R. H. Conwell Community News 3/25/2022

Dear Community:

Happy Friday!  Tomorrow, the school will be hosting a Book Fair from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and there is also a preschool and kindergarten Open House taking place from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.   We hope you can join us for the Book Fair!  And, if you have a preschooler or rising kindergartener, we hope to see you at the Open House. 

Just a friendly reminder that if you are dropping off or picking up a preschooler, please make sure you park in a parking space and that you drive in slowly.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Breakfast:  If your child is signed up to eat breakfast, please make sure to arrive no later than 8:30a.m.  breakfast ends at 8:50am and we want to ensure that they have sufficient time to eat.  

FY 23 Budget:  The following school and building budget was approved by the School Committee last evening.  Please feel free to see me with any questions.  The School Committee will hold a  public budget hearing on April 7, 2022.   Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the budgets.

FY23 School Budget 3/24/22

MCAS:  Students in grades 3-6 will be taking the MCAS ELA test on April 5 and 7.  If your child is in those grades, please make sure they are on time and get a good night’s sleep!  Breakfast will be provided for them.

School Choice:  The district has openings in the following grades:  One spot in Kindergarten,  two spots in First Grade and two spots in Third Grade.  Applications are due by April 15 and can be found here.

Nurse Sam Update: 

Please check out my new website for the most up-to-date information and updates from the nurse’s office. https://sites.google.com/hr-k12.org/rhc-nurses-office/

  • Common Illness Reminders: Please remember to always inform the nurse’s office of any illness symptoms. If your child is not feeling well and will not be coming to school, please be sure you are calling or emailing  your child out of school due to illness, in addition, please CC me (spease@hr-k12.org) on those emails as well. We are seeing an increase in cold-like symptoms (as expected with the mask mandate being released), and I cannot help if I am not informed.
  • At-Home Covid Tests:  You may still sign your child up to receive our weekly at-home covid tests. If you would like to begin receiving these tests, please reach out to me at spease@hr-k12.org.

*Covid Test Reporting Form: At-Home Covid Test Reporting Form

  • Routine Covid Safety Checks: If you would like to have your child begin participating in our Routine Covid Safety Check program, please reach out to me at spease@hr-k12.org.
Covid-19 Data Dashboard
Positive Cases at R.H. Conwell00
External Close Contacts in Quarantine10
BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Tests Conducted20
Positive Cases in Worthington (last 7 days)20
Positive Cases in Hampshire County (last 7 days)311404
Positive Cases in Massachusetts (last 7 days)8,7889,427
Weekly Routine Covid Safety Checks
Date Safety Checks Completed3/22/20223/15/2022
Number of Individuals Participating4544
Number of Pools Tested75
Number of Positive Pools00
Number of Negative Pools75

Upcoming Events:

March 26, 2022:  Preschool and Kindergarten Open House beginning at 9:30am – 11:30am. 

March 26, 2022:  Last day of the Book Fair (9:00am – 1:00pm with optional to purchase lunch from 11:00-1:00pm.)

April 5 and 7:  MCAS testing for grades 3 – 6.  

April 7:  School Committee Public Hearing at 6:30pm.

April 21:  PTO Meeting at 7:30pm.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.  

Gretchen Morse-Dobosz


Worthington School District
147 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA 01098

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