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New School Year Announcements

August 31, 2020
Letter #1

Robert L. Ford Elementary School

As you may already know, the Lynn Public Schools will begin the 20-21 school year remotely. Remote learning is students engaged in their classes and completing assignments from a remote location, not from inside the school. Although we will be learning remotely, the attendance policy has not changed. It remains the same as in previous years. 

This school year will look very different as we move into teaching and learning. We have adopted a Learning Management System for Lynn Public Schools called"Schoology".  A learning management system is an online application that allows for the administration of educational courses, providing teaching and learning opportunities anytime, from anywhere. Your child will be taught using "Schoology", Monday-Friday, throughout the school day and beyond. "Schoology" can be accessed through a desktop, laptop, or through the web browser on an iPad or tablet. 

Students will access "Schoology" by logging onto:

student’s email address:
stu------@lynnschools.org (6 digit ID# follows stu)

Your child’s 6-digit id# is included in their email address, immediately following stu. If you don’t know your child’s id#, please contact your building principal.  Beginning on September 16th, once they are logged in, their courses will be loaded on this page and they will have access to school updates.  More information will follow including videos with how to login.

Students in grades 3-12 should have already received their district issued loaner laptops at this time. If you have not had this opportunity, please contact your building principal and they will provide dates, times, and locations for pickup. Devices have been ordered for students in grades K-2, we will notify families when those arrive. 

In order to prepare your child for remote learning, we have designated 4 days of online orientation with your child’s teacher as well as 1 day for material/supply pickup at the school.
Please note these important dates for the Ford Elementary School:
September 16th -
September 22nd:
Distribution of materials and supplies from 8:15 - 12:15 PM at Ford School, 49 Hollingsworth Street
September 16th
Grade 5 will pick up book bag and remote learning materials at Ford School (Hollingsworth Street side):
  • Room 200 from 8:15-9:15
  • Room 201 from 9:15-10:15
  • Room 202 from 10:15-11:15
  • Room 302 from 11:15-12:15
On September 17th students in grade 5 will participate in Orientation online with their teachers.
September 17th
Grade 4 will pick up book bag and remote learning materials at Ford School (Hollingsworth Street side):
  • Room 301 from 8:15-9:15
  • Room 303 from 9:15-10:15
  • Room 309 from 10:15-11:15
  • Room 310 from 11:15-12:15
Orientation for grade 4 students will begin on September 18th from 9:00-11:00 AM online.
September 17th
Grade 3 will pick up book bag and remote learning materials at Ford School (Hamilton Street side):
  • Room 203 from 8:15-9:15
  • Room 204 from 9:15-10:15
  • Room 205 from 10:15-11:15
  • Room 206 and 207 from 11:15-12:15
Orientation for grade 3 students will begin on September 18th from 9:00-11:00 AM online with their teachers.
September 18th
Grade 2 will pick up book bag and remote learning materials at Ford School (Hollingsworth Street side):
  • Room 105 from 8:15-9:15
  • Room 106 from 9:15-10:15
  • Room 107 from 10:15-11:15
  • Room 108 from 11:15-12:15
Orientation for grade 2 will begin on September 21st from 9:00-11:00 AM online with their teachers.
September 18th
Grade 1 will pick up book bag and remote learning materials at Ford School (Hamilton Street side):
  • Room 101 from 8:15-9:15
  • Room 102 from 9:15-10:15
  • Room 103 from 10:15-11:15
  • Room 104 from 11:15-12:15
Orientation for grades 1 will begin on September 21st from 9:00-11:00 AM online with their teachers.
September 21st
Grade 1 and 2 students will participate in orientation online with their teachers from 9:00-11:00 today.
September 16th -
September 22nd:
Online orientation with teachers on "Schoology": 9 AM to 11 AM - Remote
September 17th
Grade 5 - Orientation Meeting with homeroom teachers from 9:00-11:00 AM on laptop computers from home.
September 18th
Grade 4 - Orientation Meeting with homeroom teachers from 9:00-11:00 AM on laptop computers from home.
September 18th
Grade 3 - Orientation Meeting with homeroom teachers from 9:00-11:00 AM on laptop computers from home.
September 21st
Grades 1 and 2 - Orientation Meeting with homeroom teachers from 9:00-11:00 AM on laptop computers from home.
Starting September 23rd, the school day for Grades 1 - 5 at the Ford School is Monday - Friday from 7:45 AM to 2:45 PM. During that time, students will participate in teaching and learning based on the following times:
Morning Circle 30 minutes (5 days a week)
English Language Arts/Social Studies 120 minutes (5 days a week)
Math 90 minutes (3 days a week)
Math 60 minutes (2 days a week)
Science 30 minutes (2 days a week)
Brain Break 30 minutes (5 days a week)
Closing Circle 15 minutes (5 days a week)
The following are important contacts: (781) 477 - 7375
Principal Joanne M. LaRivee - Extension 2101
Clerk Darlene Finnigan - Extension 2104
Clerk Elyse Spates - Extension 2104
Nurse Serena Foley - Extension 2105
Program Specialist Lisa M. Grassa - Extension 2148
School Adjustment Councilor Lori Alcock - Extension 2108
Social Worker Sandra Rago - Extension 2108
Technology Help Desk (781) 477 - 7342
Monday - Thursday: 7:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM - 12:45 PM

This is the first of multiple letters you will receive, we will share more information as it becomes available. One piece of information that is forthcoming is breakfast and lunch pick up locations.  We thank you for your patience during this time.
Joanne M. LaRivee, Ed. S. 
Robert L. Ford Elementary School 
49 Hollingsworth Street 
Lynn, MA 01902 
781-477-7375 Ext. 2101 

Value of the Month: Cooperation

Your family is the most important “team” that you will ever work with!

To be successful everyone in the family needs to:

• Respect each other’s space and belongings
• Listen to each other
• Do chores at the right time and with a good attitude
• Learn how to work out problems without fighting
• Communicate well so that everyone knows what is happening
• Spend time together as a family
• Celebrate each other’s successes
• Support each other through sad times
• Learn to share

Did You Know?

The routine of the school day is important for students. They know the main purpose for being in school is to learn and that routines are in place precisely to help them focus on that learning. When students are repeatedly tardy, these routines are disrupted. Arriving after 8:15 AM can throw off their whole morning or even their day, especially if being late made the trip to school stressful.

If getting to school by 8:15 AM is a challenge for your family, you will need to make changes to your morning schedule at home in order to get to school on time. During the winter, students take longer to get ready because of coats, boots and hats. Setting your alarm for 15 minutes earlier could be all that is needed to ensure students are here to meet the teacher by 8:15 AM. This adjustment can help ensure that all students have a great start to their day



Welcome To Ford's Website Table of Contents Resource Page

Book Icon Academics and Curriculum
  Curriculum Guides
  Student Handbooks
  Summer Reading Information
  Superintendent's District Handbook Letter (English and Spanish)
Basketball Icon Activities, Sports and Athletics
Blog Icon Blog Spots
Blog Icon LPS Calendar
Running Icon Extra Curricular Activities For This Year
Families are made aware of extracurricular activities via Newsletter, Flyer,
Website, school/teacher permission slip.
Cheerleading Intramural Battle of the Books
Computer Club Boys Basketball Girls Basketball
Math Club Science Club School Newspaper
Music Club Literacy Club Exercise Club
Arts/Crafts Club Robotics Cooking and Nutrition Club w/ Food Corps
Clipboard Icon LPS Policies, Codes and Forms
  Teaching About Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and Our Policy
  Common School Policies, Codes and Forms
School House Icon For Parents
  The "First In Math" Program
  Ford's Community Partnerships
School Desk Icon For Students
Facebook Icon Social Media
  The LPS Facebook Page Has Our Art-Photo Postings, Announcements & More!
Dance Icon Special Projects and Presentation Archive
Last Website Update: September 17, 2020 12:19 PM
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School Year 2021-2021
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NEW September  
2021   January  
Welcome To The Robert L. Ford School

The Ford Elementary School is a welcoming school community that embraces the diverse nature of our school population. At Ford, we celebrate individual differences among children and set high expectations for them. Our goal is to help our students become caring and responsible individuals in the school community who treat each other with respect and courtesy. Our focus is to develop cooperation and also individual effort with our students so that each child will acquire skills that will help him/her to become a lifelong learner. Working together as a team in each classroom is important to building character and developing academic skills.  

All children deserve to feel safe, supported, healthy, challenged, and engaged. The Robert L. Ford School community is made up of students, teachers and parents who work together every day to nurture a safe and caring environment that supports academic as well as social-emotional growth for each Ford student. Parents and teachers who collaborate together make a strong support team for each student.  Together we will build a culture of academic success.

Joanne M. LaRivee

 Vision Statement for Robert L. Ford Elementary School

The Robert L. Ford Elementary School is a community dedicated to achieving academic success through hard work and effort, sharing responsibility for a safe and supportive environment.  All students will demonstrate the ability to work together, think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively to ensure they are career and college ready.

