Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends,
We hope that everyone had a safe and peaceful February Break. As we transition back to school tomorrow, we are excited by the uninterrupted 8 week stretch of school that lays before us. These next weeks allow us to dig deeper into learning and gain momentum with social emotional development and academic growth.
To help us in our work, we want to remind everyone of the importance of attendance at school which includes being to school on time! Our school day starts promptly at 8:00a.m. Students who arrive after 8:00a.m. are marked tardy and need to sign in to the computers at the main office. The entrances at the playground and Harvard Street open at 7:45a.m. and the Stedman door opens at 7:30a.m. Students are dismissed from the entrances and cafeteria at 7:50a.m. giving them plenty of time to unpack their bags and get ready to begin their day at 8:00a.m. Please help your child have a smooth transition to the day by ensuring they arrive to school with plenty of time to make it to their classrooms by 8:00a.m. If you are struggling at home with establishing a solid morning routine that ensures an on time arrival please connect with your student’s guidance counselor and/or vice principal who can help point you to resources and suggestions for starting the morning off smoothly.
Below you will find some information and updates related to our community at the Coolidge Corner School. Read on to find more information about our upcoming Black History Month assembly this Friday, our new K-2 and grades 6-8 math specialist, CCS priorities midpoint feedback recap and next steps, and reminders about March Hive Pride Day and School Council/PTO Coffee and Conversation meetings dates and times.
Celebrating Black History Month
This year our Access and Equity Team has been focusing on ways we acknowledge, honor, and celebrate the diversity of our students in addition to their strong outreach work that they are continuing from years past. We listened to some of our students who called for an opportunity to speak about their experiences in our school and lift up voices in our community locally and nationally that represent their identities.
A group of teachers formed a working group to explore ways we could come together as a school in celebration of Black History Month. This year we decided on two ways to celebrate this month and honor the identities of our students, staff, and families.
First all students K-8 read the book Wings by Christopher Meyers in their Art class. It is a favorite of mine, perhaps some of you remember it from a few Kindergarten Peek and Practices when I would read it to the incoming kindergarteners over at 30 Webster Street. It is a beautiful book that shows us the power of standing up for others and celebrating our individuality and gifts to the community. They then each made a unique feather that will become part of a community art installation of a pair of wings. We will reveal the wings at an assembly on Friday.
Second, we will be coming together as an entire school on Friday for our first ever Black History Month assembly. As students arrive at the assembly there will be a slide show playing of all the work that has been happening this month and all in connected to Black history. At the assembly we will have student speakers sharing excerpts from Dr. King’s Beloved Community speech as well as sharing their responses and connections to the Beloved Community Speech. Colin Stack and Krissy Chylinski will be leading the K-2 students, grades 3-5 students, and our grades 5-8 chorus in song to share with the community. One of our 5th grade students will share a poem about her identity that she worked on and created during our after school Young African American and Latinx Scholars Program. A few of our students from the Bee-lievers of Change will share information about Florida Ruffin Ridley and our name change. And finally we will unveil our community art piece for the first time. I will be sure to take lots of photos and post them on our Twitter page (@TheHiveInCC) and let you know where you can view the installation once we have a permanent home for it in CCS.
We are excited for this first experience in celebrating Black History Month and building upon it in years to come. For our assembly on Friday we are unable to have families attend due to space constrictions.
Welcome to our New Math Specialist
We are thrilled to welcome Emilio Zamalloa as the newest addition to our math team at CCS. Mr. Zamalloa will be working with kindergarten through grade 2 and grade 6 through 8 students. He will primarily be focused on intervention support and working in classrooms to support math instruction. Mr. Zamalloa is a highly experienced math educator who has spent the majority of his career in the public schools of Boston. We are thrilled for Mr. Zamalloa to bring his experience, energy, and enthusiasm for math instruction to our team at the Coolidge Corner School.
CCS Priorities Midpoint Feedback and Next Steps
Prior to the February break, I held two feedback sessions with families and one feedback session and survey with staff connected to our priority work at CCS. Based on the feedback collected I put together additional action steps to improve our work on clarity and cohesion this year. I shared this work with our School Council on February 8th. You can view the summary of the feedback and next steps outlined in this document. We will have another feedback session at the end of the school year to assess our overall progress towards these goals.
Hive Pride Day 3/6
Friday, March 6th is another HIVE PRIDE DAY! Don’t forget to wear your Hive gear and/or black and yellow to celebrate all the hard work, acts of kindness, and helpfulness that we have been showing all through the month of February. Next time you are in the building, stop by the Hive on the second floor by the elevator to see all the bees students have been earning!
School Council and PTO Coffee and Conversation 3/6
Friday, March 6th at 7:00a.m. will be our next School Council meeting. An agenda will be posted on our website towards the end of this week.
Right after the School Council meeting, join us at 8:00a.m. for the PTO Coffee and Conversation. Our vice principals will be sharing about how to help your child prepare for the upcoming transitions to new grades and grade level bands and the expectations connected to each of those new grades. Steve Simolaris, our K-2 vice principal will share about preparing your 1st grader for increased independence in 2nd grade as they transition to a classroom supported by 2 adults to a classroom with one teacher. Erin Burke, our grade 3-5 vice principal will be sharing about how to help your second grader get ready for the jump to the other side of the building in 3rd grade. Saeed Ola, our grades 6-8 vice principal will share about both the transitions from 5th to 6th grade as your children begin middle school and getting your 8th grader ready for the high school.
8th Grade Transition
For families interested in more information about the transition to the high school please check out Ms. Maylone’s website.
We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to school tomorrow morning! As we transition back it is not uncommon for your child to feel a little extra sleepy and irritable this week as they readjust to an earlier wake up routine and get back into demands of school. A little earlier bed time this week might do us all some good as we make the transition back. :)