Reminder: Parking Restrictions

Dear Bates Community,

Despite several reminders, it has come to our attention that we still have members of our school community who use the staff parking lot to pick up students at the end of the school day. This remains a danger to pedestrians and there have been several incidents that nearly resulted in injury. Parents may only use the parking lot for pickup after 4:00pm. 

Beginning today, we will again be placing cones outside the school parking lot to block the entrance. I will be monitoring dismissal at the parking lot personally for the remainder of the week. While I understand that finding street parking can be a challenge during dismissal, it is imperative we put systems in place for the safety of our students and members of our school community.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Best,

Andrew Vega

Principal, Phineas Bates Elementary School

New Guidelines for Classroom Treats

Classroom Treats/Snacks: New Guidelines

In order to continue our efforts to prevent the spread of winter illnesses, we will be implementing new guidelines for classroom snacks/treats. Moving forward, any snacks or treats provided to classrooms must come in individual, pre-packaged packs that students can open on their own. This means we will no longer provide items like cupcakes or cookies for events (ex. birthdays) as they increase the risk of spreading illnesses. If a parent/guardian brings in snacks/treats that do not meet these guidelines, we will ask you to take them home or will dispose of them.  We appreciate your cooperation as these guidelines are for the safety and health of our entire school community.


Se usa para tratar el aula / Snacks: Nuevas directrices

Con el fin de continuar nuestros esfuerzos para evitar la propagación de enfermedades de invierno, estaremos implementando nuevas directrices para el aula aperitivos / trata. En el futuro, los bocadillos o golosinas prestados a los salones de clase deben venir en paquetes individuales, preenvasados que los estudiantes pueden abrir por su cuenta. Esto significa que ya no proporcionaremos artículos como bizcochos o galletas para eventos (Ex. Cumpleaños), ya que aumentan el riesgo de propagación de enfermedades. Si un padre / tutor trae bocadillos / golosinas que no cumplan con estas directrices, se le pedirá que llevar a casa o se deshará de ellas. Agradecemos su cooperación ya que estas directrices son para la seguridad y la salud de toda la comunidad escolar.


Pwofesè Treats / Ti goute: New Gid

Yo nan lòd yo kontinye efò nou yo anpeche pwopagasyon maladi sezon fredi, nou pral mete ann aplikasyon direktiv nouvo pou sal klas snacks / trete. Botwe pi devan, nenpòt ti goute oswa trete bay sal klas dwe vini nan moun, pake pre-pake ke elèv ka louvri sou kont yo. Sa vle di nou p ap bay atik tankou gato oswa bonbon pou evènman (ansyen. Anivèsè nesans) menm jan yo ogmante risk pou yo gaye maladi. Si yon paran / gadyen pote nan ti goute / trete ki pa satisfè direktiv sa yo, n ap mande ou pran yo lakay yo oswa ou pral jete yo. Nou apresye kolaborasyon ou kòm gid sa yo, se pou sekirite a ak sante nan kominote tout antye lekòl nou an.

Weekly Family Newsletter 1-8-17

For the Week of January 8th through January 15th, 2017. 

Classroom Treats/Snacks – NEW GUIDELINES

In order to continue our efforts to prevent the spread of winter illnesses, we will be implementing new guidelines for classroom snacks/treats.

Moving forward, any snacks or treats provided to classrooms must come in individual, pre-packaged packs that students can open on their own. This means we will no longer provide items like cupcakes or cookies for events (ex. birthdays) as they increase the risk of spreading illnesses. If a parent/guardian brings in snacks/treats that do not meet these guidelines, we will ask you to take them home or will dispose of them.  We appreciate your cooperation as these guidelines are for the safety and health of our entire school community.

 

New Custodian

As mentioned in an e-mail earlier this week, Mr. Fandel retired before the break after over 30 years of service to the Bates. We thank him for his dedication to our school community and wish him well in his retirement! We are pleased to welcome Mr. Joe Fidler, a West Roxbury native and Hyde Park resident, as our new custodian. His photo is now posted on the website so families know who he is.

