We've had a very chilly start to our New Year here at Lower Devo. Our custodians and town electricians, plumbers, and HVAC workers were working overtime to ensure that our building had adequate heat for our return. They continue to monitor temperatures in the building and address any issues as soon as they arise. We are so fortunate to be so well taken care of here in our building!
As a reminder, please send your student(s) to school with appropriate extreme cold weather gear for these bitter days. We monitor the air temperature and wind chills closely and only go out when temperatures are safe. It is important that students have a warm winter coat, mittens/gloves, and hat. When there is snow on the ground, students need boots and snow pants to play in the snow safely. Please check out the infographic below for some guidelines for how to dress for New England winters which includes dressing in layers since the outdoor and indoor temperatures vary so greatly.
If you are unable to afford purchasing gear to help keep your student(s) safe in the extreme cold, please reach out to our guidance counselors (Jordana Spitz - K-2, Mary Murphy- 3-4) for assistance.
Upcoming Community Events
Drums and Wellness: Come out and participate in our 2nd community drum circle on Wednesday, January 10th from 6:00 - 7:00p at the Community Room on the corner of St. Paul and Dummer Streets. Jonathan Mande will be there to lead us in some rhythmic exercises that will help grow our bond as a community.
Community Forum: All parents/guardians are welcome to attend our second meeting at Lower Devotion. If you were unable to make the morning meeting in December please come on January 25th from 6:00 - 7:30p so that we can include as many voices as possible about the new Devotion School. Child care will be provided.
Many people take time at the start of the new calendar year to reflect on the past year and set new goals for themselves and their families. At school we return after the December break and renew our goals from September, adjust our sails as needed, and continue to sail strong as we reach benchmarks and milestones on our path to increased engagement, achievement, and connections for all our students.
We wish you a Happy New Year filled with health, joy, and love.
Please read letter below sent to all grade 8 families about the transition to BHS from Principal, Anthony Meyer, and Dean, Lisa Redding.
Dear Eighth Grade Families:
Happy New Year from Brookline High School! As 2018 dawns, we set our sights on the eighth to ninth grade transition, knowing the Class of 2022 enters BHS in September and that this process happens quickly. For now, we at Brookline High are thrilled to have you and your students join our vibrant, diverse school community.
As part of this process, we invite you to a series of informational events about our academic program, as well as courses and opportunities available to your students next year and beyond. We design these transition events to orient you to BHS and to answer many of your questions. Just as your students are preparing for one of life’s larger transitional periods, we recognize that families also will experience something new, exciting, and, at times, daunting. The events we have planned serve as a bridge to help everyone in their transition to BHS.
While we encourage you to attend as many events as possible and know you will benefit from them, we also realize how busy life becomes. If you cannot attend every session, do not worry. We are working with PTO leaders at our K‐8 schools so that information from these events, and the transition process in general, is shared.
Eighth Grade Transition Events – 2018
Monday, February 5 at 7:00 pm in the BHS Auditorium
Curriculum Night for English, Social Studies, Science, Math, World Language, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Career and Technology Education, and Health/Fitness. This evening is for parents and guardians. It is a chance to hear from our leadership team, especially Curriculum Coordinators from each subject area.
*Overview of Special Education services and programs, 6:00 pm in the Library
This separate and earlier portion of Curriculum Night is for parents and guardians to meet our special education leadership and available staff members. You will learn about the high schoolʹs robust continuum of special education programing.
Thursday, February 8 – Tuesday, February 13 at each K‐8 School
BHS World Language “Road Show” is for students only and during the day. We will introduce our course of study for languages by visiting PSB K‐8 schools.
Thursday, February 15 at BHS
Arts at BHS is for students only and during the school day. Eighth graders visit BHS and enjoy a presentation of our Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Career and Technical Education offerings.
Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 pm in the BHS Auditorium
Life at Brookline High School is for parents, guardians and especially students. On this night, the headmaster, deans for the class of 2022, and a panel of students will talk and answer questions about life at Brookline High, including the 8th to 9th grade transition.
Monday, March 12 at 7:00 pm in the BHS Auditorium
Introduction to Athletics: Parents and students are invited to a presentation and Q&A session about our interscholastic athletic program. We realize that there are many secondary school choices available and that some families are still deciding where to send their student to high school. Please know you are most welcome to attend these evenings as a way to gather information. We believe Brookline High offers a rich, high quality program that is competitive with any private or public school in the area. We look forward to seeing you soon at the eighth grade transition events and sharing all that BHS has to offer. Welcome!