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April 2013 Galvin Gazette

posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:21 AM by Joel Villegas   [ updated Apr 3, 2013, 4:21 AM ]
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERNCE DATES  
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd from 12:00-2:15 p.m.  Conferences for Grade 5 are by appointment only.  Grade 6, 7, and 8 no appointment is necessary.  Grade 6 teachers will meet with parents in their respective classrooms.  Grade 7 teachers will be located in the Plansky Gym.  Grade 8 teachers will be located in the Cafeteria.  Grade 7 and 8 Team C/F will be located in the Cafeteria.  In an effort to reduce wait time for Grade 6, 7 and 8 conferences, we are asking parents if your last name begins with M-Z please attend the conferences on Wednesday, April 3rd from 12:00-2:15 p.m.  If you were unable to attend the conferences on Wednesday, March 27th please feel free to attend during this session.  There will be no evening conferences.  Please call the Galvin Middle School Office at 781-246-6410 for any additional information.  April 3rd is an Early Release Day with dismissal at 11:20 a.m.


GRADE 5 INCOMING PARENT ORIENTATION
(PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Grade 5 Incoming Parent Orientation will be held on Wednesday, May 1st from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Galvin Middle School Auditorium for parents of incoming Grade 5 students. Please join the PTO at 7:00 p.m. for their monthly meeting after the orientation in the Paulson Library.


CLOTHING DRIVE APRIL 1-APRIL 5
Are you looking for a good use for clothing that no longer fits any of your children?  There will be a used clothing drive next week to benefit “Cradles to Crayons” on April 1st through April 5th.  Gently used clothing of all kinds for kids of all ages will be accepted.  Donations should be in a bag and can be placed on the collection table in the main lobby anytime.  All donations will be redistributed to homeless and low income children throughout Massachusetts.  Please help support this cause!


CELEBRATION OF LEARNING
The Celebration of Learning will take place on Thursday, April 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the Wakefield High School Cafeteria.  Tickets are Adults $10 and Students $7.  Tickets are available in the main office.


ARTS NIGHT
On Wednesday night, April 10, 2013, the Wakefield Visual Arts Department is hosting “Arts Night”.  This evening event is held at the Galvin Middle School from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.  Every school in town participates in the celebration and high school students are present to demonstrate painting, drawing, computer graphics, ceramics, video and photography.  


CONCERT SCHEDULE
Upcoming concerts for the 2012-2013 school year.
April 2nd – Jazz Night Concert 7:00 p.m. WHS Performing Arts Center
April 5th-6th – Middle School Musical 7:00 p.m. Galvin Auditorium
May 15th – Grade 5-8 Chorus and Orchestra Concert 7:00 p.m. Galvin Auditorium
May 20th – Grade 5-8 Band Concert 7:00 p.m. Galvin Auditorium


GALVIN MIDDLE SCHOOL EARLY RELEASE DAYS
2012-2013
The following is a list of Early Release days at the Galvin Middle School.  This dismissal time on an Early Release Day at the Galvin is always 11:20 a.m.
April 3, 2013
April 24, 2013
May 29, 2013


MCAS DATES
Listed below are the MCAS testing dates. It is important that students are not tardy or absent during these testing dates.
May 7 – Grade 5 & 6 Math
May 8 – Grade 7 & 8 Math
May 9 – Grade 5 & 6 Math
May 10 – Grade 7 & 8 Math
May 14 – Grade 5 & 8 Science & Technology
May 15 – Grade 5 & 8 Science & Technology
May 16 – Math/Science Makeup
May 17 – Math/Science Makeup


END OF YEAR FIELD DAYS AND 8TH GRADE DANCE DATES
The end of the year is fast approaching and the PTO has started to organize field days and the 8th grade dance.
Below are the events dates.  Volunteers are still needed.  If you can volunteer please email Kim Hartman kimbahartman@yahoo.com
with what events you can help out with.  We are still also in need of 2 people to chair the 7th grade event, if you are willing to chair please email Kim as well.
5th Grade Kickball – June 17th, rain date is June 18th – Moulton Field
6th Grade Field Day – June 4th, rain date is June 7th – Moulton Field
7th Grade Field Day – June 5th, rain date is June 6th – Moulton Field
8th Grade Field Day – June 18th, rain date is June 19th – Lower Common
Grade 8 Last Dance – Friday, June 14th from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Galvin Gym


STAFF APPRECIATION COMMITTEE NEEDS CANS FOR DECORATIONS
The Galvin staff luncheon will be in May and the committee is already working on decorations and is in need of some cans.  If you have any of these cans below please bring them to the Galvin where there will be a box outside the office. Pastene Kitchen Ready 28oz and/or Progresso Soup size cans. Please make sure that they are clean.  Any questions please contact Cleo Rizos at decarizfam@gmail.com


WAKEFIELD ACADEMY
Students can be picked up any time until 6:00 p.m. in the Paulson Library.  Any changes to pick up time please contact Debra Duggan at 857-445-6642 or the school office at 781-246-6410 before 2:30 p.m.  Parents must sign children out.


