A message from Principal Kate Morneau 3/30/2020:
Today, Tatham teachers spent some time at school getting materials needed to plan and teach from home. Tatham is simply not the same without your children. But, the teachers rallied together and made a video...to let you know WE LOVE & MISS YOU! We can’t wait for you to check it out! TATHAM TIGERS - WE MISS YOU VIDEO
If your child needs a chromebook, please reach out to your child’s teacher to let them know, as many of you have already done. Tatham is keeping a list of chromebooks needed to prepare for distribution. Distribution will take place on Wednesday between 11 AM and 1 PM. One per family will be allowed at this time. Similar to how we distributed “learning packets” we will distribute chromebooks. If you have more than one child at the school, please go to the oldest child’s grade level to collect the chromebook on Wednesday between 11 AM and 1 PM.
Finally, our teachers continue to work hard behind the scenes to plan for “Remote Learning.” Please be patient as I work with our teachers to formalize some “norms and best practices” around Remote Learning. I hope to be able to share out these norms and best practices with you soon but definitely before Remote Learning officially launches on Monday, April 13.
Stay well, Tatham Families. Mrs. Kate Morneau
Information/Resources around the Coronavirus can be found at this link (Click on the link on the banner at the top of the District page).
Parent Resources around the Coronavirus can be found at this link.
While "Remote Learning" will officially begin on April 13, please click on these grade level links for educational opportunities for Tatham students.
For more, please visit the teacher websites under STAFF & CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS.
In addition, please feel free to access this document for more links...I continue to add to this document daily.
Medication: Please request medication pick up by e-mailing Cathy Draghetti directly: email@example.com. Feel free to copy me on the request: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions: Parents/Families...Please email me with any questions. If I cannot answer them, I will refer you to the appropriate person. As you can imagine, Tim Connor (Interim Superintendent) is getting inundated with emails. We are all in this together. As I get information, I am updating this website. Thank you!
From the District:
West Side Distance Learning Plan.pdf : Also posted on WSPS.org
Parents/Guardians should look at this document as a District level overarching guide that will be refined at the building and classroom levels. Please feel free to reach out to your child's building principal for any questions or concerns. As I said to the full faculty this morning, do not go into this thinking this will resemble anything like our day to day instruction. This is uncharted waters and as a community, we will continue to try to do the very best for our kids. We have removed as many barriers as possible to ensure the most realistic learning experience we can. Continue to look for more information coming on the Chromebook distribution early this week. I expressed to the faculty this morning to use this unique time to be creative, have fun with lesson designs and be sure we communicate, communicate, communicate!!
Finally, one of our biggest concerns is as the weather begins to warm-up, the desire for our kids to gather will rise. Please continue to talk with your kids about social-distancing, why we need to social-distance and make good and understandably hard decisions (especially for teenagers) to not gather. As a community, we know this will eventually hit us but the more we can stay on point with our practices the better chance we can reduce the impact on our neighbors, friends, families, and community.
Stay safe, we got this!!!
Tim Connor, Interim Superintendent
I am writing with an update on Chromebook Distribution: Please pay strict attention to the directions the principals are providing and have designed to be sure we are practicing social distancing.
Who are the Chromebooks for?
The Chromebooks are being dispersed to families who do not have a device at home for their child to access the internet. If you have a laptop, PC, Ipad or any other device, you are good to go. You do not need a Chromebook specifically for the work being assigned.
How many Chromebooks per family are allowed?
We are starting off with one Chromebook per family to be sure we have enough to go around. If we find that we have extra Chromebook we will offer another wave of distribution.
Which school do I go to if I have kids that attend other more than one school?
Go to the school closest to your home.
How will I know the day and time of the pickup?
Each principal will be sending out a School Messenger later today to indicate their time, date, and process.
Will I need to sign a waiver form accepting the Chromebook and its liability?
Yes, we will need Chromebook's to return to the District. We are asking that you speak with your child about the care of the device.
Governor Baker issued an extension to school closures...until May 4.
1. MCAS Waiver: President Trump waived all federal requirements for standardized testing under federal law. This means states will now vote on whether to apply for the waiver to the USDOE. Stay tuned.
2. Academic Preparation/Planning: The school current work provided to your student(s) is designed to review standards previously learned or enrichment work. This work will not be graded or used in the grading process. The guidance from the state is to focus on skill maintenance and enrichment activities. We are expecting more guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Education should the closure go beyond April 6. I will be meeting with building administration on Monday to continue thinking about educational opportunities for our kids should the closure be extended.
The district has shared this link to the Community Resources Guide - it's a shareable link to the document, so any updates will be viewable in real time. This Guide, as well as a complement of other helpful documents, links and information, is posted on the district's Coronavirus Website (found in the top/banner section of wsps.org).
"After many discussions with State and local public health officials, emergency management officials, and local superintendents, The seven school districts that make up the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative are making the decision to close schools beginning Monday, March 16th through March 27th (now through 4/6 as per Governor Baker).
