Mar
26

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.

Mar
24

Time is ticking… Only 3 days left! Please bid & spread the word.

Ann Chinchilla DeGeorge

HOW MANY DAYS ARE LEFT?
We have 3 days left to bid online and This is the final weekend before our 10th Annual Silent Auction next Tuesday at Canary Square, our loyal, neighboring restaurant in JP.

SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL THE EVENT TO BID?

No. Don’t delay, go online and place your bids. Remember, this is a fundraiser.
Click here: www.biddingforgood.com/CurleyK8

CAN ANYONE BID ONLINE OR COME TO THE EVENT?
YES! Everyone is welcome to bid and come to the live event. Please help us by forwarding this email friends and family (no matter where they are.)This is a great way to double your money! Plus, people generally love supporting our kids 🙂 And boy, are they worth it!

HOW DOES MY SUPPORT HELP?
The funds raised by this event allow the School Parent Council (SPC) to continue providing critical enrichment programming at the Curley. It pays for our growing Arts program, Field trips for all grades, special guests, Teacher Appreciation Day lunch, Supplies for our classrooms, and special projects, as well as programs such as Playworks who help coordinate activities during recess to help build a positive climate for all kids during recess. These are experiences we believe our children need and want. It’s what makes the Curley so special.

CAN I HELP THE DAY OF THE EVENT?

Click here to let us know if you can help: Doodle Poll

CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
Don’t have a sitter? Click here to set it up for $5 per kid, per hour (includes dinner) Click here to email: CASP Director: Erika Mercado@BPS.org

Thank you so much for your support and consideration.

Reminder:
Please Don’t forget to save your BoxTops for the Curley.
BoxTops

Mar
21

School Parent Council Meeting 3/22 from 6-8 pm

Jessica Curran

Come join the SPC for pizza and a discussion with Principle Grassa about Excellence for All, Exam Schools, and a Vote on aligning the Lower School and Middle School trimesters. Principle Grassa will be there to explain the important and positive benefits of aligning the two schools, and answer questions. We will be meeting in the Lower School cafeteria, and there will be childcare and Spanish translation. Please contact Jessica Curran at jessicacurran@ymail.com or Leah Barcan at lbarcan@gmail.com with questions.

Mar
20

Principal Grassa’s Pawprints 3/20/17

Noreen Power

Shout out: Congrats to 32 students (Grades 6, 7 & 8) who participated in the Regional Destination Imagination Competition this past weekend in Stoughton. We were proud to have 5 teams participate and that one team placed 3rd overall in the Engineering category and one team placed 3rd overall in the Fine Arts category. Congrats to you all! A special thanks to Ms. Peters, Ms. Stokes, Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Cronin for leading this work at the Curley K-8!

The Lion King: Please join us this week for our student performance of The Lion King! Our students and staff have been preparing for months and we are thrilled to welcome families to our performances. All students will attend one of the daytime shows over the course of the week as well.
Daytime Shows
• March 21st and 22nd at 9 a.m. Curley Auditorium
• March 21st at 1 p.m. Curley Auditorium
Evening Shows
• March 23rd and 24th at 6:30 p.m. Curley Auditorium
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.

Volunteers needed for Lion King:
Several more parent volunteers are needed to help make the Lion King performances as good as they can be! The following volunteer roles need to be filled for the three daytime shows – March 21 at 9am and 1pm and March 22 at 9am and the two evening shows, March 23 and 24 at 6:30pm:

• One set crew member

• One or two ushers to help greet and seat people

• One person to assist middle school students operating lighting


•A male parent/guardian who can supervise boys changing into costume before the shows (this volunteer could also take on one of the tasks above).


In addition, we’re looking for a parent who can videotape at least one show, and a parent who can take photographs for at least one show.

If you can take on any of these roles for any show, let us know! Please email both Kim Taylor-Knight at ktayorknight@bostonpublicschools.org and Ben Carlson at benmcarl@yahoo.com to confirm. Come enjoy being part of the show!

10th Annual Curley K-8 Auction: Our biggest fundraiser of the year is almost here! The 10th Annual Silent Auction is only 2 weeks 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.

