September 3, 2023

Announcements


  • Dates and Times
  • Support Douglas by Volunteering!
  • School Picture Day: Friday September 15th
  • It's Time for the Douglas Directory!
  • Douglas Back to School Night: Tuesday September 19th
  • Walk for Peace: Wednesday September 20th
  • Join Us for the first 2023-2024 PTO Meeting
  • You're Invited to a Parent's Night Out
  • Thank You from the PTO



Reminders


  • ABSRD Transportation Update
  • From the Health Office





ANNOUNCEMENTS



Dates and Times:


  • Monday September 4th: No school Labor Day



  • Friday September 15th: School Picture Day


  • Tuesday September 19th: Back to School Night/Open House


  • Wednesday September 20th: Walk for Peace


  • Friday September 22nd: Last day for the Douglas Directory
  • Deadline to RSVP for Parent's Night Out


  • Monday September 25th: No School, Yom Kippur


  • Wednesday September 27th: First General PTO Meeting @ 7pm via ZOOM


  • Thursday October 5th: Parent's Night Out


Support Douglas by Volunteering!

  

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER THIS SCHOOL YEAR


Fill out this brief form to get active and help to enrich our students’ learning experiences, support our dedicated staff and organize community events this year! The form will be open until September 30th. Stop by the PTO table on Back to School Night to get your CORI completed! See below for more info.



Acton-Boxborough requires any adult who comes into contact with children at school events (volunteering at school, field trips, Douglas Day, Library volunteering, etc.) to have a valid CORI form and a photo ID on file with the district office. Please see instructions below outlining the CORI process for new volunteers or expired CORI's:

  • Bring your driver's license or passport to the Douglas School Office, along with a completed CORI form. You may email a completed digital copy of the form to [email protected] or bring a copy when you bring your identification to school. Identification must be presented in person.
  • Please note it can take up to two weeks for the approval process to be completed.
  • If you have any questions, please call or email Sharen Crooks ([email protected]) or Laurie Maylander ([email protected]) in the Douglas office @978-266-2560





School Picture Day: Friday September 15th

  

Mark your calendars for School Picture Day scheduled for 9/15 with Coffee Pond Photography! Hopefully the weather holds and we get another year with beautiful outdoor photos! Photos will happen rain or shine with a retake day of 11/7. 


Orders can be placed through coffeepond.com or through the order form that will be sent home. Every child will have their photo taken regardless of order status and all students will receive a complimentary copy of their class photo. Confidential financial assistance is available for photo packages; please contact Mr. Wolpe [email protected] or Mrs. Bonnell [email protected] directly. 


Questions?

Reach out to Rhona Murray at [email protected]





It's Time for the Douglas Directory!

  

The Douglas Directory provides valuable school and community information including class lists, family contact info, and even a list of 6th graders willing to provide babysitting services!


The directory will be available digitally to all members of our community with password-protected access through PowerSchool. For those who prefer the traditional printed and bound copy of the directory, you may still purchase copies for $6.00 each on the PTO website (http://douglasschoolpto.org/douglas-directory-2/). There will be NO paper order form sent home for directories this year, so please use this link to purchase copies and/or update your contact information.


Even if you do not plan to purchase a printed copy, please take the time to confirm the email address(es) you would like printed in the directory, let us know if your 6th grade student is interested in being a babysitting contact, and alert us to any special instructions about how you would like your family's information to be included. As a note, if you chose to “opt out” of the directory when you updated your preferences in PowerSchool this year, none of your family’s information will be included in this year’s directory. Changes can not be made once the directory has been finalized for printing. Contact Ashley Cook ([email protected]) with any directory updates or questions.

The deadline for updating your information and/or purchasing printed copies of the Directory is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd. We will only be printing the number of copies that are ordered by this deadline.





Douglas Back to School Night: Tuesday September 19th

  

Mark your calendars for Tuesday September 19th from 6pm-8pm for the Douglas Back to School Night. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet your child's teacher, see the classroom, and find out what your child will be learning this year. It’s also a chance to meet our new principal, Mr. Wolpe! 


This is an adult only event. This night is also a great time to get that CORI completed so you can volunteer at school. Bring your ID and stop by the PTO table to get that done.





Walk for Peace: Wednesday September 20th

 

The annual Douglas Walk for Peace is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th. This event is a classic Douglas tradition and is a time when students walk in the name of peace over the boardwalk and enter the neighborhood of Indian Village via Agawam. They do a short loop and come back to the school. During this time they are paired with their book buddy, an older (or younger) student they will work with at times throughout the year. An email will be sent with an electronic Permission Slip for the event. Please watch your email so that your child(ren) may participate!






Join us for the first 2023-2024 PTO Meeting:

Wednesday September 27th

 

The Douglas Community is invited to join us via zoom for our PTO General Meeting on September 27th @7pm-8pm. Link to follow. We are excited to have our new Principal, Larry Wolpe and Assistant Principal, Lizbeth Feliciano on the call to give us updates on how the first month back to school went! Feel free to ask questions during the zoom or send them to us in advance at [email protected].





You're Invited to a Parent's Night Out

  

The kids are back at school so let’s PARTY! Parents and Caregivers of Douglas students are invited to a night out at Rapscallion on Thursday, October 5th from 7-10pm. Free unlimited appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be open with drinks for purchase. Book those babysitters, this is an adult only event!


RSVP by: Friday, September 22nd (headcount needed) RSVP here: https://forms.gle/2YFY433SzCbBFrPC9


Address: Rapscallion Table & Tap, 5 Strawberry Hill Rd, Acton, MA 01720

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023

Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm

*Rain or shine*


This event is made possible by the donations of our community. Please consider making a donation during our annual appeal in October or anytime on our website here: Donate Now - Douglas School PTO. Thank you!





Thank You from the PTO

  

We are so grateful to Douglas Mom, Michelle Kenney at The Lighter Home for her amazing organizing skills in getting the PTO ready for all of this year’s events! Our supplies were all over the place and she got us fit into two storage cabinets with room to spare. If you’re looking to get a space in your home organized, she’s the one to call! 


Thank you to Cucurbit Farm for their donation of the potted flowers in front of the school!





REMINDERS



ABRSD Transportation Update


Two ways to find your student's bus routes & schedules: download the PDFs or use the InfoFinder tool. Click InfoFinder Bus Schedules then enter your street address and zip code, choose your child's grade level or school and click Search to find your child's bus information. See the district website for more information. 


If you need to speak to someone urgently please call 978-264-4700 ext. 17501. For less urgent issues email the AB Transportation Department at [email protected]






From the Health Office


We had a great first week at Douglas! As a reminder, two nurses are on duty daily in our shared health office space located on the first floor, RM 148. Children from Douglas School, Gates School, Pre- K and CASE classrooms visit the Health Office.  

 

We encourage families to let us know if your child needs monitoring while recovering from an illness, post procedure or while experiencing a recent injury or after a hospital visit. The link for attendance at school is under Family/ Health and Nursing on the district website.   

 

Douglas nurse schedule


Diann Oster BSN, RN NCSN - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 

978-266-2560 extension 23148 

Email: [email protected] 

Website: AB Health and Nursing

 

Kimberly Powers, RN - Tuesday 

978-266-2560 extension 23148 

Email:  [email protected] 

Website: AB Health and Nursing




Questions?


Contact PTO Co-Chairs Mary Georgilas & Tracy Walton at [email protected]

Douglas Resources: https://linktr.ee/DouglasSchool 

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