School Site and Parent Council: January 11th, 2017

The regular meeting for the School Site and Parent Council will be on Wednesday January 11th from 5:30-7:00pm with free dinner and childcare provided. At this meeting, the school community will have the opportunity to preview a rough draft schedule for the 2017-2018 school year, which extends the school day.

Extended Learning Time – 2017-2018

Before the break, Superintendent Chang informed Boston Public Schools staff that the City of Boston and Mayor Walsh will support Extended Learning Time next year with an investment of $14 million. Extended Learning Time will happen for all Schedule A schools, which includes the Bates. At this time, there are no immediate plans to change start times, which means for the 2017-2018 school year the Bates’s school day will be 9:30am-4:10pm. I know there are many concerns about this change and I encourage all parents to reach out to me and I am happy to connect you with district-level staff who will hear your concerns.

Fundraising Projects

Thank you to everyone who donated to our fundraising project for 2nd Grade! The project was fully funded. We currently multiple one classroom fundraising campaign going:

The K2 team is fundraising for a new kitchen set on DonorsChoose. We only have 9 days left to fund this project! You can donate here.

Please donor or share these pages with our networks to support Bates students!

Weather and Outdoor Play

As the weather begins to become cold, parents have questions about when we make the decision to go outside. You can refer to this graph that we use to inform the decision. That being said, please make sure your child comes to school with warm clothing and outerwear. There is no need to call the office to remind us about individual students; teachers are very diligent in making sure all students are dressed appropriately.

Fox Fund

We are pleased to announce our annual giving fund, which we are calling the Fox Fund. These funds will support annual programs for students to alleviate some of the school budget resources. Our goal is to raise $100 for every student. Click here to donate and share the link with your networks. We will also be sending home donation fliers.

Upcoming Dates

January 11 – School Site and Parent Council Meeting

January 16 – NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 20 – Coffee with the Principal

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Preventing the Spread of Winter Illnesses

From the medical director of the Boston Public Schools:

Dear Boston Public School Families and Employees,

With winter upon us, we would like all of us to do our part to ensure safe, healthy, and welcoming school environments for all. It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent the spread of common winter illnesses, such as influenza or stomach viruses, in order to protect the health of our students, staff, and community members.

Sometimes it can be difficult for parents to decide whether to send their child to school when the student is experiencing symptoms of an illness. Employees also face the same decision about attending work when they are sick.

Below are guidelines to help families and employees decide when it is necessary to stay home. If an individual is experiencing any of the following symptoms, we ask parents to keep your child home, and for employees to stay home, for 24 hours after symptoms resolve:

• FeverTemperature of 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Student needs to stay home for 24 hours after his/her temperature has returned to normal without any fever reducing medications, such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.

• DiarrheaThree or more loose or watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the  person feels ill. Student or employee should stay home for 24 hours after the last watery stool.

VomitingTwo or more times during the last 24-hours, especially if the person feels ill. Student or employee should stay home for 24 hours after the last time he/she vomited.

Persistent CoughingCould be caused by many illnesses. Student or employee experiencing persistent coughing should see their primary care provider and stay home until it is resolved.

Fatigue Symptoms include lingering tiredness, paleness, lack of appetite, difficult time waking,  confusion and irritability.  Student or employee should stay home until he/she is well, or has seen his or her primary care provider..

Strep Throat or Bacterial Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) — Illnesses for which primary care providers have diagnosed and prescribed treatment. Must stay home 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics.

If any of the above symptoms appear while at school, please call to have the student picked up or arrange for the staff member to go home. We suggest that a primary healthcare provider also be consulted. Please contact the school nurse or healthcare provider if you are unsure whether or not school should be missed due to health conditions. Remember to report the reasons the child or employee is absent to school staff.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact BPS Health Services at (617) 635-6788. For additional tips and resources, please visit the BPS Health Services Department website at www.bpshealthservices.org/factsheets or The Boston Public Health Commission’s website at www.bphc.org.

