Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends,
Friday, January 31st marked our Half Way Day at Coolidge Corner School! Many students across the school marked the day in their classrooms with reflection and celebration. Students and staff have worked hard these past 90 days on building community, engaging with curriculum, and focusing on social emotional and academic growth. We are excited for all the opportunities, growth, and joy ahead of us in the second half of the school year!
February is Black History month and there are many ways to teach about, honor, and celebrate the civic engagement, liberation, creativity, and intersecting identities of Black people. At Coolidge Corner School we understand how important it is for us to go beyond the stories of struggle and oppression so that we don't unintentionally offer a narrow focus on the history and contributions of Black people in this country and contribute to a false narrative that centers Black history on violence and trauma. If you are wondering how to celebrate this month and start a conversation at home you can visit Teaching Tolerance for resources and additional information.
Below you can find additional information about our upcoming Community Night, former students visiting CCS, Extended Day application process for new families, an upcoming sensory friendly performance at the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and precautions related to the coronavirus.
Community Night 2/5
This Wednesday, February 5th, join us at the Community Room (located at the corner of Dummer and St. Paul streets) for a Valentine’s Day themed evening from 6:00 - 7:00pm. We will be reading stories, engaging in crafts, and connecting with families and friends.
High School/Former Students Visiting
We LOVE to see our former students stopping by for visits and to reconnect with our staff and current students. The Hive is always home to our bees no matter how far they may fly. We welcome former students to visit the school after school hours to limit disruption to the school day. If you have a high school aged student or former student who would like to stop by, please remind them to do so after 2:30p.
Extended Day for New Families
The 2020-2021 Extended Day Application process for incoming K-5 students will open on February 10, 2020. Application information and forms will be available on the Extended Day website https://www.devotionextendeddayprogram.com at that time.
If your child’s name is currently on the Extended Day waitlist for 2019-2020, a new application needs to be submitted by March 10, 2020 to keep your child’s name on the list. If a new application is not received, the child’s name will be removed from the list.
Sensory Friendly BSO Concerts
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has developed a series of sensory-friendly concerts, which are designed for all families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. The flexible, non-judgmental environment is suitable for all those seeking more freedom to talk and move during the performance.
Modifications for these concerts include:
Relaxed house rules
Reduced volume and lighting levels
Extra space for movement
Available noise-reduction headphones
Designated quiet room and support spaces
Credentialed autism therapist volunteers on site
On Saturday February 1, BSO musicians will do a Sensory Friendly Concert for Very Young People at Symphony Hall at 10:30am
This concert is geared for families with children from ages 2-5 and will have sensory-friendly accommodations in place for those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, however, this concert is welcoming to all! See our pre-visit guides below for the Social Narrative. It’s a chance for families to introduce their little ones to song and sound through the musical retelling of The Little Red Hen. This concert is in the Higginson Room at Symphony Hall and is performed by a trio of BSO musicians. The
Tickets for this concert are FREE, however, we do ask for you to reserve your tickets in advance here or by calling Symphony Charge at (617) 266-1200.
On Saturday March 14 at noon, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will offer its third Sensory Friendly concert at Symphony Hall. This concert will feature music about friendship and connections and will include modifications in lighting, seating, and sound as well as relaxed house rules so children can sing, dance, and move around as they are inspired. There will be noise-canceling headphones, a quiet room, and trained volunteers on hand. Tickets are $20 for adults and children under 18 attend for free.
Below is an excerpt from the recent email from Superintendent Lummis regarding the health advisory from the Brookline Public Health Department related to the coronavirus.
We are carefully monitoring information from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as advisories from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). As is typical for this time of year, we are seeing influenza-like symptoms in our schools. Nurses are closely monitoring symptoms and reminding parents to keep students home when ill, and to practice good hand-washing and cough etiquette. We also would like to remind you that it is not too late to get the flu vaccine if you have not already done so.
The CDC is conducting screening for illness among passengers at 20 US airports and providing educational materials for any passengers arriving from China. The CDC is closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and providing regular updates to public health authorities across the nation. More information about the CDC’s response to the coronavirus can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html#cdc-response
Please rest assured that we are monitoring this situation very closely and staying informed of the latest information from public health authorities. We are following all recommended guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We will continue to share new information with you, as necessary, about this rapidly evolving situation.
This Friday we will celebrate all the ways we have been working hard, being kind, and helping others for Hive Pride Day. Students can show their pride in their work and contributions to the community by wearing their grey Work Hard, Be Kind, Help Others t-shirt and/or black and yellow. We hope to see many of you at the upcoming School Council meeting and PTO Coffee and Conversation this Friday at 7:00am and 8:00am respectively.