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August 5, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
 
I hope you are well! I am writing to update you on the district’s preparation for learning in the fall.
Final Plan for Learning this Fall: The School Committee voted to approve a hybrid plan for returning to learning this fall. You can watch the meeting by clicking here. Students will alternate between in-person and remote learning each week. I will share an overview of the plan here and send more details on Monday, August 10. 
 
We decided on the hybrid plan because it is the best way to provide students with an engaging learning experience, support their social/emotional needs, and protect the health of students, staff members, and families. We would have preferred to have all students and staff members return to all in-person learning, but it is not feasible with the operational, medical, and cleaning protocols we have to implement to protect people from the virus. The remote plan is the safest plan, but we did not select this option because it is important for the students to have some interactions with teachers and peers when it is safe. We are going to have periods of remote learning this school year. Our hope is to start the year with some in-person learning before we have to implement the remote plan.
 
The hybrid plan involves both in-person and remote learning. The students will be separated into two groups, A and B. Group A will have in-person learning on Mondays and Tuesdays and remote learning on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Group B will have remote learning on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and in-person learning on Thursdays and Fridays. The in-person learning will have fewer students in the school, which will decrease risk of virus infection and increase interactions among teachers and students. The remote learning will include direct teaching, small group work, and independent work. All learning, in-person and remote, will be mandatory. Students will be graded and attendance will be taken in all formats. 
 
We are finalizing many aspects of the plan, including class and group placement (siblings will be placed in the same group, either A or B), the expectations for in-person and remote learning, arrival, dismissal, bus transportation, responding to people who are COVID-symptomatic and/or COVID positive, eating lunch and snack, the structure of special subjects (Library, PE, Music, Art, Technology, and Health), among others. I will share as many details as possible with you on August 10 and give you additional details as we finalize them during the summer.   
 
Shifting from Hybrid to Remote: We are planning on implementing the hybrid model at the start of the school year. However, that may change depending on what happens with the virus. We are closely monitoring the situation and will change to remote to start the school year if necessary. I anticipate shifting between hybrid and remote throughout the school year depending on the virus. I want the students in school as much as possible, but student, staff, and family safety remains my top priority.
 
Special Subject Correction: At the School Committee meeting last night, I reported that we are going to have all of our special subjects this year but we are working out the details about how we are going to structure them. I named all of the special subjects (Library, PE, Music, Art, Technology, and Health); however, I did not include Library. This was my mistake. We are going to have Library as a special subject this year as we have in prior years. I apologize for the mistake and the confusion, particularly to our amazing library team.
 
2020-2021 School Calendar: I am working with administrators and teachers’ union leaders to create an updated calendar for the school year that includes 10 extra professional development days at the start of the year. We will use that time to prepare to deliver a robust remote learning experience for students and teach in a safe environment when in the buildings. I will get the dates to the School Committee later in August. The first day of school will be Monday, September 14. 
 
Thank you for all you are doing to help us prepare for learning this fall. Please let me know if you have any questions and give my best to the children! 
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

August 2, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
This weekend went by very quickly! I hope you enjoyed it and are ready for the upcoming week. I am writing to update you on how we are preparing for learning in the fall.
 
Return to School Committee Meeting, Monday, August 3: I am meeting with the Return to School Committee (R2SC) tomorrow. The R2SC has 62 members, 31 of my colleagues and 31 students’ family members. They have been helping me prepare for the return to learning this fall. Tomorrow, we will review the three potential plans for the fall: in-person, remote, and hybrid. We will consider how each plan affects the following:
  • The health of students, staff members, and their families.
  • The academic and social/emotional development of all students with particular focus on students with special education programs, students learning English, students who were not engaged in remote learning in the spring, and students who are new to Delaney or Roderick.
  • The teaching of PE, General Music, Instrumental Music, Art, Technology, and Health.
  • The implementation of the operational protocols, including spacing on the school bus, maintaining at least 3 feet of distance with masks on (when learning in class, etc.), maintaining at least 6 feet of distance without masks on (eating, etc), walking in the hallways, and managing student arrival and dismissal.
  • The implementation of medical protocols, including responding to students and staff members with symptoms of COVID-19 and people who test positive for COVID-19.
  • The ability of the custodial staff to clean and sanitize the learning spaces, school offices, medical offices, and medical waiting rooms for people with COVID-19 symptoms. 
I will ask each member of the R2SC to consider the benefits and concerns of each plan and provide me with a recommendation for learning in the fall. I will consider their recommendations, along with the feedback I received from staff members, union leaders, and students' families via surveys, emails, and conversations, as I prepare my final recommendation for the School Committee. I will share the final recommendation at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, August 4. The details for how the public can watch the School Committee meeting are below. I will also share the recommendation in the WPS Update on Wednesday, August 5. 
 
School Committee Meeting, August 4, 2020, 7:00 PM: On Tuesday, I will share the final recommendation for returning to learning in the fall with the School Committee. The meeting will take place via Google Meet. We will broadcast the meeting on the district’s YouTube channel so the public may see the presentation. Members of the public may speak to the School Committee during the Audience Communication portion of the meeting by dialing 1-475-329-0018 and entering the PIN 435 520 914#. Please state your name and address before speaking to the School Committee.
 
Thank you for your support as we prepare for the school year. This is a huge challenge, but we are up to it! Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hi! 
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

July 30, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I apologize for sending this WPS Update one day late. I will make sure to send the next one on Sunday as scheduled.
 
Three Potential Plans for Learning in the Fall: At Tuesday night’s School Committee meeting, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Dr. Vanessa Beauchaine outlined the three potential plans for returning to learning in the fall.
  • In-Person Learning - In this model, all students and staff members return to the school buildings for learning with safety measures, including masks and distancing, in place. We are able to meet the 3’ distance guideline outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), but it is a very tight fit.  
  • All Remote Learning - In this model, all students and staff members learn and work remotely. Although the model is similar to how we operated in the spring of this school year, it will be more rigorous in the upcoming school year. Students will be expected to attend and participate in lessons and the work will be graded. It will combine synchronous (teacher and student interaction in real-time on Google Meet) and asynchronous (student work completed independently). This is an article that explains synchronous and asynchronous learning. The all-remote option is available for any student whose families prefer students not return to school for in-person or hybrid learning. 
  • Hybrid Learning - In this model, the students would alternate between learning in school and learning remotely. We would use this model to reduce the number of students in the buildings at one time, allowing for better distancing. We are considering a hybrid model in which we separate the students into two groups, A and B. Group A would attend school on Mondays and Tuesday and learn remotely on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday. Group B would learn remotely on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and learn in school on Thursdays and Fridays. If we select this model, siblings will be in the same group and we will try to align with King Philip Regional School District.  
I will submit the three potential plans to DESE on Friday, July 31. They have directed me to work with the School Committee to select the final plan for learning for the fall by August 10.
 
Selecting the Final Plan for Learning in the Fall: I am meeting with administrators, union leaders, teachers, and health professionals this week to finalize the logistics of our three potential plans for the fall. On Monday, August 3, I am meeting with the Return to School Committee to review the plans and solicit member feedback on the best option for our district. On Tuesday, August 4, I will meet with administrators and teacher union leaders to hear their perspectives on the best option for the district. I will consider their feedback, along with the survey responses and emails from students’ families and staff members, to decide which plan to recommend to the School Committee. I will make the recommendation at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, August 4. After that, I will finalize the details of the plan and share them with the public on Monday, August 10. I invite you to share your choice for returning to learning in the fall with me (in person, remote, or hybrid). Please email me at camerona@wrenthamschools.org by Sunday, August 2. 
 
Masks Required for Everyone in School Buildings: I announced at the School Committee meeting that I am requiring all adults and all students, pre-kindergarten through grade 6, to wear masks in school buildings. This exceeds the DESE standard of “strongly encouraging” students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grade 1 to wear masks. I made this decision for the safety of our community. Until we have a vaccine for COVID-19, the best way to protect the people from the virus is to wear masks, remain distant from others, and wash hands. I recognize that it will be challenging for students to wear masks; however, the risk to our students, staff members, and students' families is too high not to take this step. We will incorporate mask breaks so everyone has time without a mask.   
 
Bus Request for the 2020-2021 School Year: I am resending the transportation request form since we have heard back from about 50% of our families. Please complete this form, if you have not, so we can finish the bus routes.
 
DESE distributed their directives on bus transportation (attached). Below are the key points:
  • One student may sit on each bench. Siblings from the same home may sit together on one bench. This will reduce our bus capacity from around 70 students to around 25 students (depending on the bus and number of siblings).  ​
  • The bus driver will assess students for symptoms prior to boarding the bus. If a student is symptomatic and a parent is at the bus stop, the student will not be allowed on the bus. If no parent is present, the student will ride the bus to school and go directly to the school nurse.
  • Everyone on the bus must wear a mask and sanitize hands before boarding the bus.
  • The bus windows will be open at all times.
We contract with Holmes Transportation for our bus service. They also serve KP, Norfolk, Plainville, and other school districts. They are aware of the guidance and working with us to implement the guidelines. We are not able to add additional buses because Holes does not have extra buses to offer and, even if they did, we could not afford to pay for extra buses. Therefore, we need to know which students are going to want to ride the bus and recreate bus routes and bus stops to hit the DESE guidelines. 
 
 
This is a truly amazing time! Thank you for your patience as we work to make learning safe and effective for the students this fall. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello! 
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

July 28, 2020

Dear WPS Families and Staff Members,
I hope you are well! I am writing to let you know that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the state teachers' unions agreed to reduce the number of student school days from 180 to 170 for this school year. The 10 days will be converted to professional development days for staff members to prepare for the school year. This will allow us to make sure we are prepared for in-person learning with safety measures, remote learning, and a combination of the two. I will work with administrators, teacher leaders, and the School Committee on the new calendar. The School Committee will vote on it at their meeting on Tuesday, August 4. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day!
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools

July 27, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
 
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures Under Review: Yesterday, I sent you a WPS Update with information about bus transportation. In sum, the state guidelines for bus transportation significantly reduces the number of students we can have on a school bus (the paragraph I sent yesterday, along with the survey link, is below in italics). As a result, we anticipate many more families driving their children to and from school. Delaney School Principal Kathleen Maloney and Roderick School Principal Kevin Martes are leading a team that is updating those procedures to ensure safety and maximize efficiency. We will send details about the new drop-off and pick-up procedures later in the summer.   
 
DESE Fall Reopening Transportation Guidance: DESE distributed their directives on bus transportation (linked). Below are the key points:
*One student may sit on each bench. Siblings from the same home may sit together on one bench. This will reduce our bus capacity from around 70 students to around 25 students (depending on the bus and number of siblings).  
*The bus driver will assess students for symptoms prior to boarding the bus. If a student is symptomatic and a parent is at the bus stop, the student will not be allowed on the bus. If no parent is present, the student will ride the bus to school and go directly to the school nurse.
*Everyone on the bus must wear a mask and sanitize hands before boarding the bus.
*The bus windows will be open at all times.
 
We contract with Holmes Transportation for our bus service. They also serve KP, Norfolk, Plainville, and other school districts. They are aware of the guidance and working with us to implement the guidelines. We are not able to add additional buses because Holes does not have extra buses to offer and, even if they did, we could not afford to pay for extra buses. Therefore, we need to know which students are going to want to ride the bus and recreate bus routes and bus stops to hit the DESE guidelines. 
 
 
Thanks for your help with this process! Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello! 
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

July 26, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I hope you are having a great weekend! 
 
WPS Updates on Sundays and Wednesdays: The next few weeks are going to be critical for planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Therefore, I am going to resume sending WPS Updates to staff members and students’ families twice a week, on Sundays and Wednesdays. I will strive to send the emails at 6:00 pm so you know when to look for them. You may email me at camerona@wrenthamschools.org if you have questions at any time.   
 
Critical Few Weeks for Planning Learning in 2020-2021: The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is requiring school districts to complete two tasks to prepare for the upcoming school year. They call this the Two Step Process for Fall Reopening Plans. First, on July 31 we have to submit three potential plans for learning in the fall: in-person learning, remote-only learning, and a combination of the two called hybrid learning. The plans must align with the Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance and other directives issued by DESE. Second, on August 10 we have to submit our final plan for learning in the fall (in-person, remote-only, or hybrid) to DESE and make it public. I will share the final plan with you on August 10. 
 
DESE Fall Reopening Transportation Guidance: DESE distributed their directives on bus transportation (linked here). Below are the key points:
*One student may sit on each bench. Siblings from the same home may sit together on one bench. This will reduce our bus capacity from around 70 students to around 25 students (depending on the bus and number of siblings).  
*The bus driver will assess students for symptoms prior to boarding the bus. If a student is symptomatic and a parent is at the bus stop, the student will not be allowed on the bus. If no parent is present, the student will ride the bus to school and go directly to the school nurse.
*Everyone on the bus must wear a mask and sanitize their hands before boarding the bus.
*The bus windows will be open at all times.
We contract with Holmes Transportation for our bus service. They also serve KP, Norfolk, Plainville, and other school districts. They are aware of the guidance and working with us to implement the guidelines. Unfortunately, we are not able to add additional buses to compensate for the reduction in capacity because Holmes does not have extra buses to offer and, even if they did, we could not afford to pay for extra buses. Therefore, we need to know which students need to ride the bus and recreate bus routes and bus stops to implement the DESE guidelines. 
 
 
School Committee Meeting, 7:00 P.M., July 28, 2020
Date: July 28, 2020
Location: The meeting will be conducted remotely via Google Meet. The public is invited to dial into the meeting:
Dial in Number: 1-510-683-1334
PIN: 103 370 972#
 
New Business 
*Vote to approve meeting minutes, July 7, 2020
 
Old Business
*2020-2021 School Calendar
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
*WPS Return to School Plans
*WPS Return to School Graphic
*Feedback from the Return to School Family and Staff Surveys
*Mask Recommendation for In-Person Learning
*DESE Guidance on Transportation and Facilities/Operations Protocols
 
Audience Communication
*The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone.
 
Committee Report
*King Philip Representative
*PTO
*WEST
 
Executive Session – No
 
Adjournment
Next Meeting: August 4, 2020
 
Thank you again for your patience and support. Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week!
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

July 22, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
Happy Wednesday! I am writing to update you on how the district is preparing to return to school in the fall. 
 
Learning Surveys: Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Vanessa Beauchaine is leading a team of educators who are developing the district’s three potential plans for returning to school in the fall: in-person learning, remote learning, and hybrid learning. The School Committee will approve one plan for our district in early August. The committee created the two surveys below to understand the needs and preferences of our community. Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about the three learning models.
 
Final Learning Plan for the Fall, August 10, 2020: The state requires all superintendents to have their final plans for learning (in-person, remote, or hybrid) ready for the public on August 10, 2020. I will share our final plan with you on that day, along with a survey asking you to tell me about your plans for the fall.  
 
School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, July 28, 2020: The School Committee is meeting on Tuesday, July 28, at 7:00 pm. They will discuss the three learning plans (in-person, hybrid, and remote) and the calendar for the school year. We will post the agenda by Friday, July 24, on the district website. The following is the log-on information:
Phone: (US) +1 510-683-1334‬ PIN: ‪103 370 972‬# 
 
Thank you again for your patience and support. Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week!
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

July 15, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I hope you are having a fantastic week! I am writing to update you on how the district is preparing to return to school in the fall. 
 
Initial Return to School Survey Results: We had 354 families respond to the Initial Return to School survey. That is outstanding! The Return to School Committee is reviewing the feedback and looking for trends, questions, and other important information for finalizing our plans for school in the fall. There is a lot of information in the survey results, but I will share the first question with you.
When asked if they were Very Likely, Likely, Unlikely, Very Unlikely, or Unsure about sending their children back to school for in-person learning with the safety measures in place (mask wearing, at least 3 feet of distancing, hand washing, surface and room cleaning, and creating medical waiting rooms), people responded:
172 (49%) Very likely to return to in-person learning
92 (26%) Likely to return to in-person learning
26 (7%) Unlikely to return to in-person learning
7 (5%) Very unlikely to return to in-person learning
45 (13%) Unsure
I will share the full results of the survey and the findings of the Return to School Committee with the School Committee at their meeting on July 28.
 
