Jan
06

9th School Update and Listening Session at Driscoll School

Dear Driscoll School Community,

As you might know, the Town of Brookline is currently conducting a 9th School Alternative Site Study, which will involve a comprehensive study of several potential siting locations for a 9th school. This study will reexamine locations previously studied as well as include additional locations, including the possibility of identifying multiple sites and/or combining sites to address Brookline’s enrollment driven need for additional classroom capacity.

Driscoll School is one of several Brookline Schools to be included in this study as a potential multiple site solution. HMFH Architects have been contracted to assist with the evaluation of all sites under consideration. One very important aspect of this study will be to involve and solicit ideas and valuable input from the School Communities being studied. For this reason, we invite you to attend a Driscoll School “Listening Session” scheduled for Wednesday, January 17th from 8:10 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. in the Driscoll School Library.

We will begin the Listening Session with a brief summary concerning the purpose and scope of this 9th School Alternative Site Study but then quickly invite all in attendance to share their ideas, concerns and suggestions on how the Driscoll School location or other locations could prove to be the total or partial solution to Brookline’s growing  classroom capacity problem.

Pip Lewis, principal architect for HMFH will join me and other Town officials at this meeting. We look forward to listening to your ideas and engaging everyone in beneficial dialog that may help us shape recommended solutions to this challenging issue. To help you follow our progress, please use the website link (https://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/school9).

YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROCESS IS IMPORTANT TO US!

Sincerely,

Joe Connelly
9th School Alternative Site Study Project Manager

Jan
05

PTO Coffee with School Committee

Dear Driscoll Families,

Please join the PTO for a coffee with School Committee members on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 8:00 – 9:00 am in the Amy Neale Library at Driscoll School.

School Committee members will give a quick overview of what’s happening in the district from the School Committee’s point of view, and their priorities for the year – what’s happening in various subcommittees, etc.

They also want to hear the same from us – what is the PTO up to and what’s “front of mind” in our school community.

We’ll go through those quickly and get right to comments and questions, and have a dialogue about how to best meet the needs of our kids and our community.

We hope you can join us. Coffee and muffins will be provided.

Warmly,

The Driscoll PTO

Dec
17

Book Fair Thanks!

From the Amy Neale Library

We had an amazing Book Fair Week!  We didn’t meet our goal of $16k…we exceeded it!  We sold $18k – a new record!  This means over $4k in support for the library.  This money will go for books, materials, furniture, and programs in the library.  Watch future bulletins for updates.  Thank you, Driscoll families, for your incredible support!

This year’s book fair featured our first ever evening event.  A big thank you to Dr. Talukdar for being our guest reader for story time.  She was fabulous, and the turnout far exceeded our expectations.  Another first this year was the Driscoll Loves Books initiative, which put book fair books in the hands of students who may not have been able to purchase a book.  This program was made possible by the Family Giving Campaign.

And finally, a huge thank to all our amazing volunteers (parents, grandparents, children) who staffed the book fair this week and our incredible book fair committee: Victor Kusmin, Nadine Abu-Jawdeh, Claudia Olivetti and chair Meg Brackley.  They spent countless hours preparing for the book fair, then pretty much lived in the library during it.  Thank you!!

Dec
04

Science Solstice 2017

Driscoll PTO’s Science Solstice is almost here! On Fri. Dec. 8, Driscoll celebrates “Science Solstice:” a day when the whole school suspends its regular routine to do science.

Grades K to 5 stay in the building and are ‘wowed” by science with presentations of live animals and simple machines, from the Museum of Science and Mass Audubon Society. Students learn about the scientific methods as they build paper geodesics dome, learn how the human brain works or discover states of matter.  At the end of the day, they respond through writing and drawing about the question: “What do scientists do?” These activities are planned and run by Driscoll parents. ****We could still use a few more parent volunteers! We especially need a parent volunteer in 1st grade classrooms. But we could also use a few extra volunteers to be scientist assistants that day. Please email driscollsciencesolstice@gmail.com if you can consider helping out.

The middle schoolers (6th. 7th and 8th graders) leave the building and each student visits one working science lab or facility. Lab tours and activities are arranged by Driscoll parents. These field trips both pique students’ interest in science and expose them to different careers in science and technology.  ****As a reminder to middle school parents, please pack a lunch for your child on Science Solstice. They are out of school nearly the entire day so they cannot buy lunch in the cafeteria.

All in all, it’s a great day of learning and discovery! Thank you to all the parent scientists and those who have volunteered their time for the morning already.

Nov
11

Family Giving Campaign

Dear Driscoll Families,

On October 16, 2017 we’re kicking off  the Family Giving Campaign. Our goal is twofold. We hope to raise $40,000, and we hope that 100% of our families will donate by November 17, 2017.

The Family Giving Campaign is the PTO’s major fundraiser for this school year. The Driscoll PTO raises money each year to fund the great programs like Science Solstice, and Arts Equinox, but also professional development for the awesome teachers we have here at Driscoll.

On Wednesday, November 1, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm a team of parents from most grade levels will “Dial for Driscoll”. We aim to contact each Driscoll family to either thank them for their donation, or encourage them to donate. If you get a call, answer the phone! Our parent volunteers will be eager to chat with you!

Sincerely,

Driscoll PTO

Donate below, via your myschoolanywhere account, or by bringing a check to the main office.



      
As a special thank you to all families that participate you will receive an exclusive Driscoll school magnet to demonstrate your school spirit! 

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