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Lower Devotion School

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    School Hours

    Mon-Thurs: 8:00 AM- 2:30 PM

    Fri: 8:00 AM - 1:40 PM

    Phone: (617) 879 - 4400

    Address: 30 Webster St., Brookline, MA 02446

    Absentee Line: (617) 879 4410

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Lower Devotion Principal's Blog

  • The Big Move and 30 Webster Street Updates

    Posted by Jennifer Buller at 7/13/2016 7:00:00 AM
    Hello Lower Devo Families and Friends!
    We hope everyone is enjoying their summer breaks and engaging in things that you find relaxing, energizing, and inspiring.  We miss having you all around!  Though we have been super busy with moving and getting settled in, there are times when we feel lonely and really miss the sounds of laughter and learning from all our students!
     
    The move from 345 Harvard to 30 Webster took 8 full days and just over 100 filled trucks.  We wore out two moving companies in the heat and rain. We are still trying to finish re-purposing, recycling, and trashing all the items that were left behind so the building can be turned over to the construction company in "broom swept" condition.  So far we have filled 20 dumpsters worth of items left behind that needed to be removed before demolition.  Vacating a building over 100 years old is hard work! 
     
    As we start to come out on the other side, we have been busy setting up common areas at 30 Webster, organizing the book room and supply closets, and making space for all the work that needs to happen here in the summer to ensure we are ready to open to students on September 1st!  This week Valley Communications has been working on installing SmartBoards as we try to stay ahead of them and make paths through the mountains of boxes to the walls identified for installation.  More and more craftsman from the town arrive each day to install phones, core locks, bring the alarm system online, and build out our front lobby.  Each morning brings a new round of shipments of supplies and soon all our classroom rugs that were purchased with the generous support of the PTO will be arriving on our doorstep! It is has been a busy start to the summer for sure! 
     
    We hope by now that everyone has received their placement packets.  This mailing went out on July 1st and included important information regarding the transition to 30 Webster Street, welcome letters, pick-up placards for rolling pick up, directory information from the PTO, and class placement notifications.  Please take some time to read through each of the documents and email with any questions or concerns.  If you did not receive this mailing, please reach out to us as soon as possible so we can make sure you have all the information you need to be ready for a successful start to the school year.  
     
    As we are busily readying our space at 30 Webster Street we are eagerly anticipating the return of all our families and students.  We can't wait to show you around and get you in to the building!  This summer we are hosting two Open House dates for families and students at 30 Webster Street.  The first one will take place on August 10th followed by another chunk of time on August 24th.  
    Please use this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4ea5af2fa7fb6-lower to sign up for a time to visit.  We are working on identifying a third block of time to accommodate students/families who can not make these slots- stay tuned! 
     
    You can view photos and follow our progress of the move and set up on Twitter (@DevoSchool and #DevoReno) or by checking out the Twitter feed on the home page of our school website: brookline.k12.ma.us/devotion.  As always please reach out to us with any questions or feedback!
     
    Jen and Dave  
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Upper Devotion School

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    School Hours

    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

    Absentee Line: (617) 879 4930

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Upper Devotion Principal's Blog

  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Monica Crowley at 8/15/2016 9:00:00 AM

     

    *Upper Devotion School Hours

    Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-3pm

    Friday: 8:30am-2:10pm

     

    *Bus Assignments:  Emailed to Famlies by Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5PM

     

    *Open House at Upper Devotion:  Wednesday, August 24, 2016:  8-10AM

     

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,                                                               August 15, 2016

     

    We are looking forward to the upcoming year and want to share information about grades 5-8 at Upper Devotion. Transition 2.0 (as I like to call the move of grades 5 and 6 and additional staff who service students in grades 5-8) has been going really well. All furniture and materials were delivered from Lower Devotion and staff have been working hard to set up rooms and offices. Our community has doubled in size, which brings many more perspectives, ideas, and learning opportunities. That is exciting!

    The first day of school for students is Thursday, September 1, 2016. Buses will start their routes on the first day of school. (More bus information below.) Once students arrive at Upper Devotion on the first day, grades 5 and 6 will go to the gym (basement level) and grades 7 and 8 will go to the cafeteria (first floor.) At 8:25AM, a chime will ring and students in grade 5 and 6 will go to their homerooms (list below) and students in grades 7 and 8 will go to auditorium (second floor) to meet Mrs. Crowley, Mr. Ola, the 7-8 staff and their advisors.

     

    5B-Room 301-Third Floor                                6D-Room 112-First Floor

    5D-Room 203-Second Floor                            6H-Room 108-First Floor

    5F-Room 205-Second Floor                            6K-Room102-First Floor

    5T-Room 310-Third Floor                                6P-Room 109-First Floor

    5W-Room 204-Second Floor

     

     

     

    Open House for students and families entering grades 5-7 on Wednesday, August 24th from 8-10AM. If you would like to visit the school and see your room, please stop by. Teachers may or may not be here at that time, Mr. Ola and I will be here to greet you. Please enter through the handicapped entrance on Rt.9 or the blacktop door off Walnut Path (a walking path only) that runs from Walnut Street (behind the school) down to Rt.9. Parking is challenging, so please plan ahead to avoid frustration.

