News

Social Emotional Learning

Relationship Skills’ [10/8 – 10/30]

Every student will receive a weekly lesson in this topic: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.  The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.


★Social Engagement          

★ Relationship Building         


★ Collaboration          

★Support Systems

Here’s this week’s links that parents can use at home:  What Parents Can Do to Support Friendships


Reference Links:


Sign up for GDRHS Honor Society Tutoring


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


How to order lunch


GDRMS Website


Library Books Checkout Form

Library Website


Remote Learning Tab on Website



Tech Tips

Remote Learning and Zoom Tips


Email Etiquette


Upcoming Dates


Oct 23 – Student Council Speeches due

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

Oct 23 – Square One Art upload due square1art.com/shop/upload

Oct 28 – School Brains grades updated

Nov 3 – Voting in gym, No students or staff will be in the building, follow a typical Tuesday schedule. 

Nov 11 – No school – Veteran’s Day

Nov 12 & 19 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, students have am schedule and pm assignments. All conferences will be virtual. 

Nov 18 – Last day of Quarter 1 – all assignments due

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


P.R.I.D.E. Integrity:  

  • Demonstrate honesty
  • Being able to own your choices
  • To do the right thing when no one is looking