Keep scrolling down for Meeting Updates related to the Devotion Renovation, Volunteer Opportunities, and Shopping to Make Money for Devo.
Green Team Tip of the Week: Pack It Out
The lunchroom is an area of great opportunity for the Green Team. We will be looking into collecting recyclables there, but until it is established, we encourage students who bring their lunch to take home their recyclables. Like the motto on the Appalachian Trail, pack it in, pack it out. If you are interested in learning more and/or joining the Green Team, please contact Doron Bracha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Network Update on Adolescent Self-Harm
In Brookline, guidance counselors are seeing an increase in adolescent self-harm like cutting at younger and younger ages. Though you may not be aware of children who self-harm, odds are good that your kids know peers who are dealing with emotional pain this way. McLean Hospital clinician Dr. Michael Hollander’s compelling and informative presentation Adolescent Self-Harm: From Risk to Resilience at the Devotion School offered parents an opportunity to learn more about non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) so that they can have open, honest conversations with their children, be on the look out for warning signs, and support adolescents who may be engaging in self-harm. Click here to read B-PEN’s special Parent Network Update collating Dr. Hollander’s information.
Collecting Used Books
Inspired by the recent warm weather? Ready to start Spring cleaning? Hate looking at those overloaded bookshelves?
Save them for the BIG BOOK BAZAAR, May 28-30!
Look for collection bins and more exciting announcements to start after Spring Break! The used book sale of the Big Book Bazaar is a wonderful way to put books in the hands of kids for summer reading. This year we are collecting the following types of books:
- Early Elementary (Ages 7+)
- Early Chapter Books
- Advanced Chapter Books
- Young Adult Books
- Teen Books
We are not accepting: Baby, board, preK, reference, adult, activity, travel, hobby or cooking books — please donate them to Cradles to Crayons, Brookline Public Library OR Goodwill. Stay tuned for more great updates from the Big Book Bazaar team. If you have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
Spring Carnivale Auction Open for Bidding!
Devotion's Spring Carnivale Auction is open for bidding with more than 350 great items at www.biddingforgood.com/devo. Items include Patriots & Revs Club tickets, Red Sox/Yankees Tickets, More Summer Camps, summer vacation home stay, Hotels, Great Restuarants, Painting Services, Music Lessons, Artwork, Museums, “Date Night” at the Movies, Fitness and so much more!
Proceeds will continue to fund special projects. Past proceeds from the auctions and Spring Carnivale have directly and completely funded our auditorium renovation (stage construction, chairs, risers), musical equipment (new pianos & guitars), all the classroom SmartBoards, our iPad pilot in 1st & 5th grade, many of our classroom laptops and in-focus projectors, Gym backboards, equipment and scoreboard as well as special needs/events including last year’s cross-school field day.
Devotion’s Spring Auction is still accepting new items. If you have items you would like to donate to the auction, please contact Cindy Tungate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camps Still Available, Camp Wazi will give 10% off to any Devo family that attends camp. Good Luck Bidding!
Save the Date: International Night
International Night is May 8, 5:30-7:30 pm at the school's cafeteria and surrounding halls. Don't miss the fun: food, music, dance, and culture. Represent your country, or a country you like, with a dish or a poster. For more information or for volunteering, please contact Tal Mayshar at Tal@agmon-law.co.il or Gabriela Kroszynski at email@example.com.
All DEVO families and staff are invited! Come celebrate our DEVOrsity!
Volunteer to Help Plan International Night
We are looking for parent volunteers to help plan Devo's annual International Night. If you want to join us, please contact Tal Mayshar at Tal@agmon-law.co.il or Gabriela Kroszynski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devotion Teacher & Staff Appreciation Brunch Is Almost Here!
Bring a breakfast, brunch or lunch dish (bought or made) to the teachers' lounge for our Annual Teacher/Staff Appreciation Breakfast/Lunch, on Friday May 9. This is an opportunity for parents to show our fabulous teachers and staff how much we appreciate their DEVOtion to our school. Volunteers needed to help put food out, throughout the school day. Questions? Email Amy Mayer at email@example.com. More info to follow.
