Coolidge Corner School Principal's Blog

  • 6/14 School Closure Update

    Posted by Jennifer Buller on 6/14/2020 6:00:00 AM

    Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends,

    It is hard to believe that we are entering our final full week of the 2019-2020 school year! Below are some reminders and updates as we get ready for a very busy week both at our school building and in our digital spaces.  They include: 

    • This Week’s Virtual Events
    • All School Assembly Follow Up
    • Last chance to pick up items at school TOMORROW
    • Garden News and Notes

     

    This Week’s Virtual Events

    Notes: 

    • Final week of live P.E. classes
    • Final Wednesday morning announcements: you don’t want to miss this one! 
    • Grade level band community meetings focused on celebration and transitions 

     

    Weekly Bedtime Stories Week 14

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81747360047?pwd=Tktzb1hnc1lYS0ZGcXZYZTEwNktDUT09 

    Meeting ID: 817 4736 0047

    Password: 2PV5ge

     

    PreK-8 Family Forum (Monday at 8:15pm)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86476361537?pwd=VU1MNUpBWHRiZEZuWWlTZFJQaTVvdz09 

    Meeting ID: 864 7636 1537

    Password: 1RfgwF

     

    LAST Wednesday Morning  Announcements (Wednesdays at 8:30am) Don’t forget to share your bees! 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85925611219?pwd=K0lqdGlucEhzRmptTVBXTnV5RU9sdz09 

    Meeting ID: 859 2561 1219

    Password: 1hfpPk

     

    K-2 Community Meeting (Thursday, June 18th 9:00a)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87542884155?pwd=MVVwOEdqV1h5TFoxQk1YUTZxK1Y3UT09 

    Meeting ID: 875 4288 4155

    Password: 3asQ6a

     

    K-2 Weekly Virtual PE class on Tuesdays 9:30-9:55:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89792062838?pwd=bjRSWFE0Y1IwVXVPaC9LZEJpNmxYQT09

    Meeting ID: 897 9206 2838

    Password: 7c7UTy

     

    Grades 3-5 Community Meeting (Tuesday, June 16th 2:00p)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81973108856?pwd=Yi9mOVJ1Y1gvWHdsV28rcXp1eWduZz09 

    Meeting ID: 819 7310 8856

    Password: 4U0pAr

     

    Grades 3-5 Weekly Virtual PE class on Wednesdays 9:30-9:55:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87498277519?pwd=SnVrNW80ZElYTEYzYXBuSkZWK1VSUT09

    Meeting ID: 874 9827 7519

    Password: 8cPgpp 

     

    Grades 6-8 Community Meeting (Wednesday, June 17th 9:30a)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86424372144?pwd=Q1N6QVJZZXBUTGtqcnIyZUJ3MkZkQT09 

    Meeting ID: 864 2437 2144

    Password: 3Ywt7U

     

    Grades 6-8 Weekly Virtual PE class on Thursdays 9:30-9:55:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86495860848?pwd=T253eDV5SmlMQWZKdFJ0S3FiMkF5dz09

    Meeting ID: 864 9586 0848

     

    All School Assembly Follow Up 

    On Friday, June 12th we had close to 600 attendees at our all school assembly.  We know that represents way more actual people in attendance since many families watched together.  We acknowledged that there is much work that needs to be done and that the most important thing to do next is keep our momentum and movement forward.  

    Our Access and Equity team will be meeting this week and throughout the summer to learn together and plan for what specific action steps we will be taking amongst our staff, with our students in the classroom, and out in the community with our families.  As we do this work we want to incorporate as many voices and perspectives as possible.  Please take 5 minutes to complete this short survey.  You (and/or your child(ren)) do not need to have attended the assembly to complete this survey.  

