Friday, January 14, 2022

January 14th, 2022

   “The Douglas Public Schools offer diverse learning experiences that meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of all students. We provide a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment in which students may achieve academic success and personal growth. Decisions are made in the best interest of students.” 

Our students worked hard this week to show us what they have learned this year on their midyear benchmark tests.  The teachers will be spending some time during the professional development day and also in their teams next week to go over the data and create a plan for instruction based on the data.  For the first time, the elementary school will also be sending home parent reports to give you some feedback on how your child is doing.  These will be coming home in backpacks next Friday, January 21st.  While these tests are one snapshot of how your child is doing, when we give them over time, we can really get some great insight into how our students are progressing.  If your child has missed multiple days over the past week, their report may be delayed.  

Enjoy the holiday weekend and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Mr. Bell


UPCOMING DATES
1/14 No School...Professional Development Day
1/17 No School...Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/19 School Committee Meeting at the High School at 7:00
1/21 Midyear Assessment Parent Letters Sent Home
1/28 2nd Term Progress Reports Published

Monday, January 10, 2022

January 10th, 2022

  “The Douglas Public Schools offer diverse learning experiences that meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of all students. We provide a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment in which students may achieve academic success and personal growth. Decisions are made in the best interest of students.” 

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break.  It was great having students back in school last week.  We are entering a busy stretch of the school year.  Our teachers and students are making great progress through the curriculum and MCAS will be here before we know it.  This week our teachers will be giving the midyear benchmark assessments.  This will give us updated information about how our students are progressing and allow us to create a plan for the second half of the year.  

On Friday, our students will not have school because the teachers and staff will be participating in professional development.  Most of our staff will be working on math for most of the day.  They will be learning about how to utilize hands on activities and games during math to help solidify learning.  We will also be spending some time analyzing data and discussing equity.  It should be a beneficial day for our teachers and we hope the students enjoy their four day weekend!  

Have a wonderful week and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Mr. Bell


UPCOMING DATES
1/10-1/13 MidYear Benchmark Testing
1/11 PTO Meeting at 6:30 through Zoom
1/14 No School...Professional Development Day
1/17 No School...Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/19 School Committee Meeting at the High School at 7:00

Friday, December 17, 2021

December 17th, 2021

         “The Douglas Public Schools offer diverse learning experiences that meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of all students. We provide a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment in which students may achieve academic success and personal growth. Decisions are made in the best interest of students.” 

I know that the letter I sent earlier this week was disconcerting but I also feel that it is important to keep our community informed about what is happening in our schools.  Due to this incident along with a few others that have happened recently, it is important that we do some reminders with our students.  Our teachers will be having discussions during their morning meetings over the next few days about the following topics:
  • How our words and actions have consequences and what that might look like at school based on our student handbook.  
  • Reviewing the importance of the concept of "see something, say something" and what to do if someone tells you not to tell
  • Talking about the importance of everyone working together to help make Douglas Elementary a safe place for students to learn.
Douglas Elementary is a wonderful school and we are committed to continuing to keep our community healthy and safe on a day to day basis.  

Next week should be a fun one before a nice break for the holidays.  There will not be a blog update next week due to the vacation.  I'm looking forward to some quality time with my family and I hope that you are all able to find time to do the same.  As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  

Mr. Bell


UPCOMING DATES
12/20 Elementary Holiday Choir Concert from 9:00-9:30...Updated ZOOM LINK
12/20 Vaccination Clinic in the Gym from 3:00-6:00
12/23 Pajama Day
12/23 Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
12/24-1/2 No School...Holiday Break
1/14 No School...Professional Development Day
1/17 No School...Martin Luther King Jr. Day


RECESS IN THE WINTER
As we enter the coldest months of the school year, I wanted remind parents of guidelines for recess.  Movement and activity are important so we make sure to have outdoor recess whenever the conditions are safe to do so.  As stated in the handbook, we will go outside if the wind chill is above 20 degrees.  Students are required to wear a coat if the wind chill is below 35 degrees.  


LOCKDOWN DRILL
Due to the other circumstances going on in the district this week, we did not feel like it was appropriate to practice our lockdown procedures.  I am working with Officer Brett to reschedule a drill for early January.  

Friday, December 10, 2021

December 10th, 2021

        “The Douglas Public Schools offer diverse learning experiences that meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of all students. We provide a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment in which students may achieve academic success and personal growth. Decisions are made in the best interest of students.” 

I hope everyone had another great week.  1st term cards were published in iPass on Wednesday.  If you have not already, please login to see how your child is progressing this year.  If you don't have access, you can contact the main office and we can help.  