Hybrid Learning Update: The hybrid learning plan, where students alternate between in-person and remote learning, may be necessary if we cannot have all students and staff members in school at the same time. We do not anticipate having to use the hybrid model at the start of the school year; however, things are changing very quickly. We have to be ready to shift to a hybrid model if the needs of our community or the guidance from DESE change. I am working with the superintendents from KP, Norfolk, and Plainville to see if we can have the same hybrid structure to help the schedule for families that we share. 
 
Remote Learning Update: We are working on a remote learning plan in case we have to close the buildings. This plan will also be available for students who do not return to school in the fall. This is NOT home-school. Rather, it is a district supported plan that will be available to students who do not return to school for in-person learning. We will finalize the plan once we receive the final guidance from DESE.
 
Learning Survey Next Week: I am going to send surveys about the hybrid and remote learning plans to staff members and families next week. The surveys will have potential hybrid plans for you to consider. The surveys will also ask you for feedback about what you hope to see in a remote learning plan. I will send the surveys in the WPS Update on Wednesday, 7/22/2020. 
 
Thank you again for your patience and support. We will get through this and be stronger for the experience. 
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

July 12, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I hope you had a great weekend! I am sending you a bonus WPS Update to update you on how the district is planning to return to school in the fall. 
 
Initial Return to School Presentation: I made a 13-minute presentation about returning to school in the fall. The presentation highlights the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) initial return to school guidance, corrects a mistake I made about remote learning (sorry!), presents Wrentham’s tentative plan for returning to school in the fall, and shares our next steps. 
 
Remote Learning Plan UPDATE: DESE is requiring all school districts to develop remote learning plans in case the buildings are closed due to the virus. They are ALSO requiring districts to have remote learning plans for students who do not return to in-person learning. I misunderstood the commissioner’s expectation about remote learning in my last update and School Committee meeting and apologize for giving you the wrong information. We will offer a remote learning option for families who do not send their children to in-person learning. We will find a way to support students that stay home without overtaxing teachers and other staff members. I will send more details about the remote learning plan once I receive the final guidance from DESE. 
 
Homeschool Process: The district still has a process for families who want to homeschool their children. Homeschool is NOT remote learning. Homeschool is for families who do not want to use district resources to teach their children. There is information about the homeschool process on our website. 
 
DESE Return to School FAQ: I attached an FAQ document about returning to school that was written by DESE. 
 
Initial Return to School Parent Surveys: Almost 200 people have completed the surveys so far! Please let us know what you think about returning to school in the fall. The survey is anonymous and nonbinding (you may change your mind later in the summer). 
 
Thank you again for your patience and support. Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

July 8, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I am writing to update you on how we are preparing for the return to school in the fall. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
 
Returning to School in the Fall in Wrentham: In the last WPS Update (7/1/2020), I shared the Initial Guidance on Returning to School from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). DESE’s goal is to have students return to in-person learning in the fall with safety measures in place to protect people from the coronavirus. The primary safety measures are mask wearing, distancing, hand washing, surface cleaning, and creating medical assessment rooms for people with COVID-19 symptoms. 
 
Masks: DESE mandates all students in grade 2 and up, and all adults, wear masks. They strongly encourage students in PreK, K, and 1 to wear masks. They recognize mask wearing is uncomfortable, but the medical experts feel this is an essential step in protecting vulnerable people. We will schedule mask breaks throughout the day.
 
Distancing: DESE wants districts to strive for 6 feet of distance between people with no less than 3 feet of distance. Students’ desks must be spaced at least 3 feet apart and classrooms must have at least 6 feet of space between the board and the first row of seats. Students must have an aisle to walk to their seats without getting closer than 3 feet from other people.
Hand washing: Students and staff members will be required to wash their hands at arrival, after returning to the classroom, before and after eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or using the bathroom.
 
Cleaning protocols: The maintenance team will be required to clean and sanitize classrooms and all touched surfaces frequently.
 
Medical assessment rooms: The district will establish medical assessment rooms, separate from the nurses’ offices, to monitor people at school who display symptoms of COVID-19.  
 
We assessed our classrooms, hallways, and other spaces to see if we can implement the safety measures and have all of our students and staff members return to school this fall. I am pleased to report that we can. Therefore, assuming nothing changes between now and the start of school, all WPS students and staff members will have all in-person learning in the Delaney and Roderick buildings this fall. I will send additional information with specifics about the return to school after I receive the Final Return to School Guidance from DESE. For planning purposes, you can expect the students in pre-k through grade 6 to return to school in the buildings on the normal schedule this fall.
 
Unanswered Questions about Returning to School: I am excited that we will have in-person learning this fall. However, I am waiting for more information from DESE on a number of issues ranging from riding the bus to having special subject classes. I expect to receive answers in the Final Return to School Guidance from DESE, which I anticipate coming in late July. The Return to School Committee will help me understand the guidance and develop the final plan for learning in Wrentham in the fall. I will send you the final plan for returning to school in Wrentham in early to mid August.
 
Remote Learning Plan: DESE is requiring all school districts to develop remote learning plans to deploy in case the buildings are closed due to the virus. This is an emergency option and not something that will be available to families who choose not to send their children to school. Families that do not want their children to return to school may home school their children. 
 
Home school Process: We know that some families may prefer to learn from home next year. We posted information about the home school application process on the district webpage under the Curriculum tab. Dr. Vanessa Beauchaine, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, works with families who home school their children. Please email her at beauchainev@wrenthamschools.org if you want to learn more about the home school process. 
 
Initial Return to School Parent Surveys: The Return to School Committee would like to know your thoughts about returning to in-person learning in the fall. Please take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts.
 
Fox 25 News Tonight: If you have nothing happening tonight, please let the students know that I will be on Fox25 news at 4:00 and 6:00 talking about the return to school process.  
 
Thank you again for your patience and support. Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

July 1, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
Welcome to July! I am keeping my fingers crossed for a quick return to summer weather. I am writing to update you on the district’s preparations for returning to school. 
 
New School Committee Members: The Town Election was held on Monday, June 29. Two School Committee members, Danielle Schmitz and Kristi Brunik, completed their terms and did not run for reelection. They were outstanding School Committee members and advocates for public education. We will miss them very much. Fortunately, Danielle and Kristi are being succeeded by two amazing people: Veronica Gonzalez and Grey Almeida. Please join me in congratulating them and wishing them success. 
 
Update on the Initial Guidance on Returning to School: Last week, I shared with you the Initial Guidance on Returning to School from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In sum, superintendents are being asked to create three plans for the fall: 
  • All in-person learning: All students and staff members are back in the school buildings with safety protocols, such as distancing and mask wearing, in place. This is DESE’s preferred option because of the benefits to the students’ academic growth and social/emotional health from being in school.  
  • Hybrid learning: Students alternate between in-person learning and remote learning. A district will select this option if it cannot have all students and staff members return to school and maintain the safety protocols. For example, a district will select the hybrid model if the classrooms are too small to allow all students to be at least 3 feet apart. 
  • All remote learning: This is the option if a district has to close the school buildings due to the virus. This is an emergency option for the district as a whole; however, we understand some families may prefer to learn from home next year. Vanessa Beauchaine, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, works with families who home-school their children. Please email her at beauchainev@wrenthamschools.org if you want to learn more about the home-school process.  
DESE is going to share their Final Guidance on Returning to School with superintendents in late July. Right now, I am working with the Wrentham Return to School Committee and administrators on the “plan to plan” for the fall. We have identified the areas of responsibility, questions, and concerns that we need to address to ensure we are ready to respond to the Final Guidance. I will update you on the final plan for learning in Wrentham as soon as it is complete, probably in early August. 
 
Preparing the Buildings for the Return to School: WPS Facilities Manager Glenn Gillespie and his team, Principals Kathleen Maloney and Kevin Martes and Vice Principal Robert Worth, and School Nurses Julie Cashman, Kerry Richardson, and Christina Monti have been preparing the buildings for the return to school in the fall. They are assessing the feasibility of having all student in school at one time while maintaining at least 3 feet of distance, putting directional stickers on the floors and walls, purchasing PPE and other supplies, developing  clearing and sanitizing protocols, identifying and stocking medical assessment rooms, and developing a number of protocols for returning to school. 
 
Food and Mental Health Support: We created a Summer Resource with  food assistance sites and mental health supports you may access during the summer months. Please contact me if you need additional assistance camerona@wrenthamschools.org.   
 
School Committee Meeting Agenda, July 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
The meeting will be conducted remotely via Google Meet. The public is invited to dial into the meeting:
Dial in Number: 1-385-404-5282
PIN: 224 053 714#
New Business
  • School Committee Reorganization
  • Vote to Approve the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting, June 16, 2020
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
  • Town Meeting Update
  • Initial Guidance on Returning to School in the Fall
  • School Committee Meeting Dates During July and August
Audience Communication
  • The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone. 
Committee Reports 
  • King Philip Representative
  • PTO
  • WEST
Executive Session
  • No 
Adjournment
 
I will send you another WPS Update on Wednesday, July 8. You may reach me anytime by email or phone. Have a wonderful July 4th weekend! Please tell the children that I said hello. 
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

June 25, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
Governor Baker and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the Initial Fall Reopening School Guidance. They made the primary goal of the initial guidance to have as many students as possible have in-person learning, in a safe manner, this fall. They worked with medical experts to define what a safe return to school means: 
 
*Medical research indicates that infection and transmission rates are lower for children than adults and can be further reduced with appropriate preventative measures.
 
*Preventative measures include masks/face coverings, physical distancing, hand washing, and frequent cleaning of rooms and surfaces.
 
*All students in grades 2 and above, and all adults, will be required to wear masks/face coverings. Students in grade 1 and below will be encouraged to wear masks/face coverings.
 
*Medical research and experiences from other countries that have returned students to school indicate the need for at least 3 feet of distance among people.
 
*Students will be required to wash their hands throughout the day, including at arrival and dismissal, before and after eating, and after sneezing, toileting, and other bodily function.
 
*The district established a clearing protocol that will ensure regular clearing and sanitizing of all spaces and surfaces in the schools. 
 
Each superintendent is required to develop three plans and submit them to DESE: a plan for all in-person learning that meets the above safety standards, a plan for all remote learning in case of a spike in the virus, and a plan for a combination of in-person and remote learning in case all in-person learning is not feasible in the district. DESE will provide superintendents with additional information about the plans and next steps in the Final Return to School Guidance, which I expect to receive in July. I will work with area superintendents, including KP, Wrentham administrators and teacher-leaders, and the Return to School Committee to develop our district’s plans. I will share them with you when they are complete.  
 
The initial guidance is a good start, but it also leaves us with more questions than answers about returning to school. I will continue to work with state and local leaders to make sure we are ready for school on the first day of school this fall.      
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

June 24, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I hope you are enjoying the start of summer vacation! I am writing to update you on the district’s preparations for returning to school. 
 
*WPS Budget Passed: On Monday, June 22, Wrentham Town Meeting voted unanimously to allocate $12,548,697 to Wrentham Public Schools for the next year, a 2.5% increase over this year. This is less than the $12,774,125 that the School Committee approved in March, but it is enough to support the same positions and programs that we have this year. Thank you very much to everyone who advocated for our budget! 
 
*King Philip (KP) Regional School District Budget Update: Our students attend KP Middle School and KP High School after they leave grade 6. KP teaches students from Wrentham, Norfolk, and Plainville. All three towns contribute to the district’s budget. Wrentham approved the KP budget on Monday, June 22, and the other two towns have their Town Meetings in a few weeks. Additionally, KP is reliant on money from the state, so they will not know their final budget until the state finalizes their budget, which is probably going to happen in late July. I will keep you posted. 
 
*Food and Mental Health Support: We created a Summer Resource with  food assistance sites and mental health supports you may access during the summer months. Please contact me if you need additional assistance camerona@wrenthamschools.org.   
 
*Return to School in 2020-2021:  I anticipate Governor Baker releasing the PRELIMINARY guidance on returning to school this week. I will share it with the Return to School Committee and use it to prepare for the FINAL return to school guidance. I hope to receive the final guidance in late July. I will update you throughout the planning process.
 
*Summer Learning: We are offering enrichment opportunities for students in July and August via our remote learning platform. Please visit the remote learning page to see the summer learning opportunities for students. Please contact Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Vanessa Beauchaine at beauchainev@wrenthamschools.org if you have questions.  
 
*WPS Updates During the Summer: I will send you an update every Wednesday during the summer. Please email me at camerona@wrenthamschools.org if you have any questions. 
 
I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and have a great weekend! Please tell the children that I said hello. 
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

June 17, 2020

Dear Wrentham Families,
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and for helping to make this such a successful year in the Wrentham Public Schools.  It is our honor and privilege to work in such a supportive community. Report cards will be mailed home on Friday, June 19. In case you didn't have a chance to watch any of our exciting end of the year events, we have attached the video links below for you.  Please be sure to check out the summer learning opportunites listed below.
Summer Learning Opportunities
  • Please be sure to take advantage of our Summer Learning Calendars throughout July and August! 
  • King Philip Regional School District has put together a great compilation of summer online enrichment possibilities in Music, Art, English, Math, Dance, and Technology! Students entering grade 6 and grade 7 can click here for additional information. 
We look forward to seeing you in the fall for another great year. Have a wonderful summer!
 
Sincerely,
Kathleen Maloney, Kevin Martes, & Robert Worth
 
***
Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
Today is the last day of school for the 2019-2020 school year! Yay! 
 
*Thank You!: I want to thank everyone for working so hard over the past few months to make sure our school district made it through the coronavirus closure. Thanks to all of you, our students had a positive experience despite the closure. The experience was challenging, but we made it. I am fortunate to have such amazing colleagues, students and their families, and community leaders. You make Wrentham a great place.
 
*Summer Learning: We are offering enrichment opportunities for students in July and August via our remote learning platform. Please visit the remote learning page later in the summer to see the enrichment opportunities for students. Please contact Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Vanessa Beauchaine at beauchainev@wrenthamschools.org if you have questions.  
 
*Extended School Year: Student Services Director Karen McNamara and her team are creating ESY options for students with IEPs who qualify. The program will be conducted remotely with the possibility of in-person services depending on the virus, needs of the students, and feedback from ESY staff members and students’ families. We will send additional information to ESY families soon.
 
*Return to School in 2020-2021:  I anticipate receiving the final guidance on returning to school from the state in a few weeks. I will work with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, administrators, and the Wrentham Return to School Committee to develop our plan for school in the fall. I will get the information to you as soon as possible. 
 
*WPS Updates During the Summer: I sent an update to you every Wednesday and Sunday during the coronavirus closure. During the summer months, I will send an update whenever I have important information to share. You may email me at camerona@wrenthamschools.org or call me at 508-641-0764 (cell) anytime. 
 
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00 for the final time for this school year. I would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
Thank you again! Have a wonderful summer and please tell the children that I said hi. 
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

June 14, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
Good afternoon! I hope you are enjoying the amazing weather this weekend! It did not make mowing the grass any more fun, but at least I was outside for a while. I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*FY21 Budget Update: Wrentham Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is the person who develops the annual budget for the town. He allocated $12,548,697 for Wrentham Public Schools (Delaney and Roderick) for next year, which is a 2.5% increase over this year’s budget. This is enough money to maintain our current staffing next year. Many area towns and school districts are not as fortunate and are reducing the number of teachers and other staff members for next year. There are several reasons for the differences in budgets among towns, ranging from reliance on the state for financial support to local growth and spending practices. The budget for the King Philip Regional School District, where our students attend middle and high school, is particularly complex because it has students from three towns, Wrentham, Norfolk, and Plainville. I will give the School Committee an overview of the budget process at their meeting on Tuesday, June 16 (see the agenda below). 
 
*Field Day: We are hosting a virtual Field Day on Monday, June 15. Mr. Moon, Mr. Maguire, and Mrs. Pitman organized events throughout the day. Students can participate in Field Day classics and some new activities. We encourage families to send pictures and/or videos of children participating in events to Mr. Moon (moona@wrenthamschools.org). We will use them to create a slideshow to share with families and staff members. 
 