     

    Reminder for June 15th Student Item Pick Up

    For families that were unable to come to the building to retrieve items we will have a make-up window on Monday, June 15th from 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.  Below are the details for that day:

      • K-2 Families: Come to door 10 (left of the main entrance if you are looking at the building) and give the student’s name and homeroom and the bag will be brought out to you.  You may pick up for other families/students. 
      • Grades 4-5: Come to door 12 (right of the main entrance if you are looking at the building) and give the students name and homeroom and the bag will be brought to you.  You may pick up for other families/students. 
      • Grades 6-8: Come to the main entrance.  We recommend students come to pick up their items as they know where their lockers are.  The person picking up the items will have their temperature taken and be allowed to enter the building, proceed up the main stairwell, and check the locker, multipurpose room, and grade level lost and founds. They will exit down the back stairwell to the playground. 
      • General Lost and Found: There will be carts and crates set outside in the main loop in front of the building.  We ask that families keep physical distance while looking through racks and bins for missing items. 
      • Picking up medication: Our nurses will be here from 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. for any families who need to pick up medications in the nurses’ office.  If you are also picking up student items you can share with the staff member at the door that you need to pick up medications and then proceed to the main entrance.  Otherwise you can just come to the main entrance. 

     

    • Instruments still in the building: We will gather all instruments still left in the building and place them sorted by instrument type in the front of the building.  Any instruments left after Monday June 15th will be held in the building.  We are still waiting on a plan from the director of K-12 music for the Public Schools of Brookline on how rented instruments will be returned and picked up by the rental company.  We ask that you only take instruments that are clearly marked with your student’s name.  If you already received a replacement rental delivered to your home during this closure, you do not need to pick up the one that is still here at school.  
    • Grade 3 Families: Refer to the Profile in Courage award pick up schedule and email from Mrs. Burke. 
    • Library Books: There will be baskets on either side of the main entrance on the benches for anyone who needs to return library books.  

     

    The front loop will be closed to vehicle traffic between 9:00 - 2:00pm.  All items in the Lost and Found that are not picked up tomorrow will be donated.  All bags of student items not picked up tomorrow will be stored until the fall. 

     

    Garden News and Notes

    The Garden Committee wanted to update our community on what has been going on in our garden amidst school closure. Despite our time away from school these past 4 months, our garden continues to grow and blossom! Herbs, lettuce, kale, potatoes, onions, and other delicious foods are growing in our garden beds. We know many community members enjoy this space, so we wanted to give some guidelines and information about our plans for this food, and how you can help us preserve this space:

    What will happen to the food that's growing?

    Food ready to be harvested is delivered directly to the Brookline Food Pantry. We have wonderful parent volunteers who have been visiting the garden to help with weeding, harvesting, and delivering foods to the food pantry. These volunteers communicate regularly with the garden committee to determine what will be harvested and when. We ask community members to be safe and respect this process. Although we certainly want everyone to enjoy this beautiful space by looking, smelling, and touching safely - please do not harvest anything from the garden! 

    What if I want to get involved?

    If you would like to assist with watering the garden over the summer, please contact Lisa Ting at lisating@gmail.com. She is compiling a Sign-Up Genius site to help coordinate family volunteers. 

    Check Us Out on Twitter!

    Go to https://twitter.com/CCSGarden to see Mr. B's updates on the garden. 

     

    I hope to see many of you at this week’s virtual events!

    Jen

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  • All School Assembly This Friday

    Posted by Jennifer Buller on 6/9/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends,


    As I shared in my weekly update to families, this Friday at 10:30a we will be hosting an all school assembly. 

    The purpose of this assembly is to come together as a community in response to the recent race-based violence and targeted acts of hate and oppression — including the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor — that have made persistent systems of racism visible.  This assembly is open to all our PreK-8 students and we hope that everyone, families included, will join us.  Below is an outline of the assembly.  We will be using clips from the Sesame Street CNN Town Hall titled “Standing Up to Racism” to help introduce, explain, and learn more about the topics outlined below.  

    • Introduction: Jen Buller and Saeed Ola

    • What is racism and why are people protesting?

    • What is white privilege ? 

    • Examples of CCS community members practicing anti-racist activism

    • Concrete examples of what to do next 

     

    As part of the assembly we are looking to share photographs of ways that our CCS community has been involved in anti-racist activism.  Perhaps you have photos from a protest or a sign your child made to hang in your window.  If you have any of these images and give us permission to use them in our assembly please send them to Jen Sanders (jennifer_sanders@psbma.org). 