We want to stress that this closure is not due to a confirmed local case of Covid-19 or any concern with the health and safety of our school buildings. This action is in alignment with Public Health best practices. Primary prevention – comes into play in the pre-disease phase. It is an important step to take before people or the community are exposed. Intervention at this phase will hopefully prevent our students, teachers, and staff from ever becoming infected.
We are at a critical point for this outbreak of Covid-19. This action is a deliberate and proactive step made by all of the LPVEC school districts with a goal to prevent the spread and reduce the number of people who may become infected in our area.
The LPVEC school districts will use all available resources and information throughout the next two weeks to assess this rapidly evolving situation. During that time, we will be providing updates to our families, staff and the greater community.
The teachers and building administrators worked today (3/13/2020) to put activities together to help maintain skills. Obviously, in this situation, things will not be perfect. The mindset from the District and the state is simply providing families with educational opportunities that support maintaining academic skills and not necessarily new content. We are encouraging families to continually visit the WSPS and building based web-sites for on-going district and individual school information.
What about travel?
Good afternoon: Please find the latest updated travel guidance from the Center for Disease Control. Obviously, April is a big travel time for families and we want to be sure you have the latest updates and bans.
Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
Information and Guidance about Global Travel on Cruise Ships, Including River Cruises, due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Recommendations for Clinicians
Recommendations for State and Local Health Departments
For More Information
Did you know Tatham School has a CLIMATE TEAM? The Climate Team facilitated a successful fundraiser, thanks to YOU, to support our mission to support all students at Tatham in a variety of ways. 111 cases of chocolate were SOLD, which means we have thousands of dollars to spend on our Tatham students! THANK YOU!
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
The West Springfield Public Schools supports two research-based teaching approaches: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Responsive Classroom (RC). Both have been shown to effectively sustain a learning environment where everyone respects, learns and grows in a safe and enriching environment.
Tatham School integrates the acronym “L.O.O.P.” into agreed upon behavioral expectations in every school setting. The settings include the cafeteria, playground, bus, hallways, classrooms and bathrooms.
Respecting “L.O.O.P.” means that each of us is responsible to:
Respect Others and
Tatham School Staff recognizes students every day displaying LOOP behaviors. Students who are “in the LOOP” earn both tangible and intangible rewards that are meaningful, celebratory and community building.
The Climate Team Committee
Mrs. Kate Morneau (Principal) / Mr. Eric Doyle (School Adjustment Counselor)
Ms. Caitlin Doyle (ABA Teacher) / Mrs. Amy D’Angelo (Grade 1 Teacher)
Mrs. Maura Cote (Grade 1 Teacher) / Mrs. Melissa Martin (Grade 1 Teacher)
Mrs. Kara Guimond (Grade 2 Teacher) / Mrs. Lisa Towle (Grade 2 Teacher)
Ms. Monica Daena (Grade 4 Teacher) / Ms. Maura Lunney (Grade 5 Teacher)
*The Climate Team works diligently to foster a positive school community by hosting
school spirit days, creating and sharing whole school rules, and
providing resources and incentives to support a respectful school climate.
School Council Voting Members
Mrs. Kate Morneau (Principal)
Mrs. Amy D'Angelo (Grade 1 Teacher)
Mrs. April Prior (Special Education Teacher)
Mrs. Lauren Krok (Parent)
Mrs. Adrienne Latham (Parent)
Mrs. Erin Luchenbill (Parent)
As the seasons change, so does the weather; however, we will continue to go outside whenever possible (so long as the wind chill and/or temperature is not below 25 degrees). Please make sure your child dresses appropriately for outdoor recess. If you need any help outfitting your child with a winter coat, please reach out to our School Adjustment Counselor (email@example.com) or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are happy to help secure a coat for your child.
Click Thought Exchange Results to see your feedback on what annual activities and events you value and what other events you would like to see at Tatham.
Thank you for your particiaption.
Tatham students are saving their money! Westfield Bank comes every Monday to deposit money brought in by students. See photo below.
Thank you to Coach's Ice Cream for sponsoring our BIRTHDAY BOARD!
EACH TATHAM STUDENT WILL RECIEVE A COUPON FOR A FREE MINI SCOOP OF ICE CREAM ON HIS/HER BIRTHDAY! WHAT A SUPPORTIVE LOCAL BUSINESS!
Tatham’s school day begins daily at 8:05 AM. Instruction begins promptly at 8:30 AM. Dismissal begins at 2:45 PM. Attention to attendance and non-interrupted learning time is pivotal to your child’s success as a responsible learner. Please make every effort to schedule appointments for your child either on days off from school or after school. Also, please make every effort to schedule vacations on our scheduled school vacation weeks. You can find this year’s school calendar on the district website, in addition to many other resources.
Important Letter Regarding Closure of Schools 3/16-3/27
03/15/2020 6:31 AM