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April 7, 2019

Dear OMS Families,

This week we begin our new spring sports schedule.  Spring track practice begins at the Oak track with our first meet at home on April 23rd.  Also, our very first EVER Oak baseball and softball games are on Tuesday  Baseball will be played at the Oak fields, but we are still unsure of the location of our softball games.  Hopefully, they will also be at the Oak fields, but due to wet conditions, we may have to relocate to the Maple Street field.   Stay tuned for the final location which will be posted on our website.

Please see below for full game and meet schedules.  We hope to see lots of families, staff, and  students come out to support the teams! 



In This Issue

  • A Message from our Main Office and Nurses
  • Congratulations to the Select Band and Choir
  • OMS Track Team
  • Fair Trade Caravans PTO Fundraiser
  • Overdue Fees or Negative School Lunch Balance
  • SEPAC Reading Goals Workshop
  • 2019 MCAS Testing Dates
  • Summer Enrichment Programs
  • Oak Baseball/Softball Game & Track Meet Schedules
  • Events Calendar
A Message from our Main Office and Nurses
Our main office has seen an increase in the number of students who are bypassing the school nurse and texting parents from personal cell phones to ask that they be picked up because the student isn’t feeling well.
Our policy is that students who are not feeling well will visit the school nurse.  The nurse will assess the child and make a determination about whether or not the child should return to class or be sent home.
While we work hard to manage cell phone access and usage in the school, we are also asking for your help.  Please remind your child that when they are not feeling well, they should go to nurse rather than text you.   If your child does call or text you from school saying that they are not feeling well, please tell them that you need them to go to nurse and that you will need to hear from the nurse if the child is sick enough to be sent home.
Our nurses are here to help students and families and we know parents are busy.  Let’s work together so we can keep students in class and learning as much as possible.

Congratulations to the Select Band and Choir
On Friday and Saturday, our OMS Select Band and Choirs performed at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors  (MICCA) Festival in Westborough and Hopkinton.  Both performance groups won silver medals!   Congratulations to all students, to band director, Mr. Uglialoro and Choir Director, Mr. Clark, and many thanks to all the families who came out to support them!

OMS Track Team
Spring Track practice begins on Monday, April 8th at 3:00pm on the OMS track.  Please visit our Oak Spring Track webpage for complete information and a link to the meet schedule.

PTO Fundraiser:  Fair Trade Caravans  
We are excited to kick-off a fair trade fundraiser to benefit the  Oak and Sherwood Middle Schools. From now through Tuesday, April 16th, you will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of fair trade certified gifts and products and the  Shrewsbury Middle Schools will receive 30% of product sales!

Please go to

  • Log in to our fundraising event with "Participant Code" Shrewsbury to participate in the fundraiser.
  • Fill your shopping cart from the selections of fair trade gifts and cards for Mother's and Father's Day or any day, including jewelry, scarves, children's and men's products, coffee, tea and chocolate
  • Check out and include your Fundraising Representative - the name of your student that will help us get your order to you
  • Order Delivery - All orders will be delivered to Oak or Sherwood Middle School the week by May 8th.

From production to purchase, fair trade is model of ethical, sustainable trade that puts people and planet first, so please share this fundraising opportunity with your friends and family!

Overdue Fees or Negative School Lunch Balance
Parents are reminded that the District will pro-actively block student registration for busing and all other fee or tuition-based programs if your student has a negative School Lunch account or funds due for any fee-based program [Extended School Care, Full-Day Kindergarten, Preschool, Athletics, Student Activity Fee, Music Lessons etc...]

If you are experiencing a job loss or significant decrease in household income, you may apply for Free or Reduced Meals at the weblink below at anytime during the school year.  Eligibility for Free or Reduced Meals is the financial means test that the District uses to either reduce or waive other school-based fees.

SEPAC Reading Goals Workshop
Shrewsbury SEPC is sponsoring a Reading Goals Workshop on Saturday, April 13th from 1:00-3:00pm at the Northborough Library, 34 Main Street.

The workshop is presented by Nancy Duggan, M.Ma, Executive Director o Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts.

For more information, please click HERE

2019 MCAS Testing Dates

Date Test Date Test
April 25th Grade 7 Math Session 1 April 26th

Grade 7 Math Session 2

April 30th Grade 8 Math Session 1 May 1st

Grade 8 Math Session 2

May 6th Grade 8 Science Session 1 May 8th

Grade 8 Science Session 2

Summer Enrichment Programs

The Shrewsbury Public School district is once again offering its popular Summer Enrichment Program for elementary school and middle school students. With hundreds of courses to choose from, there’s something for everyone!  Parents may choose morning, afternoon, or full day programs. Early drop off and extended day options are also available.  Courses run Monday-Thursday during the weeks of June 24th, July 18th, July 15th and July 22nd.   
Registration will open Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00AM.
The course catalog is now available for preview on the website.  You can find more information and the link to the catalogs here:
Elementary School (entering grades PK-4)

Middle School (entering grades 5-8)

Oak Baseball/Softball Game & Track Meet Schedules
Please link to the following websites for complete baseball/softball game schedule and track meet schedule.

Events Calendar

4/8 - Spirit Week Begins - USA Day
4/9 - Spanish Field Trip to NYC
4/9 - Colors for a Cause Day
4/9 - Baseball/Softball Games Begin
4/10 - Wacky Wednesday
4/11 - Team Theme Day
4/12 - Team Color Day
4/15 - Model UN Club Conference 9:30am. (moved from 3/30)
4/15-19 - April Vacation