Weekly Family Newsletter – June 19, 2017

For the Week of June 18th through June 24th, 2017. 

Staffing Update

We have submitted a candidate for hire and will share information about our new team member next week. Thank you to Mr. Morales, Mr. Clark, Mr. Macchi, and Mrs. Moses for serving on the interview panel.

Field Day – June 23rd

Field Day is this Friday, June 23rd. We are still looking for parent volunteers to support the second block (12:15-2:45, Grades 3-5). Please note that, due to lack of additional days in the school year that do not have other events, we will be forced to cancel Field Day if it rains.

June 27-28 – EARLY DISMISSAL

We will have early dismissal on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (the last two days of school). Dismissal will be at 1:30. We will still provide breakfast and lunch for all students.

 

Upcoming Dates

June 22 – K2 Promotion Ceremony (10:00am) / K0/K1 Celebration (1:30pm)

June 23 – Field Day

June 26 – 5th Grade Promotion (10am at the Roslindale House)

June 27-28 – Early Dismissal

June 28 – Last Day of School / Report Cards Sent Home

Weekly Family Newsletter – June 4, 2017

For the Week of June 4th through June 10th, 2017. 

A tremendous thank you to the parents who supported the talent show last week! Our students did an amazing job and it would not have been possibly without parent volunteers. I would especially like to thank Barb Damon and Lauren Manasse-Latham for the tremendous amount of time and work they put into the show, from auditions, to rehearsals, to the setup. 

Staffing Update

A panel of Bates staff interviewed 6 candidates for our 5th grade position on Friday. We hope to have a hire determined by next week. Thank you to Mr. Morales, Mr. Clark, Mr. Macchi, and Mrs. Moses for serving on the interview panel.

SSC/SPC – June 12th 

Our final SPC/SSC meeting of the year will be on Monday, June 12th. At this meeting, parents will see the final schedule for Extended Learning Time. In addition, we will discuss important planning as we prepare for the fall events. Lastly, as part of the School on the Move Prize, the Rennie Center will join the meeting to interview parents about their experience at the Bates. 

Fidget Spinners – BANNED

Recently, fidget spinners have become a popular trend with students. As an inclusion school, we recognize the needs of some students to occupy their hands as a strategy to keep their attention on learning. Unfortunately, this particular tools has caused distractions and, in some cases, conflicts between students. As a result, we are no longer permitting students to bring fidget spinners to school. Should a teacher see a student with a fidget spinner, he/she will confiscate it and return it to the student at the end of the day. If the student brings it a second time, a parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick it up. Please contact the school with questions. 

Field Day

Please mark your calendars for two important end-of-year events! Our annual Field Day will be on Friday, June 23rd. We will reach out soon to ask for volunteers.

Upcoming Dates

June 12 – SPC/SSC Meeting 

June 22 – K2 Promotion Ceremony (10:00am) / K0/K1 Celebration (1:30pm)

June 26 – 5th Grade Promotion (10am at the Roslindale House)

June 27-28 – Early Dismissal

June 28 – Last Day of School

Weekly Family Newsletter – May 28th, 2017

2017 Talent Show

Our annual talent show will take place this Friday, June 2nd, beginning at 6:30pm in the Bates auditorium. The auditorium will be open at 6:00 with pizza for attending guests. We hope to see many families join us to celebrate and enjoy the many talents of our students. As we work to make sure we are prepared, please complete and return this RSVP so we know you’re coming!

BuildBPS Neighborhood Workshop

This Thursday, June 1st, the Boston Public Schools will host a neighborhood workshop for the BuildBPS initiative. At this workshop, you will 

  • Learn more about BuildBPS, the ten-year educational and facilities master plan
  • Help BPS decide how to invest $1 billion in Boston’s school buildings
  • Engage in hands-on activities about school renovation and construction projects

Free childcare and refreshments will be provided. The workshop will be from 5:30-8:00pm at the William H. Ohrenberger School (175 West Boundary Rd.). While this workshop is specifically intended for the Roslindale/Hyde Park/West Roxbury neighborhoods, you can learn about other dates here. We hope to see many families there to contribute to this important process. 

