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Florida Ruffin Ridley School


    Coolidge Corner School



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    8:00am - 2:30pm (Monday-Thursday)
    8:00am - 1:40pm (Friday)


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    617 879 4410 

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Florida Ruffin Ridley School Principal's Blog

  • What's Happening at the Hive #9

    Posted by Jennifer Buller on 1/23/2022 6:00:00 PM

    Hello Florida Ruffin Ridley School Families and Friends, 


    I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe and that this weekend brought you opportunities to slow down, find moments of reflection and connection, and keep warm amidst the colder temperatures. 


    We are heading into an exciting week here at the Hive as we gear up for Florida Ruffin Ridley’s birthday this weekend (1/29).  We will celebrate her birthday and reflect on the ways each of us is working for justice in our community starting with our Hive Pride day this Friday.  For those who are new to our community, or need a refresher on the history of Florida Ruffin Ridley and our school name change, please check out the resources below.


    Florida Ruffin Ridley: Hidden Brookline


    History Behind Our Name: Hidden Brookline


    Florida Ruffin Ridley School Renaming Ceremony (February 26th, 2021)


    Below you can find some updates and information about:

    • Family Volunteers Needed 2/2 and 2/3 
    • Health and Safety Update for the week of 1/17
    • Virtual Event: Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health
    • Student Council for Grades 6-8


    Family Volunteers Needed for Wednesday Feb 3rd and Thursday Feb 4th


    On Wednesday February 2nd and Thursday February 3rd, Corneilus Minor will be here at FRR to work with a larger group of our staff as part of our partnership with the Minor Collective this year. 

    We are excited to enter into this next phase in our work with the Minors and hope to be able to provide these additional professional development opportunities to as many of our educators as possible. 


    We are looking for 15-20 volunteers who are able and willing to volunteer for a half day to cover a classroom so that our educators can connect and learn with Corneilus Minor.  The number of educators we are able to share this incredible opportunity with depends on how many family volunteers are able to help us by volunteering.  


    If you are interested and able to volunteer please fill out this brief form.  The more volunteers the more educators are able to benefit from this amazing professional development opportunity! 



    Health and Safety Update

    This week we saw a decline in our case numbers as well as the percentage of staff and students out of the building.  This data presented below has us hopeful heading into this 4 day week at school.  



    Percentage of Students Absent*

    Percentage of Staff Absent*

    Monday January 17



    Tuesday January 18



    Wednesday January 19



    Thursday January 20



    Friday January 21



    *as a reminder these absences for both students and staff, account for positive COVID-19 results, illness, child care issues, and other non COVID-19 related absences. 


    We continue to send out positive case notifications to individual classrooms in K-5 and grade levels in grades 6-8.  Should our procedures around notification and/or contact tracing and Test and Stay shift we will notify families via email.  



    Virtual Event: Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health- Monday February 7th 5:30 - 6:30pm

    Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook foster a culture of peer comparison and entice users to stay online longer than they intend, which can foster discouraging or negative feelings. Snapchat locations and Instagram stories cause FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), contributing to anxiety, depression, and loneliness. From this event parents/guardians and educators will learn individual and group strategies to optimize students' use of social media.


    Speaker:  Susan Reynolds, M.Ed. has over 20 years of experience in academic technology and digital wellbeing. In 2007 Susan founded ABC Legacy: Atoms to Bits Children's Legacy which generated the Look Up Foundation, committed to empowering teens and college students to join together to change their relationship to technology. As a teacher whose passion has always been to inspire her students to become change agents, she hopes to empower the next generation to find and implement these solutions. 

    To register: https://forms.gle/kL9MSSD1BAgERyDR7

    The event is being brought to the PSB community through our membership to the Massachusetts Youth Partnership (MPY).  The MPY membership has been generously sponsored this school year by the Brookline Education Foundation.


    Student Council for Grades 6-8

    This week we launched our call for applications for students in Grades 6-8 who are interested in participating on our Student Council.  The announcement and link to the application can be found in students’ Canvas.  Additionally, Saeed Ola (Grades 6-8 vice principal) and myself will be hosting an informational session this Tuesday during the middle school lunch/recess block for interested students.  


    Please encourage your middle school student to apply! 



    In my own reflection this weekend I thought a lot about the work we have done together over the past 96 weeks we have been inside this pandemic.  I am deeply grateful for our staff and the ways in which they show up each day, week after week, health and safety first and foremost on their minds, and committed to not only supporting the academic growth and achievement of each student but also in their deep care for the social and emotional well being of each child in their care.  I also have tremendous gratitude for each of our families and the ways in which you share your gifts with each other and us all and the ways in which you’ve adapted your own schedules and lives to meet the various and ever changing procedures and needs of our school.  Our students, your children, hold a special place in this experience. I am constantly awed and inspired by the way they have met every moment with resilience, flexibility, perseverance, compassion, and empathy modeling for us all and bringing light to some of the darker moments.  


    I invite you to spend some time of your own to reflect on the past almost two years, find opportunities for gratitude, and reach out and share that gratitude freely and abundantly.  


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