Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends!
We hope this email finds you well as we all get deeper into summer break. Things have been busy in the hive as we are finalizing the moving schedule, visiting the site to check on progress, developing procedures and protocols for our new building, and working on strengthening our community through thoughtful plans and approaches to instruction, engagement, and relationship building.
On Friday, July 13th final walk throughs at both sites were completed with Wakefield Moving Company to assess the scope of the work. Moving trucks begin to roll into our driveways and load boxes from both buildings on August 1st and will tentatively conclude on August 20th. Dave and Matt Gillis will be supporting at each of the sites making sure that all things labeled make it onto the moving trucks. Jen, MaryEllen Dunn, and Superintendent Bott will be at 345 Harvard Street to help direct the movers to correct classroom and office spaces. Our tentative move in date for staff (August 25th) has not changed yet as it is reliant on receiving the certificate of occupancy. Many inspections need to happen and pass prior to that certificate being issued. Once we have a definitive move in date for staff we will be able to firm up dates for families to take guided tours of the new building.
Be sure to check out all of the pictures of the new building as it takes shape this summer by following us on Twitter @TheHiveInCC.
As we rejoin our K-4 and 5-8 and welcome back our PreK students into our community, there is much we are examining and planning for to ensure that each day operates smoothly and safely. We will build in plenty of time and space for families to reconnect and strengthen relationships within and between grade levels. We are finalizing our protocols and procedures for arrival and dismissal and incorporating guidance from the town. We want to thank everyone who participated in the surveys and family forums in the spring. Our procedures and protocols incorporate the feedback. It is clear from this feedback that there is a need to create and support opportunities for families to get to know each other and build relationships in both formal and informal settings while implementing procedures that ensure the safety of students, staff, and families. We will be working with our PTO and other family representatives on integrating these opportunities into our routines and practices.
We will be mailing out a second summer mailing to the addresses that we have in our Parent Portal database. In this mailing we will include the arrival/dismissal procedures, a neighborhood map with crossing guard locations, information on how to sign up for summer guided tours of the new building, along with other important information about the first days of school. Please double check your address in the Parent Portal and update it with the Office of Student Affairs if needed. If you have forgotten your login credentials you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 10th our Access and Equity team met with Superintendent Bott and Ben Lummis to provide feedback and collaborate on a proposed process for the renaming. We are very excited that at this point the basic plan will put Coolidge Corner students in a significant role leading the town-wide process and have it begin with our school community. Ben, Jen, Dave, and the superintendent are now incorporating the feedback and answering questions raised by the Access and Equity team. Once the plan is revised, we will share with you many more details and provide an opportunity for you to provide additional input on the process if you would like to.
Vice Principal Search Update
We are thrilled to welcome Steve Simolaris as a vice principal here with us at Coolidge Corner School!
For the past three years, Steve has been the K-12 Supervisor of Health and Wellness for the Somerville Public Schools. While there, he has led the curriculum and instruction side of social and emotional learning for the district, implemented a comprehensive, middle-grades health program, and developed the structure for a systemic mindfulness program. Prior to Somerville, Steve was an elementary physical education teacher for seven years with the Stoughton Public Schools. He received an M. Ed. in Organizational Management from Endicott College and another in Curriculum and Instruction from Fitchburg State. Steve received his Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. He is excited to be joining the Coolidge Corner School community!
We are looking forward to all the excitement over the next few weeks as we get closer and closer to opening the building together! As always, if you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.