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Dolbeare on the Move, June 12, 2017

posted Jun 12, 2017, 5:11 PM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, June 12, 2017
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June Greetings!

Dear Dolbeare Families,

Thank you to all the families who came out for last week's Field Day!  The children had a wonderful time and we were thrilled that the sun came out in time for our picnic lunch.  A special thank you to Jen DeCourcy, Justin Peledge, Tim Johnson and all the PTO volunteers for their efforts to make the day so special.

June is flying by!  We only have two weeks of the 2016-2017 school year left.  Next Sunday, June 18th all parents/guardians will receive an electronic email in the evening with their child's next year's class placement. We kindly remind parents all placement decisions are final. Thank you for honoring the countless hours that teachers put into this important process. On June 19th, students in K-3 will "move up" for an hour to meet their classmates and teacher for next year.  This important tradition eases student anxiety for the following year and builds excitement for the new year.  The last day of school for all K students will be Monday, June 19th (full day).  All students in grades 1-4 will have their last day on Friday, June 23rd.  It will be a half day.

We look forward to celebrating our 4th grade students on Thursday, June 22nd at 1:30pm at our annual Moving On Ceremony in the Dolbeare cafeteria.   

Stay cool and enjoy the sunshine!

Sincerely,
Maureen

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Upcoming Events:
6/12 Slush sale after school to benefit the Rines family
6/12 PTO End of the Year Social 7pm at Harrington's
6/13 Grade 1 Trip to Legoland
6/14 Grade 3 Ms. Cardarelli Dress Up Biography 9am
6/14 Grade 4 Pizza Party
6/15 Grade 4 Field Trip Museum of Science
6/15 Kindergarten Performances 
6/16 Grade 4 Strings Performance 9am
6/19 New Beginnings Day
6/19 Last Day Kindergarten (full day)
6/20-6/22 Kindergarten (2017-2018) Screening
6/22 4th Grade Moving On Ceremony 1:30pm
6/23 Last Day of School Gr. 1-4  (Early release 11:55am)

June 2017 Calendar

June Lunch Menu.pdf




Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


Dolbeare School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our coaches/specialists.  

Mrs. Ripley's website (Literacy Coach)

Check out Mr. Gosselin's website (Digital Learning/Media Specialist) for some great resources for kids, including leveled online texts, coding activities/games and more! Look under "Student Tools".

Music News 

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

PE News - Follow Mr. Hennessey & Mr. Whitman on twitter!
 




Volunteers needed!

 
We are looking for parent volunteers to help organize the library. If you can give an hour or two of your time, please consider helping us with alphabetizing, shelving and general organizing!

Click here to sign up. Thank you in advance!

PTO News

Join us at the end of the year PTO celebration!

Harrington’s Upstairs
17 Water Street, Wakefield
Monday, June 12th 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Appetizers and cash bar
$5 per person 
Questions?  Please contact dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com
 
 

                                      
Fundraiser for the Rines Family 

Monday, June 12 is going to be HOT!

Join us at 2:45pm on the playground for slush at pickup!

     ALL OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE RINES FAMILY
$3 each cup of slush or $5 for 2
Additional donations to the family are also welcome!
Academy students are welcome to bring money to school to join in the slush activities after school.

Slush generously donated by Soc's
                             
Questions? Contact dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com
Thank you.           


                    
               Volunteers Needed 2017-2018 !!


                                      

Like most parent teacher organizations, the Dolbeare PTO is completely run on a volunteer basis. Our goal is to support our children’s educational enrichment and the school's academic needs, while building community through fun events and programs.

We have begun the planning process for next year and we need your help!

Please click this link to volunteer for next year. If you have any questions please email dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com.
        
                                    
 
Calling All Boxtops!

Our final Boxtops contest of the year is underway. Pull out all those Boxtops you have been saving and send them into school. Or start cutting now, it's never too late to help. Boxtops can be sent however is most convenient- envelopes, ziplock baggies, or on collection sheets.  Everyone submitting Boxtops will be entered into a drawing with prizes awarded weekly.  Please remember to include students name to ensure their chance to win. Remember- each Boxtop is 10 cents for our school, help make them add up! Thank you!


   Thank you Family Picnic and Carnival Volunteers! 

  A special thanks to Kara Brown and Mandy Theisen for all their efforts to create such a fun evening despite the raindrops, and thank you to Sharon Wyatt and the Catch the Funk dancers!
                                 
           

Thank you Field Day Volunteers for a great day!

                               
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
            
 

                       


  

Upcoming 4th Grade Events

 
Pizza Party Wednesday June 14 at the West Side Social Club 6-8pm
4th graders will be dropped off and they will be chaperoned by members of the 4th Grade Moving On Committee. The kids will receive and autograph their yearbooks and they will also watch and take home a copy of the 4th Grade Moving On DVD. PLEASE SEND IN YOUR RSVPS FOR THE PIZZA PARTY! The permission slips with additional info can be found HERE.

Field Trip to Museum of Science and Omni Theater June 15th
Remember to return the permission slips.

Moving On Ceremony is confirmed for Thursday June 22 at 1:30pm in cafe/gym
If you would like to help out with the Moving On ceremony, please sign up HERE
 

 


 

 

   District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

   Galvin Middle School's Color-A-Thon

Register Your Student for Galvin's Color-A-Thon!

The Color-A-Thon is Wednesday, June 14th at 6:OOPM. 
The event includes a 1.5 mile walk/run/dance! that will be like a huge, colorful party on the Common!

Please click here for more information.

Dolbeare on the Move, May 22, 2017

posted May 23, 2017, 9:10 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, May 22, 2017
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May Greetings

Dear Dolbeare Families,

We are looking forward to our 3rd annual International Expo this Thursday!  Students in all grades will 'travel the world' by visiting booths in our gym for each of the countries we studied this year: the US, Norway, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Taiwan, Peru, Belgium and the Philippines.   At each booth, students will participate in a learning project- a traditional dance, sport, language activity or cultural experience - to earn a stamp in their passport.  The lucky 4th graders will bring home their passports, while everyone else will bring theirs forward to next year. I would like to thank Emily Fitzgerald and our PTO for their incredible efforts to support this day.  

Also this week, our 4th graders will visit the Galvin for their initial introduction to our middle school.  It is an exciting day for these students as they start to hear more about a typical day at the Galvin.    

Sincerely,
Maureen

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Upcoming Events:
5/23 School Council 8am
5/23 4th Grade visits Galvin
5/24 Student Council 8am
5/25 Dolbeare's International Expo
5/29 No School Memorial Day
5/30 Wear red, white and blue for Memorial Day
 
5/31 Spring Picture Day, 4th grade panoramic photo

May Calendar
May Lunch
Save the Dates:
Kindergarten Orientation 6/1
Last Day Kindergarten 6/19 (full day)
4th Grade Moving on June 22 1:30pm
Last Day of School June 23 (early release)



Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


Dolbeare School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our coaches/specialists.  

Mrs. Ripley's website (Literacy Coach)

Check out Mr. Gosselin's website (Digital Learning/Media Specialist) for some great resources for kids, including leveled online texts, coding activities/games and more! Look under "Student Tools".

Music News 

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

PE News - Follow Mr. Hennessey & Mr. Whitman on twitter!
 


Attention 4th Grade Families:
Our 4th Grade Moving On Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd at 1:30pm at Dolbeare Elementary School.  We look forward to celebrating with you then!

From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                               
Our next meeting is May 24 at 8am.
 

PTO News
 
                                  
 
 

Join us at the end of the year PTO celebration!

Harrington’s Upstairs
17 Water Street, Wakefield
Monday, June 12th 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Appetizers and cash bar
$5 per person
If you are able to attend, please email 
dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com by June 5th and send cash or check, made payable to Dolbeare PTO, into the PTO mailbox in the office.  

Questions?  Please contact dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com

School Nurse Appreciation 
                                                                                            
As many of you know, our beloved school nurse, Mrs. Siebeking, will be retiring at the end of the school year. The PTO is putting together a scrapbook of memories for her as a special thank you for all her years at Dolbeare. Please help us by submitting photos, cards, letters, drawings, etc. for Mrs. Siebeking to the Dolbeare School office labeled PTO Nurse Appreciation or by emailing us at dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com by June 1.
Thank you for your help with this special project!

                  International Expo Volunteers Needed
                                        
We need volunteers to help at Dolbeare's International Expo on May 25. Join us to celebrate the countries our students visited this year at Dolbeare. There are 9 countries the students will visit with their passports. Please use this link to sign up International Expo or email dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com with questions. Thank you!
  
                      Lunch Volunteers Needed!!
                                      
We are looking for cafeteria volunteers for May and June. We need the most help on Tuesdays, but any help is welcome. Please let us know if you are interested by emailing dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com.
                                        
 
Calling All Boxtops!

