Eagle Eye Weekly (EEW)


April 22, 2018


Schedule This Week
Welcome back — we hope you all had a restful and fun vacation week!

  • Monday, April 23:
    • Last day of online auction
  • Tuesday, April 24:
    • Douglas Fun Run Pep Rally
    • Spirit Day – wear your Douglas school colors (blue and gold)!
    • PTO General Meeting and Budget Presentation, 7:30pm, Douglas cafeteria
  • Wednesday, April 25:
    • Sixth Grade Parent Meeting, 6:45pm, RJ Grey Jr High auditorium
  • Thursday, April 26:
  • Mileage Makers enrichment class begins, 8:15am
  • Half day (all classes 1pm dismissal)
  • Grades K and 2 are asked to donate to Snack Cart.
  • School Committee Meeting, 7pm, RJ Grey Jr High Library
  • Saturday, April 28:
  • Spring cleanup at Douglas, 9-11am
  • Festival of Cultures, RJ Grey Jr High, 5pm

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Walker and Bus Passes
Please submit walker and bus pass forms through your child’s backpack in the morning. The paperwork is extremely important to the dismissal process. Calling to ask for a change to your child’s dismissal plan during the day requires the office to call the teacher which can be very disruptive to the classroom. Forms may be found on the school website.

Thank you for your help.

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Mark your Calendar: THIS Tuesday April 24 – Fun Run Kickoff and Pep Rally
This Tuesday, April 24, our Fun Run fundraiser is kicking off with a Pep Rally for students. Students are encouraged to WEAR their SCHOOL SPIRIT GEAR, e.g. Douglaswear and/or dress in Blue and Gold. After the pep rally, families will be able to register their student to raise donations for the Fun Run at funrun.com. For each lap their student runs, they raise funds for our school to support many of the programs funded by the Douglas PTO — classroom and specialty assistants, technology, classroom needs, and more.

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PTO General Meeting and Budget Presentation — Tuesday, April 24, 7:30pm
Please join us at the next PTO General Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 7:30pm, in the Douglas Cafetorium. At this meeting, we will be presenting our proposed PTO budget for the 2018-2019 school year. Please come and be part of this important conversation.

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Sixth Grade Parent Meeting at RJ Grey Junior High, Wednesday, April 25, 6:45pm
There is a 6th grade curriculum night presentation at RJ Grey Junior High on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:45pm. Parents of sixth graders are encouraged to attend.

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Akiko Sensei Festival Of Cultures, Sat. April 28, 5-8:30pm at R.J. Grey Junior High
Come celebrate our cultural diversity! Together, Douglas and Conant schools organize this event to bring you a fantastic international experience with tables representing different countries (5-7pm), a potluck (5 – 6:45 pm – each family brings a dish to feed 6-8 people – NO CITRUS allowed) and international performance by our kids (pre-show 7pm, performance 7:15-8:30 pm). Come dressed in traditional clothing if you have some!

To help defray the costs of running this event, the wristband for auditorium entrance costs $5 per person, collected at the door (performance auditorium capacity max. 500). If this presents a financial hardship, please contact Dr. Whitbeck or Mrs Bonnell. The rest of the event is free. The Festival needs more than 60 volunteers (adults and Jr High/High school students), sign-up here ! And don’t forget to submit your drawing, painting or sketch of your favorite Festival of Cultures Memory or Cultural Diversity for our 20th anniversary by tomorrow Monday!

More information at foc.douglasschoolpto.org. Questions to festivalofcultures@douglasschoolpto.org.

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Sixth Grade Exhibition at Acton Memorial Library! Special Video Screening Wednesday, May 2, 7pm at Library
Mrs. Oxnard’s recent exhibition “A Brief History of Acton Memorial Library” will be on view at Acton Memorial Library during the month of May. Kicking off the month-long exhibition of student work will be a special screening of their documentary-style video “If Our Library Could Talk.” In the video, Acton Memorial Library comes alive, speaking to the audience of events and forces that have influenced its 130-year history. Who was the library’s founder? To whom is it a memorial? How has technology shaped the library over the years? The script was collaboratively produced by the sixth graders of Room 17, Douglas School as part of their recent Exhibitionary Learning project. Students used primary sources including correspondence, newspaper articles, brochures, photographs and observations of the building itself as they researched the library. Originally performed as a dramatic reading to an audience of family, students and school staff, the script has now been adapted into video format. The student-narrated video is accompanied by photos and archival images, and brings the story of Acton Memorial Library to a wider audience. After this special screening, a link to this video will be posted on the library website. Be sure to come to the library in May and check it out!

