Lower Devotion Principal's Blog
Community ConnectionsPosted by Jennifer Buller at 10/10/2017 7:00:00 AM
Hello Lower Devo Families and Friends,
We hope that this finds you well and having had some time over the long weekend to connect with loved ones as well as read and play outside with each other. October is busy month with many community wide and classroom specific events. Please be sure to pay extra close attention to announcement and our community calendar so that you are able to engage with our school community.
Kindergarten Independence Day
Monday October 16th marks the exciting day when our kindergarten students will begin entering the building on their own. Staff members will be in the stairwell and at the doorway helping support the transition. If you think your child might have a hard time with the transition you might try a gradual release this week walking them to the top of the stairs, then half way, then to the bottom, etc.
Snuggle Up and Read Community Night
Tomorrow, Wednesday October 11th, from 6:00 - 7:00p join us at the Community Room on 55 Egmont Street for our first monthly community event. This month we are celebrating reading! Students should bring an adult or older sibling and a favorite book. Feel free to arrive in your pajamas so you can snuggle up with friends and read. Teachers from Lower Devo will also be there sharing favorite stories as read alouds.
Providing Feedback for Devo 2.0
In the coming months we will be reaching out to families for feedback as we look to create, revise, and strengthen many of our procedures and protocols for the new building. This will be important work as we begin the processes of reuniting our Upper and Lower Devo school communities. Our school council will be working on developing ways for families to provide feedback. Please be on the lookout in the coming months for ways to participate.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or additional feedback. We hope to see many of you tomorrow night!
Jen and Dave
Reminders and Coffee and Conversation This WeekPosted by Jennifer Buller at 10/2/2017 7:00:00 AM
Hello Lower Devo Families and Friends,
We hope that this finds you well having had the chance to enjoy the beautiful fall weather this past weekend. The air had a definite chill to it this morning as we all made our way into the building but we kept warm through our smiles and heartfelt greetings at each entrance.
As we continue to learn of the horrific events in Las Vegas over night the adults in our building are ready to support our students and families if needed. Though we will not bring up and directly address this specific incident of violence in the classroom setting, should a student need support with their emotions our guidance and psychology staff are available to support on a one on one basis. If you feel that your child or family needs support during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out. It is during these moments that we all turn towards each other and continue to show love, courage, and compassion as we strengthen the bonds of our community.
Arrival and Dismissal Reminders:
There is NO stopping on Webster Street during drop-off (7:45 - 8:05a) and pick-up (2:15 - 2:40p). If you need to drop off in the morning by vehicle please use the rolling drop off lane on Marion Street. Also, the parking lot across the street from our building is strictly for Santander bank patrons only. Thank you for helping us maintain positive relationships with our neighbors by respecting their property and these guidelines.
School begins promptly at 8:00a. If you arrive after 8:05a you will need to enter through the main entrance and sign in on the computer by the front office. Beginning at 8:06a students are marked tardy/late for school. When students are late to school they are missing valuable time with their peers building community and getting ready for learning. Please make every effort to arrive by 7:55a so that your child has enough time to enter the building and get up to their classroom.
If you are picking up from the blacktop at dismissal PLEASE WAIT AT YOUR CHILD'S CLASSROOM DESIGNATED MEETING SPOT around the perimeter of the blacktop. As more and more families crowd the entrance and ramp it is becoming unsafe for our students to exit the building and find their adults. In the case of inclement weather, please arrive prepared with umbrellas and warm jackets if you arrive before 2:25p.
PTO Coffee and Conversation THIS WEEK:
This week's PTO Coffee and Conversation will be held on THURSDAY OCTOBER 5th (DATE CHANGE) from 8:00 - 9:00a. Topics include further discussion on engagement with learning at home (homework) and the PTO budget.
Open House Follow Up:
It was wonderful hosting so many of our families and friends in the building this past week during our open houses. If you were unable to attend please follow up with your child's classroom teacher(s) so that you can have the information you need to strengthen our home/school partnerships.
Jolly Jaunt 2017
This year our Devo Dashers will be back at the Jolly Jaunt for Special Olympics MA. Last year many of our families joined us as we field a team of runners and walkers for this fun and easy 5K around downtown Boston. This is a great way to get out and do something active with other Devo families from both Upper and Lower. To join our team visit our Devo Dasher team page. We are hoping to get at least 50 people on our team this year!
We want to thank everyone for their continued feedback both about the opening of school and around our teaching teams' practices for engagement with learning at home. These open dialogues are so important to the vitality of our school and help us continue to improve so that all our students thrive, achieve, and feel supported and respected at Lower Devo.
Jen and Dave