Eagle Eye Weekly (EEW)

September 9, 2018



Schedule This Week


  • Monday, Sept. 10
    • No School – Rosh Hashanah
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11
    • Library Training: 9:00-10:00am
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12
    • Back to School Night
      • 6pm: Grades 3 and 4
      • 7pm: Grades 5 and 6
  • Thursday, Sept. 13
    • Library Training: 9:15-10:15am
    • Early release day (12:50pm for all grades including AMK)
  • Friday, Sept. 14
    • Summer Reading Logs Due
    • Mileage Makers Begins

Please remember to send a snack with your child on Thursday (same as other days). Snack Cart does not begin until Thursday, October 4.

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Back to School Nights


Back to School Night for Grades 3-6 are Wednesday, September 12:

  • 6-6:45pm: Grades 3 and 4
  • 7-7:45pm: Grades 5 and 6

Back to School Night for grades K, 1 and 2 are on Monday, September 17:

  • 6pm: Kindergarten
  • 7pm: Grades 1 and 2

This event is for parents only. Please come meet your child’s teacher and find out what your child will be learning this year. This year all parents will begin the evening by meeting in the auditorium for a short presentation from Dr. Whitbeck.

This is also a great time to fill out a CORI form. Sharen Crooks will be available in the main office to take your completed form (remember to bring a photo ID).

When you attend back to school night, remember that you should not parallel park on Agawam Road within a few houses of Elm Street (past both “No Parking” signs). Please use the tennis court lot, school parking lot, and the public side streets, making sure to park on only one side of the street. It is also important to move your car as soon as your grades are dismissed to allow for parents in the next grades to find a parking space.

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Walk for Peace, Thursday, September 20


The annual Douglas Walk for Peace is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, beginning at 9:30am. A permission slip was sent home in the first day packet. If you need additional copies you may print one from the following link: Peace Walk Permission Form

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From the Library


Library Volunteer Training will be held in the library on Tuesday, September 11 (9-10am) and Thursday, September 13 (9:15 -10:15am). Siblings are welcome!

Note: Work and Play: Students are no longer permitted to check into Work and Play after walking to New London Pizza. We will be scheduling walking field trips to New London on select Thursdays during the course of the year.

Families may pre-order lunches for Early Release Thursday Work and Play. Use this link to download a lunch order form.. You must order lunch by the end of the day Sunday prior to the early release Thursday.

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Updated PowerSchool Link


In August, all incoming Kindergarten parents received a letter from Dr. Whitbeck with information including your child’s teacher, the PowerSchool website, and your access id and access password. Note: The link to PowerSchool link has since been changed, so please use the NEW link: https://powerschool.abschools.org/public/. Please use the access id and password provided on the letter to complete your profile on PowerSchool.

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Dismissal Changes


If a change needs to be made to your child(ren)’s dismissal plan, please send in the appropriate paperwork to school in your child’s backpack (bus pass, walker pass, Work and Play pass). If a change is needed after they have gone to school, a parent must call the school office to make the change. Please note that calls to the office should only be made when a change in dismissal plans is needed for an emergency situation as these changes result in the teacher receiving a call and lessons being interrupted in the classroom. Please do not email the teaching or office staff as there is no guarantee they will see the message in time. Calls should be made as early as possible as it is difficult to make a change at the end of the school day.

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Early Release Day Lunches Available


Students attending the after school program Work and Play on early release days may order lunch through the cafeteria. You must order by the end of the day Sunday before the early release day. The order form is on the AB website.

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From the Douglas Health Office — Required Screenings


State required screenings start as soon as next week and continue through the year. The screenings include hearing, vision, height, weight, and postural. Below are the mandated screenings for each grade.

VISION: Grades 1 through 5, grade 7 and grade 10
HEARING: Grades 1 through 3, grade 7 and grade 10
POSTURAL: Grades 5 through 9
GROWTH (BMI): Grades 1, 4, 7 and 10

Please contact Diann Oster or Victoria Reierson (978-266-2560 x1122) in the Health Office with any questions about the screenings.

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Douglas School and PTO Websites — Two Comprehensive Resources for Parents


The Douglas School website provides an updated comprehensive school and district resource site for parents and students. You can find information pertaining to upcoming events, school vision and philosophies, exhibitionary learning, elementary band, contact information, pertinent links to district resources, and more!

The PTO website provides information on the dozens of PTO-run events and student activities, fundraisers, volunteer opportunities, communications resources, PTO board and committee contacts. The PTO website is updated frequently with news and features. We hope parents make a habit of checking the site regularly.

Please bookmark both sites now, so you can have these resources at your fingertips. If you have questions about the PTO website, contact webmaster@douglasschoolpto.org.

