Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year at CCS!

Posted by Jennifer Buller on 9/3/2019 5:00:00 PM

Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends,


We are so excited to welcome everyone on Thursday and Friday of this week.  We look forward to seeing the many returning families and students, and opening our doors and arms to our many community members who are joining us this year.  This is an exciting time for our school community, one filled with tremendous opportunity for growth and connection and we couldn’t be more ready!   

We spent a lot of time last year discussing our priorities and hopes as we rebuild our PreK-8 community.  Across all our feedback sessions, focus groups, and opportunities for input during our priority work we talked a lot about the need for compassion and understanding as fundamental building blocks in our work in building and strengthening relationships in our community.  

We are living in a time where civil discourse is challenged and pushes people to react and operate under tremendous stress.  When Andrew announced his resignation I admired his choice to do what would allow him to be a better parent and partner. I think we can all learn from this act of self compassion and be reminded of the importance of self care and checking in on and lifting each other up as a community.  I am hopeful that with the beginning of the new school year we can slow ourselves down and keep grounded in our collective work in supporting a thriving PreK-8 community where students, families, and staff model and practice empathy, compassion, and understanding with each other. By strengthening our foundational building blocks of relationships and authentic connections we can create a school community where all students have access to opportunities that support academic, social, and emotional growth. 

I am excited by our efforts and plans to strengthen our PreK-8 community and build a cohesive set of structures and procedures that will allow for us all to do our best work.  We have a strong team of educators here at CCS supported by families and a community that wants us all to succeed in our work. I believe that through building strong, authentic, honest relationships we can lift our community up and bring us all to a place where kindness over cruelty, empathy over indifference, compassion over ill will, and love over hate will prevail each day.

As we gear up for the beginning of the year there is A LOT of information to communicate.  Below you will find some important information about the opening days and month of school.  I hope to see many of you at our Welcome Back PTO Coffee and Conversations on Thursday and Friday at 8:00a where we will have a chance to meet and connect socially.  


First Days of School 

For the first two days of school we welcome all our families to drop off in the building at the classroom door.  There will be staff stationed around the building to help you locate classrooms and answer any questions you may have.  Please keep scooters outside of the building and secure them to one of our bike racks around the building. The PTO will be hosting a Coffee and Conversation for all families both Thursday and Friday mornings at 8:00a.m. in the cafeteria. 

Kindergarten: Please refer to your child’s letter from their classroom teacher about which day (Thursday or Friday) they will start.  Dismissal is at 12:40p at the classroom door.  

Grades 6-8: Students should report to the multipurpose room for a Grades 6-8 community meeting.  At this meeting students in grades 7 and 8 will receive their schedules and homeroom assignments.  

 

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

As mentioned above, we welcome all our families to drop off in the school building for the first two days of school (Thursday and Friday)

Kindergarten: Drop-off at the classroom door happens for the first 6 weeks of school.  Monday October 21st marks our Kindergarten Independence Day when students will join the rest of their K-8 community in entering the building on their own.  Pick-up occurs each day at the classroom door unless the class ends their day in Physical Education. In that event, families will pick up at the gym on the first floor.  

Grades 1 and 2: Drop-off at the classroom door happens for the first 4 weeks of school.  Starting on Monday October 7th, our first and second graders will enter independently and be supported by staff members in the hallways in finding their way to their classrooms should they need extra support.  Pick-up occurs each day at the classroom door unless the class ends their day in Physical Education. In that event, families will pick up at the gym on the first floor. 

Grades 3-8: After the first two days students in grades 3-8 enter the building independently and are dismissed at the end of the day.  

Each day we open the building at 7:30a for students who would like to participate in breakfast in the cafeteria.  At 7:50a.m. we will dismiss students in Grades 6-8 gathering in the cafeteria to make their way to their lockers to get prepared for the day.  At 7:55a.m. we will dismiss our K-5 students to begin to make their way to their cubbies to be ready to enter their classrooms at 8:00a.m. Families are welcome to enter the building and wait with their students in the cafeteria in the morning and connect with other families.  

The building unlocks at 2:25p.m. to allow for families who are picking up their K-2 students to enter the building and proceed to the classrooms or gym.  

Please remind your students that there are NO scooters inside the building.  For students riding or scootering to school they should take care to lock their scooters or bicycles at one of the bike racks around the building.  

Attached to this email is the parking plan for CCS. Please make note of the areas that are open for parking and live drop-off and pick-up.  There is NO parking during school hours on the LEFT SIDE OF STEDMAN. This is a live drop-off and pick-up zone only.  

 

Open House Dates  and Other Calendar Events

This is an important opportunity to learn more about your child’s individual classroom experience, gather information about routines and procedures at CCS, and connect with other families in your student’s class and grade level.  

  • Kindergarten Open House: Thursday, September 26th from 8:00 - 9:15a

  • Grade 1 Open House: Wednesday, September 25th 8:00 - 9:15a.m.

  • Grade 2 Open House: Tuesday, September 24th 8:00 - 9:15a.m.

  • Grade 3 Open House: Thursday, September 19th 8:00 - 9:15a.m.

