R. H. Conwell Community News 3/17/2023

Worthington School District
147 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA 01098

Dear Community:  

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  Tomorrow the school will be open from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for the book fair, clothing drive, and the pulled pork lunch will be from 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.  We hope you can join us! 

YOUTH CLOTHING DRIVE:  Tomorrow, Saturday, March 18th the Equity Advisory Committee is hosting a youth clothing drive alongside the Pulled Pork lunch and Book Fair.   We will take clothing donations tomorrow morning too.  

PTO Seed Fundraiser: We are excited to announce that we will be fundraising with High Mowing Organic Seeds this year to support our school. Each student has received a fundraising form that contains the varieties offered on one side, and an order form on the other side.  Please make your selections on the order form, and return to the school with payments no later than March 21, 2023.  If you are a community member and would like to order seeds, please stop by the school between the hours of 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

High Mowing Seeds are 100% organic and non-GMO, so while you are raising money for your school you are also supporting a healthy community, and healthy planet. If gardening isn’t your thing, consider purchasing some as gifts for the gardeners in your life. The seeds will arrive in perfect time to start indoors, or to direct seed in the spring.

Please make checks payable to: Worthington School District PTO

News From Kate Ewald and the Historical Society:  Back in March of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was announced, we at the Worthington Historical Society (WHS) searched our archives for stories of how our community experienced the flu pandemic of 1918/1919. Very little documentation was found.  Fearing that we might leave a similar historical void for future generations, it occurred to me that we invite today’s community to share pandemic stories.

I set out to document my own pandemic observations and experiences in a daily journal, imagining a couple of weeks, a couple of months. I began with news reports and how I adopted safe strategies. I pondered the realities of pseudo-isolation.  Clearly, I wasn’t the only one gearing my social exchanges to walks around town.  I began photographing discarded masks that seemed to define the pandemic, and also signage (hiring; entry protocols; closings).  People were laid off of work, schools closed and families had to adjust to a new way of life.  A food pantry opened in town, and folks shared resources through coordinated community networks. 

I never expected to be following up nearly 3 years later, still documenting, waiting and wondering if the pandemic is yet over.  However, our community is moving forward into a new “normal,” returning to work, school and social gatherings, wearing or not wearing masks, each choosing a route according to one’s own sensibilities.  Now that we seem to have arrived at this new “normal” we at the WHS believe that this would be a good time to move forward with collecting your stories. 

We’re asking residents and the teachers at the school  to share their stories through anecdotes, projects, observations and life experiences during these three long years, which will be archived at the WHS.  kewald.450@gmail.com

March is Spirit Month: We would like to encourage everyone to participate in spirit month.  See the following dates and themes below!

March 24 – Hat Day

March 31 – School Wide Pajama Day

Monthly Virtual Parent:  Meeting RESCHEDULED for March 21, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Topic: Virtual Parent Meeting
Time: Mar 22, 2023 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting

World’s Finest Chocolate:  We are currently selling chocolate bars (still have about 1000 bars)  to raise funds for the 5th and 6th graders Nature’s Classroom Trip.  There are caramel, dark and 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!

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.
  • Our many COVID tests expire in May. Get them soon!
  • 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. 
  • If you find unfamiliar clothing or ice packs in your home or child’s backpack, please return to the school! We especially need small pants and small and large snow pants.
  • Consider Covid when your child is ill. It can surprise us!

Upcoming Events:

NEW TIME:  March 21, 2023: Virtual Parent Meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.

March 24, 2023:  Noon Dismissal and ALL SCHOOL MEETING

March 31, 2023:  Report Cards Go Home

April 8, 2023:  PANCAKE BREAKFAST to sponsor the ⅚ students trip to Nature’s Classroom.

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Gretchen Morse-Dobosz
Principal/Superintendent, Worthington School District

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