Dewing Faculty Changes in the New Year

The Dewing School has two pieces of good news to share.
First, we are happy to announce that Mrs. Sarah Yore will become an elementary mathematics coach for the Tewksbury Public Schools, serving the Dewing (who loves her best), Heath Brook, North Street and Trahan schools. She will join Heidi Reinhart, Michelle Dick, Lisa Bailey and STEM Director Jason Stamp at Center School in January, after completing term 2 grades for her students.
Our second piece of good news is that Mrs. Joanne Garvey has been hired to replace Mrs. Yore as the classroom teacher for homeroom B7. Mrs. Garvey currently serves the Tewksbury district half-time as a teacher for English Language Learners, having worked in Tewksbury since 2015. Before that she served Lynn Public Schools as a curriculum supervisor and 3rd grade teacher, then five years as a 1st grade teacher for Lawrence Public Schools.
Mrs. Garvey will join the Dewing full time on January 2nd. The first two weeks of the year she’ll be leading ACCESS testing for our ELLs (English Language Learners), then will join Mrs. Yore in B7 just after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Each teacher will then solo in her new assignment beginning January 22nd.
We are fortunate to have such talented educators working for this community.

Sofia Rossetti Dewing Principal for the Day

Dewing Elementary School‘s Principal for December 18th was Miss Sofia Rossetti.
Thanks to her parents’ donation to the Tewksbury Education Foundation (with a silent auction bid), Sofia led the school’s morning announcements, visited classrooms, invited two friends and her brother to lunch in the office, introduced Ms. Bridgford at the opening of our school music concert (parent concerts are Tuesday), delivered school supplies to teachers, greeted friends, teachers and students in the hallway, and led dismissal. She decided that the principal’s walkie talkie was a bit heavy after a while and gave it to her assistant (me) to hold. She was gracious, kind, and smart.   Nicely done, Miss Sofia!

Dewing Families turn out for PAC McTeacher Night

Dewing Staff members were all smiles as they greeted Dewing students and their families at PAC Dine-Out night at the McDonald’s near Oakdale Plaza on November 6th.

Many thanks to Robyn Hakala, Mary Lazzara, Heather Grace, Denise Sokolowski, Joanne Garvey, Cheryl Barnes, Joanne Evangelista, Stacey Finnegan, Ann Mary Theisen, Amanda Reardon, Teresa Molea, Sarah Gillotte, Amanda McCarthy, Shelley Wrobel, Sarah Yore, Beth Daley and Jan Fuller.


Treats for Troops

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Good morning Dewing families,

We are fortunate to have complete power and a facility ready for our staff and students to return to this morning.

Our friends and colleagues at the Heath Brook School are not as lucky.  There is still no power at that school.

We have made the decision to combine classes with the folks at Heath Brook today.  Their staff and students will be arriving by bus shortly after the start to the school day, and will remain with us for the day, or until power is restored at the Heath Brook, whichever comes first.  Almost all K, 1, and 2 classrooms will share their space with a class and teacher from Heath Brook.  We’ve adjusted our master schedule, including lunches and recess (thank goodness we can go outside to play!), plus specialists.

It’s going to be a bit cozy, so we’ve decided to postpone K – 2 Halloween celebrations until tomorrow (hoping that our Heath Brook colleagues and friends will be back at their school by then). I apologize to the disruption to the schedules of parents who were planning to come to the Dewing today – I’m trying to simplify things as much as possible.

Please be patient with us, as some of our routines are bound to be changed a bit today.  It may take us a bit more time to respond – but together we will make a fun memory for our children.



Tewksbury Youth Lacrosse

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Safety Drill successful

Tewksbury Fire Department conducted the first fire/evacuation drill of the year this morning at the Dewing.  All students and teachers did a wonderful job being safe, and we got an ‘A’ for our good work.

Weekly Update 10/10/15

Happy Columbus Day Weekend!

I hope everyone has been enjoying these nice Fall-like days!


Ok Moms and Dads, we understand that drop off and pick up at the Dewing can be stressful but PLEASE keep in mind that you still need to follow basic rules of the road. In the morning, you are not allowed into the main circle area from 8:25 – 8:45 to allow for the busses to drop the students off.

  1. When the buses or vans have their lights flashing and the stop sign is out, you CANNOT pass them. It is the LAW! You can and will be fined.
  2. the speed limit is S-L-O-W, slow! When the bus pulls in the stop sign and shuts off the lights, it does not indicate the start of the Indy 500. Your child and their friends go to the school, please take care. Allow the busses and vans to get out of school.
  3. Pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way. Parents, children and staff all need to get into the school and you need to drive with caution.

