Principal Grassa’s Pawprints 3/26/17

Noreen Power

Shout out: We want to shout out all the families who helped support The Lion King performances last week. This was truly a home/school collaborative process and we could never have been as successful as we were without the support of our families. Whether is was designing sets, filming, helping with costumes, giving time or an audience member cheering us on we truly appreciate your support! Thank you!!!! Also if you see any of these teachers this week please thank them for all their hard work in leading this process: Kim Taylor Knight, Emanuela Alves, Meron Tefera and Jesse Cardoso.

lion king masks
(photo credit: Genevieve Day)

The Lion King: We have one final show coming up and we hope you can join us! There will be a special performance at the Shubert Theatre in downtown Boston on Thursday, April 6th. Doors open at 5 pm & Show starts at 5:30.

10th Annual Curley K-8 Auction: Our biggest fundraiser of the year is almost here! The 10th Annual Silent Auction is only 2 days away! The live event will be on Tuesday, March 28th from 6 to 9pm at Canary Square in Jamaica Plain, but you don’t have to wait!

Our online auction is OPEN NOW on Bidding For Good:
www.biddingforgood.com/CurleyK8 or using your mobile device: http://BforG.com/curleyk8 (and “browse items” to see everything.)

• Simply log on to see our offerings, and place some bids! It’s a great way to be part of the event, even if you can’t be there on the 28th. Please forward to family and friends everywhere.

Want to come to the event but have no baby-sitter? The Acting Director of CASP, Ms. Mercado and her Staff are offering a fun night of activities for kid-sitting (ages 4+) from 5:30-9:30 on the night of the event at a low cost of $5 per child/per hour. A dinner is included to be served at 6 p.m. (dinner: cheese pizza, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes & water) Ms. Mercado at: Emercado@bostonpublicschools.org to reserve a spot. Please RSVP by Fri. 3/24. Bring your kids to the upper school CASP entrance on the left side of the building (near the field).

Looking for another way to show your support? Grab dinner or drinks at Canary Square from now until the night of the event, the restaurant invites patrons to add a donation to their check. It’s a quick, easy way to show that you care about the Curley. If you have any questions, donations, ideas or would like to get involved, please contact the event Co-chairs, Ann Chinchilla DeGeorge: ann.c.degeorge@gmail.com or Eyleen Iroala: eiroala@gmail.com

Boston Red Sox Hat Giveaway: The Boston Red Sox have donated hats to all students in BPS. Tomorrow we will hand them out to ALL students. They can be worn as part of spirit week as well on Opening Day, Monday, April 3rd.

Computer Science Bus Route Efficiency Challenge: There is a computer science challenge event open to the public at District Hall in the Seaport District on Saturday, April 1st at 10:30am (registration and breakfast starting at 10am). We believe that some of our tech-minded students and staff may be interested in attending (please encourage them to RSVP here!). This event is the start of our first-ever Transportation Challenge — which you can learn more about on our website — that has two goals:
• Use computer science to improve our bus stop placement and bus routing (solving a variation of the traveling salesman problem).
• Using our more automated routes and community preferences, help us equitably and efficiently balance our school start times.
• This event has attracted a wide range of professional computer scientists (FedEx, Uber, Microsoft, and others), academic researchers from local universities (Harvard, MIT, Boston University, and others), and various college and graduate students. We believe that a particularly precocious BPS student may be able to solve the problem so encourage them to participate, and that this event may provide tangible examples of computer science in action.

Library and Technology Committee: The Curley K-8 Library will reopen next fall, with a full-time paraprofessional staff person! Thank you again to the Curley community for the successful fundraising drive, we are more than halfway to our goal of $70,000. Our next committee meeting is Saturday, April 8 at 8:30 am at the school (Centre Street entrance) to discuss our next round of fundraising and grant writing. We are assembling teams for specific projects in the library, and anyone interested in joining a crew, can email Pam Yosca at curleyk8library@gmail.com and indicate if you are available to work on a regular basis (you will receive training) to organize/catalog books; or, if you would like to work an afternoon here or there painting, assembling furniture, and other miscellaneous tasks. Visit http://www.curleyk8.com/library/ for more information.

K-5 Report Cards: Report cards will be sent home with students the week of March 27th.

MCAS: The MCAS testing will begin on Tuesday, April 4th and go through the end of May. This is a long window, which helps us ensure that students aren’t testing on back-to-back days. We want to spread out the testing to reduce any anxiety. Click the link to see our testing calendar by grade level and subject area. MCAS 2.0 Testing Schedule

ELT: Our school hours for next year will be 8:30am-3:10pm. We will continue to offer a before and after school program here as well.

Curley Annual Spring Plant Sale:
Our annual plant sale will be on Saturday, May 6th from 10:00-2:00. We will look for help the day of but if anyone is interested in planning or helping in advance, should contact Kristin Jurkoic at kjurkoic@yahoo.com.