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  • Reminders

    Posted by Jennifer Buller at 5/22/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Hello Lower Devo Families and Friends,

    We hope this finds you well and having had a chance to get outside this weekend and play together.  We wanted to share a few reminders with you as we near the one month mark until the end of the school year.


    Parking/Stopping on Webster Street:

    As a friendly reminder there is no parking or stopping on Webster Street between 7:45 - 8:15a and 2:15 - 2:45p.  If you need to drive to 30 Webster Street and would like to drop off without parking please use the rolling drop off on Marion Street which is open from 7:45a - 8:05a.  If you would like to access the rolling pick up on Marion Street please be sure to fill out the Rolling Pick Up form and stay in your vehicle on Marion Street while you wait for your student to arrive.  Parking on Marion Street around our building is reserved for live pick up only.  We have had several neighbors share reports of vehicles blocking driveways and being left double parked in the road.  Please help keep our students safe and maintain a positive relationship with our neighbors by following the guidelines for rolling pick up.  


    Arrival/Dismissal Safe Walking Procedures:

    Please use the crosswalks when arriving to school and leaving at the end of the day.  Increased traffic, parked cars, and busses make for complex travel. In order to keep you and your child safe it is best to cross with the crossing guard on Webster Street rather in front of the driveway.  Crossing at the crosswalk also helps reinforce safe street crossing behavior with our youngest students and prepares them for safe independent walking as they get older. 


    Transition to Upper Devo/Building Project Updates:

    Please join us this Monday (May 22nd) from 6:00 - 7:00p in the Lower Devo multipurpose room.  Monica Crowley and Saeed Ola (Upper Devo Principal and Vice Principal) will be presenting important information on the transition to Upper Devo for our 4th graders.  Additionally our architect team from HMFH Architects will present updates on the project including elevation drawings and an updated timeline.


    International Night:

    Join with families from across all grade levels to celebrate the rich diversity that makes the tapestry of our community so vibrant and beautiful.  Stop by the Coolidge Park from 5:30 - 7:30 this Thursday (5/25) to share in community and sample some delicious treats.  


    Devo CAN:

    Monday May 22nd the annual Devotion School food drive for the Brookline Food Pantry begins.  The drive will run through June 2nd and all are invited to help walk the items collected to the food Pantry at 1:40p on Friday 6/2.  For more information please see the Devo Can Flyer or contact Lisa Ting (, Alissa Dubois-Banitt ( or Abby Cox (


    Big Book Bazaar:

    The Big Book Bazaar is coming to Lower Devo! We hope families will join us for the evening event on June 1st at 6:00p on the 5th Floor of Lower Devo. Don't forget to pick up some great new and used books at the bazaar so you can share your #DevoReads photos with us all summer long! 


    Warm Weather Wear:

    As the weather is turning hotter please send your child(ren) to school dressed in layers.  The playground (both the blacktop and Griggs Park) can get very hot but our classrooms are quite cool with the air conditioning units.  Also, if possible, please send your child to school with a water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day so we can help make sure each student is properly hydrated in the heat.  Lastly, as classes spend extra time outside in the sun it is always a good idea to send your child(ren) to school with their sunscreen already applied.  If you would like them to reapply please send them with their own sunscreen and some practice on how to put it on themselves.  


    It's a busy time of year and we want to make sure you don't miss a single event.  Please check our Devotion School Community Calendar for our upcoming Spring Outdoor Concert Series dates and other class specific celebrations and events.  As always if you have any questions or feedback please don't hesitate to reach out to us.


    Jen and Dave


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  • Welcome Back

    Posted by Jennifer Buller at 5/1/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Hello Lower Devo Families and Friends,

    We hope that each family got a chance to engage in activities that they found relaxing, inspiring, and gave each of you a chance to connect in love and light during our April break this past week.  The transition back to the routines and expectations at Lower Devo went smoothly this past week and all the students have jumped back into their learning with full force.  There is something special about the time after April break when students increased maturity and skill building come together to stretch their growth even farther than they thought was possible.  It's an exciting time of year that will quickly transition into a time for reflections and celebrations of a year of hard work, determination, perseverance, success, and joy.  

    The Friday of April break, we joined Monica on a tour of 345 Harvard Street.  The construction site is a very busy place and we are so thankful for the team of workers, close 120 each day, that have been putting in such hard work so that our building can support the vibrant, inclusive, and engaged learning community that is Devotion School. We toured many spaces including the large gym, multipurpose room, classrooms and small group rooms in the Babcock Street wing, and parts of the 1913 building including the main entrance.  It was incredible to walk through the space and see the HMFH drawings we have been looking at this past year really taking shape and being brought to life.  If you have a chance, walk by the site to get in some good looks before they start working on closing up the walls and exterior envelope.  

    We have begun the class placement process with our educators for next school year.  As a reminder, specific teacher requests in placement input letters will not be considered in the placement process.  Also, if you are intending to withdraw from Devotion at the end of the year please fill out this form: Notice Of Non-Returning Students

    On Monday morning we hope you will join us at the PTO sponsored Coffee and Conversation from 8:00 - 9:00am in the Music Room on the 5th floor.  The focus of our time together will be to gain a deeper understanding of the Child Assault Prevention program that will be beginning this year, starting with our grade 1 students.  Gail Sommer will be on hand with other facilitators to share information about the program, the goals of our partnership, the structure of workshops in the classroom, and answer any questions.  Grade 1 Families should have received additional information in your child's backpacks this past week.  If you are a Grade 1 family member who did not receive this additional information, please email us and we will be sure to share copies with you.  

    The end of year brings a flurry of exciting events and activities.  To be sure you don't miss out please stay connected and check our Community Calendar frequently for updates and additional information.  

    Lastly, this week is Educator Appreciation Week! Stop by the Lower Devo Wall of Thanks on the first floor to share your love and appreciation for all the hard work our staff does to make Lower Devo such a special place.  

    We look forward to seeing you at many of the upcoming events and enjoying the (hopefully) warm weather, longer hours of light, and increased sunshine that May often brings.  

    Jen and Dave


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