GoFundMe Campaign to Keep Mr. Prisby!

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The Bay State Banner published a piece today about our efforts to raise funds to maintain our social-emotional learning support at the Bates. Our school is as strong as it is because of the collaboration between teachers, staff, parents, and children; Mr. Prisby is a big reason why our model of community learning works! Please spread the word and pass along our GoFundMe page to help us keep Mr. Prisby with us at the Bates.

April 2 – Weekly Newsletter

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Dear Families,                                    

Parent Climate Survey We want to hear what you think about your child’s school! BPS offers parents the opportunity to fill out a survey every year. Students and teachers also fill out surveys at school. Please let us know what is good and what needs to be changed or worked on to make your school better. Your feedback is very important. If you would like to participate, please fill out a survey found below.  This year we are encouraging parents to complete their surveys online. Please fill out one survey per child. Schools with high response rates will earn prizes.

The Bates School Way:

On a daily basis, we pride ourselves in the embodiment our vision statement:

The Bates School will provide a quality education in a safe and supportive environment, which respects the diversity of all individuals. We will develop responsible citizens and leaders, involve parents and community, and instill a love of learning in a nurturing atmosphere. We expect academic excellence and celebrate student achievement.

Our school community strives for this vision by enacting the BATES Habits—Be Safe Always, Accept Others, Try Your Best, Excellent Work, and Show Respect and Kindness. Talk to your children about how they enact the BATES habits!

Fox Fest See Silent Auction at:  https://www.32auctions.com/foxfest2018

We are excited to announce Fox Fest 2018 will be on Saturday, April 28th. 4/28/18. There will be a potluck dinner, kids games, and raffles.  Proceeds go to maintaining Bates staff levels. Admission is free and all are welcome!

Want an easy way to help your child’s school?  Help us get donations for the Fox Fest raffle and auctions!  Ask your employer or an area business/organization for their support. Email: travis.marshall@gmail.com for info or to volunteer.

Making Music Matters (MMM)

Our 3-5th grade students will be performing this Thursday with other MMM Schools. Dress Rehearsal begins at 5:30 pm, concert begins at 7:00 pm at the Washington Irving Middle School, 105 Cummins Highway, Roslindale

MCAS Dates

Letters have been sent to families in grades 3-5 and for students with accommodations with specific dates and ways to support.

Grade ELA MCAS Math MCAS Science & Technology
3 April 10 & 11 May 17 & 18
4 April 12 & 13 May 15 & 16
5 April 4 & 5 April 9 & 10 May 21 & 22

Sincerely,

  Rodolfo Morales, Principal

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Queridas familias,                                

Encuesta para familias 

¡Queremos saber lo que piensas sobre la escuela de tu hijo! BPS les ofrece a los padres la oportunidad de completar una encuesta todos los años. Los estudiantes y maestros también completan encuestas en la escuela. Por favor, háganos saber lo que es bueno y lo que necesita ser cambiado o trabajado para mejorar su escuela. Tu opinión es muy importante. Si desea participar, complete una encuesta que se encuentra a continuación. Este año, alentamos a los padres a completar sus encuestas en línea. Por favor llene una encuesta por niño. Las escuelas con altas tasas de respuesta ganarán premios.

En la Escuela Bates…

Diariamente, nos enorgullecemos de la encarnación de nuestra declaración de visión:

La escuela Bates proporcionará una educación de calidad en un ambiente seguro y de apoyo, que respeta la diversidad de todas las personas. Desarrollaremos ciudadanos y líderes responsables, involucramos a los padres y la comunidad, e inculcamos el amor por el aprendizaje en una atmósfera enriquecedora. Esperamos excelencia académica y celebramos el logro estudiantil.

Nuestra comunidad escolar se esfuerza por lograr esta visión mediante la promulgación de los hábitos de BATES: estar a seguro/sano siempre, aceptar a los demás, hacer lo mejor, excelente trabajo y mostrar respeto y bondad. ¡Hable con sus hijos sobre cómo representan los hábitos de BATES!