Sincerely,

linda grant

Linda Grant, Medical Director

Boston Public Schools

Cold Weather: December 15/16, 2016

Dear Bates Community.

We are expecting bitterly cold temperatures today and tomorrow morning with wind chills of -10 to -15 degrees. While the forecasted temperatures are not severe enough to cause us to cancel school, we do ask families to take extra precaution to ensure your students are dressed appropriately for this chilly weather and remain safe while traveling to and from school. We will also be having indoor recess and PE today and tomorrow.

The National Weather Service offers the following tips on how to dress for cold weather.

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you.
  • Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded.
  • Wear a hat, because 40% of your body heat can be lost from your head.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
  • Try to stay dry and out of the wind.

You can learn more about the effects of wind chill in a National Weather Service has an online brochure available at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/cold/resources/wind-chill-brochure.pdf

The Boston Public Health Commission has posted an alert from Mayor Martin J. Walsh offering safety tips to Boston residents to help prevent hypothermia and frostbite, and to keep warm during this week’s arctic blast.

The alert suggests to watch for signs of frostbite, which include the loss of feeling and white or pale appearances in extremities — such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately

For additional information about staying safe during the cold weather, please visit the BPHC website at: http://bphc.org/onlinenewsroom/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=24ee0d58-2a85-4a4a-855b-f5af9d781627&ID=903&Web=03126e14-4972-4333-b8a3-800cbc1cafce

Please take the time to talk to your child about the importance of dressing for winter weather, and protecting exposed skin when wind-chill conditions reach critical thresholds. We want to make sure all of our students remain safe, healthy and ready to learn.

Sincerely,

Andrew

Principal, Phineas Bates Elementary School

617-635-8064

avega3@bostonpublicschools.org

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Estimada Comunidad de Bates.

Estamos a la espera temperaturas muy crudos hoy y mañana por la mañana con la sensación térmica de -10 a -15 grados. Mientras que las temperaturas pronosticadas no son lo suficientemente graves como para causar que cancelemos la escuela, le pedimos a las familias a tomar precauciones adicionales para asegurarse de que sus estudiantes están vestidos apropiadamente para este clima frío y seguros a medida que viajan hacia y desde la escuela. También vamos a tener el recreo de adentro y PE hoy y mañana.

El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional ofrece los siguientes consejos sobre cómo vestirse para el clima frío.

  • Use capas de ropa holgada, ligera y cálida. El aire atrapado entre las capas que se aísle.
  • Las prendas exteriores deben ser de dimensiones reducidas, repelente al agua, y con capucha.
  • Use un sombrero, ya que el 40% del calor corporal se pierde de su cabeza.
  • Cúbrase la boca para proteger sus pulmones del frío extremo.
  • Mitones, cómodamente en la muñeca, son mejores que los guantes.
  • Trate de mantenerse seco y fuera del viento.

Usted puede aprender más acerca de los efectos de la sensación térmica en un Servicio Meteorológico Nacional folleto en línea disponible en http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/ / Recursos / enfriamiento del viento-frío Broc hure.pdf

La Comisión de Salud Pública de Boston ha publicado una alerta Alcalde de Martin J. Walsh que ofrece consejos de seguridad para los residentes de Boston para ayudar a prevenir la hipotermia y congelación, y para mantener el calor durante la explosión del Ártico de esta semana.