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.

SPC: Please join us for the March SPC meeting on Wednesday, March 22nd from 6pm-8pm in the Lower School Cafeteria. At this meeting we will be discussing Excellence for All. As always, childcare, food and translation are provided.

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 access our testing calendar by grade level and subject area:

MCAS 2.0 Testing Schedule

Hiring: We have had 10 teacher jobs posted on www.teachboston.org. We are looking for families to help us and participate in the interview process. Having family voice at the table is very important for hiring and we value your opinions. No previous hiring or interview experience is necessary. We will be hosting interviews on the following days from 3pm-6pm. If you can assist us we can have your child(ren) of school age attend CASP. Please email Katie Grassa kgrassa@bostonpublicschools.org if you can participate, this will be first come, first serve. Thanks!

interview sched

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.

Mar
18

Bid. Win. Feel Good. And please help by forwarding this page to 5 people who may be interested.

Ann Chinchilla DeGeorge

Dear Curley Supporters,

The online portion of our auction has been updated with plenty of new items!

Please click on one of these links to support the Curley School:

Web: https://www.biddingforgood.com/CurleyK8
Mobile: https://bforg.com/CurleyK8

This particular fundraiser allows for support by extended family members and loved ones who live outside of Boston and throughout the country. We are happy to ship items.

We ask that you please forward this email to at least 5 people, really Anyone you think may be interested in helping our school.

All funds raised go toward a variety of events, critical enrichment programs, technology, field trips, and this year we are bringing back our much needed school library. The School Parent Council (SPC) provides funding for all of these efforts by way of your generous support. We are a Boston Public School and depend on our far-reaching community to offer important programs which help us provide an equitable, up to date education for all of our 925+ students.

Thank you so much for your support and consideration.

Reminder:
Please Don’t forget to save your BoxTops for the Curley.
BoxTops

Mar
15

Let the Bidding begin!… the ONLINE Silent Auction is NOW OPEN and waiting for You!

Ann Chinchilla DeGeorge

silent auction

silent auction

Dear Friends & Families of the Curley,

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is almost here! The 10th Annual Silent Auction is only 2 weeks 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 everywherewe are happy to ship!
*Please note items are being added daily.

Wanna come to the event but have no baby-sitter? No Problem! … The Amazing (interim) 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) You can make it a fun playdate with a friend! Email 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.

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th!

Mar
13

Principal Grassa’s Pawprints 3/12/17

Noreen Power

10th Annual Curley K-8 Auction: The Curley School Parent Council (SPC) will be hosting their 10th Annual Silent Auction at Canary Square on Tuesday, March 28th from 6pm-9pm and would like to extend an invite to all staff, friends and families. The money raised from the Silent Auction goes to directly supporting our school, such as our partnerships with Playworks, BalletROX, arts supplies, science supplies, staff luncheon, Chromebooks etc.. There will be more information that will follow about the online auction. Any donations or specific questions can be directed to Ann DeGeorge ann.c.degeorge@gmail.com or Eyleen Iraola eiraola@gmail.com

SSC: Our March SSC Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March, 14th from 5:30pm-7:00pm in the Upper School Room 209. Please enter through the CASP doors.

SPC: Please join us for the March SPC meeting on Wednesday, March 22nd from 6pm-8pm in the Lower School Cafeteria. At this meeting we will be discussing Excellence for All. As always, childcare, food and translation are provided.

Hiring: We have had 10 teacher jobs posted on www.teachboston.org. We are looking for families to help us and participate in the interview process. Having family voice at the table is very important for hiring and we value your opinions. No previous hiring or interview experience is necessary. We will be hosting interviews on the following days from 3pm-6pm. If you can assist us we can have your child(ren) of school age attend CASP. Please email Katie Grassa kgrassa@bostonpublicschools.org if you can participate. This will be first come, first serve. Thanks!
interview times

Volunteers needed for Lion King:
Lion King performers seek your help to make their shows sing! Help is needed with evening shows for the public (March 23-24) as well as daytime shows for students (March 21-22). Volunteer needs include the following tasks – click on the associated link to see time commitments and sign up:
Help out performers backstage: Click Here
Set up wired and wireless microphones for performers: Click Here
Be on the set crew: Click Here
Take donations and sell concessions: Click Here
Apply face paint to our six Raffikis: Click Here

Volunteers will also be needed to usher, provide refreshments for sale, and cover other needs. If you are interested in helping with these, please email both Kim Taylor Knight ktaylorknight@bostonpublicschools.org and Ben Carlson benmcarl@yahoo.com and one of us will sign you up. Thank you in advance for your support!