Fox Fest Vea subasta en  https://www.32auctions.com/foxfest2018

Nos complace anunciar que Fox Fest 2018 será el sábado 28 de abril. Habrá una cena compartida, juegos infantiles y rifas. Las ganancias van a mantener los niveles de personal de Bates. ¡La entrada es gratuita y todos son bienvenidos!

¿Quieres una manera fácil de ayudar a la escuela de tu hijo? ¡Ayúdenos a obtener donaciones para el sorteo y las subastas de Fox Fest! Pregúntale a tu empleador o a un negocio / organización del área por su apoyo. Correo electrónico: travis.marshall@gmail.com para obtener información o para ser voluntario.

Making Music Matters (MMM)

Nuestros estudiantes de 3-5 grado se presentarán este jueves con otras escuelas de MMM. El ensayo de vestimenta comienza a las 5:30 p.m., el concierto comienza a las 7:00 p.m. en la escuela secundaria Washington Irving, 105 Cummins Highway, Roslindale

Fechas de MCAS

Se han enviado cartas a las familias en los grados 3-5 y para los estudiantes con adaptaciones con fechas específicas y formas de apoyo.

Grade ELA MCAS Math MCAS Science & Technology
3 April 10 & 11 May 17 & 18
4 April 12 & 13 May 15 & 16
5 April 4 & 5 April 9 & 10 May 21 & 22

Sincerely,

Rodolfo Morales, director

March 26 – Weekly Newsletter

Dear Families,

We want to hear what you think about your child’s school! BPS offers parents the opportunity to fill out a survey every year. Students and teachers also fill out surveys at school. Please let us know what is good and what needs to be changed or worked on to make your school better. Your feedback is very important. If you would like to participate, please fill out a survey found below.  This year we are encouraging parents to complete their surveys online. Please fill out one survey per child. Schools with high response rates will earn prizes.

The Bates School Way:

At the Bates School, we do our very best to reinforce positive behaviors. We know that reinforcement of positive behaviors will increase the likelihood that those behaviors continue. One way we do this is by awarding bates bucks to students. Every teacher has access to $1 and $10 Bates Bucks. As students make positive decisions we award them with $1 or $10 Bates Bucks. These are used for both work, effort, and behavior. At the end of the week, many teachers allow their students to turn in their Bates Bucks for purchases in the “classroom store”.  If you have any questions about how your child’s teacher uses Bates Bucks, do not hesitate to contact them!

Picture Day

Picture day has been rescheduled to Thursday 3/29 (fingers crossed, NO SNOW).

Operations Updates

We are excited to share that new doors have been installed for three of our entrance/exits. The main doors will be worked on tomorrow throughout the day. If you need access into the school building, please call 617-635-8064 and someone will meet you at the Beech Street or playground entrance to let you in.

Fundraiser Candy Winners

Spring Fundraiser Total: $2150.00

Top Sellers:

1st: Isla W./Rm. 100

2nd: Araba A./Rm. 107 and Benicio L./Rm. 107

Room 107 is the TOP SELLING CLASSROOM and they will have a pizza party.

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Sincerely,

Rodolfo Morales, Principal

3/14 Weekly Newsletter

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Dear Families,                                                                                                                 03/14/18

 

I hope you are all safe, warm, and able to enjoy the last couple of snow days. Rumor has it we may get more snow next week! Below are a  few mid-week updates:

Parent Climate Survey (link)     https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/climatesurvey

Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 2.34.49 PMWe want to hear what you think about your child’s school! BPS offers parents the opportunity to fill out a survey every year. Students and teachers also fill out surveys at school. Please let us know what is good and what needs to be changed or worked on to make your school better. Your feedback is very important. If you would like to participate, please fill out a survey found below.  This year we are encouraging parents to complete their surveys online. Please fill out one survey per child. Schools with high response rates will earn prizes.