Staffing Change

Mrs. Arnold, one of our fabulous 5th grade teachers, will be relocating out of state with her family. From Mr. Vega: “I’ve known Karen Arnold for 7 years and in the time we worked together at Orchard Gardens K-8, I came to know her as one of the best teachers I have ever seen. I was thrilled when she decided to join the Bates staff and I thank her for her two years of service to our school community.” As we begin the search for a new 5th grade teacher (Math/Social Studies in Excellence for All), we will interview a group of panelists on Friday June 2nd. If you are a 4th grade parent interested in participating in interviews, please let Mr. Vega know. 

Fidget Spinners – BANNED

Recently, fidget spinners have become a popular trend with students. As an inclusion school, we recognize the needs of some students to occupy their hands as a strategy to keep their attention on learning. Unfortunately, this particular tools has caused distractions and, in some cases, conflicts between students. As a result, we are no longer permitting students to bring fidget spinners to school. Should a teacher see a student with a fidget spinner, he/she will confiscate it and return it to the student at the end of the day. If the student brings it a second time, a parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick it up. Please contact the school with questions. 

Field Day

Please mark your calendars for two important end-of-year events! Our annual Field Day will be on Friday, June 23rd. We will reach out soon to ask for volunteers.

Upcoming Dates

June 1 – BuildBPS Workshop

June 2 – Talent Show

June 12 – SPC/SSC Meeting 

June 22 – K2 Promotion Ceremony (10:00am) / K0/K1 Celebration (1:30pm)

June 26 – 5th Grade Promotion (10am at the Roslindale House)

Spring Math MCAS

MCAS season is upon us! Beginning TOMORROW (Tuesday, May 16), students in grades 3-5 will start taking the Math MCAS.  All testing will begin at 10:00am and students may not enter the testing rooms if they arrive after that. Late students will have to take the MCAS at a later time separate from their class.Students who are absent will take the assessment during planned makeup times. 

Please reach out with questions and thank you for making sure students are present and on time during MCAS testing. 

Session 1 – May 16, 2017

Session 2- May 17, 2017

Make-Ups – May 18, 2017

 

Weekly Family Newsletter – May 14, 2017

For the Week of May 14th through May 20th, 2017. 

A tremendous thank you to all the parents who supported our Spring Book Fair last week! A special thank you to Kristen Bonstein (K1 and 2nd grade parent) who organized the event, volunteers, and classroom signups!

Math MCAS THIS WEEK

This week our students in Grades 3-5 will be taking the Math MCAS. All testing will begin at 10:00am and students may not enter the testing rooms if they arrive after that. Late students will have to take the MCAS at a later time separate from their class.  Students who are absent will take the assessment during planned makeup times.

Please reach out with questions and thank you for making sure students are present and on time during MCAS testing.

Talent Show Permission Slips

Monday May 15th is the last day for students to turn in permission slips to audition for and participate in the talent show! We are hoping more students are able to participate. The talent show is open to every student in the school (an earlier voice message accidentally said Grades 3-5).

Fidget Spinners – BANNED

Recently, fidget spinners (pictured below) have become a popular trend with students. As an inclusion school, we recognize the needs of some students to occupy their hands as a strategy to keep their attention on learning. Unfortunately, this particular tools has caused distractions and, in some cases, conflicts between students. As a result, we are no longer permitting students to bring fidget spinners to school. Should a teacher see a student with a fidget spinner, he/she will confiscate it and return it to the student at the end of the day. If the student brings it a second time, a parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick it up. Please contact the school with questions. 

Fidget
Please do not allow your child to bring fidget spinners to school. They will be confiscated.

Parent Climate Survey

It is that time again for our School Climate Survey for Parents. We have been using these results to reflect on and examine our own practice and to determine how to better support you. In addition, the district is using these results to measure the quality of schools for prospective parents so it is really important to have a strong response rate.

We had a GREAT response rate last year, 45% of our parents returned the survey. This year we are hoping increase that number to 65%.

This year, the survey is ONLY online. We ask that you please complete the survey and send the slip at the bottom of this letter to school withy our child. We will also have a room at Fox Fest on Saturday where you can complete the survey.

http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/climatesurvey

To help you and the students remember, we would like to offer a popsicle and play period for the class with the HIGHEST number of returns.