La alerta sugiere a observar los signos de congelación, que incluyen la pérdida de la sensibilidad y de las apariencias de color blanco o pálido en las extremidades â € “tales como los dedos de los pies, lóbulos de las orejas y la punta de la nariz. Si se detectan síntomas, busque ayuda médica de inmediato

Para obtener información adicional acerca de la seguridad durante el tiempo frío, por favor visite el sitio web BPHC en: http://bphc.org/onlinenews habitaciones / Blog / Listas / Mensajes / Post. aspx? list = 24ee0d58-2a85-4a4a- 855B-f5af9d781627 & ID = 903 y Web = 03126e14-4972-4333-b8a3- 800cbc1cafce

phineas-fox-seal-200Por favor tome el tiempo para hablar con su hijo sobre la importancia de vestir para el invierno, y la protección de la piel expuesta cuando las condiciones de enfriamiento del viento alcanzan los umbrales críticos. Queremos asegurarnos de que todos nuestros estudiantes siguen siendo seguros, sanos y listos para aprender.
Sinceramente,

Andrew

Principal, Phineas Bates Elementary School

617-635-8064

avega3@bostonpublicschools.org

Weekly Family Newsletter 12-11-16

For the Week of December 11th through December 17th, 2016. 

This last week was a busy week at the Bates, for families, staff, and students alike! The Book Fair was a tremendous success; we raised nearly $4000! Our School Site Council members also got a training about Extended Learning Time and their role in approving our schedule design. Lastly, on Friday we were happy to host Family Movie Night! With over 200 people in attendance, it was a tremendous success! It was the first time for an event like this in a while and we look forward to making it even better the next time now that we know there is such tremendous interest!

We wish the best to the Muslim members of our school community celebrating Mawlid this week.

School Site and Parent Council: December 21st – BUDGET OVERVIEW

At this very important School Site and Parent Council meeting, members of our school community will hear a presentation about our budget outlook for the 2017-2018 school year. You will be able to offer feedback and ask questions as we work to build and sustain a school model that benefits all of our students.

The School Site Council will formally vote on the budget at a special meeting on Wednesday, January 4th, from 6pm-7pm. This is an open meeting and all members of  the Bates Community are invited to attend. Only elected members of the School Site Council, however, will vote.

Extended Learning Time – 2017-2018

This week, Superintendent Chang informed Boston Public Schools staff that the City of Boston and Mayor Walsh will support Extended Learning Time next year with an investment of $14 million. Extended Learning Time will happen for all Schedule A schools, which includes the Bates. At this time, there are no immediate plans to change start times, which means for the 2017-2018 school year the Bates’s school day will be 9:30am-4:10pm. I know there are many concerns about this change and I encourage all parents to reach out to me and I am happy to connect you with district-level staff who will hear your concerns.

We hope to present a proposed draft schedule at the regular School Site Council meeting on January 12th.

Fundraising Projects

We currently multiple online fundraising campaigns going:

The Bates School Garden has another crowdsourcing fundraiser about to begin. Instead of votes, Seed Money operates much like Donors Choose. People can donate any amount $5 or more towards our goal. If we do not reach our goal, we still get to keep what we raise. We can also continue to raise money over our goal. There are 3 days left left in this month-long fundraiser  you can donate hereThis fundraiser ends December 15th!

The first 75 projects that reach $600 will get a $400 grant from Seed Money. Another 50 will receive a $400 merit grant. Please reach out to your networks to help us reach our goal.

The 2nd grade team is fundraising for technology on DonorsChoose. You can donate here.

The K2 team is fundraising for a new kitchen set on DonorsChoose. You can donate here.

Please donor or share these pages with our networks to support Bates students!

Weather and Outdoor Play

As the weather begins to become cold, parents have questions about when we make the decision to go outside. You can refer to this graph that we use to inform the decision. That being said, please make sure your child comes to school with warm clothing and outerwear. There is no need to call the office to remind us about individual students; teachers are very diligent in making sure all students are dressed appropriately.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

Bates December Book Fair: December 6th, 7th, and 8th (9am-3:30pm)

The Bates SPC is organizing and staffing a December Book Fair. We are looking for volunteers to help students choose and purchase books during the school day, especially on Thursday, December 8th.  Our semi-annual book fair promotes a love of reading and provides financial support to our school. Please consider donating your time to support this special school event.

You can sign up HERE!

Family Newsletter 12-4-16

For the Week of December 4th through December 11th, 2016. 

A very special thank you to Linda Lea and Paul Wells, Jocelyn and Travis Marshall, Kristen Bonstein and Ryan Dowd, Courtney Barth, Barb Damon, Nora and Will Vincent, Heather Cochran, and Heather Baer for volunteering at Saturday’s school showcase! We had a tremendous parent presence and many families let me know we were their top choice! 

Do you have a national or religious holiday we can acknowledge in the newsletter? Let Mr. Vega know!

NEW DATE: School Site and Parent Council: December 21st

Due to a conflict and many family events this upcoming week, we have moved the School Site and Parent Council meeting to Wednesday December 21st. This meeting will include a preview of our budget for the 2016-2017 School Year! Mark your calendars for the next meeting!

Shop Local, Help Local – Tuesday December 6th!

On Tuesday, December 6th, 2016  Birth St. House & Garden and Dandelions will be donating a portion of sales to the Phineas Bates Elementary School. We thank these two, local Roslindale businesses for their support. Just mention “The Bates” when shopping for us to receive a portion of the sale. Shop Local, Help Local!

Book Fair – December 6th through 8th

Mark your calendars for the Winter Book Fair! The book fair will take place in the auditorium from December 6th through December 8th. Each class will visit two times. There will also be open hours for all students to visit. Be on the lookout for information from teachers about the day your child’s class will visit. 

Pajama Day and Family Movie Night – THIS FRIDAY!

On Friday December 9th, we will have a school wide pajama day. All students are welcome to wear pajamas to school that day. Then, that evening, we will have a Family Movie Night hosted by our Family Engagement Committee. Doors will open at 5:00pm and movies will begin at 5:30pm. The cost is $1 per person. The evening concludes at 8:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Coffee with the Principal

Coffee with Principal is THIS Friday December 9th! Mr. Vega will be in Room 204 from 7:45am-9:00am. 

Special Bates Gear Ordering Window – Closes December 9th

This week only, you can order Bates Elementary gear online for delivery before Winter Break! Click here to order before December 9th! You will also be able to order in person at movie night on Friday.

Fundraising Projects

We currently multiple online fundraising campaigns going:

The Bates School Garden has another crowdsourcing fundraiser about to begin. Instead of votes, Seed Money operates much like Donors Choose. People can donate any amount $5 or more towards our goal. If we do not reach our goal, we still get to keep what we raise. We can also continue to raise money over our goal. There are two weeks left in this month-long fundraiser  you can donate here

 The first 75 projects that reach $600 will get a $400 grant from Seed Money. Another 50 will receive a $400 merit grant. Please reach out to your networks to help us reach our goal. 

The 2nd grade team is fundraising for technology on DonorsChoose. You can donate here.

The K2 team is fundraising for a new kitchen set on DonorsChoose. You can donate here.

Please donor or share these pages with our networks to support Bates students!

Weather and Outdoor Play

As the weather begins to become cold, parents have questions about when we make the decision to go outside. You can refer to this graph that we use to inform the decision. That being said, please make sure your child comes to school with warm clothing and outerwear. There is no need to call the office to remind us about individual students; teachers are very diligent in making sure all students are dressed appropriately. 

Upcoming Dates

December 6 – Shop Local, Help Local! 

December 6-8 – Book Fair

December 9 – Coffee with the Principal & Family Movie Night

December 21 – School Site/Parent Council

December 23-January 2 – NO SCHOOL

Shop Local on 12/6/16 and Support the Bates!

On Tuesday, December 6th, 2016  Birth St. House & Garden and Dandelions will be donating a portion of sales to the Phineas Bates Elementary School. We thank these two, local Roslindale businesses for their support. Just mention “The Bates” when shopping for us to receive a portion of the sale. Shop Local, Help Local!