REMINDER: Meals will not be served during the week of April vacation (19th-23rd). Alternate meal sites can be found here: https://www.projectbread.org/get-help
Spread the word! Everyone is invited to our David Prouty High School Spring Concert where our Panther Band will be performing this Thursday, 4/15/2021, at 6pm via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/events/484581916005318/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2252%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%5C%22invite_link_id%5C%22%3A2591099527857636%7D%7D]%22%7D #ProutyPride
You keep hearing the phrase "Pooled COVID Testing" more and more lately but are you still unsure about what it is? We've got you covered with a Frequently Asked Questions sheet. https://5il.co/rfxc Testing for students begins next week! Don't forget to submit your consent forms.
Our Cub's Corner Preschool Virtual Open House will be held on Thursday, April 29th, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please click on the event link for zoom access: https://www.sebrsd.org/o/ebes/events/#event_7527977
Project 351 engages eighth grade Ambassadors from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts in a 12-month program of service learning, leadership development, and civic engagement. Ambassadors are diverse in all ways but one -- they share Dr. King’s criteria for a life dedicated to service: “a heart full with grace and a soul generated by love." Hometown educators select each class of eighth grade Ambassadors. Educators select Ambassadors who have demonstrated an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. We place a special premium on unsung heroes and quiet leaders, and the rich diversity of our Commonwealth. This year Knox Trail Middle School is proud to announce our two Ambassadors Adison Daoust and Alivia Sauvageau! The pictures below are of Representative Donnie Berthiaume and Representative Peter Durant presenting our two Ambassadors with certificates commemorating the occasion. Please join us in recognizing Adison Daoust and Alivia Sauvageau!, our Project 351 Ambassadors for 2021! #KnoxTrailRocks @ChooseSEBRSD @TeamProject351 @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm
With so many changes taking place right now, we understand the toll it can take on a student's mental health. Our Self Care series aims to offer suggestions and ideas to help them find ways to clear their minds. We encourage you to share photos with us of your child implementing these suggestions using the hashtag #sebrsdselfcare. The weather is PERFECT for today's Self Care suggestion...Take a hike! #sebrsdselfcareseries
Please join me and @NASSP, @NAESP & @AFSAUnion as we honor assistant principals this week during #APWeek21: www.nassp.org/apweek @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm
Pooled COVID testing for students begins Tuesday, 4/27. Don't forget to complete the signed consent form as soon as possible so your child can participate. Electronic Consent form: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent/ Access code: SYNTHESIS-SPENCER
Pooled COVID testing for staff began today! Check out what other Massachusetts schools have to say about the program and process. https://youtu.be/DIhVdzg6-rk
Student mental health and wellness is of utmost importance to us! Please visit our website for mental health resources for families and students: https://www.sebrsd.org/o/sebrsd/page/student-mental-health-resource-center
IMPORTANT BUS ROUTE UPDATE! Please be sure to check the website for updated bus routes/times, effective 4/5 (WV & EB) & 4/26 ( KT & DPHS), for students' full return to school. https://www.sebrsd.org/o/sebrsd/page/bus-routes--241
Check out our April Meal Menu! https://5il.co/qxeh Please note that meals will not be offered during April Recess but a link is provided to locate alternative meal pickup sites.
6th grade students from the "Kindness Council" worked hard making a yearlong vision come to life... This will be our Buddy Bench. If a student feels lonely, they can take a seat on the Buddy Bench as a signal that they want someone to play with or talk to. When another student sees someone on the buddy bench, they can join them or include them in their game. "Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give" - Unknown.
Please join us in recognizing David Prouty High School Chapter 74 Business/Marketing Teacher Peggy Bridges as the March 2021 "Faculty of the Month." Ms. Bridges has brought exciting new projects to our Marketing Department, such as the "Vaping's Not My Thing" poster contest, and the Elementary School Storybook partnership. She has established connections with local businesses; and her expertise in Marketing, Advertising, and Graphic Media promote our school and our district positively in a competitive school choice environment! #ProutyPride @ChooseSEBRSD @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm
Did you know? MassHealth provides free transportation to/from COVID-19 vaccine appointments for all MassHealth members, regardless of coverage type. Please click on the following links for more information: PT1 MassHealth Info Sheet for COVID-19 Vaccine Transportation: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/cdn.sudbury.ma.us/wp-content/uploads/sites/348/2021/02/MassHealth-PT1-for-COVID-19-Vax-Apts-2.24.21.pdf?version=627ac9987f312b9fa85e6c60486cffbf FAQ: https://www.mass.gov/doc/transportation-to-covid-19-vaccine-appointments-for-masshealth-members-and-health-safety-net-0/download CDC Guidance for Protecting Against COVID in Transportation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html#PersonalVehicles
Exciting announcement from our Food Services Department: We are happy to share that the USDA has announced that it has extended federal waivers to allow students access to free school meals until Sept. 30, 2021. As a result, our district will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students in the classroom daily, as well as remote delivery. #projectbread #meals4kids
No School Announcement! Due to extreme weather and damage to power lines, the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District will be closed today, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. As well, all of our administrative offices will be closed. We are taking this action due to a number of power outages and in the interest of public safety. Please stay home, off the roads, and remain safe. Thank you.
Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. #BlackHistoryMonth
Mae Jemison wasn’t just the first African American woman who orbited into space aboard the shuttle Endeavour. She's also a physician, teacher, a Peace Corps volunteer, and president of tech company, the Jemison Group. She continues to work towards the advancement of young women of color getting more involved in technology, engineering, and math careers. #BlackHistoryMonth
Benjamin O. Davis Sr. was the first Black general in the American military. He served for 50 years as a temporary first lieutenant at an all-Black unit during the Spanish American War. Throughout his service, Davis Sr. was as a professor of military science at Tuskegee and Wilberforce University, a commander of the 369th Regiment, New York National Guard, and special assistant to the Secretary of the Army. When he retired in 1948, President Harry Truman oversaw the public ceremony. Davis Sr. is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. #BlackHistoryMonth
Creola Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her "historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist". Some of her earliest achievements as a mathematician were highlighted in the 2016 film, Hidden Figures. #BlackHistoryMonth
Despite being the first licensed Black pilot in the world, Coleman wasn’t recognized as a pioneer in aviation until after her death. Though history has favored Amelia Earhart or the Wright brothers, Coleman—who went to flight school in France in 1919—paved the way for a new generation of diverse fliers like the Tuskegee airmen, Blackbirds, and Flying Hobos. #BlackHistoryMonth
The next scheduled Spencer - East Brookfield Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) meeting is scheduled for Monday 3/1/21 at 6:30pm. It will be held via Zoom. On the agenda will be the following: discussion on how students are progressing at this mid-year point in the school year & review/approval of the meeting minutes from 12/7/20. This meeting is free and open to families and staff. See event details here: http://spencereastbrookfieldma.apptegy.us/o/sebrsd/events/#event_7271426
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. His story is the American story - values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others. #MondayMotivation #BlackHistoryMonth
Faculty Spotlight! Pamela Gunsalus has been teaching STEM for 6 years, 2 of which have been at Knox Trail Middle School. She has created innovative units like: Tiny House Challenge, Solar Sails Designs, Rocket Designs, Hot Air Balloons, Unbreakable Bridges, Vehicle Designs for travel over Ice and Snow, and Building a Water Tower that can withstand an earthquake to name a few. During her Manufacturing unit she had students design an assembly line to create Teacher Appreciation Gifts. Each unit provides a real life challenge that they must find a way to solve. Most years students worked in teams to solve a problem. This year has been unique but students are still challenged. They test their designs; recording their results for example: recording time traveled, distanct, speed, altitude, and/or total live load it could handle and calculate efficiencies. She has started creating videos that provide students in class as well as remote students the ability to learn at their own pace and keep her students engaged. During each unit students can choose to compete to see who's names will be added to her "Wall of Fame". This is where Mrs. Gunsalus displays the students' names and their accomplishments. For example, who's bridge was the strongest, or has the best design. In addition, she has also been the lead Robotics and coding teacher for any 5th to 8th grader who wishes to join the Robotics/Coding club. Mrs. Gunsalus has been preparing the student's at Knox Trail to compete at the state level with Vex IQ robots. Unfortunately, we have not been able to compete this year or last because of Covid19. Next year, we will purchase a competition table and kit in July 2021; and start the preparation by mid-September of 2021 for the fall and winter competitions. #KnoxTrailRocks @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm
A VACATION REMINDER: With February vacation fast approaching (Feb. 15-19), we recognize the potential challenge that our staff and students may face in attempts to limit exposure to COVID-19. We encourage everyone to do their best to adhere to State and Board of Health guidelines, including limiting the size of gatherings, limiting get-togethers to only people who live together or to a small group of individuals with whom they are regularly in contact, and avoiding travel. If you do travel, please follow Massachusetts travel orders, and quarantine upon return if traveling to a high-risk state. Please contact any of our school nurses with questions. We appreciate all that our staff, students, and families are doing to limit their risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Stay healthy and safe! -SEBRSD Health Services Department
Attention Preschool families, please be sure to check out our Cub's Corner Preschool Remote Learning Instructions and schedule so your child can take part in all that our preschool has to offer on pivot days! https://5il.co/pfq7
REMINDER: SEBRSD Food Services will be providing remote meal delivery during February Break (2/15 - 2/19). Meals will be delivered on Tuesday, February 16th, for the week. Monday is a holiday (no meals served). Meals will be pre-assembled; they will just need to be heated and served. Daily breakfast and lunches are together in a paper bag (foil packaging cannot go in the microwave). Use the special google form to sign up: https://forms.gle/pMi3AbJHakFnQFeV7 . ***Form must be filled out by 1 PM on Monday, 2/8*** Thank you for choosing our program! If you have any questions please reach out to the Food Services Director, Brianne Pulver, by phone: 774-200-7162 or email: email@example.com.