PTO OFFICERS NEEDED FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR
If you are interested in the PTO please consider coming forward to be an Officer or the 2013-2014 School year.
Positions are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, Our current Treasurer is moving onto the High School next year so this position is in the most need if someone to come forward. Please contact~current PTO President Kim Hartman atkimbahartman@yahoo.com~for more information.


GRADE 7 & 8 DANCE SCHEDULE FOR 2012-2013
End of Year Dance (Grade 8 only)
June 14th – Galvin Gym from 7:00-9:30 p.m.


TERM 3
Term 3 began on Monday, March 25th, and will end the last day of school.


UNIFIED ARTS
Unified Arts Cycle 2 began on Monday, January 28th and will end on the last day of school.


ADOLESCENT ISSUES
Adolescent Issues Cycle 3 began on Monday, March 25th, and will end on the last day of school.


PTO MEETINGS 2012-2013
The Galvin PTO would like to have you join them in the Paulson Library at the Galvin starting at 7:00 p.m. for their meetings. Meeting dates are as follows:
NO PTO Meeting the
Month of APRIL
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013


PRINCIPAL HOUR
The Principal Hours for the
2012-2013 school year are as follows:
April 11th – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
April 29th – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
May 16th – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
May 21st – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
June 6th – 9:00-10:00 a.m.


WANT TO DONATE-A-BOOK TO THE GALVIN LIBRARY?
Karate for Kids–Rielly
Beaded Critters (craft book)- BhattTwyla Tharp– Derezinski
Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy - Alaska’s First Naturalist: George Wilhelm Steller – Arnold
About Average- Andrew Clements~
Aircraft(Pbk)-  Andrew Solway
Emma Watson(pbk)- David Nolan
The Hedgehog: An Owner's Guide- Dawn Wrobel~
Invitation to Ballet - Carolyn Vaughan
Wish You Were Eyre - Heather Vogel Frederick
Once Upon a Toad - Heather Vogel Frederick
GPS: Global Positioning Systems - Jeanne Strum
Sponsor a book for the Galvin Library for only $12! A bookplate with a personalized message of your choice will be affixed inside the cover of the book. If you are interested please contact either Kelly Sofronas at kellysofronas@yahoo.com or Colleen E Guida at rhguida@hotmail.com

Please stop by the Donate-A-Book Table that will be outside the library on conference day this Wednesday, April 3rd to see all the books and purchase one.


BEEBE LIBRARY EBOOKS
You can borrow free eBooks for your NOOK or other ereader from Beebe Library using your library card! Ebooks are listed like other books in the library's online catalog at http://tinyurl.com/d2hnw33. You just need to create a free account in "Overdive" and you'll be able to download books from the library for free. The library web site offers help and instructions for using this service at http://tinyurl.com/cxg8okd. If you
still need a hand getting started, librarians can assist you. Phone 781-246-6334, x2.


BEEBE LIBRARY TUTORING ONLINE
Wakefield students! Use your Beebe Library card to gain online access via Tutor.com to homework help resources 24/7 and live online tutors 2-11 p.m. K-12 students can get help with homework, studying, projects, essay writing, and test prep in every subject, including algebra, statistics, chemistry, physics, social studies, and English. Students may chat online with the tutor, write on an interactive whiteboard, and share files with the tutor by uploading documents for review. Access Tutor.com through the “Quick Links” sidebar on Beebe Library’s web site athttp://www.wakefieldlibrary.org/.


GALVIN/PTO E-MAILS
Please consider signing up for emails from the Galvin Middle School office at the Wakefield Schools website which ishttp://www.wakefield.k12.ma.us
Click on the subscribe to e-news and notices link at the bottom left.  Add your email and check off Middle School News and Notices and Galvin PTO News.  If your email address is correct then the Subscriber will respond to your request promptly and you will receive an email confirmation in your incoming mailbox.  In order to protect your privacy, you MUST reply to this email in order to receive postings from the list serve.  This is a receive-only list serve and you may remove your name from it at any time by using the form on the website.  The PTO also has its own account and sends emails throughout the year from the galvinschoolpto@gmail.  Please make sure that this address does not go to your spam folder.  You can sign up for emails from this account by sending an email or putting your info on your volunteer/dues reply form.  If you have any questions please send us an email at this address.