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Snack Cart Begins Thursday, October 4


Snack Cart will be offered every Thursday beginning on Thursday, October 4. Until then, please remember to send in a snack with your child every day including Thursdays.

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School Committee Meeting — Tuesday, September 19


The School Committee will meet Thursday, September 6, 7pm, in the RJ Grey Jr. High School library. Meeting agendas are 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. For more information please visit the School Committee Website.

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First General PTO Meeting — Thursday, September 27


Mark your calendar for the first PTO meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, September 27, at 7:30pm in the Douglas cafetorium.

All parents and guardians of Douglas students are welcome to attend PTO general meetings, and they are an excellent opportunity to learn about special events and community news. Contact Amber Harvey or Kaarin Jeanson with any questions.

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Summer Reading Logs Due Friday, September 14


We hope your children have been lost in daydreams of superheroes between the pages of the books they have been reading this summer. Summer reading logs are due Friday, September 14. Additional forms can be downloaded here.

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Douglas PTO Volunteer Survey


The PTO has many volunteer roles that need to be filled — all shapes and sizes. Some can be done from home, some allow you to bring young children along. Please remember every little bit helps! You can complete the online survey to let us know how you’d like to be involved! Remember that in order to volunteer at the school, you need to have a valid CORI form on file.

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Safe Arrival Volunteers Needed


As we begin another school year, the Safe Arrival team is looking for additional volunteers to help ensure all Douglas students are safe and accounted for. This is a great opportunity for parents who have a bit of time to spare. It’s a low commitment volunteer opportunity, which makes it a perfect time to get your feet wet if you’re new to volunteering. Younger siblings are welcome! If you’re interested in volunteering, or would like additional information, contact Cydney Cotter.

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Library Volunteers and Training


Library classes began on Tuesday, September 4. As a reminder, for those of you who have volunteered to help in the library, there will be an additional library volunteer training in the library on Thursday, September 13, 9:15-10:15am. Siblings are welcome!

New volunteers are welcome as soon as they have attended a library training and have CORI clearance. If you haven’t volunteered yet, but would like to, please email Sasha Opel.

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Volunteers Needed for School Picture Day: Tuesday, September 18


If you can volunteer to help on Tuesday, September 18, please contact Megan Kivela. We need volunteers to help children prepare for their photos and to assist the photographers with forms. Please be sure your CORI is up to date. If you’re not sure, contact Sharen Crooks.

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School Picture Day: Tuesday, September 18 – Mark Your Calendar!


School Picture Day is Tuesday, September 18! Rain date is Monday, October 15. Please mark this important date in your calendars. Our photographer this year is Coffee Pond Photography. All photos are taken outdoors to allow for a natural background. All students receive a complimentary copy of their class photo, and parents optionally can purchase packages of individual photos. Confidential financial assistance is available for photo packages; please contact Dr. Whitbeck or Mrs. Bonnell directly.

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Douglas Directory Orders – Order by Monday, September 17


It’s time to order your 2018-2019 Douglas Directory! The directory provides valuable Douglas school and community information including family contact info. Please visit the PTO website to specify your contact information and to purchase copies of the directory for $5.50. If you prefer, you may use the purple order form that came home in your child’s backpack last week. If you choose to complete the paper order form, please make sure checks are made payable to Douglas School PTO (no cash, please!), and send the form and payment in to the school office.

Even if you do not plan to order a copy, please take the time to confirm the email address(es) you would like printed in the directory and let us know if there are any special instructions about how you would like your family’s information to be included. Contact Ashley Cook with any directory updates or questions.

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Bus Passes and Walker Passes


Please note:
The school office must receive a daily walker pass or bus pass for any student not going home on their regular bus. The passes may be completed on a daily basis or completed as “permanent” for a dismissal lasting 8 weeks or longer. Communication with the teacher does not replace this requirement.

Walker Passes: If you plan for your child to be picked up from school, a walker pass must be sent to the school office (Walker pass). Bus Passes: If your family will be using bus passes, please be sure to familiarize yourself with the current bus pass policies (Bus Pass Policies) and procedures (Bus Pass Procedures). To see your child’s bus schedule (not yet posted!), go to Transportation Infofinder.

  • One Day bus passes are allowed for grades 2 through 6 ONLY and must be received by the school office by 2 p.m. the school day before the change takes effect (One Day Bus Pass Form).
  • Permanent bus pass changes must be approved through the Transportation Department using the following link: Online Permanent Bus Pass Request. A permanent bus pass must also be sent to the school office once you have received approval from Transportation (Permanent Bus Pass Form).

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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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