Lion King Performances: We are excited about the upcoming Lion King Performances for our community. Performance dates:
School Shows
• March 21st and 22nd at 9 a.m. Curley Auditorium
• March 22nd at 1 p.m. Curley Auditorium
Evening Shows
• March 23rd and 24th at 6:30 p.m. Curley Auditorium
April 6 Shubert Theatre Doors open at 5 pm & Show starts at 5:30. (This is an amazing opportunity for all of our students!!!!!)
Families are welcome to come to any performance and all students will attend one of the daytime performances. (Schedule coming soon)

Library and Technology Committee: The Curley K-8 Library will be staffed by a full-time paraprofessional starting next September! Do you want to help? We are assembling teams for specific projects in the library. If you are interested in joining a crew, 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.

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.

Welcoming Statement: We want all Curley families to know that we are a safe and welcoming space for all. The diversity of our school is viewed as a strength and you are welcome no matter your religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, national origin or ability level. Please know that we CARE about ALL PEOPLE and you will always be safe and welcomed in our community.

we care about all people

Mar
09

IMPORTANT- Walk-In for a fair contract THIS FRIDAY at 7:45AM!

Noreen Power

Please come support our Curley Teachers tomorrow morning at the 493 Centre St. entrance at 7:45AM. They want to bring attention to the Boston Teachers Union, who is currently at a stand-still in negotiating their contract.

We are asking that you show up Friday at 7:45AM to walk in with us at around 8:00AM. We would like to take a picture with 100 of us there. It is highly likely that the Boston Globe will be stopping by as well, so the more people the better.

Let’s make it a joyous event as the Curley always does. If you’d like to bring anything, please do! We’ve had donuts, coffee, awesome balloons in the past. We’ll have plenty of signs!

Mar
05

Principal Grassa’s Pawprints 3/5/17

Noreen Power

10th Annual Curley K-8 Auction: The Curley School Parent Council (SPC) will be hosting their 10th Annual Silent Auction at Canary Square on Tuesday, March 28th from 6pm-9pm and would like to extend an invite to all staff, friends and families. The money raised from the Silent Auction goes to directly supporting our school such as our partnerships with Playworks, BalletROX, Arts supplies, science supplies, staff luncheon, Chromebooks etc… There will be more information that will follow about the online auction. Any donations or specific questions can be directed to Ann DeGeorge : ann.c.degeorge@gmail.com or Eyleen Iraola: eiraola@gmail.com.

Hiring: We have had 10 teacher jobs posted on www.teachboston.org. We are looking for families to help us participate in the interview process. Having family voices at the table is very important for hiring and we value your opinions. No previous hiring or interview experience is necessary. We will be hosting interviews on the following days from 3pm-6pm. If you can assist us we can have your child(ren) of school age attend CASP. Please email Katie Grassa kgrassa@bostonpublicschools.org if you can participate, this will be first come, first serve. Thanks!
interview times

Lion King Performances: We are excited about the upcoming Lion King Performances for our community. Performance dates:
School Shows
· March 21st and 22nd at 9 a.m. Curley Auditorium
· March 22nd at 1 p.m. Curley Auditorium
Evening Shows
· March 23rd and 24th at 6:30 p.m. Curley Auditorium
·April 6 Shubert Theatre Doors open at 5 pm & Show starts at 5:30..
This is an amazing opportunity for all of our students!!!!!
Families are welcome to come to any performance and all students will attend one of the daytime performances. (Schedule coming soon)

Library and Technology Committee:
The Curley K-8 Library will be staffed by a full-time paraprofessional starting next September! Do you want to help? We are assembling teams for specific projects in the library. If you are interested in joining a crew, 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.