Our final Boxtops contest of the year has started. Pull out all those Boxtops you have been saving and send them into school. Or start cutting now, it's never too late to help. Boxtops can be sent however is most convenient- envelopes, ziplock baggies, or on collection sheets.   Everyone submitting Boxtops will be entered into a drawing with prizes awarded weekly.  Please remember to include students name to ensure their chance to win. Remember- each Boxtop is 10 cents for our school, help make them add up! Thank you!

Family Picnic and Carnival June 5

                                                      

Join us Monday June 5th from 6-8pm on the playground and fields behind Dolbeare. Bring a picnic, chairs, blanket and join the fun.  There will be a DJ, ice cream truck and carnival with prizes. Games are 4/$1 and tickets are purchased at the event. We need volunteers to help with the carnival stations. Historically we have Dolbeare alums help out along with parents. Please sign up here to help at the Family Picnic.
No raindate, we party rain or shine. Thanks!

Date: 06/05/2017 (Mon.)

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Dolbeare Playground and Fields


Field Day June 7

                                  
                                         

Please help make our 2017 Field Day a success!  Lots of volunteers are needed for this event. There are 2 volunteers per classroom that stay with the class the entire time as well as 2 volunteers per station. Please sign up here. Questions? Contact dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com. Raindate is June 16. Thanks!

Date: 06/07/2017 (Wed.)
Time: 8:45am - 11:45am
Location: Dolbeare Playground and Fields
 
  

Upcoming 4th Grade Events

 
Pizza Party Wednesday June 14 at the West Side Social Club 6-8pm
4th graders will be dropped off and they will be chaperoned by members of the 4th Grade Moving On Committee. The kids will receive and autograph their yearbooks and they will also watch and take home a copy of the 4th Grade Moving On DVD. More details and sign up information to follow...

Field Trip to Museum of Science and Omni Theater June 15th
Remember to return the permission slips that went home last week.

Moving On Ceremony is confirmed for Thursday June 22 at 1:30pm
More details about the ceremony to follow as well. 
 

                              

It's Time To Order Your Yearbooks!
Order forms have been sent home or you can print them HEREALLstudents from EVERY grade are featured in the yearbook so order your keepsake today! It is a 52-page all color hard cover book filled with photos and memories your child will enjoy looking at for years to come. Books are $30. Please send in the order form with cash or check made out to Dolbeare PTO or use this PayPal Link to pay online. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund


 
From the Wakefield Public Schools
                                    
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!

 

 

   District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.
 



   Galvin Middle School's Color-A-Thon

Register Your Student for Galvin's Color-A-Thon!

May 24th is the advance registration deadline for June 14th's Color-A-Thon. 

With this advance registration, you get the Color-A-Thon pack of goodies!!

The Color-A-Thon is Wednesday, June 14th at 6:OOPM. 

The event includes a 1.5 mile walk/run/dance! that will be like a huge, colorful party on the Common!

Please click here for more information.



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posted May 17, 2017, 7:13 PM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, May 15, 2017
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May Greetings

Dear Dolbeare Families,
 
I hope all our Dolbeare moms had a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend!  Many of our children were excited last week to share their poems, cards and gifts with you.  I want to also thank you for all you do each and every day for your children.  Your tireless efforts make all the difference in the lives of our little ones. 

I had a fantastic time traveling into the future with our students last week at Futuristic Friday.  We went forward to 2035 and imagined what transportation, communication and learning will be like at that point in time.  I was so engaged with the students I forgot to take pictures!  I will try to capture some of our moments this Friday at our final sessions and post them to our Twitter feed.  I would like to send out a special thanks to Jen DeCourcy for partnering with me to bring this special event to our students. 

We have a busy week ahead of us.  On Monday and Tuesday, our 3rd & 4th graders will take the MCAS math assessment. Wednesday will be a half day for all students, with dismissal at 11:55am.  Teachers will spend the afternoon with colleagues across the district in the WPS 5-part series on meeting diverse learners' needs.  Finally, on Friday, we will have a fire drill. The Wakefield Public Police will join us for the drill.  
 
The warm weather is coming... Have a wonderful week!  

Sincerely,
Maureen

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Upcoming Events:
5/15 Celtics Spirit Day
5/15 and 5/16 MCAS Math Grade 3 and 4
5/17 Early Dismissal 11:55am
5/17 Special Education Panel Discussion, Galvin Middle School 7pm
5/18 Red Sox Spirit Day
5/19 Futuristic Friday
5/20 PTO Parent Night Out
5/23 School Council 8am
5/23 4th Grade visits Galvin
5/24 Student Council 8am
5/25 Dolbeare's International Expo
5/29 No School Memorial Day
5/30 Wear red, white and blue for Memorial Day
 
5/31 Spring Picture Day, 4th grade panoramic photo

May Calendar
May Lunch
Save the Dates:
Kindergarten Orientation 6/1
Last Day Kindergarten 6/19 (full day)
4th Grade Moving on June 22 1:30pm
Last Day of School June 23 (early release)



Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


Dolbeare School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our coaches/specialists.  

Mrs. Ripley's website (Literacy Coach)

Check out Mr. Gosselin's website (Digital Learning/Media Specialist) for some great resources for kids, including leveled online texts, coding activities/games and more! Look under "Student Tools".

Music News 

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

PE News - Follow Mr. Hennessey & Mr. Whitman on twitter!
 


Attention 4th Grade Families:
Our 4th Grade Moving On Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd at 1:30pm at Dolbeare Elementary School.  We look forward to celebrating with you then!

From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  
 

Hello Dolbeare Families,

Thank you to everyone for supporting Crayon Initiative!


                                
 
PTO News
 
                                                
Thank you to all who joined us for our last meeting. All are invited to attend the Dolbeare School Parent-Teacher Social on Monday June 12 at Harrington's!     

School Nurse Appreciation 
                                                                                            
As many of you know, our beloved school nurse, Mrs. Siebeking, will be retiring at the end of the school year. The PTO is putting together a scrapbook of memories for her as a special thank you for all her years at Dolbeare. Please help us by submitting photos, cards, letters, drawings, etc. for Mrs. Siebeking to the Dolbeare School office labeled PTO Nurse Appreciation or by emailing us at dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com by June 1.
Thank you for your help with this special project!
 

                      Save the Date! PTO Night Out May 20

                          

Please plan to join us for a fun night out to enjoy the Herland Brothers play at the Scoreboard in Woburn on May 20!
   
                  International Expo Volunteers Needed
                                        
We need volunteers to help at Dolbeare's International Expo on May 25. Join us to celebrate the countries our students visited this year at Dolbeare. There are 9 countries the students will visit with their passports. Please use this link to sign up International Expo or email dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com with questions. Thank you!
  
                      Lunch Volunteers Needed!!
                                      
We are looking for cafetria volunteers for May and June. We need the most help on Tuesdays, but any help is welcome. Please let us know if you are interested by emailing dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com.
                                        
 
Calling All Boxtops!

Our final Boxtops contest for this year starts today. Pull out all those Boxtops you have been saving and send them into school. Or start cutting now, it's never too late to help. Boxtops can be sent however is most convenient- envelopes, ziplock baggies, or on collection sheets.   Everyone submitting Boxtops will be entered into a drawing with prizes awarded weekly.  Please remember to include students name to ensure their chance to win. Remember- each Boxtop is 10 cents for our school, help make them add up! Thank you!

Family Picnic and Carnival June 5

                                                      

Join us Monday June 5th from 6-8pm on the playground and fields behind Dolbeare. Bring a picnic, chairs, blanket and join the fun.  There will be a DJ, ice cream truck and carnival with prizes. Games are 4/$1 and tickets are purchased at the event. We need volunteers to help with the carnival stations. Historically we have Dolbeare alums help out along with parents. Please sign up here to help at the Family Picnic.
No raindate, we party rain or shine. Thanks!

Date: 06/05/2017 (Mon.)

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Dolbeare Playground and Fields


Field Day June 7

                                  
                                         

Please help make our 2017 Field Day a success!  Lots of volunteers are needed for this event. There are 2 volunteers per classroom that stay with the class the entire time as well as 2 volunteers per station. Please sign up here. Questions? Contact dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com. Raindate is June 16. Thanks!

Date: 06/07/2017 (Wed.)
Time: 8:45am - 11:45am
Location: Dolbeare Playground and Fields
 
  

Upcoming 4th Grade Events

 
Pizza Party Wednesday June 14 at the West Side Social Club 6-8pm
4th graders will be dropped off and they will be chaperoned by members of the 4th Grade Moving On Committee. The kids will receive and autograph their yearbooks and they will also watch and take home a copy of the 4th Grade Moving On DVD. More details and sign up information to follow...

