Please Sign & Return the Handbook Signature Page
We have heard that some handbook pages didn't make it home, so we wanted to make it available in the update and on the website. Please review the revised handbook (click here to download/read the handbook, or access it from the principal's tab) with your child, sign and return the signature page. If you have any questions, please contact Vice Principal Lacey Becotte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ice Skating Outing is Fast Approaching...
Come skate with your friends on Friday, December 6, 5:30-7:45 at Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park. Sponsored by the Devotion School Alliance (aka PTO).
Come see the Fall Play!
DevoDrama presents The Shakespeare Stealer in the Devotion Auditorium. Showtimes are Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 pm, and a Sunday matinee, December 8 at 2:00 pm. Let us tell you a story about an orphan named Widge and how he came to join the most prestigious theatre troupe in Shakespeare’s England. Our talented 6th and 7th graders promise to entertain all with great fight scenes, witty dialogue and lots of laughs!
Tickets are $5.00 and will be on sale at the door a half hour before the show. Concessions for sale as well! Proceeds go towards the cost of the play and DevoDrama. Come support drama at Devo!
Support the Brookline Education Foundation
The BEF supports innovation and excellence in all Brookline classrooms by raising funds that are critical to keeping our schools at the leading edge of public education. Your donation helps fund BEF grants that offer training for educators that enriches teaching practices, incorporate innovative technology into the curriculum and provide students with the 21st Century skills needed to succeed in our evolving complex society. Please see our website at www.brooklineeducation.org for more information and to donate today.
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.
Next Devo Apparel Sale
The Devo Apparel Sale went so well on Wednesday, we sold out! Your requests were noted and we’re ordering more Just Devo It shirts and hoodies, some Devo Earth shirts, and sweatpants. Come stock up on Tuesday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 18 before and after school in the front lobby. If you have questions, please contact Dara Kelly at email@example.com.
Magazine Drive Underway
Our magazine drive fundraiser has begun and will end December 12. You should have or will soon get a catalog from your child and a letter explaining the details of the sale. The school will receive 40% of all the sales and the kids will receive age-appropriate prizes as a thank you. Our goals are to put magazines into every classroom that requests them, encourage students to read, and raise significant funding to support our classroom needs. As always, thank you for supporting your child’s education.
Teach Our Children Compassion By Helping Them to Understand Disabilities.
The Understanding Disabilities Program is a town-wide program for 4th graders that helps them to understand disabilities and to think about what it would be like to live with a disability. We strive to have the kids get the feeling of walking in another’s shoes.
The remaining schedule is as follows:
Training: 7 pm, Monday, December 9
Classroom: 8-10 am, Tuesday, December 10
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.
DASEP Early Release Info
There will be NO DASEP CLASSES on Wednesday, November 27. As a reminder, on early release days, all DASEP classes will meet at their regularly scheduled times. If a child goes to the Half Day Matinee movie they will be escorted to their DASEP class when it is over. If they do not attend the movie, you may bring your child back for their class at the regularly scheduled time. Last days of Fall classes:
- Mondays — December 16
- Tuesdays — December 3
- Wednesdays — December 11
- Thursdays — December 12
- Fridays — December 13
The Winter DASEP catalog will be distributed the week of December 16. Winter DASEP classes will begin on Monday, January 13.
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.
A Friendly Reminder to Devotion Families
The school building is closed on school holidays and therefore is not accessible.
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.
Winter Box Top and Labels for Education Drive
There’s free money for Devotion in your cabinets, recycling bins, and computers! Here is how to get it:
- CLIP 10¢ Box Tops or Labels for Education from hundreds of your favorite products such as Cheerios®, Chex®, Betty Crocker®, Pillsbury®, Go-Gurt®, Nature’s Valley®, Ziploc®, Cottonelle®, Goldfish®, Campbells®, Hefty® and more!
- Ask your relatives and neighbors, too!
- Collect Box Top coupons in an envelope, baggie, or collection sheet.
- Drop them in the collection box on the front lobby. Include child’s homeroom for class contests, which ends February 11, 2014.
- Register at www.boxtops4education.com and sign up to support the Edward Devotion Elementary School.
- Bookmark the Marketplace page and click on the links there to over 150 online stores like Oriental Trading Co., Land’s End, Old Navy, Dell, Gap, Hotels.com, Expedia, Staples, Overstock.com, Apple Store, Harry and David, and Lands’ End.
- From the Box Tops website, you can also earn Bonus Box Tops for Devo with sweepstakes, contests, and other opportunities.
Are You New to the United States?
Are you eager to connect with more Devotion families and learn more about the Devotion School and Brookline? Do you want to practice your English with other adults in our community. Join us for our parent information weekly conversations, facilitated by Devotion staff. We meet on Thursdays from 6 - 7 pm in the Devo library. Join us one time or weekly. For more info contact Jody Curran ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carolyn DiPierro ( email@example.com) by email.
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.
The Math League Needs Parent Volunteers
Brookline’s fabulous Math Club for 4th, 5th and 6th graders runs because of the help of our parent volunteers. Devotion’s program is looking to recruit more parents to help make this year’s season a successful one. There are 5 different topics, with weekly practices in each. Practices have already started, and run until early March. Here are some areas of particular need:
- Come regularly one morning a week (Tu, Wed, Th or Fri) from 7:15 -7:30 to open the door for arriving students. (Perfect for parents dropping off students, who have a little extra time but less desire to dive into the math!)
- Commit to come regularly to one practice a week to help students work on math problems. Come to help, come to learn, come to have fun with Math!
- We are in a transition year, and are looking to build capacity for next year’s season, when some of our parent coaches will be moving on along with their students. Think you’d like to take a leadership role next year? This is the perfect time to come to a topic to learn more about it and benefit from the expertise of our veteran coaches.
- We especially need more adult support at the Geometry practices, which meet on Tuesday mornings.
- Can’t commit to a regular time? No problem — volunteer to help out at one of the Meets! We need parents to supervise the team in the cafeteria, proctor, score and “run” miscellaneous errands. Come to 1, 2 or all 3. Save the date: Meets are Jan 9, Feb 6 and March 3.
Practice Schedule: Mornings @ 7:15 - 7:55: Tue: Geometry. Wed: Bases. Th: Operations. Fri: Patterns.
Afternoons @ 2:35 - 3:20: Tue: Problem-Solving.
Save the dates: Meets are Jan 9, Feb 6 and March 3, from 1:30 - 4 pm in the Devotion Cafeteria.
Please email Julie Boss @ firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer, or for more information. Thanks!
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.
Science Fair Needs Volunteers!
The Science Fair committee is looking for volunteers. This year's theme is "The Science of Sport." If you can help out or have some expertise to share (nutrition, kinetics, sports medicine, etc.) please contact Kevin Knopp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 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.
Half Day Matinee Needs Parent Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help with the Half Day Matinee Program, when we show a movie in the school auditorium. This program is for students in K-5 on the half days when teacher conferences are scheduled. This year the dates are:
- Fall Early Release Days: Tuesday, November 12; Wednesday, November 20; Wednesday, December 4; Tuesday, December 10
- Spring Early Release Days: 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.
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.
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. 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!