Middle School News – February 5, 2021

February 4, 2021

Greetings to Middle School Families & Staff!        ‘Report Cards’ for the end of Quarter 2 will be live on School Brains after 3pm on Friday, February 5th.  

Random Acts of Kindness Day is coming up soon, in honor of this day, ‘Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world.’ Pema chodron

Library News

View these February book videos read by authors! Check them out from the library or on Sora: Book Excerpts Read by Their Authors

 

Health Office News

Grade 6 parents: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has mandated that students entering the 7th grade be up to date on their immunizations, and provide proof of a physical exam dated January 1, 2021 or later in order to start grade 7. Physical Exam & Immunization Requirement

 

Recent ‘GDRMS Has Pride Posts’

January 28, 2021           January 14, 2021

January 21, 2021           January 7, 2021

 

Student Council News

The Student Council is launching a project called the ‘Kindness Paper Chain Project’! We are kicking this off on January 27th. Our goal is to spread kindness and compassion all around the school. We hope that each student in each homeroom will make one link with their positive message and then each homeroom will connect their links to make one chain for each building! Kindness Paper Chain Video! – Paper Chain Assembly Tutorial

Messages to spread

 

  • New Year’s resolutions
  • Kind messages/quotes
  • Inspirational messages/quotes

 

We encourage students and staff in remote learning to participate as well by writing their messages in the Google Form provided below, and Student Council Reps will print them out and hang them up! Remote Students and Staff Paper Chain Form by February 11th Remember, this project is optional and for fun, but we suggest you take part. Stay safe!  

From, The GDRMS Student Council

 

Reference Links:

GDRHS Honor Society Tutoring

Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote 

How to order lunch

GDRMS Website

GDRMS Library 

Diversity Club Information

 

Groton Public Library News

We invite anyone in grades 6-12 who would like to read books and talk about social justice themes to join with us. The books are available to borrow and pick up at the library curbside, and they are on our YA Nooks to borrow as well.  They are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month from 4-5pm on Zoom.  Here are links to sign up for the next 3 meetings. 

February 3: Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi 

March 3: March (Book 1) 

April 7:  The Black Friend by Fredrick Joseph   

Submitted: Deborah Dowson, Young Adult Librarian, Groton Public Library, gpl.org

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SEL News Social Emotional Learning

Self Awareness

The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts and values and how they influence behavior.  The ability to accurately see one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.” In February, every student will receive a weekly lesson in this topic. ‘The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.’

★Accurate self-perception  ★Stress

★Recognizing strengths       ★Self-efficacy ★Self-confidence      ★ Identifying emotions

★ Communication                 ★ Responsibility    

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

Mindful Parenting

 

Upcoming Dates

Feb 3 – School Brains Grades updated

Feb 5 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students

Feb 5 – 2nd Quarter ‘Report Cards’ Live in School Brains after 3pm

Feb 7Send a Card to a Friend Day

Feb 8 – Dr. Chesson to meet w/Gr 8 Ambassador Nominees

Feb 9Safer Internet Day

Feb 10 –7th grade 2nd Quarter awards zoom

Feb 10 –8th grade 2nd Quarter awards zoom

Feb 11Int. Day of Women& Girls in Science

Feb 12 – 5th grade 2nd Quarter awards zoom

Feb 12 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students

Feb 12 – Chinese New Year

Feb 14 – International Book Giving Day

Feb 17  – Grades updated in School Brains!

Feb 17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day

Feb 15-19 – No School, No Classes

Feb 26 Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students

Mar 2 – Read Across America Day

Mar 3 – Grades updated in School Brains!

Mar 4 – World Book Day

Mar 5 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students

Mar 8 – International Women’s Day

Mar 11 – International School Meals Day

Mar 12 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students

Mar 18 – Global Recycling Day

Mar 19 – Sync learning in a.m. w/teachers; all afternoon independent work for students

Mar 20International Day of Happiness

Mar 20 – Spring Equinox

 

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.

P.R.I.D.E.:

Positivity

  • Demonstrate open-mindedness
  • Be accepting and support diverse thinking
  • Have a willingness to learn