Field Trip to Museum of Science and Omni Theater June 15th
Remember to return the permission slips that went home last week.

Moving On Ceremony is confirmed for Thursday June 22 at 1:30pm
More details about the ceremony to follow as well. 
 

                              

It's Time To Order Your Yearbooks!
Order forms have been sent home or you can print them HEREALLstudents from EVERY grade are featured in the yearbook so order your keepsake today! It is a 52-page all color hard cover book filled with photos and memories your child will enjoy looking at for years to come. Books are $30. Please send in the order form with cash or check made out to Dolbeare PTO or use this PayPal Link to pay online. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund


 
From the Wakefield Public Schools
                                    
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!

 

 

   District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.
                        



From the SEPAC:



Greetings! 
 
The Wakefield Special Education Parent Advisory Council is pleased to welcome a Panel of Experts next Wednesday night. This panel comprised of an Advocate, an Attorney, a Neuropsychologist and the Wakefield Special Education Director is a great opportunity to learn about each of their roles and their views on special education. A virtual look at special education and resources through their lenses. 
 
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2018 at 7pm
Where: Galvin Middle School, Project Room 117
 
Meet the Panel
Sue Terzakis—the Advocate 
Sue is the Director and owner of Educational Advocacy Solutions and has over 15 years of experience advocating for children with special education needs in Massachusetts. She helps families of children who are struggling in school and not receiving appropriate services.  Learn more.

Laura Gillis, Esq.—the Attorney
Laura E. Gillis is the principal attorney at Gillis Law, LLC. representing students with disabilities and their parents in educational matter.  Attorney Gillis provides IEP review and feedback, attends TEAM meetings, negotiates out of district placements and changes of placement, addresses discipline issues, and represents parents at all stages of the mediation and administrative due hearing process.  Learn more.
Kira Armstrong, Ph.D.—the Neuropsychologist
Kira Armstrong, PhD, ABPP-CN is a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist who completed her Ph.D. at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She also completed an internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Armstrong has been actively involved in both state and national neuropsychological associations, and co-wrote 2 books relating to neuropsychology. 
Lyn O’Neil—the Special Education Director
Comes from a family of educators and has been in education for 23 years, has served in a multitude of positions from both special and general education teacher roles, department head of special education in a middle/high school setting to the Administrator of Special Education and Student Services for Wakefield Public Schools. Lyn has worked for Lawrence Public Schools, Georgetown Public Schools and Melrose Public Schools before coming to Wakefield.
A PDF and JPEG flyer is attached – please share with folks that may be interested. Please RSVP by emailing wakefieldsepac@gmail.com. Look forward to seeing you there!



                 Galvin Middle School's Color-A-Thon

Register Your Student for Galvin's Color-A-Thon!

May 24th is the advance registration deadline for June 14th's Color-A-Thon. 

With this advance registration, you get the Color-A-Thon pack of goodies!!

The Color-A-Thon is Wednesday, June 14th at 6:OOPM. 

The event includes a 1.5 mile walk/run/dance! that will be like a huge, colorful party on the Common!

Please click here for more information.



Dolbeare on the Move, May 8, 2017

posted May 8, 2017, 2:45 PM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, May 8, 2017
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Spring Greetings

Dear Dolbeare Families,
 
Happy Monday!  This week, we will have our second annual Futuristic Friday. This event exposes students to current technology advancements and encourages them to imagine and create.  This year, we will run sessions across two Fridays (this week and next week) and students will explore transportation, communication and learning of the future. Included in our showcase this year will be driverless cars, digital glass and holograms. We hope the sessions will again inspire our learners to dream big and may ultimately spark a new idea in one of our very own future scientists or innovators.  We are proud to provide our students with this exploration at Dolbeare.     
 
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at this Wednesday evening’s PTO Meeting. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.
 
Warm regards,
Maureen

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Follow @DolbeareSchool on Twitter

Upcoming Events:
5/8-5/12 Crayon Recycling Drive
5/10 Student Council 8am
5/10 PTO Meeting 7:30pm Harrington's
5/12 & 5/19 Futuristic Fridays
5/15 Celtics Spirit Day
5/15 and 5/16 MCAS Math Grade 3 and 4
5/17 Early Dismissal 11:55am
5/18 Red Sox Spirit Day
5/20 PTO Parent Night Out
5/23 School Council 8am
5/23 4th Grade visits Galvin
5/24 Student Council 8am
5/25 Dolbeare's International Expo
5/29 No School Memorial Day
5/30 Wear red, white and blue for Memorial Day
 
5/31 Spring Picture Day, 4th grade panoramic photo

May Calendar
May Lunch
Save the Date:
4th Grade Moving on June 22 1:30pm



Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


From the Wakefield Public Schools
                                    
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!


Dolbeare School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our coaches/specialists.  

Mrs. Ripley's website (Literacy Coach)

Check out Mr. Gosselin's website (Digital Learning/Media Specialist) for some great resources for kids, including leveled online texts, coding activities/games and more! Look under "Student Tools".

Music News 

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

PE News - Follow Mr. Hennessey & Mr. Whitman on twitter!
 


Attention 4th Grade Families:
Our 4th Grade Moving On Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd at 1:30pm at Dolbeare Elementary School.  We look forward to celebrating with you then!

From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  
 

Hello Dolbeare Families,

Did you know that sixty tons of crayons are made everyday?  So, we are doing the Crayon Initiative. We will use old crayons and melt them into new crayons.  Instead of throwing out crayons that are poisonous to our environment, recycle them to give to children without crayons.  Crayons that are used can be put in crayon boxes at doors 1 and 4.  Boxes will be up on May 8th through May 12th.  Next time you want to throw out crayons, remember, there is another option.

- Dolbeare Student Council


                                 
Our next Student Council meeting is Wednesday, May 10 at 8 am.
 
PTO News
 
                                               
Our next meeting will be May 10 at 7:30pm at Harrington's. Please join us!        

School Nurse Appreciation 
                                                                                            
As many of you know, our beloved school nurse, Mrs. Siebeking, will be retiring at the end of the school year. The PTO is putting together a scrapbook of memories for her as a special thank you for all her years at Dolbeare. Please help us by submitting photos, cards, letters, drawings, etc. for Mrs. Siebeking to the Dolbeare School office labeled PTO Nurse Appreciation or by emailing us at dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com by June 1.
Thank you for your help with this special project!
 
Walk to School


We had a very successful Walk to School Day with 82% of the school students walking. Thank you to Emily Fitzgerald for coordinating this special day and to everyone who supported the students!

                      Save the Date! PTO Night Out May 20

                          

Please plan to join us for a fun night out to enjoy the Herland Brothers play at the Scoreboard in Woburn on May 20!
   
                  International Expo Volunteers Needed
                                        
We need volunteers to help at Dolbeare's International Expo on May 25. Join us to celebrate the countries our students visited this year at Dolbeare. There are 9 countries the students will visit with their passports. Please use this link to sign up International Expo or email dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com with questions. Thank you!
  
                              Volunteers Needed!!
                                      
We are looking for volunteers for 2017-2018 to coordinate Dolbeare field trip t-shirts and to help plan and organize the Dolbeare Halloween Party. Please let us know if you are interested in either one of these opportunities by emailing dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com.
 
  

Upcoming 4th Grade Events

 
Pizza Party Wednesday June 14 at the West Side Social Club 6-8pm
4th graders will be dropped off and they will be chaperoned by members of the 4th Grade Moving On Committee. The kids will receive and autograph their yearbooks and they will also watch and take home a copy of the 4th Grade Moving On DVD. More details and sign up information to follow...

Field Trip to Museum of Science and Omni Theater June 15th
Remember to return the permission slips that went home last week.

Moving On Ceremony is confirmed for Thursday June 22 at 1:30pm
More details about the ceremony to follow as well. 

                              

It's Time To Order Your Yearbooks!
Order forms have been sent home or you can print them HEREALLstudents from EVERY grade are featured in the yearbook so order your keepsake today! It is a 52-page all color hard cover book filled with photos and memories your child will enjoy looking at for years to come. Books are $30. Please send in the order form with cash or check made out to Dolbeare PTO or use this PayPal Link to pay online. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund


 

 

   District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

                 Galvin Middle School's Color-A-Thon

Register Your Student for Galvin's Color-A-Thon!

May 24th is the advance registration deadline for June 14th's Color-A-Thon. 

With this advance registration, you get the Color-A-Thon pack of goodies!!

The Color-A-Thon is Wednesday, June 14th at 6:OOPM. 

The event includes a 1.5 mile walk/run/dance! that will be like a huge, colorful party on the Common!

Please click here for more information.