*End of the Year Pep Rally: Mr. Worth, Miss Maloney, Mr. Martes, and I are going to lead a virtual pep rally for all students and staff members on Monday, June 15, at 2:30 p.m.  To view the End of the Year Pep Rally, head to our Wrentham Wildcat YouTube Channel or Wrentham Public Schools Facebook Page. Subscribe to the YouTube Channel or Like the Facebook page to be notified when we go live.
6th Grade Promotion Car Parade: On Tuesday, we are celebrating the 6th graders with a car parade! We are excited to wish our 6th graders continued success in their future adventures. Mr. Martes sent information about the event to 6th grade families. Please email any questions to him at martesk@wrenthamschools.org.
 
*School Committee Meeting, June 16, 2020
* Dial in Number: 1-316-746-4130
* PIN: 283 001 425#
Time:        7:00 p.m.
New Business
* Vote to Approve the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting, June 2, 2020
Old Business 
* School Calendar for 2020-2021
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
* Field Day, Pep Rally, and 6th Grade Promotion Updates
* FY21 Budget Update
* Return to School Committee Meeting Update
* SEL Committee to Focus on Justice and Returning to School  
* Superintendent’s Evaluation for 2019-2020
Audience Communication
* The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone. 
Committee Report 
* King Philip Representative
* PTO
* WEST
Executive Session – No 
Adjournment
Next Meeting: July 7, 2020
Future Agenda Items
* School Committee Reorganization
* Approval of the Final FY21 Budget
 
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00. I would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
This is the last week of school! Thank you so much for your support, kind words, and hard work during the coronavirus closure. Please let me know if you have any questions and give my best to the children.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

June 12, 2020

Dear Families,
As this school year is winding down, I wanted to give you a preview of the streamlined Summer Learning Calendars that will be posted for the months of July and August. 
 
The monthly calendar for July will be live on Monday, June 15th. The grade level calendars will be shared as usual next week listing Field Day on June 15th and the summer learning calendars will be live for you to preview on June 16th and 17th.  It is a great time to explore  the types of activities students can engage in to maintain their learning momentum as we prepare to return to school in September.  There is a "Help" button at the top, which will trigger an email to me.  I am happy to help you in any way as you encourage your children to continue to read, play math fluency games, or try some of the other activities included.  Many of the options are great for the whole family!
 
Reading: There is a reading log to keep track of the books students read or listen to over the summer.  You will find several book lists linked to the reading log as well if you and your children need some suggestions.  There are also a few guests leading read aloud series.  In addition, please consider participating in the Summer Reading Program through the Fiske Library, which will begin on June 24th. Books read through the Fiske Library or Scholastic can also be recorded on the WPS reading log.
 
Math:  There are links to daily math activities for each grade level as well as links to a variety of fact fluency practice activities students can engage in.  Freckle, is a program we are using in both ELA and Math that provides some adaptive practice opportunities for students entering grades 1-6.  To explain more about how Freckle will work over the summer, please view this brief six minute video *  with Mrs. Ellis.  She will share some tips to make the most out of these opportunities for independent practice.
 
Grade Level Features - There are additional activities appropriate for different grade levels that are encouraged as well from early reading skills in PK, K, and 1, a summer journal in grades 2 and 3 from Mrs. Moon, and STEM activities in Grades 4-6 shared by Mrs. Tracy.
 
SEL - On the Saturday and Sunday blocks on the calendar, there are additional SEL resources for you and your family to be used at anytime throughout the summer.
 
These are optional activities, but we hope that your children will enjoy completing a couple each week.  (You can always access any of the additional sites on the website if you would like even more!)  As your children engage in the summer learning, please keep the Reading Log and the Math Calendar to turn into your child's new teacher in September.  We will want to honor the work of our summer scholars!  
 
Thank you for your support of your children's learning this year, especially through the changes to a remote learning environment.  May your summer bring many exciting family adventures and fun!  If you have any questions or need assistance over the summer, please feel free to email me at beauchainev@wrenthamschools.org.
 
Be well!
 
Vanessa
 
*If the link above did not work for you, please copy and paste this link into your browser:  (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NAJhHX-8TjyCtA-b7MB0BBgMjdvU68tt/view)
 
Vanessa C, Beauchaine, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

June 11, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I am writing with an addendum to the WPS Update I sent you yesterday. 
 
*WPS Playgrounds are Open: The playgrounds at Delaney and Roderick are open to the public. People are welcome to visit and play on the structures. Please maintain 6 feet of distance from people not in your family and wear masks if people are in the area. The school buildings remain closed to the public and there are no restrooms available. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day and tell the children that I said hi. 
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

June 10, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I hope you are having a great week! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Return to School Meeting Summary: The Return to School Committee met yesterday, June 9, to discuss the preliminary guidance from the state on returning to school in the fall. We brainstormed questions, challenges, and ideas about reopening school based on the preliminary information provided by the state. This process helped us understand the many factors involved in bringing the students and staff members back to the buildings. I expect to receive the final guidance on reopening school from the state within the next few weeks. I will share it with the Return to School Committee so they can help me plan for learning in the fall. I will share the details of the plan for learning in 2020-2021 with you as soon as possible this summer. Please join me in thanking the 62 staff members, students' parents, and School Committee members who volunteered to serve on this committee.
 
*Final Lunch with Dr. Cameron: This is the last Friday of the school year, so this will be the final Lunch with Dr. Cameron! I hope you and your children join me on Friday at noon on Instagram. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions and give my best to the children.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

June 7, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
Good afternoon! We are about to start the last full week of school for the 2019-2020 school year. Let’s make it great! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Field Day 2020: The spirit of Field Day is alive! This year’s Field Day will be held on Monday, June 15th. It will be a little bit different, but the goals of Field Day will still be the same: to have fun, get outdoors, and participate in some great physical activity! Although the students are at home, they can still participate in Field Day and show school spirit! The PE and Health teachers will provide the students with descriptions and videos of the Field Day events and activities to participate in throughout the day. Since circumstances are different this year, the students will have the choice to complete as many of the activities as they would like. We encourage students to complete them all! Most of the events and activities are WPS Field Day classics and some are new. We will post the videos and descriptions next week. We are excited to see the student participation and spirit on Monday, June 15th for WPS Virtual Field Day 2020! More details will be sent out later this week. 
 
*Return to School Meeting, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 3:00: The Return to School Committee is meeting on Tuesday to review the preliminary guidance from the state on returning to school. I anticipate getting the final guidance in late June. I will update you on the progress on the committee and development of the Wrentham plan to return to school throughout the summer. 
 
*Remote Learning Resources Updated for the New Week: Tomorrow morning, we will update the Remote Learning section of the district website. The daily assignments are focused on the most important standards the students need to learn this year to be prepared for next year. Thank you for helping your children with the work. 
 
*Save the Date for a Virtual Pep Rally: The principals and I are going to lead a virtual pep rally for all students and staff members on Monday, June 15, at 2:30 p.m. We will send you additional information as we finalize the details. 
 
*School Committee Meeting: The School Committee is not meeting this week. The next School Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, June 16. I will send the agenda and public participation information in the WPS Update next Sunday. 
 
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00. I would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
Thank you for your help and support during the coronavirus closure. Please let me know if you have any questions and give my best to the children.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

June 4, 2020

Dear Sixth Grade Families, 
I hope you and your families are doing well! Please see the link for the KPMS Orientation Video for incoming 7th grade students. The video is really impressive and gives students a glimpse of life in middle school. 
 
I hope to see you at the 6th Grade Promotion Car Parade on Tuesday, June 16th! 
 
Sincerely, 
Kevin Martes 

June 3, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I hope you are having a great week! I am writing with an update on the district’s response to the coronavirus closure.
 
*Planning for Learning in 2020-2021: I am meeting with a group of administrators, teachers, nurses, mental health providers, support staff members, School Committee members, and students’ parents on Tuesday, June 9. We will review the state's preliminary guidance about learning in 2020-2021 and develop a list of questions and challenges about returning to the buildings. This will help us prepare for the state’s final directions about learning in the fall, which I anticipate receiving in a few weeks. I will update you on the plan for school in Wrentham as we develop the process. 
 
*Final Report Card for 2019-2020: We updated the format of the final report card to reflect the coronavirus closure and remote learning. We included a note about the state-mandated closure being in place from March 16 through June 17 and that the students participated in remote learning during that time. The students will receive a grade of RL, for remote learning, for all 3rd term standards. Teachers will write comments for students that highlight the students’ strengths and provide suggestions for summer practice. We will mail the report cards home on Friday, June 19.
 
*Lunch with Dr. Cameron: I hope your family will join me for Lunch with Dr. Cameron on Friday, June 5, at noon on Instagram. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello. 
 
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

May 31, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
What a beautiful day and weekend! I hope you were able to enjoy the nice weather. I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Teaching Children about Diversity and Justice: One aspect of preparing our students for success in school and in life is teaching them to interact positively with all people. The events in Minneapolis and New York last week highlight the importance of that work and provide us with an opportunity to talk with children about diversity and justice. My wife and I had this talk with our children, who are 16, 14, and 10. We found a parent resource for teaching children to “honor the differences in themselves and others - and to reject prejudice and intolerance” helpful. School Committee Chair Tracey Murphy sent me this “resource round-up” for teaching children about race. Talking about diversity and justice is not easy, but it is important, and I hope you will consider it. Please let me know if I can help.      
 
*Remote Learning Resources Updated for the New Week: Tomorrow morning, we will update the Remote Learning section of the district website. The daily assignments are focused on the most important standards the students need to learn this year to be prepared for next year. Thank you for helping your children with the work. 
 
*Save the Date for a Virtual Pep Rally: The principals and I are going to lead a virtual pep rally for all students and staff members on Monday, June 15, at 2:30 p.m. We will send you additional information as we finalize the details. 
 
*School Committee Meeting, June 2, 2020
The meeting will be conducted remotely via Google Meet. The public is invited to dial into the meeting:
*Dial in Number: 1-216-512-0747
*PIN: 758 238 580#
Time
*7:00 p.m.
New Business
*Vote to Approve the Minutes of the School Committee Meeting, May 26, 2020
*Vote to Approve the Minutes of the Executive Session, May 26, 2020
Old Business 
*None
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
*Professional Development and Planning, June 8 through 12
*6th Grade Promotion Plan, June 16
*End of the School Year Convocation, June 17
*Update on the Superintendent’s Goals
Audience Communication
*The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone. 
Committee Reports 
*King Philip Representative
*PTO
*WEST
Executive Session
*No 
Adjournment
Next Meeting 
*June 16, 2020
Future Agenda Items
*Evaluation of the Superintendent
*School Committee Reorganization
*Approval of the Final FY21 Budget
 
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00. I would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
Thank you for your help and support during the coronavirus closure. Please let me know if you have any questions and give my best to the children.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

May 28, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I send WPS Updates on Sundays and Wednesdays. Unfortunately, I am sending this one on Thursday because my schedule was thrown-off by Memorial Day. I apologize for the inconvenience!
 
I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
*Collecting Students’ Belongings: I want to thank Miss Maloney, Mr. Martes, and all of the teachers, custodians, paraprofessionals, and administrators who worked so hard to organize and return the students’ belongings. I also want to thank the students and their families for working with us to get the process done safely and efficiently. Please contact your child’s principal if you still need to get your child’s belongings. 
 
*Google Meets Problems: Over the last few days your child may have experienced trouble hearing or seeing their teacher during a Google Meet. If you fall into that category, please check out this Google Meet troubleshooting guide. Contact Director of Technology Sean Ahern at aherns@wrenthamschools.org if you have any questions. 
 
*Planning for 2020-2021: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is going to share their initial guidance on starting the next school year in about three weeks. The Return to School Committee, Parent Focus Group, Wrentham Board of Health, and other stakeholder groups will help me analyze the guidance and develop a plan for Wrentham Public Schools. The Return to School Committee meetings will be open to the public. I will share the details of the meetings once they are scheduled. 
 
*Lunch with Dr. Cameron: I hope your family will join me for Lunch with Dr. Cameron on Friday, May 29, at noon on Instagram. My daughter has a fun idea for a driveway art project that your children may enjoy.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions and give my best to the children.
 
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

May 24, 2020

A message from WRENTHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
Good morning! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Memorial Day, Monday, May 25: There is no remote learning tomorrow in honor of Memorial Day. I hope you have a great long weekend! 
 
*Collecting Students’ Belongings: Miss Maloney and Mr. Martes created a schedule for families to collect students’ belongings from the schools this week. Please consult the email they sent with the specific day, time, and location information and contact them if you have any questions or problems. We look forward to seeing you! 
 
*2020 Summer Schedule: Unfortunately, the WPS Summer Institute, Summer Basketball, and DARE Camp are canceled due to the coronavirus closure. The special education Extended School Year (ESY) program will take place via remote learning, at least initially. The Title I Summer Support Program is postponed until the fall. I apologize for the inconvenience of these decisions. I made them after consulting with state and local leaders and public health officials about the best way to keep our students, staff members, and community safe. 
 
*Remote Learning Resources Updated for the New Week: On Tuesday morning, we will update the Remote Learning section of the district website. The daily assignments are focused on the most important standards the students need to learn this year to be prepared for next year. Thank you for helping your children with the work. 
 
*School Committee Meeting Agenda: The School Committee is meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The following is the agenda and dial-in information for the public. Students’ parents and caregivers may join watch the live stream if they log in through their children’s WPS account. 
 
*School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The meeting will be conducted remotely via Google Meet. The public is invited to dial into the meeting:
*Dial-in Number: 1-304-853-3639
*PIN: 463 419 667#
*Livestream for people with WPS account: 
Time        
7:00 p.m.
New Business
*Vote to Approve Minutes of the School Committee Meeting, May 19, 2020
Old Business 
*None
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
*FY21 Budget Update
*School Committee Representation on Return to School Committee
*Superintendent Evaluation Process
Audience Communication
*The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone. 
Committee Report 
*King Philip Representative
*PTO
*WEST
Executive Session 
*Yes, to discuss contract negotiations with non-union staff members. 
Adjournment
Next Meeting 
*June 2, 2020
 
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00. I would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
Thank you for your help and support during the coronavirus closure. Please let me know if you have any questions and give my best to the children.
 
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

May 20, 2020

Dear WPS Families and Staff Members,
I hope you are enjoying the week! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*District Survey Presentation: I recorded a 10-minute presentation sharing the results of the community survey I sent to families and staff members on May 13. The presentation is similar to the one I gave to the School Committee at their meeting on May 19. In sum, the majority of students’ families and staff members are satisfied with the Remote Learning Plan, connections between teachers and students, communication from administrators, and the support for families and staff members from the district. You may view the presentation by clicking here.
 
*Remote Learning Plan: Based on the May survey results, we are maintaining the current Remote Learning Plan without any major changes for the rest of the school year. We will update the plan based guidance from the state and feedback from families and staff members if remote learning continues beyond this school year. I will notify you during the summer about our plans for learning in 2020-2021. No matter what happens, we will be ready to continue learning, connecting with students, and supporting families and staff members. 
 
*Student Medication Pick-Up: Families who would like to pick-up medications, inhalers, and EpiPens are invited to do so on Thursday, May 21, from 10:00-12:00. The school nurses will be in front of Delaney School during that time, and all student medications (Delaney & Roderick students) will be distributed at that time. Parents are asked to pull up in front of the building, remain in your car, and have your child’s name displayed, on a card or paper, on the passenger side window of your car. A WPS staff member will place your child’s medications in the trunk of your vehicle. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse.
 
*Memorial Day Ceremony: We are unable to have the district's annual Memorial Day Ceremony this school year. However, I will do my best to maintain the tradition on Friday at noon with Lunch with Lieutenant Cameron (my rank when I was honorably discharged from the military). It will not be as solemn as the district ceremony, but I will do my best to help the students who watch gain an understanding of the holiday. I hope you and your children will join me for lunch on Friday at noon on Instagram! 
 
Thank you for your ongoing support! Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hi.
 
