Mid-September Update

After slightly more than ten days of school, it is wonderful to observe routines being established while still seeing excitement and anticipation on the faces of our students,  especially as they arrive each morning. Busy weeks and special events are ahead and it is important that you know all about them.

Summer Reading: Children in kindergarten and grade one were given the opportunity, and encouraged, to read (or be read to) over the summer months. Signed summer reading forms were due to classroom teachers by last week. On Friday, September 23rd, we will celebrate the total number of books read after we add all the titles on reading slips. Children will not be publicly singled out for reading, but rather we will reinforce the joy of reading and how many books were enjoyed by McGovern students during July and August. 

Citizenship Program: During the whole school assembly on Friday, September 23rd, we will also introduce Shining Stars, the McGovern citizenship program. We will describe how much we value being a good citizen, treating each other with kindness, including and welcoming others, being a good friend, and demonstrating appropriate, positive behaviors such as sharing, taking turns, and being a good sport. Beginning on Monday, September 26th, all faculty members will have a supply of red tickets which they can award to any student "caught doing the right thing". Then on Fridays throughout the rest of the year, we will recognize good citizens with a take home certificate. When your Shining Star brings a certificate home, please celebrate the good deed with us. 

Nurse’s Notes: McGovern School will begin the mandated Massachusetts Department of Public Health vision, stereopsis and hearing screenings for kindergarten and first grade students the fourth week of September and continue throughout the fall.  Please remind your student to bring and wear his/her glasses every school day, but especially during screening days.  Should your child not pass this basic screening, a letter will be sent home asking you to follow-up with your child’s health care provider and/or other appropriate specialists.  Parents/guardians may request in writing if they do not want their student to participate.  Please notify me by Friday, September 23, 2016. 

Feel free to contact Penny McKay, McGovern School Nurse, if you have any questions. Tel 508-533-6626 ext 5354.Fax 508-533-3263 pmckay@medwayschools.org

McGovern School Council: The first meeting of our school council is schedule for Tuesday, September 27th at 3:15. This is a school-based group that works on important tasks, such as the development and approval of the school improvement plan. The make-up of the council is equally balanced with parent and staff members. This year our family members of the School Council are all returning, and we sincerely appreciate the participation of all involved.

Principals' Tea and MEPTO Meeting:  Both elementary principals (Mrs. Luizzi, principal of Burke-Memorial and I) will be available in the McGovern library on Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30 to meet with parents and welcome new members of MEPTO.

The first MEPTO meeting of the year will follow the tea on Tuesday, the 27th at 7 p.m. in our library. Please put the date on your calendar and try to join us as the MEPTO board kicks off a new productive year.

Open House: We all look forward to McGovern's Open House on Thursday, September 29th. Please remember this is an adults-only event where we welcome pre-K and K parents and guardians from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please come to the cafeteria first so I may briefly meet with you and introduce some other key members of our faculty. Then you will move to your child's classroom to learn about the curriculum and expectations from your child's teacher.

The same schedule will be followed for first grade. After preschool and kindergarten families depart at 6:30, our parking lot will efficiently empty and first grade parents/guardians will arrive for their curriculum night from 6:50- 7:50 pm. I look forward to seeing first grade family members in the cafeteria at 6:50.

No School Days: October has a few no school days for students in observance of holidays or to provide PD for our faculty which I hope you have on your calendar:

Mon., Oct 3 - Rosh Hashanah

Mon., Oct. 10 - Columbus Day

Tues., Oct. 11- Professional Development Day

Wed., Oct. 12- Yom Kippur

We hope you enjoy these long weekends with your children and we will then return to five day school weeks on October 17th.

To close out the month of October, the Scholastic Book Fair will be at McGovern from October 24th - October 27th. There will be more information sent home soon, but the fair will be open on Tuesday, October 25th to provide evening hours. I hope to see you there!






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