Information About Enterovirus, Ebola

This information is from Commissioner Mitchell Chester and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Almost all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-confirmed cases this year of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection have been among children.  Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.  Many parents continue to be worried about the outbreak and want information about what they can do to prevent illness and protect themselves and their families.  The CDC has developed information and resources for parents about EV-D68.

Below are CDC resources about EV-D68 developed for parents:

Web Feature, “What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68”
Drop-in newsletter article (matte article), “Parents: Learn the Facts about Enterovirus D68”
Fact sheet for parents, “What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68”
General questions and answers for the public
Infographic: Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

As enterovirus season is expected to taper off, flu activity usually begins to increase in October.  While there is not a vaccine to prevent illness from enteroviruses,  the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.  Many resources for parents and others can be found on the CDC flu web site.  CDC recommends that ALL children 6 months old or older get a flu vaccine.

Ebola Information: 
The President has made control of Ebola a top national security priority, and we as a nation have spent more than $100 million fighting this outbreak since the first cases were reported last March in Africa.  Our national health system has the capacity and expertise to quickly detect and contain this disease and is working with states and school districts to ensure the safety of our students and school employees.

The CDC is continually updating its information on Ebola, information that can be found here:

Additional Information:
Ebola FAQ
Talking with Children about Ebola
Recognizing and Reducing Signs of Anxiety in Times of Crisis

Parents: If you have concerns about any of these issues, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school.

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Early Childhood Special Education Screening Dates

Wareham Public Schools will be conducting special education screenings for children ages 3-5 on October 24, viagra 2014, ed January 23, cure 2015, and March 20, 2015.

If you have concerns about your child’s development in the areas of readiness skills, speech and language skills or motor skills, please contact us for an appointment. Appointments may be made by calling Denise Tobin at the Multi-Service Center at 291-3500, ext. 3552. The screening appointments will be held at Minot Forest Elementary at 63 Minot Avenue, Wareham.

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Tell Me Something Good!

Congratulations to Sally Snider, a Wareham Middle School teacher, for being our first Tell Me Something Good honoree! For Tell Me Something Good, Wareham Public Schools faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate a coworker for, well, something good that they’ve done! Both are then recognized in a video. Check out Sally Snider and Bethany Chandler in the video below!

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Readers Become Leaders 5K October 19

ReadersBecomeLeaders5KWareham Middle School and Wareham Pediatrics will host the 11th annual Readers Become Leaders 5K run/walk on Sunday, order October 19.

The race begins at 12 p.m. at Minot Forest Elementary and features costumed readers who entertain the runners and walkers.

There is a $100 cash prize to the top male and female runners, unhealthy prizes to first-place male and female walkers, and division prizes for youngsters to octogenarians.

Proceeds from the event benefit Wareham Middle School students.

To download the registration form, click here. Registration can also be completed online at

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Community Academy Course Offerings

The Office of Beyond School Time is excited to announce course offerings for its fall Community Academy!

Art/Craft Classes:
Scrapbooking Through the Seasons
Over the course of the six weeks, hospital cheap you will cover a variety of themes, cialis such as Back to School, The Holidays, Summer, Camping and more! The class is $75 and you receive supplies and instruction to make a 2 page, 12 x 12 layout each Wednesday night and then have some free time to scrap a project of your choice, getting and giving creative inspiration to others! If there is a class you cannot attend, you will still receive the kit the following week.
Dates: Six Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m.~10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22 10/29 & 11/5 Instructor, Ilona Camphina Fee: $75

Upcycled Creations
Participants will use their imagination to create beautiful and functional pieces of art from recycled/natural materials. Some examples are bottle top art, natural wind chimes, flowers and chalk bottle vases, painting on canvas, painted mason jars, chalk boards and upcycled mosaic picture frames. Participants should bring in an object they would like to upcycle. A variety of art supplies and materials will be available for use on your creation.
Dates: Six Mondays 6:00-8:00 p.m.~ 10/6, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 & 11/17 Instructor: Christina Kunze Fee: $75

Fitness/Wellness Classes:
Our classes welcome everyone, regardless of fitness level, or yoga experience. Please talk with us if you have any questions, or physical limitations. Please remember, it’s YOUR practice — your best teacher resides within you. We ask you to listen to your body and adjust your practice to fit your needs. Please bring a yoga mat , a towel and a bottle of water.
Dates: Six Tuesdays 6:00-7:15 p.m. ~ 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 & 11/18 Instructor, Beth McLachlan Fee: $50

Running for Couch Potatoes
Based on a popular program, this class is designed for beginners to gradually build up their running ability to be able to run 5K without stopping. The pace of this beginner’s running plan has been tried and tested by thousands of new runners! Structure is important for motivation. This class will provide structure, motivation and accountability to keep you going. The instructor will also offer expert advice to get you started on a running plan, including what to wear, warming up and nutrition.
Dates: Six Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m.~ 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 & 11/18 Instructor, Nikki Lennon Fee: $40

