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Summer Stuff

on March 1, 2015 - 12:01am

Summer Stuff is here! A Word edition of Summer Stuff 2015 for middle school and high school students is available on the BPS website, and attached:  Please make sure your students, families and guidance counselors know about it -- deadlines for many programs and jobs are approaching. The newspaper-size print edition will be available soon. Look for Summer Stuff Jr. 2015, with programs and activities for K-5, in about a month.


Contact: Communications Office, Gretchen O'Neill,

Family Night Postponement

on February 9, 2015 - 1:35pm

Dear Families,

In lieu of the on-going snow fall, missed school days and lack of parking near the Bates, we will be pushing our "Working Together" Family Night to later March. A final date will be decided and released shortly. Thank you for your patience and support during all of this difficult weather.

Bates Working Together Family Night

on February 6, 2015 - 11:36am



Bates Elementary invites you to come to our

Working Together Family Night

Thursday February 12, 2015


With this event we will celebrate the diversity of our Bates community including students, staff, and families.

The Bates will host a

Potluck Dinner

from 5:30-6:30 in the cafeteria

followed by

Student Performances

in classrooms from 6:30-7:30


  • Please see back for potluck assignments *

-In order to support our event please bring the pot luck item that is designated by your child's last name to the cafeteria on Thursday February 12, 2015

-Set up for the event will begin at 5:00 and dinner will be shared from 5:30-6:30


Side Dish, Salads & Appetizer: Letters R & S

Main Dish:  Letters K-P

Dessert:  Letters E-L

Drinks/Cups:  Letters A-D                                               

Plates/Forks/Knives/Spoons: Letters  T–Z



To volunteer for this event or for more information please contact: Cindy Sahagian (617) 635-8064.

Youth Arts Festival

on January 20, 2015 - 11:26am

Please SAVE THE DATE for the Network E Youth Arts Festival at the BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center on Saturday, January 24 from 11AM-2PM.  This exciting community event showcases artwork and performances by K-8 students from our school along with 13 Boston public schools and 5 community partners. Dance, music, and  performances start at noon! Don't miss this chance to see amazing artwork created by talented Boston public school students from our community. Local politicians and school officials will be presenting each school with a certificate and there will be photo opportunities for students who participate!


Bring your children of all ages - there will be wonderfully fun art activities for kids as well as an art scavenger hunt with prizes and snacks and refreshments! 


This event is organized by the Network E Arts Initiative which is a community-wide effort to build a pathway of great arts education for all students in Grades K–8 in one Boston Public Schools network, encompassing parts of Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale and West Roxbury. The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts coordinates this collaboration through our School Partnership Program.

We've attached a flyer below - we hope you can make it!



on January 7, 2015 - 9:44am

Dangerously cold weather is predicted later this week. Please remind students and families that students should dress warmly and should not have any exposed skin because frostbite can set in quickly when temperatures are near zero. We will send a system-wide robocall with this message on Tuesday evening. Families will be reminded that they can cut down their wait time for their bus by checking the location of their school bus by calling the Transportation Hotline at 617-635-9520 or at We are also putting our "cold start" protocols in place in bus yards to ensure safety checks and warmups are completed earlier to help ensure on-time trips. This week Facilities will also keep building temperatures warmer in the overnight hours.

December Vacation Activities

on December 12, 2014 - 12:16pm

During December vacation there's some events the kids might like to attend.  The first event will be Monday December, 29th from 10:30-12:30.  This will be a free yoga clinic for children and their families.  We have a great yoga teacher who has a child with special needs and has dedicated her life to using yoga intervention as a way to help with de-escalation strategies and stress relievers for families who have children with a disability.  I highly recommend coming and checking it out!


The second event is on Tuesday December 30th from 12:30-2pm.  I will be providing a healthy lunchbox alternative lunch for your children and will ask them to help me prepare the meal.  It is extremely important for our kids to know what they are putting in their bodies, as well as being able to prepare a meal themselves.  This event is $5 per child.


As always, please feel free to extend this invitation to anyone who you feel will benefit from these classes.  Typically developing family and friends are always welcome as well!


Stay safe and warm during the upcoming bad weather!!

Boston Parents Paper’s 2015 Camp & Summer Expo

on December 12, 2014 - 8:19am

Brookline, MA – Hundreds of families are expected at the Boston Parents Paper’s 2015 Camp & Summer Expo on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, from 11am – 2pm, at the Clay Center at Dexter Southfield, 20 Newton St., Brookline.


