Welcome to School Year 2019-2020

Dear Bates School  Community,                     August 2019 It is with much joy that I send this letter to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. I have had the pleasure of working with Boston Public Schools for the last nine years. Last year I re-experienced firsthand…

Happy Pride!

To our Phineas Bates LGBTQIA students, families, staff and community members: We wish you a happy pride season!   At the Bates, we work to build a community that celebrates all facets of our students’ identities and find meaningful ways to weave their experiences and cultures into our learning everyday. Inclusion means everyone, and we…

Weekly Newsletter – June 4

TALENT SHOW JUNE 7! Congratulations to all who auditioned…the Foxstars Talent Show will take place in the Bates Cafetorium on Friday, June 7 at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm). Pizza will be available for $1 per slice.  Families, if you have any questions, please contact Kristen Bonstein at 617.372.1027 or kristenbonstein@gmail.com. We look forward to…

Ramadan at the Bates

May 6th, 2019 Dear Bates School Families, Ramadan started this past Sunday. It is my privilege to share with you what we are doing to support the many Muslim students we have at our school who will be fasting during this month. But first, a quick “What is Ramadan?”: A month each year when many…

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…

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…

Weekly Newsletter – December 3

Dear Families, SSC/SPC TOMORROW (Tuesday) 12/4 6:00 (time change) Our next SSC will be from 6:00-7:30. We hope this will help us reach more families and give ample time for families that need to commute to the Bates School. As always, food and childcare are provided. Parents: Help us collect pizza donations for Movie Night!…

Bates Culture Night – November 30th

At the Bates we celebrate all families! Culture is whatever is important to you and your family’s identity.  On November 30, students are invited to wear clothing to school that reflects their family’s culture.  That same evening, The Bates School Parent Council welcomes all families to share food, dance, music, art, games, and conversation at Bates…

Weekly Newsletter – November 14

Dear Bates School Families:                                                                                                              At the Bates School, we continue to focus on growing our understanding and use of culturally responsive teaching. We recognize that Thanksgiving season has often been a customary celebration in our country. However, as we dig deeper into the true history of Thanksgiving, we recognize a need to teach…

Recent Events in Our Country

Dear Bates School Community, Our nation has been rocked by incidents of violence that are becoming unacceptably too common. Events of the last week, including the shootings in Pittsburgh and Kentucky, and the mailing of pipe bombs to numerous public figures, leave a toll on our community members, both our young students and our adult…