Two Spencer- East Brookfield Regional School District teachers have been awarded scholarships by the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.) organizations. The scholarships provide Ms. MaryEllen Amodeo, a 3rd grade teacher at Wire Village School, and Ms. Pam Gunsalus, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teacher at Knox Trail Middle School, the opportunity to attend three days of high quality professional development. The three day MassCUE conference they will attend this month offers more than 250 workshops, presentations and keynote presentations focused on bringing the best educational technology and teaching practices into the classroom. "Lessons learned from this professional development will be shared with all staff across the district to keep all our classrooms on the forefront of effective educational practices," said Director of Academic Affairs Matthew Bolduc. Ms. Gunsalus and Ms. Amodeo were selected for these scholarships based on their relentless commitment to instilling teaching and learning with the most engaging and supportive practices while also maximizing the impact of educational technologies. These two teachers exemplify the many SEBRSD teachers who consistently go above and beyond expectations to give their students and the families they serve the best education found anywhere on the globe. "The learning community is fortunate to have such dedicated and highly skilled professionals on our faculty at the Knox Trail Middle School and Wire Village School. We wish them all the best in their pursuit of honing their professional knowledge base and skills in digital citizenry and technology integration," said Superintendent of Schools Paul Haughey.
Attention DPHS students! Don't forget to document and get credit for any community service work performed. Here is the link to the Student Community Service Form: https://5il.co/p7oe.
Hello All, SEBRSD Food Services will be providing remote meal delivery during February Break (2/15 - 2/19). Meals will be delivered on Tuesday, February 16th, for the week. Monday is a holiday (no meals served). Meals will be pre-assembled; they will just need to be heated and served. Daily breakfast and lunches are together in a paper bag (foil packaging cannot go in the microwave). Use the special google form to sign up: https://forms.gle/pMi3AbJHakFnQFeV7 . ***Form must be filled out by 1 PM on Monday, 2/8*** Thank you for choosing our program! If you have any questions please reach out to the Food Services Director, Brianne Pulver, by phone: 774-200-7162 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Morning SEBRSD Community, We are receiving word that some families did not receive the automated call and text message that were sent out shortly after 5 a.m. this morning regarding the icy road conditions causing us to pivot to remote learning for the day. As you are all likely aware, we were extremely pleased to announce the launch of our mobile app this school year. This app offers great resources to families, including notification alerts, and significantly streamlines our communications operations. For clarification, our notification phone calls and text messages are also sent from the same platform and the contact information used to contact our families is derived directly from each student’s Power School record, where your contact information is stored. If you did not receive a text and/or phone-call, please call or email your school secretaries with your preferred mobile and/or home phone number so they can verify/update your contact information on file. This should ensure that you receive notifications going forward. If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to download the SEBRSD app and opt-in to receive notifications at the District level to receive real-time alerts on your mobile device, as well. Text messages delivered will come from “98901”. Phone calls will have our main 508-885-8500 callback number. If you have any questions, please reach out to your school secretaries or the Help Desk/Technology Department. East Brookfield Elementary: 508-885-8536 or email@example.com Wire Village: 508-885-8524 or firstname.lastname@example.org Knox Trail: 508-885-8550 or email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org David Prouty: 508-885-8505 or email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE – SPENCER-EAST BROOKFIELD REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION (2021-2022) https://www.sebrsd.org/article/385132?org=sebrsd
Good Afternoon, District administration was notified by our nursing team that a district-wide staff member, a Village School staff member, and another staff member at David Prouty High School have tested positive for COVID-19. The staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 have not been in any of our school buildings. However, they will not return to their buildings for at least 14 days, unless they provide evidence of negative test results. Primary symptoms of COVID-19 include shortness of breath, coughing, and fever or chills. Other symptoms include congestion, sore throat, diarrhea, abdominal pain, body aches, and loss of taste or smell. If anyone in your home begins to demonstrate any of these symptoms, please keep your child home and consult your primary care physician. The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect your health. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks, staying six feet apart from others, and regularly washing your hands. If you have questions or need to report a positive case of Covid-19, please contact Mrs. Carrie Cashman, Lead Nurse at (508) 885-8536 or via electronic mail at: email@example.com. Sincerely Yours, Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Good Afternoon SEBRSD Community, We would like to let our Preschool families know that we have decided to issue a two-week credit for preschool tuition charged during the December 2020/January 2021 pivot to remote instruction. Families will see the credit applied towards their March invoices since January and February invoices have already been sent out. A little background that most families may not be aware of is the fact that our "Cubs Corner" Preschool program is a voluntary and self-sustaining, tuition-based program. As such, the cost of the teacher salaries is funded directly from tuition received. We do realize that remote instruction during such formative years does differ from in-person instruction; however, lesson plans and delivery of instruction are still provided during remote learning. Our teachers are still hard at work generating and providing instruction, materials and resources for students each day. We understand that these are challenging times for everyone and provide this one-time, good faith gesture, as a means to alleviate some of the pressure our parents, guardians and families in preschool are experiencing during the pandemic. Please note that we will not be able to re-extend this courtesy should we need to pivot to remote learning again. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your continued support of our program, our schools and our district. Thank You, Melissa Pervier
Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! Visit our website for information and forms. https://www.sebrsd.org/o/sebrsd/page/kindergarten-registration--93
Due to the outstanding response to our meal-delivery program, we will be extending this option to our remote learning students during our hybrid model until further notice. Families must sign up by 1 pm on Fridays for the following week here: https://forms.gle/WbA5oPbh9uMxKF8S9.
