Sunday News for the Community from Superintendent/Principal Dobosz, April 19, 2020

Dear Community:

Happy Sunday!  Hope you are enjoying the beautiful sunshine and warmer weather!  My family spent many evenings last week hiking through our backyard and taking long walks after dinner.  We also built a fire pit with recycled bricks!  The smores were yummy!

After talking with the teachers and hearing from some families, I am happy to share that Week 2 of remote learning went very well! Here are some highlights and comments I heard about this week!

  • Zoom meetings with Ms. Lak our special education teacher was fun and engaging!
  • Preschool teachers used zoom to share a morning greeting, read a book, and tried a movement activity.
  • Ms. Arhensdorf’s kindergarten students listened to The Trouble with Tink, and are drawing detailed pictures about the story!
  • Ms. Gage (P.E.) posted a yummy snack called Winnie the Pooh.  Check it out!
  • Ms. Rose’s first and second grade students worked on a Bird Nest project.  They researched a bird and built a nest that resembled the nest for their chosen bird.
  • Mrs. O’s third and fourth grade class participated in an Outside Challenge.  Students were challenged to spend the whole day outside.  They needed to plan ahead to think about what they would need to accomplish this goal! And then students wrote about their experience in a journal!
  • Mr. Cleland’s fifth and sixth grade class had fun with idioms, and Mrs. Hawthorne posted an Art activity for the students to creatively draw an idiom!
  • Many students visited Ms. V’s Music class.  They sang songs and practiced their instruments!
  • Mrs. Madden, our enrichment teacher posted photos of a Moose her husband found.  He works for Fish and Wildlife and was helping it!
  • In Ms. Sarah’s Counseling Corner, she posted tips on how to create your own clam down corner! 

A few additional updates and community announcements:

April School Vacation

There is NO school on Monday, April 20 (Patriot’s Day), remote learning will continue from April 21-23, 2020.   

Food Pantry:

With the temporary closure of the Food Pantry in Goshen, The Hilltown Pantry and Northampton Survival Center have provided food supplies to the Town of Worthington to help residents in need of groceries during this national health crisis.

Free of charge, prepacked bags are available for drive by pick up on Thursdays, from 1:00-1:30pm at the rear of the R. H. Conwell school. One bag per resident is available every two weeks.

To reserve your bag of groceries:

If you do not have the transportation to pick-up your groceries or are otherwise incapacitated and need delivery, please also leave your name and address.

Meals Cooked at The Rabbit Hole:

With the assistance of the Rabbit Hole and a group of generous donors, the Town of Worthington is providing meals for anyone who may have a need based on finance or access during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Meals are available for pick-up at the Rabbit Hole on Fridays & Tuesdays from 1-1:30pm.  To reserve meals please contact us before 11am Monday for Tuesday’s meals and before 11am Thursday for Friday’s meals.

If you do not have the transportation to pick-up a meal or are otherwise incapacitated and need delivery, please also leave your name and address.

Donations:

While the meals program is being administered with help from the town, this is not town funded and is entirely supported by voluntary donations. If you would like to support this effort, please send a check to the Town of Worthington, with subject line: COVID-19 Relief

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of this and thank you for your support during this stressful time!

Warmly,

Gretchen Morse-Dobosz

Superintendent/Principal
Worthington School District
147 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA 01098
gmorsedobosz@hr-k12.org

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