Friday, May 7, 2021

May 7th, 2021

This week was staff appreciation week.  I want to thank our PTO and all of the parents who helped make the staff feel special.  It has certainly been a challenging year for everyone but we have still been able to do some great things due to the awesome partnership Douglas has between the school and our families.  Thanks again for a great week and amazing year!  

MCAS begins this week with 4th and 5th starting on Monday and 3rd grade on Tuesday.  Due to the pandemic, these tests are being given for information purposes only.  We still want our students to do their best so that we get an accurate picture of where we are as a school.  Please help us be successful with this by ensuring that your child gets a good night sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time on the days they test.  Please see this MCAS Dates Document for specifics on the schedule we will be using.  

Please see the updates below and as always, reach out if you have any questions.  Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  

Mr. Bell

DOUGLAS ELEMENTARY TALENT SHOW

We will be having a talent show on Thursday, June 17th at 9:00.  It will be performed live to the other students participating in the show and then live streamed into our classrooms for the rest of the school to enjoy.  If your child would like to participate, we will be holding auditions during music classes May 14th-19th.  For more information, please see this Talent Show Flyer.

POOLED TESTING

Due to MCAS testing the next two Mondays, we will instead by doing our pooled testing at the elementary school on Thursday 5/13 and Thursday 5/20.  If your child is not currently signed up and you would like to participate, please contact Mrs. Brundage at mbrundage@douglasps.net.

HELP THE HOMELESS

The Blackstone Valley Youth Leadership Academy is collecting supplies to help the homeless through Hotel Grace in Worcester.  Please see the attached Help the Homeless Flyer on how to help.  Thank you to Hannah Purvis from the high school for organizing this event for the Douglas Public Schools.  

2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR CLASS PLACEMENT
Over the next few weeks, our teachers will begin the process of creating class lists for next year.  If you would like to provide input in your child's placement for next year, please see this attached Parent Request Document for more information.  

Friday, April 30, 2021

April 30th, 2021

I hope everyone had a restful spring break.  We are now in the final stretch of the school year.  We still have lots to do with MCAS starting in a few weeks and all of our usual end of the year events.  It is also that time that we begin planning for next year.  Over the next few weeks, our teachers will begin the process of creating class lists for next year.  If you would like to provide input in your child's placement for next year, please see this attached Parent Request Document for more information.  

Please see the updates below and as always, reach out if you have any questions.  

Mr. Bell

DOUGLAS ELEMENTARY TALENT SHOW

We will be having a talent show on Thursday, June 17th at 9:00.  It will be performed live to the other students participating in the show and then live streamed into our classrooms for the rest of the school to enjoy.  If your child would like to participate, we will be holding auditions during music classes May 14th-19th.  For more information, please see this Talent Show Flyer.

HELP THE HOMELESS

The Blackstone Valley Youth Leadership Academy is collecting supplies to help the homeless through Hotel Grace in Worcester.  Please see the attached Help the Homeless Flyer on how to help.  Thank you to Hannah Purvis from the high school for organizing this event for the Douglas Public Schools.  

Friday, April 16, 2021

April 16th, 2021

I don't have a lot to share this week.  I hope everyone enjoys their spring break and we look forward to seeing students again on Monday, April 26th as we begin our final push to end the year strong!  Please see the updates below and as always, reach out if you have any questions.  

Mr. Bell

DOUGLAS POLICE & FLUTIE FOUNDATION AUTISM AWARENESS
The Douglas Police Department is selling Autism Awareness Patches for $10 to support the Flutie Foundation.  If you are interested in more information, please see this Flutie Foundation Flyer.  

PARENT PICK UP REMINDERS
I shared these reminders last week but have added a few (in bold) that have come up this week.  Thank you again for your help with these!
  • Please do not block the crosswalks while waiting in the car line
  • Do not start lining up until after 2:05 so that we don't interfere with the middle school dismissal process.  Anyone in line prior to 2:05 will be asked to move.  
  • Have your child load from the passenger side of the car so that they don't need to step into traffic.
  • Pull all the way up so that we can load as many cars as possible.
  • Don't skip looping through the upper parking lot.  
  • If someone different from normal is picking up your child, please notify the office and make sure that they have ID.  
HELP THE HOMELESS
The Blackstone Valley Youth Leadership Academy is collecting supplies to help the homeless through Hotel Grace in Worcester.  Please see the attached Help the Homeless Flyer on how to help.  Thank you to Hannah Purvis from the high school for organizing this event for the Douglas Public Schools.  

Friday, April 9, 2021

April 9th, 2021

In my time serving as the principal at Douglas Elementary, I have taken great pride in the positive learning environment that we have provided for all of our students.  This week we had a situation that occurred between a few of our students where racial comments were made.  While this one instance is not a reflection of the community as a whole, through the conversations I have had with students, parents, and staff surrounding this situation, it is clear that we need to continue to work on building a more inclusive and accepting school community.  As a start, we will be providing discussion topics for our teachers to use during their morning meetings throughout the year.  The first of these will occur on Wednesday, April 14 using this lesson plan.  We know that this one conversation is only the beginning and we hope that you will also join us in having conversations with your children so that together we can ensure that the Douglas community is one that we are ALL proud to be a part of.  

