Letter from Mr. Quinn 3/18/20

posted Mar 18, 2020, 10:27 AM by Christen Hutchinson

Hello Clara Barton Families!


As we all navigate these unique times in our world, I hope you and your families are healthy and safe!  The halls of the school are quiet and uneventful.  The children are missed!  Throughout the closure of school, I will do my best to provide updates on a regular basis.  Here are a few things that Mrs. Hutchinson and I would like to share for now--

·         The awesome teaching staff will be in today and tomorrow developing enrichment lessons that will be available on Monday, March 23.  I will be sending a more detailed e-mail at 10:00 a.m. on Monday with that information.  We will have a link on our homepage that you will be able to access.  Stay Tuned!


·         Over the next few weeks the school will be completely shut down as we begin a ‘deep cleaning.’  I realize that some students may have left personal items in the building.  If your child needs something you may come by the school on Friday, March 20, between the hours of 8:00—10:00 a.m.  Please note this will be to pick up personal items only—jackets, lunch bags, a chapter book they are reading, etc.   Mrs. Hutchinson and I will be here to assist you.  We will meet you at the front door.  If you need to pick up medication from the Nurse, Mrs. Schoemer will be in touch with you.


·         Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th through April 7th, our Food Service Department is implementing a “Grab and Go” meal arrangement.  Families with students eighteen years old and younger may arrive at Oxford High School between 8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m., Monday-Friday, to pick up boxed meals.   It is important to note that “Grab and Go” is open to all Oxford Children.



·         I’m sure many questions will arise over the next several weeks.  Mrs. Hutchinson and I will be checking e mail and voice mail every day!  We promise to get back to you with any questions in a timely manner.  Feel free to leave any messages in the schools general mailbox.  The number is 508-987-6066  X0.  


·         Looking for something your child can do?  One suggested activity I would like to encourage—have your child write their teacher a letter!  Yes, a good old fashioned letter. (Do kids even know what a stamp is J )  After meeting with the staff today, they really miss the kids and a piece of mail will brighten their day!  Since the school is closed, please send your letter to the following Oxford address--To: Teacher’s Name, c/o John Quinn - 4 Maple Road, Oxford, MA 01540.   I will check the mail every day and get the letters to the teachers.  They will love this and I will make sure they get their letters.


·         Unsettling times have lots of questions and complicated answers.  We will do our best at Clara Barton to help everyone get through this.  Again, please reach out as needed.  The office staff will be here today, tomorrow and Friday morning if you need us.  Friday at 12:00 p.m. we will be closed.


John Quinn