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Principal Grassa’s Pawprints 12/18/17

Noreen Power

Shout Out: Thank you to all the families who came out on Friday to support one of our winter concerts! Also thank you to all the families who supported our shopping night on Centre Street!

Winter Vacation: Our winter vacation is approaching and we wanted to remind our community of the dates. There will be no school on Friday, December 22nd – Tuesday, January 2nd. Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Gift Drive: If you are purchasing a gift for our gift drive be sure to bring it to either main office on Monday, December 18th.

BPS Community Meetings: BPS will be hosting several community meetings over the next week to discuss school start times. Meeting times are listed here:

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More information can be found here: SY 18-19 Start Times

Friend of the Curley Technology Campaign: As 2017 draws to a close, we all have many reasons to be thankful. The Curley K-8 School is one-third of the way through a great school year with a diverse group of nearly 1,000 students, We celebrated a record-breaking Fall Fling and are all excited about the upcoming library re-opening.

During this season of giving, we are asking you to consider supporting additional needs of the school, specifically technology. Why is technology important in school? Beyond writing stories, students at the Curley K-8 school have used computers to calculate the velocity of a dog on skateboard, design persuasive presentations, to read books and articles that would otherwise be inaccessible to them, to learn coding, and to record and critique their musical and dramatic performances.

The school has achieved a 2:1 student-to-laptop ratio for 3rd – 8th graders, but we are still working to raise $16,000 to buy another mobile laptop cart to ensure our students are prepared for the 21st century.


In addition, some of the technology we purchased several years ago will soon need to be replaced. We can expect technology to be an ongoing fundraising area from year-to-year.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to Friends of the Curley K-8 in support of these important initiatives. A gift in any amount will help–please forward to family & friends, and any other potential supporters. Don’t forget to ask if your company “matches” charitable donations – we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. You can give in two ways:

  • Donate using PayPal by clicking here: PayPal.me/CurleyK8.
  • Send in cash or check to your child’s teacher or mail to: 40 Pershing Rd. JP, MA 02130 Attn: Curley SPC. Please make checks payable to: Friends of the Curley.

Sponsor a Family: We would like to CARE about families during this season. We are looking to see if any families are interested in adopting a family from Puerto Rico for the holidays. If you are interested please reach out to our guidance team, Sugeily Santos ssantos2@bostonpublicschools.org and Cristina Silva csilva4@bostonpublicschools.org

Coat Drive: We are accepting donations of winter wear (coats, boots, hats, scarves, mittens, etc). There are wrapped boxes in both the lower and upper school lobbies to leave donations. We can use all sizes from 3T to adult. If your child is in need of winter gear, please let his/her teacher know by filling out and returning the coat drive flyer sent home in your student’s folder. If any adult is interested in helping this effort this winter season, please contact Fran Batuyios, Curley parent, at fbatuyios@hotmail.com
 Thanks for helping keep Curley kids warm this winter!

School Preview Time: It is time for school previews and we could use your helping leading tours at the Curley on these dates/times:

Tuesday, December 19, 9am-10am
Tuesday, January 23rd, 9am-10am

There are Helpful Hint sheets to everyone who volunteers with ideas of what to highlight on the tours.

  • If you are new to giving tours we can also pair you up with someone who has led them before.
  • If you are able to help out leading tours even one day, it would be very helpful. Please sign up on the doodle poll: School Tours
  • If you know of someone who is not on this list who think might be willing to lead tours, please let me know.
  • Please feel free to e-mail me: Arusha Hollister-Carlson: arusha_h@yahoo.com

Social Media: For up to date information about the Curley K-8 School please sign up for email alerts by joining the Mailing List. You can also follow Principal Grassa on Twitter @principalgrassa and be sure to always use the hashtag #curleycares when sharing/posting/tweeting information about our school.