Please keep your eyes on the road! Thank you!! Any questions, please contact Mrs. Fuller or Mrs. Gerrish.

The cooler temps are coming so please LABEL your child’s jackets, sweatshirts or any other clothing that they may take off during recess. So many items go unclaimed each year. We will be donating any left items to Cradles to Crayons in January and then again at the end of the year. You will have plenty of time to come into school to reclaim items. Labeling is your best way to get back what is yours! I just saw the Dewing Lost & Found bin in the lobby on Friday and it’s getting full. GO CLAIM YOUR GOODS!!!


Please follow us on Facebook at Friends of LF Dewing Elementary School, Principal Terry Gerrish and Dewing Elementary School. These pages will keep you updated with everything you need to know.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Library: This signup genius has been created with the days/times that your child’s class goes to the library. Please use this signup to volunteer for your child’s class as well as any other classes that might need help. Library Sign Up

You will need to have a CORI form submitted to the office before you can volunteer for library. Please come into the library 15 minutes before your scheduled time so Kim can teach you how to use the system if you’re not familiar. As of right now, Mrs. MacLeod, Mrs. Hirtle and Ms. Daley do not have volunteers. Please help out if you can.

Walk-a-Thon: You can still register! October 18th is our 7th Annual Walk for Education (Walk-a-thon). The registration forms and flyer are attached. You don’t want to miss this event. It is fun for the whole family! You can register up through the day of the event but we cannot guarantee a tshirt. So far, we have 151 registered walkers!! Please sign up to volunteer to help us run this awesome event. No matter where you’re volunteering, you can see your children on the track!



Monday, October 12th: No School – Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 13th: Deadline to order the Providence Bruins Tickets for November 1st

Thursday, October 14th, 21st, 28th: Dine Out Night to Skewers 4pm-9pm

Friday, October 16th: Deadline to order MVP Gift Cards (see below)

Sunday, October 18th: 7th Annual Walk for Education 10am – 2pm

Friday, October 30th: Trunk or Treat at the Dewing

What’s Happening?

Walk for Education (Walk-a-thon) – This event is happening on Sunday, October 18th from 10am – 2pm at the Tewksbury High School Track. This is a great event to get together as a community and have a great time. The students (and parents if they want to) walk the track while playing games and talking with other families.  All are welcome and we encourage you to sign up and walk. The Sign Up Genius for volunteers has been posted on FB. We have some fantastic prizes ready to be given out! Prizes include passes to Wamesit Lanes (will be opening soon), Passes to New England Aquarium, passes to The Butterfly Place, iTunes gift card, Game Stop Gift cards, Fandango gift card, and so much more! Get those pledges ready to hand in. Tshirts will go home this week.

MVP Gift Cards : Buy a MVP Game Day Ticket worth $20 for just $17 through this PAC fundraiser supporting both the Dewing/North Street PAC’s. MVP will also make a donation to the PAC’s. Send orders to the schools by October 16th and the Purchased gift cards will come home on November 2nd. Fill in the notice attached and send to school (also sent home in backpacks this week). Each Game Day Ticket includes: A game of Laser Tag, 2 slices of pizza and a soda, 25 tokens for the arcade and they do not expire

Halloween Event: Trunk or Treat is coming to the Dewing! October 30th is the date from 6:30-8pm. If you don’t know what this is, it’s very simple. We will have a maximum of 35 cars who can register to decorate the trunk of their car. You pick a theme (we’ll ask for no repeat of themes) and have fun with it. You will hand out candy or trinkets to our Dewing trick-or-treaters. The entire Dewing School can participate but only 35 cars can register. More details will be coming out soon. Register early so you can get the theme you want! Multiple families can decorate a single car! So far, we have 14 cards registered. Don’t miss out!

Dewing Day with the Providence Bruins – Sunday, November 1st at 3:05pm. We have been invited to have some fun at the Providence Bruins game on November 1st. It is $20 per ticket and each child going will receive a P Bruins hat, popcorn and drink. Please submit your registration by October 12th. Flyer attached.

Community Corner: (This is for anything else happening in the community that we think you should know about.)

“A Child Identification Program (CHIP) is being offered on Saturday, October 17, 2015, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, at the Tewksbury Masonic Lodge, 70 Victor Drive, Tewksbury.

In case of an emergency scenario, having your fingerprints, or DNA could help locate you.  Come down and get your DNA samples!  This program is being facilitated by James Catyb of Boy Scout Troop 41 as his Eagle Scout Project.”

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