View Principal Noonan’s Open House presentation to parents below!
The Office of Beyond School Time is excited to announce course offerings for its fall Community Academy!
Scrapbooking Through the Seasons
Over the course of the six weeks, you will cover a variety of themes, 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
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
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
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.
Our Office of Beyond School Time offers a myriad of programming options for children, http://warehamps.org/home/ssbst/.families, and the community. For an updated list of programming, visit Beyond School Time at
Last week,as we considered how we should honor our town’s veterans during Wareham’s Veterans Day recognition ceremony in November, 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: http://www.gofundme.com/ecvicc.
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!
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
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.
Dear Wareham Public Schools Families:
Preliminary bus routes are available below. Please check the Wareham Courier for a published list.
Changing the grade-levels at our elementary schools have prompted many changes to our elementary bus routes. A number of bus stops have been moved to a main street or intersection in order to keep the average bus route to 30 minutes long. This may cause some students to walk slightly further to their nearest bus stop.
Additionally, [PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FORM FOR THE SHUTTLE]we will be offering a shuttle bus from Minot Forest to Decas Elementary in the morning, and from Decas Elementary to Minot Forest in the afternoon, to allow parents with students at both elementary schools the opportunity to drop off and/or pick up only at Minot Forest. The bus will leave Minot for Decas at 8:10 a.m. The shuttle will arrive from Decas at Minot at approximately 3:05 p.m.
Variances such as pick-ups at day cares, etc., should be addressed at your child’s school. Shuttle forms will also be available at the schools.
If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Transportation Department at 508-291-3574. We will respond to all messages as soon as possible, but by the following working day at the latest.
We expect that these changes will take some getting used to and ask that you please bear with us during the first month of school as everyone gets used to the new routes.
We invite you to submit comments and questions to email@example.com, or via the contact form below the bus routes.
The following are bus routes for the 2014-2015 school year. These routes are still subject to change. This information was updated on Thursday, September 4, at 10:15 a.m.
John W. Decas Elementary
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Minot Forest Elementary
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Wareham Middle & Wareham High
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Wareham Public Schools welcomed students in grades 1 through 12 back to school on Tuesday. We are thrilled to have everyone back! Please see our photo slideshow,below, with images from the Day 1. Remember: Pre-K and Kindergartners start on Wednesday, September 10.
All Wareham Public Schools students will be offered meals for breakfast and lunch,free of charge, during the 2014-2015 school year.
This program,which is available to all students regardless of financial need, is made possible through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It is only offered to communities in which at least 40% of the students enrolled are eligible for free school meals.
Further information regarding this program will be forthcoming.
The following is information about the Before- and After-School CARE Program,which is scheduled to begin during the second week of the 2014-2015 school year. The application can be downloaded by clicking the link before. For more information, contact the Office of Beyond School Time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the days in August wind on down,
I am, Donna Noonan, Principal of Decas School with some important information regarding the start of school.
- School starts for all children in Grades 1 and 2 on September 2, 2014
- School starts for all children in kindergarten on September 10, 2014.
- Doors open at 8:25 am and school starts promptly at 8:35 am. Dismissal is at 2:45 pm.
- Kindergarten letters, Grade 1 and Grade 2 postcards announcing your child’s teacher and classroom number will be mailed to you the week of August 18th.
- Parents of kindergarteners along with child will be invited to attend an orientation meeting with their child’s teacher during the week of September 2nd. Specific appointments will be sent along with the letter. Please make every effort to attend. This is an important time for sharing information and greatly assists us in getting to know your child.
There is a special Decas Family Night happening for all children Grades K-2 and their families on
August 26th from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring your child and see the school. I would love to meet you as your child’s new principal! You may also find your child’s teacher finishing preparations for the school year. Please realize this is not a required evening for teachers and many may have other obligations as they too finish up their summer recess. There will be activities and refreshments.
Wondering about bus routes…
Bus routes will be published in the local newspapers and on the district website the week before school begins. Bus routes are established by your home address. If you need alternate arrangements, you will need to fill out a Bus Variance Form. Request must be consistent for the week – plans cannot vary daily. Requests must be completed by August 19th. These forms are available in the school office. Please know bus variance forms do not carry over from year to year and must be redone each school year. Please help us to ensure your child’s safety by writing a note on the first day to your child’s teacher telling him or her about the variance and the approved drop-off location.
I look forward to a wonderful school year! I am excited and proud to be a part of the Decas School.
See you in September!