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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.

Bates MCAS Video

on March 24, 2014 - 12:03pm

Check out this amazing video that the staff & faculty put together to cheer on our Bates students as they prepare for MCAS this month!

Thanks to the talented Derronda & Rodney for the fantastic vocals.

Rally for Public Education at State House this Tuesday

on March 24, 2014 - 10:15am

Dear Bates community


The Mass. Senate Education subcommittee has come out this weekend with

a compromise bill to increase the charter school cap dependent upon

fully funding state aid to public school systems.  You can read more

details at



There will be a rally by public school parents this Tuesday, March

25th at

4:30 at the State House.  Please come if you are able.  Charter school

proponents, including well funded organizations, are drowning out the

voices of public school families.  We do not support lifting the charter cap:


*Because the underfunding of public schools has caused a $60 million

budget deficit


*Because school budgets are running a deficit


*Because school communities are losing art teachers, music teachers,

social workers, coaches and other vital supports


*Because in the face of this deficit, monied interests continue to

push for more charter schools


*Because funding inequities are destabilizing Boston Public Schools


*Because our voices have been ignored by legislators and the media


*Because we DEMAND a seat at the table when decisions about OUR

children's future are being made....



TUESDAY the 25th at 4:30!




Bring your kids and spread the word!


There is also a Facebook page about the event at



Let me know if you have any questions.  Please feel free to forward

this email.


Thank you,


Kathy Cahill

David, 5th grade

Roslindale Parade Award

on March 14, 2014 - 10:24am

Each year, the Roslindale Day Parade Committee bestows awards

for the best attractions in the parade in several categories.  I am

pleased to inform you that our panel of ten judges has voted the

Phineas Bates Elementary School float as the 2nd Runner Up in

the *"Best Float"* category!  Congratulations!



We will be presenting your award and City Council Citation at

our Annual Parade Awards Dinner on *Friday evening, May 9th*,

from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at St. Nectarios Church Hall in

Roslindale Village.  We hope that the Phineas Bates School

will be able to attend to accept your award.  The tickets for

this event are only $20 each, which includes the dinner,

entertainment, raffles, a silent auction, and our Fifth Annual

Talent Contest.  We can reserve a table of 10 seats for you

or more if you wish.


I will send out a formal letter shortly, but we hope that you will

mark Friday, May 9th down on your calendar and will attend

our Awards Dinner.   Thanks again, Mr. Pepin and Ms. Hung,

for your amazing efforts in creating your beautiful, innovative

float for the parade.  So look for the letter, and we'll talk shortly!


Tom Donahue

Parade Committee



P.S.  Also, please be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday,

October 5th, 2014 for our 39th Annual Roslindale Day Parade.


On-Line Petition to Adequately Fund Public Schools

on March 14, 2014 - 10:15am

Dear Bates parents,


As you may have heard, there are efforts going on at the State House

by charter school proponents to lift the cap on charters, which will

result in even less money going to Boston Public Schools from the

State of Mass.  Many of these pro-charter organizations have big budgets and marketing campaigns.

Lawmakers need to hear from parents of public school students.


In addition, state funding of public schools has dropped, which

explains why many schools are losing teachers and programs for the next school year.

Please sign this online petition to ask the co-chairs of the State

Senate Education Committee to adequately fund public schools and feel

free to forward this email.


Thank you,

Kathy Cahill

David, 5th grade

February Vacation Activities

on February 12, 2014 - 1:55pm

February Vacation Activities



Fitness Camp in partnership with Sociedad Latina

For boys and girls ages 8 – 18

Feb 18th-21st  12pm – 5 pm

Campers will participate in dance, nutrition, cooking, yoga and other health and wellness activities.

Info/register: Caroline Prieto 617-442-4299


**Flyer & Registration form are attached to email

(People can drop off applications at Sociedad Latina or if a group would like to collect them and get in touch with Carolina she would be happy to pick them up)



Frog Pond Free Skate

Ages: 6-18

Fee: Free

Schedule: 2/18/2014 & 2/20/2014 Tu & Th 10am-12pm

Pre-registration is required. 617-635-5206 x101 **Call to confirm**



BCYF ‘s Annual Summer Outreach Event

Learn about summer camps & programs and start planning your summer now!

Interactive Games, Summer Resources, Youth Performers, Fun, Music

All ages welcome - 12 and under must be chaperoned. 1:30-3:30 p.m., FREE

Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center

**Flyer is attached to email



Full list of events at BCYF centers over February vacation:


Families can find other activity ideas at Healthy Family Fun (



Winter Wellness Walks

Bundle up and explore your city on foot this winter


Sledding season

Set up your “to-sled list” with Boston’s most kid-friendly slopes


Off the wall winter fun

Boston area community centers and gyms that feature a rock wall for supervised indoor rock climbing


Go ballistic for basketball

Play your way through winter by shooting hoops at an indoor basketball court in your community


Trampoline take-over

Bounce into the New Year at Boston’s new indoor trampoline gym


Search for healthy family fun by neighborhood using the Show Me The Fun search tool on the site!

School Cultural Team Meeting Cancelled Due to Storm

on February 5, 2014 - 2:26pm

Tonights School Cultural Team meeting has been cancelled and has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, February 12 at 5:30 PM in room 102.

Art Update From Mrs. Drakes

on February 3, 2014 - 11:02am


February 1, 2014
Hello Students and Families!
I want to thank all of you for supporting our recycling drive for art! We have had a great response at the Bates! The student council along with my art leaders created posters with fun slogans like “Keep Calm and Recycle for Art” and “ Make Art Not Trash” Thank you for all of your help! We have successfully collected enough materials to create art with newspaper, plastic grocery bags, and cardboard egg cartons. Our bins are overflowing outside the office! At this point in the recycling campaign I would like to ask that you only send in plastic bottle caps with your students. We will still need many more of these caps to use them for an art project. We will start making projects using these materials in the month of March. They will be exhibited during the school-wide art show on May. 1st,2014. I greatly appreciate your help in making this exciting theme happen for our students.
In the meantime our kindergarten through second grade students are creating paintings inspired by Painted Indian Elephants. In Jaipur, India elephants are painted in festive colors and finery for a parade to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring. With our frigid weather we have had it is nice to look forward to the next season! Our third through fifth grade students are about to begin a unit on Greek Vase Painting. This project will support the 4th grade field trip to the Museum of fine Arts, Boston scheduled for March 6th. While at the museum 4th graders will enjoy a guided tour of the Ancient Greek Collection at the MFA!
Thank you for supporting your child’s art education!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at