• September 21, 2018

    Dear Baker Families,

    It is September 21st and we still have not yet had a full week of school!  That said, our students and teachers have been extremely busy building routines, setting expectations, and gearing up to dive into teaching content.   Our 8th grade trip to The Makery was photographed and published in the Brookline Tab .  Our students are re-building stamina for academic work, and we are slowly beginning to raise the work demands.  We have also started our Back-to-School Curriculum presentations, which will continue through next week. We hope to see you there!

    Teaching and Learning:

    Students from grades K through 8 are all learning about how they will operate as scientists.  It is amazing to see the threads that connect the learning occurs across all grade levels.

    • First graders explored their thinking about what scientists looks like, what they do, and where they work.  
    • Second graders practiced observation skills using magnifying glasses and sea shells.  
    • Sixth graders and seventh graders reviewed making observations and inferences, and using microscopes.  
    • All grades also learned how they will organize their work as scientists.  All of this work sets the stage so that students can operate with greater efficiency later in the year.

     

    Living our Values - Work Hard, Be Kind, Help Others, Build Relationships:

    Parents have been asking about our rules and expectation across the different settings within the school.  It is difficult to provide a simple, consistent list of rules because our community members represent wide ranges in their age, and levels of understanding of rules.  Our staff members have been contributing their thoughts about expectations in various settings and age levels that are grounded in our school values. Our expectations for the cafeteria are being printed as posters and will appear in the cafeteria in the next two weeks.   Expectations for other locations in the school are being refined and will also be posted for clarity and consistency.

    Upcoming Events:

    • 9/24 (Monday) @ 8:00 - 8:45 - 2nd Grade Back to School Presentations
    • 9/25 (Tuesday) @ 8:00 - 8:45 - 1st Grade Back to School Presentations
    • 9/25 (Tuesday) @ 8:30 - 1:00 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Honey Pot Hill
    • 9/26 (Wednesday) @ 8:00 - 8:45 - 3rd Grade Back to School Presentations
    • 9/27 (Thursday) @ 8:00 - 8:45 - Kindergarten Back to School Presentations
    • 9/28 (Friday) @ 8:00 - 8:45 - 4th Grade Back to School Presentations
    • 10/1 (Monday) @8:10-8:52 - 7th Grade Back to School Presentation
    • 10/3 (Wednesday) @7:00-8:00pm - Parent Info Night (Admin. Team presentation)
    • 10/4 (Thursday) @8:10-8:40 - Gr. 6 Back to School Presentation
    • 10/5 (Friday) - Art Barn Assembly (Grades K-6)

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    September 17, 2018

    Dear Baker Families,

    During our first six weeks of school, teachers work with their students to establish routines and expectations, and build community.  Simultaneously, the Baker Admin team has been meeting with parent groups to learn about how we can support engaging families in community events.  We are excited about the possibilities this year!

    Teaching and Learning:

    • Gr. 3 students have been working on building stamina for reading.  The entire 3T class had sustained independent reading for 22 minutes.  While reading, students were focused on finding out what “just right books” are for them.  Keep it up 3T!
    • The 8th grade team took the students to The Makery, where they created individualized journals.  These journals will be used as part of the Disciplinary Literacy Initiative to build reading, writing, and communication skills.
    • Superintendent Bott joined the Baker admin. team in observing students and teachers at work in grades 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.

    Living Our Core Values:

    • The 8th grade team went to Tree Top Adventures.  There they participated in group activities, climbing, and ziplining.  The goal of this trip was to have a shared community experience to build and strengthen the connections among students and with teachers.  
    • Members of the PTO, the Site Council, and the Diversity Committee  met to discuss ways to increase the quality of family participation in our community events.  This meeting was our first opportunity to practice placing an emphasis on building connections through our meeting protocols.  If you haven’t done so, please join our PTO email list at https://www.bakerschoolpto.org/pto-newsletter.html  and/or email the PTO to get involved in volunteering at BakerPTO@gmail.org .
    • Boohoo/Yahoo! In years past, this was an event intended to welcome and help new kindergarten families acclimate to Baker School.  This year’s meeting was attended by a small group of “veteran” kindergarten parents. We used this opportunity to discuss a need among parents to better understand behavioral expectations in school,  and how to increase family involvement. Please look for information about how to get involved with the PTO during your upcoming classroom Back-to-School curriculum presentations next week.