Dobeare on the Move, April 3, 2017

posted Apr 9, 2017, 4:19 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, April 3, 2017
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April Greetings

Dear Dolbeare Families,

This Tuesday evening WEF will continue its annual tradition of recognizing students, parents and staff in the Wakefield Public Schools at a Celebration of Learning ceremony.  The event, which is at 6:30pm at the Galvin, is open to our entire community.  We are honored this year to recognize the following distinguished individuals:

Students:
Henry Brown                
Owen Brudnick              
Rachel Caplin
Neve Fitzgerald            
Cooper Gaudette          
Alaina Hansen
Monica O’Brien            
Brody Wyatt                 

Staff:
Samantha Freeman
Courtney Leahy

Volunteers:
Maureen Marley McCarthy
Sharon Wyatt

The efforts of these students, staff and volunteers to model excellence through their actions and words make a difference in our Dolbeare.  I am looking forward to speaking about each one during this special ceremony.  

Sincerely,
Maureen Hughes


 

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Upcoming Events:
4/3 Red Sox Spirit Day
4/4 Celebration of Learning 6:30pm
4/5 Early Release 11:55am Parent/Teacher Conferences
4/6 Parent Teacher Conferences 5-7pm
4/7 Wakefield Public Schools International Night
4/10 PTO Meeting at Dolbeare 7:30pm
4/10-4/13 AUTHORFEST
4/11 Visual and Performing Arts Day
4/12 Student Council 8am
4/13 Grades K and 2 Field Trip Miss Nelson is Missing
4/14 No School Good Friday
4/17-4/21 No School Spring Vacation
4/25 Celtics Spirit Day 
4/25 Scholastic Book Fair
4/25 BOKS begins
4/26 Student Council 8am
4/26 Early Release 11:55am

Authorfest:
Classroom Writing Celebrations!
Kindergarten: Weds~4/12: 2:10-2:40pm
Grade 1: Weds~4/12: 9-9:30am 
Grade 2: Tues~4/11: 2:00-2:30pm
Grade 3: Thurs~4/13: 9:00-9:30am 
Grade 4: Weds~4/12: 1:30-2:00pm


April Calendar
April Lunch



Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our coaches/specialists.  

Mrs. Ripley's website (Literacy Coach)

Mr. Gosselin's website (Digital Learning/Media Specialist)

Music News 

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

PE News - Follow Mr. Hennessey & Mr. Whitman on twitter!
- Conference Schedules: Mr. Whitman will be available at Dolbeare for all 3 conference days. Mr. Hennessey will be available at Dolbeare on 4/6.

WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!

 

From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  
Student Council has new upcoming events...
  • Earth day projects
  • There is an upcoming event for donating crayons called Crayon Initiative. You can donate crayons you don't use anymore or crayons you get from restaurants. Also be on the lookout for videos that will tell you more about this event.
  • We will help out with the International Expo
Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 12 at 8 am.

 
                                     Author Fest is Coming!

                                     

                                     

                                     
 
We are very excited to kick off our third annual Author Fest at Dolbeare this year from April 10-13. Author Fest is a week long event that provides our students the opportunity to bring literature to life!  We are fortunate enough to bring author Brian Lies ("Bats on the Beach", "Finklehopper Frog"), author/illustrator Scott Magoon ("Mystery Ride!", "Mostly Monastery", "I Will Not Eat You") and non-fiction author Judith Jango-Cohen ("Your Respiratory System", "Real-Life Sea Monsters", "Ellis Island") to our school.  Their workshops will inspire the children to create their own art and stories, while encouraging literacy/writing concepts including writing narratives, development and organization of a story and publishing their own writing.  Along with author visits, we will also host Writing Celebrations in the classrooms and a Red Carpet Parade where the students will dress up as their favorite character from literature!  Author Fest exposes our children to authors who will help instill a lifetime love of literacy!  

Classroom Writing Celebrations!

Kindergarten: Weds~4/12: 2:10-2:40pm
Grade 1: Weds~4/12: 9-9:30am 
Grade 2: Tues~4/11: 2:00-2:30pm
Grade 3: Thurs~4/13: 9:00-9:30am 
Grade 4: Weds~4/12: 1:30-2:00pm

Get Your Books!
The students of Dolbeare will each get to experience two author/illustrators per grade. Judith Jango-Cohen will be our all school presenter this year.  Brian Lies will be visiting Grades 2, 3, and 4 and Scott Magoon will be visiting Kindergarten and Grade 1.

Judith Jango-Cohen has provided us with an easy way to purchase her books.  If you would like to order any of her books for her to sign, please print this form and send it in along with a check made out to Dolbeare PTO by Friday April 7th.  She will bring the books with her when she presents on 4/12. 

If you would like to purchase any Brian Lies or Scott Magoon titles through Amazon or a local bookstore, your child can bring them in to be signed the day of the presentation. 

Here is a list of their titles: 

To order any of the following Brian Lies titles via Amazon, use this link.
Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame, Bats in the Band, More, Malcolm at Midnight, Popcorn, Finklehopper Frog, Gator Dad, Deep in the Swamp, Finklehopper Frog Cheers, Lucky Duck, Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite, Hamlet and the Magnificent Sandcastle.

To order any of the following Scott Magoon titles via Amazon, use this link.
The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!, Breathe, Spoon, I Will Not Eat You, Chopsticks, Big Mean Mike, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House, If Waffles Were Like Boys, Ugly Fish, Mostly Monsterly, The Nuts Keep Rolling! The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants, Granny Gomez and Jigsaw, Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating, Otto: The Boy Who Loved Cars, The Knights Before Christmas, Otto Grows Down, Mystery Ride,  Hugo and Miles In I’ve Painted Everything! 

If you have any questions, please email Shauna at shaun111@verizon.net


 

    PTO News

       
                                               
Our next meeting will be Monday, April 10
Dolbeare Learning Commons, 7:30pm

 
                             Kindergarten Tide Pool Visit

                     
                    
                 
               
  Thank you for supporting our Enrichment programs!
 

                              Help Plan the Spring Fun!
                                                

If any parent volunteers would like to help with organizing Dolbeare's field day or family picnic please contact us at dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com  Thank you!
   

                 Dolbeare International Expo Volunteers Needed

                             
                    


We need ten volunteers to make posters representing the 10 countries the students have studied this year, poster board will be provided and first come first served with country picks, contact Emily Fitzgerald for details or email dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com.

                            
                     Science Volunteers Needed!

                 
                          
Have you used a driverless car? Can you outsmart Siri and Alexa? If so, we are looking for your volunteer help. Please contact the dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com if you are a science expert interested in helping our students love science!
 
                           DAB WITH DUNCAN!
                    DONATE A BOOK

                            
Thanks to all the families who have donated books so far!
If you would like to DAB (Donate A Book) with Duncan, please click here
for the link. 

Please have books delivered to the school at 340 Lowell Street to the attention of the PTO and if you would like the book to include a dedication just note that on the gift message on Amazon. 


 
  

              

                              

It's Time To Order Your Yearbooks!
Order forms have been sent home or you can print them HEREALLstudents from EVERY grade are featured in the yearbook so order your keepsake today! It is a 52-page all color hard cover book filled with photos and memories your child will enjoy looking at for years to come. Books are $30. Please send in the order form with cash or check made out to Dolbeare PTO or use this PayPal Link to pay online. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund



International Night




The district is celebrating International Night on Friday, April 7th at the Galvin Middle School from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Last year we had some Wakefield families who participated by having their own table where they exhibited their heritage either with food and/or artifacts. We look forward to seeing more and more families from both Boston and Wakefield at this district event.  
Thanks for your support.


Participation Sheet

 
From the Community:

WCNA Egg Hunt Saturday April 8, 10am
Wakefield Common near the Bandstand
 
Walton Facilities Project Information

The Walton Facilities Project is looking for community support at Town Meeting on May 1st. Please see flyer below for more information.

Walton_Facilities Project
                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

Dolbeare on the Move, March 27, 2017

posted Apr 1, 2017, 1:10 PM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, March 27, 2017
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Spring Greetings

Dear Dolbeare Families,

We look forward to seeing many of you this week and next week for our spring parent conferences.  Conferences will be conducted during the afternoons of March 29th and April 5th as well as the evening of April 6th.  

On Friday morning March 31st our students will be greeted with “High Fives” by several officers from the Wakefield Police Department at drop off and pick up. This collaboration between our schools and police department is an important way to build and support a strong community. 

Also this week: our School Committee will host a public hearing on the 2017-2018 budget.  This will be on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the WCAT studio. The School Committee will vote on the budget on April 11.  

Sincerely,
Maureen Hughes


 

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Upcoming Events:
3/29 Student Council 8am
3/29 4th grade LAD 9am
3/29 Early Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences
3/31 High Five Friday

March Calendar
March Lunch

Coming soon: 
4/4 WEF Celebration of Learning 
4/7 Wakefield Public Schools International Night
4/10 - 4/14 Authorfest 



Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our coaches/specialists.  

