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OMS Weekly Update to families

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April 8, 2018

Cradles to Crayons service project

Dear Families,

This week we celebrate our Project 351 Ambassador,  Alina Shkurikhina, and her amazing spring service project.  Every year, OMS nominates one student to represent the Town of Shrewsbury in the Commonwealth’s youth leadership and service program, Project 351.  Alina and her team organized a donation drive for Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization that provides children of Massachusetts and beyond “with the essentials they need to thrive.”   Under Alina’s leadership, the OMS community donated over 2700 items to children in need.

We are grateful to Alina and her team for their hard work and dedication to serving the children of Massachusetts as well as to our community for the outpouring of support for this cause.

Ann M. Jones
Scott Yonker
Anne Koertge


In This Issue

•    Reminder: Monitoring iPad Use
•    SYFS Summer Matters Workshop Series
•    MCAS Spring Testing Dates
•    Events Calendar

Reminder: Monitoring iPad Use
Just a reminder to help us monitor your child’s iPad use.  Please make some time to examine your child’s iPad on a regular basis.  Although we utilize our management system to set limits  non-education games and apps, it’s always a good idea for you to do so as well. For grade 5-9 students, Internet access is filtered using Apple's built-in "Limit Adult Content" filters which applies to  access at school and at home.  However, this is not a fail safe.  We urge you to review this link which provides guidance on using at-home filtering and parental controls for your child’s device.  Please reach to us with your questions and concerns.


SYFS Summer Matters Workshop Series
Transitioning from Elementary School to Middle School can be both exciting and scary….and our kids have feelings about it too! SYFS would like to offer transitioning students that are entering 5th, 6th and 7th grades to join us for a series of workshops.  Topics to be covered will include identifying and managing emotions, communication skills, peer relations/healthy relationships, and making healthy choices.

Friday workshops will take place at SYFS from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm.  The cost is $45.00 per workshop.

•    Week One: 6/29 Self Awareness & Self-Management
•    Week Two: 7/13 Social Awareness and Relationship Management
•    Week Three: 7/20 Responsible Decision Making
•    Week Four: 7/27 Respect for Self and Others

For additional information please visit or email Jennifer Trites, Director of Clinical Services at

MCAS Spring Testing Dates

April 24th Grade 7 ELA Session 1 April 25th

Grade 7 ELA Session 2    

April 26th Grade 8 ELA Session 1     April 27th

Grade 8 ELA Session 2

May 4th Grade 7 Math Session 1     May 7th

Grade 7 Math Session 2

May 8th Grade 8 Math Session 1     May 9th

Grade 8 Math Session 2

May 14th Grade 8 Science Session 1     May 15th Grade 8 Science Session 2
Events Calendar

4/9  - OMS Spirit Week begins
4/9 - PTO Meeting -7:00pm
4/12 - Spanish Field Trip to NYC #1
4/16 - Patriots Day
4/16-20 - April Vacation