The Annual Scholastic Book Fair at the Sweetsir and Donaghue schools will begin on Friday, Oct. 31. Students at the schools will visit the book fair during their regularly scheduled library times to view the large selection of reduced price books.

Family nights, where parents and siblings are invited to peruse the books, will be held at both schools. At the Sweetsir School, family night will be on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., while Donaghue School will open the book fair for families on Wednesday, Nov. 5. from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Oct. 29, will be a 90-minute early release day, with a 1:20 p.m. release time at the Donaghue School and 1:30 p.m. dismissal at the Sweetsir School. Morning kindergarten students will attend as usual, while afternoon kindergarteners will have no school.

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The Sweetsir and Donaghue schools have implemented a new volunteer system called Two-Hour Power. The idea is that a parent need only commit to volunteering for two hours over the course of 180 school days. "A lot of parents were hesitant to make a commitment to sign up for volunteering, fearing that it would take too much time," said Tracy Duprey, PTO president. "Helping out just two hours through the whole school year is a much more reasonable goal for busy parents." Duprey indicated that the new Two-Hour Power volunteering commitment has been well received and feedback on the program has been extremely positive.

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Teachers at the elementary schools now have a Wish Wall in the front office of each school, where they can post a list of the supplies they need in the classrooms. According to Duprey, this giving tree suggestion was made at a recent PTO meeting to allow parents, especially those who cannot help out by volunteering in the classroom, to assist by providing supplies. In addition, a listing of volunteer opportunities available at the school is on the Wish Wall is.

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Michelle Pelletier Marshall reports on the Rowley and Merrimac elementary schools. She can be reached at marshallsinmass@comcast.net.

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