If you completed the survey on-line, can you please send in the form below so we can count your response. You DO NOT need to do both, please ONLY complete one, the paper copy OR the on-line survey. Please complete by Monday MAY 14th.

Field Day

Please mark your calendars for two important end-of-year events! Our annual Field Day will be on Friday, June 23rd. We will reach out soon to ask for volunteers.

Upcoming Dates

May 15-18 – Math MCAS

May 19 – Talent Show Tryouts

June 2 – Talent Show

June 12 – SPC/SSC Meeting 

June 26 – 5th Grade Promotion (10am at the Roslindale House)

Weekly Family Newsletter – May 7, 2017

For the Week of May 7th through May 12th, 2017. 

Spring Book Fair

May 9th (9am-3:30pm), 10th (9am-7pm), and 11th (9am-3pm)

The Bates SPC is organizing and staffing our Spring Book Fair that will take place in a few weeks. We are looking for volunteers to help students choose and purchase books during the school day and during our special evening hours.  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.

Fidget Spinners – BANNED

Recently, fidget spinners (pictured below) have become a popular trend with students. As an inclusion school, we recognize the needs of some students to occupy their hands as a strategy to keep their attention on learning. Unfortunately, this particular tools has caused distractions and, in some cases, conflicts between students. As a result, we are no longer permitting students to bring fidget spinners to school. Should a teacher see a student with a fidget spinner, he/she will confiscate it and return it to the student at the end of the day. If the student brings it a second time, a parent/guardian will have to come to school to pick it up. Please contact the school with questions. 

Fidget
Please do not allow your child to bring fidget spinners to school. They will be confiscated.

Parent Climate Survey

It is that time again for our School Climate Survey for Parents. We have been using these results to reflect on and examine our own practice and to determine how to better support you. In addition, the district is using these results to measure the quality of schools for prospective parents so it is really important to have a strong response rate.

We had a GREAT response rate last year, 45% of our parents returned the survey. This year we are hoping increase that number to 65%.

This year, the survey is ONLY online. We ask that you please complete the survey and send the slip at the bottom of this letter to school withy our child. We will also have a room at Fox Fest on Saturday where you can complete the survey.

http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/climatesurvey

To help you and the students remember, we would like to offer a popsicle and play period for the class with the HIGHEST number of returns.

If you completed the survey on-line, can you please send in the form below so we can count your response. You DO NOT need to do both, please ONLY complete one, the paper copy OR the on-line survey. Please complete by Friday MAY 12th.

Field Day

Please mark your calendars for two important end-of-year events! Our annual Field Day will be on Friday, June 23rd. We will reach out soon to ask for volunteers.

Upcoming Dates

May 9-11 – Spring Book Fair

May 19 – Talent Show Tryouts

June 2 – Talent Show

June 12 – SPC/SSC Meetingsotm_bates_100

Fox Fest – Thank You, Donors!

On April 29th, we held our annual fundraising event–Fox Fest. We are very excited to share that we raised nearly $5,000 for our school in the silent auction, live auction, and raffle. We would like to thank the generous businesses and individuals who provided donations that made Fox Fest possible:

We hope you will join our school community in thanking these businesses and individuals for their support of our students. We look forward to continuing to build these partnerships as we support our local community.

 

Weekly Family Newsletter – April 30, 2017

For the Week of April 30th through May 6th, 2017. 

A tremendous thank you to everyone who joined us for Fox Fest on Saturday! We raised nearly $5,000 for the Bates! We would also like to thank the parent volunteers who coordinated the event, the School Parent Council, and Travis Marshall (chair of the committee).

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Principal Search Update

Last week, we were pleased to share that Mr. Rodolfo Morales, a native of Hyde Park, will serve at the next principal of the Phineas Bates Elementary School! We would like to thank the parent and teachers who served on the principal screening committee. Mr. Morales joined us for Fox Fest and Saturday and is excited to join our community. You can read Superintendent Chang’s announcement here.

