• April 5, 2019

    Dear Baker Community,

    Town Considering 15 Names for Coolidge Corner School

    The Coolidge Corner School is being renamed through a town-wide process. Students are helping to lead the process, and it’s time for community members to provide more input. Last year, Town Meeting voted to change the name of the Devotion School because it no longer found it acceptable to name a school after a man who held another person in slavery. This year, the schools are leading a process to identify the new name. Community members nominated 119 different names for the school. The Student Nominations Committee reviewed all nominations and, through a deliberative process, has narrowed them down to 15 semifinalists. Now they are looking for input and feedback on the 15 semifinalists. Come to the Naming Night on Thursday April 11 at the main branch of the Brookline Public Library. Or to read more about the nominees and provide input please electronically, please visit the Coolidge Corner Renaming website.

    BHS Expansion Project Begins this Summer

    This summer the BHS expansion project will get fully underway as it enters the construction phase. This exciting project will include a new building at the 111 Cypress Street site, a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) building to replace the building at the corner of Tappan and Greenough Streets, renovations to the 3rd floor of the main building and the Tappan gymnasium, as well as improvements to Cypress Field. Last week, the BHS Building Committee reviewed the latest versions of the site plans, phasing timelines, and site logistics. For a complete update on the project and to review last week’s presentation please visit the BHS Project Website.

     

    Teaching and Learning:
    Carnival of the Animals:

    Carnival

    Baker Green Team

    Green Team

    8th Grade News

    • Mathematicians - exponent and scientific notation unit.  
    • Social scientists - finished civii rights movement unit - research projects, worked on on note taking skills and using notes to create an outline and created posters on a civil rights issue (below).  On to a short unit on immigration.

    Civil Rights Project

    • ELA - MCAS practice. Finishing a non-fiction book unit
    • World Language  - starting a healthy lifestyle unit in Spanish.  Finished a marzo musical unit models March-madness style competition in which students voted on their favorite songs from the Spanish-speaking world.
    • French - 8th graders are finishing a unit on the enviroment. Students identified problems in our environment.  They identified causes and how personal choices can impact the environment. The also identified steps they can take to protect the environment.  Students will begin a Healthy Life-Styles unit.

    Living Our Values:

    • 7th/8th GSA, Scholars, and ADL leaders are in the process of organizing a day of perspective for the 7th and 8th graders to be held at the end of April/ beginning of May.  
    • All 7-8 Young Scholar across the district will be meeting at BHS to meet the BHS scholars and staff to have a panel discussion, participate in team-builing activities, and to shadow students during a seminar.
    • GSA is planning a trip to the State House on 4/4, where our BHS GSA intern will receive an award from the LGBTQ youth commission.  They will also meet representative Kay Khan.
    • 5th Grade GSA - is working o
    • 6th Grade GSA - will be exploring steps for advocacy within our school community.

    GSA Field Trip

    Yesterday, we took eighth grade students from the Baker School GSA to the State House to support BHS sophomore Katherine O’Connor as they received an Advancing Equity Award from the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. (Katherine has been working as a student liaison since December and makes a weekly trip to Baker to mentor students in the GSA.) During the ceremony, the commission put forth their 2020 recommendations for supporting LGBTQ youth in Massachusetts, which according to recent data make up 15% of any given public school school population.

    After the ceremony, Representative Kay Khan met with students in her office and answered questions for about 30 minutes. Upon hearing that there were young people from his district in the State House, Representative Tommy Vitola invited the students to have lunch with him. Baker students were then invited to sit in the  Senate Chamber where State Senator Julian Cyr, a speaker at the award ceremony, explained to students the role of state senators. He gave them an opportunity to ask him questions and explained the history of the senate chamber.

    It was an incredible day for all of us and one that inspired our students to continue their advocacy for LGBTQ Youth.

    GSA

    GSA

    Thank you so much for an incredible day at the State House! We got to meet some of our hard-working representatives and senators who so graciously talked to us about what they do. We learned so much, and many of us left the State House inspired to do more for our communities. The State House of Massachusetts was quite an adventure and the award ceremony was one to remember!

     

    Save the Date for the PSB Maker Day

    Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 11, 12-4pm at the Coolidge Corner School for an afternoon to celebrate innovation and creativity. Bring your imagination to this FREE, fun, family event and discover what is possible at our district makerspaces.

    • Experiment with hands-on activities
    • Explore an exciting showcase of student work across grades K-8
    • Learn about the development of PSB makerspaces

    Volunteers are also needed to help make the event run smoothly. Sign up to volunteer at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a49afae2da31-psbmaker

    We hope to see you there!

    Made possible by the Enrichment and Challenge Support program (ECS), in collaboration with the Parent Advisory Committee for Innovation (iPAC) and the PSB K-8 PTOs


    Thank you for completing your registration for ADL’s 25th Annual Youth Congress: Leaders in Action. This message confirms your registration of 19 students and chaperones from Edith C. Baker School. We are now at capacity for this event. Please let us know ASAP if anyone from your school can no longer participate atadlyouthboston@adl.org so we can accommodate schools on the waiting list.

     

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    March 22, 2019

    Dear Baker Community,

    We have fallen behind on our letters, so there is a lot to catch up on.  It is old news at this point, but we are excited to announce that Torrence Lewis has accepted the Baker School Principal position for next year.  We will share information about the leadership transition process as it comes.

    Parents often ask how class placements are made and what role they may play in the process. This letter is meant to answer those questions and explain the process used at the Public Schools of Brookline.

