Weekly Newsletter – December 10

*Apologies for the delayed posting–we hope you received the emails and phone calls!

Dear Families,

December 10, 2018

PJ Day and Movie Night

Hi Families – don’t forget that Friday, December 14th is Pajama Day and Movie Night! Kids, wear your pajamas to school and then bring your families back for Movie Night. Doors open at 5:30 and movies start at 6 o’clock. Tickets are $1 and include a slice of pizza for all kids. More food and drink will be available for purchase. Special thank you to parent, Heron Greensmith, for organizing this event!

Parents: Help us on Movie Night!  (link)

Hi all – movie night is on Friday! Sign-up by clicking the link in the electronic version of the parent newsletter to help bring items, pick up pizza, or serve as a room-parent in each room! Email Heron (second-grade parent) at herongreenesmith@gmail.com with any questions!

Book Fair 1/15,1/16, 1/17

Exciting news for this year’s book fair! We will no longer host a scholastic book fair. Instead, SSC and I have decided to partner with Frugal Bookstore! Frugal Bookstore is a staple of the Roxbury community. Frugal Bookstore is Black-owned bookstore that boasts a larger number of books written by people of color for diverse students, because as we know, representation matters! SSC and the Bates School is proud to partner with local business and provide culturally responsive and relevant materials for all of our diverse learners! We will have evening hours on 1/15th for families that wish to shop at our book fair. Special thank you to parent, Kristen Bonstein, for organizing this event!

Bates Shopping Night and Gift Wrapping 12/12

Help Raise Money for Phineas Bates Elementary School during the Bates Holiday Shopping Night. Shop local, give to our school, and have fun in Roslindale on Wednesday Dec. 12th 3pm-8pm. Birch Street House and Garden (760 South St.) will donate a portion of sales during the event to any customer who mentions “The Bates” so be sure to spread the word to friends and neighbors. Parent Council volunteers will also offer “free” gift wrapping and accepting donations. You can even bring gifts from home that need to be wrapped. The attached flyer has 4 handouts for you to share!

The Bates School in the BTU Newspaper (see page)

BTU Bates

The Phineas Bates Elementary School is featured in the Boston Teachers Union Newspaper. Click on the link above to read and see what retired educator Amika Kemmler Ernst, Ed. D. observed while visiting our school!

Can Drive:

Our phenomenal secretary, Ms. Cindy, and our Parent Council are organizing a can drive. We have a box in front of our office. Families are encouraged to bring cans of food that will be donated to local food banks and pantries. This year’s drive begins Monday, December 3rd and will end on Monday, December 17th. Your efforts will help provide nutrition to those who need it most as we approach the holiday season.

December 10-14th Can Drive

December 14th- Movie Night

January 15, 16 17 (15th into evening) Book Fair

January 30th- Math Family Workshop

Feb 28- “30 Tips in 60 Minutes” workshop

March 22- Movie Night

March 28- Social Thinking workshop

May 4th- FoxFest

May 6-10 Teacher appreciation

May 23rd- Art Show

June 7th- Talent Show


School Parent Council Dates:

12/4, 1/15, 2/13, 3/12, 4/24, 5/15, 6/11


With gratitude, joy, and excitement:

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Rodolfo Morales, Principal


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