Bates Parent Newsletter

Dear Bates School Families         1-22-2020                                                                                                                       

Dialogues on Race & Ethnicity

We are very excited to partner this year with the Mozart community to co-host Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity between an interracial intercultural group of staff and families. Our goal in doing this is to build on the many strengths of the diverse Mozart and Bates communities and to create a safer more inclusive environment for all students, families, and staff.  Each of the 6 sessions will be from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday evenings at the Bates (1/30/20, 2/6/20, 2/13/20, 2/27/20, 3/5/20, 3/12/20). Interested in participating? Please contact Mr. Morales at

Family Survey- School & Home Communication

At Bates, we are always striving to improve. We are looking for feedback from families around communication between school and home. Please fill out this short survey to give us some honest and actionable feedback on how we are doing with communication. What is working, what can be improved?


Our winter auction website is live at and will run through Jan 29! In addition, I’d like to remind folks about Fox Fund. The url for donating is Thank you for giving back to our school community!

Recess and School Expectations:

Next Monday we will be reminding students of expectations for recess and choice time. We’ve heard feedback from families that students need a refresher (and we agree ;-). We ask that you reinforce these expectations during dismissal and during school events as mixed messaging from school and home can confuse children as they are learning expected behaviors. Messaging should include:

  • Be safe→ This means keeping your hands to yourself. We are not hugging, pulling, pushing, or play tackling one another. Light tag is okay if you and a friend agree to play tag.
  • If you have a small problem – try to fix it with your friends 
  • If you have a big problem, tell an adult to help you 

Prevention Workshops for 5th Grade Families 

Interested in learning skills to help your child make healthy choices? A study is being conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brown University and is looking for parents/guardians of 5th  graders. Your family may be eligible to receive up to $340 in Amazon e-gift cards and an iPad if you qualify and complete all study-related activities. We sent flyers home with more information and you can click here to learn more. Please email them at to join the program! 

Winter Jackets

The Bates has a variety of winter jackets in various kid’s sizes for families in need. Please contact Adam Prisby, 617-635-8064.

Bates T-shirts and Sweaters

Deadline for purchasing our fashionable Bates Hoodies and gear is FRIDAY January 24th! Click on the link to check out the styles and colors available!

School Event Date Time
Dialogues on Race & Ethnicity Session 11/30/20206:00-8:00 p.m.
ST Math Family Learning Session2/3/20205:45-7:30 p.m.
Dialogues on Race & Ethnicity Session 2 2/6/20206:00-8:00 p.m.
Family & School Site Council Meeting 2/27/20205:30-7:30 p.m.

With gratitude, joy, and excitement!

  Rodolfo Morales, Principal


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