News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

 

We hope that you and your family are able to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. 

Spirit Days

The days leading up to Thanksgiving in school are usually filled with excitement.  While many of our traditions have to change because of the current circumstances, we still want to try to bring some of the spirit to MSMS next week!  Students, whether in person or remote, are encouraged to show their PRIDE and school spirit!

 

Monday, November 23, 2020 MSMS Junior Red Devil Pride, wear your Burlington red, white and blue and show your MSMS PRIDE

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 College Day, wear your favorite collegiate gear or colors!

Next Week’s Schedule

Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 23, 2020

Cohort A Primary Instruction Day (Monday Schedule)

Cohort B Remote Learning Day (Monday Schedule)

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Cohort B Primary Instruction Day (Thursday Schedule)

Cohort A Remote Learning Day (Thursday Schedule)

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Scheduled Early Release Day (all students remote)

Monday, November 30, 2020 School Reopens - Regular Cohort Schedule Resumes

Thanksgiving Break Travel Flowchart

Please review this chart that outlines the district’s plan for students who travel during the pandemic.  While we are not promoting holiday travel, we know it will happen and we want everyone to be on the same page for a safe return to school.

 

BPS Travel school return flow chart

Reporting Absences

We are required to take student attendance every day that school is in session, whether it is an in-person or remote learning day for students.  If your child is not feeling well and will not be participating in remote learning, families are required to call the student absence line to inform the school that they will be absent from remote learning.  The absence reporting line is 781-270-1781 ext. 1.

Pictures

Pictures arrived at the school yesterday and will be distributed to students in the coming days. Families of students who are participating in the fully remote model can pick up their child’s photos any school day between 7 am  and 3 pm.

 

It is our intention to schedule a picture retake day.  Because of the current uptick in positive covid-19 cases and the fact that our photography company is based in New Hampshire, we have decided to hold off on scheduling picture retakes until the conditions improve. 

INTERFACE Referral Service 

While many of us are looking forward to the break, it is important to recognize that the holiday season can bring additional stress and anxiety to children and their families.  The current circumstances, especially with the rising numbers of positive covid-19 cases in our community,  are resulting in many families having to rethink their plans and adding an additional level of stress to families. 

 

The Burlington Public School System in partnership with William James College are collaborating to bring all Burlington residents and public school students a confidential and free service, INTERFACE Referral Service. INTERFACE Referral Service is a Mental Health Resource and Referral Helpline that helps connect residents across the lifespan to outpatient mental health services.

 

INTERFACE Referral Service is a Mental Health Resource and Referral Helpline that helps connect residents across the lifespan to outpatient mental health services. 

 

Please visit our website for more information.

Health and Safety Reminders

As the New England weather begins to become more variable we wanted to send a few reminders out to families. Teachers are encouraged to open windows throughout the day to maximize the fresh air exchange.  Please make sure that your child has a sweatshirt with them, as the open windows do create variable room temperatures.  Also, please make sure your child has an outdoor jacket as well.  We will continue to encourage outdoor mask breaks as long as there is no active precipitation.

Quarter Change

Students began their second quarter allied arts class this week.  Grades for quarter 1 classes will be posted on Aspen on November 23rd. 

Upcoming Coffee Hours 

This year, we will again host Coffee Hours to provide a forum for two way communication.  These regular informal meetings will provide us invaluable feedback about what makes Marshall Simonds great and will assist us in identifying opportunities for growth.  Because of current circumstances, we will be hosting these meetings virtually.  All meetings will begin at 6:00 pm.  Below is a list of upcoming dates and potential topics for Coffee Hours.  Please RSVP here if you would like to attend.  We will email you a link to you the morning of the event.

 

December 3, 2020

January 28, 2021

February 25, 2021

March 25, 2021

April 15, 2021

May 27, 2021

 

School Calendar

Here is our projected schedule change for the week before Winter Break:

 

Winter Break

Monday, December 21, 2020 Cohort A Primary Instruction Day (Tuesday Schedule)

Cohort B Remote Learning Day (Tuesday Schedule)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 Cohort B Primary Instruction Day (Friday Schedule)

Cohort A Remote Learning Day (Friday Schedule)

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Regular Wednesday Schedule (all students remote)

Monday, January 4, 2021 School Reopens - Regular Cohort Schedule Resumes

 

News from our Nurses

Covid-19 reminder

As a reminder, families must complete the Daily Health Screening Checklist for each student every morning to ensure it is safe for them to go to school.  Students who are sent home from school with symptoms will be required to show a negative molecular COVID result prior to returning to in-person classes or remain home for ten days to ensure students are COVID-free. Test results can be emailed to Leigh McGillivray at lmcgillivray@bpsk12.org or Olive Schulze at oschulze@bpsk12.org, or the doctor’s office can fax it to 781-270-1696.

Massachusetts flu immunization reminder

As many of you are aware, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the State of Massachusetts is requiring that all students K-12 receive a flu vaccination which must be completed by December 31, 2020. You may find information from the State of Massachusetts regarding this here. It is clearly stated in the document that this includes ALL students in ANY model of learning in-person OR remote. This is not a Burlington Public Schools District decision and is a new Massachusetts State Mandate.

 

Once your child’s flu vaccination has been completed, please provide documentation via email to Leigh McGillivray at lmcgillivray@bpsk12.org or Olive Schulze at oschulze@bpsk12.org, or the doctor’s office can fax it to 781-270-1696. Thank you to everyone that has already sent in evidence of a flu shot for your child for this season.

Message from the Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC)

The SEPAC is facilitating a family training on "Managing Mental Health during COVID 19."  While SEPAC is hosting, these sessions should appeal to the entire school population with information useful to parents and educators alike.  Sessions are open to all community members. 


The next event is geared towards Middle and High School families and will take place virtually on December 7th.  Please see attached SEPAC Flyer for more information.