We are continuing to see a spike in Covid-19 cases so we appreciate your continued help to keep our school community healthy.  Please remind your child the importance of properly wearing a mask and keep your child home if they are experiencing symptoms.  Thank you to everyone for your help and support!  

We're looking forward to a fantastic two weeks of learning before the holidays.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  

Mr. Bell


UPCOMING DATES
12/14 & 12/15 PTO Holiday Shoppe in the Library
12/15 School Committee Meeting at the High School at 7:00
12/17 Elementary Holiday Choir Concert from 9:00-9:30
12/23 Pajama Day
12/23 Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
12/24-1/2 No School...Holiday Break


UPDATED NUMBER DAY CALENDAR
There was a mistake on the previous number day calendar.  Please see the updated one that we will use for the remainder of the year: Number Day Calendar


HALF DAY SACK LUNCH
The district is offering FREE sack lunches for students to take home on the upcoming half day 12/23.  If you would like for your child to participate, please complete this Survey.  


PTO HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPE
PTO will be holding their Holiday Gift Shoppe on December 14th & 15th.  Students that have library class either of those days will shop during this time.  The rest of the classes have shopping time scheduled in the afternoon.  Please see the attached flyers for details: 


CELBRATION GRADUATION CHRISTMAS TREES
Please see this Christmas Tree Sale Flyer for information on how to order.


DOUGLAS BOOSTERS SPIRIT WEAR
Your official Douglas Tiger Athletic Gear Store is now open!!  The Douglas Athletic Boosters has opened up a store where Douglas Tigers fans, coaches, and teams can all purchase their gear!  We have Tee Shirts, Sweat Shirts, Flannel Pants, Bags, Accessories, and more!  There are options for Men, Women, and Youth.   


We have selected a variety of options in terms of brands and colors.  You can customize most pieces with a name and number if you choose - it's all up to you!  We will be updating styles from time to time, so make sure to check back for new options!

COACHES & TEAMS - We can accommodate any logo and/or style that you are looking for!  If you are looking to do fan gear or something for your teams, let us know and we can build a program together.

Thanks for your support.  The store link is also posted on our website at www.douglasathleticboosters.org under the Spiritwear tab.

Friday, December 3, 2021

December 3rd, 2021

       “The Douglas Public Schools offer diverse learning experiences that meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of all students. We provide a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment in which students may achieve academic success and personal growth. Decisions are made in the best interest of students.” 

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I know that I enjoyed some quality time with my family.  I want to thank our amazing school community for helping to make the Snowflake Drive a success.  We collected over $1,400 as a school!  I know that these donations make a huge difference in the lives of the families we were able to support so thank you again to everyone who participated.  

The lockdown drill that we had scheduled in November was postponed.  I am working with Officer Brett to set up another date sometime this month.  The teachers have already reviewed the procedures with the students but the drill will be a good practice of the procedures and also a chance for us to identify any areas for improvement.  I know that these drills can cause anxiety in our students but they are also important for us to practice as we work to keep our community safe.  Please let me know if you need additional information or have any questions.  

Mr. Bell


UPCOMING DATES
12/7 PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the Library
12/8 1st Term Grade Cards available in iPass
12/14 & 12/15 PTO Holiday Shoppe in the Library
12/15 School Committee Meeting at the High School at 7:00
12/17 Elementary Holiday Choir Concert from 9:00-9:30


CELBRATION GRADUATION CHRISTMAS TREES
Please see this Christmas Tree Sale Flyer for information on how to order.


PTO HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPE
PTO will be holding their Holiday Gift Shoppe on December 14th & 15th.  Students that have library class either of those days will shop during this time.  The rest of the classes have shopping time scheduled in the afternoon.  Please see the attached flyers for details: 


DOUGLAS BOOSTERS SPIRIT WEAR
Your official Douglas Tiger Athletic Gear Store is now open!!  The Douglas Athletic Boosters has opened up a store where Douglas Tigers fans, coaches, and teams can all purchase their gear!  We have Tee Shirts, Sweat Shirts, Flannel Pants, Bags, Accessories, and more!  There are options for Men, Women, and Youth.   


We have selected a variety of options in terms of brands and colors.  You can customize most pieces with a name and number if you choose - it's all up to you!  We will be updating styles from time to time, so make sure to check back for new options!

COACHES & TEAMS - We can accommodate any logo and/or style that you are looking for!  If you are looking to do fan gear or something for your teams, let us know and we can build a program together.