Mrs. Ripley's website (Literacy Coach)

Mr. Gosselin's website (Digital Learning/Media Specialist)

Music News 

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

PE News - Follow Mr. Hennessey & Mr. Whitman on twitter!
- Conference Schedules: Mr. Whitman will be available at Dolbeare for all 3 conference days. Mr. Hennessey will be available at Dolbeare on 3/29 & 4/6.

WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!

 

From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  
Student Council has new upcoming events...
  • Earth day projects
  • There is an upcoming event for donating crayons called Crayon Initiative. You can donate crayons you don't use anymore or crayons you get from restaurants. Also be on the lookout for videos that will tell you more about this event.
  • We will help out with the International Expo
Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 29 at 8 am.

 
                                             HIGH FIVE FRIDAY
                                              

This coming Friday, March 31st will be our first "High Five" day. It is a celebration of the partnership between the Wakefield Police and the Wakefield Public Schools. A few police officers will be at our doors at drop off and pick up to give students a "high five" and wish them a great day.

 
                                                Author Fest

                                     

                                     

                                     
 We are very excited to kick off our third annual Author Fest at Dolbeare this year from April 10-14.
Author Fest is a week long event that provides our students the opportunity to bring literature to life!  We are fortunate enough to bring author Brian Lies ("Bats on the Beach", "Finklehopper Frog"), author/illustrator Scott Magoon ("Mystery Ride!", "Mostly Monastery", "I Will Not Eat You") and non-fiction author Judith Jango-Cohen ("Your Respiratory System", "Real-Life Sea Monsters", "Ellis Island") to our school.  Their workshops will inspire the children to create their own art and stories, while encouraging literacy/writing concepts including writing narratives, development and organization of a story and publishing their own writing.  Along with author visits, we will also host Writing Celebrations in the classrooms and a Red Carpet Parade where the students will dress up as their favorite character from literature!  Author Fest 
exposes our children to authors who will help instill a lifetime love of literacy!  

 

    PTO News

       
                                               
                 Thank you for joining us at our March 10th meeting!
            Our next meeting will be Monday, April 10 at Harrington's, 7:30pm
                             Help Plan the Spring Fun!
                                                

If any parent volunteers would like to help with organizing Dolbeare's field day or family picnic please contact us at dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com    Thank you!
               
              Thank you for supporting
           Duncan's Dolbeare Dash!

                             

Dolbeare parents!

Thank you so much for participating in this year’s Duncan's Dolbeare Dash Fun Run at Dolbeare Elementary! As of right now, we have collected 91% of what was pledged. That is great! But there is still 9% in outstanding pledges.  


Please help us reach our 100% collection goal! The second Due Date for pledges is Tuesday 3/28/2017. Checks can be written to the Dolbeare PTO. Pledges can be turned into your student’s teacher or into the front office. Also, sponsors are able to pay online if an email address was entered at the time of the pledge. 
 

Thank you again for all you’ve done to make this a fun, successful program!


Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you!

 

Serving Schools,

Allyson Gordon
allysong@boosterthon.com

                 Dolbeare International Expo Volunteers Needed

                             
                    


We need ten volunteers to make posters representing the 10 countries the students have studied this year, poster board will be provided and first come first served with country picks, contact Emily Fitzgerald for details or email dolbaereschoolpto@gmail.com.

                            
                 Science Volunteers Needed!

                 
                          
Have you used a driverless car? Can you outsmart Siri and Alexa? If so, we are looking for your volunteer help. Please contact the DolbeareSchoolPTO@gmail.com if you are a science expert interested in helping our students love science!
 
                           DAB WITH DUNCAN!
                    DONATE A BOOK

                            
Thanks to all the families who have donated books so far!
If you would like to DAB (Donate A Book) with Duncan, please click here
for the link. 

Please have books delivered to the school at 340 Lowell Street to the attention of the PTO and if you would like the book to include a dedication just note that on the gift message on Amazon. 


 
  

              

                              

It's Time To Order Your Yearbooks!
Order forms have been sent home or you can print them HEREALLstudents from EVERY grade are featured in the yearbook so order your keepsake today! It is a 52-page all color hard cover book filled with photos and memories your child will enjoy looking at for years to come.
Orders placed by 3/31 are $27 per book. The cost of the book goes up to $30 after April 1. 
Please send in the order form with cash or check made out to Dolbeare PTO or use this PayPal Link to pay online. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund



International Night




Once again, the district is celebrating International Night on Friday, April 7th at the Galvin Middle School from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  Last year we had some Wakefield families who participated by having their own table where they exhibited their heritage either with food and/or artifacts.  We look forward to more and more families from both Boston and Wakefield to participate in this district event.  


Thanks for your support.

Participation Sheet



Our second session of BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) will be starting next month! The early morning program will run for six Tuesday and Thursday mornings from April 24 to June 2. The program brings children together before school to teach new skills, play fun games and learn a bit about nutrition too! We are looking for 3 parents who can help Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:30 am. All you need is to complete a CORI form and be ready to have some fun. The number of parent volunteers we have directly impacts the number of kids that can participate, so please consider us by April 1. We can be reached at DolbeareBOKS@gmail.com. Thank you!   
From the Community:

WCNA Egg Hunt Saturday April 8, 10am
Wakefield Common near the Bandstand
 
Walton Facilities Project Information
The Walton Facilitiesl Project is looking for community supoprt at Town Meeting on May 1st. Please see flyer below for more information.

Walton_Facilities Project
 

                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

Dolbeare on the Move, March 20, 2017

posted Mar 20, 2017, 9:22 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, March 20, 2017
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Dear Dolbeare Families,

Thank you to everyone who gave pledges to our students for our first Duncan's Dolbeare Dash!  The PTO fundraiser was a huge success and our children had a wonderful time running laps and learning during the character lessons.  View our tweets on Twitter or on our website to learn more!  

In the coming weeks, we will begin our placement process for the 2017-2018 school year.  For families are who unfamiliar with our placement process, it is a team effort involving considerable time and care as we weigh various factors including balanced gender classrooms, class size, social dynamics, student abilities, academic needs and learning styles.  We welcome parent input in our process and while we cannot honor any requests for a particular teacher we appreciate you taking time to fill out a Learner Characteristics Form.  This form will be sent directly from our main office in the coming week and will allow you to describe your child as a learner.   We appreciate you taking the time to fill this out and for honoring the incredible work that our entire staff undertakes annually so that we can create well-balanced classrooms for our students.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,
Maureen Hughes


 

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Follow @DolbeareSchool on Twitter

Upcoming Events:
3/21 Galvin Visits Grade 4
3/22 Celtics Spirit Day
3/23 Grade 4 concert at Galvin Middle School 7pm
3/29 Student Council 8am
3/29 4th grade LAD 9am
3/29 Early Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences 


March Calendar
March Lunch


Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our coaches/specialists.  

Mrs. Ripley's website (Literacy Coach)

Mr. Gosselin's website (Digital Learning/Media Specialist)

Music News 

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

PE News

WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!

 

From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  
Student Council has new upcoming events...
  • Earth day projects
  • There is an upcoming event for donating crayons called Crayon Initiative. You can donate crayons you don't use anymore or crayons you get from restaurants. Also be on the lookout for videos that will tell you more about this event.
  • We will help out with the International Expo
Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 29 at 8 am.

 

    PTO News

       
                                               
                 Thank you for joining us at our March 10th meeting!
            Our next meeting will be Monday, April 10 at Harrington's, 7:30pm
   
               
              Thank you for supporting
           Duncan's Dolbeare Dash!

                             
                  

                


                        


                       

Parents,

Thank you so much for supporting this year’s Duncan's Dolbeare Dash! The program was a huge success and I know everyone had a lot of fun. There’s a little more left to do.

As a school, we raised $26,719! However, we need your help collecting all of our pledges. Our goal is to collect 100% of all pledges by Tuesday, 03/21/2017, and if we do the entire school will get a No Homework Night! Let’s do it! 

Please encourage your student to thank all sponsors. Pledges can be paid by cash, check or credit card online on funrun.com

If an email address was entered with the original pledge, your sponsor will receive an email reminder to fulfill their pledge. If not, they can mail cash or check to you and you can send it all into the school with your child’s collection envelope (coming home soon).

Thank you again for your support! Email us at dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com if you have questions.
 
Serving Schools,

Sarah Seaman
(321) 412-3988

A special thank you to Duncan the Dragon who stayed the whole day to cheer the students on!

                            Science Volunteers Needed!
                 
                          
Have you used a driverless car? Can you outsmart Siri and Alexa? If so, we are looking for your volunteer help. Please contact the DolbeareSchoolPTO@gmail.com if you are a science expert interested in helping our students love science!
 
