Late October News

October 28, 2017


Dear Families,


It has been another busy week at McGovern!  Thank you to all for your help and support for our annual Fall Book Fair!  I loved seeing students book shopping with excitement and then coming into the office to show me what they purchased!  We also appreciate your participation in our Family Literacy Night!  Students were excited to teach and learn some reading and writing alongside their families on Tuesday evening.  Thank you to the McGovern staff for their efforts and organization to make Literacy Night a success!


Here are the News and Announcements for the week:


  • On Friday, October 27th, students in grade 1 brought home their iReady Parent Reports. As we have communicated, Medway Public Schools is piloting iReady as a diagnostic tool in both English Language Arts and Math. If you have specific questions about your child’s performance,  you are encouraged to reach out to your child’s individual teachers or the school office.


  • Black and Orange Day - On Tuesday, October 31st we invite our school community to join us in sporting the colors of the season.


  • Picture Retake Day - Lifetouch photography will join us on Tuesday, November 7th  for Picture Retake Day. If you would like to have your child's picture retaken, simply send the photo envelope back to school (with all individual pictures included) and we will be sure to have your child's photo retaken. Please note that you do not need to send back the class photo. Please contact the school office with any questions.


  • Family Literacy Month - As part of our school-wide celebration of Family Literacy Month, students are encouraged to use their Literacy Bingo Calendar.  Literacy Bingo will run from 11/1 to 11/30.  Sheets  will go home with students on Wednesday, November 1st and should be returned to your child’s classroom teacher before December 6th. Children who complete the entire Bingo grid will be entered into a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card.  Happy Reading!


  • Medway Fire Department Visit - On Friday, October 27th, the Medway Fire Department visited our K and 1 students!  The firefighters taught us about Halloween safety and showed us the gear that they wear to fight fires.  It was a great visit!  The Medway Fire Department will be back on Tuesday, October 31st to visit our PreK classrooms.


  • News from SEPAC - The Department of Student Services, in partnership with SEPAC,  will host Jessica Minahan, BCBA and author of The Behavior Code, on November 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Middle School Auditorium.  This is a public event and all members of the community are invited to attend

    Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA
    Strategies for Kids with Anxiety

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    6:45 PM: SEPAC Business
    7:00 PM: Speaker


From Dr. Ryan Sherman and Medway THRIVE:

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Presentation


It’s well known that there is a strong connection between mental and physical health and that there are certain habits, which we can help our children develop to stay both physically and mentally well.  Please join us on November 15th, at 6 pm in the Burke-Memorial Cafeteria to hear Dr. Jacqueline M. Vorpahl present Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. Dr. Vorpahl will help you understand how to best foster your child’s emotional well-being by connecting mind and body.  For more information and to register* for the event please follow this link:  Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds  *pre-registration for this event is required as space is limited


Nurse’s Notes      

As many of you know, schools in Massachusetts are mandated by the state to collect heights and weights of students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 for the purposes of BMI calculation.  This screening will be done at the McGovern School starting the week of November 20th.  If you do not want your child to participate, you may request so in writing by Thursday, November 16th.  Please feel free to contact me to discuss the screening process.


A safety reminder during the Halloween season:  Hard candy, lollipops, caramels and other treats, as well as cough drops and throat lozenges, place active children at risk for choking.    Please refrain from sending these items to school with your child.  


We are well into the school year and starting to see illnesses here at McGovern.  Two of which are Fifth’s Disease and Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease (Coxsackie virus).  For information about these please click on the following links:


Fifth's Disease


Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease


Hand washing, healthy eating and adequate sleep are important steps in trying to stop the spread of illnesses.  And remember, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a yearly flu vaccine to help prevent the flu:  


     Flu Prevention


Hopefully we will have a healthy season!


Thank you.

Penny McKay, RN


That updates us for this month!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



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