PSB Family News


September 2017



Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we prepare to open school on Thursday, there is some important information I want to share with all families, including updates about: 

  • Needing Your Help in Contacting You in Case of an Emergency and Protecting Your Child’s Privacy
  • An Improved Approach for School Breakfasts and Lunches
  • Religious and Holiday Observances
  • My School Bucks - Your best way of paying for lunch, field trips, and other programs

Please be sure to read the following updates. Should you have questions about Contact and Consent Verification, please email For questions regarding Food Services, My School Bucks or Religious and Cultural Observances, please contact Deputy Superintendent for Administration & Finance Mary Ellen Dunn at (617) 730-2425.




Andrew Bott


September Updates

Contacting You In an Emergency and Protecting Your Child's Privacy

We want to make sure we have accurate contact information for your family so we can communicate updates, school information, progress reports, and when necessary, reach you in emergency situations. We also want to ensure that we are taking good care of your personal information and only sharing it in ways that you approve. We need all parents and guardians to help us stay in close contact and take care of your personal information by logging into the Parent Portal and completing the Contact and Consent Verification process. Please use the attached instruction sheet to complete this review no later than Friday, September 22nd. You can also access these directions by clicking here.

An Improved Approach to Food Services

PSB is now partnering with Whitsons Culinary Group to manage the district’s food services beginning this year. Whitsons will operate as the food service director while all other food service staff will remain in place. Whitsons is committed to working with PSB to continue improving our ability to provide options for fresh, nutritious food prepared at each of our schools and sourced locally. Your child will see improved options for breakfast and lunch, and you will have access to new tools that will help you and your child understand the nutrition information and ingredients for all offerings. For more information about our new food service approach and to view interactive menus for your child’s school simply go to Food Services homepage. To access nutrition information and ingredients go to our Menus Page and click on your child's school menu. Once you have selected your school menu, click on a day and you will be able to view nutrition information and ingredients by choosing any of the food options on the left side of the page.

Religious and Cultural Observances for 2017-2018 - Check out the new Quick List

Attached you’ll find the .pdf of this year’s letter to families about Category 1, 2, and 3 Religious and Cultural Observances which details the homework and testing policy regarding all religious and/or cultural observances. This letter is also available on the PSB website by clicking here.

MySchoolBucks - Your way of paying for lunch, field, trips, and other programs

The Public Schools of Brookline continues to use My School Bucks to help parents easily pay for student’s breakfast and lunch. You are also now able to pay for field trips and others school related activities and items through My School Bucks. With My School Bucks you can check cafeteria balances and purchases, receive low balance alerts, and also set up automatic payments. You can sign up for a My School Bucks account or add to your balance by clicking here. You will need your child’s student ID number to create an account. You can get your student’s ID number in the Parent Portal.


Important Dates
Event Date, Time Location
School Committee Meeting Thursday, September 14, 6:00 p.m. TH, School Committee Room
Rosh Hasanah - Schools Closed Thursday, September 21 District-wide
BHS Expansion Building Committee Meeting Wednesday, September 27, 8:00 a.m. TBD
In Our Schools

Get Excited for National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 - October 15


For the first time, PSB is recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month. Inspired by the leadership of METCO parent liaison, Milly Arbaje Thomas, METCO parents and Dr. Keith Lezama are helping to organize relevant curricular and cultural activities in a number of schools Also, Between September 15th and October 15th, our school cafeterias will be featuring menu items related to Hispanic countries and cultures. Please keep an eye out for ways you can participate.

In Our Community

Brookline Farmer's Market

Every Thursday from 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Centre Street West Parking Lot in Coolidge Corner.




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