 

Kindness Week Feedback

Thank you for a great Kindness Week! We hope you enjoyed learning about all the activities and welcome feedback.  Let us know your thoughts here.  The canned food drive is extended until Friday, 3/16.  Please consider dropping off a nonperishable food in the collection box by the Kindness Week book display near the front or bringing a donation in on Family Culture Night 3/13. What better way to celebrate kindness and family than by giving to families in need!  (Please complete feedback survey by Monday, 3/19.)

Picture Day

A rescheduled date for picture day will be sent out ASAP.

MCAS

A letter with dates for MCAS is being shared with 3-5th grade families this week. Please look out for it.

Culture Night date TBD

A rescheduled date for culture night will be sent out ASAP.

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Sincerely,

Rodolfo Morales, Principal

3/5 Weekly Newsletter

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Family Culture Night

Family Culture Night is this Thursday, March 8! Join us from 5:30-7:30pm to celebrate the many cultural identities of all of our families! Everyone is welcome to attend and participate however they choose. Some ideas:

  • Bring food to share for the potluck dinner (please check your child’s backpack for recipe card)

  • Wear clothing that represents your culture or one you are interested in

  • Play a song (from your phone) for others to hear and dance to

  • Bring a board game to teach others how to play

  • Create a poster, bring a book, pictures or other items to display

Picture Day

Information for Picture Day, next week 3/13 has been sent with students to families.

Kindness Week

This week, classes will be engaging in daily projects centered around acts of kindness. Please debrief these activities as a family. We work to model kindness and increase empathy within our students. Kindness Week and Family Culture Night has been organized by families of the parent council and students of the student council. It is because of these strong partnerships that our school continues to succeed in providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for all.

Bates School ‘Behavior Change Basics’ for Families

Thank you to all the families that joined us last week for Ms. McCormick’s presentation on responding to challenging behaviors and increasing positive ones!

School Parent Council/ School Site Council

Reunión del Consejo Escolar de padres

March 15th 15 de marzo

5:30-7:00

*As always food and Childcare will be provided

*Como siempre, se provee comida y cuidado de niños

La Noche de la Cultura para Familias es el 8 de marzo

¡La noche de la cultura familias ha vuelto! Por favor, guarde la fecha del jueves, 8 de marzo de 5: 30-7: 30pm, para una velada celebrando las comidas, música, juegos, vestidos y más de las familias favoritas de Bates School. Por favor, guarde la fecha del jueves 8 de marzo a partir de las 5: 30-7: 30 pm, para celebrar con familias de la Escuela Bates y disfrutar de  sus alimentos favoritos , música, juegos, vestido y más.

Día de fotos

Información sobre el día de fotos , programado para el día 13 de marzo se ha enviado con los estudiantes a las familias.

Semana de bondad

Esta semana, las clases se tomarán parete en proyectos diarios centrados en actos de bondad. Por favor, habla sobre estas actividades como una familia. Trabajamos para modelar la bondad y aumentar la empatía entre nuestros estudiantes. Esta semana ha sido organizada por familias del consejo de padres y estudiantes del consejo de estudiantes. Es gracias a estas alianzas sólidas que nuestra escuela continúa teniendo éxito al proporcionar un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro y acogedor para todos.

Sesión para familias sobre cómo responder al comportamiento de niñ@s

¡Gracias a todas las familias que se unieron a nosotros la semana pasada para la presentación de la Sra. McCormick sobre cómo responder a los comportamientos desafiantes y aumentar comportamientos positivos!

