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May 2014 Galvin Gazette

posted May 4, 2014, 12:33 PM by Joel Villegas   [ updated May 4, 2014, 12:33 PM ]
Listed below are the MCAS testing dates. It is important that students are not tardy or absent during these testing dates.   
Grade 5  
Math:  Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9
Science:  Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14   
Grade 6  
Math:  Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9   
Grade 7  
Math:  Tuesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 7   
Grade 8  
Math:  Tuesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 7
Science:  Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14   
Make-up Exams  
Math Make-up:  Thursday, May 8, Friday, May 9 and Monday, May 12 Science Make-up:  Thursday, May 15

The Massachusetts Walk & Bike to School Day is held on the first Wednesday in May each year.  Galvin Middle School students are encouraged to participate in this year’s event next week on May 7th.  Parent volunteers are needed to greet students as they arrive to school, if you can help - please email betsybenoit40@gmail.com. Give-a-ways will be given out to the first 200 who walk and check in with the volunteers.

Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom will take place from October 27 to October 31, 2014.  All documentation is available on the website so it is important that any incoming Grade 6 student who will be attending this event in the fall should have all necessary paperwork turned in by their parent/guardian according to the dates on the welcome letter.  Packets can be located on the Galvin Middle School homepage under the Grade 6 Nature’s Classroom tab. Paper copies will not be distributed so each parent will need to print and complete the necessary packet to attend in the fall.

The Summer Honors Band is back again! This ensemble is open to all current band members’ grades 5-8 and will run fromJuly 14th to July 18th8-11:30, at WHS. Participation in this group is a fantastic way to keep playing over the summer while meeting new friends and having fun with new styles such as Pop, Rock, and Movie Scores. The week will end in a concert on the 18th at noon. Sign up online at: http://tinyurl.com/SummerBandSignUp2014 
Any questions please contact Ms. VB!

Please mark the date of this year’s Kelly McLean Thumbs-Up Walk around the lake:  Thursday, May 29th (rain date Thursday, June 5th) at Lake Quannapowitt.  Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. The walk begins at 5:00 p.m.  The cost is $5 per walker and $20 per family.  Music will be provided by DJ Pete Healey while friends of Kelly enjoy a picnic or pizza by the gazebo.  Thumbs-Up rings, bracelets, and T-Shirts will be available for purchase.  All proceeds benefit The Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield’s Kelly McLean Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship will be awarded to a local student in need of financial assistance who is pursuing an education in the medical field. Should you need further information, please contact Nancy Hurley at 781-224-0866 or Liz Stumpf at 781-245-5290.

Grade 5 Camp Bournedale in Plymouth, MA will take place from October 29-October 31, 2014.   More information will follow.  

The Principal Hours for the
2013-2014 school year are as follows:
May 2nd – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
May 21st – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
June 6th – 9:00-10:00 a.m.

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.

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.
May 28, 2014

Term 3 will began on Monday, March 24th until the end of the school year.

Unified Arts Cycle 2 began on Monday, January 27th and will end at the end of the school year.

Term 3 Adolescent Issue began on Monday, March 24th until the end of the school year.

The new year is here and 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 and school..  If you need a new dues or volunteer sheet please email galvinschoolpto@gmail.com.

PTO MEETINGS 2013-2014
Please join us for the next PTO meeting on Wednesday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Paulson Library.  
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 –

If you are on Facebook make sure you go and like the PTO page at
Wakefield public schools is on Facebook now as well, “like” them at  

The time has come to think about planning for the next school year. There are so many exciting things happening and in the works.
The Galvin School Community is buzzing with the sounds of a sparkling new school and new programs.
There is an awesome way to be in the forefront of this excitement and help mold and implement some of these programs.~    How you ask..
Volunteer to be part of the Galvin PTO!!
We are currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions on the PTO board.
Vice President : This position assists the President and will carry out the Presidents duties in her absence.
Treasurer: This position will receive all funds, keep accurate records of receipts and expenditures and report such to members at meetings.
Our current PTO president has gracefully agreed to serve for another year, thus being her last. If you are feeling that leadership role erupting, you could take this opportunity to learn the ropes.
The PTO meetings are held in the Paulson Library on the 1st Wednesday of each month.
Please contact Laurie Hunt at lauriehunthomes@gmail.com or Kim Hartman at kimbahartman@yahoo.com
Elections will be at the June 4th meeting.  These positions are crucial to the smooth running of our school and a great way to be involved in your children's school.

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 event 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 5th, 6th, 7th grade field days and 8thgrade dance if you are willing to chair please email Kim as well.

Thursday, June 12, 2014 with a rain date of Friday, June 13, 2014 for the 5th grade Kick Ball event at the Galvin Field.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 with a rain date of Wednesday, June 4, 2014 for the 6th grade Field Day at the Galvin Field.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 with a rain date of Wednesday, June 11, 2014 for the 7th grade Extravaganza at the Moulton Field.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 with a rain date of Thursday, June 19, 2014 for the 8th grade Chaos on the Common.

Friday, June 13th - 8th Grade Dance from 7pm - 9:30pm in the Americal Civic Center.

You can still support the Galvin Middle School! The school will receive 40% of any online orders placed throughout the year at www.gaschoolstore.com 
Simply click 'shop now', and enter the school code '2516896' and follow the instructions to shop within the site. Spread the word to any friends or family who may want to support the school!  Magazines are a great idea for coach gifts, Mother’s and Father’s day.  

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  
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

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
or Colleen E Guida at rhguida@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
*Moonshadow: Rise of the Ninja by Simon Higgins
*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
*Ballerina- A step-by-step guide... by Jane Hacket
*American Girl- The Crystal Ball by Jaquelyn Denbar Greene
*What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
*Kringle by Tony Abbot

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. 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.

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.

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
May 13, 2014
June 10, 2014
Educational Meeting Dates
May27, 2014
June 24, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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)

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.

Mark Bedrosian