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

May 17, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I hope you are doing well! My family and I are enjoying the nice weather. I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Wrentham Return to School Committee: I am organizing a committee to plan for the return to school in the fall. The Wrentham Return to School Committee will include representatives from district and building administration, teachers, physical and mental health team members, facilities management, administrative assistants, support staff members, School Committee members, and students’ parents and caregivers. I am going to cap the committee at 30 people so we can have productive online meetings. Committee members will not be compensated and will meet periodically from late May through August. Please email me at camerona@wrenthamschools.org if you would like to be considered for the committee. I will share the names of committee members in an upcoming WPS Update.       
 
*Remote Learning Resources Updated for the New Week: Tomorrow morning, we will update the Remote Learning section of the district website. The daily assignments are focused on the most important standards the students need to learn this year to be prepared for next year. Thank you for helping your children with the work. 
 
*Remote Learning Survey: I will share the feedback from the surveys with the School Committee at their meeting on Tuesday, May 19, and with the entire community in the WPS Update on Wednesday, May 20.  We will implement any changes based on the feedback on Tuesday, May 26 (after Memorial Day). 
 
*School Committee Meeting Agenda: The School Committee is meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The following is the agenda and dial-in information for the public. Students’ parents and caregivers may join watch the live stream if they log in through their children’s WPS account. 
 
School Committee Meeting, May 19, 2020
The meeting will be conducted remotely via Google Meet. The public is invited to dial into the meeting:
*Dial-in Number: 1-530-777-5126
*PIN: 761 604 095#
Time        
7:00 p.m.
New Business
*Vote to Approve Minutes of the School Committee Meeting, April 28, 2020
*Vote to Approve Minutes of the School Committee Meeting, May 5, 2020
*Vote to Accept an Anonymous Donation of $2,500
Old Business 
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
*WPS Survey Feedback and Next Steps
*Kindergarten Registration and Screening
*Removing Students’ Belongings from Buildings
*Planning for School, 2020-2021
Audience Communication
*The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone. 
Committee Report 
*King Philip Representative
*PTO
*WEST
Executive Session 
*No 
Adjournment
Next Meeting 
*May 26, 2020
 
Future Agenda Items
*School Committee Reorganization
*2020-2025 Strategic Objectives
*School Committee Policy Review
 
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00 and would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
Thank you for your help and support during the coronavirus closure. Please let me know if you have any questions and give my best to the children.
 
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

May 13, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
We are almost done with another week of remote learning! Thank you for helping the students continue to learn and grow during the building closure. I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Details Coming For Removing Students’ Belonging from the Schools: The principals are going to email students’ families at the end of this week with information about the process for collecting students’ belonging from the schools. 
 
*District Survey: Please take a few minutes to complete the anonymous survey about the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. I will share the feedback with the School Committee at their meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and use it to improve our support for families and staff members. The feedback from the two prior surveys was instrumental in developing the district’s Remote Learning Plan and support measures for students, families, and staff members. Thank you!
 
*Parent/Caregiver Forums on Social/Emotional Health:  We are offering two forums for parents and caregivers on supporting the social and emotional health of students. The first, called Mindful Parenting: Supporting the Social-Emotional Needs of Children, takes place on Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. The second, called Teens, Tweens, and Quarantines: A Virtual Forum for Parents and Caregivers, takes place on Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. Parents and caregivers may register by clicking on the links above. Please email questions to Dot Pearl at pearld@kingphilip.org
 
*Lunch with Dr. Cameron: I hope you and your children will join me for lunch on Friday at noon on Instagram! 
 
Thank you for your support and patience during the building closure. Please let me know if you have any questions. Give my best to the children.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

May 10, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
It is crazy to think that it snowed yesterday and today I am getting ready to mow the grass. New England certainly has strange weather! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Happy Mother’s Day!: I hope you have a great day! Thank you for being amazing! 
Text celebrating mother's day
*Remote Learning Resources Updated for the New Week: Tomorrow morning, we will update the Remote Learning section of the district website. The daily assignments are focused on the most important standards the students need to learn this year to be prepared for next year. Thank you for helping your children with the work. 
 
*Remote Learning Survey on Wednesday, 5/13/2020: I am going to send the third survey on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, May 13. Students’ families and staff members will be invited to share their thoughts anonymously on student engagement, the Remote Learning Plan, and the district’s support for families and staff members during the closure. I will share the feedback with the School Committee at their meeting on Tuesday, May 19, and with the entire community in the WPS Update on Wednesday, May 20.  We will implement any changes based on the feedback on Tuesday, May 26 (after Memorial Day). Your feedback in the two prior surveys was essential to the development and implementation of the district’s coronavirus response: thank you! 
 
*No School Committee Meeting This Week: The School Committee is not meeting this week. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 19. I will send the meeting agenda and public participation information in the WPS Update on Sunday, May 17.
 
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00 and would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. Please let me know if you have any questions and give my best to the children.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

May 6, 2020

A message from WRENTHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I hope you and your family are having a great week! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Plan for Removing Students’ Belonging from the Schools: The students have a lot of personal items, school work, and art projects in the schools. We developed a plan to get the items to you without violating social distancing requirements. Over the next two weeks, the teachers are going to collect all of the students’ personal items and place them in bags. Once that process is complete, the principals will schedule specific days, times, and locations for families to drive by and collect the belongings. This will also be a chance for families to return items that belong to the district, like books. We expect to start returning students’ belongings to families in late May and early June. We will send you details once they are finalized.
 
*Borrowed Chromebooks and iPads: Students in kindergarten through grade 5 may keep their borrowed devices through the summer. We want all students to be able to access the optional online resources the district is making available to students during the summer months (see below). Students in grade 6 will have to return their borrowed devices in June since they are leaving the school district at the end of the school year. Principal Martes will send 6th-grade families details about the return process.
 
*Optional Remote Learning Opportunities During the Summer Months: We are allowing students to use the district’s online learning resources, such as Freckle, during the summer months. The online learning resources will help students review some of the important standards taught during the prior school year. The use of the remote learning tools during the summer is optional, but all students will benefit from the review.
 
*Lunch with Dr. Cameron: I hope you and your children will join me for lunch on Friday at noon on Instagram! We have a special Mother’s Day session planned. It should be fun!  
 
Thank you for all you are doing to keep your family and neighbors safe during the closure. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hi.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

May 3, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I hope you are enjoying this amazing weather! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Remote Learning Resources Updated for the New Week: The teachers and administrators updated the daily assignments in the Remote Learning section of the district website for Monday, May 4, through Friday, May 8. The daily assignments are focused on the most important standards the students need to learn this year to be prepared for next year. Thank you for helping your children with the work. 
 
*Staff Appreciation Week: This week is Staff Appreciation Week in Wrentham Public Schools. I am fortunate to have the best colleagues in public education. I appreciate all they do for our students and our community. I also want to extend my thanks and appreciation to my “coronavirus colleagues”: all of the parents, guardians, siblings, and everyone else who helps WPS students learn and socialize during the closure. We would be lost without you. Thank you!
 
*King Philip High School Recognized: Good news! The high school students from Wrentham, Norfolk, and Plainville attend, King Philip Regional High School, was ranked in the top 10% of high schools nationally in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools. KP High placed 75 out of 378 high schools in Massachusetts and earned an overall score of 90.25/100. Congratulations to KP!
 
*Public Participation in the School Committee Meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 2020: The School Committee is meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. via Google Meet. The public may call into the meeting by dialing 1-575-305-4134 and entering the PIN  267 930 010#. We ask that the public mute their phones by pressing *6. During the audience communication portion of the meeting, people may press
*6 to unmute, state their name and address, and speak to the School Committee. 
Agenda for the School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Location
*The meeting will be conducted remotely via Google Meet. The public is invited to dial into the meeting:
*Dial in Number: +1-575-305-4134
*PIN: 267 930 010#
Time
*7:00 p.m.
New Business
*Vote to Approve Minutes of the School Committee Meeting, April 28, 2020
*Vote to Appoint Representative to BICO Board of Directors
Old Business 
*None
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
*Welcome New WPS Business Manager Shannon Shepherd
*DESE Guidance on Remote Learning Plans
*Removing Students’ Belongings from Buildings
*Kindergarten Registration Overview  
Audience Communication
*The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone. 
Committee Report 
*King Philip Representative
*PTO
*WEST
Executive Session
*No 
Adjournment
Next Meeting
*May 19, 2020
 
Future Agenda Items
*Kindergarten Registration Process
*School Committee Reorganization
*2020-2025 Strategic Objectives
*School Committee Policy Review
 
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00 and would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. Please let me know if you have any questions and give my best to the children.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 29, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
The sun is finally out! I hope you and your family are enjoying the nice weather. I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Student Preparation for the Next School Year: I have received a few emails from parents who are concerned about the readiness of their children to start school in 2020-2021 because of the coronavirus closure. I am pleased to report that our students and educators will be ready for next year.
 
Our students completed the first 2/3 of the school year prior to the coronavirus closure. During that time, they learned and practiced the majority of the standards taught in each grade. They are reviewing and practicing the essential concepts and skills in taught each grade, as determined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, through the district’s Remote Learning Plan. At the start of the next school year, the teachers will review the material the students completed the year before, assess the students’ individual strengths and areas of growth, and provide them with support to reach the standards. 
 
We are paying particular attention to our students moving from grade 6 to 7 next year. Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Dr. Vanessa Beauchaine met with her counterparts from King Philip, Norfolk, and Plainville to make sure all students entering middle school next year have comparable knowledge, skills, and experiences from elementary school. 
 
I appreciate how hard our students, educators, and families are working during this unprecedented time. Thanks to all of you, the students will be ready for 2020-2021.
 
*Google Meet Reminder: One aspect of our Remote Learning Plan is online meetings with students and educators. As you can imagine, it is not easy to manage a group of students in an online setting. We would appreciate it if you reviewed the student and family expectations for online learning with your children. Thank you for your help! 
 
*Class Placement for 2020-2021: The principals create class lists with input from classroom teachers, special educators, related service providers, specialists, paraprofessionals, mental health team members, nurses, and the students’ families. Last week, the principals emailed a class placement input form to the students’ parents and guardians. If you want to share your thoughts about class placement, please return the completed forms to the principals by May 1.  
 
*Lunch with Dr. Cameron: I hope you and your children will join me for lunch on Friday at noon on Instagram! 
 
Thank you for your continued support. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 26, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families and Staff Members,
I hope you and your family are doing well! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Updated Guidance on Remote Learning From the State: On Saturday, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sent superintendents updated guidance on remote learning. I am very pleased to report the Wrentham Remote Learning Plan aligns with the updated state guidance. Our plan fosters connections between educators and students, provides resources focused on the standards that are most important for student success in the next grade, offers opportunities for enrichment and exercise, ensures the programming is accessible and secure, and provides online resources and communication in a streamlined format. We will continue to update the district’s Remote Learning Plan based on guidance from the state and feedback from students’ families and staff members. 
 
Students who participate in the Remote Learning Plan will be prepared for the next school year. However, the Remote Learning Plan’s daily assignments and class meetings are resources, not requirements. Families may support their children’s learning, socializing, and exercising in a manner that works best for them. Please let us know how we can help. 
 
*Remote Learning Resources Updated for the New Week: The teachers and administrators updated the daily assignments in the Remote Learning section of the district website for Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 1. 
 
*Small Group Meetings Start This Week: Classroom teachers are hosting two meetings with their students this week via Google Meet. One of the meetings will be the whole class and the other will be with small groups of students. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about the meetings. 
 
*Public Participation in the School Committee Meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2020: The School Committee is meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. via Google Meet. The public may call into the meeting by dialing +1-402-534-0210 and entering the PIN  932 967 419#. We ask that the public mute their phones by pressing *6. During the audience communication portion of the meeting, people may press
 
*6 to unmute, state their name and address, and speak to the School Committee. 
Agenda for the School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The meeting will be conducted remotely via Google Meet. The public is invited to dial into the meeting:
  
*Dial-in Number: +1-402-534-0210
*PIN: 932 967 419#
Time: 7:00 p.m.
New Business
*Vote to Approve Minutes of the School Committee Meeting, April 21, 2020
*Vote to Approve the April Close of FY20 Budget
*Vote to Approve the Updated Transportation Contract with Holmes Bus Company
Old Business 
*None
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
*Plan for Supporting Students During Coronavirus Closure 
Audience Communication
*The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone. 
Committee Report 
*King Philip Representative
*PTO
*WEST
Executive Session 
*No 
Adjournment
Next Meeting
*May 5, 2020
 
Future Agenda Items
*Plan for Supporting Students During Coronavirus Closure
*School Committee Reorganization
*2020-2025 Strategic Objectives
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00 for my weekly pep talk. I would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
Thank you for your patience and support of the students’ learning. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hi.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 22, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
I hope you are enjoying the week! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Updated Remote Learning Plan Presentation: I made a 15-minute presentation about the updated Remote Learning Plan. The presentation is similar to the one I gave to the School Committee at their meeting on April 21. In the presentation, I review the MIT research about effective distance learning, feedback from families and staff members from the April 15 survey, changes to the Remote Learning Plan starting on April 27, and the steps we are planning for the rest of the school year. You may view the presentation by clicking here
 
*Student Belongings in the Schools: We are developing a plan for families to retrieve students’ belongings from the schools later this spring. I will send details once the plan is complete. 
 
*6th Grade Recognition: The 6th-grade teachers and Mr. Martes are working on ways to celebrate the 6th graders and the conclusion of their elementary school years. Mr. Martes is going to email the families of 6th graders to update them on the process. 
 
*Class Placement for 2020-2021: Each spring, the principals create class lists for the upcoming school year. They seek input from classroom teachers, special educators, related service providers, specialists, paraprofessionals, mental health team members, nurses, and the students’ families. Earlier today, the principals emailed a class placement input form to the students’ parents and guardians. If you want to share your thoughts about class placement, please return the completed forms to the principals by May 1.  
 
*Gym Show Plan: One of the best Wrentham traditions is the annual 5th-grade Gym Show. PE teachers Mr. Maguire and Mr. Moon, the classroom teachers, and Roderick principal Mr. Martes developed a plan to allow the current 5th-grade students to have a Gym Show despite the coronavirus closure. Next year, the district will host two Gym Shows: one for the current 5th graders in December and one for the future 5th graders in May or June.  
 
*Lunch with Dr. Cameron: I hope you and your children will join me for lunch on Friday at noon on Instagram! 
 
Thank you for your flexibility and support. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 21, 2020

A message from WRENTHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Dear WPS Families and Staff Members,
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker closed all public and private schools for the rest of the school year. He made this decision because of the current state of the coronavirus pandemic and the challenges of safely reopening school buildings. Wrentham students will continue to learn via the district’s Remote Learning Plan until the last day of school on June 17, 2020. 
 
The Remote Learning Plan provides students with activities focused on the key standards taught in each grade. The plan is comprised of daily assignments, twice-weekly teacher meetings, and enrichment opportunities on a range of topics. Special educators and related service providers are supporting students with disabilities through their individual Remote Learning Plans. Academic support teachers, mental health team members, nurses, and the teacher of students learning English are supporting the students and families with whom they work. We will continue to update the Remote Learning Plan based on guidance from the state and feedback from students' families and staff members. 
 
I will review the Remote Learning Plan, including the updates we implemented based on the survey I sent last week, with the School Committee at their meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. The public may call into the meeting by dialing 1-413-273-8351 and entering the PIN  612 321 506#. We ask that the public mute their phones by pressing *6. During the audience communication portion of the meeting, people may press *6 to unmute, state their name and address, and speak to the School Committee. The public may also watch a live stream of the meeting. This will allow you to see the slide show that I will share with the School Committee. You may watch the live stream by clicking here or on the following link: https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/1d6dd5d5-7371-431e-aee9-ea72cf29aa8f
 
We encourage all students to participate in the Remote Learning Plan because it is the best way to prepare them for the next school year. The teachers and other staff members are working very hard to plan daily activities and they enjoy seeing the students in Google Meets. However, the Remote Learning Plan is a resource for families, not a requirement. We understand that many families have priorities other than academics during the coronavirus shut down. Please do what is best for your family and let us know if we can help you through this difficult time. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. We will get through this.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 19, 2020

Dear WPS Community,
I hope you are enjoying the long weekend! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Remote Learning Plan Updated for the New Week: The students will not have “school” on Monday to recognize Patriots’ Day, a Massachusetts state holiday in honor of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The teachers and administrators updated the weekly assignments in the Remote Learning section of the district website for Tuesday, April 21, through Friday, April 24.  
 
