Coat Drive Gets Big Donation

Cooper and Dr. Chris Thornell with the 121 coats delivered to the Office of Beyond School Time.

Cooper and Dr. Chris Thornell with the 121 coats delivered to the Office of Beyond School Time.

Wareham Public Schools thanks Dr. Chris Thornell for a huge donation to the Office of Beyond School Time’s annual coat drive.

Thornell, whose children attend Wareham schools, and his patients at New England Family Chiropractic collected 121 new coats for the drive. The office has been a drop-off point for coats for more than a decade.

“We used to do things for the holidays for needy families,” Thornell explained. “We decided one year that we were going to do a coat drive and it really took off.”

Another view of the coats

Another view of the coats

Thornell and his son, Cooper, delivered the haul — which filled the back of Thornell’s pick-up truck — on Thursday, November 20.

The Office of Beyond School Time continues to collect new and gently-used coats of all sizes. If you or a family member are in need of a coat, stop by the office, located on the second floor of the Multi-Service Center (48 Marion Road) on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you cannot make it during that time, call 508-291-3500, ext. 3556 to schedule an appointment.

Thanks again to Dr. Thornell and the patients of New England Family Chiropractic for helping Wareham’s families!

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Nature's Classroom Takes Studies Outdoors

A total of 130 7th-grade Wareham Middle School students spent last week at Nature’s Classroom in Charlton, Mass.

The students explored the outdoors and participated in various lessons and challenges, all environmentally oriented, during the week. Nature’s Classroom truly takes learning outdoors.

Check out the slideshow below for a look at the students’ activities. As you will see, our 7th-graders were able to participate in a smaller version of our “Flag for Every Veteran” project, as they displayed a number of our small American flags at their temporary home for the week.

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Thank You, Veterans

Thanks to the generosity of the many community members who donated to our Flag for Every Veteran project, our Wareham Middle School and High School students were able to place 1,800 flags — one for each of Wareham’s veterans — down Viking Drive on the morning of Monday, November 10, in recognition of Veterans Day.

The flags will be displayed proudly through Veterans Day and will be carefully removed on Wednesday. Smaller displays of flags are displayed at the Minot Forest and Decas elementary schools.

Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood thanks all who assisted Wareham Public Schools with this initiative. Thank you to the community and to all of our veterans.

View the slideshow and video below to see the flags being placed along Viking Drive.

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Hands in the Dirt's Harvest

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The Middle School CARE garden is officially prepared for winter!

Under the instructional leadership of Marie Ferreira and Ann Brown, the Hands In The Dirt Garden Club Students recently harvested the remains of the season’s vegetables and cleaned the garden beds. Students then learned to prepare an organic stir-fry feast from their bounty for a healthy snack.

Great job, students!

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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: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

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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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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