Teacher Appreciation Day – May 2nd 

The Parent Council will host breakfast at school for all of our dedicated teachers and staff. If you are able to contribute, please send $1 to help!

Students can use the attached sheets in the flier to send a note to each teacher and staff member they would like to thank. Return your sheets to school by Wednesday, April 26 and we will distribute the words of thanks to the teachers.

Teacher Appreciation Flier

School Site/Parent Council – May 4th 

Our next SPC/SSC meeting is Thursday May 4th. The meeting will be from 5:30-7:00pm with free dinner and childcare provided. We will provided updates on Extended Learning time, the principal transition, and debrief Fox Fest.

Spring Book Fair

May 9th (9am-3:30pm), 10th (9am-7pm), and 11th (9am-3pm)

The Bates SPC is organizing and staffing our Spring Book Fair that will take place in a few weeks. We are looking for volunteers to help students choose and purchase books during the school day and during our special evening hours.  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.

 

Upcoming Dates

May 4 – SSC/SPC

May 9-11 – Spring Book Fair

May 19 – Talent Show Tryouts

June 2 – Talent Show

Fox Fest – Saturday 4/29 – 5-7pm

Fox Fest is THIS SATURDAYApril 29th at 5pm until 7pm!

Come show off your family’s cooking with a favorite potluck dish!

K0/K1 & K2:  Salads & Appetizer / Ensalada & Aperitivo

1st – 3rd Grade: Main Dish / Plato Principal

4th & 5th Grade:  Dessert / Postre

Raffle Tickets are $1 for Prize Baskets and $5 for Grand Drawing!  Bring your wallet to support the Bates!

Baskets: Arts & Crafts, Movies, Board Games, Mindbenders, Coffee Lover’s, and more! Auctions: Gym memberships, theater tickets, Sky Zone, Laser Quest, Fornax, Aquarium, Cooking Classes and more!

Grand Drawing:  Red Sox tickets, Razor Scooter, 40” TV

Live Auctions:  Date Night Dinner, Principal for a Day, Field Trip and more!
Come support our school community!

Weekly Family Newsletter – April 23, 2017

For the Week of April 23rd through April 29th, 2017. 

FOX FEST – THIS SATURDAY APRIL 29TH, 5:00-7:00pm

What is Fox Fest?

A school-wide party held every spring to celebrate the Bates community and raise money for school enrichment programs and activities. Fox Fest includes children’s activities, a potluck dinner, dance party, raffle items, a silent auction, and a live auction!

Where is Fox Fest?

Fox Fest will be held in the school cafeteria and playground (if weather permits).

How can I win BIG at Fox Fest?

Fill out and send back your YELLOW RAFFLE TICKETS with payment for the chance to win:

  • 40″ LED TV!
  • Red Sox Tickets!
  • Razor Scooter!

Come to Fox Fest for many other items to be raffled and auctioned, including: Aquarium Passes, Ballet Tickets, Cooking Classes, Bowling, Laser Quest, Sky Zone, Rock Spot, Dinner Date Night, Fornax Bread, Restaurant Certificates, ICA Passes, Theater Tickets, Fitness Memberships, City Hall Field Trip, Principal-for-a-Day, and more!

In order to support this event, please bring the potluck item designated by your child’s grade to Fox Fest!

K0/K1 & K2:  Salads & Appetizer 

1st – 3rd Grade: Main Dish 

4th & 5th Grade:  Dessert 

Principal Search Update

 Please expect an announcement this week regarding the new principal of the Bates.

Teacher Appreciation Day – May 2nd 

The Parent Council will host breakfast at school for all of our dedicated teachers and staff. If you are able to contribute, please send $1 to help! 

Students can use the attached sheets in the flier to send a note to each teacher and staff member they would like to thank. Return your sheets to school by Wednesday, April 26 and we will distribute the words of thanks to the teachers.

Teacher Appreciation Flier

School Site/Parent Council – May 4th 

Our next SPC/SSC meeting is Thursday May 4th. The meeting will be from 5:30-7:00pm with free dinner and childcare provided. 

 

Upcoming Dates

April 29 – Fox Fest

May 4 – SSC/SPC

May 19 – Talent Show Tryouts

June 2 – Talent Show