Jun
12

Driscoll Principal Transition

Dear Driscoll Families,

As you all know, Driscoll School has a significant transition on the horizon.

A school leadership transition can be bumpy, but I am absolutely thrilled that my colleague, Dr. Talukdar will lead the Driscoll School as the interim principal for the 2017-2018 school year!

Dr. Talukdar and I have always had an excellent working relationship and I believe that will be a real asset to the Driscoll Community!  Here are some of the ways we are already working together to ensure a smooth transition:

  • Dr. Talukdar and I will be visiting classrooms together this week.  This will give me an opportunity to talk with students about the transition and to introduce Dr. Talukdar at the same time.
  • Dr. Talukdar and I will have a chance to review former and current School Improvement Plans and we will have a chance to discuss the strengths of Driscoll School and the areas of improvement that have been identified.
  • I will ensure that Dr. Talukdar understands the work we have begun this year, including the group that has been meeting about issues of equity at Driscoll.
  • I will ensure that Dr. Talukdar understands our current policies, procedures and ways of working so she has a good understanding of what’s happening now as she leads going forward.

I will always hold a very special place in my heart for Driscoll and I will do whatever I can to ensure the success of Driscoll students into the future.  If there is anything specific you think would be helpful in this time of transition, please let me know.

Warmly,

Heidi

 

May
19

Creating More Inclusive, Safer Spaces for all Students

Hello Driscoll Families!

It’s May–one of the busiest times of year at Driscoll.  Yes, students are being assessed through MCAS, but more importantly, there is awesome teaching and learning going on!

I want to draw your attention to two very important dates on our May and June calendars.  In one of my recent Principal Corner notes, I mentioned our work at Driscoll in creating more inclusive, safer spaces for all students.  I mentioned our work as a staff utilizing resources that help us speak up and then support students when we hear comments that feed bias or hate.  

As I mentioned that I would, I invite you to join us for a two-part conversation about how we make our school a safe space for all students–particularly our low income students and our students of color.  Questions we’ll discuss include:

-Do all families at Driscoll feel welcome?  How can we make all Driscoll families feel welcome?

-Do students feel like they need to “check” parts of their identity at the door?  If so, what steps do we need to take to make sure this is not the case.

-How can we attract and maintain a more diverse staff?

-What action steps can we take that will lead to lasting change in this area?

Please join us to discuss these questions (and others that folks raise) and lay out a roadmap for improvement for the 17-18 school year.  These discussions will take place in Heidi’s Office on Thursday, May 25th and Thursday, June 8th, right after drop off.  Please email me if you’d like to join us!  I hope we’ll see a diverse group of parents at these important meetings!

Heidi Cook, Principal

May
08

Teacher Appreciation: Thank You!

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this year’s week-long Teacher Appreciation Week celebration!  Each day the teachers and staff enjoyed little treats and surprises, and we ended the week with a delicious, full breakfast provided by our amazing Driscoll parents.  We even had some drawings for awesome prizes like gift cards to Starbuck’s, Pete’s and Amazon.  It was so much fun!  If you brought a food item on a tray or platter to the breakfast, please pick it up on the shelves to your right when you enter the Staff Lounge.  We really appreciate all of you supporting our loyal, brilliant and caring teachers and stopping for a moment to say “thank you”.  All the best for the final weeks of the school year and a restful, fun summer- Robyn Hunter and Kim Katz

May
08

The Spring Fair and YOU!

Dear Driscoll Families,

The Spring Fair is in the air!  However only 34 of the 101
volunteer spots are filled! (Yikes!). 
This event cannot happen without YOU! 

Take just one minute now to click HERE and sign up to help at this year’s Spring Fair.  They are one hour slots and many of them are after-work hours.

As most of you know, Spring Fair is the Ultimate Driscoll Celebration!  Rides, games, food and fun make this a day that kids look forward to all year long!  Driscoll families come together to celebrate another school year, and we also celebrate the close of the MCAS Testing Season and the conclusion of another successful PTO event season.  At Driscoll, we believe that events like these make us unique and bring us together, but we can’t hang on to these traditions unless our families commit an hour or two to making them happen each year.

We have filled only 34 of the 101 volunteer slots!  Spring Fair in all of it’s glory cannot be realized if we don’t all pitch in!  If you haven’t volunteered this year, NOW is your chance.  Plus, these jobs are fun!

Take a minute now to sign up.  Thank you and we’ll see you at the Spring Fair on May 24th from 4-8PM!!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4eadae28a0fe3-spring1

Thank you, thank you.

Your Amazing 100% Volunteer Spring Fair Team

Mar
27

PTO Open Forum: Updating the Driscoll Field and Playground

Dear Driscoll Parents,

We hope you’ll join us for Monday’s PTO Open Forum, topic: updating the Driscoll field and playground.

Vice Chair of the Brookline School Committee, David Pollak will be presenting and offering Q & A. Mr. Pollak also serves as Chair of  Brookline School Board’s Capital Committee (building projects). We are looking forward to hearing from Mr. Pollak on the process, timing, and money around such an effort, and hearing from you, our parents!

Childcare for (K-5 students) will be provided with advance registration. Pizza supper will be served for both parents and children at 6:15pm. At 6:45 pm, parents can walk their children to the music room (opposite the theater) where Driscoll 8th graders will show a movie and stay with the children until the program is complete, at approximately 8:30 pm.

Not planning on needing childcare, or eating?  Join us for the presentation in the Driscoll Theater at 7:00 pm.

Please go to https://updatedriscollfield.eventbrite.com to register. If you have questions about registration or childcare, please email Alice Speck (PTO Secretary) alice.speck@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday evening.

Warmly,

The Driscoll PTO

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