Principal Grassa’s Pawprints 5/8/17

Noreen Power

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 8th – May 12th is Teacher Appreciation Week! We are lucky to have amazing educators in our building that include teachers, paras, itinerants, coaches, specialists and other student support staff! Please be sure to take time this week to thank one of our many educators who support your family! The SPC will host a luncheon for staff on Friday, please email Jess Curran if you can help out at jessicacurran@ymail.com

School Climate Surveys: Please complete the BPS School Climate Survey you can now access online surveys on the Boston Public Schools webpage in English, Spanish, Haitian, Somali, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean, Chinese, and Portuguese. Please visit to bostonpublicschools.org/climatesurvey in order to access the survey. This information is important to our school and helps us plan for next year!

LGBTQ+ Picnic: Please join us for the LGBTQ+ picnic on Thursday May 18th from 6:00-7:30pm. All families and community members are welcome!!! This is a potluck event hosted by our Health & Wellness Committee. Please email Leida Arroyo with any questions larroyo@bostonpublicschools.org.

Plant Sale: Thank you to all the families, student and staff who braved Saturday’s weather to support out plant sale! We hope to see you all next week for the Wake Up The Earth Parade! The Curley School will march and meet at Curtis Hall at 10:30am on 5/13/17.

7th Grade Parent High School Information Night: The counseling office will hold a presentation for our parents and guardians of 7th grade students on May 24th from 5:30-7 pm. This presentation will cover the basics of the 8th grade to high school transition including the citywide policy, choosing a good fit, and the high school choice form. Flyers will go out this week inviting parents and guardians to attend. Pizza will be served and students are encouraged to attend as well!

Allergies: It is that time of year again! Since the weather has warmed up and plants are blooming, seasonal allergies are on the rise. Allergy outbreaks usually happen when trees, flowering plants, grasses and weeds release pollen. Mold spores in the air also can cause problems.

Signs and Symptoms of Allergies may include:

  • Sneezing
  • Congestion, Runny Nose, Post-nasal drip
  • Coughing
  • Watery Eyes
  • Feeling Itchy
  • Difficulty breathing in children with asthma, caused by
    allergens in the air

Helpful Hints:

  • Check the Weather. Rainy, cloudy or windless days mean lower pollen counts. Hot, dry, windy weather spreads more pollen and mold spores and can make allergies worse. Limiting time outside on these days could make symptoms better.
  • Clean Clean Clean! Cleaning surfaces, rugs and vacuuming often will keep indoor air cleaner. Wash sheets and pillowcases in hot water. Also showering before bed will help as pollen can build up in hair.
  • Close your windows. This keeps pollen from entering from entering the classroom.
  • Treatment:

  • Antihistamines help sneezing as well as itching in the nose and eyes. But some of these medicines, like Benadryl, have side effects that include sleepiness and loss of alertness. Decongestants helpdrain nasal passages, but these nose drops and sprays should not be used for more than a few days.
  • Although most allergy medication is available over-the-counter, we like to limit the instances of giving them during the school day to keep students awake and alert in their classrooms. For more information please contact the school nurses.
  • Please reach out to Nurse Pumphret apumphret@bostonpublicschools.org or Nurse Regan mregan@bostonpublicschools.org with follow up questions.

SUPPORT THE CURLEY K-8 LIBRARY…AND GET CAR SERVICE FROM MORRISON’S AUTO-RITE: Morrison’s Auto-Rite (475 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain) is offering car maintenance services for FREE with a small donation to the Curley Library (the total cost of the car services far exceed the donation!!!) Bring a check or money order to Morrison’s Auto-Rite made out to Friend’s of the Curley Fund for $95 and Morrison’s Auto-Rite will provide you with the following services and items:

Free comprehensive multi-point inspection (check over your car’s health) including:

  • Free Oil Change (up to a $39.95 value). NOTE: some cars have additional charges for synthetic oil
  • Rotate tires
  • Balance two front tires (while doing rotation)
  • Free front wiper blades (most cars); no appointment needed for wiper blade install
  • Second free oil change (up to a $39.95 value)
  • Upgraded warranty on repair work done by Morrison’s Auto Rite
    to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. (There are a few exceptions for normal wear items, i.e. tires)
  • Unlimited tire pressure adjusting, no appointment needed
  • Unlimited fluid level checks, no appointment needed

You must present the check in the amount of $95, made out to Friends of the Curley Library Fund, in person to Morrison’s Autorite to be eligible for these services! No credit cards, please!

Library and Technology Committee: Thank you again to the Curley community for continued success with our fundraising drive toward a new, fully staffed library in the fall. We are now at $40,000, well on our way to $70,000!! Our next committee meeting is Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 am at the school (Centre Street entrance) to discuss our next round of fundraising and grant writing. Visit http://www.curleyk8.com/library/ for more information.

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.