School Parent Council/ School Site Council

Reunión del Consejo Escolar de padres

March 15th 15 de marzo

5:30-7:00

*As always food and Childcare will be provided

*Como siempre, se provee comida y cuidado de niños

Sinceramente,

Rodolfo Morales, Principal

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#FundOurSchools Campaign

BEJA Fund Our Schools One Pager
Dear Bates Families,
The Bates is one of 3 or 4 schools that will be losing City Connects next year.  Other larger schools are losing their partnership funding for it but have a large enough budget to absorb the cost. Looking at last year’s budget, BPS funded a total of $874,493 for all City Connects partnerships.  For reference, the city calculates that BC underpaid the cash portion of their 2017 PILOT by $1,410,098, and they have not submitted a report on their community benefits.  This is not an unrealistic ask based on these numbers.
Parents from the Winship and Josiah Quincy elementary schools are joining us in asking that BC fund a larger (or full) portion of our City Connects position.  We need to gather more testimonials from families who will be severely impacted by losing their counselors.  We can keep names anonymous if people prefer, but the ability to reference specific, tangible impacts is important.  We will draft a new letter to BC, referencing their PILOT underpayments as well as the larger #FundOurSchools campaign.
On #FundOurSchools:
The full petition has been finalized.  Please spread it around in your networks.  Send to friends, families, and neighbors in BPS.  If you are a pick-up/drop-off parent, please talk it up with other parents.  If you are a YMCA care parent, mention it to parents there.  Here is the online version:  bit.ly/fundourschoolsboston.
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February 22 – Weekly Newsletter

Dear Families,                                      

School Operations Update:

Incidents like the one that occurred on the 14th in Parkland, Florida, remind us of the need for vigilance regarding the safety of our students and educators. I send this message to let families know that the Bates School has routines and protocols in place to promote and ensure the safety of your children, as this is our number one priority. We have conducted fire drills and practiced safety mode, and will do so again across the school year.

That being said, there will be some shifts in operations to make sure our building continues to be the safest place it can be. These include making sure all of our doors are locked at all times, using visitor passes, and a late sign out sheet for students who are picked up after our 4:10 dismissal time. Additionally, we have updated our intercom system and will be installing new doors with added security measures, including key cards for all staff members.

Starting today, all entrance and exit doors will remain locked. A staff member will open the playground door at 9:15 to allow children in. Dismissal will be outside in the playground starting at 4:05pm. If you are picking a student up early, please call the office ahead of time or send in a note with your child if possible. During school hours, families may enter through the front door and check in at the office.

If you attend the YMCA before or afterschool program, a doorbell will be placed by the back door where children are dropped off or picked up.

Bates School ‘Behavior Change Basics’ for Families

You are invited to join us for an informational session on Thursday, March 1st 5:30-7:00,  to learn more about how the Bates School supports our student’s social-emotional wellness. Ms. McCormick, our Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Inclusion Strand Coordinator, will share her expertise around children’s behaviors and research based practices to respond to unexpected behaviors. The session will provide parents with strategies used at the Bates School that may help at home! Food and childcare will be provided. See flyer (linked). We will also provide translation services upon request. Please contact the school 617-635-8064 or email Ms. McCormick at ccampbell4@bostonpublicschools.org to RSVP.

Kindness Week and Family Culture Night is March 8

Family Culture Night is BACK! Please save the date of Thursday, March 8 from 5:30-7:30pm, for an evening celebrating Bates School families’ favorite foods, music, games, dress and more. Look for more information in your child’s backpack soon. If anyone is interested in being on a committee to help out with Family Culture Night, please contact co-organizers Meg Skaar at megskaar@gmail.com and Kristen Bonstein at kristenbonstein@gmail.com. The Bates School will also be participating in their first KINDNESS week the week of March 5th.

Sincerely,

Rodolfo Morales, Principal

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Estimadas familias,                                   

Actualización de operaciones escolares:

Incidentes como el ocurrido el día 14 en Parkland, Florida, nos recuerdan la necesidad de vigilancia con respecto a la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y educadores. Envío este mensaje para informar a las familias que la Escuela Bates tiene rutinas y protocolos para promover y garantizar la seguridad de sus hijxs ya que esta es nuestra prioridad número uno. Hemos llevado a cabo simulacros de incendio y hemos practicado el modo de seguridad, y lo haremos nuevamente durante el año escolar.