    Last week we enjoyed our middle school performances of Aladdin.  Our students did an amazing job both on stage and behind the scenes.  We must recognize the tireless work of our play director, Yasameen Sharif, and our Stage Crew Heads, Althea Waldron, Laura Fox and Elana Mokady.

    Congratulations to our Math League for finishing their competitive year.  During the final competition, our 5th and 6th grade students placed 5th out of 9 in the operations competition.  

    Eight 8th grade students attended the METCO boys to men conference at Emmanuel College.  The conference opened with a panel of community leaders that spoke about what it means to be a man and fulfill your educational goals, your dreams, and making your mark on the world.   There were two break-out sessions about navigating life in the diverse world that we live in.

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    In addition to some highlights about our teaching and learning and our school culture, I have included two announcements below.

    BHS PTO presents Joani Geltman: A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO PARENTING TEENS Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things that FREAK YOU OUT

    April 3, 2019 7 pm

    Brookline High School Auditorium

    Joani Geltman, MSW, an expert in child development and parent-teen relationships, returns to Brookline Wednesday, April 3, 2019 for “A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens.”  This acclaimed presentation is designed specifically to offer strategies and insight for parents of middle and high school students. Using humor and more than 30 years of experience, Geltman shares stories and advice that defuse some of the anxiety parents feel as their children move through tricky developmental milestones. Parents will learn about setting realistic expectations and appropriate limits, social media “do’s and don’t’s,” and how to identify and deal with teen experimentation with sex, vaping, marijuana, and alcohol. Parents will head home with a greater understanding of their teen’s behavior and needs, as well as very practical parenting tools they can begin to use immediately. Please register for this free event at https://joanigeltmanteenlife.eventbrite.com.

    PE NEWS:

    Coming this Spring, our after school sports program will be offering Track & Field Clinics for students in Gr. 5-8.  Due to this offering, tryouts for the annual town-wide Track Meets at the Kraft Family/Downes Field (dates below) will NOT be conducted during PE classes.

    Gr. 5-8 After School Track & Field Clinics:

    -Students will explore running short & mid distances as well as field events including long jump, high jump, turbo javelin and shot put (Gr. 7&8 only)

    -Those students who attend two (2) or more sessions, will be eligible to attend the annual town-wide Track Meets (dates below).

    -Due to the limited number of participant spots at the Town-wide Meets, it may not be possible to bring every eligible student. The T&F Clinic coach along with the PE staff will make every effort to bring the maximum number of eligible students to the Meets.

    Stay tuned for more information regarding our Spring Track & Field Clinics including specific Clinic dates/times, registration process and coach’s information.  Please follow us on Twitter @BakerPhysEd and @King_PhysEd for our most up to date information and happenings.

    Gr. 5-6 Track Meet Tuesday, May 28, 2019 (rain date: Wed., May 29)

    Gr. 7-8 Track Meet Thursday, May 30, 2019 (rain date: Fri., May 31)


    Teaching and Learning:

    • Former Baker family members presented to the 8th Grade students on their experience as a biracial couple in the Boston area during the 1960s  
    • 1st grade readers recently celebrated the completion of their Reading Non-fiction Like Experts reading unit.  

     Reading Non-fiction

    • 2nd grade social scientists learned the names and locations of the continents and oceans.
    • 3rd grade scientists are investigating Mystery Mammals. Students are observing skulls, teeth, scat, and fur. Using what they have learned about mammals, students make claims based on evidence about what mammal the artifact samples come from.


    Mystery Mammals

    Living Our Values:

    • A small group of our ADL peer leaders went to each 7th grade classroom to facilitate lessons on respect and community building.  Today’s was the first of four lessons that they will lead.
    • 1st Graders have Choice Time with students from across the whole grade.  This gives them opportunity to build relationships outside of their own classrooms.

    Choice Time

    • 3rd grade mathematicians are developing a growth mindset.  A parent recently shared that their child has shifted his belief about his ability learn in math.

       growth mindset

    Upcoming Events:

    • 3/25 (Monday) - Two-Way traffic resumes on Beverly Rd.
    • 3/25 (Monday) - 4th Grade Field Trip - Tsongas Historical Center
    • 3/28 (Thursday) @6-7pm - Carnival of the Animals (Kindergarten performance)
    • MCAS Dates:

    Grade

    ELA

    Math

    Science & Tech

    3

    4/1 & 4/2

    4/29 & 4/30

    None

    4

    4/8 & 4/9

    5/6 & 5/7

    None

    5

    4/1 & 4/2

    4/29 & 5/1

    5/9 & 5/10

    6

    4/8 & 4/10

    4/30 & 5/8

    None

    7

    4/5 & 4/9

    5/14 & 5/15

    None

    8

    4/23 & 4/24

    5/21 & 5/22

    5/9 & 5/10

    • Early Release Dates (12:40 Dismissal):
      • 4/3 (Wednesday) - Grades K-12
      • 4/11 (Thursday) - Grades K-6
      • 4/24 (Wednesday) - Grades K-6
      • 5/2 (Thursday) - Grades K-6
    • 4/8 (Monday) @8-9 am - Site Council Meeting
    • 4/9 (Tuesday)@7-9am - Chorus Concert (Baker Auditorium)
    • 4/10 (Wednesday) - Grade 3 field trip - Plimoth Plantation
    • 4/15-4/19 April Vacation - school closed

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    February 15, 2019

    Dear Baker Community,

    This has been an eventful week that included celebrations of the hundredth day of school and Black History Month.  For the hundredth day of school, our kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades planned engaging activities related to counting and constructing 100.  

