What's Buzzing at the Hive #8

Posted by Jennifer Buller on 1/5/2020 8:00:00 PM

Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends,

We hope everyone had a safe and peaceful Winter Break and had a chance to connect with activities and people that spark joy and love in your life.  It was wonderful to welcome so many of you back these past two days as we transitioned back to the routines and schedules of school. Coming back after such a long time away can be hard for students, and adults.  Be patient and kind to yourselves this week as you adjust and maybe tuck in to bed a little earlier to help make that early morning alarm not so harsh. :)

Below are some updates for the Hive for the next two weeks.  You can find information about the upcoming CCS Priorities Family Feedback sessions, after school feedback and information session, our last call to pick up lost and found items, and a reminder about adult washrooms in the school.


CCS Priorities Family Feedback Sessions

On Wednesday, January 8th at 6:30p and again on Friday January 10th at 8:00a I will be hosting an update and feedback session around our CCS Priorities work this year.  I will be reviewing our priorities (clarity and cohesion) and action steps that we shared in the fall, updating folks on progress we’ve made on the action steps, and inviting feedback on how we’ve been doing and where we can improve. You can view the slidedeck from Open House where we shared our action items for our priorities to help you prepare for the feedback sessions this week. The session on Wednesday will take place in the CCS Library and the session on Friday will take place in the cafeteria during the PTO Coffee and Conversation for this month.  Both sessions will have the same information, so you only need to attend one. I hope to see many of you there so we can learn and grow together as we work on improving our school community collaboratively. 


After School Feedback and Information Session 

On Wednesday, January 15th at 6:30p in the CCS Library I will be hosting an information sharing and needs gathering session centered on after school programming.  Cathy Nowacki, Director of Extended Day at CCS, will be joining us. We will share information about what Extended Day and DASEP currently offer the community and how we partner as a school with both programs, and others, that work incredibly hard to meet our community’s growing after school child care needs.  I will then open up the session to gather input and information around the needs for after school programming for our PreK-8 students. We will use this information and feedback to start working on a plan to address the diverse and rising needs of after school care for our community. 


Lost and Found Clean Out

Over the Winter Break, Tracy Legendre (one of our school secretaries) did some serious organizing and cleaning of our Lost and Found.  (You can check out pictures of all the “lost” items on our Twitter page @TheHiveInCC) Items that are not claimed by the end of the day this Friday (Friday, January 10th) will be donated. Please stop by the school, or have your child visit the Lost and Found, so you may be reunited with your boots, hats, mittens, water bottles, jackets, and so much more! 


Washroom Access

This is just a friendly reminder that when you are visiting our school and need to use the washroom to please use the washrooms designated for adults.  There are several staff bathrooms located next to the student bathrooms and in the main office that you are welcome to use by getting a key from the main office.  You are also welcome to use any of the gender neutral washrooms located on the second and third floors near the tile wall.  


I am looking forward to connecting with many of you over the next two weeks at drop-off and pick-up, around the building, and at our feedback and information sessions.  This Friday (January 10th) right before the PTO Coffee and Conversation you are welcome to join the School Council meeting at 7:00a in the CCS Library. On the agenda we will be reviewing our current process for developing the budget narrative and gathering feedback on how to improve the process, reviewing our current School Improvement Plan and developing next steps for its revision, and updating everyone on where we are with the renaming process.  


I hope your New Year is off to a healthy, hopeful, and happy start.  We are forward focused at CCS and ready to really dig into these next longer stretches of learning and engagement with students and families.