Friday, September 13, 2019

September 13th, 2019

We are off to a great start to our school year!  We have some amazing students at the elementary school this year and I have loved getting to know our students that are new to the school.  Thank you to all of our families that were able to attend Open House.  Strong communication between the school and our families is essential in order for us to be successful.  Hopefully Open House gave you the chance to connect with your child's teacher if you hadn't already.  As we go through the year, please don't hesitate to reach out if you ever have questions or concerns.  We want everyone to have the best year possible and are here to help!  Please see below for updates from library, music (for 5th grade only), and the PTO.

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200



UPCOMING EVENTS:
September 18 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
September 26 - 5th Grade Instrument Try It Night, 6:30-7:30 in the Cafeteria
September 27 - PTO Ice Cream Social, 6:00-7:30 in the Cafeteria
October 2 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
October 4 - World Smile Day - "Do an Act of Kindness, Help One Person Smile"



LIBRARY NEWS:




MUSIC NEWS: (5th Grade ONLY)



PTO NEWS:





Thursday, August 29, 2019

August 29th, 2019

It was so good to have students and staff back in the building again.  I hope everyone's first week was a success and after our four day long weekend, we'll get back at it again next week.  I am working hard to learn the names of all of our new second graders and students new to Douglas.  It might take me a few weeks but hopefully I'll have most of them down by October.

As we start the year, we have several different avenue for parents to be involved listed below.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.

School Council - This school based group meets after school on a monthly basis from 3:00-4:00 and includes parents and school staff.  The purpose of this group is to help set school improvement goals and provide feedback about building and district based decisions.  If you are interested, please email Mr. Bell at jbell@douglasps.net.

PTO - This group meets on a monthly on Tuesdays at 6:30.  This group helps support the school through fundraising, community events, staff appreciation, and other school activities.  If you are interested, please attend the first meeting this next Tuesday, September 3rd in the elementary library.

Douglas Parent Advisory Council - This group works to support families of students with special education needs through information sharing, community events and advocacy.  If you are interested, please attend the first meeting this next Wednesday, September 4th at 7:00 in the elementary library.

We also have several staff members that are new to Douglas that I wanted to introduce.  They have all quickly become a part of our team at the elementary school and we're lucky to have them!  Please welcome:

David Moniz - Music Teacher

Abigail Liebel - Library Paraprofessional

Carolyn Thompson - School Psychologist

Robin Wood - ABA Therapist

Tamera Robinson - Paraprofessional

Logan Vierck - Paraprofessional

It is going to be a fantastic year.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200

UPCOMING EVENTS:
August 30 - September 2 - No School...Labor Day Holiday
September 3 - 1st PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the Library...All Are Invited!!!
September 4 - 1st DPAC Meeting at 7:00 in the Library...All Are Invited!!!
September 4 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
September 10 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45/Open House from 6:00-7:30
September 12 - Picture Day
September 18 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School



Monday, August 12, 2019

August 12th, 2019

I apologize for any confusion regarding school supply lists.  Below are all of the most up to date versions of what each grade needs.  These have also been added to the school website.  Please let me know if you have any questions and sorry again for any confusion. 

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200

 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

August 8th, 2019

I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer so far!  My family took a trip to Kansas to visit some family and friends and then we also moved into our new home in Upton.  It feels good to finally be situated after a year of transition.  I am very much looking forward to another great year at Douglas Elementary.

I know how important it is for parents to know what is going on at school.  Last year I inconsistently posted parent newsletters and I didn't get the readership that I was hoping for.  This year, I am committing to positing a newsletter twice a month and finding a better way to communicate that it has been posted.  My hope is that this will be a way for you to see what is coming up and a place to go for information when you need it.  If you ever have suggestions on ways to make it more user friendly, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Another great place to see what happens on a day to day basis at Douglas Elementary is to follow my Twitter account.  I will post pictures of what is happening around the school a few times a week so make sure to take a look.

We will be opening the building for our School Supply Drop Off on Tuesday, August 20th from 9:00-11:00.  This is a chance to bring in your child's school supplies and see the classrooms.  For any families that have not already had a tour, this is a great chance to do that as well.  I am looking forward to having students in the building again!  Teachers will not be present for this event.

