Principal Grassa’s Paw Prints (02/23/14)

Heshan Berents-Weeramuni

This week’s Paw Prints from Principal Katie Grassa:

  • Vacation: We hope that all families had a relaxing and enjoyable February break!
  • AWC/General Education Planning: Please join us to discuss and plan some changes to the curriculum in grades 4-6 next school year. We will be meeting from 3-4pm this Wednesday, February 26th. Goal: Group of parents and teachers who will be collaborating to improve the curriculum in the regular education strands for grades 4, 5 and 6 and promote integration, instead of segregation, that occurs in these grades because of the AWC program. All of this will promote the following:
    • social cohesion and improved school climate,
    • equity of educational chances for all,
    • keeping families at the Curley and so, keep enrollments healthy,
    • combating segregation, keeping friendships intact,
    • possibly more targeted instructions to all levels, making the Curley a destination for non-AWC families to come to, so again keeping enrollments healthy,
    • and, tighter cohesion for teaching teams.
  • MCAS: Testing window will begin on Tuesday, March 18th and close on Monday, March 31st. A more specific schedule for each grade level will accompany next week’s Paw Prints.
  • Snow: Families we are asking that you keep your children off the lawn and away from the snow during arrival and dismissal each day. This will assure the safety of all students as they enter and exit the building during these slippery winter months. We appreciate your support in holding all Curley Community Members accountable to this as well.
  • 6th-8th Grade Report Cards: Families be on the lookout, they should have been received over the vacation.
  • Principal Breakfast: Please join us on Friday, February 28th from 8:45am-9:45am in the Upper School Library to learn about the types of Formative Assessments that students at the Curley K-8 are required to take K-8.
  • Support the Curley K-8: There are several more opportunities for families to help support the Curley K-8 School.
    • We have only one more week to go to finish our fundraising for the school playing field. We are so close, and have now hit the $240k mark in donations! Please help us meet our goal so that at the start of SY2014-2015 we will have a brand new playing field. For more information about the field and fundraising campaign, visit playingfield.curleyk8.com.
    • The organizing committee for our 7th Annual Silent Auction at Canary Square, which is on March 25th from 6-9 pm, are looking for auction items. Please see here for details.
    • Two of our community members are running the Boston Marathon to raise money, one for the Curley K-8 playing field, and another for our after-school partners Tenacity. Their efforts will directly impact our school and our students. Please join us to help Dan Barcan (parent) and Alissa Ferro (ELA teacher) reach their fundraising goal. The event is at Doyle’s Cafe on Washington St across from English High from 6-9pm on Thursday, Feb. 27th. Raffles: 50-50, babysitting, drinks, and maybe more. $26.20 for a ticket, or free to donors. Free beer to first 26.2 people to sign up. Details and tickets are here: https://dbboston2014.squarespace.com/party-at-doyles/.
    • A third person, Keith Schultz, a community member, is also running the Boston Marathon to support our music, arts and science programs. To follow his training and aid him in his fundraising, visit