Gaudet Learning Academy
"Anchored in Learning"
Week of November 22, 2021
Important Dates:
November 24-26th- Thanksgiving Break- No School
December 7th- Picture Retake Day
December 9th- Parent Teacher Conferences (2nd date)
Important Reminders
Our school day begins at 7:50 am. It is important that students are in their homeroom by this time or they are considered tardy. We appreciate your help in ensuring students arrive on time so that they do not miss important instruction.
GLA Food Drive
Thank you to everyone that donated items to our food drive! We will be doing our final count tomorrow and announcing the winning homeroom on Tuesday morning.

Students have been helping to organize food items in our very own GLA food bank to support our GLA families.

If you would like to benefit from our food bank or know a family who would benefit please reach out to Mrs. McCarty (smccarty@mpsri.net)
We have lots of items to share!
We are thankful!
We are so thankful for all of our amazing Gaudet Learning Academy students, families and staff! We hope that you enjoy the weekend to spend time with family and friends!
MPS COVID Testing:
Attention Middletown Parents and Guardians,

Beginning November 22, 2021, our school district will be rolling out randomized PCR testing for asymptomatic students and staff members. In collaboration with the RI Department of Health, this process will consist of weekly PCR testing for a percentage of our student body along with staff members who have already consented to COVID testing. If you have not filled out the COVID testing consent and would like your child to be involved in randomized pool testing, please submit the form below. If you previously submitted this form, and have now decided that you would not like your child to participate in randomized pool testing, please resubmit the form and notify the school nurse of this change.

COVID Testing Consent Form: 

Thank you and please contact me or your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

Danielle Walsh, RN, BSN
Middletown Public Schools COVID Coordinator
Picture Retake Day
December 7th is picture retake day.

If your child needs to have a picture retake please email Mrs. Farinha (vfarinha@mpsri.net) to let her know and please send any picture packages into school. All previously ordered pictures must be returned before a new picture can be taken. On December 7th, the same picture package will be ordered when the new picture is taken.

Students that missed picture day will also have their picture taken on this day. Please email glaoffice@mpsri.net with any questions.
IMPORTANT PTG NEWS:
Fundraiser Order pick-ups
If you ordered fundraiser items and did not pick them up on Friday afternoon please reach out to Nicole Sams (PTGPresident@outlook.com) to schedule your pick up.
Popcorn Thursday's

Popcorn Thursday's will be starting at GLA in December! We need parent volunteers to make this happen. If you are interested in helping with this please sign up below. We will be providing families more information about popcorn Thursday's soon!

If you have not signed up to be a volunteer and need more information please contact the main office for the application packet.
Outdoor recess
As the weather gets colder, please be sure to send students to school with jackets, hats, etc. for outdoor recess. Students will be going outdoors as much as possible.
A Note from Nurse Phillips
In order for medication to be dispensed to a student, the form below must be completed by a Parent/Guardian.

This form will be in lieu of a telephone call each time the student requires such medication while enrolled at Gaudet Middle School and Learning Academy. It is understood that parents will be notified if the request for medication becomes excessive.

Please signify your approval that the School Nurse may administer medication per School Physicians Standing Orders for minor complaints.

Administration of any other medication in school requires completion of a different form or a note from student's prescriber providing authorization.

Please contact the school nurse, Nina Phillips at 401-846-6395 or nphillips@mpsri.net if you have any questions.
Quarantined Students
Important reminder...

If a student is quarantined due to being a close contact at school, asynchronous work will be provided to them via Google Classroom. Teachers will check in with students in Grades 4 & 5 at the beginning of the day and end of the day via Google Meets. If needed, office time or tutoring may be arranged with your child's principal.
One Time COVID Attestation Form
Please make sure you have completed the MPS one time attestation form for your child. We will be sending out emails to families that have not completed this form this week. Thank you for your help with this.
Help Needed!!
Gaudet Learning Academy is in need of part time Teacher Assistants.

Please apply at www.schoolspring.com
Job # 3682536
Community News:
A Message from the Middletown Prevention Coalition:
The Middletown Prevention Coalition understands how challenging parenting can be these days especially in the areas of youth mental health, substance use and health/wellness. It’s not easy raising teens and this newsletter is an effort to support our Middletown parents/families. We hope this resource can be a guide for you on your parenting journey.
 
Here’s the link to the November issue: https://www.smore.com/ksdax. This issue focuses on Thanksgiving, a season of gratitude; how to model responsible parental alcohol use during the holidays; and World Kindness Day. Please click to link at the bottom of the newsletter to follow and receive future issues.