Eagle Eye Weekly (EEW)

June 3, 2018


Schedule This Week
  • Tuesday, June 5
    • Kindergarten screening, 9am to 2:30pm
    • PTO General Meeting, 7:30pm, Douglas Cafetorium
  • Thursday, June 7
    • Half day schedule (All grades 1pm dismissal).
    • Snack Cart – Grade 3 donates; Popcorn available!
    • School Committee Meeting, 7pm at RJ Grey Junior High Library
    • Spring Band Concert with Gates, 7pm, ABRHS Auditorium
  • Friday, June 8
    • Deadline for ordering Scrip gift cards
    • Last day of morning instrument lessons and Douglas Post Office
    • Douglas Day!

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Last Day of School is an Early Dismissal Day
Wednesday, June 27 is the last day of school. It will be an early dismissal day so all grades are released at 1pm. Work and Play will be available on the last day.

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End-of-Year Payment of Douglas at Dawn/Dusk Invoices
As per policy, Douglas at Dawn/Dusk invoices will be sent on a weekly basis in June. Invoices will be sent on Sunday and due by the following Friday. May invoices will be sent by Sunday, June 3, and are due Friday, June 8. Balances outstanding on June 9 will be assessed a $10 late fee unless an alternate payment arrangement has been made. Late fees will be assessed weekly. During the last week of school, payment must be submitted at time of attendance as no invoices will be sent for the last week. All balances are due by the last day of school, Wednesday, June 27.

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Douglas Day is This Friday!

Douglas Day is a fun school day of field games and outdoor fun. Each class divides into four color-coded teams for a morning of events like scooter racing, catapults, bucket brigades, parachute games, and three-legged races. And everyone gets a chance to dunk a teacher or parent (or even Dr. Whitbeck!) in the dunk tank! Students buy or bring a picnic lunch and sit outside on blankets to eat with family and friends.

Please remember that anyone attending Douglas Day needs to have a CORI form on file at the office. (It’s quick and easy! Just stop by the office with a photo ID.)

Lunch times:
All Day K               11:45 AM to 12:10 PMGrades 5 and 6      1:00 PM to 1:25 PM

Grades 1 and 2      11:25 AM to 11:50 AM

Grades 3 and 4      Noon to 12:25 PM

The picnic lunch will consist of a choice of hamburger, hot dog, or veggie burger (limited quantities), pasta salad, milk, chips, and a cookie. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic lunch instead of purchasing one from the cafeteria.

Bring the lunch outside and enjoy it picnic-style with the class. You may want to bring a blanket to sit on. Please ensure that your children return to the classroom at the end of the scheduled lunchtime. Suggested items to remember: camera, blanket, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and water bottle (no glass water bottles, please!) Please send your child in with a water bottle labeled with your child’s name — we’re trying to cut down on waste so don’t want to have to use disposable cups!

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The Douglas School Library Book Benefactor Program

The Book Benefactor Program provides an opportunity for families to donate books to the Douglas School Library. Donating a library book is a meaningful way to honor an individual student, a class, a graduating sixth grader, or a special teacher or staff member. All donations are used to purchase new materials for the library!

The library has a selection of new books set aside for donation – we have just updated the list! Parents and students are welcome to stop by the library to browse the selections. The book list is posted on the Douglas School web site at the “Book Benefactors” link.

To donate a book, just choose the book(s) you wish to donate, complete the Donation Request Form (on the web site), and submit the form and check to the Douglas School Library.

If you have any questions, please contact Sasha Opel at sopel@abschools.org. Thank you for your support!

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Parking Reminder for Douglas Day and Exhibition Evenings
Douglas Day will take place on Friday, June 8 (rain dates are June 12, June 13, and June 15), and many classrooms will be hosting exhibitions on Tuesday, June 19. If you arrive before the start of the school day, please park at the Elm Street tennis courts or on Agawam Street so that teachers and staff have space to park. Remember to observe posted parking signs on Agawam; look for the second “No Parking” sign, and park beyond that, on one side of the street only. Remember that there is no parking along Elm Street. The police ticket cars that are parked illegally.

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PTO General Meeting – Vote on Board and Budget — Tuesday, June 5, 7:30pm
The last PTO general meeting of the year will be held Tuesday, June 5, at 7:30pm in the Douglas cafetorium. We will vote on next year’s board and budget. In addition, Dr. Whitbeck will talk about staffing for the 2018-2019 school year. Contact the PTO chairs with any questions.

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While You’re at Douglas… Please Check Lost and Found and Update Your CORI!
As you visit Douglas over these next couple of weeks, please remember to check Lost and Found for any items your children may have misplaced. There are three places to check: downstairs, outside of Room 4; in the cafeteria (look for the two white cabinets); and upstairs, outside of Room 10. Any items unclaimed will be donated.
A CORI form is required if you’ll be doing any volunteer work that brings you in contact with students, or if you’ll be attending events at school. More information on CORI can be found here.

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Spring Band Concert — Thursday, June 7, 7pm
The grade 5 and 6 band will have their spring concert with the Gates band on Thursday, June 7, 7pm, in the High School auditorium. Families of performers are welcome to attend.

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From the Health Office — Pick Up Medication and Plan for Fall

As we prepare for the end of the school year, we would like to remind parents and guardians of children with medications at school that all medication must be picked up by a parent/guardian by Wednesday, June 27. Children are not allowed to transport medication per district policy for safety reasons.

We also encourage families to start planning for next fall. If your child will need medication at school (including Epipens and inhalers), we will need care plans and medication authorization. The Epipen Care Plan and Medication Permission forms are found online. Medications cannot be administered until the nurse has a completed authorization form signed by provider/prescriber and parents turned into the Health Office at Douglas. We request that these be forwarded to the Health Office on or before the first day of school, Tuesday, September 4.