     Bus Transportation

    Mary Murphy, Director of School Transportation, shared that bus assignments are almost complete. Information and bus assignments are scheduled to be sent to families by Wednesday, August 17, 2016 via email. If you do not receive an email by 5PM on August 17th, 2016, please email or call secretary, Vikki Castellano at (vikki_castellano@psbma.org) 617-879-4930 to learn your child’s bus assignment.

    Bus Highlights:

    -Children bused to and from Upper Devotion neighborhood

    -Busses will stop on school side of Boylston Street (in front of school) for drop offs and pick ups-no need to cross Rt.9.

    -Crossing guard detail for morning drop offs and after school pick-ups every day

    -It is very important the parent drop offs and pick ups are limited due to traffic on Boylston Street.

    -There will be a late bus after school like all other K-8 schools Monday-Friday that leaves Upper Devotion at 4:30PM and returns students close to Devotion school (TBD.)

     

    Dates to Know (September and October, 2016)

    *Please pay attention to the extended 5 day weekend starting the second weekend in October. This is new to our calendar for this year due to the Monday and Wednesday holiday in one week.

     

    Thursday, September 1, 2016-First Day of School for Students-Buses Run on First Day

    Friday, September 2, 2016-Second Day of School for Students-Regular Bus Schedule

     

    Monday, September 5, 2015-Labor Day-No School

     

    Monday, September 19, 2016-Morning Open House for 6th grade Parents/Guardians

    Thursday, September 22, 2016-Evening Back to School Night for 7th and 8th grades

    Monday, September 26, 2016-Morning Open House for 5th grade (5B, 5F, 5T)

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016-Morning Open House for 5th grade (5D, 5W)

     

    Monday, October 3, 2016-Rosh Hashanah-No School

     

    *Monday, October 10, 2016-Columbus Day-No School

    *Tuesday, October 11, 2016-No School

    *Wednesday, October 12, 2016-Yom Kippur-No School

     

    Thursday, October 20, 2016-PICTURE DAY at Upper Devotion

     

    Activities and Sports at Upper Devotion: 2016-2017

     

    All Year:

    1. Grades 5-8 Homework Center-Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school from

    3:05PM-4:20PM-late bus available at 4:30PM. Students can visit as needed to complete work independently in the library. The first day will be on Monday, September 12, 2016.

     

    *(DASEP is offering a Learning Lab/Homework class at Lower Devotion five days a week for students in grades 2-6. Other classes are available for students in grades 2-6 at Lower Devotion after school as well. Buses will make a stop at Lower Devotion on the way home each day to accommodate students attending DASEP activities. Students will need to register with Lauren Bernard, DASEP Director. dasepdirector@dasep.org

     

    1. Model UN-Grades 7 and 8 (possibly grade 6 pending interest and numbers.)-1 day a week (TBD) after school-late bus available at 4:30PM

     

    Fall

    Cabaret

    I would love to start a Cabaret Club for students to host an evening performance in Late November/Early December-If anyone knows of an adult who may have “Cabaret like talents” and would love to facilitate, please have them contact Monica Crowley at 617-879-4930.

     

    DFL

    Grade 6-8-Friday after school-2 games with one starting at 2:30 and the second starting at 3:15PM-Field across RT.9 9 at Upper Devotion

     

    Fall Cross Country(COED Grade 5-8)

    Each school has 6 after school sessions allotted for practices and then a district wide meet

     

    VOLLEYBALL (COED Grade 7 and 8)

    8 weeks, then playoffs

    End of September -Early November

    Total 2 sessions per week, 1 practice and 1 game.

     

    WINTER

    GIRLS BASKETBALL AND BOYS BASKETBALL (Grades 7 and 8)

    End of November to the end of February -(10 weeks plus tournament)

     

    SPRING

    Grade 8 Musical-Production to go up in the spring! Director Needed. Please contact Monica Crowley at 617-879-4930 if you know of any possible candidates.

     

    INDOOR SOCCER (COED Grade 7 and 8)

    8 weeks, then playoffs

    MId March-Mid May

    Total 2 sessions per week, 1 practice and 1 game.

     

    Track and Field (COED Grade 5-8)

    8 after school sessions for Spring Track and Field practices and then a district wide meet

     

    Communication

    In the spirit of communication, please use the “Edward Devotion School Google Calendar” to stay up to date on all school wide events and activities for both Lower Devotion at 30 Webster Street and Upper Devotion at 194 Boylston Street.

     

    You can access the calendar by going on the Devotion School Website (one website for Lower and Upper Devotion) at http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/devotion

     

    Once there, scroll down and the calendar feed is on the right. In addition to the calendar, Jen, Dave and I write weekly blogs on the Devotion website http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/devotion (front page) to inform the Devotion community as to learning, events and updates happening at both sites.

    Finally, we each have created Twitter accounts (@DevoSchool and @UpperDevotion.) Please start or continue to follow us. Two sites-One School!

    Enjoy all that summer has to offer and we will see you soon,

    Monica Crowley and Saeed Ola

    Email: monica_crowley@psbma.org and Saeed_ola@psbma.org

    Phone Number 617-879-4300 (main number for Upper Devotion)

    Secretary: Vikki Castellano, viiki_castellano@psbma.org

    Twitter: @UpperDevotion

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