This annual event features exhibits, staff and directors from more than 75 top day and overnight camp and summerprograms, and camps for children with special needs, from Massachusetts (including Cape Cod and the Berkshires), Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Canada. Attendees can talk directly with the people who run these camps and programs, while also enjoying interactive games and exhibits, prizes and giveaways. The aim is to help local families select the perfect summer camp or program for their child.


This event is FREE. For more information on the Expo (or to inquire about exhibiting), contact Caitlin Dougherty at the Boston Parents Paper at 617-284-1425 or by email at


The Boston Parents Paper is an award-winning monthly magazine, website and custom publisher serving parents and families across Eastern Massachusetts for 30 years. In addition to our core monthly magazine, we publish several print and online specialty magazines; a weekly e-newsletter with parenting news and links to upcoming local family events; and a website – – featuring a searchable, interactive calendar of events, parenting blogs, articles and resources on support groups, businesses, camps and education options for families. Boston Parents Paper is an affiliate of Dominion Parenting Media / Dominion Enterprises.



Caitlin Dougherty

Circulation & Events Coordinator, Boston Parents Paper

639 Granite Street, LL-25

Braintree, MA 02184

Tel: 617-284-1425

Fax: 617-522-7121



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PARCC FAQ's for Parents

on December 11, 2014 - 7:49am

Below is a link to frequently asked questions on PARCC for parents.


Updates & Happenings in the Bates Community

on December 9, 2014 - 9:11am

Dear Families,

I have a few updates and happenings to share with you from the Bates Community.


School Safety:

Last week we had our first “stay put” drill and a fire drill. Children did a great job. There are always a few tears from the little ones with the fire alarm, but we do our best to make it quick and they all settled nicely. Tomorrow between 10-11am we will have uniformed officers in the building reviewing our safety plans and doing a walk through. This is being done in all Network E Boston Schools.

Family Engagement:

We have a couple of efforts underway aimed at increasing communication, understanding and support of our families:

Community Dialogues on Race & Ethnicity (YWCA):

We will be distributing some materials this week for families and staff to participate in community race & ethnicity dialogues. They are facilitated by the YWCA and other schools have said the experience was so helpful in reaching a deeper common understanding as well as how to best support one another moving forward.


WHAT: Community Dialogues on Race & Ethnicity is a multi-session series focused on gathering a diverse groups of participants toward the creation of stronger, safer, and more unified communities.

WHY: To make meaningful changes in our schools culture and improve academic achievement of all our students

WHEN: Five Tuesdays: January 13th, January 20th, January 27th, February 3rd   and February 10th   (snow day Feb 27th) from 5:30p-7:30p: Dinner at 5:00pm (Childcare available).


Family and Community Engagement:

The office of family and Community Engagement will be hosting a “listening campaign” on the following dates: Dec 8th (5:30pm-6:30pm, Room 204) and Dec 12th (8:30am-9:30am, Auditorium). We hope you can come and share your thoughts about the Bates.


Reminder that we are holding our School Parent Council/School Site Council Meeting

Wed. December 10th

5:30-7:00pm in the Auditorium

Please join us to hear about the following:

Principal Updates:

  • Working Together Family Night
  • Photo Company (Lifetouch vs. Coffee Pond)
  • Budget Planning                                                     


Committee Updates                                                            

·      Holiday Bazaar (Ms. Cindy is the Contact for this event)

·      Fundraising Update: Boxtops

·       Fox Fest Planning    


Holiday Bazaar (Monday, Dec 22nd)

We will be holding our annual holiday bazaar for the students on Monday Dec 22nd from 10am-2:30pm. We need parent volunteers (9am-11am) (11am-1pm) and (1pm-3pm) if you can do one or more of those times, please contact Cindy in the main office.


As always, we welcome your feedback. Please email or call with any questions, concerns or helpful suggestions!


Kelly M. Hung



School Preview Support Needed

on December 1, 2014 - 8:49am

Hello All,


I wanted to reach out and remind everyone that our first school preview is this Tuesday from 10am-11am. If any parents are able to support, that would be great. We will use a similar "passport" format that we used in the Showcase to allow parents to move freely through the classrooms, hallways and take a tour of the school with student tour guides.


Please let me know if you are available. Also, the remaining dates are as follows:


Tues, Dec 16th (10-11am)

Tues, Jan 6th (10-11am)






Kelly M. Hung


Bates Elementary School

426 Beech Street

Roslindale, MA 02131

(phone) 617-635-8064