Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions on Reopening Shawsheen Updated 10/20

 Frequently Asked Questions on Reopening Shawsheen

This will continue to update throughout the week!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Shawsheen Virtual Parent Orientation 10/19/20


Dear Families,


Today was an amazing day back with the staff. The classrooms look great and all the efforts of the staff, custodial staff, school nurse, building based team and much more has not gone unnoticed. We may have less desks and more space in-between but the building and learning environment is filled with excitement, energy and love to welcome students back. Over the next few weeks you will be getting more information as we re-open and just a reminder that our virtual open house is this Thursday. Staff will be sending out information on this shortly.

As promised below is a link for a Shawsheen Elementary School Parent Orientation. Within this slide show are voice overs if you wish to click on it. If not, you are welcome to just read through the slides. The presentation will take you through what a day will look like at Shawsheen including mask breaks, car rider, dismissal, snack, lunch, recess and handwashing. There are also links provided for more district resources and a question form for any questions you would like to submit. I will answer your question in a FAQ sheet for this week’s weekly news by Friday or email you directly.

Thank you so much for working with us to prepare your children for the transition back. For our remote classroom learners I have included you on this email as well. There is some information on attendance and cohorts that may pertain to you. We will be doing many school activities which will be inclusive of all learners remote or hybrid such as All School Meeting, PBIS lessons and more. Stay tuned and thanks for all you do!


Mrs. King

Friday, October 16, 2020

Weekly news 10/16/20-SPORTS DAY TODAY

 Dear Families,

I am so proud of the students for all their efforts and look forward to welcoming back our Grade 1 students in Cohort A on Thursday and grade 1 Cohort B on Friday. Just a reminder that there is no school for students on Monday and Tuesday. This means they will not be logging in at all for those days regardless of Cohorts.

I sent out information surrounding open house last week and staff will send out links on how to access the virtual open house as it approaches.

Also, on Monday please keep an eye out for a powerpoint presentation on what a day at Shawsheen will look when we return. It is a voice over and gives you the option to click on the icon or just read through the slides at your own pace. Some of the information may feel repetitive from the district prospective but we felt it was important to go over what Shawsheen will look like for arrival, dismissal, snack, recess, lunches, etc. There will be an opportunity to submit questions at the end and I will get back to individual families or create a common FAQ.

Lastly, today is Favorite Sports Day!!! Have a great long weekend!

Mrs. King

Friday, October 9, 2020

Weekly News-10/9/20


Good Afternoon Families,

We are very excited to welcome students back while continuing to embrace our current and ongoing remote learners. In the next few weeks I will be sending out specific reopening information on our school procedures such as mask breaks, car rider, arrival, dismissal etc. As a reminder the district has been providing beneficial information and updating  policies and procedures on our website. Last evening the superintendent held a community forum where the cohorts, schedules, covid procedures and much more was discussed. Please feel free to review these resources at your convenience. Reopening Website and Resources

We have refrained from asking families for supplies this year as we will provide them so that nothing is shared. However, if you would like to send your child in with their own hand sanitizer for their desk that would be appreciated. We are also more than happy to take those donations as extras if you wish. Paper towels and Kleenex is also helpful to have extra of  in the classroon. 

Next week from Tuesday-Friday is continued remote learning. October 19th and 20th the district has updated the calendar to reflect 2 non school days. On Wednesday, October 21st the classroom teachers will be live remotely in the a.m and asynchronous in p.m. As part of our preparation for reopening of the school, grade 1 cohort A will come in on October 22nd and grade 1 cohort B on the 23rd and then all students starting based on their cohorts  on October 26th. Grades 2 and 3 will continue with remote while the first grade does their orientation days. 

* Tomorrow is Pajama day

* Monday is NO school

* October 22nd is Virtual Open House 4-8:15

* Pie Fundraiser (see portion of email below from PAC)

ORDERS DUE BY TUESDAY OCTOBER 13! The Shawsheen/West PAC's annual pie and pastry fundraiser is here featuring Lyman Orchards Pies, Braided Pastry and Cake Rolls!! Orders will arrive on Tuesday, November 24, right in time for Thanksgiving! Don't bake your Thanksgiving pies from scratch! Just order ours, thaw and serve! (fruit pies are frozen, unbaked). Plus, new gift items are also available this year including: tumblers, water bottles, coffee, gourmet popcorn and more!


Follow this link to create your account, share with friends and order! >>> https://your.mcmfundraising.com/signup/5L5J

Thank you,

Mrs. King

Friday, October 2, 2020

Weekly News--Shawsheen Elementary 10/2/20

 Good Morning Families,

Thank you all for another great week. The staff and administration appreciate all your support with continuing remote learning. Please see below for just a few updates:

*  Student work and remote learning video 1 minute

* A letter for virtual open house will be sent out next week with dates and times. 

* Please review letter sent out by Dr. Brand on new reopening dates and information presented at school committee meeting.