*MIT Report on Distance Learning: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released a report on effective strategies for remote learning and the states with the best plans for remote learning. I am pleased to report that Massachusetts ranked second in the country for state guidance on remote learning. Our district’s Remote Learning Plan follows the state’s recommendations and aligns with the best practices outlined in the MIT report. We will continuously update the district’s Remote Learning Plan based on state guidance, research on remote learning, and feedback from families and staff members.
 
*Coronavirus Check-In Survey Results: Thank you to the 245 families and 77 staff members who completed the survey I sent on April 15. In sum, the majority of people (ranging from 85% to 95% of people who responded depending on the question) are satisfied with the weekly assignments, communication between teachers and students, and communication from the superintendent and principals. We received helpful feedback about what is working well and suggestions for improvement. We are modifying, not significantly changing, the Remote Learning Plan based on those suggestions. We will implement the modifications starting on April 27. I will share specific details of the survey data and modifications to the Remote Learning Plan with the School Committee at their meeting on Tuesday, April 21. The directions on how the public can join the meeting are below. 
 
*Public Participation in the School Committee Meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020: The School Committee is meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. via Google Meet. The public may call into the meeting by dialing 1-413-273-8351 and entering the PIN  612 321 506#. We ask the public to mute their phones by pressing *6. During the audience communication portion of the meeting, people may press *6 to unmute, state their name and address, and speak to the School Committee. The public may also watch a live stream of the meeting. This will allow you to see the slide show that I share with the School Committee. You may watch the live stream by clicking here or on the following link: https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/1d6dd5d5-7371-431e-aee9-ea72cf29aa8f
 
Agenda for the School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, April 21, 2020
New Business
*Vote to Approve Minutes of the SC Meeting, April 14, 2020
Old Business 
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
*Plan for Supporting Students During Coronavirus Closure 
Audience Communication
*The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone. 
Committee Reports 
*King Philip Representative
*PTO
*WEST
Executive Session – No 
Adjournment
Next Meeting: April 28, 2020
Future Agenda Items
*Plan for Supporting Students During Coronavirus Closure 
*March Financial Close
*School Committee Reorganization
*Report on Superintendent Goals for 2020-2021
*2020-2025 Strategic Objectives
 
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00. I would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
Thank you for your flexibility and support. I will send the next district update on Wednesday, April 22.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello.
 
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 16, 2020

Dear WPS Community,
 
I try to email the community on Wednesdays and Sundays only, but I received something so important I could not wait to share it. A few weeks ago, I sent you a video of WPS staff members expressing messages of hope and caring. Today, I received a response video from our students and their families. I know paper products are in short supply right now, but I recommend you get a tissue handy to wipe your tears before watching the video. Thanks to everyone who participated and to Grey Almeida and Laura Civilinski for making it happen!
 
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools

April 15, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
I hope you are well! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Survey: Please take a few minutes to complete the anonymous survey about the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. I will share the feedback with the School Committee at their meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, and use it to improve our support for families and staff members. 
 
*Remote Learning Next Week: We will have remote learning, rather than days off, on Tuesday, April 21, through Friday, April 24. Massachusetts state law prohibits us from having school on Monday, April 20, Patriots Day, so that will be a day off. The last day of school for Delaney and Roderick students is Wednesday, June 17, 2020. 
 
*Food Assistance: We are providing groceries to families in need during the school closure. Families are invited to drive to the gym entrance of the Jackson School in Plainville, 68 Messenger Street. A staff member will put a bag of groceries in the trunk. Please contact Food Service Director Judy White at whitej@wrenthamschools.org if you have any questions. 
 
*Lunch with Dr. Cameron: I hope your children will join me for lunch on Friday at noon! To participate, create an Instagram account, follow Wrentham Public Schools, and visit at noon on Friday. 
 
Thank you for your flexibility and support during the coronavirus crisis. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I am thinking of them.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 14, 2020

Hello WPS Community,
The Wrentham School Committee has a meeting tonight at 7:00 pm via Google Meet. The public is invited to call into the meeting by dialing +1 470-208-3534‬ with PIN: ‪843 939 897‬#. Please press *6 to mute your phone. If you want to talk during the audience communication portion of the meeting, please press *6 to un-mute your phone, state your name and address, and talk to the School Committee.
 
In the spirit of the district's core value of continuous growth and learning, I am trying something new tonight. In addition to calling in, the public may watch a live stream of the meeting. This will allow people to see the School Committee members and watch the slide show that guides the conversation. Unfortunately, people are not able to communicate with the School Committee via live stream, but you may call in AND watch the live stream if you like. To watch the live stream, please click here or paste the following address into your browser at 7:00 tonight: https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/9ea7be0b-6375-4d21-b249-66278e7011c0 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great night!
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 12, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
Happy Easter and Passover! I hope the beautiful weather and spirit of the holidays brightened your weekend. I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Remote Learning Plan Updated for the New Week: The teachers and administrators updated the weekly assignments. Please visit the Remote Learning section of the district website to access the weekly schedule and recommendations for learning. 
 
*MCAS Cancelled for 2020: Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeff Riley cancelled MCAS for this school. 
 
*Student Phone Call: I am going to call the students tonight at 6:00 with my weekly pep talk. I would appreciate it if you let them listen to the message.
 
*School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, April 14, 2020: The School Committee is meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. via Google Meet. The public may call in to the meeting by dialing 1-218-301-2847 and entering the PIN  635 123 766#. We ask that the public mute their phones by pressing *6. During the audience communication portion of the meeting, people may press *6 to unmute, state their name and address, and speak to the School Committee. The following is the agenda for the meeting.
New Business
 
*Vote to Approve Minutes of the SC Meeting, March 31, 2020
 
*Vote to Approve Minutes of the SC Meeting, April 7, 2020
 
*Vote to Waive Full-Day Kindergarten Tuition During the Coronavirus Closure
 
*Vote to Maintain Tuition for Preschool Tuition During the Coronavirus Closure
Old Business 
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
 
*FY21 Budget Update 
 
*Plan for Supporting Students During Coronavirus Closure 
Audience Communication
 
*The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone. 
Committee Report 
 
*King Philip Representative
 
*PTO
 
*WEST
 
Executive Session – No 
Adjournment
Next Meeting: April 21, 2020
Future Agenda Items
 
*Plan for Supporting Students During Coronavirus Closure 
 
*March Financial Close
 
*School Committee Reorganization
 
*Report on Superintendent Goals for 2020-2021
 
*2020-2025 Strategic Objectives
 
Thank you for your flexibility and support. Please let me know if you have any questions. Please let the children know that I am thinking of them.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 10, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
 
The Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeff Riley cancelled MCAS for this school year. He sent the following notice to superintendents earlier this evening:
"MCAS Update: We previously requested and received a waiver from the federal requirement for annual statewide student assessment. Now, with the state legislation enacted, the MCAS testing requirement is waived for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
 
As a result of these federal and state actions and in light of the on-going health crisis, I am cancelling this spring’s regular administration of grade-level MCAS tests for students in grades 3-10." 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools

April 8, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
I hope you are well! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
* “We Miss You” Video: Roderick Technology Teacher and all-around superstar Heather Fox created a video of well-wishes. Many staff members took pictures and video clips to let you and your family know that we are thinking of you and wishing you well. You can find the video on the COVID-19 page of the district website and by clicking here. Thank you Heather and everyone who participated in the video!
 
*District Calendar Changes for 2019-2020: The Wrentham School Committee voted to adjust the district calendar for the rest of this school year. We will have remote learning, rather than a day off, on Friday, April 10 (Good Friday), and Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24 (April break). Massachusetts state law prohibits us from having remote learning on Monday, April 20, Patriots Day, so that will be a day off. We made these changes to maintain the momentum students have developed for remote learning, continue to provide families with structure during the stay-in-place order, and end the school year earlier in June. The last day of school for Delaney and Roderick students is June 18, 2020. 
 
*Food Assistance: We are providing groceries to families in need during the school closure. Families are invited to drive to the gym entrance of the Jackson School in Plainville, 68 Messenger Street. A staff member will put a bag of groceries in the trunk. Please contact Food Service Director Judy White at whitej@wrenthamschools.org if you have any questions. 
 
*For Families with Students with Life-Threatening Allergies: The following is a note from the district’s nurses.
The FDA is alerting patients, caregivers and health care professionals that EpiPen 0.3mg and EpiPen Jr 0.15mg auto-injectors, and the authorized generic versions, may potentially have delayed injection or be prevented from properly injecting due to:
  • *Device failure from spontaneous activation caused by using sideways force to remove the blue safety release
  • *Device failure from inadvertent or spontaneous activation due to a raised blue safety release
  • *Difficulty removing the device from the carrier tube
  • *User errors
Please click this link for more information regarding the FDA warning. It is advised that if you have any concerns regarding your Epipen that you discuss it with your pharmacy.
 
*Remote Learning Support for Younger Children: Remote learning is going well! Thank you for your help. I am a parent of three kids who are learning remotely, so I know first hand how challenging it is to manage life while helping children learn at home. We would appreciate it if the parents and guardians of younger children, particularly students in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade, helped their children during the Google Meets. Many students have technical issues that the teacher cannot help solve. Thanks for considering!    
 
*Lunch with Dr. Cameron: I hope your children will join me for lunch on Friday at noon! To participate, create an Instagram account, follow Wrentham Public Schools, and visit at noon on Friday. This week, my daughter Annie will teach us how to create a collage.  
 
Thank you for your flexibility and support. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 5, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
I hope you are well! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
*Remote Learning Plan Updated for the New Week: The teachers and administrators will update the weekly calendar assignments tomorrow morning. They will post assignments for each day of the week, Monday through Friday, in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, special subjects, and social/emotional health. Students may continue to access the assignments and enrichment activities posted in prior weeks. Please visit the Remote Learning section of the district website to access the weekly schedule and recommendations for learning. 
 
*WPS Sending Fewer Emails: We are reducing the number of emails we are sending to families starting tomorrow, Monday, April 6. We sent daily emails to students over the past weeks of the closure to let them know we were thinking of them. However, we heard feedback that the number of emails was overwhelming for many families. Since online meetings are happening, we do not need to send as many emails to connect with the students. Please feel free to email us anytime and we will respond within 24 hours. 
 
*Phone Call to Students: I am calling the students tonight at 6:00 p.m. for my weekly pep talk. I would appreciate it if you let them listen to my message. 
 
*Calendar Feedback: Thank you to the 408 staff members and students’ family members who completed the survey about the calendar that I sent last week. Just over 90% of people would rather have remote learning on April 10 and April break and end the school year earlier in June. I will share this information with the School Committee at their meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. I will recommend that they amend the district calendar to have remote learning on Good Friday, April 10, and during April break, Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24. State law prohibits us from having remote learning on Patriots Day, Monday, April 20, so that will be a day off. 
 
*School Committee Meeting, Tuesday, April 7, 2020: The School Committee is meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. via Google Meet. The public may call in to the meeting by dialing 1-406-686-3788 and entering the PIN 731 573 553#. We ask that the public mute their phones by pressing *6. During the audience communication portion of the meeting, people may press *6 to unmute, state their name and address, and speak to the School Committee. The following is the agenda for the meeting.
 
School Committee Meeting
Date: April 7, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Meeting will be conducted remotely via Google Meet
The public is invited to dial in to the meeting:  
*Dial in Number: +1 406-686-3788
*PIN: 731 573 553#
New Business
*Vote to Have Remote Learning on Friday, April 10, 2020, and Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24
Old Business 
*None
Superintendent’s Report to the Committee
* Plan for Supporting Students During Coronavirus Closure 
Audience Communication
*The public may talk with the School Committee members over the phone. 
Committee Report 
*King Philip Representative
*PTO
*WEST
Executive Session 
*No 
Adjournment
Next Meeting
*April 14 , 2020
Future Agenda Items
*Plan for Supporting Students During Coronavirus Closure 
*April Financial Close
*School Committee Reorganization
*Report on Superintendent Goals for 2020-2021
*2020-2025 Strategic Objectives
 
Thank you for your flexibility and support. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello.
 
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

April 1, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
I hope you are well! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
*Remote Learning Plan: The district's remote learning plan is up and running! Please visit the Remote Learning section of the district website to access the weekly schedule and recommendations for learning. 
*Online Meeting Expectations: One aspect of the Remote Learning Plan is for students and teachers to interact via Google Meet (special educators may use other platforms to interact with students). The online meetings are optional. Participants are expected to follow federal and state laws and district guidelines, including no recording of the meetings, no photographing/screenshotting meetings, and no posting about the meetings on social media. I attached a tip sheet for Google Meets to this message and posted it on the district website. The following links are expectations for online meetings. Please review them and let me know if you have any questions.  
*Remote School Committee Meeting: The School Committee is going to meet every Tuesday in April at 7:00 p.m. via Google Meet. I will update the committee on the district’s response to the pandemic and answer questions. The public is invited to call in to the meetings. I will email you the Google Meet number and PIN every Sunday prior to the meeting.
*Access to Buildings Restricted: We are not allowing the public access to the schools for now. This is to keep the schools clean and limit the opportunity to spread the virus by having people coming together. Families may email the building principal if they have an emergency and must gain access to a building.
*Calendar Feedback: Our last day of school is June 24, 2020. We may be able to move that date earlier in June if we have remote learning on days that we currently have scheduled for no school: April 10 (Good Friday), April 20 (Patriots Day), and April 21-24 (April break). Please take this brief survey and let me know what you think.
Thank you for your flexibility and support. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hi.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)
 

March 31, 2020

Good Morning,
Please see the message from the Roderick Reading Specialist, Mrs. Stanford. 
Here are some fun things to try along with me while you are at home…
Check out a book you’ve been wanting to read and talk about it with someone:
or...try reading some funny poems at Ken Nesbitt's Poetry4kidslady winking with tongue out
Get inspired by watching some funny Shel Silverstein poems come to life at http://www.shelsilverstein.com/fun/
lady with stars over eyesMaybe you feel like performing a readers’ theater with your family. Check out some free online scripts at: http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE.html (You can even watch some professional readers’ theater performances on this website!)
Whatever you decide to do, do something that will grow your reading POWer!  We may not be together right now, but we’ve GOT this TOGETHER. I can’t wait to hear about all the great things you will do, AND hopefully I can get Milo to be a better reading partner or be part of my readers’ theater performance so that he will look less like…dog covering eyes with pawsand more like...dog panting!!!!! 
Email me and tell me what you’re trying and any ideas you have for Milo to show more excitement about reading with me!
 
Miss you all and hope to see you soon!  
 
Mrs. Stanford
 
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Check out this update from the Delaney Curriculum Specialists: Mrs. Ellis, Mrs. Lamb, Mrs. Rosenkranz, and Ms. Stocking. 

March 30, 2020

Hi everyone!
 
I have missed you and hope that you and your family are well. Everyone here has been well and keeping busy! Georgia, my one year old Puggle, has loved having us home and teaching her new tricks. I am hoping this time can help train her...my students have heard lots of crazy Georgia stories. She is very "energetic", "curious" and "creative" when she is bored, so we been taking her for a lot of walks! Yesterday, we did almost 5 miles together!  
 
It has been so helpful having a routine. I block out time each day for work, emails, train the puppy, exercise and designate practice time for the different instruments I play. I have a personal goal to learn the song, "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen on piano. WOW---it is soooo hard, but I am making good progress. I will have to video tape and share with you after I master it. 
 
I have been busy setting up my home music studio! Go on my Instagram @DelaneyMusicRoom to see the pictures! 
 
I have learned how to use face time and video messenger to connect with my friends and family. My niece, Juliet, is a third grader and also learning the recorder. So we meet online and I help her with her music. 
 
