Early October News

Walk to School Day

McGovern students, joined by many staff members, parents, and Dr. Pires, Ms. Abrams, and Ms. Berklow, enjoyed a brisk, sunny walk to school on Thursday, October 6th. Almost every child in kindergarten and grade one were either dropped off by bus or by car and walked the remaining ½ mile in well-chaperoned groups from the VFW on Holliston Street to the McGovern School. We were supervised along the way under the watchful eyes of Detective Grimes (SRO), additional Medway policemen, and several crossing guards. We appreciate all who help make this beloved activity happen each year, from organizers, Mr. Shoenfelt and Mrs. Berset, to the Holmes Bus Drivers and Ms. Brenda, and the VFW for allowing us to use their parking lot. What a great way to start an autumn day!


Reminder: No School Days

School will be closed on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day. School is also closed for students on Tuesday, October 11th for a Professional Development Day for teachers. On Wednesday, October 12th, school will be closed in observance of Yom Kippur. Please note these dates on your calendar and enjoy the extended weekend.


Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE)

A major focus of our responsibilities as educators, at the beginning of the school year, is to become familiar with our students. We strive to learn what motivates each unique personality, we work to identify how each student will best learn, and we attempt to adjust instruction to meet the learning style of each student. We also spend a good part of the first weeks of school gathering information about specific skills students have retained, in an effort to individualize learning experiences.

To this end, Medway Public Schools has adopted the Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE) as one tool to help us better understand your child as a reader. GRADE is a developmentally based, group–administered assessment of reading and is currently administered twice  a year for students in grades one through four. The results of this screening are used to identify areas of relative strength and areas of potential focus.  The GRADE is also the initial screening tool we use to identify students who, upon further assessment, may qualify for reading support. Next week, you will receive your child’s GRADE results. Please take a moment to review these results and reach out to your child’s teacher or a member of our reading support staff should you have questions.

(Our K students were assessed in September using DIBELS, the Dynamic Indicator of Early Literacy Skills. All kindergarten parents should have received detailed information on the results of this test of first sound fluency, phoneme segmentation, and nonsense word fluency, which like the GRADE is a screening tool used to identify students who may benefit from extra reading support.)


School Banking Program

Charles River Bank offers our students an opportunity to begin saving by hosting a School Banking Program at McGovern School. Students have the opportunity to deposit money into their savings accounts right in our school lobby.   Representatives from the bank will be available to students who would like to conduct banking business on WEDNESDAY mornings.


Fire Drill

On Thursday morning, October 6th, McGovern School students participated in a fire drill. Medway Fire Chief Lynch was with us during this practice and was pleased with how our students evacuated the building. We will continue to practice and review our fire drill procedures with students in an effort to continually improve and refine our practice, especially in the area of moving as quietly as possible as we exit the building.  We are proud of our students for their quick response.  


Family Literacy Night

In coordination with the Scholastic Book Fair, which is at McGovern from Monday, 10/24 to Thursday, 10/27, we are hosting a Family Literacy Night on Tuesday night, October 25th. We are calling it, “Let’s take a sneak peek into your child’s room”. With your preschooler, kindergartener, or first grader in tow, you can visit five centers and see up close what a Reader’s Workshop mini-lesson and a Fundations lesson look like.There will also be demonstrations of read alouds, how to access Reading A to Z at home, literacy games, and more. Mark the date on your calendar and we look forward to seeing Pre-K and K families from 5-6 p.m. and first graders from 6:30 - 7:30.

Our reading specialists, Mrs. Leary and Mrs. Rutowicz will be inviting families of the children that receive reading service to learn more about their program from 6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25th.

Medway Foundation for Education

The Medway Foundation for Education will be holding a “NON-TELETHON” this September and October in place of the annual Phone-a-thon conducted at the beginning of the school year for the previous 12 years. The fundraiser will be conducted entirely through social media beginning September 26.  “We realize that the old method of calling people at home for donations is outdated, as many residents no longer use house phones,” said Brian Gray, MFE President. “So we will be conducting the annual fundraiser through our website, Facebook and Twitter, as well as other social media means. If you have donated to the MFE in the past or are newly acquainted with our organization, please consider making a donation this year.”  Click here for more information MFE Annual Drive


News From MEPTO

Box Top Contest

We are collecting Box Tops. .Please send in your Box Tops and labels between now and Friday, Oct. 21st.  Remember: every box top and label that you take the time to clip and send in equals money for our schools. There will be a special prize for the class in each grade that collects the most boxtops. Previous prizes have included: lunch with the principal, an extra recess, a class movie, crazy hair day, pajama day, and more! The winning classes will get to vote on their prize at the end of the contests. Keep clipping those Box Tops!


Pumpkin Fair- Sunday October 16th

This annual event will be held on Sunday, October 16th from noon - 4 p.m. in conjunction with Medway Youth Soccer's Annual Soccer Day for K-3 players.

There will be pumpkin painting, games for kids and adults, a bounce house, raffles, face painting, vendor tables, crafts, yummy treats (including FOOD TRUCKS!), and more. All proceeds to benefit MEPTO.

Hope to see you there!


Important Dates





Columbus Day

School Closed


Professional Development Day for Faculty & Staff

School Closed


Yom Kippur

School Closed


MEPTO’s Pumpkin Fair

Medway Middle School, 12 - 4


School Banking Program

Available during morning arrival


Scholastic Book Fair Begins

During assigned library periods, 10/24-10/27, evening event 10/27 from 3:30 - 7 p.m.


Family Literacy Night

Pre-K and K families: 5:00-6:00

Grade 1 Families: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


School Banking Program

Available during morning arrival


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