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December 2013 Galvin Gazette

posted Dec 1, 2013, 3:10 PM by Joel Villegas   [ updated Dec 1, 2013, 3:10 PM ]
COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB CANDYCANEGRAMS
Community Service Club will be selling "Candycanegrams" for one dollar from December 2nd to December 13th to raise money for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. A candycanegram is a candy cane attached to a nice message that will be delivered just before winter vacation. Students and faculty can purchase a candycanegram for a friend, teacher, or staff member at the Galvin in the cafeteria during lunches. Help brighten someone's day and support a great cause all at the same time!


COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB TOY DRIVE
Community Service Club will be hosting their 5th annual toy drive from December 2nd to December 27th.  Students and faculty can support the toy drive in two ways. You can donate any new unwrapped toy for a child aged 0-14 or pick a snowman with gift ideas from the bulletin board in the cafeteria and purchase a gift from the list. All gifts should be new, unwrapped, and brought to the cafeteria during lunch times. Thank you in advance for your support!


BRING ON THE SEASON!
5TH ANNUAL ‘TIS THE SEASON’ HOLIDAY HAT PARADE & STROLL
The Wakefield Event Planning Committee has planned a fun-filled day for its 5th Annual “Tis the Season” Holiday Hat Parade & Stroll on Saturday, December 7, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.  
The day will begin at 1 p.m. at the Americal Civic Center.  Bring the kids down to take part in activities and refreshments.  Pick up your Holiday Tote Bag and Coupon Book, which offers may merchant discounts.  The parade will begin promptly at3 p.m, led down Main Street by the Wakefield High School Marching Band, and ending at the Beebe Library where the band will play some holiday favorites.  Dance teams, Santa, state and town dignitaries as well as adults and children will join in the parade.  We encourage all to participate in this great event.  

After the parade, visitors can take a horse drawn carriage ride up and down Main St., enjoy the warmth of the fire pits, and view the Festival of Trees located at the Civic Center.  Have the kids visit with Santa, and then drop their wish list into Santa’s Mailbox.  The Candy Stop is always a treat for all, and who can resist taking in the beauty of the ice sculptures.
Musical entertainment will be evident throughout the event.  The WROR Street Team (105.7) will be joining us.  We also have a lineup of some great local talent to create that “holiday” feeling: WHS Carolers, Dickens Carolers, Wakefield Music, local favorites Valerie Giglio, Audie Bridges, Carissa Scudieri and Kevin Moore.  The award-winning Nazareth Academy Trinity Choir, Wade Parsons and Sweet Treble a Capella will also be performing.  Look for the entertainment schedule on line, after December 5th.
For kids and adults alike, we have Twisted Magic, Hot Sauce, Lucky Bob, Face Painter, Balloon Artist and holiday “goodies” from many of the merchants.  
“The Holiday Stroll is a great family activity” says Chairman Paul DiNocco.  “It happens early enough to allow for all family members to participate.  Great place to enjoy the festive trees, shopping, and dining in local restaurants. The kids have an opportunity to see Santa; and all can enjoy shopping, taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, and enjoy meeting up with friends and neighbors.  You can do all of this without leaving Wakefield.  See you on the 7th!”
Watch for updates!  Go to www.wakefieldepc.com.


GRADE 7 & 8 HOLIDAY DANCE
The Grade 7 & 8 Holiday Dance will be held on Friday, December 6th from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria.  The cost of admission is $5.00.  Please wear CASUAL but festive holiday colors.  For the period from October 25th to December 6thany student who has been assigned a Saturday School, or 2 or more Saturday tardy detentions, five or more detentions, or needs to make up any detentions she/he will not be allowed to attend the Holiday Dance.  Any student absent on the day of the dance will not be permitted to attend the dance.  Please check the door to Room 108 to see if you still have not turned in a dance contract.


PRIVATE OR PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
If you are considering applying to a private or parochial school for the 2013-2014 school year, the main office needs to begin working on the applications so they can be sent out prior to the Christmas break.  Please send in high school applications as well as postage stamps for mailing these applications as soon as you receive them.


SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKE DAY
School Picture Day will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.   Picture forms are available in the main office.  If you are having a retake on this day please make sure you bring the original package that you received.


YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST
Submissions for the Yearbook Cover Contest are being accepted until December 13th.  Artwork should be brought to either Mrs. Doucette (Rm. 237) or Ms. Sweeney (Rm. 241).


BABY PICTURES
Baby pictures should be brought to Mrs. Doucette or Ms. Sweeney by December 20th.  Please make sure that your child's name is clearly marked on the back of the photo.  You can also email the photo to us at Elizabeth.Doucette@wpsk12.org orAmy.Sweeney@wpsk12.org


GENERAL PHOTOS
If you have general photos of the 8th graders through the years at school events or otherwise please submit them as well.  Again, submissions can be done through email or by sending in the hard copy to Mrs. Doucette or Ms. Sweeney.


GRADE 7 & 8 DANCE SCHEDULE FOR 2013-2014
Holiday Dance
December 6, 2013
Valentine Dance
February 7, 2014
End of Year Dance (Grade 8 only)
June date to be determined
All dances will be held in the Galvin Middle School Cafeteria. Dances will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.  A dance contract will need to be on file in order to attend all dances which were in the “Student Opening Packet”.


PRINCIPAL HOUR
The Principal Hours for the
2013-2014 school year are as follows:
December 6th – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
December 19th – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
January 3rd – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
January 15th – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
February 4th – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
February 12th – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
March 4th – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
March 20th – 9:00-10:00 p.m.
April 4th – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
April 17th – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
May 2nd – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
May 21st – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
June 6th – 9:00-10:00 a.m.


TERM 1
Term 1 began on Wednesday, September 4th and will end on Friday, December 6th.  Term 2 will begin on Monday, December 9th.


UNIFIED ARTS
Unified Arts Cycle 1 began on Wednesday, September 4th and will end on Friday, January 24th.


ADOLESCENT ISSUES
Adolescent Issues Cycle 1 began on Wednesday, September 4th and will end on Friday, December 6th.   Adolescent Issues Cycle 2 will begin on Monday, December 9th.


REPORT CARDS
Report cards will be issued on Friday, December 13th.


GALVIN MIDDLE SCHOOL EARLY RELEASE DAYS
2013-2014
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.
December 18, 2013
January 29, 2014
February 26, 2014
March 12, 2014
March 26, 2014
April 2, 2014
April 30, 2014
May 28, 2014


CONCERT SCHEDULE
December 10 – Grade 5-8 Chorus & Orchestra Concert – GMS Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
December 17 – Grade 5-8 Band Night – GMS Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
January 24-25 – Middle School Musical – GMS Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
March 13 – Grades 4-12 String Fling – WHS Field House – time to be announced
May 14 – Grade 5-8 Chorus & Orchestra Concert – GMS Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
May 20 – Grade 5-8 Band Concert – GMS Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.


HOLIDAY TREATS FOR GALVIN STAFF
The Galvin PTO will be putting together a Holiday cookie appreciation day for the staff on Thursday, December 19th.  If you are able to participate and donate cookies for this event please contact Cleo Rizos at decarizfam@gmail.com.


PTO MEETINGS 2013-2014
No PTO meeting for the month of December see you in January.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The PTO board for this year is
Kim Hartman - President –
Cheryl Spillane - Vice President
Maureen Marley McCarthy -Treasurer –
Betsy Benoit -Secretary


GALVIN PTO AND FACEBOOK
If you are on facebook make sure you go and like the PTO page at https://www.facebook.com/GalvinPTO


PTO DUES AND VOLUNTEER SHEETS
It is still not too late to send in your dues to the Galvin PTO.  Please put your contribution into an envelope and send it with your child marked Galvin PTO Dues.  Any contribution you can make helps the PTO support the children. You can also still send in volunteer sheets as well.  If you need a new dues or volunteer sheet please email galvinschoolpto@gmail.com


MAGAZINE DRIVE UPDATE
You can still support the Galvin Middle School! The school will receive 40% of any online orders placed throughout the year atwww.gaschoolstore.com~when you enter the school code '2516896'. Simply click 'shop now', enter the school code '2516896' and follow the instructions to shop within the site. The site offers more than magazines! There are gift items, such as jewelry and wrapping paper, too. Spread the word to any friends or family who may want to support the school!
If you have any problems with subscriptions, or a question about an order, please contact Becky Cataldo at~beckycataldo@verizon.net with orders placed during the drive at the start of the year.