    For our Black History Month Assembly, we invited three local artists to help us learn about black/African American cultural contributions to American culture.  

    Visual Artist: Stephen Hamilton

    • A local artist who started the Founders Project.  He creates artwork that combines painting, fabric dying, weaving, and frame carving.  He uses high school students as models for Central and West African cultural/historical figures.  He not only casts students as these figures, he inspires learning about them and the cultural contexts in which they lived.

    Spoken Word: Dessaline Etienne

    • De is a Visual and Media Arts major at Emerson College.  He is a 3 time champion of the Poetry Out Loud competition at his high school. He is a 2 time champion of CUPSI Qualifier at Emerson College.  He will be competing on the national team doing slam poetry in Houston this April.

    Musician: Leo the Kind

    • Joshua Jackson was born and raised in Dorchester, MA.  He learned from his cousins to create music on his Playstation 2. He became passionate about electronic music and music production. He currently produces not only for himself but for a multitude of other artists in the USA and various other countries.  

    Our student hosts of the event were Jacquovia Higgs, Eyo Abera, Luca Santos, Jade Meadows, Madison Allen, Sophia Jordan, Gracie Benavides, Onaome Ekelemu, Ilan Luszczynski-Williams, and Alexia Spinelli.  

    Teaching and Learning:

    • Second grade writers built on their learning about poetry by creating friendship cinquain poems.
    • Our 6th Graders visited the Institute of Contemporary Art, where they interacted with the William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects exhibit. 6th Grade students recently created their own Empathy Projects - a designed experience that conveys empathy for a character from a book that they read.

    Living Our Values:

    • Our 7th grade was recognized by the Fisher House Foundation for raising $235 and getting Roche Brothers to match that donation.  The Fisher House Foundation builds homes for the families of military veterans to stay while their loved ones are in the hospital.  
    • Our K-8 students learned from local artists (Stephen Hamilton, Dessaline Etienne, and Leo the Kind) during our Black History Month Assembly.

                       Black History Month Assembly

    Upcoming Events: 

    • 2/18 - 2/22/2019 - School Closed - February Vacation
    • 2/27/2019 @6-8:30pm - Principal Finalists - Public Meeting at Baker School

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    February 8, 2019

    Dear Baker Community,

    This week many of our families celebrated Lunar New year.  Many of our classes learned about customs and traditions related to this holiday.  Our kindergarteners created lanterns and dragons, dressed in red, and paraded through the school.  Our first graders watched a Lion Dance performance. Happy New Year to all that celebrate!

    This week, the Baker Green Team organized a Walk and Roll day to minimize the use of cars to get to school.  77% of the school either, walked, biked, rolled, or took a bus to school. Thank you Green Team for organizing this event and helping us pause and think about environmentally friendly changes that we can make in our lives.

                                    Lunar New year

    Teaching and Learning:

    • Our 5th Grade scientists are working on their Electricity unit.  They are exploring with “energy sticks” to build an understanding about how circuits work.

                                      Grade 5

    • Our 2nd grade writers completed opinion-writing pieces on whether they preferred winters or spring.  The paragraphs included and opinion statement, three reasons for their opinions with elaboration on each reason, and a wrap-up sentence.

                                    Grade 2

    • Our Chorus 21 performed at BHS on Tuesday night.
    • Our 2nd grade musicians are studying Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.  This symphony is used to introduce the instruments to children. Students learned that light motifs are character-specific melodies.  Students learn to identify when the character is represented in the music. Later, they work with partners to create their own characters and create a motif for them.
    • Our 2nd grade artists are painting their Hopi inspired clay coil pots.

                                   Hopi inspired pots

    • Our kindergarten artists learned about color-mixing and mirror-image symmetry as they created heart paintings.

    Living Our Values:

    • During our faculty meeting, we discussed the need for our school values to be visible in the structures and routines of school.  Teachers collaborated to make recommendations about how the schedule, classroom instruction, and common area expectations could better reflect our school values.
    • Our 5th and 6th grades worked on building community at the Larz Anderson ice rink.  Students had an opportunity to get to know one another in a different setting.

    Upcoming Events:

    • 2/11/2018 (Monday) @8-8:55am - World Language Presentation (for 8th grade students)
    • 2/12/209 (Tuesday) @8-9am - ECS Winter Warmer Info session - Cafeteria
      • You are invited to learn about Baker’s new Mobile Makerspace Resources. Come enjoy some coffee, participate in a creative and collaborative design activity, and see the potential for all students. Sponsored by the Enrichment & Challenge Support (ECS) department, supporting all students through innovation. You will also meet Baker’s next ECS Specialist, Mr. Matt Picard.
    • 2/13/2019 (Wednesday) - Principal Interviews
    • 2/13/2019 (Wednesday) - Transition to BHS presentation (8th grade students)
    • 2/14/2019 (Thursday) - 6th Grade field trip to ICA
    • 2/18 - 2/22/2019 - School Closed - February Vacation

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    February 1, 2019

    Dear Baker Community,

                           Ms. Lopez!

    It is with mixed feelings that I inform you that Jennifer Lopez, our building aide and sports coordinator, is moving on to pursue a different career path.  Beyond her exemplary organizational skills, management skills, and interpersonal skills, Ms. Lopez has embodied our school value of building relationships. It would not be an exaggeration to say that she has more connections with the students that any other adult in the building.  All of us at Baker will miss her, but we are thrilled for her as she starts a new chapter in her life. Best wishes Ms. Lopez!

