Weekly Newsletter – February 5

Dear Families,                     February 5th, 2019

Black History Month

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of Black and African- American citizens while also reflecting on the need to push for racial and social justice. The sites below  include several resources to support these conversations. Additionally, While Black History is being celebrated and honored this month, it is a topic that is tied to this country’s history and taught all year round.

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CBS Boston’s Black History


Race Dialogues (flyer linked)

The Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity series engages our community  in meaningful conversations about issues of race and ethnicity. Over the course of five facilitated sessions, trained facilitators lead us to: learn about key concepts in race and ethnicity; illuminate differences and commonalities in lived experience; and collaboratively develop an action plan to improve inclusion at the Bates. Join us as we learn more about our identities, society, and ways we can improve the Bates Elementary School Community.

Math Workshop:

A special thank you to all of the families that participated in our math workshop last week. We had about 20 families learn about our current math standards. Linked here is the slideshow  and linked here are documents that explain learning outcomes for each grade-level.

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Tech Goes Home:

Congratulations to all the families that received their chromebooks from TGH. We will be hosting another session geared towards families with students in K-2nd on using Ipads. By attending all sessions with your child, an Ipad will be available for purchase for $50! Flyer coming soon. For more information e-mail mstrout@bostonpublicschools.org or rscherz@bostonpublicschools.org.

Session dates: 2/27, 3/06, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/03, 4/10, 4/24, 5/01 (make-up date) 4:45-5:45

Foxfest volunteers

The Bates annual fundraiser, Foxfest, has been scheduled to take place Saturday, May 4th, from 5-7pm. The Parent Council is looking for help from volunteers to make this year’s Foxfest another successful one! More information to come!

Box Tops (link)

It’s easy to find Box Tops. In fact, you may have some in your home right now. Clip Box Tops from your favorite products and turn them in to Bates School today! Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they add up fast. Check the expiration date, as they so expire.

Stop and Shop A+ Rewards

Use your STOP & SHOP CARD each time you shop at Stop & Shop and you will earn CASH for our school. See instructions (link) in the e-mails version of the newsletter for how to participate in the program.

Don’t forget to like the Phineas Bates School Parent Council Facebook page here: https://goo.gl/NQB8qS  and our Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/phineasbatesbps/

Feb 28- Behavior Change Basics 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:

1/23 (in SPANISH) 2/13, 3/12, 4/24, 5/15, 6/11

With gratitude, joy, and excitement:  

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