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Back To School BBQ

on July 21, 2014 - 11:58am

We will host our annual Back to School BBQ for the whole school on Thursday, September 11th from 5pm-7pm. (Rain Date: Thursday, Sept 18th)

School Start Dates

on July 21, 2014 - 11:58am

School Begins for Grades 1-5 on Thursday, September 4th.


For K1 and K2:

On Friday, September 5th we will host a K1 and K2 open house at 10:00am where students can come in with their family for a visit, see the classrooms and meet their teachers. K1 and K2 start on Monday, September 8th.

Parents & Popsicles Event/2014-2015 Teacher Assignments

on July 21, 2014 - 11:52am

On Saturday, August 23rd at 3:00pm the school will be having a Parents & Popsicles event where new students and their parents can come by and meet the principal and some of the staff.  Come and celebrate with us. Also, in Mid-August you will be receiving a welcome letter along with teacher assignments.

Field Day For This Friday Rescheduled

on June 11, 2014 - 11:40am

Due to the forecast for a stormy day this Friday Field Day has been rescheduled for Friday, June 20.

Talent Show Help Needed

on May 19, 2014 - 10:41am

Hello Parents and Friends of the Bates!

This year's Talent Show will be a ton of fun, held at the Washington Irving Middle School next Friday, May 30th. We hope you all can make it--we have about 45 acts and 70 students performing! We also need several helping hands to assist the support team in getting things set up, selling pizza and water, collecting donations, and clean up help. Our main need is in staffing the tables selling and handing out pizza 6-6:30, but if folks are willing to be stationed at the table during showtime 6:30 to 8 as well, that would be awesome. Please contact Lauren Manasse-Latham at or 617 894 0024 by Wednesday May 28th if you are coming and can help. We thank you for your support!

Lauren Manasse-Latham (mom to Phin 2nd)

Bates Talent Show 2014

on April 30, 2014 - 9:06am

Calling All Performers!

Share your talent at the

Bates Talent Show

Thursday May 29th 10 and 2

and Friday May 30th at 6:30pm

All Acts should be no longer than 2 minutes

All acts must attend a mandatory tryout on

Friday May 16th at 12:30-3pm


AttendAT LEAST ONE Rehearsal on Tuesday May 20 8am,

Thursday May 22nd at 2:30pm and Tuesday May 27th 3:30pm


be available for the evening performance on May 30thth.

Please fill out the form below and return to the office by Friday May 9th

Call or email Lauren Manasse-Latham with any questions

(617) 894 0024 or

Student Name                                                                                         

Student Name______________________________________

Grade                   __    Teacher                                                     ____                                                   

Parent/Guardian  ____________________________________

Phone Number ________________          Email   ___________                       


Type of Act __________________________________________                                                                                          


Parent Signature  ____________________________________                                                               


Additional Performers in the act:

Name                               Grade                        Teacher

________________     __________          ____________________________                                                                                                           

________________    __________           ____________________________

________________    __________           ____________________________                                                                                                  




If you know the song you are going to sing or use in your act please add it here:

                ALL SONGS MUST BE APPROPRIATE FOR FAMILIES ______________________________________________________________________

Art and Literacy Night at the Bates

on April 28, 2014 - 11:23am

You’re invited!

Bates Elementary 1st annual

Literacy and Art Night

Thursday May 1st   5-7pm

Our theme for this year’s show is

“We Would Save the Ocean”

  • Visit our ocean inspired art- installation; created using recycled materials.
  • Stop by classrooms to see student’s writing about the ocean and learn more about Raz-kids.
  • The Book Fair will be open all week in the auditorium (April 28 thru May 2). Be sure to stop by to browse and if you can help cover a shift, please visit:
  • There will also be refreshments. Please help by bringing nut-free snacks.
  • And, there will be raffle prizes, so don’t miss this special night at the Bates!

Punchbowl Invitation for Fox Fest

on April 7, 2014 - 4:29pm

Hi Everyone!


The countdown to Fox Fest is winding down!!! As many of you have see, I set up an invitation and potluck signup on Punchbowl, here is the link:  I do not have everyone's email address, so if you would share this with class parents, your contact lists, and social media, that would be terrific.  Every Bates family will be receiving a printed invitation in backpacks and the US mail but the evite is a great way to get a sense of who will be coming.


Thanks again for all of your help.  And, don't forget to use the links below for Volunteer sign up!!

Please rsvp by using this link:

Fox Fest Invitation

on April 6, 2014 - 9:39pm


You’re Invited to

The Phineas Bates School

Fox Fest

Saturday April 12, 2014


Boston Nature Center

500 Walk Hill Street


Please join us for our Family Event and Fundraiser!

Fox Fest will feature children’s activities, a potluck dinner,

raffle items, a family photo booth, games,

silent & live auctions.

Admission is free and all are welcome

Some of the prizes available:

Kindle Fire

Celtics & Red Sox Tickets

Parties from: Boston Nature Center, JP Licks

Tickets & Merchandise from: Boston Ballet, Big Apple Circus, Watch City Brewery, Centre Cuts,   Birch St. House & Garden, Fornax, Streetcar Wine & Beer, and more!

Themed Raffle Baskets: Rainbow Loom, Fox Basket, Wine & Cheese, Family Games, Movies, Gardening and much, much more!

Proceeds raised from this event will go towards supporting many programs at the Bates. For more information, visit or email

In order to support our event please bring the pot luck item that is designated by your child's last name to Fox Fest!


Salads & Appetizer: Letters A - D

Main Dish: Letters E - L

Dessert: Letters K - N & P

Drinks/Cups: Letters R & S

Plates/Forks/Knives/Spoons: Letters O, Q, T – Z


*Please be sure to bring recyclable paper goods!


Directions to the Boston Nature Center: Boston Nature Center is located at 500 Walk Hill St. Mattapan on the grounds of the old Boston State Hospital, bounded by Morton Street (Route 203), American Legion Highway, Walk Hill Street, and Harvard Street. Please visit for bus and walking directions. Our Bates School banner will be posted on the fence at the Walk Hill Street entrance. 

Final Superintendent Search Meeting

on March 30, 2014 - 6:11pm

Tomorrow, Monday the 31st, is the last community meeting being held by the Superintendent Search Committee to gather feedback that will help inform the criteria required of the next superintendent of the Boston Public Schools.

The meeting will be held at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale from 6:00 pm until 8:00pm.

This is a link to an online survey that is also intended to reach as many members of the BPS community as possible. It is available in four languages besides English.

Please help spread the word to other schools and parents.

The superintendent search firm will be hosting smaller meetings with organizations and groups that the search committee identifies. If anyone has influence with the mayor or Court Street please think about encouraging them to host a meeting for chairs of every Boston Public School parent council. Because every school elects their representatives, this could be an effective method for BPS to use to reach out to, and hear feedback from, many different parents whose only constituents are the school communities that elected them.