Community News 12/9/22

Worthington School District
147 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA 01098

Dear Community:

Looking ahead to next week’s weather, we may finally get some snow!  Please make sure the office has your updated contact information in case we send out a message for a delayed start or school cancellation.  

News for 5th and 6th grade parents from Hampshire Regional Principal Lauren Holtz:   We are excited to be hosting a 5th and 6th Grade Parent/Guardian Information Night again this year! This year’s event will be held on January 19 at 6pm in the Hampshire Regional High School auditorium. We will share information about our middle school transition activities, middle and high school programming, athletics and extracurriculars, and general school information. There will also be time for you to ask questions of the administration and counseling department, and the Student Council will be offering tours of the building. While this event is only for parents and guardians, there will be many more opportunities this spring for current 6th graders to visit the school and learn more about HRHS. We look forward to seeing you there!

After-School Program Updates:  Session 2 of the program has begun and we have opened up activities to include additional grades!

We are opening up our “Lego Storytelling” activity on Tuesdays to include the 3rd and 4th graders.  Starting on December 13th this activity will be open for students grades 3 to 6.  

  • Description of activity: We will create stories and bring them to life using Legos and digital media. Media to include photos, videos & iMovie. Students will have time for Lego choice time at the end of class.

We are opening up our “Outdoor Games and Challenges” activity on Thursdays to include the 5th and 6th grade.  Starting on December 15th this activity will be open for students grades 3 to 6.  

  • Description of activity: We will be participating in gym games and outdoor play and exploration. Students can choose to participate in sledding, fort building, snowshoeing or free time to play during our outdoor days. Students will participate in obstacle courses, life sized puzzles & challenges when we need to be indoors.

The following activities have spots available!

Art Expression Class for grades 3 and 4 on Tuesdays

Description: Explore various visual art media and techniques and work on projects.  If you love to draw, paint & sculpt this class is for you!

Dance class for grades 3 to 6 on Wednesdays

Description: Dance experience isn’t necessary! We will learn basic dance techniques and will explore different genres through class instruction and videos. Genres may include jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, ballet and tap. 

Theater class for grades 3 to 6 on Fridays.

Description: Learn the fundamentals of theater, including acting, improv games, music and dance. We will continue to work together to create a community variety show.  

If you would like to add your student to these activities please email Shannon Madden at by Sunday, December 11th.   

PTO:  Donations for the Holiday Bazaar are open – the kids can shop for gifts in the PTO sponsored bazaar on December 15, and we are seeking donations of items in good condition that could be given as gifts.  All sales raise funds for the school!  Donations can be dropped in the Bazaar Bin in the main office. Thank you!

  • Volunteers for Bazaar: The PTO is in great need of volunteers in order for the holiday bazaar to happen on December 15.  Please contact Max Breiteneicher @ if you are interested in volunteering.  

Family Breakfast and Lunch:  We would like to invite family members to breakfast on December 21, 2022 and lunch on December 16, 2022.  Please make sure to enter through the cafeteria door and sign in.  And, please look for a sign-up sheet from Ms. Ashley in the green folders.  Cost for adults to purchase breakfast or lunch.  

  • Breakfast is $3.00.
  • Lunch  is $5.00.  

Reminders from Nurse’s Office: 

  • Next week, I will begin screening the students for hearing, vision, spinal curvature and BMI. Opt out letters were sent home 11/28. Please return them if you wish to opt your child(ren) out.
  • If your child is going to be absent or tardy,  please cc and
  • We know of two new cases of Covid in the school. Don’t hesitate to request rapid Covid tests. We have plenty. 
  • A fever virus is still occurring but with less frequency and there are a few lingering coughs. School absences have been low this week. 
  • If you have a health concern about sending your child to school, you  may reach Nurse Meg by text at 413-320-8172 or email  at before 7:00 a.m. and until 7p.m.
  • During school hours, Nurse Meg can be reached at 413-238-5856 extension 1.  

Upcoming Events:

December 15, 2022:  PTO meeting at 6:00PM in the school cafeteria

December 15, 2022:  Holiday Bazaar between 8:30 – 12:00 a.m.

December 16, 2022:  Report Cards Go Home

December 16, 2022:  All School Meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m.

December 16, 2022:  Parent Lunch 

December 21, 2022:  Parent Breakfast

December 23 – January 3: Winter Recess

January 4, 2023:  Students return 

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Gretchen Morse-Dobosz
Principal/Superintendent, Worthington School District

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