    Please remember to check your emails for the parent and staff feedback surveys from Panorama Education.  These anonymous surveys are a great opportunity for you to let us know what is working and what can be improved at Baker School.  

    Baker School Online Auction 2019 is Open for Bidding! Be a part of one of the biggest fundraisers of the year to support Baker classrooms and programs on BiddingforGood.com! Bid and win on many new items and teacher experiences before they are sold out.

    Teaching and Learning:

    • Our 1st grade social scientists are building models of the Great Wall of China.  They are also using a an online application (flipgrid) to share videos of students asking questions of students in China about their culture.  Our first grade students are also answering questions that the Chinese students have about American culture.
    • Our 3rd grade social scientists are working on creating collaborative slide shows that demonstrate their learning about the daily life of Wampanoag people in the 1600s.
    • Our 4th-8th grade students are wrapping up a volleyball unit in which they developed bumping, setting, and serving skills.
    • Our 7th Grade  writers are conducting research and writing 5-paragraph essays on competitive youth sports.  Topics range from the mental, physical, and financial implications of competitive youth sports.   
    • Ms. Ewenstein organized an opportunity for all K-5 classes to come to the Library to listen to teachers read this year’s Caldecott finalist books.  Look to add these to your libraries:
      • Winner: Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
      • Honor: A Big Mooncake for Little Star  by Grace Lin
      • Honor: Thank you Omu!   by Oge Mora
      • Honor: Alma and How She Got Her Name  by Juana Martinez-Neal

    Living Our Values:

    • A simple act of kindness - a 3rd grader approached another student, wished her a happy birthday, and asked her how her day was going.  That little comment changed his classmate’s day!
    • Our PE teachers initiated a Kindness Award to recognize students that exemplify our school value Be Kind.

                          Be Kind!  

    • Our 7th graders are engaging in community service for the Fisher House, a home for military families that have a loved one undergoing medical treatment.  Baker 7th graders are writing cards and raising funds for grocery store gift cards, reusable water bottles, and tissues.
    • Our PE teachers, with the help of our PTO, raised money for the American Heart Association’s  Wear Red in support of Women’s Health.
    • The Baker PTO held their CultureFest on Saturday.  Families set up tables with information, artifacts, food, and clothing from countries that they are connected to.  This was an amazing event for getting to know our community members and learning about what is important to them!
    • Community Meeting #3 - On Monday evening, Baker students from our Anti Defamation League peer leaders, our Gender-Sexuality Association, and our African American / Latinx Scholars shared some of their negative experiences related to their identity at Baker.  Students and teachers have been actively raising awareness and building community responsibility for speaking out against hurtful language and acts.

    Upcoming Events:

    • 2/12/209 (Tuesday) @8-9am - ECS Winter Warmer Info session - Cafeteria
      • You are invited to learn about Baker’s new Mobile Makerspace Resources. Come enjoy some coffee, participate in a creative and collaborative design activity, and see the potential for all students. Sponsored by the Enrichment & Challenge Support (ECS) department, supporting all students through innovation. You will also meet Baker’s next ECS Specialist, Mr. Matt Picard.
    • 2/5/2019 (Tuesday) @7-9pm - Town Chorus Concert - at Brookline High School
    • 2/5/2019 (Tuesday) - Principal Interviews
    • 2/6/2019 (Wednesday) @8:45-11:15 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Larz Anderson
    • 2/7/2019 (Thursday) @7-8pm - Baker Band Concert - Baker Auditorium
    • 2/7/2019 (Thursday) - Principal Interviews
    • 2/8/2019 (Friday) - 1st Grade Lion Dance Presentation (for students)
    • 2/13/2019 (Wednesday) - Principal Interviews
    • 2/14/2019 (Thursday) - 6th Grade field trip to ICA

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    January 25, 2019

    Dear Baker Community,

    We opened our parent and staff feedback surveys, please check your emails for a survey link from Panorama Education.  These anonymous surveys are a great opportunity for you to let us know what is working and what can be improved at Baker School.  Last year we had 20.7% of our families respond.

    We are also looking for parents to join our PAC for Educational Equity - The deadline to apply to be a member of the district-wide Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for Educational Equity has been extended. You can submit your application through Friday, February 1, 2109. Complete details about this opportunity, including a link to the online application form, can be found here.

    Our new principal search has begun.  This week we will be reviewing resumes.  We will schedule our first interviews. Our interview committee is made up of two students, five parents, five teachers, and five administrators - wish us luck!

    Teaching and Learning:

    • Our fIfth grade scientists are starting a unit on energy.  They started investigating energy transfer by exploring toys and collision tracks. 

                            fIfth grade scientists

    • 6th Grade writers are writing their first literary essays.  These essays focus on the characters in Raymond’s Run by Toni Cade Bambara.
    • 7th Grade mathematicians have been working on solving multi-step algebraic equations using visual models, then working toward representing the visual model numerically.  
    • Our school counselors are working with our second graders on developing skills for learning, including being respectful students, focusing attention, listening, and using positive self-talk.
    • First grade readers practiced 5 strategies for reading challenging words
      • Check the picture
      • Look at ALL the parts of the word
      • Getting a “running start” (rereading the sentence from the beginning)
      • Do a Double-Check (does it look right and make sense?)
      • Try it 2 ways (using possible different vowel sounds)
    • Our 8th Graders went on their 3rd visit to The Makery in Brookline, where they had 2 parent speaker on the topic of public health issues of homelessness.   Students had an opportunity to think creatively about how they would keep precious things if they didn’t have a consistent home.  They made a memory box and a small denim bag.
    • Our 6th grade mathematicians learned about dividing by fractions.

