Friday, February 7, 2020

February 7th, 2020

We had our monthly community meeting on Thursday.  Our band did a wonderful job during their first performance of the year.  We also gave out responsibility awards and learned about flexibility from our 5th graders.  We gave out Douglas Elementary Leadership Awards to three students for organizing our Make-a-Wish collection and we also had a very special guest, Finn, Douglas PDs new therapy dog. 

Speaking of Finn, Mr. Maines sent a note home today (also attached below) with information about Finn's role within the Douglas Public Schools.  Please take a look when you get a chance and let me know if you have any questions. 

Please see the important information below from our PTO.  Tonight we have Candy Bar Bingo from 6:30-7:30 in the cafeteria  and hope to have a wonderful turnout.  Also, order forms for Douglas Day at the Railers are due next Friday, February 14th. 

The next blog post won't be until February 28th due to winter break.  Have a wonderful weekend and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:
February 7 - PTO Bingo Night, 6:30-7:30 in the Cafeteria
February 11 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 in the Library
February 14 - Valentine's Day
                     - Worcester Railers Order Forms Due
February 17-21 - Winter Break...No School
February 17 - President's Day
Week of February 24 - Before School MCAS Prep Classes Begin (see dates on invitation that came home)
February 28 - PTO School Store, 10:30-12:30 in Cafeteria


INFORMATION FROM MR.MAINES REGARDING FINN:



INFORMATION FROM PTO:




Friday, January 31, 2020

January 31st, 2020

It was another great week at the elementary school.  It was nice to be able to get the students outside for recess after a few weeks mostly inside.  We can all use a little fresh air and sunshine from time to time.

Our schedule for MCAS has been set for grades 3-5.  A note will be coming home on Monday (and is attached below) with information about testing.  On Monday, we will also be sending home invitations to select students for before school MCAS preparation classes.  Please make sure to check your child's backpack so that you receive this important information.

We have accumulated quite the collection in our lost and found.  This past week, we displayed everything in our cafeteria during lunch and asked the students to please claim anything that they had misplaced.  We are also asking our parents to take a look for any missing items.  Anything remaining in the lost and found on Friday, February 14th will be donated.

Have a great weekend and as always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:
February 5 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
February 7 - PTO Bingo Night, 6:30-7:30 in the Cafeteria
February 11 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 in the Library
February 14 - Valentine's Day
February 17-21 - Winter Break...No School
February 17 - President's Day
Week of February 24 - Before School MCAS Prep Classes Begin (see dates on invitation that came home)
February 28 - PTO School Store, 10:30-12:30 in Cafeteria






A Message from the Middle School:

Friday, January 17, 2020

January 17th, 2020

It's been a great few weeks at the elementary school.  Lately, we've had a nice break from the winter weather but it looks like the cold and snow are returning.  Hopefully the snow will stick to the weekends so we can have normal weeks of school.  Last week, we enjoyed getting together for our monthly community meeting.  We gave out awards for kindness and learned about our character trait for January, responsibility.

Over the past two weeks, our students completed midyear benchmark testing.  Now our teachers are looking over the data to help them plan their instruction over the next few months.  We are also beginning to put our plan together for the state MCAS assessments.  I will be sending information home soon so that everyone knows the dates that these tests will take place.

Enjoy the long weekend and as always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:
January 17 - Professional Development Day, No School for Students
January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School for Students
January 22 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
January 24 - Progress Reports Available to Parents in iPass/iParent
February 5 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School

Friday, January 3, 2020

January 3rd, 2020

Welcome back!  I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays.  Before break, we had some fun during a Kindness and Character assembly by Joel Warren.  Through music and fun, we heard some great reminders about how to treat others and why we should make good choices.  I was especially impressed with our student participants that rocked out with inflatable guitars and Mrs. Babigian who showed off her dance moves.  Thank you PTO for supporting this event for us!

We also had our first ever Douglas Tiger Choir performance under the direction of Mr. Moniz.  Our 4th and 5th grade choir students have grown so much since the beginning of the year and I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful concert they put on.  A huge thank you to Mr. Moniz for his leadership with this group! 

There is going to be some great learning the next few months of school before MCAS season is upon us once again.  Hopefully we don't have too many days impacted by winter weather!  As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  Happy New Year!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:
January 5 - After School Enrichment Session 2 Begins
January 6 - DPAC Meeting, 7:00-8:00 at the Elementary School
January 8 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
January 14 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 in the Elementary School Library
January 17 - Professional Development Day, No School for Students
January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School for Students
January 22 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
January 24 - Progress Reports Available to Parents in iPass/iParent

Friday, December 6, 2019

December 6th, 2019

Thank you for everyone's flexibility early this week with the two snow days.  I know it is never easy to figure out childcare on these days but we also need to ensure that all staff and students are able to come to school safely.  Our custodians and DPW did a wonderful job of clearing the grounds so that we were ready to go on Wednesday.  Hopefully we don't have too many more cancellations this year!

We had a special guest at our community meeting on Thursday.  Senator Ryan Fattman recognized Abigail Evers, Madelyn Hogan, and Logan Vassar for their work to spread epilepsy awareness around the school in support of one of their classmates.  At the meeting we also gave out awards for students who were nominated for showing thankfulness and our third graders kicked off our December trait, kindness.  We even had a little time for an all school rock, paper, scissors tournament.

