Millbury Street Elementary School

To prepare all students to be life-long learners and responsible citizens

Principal's Pen

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Dear MSES Community,

    Just a few reminders and news to note.

    Parent Conference Sign Ups are now available online.  Parent Conferences are scheduled for the day and evening of December 14th. There is no school for students on this date. Report Cards will be sent home of December 6th.

    Family Literacy Night is Wednesday, November 15th! There is no homework assigned for students this night so that families can read together. Please email Mrs. Stocklin pictures of your family’s participation in the event for the Facebook page.

    Many Thanksgivings will be celebrated in the third grade on Tuesday, November 28th. We are thankful for the many volunteers that make this day a possibility and for Sonya Salisbury and Lisa Willardson for coordinating the day.

    Sixth graders will be at Nature’s Classroom the week of December 4 – 8. We are hoping for dry, crisp weather! We have about 25 students who have elected to remain at MSES for the week. Special activities paired with instruction are being planned for their week.

    The week of December 4th-8th is Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code takes place each year during that week. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. MSES will be participating in this event! Mrs. Miller and Mrs Kackley are planning a coding schedule for all 2 – 5 grade classrooms to participate in a coding hour during this week. Sixth graders who will be back at MSES during this week will be assisting with the coding sessions.

    MSES will again be participating in the Pajama Project! New pajamas may be donated by families beginning Wednesday, November 15 through December 8. December 8 will be the school-wide PAJAMA DAY!  Pajamas are distributed to local children and Scholastic Books will donate a new book with every pair of pajamas donated by the MSES community!!

    Second Grade Holiday Choral Concert will be Monday, December 18th at 9:30am in the cafeteria. The band (grades 5 & 6) and choral (grades 4,5 & 6) Winter Concert is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, December 19th at 6:30pm in the high school cafeteria.

    Thanky to the following for serving on the MSES School Advisory Council for the 2017 - 2018 school year - Parents - Cathy Lazo, Katera, Lazeren, Jody Simpson and Diane Silver; Staff - Tracy Estaphan, Kathy Demartini, Heidi Shorr and Michael Tucker.

    I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

    Joanne Stocklin

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    Dear MSES Community,

    Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, December 14th during the day and evening. There is no school for students on this day. Conferences are an essential ingredient to your child’s success in school. Conferences allow the teacher and parent to come together for a collaborative discussion regarding a child’s social and academic development. Consider taking a few moments to prepare for the conference. You may want to jot down a few questions to ask, such as:

    • What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
    • How well is my child able to access the grade level curricula?
    • Is there any additional support I can provide at home for my child to be more successful?
    • Is my child able to work cooperatively with classmates?
    • Are my child’s interactions with peers and adults age appropriate?

    Think about goals you would like your child to accomplish and share these with the teacher as well. Talk with your child to see if there is anything he/she would like you to ask or share with the teacher.  Most importantly, please remember that your child’s teacher is always available to you throughout the school year and welcomes your involvement and support.

    Millbury Street Elementary School is using to make signups as convenient as possible again this year. Please enter the following web address into your browser window: to sign up for a conference with your child’s teacher as well as any specialist.

    If you do not have Internet access, please contact us via phone at (508) 839 – 0757 to schedule a conference.

    Family Literacy Night - November 15th 

    November is Family Literacy Month in the state of Massachusetts!   Each year Millbury Street Elementary School celebrates this month by holding an at home Family Literacy Night. On the evening of Wednesday, November 15, 2017, we invite our families to spend some time together engaged in reading.  Whether sharing a book as a read aloud or everyone settled in together enjoying a good book of their choosing, we would like to have an evening community-wide where the love of reading can be celebrated in the home.

    On this evening there will be no assigned homework for all students in grades 2 through 6,  so the time will be made available for engaging in reading together as a family.  

    I would like to invite you to send to me by email ( a picture of your family reading together.  Please try to send your picture by Friday, November 17th.  I will upload all photos contributed on the school Facebook page in celebration of the evening and as our school community’s recognition of Family Literacy Month.

    Six Flags Read to Succeed Logs

    Students who record six or more hours reading earn a free admission ticket to Six Flags New England. Reading logs were went home on Wednesday, November 8th. Completed reading logs are due back to the school by January 28th. Admission tickets typically arrive to school in late April.