My family has been listening to lots of music and making a playlist to remember this time together.  Olivia (my daughter) is rediscovering her love of the ukulele. It has been fun playing together! We are learning the song, "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars. Send me an email and I can share the music with you! 
 
There are so many fun musical things you can do at home. You can make music with just about anything! Go in your basement or garage and create your own instrument. You can write a song inspired by anything! Or make sound effects to one of your favorite books. Make a puppet show or create a STOMP. Stomps are so much fun! Check out this video for ideas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WJ4kBOIXH4. Watch how they communicate without words to stay together. It takes a lot of team work and practice, but I know you can do it! I would love to see what you come up with!!! 
 
Also, there are so many cool music games on your phones, computer or Ipads. Many are free! Two of my favorites are "Jazzy World" and "Staff Wars". Check them out! 
 
Never hesitate to email me with any questions! I check my email several times a day and love to hear from my students!!!! 
 
Musically Yours,
Ms. Mariotti
 
 
Instagram account @DelaneyMusicRoom
 
 
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Hello to all my fellow musicians!
 
I have missed your smiling faces and beautiful voices. I think my family is tired of me singing the "Hello" song with them every morning. Haha! I have been keeping very busy at home and have been playing lots of piano, ukulele and guitar. I even tried to pull out my son's old drum set, but oh boy, Georgia (my puppy) did NOT like that! 
 
Everyday I take Georgia for a walk and I love to listen to all the music around me (the birds, wind, rustling of leaves, etc.). It is beautiful really. And it helps to inspire me to write some music of my own. 
 
I hope you are inspired to listen and play music too. Maybe you can make a "garageband" with your family out of some everyday objects? Or maybe you can sing a song together or teach your family a favorite game we learned together in music class? Send me your creations! I would love to see and hear them!!
 
I have found some really great links and apps that you can do in your spare time! 
 
PBS has some really fun games. Two of my favorites were "Pinka-Perfect Band" and "Pinkadance" https://pbskids.org/pinkalicious/games    
 
Also, there are so much fun and FREE apps online. Check out "Tune Train". It is really fun. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tunetrain/id702713073    
 
If you have a favorite game- pass it along to me! I would love to check it out!!
 
I hope you and your family are well and keep making music together! Check out my Instagram Page @DelaneyMusicRoom to see more ideas! 
 
Happy Singing~
Ms. Mariotti
 
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Good Morning,
I hope you had a great weekend! Please see the update from the Roderick Math Specialist, Mrs. Poirier, and Enrichment Teacher, Mrs. Tracy. 
 
Greetings from our home offices!
Since this is such an unusual time, we thought it might be the PERFECT time to step away from the way that we might typically approach mathematics.  I know…coming from the Enrichment and Math Specialist this seems weird.
 
We know that some of our students and many parents have had negative experiences with math, which can lead to disliking math.  Many of us have heard people say that they just were not born with a “math brain”. Well….get ready! That is simply not true!
 
During this time away from school, we invite you to join Dr. Jo Boaler and some of her undergraduate students in a self-paced class for learners of all levels of math.  The course How to Learn Math includes 6 short video lessons (about 20 minutes each) that focus on important brain research and the best ways to approach and learn math in an effective and meaningful way.  Complete one a day, or one a week! It is up to you and it is FREE!  Taking a course with a Stamford University professor is a pretty cool way to use this time and think about math!
 
Now…the course does include ungraded quizzes in between video segments that allow you to write, work on math and reflect on your mindset and learning.  This portion is not required, but is information that is being collected by Stamford University…and a great exercise for students and parents alike. We also think that these are great conversations to have as a family!  It is interesting to note that when this course was studied in a randomized controlled trial, it was found that the middle school students who took it changed their mindsets and scored at significantly higher levels on state tests.  Let’s embrace a growth mindset in all we do! 
 
We  thought you might enjoy a picture of Mrs. P’s office assistant, Mookie.  He was fully engaged in lesson 6 and mesmerized by the math involved in juggling!  Maybe he just wanted to fetch all of those tennis balls...who knows? He is a super cute assistant...but not exceptionally helpful.
 
dog with computer
If you give this a try, let us know what you think!  
 

March 29, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
I hope you are well! I am writing to update you on the district’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
* Remote Learning Plan: On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Governor Baker closed Massachusetts schools until May 4, 2020. On Thursday, March 26, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released guidelines for remote learning during the closure. Wrentham administrators and teachers used those guidelines and feedback from the Family Survey we sent on Wednesday, March 25, to develop a plan for the district. 
 
The Remote Learning Plan will be available on the COVID-19 page on the district’s website on Monday, March 30. The plan provides students with a weekly schedule for independent work in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, social/emotional learning, and special subjects. The plan provides recommended time for each subject, daily organizers, and opportunities for students to reflect on their work for teacher review. Special educators and related service providers will provide students with alternate remote learning to the extent possible. Teachers will schedule contact with students through Google Meet starting this week. When using Google Meet, all students will be able to see into other students’ homes, so please check the background before participating. You will get more information about Google Meet later in the week.
 
While I hope all students engage in learning during the closure, the Remote Learning Plan is not mandatory. We recognize that some students are not able to access learning from home and some families are not prioritizing education at this time. We want to provide structure and resources for parents who are interested and allow flexibility for those who are not. 
 
As recommended by the state, the Remote Learning Plan is a review and extension of concepts and skills already taught rather than new material. The state made this recommendation because of the lack of equity in engaging in learning from home. However, we want to support all of our families. Please let your child’s teacher know if you need additional resources at home. The teacher, and Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Vanessa Beauchaine can help.
 
 
*Chromebooks for Students: We know many families would benefit from having an additional device or two for students to use to access remote learning. We want to help. Please click here to connect with Director of Technology, Sean Ahern
 
*Food Service: We are continuing our distribution of food. The service is open to any Delaney or Roderick family in need. We will distribute groceries to families on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 am and 5:00-6:00 pm at the Jackson School in Plainville. Please contact Food Service Director Judy White if you have special circumstances and require assistance. Her email is whitej@wrenthamschools.org.   
 
*Remote School Committee Meeting: The School Committee is going to meet via Google Meet on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 7:00 pm. The public may call in to the meeting by dialing +1 319-343-8736‬ PIN: ‪938 510 497‬#
 
*Playground and Basketball Courts are Closed: Please remember that the town closed public spaces in Wrentham. People are not allowed on our playgrounds or basketball courts.
Thank you for your flexibility and support. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hi.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (cell)

March 27, 2020

Good morning! I am writing to let you know about a few items as we get ready for the weekend.
  • Thank you to everyone who responded to my check-in survey. I enjoyed reading the positive feedback and appreciate the constructive comments and suggestions for improvement. The principals, directors, and I will use it when we develop the plan for remote learning during the extended closure (see the next point for details). Based on the wide range of comments and opposing suggestions, I do not think it possible to please everyone. However, we have some ideas that we think will support students and families and satisfy the majority of our community.  
  • Yesterday, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education distributed to districts a list of guidelines regarding remote learning. We have been eagerly awaiting guidance from the state. The principals, directors, and I are working with colleagues from area districts, including King Philip, to develop a plan to support remote learning opportunities for students during the extended closure. I will update you in my email on Sunday, 3/30/2020.
  • The principals and I are going to start Instagramming with the students. I am leading the way with Lunch with Dr. Cameron today at noon. You and your children can watch @wrenthampublicschools. It will be helpful if your children have a piece of paper - my oldest son Scotty is going to teach them to make an origami shape (secret!). 
I hope you join me at noon. Have a nice weekend!
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
508-641-0764 (my cell phone)
 
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Dear Students,
I have been missing you all very much.  It makes me feel better to create art. I painted a picture of a goat yesterday.  I’m hoping to encourage you to create art using some of the techniques I have taught you in the art room.     
 
If you are looking for an Art project to do, you may want to draw a picture of a stuffed animal or two.  Use the drawing strategy of using simple shapes when you begin. Does the animal’s chest and belly look rectangular or like an oval?  Does the head look like a circle or a square? What shape do the legs look like? Put these simple shapes together and you should have the basic idea of your animal.  Now, go back and make small changes so the shapes look even more like the stuffed animal. Do you want to add shading, texture and/or color? Keep working on it. Remember to be kind and understanding to yourself as you make changes.
 
I’m off for a run.  When I get back home, I’m going to sew a bit.  Later, I’m going to give my dog a haircut.  
 
Keep on creating.  I will as well. 
 
Again, I miss all of you.
Lovingly,
Mrs. Lovely

March 26, 2020

Dear Roderick Students and Families,
 
We just wanted you all to know how much we miss seeing you all every day. Each month you learn about a new character trait and we are always amazed at your ability to go above and beyond to show respect, responsibility, citizenship, generosity, perseverance, and friendship to yourself and each other. Our word of the month for March is Consideration - which is very fitting during these extraordinary times since we will all be working hard to be considerate of each other - our parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, community members,etc. We are so proud of you. We can’t wait to see you when we return to school!
 
Remember to stop, take your deep breaths and use all the skills and strategies we have learned together. Try to do something kind and considerate each day while you are home. Make sure you get outside when you can and enjoy some fresh air, nature and exercise! This will help keep your brain and body healthy! 
 
All of the different and fast changing information has been a little stressful for Ben (Ms. Lazzaro’s 4th grader for those that don’t know). The first thing we’ve been doing is turning off the news and then using mindfulness strategies to help us remember that we are safe and healthy and we are doing our part to help others remain safe and healthy. Being outdoors and staying active have been great stress relievers and help keep our brain and body healthy. We’ve also been staying in touch with family and friends through video chats and phone calls (Ben is loving the video chats he can safely do through facebook kids messenger). Ms. Hillegass has also been spending lots of time communicating with her friends and family through texting and phone calls, and has been hanging out a lot with her cat, Jeffrey. She, like the Lazzaro family, makes sure to “unplug” often, and has been enjoying spending time outside, reading, and has been listening to lots of her favorite music (like this version of “Rainbow Connection” by Willie Nelson and one of Ms. H’s favorites, Kacey Musgraves). 
 
The next time we are together, we will be asking you about any “acts of kindness” that you did while you were home. Feel free to share these “acts of kindness” with us over email in the meantime! We can’t wait to hear how your kindness helped others feel and of course, how you felt afterwards! A few acts of kindness during this time might be: draw a picture/write a note and send it to someone - think of the elderly in assistance homes that may not be allowed to have contact with anyone, help set the table for dinner, do some yard work, write a list of things you are grateful for or try cooking a new recipe with a grown-up. Remember, you and your family are a team! Be kind and help each other as much as you can. Watch Kid President + Glad to Give How Good Spreads to learn more.
 
Look for these “read aloud” books on You Tube:
What Were You Thinking? By Bryan Smith  (Self-Regulation/Self-Control)
Bubble Gum Brain by Julia Cook (Flexible Thinking vs. Rigid Thinking)
What Should Danny Do? By Ganit and Adir Levy (Decision Making)
 
Watch these videos that will help foster and reinforce social-emotional learning opportunities!
“True Sportsmanship” https://youtu.be/lFwzGJxJfY0 
“Amazing show of sportsmanship” https://youtu.be/bSb2tJ8JT0E
 
Listen to these guided meditation audio clips from Calm:
 
The movie “Inside Out” is also a great resource for students to enjoy watching to reinforce learned skills!
 
We are so proud of each and every one of you and all the work you have done so far this school year! Let’s keep it going!!
 
See you soon,
Ms. Sara Lazzaro - lazzaros@wrenthamschools.org
Ms. Rachel Hillegass - hillegassr@wrenthamschools.org
 
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Dear Delaney Students and Families,                                
 
We just wanted you all to know how much we miss teaching you and seeing you in your classrooms. We have learned so much already this school year and we still have more fun planned! We have been thinking about you all each day and are really looking forward to seeing you when we return to school. 
 
Remember to stop, take your deep breaths and use all the skills and strategies we have learned together. Try to do something kind each day while you are home. Make sure you get outside when you can and enjoy some fresh air, nature and exercise! This will help keep your brain and body healthy!
 
Hi Students! My name is Mrs. McLellan, and I am the School Psychologist at Delaney School. You may have noticed me visiting your classroom this year, or maybe you’ve seen me by the cafeteria some mornings when you get to school. 
 
The next time we are together, we will be asking you about any “acts of kindness” that you did while you were home. Feel free to share these “acts of kindness” with us over email in the meantime! We can’t wait to hear how your kindness helped others feel and of course, how you felt afterwards! A few acts of kindness during this time might be: draw a picture/write a note and send it to someone, help set the table for dinner, do some yard work, write a list of things you are grateful for or try cooking a new recipe with a grown-up.
 
Remember, you and your family are a team! Be kind and help each other as much as you can! We are so proud of each and every one of you and all the work you have done so far this school year! Let’s keep it going!  You can click here to view some of the activities we have been doing at home to keep our brain and body healthy!
Look for these “read aloud” books on You Tube:
Mindful Monkey Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer (Mindfulness/Being Present)
What were you Thinking? By Bryan Smith  (Self-Regulation/Self-Control)
Whole Body Listening Larry by Elizabeth Sautter (Ready to Learn Strategies)
Bubble gum brain by Julia Cook (Flexible Thinking vs. Rigid Thinking)
Mind Bubbles by Heather Krantz (Mindfulness/The Brain/Body Connection)
 
Watch these videos that will help foster and reinforce social-emotional learning opportunities:
“Just Breathe” https://youtu.be/RVA2N6tX2cg 
“Go Noodle” (mindfulness exercises)  https://family.gonoodle.com/channels/flow  
“True Sportsmanship” https://youtu.be/lFwzGJxJfY0 
“Amazing show of sportsmanship” https://youtu.be/bSb2tJ8JT0E
Race in 1992 Olympics (Empathy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa5_j-LaxuQ 
 
Check out these free website for social emotional learning and games:
 
Free podcast regarding coping skills and coronavirus (coping skills e-book for free):
 
The movie “Inside Out” is also a great resource for students to enjoy watching to reinforce learned skills!
 
See you soon,
Ms. D. Paparo (paparod@wrenthamschools.org
Mrs. Kristen McLellan (mclellank@wrenthamschools.org)

March 25, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
Earlier today, Governor Baker extended the closure of all Massachusetts public and private schools until Monday, May 4, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. 
 
I will work with the School Committee, staff members, and area superintendents to ensure that we are supporting students and families during the closure. Our priorities are 1) maintaining a connection with the students, 2) enriching the students' understanding of the concepts and skills taught in school, and 3) supporting the unique needs certain students and families are experiencing during this challenging time.
 
To help us prepare for the extended closure, I would appreciate your feedback on what we are doing well and what we can do better. The survey is brief and anonymous. I will share the feedback with the School Committee at their next meeting and use it to plan next steps.
 
Many of my friends and family members have asked me for advice about the best way for families to manage their children’s learning during the school closure. I tell them that the best way is the way that works for your family. There is not one “right” way. For example, right now my 4th grade son is working on a math assignment on the computer while his 9th grade sister is still wearing PJs and watching animal videos on YouTube. We will get through this and be stronger for the experience.  
 
I will send you an update on Sunday, 3/29/2020. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello.
 
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
 
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Hi All,
I hope everyone is enjoying this time at home with your families. I hope you have been able to get outside while the weather has been good. Taking a walk or light run is a great way to keep up your physical fitness, while staying close to home. My wife and daughter have been doing online exercise classes. Many companies are offering free online classes while we are at home. I have heard the Peloton app has many options for classes in addition to biking. https://www.onepeloton.com/app
I also noticed the Hockomock YMCA is offering virtual classes too https://www.hockymca.org/virtual-fitness/
 
You could check out those options when the weather is not great and we are all stuck inside, but get outside when you can and stay active. I hope to see you soon back in the gym. 
 