RECYCLE YOUR SOFTGOODS
Bay State Textiles has white bins at all of the schools in town and they are here to stay.  Put your old and worn clothing, shoes, stuffed animals, pocketbooks any soft goods into these white bins at each school and the Schools get money for each ton generated.  You can go to
Bay State Textile’s website for more information http://baystatetextiles.com  
Right now there is a contest going on for all school to reach a total of 16,000lbs to earn an extra $800.00 by November.  Please help us reach our goal by putting your unused items in the bins.  
Acceptable Items for Recycling, all of the following can be donated in any condition as long as it’s clean and dry:
Shoes Boots Sneakers Heels Work Boots Cleats Pumps Dress Boots Slippers Sandals Winter Boots Flip Flops Tops Pants Undergarments Sweaters Jeans Socks Sweatshirts Sweatpants T­Shirts Dresses Skirts Slips Tank Tops Shorts Pajama’s Blazers Slacks Coats Hats Gloves Scarfs Pocketbooks Duffle Bags Totes Belts Ties Bathrobes
Sheets Pillows Comforters Blankets Dish Towels Throw Rugs Draperies Table linens Placemats
and best of all Stuffed Animals
In any condition, 95% of all textiles can be recycled or reused -  Reduce ­ Reuse ­ Recycle


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION AT THE GALVIN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Please keep saving your Box Tops there will be another collection in February.
Any questions about Box Tops for Education please contact Maureen McCarthy at Maureen@marleymccarthy.com


WANT TO DONATE-A-BOOK TO THE GALVIN LIBRARY?
Sponsor a book for the Galvin Library for only $12!
For a donation of $12.00, a label with your child’s name will be affixed inside the book and shelved in the library for all to enjoy. If you are interested please contact either Kelly Sofronas at kellysofronas@yahoo.com or Colleen E Guida atrhguida@hotmail.com
For children who are new to the school, it’s a nice way to commemorate their new endeavor!  
Weird Sea Creatures by Eric Hoyt
Baseball: Yesterday and Today by Josh Leventhal
Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter by Simon Mayo
Moonshadow: Rise of the Ninja by Simon Higgins
Victor Cruz: Out of the Blue by Victor Cruz
The Technology of Football by Shane Frederick
Draw out the story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics by Brian Mclahlan
Sneakers by Vicki Cobb
Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moments by Carla Killough McClattery~
Wild Animal Neighbors"Sharing the Urban World by Ann Downer
Ballerina- A step-by-step guide... by Jane Hacket
American Girl- The Crystal Ball by Jaquelyn Denbar Greene
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Bessen
Kringle by Tony Abbot


EASY FUNDRAISING AT GALVIN
Target Take Charge for Education - This is a simple way to help us raise funds for our school.  All you have to do is use your Target Visa or Target Card, and a percentage of the amount of each purchase you make goes back to the school in the form of a cash donation from Target twice a year.  Visit www.target.com/tcoe School -  ID:60186 or call 1800-316-6142to designate our school.  Ask friends and family to do the same.  
ABITIBI Fundraising and Recycling Program - Put recycled paper into the green bins by the school and money is given to the PTO.
Bay State Textiles - Put your old and worn clothing, shoes, stuffed animals, pocketbooks any soft goods into these white bins at each school and the Schools get money for each ton generated. http://baystatetextiles.com  
My Eco - is now in Wakefield http://getmyeco.com Purchase a set of bags from anyone of the PTO’s at any of the schools.  Each time you use the bags and your smartphone at Shaw’s a portion of your sales goes to the schools. Kick of date was November 4th. Download the app now My Eco in the app store it’s free.  You don’t need the bags to participate you only need the app.


