Winthrop Express Online

The place for all your Winthrop PTO news!

Welcome to the new Winthrop Express Online Newsletter.  Here you can find all of the information that was previously provided in the email newsletter and so much more!  Newsletter updates will still be sent out featuring highlights of upcoming events but on a less frequent basis.  Please bookmark this page for future reference and if you would like to receive email updates, please sign up here.  Thanks!

 
March PTO Meeting

Please join us Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 pm for our monthly PTO meeting.  Hope to see you there!

Introducing the METCO Family Friend Program

Interested in sharing your home and family with a student who lives outside of Melrose? Making a connection with a family in Boston? Then the Family Friend program is for you!

METCO students spend a significant amount of time on the bus traveling to and from school daily. Often this makes participating in after-school or evening activities difficult or impossible. Sharing your home and family with them provides a safe and welcoming place for them to be until their family arrives.

 Want to learn more?

Please come out and meet the Boston METCO Families and Melrose Families for a potluck on Saturday, March 14TH at 4pm at Lincoln Elementary. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Ms. Amy Jackson, METCO Director at (781) 979 – 2137 or ajackson@melroseschool.com.

Math Night 2020!

SIGN-UPS FOR MATH NIGHT ARE OPEN!!

🕵️‍♀️ Thursday, 3/19, for Math Night, a fun-filled night of mathematical mayhem!! The Winthrop Bureau of Investigation is looking for teams of Math Detectives to crack the case of the Masked Mathematician!
 
🕵️‍♂️ Willing mathematicians and their families should sign up online on Friday, February 28th. The signup opens at 9:00 a.m.
 

Save the Date – Winthrop Read-a-thon!

The annual Winthrop Read-a-thon will take place March 18th through April 1st.  Stay tuned for more details!!

19th Annual Melrose Trivia Bee

MARK YOUR CALENDARS and FORM YOUR TEAMS for this year’s even bigger and better Bridge Trivia Bee! The Winthrop PTO will once again be sponsoring a team.  To volunteer, please email Amanda Frederick at afrederick74@gmail.com

Winthrop 2020 MCAS Dates

Library Update

Lots of new books have just arrived at the library! In addition to the ones pictured, we got a bunch more of the popular “Who Is” and “What Was” books. Check them out!

Also, we are always looking for more volunteers for 3-5 grade library time… it is very easy and the kids appreciate it so much!

https://m.signupgenius.com/…

 
Box Tops for Education
 
Don’t forget to download the new Box Tops app!  
It’s super easy. Just scan your receipts right from your phone and the money goes directly into the Winthrop School account.
 
https://www.boxtops4education.com/

Winthrop in the News!!!

Ms. Lewis and some of her 4th graders were recently featured in the Washington Post. Check out the article on Melrose Schools’ competency-based learning here.


📚 NEW LIBRARY VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE FOR GRADES 3-5 📚

As you may have heard, some changes are coming to library times starting in January. Library Media time will now be only a class time and parent/guardian volunteers will no longer be needed. Instead, students will have an opportunity to come to the library and check out books at a different time. This new time will be completely run by volunteers, who can assist students in choosing books and checking them out. Teachers may choose to send students down in small groups or an entire class may come at once. We are all still figuring it out! Room parents for grades 3-5 no longer need to coordinate library volunteers starting in January. Any previous sign ups that were during Library Media time are no longer valid. Parents/guardians should look at the new schedule (see link) and sign up when they are available. They may sign up when their child has library but are also encouraged to fill other open spots if available, even if it is not their class. You do not need to read a book at this time, just provide support in finding books and checking out. If there is time, volunteers may also straighten/organize the shelves. Amanda Cormier and Lauren Fitzpatrick will be on hand when ever possible to help for the first week or two while we get used to the new system.
Thanks and please contact me with any questions!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48acac2caafa7-winthrop1

Melrose School Committee Office Hours

On January 7, 2020, the Melrose School Committee voted to adopt, for the first time, a formal series of Saturday office hours on: January 11th, February 8th, April 4th and June 6th.

Beginning on Saturday, January 11th, two School Committee Members will be available to meet with community members at the Melrose Public Library (2nd floor meeting space),  from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. These monthly office hours are part of the Committee’s ongoing effort to be open to and accessible for public input, particularly during a period of time when the Committee will be engaging in important and far-reaching work, including its Beebe School deliberations, a Superintendent search process, and the annual school budget process.

For more information and to stay informed about the Superintendent search, follow the Melrose School Committee Facebook page.

Massachusetts State Ethics Guidelines Update

The state guidelines for public employees have been updated: https://www.mass.gov/advisory/19-1-gifts-and-gratuities

A few key points as reminders for parents wishing to purchase teacher gifts:

  • Public employees (in this case, teachers) may not accept gifts worth $50 or more.
    • If parents wish to give a gift, it should be $49.99 or less NOT $50 or less 
    • If a single family makes multiple gifts throughout the year, note that they are cumulative, and the total value must be under $50
  • Gifts worth less than $50 may be accepted, but a disclosure may be required
  • Class gifts to teachers may total up to $150 if a gift is identified as being from the class and the names of the givers and amounts given are not identified to the teacher. *No disclosure is required.* (note – this makes it the easiest thing to do for your teacher!)  A teacher receiving a class gift may not knowingly accept additional gifts from the parents or students who participated in the class gift. (This is good to let parents know – make sure if they want to give an additional gift that they do not specify that they gave to the class gift!)
  • Gifts to a public agency (the school in our case) do not violate the conflict of interest law if they are for the school’s use. For example, a gift of computers to use in the school is fine; but not a gift of a computer to a specific teacher, even if it is to be used in her classroom. This may be a change — note then, that if you are giving books to your teacher for classroom use, they should be a gift to *the school* even if they are then housed in that teacher’s room. 

Community Service Club Book Drive – UPDATE!

Together we collected 1,417 books in just 3️⃣ weeks! 📚 Thank you for your support! Community Service members got everything packed up and ready to be donated to the Melrose Library and the Salvation Army 🚨🚨

MAAV Book Donations

The Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV) is thrilled to announce the donation of books to the Melrose Public Library and all five of the elementary schools in Melrose! Our Safe Steps for Melrose project recently compiled a list of recommended books for children in grades pre-K through 5 on the topics of healthy friendships, feelings and self-esteem, boundaries and consent, teasing and bullying, and trauma and loss, which we were able to bring to the schools and the public library. In total, 52 books were donated to the schools and community.

The Safe Steps for Melrose project is a partnership between the Melrose Alliance Against Violence, Melrose Public Schools, Melrose Police Department, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, North Shore Alliance for Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Youth and Riverside Community Care. The mission of the project is to promote healthy relationships and prevent relationship abuse.

To learn more about the Safe Steps for Melrose project, visit https://www.maav.org/prevention-programs-trainings/prevention-with-youth/safe-steps-project/ and to see the complete list of books, check out the resource guide on our website: https://www.maav.org/site/wp-content/uploads/book-recommendations-for-children.pdf

Holiday BazaarUPDATE!

From event chair Tai Lorizio, A HUGE GINORMOUS THANK YOU to all the volunteers at the Holiday Bazaar today! So many of you showed up and helped make this event a total success!!! On behalf of the Holiday Bazaar committee, THANK YOU so much!!! ♥️♥️♥️

Winthrop Turkey Trot!! – UPDATE

🏃 We can’t thank you enough Winthrop for making the 3rd Annual Turkey Trot a wild success.  Teachers, staff, Dr. Tracy, Mr. Brady (who ran with EVERY class), PTO, parents, Mr. Thomas and all of our awesome volunteers helped make the day fun for everyone.  Extra special thanks to our talented Turkey Trot coordinators – Gretchen Kruger, Amanda Cormier, Annie Lin, Mary Caddle and Cal Finocchiaro.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all of you!!!

  

MEF Parent University – UPDATE

Another successful Parent University is in the books!  Thanks to the Melrose Education Foundation for another fantastic event and to all the parents and educators who participated.  Below Dr. Tracy presenting with fellow principals from the Hoover, Roosevelt, and the Franklin,  The Day in the Life of an Elementary Student.

Servant’s Heart Food Pantry Donations – UPDATE

Wow Wildcats! We collected 1,247 items for A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry.  Everything was packed up and delivered to the Pantry on November 22nd.  So many will benefit from your kindness!  Thanks to the Community Service Club for organizing and promoting this event! 💜 @WinthropMelrose @MelrosePS

More News & Notes from the PTO!

PTO Meetings
PTO Meetings are held monthly and are open to all members of the community.  Meeting dates, agendas and minutes can be found here.  We hope to see you there!

Questions About Volunteering at the Winthrop?
For more information regarding The Bridge volunteer program, or our CORI certification process, please contact Lisa Lewis, Coordinator of Volunteers, at llewis@melroseschools.com. Thank you!

School Absentee Lines
Use this list of telephone numbers as a handy reference to call and notify the school of your child’s absence!

Education Stations
Melrose Education Stations provides balanced enrichment programming at the end of the school day in students’ own elementary schools. Professional staff members engage students in a creative, motivating and cooperative atmosphere to further inquiry and development.  For more details please visit the Education Stations web page.

Winthrop Early-Bird Program
Supervised care for $5.00 daily is offered from 7:05 a.m. – 8:03 a.m. The program requires registration and operates as a ‘pay as you go’ model. Attendance will be taken daily by the supervising adults and families will be billed monthly. For more information, please contact the Winthrop main office at (781) 979-2280 or view program details here.

MPS Online Payment Reminder
Parents – just a quick note to check your child’s payment portal and make sure all fees for school services (such as Early Bird Care) are up to date. It would be greatly appreciated!

Ongoing PTO Fundraisers:

✔  Baystate Textiles School Box Program
Spread awareness to the problem of textile waste! A donation box will be placed outside of Winthrop School, and we’ll get a rebate – anywhere from $25-$55 a month – based on the weight of donations! Donations can include clothes, linens, stuff animals, footwear, and accessories as long as they are cleaned, dry, and bagged. Reduce – Reuse – Recycle and support Winthrop School and our community!!! For more info, contact Keri Cote at kjscote@gmail.com, or visit www.baystatetextiles.com.

✔  Stop & Shop A+ Rewards
Starting now through March 14, we have the opportunity to earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through Stop & Shop! Go to www.stopandshop.com NOW and select Savings & Rewards. Follow the prompts to create your online account. You’ll need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and our School ID #40027 to register. An easy peasy way to support our school!

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.