That's all I have for now.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and if you have any question or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Mr. Bell
jbell@douglasps.net
508-476-4200

UPCOMING EVENTS:
August 14 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
August 15 - PTO School Supply Pick Up from 4:00-6:00 in the Elementary School Lobby (For families who ordered school supplies from our PTO)
August 17 - Mr. Bell at Dynamic Douglas Day's Dunk Tank from 11:30-12:00
August 20 - School Supply Drop Off from 9:00-11:00
August 27 - First Day of School!!!
August 30 - September 2 - No School...Labor Day Holiday
September 3 - 1st PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the Library...All Are Invited!!!
September 4 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
September 10 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45/Open House from 6:00-7:30
September 12 - Picture Day

Friday, November 9, 2018

November 9th, 2018

We just finished up another fun week at the elementary school.  Conferences will take place next Thursday from 5:00-7:30 and on Friday from 12:30-3:00.  These are a great opportunity for our teachers to collaborate with our families.  If you haven't already signed up for a time, please contact the classroom teacher.  We hope to have a great turnout. 

Next week we have our Book Fair in the library.  This is not only a chance to pick up some great books at a cheap price, but it is also a wonderful fundraiser for our library.  We hope everyone takes the time to do a little shopping this week!  A huge thank you to Mrs. Hasemann for all of her hard work getting it ready. 

We also have a group of 5th graders that organized a food drive for us.  We have had an amazing response already but have another week to send in donations.  I am so excited that this was led by our students from contacting the food pantry to writing the note to send home.  We have amazing students here in Douglas!  Donations are due on November 16th and the class with the most donations will earn an extra recess. 

Finally, Veteran's Day is such a special day.  Our students all had the opportunity to recognize a veteran for our Wall of Honor.  We had so many participate that they wouldn't all fit in the space we had.  Thank you to everyone who helped recognize those that have served our country! 


Have a wonderful holiday weekend.  As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Upcoming Events:
11/12 Veteran's Day (Observed)...No School!
11/13-11/16 Book Fair
11/13 PTO Meeting in the Library at 7:00
11/15 Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45, Conferences from 5:00-7:30
11/16 Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45, Conferences from 12:30-3:00
11/21 Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
11/22-11/23 Thanksgiving Break...No School!

Friday, November 2, 2018

November 2nd, 2018

We are finishing up another great week at Douglas Elementary!  I wanted to say thank you to our wonderful PTO.  Last Friday they put on a great community event with our Trunk or Treat and then on Wednesday they provided a delicious lunch for our staff.  The they also worked to purchase a new laminator for our teachers to use.  I am blown away by the support that our community shows our school! 

For Veteran's Day, we are creating a Wall of Honor.  A note should be coming home today and we would encourage everyone to participate by honoring a veteran.  If you need extra copies, we have more in the office.  We also had some 5th grade students organize a food drive.  Please send in non-perishable items over the next two weeks as a way for our school to give back to the community. 

From time to time students miss school because of a vacation and parents request the work ahead of time.  Unfortunately, when school is missed, simply completing the work does not replace the learning that would have happened during the day.  We ask that as much as possible, vacations be scheduled during regular school breaks.  Also, due to the flexible nature of school, we will not be able to provide a packet prior to a student leaving on a vacation.  Any work that will need to be made up will be sent home when the student returns to school. 

Upcoming Events:
11/4 Daylight Savings Ends...Set clocks back 1 hour
11/7 School Committee Meeting at 7:00 at the High School
11/12 Veteran's Day (Observed)...No School!
11/13-11/16 Book Fair
11/13 PTO Meeting in the Library at 7:00
11/15 Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45, Conferences from 5:00-7:30
11/16 Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45, Conferences from 12:30-3:00

As always, please let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns.  Below are some pictures of all the fun happenings this past week. 
-Mr. Bell

 

 



 


Friday, October 26, 2018

October 26th, 2018

The fall weather this past week was beautiful and the students have really enjoyed being outside at recess.  I went on a walk on the trails around our school with Mrs. Chauvin's class and Mr. Smith during their PE time and was blown away but the fall colors.  Douglas is lucky to have such beautiful school grounds!  Make sure to come out to Trunk or Treat tonight.  I hope to see you all there!

 



Upcoming Events:
10/26 - PTO Trunk or Treat from 6:30-8:00
10/28 - NEW DATE DUE TO WEATHER - Halloween Happenings at Douglas Orchard from 1:00-6:30 (See Flyer Below)
10/31 Halloween
11/4 Daylight Savings Ends...Set clocks back 1 hour
11/7 School Committee Meeting at 7:00 at the High School