A note from our Tuition-Based Program & Billing Coordinator: Dear PK & B/ASP Families, End-of-year statements were emailed out over the last week to families that made payments during 2020. If you have not received yours, please check your spam folder. This year's statements look different and contain a list of all charges, credits/refunds and payments received in order to account for the refunds issued due to COVID. You will need to manually calculate your payments made and deduct the refund amount issued to determine how much you can claim for your child care expenses. Please disregard the amount listed in the TOTAL field. Hoping you are healthy & well! Melissa Pervier
We are proud to honor Josh LaCasse & Tim Millett as our David Prouty HS "Staff of the Month" for January 2021! They have responded to the challenges of keeping our building sanitized by working harder and smarter than ever. They always keep our building clean and shiny, and do so with good humor and Prouty Pride! It is wonderful to have custodians who understand the importance of keeping the building safe for students and adults alike, especially now that we are dealing with the pandemic. Josh is a proud David Prouty HS graduate, who is happy to be making a difference in his own alma mater. Tim worked as a custodian in the Leicester Public Schools for many years, but has made a great transition to David Prouty HS & our regional school district! We greatly appreciate all that they do. #Congratulations #ThankYou #ProutyPride
We are packing meals for pickup and home delivery. Meals can still be picked up at East Brookfield Elementary and Knox Trail Middle Schools between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Home delivery will start at 10 a.m. and a food service staff member will call families with an ETA. If you want to be added to the Wednesday route and have not already signed up please follow the link. https://forms.gle/FG62afjMzHqa8sUC9 **** If you signed up for today your are also signed up for Wednesday delivery.**** #projectbread #meals4kids
We would like to recognize our "ENTIRE STAFF" for the month of January & publicly wish them ALL the very best in 2021! They have worked relentlessly in meeting the needs of ALL students; have extended themselves to our families; & given to the greater good of our community. They have demonstrated the flexibility & creativity to provide lessons in person & remotely; and make a pivot to either model appear seamless. We could never have been so successful nor more proud of any staff! It is our honor to support them daily in all they do. Thank You & Happy New Year! #WireVillageRocks #Progress #Unity #Knowledge
SEBRSD Food Service will be providing a trial meal delivery system the week of January 11th-15th, 2021. If families would like meals delivered to their homes on Monday January 11th and Wednesday January 13th this form must be filled out by 1 PM Friday January 8th. https://forms.gle/mit2vj5PHUVKEzNb8 Meals will be already assembled; they will just need to be heated and served. Daily breakfast and lunches are together in a paper bag. (Foil packaging cannot go in the microwave) If you have any questions please reach out to the Food Service Director, Brianne Pulver by calling 774-200-7162 or via Emai firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the attached flyer for food resources for families during the COVID-19 crisis. There are many options available. Don't forget, we're offering meals this week. Pickup is available from 10 -1 at KTMS and EBES today and Wednesday. View the menu here: https://5il.co/o7r8
Dear Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District Learning Community Members, I hope you are well and made time to enjoy the holiday break safely. In an abundance of caution we will be full remote on Monday January 4 due to an increase in COVID 19 cases in both of our towns and with concerns of staffing levels. We will reassess Monday afternoon to determine if we need to be remote for an extended period of time beyond January 8th, 2021. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding during this very challenging time. Please take care; follow public health guidelines; and remain safe! Sincerely Yours, Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Our meal menu for January 2021 is now available! For the week of Jan. 4-8, meal pickup will be offered from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at both Knox Trail Middle and East Brookfield Elementary Schools. The normal remote meal pickup schedule will resume 1/11/2021. https://5il.co/o7r8
DON'T FORGET! The deadline for the mandatory Flu Vaccination is 12/31/2020. Please view the memo (https://5il.co/n69c) and be sure to notify your child’s school nurse once completed.
REMINDER: All district buildings (including the Central Office) will be closed from December 23, 2020 through January 8, 2021. Buildings will reopen Monday, January 11, 2021. Visit www.sebrsd.org for contact information to reach a member of our administration team.
