Hello Lower Devo Families and Friends,
We hope that each of you had a chance to relax this weekend and reflect on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reflections of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life and Work:
One of Dr. King's many powerful quotes that speak to us at educators at Lower Devo is as follows:
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Perhaps you were able to engage in community service in honor of Dr. King's legacy. If you missed your opportunity to serve this weekend- don't worry! It's never too late to reach out and help. You can check out the National Service website for opportunities near you or contact the PTO for ways in which you can directly serve our school community through volunteer work.
As public educators we answer this call to service each and every day as we rally together at Lower Devo committed to engaging each young mind in rigorous and equitable educational experiences that inspire them to greatness. We help to reinforce the values of kindness, respect, honor, and courage by modeling this very behavior ourselves in our interactions with each other and with our students. As we reflect on Dr. King's words, work, and call to civil action and justice we remember that we have before us each day a tremendous opportunity to empower our students and work with our families to shape the future in a way that respects each other and our differences, embraces the diversity of the human experience, and builds upon a foundation of love and courage rather than hate and fear. We are invigorated by this work and it is at the core of why many of us entered the the field of public education.
We look forward to sharing in this work with each of our families and students and encourage you to reach out with feedback and suggestions on how we can continue to strengthen our bonds as a community in service of lifting all students.
30 Webster St. Hot Lunch Update
We are thrilled to share that hot lunches at Lower Devo are a success and we are continuing to expand our menu items. You can find the updated January menu (which included pizza THIS FRIDAY) on the Public Schools of Brookline website.
In February even more hot lunch options will be added including: grilled cheese and tomato soup, fish sticks with coleslaw, BBQ chicken sandwich, cream of broccoli soup, steak and cheese sub. Please continue to provide your feedback to us on the updated menu items so we can work with our excellent kitchen staff on providing nutritious hot meals for our students.
We will see everyone tomorrow morning bright and early for another week filled with growth and inspired learning!
Dave and Jen
Mon-Thurs: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 2:10 PM
Phone: (617) 879 - 4930
Address: 194 Boylston St., Brookline, MA 02445
I hope all are enjoying this Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday with family and friends. For those of us who are working, I wish for a productive day that allows for a few moments of reflection about how we can strengthen who we are in order to help others. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
The Devotion motto is, "Work hard, Be Kind and Help others." These words can be seen in the halls of Upper and Lower Devotion and in the actions of our students, staff and families. These traits are important and define who we are as a learning community.
Last week I had the opportunity to visit the seventh grade science classroom as they presented their ecosystem designs with their fifth grade peers. This experience was well received by the fifth graders as they loved being in the 7th grade room and listening to and learning from the "older kids!" The seventh grade students were at their best as they presented to a "real audience" and felt a sense of pride as they shared their project based learning experience related to designing ecosystems. All of that was wonderful, and I particularly was excited to see how the fifth and 7th grade teachers identified similarities between the "Big Ideas" of the fifth grade Bird Unit and the Learning Targets of the Ecosystem Unit (below). This identification and collaboration is a great example of creating opportunities for students to review their learning and transfer that knowledge into new situations for greater understanding.
7th Grade Learning Targets
1) Understand that humans learn about and understand living things by classifying them.
2) Develop a model to describe how matter and energy cycle among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
3) Construct an explanation for how some characteristics and behaviors of animals and plants can increase the probability of success for the organism.
4) Describe how relationships among and between organisms in an ecosystem can be competitive, predatory, parasitic, or mutualistic and that these interactions are found across multiple ecosystems.
5th Grade BIG Ideas
1) Scientists classify living things to learn more about them.
2) Plants and animals live in places that can provide the things they need to survive.
3) Plants and animals have features that help them live in their environment.
4) All living things depend on other living things for survival.
5) All living things have a life cycle.
Let's make 2017 a year of great conversations, great learning and great opportunities for all to succeed!