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 Daily Bulletin, 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.


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.


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 Frederick Randall at 857-445-6642 or the school office at 781-246-6410 before 2:30 p.m.  Parents must
sign children out.


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
December 10, 2013
January 14, 2014
February 11, 2014
March 11, 2014
April8, 2014
May 13, 2014
June 10, 2014

Educational Meeting Dates
December 24, 2013
January 28 2014
February 25, 2014
March 25 2014
May27, 2014
June 24, 2014


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.


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.
 

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.


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.


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

DECEMBER
1 – (5, 13)
2 – (6, 16)
3 – (9, 17)
4 – (2, 10, 18)
5 – (3, 11, 19)
6 – (4, 12, 20)

JANUARY
1 – (2, 10, 21, 29)
2 – (3, 13, 22, 30)
3 – (6, 14, 23, 31)
4 – (7, 15, 24)
5 – (8, 16, 27)
6 – (9, 17, 28)

FEBRUARY
1 – (6, 14)
2 – (7, 24)
3 – (10, 25)
4 – 3, 11, 26)
5 – (4, 12, 27)
6 – (5, 13, 28)

MARCH
1 – (3, 11, 19, 27)
2 – (4, 12, 20, 28)
3 – (5, 13, 21, 31)
4 – (6, 14, 24)
5 – (7, 17, 25)
6 – (10, 18, 26)

APRIL
1 – (4, 14, 30)
2 – (7, 15)
3 – (8, 16)
4 – (1, 9, 17)
5 – 2, 10, 28)
6 – (3, 11, 29)

MAY
1 – (8, 16, 27)
2 – (1, 9, 19, 28)
3 – (2, 12, 20, 29)
4 – (5, 13, 21, 30)
5 – (6, 14, 22)
6 – (7, 15, 23)

JUNE
1 – (4, 12, 20)
2 – (5, 13, 23)
3 – (6, 16, 24)
4 – (9, 17, 25)
5 – (2, 10, 18, 26)
6 – (3, 11, 19, 27)


Dear Galvin Community Families,

We are excited to announce that ours school district is now enrolling parents in the iParent portion of our iPass Student Management Software. Parents will be able to view their child’s biographical data as well as attendance, term grades, and standardized test scores from your home computer via the internet. The goal of this program is to increase communication and access to information between parents and Wakefield Public Schools.

To participate you will need to have your child’s student identification number. This can be found on a student’s schedule, report card or progress report. Also you will need Internet Explorer 5.0 or later or Netscape 4.0 or later installed on your computer. This system is for parental access only; do not allow your child to establish your account.
To enroll in the system:
Click on the “Parents” tab and click on the link labeled iParent Registration.
  • Please fill out the appropriate information on the on-line form and make sure all boxes are completed. Complete this now for all your children in the district.
  • Please write down your User ID and Password for future reference, keeping
  • in mind that both pieces are case sensitive.
  • When you finish click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page. The form that you submit will be reviewed to ensure that the person requesting access is entitled to receive confidential information for the student(s) listed on the application.
  • Please refer to the iParent Documentation for a System Guide for Parents on the “Parents” tab of the district website.
After you hit “submit” our building staff will need to go in and verify that you are the correct person to view your child’s information.  This verification process may take us up to ten business days, especially for the larger schools.Your patience is appreciated while we work through the initial verification step!

After we complete verification and identify you as the correct person to view your child’s information, you will get an email that approval has been granted.  Then you may use the iParent Login link on the district’s webpage “Parents” tab to access your child’s information.  You will also have the ability to update email and telephone contact information as it changes for emergency purposes. We hope that you find iParent a useful tool to enhance our school partnership.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Lea Terfry in the Galvin main office at lea.terfry@wpsk12.org.

Sincerely,
Mark Bedrosian
Principal

Should you need this information translated, please contact the principal of your child's school.

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