                           DAB WITH DUNCAN!
                    DONATE A BOOK

                            
Thanks to all the families who have donated books so far!
If you would like to DAB (Donate A Book) with Duncan, please click here
for the link. 

Please have books delivered to the school at 340 Lowell Street to the attention of the PTO and if you would like the book to include a dedication just note that on the gift message on Amazon. 


  

              

                              

It's Time To Order Your Yearbooks!
Order forms have been sent home or you can print them HEREALLstudents from EVERY grade are featured in the yearbook so order your keepsake today! It is a 52-page all color hard cover book filled with photos and memories your child will enjoy looking at for years to come.
Orders placed by 3/31 are $27 per book. The cost of the book goes up to $30 after April 1. 
Please send in the order form with cash or check made out to Dolbeare PTO or use this PayPal Link to pay online. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund



International Night




Once again, the district is celebrating International Night on Friday, April 7th at the Galvin Middle School from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  Last year we had some Wakefield families who participated by having their own table where they exhibited their heritage either with food and/or artifacts.  We look forward to more and more families from both Boston and Wakefield to participate in this district event.  


Thanks for your support.

Participation Sheet



Our second session of BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) will be starting next month! The early morning program will run for six Tuesday and Thursday mornings from April 24 to June 2. The program brings children together before school to teach new skills, play fun games and learn a bit about nutrition too! We are looking for 3 parents who can help Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:30 am. All you need is to complete a CORI form and be ready to have some fun. The number of parent volunteers we have directly impacts the number of kids that can participate, so please consider us by April 1. We can be reached at DolbeareBOKS@gmail.com. Thank you!   
From the Community:

WCNA Egg Hunt Saturday April 8, 10am
Wakefield Common near the Bandstand

                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

Dolbeare on the Move, March 13, 2017

posted Mar 17, 2017, 6:02 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, March 13, 2017
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Welcome March!

Dear Dolbeare Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out for Friday's annual faculty vs. student basketball game.  Great fun was had by all and it is always a memorable experience for our 4th grade students!  

We kicked off the PTO Boosterthon fundraiser last week and met Supersonic Sarah! The students are enjoying the character lessons and all the excitement that goes along with gearing up for this Thursday's fun run.  The fun run, called Duncan's Dolbeare Dash, will be a fitness celebration as our students run 30-35 laps and cheer on their classmates. The schedule for the day is:

9:05-10:05am 4th Grade,
10:05-11:05am 2nd Grade
11:05-12:05pm 1st Grade
12:45-1:45pm Kindergarten  
1:45-2:45pm 3rd Grade

Let's hope for a snow-free week!  

Sincerely,
Maureen Hughes


 

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Upcoming Events:
3/15 Student Council 8am
3/15 Grade 4 Maple Sugaring (weather permitting)

3/16 Duncan's Dolbeare Dash Fun Run!!  
3/16 Wear Green for St. Patrick's Day
3/17 No School Professional Development
3/21 Galvin Visits Grade 4
3/22 Celtics Spirit Day
3/23 Grade 4 concert at Galvin Middle School 7pm
3/29 Student Council 8am
3/29 4th grade LAD 9am
3/29 Early Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences 


March Calendar
March Lunch


Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our coaches/specialists.  

Mrs. Ripley's website (Literacy Coach)

Mr. Gosselin's website (Digital Learning/Media Specialist)

Music News

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

PE News

WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!

 

From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 15 at 8am.

PTO News

   
                                               
Thank you for joining us at our March 10th meeting!
Our next meeting will be Monday, April 10 at Harrington's, 7:30pm

                                         

        Duncan's Dolbeare Dash is Here!!

HI PARENTS! Thank you so much for supporting our Fun Run on March 16!! The run will take place in the Dolbeare Gym. To give your child the best educational experience possible, we’re excited to raise funds for enrichment, field trips and Authorfest! We’re hosting a Fun Run called Duncan's Dolbeare Dash to make that happen. Family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your student will run on the day of Duncan's Dash on March 16th! The students are so excited to SLIME Mr. Wallace as they have reached their $10,000 goal! Look for another exciting incentive coming this week!!

HELP THE DOLBEARE SCHOOL WITH THESE EASY STEPS!

1. Register on FUNRUN.COM
2. Connect to sponsors—friends and family who can donate to help our school.
3. Collect! Pledge money is due one week after the run. Checks are payable to the school. 

The Boosterthon flyer can be found here.
Thanks in advance! 

Please feel free to email with any questions. 
  
               

How you can help

We need 8-10 volunteers for each grade level.  Volunteers will hand out water and help mark laps.  We also welcome parents to cheer their children on. Parents must have a CORI form in file in the office. Thank you so much for your support!   
                                                         Sign Up Here
 
 

                           Science Volunteers Needed!
                 
                          
Have you used a driverless car? Can you outsmart Siri and Alexa? If so, we are looking for your volunteer help. Please contact the DolbeareSchoolPTO@gmail.com if you are a science expert interested in helping our students love science!
 
                 DAB WITH DUNCAN!
                    DONATE A BOOK

                            
Many thanks to all the families who have donated books so far!
If you would like to DAB (Donate A Book) with Duncan, please click here
for the link. 

Please have books delivered to the school at 340 Lowell Street to the attention of the PTO and if you would like the book to include a dedication just note that on the gift message in Amazon 

Doing the Donate A Book DAB with Duncan!

                  

 

 
Congratulations to Mrs. Ortega and her great Kindergarten collectors!  They were the outstanding winners of our winter Boxtops contest with an impressive 1133.  Second place went to Mrs Livesey's class with 541 and third place to Ms. Young's class with 530. Overall the Dolbeare raised $650 cutting and collecting during this contest.  Keep up the good habits.  Send in Boxtops any time or save them to send in during our spring contest.  Remember- every clip counts!
 



Our second session of BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) will be starting next month! The early morning program will run for six Tuesday and Thursday mornings from April 24 to June 2. The program brings children together before school to teach new skills, play fun games and learn a bit about nutrition too! We are looking for 3 parents who can help Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:30 am. All you need is to complete a CORI form and be ready to have some fun. The number of parent volunteers we have directly impacts the number of kids that can participate, so please consider us by April 1. We can be reached at DolbeareBOKS@gmail.com. Thank you!         
 

                         


Thank you to everyone who came to support and cheer on the 4th graders and the staff!!



It's Time To Order Your Yearbooks!
Order forms have been sent home or you can print them HEREALL students from EVERY grade are featured in the yearbook so order your keepsake today! It is a 52-page all color hard cover book filled with photos and memories your child will enjoy looking at for years to come.
Orders placed by 3/31 are $27 per book. The cost of the book goes up to $30 after April 1. 
Please send in the order form with cash or check made out to Dolbeare PTO or use this PayPal Link to pay online. Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund


From the Community:

WCNA Egg Hunt Saturday April 8, 10am
Wakefield Common near the Bandstand

                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

Dolbeare on the Move, February 27, 2017

posted Feb 28, 2017, 5:14 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, February 27, 2017
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Welcome Back!

Dear Dolbeare Families,

I hope everyone had a restful, relaxing vacation week and got to enjoy the sunshine. The wonderful weather made it feel more like spring break than February vacation.  I missed hearing the voices of our students in the hallways and in our classrooms.  I am so happy to welcome them back this morning! 

We are honoring Dr. Seuss' birthday this week!  I am excited to read Fox in Socks, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and all our favorites with classes this week.  At Dolbeare, we promote Dr. Seuss' wisdom, "The more that you READ, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!" All children are welcome to join us in the festivities by reading Dr. Seuss books at home and by participating in these spirit days (see below). 





















Have a "green eggs and ham" week! :)  

Maureen Hughes

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Upcoming Events:
Dr. Seuss Week 2/27-3/3
Monday: Wear your favorite hat
Tuesday: Wear green
Wednesday: Wear mismatched, backwards or inside-out clothes
Thursday: Wear animal prints
Friday: Wear wacky socks

2/27 School Council 8am
3/1 Student Council 8am
3/2 Moving On Fundraiser, Chipotle 4-8pm
3/3 Box Tops Winter Contest Ends!
3/3 WEF Spelling Bee

3/7 Fun Run Kick Off Begins!
3/10- 4th Grade vs. Faculty Basketball Game 3pm
3/11 9am Dolbeare Athleta Fundraiser
3/16 Duncan's Dolbeare Dash Fun Run!!
February Lunch Menu
February Calendar


Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


School Updates

Click on any of the links below to view updates from our specialists.  

Music News

Art News

Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!