SSC: Our March SSC Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 14th from 5:30pm-7:00pm in the Upper School, Room 209. Please enter through the CASP doors.

NAEP Testing grades 4th and 8th: The Curley K-8 School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on 3/8/2017 (8th grade) and 3/9/2017 (4th grade). NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Students at the Curley K-8 School are going take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes and students might take a computer based or paper test. The results of the assessment are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).

Parents with children in grades 4th and 8th received a letter informing them about the NAEP Assessment and other helpful information. It is important to note that the information collected is used for statistical purposes only. Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question. While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. If parents do not want their children to participate, they are able to opt out. However, parents need to notify the school in writing by February 28, 2017.

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.

Welcoming Statement: We want all Curley families to know that we are a safe and welcoming space for all. The diversity of our school is viewed as a strength and you are welcome no matter your religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, national origin or ability level. Please know that we CARE about ALL PEOPLE and you will always be safe and welcomed in our community.

we care about all people

Mar
02

Boston Parent Conference

Noreen Power

Boston Parent Conference: Saturday, 3/11
Hosted by: Parent University
Target Audience: School-based Staff, Central Office Staff
BPS Parent University and the Boston Teachers Union in collaboration with CWPC and BEJA. Working together we will offer FREE learning opportunities for parents interested in learning more about BPS and how to support their children in our schools! Interpretation is available by request. Additional information can be found here.
Contact for additional information: alicelevine@bostonpublicschools.org

Feb
26

Principal Grassa’s Pawprints 2/26/17

Noreen Power

Principal Breakfast: Please join us for the monthly principal breakfast in Room 221 (Upper School) this Friday 3/4 at 8:45 am. This month we will discuss Open Circle as well as inclusion. All families are welcome!

Library and Technology Committee: It is official! The Curley K-8 Library will be staffed by a full-time paraprofessional starting next September. We thank Principal Grassa for her support of returning library services to our community, and it is with great excitement that we roll up our sleeves, and get to work preparing the room. Do you want to help? We are assembling teams for specific projects in the library. If you are interested in joining a crew, please 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.
Our next meeting is Saturday, March 4 at 9am at the Eastern Bank community room, 687 Centre Street, JP. We will discuss ongoing projects in the library, and launch our next round grant writing. Please join us! Visit http://www.curleyk8.com/library/ for more information.

NAEP Testing grades 4th and 8th: The Curley K-8 School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on 3/8/2017 (8th grade) and 3/9/2017 (4th grade). NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Students at the Curley K-8 School are going take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes and students might take a computer based or paper test. The results of the assessment are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).

Parents with children in grades 4th and 8th received a letter informing them about the NAEP Assessment and other helpful information. It is important to note that the information collected is used for statistical purposes only. Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question. While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. If parents do not want their children to participate, they are able to opt out. However, parents need to notify the school in writing by February 28, 2017.

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.

Welcoming Statement: We want all Curley families to know that we are a safe and welcoming space for all. The diversity of our school is viewed as a strength and you are welcome no matter your religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, national origin or ability level. Please know that we CARE about ALL PEOPLE and you will always be safe and welcomed in our community.
we care about all people

Lion King Performances:
Ms. Taylor Knight was the recipient of a district-wide donation of shoes, tights and bodysuits, which will help costume the Lion King cast. Thanks to BPS Arts Department (Myron, Allyssa and Dawn) and the Boston Dance Alliance. The Lion King performance dates have been announced:
School Shows
• March 21st and 22nd at 9 a.m.
• March 22nd at 1 p.m.
Evening Shows
• March 23rd and 24th at 6:30 p.m.
Families are welcome to come to either performance and students will all attend one of the daytime performances.
Ms. Taylor Knight~Ms. Alves~Ms. Bourgeault and Ms. Tefera

Feb
14

SPC Meeting Tomorrow Morning 8:45 am Room 221

Jessica Curran

Come join the School Parent Council for coffee and conversation tomorrow morning in room 221 at 8:45 am. Our topic is Inclusion. Let’s discuss ways to make families feel safe, welcome, and accepted in our school community. There will also be updates about the SPC Budget, the Silent Auction, and the Library. All are welcome, and there is Spanish translation, as well as delicious Danishes. Please contact Jessica Curran at jessicacurran@ymail.com or Leah Barcan at lbarcan@gmail.com with questions.

