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MBTA Community Meeting: Auburndale Commuter Rail Station Accessibility Project

MBTA Community Meeting
Auburndale Commuter Rail Station Accessibility Project

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: The Village Bank, 307 Auburn Street, Auburndale, MA

MBTA project team and its Architect will provide a slide presentation and answer questions about the 100% design of the Auburndale Commuter Rail Station Accessibility Project along the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to fully participate in the meeting, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, and /or handouts in alternate formats, please submit your request to Trish Foley at 857-368-8907 or email trish.foley@state.ma.us at least 7 days prior to the meeting. In case of inclement weather, meeting cancellation announcements will be posted at www.mbta.com and our scheduled meeting date will be March 8th.

MBTA Auburndale Station Meeting Flyer

Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Newton Community,

Over the past few years, the Newton Public Schools have undertaken the important work of addressing issues of race, bias, and culture. We have a number of exciting initiatives underway for both staff and students. Recent events in our community and across the country have made this work more important than ever.

Earlier this year, I was approached by a group of parents interested in learning more about how we extend the work we are doing in the classrooms to the home and to the larger Newton community. To that end, I am pleased to invite you to a community forum: “Talking to Children about Race: Why and How?” to be held on Wednesday, March 22 nd at 7:00 p.m. at Angier School (1697 Beacon St.).

The session, led by Horace Mann Elementary teacher Mike Feldstein and METCO director Maricel Sheets, is designed for a K-5 parent audience and will:

  • Allow reflection of your own experiences around issues of race and racism
  • Demonstrate the importance of early conversations with children on race
  • Provide “how-to” help for guiding children and answering challenging questions
  • Highlight resources available to help parents and families navigate the issues

As one who has participated in Mike and Maricel’s workshops, I can tell you that they are lively, engaging and meaningful. Our country is becoming more diverse and we are fortunate that many of our students are exposed to differences at a young age. As a school district, we must continue to help our students develop positive racial identities and attitudes so that they can comfortably and productively navigate in all settings. There is no greater gift we can give our children than ensuring that they are prepared to be active, engaged, and respectful citizens of our diverse world.

An RSVP is not required, but it will help us plan for materials and activities. Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/eDB56M2MEcUz7aUX2

I hope to see you on Wednesday, March 22nd .

Sincerely,
David Fleishman

Wolf Fund Exceeds Goal!

We did it! We did it together! The Wolf Fund exceeded its goal and received $22,570 in individual contributions and matching corporate gifts. The generosity of our community and support for our school is incredible!

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All proceeds from the Wolf Fund are used to pay for Creative Arts and Sciences programs and technology for our kids’ classrooms.

Thank you to everyone who made a donation! Every contribution matters.

From Nurse Best: Cold and Flu Season Is Upon Us

EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL FOR SUSPECTED COMMUNICABLE CONDITIONS

POLICY:

Students suspected to have a contagious health condition can be excluded from school at the discretion of the school nurse. The purpose of this exclusion is to prevent the spread of disease that can cause absence and discomfort for other students and staff. Some conditions may require immediate dismissal. Written documentation by a health care provider may be required for school re-entry.

PROTOCOL:

The school nurse will assess each presenting condition on an individual basis.

A student will be excluded from school if he/she has:

  • A fever of 100° or greater in the past 24 hours
  • A communicable disease diagnosis
  • A cold in the active stages – coughing, sneezing, nasal drainage
  • A sore throat and/or swollen neck glands
  • Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Acute pain that requires relief by narcotic medication
  • An undiagnosed rash or skin eruption
  • Head lice that have not been chemically treated

Parents should make every effort to pick up children as soon as possible when notified by the school nurse.

Emergency contact information must be up-to-date.

Exclusion Policy

Creative Arts and Sciences Welcomes Chiao Bin Huang to the 2nd Grade

When: Wednesday, February 8, at 10:30 am
Where: Cafeteria 

Dressed in a traditional Chinese costume, Chiao Bin Huang shows us the beautiful Chinese Ribbon Dance. We will learn the rich history of the dance and its significance in Chinese culture. We will learn to express ourselves by creating our own ribbon dance as well!

Join us! Parents are encouraged to attend, but no younger siblings, please. Thank you for your cooperation.

This program was fully funded by your generous donations to the Burr PTO and the Burr Wolf Fund. To donate, go to Burr PTO.org and click on “Donate.” Thank you!

Lunar New Year Celebration

On January 28, 16 families gathered at Burr School Cafetorium and celebrated Lunar New Year’s day. The event was co-organized by Burr families who celebrate this traditional holiday, i.e. Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. In the potluck party, families shared some authentic home-made foods, and right afterwards children went up on stage and showed talents in singing, dancing, and instrument playing individually or in groups, which pushed the event to its most memorable moments. Casual sports were played in the gym in the meantime.

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There are traditional decorations placed by the entrance, on the stage and on the walls. The best one should go to a pair of Chinese calligraphy hanging by Burr main entrance on the day of event.

 

Burr night at Launch Trampoline Park

Back by popular demand…we’re hosting another Burr night at Launch Trampoline Park in Watertown on Friday, February 3rd from 6-8pm. The kids get two hours of jumping for only $20. Launch will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to the Burr PTO. The more people who attend, the more we can raise! Don’t miss this fun community event. Hope to see you there!

The High School Start Time Working Group update

The High School Start Time Working Group reported on Feedback from All Stakeholders about scenarios under consideration and made a presentation to School Committee on Monday, January 23, 2017.  The report on community feedback has been reissued to included feedback from Newton Public Schools teachers and staff.  A presentation has also been posted.

 

Please visit the Newton Public Schools web site for full information.

 

TEC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION

Please Join Us next week

TEC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION
When: Tuesday January 31st
Where: Morse Institute Library, Natick
Time: 7:00-8:00PM. Open to students and parents/guardians.
No need to register. Cancellations due to weather will be posted in our website by 3pm.
Registration to the TEC Internship Program Summer 2017 is now OPEN. Apply online at:
Career exploration opportunities for students who have completed at least two years of high school. To learn about the program, please visit:
Interested in an Academic Spring internship during after school hours? Please inquire

Mason-Rice Spring Online Auction

Mason-Rice Spring Online Auction is Now Open and runs through January 31st.   Find something good for yourself while benefitting 500+ Elementary Students.  Get a bargain on one of our many camps.  We have incredible overnight camps in Maine, New Hampshire and the Berkshires as well as wonderful day camps such as BC Ladies Eagle Soccer, Belmont Hill. Fessenden, Meadowbrook, Michals Hockey, Ten Acre and More!  Treat yourself with Purchase a gift certificate for a local restaurant or business. Start the New Year off with healthy options for your mind and body with a fitness or yoga class or a personalized massage.  Pick up museum or theatre tickets.  Check out our auction for these interesting items and many more exciting ones at:

https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=267626132