BANKING AT GALVIN
The Savings Bank has started its banking program again at the Galvin Middle School.  There is a drop off box in the Main Lobby for deposits.  Banking day will be every Tuesday.


REMINDER: ONGOING MAGAZINE FUNDRAISER
The Galvin Middle School continues to receive 40% of magazine subscription sales placed throughout the year when you order online using our school code!
Magazines are a great gift idea to let others know you're thinking of them- coaches, teachers and kids, too! Go to www.gaschoolstore.com - Click 'Shop Now', enter the Galvin Middle School online ID- 2516896. You are now free to shop the site.


ABSENCES
If your child is going to be absent you must call the Galvin Middle School at 781-246-6410 and press “1” for the Child Safety Line before 9:00 a.m.  If your child will be absent for more than one day, please leave that information as well.  If your child is going to be late please call the Child Safety Line and state the reason for being late.  


HOMEWORK REQUESTS
Parents may request homework assignments to be sent to the office after two (2) consecutive days of regular absence.  All requests should be called into the Main Office at 781-246-6410 by 9:00 a.m. of the second day of absence.  Requests for homework should not be left on the Child Safety Line.


STUDENT DISMISSALS
In order to be dismissed from school, a note signed by a parent/guardian, stating the specific reason for dismissal, must be brought into the Main Office before school starts by the student being dismissed.  Please also indicate the child’s first and last name on the dismissal note.  Parents/guardians MUST come into the Main Office to pick up and sign out their child for dismissal.  Students are not allowed to walk to a dentist or doctor’s appointment once they arrive at school.  A student must be dismissed to a parent or o another adult.  A new policy has been put in place that anyone dismissing a student needs to present their picture identification to the office.  This is for the safety of all students.


GMS RECYCLING
The Galvin PTO continues to recycle paper.  Newspaper, office and copy paper, junk mail, catalogs, magazines and paperback books are accepted.  Bring your donations to the big green and yellow dumpsters on the parking lot side of the Galvin Middle School.  
No phonebooks or cardboard.


REMINDER
Unless the matter is an emergency in nature, messages will not be taken for students.  With the exception of lunches, items will not be accepted by the Main Office for delivery to students.


SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE
Regular meetings of the Wakefield School Committee are scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, except on holidays.  The first meeting of each month is the business meeting and the 2nd meeting of the month is the educational meeting.  The meetings are held at the WCAT Studio located at the rear of Wakefield High School, entrance next to the Field House.  School Committee Agendas are posted on the website the Friday before the scheduled meeting.  The regularly scheduled School Committee meetings are carried live on Channel 16 and rebroadcast throughout the week.
Business Meeting Dates
April 9, 2013
May 14, 2013
June 11, 2013
Educational Meeting Dates
May 28, 2013
June 25, 2013


NO SCHOOL OR 2 HOUR DELAYED OPENING
Announcements about no school or 2 hour delayed openings will be made on radio and TV stations:

        WBZ     (channel 4)
        WHDH    (channel 7)
        WCVB    (channel 5)

Students will report to school no earlier than 9:45AM.

Even Days
Grades 5 & 6
Late Bell 9:55
Homeroom        9:55 – 10:00
Period 1        10:02 – 10:28
Period 2        10:30 – 10:56
Resume Regular Schedule as of 10:58AM

Odd Days
Grades 5-8

Late Bell       9:55
Homeroom        9:55 – 10:00
Period 1        10:02 – 10:32
Period 4        10:34 – 11:20 (regular schedule)
        
On the first delayed opening we will run period 1.  On the second delayed opening we will run period 2, on the 3rd delayed opening we will run period 3.  We will continue to alternate this schedule throughout the year as needed.


SIX-DAY CYCLE GUIDE

APRIL
1 – (4, 12, 29)
2 – (5, 22, 30)
3 – (8, 23)
4 – (1, 9, 24)
5 – (2, 10, 25)
6 – (3, 11, 26)

MAY
1 – (7, 15, 23)
2 – (8, 16, 24)
3 – (1, 9, 17, 28)
4 – (2, 10, 20, 29)
5 – (3, 13, 21, 30)
6 – (6, 14, 22, 31)

JUNE
1 – (3, 11, 19)
2 – (4, 12, 20)
3 – (5, 13, 21)
4 – (6, 14, 24)
5 – (7, 17, 25)
6 – (10, 18)


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