Feb
12

Principal Grassa’s Pawprints 2/12/17

Noreen Power

All Boston Public Schools will be closed on MONDAY, February 13th, 2017. There will also be no bus service.
All central offices will be closed and only emergency/essential personnel are to report to work. To support childcare needs, a limited number of Boston Centers for Youth and Families will be open from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Children must be at least seven (7) years of age. For more information about locations and requirements, please contact a BCYF site near you by clicking here or call the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500.

SSC: Please join us for our February School Site Council meeting on Tuesday, February 14th from 5:30pm-7:00pm in Room 209. Please enter through the CASP doors.

SPC: Please join us for the February School Parent Council meeting on Wednesday, February 15th from 8:45am-10:00am in room 221. All families are encouraged to attend.

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is this week and we are reminding all families about our Celebrations Health and Wellness Policy. All food should stay at home but students are welcome to exchange Valentine’s cards.

February Vacation: We will be off for February vacation from Monday, February 20th through Friday, February 24th. All staff and students will return to school on Monday, February 27th.

Middle School – Quarter 2: Middle School 2nd quarter grades closed on Friday, January 27th. Report cards will be distributed the week of February 6th.

Snow: In preparation for the winter we would like to ask all families to talk with their children about throwing snow. We want all students to be safe as they enter and exit school and we are asking that all adults and students leave the snow on the ground during those times. We are also asking that families and students use the shoveled spaces to walk and do not walk through the snowy yard. This is to help assure that no one falls and gets hurt. Thank you!

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.

Welcoming Statement: We want all Curley families to know that we are a safe and welcoming space for all. The diversity of our school is viewed as a strength and you are welcome no matter your religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, national origin or ability level. Please know that we CARE about ALL PEOPLE and you will always be safe and welcomed in our community

we care about all people

Immigration Support: Here are some resources for families to use.
•If you know of an undocumented student or family in need of legal advice, please refer them to the Free Immigration Clinic at Boston City Hall. Volunteer lawyers are available on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Please inform families that it’s a safe space and no appointments are needed.
Immigration Clinic Information Dates:
•February 1st and 15th
•March 1st and 15th
•April 5th and 19th
•May 3rd and 17th
•June 7th and 21st
Times: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: 1 City Hall Square, Room 806, Boston, MA 02201
**Please call at least 1 week in advance for interpretations (other than Spanish) and/or disability accommodations
•”If you have clients, students, family who are undocumented immigrants, please share the following phone number where they can call if they are arrested by immigration officials. This is a direct number 312-263-0901 to the National Immigrant Justice Center who can help them to get the necessary assistance. This is the link to the organization.” http://www.immigrantjustice.org/services/detained-immigrants

•Alpha Agency: “Our mission is to empower and assist the Latino community with translation services and access to other community programs in Massachusetts. http://www.agenciaalpha.org/.”
•Red Cards (these cards are available to Citizens and Noncitizens)

red cards

Library and Technology Committee:
We are assembling teams for specific projects to work toward reopening the library. If you are interested in joining a crew, please 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. We will meet on Saturday, March 4 at 9am at the Eastern Bank community room, 687 Centre Street, JP to to work on the next round of fundraising goals.
The committee will be seeking additional grants and donations throughout the spring, please join us if you’d like to help! Visit http://www.curleyk8.com/library/ for more information.

Educator of the Year Nominations – Due 2/24: The City of Boston, Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) invite all of our stakeholders: teachers, administrators, students, families and community members, to nominate exceptional educators and to honor their work and dedication through the 2017 Boston Educator of the Year Awards. Visit bit.ly/eoyboston for nomination information.

