May 4, 2020 Update

Dear SPS Community,

I hope this email finds you well. I’m also hoping you were able to enjoy some outside time this warm spring weekend. Just a few updates, and sending you a special wish just for today: May the Fourth be with you!

Remote Learning Phase 3. Beginning next Monday, May 11th, we will be moving into Phase Three of our Remote Learning Plan. Phase Three was developed by the administrative team using the guidelines set out by DESE last week, and based on feedback from experiences with Phase Two. A full description will be coming out by mid-week but Phase 3 will contain many of the elements of our current plan which, proudly for Stoughton, already aligned with the new state guidance. Phase 3 will include more clear expectations for the completion of assignments, and a separate document, also coming out shortly, will clarify expectations and grading for High School students.

Bus and Athletic Fees. We will be sending refunds for part or all of fees paid earlier this year for bus and athletic fees. Fully paid Pay and Ride bus families will receive $65 per child, and families who paid for their student to participate in just a Spring sport (not Fall or Winter) will receive a full refund. The business office, through town hall, will be getting checks out soon.

Picking up belongings. Staff pick-up will begin on May 18th and conclude by May 29th. Seniors will be able to pick up their belongings at SHS between May 26 and 29th. K-11th grade students will be able to pick up their belongings beginning June 1st. Principals are organizing pick-up systems (mostly distribution-based) and time slots to ensure social distancing and community safety. Be on the lookout for further information and instructions in the next week or so.

Kindergarten Registration. To get K registration going, we have set up an online form that gives all families of next year’s Kindergartners a chance to start the process. Please go to http://stoughtonkindergarten.com and fill out the short form. A building secretary will then be in touch with you to make an appointment either virtually or (later on) in person.

Super’s Stories at Seven will be Wednesday evening featuring a new story about “imagination!” https://youtu.be/JSs0jhY8oFg

Finally, Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! As I’ve sat in on grade level and school meetings over the last couple of weeks, I continue to be blown away by the caring and dedication of our teachers from Preschool through High School. So many of them have expressed their concern and love for our students and a similar recognition of how challenging a time this has been for all of our families. I thank them as I applaud you all for working together to support our students as best as we can! As a community… we’ve got this Knights!

Thank you.

Dr. Marcus, Superintendent

ps. Even though they are also virtual, the Stoughton Public Library has a lot going on. Check out their latest newsletter.