News for the Community from Superintendent/Principal Dobosz – 9/7/2020

Dear Community:

Hope you enjoyed the beautiful Labor Day weekend. The weather has been perfect and as I look ahead the mild temperatures and sunshine are going to follow us into the first week of school. Right now the temperatures are ranging from 70 to 82 degrees. Those are the midday temperatures, and we all know that Worthington mornings can be crisp. Please make sure to send your child with layers that they can take off as the day warms up.

Tomorrow is our first day of school for 2020-2021. A reminder that students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, will attend school Tuesday and Wednesday, and students in grades K, 2, 4, 6 will attend Thursday and Friday. The kindergarten students and special populations will attend every day this week. All students will be back in full on September 14, 2020.

A few reminders as we venture into this new school year!

  • The school day will begin at 8:30 am. Students arriving by drop off may not be dropped off until 8:30 am. Please make sure to be on time. Follow the link for the drop off and pick up procedures. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GwS_iPgbWOG_3T_l0S0XOlQj9qUTSf1cqSWqRUhmf6o/ edit?usp=sharing
  • Please contact Ms. Lisa by email or phone BEFORE 2:00 p.m. if there are any changes to your child’s pick up plan.
  • Dress your child appropriately for outdoor learning.
  • Please check your child’s folder for important back-to-school information and forms that need to be returned to school.
  • Check out the school website! The page has been completely updated with dates, policies, and COVID related information related to Worthington. Follow the link; RH Conwell: Home
  • Enrichment Program: If you are interested in the after school enrichment program, please make sure to return the registration forms.
  • We are happy to announce two new hires!
  • Raven Tumbledown is so excited to join the Conwell team. She will work with Mrs. O’s and the third and fourth graders. Raven has a Masters degree from Maine College and is a graduate of R.H. Conwell!
    • Jon-Paul Stracco is happy to be joining the team at the R H Conwell Elementary School! He previously worked as a speech and language pathology assistant in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District for twelve years. He worked with a wide range of students from young people with struggles in reading and writing, to articulation, and students with limited verbal abilities. He will be supervised by our colleagues from Communicare – Hillary and Emily D. He lives in Florence with his wife, two daughters ages 9 and 6, a puppy and five chickens.
  • Caregivers you are the primary screener for COVID- 19 symptoms. All students should remain home if at any time they are exhibiting any of the COVID-19 symptoms documented by the CDC: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

This school year will be unlike any other! There are new protocols and procedures that are absolutely needed for school safety, and will require additional time and energy to teach our students. As we begin the school year, please continue to reach out with questions or concerns. We are all doing our best, and I ask for your support and patience as we all navigate this new kind of school year!

Cheers to another school year!

Gretchen Morse-Dobosz Superintendent/Principal
Worthington School District
147 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA 01098
413-238-5856
gmorsedobosz@hr-k12.org

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