Thursday, April 14, 2022
Dear Watertown Public Schools Faculty and Families,
What better way to start the weekend with painted Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies! As we move into April break, I wish you all a well deserved rest. Enjoy the warm weather with friends and family! Thank you to all of our WPS employees who engaged in several professional learning experiences this afternoon.
Staying Healthy During Travel
If you find yourself traveling over the break, Internationally or locally, we encourage everyone to follow the suggestions below:
- Continue to utilize as many mitigation strategies while traveling regardless of whether the policies and procedures in place at your destination mandate them.
- Before travel, review the current DPH and CDC recommendations for travel during COVID-19 and be sure to plan sufficient time for any necessary actions.
- Follow DPH and CDC best-practice for testing and quarantining if you begin symptoms or become Covid positive.
Spring Break Food Boxes
Families who have signed up and received confirmation for a spring break food box will be able to pick up in the back circle at Swift between 3-6PM today. I would like to thank Ms. Doering, Director of Food Services and the Watertown Cafeteria team for their commitment and dedication to the families of our school community.
Have a wonderful Easter and April break,
Useful Information and Happenings
April 14 Early Dismissal Day, PD for Teachers
April 15 - April 24 Good Friday and Spring Break, Schools Closed, Central Office open
April 26 Tri-M Coffee House, WHS, 6PM
April 26 Public Hearing: Town and BOE Budget, 7PM at WHS
April 27 PurpleUp! For Military Kids (April is Military Kids month!)
April 30 Judson PTO Roller Magic Fundraiser
May 12 Early Dismissal Day, PD for Teachers
May 12 District K-12 Art Show at Watertown High School, 5:30-7:00pm
May 20 WHS Prom
May 24 Judson, 5th Grade Chorus and Instrumental Music Concert at WHS
May 26 Senior Scholarships and Awards Night
May 30 Memorial Day Parade
Good Friday and Easter
Tomorrow marks an important day for our Christian and Jewish families. Good Friday is a solemn day for Christians as it marks the end of Holy Week and moves into Easter and Passover celebrations. During this time, members of the Christian community remember the resurrection of Jesus and God’s many miracles. Easter is filled with hope for Christians around the world to spread kindness and joy to all. Lastly, Orthodox Easter falls on April 24, this year.
Passover is a Jewish holiday that kicks off with Seder, a family meal with special rituals. The special Seder meal includes foods that carry symbolic and historic meaning that recount the great Exodus where Israelites were led out of Egypt by Moses. During Passover, a main staple is ‘matzah’ or unleavened bread.
We wish all our Christian and Jewish families a happy Easter and Passover this weekend.
WHS Tri-M Music Honor Society
WHS Tri-M Music Honor Society is hosting a district Coffee House on Tuesday, April 26, 6PM! The event will feature soloists and ensembles from across the Watertown Public Schools district and will be open to the public for viewing.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
“Parents are the leading influence on teenagers’ decisions about drinking”. Here are a few resources for parents who are trying to find the right words to talk with their children about alcohol. Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - April is Alcohol Awareness Month
- Talking with Kids and Teens About Alcohol (Parent Pocket Guide)
- Parent Handbook - Talking with your High Schooler About Alcohol
- Talking with your Middle Schooler About Alcohol
- Power of Parents - Talking to Kids About Alcohol MADD Website
Events from Around the Community
- Parks and Recreation SUMMER 2022 Guide
- Crimestoppers Annual Pasta Dinner Flyer: April 28, 2022- Takeout available!
- Purse Bingo: Designer Purse Bingo Fundraiser flyer which will be held at Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown on Friday, May 6, 2022.
Quote of the Week
“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden”. ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe