The Winchendon Courier
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Week of March 16 to March 23, 2023

Winchendon Weekly News school newsletter - Thursday, March 16

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Open Kindergarten Registration Starting March 1

Dear Parents:

If you have a child that will be eligible for the 2023-2024 Kindergarten school year, you will need to fill out the registration forms that can be found on our website at www.winchendonk12.ore/o/mes. They are located under the Menu dropdown, Kindergarten Registration. You can download and fill in the forms. Hard copies are also available at Memorial School. Once completed, you will need to return them to Memorial School along with the items listed below. You can do this any number of ways:

  1. Fax: 978-297-3944
  2. Email:
  3. Mail: Memorial School, 32 Elmwood Road, Winchendon, MA 01475
  4. Drop off: In person between the hours of 10 AM - 2 PM
No child will be admitted to Kindergarten without having met the eligibility requirements listed below.


  1. If your child is five (5) years of age by August 31, 2018 (of the forthcoming year), he/she is eligible.
  2. "BIRTH CERTIFICATE"- Original must be brought with you.
  3. PROOF OF RESIDENCY- Current utility bill, or copy oflease.
  6. OF AUGUST. This must include lead screen results. Click here to view and download a list of needed vaccinations.
Each child MUST have a physical examination completed by your physician. A signed printout from your child's doctor's office listing all the required information is also acceptable. Students cannot start school without a completed physical. We recommend calling your physician today to schedule an appointment as it sometimes takes several months to get one.

All completed immunization/examination forms need to be in the School Nurse's Office by Friday, August 25th before your child will be permitted to start school. These forms can be faxed by your doctor to the school at 978-297-3944.

Kindergarten Screening will be conducted, as required by State and Federal school laws. Screenings will be Wednesday, May 31; Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2. You will receive a letter with a sign up link for a screening appointment after you have registered.

We share the excitement of your child entering Kindergarten and look forward to both of you being a part of the Winchendon Public Schools. Please be aware that screenings will take place at Memorial School but your child will be attending Kindergarten at Toy Town School due to the school reconfiguration. We are excited to have you be a part of the first year of our Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten building. Please feel free to call the school at (978) 297-1305, with any questions or concerns you may have.

MWCC Continues Standing as Military Friendly School for 2023-2024 Cycle

Gardner, MA - March 13, 2023 - Mount Wachusett Community College continues its standing as a Military Friendly School for the 2023-2024 Military Friendly Cycle. MWCC Veteran Services were set specifically to address the needs of Veterans transitioning from service member to student. The staff members in MWCCs Veterans Services Office, Director Robert Mayer, and Certifying Official Sarah Savoie work closely with Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families to meet their unique needs and guide them through their academic careers at MWCC.

Director of Veterans Services Office Robert Mayer says, "I believe that MWCC is a very student centric organization. It's not hard for us to go the extra mile for our Veterans. It fits into our overall mission so well."

Some of the benefits MWCCs Veterans Services Office is able to offer to its Veteran Students include priority registration, assistance with enrolling & registering for classes, benefits & financial aid assistance, a textbook loan program, peer touring/mentoring, and referrals to on-and off-campus service providers.

If you have any questions about what types of services Mount Wachusett Community College offers to Veterans please visit

High School Juniors and Seniors Can Earn College Credits and Experience Campus Life this Summer

Regis College is offering high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn six college credits this summer and experience living on a college campus. The university's Summer Scholars Pre-college program includes two college-level courses over a five-week period which includes living in a residence hall for a week and experiencing excursions throughout the Boston area. The program begins on Mon., June 26 and concludes on Fri., July 28.

The courses offered this summer include The Interdependence of Healthcare Professional in the United States and Introduction to Leadership and Management. Both classes are taught by Regis faculty. Four weeks of the classes are offered online with the final week offered in-person. Assignments are designed to be flexible to accommodate students' summer schedules. Upon successful completion of the Summer Scholars program, students earn a certificate of achievement and six college credits.

"Regis College's Summer Scholars program is an excellent and affordable opportunity for students interested in attending college to experience college-level academics and the excitement of living on campus," said Regis Provost Mary Erina Driscoll, Ph.D. "With the understanding that the program is designed for high school students, this pre-college program prepares students for college studies, meet new friends and get a head start on earning college credits. Summer Scholars is an excellent program for students interested in or considering attending college after high school."

During the in-person phase of the program, students will enjoy off-campus excursions such as a service trip and visit to Faneuil Hall. On campus programming will include events such as paint night, ice cream socials and other activities.

In addition to the courses, students receive personalized professional and academic advice from industry-leading professors. Students who have participated in the program have discovered new interests, major options, and career paths while beginning to prepare for the college admission process.

"Enrolling in the Summer Scholars pre-college program opened my eyes to all of the components that college has to offer," said Gianna Petkewich '24. "I enrolled in two, three-credit college courses that counted toward the classes I needed to take for my major, so I was already ahead of my college career, academically and socially, from the start. Experiencing the college classroom, dining hall, and campus itself with strangers that turned into wonderful friendships was a confidence boost that college life was for me. Fortunately, my Summer Scholars group was full of amazing people who still keep in touch to this day."

Those interested are invited to apply at no later than Fri., May 12. Applicants must be a rising high school junior or senior by summer 2023. Materials needed for the application process include a high school transcript and letter of recommendation. The program costs include the six college credits, course e-books, room and board, and off-campus guided excursions.

Winchendon Public Schools
"Working Together"
Thaddeus King
Superintendent of Schools
173 Grove Street
Winchendon, MA 01475

Our schools are participating in a federal program available to select schools as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This means that all students attending Winchendon Public Schools are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge throughout the 2022-2023 school year and beyond, regardless of family or household income.

The Community Eligibility Provision runs on a four year cycles and is available to all the students regardless of income in all of the public schools in Winchendon. This helps to increase access to healthy school meals and enhances the integrity of the school meal programs, today and in the future.

One of the benefits of CEP, it alleviates the need for families to submit paperwork for their children to receive school meals, increasing access for eligible students who may fail to submit a household application.

If you have any questions, please contact Winchendon Public Schools Food Services Secretary, Marilyn Murphy at 978-616-3215 or email at


Marilyn Murphy

Information sheet from Chartwells (PDF)