The SEB SEPAC is hosting a zoom workshop titled Basic Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility on January 4, 2021. Please view the flyer for more information and the link to register. https://5il.co/nv27
Google servers were down world-wide this morning with no access to Gmail, calendars and files stored on the Google drive. As of 7:55 am, the issue appears to be resolved. Staff and students should not have any issues but if any are encountered, please report them ASAP.
Don't forget...the Spencer Police Association Children's Christmas Drive-Thru event is tomorrow (12/12) at 10 am at Wire Village! Read more about this exciting event here: https://www.sebrsd.org/article/358558?org=sebrsd
Pamela Higgins is a licensed Registered Occupational Therapist. She has enjoyed working with the students and teachers as part of the special education team for 33 years. Ms. Higgins will be retiring from the district this year. She has been an integral part of the SEB students and families, providing high-quality therapies. Wendy Ryan is a licensed COTA who has been a dedicated member of our school family for the past 20 years. She has enjoyed helping the children here be the most successful and independent students they can be. They both feel honored to be able to serve the children and their families, along with the wonderful and amazing staff in all schools of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District and the communities-at-large. Please join us in recognizing Mrs. Higgins and Mrs. Ryan as our Department of Students Services "Staff of the Month" for December 2020! Thank you both for all you do!! @MASchoolsK12 @MassTeacher @MASCSchoolComm
IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE! Due to the expected inclement weather this Saturday, the date of the Spencer Police Association Children's Christmas Drive-Thru event has been moved to 12/12/2020. Read more about this exciting event here: https://www.sebrsd.org/article/358558?org=sebrsd
Our "Staffulty" of the month for December 2020 are Lynn White & Beth Shaughnessy, our David Prouty HS School Secretaries! Their friendly faces & voices greet every visitor to our school. Their calm demeanor puts people at ease. Their professional approach to helping every member of our community with every problem conceivable is appreciated by all of us here at the high school. Through the uncertainty of this past spring, Mrs. White & Mrs. Shaughnessy helped make school feel "real," highlighted by putting together a truly beautiful graduation for the Class of 2020. Mrs. White is in her sixth year at Prouty. She is the loving mom of two daughters: one a college freshman, the other a high school sophomore. She is co-advisor of this year's senior class, and she is determined to see them all have a great senior year, despite Covid. Mrs. Shaughnessy is in her third year at Prouty. She is the loving mom of a third-grade daughter, and twin boys who are in second grade. Mrs. Shaughnessy loves running and walking outdoors in nature, and is a fierce soccer player. Thank you to Mrs. White and Mrs. Shaughnessy for all you do! #ProutyPride @MASchoolsK12 @MassTeacher @MASCSchoolComm
Spencer Police Association Children’s Christmas Party, Drive-Thru Style! Read more about this exciting event here: https://www.sebrsd.org/article/358558?org=sebrsd
With the holidays coming, it is important to remember that any families traveling are subject to the travel guidelines established by the state of Massachusetts. Please read the Travel Ban Reminder Notice from our Health Services Department. https://5il.co/mphp
Please view the Influenza Vaccination Letter from the Health Services Department. Students will be expected to have received an influenza vaccine for the current influenza season by December 31, 2020 unless they have a medical or religious exemption. https://5il.co/n69c
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Meal pickup for next week will be offered on Monday, 11/23, only! There will be no meal pickup on Wednesday, 11/25. Pre-order your meals for Monday - Wednesday here: https://forms.gle/NQfYjrHfvXp8z8RN6.
The Spencer Special Town Meeting will begin at 7pm tonight in the David Prouty HS McDonough Gymnasium. To review the warrant in advance, click here: https://www.spencerma.gov/home/news/special-town-meeting-nov-12-7-pm-dphs @SpencerCable @CitizenChron @MassLive @telegramdotcom
Change is coming to our meal pickup schedule! Meals can still be pre-ordered via our Google Form weekly. Check it out! https://5il.co/mw11
On behalf of all of us within the Spencer-East Brookfield RSD, we are pleased to recognize the entire East Brookfield Elementary School faculty & staff as "Employees of the Month for November 2020!" Each staff member has gone above and beyond their daily duties to make our school operates smoothly during these unprecedented times. This year has been an example of true dedication and teamwork. Thank you for all you do! @MASchoolsK12 @MassTeacher @MASCSchoolComm
Please click the link below to see the opt-out letter from our Health Services Department regarding the use of hand sanitizers during school. https://5il.co/msqh.