    Movie Night Coming Up! – Friday, September 17 6pm in the MSES cafeteria “Cars” PG 

    November SG-PTO

    The next SG-PTO meeting is Tuesday, November 14th at &pm in the MSES Library

    Important Upcoming Dates

    Thursday, November 9 - School Advisory Council

    Friday, November 10 – Veterans Day Observed – No School

    Tuesday, November 14 - SG-PTO Meeting November 22 - 24 – Thanksgiving Recess

    Friday, November 17 - Movie Night 6pm

    Wednesday, Novemebr 22 - Friday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

    Tuesday, November 28 - Gr 3 Many Thanksgivings - Plimouth Plantation Visit

    December 4 - 8 - Gr 6 Nature's Classroom Trip

    December 6 - Report Cards go home

    December 14 - Parent Conferences Day/Evening - No School for students

    The school office is open from 7:45am – 3:45pm.  Please know that we are here to help.  If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, do not hesitate to contact us.

    Warm regards,

    Joanne Stocklin

    School Banking  

    Millbury Street Elementary School participates in Save for America, the School Savings Program, sponsored by Homefield Credit Union. The voluntary program gives students the opportunity to open and maintain a savings account while at school.  Students will learn the principles of saving, how to manage money, and the importance of investing money for a return.  The Homefield Credit Union will begin new accounts with a $5.00 balance.  Students with new or existing accounts will be allowed to make deposits to their accounts on Wednesday mornings each week. Accounts from both North and South Grafton Elementary will be transferred to Millbury Street Elementary School.

    CARES Certificates

    MSES staff and students can nominate a school community member for a CARES certificate when they have witnessed a deliberate act that exemplifies the core values of: Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-control.  Mrs. Coakley, Mr. Tucker or Mrs. Stocklin presents the certificate to the nominated student in their classroom so everyone can show appreciation for their kind act.  Already this school year we have presented over 45 certificates!

    Lunch Menus

    Lunch menus are no longer being printed for every student. It can be accessed from the web page under Food Services. Families who are in need of a hard copy can request one through their child’s teacher. Free and Reduced lunch forms are available in hard copy from the school office or online.

    Friendly Reminder! Student Morning Drop Off

    Please do not drop children off at the school’s main entrance in the morning. Only buses may use this drive. If your child is being dropped off in the morning please pull into the main parking lot and drop your child off curbside at the side entrance to the building. Please try to have your child hop out of the car on the sidewalk and avoid pulling out from the curb and passing cars that children are exiting. Children may begin to enter the building at 8:10AM. The instructional day begins at 8:25AM. Any child arriving after that time is tardy and must check into to the office with the adult dropping them off. Thank you for your help!

    Reminder - Walking to School Wednesdays now until December and MSES Spirit Wear Days are held the last Friday of every month!


    SG-PTO Web Page

    Fun Run May 2017 Movie

    If your child takes medicine during the school day it needs to be delivered to the school nurses by a parent with the prescription label attached.  
    Parent Pick-up  
    If you will be picking up your child from school you must park your car and enter the building from the large parking lot by the cafeteria.  Parents will be able to enter the building at 2:50pm.  The students are dismissed from the cafeteria by staff on duty.  Please form a line to sign out your child.  Parents are not permitted to enter the cafeteria during parent pick up. If your child will be a regular parent pick up please send in a note the first day of school stating the days you will picking them up.  If you need to place your child on the Parent Pick up List for a specific afternoon please send in a note that morning so we can add them to the sign out sheet.  You may not pick up a child other than your own unless we have written permission of the parent. There is no parking in the fire lane in the front of the school during the school year. Please use the side lots and enter though the main entrance in front of the flagpoles.


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    • Principal: 
      Mrs. Joanne M. Stocklin

      Assistant Principal: 
      Mrs. Mary Coakley 

      Assistant Principal: 
      Mr. Michael Tucker 

      Administrative Secretary:
      Ms. Lisa Wise

      Administrative Secretary:
      Mrs. AnneMarie Balogh de Galantha

      105 Millbury Street
      Grafton, MA 01519

      Phone: 508-839-0757
      Fax: 508-839-7458

      Hours: 8:25 am - 2:55pm 
      Early Release Dismissal: 11:25 am

      About MSES:  Millbury Street Elementary School is a collaborative community of learners. Here at MSES, we promote academic success and help to develop responsible citizens in an inclusive environment. With adult support, students learn to be accountable in both academic and social situations. Our expectations empower children and staff to recognize, respect and celebrate individual talents and abilities. Technology is integral to our learning, sharing, and communicating. Learning together at MSES is challenging, interactive, fun, and exciting!

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