New Student Orientation
If you are new to our community, we want to welcome you! Please come to Devotion on Wednesday, August 27, 9-10 am, in the library, for a chance to meet some staff and parents, learn about Devotion, ask questions, and then go on a tour of the school.
Coffee and Conversation
Join parents in the community for Coffee and Conversation on the first days back to school — Thursday, September 4 and Friday, September 5, 8-9 am in the cafeteria. Meet new friends and reconnect with old.
Devotion Building Committee Meeting
The next meeting of the Devotion Building Committee will be Friday, September 5 at 8 am, at Town Hall. Find more info and the agenda here.
Devotion Renovation Community Forum
There will be a community meeting on September 10 at 7 pm in Devotion's auditorium to look at 3-4 design options and get input from the community in order for the Building Committee to pick a preferred option to put forward at the November meeting with the MSBA.
Back to School Picnic
Connect with old friends and meet some new ones at Devo's Annual Back to School Picnic on Friday, September 12, 5:00-7:00 pm on the back field. Bring food for the family or buy some food from the 8th graders. Can't wait to see everyone!
After-School Program Openings
We still have open spots in 2 of our Devotion after-school programs — After Hours University (AHU), and Teen Advantage (TA). AHU is for 5th and 6th graders, and TA is for 7th and 8th graders. The programs run 3 days a week from 2:30-5:10 pm, and include an hour of homework time, recess and snack, and an hour-long enrichment activity. They also include extended hours on half days (from 12:30-5:10 pm), with field trips around Boston taking place on those days. Tuition is $150 a session (3 sessions per year), and scholarships are available. For more information contact the Steps to Success, After School Coordinator: Sarah Fowler at email@example.com.
Find the math packet for your student at right. Choose the grade that your child will be entering in the fall. You can also check out the Brookline Math Department website at brooklinek8math.weebly.com for more math fun!
Devotion Discussion on Facebook
There's a lot to discuss about what's happening at Devotion. Stay connected this summer and beyond with the DevoForum Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/542205932541890/. It is an "open" group, so anyone can see what's posted and anyone who wants to join will be approved within a few hours. It has 50 members already and is growing fast. For legal reasons, this will not be a formal PTO means of communication, rather a tool for parent-to-parent communication.
For questions, contact Carey Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org (and thank her for creating and monitoring this page).
For broader, town-wide school-system issues, there's a lively discussion on Facebook titled "Public Discussion of Brookline's Plans to Create a New School." You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrooklineNewSchool/.
Registration for BHS Fall Sports
Registration is open at: https://www.familyid.com/brookline-athletics/fall-2014-hs-athletics-registration. Instructions for registration and other important information and resources may be found on the BHS Athletics website at: www.brooklinewarriors.net. Fall Sport tryouts and practices begin the week of August 18. Specific practice times and venues will be updated during the summer at www.brooklinewarriors.net.
Notes from the Nurse
Devotion Community: In planning for the next school year, please keep in mind that if you have a child entering kindergarten, fourth or seventh grade, we ask for a new physical exam to be kept on file in the clinic. Physical exams, updated immunizations, and medications can be brought to the clinic the first week of school in September. Have a healthy and enjoyable summer!
Parents’ Survival Guide for Summer
When it comes to kids and risky behavior, summer can be the most challenging time of the year, often triggered by boredom from too much unstructured free time. Kids can feel a little at loose ends without the structure of the school day, and research shows that young people with unsupervised hours are three times more likely to engage in risky behavior, like experimentation with tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, sexual activity, etc. Check out B-PEN’s new Parent Update, a special issue on “Safe Summer Fun,” which includes activity tips, parenting guidelines, and helpful local resources.
Kindergarten Half Days
The schedule for the first 2 days of Kindergarten next year will be slightly different from previous years. Students with a last name beginning with letters A-M will attend a full day (8:00 until 2:30 pm) on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Students with a last name beginning with letters N-Z will attend a full day ( 8:00 to 1:40 pm) on Friday, September 5, 2014.
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:
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.
Devotion School 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:
Keep current on their work through their meetings or postings by going to the Override Study Committee's website.
Join Brookline's Wellness Committee
The Public Schools of Brookline’s Wellness Committee needs you! Next fall, the committee will begin its eighth year and would like to include a representative from every Brookline K-8 school. The committee only meets formally four times a year, Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:30 am. Comprised of parents, teachers, health professionals, town and school administrators, and community members, this lively, engaged committee examines and supports a variety of programs addressing student health, with initiatives in areas of nutrition, fitness/recreation, mental health, chemical health, teen dating violence, and climate change awareness. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kate Donnelly, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (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.
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. Download the MyEco app onto your smartphone today. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
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.)