     

    After the assembly we will be hosting affinity groups through virtual meetings for some of our students. An affinity group is a group of people who share a particular aspect of their identity. The affinity groups on Friday will be for students who feel specifically impacted by the recent events due to their racial identity.  The purpose of the groups is to provide these students with a space to express their feelings and receive support. 

     

    If your child would like to attend an affinity group please register here by Thursday at noon.  Links to the affinity groups will be shared with registered families Thursday afternoon.  



    This assembly is a small action step that our community is taking on our road to everyday anti-racist education and work.  There is much more we need and intend to do in the coming school year.  Currently, our Access and Equity team of educators are meeting regularly to discuss what concrete steps we will be taking as learners and leaders in the coming months.  We welcome families to join us in the work and encourage you to connect with Kristin Hung (kjhung@post.harvard.edu), one of our Equity PAC family representatives, as well as share voice and perspectives directly with our team.  

     

    If you have specific questions about the assembly and/or the affinity groups, please reach out directly to me. 

     

    Jen

     

    Link to Assembly Webinar on Friday at 10:30a

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82101548463?pwd=a3RzVjNPVmxHOUgzcmFuUDNPVmR0UT09     
    Password: 8bE9v0

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  • 6/8 School Closure Update

    Posted by Jennifer Buller on 6/8/2020 6:00:00 AM

    Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends,

    Typically as we head into the final two weeks of school we are slowing down, preparing for the transition to summer, and beginning reflection and closure activities.  While much of this is still happening in our virtual spaces the work certainly isn’t slowing down.  We are busier than ever gearing up for a virtual graduation and social distanced in person celebration for our Grade 8 students, organizing other end of the year events for our students and families, and preparing for the work of planning for next school year.  The next two weeks will be filled with activity, please keep a close eye on your email and our school calendar to keep up to date.  

    Below are some reminders and information for this coming week including:

    • Links to Weekly Virtual Events
    • All School Assembly This Friday
    • End of the Year Events and Links
    • Reminder About 6/15 Student Item Pick Up
    • This Week’s Clinical Team Newsletter

    This Week’s Virtual Events

     

    Weekly Bedtime Stories Week 13

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89665415010?pwd=WkhiVXhrbFNVemQxbGxhTy9PU1ZrZz09 

    Meeting ID: 896 6541 5010

    Password: 8QrJ7k

     

    PreK-8 Family Forum (Monday at 8:15pm)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89123585190?pwd=aFpmYlh6T3NMMTZ0Y3hBSW9rMVVmZz09 

    Meeting ID: 891 2358 5190

    Password: 9MYNPZ

     

    Wednesday Morning  Announcements (Wednesdays at 8:30am) Don’t forget to share your bees! 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85925611219?pwd=K0lqdGlucEhzRmptTVBXTnV5RU9sdz09 

    Meeting ID: 859 2561 1219

    Password: 1hfpPk

     

    K-2 Weekly Virtual PE class on Tuesdays 9:30-9:55:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89792062838?pwd=bjRSWFE0Y1IwVXVPaC9LZEJpNmxYQT09

    Meeting ID: 897 9206 2838

    Password: 7c7UTy

     

    3-5 Weekly Virtual PE class on Wednesdays 9:30-9:55:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87498277519?pwd=SnVrNW80ZElYTEYzYXBuSkZWK1VSUT09

    Meeting ID: 874 9827 7519

    Password: 8cPgpp 

     

    6-8 Weekly Virtual PE class on Thursdays 9:30-9:55:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86495860848?pwd=T253eDV5SmlMQWZKdFJ0S3FiMkF5dz09

    Meeting ID: 864 9586 0848

     

    All School Assembly (Friday June 12th at 10:30a)

    This Friday we will be hosting an all school assembly via webinar to discuss racism and the events happening across the nation in response to race based violence and oppression.  

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82101548463?pwd=a3RzVjNPVmxHOUgzcmFuUDNPVmR0UT09 

    Password: 8bE9v0

    Following the assembly we will be providing affinity spaces (supported by staff) for our black students.  

    • Grades 6-8 at 11:00am
    • Grades 3-5 at 11:30am
    • K-2 at 12:00noon

    I am meeting today with our Access and Equity team to finish fleshing out the details of the assembly and identifying staff members to lead the affinity spaces.  I will be sharing more information and links on Wednesday.  

