2020-4-17 Family Update

April 17, 2020

Dear Gill-Montague Families,

Here are some end of the week updates from the school district.

1. Next Monday a state holiday, Patriots Day, and on Tuesday we will follow our recently adopted Monday remote learning schedule.  This means that most teachers will be having meetings with colleagues and planning lessons.  On Wednesday we will resume with the regular Wednesday remote learning schedule.

2. Also, due to the holiday, next week our student remote meal delivery program will distribute on Tuesday and Friday only.  Meals to last in between these days will be provided, so be prepared to receive a lot of food at once!

3. Even though it feels like an uncertain and long way off, we are interested in getting your feedback on our school calendar for next year.  We have a single question survey which you can respond to at this link if you wish to let us know when you would like to see the school year start and end. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/629FV3W  Please answer this question by April 31 if you wish to have the school committee see your response.  Please click the link to access our Draft Calendar.

4. Our kindergarten registration process has begun and to work within our new constraints we have come up with three options for families to register for the fall.

  • Drive-Up Registration -- Families of soon-to-be kindergarten students may come to the school to pick up a registration packet and/or drop off necessary documentation and completed forms. These are Drive-Up sessions only -- families will be asked to remain in their vehicles and a school staff member will assist with the pick-up or drop-off of paperwork.

At Gill Elementary School

Wednesdays -- April 15 and April 22 from 1:00 - 2:00

At Hillcrest Elementary School

Wednesdays -- April 15, April 22 and April 29 from 1:00 - 2:00

Thursdays -- April 16, April 23 and April 30 from 3:00 - 4:00

  • Electronic Registration -- Families can download the Student Registration forms from the Gill-Montague website and fill out the necessary information. Families will then scan and return the completed Student Registration form, along with copies of the student’s birth certificate, proof of residency documents, physical examination records and immunization records via email:registration.kinder@gmrsd.org.
  • Registration by Mail -- Families can obtain the Student Registration forms through the Drive-Up option or through the Gill-Montague Regional School District website at www.gmrsd.org. Families will then complete the Student Registration forms and return them, along with copies of the student’s birth certificate, proof of residency documents, physical examination records and immunization records via U.S. Mail. Our mailing address is Kindergarten Registration, Gill-Montague Public Schools, 35 Crocker Avenue, Turners Falls, MA 01376.

If you have any questions about the Kindergarten Registration process, please contact Sarah Burstein, Hillcrest Principal and GMRSD Early Childhood Coordinator, at 413-863-9526.

Please have a safe and peaceful weekend,

Michael Sullivan, Superintendent of Schools
Gill-Montague Regional School District