Ford Elementary School Information

Our School Information and Resource Links
Grades Offered 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Phone (781) 477-7375
Fax (781) 477-2796
School Day Monday - Friday 7:45 AM until 1:45 PM
Breakfast Served Daily Monday - Friday 7:15 AM until 7:40 AM
Address - Map Link 49 Hollingsworth Street, Lynn, MA 01902
Staff and Teacher List Current School Year
School Council Page Current School Year
School Improvement Plans 2019 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Department of Education Profiles and Report Cards
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School Report Card Letter 2020 English Creole Khmer Portugese Spanish
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LPS District Notices Additional Notices and Resources
Last Website Update: September 17, 2020 12:19 PM
School Staff and Teacher List For 2019-2020

Our School Staff List
Our Phone (781) 477-7375
Our Fax (781) 477-2796
Principal Joanne M. LaRivee
Administrative Assistant Darlene Finnigan
Administrative Assistant Phone (781) 477-7375 extension 2104
Administrative Assistant Elyse Spates
Administrative Assistant Phone (781) 477-7375 extension 2103
Program Specialist Lisa Grassa
Program Specialist Phone (781) 477-7375 extension 2148
Adjustment Counselor Lori Alcock
Counselor Phone (781) 477-7375 extension 2108
School Nurse Meghan Paul
Nurse Phone (781) 477-7375 extension 2105
Social Worker Sandra Rago
Social Worker Phone (781) 477-7375 extension 2108
Parent Liaison Whinston Done
Liaison Phone (781) 477-7375 extension 2103
Lynn Community Health Zinah Abukhalil-Quinonez
LCH Phone At Ford School (781) 477-7375 extension 2140
Lynn Community Health Lizette Telemaco
LCH Phone At Ford School (781) 477-7375 extension 2131

Our School Teacher List And Online Classroom Links
Grade 1
Ariel McKenney Grade One Teacher Room 101
Lindsey Shalin Grade One Teacher Room 102
Emily Geaney Grade One Teacher Room 103
Meredith Buckley Grade One Teacher Room 104
Grade 2
Justine St. Pierre Grade Two Teacher Room 105
Paige Crockett Grade Two Teacher Room 106
Christine Schedin Grade Two Teacher Room 107
Katelyn Boaman Grade Two Teacher Room 108
Grade 3
Katharine Ronck Grade Three Teacher Room 204
Melanie Maselbas Grade Three Teacher Room 205
Nicole Guarino Grade Three Teacher Room 206
Nicole Davis Grade Three Teacher Room 207
Grade 4
Barbara Mulvaney Grade Four Teacher Room 301
Laura Shearer Grade Four Teacher Room 302
Thelxi Voyiagis-Cote Grade Four Teacher Room 303
Shannon Gunderson Grade Four Teacher Room 309
Madison Doherty Grade Four Teacher Room 310
Grade 5
Lauren Sampson Grade Five Teacher Room 200
Noelle Wine Grade Five Teacher Room 201
Ashley Raynes Grade Five Teacher Room 202
Michael Duda Grade Five Teacher Room 301
Laura MacCarthy Art Teacher Art Room
CIT and Instruction Teachers
Jamie Paradis Literacy/Tech/MCAS Teacher Room 302
Julie Dunagan Math Teacher Room 100
Renske Braunstein ELL Teacher Room 308-A
Amanda Feliz ELL Teacher Room 308-A
Deborah Goldstein ELL Teacher Room 308-A
Laurie Hanna ELL Teacher Room 308-A
Courtney Lopes ELL Teacher Room 308-A
Library Media Specialist
To Be Announced Librarian Library
George Broufas Music Teacher Music Room
Physical Education
Dan Gordon Physical Ed. Teacher Gym
Reading Specialists
Linda Leahy Reading Teacher Room 104
Jennifer Sidmore Reading Teacher Room 207
Patricia Vinci Reading Teacher Room 301
Lauren Finer Speech Teacher Room 308-B
Resource Inclusion
Bianca Ladderbush Inclusion Teacher Room 306
Thomas Conlin Inclusion Teacher Room 306
Lauren Murphy Inclusion Teacher Room 306
Christa Brent Inclusion Teacher Room 306
Last Website Update: September 17, 2020 12:19 PM
Welcome to the Ford School Council Webpage
School Council Members and Meetings - School Year 2020 - 2021
Name School or Community Position
Jay Fraher Business Partner- Centerboard
Gale Thomas Lynn Business Education Foundation
Joanne LaRivee Principal, Ford School
Lisa Grassa Program Specialist, Ford School

Jamie Paradis

Literacy/Technology CIT, Ford School

Julie Dunagan

Math CIT, Ford School
Past Meeting Dates and Agenda Past Meeting Minutes  
November 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes  
January 27, 2020 Meeting Minutes  
March 23, 2020    
May 04, 2020    
About School Councils
A school council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members and, at the secondary level, students, required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.

It is important to note the School Council plays an advisory role in assisting the building principal to organize and implement a School Improvement Plan which not only addresses the areas in which the school intends to comply with the requirements of the Educational Reform Act, but also how the school intends to meet those system-wide goals and policies adopted by the school committee. Membership will consist of the principal, teachers, parents, students and community members.

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