R. H. Conwell Community News 1/6/2023

Worthington School District
147 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA 01098

Dear Community:

Happy New Year!  It’s been so wonderful to have the students back after a long winter recess!  I hope that you and your family were able to have a restful holiday break!  

Nature’s Classroom Fundraiser:  On Friday, January 13 at 6:00, the ⅚ class will be hosting movie night at school to raise funds for Nature’s Classroom.  The ⅚ class is planning to travel to Ivoryton, Connecticut for 2 nights from May 31 – June 2.  The approximate cost is about $300 per student which we hope to offset with fundraising.  Friday’s movie night admission is FREE, and students will be selling popcorn, drinks, and pizza to help raise money for Nature’s Classroom.   Donations are also welcome.   Please note that you cannot drop off your child for this event.  All students need to have an adult accompany them for the evening.

  • In addition to the Movie NIght, the ⅚ graders will be selling chocolate to friends and family via World’s Finest Chocolate.   Please let Mr.  M know if you are interested in buying any chocolate!  He can be reached at amaclachlan@hr-k12.org

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

Student Flu Clinic at R.H. Conwell:  Please respond at this link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCRQLTG

Family Breakfast and Lunch:  We would like to invite family members to breakfast on January 25, 2023 and January 13, 2023 for family lunch!  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.  

Caregivers Basic Rights Training:  Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP.  Presented by Karen Mowry, Advocate on January 12, 2023 beginning at  6:00-8:00PM   Pre-registration Required 

Registration Link: https://fcsnorg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodOirrD4vE9Dq9Vk743_uKk7c7iYvPJOE

Reminders from Nurse’s Office: 
– If I held a flu clinic for students after school on 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

– If your child is going to be absent or tardy,  please cc mbreymann@hr-k12.org and louellet@hr-k12.org.

– There are so many lingering coughs. I have obtained an order for cough drops from our school physician. Students (except preschoolers) may have one every 2 hours for three days maximum. I will need a note from you giving me permission to give them to your child. I have cherry Vicks Formula 44; you may send your own cough drops with the permission slip if they need another type of cough drop. I need to keep them in the office. We do not give them to preschoolers due to the danger of choking.

– 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 12, 2023: School Committee Meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

January 12, 2023:  Equity Advisory Committee meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the school cafeteria

January 13, 2023:  Family Lunch

January 13, 2023:  Movie Night to raise money for Nature’s Classroom Field Trip  6-8pm.

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 weekend and enjoy the snow!  

Gretchen Morse-Dobosz
Principal/Superintendent, Worthington School District

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