Dr. Haughey's December 2019 Newsletter

Happy Holidays

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

I want to begin this newsletter by welcoming the new Director of Food Services, Brianne Pulver, to our leadership team.  Ms. Pulver brings the experience she gained when in a similar role with Sodexo. She replaces Mrs. Paula Caldwell, who moves on to a similar role in Orange County, California.

MSBA Update. December is a month filled with opportunities for parents and community members to learn more about the David Prouty HS Building Project as the HS Building Committee moves forward toward submitting our final documents for module one to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in early January.  The conclusion of "Module One" would not be possible without a successful set of special town meetings held in each community earlier in November.  On behalf of all of us within the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, I cannot thank everyone enough for the overwhelming support and affirmative votes received in the Special Town Meetings held in each community.  Thank you!  So you may remain well informed throughout this MSBA Building Project, I encourage you to review the important and extensive documents on the David Prouty High School Building Project website. The Building Committee meeting dates can be found on the website, as well.

A Season of Giving!  I enjoy sharing how our students, staff and families engage in service projects, and there are many examples that took place in the month of December. Every year our schools take part in a Toys-for-Tots Drive, a district-wide project that makes sure local families and children in need of community support receive Christmas presents.  Our participation makes it possible for many SEBRSD Children and families to receive the answers to their “wishes.”  If you wish to give to our toy drive, please feel free to drop a toy off at any of our elementary schools by Monday, December 16th, 2019.

I want to thank all the students, teachers, staff members, and families who helped lead the wonderful service projects that our schools engage in. As the above examples demonstrate, SEBRSD is a generous community that takes time to remember others, and makes a point of ensuring that our young people are involved in demonstrating kindness and sharing with others.

Special Events in December.  It is time to mark your calendars for special events coming up in the weeks ahead. First is the Wire Village School Movie Night, which is showing The Grinch on Thursday, December 5th, 2019.  Next, East Brookfield Elementary School is hosting the 6th Annual Winter Festival on December 7th, 2019 (9:00a – 2:00p) with over 30 crafters and vendors on hand as well as the Scholastic Book Fair!  This event is out of this world and always a hit for our regional school district and communities served, so get there early… In addition, on Saturday night, December 7th, 2019 beginning at 7:00pm is the Parade of Lights, which last year had many floats, and decorated vehicles and performances taking place throughout the evening.  This event is a definite highlight to our school year and one our faculty, staff, students and their families look forward to… 

Winter Play.  I also want to mention the winter play. We are extremely proud of our student players from the Knox Trail Middle School and David Prouty High School Drama Clubs, who will be performing a “Two Act-Tastrophe!”  Opening Night is Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 7:00pm in the David Prouty High School Auditorium and will take place again on Friday evening at 7:00pm with a final show taking place on Saturday, December 7th, at 3:00pm!  It is great to have these student performances to anticipate.

In closing, I want to take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.  We are on to 2020!  As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District!!  #ChooseSEBRSD #Progress #Unity #Knowledge

Sincerely Yours,

Paul S Haughey, Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools