Regional School District

Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Principal: Varsha B. Desai Email:
200 Lincoln Street,
Blackstone, MA 01504 School Hours: 8:50 am– 3:00 pm*
Phone: 508-876-0118 *Students can arrive no sooner than 8:45 am Fax: 508-883-0158
Scheduled Early Release Time: 11:50 am
Parent Pick Up: Please arrive 5 minutes before dismissal

August 25, 2015
Monthly Update

Welcome Back! I look forward to meeting all of you and I am excited to be your principal. As you may know, I was the principal at Millville Elementary School for the past 4 years.

Prior to being a principal, I taught preschool, grade 5 math/science, and grade 8 science. I was a pediatric occupational therapist (and still am) for close to twenty years before I became a teacher. Working with children energizes me and my goal is to help each child achieve her/his full potential. I enjoy working collaboratively with staff and parents and welcome your input!

The “complex’ will now be split into two schools – I will be the principal for grades kindergarten through two; Mrs. Brown will be the principal at the Augustine F. Maloney School for grades three through five.

Please feel free to contact me any time during the year if you have any questions or concerns.

~Varsha Desai

Special Thanks

During the summer our custodians (Mr. Sheehan, Mr. Gallagher, and Mr. Scott) have been busy cleaning the school, moving items around the building, and making preparations for the first day of school. In addition, our administrative assistant, Mrs. Lee, has been busy making updates, registering new students, preparing for staff professional development, and sorting the new math program materials.

All of them have worked very hard to have everything “just right” when students return to school. Special thanks to each of them for doing an excellent job over the hot, summer months!

New Staff

Please join me in welcoming the following new staff to our school:

Sara Howell, Special Education teacher for the Pragmatic Learning Center
Kristen Scoville, Grade 2 Long Term Substitute
Katie Ruberti, Occupational Therapist
Tara D’Andrea, Special Education teacher for the Social Emotional Services Class (transferred from MES)
Angela Sheerin- New Art Teacher
Mary Landry- New Library Teacher

Central Office New Staff:

Loretta Braverman- Special Education Director
Wenn Cobb- Business Manager

Resource for Back to School:

Here is a helpful resource to help your child transition from the summer routine to school:

Upcoming Events for (month):

Tuesday, August 25: New Family Tour from 9:00 AM -10:00 AM
Thursday, August 27: Kindergarten Orientation from 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Wednesday, September 2: Student’s First Day
Friday, September 4: No School/Holiday
Monday, September 7: No School/Holiday
Monday, September 14: BEPO Meeting at 6:30 PM
Monday, September 21: JFK Meet the Teacher Night from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Important Information

Report Cards

John F. Kennedy Elementary School follows a trimester schedule for report cards.

Report cards are sent home in your child’s backpack on the following dates for the 2015-2016 school year:

December 18, 2015

April 4, 2016

June 20, 2016 or Last Day of School

Parent Volunteers

Please make sure that your CORI is up to date when you volunteer in school. Our school secretary has the CORI approved volunteer list.

Student Absences

If your child is absent from school, please call us at 508-876-0118 and leave a message before 8:30 AM on the date of absence indicating the reason and teacher’s name. You may leave a voice message after school hours.