Learning Commons News: Last fall, we had an incredible interest from 3rd and 4th graders in our Dolbeare Digital Leaders program. Because we believe that all of these applicants should have an opportunity to participate, we are working on developing a program that fits comfortably in our school schedule and meets the needs of our students. At this time, no students have been notified about their acceptance into the program. Thank you for your patience as we work to develop an innovative and exciting enrichment opportunity for our digital learners!

Check out Mr. Gosselin's website here.

PE News

Attention Current & Incoming Kindergarten Families!
The last day for Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year will be June 16th.   Our Incoming kindergarten screening will be June 19-21.   Please contact Mrs. Sacco in the main office if you have any questions. 
Parent University 2017
Parent University 2017 is coming up! To learn more, check out the flyer. Be sure to RSVP on the Wakefield Public Schools Facebook Page!

WEF is hosting our first Annual Adult Spelling Bee on March 3rd at 6:45 at the CCC.   Please see the attached flyer for all the details.  Please note, Mr. Tetrault will be our M.C. for the event... WEF is very appreciative of Mr. T's enthusiasm in taking on this role!
WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!


Wakefield Community,

I am excited to announce our 4th Annual Parent University scheduled for March 11. Take advantage of a fantastic schedule of free parent workshops and free, fun activities for your children at Wakefield Academy's Kid's Camp all morning!

Sincerely,

Kim Smith

Superintendent

Wakefield Public Schools


From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 1 at 8am.

The Student Council created a flyer for the Dolbeare Kindergarten Daisy Troop's food drive, please give what you can!

PTO News

   
                                               
Our next meeting will be Friday, March 10 at 9am in the Dolbeare Cafeteria.
We hope you can join us.

Dolbeare PTO Family Night
at Fenway Park

Thursday, May 4, 7:10pm
Tickets $25. each 
Print and fill out Dolbeare at RedSox form and send
back to school in an enevlope marked
Dolbeare PTO: Red Sox
with cash or checks made out to Dolbeare PTO.
Paypal Link also available as payment option.
Questions? Contact us at Dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com
 
                                         

Save the Date For the Boosterthon Fun Run!!

HI PARENTS! To give your child the best educational experience possible, we’re excited to raise funds for enrichment, field trips and Authorfest! We’re hosting a Glow Fun Run to make that happen. Family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your student will run on the day of the Fun Run on March 16th!

Our 2-week Glow Fun Run program kicks off on Tuesday, March 7th!

Plus, leading up to the Fun Run, students will learn how to make a difference in their world through an unbelievable character theme, Backyard Box Office.

HELP THE DOLBEARE SCHOOL WITH THESE EASY STEPS!

1. Register on FUNRUN.COM on March 7th.
2. Connect to sponsors—friends and family who can donate to help our school.
3. Collect! Pledge money is due one week after the run. Checks are payable to the school. 

The Boosterthon flyer can be found here.
Thanks in advance! 

Please feel free to email with any questions. 

 
                 DAB WITH DUNCAN!
                    DONATE A BOOK


                         
Please join the PTO and DAB with Duncan!  

Donate A Book is a new way for you to give a gift to the school!

Follow these 3 steps:

1) Shop easily on Amazon.com by searching the registries for "Dolbeare PTO" to find our wish list and select books from the list. or click here: Dolbeare PTO Wish List 

2) Have the books delivered to the school at 340 Lowell Street, Attention: PTO.

3) If you'd like the book to have a dedication placed inside, note that on the Gift Message at checkout, and choose your family name or your child's name. You may also donate anonymously

Please click here for more information.
 

         DOLBEARE PTO SHOPPING EVENT



Please join us for a private party for Dolbeare PTO. You will receive an exclusive 25% off discount on your purchase. Enjoy refreshments, food and raffles while you shop. 5% of the proceeds will be donated to the Dolbeare PTO. 
Athleta Market Street Lynnfield
Saturday, March 11, 9am
** some exclusions may apply. Call the store withany questions 781-334-3606

Last call for the Box Tops contest!
Due to the snow days, we have extended the winter contest until Friday.
Please send in those Box Tops!
Thank you!

                 
                         

 
              Moving On Fundraiser at Chipotle!


Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to

support the Fourth Grade Moving On Fund. Come in to the Chipotle

at 46 Walkers Brook Drive in Reading on Thursday, March

2nd between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it

on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the

cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated

to Dolbeare Elementary School.




The Annual 4th Grade vs Faculty Basketball Game is Friday, March 10th!

Come cheer on the 4th graders as they take on the teachers after school at3pm. More information to follow this week with lots of volunteer opportunities!



Yearbook Updates:

If you sent the yearbook dedication to your 4th grader via email and still haven't paid, please send in cash or check in an envelope labeled "PTO Yearbook." THANK YOU!

If you have any photos of the fourth graders from any school related events these last 5 years since Kindergarten, please send them in for the yearbook and slide show! Field trips, halloween parties, field day, and even Q&U wedding pics are perfect! You can upload them at https://images.jostens.com/406823595 or email them.


Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund

                                      

METCO News

The METCO Advocacy Committee (MAC) is planning a METCO Petition Signing Day for Monday, March 6, 2017, @ The Savings Bank in their OFB1 Community Room from 3 pm - 6 pm.   This event is taking place a week before METCO Lobby Day at the State House.  

The purpose of this event is to:  

  • Educate/inform the community on METCO funding
  • Have students talk about the program and what it means to them
  • Collect signatures for increased funding
  • Have people send emails or write to Gov. Baker 

We encourage METCO parents, students, and the host community to submit letters/e-mails and place phone calls to Governor Baker.  Please express your support of the METCO program and advocate that he demonstrate his commitment to Massachusetts students by supporting METCO’s funding request of $23M for FY18. 

For 50 years, METCO has proven its success and brightened the future of thousands of Massachusetts’ children by raising college attendance rates, integrating classrooms, and crafting productive, tax-paying citizens of this Commonwealth. In the face of costs that continue to rise, state funding levels have remained relatively stagnant. In addition, while transportation costs have increased significantly for METCO districts in recent years, the transportation allotment per student has not been increased since 2008.

A 2016 report released by the Executive Office of Education once again affirmed the success of our students showing that the four-year graduation rate of METCO students has surpassed 98% and has consistently exceeded or equaled the graduation rates of their peers in both sending and receiving school districts.  The report also found the percentage of METCO students who indicated their intent to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities was above 92%, exceeding the statewide average on college intentions by over 10%.  

The METCO program needs this level of funding to continue to maintain this high level of success.  

PLEASE CONTACT GOVERNOR BAKER AND REQUEST THAT METCO RECEIVE $23M IN FUNDING IN THE GOVERNOR’S FY18 BUDGET.

ACTION STEPS

1. Contact Governor Baker:

    a. Email a letter to Governor Baker at: constituent.services@state.ma.us

    b. Mail a letter to Governor Baker at:  Massachusetts State House Office of the Governor Room 280 Boston, MA 02133

    c. Call Governor Baker’s office: 617.725.4005

 

 *Please consider using this draft to help frame your request:

Dear Honorable Governor Baker.

Thank you for your continued support of the METCO program in the Commonwealth.  We ask that you support METCO funding of $23M for the METCO program in your proposed FY18 budget.

As you know so well, for fifty years, the METCO program has been transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of students by providing access to quality education for urban students and fostering more diverse classrooms in 190 suburban schools located in eastern and western Massachusetts.The METCO program is in need of this level of funding in order to continue to maintain this high level of success.  The program’s transportation and education costs continue to rise every year, while state funding for METCO has remained relatively stagnant.

In the FY17 General Appropriations Act (GAA), the 37 participating communities received $4,066 per student in education funding plus a transportation allotment for the over 3,300 METCO students they educate.  The METCO Advisory Committee has recommended $5,000 per student plus transportation.  In addition, between FY01 and FY17, Chapter 70 funding has increased by over 50%, compared to an increase of only 31.5% for METCO funding in the same time period.  There has been no increase in the transportation allotment for METCO since 2008.

We understand that the Commonwealth’s fiscal challenges continue and that you continue to analyze tax receipts and revenue projections for FY17 and FY18.  However, the broader success METCO could achieve for underserved students with adequate funding, and the implications that a narrowing achievement gap will have on the future economy of our Commonwealth, more than justify this investment.

Thank you again for your support of the METCO program and all of the Commonwealth’s students. 

Sincerely,

[Your Name]


From the Community:
Beebe Library Update:
The Beebe Library has scheduled a carpet replacement for next Monday-Wednesday (2/27-3/1). As a result, we will have limited access to our collection. 

