Sunday News from Superintendent/Principal Dobosz, March 29, 2020

Dear Community:

Happy Sunday!  This week my goal was to organize my home office and get into a routine.  Honestly, it’s still a work in progress!  There are four of us at home and we are all trying to organize our own schedules and stay out of the way of one another.  We are all seeking a quiet space to access the internet for school and work.  And, to top it off my husband who is a P.E. teacher turned our living room into a make shift gym in order to create P.E. videos to send to his students!  This week while I was on a Zoom conference call in the living room, a ball flew by me and nearly missed my face!  I couldn’t help but laugh!  Please try to find those moments that make you smile or laugh out loud.  Finding the joy or those moments will help all of us during this unprecedented time.

Last week the faculty and I met via Zoom to review and discuss the Education Commissioners guiding principles for remote learning during this extended closure.  All teachers are dedicated to the children of Worthington and are working hard to develop authentic and relevant learning plans for our students.  This week, they will work on these plans and will contact all families no later than Friday, April 3, 2020.  These learning expectations will begin on April 6, 2020.  I am impressed and grateful for how our community is coming together to face this unprecedented situation. 

Please take a few minutes to fill out the R.H. Conwell Food Survey.  The link is below.  We are working to determine the need for a grab-and-go program for families who may be in need during the extended closure.  If you have any trouble accessing this survey or completing it, please contact me at gmorsedobosz@hr-k12.org.  I would like to have the survey results not later than Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NG6NBLG

A few updates/reminders:

  • I know all this communication is overwhelming. In an effort to reduce the amount of information you are receiving from me, I will continue to send my weekly Sunday News and do my best to not to send you updates throughout the week.
  • If your family is experiencing a reduction or loss of income, you are encouraged to visit https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/screening to determine whether they are eligible for any state benefits.

At this time our tentative date to reopen is May 4, 2020, the date has been set by the Governor of Massachusetts.  I will continue to share any new information with you and if this date changes you will be notified as soon as I know. 

Continued best wishes for your family’s health. 

Gretchen Morse-Dobosz
Superintendent/Principal

R.H. Conwell Elementary School
147 Huntington Road Worthington, MA 01098
413-238-5856
gmorsedobosz@hr-k12.org

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