School Parent Council

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 Citywide Parent Councils (PAC), and the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SPEDPAC). 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.


School Parent Council Meetings

During the school year, SPC meetings are held the first Thursday 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. Please check the Curley K8 Calendar for dates/times/locations of the SPC meetings.

See here for minutes of past SPC meetings.


SPC Sub-Committees

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)
        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.

For more information
visit the SSC’s page

  • Arts TeamThe 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,   Ben Carlson benmcarl@yahoo.com
      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, 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
  • mollymariano@gmail.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 Dave Hamilton

                ) 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 The SPC Secretary SPC@curleyk8.com
                  • 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

              julie@alumni.brandeis.edu

                    )
                    Liza Stearns

              liza_stearns@nps.org

                    )
                    Flo Zimmerman

              flozimk@yahoo.com

                    ) – Orchard Project
                • Technology Committee
                      We work with the administration and teachers to increase technology instruction, access to technology, and technology supported learning. For more information, please contact Heshan Berents-Weeramuni

              heshanbw@gmail.com

                      ) or Scott Scott MacIntosh

              scott.macintosh@blackcatscience.com

                      )
                • 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!