Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends,
I hope that your long weekend provided you some opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s work and many messages of acceptance, service to community, and social justice. In my own reflection I found myself connecting to Dr. King’s legacy of activism and empowerment. Among the many speeches I read and listened to today, his words the day after unarmed marchers were attacked and his speech at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery march resonated deeply as I thought of my service and work towards educational equity at CCS, particularly this quote:
“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”
At CCS we work to develop upstanders and compassionate human beings who stand for what is right, just, and true even if it means standing alone in the face of popular opinion. We work to empower our students’ voices so they too can join us in our journeys to social justice. We are stronger in this work together, in partnership with all our families and community members.
Below you can find some reminders and updates related to the CCS community including: winter gear reminder, welcoming committee, parking around CCS, Helper Bees, scooters/bicycles in the building, date changes, staff safety training, and the CCS ski trip.
Winter Gear Reminder
A friendly reminder that we try and go out for recess every day at CCS. Unless the temperature drops to or below 9 degrees Fahrenheit (with the wind chill) we will go out to play. Please help your child remember to pack/wear their hats, mittens, warm jacket, and other cold weather gear on cold days.
If you need financial assistance in purchasing adequate winter gear, please reach out to your child’s guidance counselor.
We are hoping to gather a group of volunteers who would be interested in being a first connection to new families who arrive to CCS. If you are interested in this opportunity please fill out this brief form.
Parking Around CCS
This is a friendly reminder that if you need to park when you are visiting CCS, please do so legally. There is NO parking on the left side of Stedman Street during arrival or dismissal. This lane is meant for LIVE PARKING only. Help us keep positive connections with our neighbors by avoiding their parking lots when dropping off or visiting CCS. The parking lot at the radiology lab directly across the street from CCS is for patients only, please do not use this parking lot regardless of the time of day. You can park at any of the meters on Harvard Street (they are free before 8:00a) or in the Centre Street parking lot.
Need some help at home? Hire a helper bee!https://helperbees.org 8th Grade student volunteers are ready to come help out in the community. All donations will go to funding programs and activities that help make our school and community so amazing!
Scooters and Bicycles in the Building
Scooters and bicycles belong secured to the racks outside of the building. Please do not pile up scooters inside the doors coming in off of the playground. This creates an unsafe environment.
Also, a reminder that scooters should not be ridden in the building after school. Please help remind your children that if they are at school after hours, they should not be in the building unless they are in a program and should definitely not be riding scooters in the hallways as they are damaging our floors.
There have been a few adjustments to our calendar.
February School Council Meeting/PTO Coffee and Conversation
CHANGED from Feb 5th to Feb 7th and will now take place at 7:00am and 8:ooam respectively
May School Council Meeting/PTO Coffee and Conversation
CHANGED from May 7th to May 14th (still at 6:oopm and 7:00pm respectively)
CHANGED from March 12th to 19th
Staff Safety Training
This past Tuesday our staff at CCS engaged in a two hour safety training with the Brookline Police Department. We reviewed our emergency preparedness procedures and were trained in an options based protocol for responding to internal threats in building.
If you would like more information about this training, please reach out to myself or your child’s vice principal.
This Friday we hope to see everyone on the slopes at Wachusett Mountain for some fun night skiing and snow boarding. If you are interested in riding on the bus with a group of families and teachers, please see the PTO’s communication about how to reserve your spot.
I hope to see many of you at Caldecott Night this Wednesday at 6:00pm in our Library where we can share in the joy of reading together as a community.