September 10, 2021
I hope everyone has had a great start to the school year. It has been amazing having all the students in school from day one and though things aren’t 100% “normal “ (whatever normal is) everyone is happy to be back to school.
Nurse Carrier and I continue to watch the COVID numbers closely in town as well as within the building. Ultimately, our goal is to keep everyone as healthy as possible. We are also monitoring other non COVID illnesses. We are starting to see other illnesses show up in classrooms. This is to be expected as we always have illness in the beginning of the year. At this point masks are still optional but we do want to let you know there is illness in the building so if you would like to encourage mask wearing for your child we support that decision. Our ultimate goal is to keep students in school and not have to be sending students home to be tested or to have to quarantine unnecessarily. We have been advised by NH DHHS to assume it’s COVID until we know it isn’t. We can’t thank parents enough for being upfront about any illness in their families and keeping their children home when they are pending test results or have any symptoms. Continue to reach out to Nurse Carrier to discuss illnesses in your household. Staying home when sick is the number one safety measure in keeping everyone healthy!
Old Home Day is tomorrow (11th) from 10-3. The school will be open so that families and community members can shop at the Scholastic Book Fair between 10-2. Mason School Club will also have games, popcorn, and soda behind the Mann House. Please stop in and buy some books and support the Mason School Club. The State’s Vaccination Van will also be in town tomorrow if you or someone you know would like to get the COVID vaccine. The van will be parked by the cafeteria from 10-3.
Open House is scheduled for Thursday, September 16th. We encourage everyone to wear masks and to sanitize when they enter and exit the building. We have broken Open House into two groups to keep the numbers down. Last names ending with A-K should come 5:30-6:00 and L-Z 6:15 – 6:45. The book fair will also be open in the multi purpose room during Open House but we encourage you to come to the Book Fair on Saturday (during Old Home Day) so that you have more time to spend in your children’s classrooms. If you or anyone in your family has any signs of illness please do not attend Open House.
We will be having our first formal fire drill next week. We will practice fire drills as well as other drills throughout the year. We will also practice our off campus evacuation drill. For this we will all walk over to the Mason Congregational Church. This would be where we would go if for some reason we couldn’t return to the building.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the free and reduced application (on website and first day packet) if you think you could possibly qualify. Even though meals are free this year for all students our free and reduced numbers qualify us for federal grants that we will not get if we don’t have enough students that qualify. I mentioned before that we have already lost our Title I funds and didn’t receive COVID relief funds due to low numbers. October 1st is an important deadline for us to submit our free and reduced numbers to the state so please get any applications in before then.
Please note important dates below:
September 11th 10-3 Old Home Day
September 16th Open House 5:30 – 6:00 A-K 6:15- 6:45 L-Z
September 20th School Board meeting 6:30
September 27th School Picture Day!
October 8th and 11th – No school Teacher Workshop Day and Columbus Day
October 29th – Halloween Parade and Parties
November 11th – No School Veteran’s Day
November 23rd – NO SCHOOL for Parent Teacher conferences (this was originally an early release day but has been changed to no school)
November 24-26th – No School Thanksgiving Break
Have a great weekend and I hope to see you all at Old Home Day tomorrow!