Mid-December News

December 14, 2017


Dear Families,


It has been a busy couple of weeks at McGovern!  As many of you may have heard, we have opened a Discovery Center in one of our indoor open spaces.  The Discovery Center, created by Chris Baldiga our instructional coach, and Paula Johnson, our tech integration specialist, is a place for students to engage in hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities.  Last week, students used the Discovery Center to work on programming and giving directions to our BeeBots.  Our discovery center was featured in an article in the Milford Daily News here!  As you can see, students love using the Beebots!  Thank you to MFE for making this possible by supplying the grant to purchase the Beebots!


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.


  • We go out most days to play outside for recess.  Please help your children to remember warm coats, hats, mittens, boots and snow pants so that they are able to comfortably play in the cold and snow.  


  • Our kindergarten children will be celebrating the culmination of a readers workshop unit and their achievement in using their reading superpowers on Monday. The caped superheroes will parade through McGovern to be recognized for their accomplishment!


  • We will be having a school-wide pajama day on Thursday, December 21.  Students and staff are invited to come to school wearing their comfy pajamas!


  • December break is quickly approaching!  Please note that school will be closed from Monday, December 25th through Monday, January 1.  School will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.  We wish you all a wonderful week with family and loved ones!


Note from the Nurse:

No child in Massachusetts should be without health insurance.  Massachusetts offers free or low-cost health and dental insurance for school age children.  Affordable health insurance plans are also available for adults.  These programs can help cover costs for check-ups, prescription drugs, emergency care, and other medical services.


Applying for state health insurance programs is easy.  If you or anyone in your family needs health insurance, I encourage you to call 1-800-841-2900.  Please take advantage of this offer so that your child will have protection should they require medical care.


Thank you.


Penny McKay, MSN, RN


On behalf of the entire staff at McGovern, we’d like to wish you and your family a joyful holiday season!


Best regards,


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