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Last Day to Return Library Books is Wednesday, June 20
The last day of library classes is Wednesday, June 27, and the last day to check out books is Wednesday, June 13. All books are due back at the library by Wednesday, June 20, unless they are being used for a school project. The library will still accept returned books after that date, and will send reminder notices home for books not returned by June 20. If your child has lost a book, please make a check payable to the Douglas School PTO for the amount of the book and send it to the Douglas Library. If you find the book at a later date, we will gladly issue you a refund.

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School Committee Meeting — Thursday, June 7, 7pm
The School Committee will meet this Thursday, June 7, 7pm, in the RJ Grey Jr. High School library. The meeting agenda will be posted on the School Committee website. Can’t make it? You can watch the meeting live on cable television (channel 99 [Comcast] or 41 [Verizon]), or at ActonTV.org.

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Spring Exhibitions

It’s exhibition time, when you have a remarkable chance to see learning in action! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 19:

  • 6:00-6:45 p.m. – Grades K, 2 and 3
  • 7:00-7:45 p.m. – Grades 4, 5 and 6

Please park at the Elm Street tennis courts or on Agawam Street. Remember to observe posted parking signs on Agawam: look for the second “No Parking” sign, and park beyond that, on one side of the street only. Remember that there is no parking along Elm Street. The police ticket cars that are parked illegally.

Please note the Douglas Office will be open. This is a great time to fill out a CORI form, which is required if you’ll be doing any volunteer work that brings you in contact with students, or if you’ll be attending events at school. Please remember to bring a photo ID.

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Save the Date: Canobie Lake Park – Friday, June 29

Come celebrate the beginning of summer at Canobie Lake Park with your Douglas School friends! On Friday, June 29, we will be able to take advantage of a group rate of $27 per person. Canobie Lake is a great, clean amusement park with plenty of rides for all ages, including a water park. Acton to Canobie Lake Park in Salem (NH) is about a 45-minute drive.

Forms have already gone home in backpacks, and are available to download from the PTO website. Please RSVP by Friday, June 22, so we can get an idea of how many families are interested in joining us. The kids will love riding the rides with their friends! Email Rachel Meehan with any questions.

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Breakfast and Lunch Available at the High School in Summer Months

The High School Cafeteria will be open again this summer from from Thursday, June 28 – Wednesday, August 8 (closed on July 4th). Breakfast and Lunch will be sold daily from 9:00am-11:30am.

Morning Break features Bagels, Muffins, Fresh Fruit, Yogurt, Breakfast Sandwiches, Bottled Water, Assorted Juices, Hot Chocolate, etc. Grab and Go Lunch features Assorted Wrap Sandwiches, Pizza, Hummus and Pita, Salads and Daily Lunch Specials! All lunches are served with choice of milk, fruit and vegetables. We always have available Ice Cold Bottled Water and Seltzer.

If your child currently receives free or reduced lunch, their eligibility will continue through the Summer. For more information, contact: Kirsten Nelson 978-264- 4700 x3221 knelson@abschools.org

Have a wonderful summer! It has been a pleasure serving your children throughout the year.

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Final Scrip Drive of the Year!
Can you believe that the end of the year is almost here? Shop Scrip (gift cards) to support our school and get those end of year gifts and prepare for summer! Keep your eyes open for a Scrip flyer in your child’s backpack this week. You will be able to order gift cards right on the flyer form and send in a check. You can also create an account and order online at www.shopwithscrip.com using the Douglas School Enrollment Code: D8E3C1A86841. You don’t have to make a trip to your favorite store for a gift card and you’ll be supporting our school! The deadline for ordering is Friday, June 8. Your gift cards will be sent home by Monday, June 18. Perfect timing for teacher gifts!

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Time to update your CORI Form Approval to Volunteer

Reminder that CORIs need to be updated for the 2018-2020 cycle. Acton-Boxborough requires any adult who comes into contact with children at school events (volunteering at school, Douglas Day, field trips, etc.) to have a valid CORI form and a photo ID on file with the district office. This approval process runs on a three year cycle so it is time to submit for the next cycle. Please stop by the Douglas School Office to fill out the required form and be sure to bring your license or passport for identification.

CORI forms only need to be filed once in the Acton-Boxborough schools; if you have a child at another school, you only need to file one form. CORIs submitted now will be valid at all schools in the district until the end of 2020.

Please do not put off filling out the form until you want to participate in a field trip or special event with your child, as they will not be able to approve your participation without the approved CORI on file. It can take up to two weeks for the approval process to happen.

If you have any questions please call or email Sharen Crooks or Laurie Maylander in the Douglas office (978-266-2560).

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Check the Lost and Found During Douglas Day and Exhibitions
Douglas Day and the classroom exhibitions are perfect times to check the lost and found, since you’re at Douglas anyway! The bins are overflowing! There are three places to check: downstairs, outside of Room 4; in the cafeteria (look for the two white cabinets); and upstairs, outside of Room 10 (lots of winter gear in that bin!). Any unclaimed items will be donated.

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Snack Cart Reminder – Grade 3 Donates; Popcorn Available!
Grade 3 is asked to donate snacks this week — see the PTO Website for snack suggestions.  Popcorn will be available this week!  Thank you for supporting this important program which funds the Cultural Enrichment presentations here at Douglas.

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**The objective of the Douglas PTO is to promote quality in education by facilitating parent and faculty communication, by encouraging parent involvement, and by providing programs and funds that support the school. To learn more about getting involved, send an email to cochairs@douglasschoolpto.org. For questions about your subscription to these announcements, contact technology.secretary@douglasschoolpto.org.

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