Stay healthy,
 
Mr. Maguire
 
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Hello students of WPS! 
This is Mr. Moon. I hope you are keeping yourself busy and staying healthy. My family and I have been staying active with a lot of exercising through sports and games.  Today we are going to check out the herons nesting in the Conservation Area in Wrentham. We have also enjoyed hiking the Bushwacker Trail which is located in the same area.  It's a great 5 mile hike for the whole family! I have been posting workout videos on WPS Instagram to help you stay active. Make sure you take a peek and get your body moving! Please post how you are staying active using the hashtag #WPSmoves
 
Looking forward to seeing you all very soon.  Keep on moving!
 
Sincerely,
 
Mr. Moon
the benefits of exercise on mental health
 
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Dear Students, 
I hope you are staying healthy at home by getting a little exercise, washing your hands and eating healthy! My family and I are trying new healthy recipes and going for daily walks. It has been great getting fresh air and enjoying the sunshine, during this unexpected break. If you are looking for a health related family activity, I have just the idea for you. Create a picnic menu. This menu should incorporate all of the important MyPlate categories-Vegetables, Fruits, Protein, Grains, and Dairy. As a challenge, include a healthy food on the list you've never tried, but are willing to.  If you don't get to picnic during this time off, save the list and use it this summer! I look forward to seeing you back at school and talking about what you did during the break to stay healthy!
 
Don't forget to check out my website for other healthy activities you can do on your own!
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Pitman
skeleton with a hat and blue interactive shirt

March 24, 2020

stick figure drawings of a boy and girl
Hello Delaney Kiddos & Families,
It is your school nurses here: Mrs. Cashman & Mrs. Richardson. We are excited to write to you as we miss you every day and hope you are keeping busy at home doing some fun new things. We wanted to share with you a few fun activities that you can do at home; check out the links below to word searches and Sesame Street which has some great activities as well. And of course, we have enclosed one of our favorite handwashing videos for you to watch. 
We miss you and we’d love to hear from you so feel free to send us an email!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. C and Mrs. R
 
Helpful Links: 
 
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Hello Roderick Families! 
 
This is Christina Monti, the Roderick School nurse. I hope everyone is doing well, and staying healthy! I know this is a stressful and uncertain time, but I hope everyone is enjoying special family time! My husband, two kiddos, and I have enjoyed the warm weather and fresh air by cleaning our yard, hiking and riding our bikes, and playing charades around our fire pit. By keeping busy outside, we are staying healthy! How can we continue to stay healthy at home? Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy food, and get outside as much as possible. And of course, wash your hands for 30 seconds after any activity. If there are any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me! I am always available!
kids on bikes by a pond

March 23, 2020

Hello Delaney Students!
I sure do miss seeing your smiling faces in the technology lab.  We are keeping busy at our house with lots of time spent outdoors, STEM projects, and family movie nights.  One of our favorite STEM projects is the Lego Wind Racer Challenge. This activity can be found on my school web page.  All you need is a fan and some Legos! I would love to see any STEM projects you are doing with your family! The "Technology Times" is attached to this email which gives you some great new links, free educational apps, and STEM project ideas.  I even shared your class code for Kodable so you can practice your coding skills at home! Remember, technology is more than just using a screen! Get out there and build, create, and explore! Hoping to see you all very soon!  
 
-Mrs. Moon
 
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Good Afternoon,
 
Please see the message from the Roderick Technology Teacher, Mrs. Fox:
 
Hello Roderick Students!  I hope you are doing well and spending time doing some of your favorite things. I can't wait to see your beautiful faces! My family and I are enjoying our time together.  We try to hike every other day to get exercise. Our dog, Ladee, loves it. We have been working on little projects at home and have enjoyed watching movies together. I created a Google Slide presentation that includes several fun websites and ideas for you to create.  I would love for you to try some and share them with me through your Google Drive account. I added the presentation to your Google Classroom: Technology with Mrs. Fox account. I hope you take a moment to check out my Google Slides presentation and share some of your creations with me.  Please know I miss you very much and am looking forward to seeing you soon.
 
-Mrs. Fox
 

March 22, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
We are about to start the second week of the three week school closure ordered by Governor Baker. I hope your family is healthy. I am writing to update you on the recent news regarding the district's response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Daily Contact for Students: We created a schedule to make sure the students receive at least one communication from the district every week day. The messages will come from classroom teachers, special subject teachers, special educators, academic support teachers, nurses, counselors, and administrators. Our goal is to let the students know we are thinking of them and give them some ideas for keeping safe and staying busy during the school closure. 
  • Enrichment Resources: We put together a number of enrichment resources to support student learning during the closure. While not mandatory, we hope you will encourage students to engage in learning every day. They do not need to spend a lot of time on enrichment activities. A little review goes a long way! Please email your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
  • Individual Support: The coronavirus pandemic is affecting families differently and we may be able to  help. Please email your child’s teacher, special educator, nurse, counselor, or principal if you require assistance with a unique situation. 
  • Grab and Go Food Service Program: We are continuing the Grab and Go Food Service Program for families requiring food assistance. The program is open on Monday and Thursday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Jackson School, 68 Messenger Street, in Plainville. Please drive to the gym entrance and we will deliver a bag of groceries to you.
  • Wrentham Town Election Postponed: The town has postponed the local election scheduled for April 6, 2020, to a later date yet to be determined. School Committee Members Danielle Schmitz and Kristi Brunick will remain on the School Committee until the election.
  • Phone Call for Students: I am calling the students this evening at 6:00 p.m. I would appreciate it if you let them listen to my message. I am going to encourage them to email me. My email address is camerona@wrenthamschools.org.   
I will send you another update soon. Please visit our COVID-19 resource page to find information about the virus, state and local updates, enrichment activities, and other useful information. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools

March 20, 2020

Hello Delaney Students!
Greetings from your Librarians- Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. DeVore. We are excited to learn about a different way to read and listen to something new. We have been going through the books that we have on our bookshelves with our families. We each chose a book that has been waiting for us and now we are reading it for the first time. On our school website you can cursor over School Services, and then scroll down and click on School Libraries.  On the School Libraries page you can click on the SAILS Logo . This will bring you to the SAILS Kids e-catalog. Here you can click on TumbleBook, which is to the right. When you get to the TumbleBook Library - have fun exploring. This is one way to read and listen to many different stories. Have fun reading something new! 
 
We hope you are reading every day!
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. DeVore
Tumblebooks description
 
Hello Roderick Students!
This is your Librarians Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. DeVore. Lets learn about a different way to read and listen to something new. My family and I have been going through the books that we have on our bookshelves. We each chose a book that has been waiting for us and now we are reading it for the first time. On our school website you can cursor over School Services, scroll down and click on School Libraries.  On the School Libraries page you can click on the SAILS Logo . This will bring you to the SAILS Kids e-catalog. Here you can click on Tumblebooks , which is to the right. When you get to the Tumble Book Library - have fun exploring. This is one way to read and listen to many different stories. Have fun reading something new! 
 
-Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. DeVore

March 19, 2020

Dear Delaney Families, 
 
I hope that this email finds you and your family doing well in these challenging times. I want to take this opportunity to reach out to you regarding support during the three week closure of the Delaney Elementary School. This is uncharted territory for all of us; however, through adversity we will become stronger as a school community. 
 
Earlier this week, the WPS Learning Team sent online resources for families to utilize during the break. When you are at home with your children, please feel free to use these simple supports and tools to promote learning and routine during the extended absence from school: 
 
 
Over the next few weeks, classroom and specialist teachers will send emails to their classrooms with various updates and messages so that students can feel more connected during the extended break. We hope that this consistent communication will help students both academically and emotionally during the time out of school. 
 
In an effort to stay connected and try to make the most of a difficult situation, we are going to have a Virtual Spirit Week next week and ask families to post pictures under the hashtag #WPSVirtualSpiritWeek.  Please click here to view the list of spirit days.  We hope this brings some unity and fun into the week for students and their families. 
 
Due to the unexpected cancelling of the Art Show this year, we have the pictures available for you and your children to view on-line. Mrs. Langley-Haner and Mrs. Lovely worked with the students to put on a wonderful display of artwork, and we are so pleased to be able to share them with you in this digital gallery for you. Thank you to Mr. Worth, Mrs. Langley-Haner, and Mrs. Fox for taking and uploading the wonderful pictures! Please click here to view the Art Show. 
 
Undoubtedly, many children will feel anxious or have questions as we return to school. Please do not hesitate to contact me so that we can provide support from our district mental health professionals to ensure a smooth transition back to school. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.   Please say hello to your child(ren) for me, and let them know I am looking forward to seeing them at school in the near future! 
 
Sincerely, 
Kathleen Maloney
 
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Dear Roderick Families, 
 
I want to take this opportunity to reach out to you regarding support during the three week closure of the Roderick Elementary School. This is unprecedented territory for all of us, however, through adversity we will become stronger as a school community. 
 
Earlier this week, the WPS Learning Team sent online resources for families to utilize during the break. When you are at home with your children, feel free to use these optional supports and tools to promote learning and routine during the extended absence from school: 
 
Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6

Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Freckle (ELA & Math)

Looney Math

MobyMax

Mystery Science

Reflex

SAILS/TumbleBooks

TypingPal

Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Freckle (ELA & Math)

Looney Math

MobyMax

Mystery Science

Reflex

SAILS/TumbleBooks

TypingPal

Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Freckle (ELA & Math)

Looney Math

MobyMax

Reflex

SAILS/TumbleBooks

Mystery Science

TypingPal

 STEM/Coding Resources    

CS First - Google for Education

Grasshopper - Coding app for beginners

EverFi-Login 

Storyboardthat

Kodable

Hour of Code

Make a Robot

Keyboard Challenge

Puzzles

WPS COVID-19 Website 

 

WPS COVID-19 Information


 

 

 

 

 
Undoubtedly, many children will feel anxious or have questions as we return to school. Please do not hesitate to let me know so that we can provide support from district mental health professionals to ensure a smooth transition back to school. 
 
Over the next few weeks, classroom and specialist teachers will send emails to their classrooms with various updates and messages so that students can feel more connected during the extended break. We hope that this consistent communication will help students both academically and emotionally during the time out of school. 
 
In an effort to stay connected and try to make the most of a difficult situation, we are going to have a Virtual Spirit Week next week and ask families to post pictures under the hashtag #WPSVirtualSpiritWeek.  Please see below to view the list of spirit days.  We hope this brings some unity and fun into the week for students and their families. 
 

Monday, March 23

Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day

 Dance around the house while wearing your favorite socks!  

Tuesday, March 24

Sports Day 

Support your favorite sports team while working on math problems. 

Wednesday, March 25

Wellness Wednesday 

Write in a journal or exercise while wearing  green and gold! 

Thursday, March 26

Pajama Day

Read, read, read..while wearing your favorite pajamas! 

Friday, March 27

Family Fun Friday

Play a game, work on a puzzle, or make something creative with your family.

 
When you get a free moment, please see the Art Show 2020 link to access the wonderful student artwork from last week’s Roderick Art Show. Thank you to Mrs. Lovely, Mr. Worth, Mrs. Fox, and the many parent volunteers for their hard work in organizing the Roderick Art Show!  
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. Also, please let your child(ren) know that I said hello and are looking forward to seeing them at school in the near future! 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Kevin Martes
Principal 
 

March 18, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
I am writing to update you on the recent news regarding the district's responses to the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • COVID-19 Website Resources: We created a COVID-19 resource page to post news about the virus, district announcements, enrichment resources, state and town notices, and other useful information. You can find the page by visiting the district’s website
  • Working During the District Closure: Everyone in the district is working during the shutdown, either in the schools or from home. We are completing a variety of tasks to maintain the momentum of the school year. For example, we are writing report cards and progress reports, planning lessons, communicating with families and colleagues, completing professional development, cleaning and sanitizing the schools, ordering supplies, and providing food to families in need. We will be ready when the students return to school.  
  • Daily Communication: We want the students to maintain their momentum for the school year too. Therefore, we developed a plan to make sure students and their families receive at least one email from us every day during the closure. Principals Maloney and Martes will lead the way by sending an email tomorrow with details about a fun idea for next week. 
  • Emailing Staff Members: All of us are checking our email throughout the day, Monday through Friday. Feel free to email us with questions or have your child email us. 
I will send you another update soon. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools

March 17, 2020

Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
I am writing to update you on the recent news regarding the town's and district's responses to the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Access to Public Buildings: Wrentham Town Administrator Kevin Sweet closed all public buildings, including schools, to the public. Essential personnel, such as first responders and some town and school employees, are still working. Please call 508-384-5400 to reach Town Hall and 911 if you have an emergency.
  • Enrichment Resources: The district's Learning Team, led by Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Vanessa Beauchaine, emailed a list of online resources students may access during the closure. Please contact Dr. Beauchaine at beauchainev@wrenthamschools.org if you have any questions. 
  • Report Cards, Special Education Progress Reports, and Conferences: We are modifying the plan for report cards, special education progress reports, and conferences. The teachers are writing report cards and progress reports now and will have them ready next week. Rather than conferences, teachers will write a comment outlining the student's strengths, goals, and how you can support learning at home. We are going to mail the report cards and special education progress reports on Friday, March 27, 2020. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions after reading the report cards or special education progress reports.          
  • PreK and Kindergarten Tuition: We are not going to collect tuition during the closure and will refund families who paid in advance. Business Manager Beth Gilbert will contact families with details. 
  • Mo Willems Art Class: Mo Willems books is the author of the Piggy and Gerald books, among others, that I read to students at the start of the school year. He is hosting LUNCH DOODLES every day at 1:00 p.m. EST. LUNCH DOODLES is an online art class anyone may join. Two of my kids participated yesterday and had fun. 
I will send you another update later this week. Please let me know if you have any questions and tell the children that I said hello.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools

March 16, 2020

 
March 16, 2020 at 1:00pm

King Philip, Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville School Districts Urge Social Distancing During Break From School

All MA Schools to Close through at Least April 7

The superintendents of the King Philip Regional School District, Norfolk Public Schools, Wrentham Public Schools and Plainville Public Schools would like to notify parents about Governor Charlie Baker's announcement last night to close all public and private schools statewide until April 7 and provide information about the importance of social distancing during this time.
The four school districts will be following the mandate put forth by Gov. Baker's office and schools in Wrentham, Norfolk and Plainville will remain closed until April 7.
The reason for the continued closure of schools is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to practice and promote social distancing.
Parents should be sure to talk to their children about proper hygiene and prevention methods and about the importance of social distancing until further guidelines are provided by state officials about the status of the virus.
Social distancing -- maintaining a distance of approximately 6 feet from other people -- has proven effective at slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Families should practice social distancing with their children and follow these guidelines from state and local health officials:
  • Families should not hold "play dates" and those in need of childcare should limit the number of families involved as much as possible.
  • Practice social distancing techniques with children and have them practice among themselves
  • Clean and sanitize toys, video game controllers and all touch surfaces regularly
Social distancing will help to minimize exposure among people, especially given that COVID-19 is highly contagious and people may be contagious prior to exhibiting symptoms.
As the weather continues to improve, outdoor gatherings are viewed as safer, but social distancing techniques should still be practiced, and all sports/recreation equipment and toys should be cleaned regularly.
Teens are included in this group, and activities like bike riding and hiking/walking are viewed as safer alternatives to gathering at movie theaters, retail stores and other indoor venues.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and can appear between two and 14 days after exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anyone who experiences symptoms and believes they may have the virus is advised to contact their health care provider. For more information from the CDC for those who may have the virus, click here.
School officials also wish to encourage students and staff to follow recommended preventative steps from the DPH:
  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.
  • Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
For more information, visit the DPH website by clicking here and the CDC’s website by clicking here.
 
March 16, 2020 at 6:00pm
Dear Families,

We know that this is a difficult time for kids.  It can be helpful to maintain a structured schedule as much as possible.  To that end, we wanted to provide you with some additional information and resources for your child(ren) to use while school is not in session.  Later in the week, we will have an even more comprehensive list available on a new webpage. (Stay tuned!)

Online Resources Available
Below you will find a list of resources with active links grouped by grade level.  In addition to the grade level sites, your child(ren’s) teacher may have given you information and access to other sites over the course of the year.  

