R. H. Conwell Community News 1/13/2022

Worthington School District
147 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA 01098

Dear Community:

Last Day of School:  New last day of school for preschool is June 13 and  K- 6th is June 20, 2023 and both will be a half day!

World’s Finest Chocolate:  We are currently selling chocolate bars to raise funds for the ⅚ graders Nature’s Classroom Trip.  There are carmel, milk chocolate, almond, and crisp bars for $1.00 each or $60 for a box!  If you are interested in buying some chocolates to support our students please email Lisa at louellet@hr-k12.org or stop by the office!

Calling all 5/6 th Graders:  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!

School Committee Listening Sessions:  School Committee would like to invite parents and community members to the school for an opportunity to talk or ask questions.  This will begin at 3:30 p.m. on January 18 at R.H. Conwell Elementary School.

News from Nurse Meg about a Flu Clinic:  If I held a flu clinic for students after school for several days, how many of you would be interested? Caveats: I cannot give a child their very first flu vaccine ever; a parent or guardian must be present; children 8 years old or younger receive two vaccines 4 weeks apart. Please respond at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCRQLTG

PTO:  The PTO wants to thank the entire school community for the holiday bazaar – your donations and help made it possible! Special thanks to Deb Clapp, Debbi and Jay Dreschnack, Anna Maunz and Chris Reid, Karen Rowe, Sarah Stec, and Ana Walkowiak for volunteering! 

The second Hillside Pizza fundraiser kicks off this week, and order forms will be sent home for a pick up on Friday,  February 10th, just in time for the super bowl, St. Valentine’s day, or simply mid-February. Order delicious high quality take-and-bake pizza and cookies, and help the school in the process. Forms are due back on February 1st, so get the family and neighbors involved!   

After-School Program:  The After-School Program has openings in the following activities! If your student is interested in joining please email Shannon Madden at smadden@hr-k12.org. The after-school program is free due to our grant funding!

Art Expression for grades 3 and 4 on Tuesdays with Julie and Kayla

Description: Students will explore different art media and techniques and work on projects.  If you love to draw, sew, paint & sculpt this class is for you!

Legos for grades 3 to 6 on Tuesdays with Ms. Lak

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.

Dance for grades 3 to 6 on Wednesdays with Judy Babcock and Mrs. Madden

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

Outdoor Exploration and Games for grades 3 to 6 on Thursdays with Ms. Lex and Ms. Lak

Description of activity:  Students can choose to participate in sledding, fort building, and woods exploration . If we are not able to go outside students can choose between different indoor games and activities. 

Theater for grades 3 to 6 on Fridays with Mr. Cain and Mrs. Madden

Description: Students will participate in fun improv activities and work together on short skits. Interested students will also have the opportunity to explore different musical instruments.

Celebration Treats:  Birthday Platters are coming back!  Please contact Miss Ashley in the cafeteria for a form atompkins@hr-k12.org 

They will include a choice of:  

  • Cafeteria Made cookies, chocolate chip or funfetti. $.50 a cookie 
  • Cafeteria Made Cupcakes, chocolate or vanilla $1.00 a cupcake 
  • Cafeteria Made WG Rice Crispy treats with sprinkles $.50 a treat 
  • 100% Fruit Juice $.50 each 
  • 1% low-fat white or chocolate milk $.50 each

Orders need to be placed the Friday before the date needed.  All snacks fall under smart snack guidelines.

Internet Safety Presentation: The United States Attorney’s Office is hosting a virtual Internet safety presentation for parents the evening of Wednesday, January 18th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  The presentation, entitled Keeping Kids Safe and Secure Online:  A Project Safe Childhood Presentation for Parents will bring awareness to the dangers of the internet, including gaming and social media platforms that predators use to groom children with the intent of exploiting them sexually online or for an in person meeting.  The presentation will focus on prevention by educating parents and community members how to help keep children safe online.  We will be covering the following topics:

  • Social Media 101 & Digital Footprint
  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexting
  • Gaming
  • Victim Support
  • Protecting Against Online Predation

The presentation is free. Registration is required.  The link to register is included on the attached flyer and is also included here: 

Event address for attendees:  https://usao.webex.com/usao/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec3d8ccd61ccdd26ee39d8c6ffd5c57aa
Password:  PSC1
Questions or difficulty registering?  Please contact Karen Legace @ USAMA.PSCOutreach@usdoj.gov

Family Breakfast:  We would like to invite family members to breakfast on January 25, 2023!  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.  

Hilltown Family Center Playgroup:  Every Monday at R.H. Conwell beginning at 8:30 for infants and toddlers beginning at 9:45.  

Reminders from Nurse’s Office: If your child is going to be absent or tardy,  please cc mbreymann@hr-k12.org and louellet@hr-k12.org.

If you need Covid tests, text me.

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 mbreymann@hr-K12.org before 7:00 a.m. and until 7p.m.

During school hours, Nurse Meg can be reached at 238-5856 extension 1.  

Upcoming Events:

January 16, 2023:  No School

January 17, 2023:  No School for Professional Development

January 18, 2023: Internet Safety Presentation (see above for registration details)

January 18, 2023:  School Committee Listening Sessions beginning at 3:30 p.m. at R.H. Conwell Elementary School.

January 19, 2023:  PTO Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

January 23, 2023:  Guest Speaker, Lynn Lyons will be speaking at Hampshire Regional beginning at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium.  The topic includes:  Practical Solutions For Managing Worry, Enhancing Flexibility, and Creating Wellbeing

January 25, 2023:  Family Breakfast

January 26, 2023:  Virtual Parent Meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.  

January 27, 2023:  All School Meeting beginning at 9:10 a.m.

Have a wonderful long weekend!  


Gretchen Morse-Dobosz
Principal/Superintendent, Worthington School District

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