  • Grade 4 Open House: Wednesday, September 18th 8:00 - 9:15a.m.

  • Grade 5 Open House: Tuesday, September 17th 8:00 - 9:15a.m. 

  • Grades 6-8 Open House: Wednesday, September 25th 6:30 - 8:15p.m.

 

This summer in collaboration with PTO leadership we calendared all the major community building events for the year.  Below are the dates of upcoming events to add to your own calendars. You can also find these events and others as they are added on our Community Calendar on our school website.

  • September 11th 6:00 - 8:00p CCS Welcome Back Picnic

  • October 4th Hive Pride Day 

  • October 23rd 6:00 - 7:00p School Council, 7:00 - 8:00p PTO Coffee and Conversation

  • November 1st Hive Pride Day, 7:00 - 8:00a School Council, 8:00 - 9:00a PTO Coffee and Conversation

  • November 27th 11:00a DFL Pep Rally, 12:00noon DFL Superbowl

  • December 6th Hive Pride Day, 7:00 - 8:00a School Council, 8:00 - 9:00a PTO Coffee and Conversation 

  • December 10th 6:00 - 8:00p Craft Fair

  • January 10th Hive Pride Day, 7:00 - 8:00a School Council, 8:00 - 9:00a PTO Coffee and Conversation

  • January 22nd 6:00 - 8:00p Caldecott Night

  • January 24th 1:40 - 11:00pm CCS Ski Night at Wachusett 

  • February 5th 6:00 - 7:00p School Council, 7:00 - 8:00p PTO Coffee and Conversation

  • February 7th Hive Pride Day

  • March 6th Hive Pride Day 7:00 - 8:00a School Council, 8:00 - 9:00a PTO Coffee and Conversation

  • March 12th 6:00 - 8:00p Games Night 

  • April 3rd Hive Pride Day 7:00 - 8:00a School Council, 8:00 - 9:00a PTO Coffee and Conversation

  • May 1st Hive Pride Day 6:00p Grade 8 Play

  • May 2nd 2:00p Grade 8 Play

  • May 7th 6:00 - 7:00p School Council, 7:00 - 8:00p PTO Coffee and Conversation

  • May 14th or 21st (TBD) 6:00 - 8:00p International Night

  • May 29th 6:00 - 9:00p K-8 Family Roof Deck Social

  • June 4th 6:00p Family Night Big Book Bazaar

  • June 5th Hive Pride Day 7:00 - 8:00a School Council, 8:00 - 9:00a PTO Coffee and Conversation

  • June 9th 6:00p Art Show 

 

October 4th PTO Coffee and Conversation- SAVE THE DATE!

Please join us on Friday October 4th at the PTO Coffee and Conversation starting at 8:00a.m. in the cafeteria.  At the coffee I will be presenting about action items related to our priority work around Clarity and Cohesiveness, the Code of Conduct, and our approach to scheduling this year.  

 

Staffing Updates for 2019-2020

We have been very busy this summer hiring new staff in our building.  We are excited to welcome the following educators (both new and returning to new roles) to our community!

  • Riley Bellao (Inclusion Facilitator)

  • Eliana Bernard (Hebrew English Language Teacher)

  • Lindsay Blackman (K-2 Learning Center Teacher)

  • Erin Burke (Grades 3-5 Vice Principal)

  • Ellina Conlon (Grade 2 Teacher)

  • Amy Dempsey (K-2 Learning Center Teacher)

  • Ali Furhman (Grade 8 Science Long Term Substitute)

  • Asaf Gray-Mandell (1C Paraprofessional)

  • Erin Grogan (P.E. Teacher)

  • Julia Hanley (K-3 TLC Paraprofessional)

  • Sophie Hatch (Grade 3 Long Term Substitute)

  • Liza Martiniello (K-3 Educational Team Facilitator)

  • Bridget Nolan (1D Long Term Substitute and Paraprofessional) 

  • Emily O’Hara (KC Paraprofessional)

  • Kyssandra Perkowski (Grade 1 Teacher)

  • Shanelle Rzezuski (Grade 1 Paraprofessional)

  • Lexie Smith (7-8 Learning Center Paraprofessional)

  • Sarah Smith (Administration Intern)

  • Sarah Stanton (1Z Long Term Substitute and Paraprofessional)

  • Megan Strapec (7-8 Learning Center Paraprofessional)

  • Lauren Sullivan (3-4 Learning Center Paraprofessional)

  • Megan Tsosie (5-6 Learning Center Paraprofessional)

  • Siraan Touzjian (KF Paraprofessional)

  • Alexandra Washburn (Health Teacher)

 

Our staff has been busy preparing for the opening days and we are grateful for all their hard work in preparing spaces, schedules, and providing for a welcoming and nurturing start to the school year.  We know that the beginning of school can be an exciting and joyful time for many families and friends. We also know that this time of year can be a struggle and presents anxiety and nervous anticipation as well.  We are ready for everyone and will be here to greet you with open arms and support you no matter how you may be feeling about the start of the year. We look forward to seeing and connecting with everyone over the next week as we start what promises to be a fantastic year at the Coolidge Corner School.  

Jen