I hope you’ve all enjoyed the holiday break and the extended “snow day break” with your children. I speak for the staff and share that we were ready to come back to school energized and wanting to hear from all the kids about their holiday and winter experiences. I also want to share that the City Of Boston has several resources to support families with hardship due to the winter cold. Learn more by clicking the link above or calling 311.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
There will be no school on Monday, January 15th, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is a great time to have conversations with your children about justice and equity and the continuing efforts of African Americans and Black Americans in their fight for civil rights. Below are some resources (links) that can support such conversations:
- The Museum of Fine Arts will host an open house with free admission and special events.
- Teaching Tolerance includes quotes and questions to support these conversations.
- Psychology Today has tips on talking to children about racism.
Lastly, as we reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy, consider coming up with specific and reasonable actions that we can take to make our community more equitable, inclusive, and loving.
Change in School Hours 2018-2019 (revised)
The district has announced that next school year, the Bates School will continue with its current start and end time of 9:15 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. Before/ after school program will run from 7:30-9:15am and 4:10-6:00pm.
Three weeks ago the annual Fox Fund appeal went home in backpacks. I’m happy to report that as of today we have received 25 separate donations, from $1 to $250, averaging $40 for a total of $1009. This comes from almost 10% of Bates families and represents twice the number of family donations from the entirety of last year.
There is still time to donate if you have not yet! Your donation is tax-deductible as we reach the end of 2017, and I hope that we can build on the wonderful base of support we have received so far. Fox Fund will remain open for donations through the end of the 2017-2018 school year. DONATION LINK: https://thephineasbates.org/foxfund/
Rodolfo Morales, Principal