As the holidays approach, there is typically an increase to travel. In the interest of safety for all of our students, staff, and their families we ask that you please view the Travel Ban Reminder Notice from our Health Services Department. https://5il.co/mphp
Kiara Pond obtained her Bachelor degree in Applied Psychology and Child Advocacy in 2015. She immediately began an accelerated program for her Masters degree in Science, Applied Behavior Analysis. While going through graduate school, Kiara worked and gained intensive fieldwork experience hours as a Special Education Paraprofessional. In May 2018, she graduated from the program, and in August 2018, sat for her boards. She passed thus becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). This is her third year as a public school BCBA, second at SEBRSD. As a result of her hard work and dedication to her students, Kiara Pond is our Student Services Staff Member of the Month for November 2020! Thank you Kiara for all of you do! #Progress #Unity #Knowledge
We would like to recognize Ms. MaryEllen Amodeo & Mr. Nick Pantecuso as Wire Village School’s "Employees of the Month for October 2020!" MaryEllen Amodeo: Mary Ellen joined the Wire Village family several years ago and has been an integral member of the third grade team ever since. Looking back, she always welcomes others to her classroom, from college students beginning their studies in elementary education to hybrid teaching… Teaching both the students in her classroom and those at home during their remote week. She continually seeks ways to refine and grow her skills and practices. Nicolas Panteusco: Nick joined our Wire Village family last year as our school adjustment counselor with an extensive background in working with elementary students. With his mild manner and funny sense of humor, he became an asset to both students and families as well as helping staff in meeting the needs of students. His work did not end in the summer, as he produced self-help videos for staff and students aimed at helping parents, families and students and staff with the transition back to school. “Just Think Week,” a production focused upon self-help and transition, while another video series featured a conversation with “Mrs. Doubtwire,” where he helped parents (and students) reflect on the differences with remote learning last spring versus what it looks like now. Congratulations to Ms. Amodeo & Mr. Pantecuso! #WireVillageRocks #Progress #Unity #Knowledge @MASchoolsK12 @MassTeacher @MASCSchoolComm
Bus routes for the 2020-2021 school year have been released for David Prouty High School and Knox Trail Middle School and can now be located on our District website here: https://5il.co/mfck. Please contact our Transportation Department at 508-450-6917 if you have any questions.
FREE Children's Flu Clinic There will be a no-charge flu clinic for children of East Brookfield and Spencer between the ages of 4 and 18 on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 5 to 7 PM. The clinic will be held in the cafeteria at David Prouty High School in Spencer and run by the Local Board of Health nurse. Families are to enter the High School at the front entrance. There will be no charge for the vaccinations, but participants are asked to please bring their insurance cards to the clinic. Any questions can be directed to Carrie Cashman (School Nurse at East Brookfield) at 508-885-8536.
Here are some important tips for coming back to Knox Trail MS - Hybrid style! #Progress #Unity #Knowledge @maschoolsk12 @MASCSchoolComm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm3IG_rI21M&t=2s
FREE Breakfast and Lunch through June 2021! When ordering using the Google Form you are helping reduce food waste & supporting the SEBRSD Food Service Program! The order form resets on Thursdays so you can order for the next week, https://forms.gle/aWRx94fDMpcqxTiq6 @snamass
We would like to recognize Kelsey Mitchell as East Brookfield Elementary School’s employee of the month for October. Kelsey has been a part time office clerk at the school for several years and has just been promoted to our full time secretary at the start of this school year. Kelsey has already made a strong impact. She has done an amazing job getting our school ready to open during these unprecedented times. Not only did she get the school ready for opening day, she entered all the class lists and schedules into Powerschool, created email lists for all parents according to grade, and revised and set up Powerpoint presentations for three separate parent nights. This is just a partial list of what she has done to this point. Above everything else, Kelsey is a welcoming presence to those parents, guardians, and visitors to our school. She is always upbeat and has a smile on her face. Kelsey is an integral part of our great school climate. Congratulations on being employee of the month for October 2020, Kelsey!!!
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE: NEXT STEPS TO REOPENING 10.08.2020! Click here: https://www.sebrsd.org/article/323633?org=sebrsd #Progress #Unity #Knowledge @MASchoolsk12 @massteacher @MASCSchoolComm @SpencerCable @telegramdotcom @masslivenews @citizenchronicles @TheCitizenChron
Carrie Cashman has been with the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District for 1 year. Prior to that, she was a school nurse in the Leicester and Auburn School Districts, for a total of ten years as a school nurse. During her time as a school nurse, Carrie has had many achievements including, earning her Nationally Certified School Nurse Certification and becoming Massachusetts Emergency Management Systems Nurse of the Year, in 2018 for helping save the life of a young student who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on the playground, during school hours. In 2017, Carrie was honored to speak at the Summer Series for Massachusetts School Health Services/ BU Shield, regarding sudden cardiac emergencies. Currently, Carrie is working towards her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education, which will be complete in March of 2021. Mrs. Cashman has been such an amazing addition to the SEB family, in general, and East Brookfield Elementary, specifically; and for these reasons is the "Faculty of the Month for October" within the Department of Student Services!
Important Announcement: There will be no meal service on October 12th in observance of Columbus/Discovers Day. Remote meal pick-up will be on Tuesday 10/13 and Thursday 10/15 and will resume normal Monday/Wednesday pickup the week of 10/19. Meals are available to any child 0-18 and can be picked up at Knox Trail Middle School from 9am-1pm.
