Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:
A helpful resource for schools and districts working with grandparents (or relative caregivers) who are raising grandchildren (or younger relatives) is the Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, which has a website devoted to education, networking, research, programs and support. The commission will host regional workshops for any grandparents or kinship caregivers this spring, at which the commission will cover topics important to relative caregivers and have representatives from agencies who work with grandparents raising grandchildren. For questions on the commission or to register for a regional workshop, contact Colleen Pritoni at email@example.com
- 5:30-8:00 p.m. March 29: Quincy Family Resource Center
- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.April 4: Haverhill YMCA
- 5:30-8:00 p.m. April 30: The Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield
- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 24: Athol Senior Center
- 5:30-8:00 p.m. May 30: YMCA Camp Lyndon in Sandwich
Please join me in congratulating Mr. Rose and 9 Doering School students for being invited to perform in Boston this past weekend for the All State Choral Conference. This is an honor to represent our school and the Agawam community at the state level! Next up for band and chorus students is the Junior Western District Festival taking place at the UMASS Fine Arts Center on March 17th. Congratulations to those 5 students representing us at the Western Mass level! Doering staff is currently preparing to instruct our students using the new Standard Response Protocol (SRP) to handle incidents. The goal of this instruction is to ensure that all students and staff are using shared SRP terminology consistently throughout the district. Individual classroom training in SRP will begin March 19th during PE classes. To prepare for the upcoming Big E Bridge construction project beginning this Spring, Safe Walks, an agency from Boston, will be doing a presentation to all students and staff centered around safe navigation in and around construction sites. This presentation will occur on March 12th, followed by a walking trip during PE in April with Safe Walks staff. I hope you enjoy the peace and beauty of the Spring season upon us!
Mrs. Susan Federico
Spring Book Fair March 19th - 26th
It will be a much larger Book Fair than the Fall Book Fair! Students will shop during their regularly scheduled library class, and may pay for their purchases with cash or check (made out to the Roberta G. Doering School). Parents, family & friends are invited to shop using cash, checks, MasterCard or Visa at our Book Fair’s Family Night from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st. This special evening event coincides with our PTO’s very fun Candy Shop Social which will be taking place in our cafeteria at the same time. Parent/Teacher conferences will also be going on that evening. You definitely don’t want to miss this very special evening. Every purchase from the book fair benefits our wonderful school library. See you there!
Mrs. Wylde, Librarian
MARCH 15, 2018
Available to the first 100 6th Graders!
Sign up for a night of fun!
Students will participate in five fun-filled stations—PE, Music, Computers and Art. Must have a signed permission slip to participate.
More information to come home.
The Roberta G. Doering School is selling
“It’s an Agawam Thing” Apparel!
Please fill out this form and return with a check made payable to: DOERING School PTO Please return to the DOERING MAIN OFFICE by MARCH 29, 2018. $5- dollars from every sweatshirt purchased will be donated to Wreaths Across America.
Due to the recent snow days, we will be adjusting the term closing date as follows:
Term will close: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Report Cards will go out: Monday, February 5, 2018
The New Term will begin on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
5th Grade ELA—Apr. 3 & 4 (Tues./Wed.)
6th Grade ELA—Apr. 11 & 12 (Wed./Thurs.)
6th Grade Math—May 1 & 2 ( Tues./Wed.)
5th Grade Math—May 3 & 4 (Thurs./Fri.)
5th Grade Science - May 10 & 11 (Thurs./Fri.)
Doering Students Rubik's Cube Competition
Last May, the Roberta G. Doering School held it’s second Rubik’s Cube Competition. The competition is promoted by YouCanDoTheCube.com which sponsors competitions around the state, as well as, nationwide. Students work as fast as they can to solve a 3X3 Rubik’s Cube individually and work in teams of eight to solve 25 cubes. The times were compiled this year and many of our students earned top spots statewide and nationwide!
In division 1 (grades K-5), six students from Roberta G. Doering School placed in the top 20 statewide with five of them placing in the top 10. The students, times and placements are: Jason Kendall, 48:09, 3rd; Vinny Rodier, 49.15, 4th; Joshua Kipp, 52.76, 5th; Gabe Rua, 53.80, 6th, Coleman Bradlee, 58.81, 9th and Nick Finley, 1:18:37, 17th.
Many of these students learned to solve the cube only a few months before the competition. Then they formed teams to work on solving 25 cubes as fast as possible. Statewide the division 2 Agawam Junior High and Roberta G. Doering teams placed 6th and 7th with a times of 4:08:62 and 4:10:77 respectively and nationally placed 85th and 87th. Division 1 Roberta G. Doering’s team placed 2nd with a time of 7:39:86 and placed 103rd nationwide.
Roberta G. Doering teams were coached by Karen Hotaling and Chuck Gales.
Parent PlusPortal is now active!
The Parents PlusPortal was activated in October. Parents received an email before the October avtivation with log-in information and minor instructions.
If you did NOT receive this email, please contact the school, as it probably means your email info is incorrect.
*Attention Parents - Botvin Lifeskills Parent Survey can be located under the Parents tab.
Breakfast & Lunch Program (click here)
New Student Dropoff and Pickup Plan at Roberta Doering
To ensure the safety of students, in conjunction with the police department, the town engineering department, school department and bus company, the Roberta G. Doering School will be instituting a new student drop off and pick up plan. Starting on the first day of school, all buses will access school grounds through the Town Hall parking lot and stage in the drive on the Town Hall side of the school in the morning and afternoon. The front parking lot will be closed off to all traffic for morning drop off and afternoon pick up. Student drop off will take place by driving down the left hand side drive off Main Street, around the back of the school, then down the Town Hall side drive to the front door where students will exit cars and enter the building. There will be a brief wait on the rear parking lot at 8:19 when buses will enter the Town Hall side drive alongside the school, in 2 phases, to let students off. After buses leave the grounds, student drop off will continue at the Town Hall side front door. Student pick up will occur in the rear of the building on the parking lot. Parents will be able to enter the left hand side drive beginning at 2:30 and stage in lines designated by cones on the rear paved lot. After buses are loaded and leave the school grounds, students will exit the rear of the school on the Town Hall side when they will walk to cars for dismissal. Walkers will also be dismissed after buses leave. Please note that auto traffic should not enter or leave through Town Hall nor should they park at Towne Insurance Agency at the corner of Reed Street. There will be ongoing bridge construction in this area beginning after the Big E. Your cooperation in instituting this plan will will be appreciated as we work to ensure the safety of students, staff and parents.
The students at the Roberta G. Doering School have been extremely fortunate to have a kind, caring, dedicated Student Support Service Staff over the past several years.
The Student Support Service Staff have provided the backbone to a staff that has worked diligently to establish an outstanding school culture. Our motto of Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible has been embraced by students, staff, parents and administration.
Counselors have adopted the Massachusetts Model for School Counseling Programs which helps prepare students to work toward the goals of being college and career ready when they graduate from High School.
Roberta G. Doering School
Ends: 03/21/2018 @ 8:00 pm
Ends: 03/21/2018 @ 8:00 pm
Roberta G. Doering School
68 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001