Literacy Classes:
Sensory Fun to Boost Reading & Writing Skills
Research proves the single most important thing you can do to help your child in school is read to them (Hart & Risley, 1995) This lively and interactive course will cover best practices and techniques in promoting and providing a literacy-rich environment for young children using multi-sensory methods. (This course will count for up to 15 PDPs for educators!)
Dates: Six Mondays 6:00-8:00 p.m.~ 10/6, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 & 11/17 Instructor, Kelly Burke Fee: $75

7 Keys to Reading for Meaning, and You Hold Them All!
Are you wondering how to help your child “get it” when he or she) reads? If you are, and you want to have some specific strategies to help, then this is the workshops for you. Each session will focus on 2-3 “keys” to comprehension that will unlock the meaning of text, and open the door to new ways of thinking, reading and loving the art of learning.
Dates: Six Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m.~ 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 & 11/18 Instructor, Rachel Kuklinski Fee: $75

Monthly Book Club
Love to read? Love to talk? Then let’s get together and talk about our reading. Our first book will be Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd. It is a historical account of the relationship between two girls in Charleston, South Carolina, as they grow up in the 1800’s just as the period of abolition began. One of the girls, Sarah, is the daughter of an aristocratic Southern family. The other is the slave girl, Handful, who was given to Sarah, despite her protests. The book is as fine an example of differing points of view, character development, and sensitivity to cultures, as it is to historical fiction and accuracy. A copy of the first book is included in the class cost. Other books will be decided upon at future meetings .
Dates: This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from October—January & the 4th Wednesday of the month in Feb. & March 6:00-8:00 p.m.~ 10/15, 11/19, 10/17, 1/21, 2/25, 3/25
Instructor, Rachel Kuklinski Fee: $75

Foreign Language Courses:
Introduction to Spanish
This is an introductory class to the Spanish language and culture. This is a beginning class in Spanish which emphasizes oral communication in a variety of topics at a basic level. It covers only that grammar and structure absolutely necessary for speaking. The course is intended for those with no previous knowledge of the Spanish language.
Dates: Six Mondays 6:00-8:00 p.m.~ 10/6, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 & 11/17 Instructor, Ellen Williams Fee: $75

Introduction to Swedish
This is an introductory class to the Swedish language and culture & geography, taught by a native Swedish speaker. This is a beginning class in Swedish which emphasizes oral communication in a variety of topics at a basic level. It covers only that grammar and structure absolutely necessary for speaking. The course is intended for those with no previous knowledge of the Swedish language.
Dates: Six Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m.~ 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22 10/29 & 11/5 Instructor, Katarina Wynne Fee: $75

Please note: Courses will be held at Wareham Middle School, unless stated otherwise. Room assignments will be given out during registration. These courses are open to anyone over the age of 18. A minimum of ten participants is required in order for any course to run. Fees are non-refundable, unless the course is canceled due to lack of enrollment. Class sessions canceled due to inclement weather, instructor illness or building closure shall be made up. Make up classes will be arranged by the instructor.

Registration forms and instructions can be downloaded by clicking here.

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Thank You for Helping 'A Flag for Every Veteran'

townHallFlagLast week, check as we considered how we should honor our town’s veterans during Wareham’s Veterans Day recognition ceremony in November, salve we came up with what I thought was a pretty ambitious plan: A massive display of 1,800 small American flags — one for each of the town’s veterans — in front of our buildings.

As you may have noticed, I am not easily discouraged. It is September. There are still several weeks before Veterans Day. So, we decided, why not try to raise the $550 dollars needed to purchase 1,800 flags?

I’ve never attempted to “crowd-fund” anything, but it seemed worth trying on this community project. If it didn’t work, we could come up with another plan.

On Friday, we set up a GoFundMe page with a description of our project:

What I didn’t expect was the huge way the Wareham community responded.

By Friday evening, we were well on our way to our $550 goal.

By Saturday afternoon, we had met it and surpassed it.

All of it, done, in two days — thanks to our community.

I am humbled and thrilled that we can honor each of our town’s veterans with a flag. I hope they and their families will see this display and know that we truly appreciate their service and sacrifices.

To the community: We thank you profusely for helping us to recognize our veterans in this way. We will keep you all posted as this project progresses!

Thank you,

Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood

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Thanks to Dunkin Donuts and Franklin Flags!

Bob Long of Franklin Flags (left), with Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood and Dunkin Donuts owner Dino Pimental.

Bob Long of Franklin Flags (left), with Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood and Dunkin Donuts owner Dino Pimental.

Each of the Wareham Public Schools buildings are flying brand new American flags, thanks to Franklin Flags and Wareham Dunkin Donuts locations.

Bob Long of Franklin Flags has made sure that each school has a pristine flag to fly since the early 2000s. Long partners with area businesses, who donate the flags. This year, however, he only had to make one stop. Dunkin Donuts owner Dino Pimental agreed to purchase a flag for every school.

“Dunkin Donuts loves to give to the community here,” said Pimental, noting: “How more patriotic can you get than by giving a flag?”

Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood thanked Franklin Flags and Dunkin Donuts for continually ensuring that each of the district’s schools can proudly display the stars and stripes.

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