     

    End of the Year Events

    Saeed, Erin, Steve and myself will be hosting grade level band community meetings to celebrate the end of the year and provide closure for our students. 

    K-2 Community Meeting (June 18th 9:00am)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87542884155?pwd=MVVwOEdqV1h5TFoxQk1YUTZxK1Y3UT09 

    Meeting ID: 875 4288 4155

    Password: 3asQ6a

     

    Grades 3-5 Community Meeting (June 16th 2:00pm)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81973108856?pwd=Yi9mOVJ1Y1gvWHdsV28rcXp1eWduZz09 

    Meeting ID: 819 7310 8856

    Password: 4U0pAr

     

    Grades 6-8 Community Meeting (June 17th 9:30am)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86424372144?pwd=Q1N6QVJZZXBUTGtqcnIyZUJ3MkZkQT09 

    Meeting ID: 864 2437 2144

    Password: 3Ywt7U

     

    Each year at CCS our Grade 3 students cram into the main office and lead the school in a joyous and loud countdown to summer.  We wanted to hold on to this tradition in our virtual hive and are excited to share that we have found a way to make it happen.  We hope you will all join us on the last day (June 23rd) for this exciting tradition.  

    End of the Year Countdown Led by CCS Grade 3 Students (June 23rd 11:55am)

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83841762025?pwd=dXVvTUdMK0xWWUtqWUZHWGdEWHRoUT09 

    Meeting ID: 838 4176 2025

    Password: 0eEs9W

     

    Reminder for June 15th Student Item Pick Up

    For families that were unable to come to the building to retrieve items we will have a make-up window on June 15th from 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.  Below are the details for that day:

      • K-2 Families: Come to door 10 (left of the main entrance if you are looking at the building) and give the student’s name and homeroom and the bag will be brought out to you.  You may pick up for other families/students. 
      • Grades 4-5: Come to door 12 (right of the main entrance if you are looking at the building) and give the students name and homeroom and the bag will be brought to you.  You may pick up for other families/students. 
      • Grades 6-8: Come to the main entrance.  We recommend students come to pick up their items as they know where their lockers are.  The person picking up the items will have their temperature taken and be allowed to enter the building, proceed up the main stairwell, and check the locker, multipurpose room, and grade level lost and founds. They will exit down the back stairwell to the playground. 
      • General Lost and Found: There will be carts and crates set outside in the main loop in front of the building.  We ask that families keep physical distance while looking through racks and bins for missing items. 
      • Picking up medication: Our nurses will be here from 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. for any families who need to pick up medications in the nurses’ office.  If you are also picking up student items you can share with the staff member at the door that you need to pick up medications and then proceed to the main entrance.  Otherwise you can just come to the main entrance. 

     

    • Instruments still in the building: We will gather all instruments still left in the building and place them sorted by instrument type in the front of the building.  Any instruments left after Monday June 15th will be held in the building.  We are still waiting on a plan from the director of K-12 music for the Public Schools of Brookline on how rented instruments will be returned and picked up by the rental company.  We ask that you only take instruments that are clearly marked with your student’s name.  If you already received a replacement rental delivered to your home during this closure, you do not need to pick up the one that is still here at school.  
    • Grade 3 Families: We will be sharing a plan in the coming days for how your child and you can come to school to pick up the Profile in Courage award and lantern on June 15th.  If you still have items to be picked up at school you can pick them up during the window of time for the award and will not need to come to the school twice that day.  More information will be shared at the end of this week.  
    • Library Books: There will be baskets on either side of the main entrance on the benches for anyone who needs to return library books.  

     

     

    Clinical Team Newsletter

    This week the Clinical Team’s newsletter focuses on how to support your child with transitions.  Whether it is transitioning to a new school, to the summer, or to the unknown, our team has provided excellent resources and activities to support you at home.  Also, don’t forget the  live drop in sessions with our guidance counselors and other staff to support social emotional learning that are shared weekly from your classroom teachers! 

     

    I look forward to seeing many of you tonight at our weekly family forum!

    Jen

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