* Pac Pie Fundraiser information 

The Shawsheen/West PAC's annual pie and pastry fundraiser is here from Oct. 2-13 featuring Lyman Orchards Pies, Braided Pastry and Cake Rolls!! Orders will arrive on Tuesday, November 24, right in time for Thanksgiving! Don't bake your Thanksgiving pies from scratch! Just order ours, thaw and serve! (fruit pies are frozen, unbaked). Plus, new gift items are also available this year including: tumblers, water bottles, coffee, gourmet popcorn and more!

 Please Note: This year we are taking all orders online. Follow this link to create your account, share with friends and order! >>> https://your.mcmfundraising.com/signup/5L5J


Enjoy your weekend,


Monday, August 3, 2020

Welcome Back Letter 2020

August 3, 2020
Good Evening Shawsheen Families,
First, I want to acknowledge that this is not my typical welcome back letter to families. In fact, I kept wanting to rewrite this first paragraph to talk about all the great things that have occurred over the summer with vacations and family. I always loved referencing the many post cards I would receive from all kinds of places from all of our students and I would write back to each one. Unfortunately, this summer was different and my family had to adjust like many of yours.  We may not have experienced vacations like we knew them but we tried to make the best out of our time together. Whether it was watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs over and over again or having some extra snuggle time, we did what we could. I am sure I am not alone with some of these sentiments and I know that we all want what is best for our students and our staff.
Thank YOU to our Staff and Custodians
Although, the summer at home seemed different, inside the Shawsheen remained mostly the same. The custodians moving furniture and doing an incredible job cleaning the building as usual. I want to thank them for all their dedication in the summer. This is not an easy job under any conditions and they have been extremely helpful. In addition, I want to thank my staff for their countless hours and efforts to try and support the schools and the reopening committees to make sure that everyone is safe. The Shawsheen Building Based committee is made up of an amazing representation and all their efforts are continued from possible scheduling changes, room changes from how recess and bathroom breaks will work. Please join me in thanking our teachers and valuing all they do all year long. This is not an easy time for all of us and many of our teachers have families as well, so they understand the importance on all fronts including family stressors due to the unknown and socialization and academics concerns for your children. I wish I had a simple and easy answer that would support families, staff and community members.  What I can tell you is that the district will continue to update you as we move forward with our plans and move toward learning in the fall, whatever that shall look like. I can also tell you that we will remain optimistic in making whatever decision work best for our students.
Classroom Assignments and Delays
Please note that during this time of year I would have sent out updates on classrooms, and orientations for first graders or new students or events that would have occurred in the spring. Due to all the uncertainty and many new procedures that are being developed we will have to delay this typical timeline. We are all working toward some type of transition piece for all students even if it occurs virtually. As information becomes available on this or any other supports we will send something out to families. There are also a variety of resources on our district webpage and in addition families can follow the Shawsheen on the facebook page, twitter account or the blog. All the same information will be pushed out to all sources so whatever works for your family to access information, please utilize.
District Learning Plan Information
As you are aware the district is considering all the options for learning to occur in a safe and effective way and are in the process still of gathering data to make the best decision for all stakeholders. The district will be sending out something early this week that will ask families to make a commitment for their child as to which mode of learning that you want to pursue for the start of the current school year. As you know by now, there is the intent to start the year with a hybrid mode of learning that will see students in school part of the time and participating in remote instruction part of the time. While you will be provided with the opportunity to change your decision periodically throughout the upcoming school year it is essential that we know definitively the plan of our families for the start of the year.  Please watch for this information coming soon. As this information will certainly inform buildings on number of students in a classroom and the way in which we may have to place students, class lists at this point will be delayed. We will send out classroom teachers as soon as possible.
Supply Lists Update
Also, we are grappling with supply lists for grades 1-3 as we do not want to put any extra burden on families as we navigate what materials are necessary to purchase. At this time we would like each student should have the following:
·        Headset for either remote or hybrid learning
·        Pencil or storage case for their materials
·        Possibly Donations of hand sanitizer (individual or larger sizes)-type will be determined
·        Grade 3 only - composition books (2-3)
We are planning on providing each student with individual scissors, pencils, and pencil sharpener for desk, crayons, glue sticks, colored pencils and expo markers. A fuller list will be provided at a later date and it will be consistent amongst grades, not by individual teachers.  With the new DESE guidelines, we will be eliminating the need for any shared supplies.  If you are in need of any financial support with regard to school supplies (backpacks, lunch bags, etc.), please feel free to let us know, as we are working with several local organization and generous donors.
Update on WPS Reopening Plans
Please note that Dr. Brand, Superintendent of Schools, will be hosting an online meeting this Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. to provide parents/guardians with specific updates and information regarding our reopening of schools. Please watch for the link to this meeting coming from his office soon.
This is just an initial email to give you some updates. I will be sending out more information as it becomes available. In addition to email communication, we have a Shawsheen Facebook page, Twitter page and Principal Blog where we post information. For district information please visit our new website at

lisaking@shawsheenschool  Twitter

Thank you and have a good evening,

Mrs. King