Early December News

December 1, 2017

Dear Families,


I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with lots of time with your families and friends!  Students at McGovern quickly transitioned back to their regular school routines and shared some wonderful Thanksgiving memories with me throughout the week.  


Here is the McGovern News:


  • As you may have noticed in the Superintendent’s Update, there has been a change in policy around 1 hour delays.  This year, when there is a 1 hour delay, morning preschool and half-day Kindergarten WILL attend school for the shortened time.  With a two hour delay, morning preschool and half-day Kindergarten will not be in session.  I know this is a change from past practice, please reach out to me if there are questions.


  • Principal’s Tea - December 5th - Our next Tea with the Principals event will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30 pm in the Memorial Library. The focus of this Tea will be the new  elementary report card. We understand that this report card will be a change for returning elementary families and we have put together the following presentation in order to give a brief overview of the report card. The presentation is linked here.


  • Report Card Distribution - Report Cards will be distributed to students on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.   We encourage families to review the report card and to discuss questions with your child’s classroom teacher during parent-teacher conferences.


  • Elementary Early Release Days - On Thursday, December 7th and again on Tuesday, December 12th, Medway Elementary Schools will be dismissed early for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please mark these dates on your calendar.  Dismissal time is 12:00 noon for McGovern students.


  • Harvest of the Month - The Harvest of the Month for December is squash.  Students will have the option to try squash prepared in two different styles: raw and roasted.  Please find the ingredient list for these recipes here:  Harvest of the Month: Squash .  If a student is allergic to squash, an alternative fruit or vegetable will be offered.  



    Join us at our December 5th MEPTO meeting (immediately following the Principal's Tea) where our talented school counselors will join us to present:

Avoiding the Holiday Stress


Amazon Smile- It’s time for some holiday shopping! Did you know that you can shop on Amazon and raise money for MEPTO by buying things that your were going to purchase anyway? It is super easy: just click this link and add Medway Elementary PTO as your charity of choice! Happy Shopping!



A Note from the Nurse:

As the colder weather sets in and hats, scarves, and winter coats are needed we sometimes see an increase in head lice.  With this in mind, some information about head lice may be helpful.    


Head lice is a common childhood condition that effects many families during the school age years.  It is often detected on the head by the presence of the adult lice or nits attached to the hair shaft.  Head lice cannot hop, jump, or fly; they crawl.  They are primarily spread by close head to head contact within a family or household.  


It may be prudent as a precautionary measure to:

-Check heads routinely during the year including the summer months; take care not to confuse nits with hair debris.

-Wear long hair in a ponytail or braid while at school.

-Teach not to share personal items such as hats, brushes, combs, other hair care items, helmets, and headphones.


If you find live lice or nits check your household contacts and contact your child’s health care provider for treatment direction.  The student’s education does not need to be disrupted.  


The school nurse is available as a resource.


We hope you find this information helpful.


Have a wonderful weekend!



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