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It’s Time to Purchase Lowell Spinners Tickets!
Douglas students, family, and friends are invited to the Lowell Spinners Game onMonday, June 18 at 6:35pm! Join us for a great family-friendly night out and a fun way to celebrate the end of the school year together! Tickets are $9 per person. You can download the order form from the PTO website and they will also be sent home in your youngest child’s backpack.

All orders and payments must be returned to the Douglas School office by Friday, May 4. Game tickets will be sent home via backpack on Monday, June 4 for all who ordered tickets! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Eagle’s Nest School Store!
The school store will have its final date for the year on June 15. Thank you for supporting our students!

Fourth Grade Families: Thank you again! The school store has been a great success this year. We have several openings remaining in May and June for any student that would like another opportunity to work at the store. If your student is interested, please check the SignUpGenius site and sign yourself up to volunteer for a slot. For these last few weeks, you can sign up for a single day. Emailjma505@hotmail.com with any questions.

The volunteer sign up is available at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4faca62fa75-volunteer

Third Grade Parents: Next year, your students will be responsible for running the school store. If you think you might be interested in being part of a committee that ensures the continued success of this unique Douglas tradition, please reach out to Amy Lowe at amymlowe@gmail.com. Feel free to come check out the school store operations this Spring to ask any questions and get a better understanding of this fun opportunity.

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Remaining MCAS Dates for 2018
Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades will be taking the MCAS tests on the following dates, so please mark your calendar:

Grade 3: April 30, May 1 and 2
Grade 4: April 30, May 1 and 2
Grade 5: April 30, May 1 and 2 and May 7 and 8
Grade 6: April 30, May 1 and 2

Please make every effort to have your children attend school on these dates and arrive promptly by 9am since tests will begin shortly after the start of school. Also, please remember to send your child to school with two sharpened #2 pencils, a snack, water, and a book or two to read, should your child finish the test before the other students.

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Douglas Mileage Makers Running Club Enrichment Class
Come have FUN, get FIT, and earn some FEET!

Who: Any Douglas students and their parents if they want to join.
When:Thursday mornings, 8:15am – 8:45am, April 26 – June 14 — eight weeks total!
Where: West side of Douglas School, find us on the basketball courts.
What: We will be exercising and tracking our mileage on a 0.2 mile measured course around the basketball courts and playground. Students may run, walk, jog, skip, dance, or shuffle around the course. Mileage will be tracked and students will be rewarded with cool FOOT TOKENs at certain accumulated distances.

Download the permission slip from the Douglas School website. Cost is $10 per child, but financial assistance is readily available from the PTO.

This is not a competitive event, it is a fun event to get the students warmed up and ready to go, physically and mentally on Friday mornings. The benefits of exercise are too numerous to mention here, but come and find out firsthand. Questions? Contact Jennifer Standley.

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School Committee Meeting Thursday, April 26, 7pm
The School Committee will meet this Thursday, April 26, 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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Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Help Us Thank Our Favorite Educators!
We are seeking volunteers to help with the 2018 Staff Appreciation Luncheon, which will be held on Wednesday May 16. This annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful people who work with our children every day! The PTO caters a lovely luncheon, and we need your help to make it all run smoothly. There are various opportunities to volunteer: set-up, clean-up, baking, and more! Check out the SignUp Genius and find the role that works best for you! Questions? Contact the PTO co-chairs.

Thank you in advance, and happy Spring!

