The School Parent Council (SPC) is the independently established voice of all families in the Curley School community.
Curley families are invited to participate in elections to choose parents/guardians to serve on the SPC Executive Committee, on the School Site Council, and on the city-wide Parent Advisory Councils (PAC). Fundraising, recruiting parent volunteers and sponsoring academic and community-building programs are some of the SPC activities. The SPC Executive Board (who include co-Chairs, a Treasurer and Secretary) conducts monthly meetings and organizes various projects. Through the SPC, parents decide which issues to address and have direct access to the principal and school faculty. The present Co-Chairs are Dave Demerjian and Genevieve Day, our Treasurer is Melissa Elow, and our Secretary is Lisa Foulger.
2013-14 School Parent Council Meetings
During the 2013/2014 school year, SPC meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from September onward while school is in session. Meeting are held in the Upper School Library unless noted. Childcare and food is available during the evening time slots; and food and Spanish translation will be provided during the morning meetings. The dates for this year’s meetings are below:
- Wednesday, November 6th at 8:45am in the Upper School Library (Will focus on the SPC Budget for 2013/14)
- Wednesday, December 4th at 6-8 pm in the Upper School Library
- Wednesday, January 8th at 8:45am in the Upper School Library
- Wednesday, February 5th at 6-8pm in the Upper School Library
- Wednesday, March 5th at 8:45am in the Upper School Library
- Wednesday, April 2nd at 6-8pm in the Upper School Library
- May 7th at 8:45am in the Upper School Library
- June 4th SPC & SSC ELECTION MEETING at 6-8pm in the Lower School Cafeteria
The work of the SPC is carried out by the function of these committees: School-Site Council, Science, Fundraising, Outreach, Arts Teams, Technology, and Schoolyard Improvement.
- School Site Council (SSC)
- The School Site Council (SSC) is the central decision making body of the school. Co-chaired by the Principal and a parent co-chair (or co-chairs), the Curley’s SSC formally consists of 7 elected parents who reflect the diversity of our parent community, together with 6 BTU representatives. All meetings are open to the public.
- The SSC oversees the budget, and participates in hiring decisions. It reviews and approves recommendations made by the Instructional Leadership Team which have major effects on the school community. The SSC also reviews and approves the school’s Quality Schools Plan, the purpose of which is to improve student performance from year to year. The SSC also tackles many other issues related to the school such as school climate, parent engagement, and the uniform policy. It also oversees waivers. The SSC meets the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 pm – 7 pm in the Library. For more information, please contact Heshan Berents-Weeramuni.
- 2013-2014 SSC Meetings
- All Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Upper School Library and are open to the public.
- Tuesday, September 24, 5:30pm – 7pm
- Tuesday, October 8, 5:30pm – 7pm
- Tuesday, November 12, 5:30pm – 7pm
- Tuesday, December 10, 5:30pm – 7pm
- Tuesday, January 14, 5:30pm – 7pm,
- Tuesday, February 11, 5:30pm – 7pm
- Tuesday, March 11, 5:30pm – 7pm
- Tuesday, April 8, 5:30pm – 7pm
- Tuesday, May 13, 5:30pm – 7pm
- Tuesday, June 10, 5:30pm – 7pm
- The SSC parent members for 2013-2014:
- Nicole Aljoe (Secretary) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Yasmina Alverenga – email@example.com
- Leah Barcan – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Heshan Berents-Weeramuni (Parent co-chair) - email@example.com
- Tanya Castillo – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Darryl Elow - email@example.com
- Carrie Fletcher – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carla Imperial – email@example.com
- Yolanda Torres – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arts Team
- The Curley Arts Team is a committee of parents and teachers committed to enhancing the school’s arts program. If you’re interested in working on arts or music programming, contact Bill Elsbree (email@example.com) or Ben Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Arts Team is responsible for planning art and music programming and events for Curley K-8 students. This committee works with the school’s teachers and administrators to support existing programming and to bring in outside resources to enrich our children’s art experience.
- Events & Fundraising
- The primary goal of the fundraising committee is to raise money to support art, music, and science at the Curley K-8. To this end, the committee organizes events such as the Fall Fling, a holiday gift wrapping fundraiser through Barnes & Nobles, letter-writing campaigns, sponsored walks, a Silent Auction at Canary Square, an annual spring Plant Sale that’s now in it’s 14th year, and plenty of other activities. Yes, bake sales too! For a complete list of events organized by this committee, or if you’re interested in helping, contact Molly Mariano (email@example.com).
- Outreach & Communications
- The Outreach Committee collaborates with administrators, teachers, and coordinators to improve communications between our school and our parent community; coordinates communications between the SPC and Curley families; keeps families apprised of Curley K-8 news and events; and works on outreach projects aimed at increasing the number of engaged families, with the goal of ensuring that our active parent group reflects the diversity of our student body. Current methods of communication include emails, flyers in your children’s backpacks, and our website. Contact Heshan Berents-Weeramuni (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carrie Fletcher (email@example.com) if you’re interested in helping with outreach.
- Please note: If you need to send out a school-wide notice, all parent-originated flyers should be forwarded to Carrie Fletcher for pre-distribution translation (English/Spanish) and review.
- Community Initiatives
- In 2008, the Curley K-8 was the recipient of a $300,000 grant from the Boston Schoolyard Initiative (BSI) to design and build an improved schoolyard and an outdoor classroom for all our students! With the guidance of BSI and then co-principals Mirna Vega-Wilson and Jeffrey Slater, the Schoolyard Committee chose a landscape architect (John Ryder of Icon Designs) and construction began in Summer 2009.
- The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on October 8, 2009, opening the schoolyard after Phase 1 of the project was completed. A new mural was completed in Summer 2010 in conjunction with Mayor Menino’s mural crew.
- We are currently fundraising in order to bring Phase 2 of the project to a successful conclusion (namely, a gateway seating area at the Centre Street entrance and a playing field with perimeter track behind the school.)
- The Community Initiatives Committee is comprised of parents, teachers and community organizations. The Committee organizes a community clean-up of the schoolyard each semester and undertakes general improvement projects (planting, painting, etc.) both outside and inside the school. In January 2011, the Curley hosted Boston Cares’ day of service in which more than 600 volunteers chose to take “a day on” rather than a day off.
- A new project to steward our orchard on Centre Street is beginning that, together with Earthworks, aims to assist in maintaining, harvesting, preserving and donating the fruit of our labor.
- To get involved or to join the Community Initiatives team as a volunteer, community partner or funder, please contact:
- Julie Smith-Bartoloni (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Liza Stearns (email@example.com)
- Flo Zimmerman (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Orchard Project
- Technology Committee
- Science Committee
- The Science Committee works closely with our science teachers. Last year this group put together our first annual Curley Night at the Museum of Science. The event was a huge success, and we nearly filled the museum with Curley students and their families. Our science teachers are engaged and ready to collaborate with a parent chair on this year’s event! Open chair position – please contact Carrie Fletcher if you’re interested!