Keep scrolling down for Meeting Updates related to the Devotion Renovation, Volunteer Opportunities, and Shopping to Make Money for Devo.
Devotion Site Council Meeting
Wednesday, March 12 from 7 - 8 am in the Principal's office.
- Update from Monthly Parent & Superintendent Meeting
- Updates on Devo Renovation & Transition Plan
- Budget Updates
- Devo Spirit Week — summary of events
- PARCC pilot
- 7:50 am: Public Comment
Adolescent Self-Harm: From Risk to Resilience
Wednesday, March 12 from 7:00-8:30 pm, Edward Devotion School Auditorium, 345 Harvard Street, Brookline
All Brookline middle school parents are invited to an informative presentation and discussion with McLean Hospital’s Dr. Michael Hollander about the increasing rates of adolescent self- harm in our community.
Dr. Hollander will address:
- Reasons adolescents engage in self-harm
- Warning signs
- How to develop positive coping skills
- Prevention and treatment options
- How to help friends who self-harm
- What to do if you think a child is cutting
This event is free, but please register here. Co-sponsored by Devotion School Alliance, Public Schools of Brookline and B-PEN.
8th Grade T-Shirt Design Contest
Information on Submission & Voting: all designs were submitted by March 7.
8th Grade Votes: March 10
All design submissions will be displayed on the bulletin board near the 8th grade locker area. Students should pick one as their nominee using the ballot they will get from their homeroom teacher. By the end of the school day they must deposit their ballot in the ballot box at the main office. One nominee per ballot. If students put more than one nominee on a ballot, the ballot will be discarded.
Top 5 Winners Announced: March 11
8th grade parents will announce the top 5 submissions based solely on the votes.
Top 5 Winners Visit Hill Holliday: March 14
The winners visit Hill Holliday, an advertising agency in Boston (after school) to work with professional designers to digitize and enhance their work. (More info to follow.)
8th Grade Votes AGAIN: March 18
Same drill as in #2 above. Designs displayed on the bulletin board near the 8th grade locker area. One student, one ballot, one vote. Ballots will be distributed in homeroom classes. Deposit in the box at the main office. NEW: This time, students should also include their t-shirt size on the ballot.
Winner Announced: March 19
Stay tuned for more info.
Printed t-shirts will be ready the week of April 6. Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Seb Maitra (email@example.com).
Half Day Matinee Registration Begins
Half Day Matinee is a service created by the PTO provides coverage for parents during early dismissal days. From 12:40 to 2:30 pm we show a kid-friendly film for students K-5. The cost is 20 dollars for a total of 4 movies! Click on the Half Day Matinee button at top right of this page to register and for more information. Late registration fee is 25 dollars.
Want to Help? — We're also looking for volunteers to help on movie days. The Early Release dates are: Tuesday, April 1; Wednesday, April 9; Tuesday, April 29; Wednesday, May 7. If you are available on any of these dates from around 12:20 pm until 2:30 pm and would like to help out, please contact Alison Rosenthal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.590.6247.
Cupcake Friday is This Week
Come warm up with a cupcake!
The 8th grade knows everything is better with a cupcake! Come join us in front of the school at 1:40 pm for the 8th grade bake sale on March 14 (by the cafeteria if very cold weather). All our delicious cupcakes are $1.00, and there’s one with your name on it!
Math Night Needs Parent Volunteers
Please consider volunteering 30 minutes of your time at this year's Math Night. The event (download event flier here) is for grades K-5, and will be held on Wednesday, March 19 from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Devotion Library. Please contact Mneesha Nahata at email@example.com if you can help.
Calling All Artists!
Are you interested in having your artwork on the cover of the yearbook? We are looking for your masterpieces to make this year’s yearbook special. If you would like to submit your artwork to be considered for Devotion’s 2013-2014 yearbook, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off your artwork to the Main Office. Submissions must be submitted by March 21. Please include your full name and classroom with each submission.
Steps to Success Annual Fundraiser
Steps to Success, in partnership with the Public Schools of Brookline, the Brookline Housing Authority and the Brookline Community Foundation, supports students residing in low income housing starting in the 4th grade through post graduate education. Please visit the Steps website: stepstosuccessbrookline.org, to learn more and to become a sponsor of Steps' annual fundraising party, Step Up to the Plate, at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar and Grill on March 26.
Prior to Steps, only 30-50% of high school graduates living in public housing went on to college. Of the 7 groups of STS graduates, a consistent 90% or more have matriculated, matching the Brookline High School average. Nationally, only 6-8% of college students from the lowest income quartile graduate by age 26 (within 6 years). Through the STS College Success Initiative, over 70% of STS students have graduated or are on track to graduate within this 6-year time frame. In addition, over 90% of families living in Brookline Public Housing with students between grades 4-12 participate in the STS program.
