I have a few updates and happenings to share with you from the Bates Community.
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.
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:
- Working Together Family Night
- Photo Company (Lifetouch vs. Coffee Pond)
- Budget Planning
· 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