Deb McColl has been with Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District (SEB) for thirty years. She has been in special education her entire career with the district. Most recently, Deb has been a key stakeholder in the preschool program, housed at East Brookfield Elementary School. Deb had a new vision of how to improve the Early Childhood Center to help meet the needs of all students. With the new improvements, Deb has been the leader in the creation of a new preschool classroom for students with significant needs. As well, Deb has been a pioneer for the promotion of inclusivity for all students with disabilities. Currently, Deb is a team chairperson for Early Intervention and Pre-K-6; and for the reasons outlined above, she is our Student Services Staff Member of the Month for September 2020! Thank you Deb for all of due diligence and your dedication to the Spencer-East Brookfield RSD! #Progress #Unity #Knowledge
Our administration, faculty and staff members of the month for September 2020 are a plenty and proof positive that It really does takes a village! 9/1/2020: A special thanks to KT and DPHS for sharing paraprofessional support staff with our school as well as our nurse and some program and service staff to help us welcome back students to school Hybrid style! Almost immediately, they felt like family to us! Our entire staff has stepped up to the plate in embracing the, sometimes challenging technology and especially in providing a safe and welcoming environment for ALL students, remote or hybrid! Our parents and families have also been patient in the process, offering us valuable feedback and input. 9/8/2020: To Kaye Spence, our lead secretary, and Melanie Ethier, our Assistant principal- For reorganizing and rewriting schedules and class lists as necessitated by district changes and keeping parents informed via social media platforms. 9/15/2020: To Parwana Salih, one of our office staff members, and the entire Technology department- for orchestrating, cataloguing and distributing technology to students and offering support to parents alike. 9/22/2020: To our Title Team (Particularly Matt Meyerdierks, Melanie Fontaine and Lisa Olson) in supporting our remote classroom students in the absence of a designated remote teacher. 9/29/2020: To Kim Kates, a veteran fourth grade teacher at our school as she was recognized by a new staff member and community member for being patient, friendly and calm with students and welcoming new staff. #WireVillageRocks #Progress #Unity #Knowledge
Tom Cheney is the East Brookfield Elementary School Staff of the Month for September 2020! Mr. Cheney has been a custodian at East Brookfield Elementary School for about 8 years. He worked extremely hard as a part time custodian, and when a full-time position became available, Tom was the obvious choice. From Day One, Tom’s work ethic was clearly evident. When he is given an assignment or project, his response is not “I’ll get to it.” His response is to get it done almost immediately. Since coming to EBE, I have never received one complaint from a staff member saying their room was not cleaned the night before or was not ready for students to enter in the morning. During the summer months, Tom makes sure everything is ready for opening day, even during times of being short staffed. This is a testament to Tom’s commitment to his job and to our school. Above all else, Tom always has a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. He has great relationships with our staff and is well liked and respected by all. Congratulations to Mr. Cheney, our Staff of the Month for September 2020! @MASchoolsK12 @massteacher @MASCSchoolComm #EBEEaglesRock #Progress #Unity #Knowledge
Kelsey Grey is the David Prouty Hogh School Teacher of the Month for September 2020! Ms. Grey, our music teacher, band director, and resident Schoology expert, is a graduate of Westfield State University. Before coming to Prouty in the summer of 2019, she taught in Otis, Massachusetts. Ms. Grey plays the flute and the piccolo, and she LOVES Starbucks Coffee! Ms. Grey was selected due to her unwavering commitment to her students and her colleagues. We appreciate her work transitioning our music program to remote learning in the spring, her efforts on our Class Day video, her transition to a socially distanced Band Camp, and her ongoing devotion to our Marching Band. The Prouty faculty appreciates her help with Schoology. Currently, Ms. Grey is planning the Halloween Highway event with the Music Boosters and the band students. We truly hope that every family in the community will come out on October 30 to take part -- courtesy of our Teacher of the Month!!!
Our October meals menu has been posted to the website. Check it out! http://spencereastbrookfieldma.apptegy.us/o/sebrsd/page/menus--290 For remote learners and at-home children ages 0-18, be sure to pre-order meals for pickup each week using the google order form: https://forms.gle/NQfYjrHfvXp8z8RN6
Attention SEBRSD Families: Please read the latest guidance from the Health Services Department regarding family responsibilities for health and safety during COVID-19. Click here to view: https://5il.co/lfx5
The David Prouty HS Guidance Gazette Issue No 2 / September 24, 2020 can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x5-2AwLiEZLfk0uGIOommMJ5OG2WBjHi/view #ProutyPride #Progress #Unity #Knowledge
Here are the menus for next week(9/21-9/25). Notice that we now offer gluten-free and vegetarian menu options, as well! Meals can be pre-ordered through our online google form here: https://forms.gle/NQfYjrHfvXp8z8RN6
Welcome back SEBRSD! We will be handing out meals @ Knox Trail Middle School from 9am to 1pm. Pick up meals for today and Wednesday! We will be back on Thursday for Thursday and Friday meals. Walk/drive ins are welcome! To pre-order click here: https://forms.gle/NQfYjrHfvXp8z8RN6
Bus routes for Wire Village and East Brookfield Elementary Schools have now been posted to our District website. They can be located here: https://www.sebrsd.org/o/sebrsd/page/bus-routes--241. For any questions, please contact our Transportation Department at 508-450-6917.