    Living Our Values:

    • Help Others:  Our 8th graders collected Baker community book donations and brought them to the Cradles to Crayons (1,600 books).  At Cradles to Crayons, Baker students prepared donations packages that served 1,400 children coats, clothing, arts and crafts kits and shoes.
    • Build Relationships:  Our 8th Graders rotated through a series of conversations with parent speakers about the intersections between income inequality, housing, healthcare, nutrition, and legal representation/advocacy regarding homelessness.  Thank you Elsie Taveras, Kathy Henry, Jennifer Frauson Sullivan, and Alana Davidson!

                                Baker students at Cradles to Crayons

    Upcoming Events:

    • 1/26/2019 (Saturday) @3:00-5:00 pm - Baker CultureFest (Big Gym and Cafeteria)
    • 1/28/2019 (Monday) @6:00-7:00 pm - Parent/Teacher Collaborative Meeting #3 about School Climate (Baker Library)
    • 1/30/2019 (Wednesday)  - 6th Grade Field Trip - Larz Anderson Park
    • 1/30/2019 (Wednesday) -  4th Grade Field Trip - Museum of Science
    • 1/31/2019 (Thursday)@7pm - Baker Strings Concert
    • 2/12/209 (Tuesday) @8-9am - ECS Winter Warmer Info session - Cafeteria
      • You are invited to learn about Baker’s new Mobile Makerspace Resources. Come enjoy some coffee, participate in a creative and collaborative design activity, and see the potential for all students. Sponsored by the Enrichment & Challenge Support (ECS) department, supporting all students through innovation. You will also meet Baker’s next ECS Specialist, Mr. Matt Picard.

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    December 21, 2018

    Dear Baker Community,

    We have been actively addressing the recent rise in the hurtful language among our middle school students.  Sawyer Bethel and Kay from OUT MetroWest spoke to our 8th grade students on on Wednesday about hurtful language, options for responding to hurtful language, and being allies to classmates.  On Thursday, roughly 30 parents and teachers met during the school day to share our understanding of the culture at Baker and to begin thinking about next steps that we can take as a community.  We would like to invite parents to continue this dialogue on the following dates: Thursday, January 10th @8:00-9:00am in Rm 301, and Monday, January 28th @6:00-7:00pm in the Library.

    We ended our week with our Winter Assembly.  There were musical performances reflecting a wide range of cultures.  Students shared some of their family traditions, and the 5th Grade Class performed their play, A Lotto Trouble.

    In the play, the students used the skills that they developed over their years at Baker to survive a tropical storm, while their teachers cried about their circumstances.

    Have a wonderful break Baker School!

    Teaching and Learning:

    • 5th grade historians learned about the colonial regions.
    • 4th graders shared their learning with families on Thursday: Regions of the United States Projects, Number Projects, Narrative and Fiction Projects
    • 1st Graders invited families to their Winter Shares, which included portfolios and reading workshop habits.
    • 2nd Graders learned about deserts and desert landforms in preparation for their Hopi units.
    • 2nd Grade Writers learned to write topic sentences for informative writing.

    Living Our Values:

    • All 8th graders worked on creating symbols of inclusion to post around the school.

              symbols of inclusion    symbols of inclusion

    • 4th graders shared their family traditions with classmates.

    Upcoming Events:

    • 12/24-1/1 - School Closed - Winter Break
    • 1/2/2019 (Wednesday) - School resumes
    • 1/8/2019 (Tuesday) - 3rd Grade Techsploration Assembly
    • 1/10/2019 (Thursday @8:00-9:00 am - Parent/Teacher Collaborative Meeting #2 about School Climate (Rm 301)
    • 1/10/2019 (Thursday) @1:40-4:00 pm - Math League Meet
    • 1/16/2019 (Wednesday) @ 8:00-9:30 am - Principal Search Meeting (Baker Library) - parents welcome
    • 1/18/2019 (Friday) @6:00-8:00 pm - Baker CultureFest (Big Gym and Cafeteria)
    • 1/29/2018 (Monday) @6:00-7:00pm - Parent/Teacher Collaborative Meeting #3 about School Climate (Baker Library)

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    December 14, 2018

    Dear Baker Community,

    This has been an eventful week!  We had opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, for parents to come to school to give feedback on teacher and student planning, and for peers to support one another.  We also had incidents of challenging behaviors. We learned this week that there has been a rise in the use of hurtful language and insults. Planning has already begun for the Baker community of teachers, students, community organizations, and parents to educate students about hurtful language and ensure that we are cultivating a community where the dignity of individuals is protected and valued.

    Teaching and Learning:

    • Our 6th Grade Reading students are working on designing a device that causes the user to empathize with a character from a book they read.  The class invited parents that work in design fields to give them feedback on their design plans. Among our Baker parent volunteers was an engineer, a graphic designer, an interior designer, an illustrator, and an artist.  

                   6th Grade Reading students

    • The next 8th Grade DLI (Disciplinary Literacy Initiative) whole-grade text and Makery field trip will focus on community service as it relates to the issues of homelessness, poverty, income inequality and public health.  Almost Home by Joan Bauer portrays the experiences of a young girl who deals with losing her home and the stability a secure place of residence provides.  Students will not only go to the Makery but will also participate in community service activities at Cradles to Crayons.

