Whitin Weekly November 18th
Dear Whitin Families,
The following is the update for the week of November 15th
Thank you for your support and flexibility today as we pivoted to a full remote day. The students were great. Their resilience was unprecedented.
If you could please take a moment to fill out the survey below, we would appreciate the feedback regarding the full remote day.
Whitin Picture Day will be continued as scheduled this week; Tuesday, November 17th and Thursday, November 19th.
Students in Cohort A/C will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, November 17th
Students in Cohort B will have their pictures taken on Thursday, November 19th
Students in Cohort D the schedule is as followed:
Grade 4 Cohort D students Tuesday, November 17th 12:00-12:30
Grade 5 Cohort D students Tuesday, November 17th 12:30-1:00
Grade 6 Cohort D students Thursday, November 19th 12:00-12:30
Grade 7 Cohort D students Thursday, November 19th 12:30-1:00
Parents please park in the lot in front of the cafeteria. Students will enter the cafe door which is on the left side of the cafe. Students will take their picture right in the cafeteria. Make sure students have their picture form filled out and payment included. We ask that parents please stay in the car while your child is having their picture taken.
Announcement from the Uxbridge PD regarding road projects:
Please be advised there is a scheduled DPW construction project planned for Tuesday, November 17th which will impact traffic patterns. Linwood St. will be closed on Tuesday. All traffic will be rerouted to East Hartford Ave.
Please remind your child of the following protocols for in school learning:
-mask must be worn throughout the school day. The mask must be covering the nose and mouth.
-students must stay 6 feet apart in class and while walking the halls
Remember if we all do our part we can reduce the spread of the virus in our school community!
Food Service Update
We will continue to have remote pick-ups for breakfast and lunch. All pickups are at Taft Elementary school between 7A and 8AM. There is no school on Wednesday, 11/11, so pick up will be Tuesday, 11/10. If you have any questions please reach out to Kelly Haley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-278-8633, x2215. Our Distribution days for November and December are as follows:
11/18 - Wednesday
11/25 - Wednesday
Dec 2 - Wednesday
Dec 9 - Wednesday
Dec 16 - Wednesday
Dec 23 - Wednesday
Dec 30 - WEDNESDAY, NO DISTRIBUTION
Jan 6 - Wednesday
Whitin School Council
Whitin School Council is seeking new members. We will be holding monthly meetings virtually this year. The School Council serves as an advisor to the principal on school improvement plans and budget requests.
If you are interested in serving on the council please email me. email@example.com
Please contact Mrs. Gauthier if your child is sick and/or has had a COVID test done. If your child has a negative COVID test, they must remain home until symptoms improve without medication for at least 24 hours.
Students, with the assistance of families, must be monitored daily for COVID symptoms. Students must stay home if they are not feeling well. Families should stay in contact with the school nurse, Ms. Kristin Gauthier if their child is feeling sick or showing any COVID like symptoms.
A love of reading:
Here at Whitin we promote a love of reading. We believe that reading every day for at least 20 minutes in addition to the reading that is done in school can have a positive impact on students’ success. Families can help in promoting a love of reading by asking your child what they are reading and modeling reading habits at home. Encourage your child to always have an independent reading book. Students can use those times in the car, waiting for an appointment or before practice starts to read. Five minutes here, 20 minutes there adds up and before you know it your child will be flying through books and potentially making significant gains in their learning in all subject areas.
Whitin Intermediate School Student Norms for Virtual Learning Sessions
Now that we have had a chance to welcome back all of our students, we wanted to reach out to share with everyone what the on-line learning expectations are for our students:
- Set up your learning space in a distraction free location.
- You should only be using your school issued computer while doing your school work.
- Put your school issued computer in one location. Do not move it during the online session.
- Stay seated during the session, unless an emergency occurs.
- Turn your microphone on and off as instructed by the teacher. Start all classes with your microphone
off until the teacher tells you elsewise.
- Don’t try to do other things while on line, stay focused on the work being presented.
- Address the teacher and other virtual school students in a respectful manner, even when disagreeing
with what is being said.
- Mute the microphone while you are not speaking.
- Use the chat feature to only talk about the topic being covered.
- Try not to speak over one another; use the “raise your hand function” to get the teachers attention.
- Please try to have your video on whenever possible in each on-line lesson.
- Remember that all Whitin school rules are in effect, even if you are learning from home.
- Please dress for your on-line learning classes just like you would if you were going to be in your classroom
Main Office Assistance:
A sliding window has been installed directly to the right of the front door which will allow for you to speak to the staff in the main office without coming into the building. All transactions will be done through the window. Please do not ring the bell in the front foyer.
Parents for a Safe Graduation (PSG)
A few reminders:
Students should be checking their Google Classroom as well as their school email frequently. In addition, students should be charging their Chromebooks each night.
Leanne DeMarco, Principal
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