Dicho esto, habrá algunos cambios en las operaciones para garantizar que nuestro edificio siga siendo el lugar más seguro posible. Esto incluye asegurarnos de que todas nuestras puertas estén cerradas en todo momento, usando pases de visitante y una hoja de salida tardía para los estudiantes que son recogidos después de nuestra hora de salida de las 4:10. Además, hemos actualizado nuestro sistema de intercomunicación e instalaremos nuevas puertas con medidas de seguridad adicionales, incluidas tarjetas de acceso para todos los miembros del personal.

A partir de hoy, todas las puertas de entrada y salida permanecerán cerradas. Un miembro del personal abrirá la puerta del área de recreo a las 9:15 para bienvenir los niños. La salida será en área de  recreo a partir de las 4:05 p.m. Si va a recoger a un estudiante temprano, llame a la oficina con anticipación o envíe una nota con su hijo si es posible. Durante el horario escolar, las familias pueden entrar por la puerta principal y registrarse en la oficina.  Si asiste al programa YMCA antes o después de la escuela, se colocará un timbre junto a la puerta de recreo donde los niños llegan o se recogen.

Sesión para familias sobre cómo responder al comportamiento de niñ@s

Les invitamos a unirse a nosotros para una sesión informativa el jueves, 1 de marzo de 5: 30-7:00,para aprender más acerca de cómo la Escuela Bates apoya el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes. La Sra. McCormick, nuestra Analista del Comportamiento y Coordinador de Inclusión, compartirá su experiencia en mejorar los comportamientos de los niños y las prácticas basadas en la investigación para responder a comportamientos inesperados. La sesión proporcionará a los padres con estrategias utilizadas en la Escuela Bates que pueden ayudar en casa! Se proporcionará alimentos y cuidado de los niños. Ver folleto (vinculado).También vamos a proporcionar servicios de traducción a petición.

Noche de la Cultura es de 8 de marzo de

Noche de la Cultura para familias está de vuelta! Por favor, guarde la fecha del jueves 8 de marzo a partir de las 5: 30-7: 30 pm, para celebrar con familias de la Escuela Bates y disfrutar de  sus alimentos favoritos , música, juegos, vestido y más. Busque más información en la mochila de su hijo pronto. Si alguien está interesado en ser parte de un comité para ayudar con la Noche de la Cultura para Familias, por favor, póngase en contacto con el co-organizadores Meg Skaar en megskaar@gmail.com y Kristen en Bonstein kristenbonstein@gmail.com.

Sinceramente,

Rodolfo Morales, Director

Note about school operations

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02/16/17

Dear Families,

Incidents like the one that occurred on the 14th in Parkland, Florida, remind us of the need for vigilance regarding the safety of our students and educators. I send this message to let families know that the Bates School has routines and protocols in place to promote and ensure the safety of your children, as this is our number one priority. We have conducted fire drills and practiced safety mode, and will do so again across the school year.

That being said, there will be some shifts in operations to make sure our building continues to be the safest place it can be. These include making sure all of our doors are locked at all times, using visitor passes, and a late sign out sheet for students who are picked up after our 4:10 dismissal time. Additionally, we have updated our intercom system and will be installing new doors with added security measures, including key cards for all staff members.

If you find your child is asking questions about the incident, I suggest looking over Dr. Chang’s statement, which includes several resources and tips.

I will be sure to inform families of updates to our operations as they are implemented. We thank you for partnering with us and for trusting us with your children. If you have any questions,  please do not hesitate to email me or call the school.

With gratitude and appreciation.