The Big Book Bazaar — May 28-30
Where: The Devo Library
What: Pick up great books for your children’s summer reading • Find titles from the recommended and required summer reading lists • Teacher wish lists are great for year-end gifts • All proceeds benefit the Devo DSA (formerly the PTO).
How you can help: Sign up to volunteer for a 2 hour shift. Signup sheets will be posted in early May. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Makeover Talk
Thursday, May 1, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Calling all parents and teachers of Grades 5, 6,7 and 8! Join us at the Pierce School for what is sure to be a very interesting evening hearing about optimizing the middle school years. In MIDDLE SCHOOL MAKEOVER: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years, author, educator and social leadership strategist Michelle Icard offers parents and educators clear wisdom and pragmatic tools for connecting with their tweens and helping them navigate the middle school years, while also easing the stress that comes with being a parent or educator during this tricky time. This event is sponsored by the K-8 PTOs and B-PEN.
New Box Tops Chart in the Front Lobby
Through June 9 — The New Box Tops contest is well underway. The top 30 students will enjoy a popsicle party at the end of the year. The talley from March will be posted in front of the office so you can see how much you’ve collected. There is still time to collect Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Tyson A+ coupons. Please remember to put your name and classroom on the envelope and/or Ziploc bags and make sure they are sealed. Thank you for your contribution. Keep on clipping! If you have questions, contact Misti Jaynes at email@example.com.
All Volunteer Parents Need To Fill Out CORI Forms
If you plan to attend a field trip or volunteer with students in the school this year, you must have a CORI form on file with the front office. Download the form here, fill it out, and give it to Linda in the Main Office (this form is also available from the principal's page). Present her with your photo ID and she'll take care of the rest. CORI clearance lasts 3 years.
Lobby Loop Seeks New Material
Have you ever wondered where the pictures and videos come from that are on the monitor in the front lobby? The teachers, yes, AND YOU, TOO. If you've chaperoned a field trip or participated in a school event, or just taken some cute photos in the classroom, please send those photos and/or videos to our Technology Specialist, Tyler Vuylsteke, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a Space for After School Sports Teams?
Contact Jay_Pagliarulo@brookline.k12.ma.us to arrange space within the town or to arrange space rental on a weekend. Please Note: At this time, the Devotion Gym is completely booked Monday-Friday from 2:30 - 9 pm.
DevoCares: Creating a Culture of Caring
DevoCares is a new initiative that aims to create a culture of caring throughout the Devotion School Community. The goal of the committee is to lend support to students and families who are experiencing a crisis or who may have an ongoing need for support. The committee will also work to build awareness of the challenges many in our community face. Only with a commitment across the entire Devotion community can this project gain footing and acceptance. All of us will require support at some time. If you would like to receive email alerts so that you will be able to help when the need arises please email us at email@example.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Isabel Giraud at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Harris at email@example.com.
The 2014-2015 School Calendar Has Been Released
School will start Thursday, September 4. For the full calendar, go to http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/.
Lost & Found
Don't forget to check our Lost & Found if your child is missing something! The Lost & Found closet is located in the main hallway, next to the glass display case. Smaller items, such as jewelery, keys, glasses and phones are kept in a small basket in the Main Office. Extended Day has their own lost and found, as does the cafeteria.
We’re adding this section to the update and website to help parents stay informed about all the news coming from the town that impacts Devotion’s community. Between the override study committee’s work, transition plans and Devotion’s renovation, there is quite a lot to stay informed about. We can’t all attend every meeting, so if you attend a meeting and would like to share notes, please email us and we’ll help each other stay informed.
Devo Transition Plan:
Public Hearing Announcement: The School Committee’s Capital Subcommittee will hold a Public Hearing on the Old Lincoln School (OLS) Transition Plan on Thursday, March 6 at 6:00 pm in the School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall. The Brookline community will have the opportunity to comment on the short-term elementary space recommendations that were proposed by Superintendent William H. Lupini on Thursday, January 23 and modified on February 4.