PreK


Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Looney Math

PBSKids

SAILS/TumbleBooks

Kindergarten


Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Freckle (ELA & Math)

Looney Math

PBSKids

Mystery Science

SAILS/TumbleBooks

Grade 1


Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Freckle (ELA & Math)

PBSKids

Looney Math

Mystery Science

Reflex

SAILS/TumbleBooks

Grade 2


Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Freckle (ELA & Math)

PBSKids

Looney Math

Mystery Science

Reflex

SAILS/TumbleBooks

TypingPal

Grade 3


Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Freckle (ELA & Math)

Looney Math

Mystery Science

PBSKids

Reflex

SAILS/TumbleBooks

TypingPal

Grade 4


Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Freckle (ELA & Math)

Looney Math

MobyMax

Mystery Science

Reflex

SAILS/TumbleBooks

TypingPal

Grade 5


Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Freckle (ELA & Math)

Looney Math

MobyMax

Mystery Science

Reflex

SAILS/TumbleBooks

TypingPal

Grade 6


Epic! (Free for 30 days)

Freckle (ELA & Math)

Looney Math

MobyMax

Reflex

SAILS/TumbleBooks

Mystery Science

TypingPal



STEM/Coding Resources


CS First - Google for Education

Grasshopper - Coding app for beginners

EverFi-Login 

Storyboardthat

Kodable

Hour of Code

Make a Robot

Keyboard Challenge

Puzzles

 
If you do not have a device at home and would like to borrow one, please contact Vanessa at the email or phone number listed below and she will connect with you as soon as possible.

Resources Available for Purchase
Many of you have iPads at home.  The following apps that students have access to in the classroom can also be accessed for free or purchased by individuals for home use through the App Store:
Handwriting Without Tears  (K and 1 - $3.99 per student)
Infinut Math (K and 1 - Free)
Lively Letters  (PK and K $14.99)
Writing Wizard (K $4.99)
Zearn (K-5 Free - Click HERE to set up your parent account.)

While online resources are helpful to have on hand, there are other ways to nurture your child(ren)’s natural curiosity and zest for learning.   Finding time to read together, incorporating opportunities for creativity through games, and activities of their own design will keep them engaged as well.

As always, please feel free to reach out to any one of us.  We are here for you and your children and are eager to support you in any way we can.  

Sincerely,
Your WPS Learning Team

Sean Ahern
Director of Technology
aherns@wrenthamschools.org
 
Vanessa C. Beauchaine, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
beauchainev@wrenthamschools.org
 
Kathleen Maloney
Delaney School Principal
maloneyk@wrenthamschools.org

Kevin Martes
Roderick School Principal
martesk@wrenthamschools.org
 
Karen McNamara
Director of Student Services
mcnamarak@wrenthamschools.org
 
Robert Worth
Delaney and Roderick School Vice Principal
worthr@wrenthamschools.org 

March 15, 2020

March 15, 2020 at 5:21pm
Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
I am writing to update you on the district's response to the coronavirus pandemic. I will update you throughout the district closure on what we are doing to support students, faculty and staff members, and families. I already sent you some of this information in a prior email. I apologize for being repetitive, but I want to make sure everyone has the information. 
  • School is cancelled for students and the majority of faculty and staff members for two weeks starting tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020. Administrators, maintenance and custodial staff members, and some technology support staff members will be in the schools during this period. I collaborated with superintendents from several area districts, including King Philip, to close schools to minimize the spread of the virus. Please do not visit the school buildings unless absolutely necessary.
  • Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Vanessa Beauchaine and Director of Technology Sean Ahern are creating a comprehensive list of online learning resources that students may access during the break. We will send the list to families after we receive guidance on distance learning from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. I expect we will send you the information early this week. 
  • Director of Food Service Judy White established a drive-through food distribution system for families in need of food assistance during the break. Please contact Mrs. White at whitej@wrenthamschools.org if you want more information.   
  • Your child may have questions, or feel anxious, about the virus. Please assure them that we closed schools to help keep them and everyone in our community safe. The CDC developed a list of talking points for parents to use with their children. If your child is very anxious, please contact either Delaney Principal Kathleen Maloney at maloneyk@wrenthamschools.org or Roderick Principal Kevin Martes at martesk@wrenthamschools.org so we can provide support. In addition, I am going to call the students tonight to tell them about the closure of schools.
This situation is unprecedented and rapidly changing. However, we will get through it. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you with anything. I will be email you again soon.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
 
 
March 15, 2020 at 6:42pm
Dear WPS Families,
This evening, Massachusetts Governor Baker issued an order closing all schools in Massachusetts until April 6, 2020. Therefore, Delaney and Roderick Schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020, until Monday, April 6, 2020. As of now, we will welcome students back to school on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. 
 
I apologize for sending out my email and phone call earlier today with information about a 2-week closure for our schools. The governor just issued his order for a 3-week closure a few moments ago, after saying this morning that he was not going to issue a state-wide order to close schools.
The governor's announcement does not change the short term plan for our community. We will update you on home learning resources early this week and we have food available for families in need. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great night!
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools

March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 at 3:42pm
Dear WPS Community,
The following is a press release about the upcoming two-week closure of school in Wrentham and area districts. I will send you an additional message with Wrentham-specific information. Please let me know if you have and questions.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
 
After careful collaboration with our local boards of health and medical experts in our communities, the superintendents and executive directors of the school districts and special education collaboratives of the Tri-County Roundtable have developed a coordinated plan to close our schools for an extended period, starting Monday, March 16, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
The Tri-County Roundtable is a professional association comprised of the following public school districts and special education collaboratives: ACCEPT Collaborative, Ashland, Dedham, Dover Sherborn, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkington, King Philip Regional, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Norfolk County Agricultural School, Plainville, South Middlesex Regional Vocational Technical School, The Education Cooperative, Tri-County Regional Vocational School, Walpole, Wellesley, Westwood, and Wrentham.
 
We are acutely aware of the gravity of this situation and the implications that our decisions have on our schools and communities. We made this decision after careful review of the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and our local boards of health. We understand the potential impact of the virus on the vulnerable members of our communities. We recognize the challenges of fostering learning in the atmosphere of uncertainty created by this unprecedented situation. Finally, we believe that working together is the most effective way to protect our students, faculty and staff members, and the public.  
 
Your superintendent or executive director will send you additional information about your school's closure later today. Please contact your school if you do not receive additional information or if you have questions or concerns.
 
Thank you for your patience and support.
 
 
March 13, 2020 at 6:08pm
Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
I hope you are ready for the weekend - I am!
 
Wrentham Public Schools will be closed for the next two weeks, along with the public schools in Norfolk, Plainville, King Philip, and many other area districts. We made the decision to close for two weeks to minimize the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health of our students, faculty and staff members, and communities. I know how inconvenient this is and I imagine you have many questions. I appreciate your patience and hope to provide some answers in this message.
 
Academics: Students are not required to complete any school work during the break. However, we hope students will review the concepts and skills they learned in school. Students may access online learning resources, such as Freckle and Clever, by clicking the Student tab on our district webpage. Please contact Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Vanessa Beauchaine at beauchainev@wrenthamschools.org if you would like to borrow a device for your child to use during the break. This is also a great time to read a book!
 
Food Security: We want all of our students and families to have enough to eat during this unexpected break. Please contact Director of Food Service Judy White at whitej@wrenthamschools.org if you would like food assistance. All requests are confidential.
 
MCAS: The state has not altered the MCAS schedule. Please do not worry, or let your child worry, about MCAS. These are very unusual circumstances and I am confident everyone will do their best. This is the MCAS schedule: 
* Grade 3 English/Language Arts March 31 and April 2; Math May 12 and May 14
* Grade 4 English/Language Arts April 1 and April 3; Math May 5 and May 6
* Grade 5 English/Language Arts April 7 and April 8, Math May 7 and 8, Science May 14 and May 15
* Grade 6 English/Language Arts April 14 and April 15; Math May 12 and May 13
 
April Break: The April break, scheduled for April 20, 2020, through April 24, 2020, has not been changed.
 
Last Day of School: The last day of school is Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The School Committee will review the calendar, and consider potential changes, at an upcoming meeting. I will notify you of any changes to the calendar in an email. 
 
Child Care: The Hokomock YMCA branches in Franklin, North Attleboro, and Foxboro are open for child care during the break. Please contact Kim Jennings at kimj@hockymca.org if you want to learn more.
 
Notice for Staff Members: I will send you an email with information about the break and how it affects you.
 
Thank you very much for your support. Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools

March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 at 3:49pm
Dear WPS Community,
Thank you for your patience with my multiple emails as we work through the challenges of the coronavirus. The situation is changing rapidly and I want you to have the most current information about what is happening at Delaney and Roderick.  
 
No WPS student or staff member has shown symptoms of or tested positive for coronavirus and there is no risk from being in the schools. Our custodial staff is working every day, including weekends, to deep clean and disinfect the schools with EPA-recommended products. The district made the following changes to our schedule to reduce opportunities to expose people to the virus:   
  • The district cancelled the Art Show scheduled for 3/12, Band-o-Rama scheduled for 3/14, Variety Show scheduled for 3/19, and the ACT performances scheduled for 3/20 and 3/21. We will review whether we can host other large public events as we get closer to the dates.  
  • The district is making alternative plans for Parent/Teacher conferences scheduled for 3/24 and 3/25 and Kindergarten Parent Information Night scheduled for 4/1. I will let you know the new plans for those events as soon as possible.
Tomorrow morning, I am participating in a conference call with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. I expect to learn their recommendations for minimizing the risk of virus transmission. One recommendation may include closing the schools for an extended period of time. We want to be prepared to support students and their families if this happens.
  • We want the students to be able to access from home the online resources they use in their classrooms. This will allow the students to review the concepts and skills they learned in school during the break. Students will need a device, like a laptop or computer, and an internet connection to access the online resources. Please take a few moments to let us know if your child has access to the internet and a device at home. If not, we can help.
  • We do not want any students to experience food insecurity during an unplanned break from school. If you worry that your family would need food assistance during an unscheduled break from school, please contact Food Service Director Judy White at  whitej@wrenthamschools.org or 508-384-5430 x 3. All requests for food assistance are completely confidential.   
Finally, the National Association of School Psychologists and National Child Traumatic Stress Network have developed guidance for parents and guardians to talk about the virus with their children. 
Thank you again for your support and patience. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will email you again as soon as I have new information to share.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
 
 
March 12, 2020 at 11:19pm
Dear Delaney and Roderick Families,
I am very sorry for the late notice, but out of an abundance of caution I am closing Delaney and Roderick Schools tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020. Nothing in Wrentham has changed since my email from earlier today. However, I understand the concerns about coronavirus in our community and think it best to close school. I will participate in a conference call with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education tomorrow morning. After that, I will make longer terms plans for the district in collaboration with the King Philip Regional School District. I will email you tomorrow with the details.
 
 
Again, I apologize for the late notice. Have a nice evening. I will be in touch tomorrow.
 
 
Yours truly,
 
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools

March 11, 2020

Dear WPS Families,
 
Governor Baker declared a state of emergency to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Massachusetts. He recommended that organizations "limit or eliminate large events" and encouraged  "older adults and those with health issues to avoid large crowds and large events." In light of this, and in the interest of keeping the schools as safe as possible, we are altering or cancelling some of our upcoming events:
  • Art Show - We are cancelling the after school Art Show that was scheduled for Thursday, March 12. Instead, the students will tour the Art Show with their classes during the school day. We will take a picture of each child's exhibit and post it on the district's web page, which will allow students and their families to enjoy a virtual tour of the Art Show.
  • Variety Show - We are cancelling the staff Variety Show scheduled for Thursday, March 19. Although unfortunate, this saves me from having to learn how to ride a hoverboard for my performance.
  • ACT Play  -  We are going to have a performance of the play Annie for students during the school day on Friday, March 20, and cancel the public performances. The show will be recorded on DVD and distributed to all ACT members.  The directors of the play will email the families of ACT members with additional details.
These are all of the event changes for now. We will update you if we change future events. Thank you for your understanding as we meet the challenge of coronavirus. Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Yours truly,
 
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
 

March 8, 2020

March 8, 2020 at 12:12pm
Dear WPS Community,
Hello and happy Sunday! As the novel coronavirus continues to dominate the news, I am writing to update you on how we are working to keep Delaney School and Roderick School clean and everyone healthy.
  • The district's health team and I are working closely with the Wrentham Health Department and Massachusetts Department of Public Health to monitor the virus and respond to potential exposure. There are no suspected cases of COVID-19 in Wrentham and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Massachusetts Department of Public Health report that the risk of infection in Massachusetts is low. 
  • We have increased our cleaning and sanitizing of the schools. This weekend, the entire district was sanitized with a product that is EPA-approved to kill coronavirus. 
  • The best way to keep everyone healthy is to prevent exposure to the virus. Please keep your children home from school if they are ill, particularly if they have symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 
I will continue to update you as we work through the situation. Please contact me if you have any questions. 
 
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
 
 
 
March 8, 2020 at 9:03pm
Good evening!
I am writing to share some information about Plainville Public Schools. The Plainville superintendent learned late today that a parent of a Plainville elementary student may have been exposed to coronavirus last week. To be safe, the Plainville superintendent wants to sanitize the Plainville elementary schools before the students return. Therefore, Plainville elementary schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, March 9. King Philip Middle School and KP High School will be open as usual. 
 
As I wrote in my email from earlier today, there are no known exposures to coronavirus in Wrentham, and the Wrentham and KP schools were  thoroughly sanitized over the weekend just to be safe. I will continue to update you as I learn new information.  
 
Please let me know if you have any questions, Have a nice evening.
 
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools

March 3, 2020

Dear WPS Community,
The following notice is being sent out to families in Wrentham Public Schools and the King Philip Regional School District. If you have any questions about coronavirus, please contact the Wrentham Public Health Department at 508-384-5485.
 
Have a nice evening!
Yours truly,
Allan Cameron, Superintendent of Wrentham Public Schools
  
WPS Superintendent Allan Cameron, KP Superintendent Paul Zinni, and Wrentham Town Administrator Kevin Sweet would like to notify the community that town officials are continuing to closely monitor the situation surrounding the respiratory disease COVID-19, or the “coronavirus,” and would like to provide some important tips and information.
 
As of March 2, coronavirus has infected people in 74 countries including the United States. Currently, the risk to the general public remains very low, with the incidence rate significantly lower than the incidence rate of the seasonal flu. There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Wrentham, Plainville or Norfolk.
 
The districts would like to remind families that recently travelled out of the country to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and policies and stay up-to-date on the information being released. If you or a family member are showing signs of fever or flu, you should contact your local physician or healthcare provider immediately. Parents should know that any student placed under a quarantine or self-quarantine will be given an excused absence from school. School officials recommend that parents notify the district if your child is placed under a quarantine in order for us to help your student stay on top of their studies.
 
Coronavirus can range from no or mild symptoms in some individuals to a serious, potentially deadly infection in others. The severity of the illness appears to vary by both general health condition and age of the individuals infected, with elders being more significantly impacted than youth.
 
Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath and respiratory illness including pneumonia in severe cases. If you suspect that you are ill with a respiratory disease, or have been informed that you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your Primary Care Provider immediately.
In an effort to prevent the spread of flu, colds and other respiratory illnesses, the Wrentham Board of Health recommends the following measures:
  • Practice good hand hygiene! Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails. Singing the “ABC” song is helpful in estimating the timing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.
  • Do not share drinking glasses, straws, cups, utensils, dishes, facecloths, towels or other similar items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
  • Avoid close contact (hugs, handshakes, kisses) with others who are sick whenever possible. Please remember that it is possible to be a “carrier” of a virus and not be ill. It is advisable to avoid as much direct physical contact with others while there is any type of an outbreak.
  • Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
  • Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect hard surfaces, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  • As with every cold and flu season, the WPS and KP districts' custodial staffs are remaining vigilant in their cleaning and sanitizing efforts.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is in regular communication with local Boards of Health, healthcare providers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools and local government officials. COVID-19 information is posted on the MADPH website and updated regularly: https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
 
Additionally, the CDC provides up-to-date information on its website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
 
Town officials will keep you informed of updates or changes as they are advised by local and state departments of public health.