Rodolfo Morales, Principal

February 15 – Weekly Newsletter

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Dear Families,                                       

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Bates School ‘Behavior Change Basics’ for Families

You are invited to join us for an informational session on Thursday, March 1st 5:30-7:00,  to learn more about how the Bates School supports our student’s social-emotional wellness. Ms. McCormick, our Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Inclusion Strand Coordinator, will share her expertise around children’s behaviors and research based practices to respond to unexpected behaviors. The session will provide parents with strategies used at the Bates School that may help at home! Food and childcare will be provided. See flyer (linked). We will also provide translation services upon request.

Support for Filing Taxes:

The Codman Square Health Center offers free tax preparation for hard working Dorchester (and Boston) families. Taxpayers who earned less than $54,000 in the previous tax year can have their taxes prepared for free and claim important tax credits such as the EITC. Visit the site linked above or call (617) 825-9660 for more information.

School Committee Budget Hearing:

The Superintendent’s cabinet will host meetings at varying locations and dates where community members will be given the opportunity to share feedback. See dates and locations here (link)

School Site Council/ School Parent Council

Our next School Site Council/ School Parent Council will be on Tuesday, February 13th, from 5:30-7:00 pm. As always, childcare and dinner will be provided.

Family Culture Night is March 8

Family Culture Night is BACK! Please save the date of Thursday, March 8 from 5:30-7:30pm, for an evening celebrating Bates School families’ favorite foods, music, games, dress and more. Look for more information in your child’s backpack soon. If anyone is interested in being on a committee to help out with Family Culture Night, please contact co-organizers Meg Skaar at megskaar@gmail.com and Kristen Bonstein at kristenbonstein@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Rodolfo Morales, Principal
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Estimadas familias,          

Sesión para familias sobre cómo responder al comportamiento de niñ@s

Les invitamos a unirse a nosotros para una sesión informativa el jueves, 1 de marzo de 5: 30-7:00,para aprender más acerca de cómo la Escuela Bates apoya el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes. La Sra. McCormick, nuestra Analista del Comportamiento y Coordinador de Inclusión, compartirá su experiencia en mejorar los comportamientos de los niños y las prácticas basadas en la investigación para responder a comportamientos inesperados. La sesión proporcionará a los padres con estrategias utilizadas en la Escuela Bates que pueden ayudar en casa! Se proporcionará alimentos y cuidado de los niños. Ver folleto (vinculado).También vamos a proporcionar servicios de traducción a petición.

Apoyo para la declaración de impuestos

La plaza del centro de salud Codman  (Codman Health Center) ofrece preparación de impuestos gratis para familias en Boston. Los contribuyentes que ganaron menos de $54,000 en el año fiscal anterior pueden tener sus impuestos preparados de forma gratuita y afirman importantes créditos fiscales tales como el EITC. Visita el sitio vinculado anteriormente o llame al (617) 825-9660 para más información.

Audiencia del Comité de Presupuesto de la escuela:

El gabinete del Superintendente ofrece reuniones en diferentes lugares y fechas donde miembros de la comunidad tendrán la oportunidad de compartir comentarios. Ver fechas y ubicaciones aquí(enlace)

Consejo de Padres Esolae

La próxima reunión del Consejo de Padres será el martes, 13 de febrero de 5: 30-7: 00pm.Como siempre, se proporcionará el cuidado de niños y la cena.

Noche de la Cultura es de 8 de marzo de

Noche de la Cultura para familias está de vuelta! Por favor, guarde la fecha del jueves 8 de marzo a partir de las 5: 30-7: 30 pm, para celebrar con familias de la Escuela Bates y disfrutar de  sus alimentos favoritos , música, juegos, vestido y más. Busque más información en la mochila de su hijo pronto. Si alguien está interesado en ser parte de un comité para ayudar con la Noche de la Cultura para Familias, por favor, póngase en contacto con el co-organizadores Meg Skaar en megskaar@gmail.com y Kristen en Bonstein kristenbonstein@gmail.com.

Sinceramente,

Rodolfo Morales, Director