JGW Family Memo 11/9

Hello JGW Community,

Reminders: No school: Friday Nov. 10th (Veterans Day)

Annual JGW Thanksgiving Dinner:  JGW Thanksgiving Feast Invite.pdf

Dear Families,

We are excited to invite you to this year’s Thanksgiving Feast! Join us on Wednesday, November 15th from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  It will be a wonderful community event and we look forward to spending the evening with you and your family to share a meal, fun activities, and more

Some highlights of the evening include a

-Complimentary Dinner

-Movie in the gym

-Kids activities and crafts

-Raffles, Scholastic Book Fair and more!

-Enjoy our gently used gift item and coats for the taking

To help us plan for the event, we appreciate any indication you can give of your plans to attend, by completing this https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeItLZ1NiwLnPBHQQlBppdrJ-JqNZcT3CBWLqP-ibtXO3dZCw/viewform  We hope to see you there!

Holiday Craft Fair: Saturday December 2nd 10am-2pm in the JGW gym. Admission is free. Holiday Craft Fair Flyer (1).png

Spirit Week: November 20th – November 22nd

Monday November 20th- Crazy Hat Day

Tuesday November 21st-  Pajama Day

Wednesday November 22nd-  Green and White Day- Any scholar wearing green and white or Poet Swag gets five STAR Points

Haverhill Promise, the city’s grade level reading campaign, is excited to present the film The Right to Read on November 13th at 6:00PM at HC Media at Harbor Place. This eye-opening 2023 documentary by Jenny Mackenzie and executive produced by “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton addresses the literacy crisis across the nation. Come learn more through this passionate film and enjoy free snacks and refreshments.

Nationally, and in Haverhill, we are seeing students continue to struggle with reading. Research reveals alarming statistics: a significant percentage of children in our community struggle with basic reading proficiency, while an even larger percentage fall below grade level. These challenges disproportionately affect children from low-income families, further exacerbating the problem.

The Right to Read depicts the compelling story of an activist, a teacher, and two American families who are tirelessly fighting to ensure our youngest generation receives the essential foundation for lifelong success: the ability to read. It unravels the dire consequences children face when they lack this crucial skill, including increased risks of incarceration, homelessness, and unemployment.

Following the screening of The Right to Read, we have a dynamic panel discussion to explore how we can tackle and are addressing this issue in Haverhill. Panelists include:

  • Andy Vargas, Massachusetts State Representative
  • Dr. Margaret Marotta, Superintendent of Haverhill Public Schools
  • Tracy Fuller, Executive Director of the Haverhill YMCA

There is no charge for this event but we encourage you to get tickets prior to the event, though walk-ins will be allowed space permitting. Link to event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-right-to-read-documentary-and-panel-discussion-tickets-740257067817?aff=oddtdtcreator

Ski Club sign ups are happening now. Please see Ms. Backstrom in Room 1 for a sign up packet. Sign ups will be open Until November 10th. Ski Club will begin the week of January 5th. Email Ms Backstrom jamie.backstrom@haverhill-ps.org

November Important Dates:

November 10th: No School: Veterans Day

November 15th: JGW Thanksgiving Dinner 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

November 22nd: Half Day: Pep Rally

November 23 and 24th: Thanksgiving Break

November 29th: Half Day

Have a great weekend!

Matt Condon