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!

November PTO Meeting

Please join us Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 pm for our monthly PTO meeting.  Zoom details can be found here.  Hope to see you there!

Winthrop Turkey Trot 2020

The annual Winthrop Turkey Trot will take place virtually this year November 15th – 28th.  Participants may walk, run, or bike to earn their miles and log their distance online. There is no limit to how many times or how many miles a student can accumulate over the two week period.  Students can collect pledges for their participation but fundraising is NOT REQUIRED to participate.  Click here for additional details and registration information.  

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.


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. 

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

  1. Early Release (11:40 pm dismissal)

    December 2 @ 11:40 am - 5:00 pm
  2. December PTO Meeting

    December 10 @ 7:00 pm
  3. Early Release Day (12 pm dismissal)

    December 23 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. December Holiday Break (School Closed)

    December 24, 2020 - January 1, 2021
  5. Early Release (11:40 pm dismissal)

    January 6, 2021 @ 11:40 am - 5:00 pm