    Living Our Values:

    • The 8th grade DLI team met with parents to plan the next Makery field trip (January 22nd and January 23rd, 2019).  The parents at the meeting offered to present their work experience as it related to public health and the legal issues connected to poverty, homelessness and income inequality.
    • Members of the Brookline High School GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) came to Baker to facilitate a discussion on the impact of homophobic language.  
    • Ms. Sazama and Ms. Harvey chaperoned  a trip to the METCO Women’s Leadership Conference at Fenway Park ( 6 students).

                    METCO Women’s Leadership Conference

    • Ms. Sazama and Ms. Goldie chaperoned 17 seventh and eighth grade students to begin training to be ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Peer Trainers.

    Upcoming Events:

      • 12/18 (Tuesday) - 7th Grade Field Trip - Huntington Theater
      • 12/20 (Thursday) @7:50-8:15 am - 4th Grade Family Share
      • 12/24-1/1 - School Closed - Winter Break
      • 1/2/2019 (Wednesday) - School resumes
      • 1/8/2019 (Tuesday) - 3rd Grade Techsploration Assembly

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    December 7, 2018

    Dear Baker Community:

    Our school is well into parent conference season.  This is a time when classrooms have well-established routines and expectations, and the academic demands continue to increase.  These are often the times times when social and academic struggles begin to present themselves, and our trusting relationships begin to be tested.  If your family is feeling stresses related to school, I urge you to try to increase your communication with the teachers that you work with. Our staff is working to emphasize face-to-face communication and phone calls over email because we know that dialogue helps with building shared understanding and collaboration.   

    Teaching and Learning:

    • Kindergarten classes are working on their Me and My Family  unit which celebrates the similarities and differences among our students and families.  One of the anchor texts is The Skin You Live In by Michael J. Tyler

                       The Skin You Live In

    • 6th grade scientists have been learning about human body systems and are now starting to focus on the brain and central nervous system.  These scientists are curious and completely engaged in discussions about the parts of the brain and how it works!

                       6th grade science

    • 6th grade writers are writing and shari ng poetry.
    • 6th grade readers have been focusing on character development through learning activities that explore empathy.
    • PE students across the town of Brookline have been engaged in fitness assessments.  Students are gathering data on cardiovascular health, flexibility, upper body strength, and abdominal strength.  
    • The Admin Team met again with Jamie Almanzan from the Equity Collaborative and Kalise Wornum, Director of Education Equity, for support with our professional development planning for our staff.
    • Congressman Joseph Kennedy III spoke with 8th graders as part of a Midterm Elections Unit conducted in Social Studies.  Students asked the congressman complex questions about his role as a congressman, as well as his thoughts about topics such as Saudi Arabia, climate change, and the Marriage Equality Act.

                          Congressman Joseph Kennedy III

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

    • As a way to help students bring their family/home cultures into the classroom, kindergarten parents are being asked to write about and share meaning or origin of their child’s name.  Families are also packing “Family Boxes” with items that represent their families. Items may include: photographs, recipes,  favorite objects, songs, items from family trips, and more!  These items help students introduce the cultures of their families to their classmates.

                          Book by KCP students

    • 6th grade readers have been exploring the concept of empathy by watching a range of videos, making connections to the emotions, and relating the emotions to texts.  

    Upcoming Events:

      • 12/10 (Monday) @8:10 am - 9:10 am - Baker Site Council Meeting
      • 12/11 (Tuesday) @8:45 - 11:30 - Picture Retake Day
      • 12/12 (Wednesday) - Early Dismissal (12:40 pm) for grades K-12
      • 12/12 (Wednesday)@12:40 - Early Release Movie
      • 12/18 (Tuesday) - 7th Grade Field Trip - Huntington Theater
      • 12/20 (Thursday) @7:50-8:15 am - 4th Grade Family Share
      • 12/24-1/1 - School Closed - Winter Break

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    November 21, 2018

    Dear Baker Community,

    We are excited to share a few of the many creative and important events that took place over the past few weeks at Baker School.  Please check the Upcoming Events as there are early release days, night conferences, the Scholastic Book Fair, and the First Annual Winter Fair to plan for.

    Teaching and Learning:

    •  8th Grade trip to The Makery continued and deepened the collaboration between Baker School, The Brookline Booksmith, The Makery, and families.  Students worked together making art projects and engaging in small group discussions about All American Boys by Jason Reynolds.

                Makery images

    • On November 13th, Baker hosted a Restorative Justice Community Meeting to inform parents and community members of the shift in the district’s approach to discipline.
    • At the Baker Site Council meeting, Mr. Howe presented the plan for the Professional Development Day, and Site Council members provided valuable feedback.  
    • Mr. Howe met with Jamie Almanzan from the Equity Collaborative for feedback on our plan for Professional Development Day
    • Professional Development Day:  Teachers worked collaboratively to learn about and address issues of Educational Equity and classroom practices.

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

    • Building relationships:  Baker administrators facilitated a number of family meetings following student conflicts in an effort to rebuild relationships.
    • On election day, a large number of eighth grade students walked out of Baker School and formed a reflection circle in front of the school in support of the non-discrimination law to protect people who identify as transgender, in public spaces.
    • About 40 staff members participated in a holiday skit/dance that reinforced the importance of working hard.

                      Faculty performance

    • The Sacks family hosted a Fall social gathering of the Diversity Committee.
    • The second grade hosted a feast with foods that are a part of the cultures of our second grade families.

    Upcoming Events:

    • 11/27 - 11/30 - Scholastic Book Fair
    • 11/28 (Wednesday) - Early Dismissal (12:40 pm) for grades K-8
    • 11/28 (Wednesday) @ 12:40 am - Early release movie
    • 11/29 (Thursday)  @ 4:30 -7:30 pm - Night Conferences (by appointment)
    • 11/29 (Thursday) @ 5:30 - 8:30 pm - First Annual Winter Fair (cafeteria and auditorium)
    • 12/6 (Thursday) - Early Dismissal (12:40 pm) for grades K-8
    • 12/6 (Thursday) - Early release movie

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    November 2, 2018

    Dear Baker Community,

    I am excited about two important community events in the coming weeks, I hope to see you there!  

    • Our Baker Diversity Committee Fall Social on Sunday, November 4th from 2-4pm.  The location has been shared via email from the school. (This communication will be publicly posted, so I can not include the address).
    • Our Restorative Justice Practices community information presentation is on Tuesday, November 13th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Baker Library.

    Teaching and Learning:

    • Our 8th grade scientists used Department of Elementary and Secondary Education data to write claims, evidence, and reasoning statements.
    • Students in ELA started a graphic novel unit. After selecting a graphic novel of choice, students learned about the text features of a graphic novel including how writers and illustrators use bleeds, panels, color, captions, speech bubbles, shading, and graphic weight to convey a story.  Each student will give a book talk next week using Voicethread and present their graphic novel projects in small groups. Students will then have an opportunity to write their own mini-graphic novel stories using some of the writing and artistic techniques they have studied in class.
    • 4th mathematicians tackled the 1 Million Challenge - conceptualizing 1 million units and calculating a recognizable comparison.  

                                     Gr4 project

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

    • The Baker GSA held their first meeting on Friday!
    • The Young Scholars are up and running for grades 5-8.  This week the YSP discussed representation in their curriculum and community.
    • Our 8th grade team invited parents in to discuss and get feedback about their plans to discuss the book All American Boys by Jason Reynolds.  

    Upcoming Events:

    • 11/9 (Friday) - No School - Professional Development Day
    • 11/12 (Monday) - No School - Veterans Day
    • 11/13 (Tuesday) @6:00-7:30 pm  - Community Information Presentation - Restorative Justice Practices - Baker Library
    • 11/14 (Wednesday) - 8th Grade trip to The Makery (first group)
    • 11/14 (Wednesday) - 1st Grade Community Field Trip
    • 11/15 (Thursday) - 8th Grade trip to The Makery (second group)
    • 11/15 (Thursday) - 12:40 pm Early Release for grades K-6
    • 11/15 (Thursday) @ 12:40 pm - 5th Grade Movie
    • 11/15 (Thursday) - 6-8th grade report cards published

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    October 29, 2018

    Dear Baker Community,

    We had a very busy week with some amazing community building!  Outside of our building, our Brookline Teaching and Learning Team are busy with their Math Program Review process.  Please contribute by completing the survey below.

    Math Review:

      • The Public Schools of Brookline is conducting its first math program review since 2005.  We are seeking parent/caregiver feedback about our PreK-8 math program and asking all parents of students in our PreK-8 schools to take an online survey.  Parent/caregiver feedback is essential to help us to understand from the parent/caregiver point of view what is working and what is not working with our PreK-8 math programs.

                         Parent survey for PreK-8 Math Program review 2018

    Please click on the links below for translated copies of the letter and survey. You may send all responses to Meg Maccini.

    Teaching and Learning:

    • 6th Grader demonstrated their understanding of cell parts by creating Cell Projects that ranged from t-shirts to video games.
    • 1st Graders are learning to use the Seesaw application to blog about their learning.
    • The Brookline Fire Department gave a fire safety presentation to grades K, 1, and 2
    • 4th grade students are working on revising strategies for writing.

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

    • Our Baker community had an amazing presence at the Jason Reynolds book-talk!  Imagine children captivated by an author talking about writing! Our 8th grade and 6th grade teams deserve the credit for promoting this event.  
    • Our kindergarten and pre-k teachers teamed up to learn about new technology to support student engagement and learning.
    • The PTO Halloween dance was extremely well attended.  Students had a great time dancing and racing around in costume.  Parents (many in costume) appeared to enjoy the time connecting with one another.  

    Upcoming Events:

    • 10/29 (Monday) @8:10-9:00am - 8th Grade Parent Information Meeting re: The Makery
    • 10/31 (Wednesday) @8:30-9:15 AM - Halloween Parade
    • 11/7 (Wednesday) - 8th Grade trip to The Makery
    • 11/8 (Thursday) - 8th Grade trip to The Makery (second group)
    • 11/9 (Friday) - No School - Professional Development Day
    • 11/12 (Monday) - No School - Veterans Day
    • 11/13 (Tuesday) @6:00-7:30 pm  - Community Information Presentation - Restorative Justice Practices - Baker Library

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    October 19, 2018

    Dear Baker Families,

    I am pleased to welcome Vina Harvey  to our Baker community. Vina is our new METCO Liaison, and she will be at Baker School on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Vina joins us after spending 4 years as a paraprofessional at the Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan, and 3 years as a paraprofessional at the Lee Academy Pilot School in Mattapan.

    This week is our PTO Halloween event.  Please join us on Friday, October 26th from 6-8 PM in the gym.  Please also consider volunteering to help out!

     This week, two of our guidance counselors began Restorative Justice training.  Superintendent Bott recently sent a letter to the Brookline community introducing restorative practices and how they relate to our Code of Conduct/Discipline policy.  There will be a community information session at Baker on 11/13/2018 at 6:00 PM in the library.  I highly encourage all to attend!

    Teaching and Learning:

    • This week 2nd grade scientists graphed the nutrients in meals from cafe menus to determine if the meals were healthy or unhealthy.