Thanks for your support.  The store link is also posted on our website at www.douglasathleticboosters.org under the Spiritwear tab.

Friday, November 19, 2021

November 19th, 2021

      “The Douglas Public Schools offer diverse learning experiences that meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of all students. We provide a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment in which students may achieve academic success and personal growth. Decisions are made in the best interest of students.” 

I know that the email last Friday from Dr. Vieira about the Covid-19 cluster at the elementary school was disconcerting.  I am happy to report that we have not identified any additional connected positive cases this week so it appears that the cluster has been contained.  I want to give a huge thank you to our school nurses, Mrs. Brundage and Mrs. Tarantino, for all of their hard work identifying close contacts, talking with families, and providing me with guidance so that we could keep our school community safe.  We are truly lucky to have such dedicated nurses!  

Thank you to everyone who attended Parent Teacher Conferences this week.  We had a great turnout!  I hope that you found the time to connect beneficial and please know that we are committed to keeping the lines of communication open between our parents and teachers.  If you ever have questions or concerns for your child's teacher, please don't hesitate to reach out.  

Finally, with the shortened week next week, I will not be sending an update until December 3rd.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it allows us to spend time with family and reflect on the things we are thankful for.  I probably say this each year, but I feel blessed to work in the Douglas community.  We have such amazing families and students along with a talented and passionate staff.  I hope everyone enjoys the much needed break from school next week.  Please see the updates below and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Happy Thanksgiving!  

Mr. Bell


UPCOMING DATES
11/24 Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
11/25 & 11/26 No School...Thanksgiving Break!
11/30 SEPAC Meeting in the Library at 7:00
12/1 1st Term Ends...Report Cards Published 12/8
12/1 School Committee Meeting at the High School at 7:00


SNOWFLAKE DRIVE
A reminder that all donations for the Snowflake Drive need to be turned in by November 22nd.  Please see this Snowflake Drive Flyer for more information on how you can participate.  


TEST & STAY PROGRAM
A reminder that in order for your child to participate in the "Test & Stay" program, you must give your consent using this website: 


If you do not consent to the "Test & Stay" then your child will have to quarantine at home instead if they are identified as a close contact at school.  


PTO WREATH SALES
Please see this Wreath Sale Flyer for information on how to order.  Orders are due ASAP!


CELBRATION GRADUATION CHRISTMAS TREES
Please see this Christmas Tree Sale Flyer for information on how to order.


Friday, November 12, 2021

November 12th, 2021

     “The Douglas Public Schools offer diverse learning experiences that meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of all students. We provide a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment in which students may achieve academic success and personal growth. Decisions are made in the best interest of students.” 

Having a Thursday off of school always makes for a funky week but Veteran's Day is such an important day.  Thank you to all of those that have served or continue to serve our country in order to protect our liberty, freedom, and peace.  

Thank you to everyone who has signed up through CIC for your child to participate in the "Test and Stay" program.  This program allows students who are identified as close contacts to remain in school rather than having to quarantine at home.  In the past, close contacts that have been identified that were not signed up, have been given the opportunity to sign up.  In these cases we are having trouble getting everyone in the system which the state is requiring us to use.  Moving forward, if your child is not signed up in the system, we will not be able to have them participate in "Test and Stay".  Here is the link if you are interested in signing  your child up:


I'm very much looking forward to conferences on Monday and Tuesday.  This is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to connect on how the students are progressing.  Please try to be on time for your scheduled conference since most of the teachers are booked all the way through and getting behind by just a few minutes impacts the entire building's schedule.  Also, if you have not signed up for a time, and would like to, please contact your child's classroom teacher.  We are looking forward to a great few days!  

Please see the updates below and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Mr. Bell


UPCOMING DATES
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
11/17 School Committee Meeting at the High School at 7:00
11/24 Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
11/25 & 11/26 No School...Thanksgiving Break!


BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL
Please do not send your child to school with coffee or other fast food items to eat for breakfast.  Students have the opportunity to get breakfast for free at school or can eat breakfast at home prior to coming.  


SNOWFLAKE DRIVE
We will again be holding the Snowflake Drive this year to help make the holidays special for our Douglas families in need.  Please see this Snowflake Drive Flyer for more information on how you can participate.  


LOST & FOUND
We already have quite the collection of sweatshirts, jackets, and coats in our lost and found.  If your child is missing anything, feel free to stop by to see if we found it.  After parent teacher conferences in a few weeks, we'll donate anything that is still there.  


PROJECT GRADUATION HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE
Please see this Project Graduation Holiday Marketplace Flyer.  The event is from 10:00-4:00 on Saturday.