Today was our last day offering free meals to the children of our community under the Summer Eats program. We would like to thank all of our Food Service workers and volunteers for making this possible and also thank the community for participating in record numbers. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve you these last several months at our 5 remote sites and wish everyone a great start to the new school year. And don't forget, free meals will be offered to all children starting next Tuesday, through December 31, 2020. More information on how to sign up will be posted shortly.
The Southern Worcester County League releases athletic advisory. Check out the NEWS section on our website or read the article here: https://www.sebrsd.org/article/304511?org=sebrsd
A note from our Food Services Director! Hello All! As the summer comes to an end and the start of the school year fast approaches we will continue to provide meals for students in the district. As you may have heard, the USDA is extending free meals to all students until December 31st. The State of Massachusetts will be providing more clarity on Thursday, 9/10, to determine if our district qualifies. A Google form will be released this week for meal ordering for the opening of school. We appreciate your patience and look forward to your participation in the SEBRSD Meals program! If you have any questions please feel free to email me at email@example.com or give me a call at 774-200-7162. Thank You, Brianne Pulver SEBRSD Food Services Director
Hot Off the Press! Check out the latest news announcement posted to our website regarding our brand new mobile app launch! https://www.sebrsd.org/article/303100?org=sebrsd
Join us for the following Special Education informational session tonight (9/8/2020) from 6:30 - 7:45 pm: Student Services Update- grade 4-12 (Remote Students) https://zoom.us/j/98192115723?pwd=K3MveHh5ZDJ4Vnh4eUdSYUJ5cjBqZz09 Passcode: fm9wsb
Join us for the following Special Education informational session tonight (9/8/2020) from 5:00 - 6:15 pm: Student Service Updates - Elementary Pre-K-3 https://zoom.us/j/95324860724?pwd=T0xVbjR0dmZ3K01Ud2lydTZVWC9GQT09 Passcode: 8ZBtLa
Friendly Reminder: We won't be serving meals on Monday, 9/7, however, we're offering Labor Day meals for pickup on Friday, 9/4. Anyone wishing to take the Labor Day meal must complete the google form in advance. Click link to register. https://forms.gle/fHty5mgSLsY7NTvy7
To read the latest update from the Superintendent of Schools, please check out our NEWS section on the website or visit the following link: https://www.sebrsd.org/article/299280?org=sebrsd
Check out next week's menu! We won't be serving meals on Monday, 9/7, however, we're offering Labor Day meals for pickup on Friday, 9/4. Anyone wishing to take the Labor Day meal must complete the google form in advance. Click link to register. https://forms.gle/fHty5mgSLsY7NTvy7
We are excited to announce our partnership with ClearGov to launch an infographic-based dashboard for our district. Click the links to learn more about this informative tool or go directly to the site! https://www.sebrsd.org/article/291214?org=sebrsd https://www.cleargov.com/massachusetts/school/spencer-east-brookfield
UPDATED IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Please note that page 2 of the calendar has been revised to correct typos. The link listed in our previous post will no longer work. Please see link for the latest 2020-2021 school year calendar: https://5il.co/jv3m
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Our new revised 2020-2021 school year calendar is now available! It can also be downloaded/printed from our website: https://5il.co/juku
All parents of children entering Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade are asked to help the schools plan for class assignments and transportation by completing this registration form by Monday August 17: https://forms.gle/CLUWYtDM4951GngB7 . Thank you.
In an effort to reopen our schools safely, our Before & After School Program will not be offered at this time. As the situation changes with Covid-19, we will revisit the idea of opening our B/ASP. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience & hardship that this may cause.
The 8/6/20 school committee meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, 7:00pm 8/10/20. This meeting will be held as a YouTube Streaming Event found at: https://youtu.be/Kf6XS0VuLQs. Questions / Comments regarding the 20-21 school year can be submitted anytime using our Question Submission Form: https://forms.gle/xS5v7cBnC3i4t8DU9. The meeting agenda can be found at: https://5il.co/j865. The meeting will be posted on the SEBRSD YouTube channel after adjournment.
Important change to School Committee meeting - tonight's meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 6, 2020 due to inclement weather. Please access agenda for more information. www.sebrsd.org/o/sebrsd/events/#event_5843916
Attention Parents: Families, Here's information from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) to activate your (PIN) P-EBT Card! https://5il.co/gyqj