First Week Of School

It's a New Year:

First day excitement, enthusiasm, and butterflies in the stomach of students and staff were in evidence last week at McGovern. Now we are enjoying a four day weekend, and next week will seem like we are beginning all over again. It would be much appreciated if you could discuss orientation to new schools, new teachers, new classmates, and new routines with your children as we hope to hit the ground running on Tuesday morning. It is also very much recommended that school day routines are established and followed as it really does help as we all transition from a relaxed summer schedule to a more structured fall regimen.


Student Enrollment, Student Health and Emergency Forms:


These important documents were sent home with your child on the first day of school. Once we receive the forms back from you, information will be reviewed and updates will be entered electronically into our student information system. While many parents have completed this process already, it is vital that we receive each of these forms from every student. Your assistance in ensuring that we can efficiently communicate with you is much appreciated.


Student Drop-off and Pick-up

Parents are reminded that the instructional day starts at 8:45 a.m. Students are encouraged to arrive to school between 8:35 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.. Please do not drop children off at school before 8:35 a.m. as there is no supervision. We find that children arriving to school after 8:45 a.m. often feel rushed in the morning. Please make every effort to drop your child off at school before 8:45 am. Thank you. Your child, your child's teacher and I appreciate this seemingly minor, but most significant way to start the day in a positive way. 

Please remember, if for any reason, your K or grade one child is brought to school after 8:45, it is imperative that you park in the front circle and bring your child to the front office.


Transportation Changes:


Parents must notify the office when there is any change in a student’s transportation routine. It is always helpful to copy classroom teachers on this communication. Changes made 24 hours in advance may be sent to the school via email, phone call, or note to the office. Same day changes in transportation must be called into the office. DO NOT LEAVE a message regarding important transportation alterations. You must speak to a member of our office staff.  If a student is not going to be attending MEDI as usual, parents must inform both MEDI and the school office.  


Elementary School Handbook:


The 2016-2017 Elementary School Handbook can be found on our website and contains important information about building procedures and school district policies. Please take time to carefully read this document and refer to it if you have questions during the course of the school year. We’ve added a Frequently Asked Question this year. We hope you will find this information helpful.


Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization Meetings:


The first Medway Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (MEPTO) meeting of the 2016-2017 school year will be held at McGovern School on Tuesday, September 27th,  at 7:00 p.m.   All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Prior to the meeting, there will be a  small welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. Parents new to Medway Public Schools and parents who have never attended a MEPTO meeting are most especially welcome.


Tea with the Principals:


Elementary school principals will host  Tea with the Principals throughout  the school year. These informal meetings will provide parents with the opportunity to meet with both Mrs. Luizzi, the Principal of Burke-Memorial and Mrs. Yanuskiewicz, the Principal of McGovern. During these meetings, principals will provide updates on activities at the elementary schools and answer general questions that families may have. Our first ‘Tea’  will take place in coordination with the MEPTO Welcome Reception on Tuesday, September 27 th, at 6:30 p.m. in the McGovern School library.


Summer Reading:


Continuing the wonderful habit of regular, and hopefully, daily reading over the summer  is so beneficial to our young readers. To encourage and promote this good habit, we provided each student with a summer reading list to complete over the vacation months. Please return the summer reading forms with your child's name and homeroom clearly stated. We will recognize the children who continued this wonderful  reading habit  and celebrate their accomplishment  during July and August in a reading assembly on September 23rd. Please make sure you have returned a signed summer reading form by the end of this week to have your child recognized.



Happy Labor Day:


Enjoy a great long weekend as we all look forward to the upcoming four day week, and then a full five day week of school during the weeks of September 12th, 19th and 26th. 



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