    Upcoming Events:

    • 9/17 (Monday) @ 8:00-9:30 am  - PTO meeting (Baker cafeteria)
    • 9/19 (Wednesday) - No School (Yom Kippur)
    • 9/21 (Friday) - International Potluck Picnic - Baker Playground @ 5:30-7:30PM
    • 9/21 (Friday) @ 7:45 - 9:00- 5th Grade Back to School Presentation
    • 9/24 (Monday) @ 8:00 - 8:45 - 2nd Grade Back to School Presentations
    • 9/25 (Tuesday) @ 8:00 - 8:45 - 1st Grade Back to School Presentations
    • 9/25 (Tuesday) @ 8:30 - 1:00 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Honey Pot Hill
    • 9/26 (Wednesday) @ 8:00 - 8:45 - 3rd Grade Back to School Presentations
    • 9/27 (Thursday) @ 8:00 - 8:45 - Kindergarten Back to School Presentations
    • 9/28 (Friday) @ 8:00 - 8:45 - 4th Grade Back to School Presentations

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    September 7. 2018

    Welcome back Baker families!

    In response to your feedback that our communications were too long and difficult to digest, we have prepared lite fare for your consumption.

    This year’s newsletter is designed to give you a sampling…’Enough is as Good as a Feast’.

    This feast will consist of upcoming Baker events, a taste of our teaching and learning, and how we are working to live up to our core values.

    Teaching and Learning:

    PTO Breakfast - Teachers enjoyed a welcome back breakfast and connected with returning and new staff members.  Thank you PTO!

    METCO Far From Home Bus Experience - Baker and Heath Teachers spent 90 minutes experiencing the morning and afternoon bus routes that our students from Boston travel each day, that includes a 6:10 am pick-up and drop-offs as late as 4:00 pm.

    Sneak Peeks - Grades K,1,2, and 3 opened their classroom doors for students and families to get a chance to see their new classrooms and meet their new teachers. This is a Baker tradition designed to help ease the transition into the new school year.

    Andrew Bott and Jessica Wender-Shubow welcomed back teachers and staff.

    Living Our Core Values:

    Superintendent Bott  modeled what it means to Work Hard, Be Kind, Help Othersand Build Relationships by helping us supervise recess and lunch with grades 1,4,5 and 6.

    The joy of school was not diminished for the Baker staff and students by the oppressive heat of the first day.  All endured with great enthusiasm!

    Upcoming Events:

    • 9/10 Date of low attendance – Rosh Hashanah
    • 9/11 (Tuesday) - 8th Grade Field Trip (Tree Top Adventures)
    • 9/12-13 (Weds & Thurs) - Half of 8th Grade visit to The Makery in Brookline
    • 9/12 (Wednesday) @ 8:00-8:40am - PTO/Diversity Committee Meeting (Principals’ office)
    • 9/12 (Wednesday) @ 2:30 pm - Kindergarten Popsicle Party
    • 9/14 (Friday) @ 8:15 am - Boohoo/Yahoo! (Baker library)
    • 9/17 (Monday) @ 8:00-9:30 am  - PTO meeting (Baker cafeteria)
    • 9/19 (Wednesday) - No School (Yom Kippur)
    • 9/21 (Friday) @ 7:45 - 9:00- 5th Grade Back to School Presentation

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    August 2018

    Dear Baker Families,

    The new Administration Team is excited about the upcoming school year!  Please click here for our summer letter.

    Versions are also available in Arabic, Chinese and Korean.