I will not send another blog update until after we return from our holiday break.  As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:
December 10-11 - PTO Holiday Shoppe
December 18 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
December 20 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
                      - Douglas Tiger Choir Holiday Concert, 9:30 in the Cafeteria
December 23 - January 1 - Holiday Break...No School
January 2 - Students return from Holiday Break



Friday, November 22, 2019

November 22nd, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended parent teacher conferences this week.  We had a wonderful turnout and hopefully you found them beneficial.  Grade cards for first term will be published in the afternoon of December 3rd and can be accessed from your iPass/iParent portal.  I can't believe we are already a third of the way through the school year!

As we move into the season where weather begins to impact school, we want to make sure that you get notified if there are any changes to our school day.  Mr. Maines will send information utilizing our OneCall system.  If you have not been receiving these notifications this year, please make sure to contact the office so that we can update your information.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:
November 25 - 1st Term Ends
November 27 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
November 28-29 - Thanksgiving Break...No School
December 3 - 1st Term Report Cards Available in iPass
December 4 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
December 10 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 in the Library
December 10-11 - PTO Holiday Shoppe
December 18 - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
December 20 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
                      - Douglas Tiger Choir Holiday Concert, 9:30 in the Cafeteria
December 23 - January 1 - Holiday Break...No School

Friday, November 8, 2019

November 8th, 2019

We had a wonderful community meeting yesterday!  Our students who were nominated by a teacher for showing respect were recognized, our 4th & 5th grade choir made their debut, and our 4th graders kicked off our trait for November, thankfulness.  I always enjoy getting the school community together for some fun!

Wednesday was an eventful day.  A tree fell in front of the school that took down the power lines and blocked the road.  When our generators kicked on, we smelled smoke so evacuated the building.  While we waited for the building to be cleared by the fire department and for power to be restored, we went over to the middle school where we made sure that all students had lunch.  Before dismissal, we were given the all clear to re-enter the building so were able to conduct dismissal like normal.  I want to recognize our amazing staff for how they kept all of our students calm and safe through it all.

Parent-Teacher conferences are two weeks away.  If you have not already scheduled a time with your child's teacher, please make sure to do so.  These are a great opportunity to connect with the classroom teacher about how the year is going and we hope you are able to attend.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:
November 11 - Veteran's Day...No School
November 12 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 in the Library
                       - DPAC Meeting, 7:00 in the Conference Room
November 13 - PTO Breads & Crisps Fundraiser Order Pickup, 4:00-6:00 in the Lobby
November 14 - World Diabetes Day...Wear Blue Spirit Day in Support
November 18-22 - Book Fair (See Information Below)
November 20 - PTO School Store During Lunch
                       - School Committee Meeting, 7:00 at the High School
November 21 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
                       - Parent Teacher Conferences, 5:00-7:30
November 22 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
                       - Parent Teacher Conferences, 12:30-3:00
November 25 - 1st Term Ends
November 27 - Half Day...Dismissal at 11:45
November 28-29 - Thanksgiving Break...No School
December 3 - 1st Term Report Cards Available in iPass

BOOK FAIR INFORMATION


November 6, 2019

Dear Parents-

The numbers don’t lie. Your children love to read! Every week at the library I give the students, what I call book “tastings”. I tell them a little about a book and then read to them parts of one or more chapters of the book to entice them to read more. Books are flying off the shelves. Here are a few of examples: When I read a book from the My Weird School series, we had 17 out of the 22 copies checked out by the end of the week. When I read Wonder, 9 out of the 9 copies we had were checked out by the end of day 1, and those are still being checked out regularly. All 9 of The One and Only Ivan were checked out by the end of day 2...well, you get the idea. These kids love reading.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because from November 18 through November 22, I will be hosting a Follett Book Fair at our library. Attached to this letter, you’ll find a flyer with some of the books that will be offered at our fair. This is a great opportunity for you to support your child’s love of reading as well as to support the Douglas Elementary School library and the school.

You and your children will have several opportunities to shop:
  • Your child can shop during his or her class time the week of November 18 - November 22. This year Follett is giving parents the opportunity to send their kids to the fair without the hassle of cash. The gift card is an easy alternative for you to let your child shop easily and if there is a leftover balance, you can shop online as well. Of course, cash will be accepted as well. Check out this website to buy a gift card (any denomination $10 and over will work) https://www.giftfly.com/shop/follett-book-fairs Be sure to put your child’s name in the notes section so it can be easily identified, if it’s misplaced.

  • You can shop at the fair on your way to, or on your way out of your meeting with your child’s teacher during the evening of November 21st or the afternoon of November 22nd.

  • Don’t forget your child’s classroom! Each teacher will have a wishlist of books she’d like to add to her classroom collection. Find the book she’d like and I’ll be sure to put a book template in the book that says you’ve donated the book to her classroom.
If you are able to help out and volunteer at the fair, please contact me, I’d love your help. As a thank you for your help and time, I can offer you a 20% discount on all items. You can sign up using for a time slot to volunteer by using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ca9ab2fa6ff2-douglas

In the meantime, if you’d like some book recommendations or have any questions for me, please email me at aleibel@douglasps.net. Looking forward to meeting many of you over the next few weeks.
Here’s to many more books read and stories told!

Abby Leibel
Library Paraprofessional