We will have access to picture books, children's DVDs, and the whole young adult collection. The train table will be open! We will also have PJ Story Time Monday night as scheduled. We anticipate a slight smell but the materials are completely nontoxic. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. We apologize for the inconvenience!
The Beebe Library Staff


WCNA Egg Hunt Saturday April 8, 10am
Wakefield Common near the Bandstand

                                               District Backpack
                                       

Dolbeare on the Move

posted Feb 17, 2017, 5:25 AM by Joel Villegas

Dolbeare on the Move, February 13, 2017
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Snowy Greetings

Dear Dolbeare Families,

We are looking forward to returning to our routines this week before the winter break.  I hope everyone enjoyed the winter wonderland of last week. I am looking forward to hearing stories from our students of how they spent their snow days.  

If you haven't already, I encourage you to view our tweets or visit our webpage to see our students 100 ways of celebrating the Pillars of Character.  After counting forwards and backwards by 5s, 10s, and various other patterns, we continued our 100 day celebration with a school wide activity of brainstorming all the ways we celebrate the Pillars of Character at school, home and in our community.  Our students came up with some fantastic ideas!  

Stay warm,

Maureen Hughes

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Upcoming Events:
2/14 Happy Valentine's Day/Red Sox Spirit Day
2/15 Grade 1 and 3 meterologist visits
2/17 Grade 2 Museum of Science Program
2/20-2/24 Winter Break, no school
2/27 School Council 8am
3/1 Student Council 8am
3/2 Moving On Fundraiser, Chipotle 4-8pm
February Lunch Menu
February Calendar


Dolbeare School Family Directory 2016-2017


A Friendly Valentine's Day Reminder: 
If your child is bringing in Valentines,  please remember not to include any food products, including candy, even if the intent is for it to be sent home.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

School Updates
Click on any of the links below to view updates from our specialists.  
Music News
Art News
Check out Ms. Drago's Facebook Page here!
Learning Commons News
The Dolbeare Learning Commons is looking for a small, digital clock.
If you are willing to donate, please let Ms. Duggan or Mr. Gosselin know!
Check out Mr. Gosselin's website here.
PE News



 
WEF is hosting our first Annual Adult Spelling Bee on March 3rd at 6:45 at the CCC.   Please see the attached flyer for all the details.  Please note, Mr. Tetrault will be our M.C. for the event... WEF is very appreciative of Mr. T's enthusiasm in taking on this role!
WPS Updates   
                               
Have you liked the Wakefield Public Schools on Facebook? Stay up to date with all things WPS by liking our page. Visit us here!


Wakefield Community,

I am excited to announce our 4th Annual Parent University scheduled for March 11. Take advantage of a fantastic schedule of free parent workshops and free, fun activities for your children at Wakefield Academy's Kid's Camp all morning!

Sincerely,

Kim Smith

Superintendent

Wakefield Public Schools


From the Dolbeare Student Council:

                                                                                  

Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 1 at 8am.

PTO News

   
                                               
Our next meeting will be Friday, March 10 at 9am in the Dolbeare Cafeteria.
We hope you can join us.
Enjoy the February break!
 
                                   
Dolbeare PTO Family Night
at Fenway Park

Thursday, May 4, 7:10pm
Tickets $25. each 
Print and fill out Dolbeare at RedSox form and send
back to school in an enevlope marked
Dolbeare PTO: Red Sox
with cash or checks made out to Dolbeare PTO.
Paypal Link also available as payment option.
Questions? Contact us at Dolbeareschoolpto@gmail.com

                 DAB WITH DUNCAN!
                    DONATE A BOOK


                         
Please join the PTO and DAB with Duncan!  

Donate A Book is a new way for you to give a gift to the school!

Follow these 3 steps:

1) Shop easily on Amazon.com by searching the registries for "Dolbeare PTO" to find our wish list and select books from the list. or click here: Dolbeare PTO Wish List 

2) Have the books delivered to the school at 340 Lowell Street, Attention: PTO.

3) If you'd like the book to have a dedication placed inside, note that on the Gift Message at checkout, and choose your family name or your child's name. You may also donate anonymously

Please click here for more information.

                       Congratulations Amelia!

                                  
Congratulations to Winter Festival Raffle WInner Amelia P. , who won the Teacher's Desk Raffle and got to sit at her teacher's desk for a day! Thank you to Mrs. Kenny for your support!
                   
 
  SAVE THE DATE:
March 16

Duncan's Dash Fun Run


                     

 
              Moving On Fundraiser at Chipotle!


Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to

support the Fourth Grade Moving On Fund. Come in to the Chipotle

at 46 Walkers Brook Drive in Reading on Thursday, March

2nd between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it

on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the

cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated

to Dolbeare Elementary School.



Yearbook Updates:

If you sent the yearbook dedication to your 4th grader via email and still haven't paid, please send in cash or check in an envelope labeled "PTO Yearbook." THANK YOU!

If you have any photos of the fourth graders from any school related events these last 5 years since Kindergarten, please send them in for the yearbook and slide show! Field trips, halloween parties, field day, and even Q&U wedding pics are perfect! You can upload them at https://images.jostens.com/406823595 or email them.


Thank you to everyone that has already donated to the Moving On Fund
                             
 

 
  Winter Box Tops Contest 
Our winter contest continues and some of the "gumball machines" are starting to fill up.  Mrs. Ortega's Kindergarten class has a strong lead with almost 900 Boxtops!  Keep collecting and sending them in, the contest will continue up until February break.     
                                            

        

METCO News

The METCO Advocacy Committee (MAC) is planning a METCO Petition Signing Day for Monday, March 6, 2017, @ The Savings Bank in their OFB1 Community Room from 3 pm - 6 pm.   This event is taking place a week before METCO Lobby Day at the State House.  

The purpose of this event is to:  

  • Educate/inform the community on METCO funding
  • Have students talk about the program and what it means to them
  • Collect signatures for increased funding
  • Have people send emails or write to Gov. Baker 

We encourage METCO parents, students, and the host community to submit letters/e-mails and place phone calls to Governor Baker.  Please express your support of the METCO program and advocate that he demonstrate his commitment to Massachusetts students by supporting METCO’s funding request of $23M for FY18. 

For 50 years, METCO has proven its success and brightened the future of thousands of Massachusetts’ children by raising college attendance rates, integrating classrooms, and crafting productive, tax-paying citizens of this Commonwealth. In the face of costs that continue to rise, state funding levels have remained relatively stagnant. In addition, while transportation costs have increased significantly for METCO districts in recent years, the transportation allotment per student has not been increased since 2008.

A 2016 report released by the Executive Office of Education once again affirmed the success of our students showing that the four-year graduation rate of METCO students has surpassed 98% and has consistently exceeded or equaled the graduation rates of their peers in both sending and receiving school districts.  The report also found the percentage of METCO students who indicated their intent to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities was above 92%, exceeding the statewide average on college intentions by over 10%.  

The METCO program needs this level of funding to continue to maintain this high level of success.  

PLEASE CONTACT GOVERNOR BAKER AND REQUEST THAT METCO RECEIVE $23M IN FUNDING IN THE GOVERNOR’S FY18 BUDGET.

ACTION STEPS

1. Contact Governor Baker:

    a. Email a letter to Governor Baker at: constituent.services@state.ma.us

    b. Mail a letter to Governor Baker at:  Massachusetts State House Office of the Governor Room 280 Boston, MA 02133

    c. Call Governor Baker’s office: 617.725.4005

 

 *Please consider using this draft to help frame your request:

Dear Honorable Governor Baker.

Thank you for your continued support of the METCO program in the Commonwealth.  We ask that you support METCO funding of $23M for the METCO program in your proposed FY18 budget.

As you know so well, for fifty years, the METCO program has been transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of students by providing access to quality education for urban students and fostering more diverse classrooms in 190 suburban schools located in eastern and western Massachusetts.The METCO program is in need of this level of funding in order to continue to maintain this high level of success.  The program’s transportation and education costs continue to rise every year, while state funding for METCO has remained relatively stagnant.

In the FY17 General Appropriations Act (GAA), the 37 participating communities received $4,066 per student in education funding plus a transportation allotment for the over 3,300 METCO students they educate.  The METCO Advisory Committee has recommended $5,000 per student plus transportation.  In addition, between FY01 and FY17, Chapter 70 funding has increased by over 50%, compared to an increase of only 31.5% for METCO funding in the same time period.  There has been no increase in the transportation allotment for METCO since 2008.

We understand that the Commonwealth’s fiscal challenges continue and that you continue to analyze tax receipts and revenue projections for FY17 and FY18.  However, the broader success METCO could achieve for underserved students with adequate funding, and the implications that a narrowing achievement gap will have on the future economy of our Commonwealth, more than justify this investment.

Thank you again for your support of the METCO program and all of the Commonwealth’s students. 

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

 

                                               District Backpack
                                                 
This year, many forms and flyers will be collected in a section of the district website called the "District Backpack". To visit, click the link above. We recommend that you bookmark the link in your browser for easy access.

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