Regional School District

Principal's Newsletter

Winter, 2018 Principal Newsletter

Winter, 2018

Dear Families,

JFK Renovation Project Update: Thank you to all of the Blackstone residents who came to the Blackstone Town Meeting on January 24.  The townspeople voted to appropriate $75,000 to allow the project to move to the next phase, the development of schematic designs for repairs and upgrades.  The scope of this project includes replacement of the single pane windows and boiler and ventilation system upgrades.  The Massachusetts School Building Authority will reimburse the town for a significant portion of these repairs.  If approved, the repairs could take place at JFK during the summer months of 2018 and 2019. There are other projects being developed to further upgrade the BMR schools, including further upgrades and repairs here at JFK and more significant repairs and upgrades to the high school.

Upcoming Budget Meetings: On February 8 at 7:00 at the Hartnett Middle School, the School Committee will be meeting to further refine this year’s budget.  The public hearing of the 2018-2019 school Budget will be held on March 8 at 7:00 at the BMR high School Auditorium. These budget meetings are leading up to the town meetings in Blackstone and Millville in May. Please attend these meetings to learn more about the budget process and to have your voice be heard about budget issues. 

Sharing Table; After spending time in our cafeteria, it is very obvious that there is much good food wasted each day.   In response to this, we have recently established a “Share Table” in our cafeteria.  There is a table in each of our cafeterias labelled as the “Share Table”. If students have any unopened, pre-packaged food items that they do not want, they can be placed on the Share Table, for another student to enjoy.  Whole pieces of fruit with a peel, such as bananas or oranges are also acceptable.  Whole pieces of fruit with an edible peel, such as apples and pears are acceptable, however they will be rewashed before being added to the table. Milk and other perishable items will be placed in a temperature controlled cooler. Packaged items that have been opened or various home-made items unfortunately will not be accepted. Students will be able to select items from the share table after they have already consumed their allocated lunches. This program has been underway at the Hartnett Middle School and the Millville Elementary School with much success.  Thank you to Jeanne Sheridan, our food service director, for helping to coordinate this project. 

Lost and Found: Throughout the fall and early winter, we have accumulated many coats, sweatshirts and other items in our lost and found.  They are on hangers in the front hallway, we also have a  box of mittens and other items.  If you have any lost  items, please come and check out our collection of found items!!

Golden Spoon Award Winners: Each month we recognize the classes who demonstrated the best behaviors in our cafeteria by awarding them the Golden Spoon award.  This entitles the classes to enjoy their lunch on the stage and to have the “Golden Spoon” to reside in their class for the month.  The winners for December were Kindergarten -Mrs. Doyle, Grade 1-Mrs. Cote, Grade 2- Mrs. Teixeira. Great job being a positive role model for how to behave in our cafeteria!

Perfect attendance: On Monday January 29, we had reached the half-way point of the school year, the 90th day.  In our school we recently had a brief ceremony to recognize the 9 students who had been in school all 90 days, with no tardies or early dismissals.  Their names are;  Gabrielle Asante, Zackery Barrett, Donovan Beauchamp, Olivia Bogan, Aidan Gilmour, Genevieve Gonyea, Juliana Gonyea, James Thibault and Lorelei Walls.  Congratulations to these students, let’s see if you can make it the entire year with perfect attendance!! 

Spirit Days: Some of our upcoming Spirit Days include:

Feb 14-Wear red for Kindness and Valentine’s day

March Madness:

March 2--Mix it up-Dr. Seuss’ Birthday--Dress up in wild colors, mismatched shoes, different colored socks, etc

March 9 Crazy Hair/Hat Day

March 16- Wear Green for St. Patrick’s Day

March 23-Tie Dye Day

Thank you all for your support during the first half of the school year. I look forward to the second half of the year and all that it brings!! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Steven Tringali

Principal, JFK Elementary