For information about the superintendent’s proposed transition plan, please contact Carey Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Kitterman at email@example.com. If you are interested in participating on a parent advisory committee for the transition period, please contact either Carey or Sarah.
Devotion Building Committee:
Renovation Drawings Posted — The town has uploaded the Preliminary Design Plans that were submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority. It includes a thorough review of our current situation, and makes 4 recommendations for our renovation. Follow this link to view the report: http://www.brooklinema.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1396&Itemid=1636. Questions? Contact Pam Roberts or Sadhna Brown.
Brookline's Override Study Committee:
The town of Brookline's Override Study Committee is playing an important role in deciding how our schools will be funded. The committee is looking at both operating costs (teachers, staff, etc.) and capital costs (building, etc.). Both are critical to maintaining good schools. You can find more info at the Override Study Committee's website.
Check here for scheduled meetings of the committee. According to open meeting law, anytime a majority (or quorum) of a committee or a subcommittee convenes, it has to be open to the public. The meetings that the Devo community will be most interested in are: Full Override Study Committee (OSC) meetings, OSC Schools Subcomittee meetings, OSC School Program task force meetings (focusing on the core school budget), OSC School Population and Special Education task force meetings (focusing on programs that increase student numbers and space requirements, as well as Special Education), and OSC Capital Subcommittee meetings (this group is essentially reviewing what BSPACE did). Two useful documents that can be viewed or downloaded are here and here.
The Devotion Schoolyard Garden Needs YOUR Help!
We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help keep our garden up and running this year and in years to come. No gardening experience is necessary!
Garden Committee PTO Liaison: Attend after school garden committee meetings (less than 1/month); assist with planning the future of the garden; connect with the PTO to place announcements in the weekly update, ensure continued funding, etc.
Special Event Planners: Plan a spring garden clean up, a fall leaf-raking day, and maybe other events
“Eyes and Hands on the Garden” Person: Regularly visit the garden after school and on weekends; reset things (like plant markers) when they’ve gone amuck; help with emergency watering or preparing garden beds
In-School Volunteers: Assist teachers during planned activities in the garden, working with small groups, or providing additional assistance in the classroom so the teacher can work with a group outside
…And we are still looking for a volunteer for a simple one-time carpentry job. If you are interested in volunteering or you need more information, please email: Randy_Bradley-Campbell@brookline.k12.ma.us.
Seeking a Website Manager
We need someone to take over the management of our website, www.devotionschool.org. Sue Gilzow gets the uber-volunteer award for helping Devotion for 6 years with so many programs — the Devo Buzz, the website, the Big Book Bazaar, the Appeal, and the Directory, to name just a few. She looks forward to working with someone on a smooth transition to a new manager. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Recruiting Green Team Volunteers!
Devotion is excited to explore new initiatives to help make Devotion more green. The team will be led by parent Doron Bracha, an architect specializing in green design. If you are interested in joining Devotion's Green Team, please contact Doron at email@example.com. Thank you for helping us to make Devo Green!
Are You Looking to Become More Involved in Your Children’s Education?
The Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) provides our public schools, teachers and administrators with the tools needed to promote our children’s success through grants that support valuable curriculum enrichment projects and professional development opportunities. The BEF is seeking board members for the September 2014 term, particularly those individuals who may have some finance, social media or fundraising experience. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, please contact BEF’s Executive Director, Kathleen Sheehy at Kathleen_sheehy@brookline.k12.ma.us or your Devotion School Board Members: Mneesha Nahata (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alyssa Naim (email@example.com).
Seeking a Yearbook Committee
Were you on the yearbook committee in high school and want to relive those days? Or are you handy with design and layout and want to volunteer your services? Devo needs a Yearbook Committee! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yearbook in Need of Pictures
We are in search of a few photographers who can take pictures of upcoming events for the yearbook. Events include Craft Fair, Science Fair, Spring Concerts, etc. Please let MaryAnn Woods know, if you’re interested (or if you will be there taking pictures anyway). All pictures can be sent to MaryAnn Woods at email@example.com.