                                     

    • Second Grade readers learned about Nonfiction text features and how authors use them to communicate information.

                                     

    • Second Grade Mathematicians learned “Bridge to Ten” - an addition strategy that involves deconstructing numbers to build tens.

                                     

     

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

    • Second Grade readers worked on building the skills and stamina for “Read to Someone” - a routine for engaging students in peer learning.

                                      

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • 10/22 (Monday) - 3MH Field Trip - Fairsted
    • 10/22 (Monday)@ 2:45-3:15 PM - Baker X-Country
    • 10/23 (Tuesday) - 3F Field Trip - Fairsted
    • 10/24 (Wednesday) - 3SH Field Trip - Fairsted
    • 10/25 (Thursday) - 3T Field Trip - Fairsted
    • 10/25 (Thursday) @8:15-1 PM- Gr.5-8  X-Country Meet - Larz Anderson Park
    • 10/25 (Thursday) @6:00 PM - Jason Reynolds discusses Lu (Brookline Booksmith) - ticketed event.
    • 10/26 (Friday) - Gr. K-2 Fire Safety (with the Brookline Fire Department)
    • 10/26 (Friday) @6-8 PM - Halloween Party (Baker Gym)
    • 10/31 (Wednesday) @8:30-9:15 AM - Halloween Parade

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    October 12, 2018

    Dear Baker Families,

    Reminder to parents:   Please do not park, even briefly, in staff parking lot due to safety issues.

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    October 5, 2018

    Dear Baker Families,

    At the end of each month we will make it our practice to clear out our ever-growing Lost and Found.  We are a little late with our September cleaning, but we will be taking remaining items out for donations on Friday, October 12th.  Please check the Lost and Found frequently! 

    Teaching and Learning:

    • In 7th grade Science, students are learning the characteristics of life.  They started an investigation that involves trying to grow and then identify microscopic life.  Do protists make good class pets?

                microscopic life

    • Our 7th grade mathematicians are learning about proportional relationships by planning a dinner of rice and spring rolls.
    • In 7th grade ELA, students are starting a Creative Writing & Realistic Fiction unit.  Students are reading a wide range of authors this year.

            authors

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

    • 7th graders practice Mindfulness with 3 minutes of silent meditation at the start of every class in 7B and 7G.  
    • In 7G, there is a growing Shout-out Board.  Students “shout out” moments (in writing) that they identify their classmates’ acts of kindness.
    • On Wednesday night, the Admin team held a Back-to-School presentation that turned into a great conversation among parents.  Though we did not cover all that we had hoped, we were able build connections and listen to parent thoughts about our social curricula.
    • 2nd graders are building relationships by practicing their Sharing Routines. Students work on speaking to a group and listening to learn about one another.  This week’s theme for sharing is about book they enjoy..

    Upcoming Events:

    • 10/8 (Monday) - No School - Indigenous People’s Day
    • 10/10 (Wednesday) - Walk to School Day
    • 10/11 (Thursday) - Academic Convocation
    • 10/12 (Friday) 8:05-8:53am - 7th and 8th Grade Back-to-School presentations
    • 10/17 (Wednesday) - Picture Day
    • 10/17 (Wednesday) @8:00am - ECS / Maker Workshop Parent coffee (Baker Cafeteria)
    • 10/18 (Thursday) @9:00am- Evacuation Drill

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    September 28, 2018

    Dear Baker Families,

    We are excited to announce that we have hired our Educational Team Facilitator. Alison Henry will facilitate the special education eligibility process, and meet with parents who would like to request an evaluation for special education eligibility.


    Ms. Henry holds a MA in Special Education from Lesley University and Bachelors from Boston College.  Prior to joining Baker School, Ms. Henry worked in the Newton Public Schools as the Team Specialist. From 2012-2017, she worked at the Walker School in Needham as a Special Education teacher and in 2014 as the Educational Coordinator.  Please join us in welcoming Ms. Alison Henry to the Baker School community.

    Teaching and Learning:

    • This week 6th grade writers compared the engineering design process to the writing process by constructing towers. The tallest was 61cm!

                  Engineering design process   

                    (Emojis added to protect student privacy)

    • Grades K, 1, 2, 3, and 4 had their Back-to-School presentations.
    • KCP had a busy week! Ms. Pinto read Swimmy and the class discussed community. Ms. Otero, our guidance counselor, talked to students about feelings and introduced the Zones of Regulation social thinking curriculum.  Mr. Padula, our Tech. Specialist, introduced students to laptop computers!

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

    • Our faculty meeting on Tuesday included an introduction to Restorative Justice practices and our intent to embed relationship-building in our work.
    • On Tuesday night, Dr. Elizabeth Englander spoke to Baker families about bullying and cyberbullying.

    Upcoming Events:

    • RESCHEDULED- 7th Grade Back to School Presentation
    • 10/3 (Wednesday) @7:00-8:00pm - Parent Info Night (Admin. Team presentation in the Baker Auditorium)
    • 10/4 (Thursday) @8:10-8:40 - Gr. 6 Back to School Presentation
    • 10/5 (Friday) - Art Barn Assembly (Grades K-6)
    • 10/5 (Friday) @8:10-9:10am - Site Council Meeting
    • 10/8 (Monday) - No School - Indigenous People’s Day
    • 10/10 (Wednesday) - Walk to School Day
    • 10/11 (Thursday) - Academic Convocation
    • 10/12 (Friday) 8:05-8:53 - 7th and 8th Grade Back-to-School presentations

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    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.