Lion King Performances: Ms. Taylor Knight was the recipient of a district-wide donation of shoes, tights and bodysuits, which will help costume the Lion King cast. Thanks to BPS Arts Department (Myron, Allyssa and Dawn) and the Boston Dance Alliance. The Lion King performance dates have been announced:
School Shows
March 21 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
March 22 at 9 a.m.
March 23 and 24th at 7 p.m. (family show)
Families are welcome to come to either performance.
Ms. Taylor Knight~Ms. Alves~Ms. Bourgeault and Ms. Tefera

Feb
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Principal Grassa’s Pawprints 2/6/17

Noreen Power

Welcoming Statement: We want all Curley families to know that we are a safe and welcoming space for all. The diversity of our school is viewed as a strength and you are welcome no matter your religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, national origin or ability level. Please know that we CARE about ALL PEOPLE and you will always be safe and welcomed in our community.
we care about all people

Immigration Support:
Here are some resources for families to use.
• If you know of an undocumented student or family in need of legal advice, please refer them to the Free Immigration Clinic at Boston City Hall. Volunteer lawyers are available on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Please inform families that it’s a safe space and no appointments are needed.

Immigration Clinic Information Dates:
February 1st and 15th
• March 1st and 15th
• April 5th and 19th
• May 3rd and 17th
• June 7th and 21st

Times: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: 1 City Hall Square, Room 806, Boston, MA 02201
**Please call at least 1 week in advance for interpretations (other than Spanish) and/or disability accommodations

•If you have clients, students, family who are undocumented immigrants, please share the following phone number where they can call if they are arrested by immigration officials. This is a direct number 312-263-0901 to the National Immigrant Justice Center who can help them to get the necessary assistance. This is the link to the organization: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/services/detained-immigrants

Alpha Agency: “Our mission is to empower and assist the Latino community with translation services and access to other community programs in Massachusetts.Red Cards (these cards are available to Citizens and Noncitizens)> http://www.agenciaalpha.org/

red cards

Library and Technology Committee: Thank you to everyone who supported the Library and Technology Campaign. The initiative to revive and reopen the Curley Library has raised over $36,000! If you are interested in learning more about the committee’s work, or would like to help us, please email: curleyk8library@gmail.com or visit http://www.curleyk8.com/library/ to learn about our goals and work. Our next planning meeting is Saturday, March 4 at 9am at the Eastern Bank community room, 687 Centre Street, JP. The committee will be seeking additional grants and donations throughout the spring, and we will need teams of volunteers to accomplish specific jobs in the library itself. More details are coming soon!

February Vacation: We will be off for February vacation from Monday, February 20th through Friday, February 24th. All staff and students will return to school on Monday, February 27th

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.

Middle School – Quarter 2:
Middle School 2nd quarter grades closed on Friday, January 27th. Report cards will be distributed the week of February 6th.

Educator of the Year Nominations – Due 2/24:
The City of Boston, Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) invite all of our stakeholders: teachers, administrators, students, families and community members, to nominate exceptional educators and to honor their work and dedication through the 2017 Boston Educator of the Year Awards. Visit bit.ly/eoyboston for nomination information.

ACCESS Testing: Starting this week through February break, all students designated as English Language Learners (ELL) will be assessed for their English Language Development Level (ELD). The ACCESS test is a state-mandated assessment. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any further questions.

Lion King Performances: Ms. Taylor Knight was the recipient of a district-wide donation of shoes, tights and bodysuits, which will help costume the Lion King cast. Thanks to BPS Arts Department (Myron, Allyssa and Dawn) and the Boston Dance Alliance. The Lion King performance dates have been announced:
School Shows
March 21 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
March 22 at 9 a.m.
March 23 and 24th at 7 p.m. (family show)
Families are welcome to come to either performance.
Ms. Taylor Knight~Ms. Alves~Ms. Bourgeault and Ms. Tefera

Snow: In preparation for the winter we would like to ask all families to talk with their children about throwing snow. We want all students to be safe as they enter and exit school and we are asking that all adults and students leave the snow on the ground during those times. We are also asking that families and students use the shoveled spaces to walk and do not walk through the snowy yard. This is to help assure that no one falls and gets hurt. Thank you!

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