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Please see the updates below and as always, reach out if you have any questions.  

Mr. Bell

DOUGLAS POLICE & FLUTIE FOUNDATION AUTISM AWARENESS
The Douglas Police Department is selling Autism Awareness Patches for $10 to support the Flutie Foundation.  If you are interested in more information, please see this Flutie Foundation Flyer.  

PARENT PICK UP REMINDERS
If you are doing parent pick up, please help us with the following:
  • Do not start lining up until after 2:05 so that we don't interfere with the middle school dismissal process.  Anyone in line prior to 2:05 will be asked to move.  
  • Have your child load from the passenger side of the car so that they don't need to step into traffic.
  • Pull all the way up so that we can load as many cars as possible.
  • Don't skip looping through the upper parking lot.  
  • If someone different from normal is picking up your child, please notify the office and make sure that they have ID.  
WATER BOTTLES
As the weather continues to warm up, please make sure that your child is coming to school each day with a water bottle.  We are not able to use the fountains so this is the only way that they can get a drink during the day other than lunch.  

Thursday, April 1, 2021

April 1st, 2021

The changes we made to our arrival and dismissal procedures really helped things flow better this week.  We have been getting the students in and out in a timely and safe manner which is our goal.  I want to thank all of the staff that assist with drop off and pick up.  We couldn't do it without their organization and teamwork.  If you continue to have any issues, please don't hesitate to reach out.  

Pooled testing will begin on Monday, April 5th at the elementary school for any students that are signed up.  Mrs. Brundage, Mrs. Blessing, and I did a walk through earlier this week to make sure everything was set up.  On Monday morning, we will be going classroom to classroom and pulling a few students at a time into the hall to complete the test.  The students should only be out of class for a few minutes.  Once we get results back, we will notify the parents of any students in a pool that tested positive for next steps.  Please reach out to Mrs. Brundage at mbrundage@douglasps.net if you have any questions.  

I hope everyone has a great long holiday weekend and please let me know if you have any questions.  

Mr. Bell

Friday, March 26, 2021

March 26th, 2021

This week was amazing!  The school felt alive again and it was so neat to see all of the smiling students and staff.  This couldn't have happened without the dedication of all of our staff.  I am excited to see some great learning over the next few months!

I want to thank the parents that have volunteered to help during lunches.  So far we have at least one person each day which really helps!  If you would like to help, we'd love a few more people.  Just send me an email and I'll get you signed up.  

Like I said earlier this week, I appreciate everyone's patience at arrival and dismissal.  We have lots more students riding cars to and from school than ever before and I know the wait has been a little longer than normal.  I met with Mrs. Socha, Dr. Vieira, and the Police Chief on Thursday to discuss our process and we have a few changes that we will be making that will hopefully improve the traffic flow around the campus.  Starting on Monday, March 29th, we will be doing the following:

  • In the mornings, we will start allowing students into the building a few minutes before 8:10.  Students will go to the cafeteria until the bell rings at 8:10 when they will be dismissed to go up to their classrooms.  
  • Parent pickup students will be waiting outside (weather permitting) to speed up our process of loading the cars.  
  • Cars will pull all the way up to the middle school circle drive so that we can load more cars at once.  
  • We will snake the parent pick up car line through the elementary staff parking lot to reduce how far into town the line backs up. 
Please bear with us on Monday as we adjust to these changes.  Hopefully by mid-week, we have traffic flowing quickly through the campus.  Also, our buses are not near capacity so if you would like to switch, simply contact the office.  

We are looking forward to another great week starting on Monday.  Don't forget that there is no school on Friday, April 2nd for Good Friday.  I hope everyone has a great weekend and please let me know if you have any questions.  

Mr. Bell

DHS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY TRIVIA NIGHT
If you like movies like Despicable Me, Shrek, Trolls and Madagascar, then this the zoom for you! The Douglas High School National Honors Society will be hosting a fun Zoom all about movies like these.
There will be trivia, a Kahoot, and more fun movie themed games and stories.

4th and 5th grade:
March 31st 6:30-7:30
RSVP by March 30th using the link below: https://forms.gle/Ti9xufdXitv8vusC7

Monday, March 22, 2021

March 22nd, 2021

What a great first day back!  Just a reminder that I will be holding an elementary parent forum on Wednesday at 6:00 using the Zoom information below.  This will be a chance for me to share how the week is going and hear from parents about any questions or concerns.  

Join Zoom Meeting
https://douglasps-net.zoom.us/j/87447176314?pwd=UXZ2NVFtcys1Y2NXenVMaGhvaHBIUT09

Meeting ID: 874 4717 6314
Password: 058178

Also, I want to thank everyone for their patience with arrival and dismissal.  While there were no major issues, we do know that it was a little slower today than normal.  We have already adjusted a few things and you should see it move quicker each day.  Please see these reminders below to help things run smoothly:

  • While waiting in line to drop off or pick up, please keep to the right.  The left hand lane if for vehicles that are not waiting to pick up or drop off and needs to remain clear.  
  • Please do not park and walk up to the building to pick up or drop off.  The line moves the quickest if parents stay in the car.  
  • Do not block any of the entrances or exits to the parking lots so that cars are able to get in and out if needed.  
We are looking forward to a great rest of the week.  Please reach out if you need anything!  

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