DSA Seeking Parents Interested in Leadership Role
The Devotion School Alliance (also known as the PTO) will need to replace at least 2 directors next year. With the upcoming renovation, it is more important than ever to have strong parent leadership. Community is one of the key elements that makes Devotion special. With the right leadership, we can maintain a sense of community and continuity for our children. Please consider taking on this rewarding and important role! Contact us with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All Computer/Tech Savvy Parents!
We are running a website pilot for grades 5-8 and need computer/tech savvy parents to help. We will create a website for the upper grades, where teachers will be able to post homework. We need volunteers to help the teachers post the homework. If you're interested, please contact Gabriela at: email@example.com.
The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is looking for one or two Devo parents to work with Dana Ramon to serve as a SEPAC liaison. (Thank you, Dana, for serving again this year.) The position includes advocacy, parent support, and communicating with the townwide SEPAC. There is one school-wide, SEPAC-sponsored meeting at the beginning of the year. If you are interested or if you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Myska, Co-Chair, Brookline SEPAC, cell: 617.721.1155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tyson's Project A+
Devo is signed up for Tyson’s Project A+. Like Box Tops and Labels for Education, there is a label on the packaging that you clip and turn into the box in the labby. Each coupon is worth 24 cents. So if you buy Tyson’s products, clip, save and turn them in. It all adds up!
When You Shop at Shaws/Star Markets, Devo Makes Money!
If you haven’t done so already download the EcoApp and every time you use reusable bags, just scan the EcoApp at checkout and get money for Devo. If 100 parents shop with reusable bags each week it could eliminate the need for 100,000 plastic bags and earn Devo around $4,000. Please help!
Brookline's plastic bag ban = a new way to generate Dollars for Devo!
MY ECO is working with the town of Brookline to educate and encourage residents to reuse bags by donating money to the schools for every reused bag. Check out this article on Brookline Patch.com.
Here's how to participate with a smartphone:
- Download the My ECO Reuse app onto your smartphone.
- Register, selecting Edward Devotion Elementary School
- Shop at Shaws.
- At checkout
- Place your groceries into reusable bags
- Identify yourself as a MY ECO shopper
- Open your app
- Point your phone camera at the MY ECO QR code sticker on the register. (Your camera will automatically scan and transmit the data back to MY ECO, who will share the school's progress with us)
- Feel good about helping Devo. (An average family will generate $40 per year for the school — just for reusing their bags!)
Here's how to participate via text:
- Register at www.getmyeco.com, selecting Edward Devotion Elementary School
- Shop at Shaws
- At checkout:
- Place your groceries into reusable bags
- Identify yourself as a MY ECO shopper
- Send a text to 1.708.315.2333
- Enter the MY ECO code on the checkout register. (It will be 3 sets of numbers separated by "/", for example 74/7619/1.)
- The service will ask you to enter the transaction amount, without the $.
Here's how to participate without a phone:
- Download and complete a purchase log here.
You can also buy a set of 4 reusable bags for $25 and $7.50 will be given back to Devo. Order them online at www.getmyeco.com. If you'd like help or have questions about the program, contact us at email@example.com. Thank you for helping the environment and Devo!
Can't Find It Locally? Shop Amazon to Support Devo!
When making Amazon purchases, start your shopping via the Devotion School website to support our school! No special password or registration is required, just click the Amazon logo and shop as usual. Last year we raised $3,014 simply by people starting to shop through the Devotion School link. A percentage of all purchases is returned to the school — your cost stays the same. Click the Amazon logo at right or here to begin your shopping. Please share the link http://tinyurl.com/devopto with friends and family!
Got a Target Red Card?
Target donates 1% of purchases made using their credit card to participating schools. If you have a Target Red Card, click on the logo at right to register it at Target.com and start earning money for Devo!
Go to Land’s End for Devo-logo Gear
Looking for shirts, backpacks, lunchboxes or other Land’s End merchandise AND you want the Devo logo on them? We’ve set up an online store, click the Land's End logo to start your shopping. (This is a service, it does not make money for Devotion.)