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Douglas Day Needs You
It’s the kids’ favorite day of the year and we have a volunteer position open that’s just right for you! This year, Douglas Day — the fun annual field day featuring outdoor competitions between classmates, and capped off with a picnic — will take place on Friday, June 8 (rain dates are June 12, June 13, and June 15). Please consider joining our P.E. teacher, Kathleen Ammendolia, and a team of talented parent volunteers to help us plan. If you are interested, please contact TJ Quirk to discuss what is involved.

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Akiko Sensei Festival Of Cultures, Sat. April 28 – Volunteers and Drawing Contest
The Festival of Cultures needs more than 60 volunteers (adults and Jr High/High school students), sign-up here!

Don’t forget to submit your drawing, painting or sketch of your favorite Festival of Cultures Memory or Cultural Diversity for our 20th anniversary ! More information atfoc.douglasschoolpto.org. Questions to festivalofcultures@douglasschoolpto.org.

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Shadow the Greats…and more!
Are you interested in volunteering but scared of a big commitment or worried about learning the ropes? Have we got a deal for you! We have several positions that need shadows for next year and we are more than happy to work with you to find the perfect job that aligns with your work and/or kids’ schedules. It’s a perfect opportunity to try something on for size, see if it fits, and learn all the ins and outs with super-low stakes! Do you think you might be able to help with:

  • 6th Grade Graduation: overseeing the reception after graduation – typically shadowed by a 4th grade parent
  • Auction Shadow (shadowing next year’s auction co-chairs): Do you have mad party-planning skills? Would you like to try your hand at planning the biggest party Douglas has to offer?
  • School Store: Are you an incoming 4th grade parent? This is a role that is shared with three other parents to help run the Eagles Nest School Store and to work with your 4th grader as he or she develops some strong financial skills.

    Additionally, we are looking for help with the following positions:

    • Assistant Treasurer: Responsibilities include depositing checks, keeping track of Annual Giving donations in a spreadsheet, generating tax donation receipts, and attending PTO board meetings.
    • Eagle Eye Weekly: Do you have strong organizational skills? In this role, you would be responsible for the content in the weekly newsletter. Most of it is based on the previous year’s content, and is modified to fit to the current year’s events.
    • Nature Walks: In this role, you would work with the teachers to schedule the walks and train parent volunteers.
    • PTO Secretary (PTO Board position). Do you have some serious typing skills? If yes, then this is the perfect job for you. This role includes taking minutes at PTO Board and General meetings and returning your notes to the board. It is a position that is easy to share or switch off with a friend.
    • School Committee Liaison: attending School Committee meetings and bringing the information back to the PTO board and general meetings – perfect for sharing with a friend!

    If any of these sound interesting, or if you have another skill set that you’d like to share with the PTO, please contact the PTO co-chairs or the volunteer coordinator Anna McHargue to start exploring possibilities. We appreciate any and all help!

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Spirit Day, Tuesday, April 24!
Spirit Day is Tuesday, April 24 — wear your school colors (blue and gold) and/or Douglas SpiritWear!

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PTO Meeting and Budget Presentation — Tuesday, April 24, 7:30pm
Please join us at the next PTO General Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 7:30pm, in the Douglas Cafetorium. At this meeting, we will be presenting our proposed PTO budget for the 2018-2019 school year. Please come and be part of this important conversation.

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Online Auction Continues — Still Plenty of Great Bargains!
Have you had a chance to visit the online auction catalog? The PTO has some great deals still available, from camps (Camp Takodah, Camp Cody, anyone?) to services (Huntington Learning Center). And don’t forget about all of the great sign-up events, especially for kindergarteners (Teddy Bear Picnic), 5th Grade (Have a Ball and Breakfast with your teachers). Now’s your chance! The online catalog will be up until the afternoon of Monday, April 23 (the day we get back from break).

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Snack Cart Donation Reminder for Thursday, April 26
Grades K and 2 are asked to donate to Snack Cart this week. This is also a great time to make up any donations you may have missed. (In other words, don’t be shy — donations are always welcome!)

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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 tocochairs@douglasschoolpto.org. For questions about your subscription to these announcements, contact technology.secretary@douglasschoolpto.org.

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