Devotion Teacher & Staff Appreciation Brunch Is Coming!
It’s time to start thinking about just how much we appreciate all of the amazing dedication that the staff at the Devotion School show our families each and every day. We will be holding our Devotion Teacher and Staff Appreciation Brunch on Friday, May 9.
The Big Book Bazaar is Coming!
May 28-30 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) in the Devo Library
The Big Book Bazaar is a multiday celebration of books and reading that includes book sales (new books — including summer reading — and used books) as well as other special events. All proceeds benefit the Devo DSA (formerly known as the PTO).
New Clip and Save Contest
Through June 9 — The final contest this year will be for individual students, rather than classes. The top 30 clippers will receive a popsicle party. Turn in your Box Top for Education, Labels for Education, and Tyson’s A+ coupons to the box in the front lobby with your name and class printed on the envelope or bag by June 9th. Thank you for helping us earn money for Devotion in these simple ways.
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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Isabel Giraud at email@example.com or Sarah Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or Sarah Kitterman at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in participating on a parent advisory committee for the transition period, please contact either Carey or Sarah.
The Building Committee meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, March 7 at 9 am in Town Hall Rm 111. HMFH presented preliminary building and site studies to the Building Committee on February 14. The pdf file of the Devotion 02.14 SBC Presentation is available to be viewed or downloaded on the Town of Brookline website at the following address:
These drawings were presented to the Committee for general review and comment. HMFH will be presenting revised drawings to the Building Committee on March 7. The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend to learn more about the process.
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.
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: Nahata Mneesha (email@example.com) and Alyssa Naim (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Big Book Bazaar is Coming
May 28 – 30 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) in the Devo Library
We are looking for committee volunteers who can help us plan and organize the event — PR, managing staffing, special events and more. If you are interested in being a part of the committee, please email Danielle Stephenson at email@example.com. The Big Book Bazaar is a multiday celebration of books and reading that includes book sales (new books — including summer reading — and used books) as well as other special events. All proceeds benefit the Devo DSA (formerly known as the PTO).
DSA Seeking Parents Interested in Leadership Role
The Devotion School Alliance (otherwise known as your friendly PTO) is looking for parents who want to get involved in a leadership role for the 2014-2015 school year. With all of the upcoming changes in our school and in our district, this is a great way to stay informed, connect with other parents, and be involved in your child’s education. If you are interested or want to learn more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dreaming of Spring?
We are too! The Devotion Schoolyard Garden is seeking a parent volunteer for a very simple carpentry project to help us prepare for the coming season. If you have few tools and a few hours to lend, contact Lauren Ockene at Lauren_Ockene@brookline.k12.ma.us for details.
In Search of a CPA
The Devotion School Alliance needs a CPA to review the books. Please email email@example.com if you could assist us in this.
Help to Plan a Party!
Thank you, Selena DellaRocco, for stepping up to be our event planner for an evening community-building event for Devotion parents! Selena could use some help. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can be a part of this fun committee. It can't happen without you!
Devo Garden Parent
The Devo Garden needs a parent who can act as a liaison between the PTO and the teachers to help keep the plants growing and opportunity for learning alive. Sarah Madsen Hardy, who has fabulously filled this role for many years, has an 8th grader and needs to pass the torch this year so a new community member can take the reins next year. If you have a passion for plants or an interest in supporting children's outdoor learning, please contact us at email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The Devo Green Team Needs You!
In past years, the school community has benefitted from the Green Team: a group of volunteer parents, students, and Devo staff who found creative ways to reduce our carbon footprint through fun, educational activities. We're seeking new leadership — looking for one or more Devotion parents or guardians who would like to take over this programming. The Green Team introduced a waste-free lunch program, worked with teachers to help Reduce, Reuse and Recycle classroom materials, and created the Car-Free Thursdays program. Contact Tracie Burns if you're interested in keeping this great program going.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for helping the environment and Devo!
Do Your Grocery Shopping and Earn Money for Devo!
Use your Stop & Shop Card to earn money for Devotion through the A+ School Rewards Program (runs from October 4, 2013 through March 20, 2014). Store cards must be re-enrolled in the program each year. Click the Stop & Shop logo or log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register online using your Stop & Shop Card (use the 13-digit code on the back of your card). You can also pick up a flier to enroll in the main office and drop it into Cindy Tungate’s mailbox there.
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.)