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

Mar
27

Principal’s Corner: Race Equity Leadership Conference

3/27/17

If you tried to write me an email last week, you received an auto-reply informing you that I was at the Race Equity and Leadership in Schools conference, hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  I attended with the PSB leadership team, including senior staff and all principals.  Although it was hard to be away from Driscoll for a few days in a row, especially during Arts Equinox, the time was well worth it.

The goals of the conference were the following:

  • Deepen [our] understanding of why this work on race, equity, and leadership matters and explore the changes needed to ensure a more inclusive future;
  • Understand the many causes of individual, institutional, and systemic racial inequality, past and present;
  • Identify concrete strategies for building inclusive institutions and build your toolkit to teach it, model it, and practice it.

Through listening to speakers, conversation, and reflection I do feel like we worked toward a deeper understanding of the importance of explicit race and equity work and we did have time to consider the changes needed to be more open and inclusive.  I appreciated an opportunity to further my own understanding of individual, institutional and systemic racial inequalities.  And, I most certainly walked away with concrete strategies for moving forward.  Though a week is never enough time to grapple with these critical issues, it’s a start.

Among the most memorable sessions for me was Karen Mapp’s session on family engagement.  The moment she began to speak and share her thoughts on family engagement my wheels were turning about how I could bring this important work back to Driscoll in the form of improved family engagement–rethinking Open House, supporting parents in thinking about how to support learning at home, making sure our expectations and standards for students are clear, etc. etc. etc.  I look forward to sharing these and other important ideas with you, with our PTO and I hope you’ll see some of the impacts soon.

I’m so proud to be from a district where there was a significant investment in this work.

My Best,

Heidi
Heidi Cook

Principal, Driscoll School

heidi_cook@psbma.org

617-879-4250 (Main Office)

driscoll.brookline.k12.ma.us

Mar
26

#MateoTough at Driscoll

Dear Driscoll Community,

As you may or may not know, 3rd grader, Mateo Goldman was diagnosed with Leukemia in the fall of 2016. He has been absent from school, getting treatment and care at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Our community misses Mateo every day and is committed to supporting Mateo and his family (Mom, Mandy; Dad, Nick; Brothers, Leo (5H) and Milo (KF); and little sister Violet who will be coming to Driscoll when she’s old enough).

Last week, The Back to School Team from Dana Farber came to speak to 3rd grade, 5th grade and KF (Mateo’s, Leo’s, and Milo’s classes) to help them understand what Mateo has been going through and why he’s not at school. It was a great chance for all to learn, ask questions and see Mateo and his Mom who were skyping from Children’s. We learned that Mateo will not be able to return to school for several months while his immune system rebuilds and is strong enough to be able to protect him from illness and germs.

During Art Equinox, last Thursday and Friday, all classrooms received a container to decorate with their own #Mateotough design. The idea is to engage our whole community to raise money to donate to One Mission: Pediatric Cancer Charity which supports the medical communities, families and children who have been diagnosed with cancer. One Mission is near and dear to the Goldman Family and Driscoll is honored to give back in Mateo’s name to support their mission. You can help this effort by encouraging your children to earn, share, and contribute to this cause that helps so many families in vulnerable times. Donations are not limited to students and coins only. Feel free to send donations to school  (checks can be made out to “One Mission”)  to help fill these containers. Collections will start Monday, March 27th and continue through Thursday April 13th. Classes will display their #Mateotough design and progress at community meetings.  Also, look for the #Mateotough booth to buy #Mateotough bracelets at the Driscoll Spring Fair, with all proceeds going to One Mission.

We also want to introduce another way we will help Mateo stay connected to Driscoll.  Upon returning from April Vacation, check out the library for “The Special Delivery Dragon”. It’ll be a way to drop notes or items that will make their way to Mateo whether he is still in the hospital or home getting his care as an outpatient.  We will work with teachers and classrooms to make sure the Special Delivery Dragon is busy making deliveries to Mateo each week!

Since Mateo will be home, but still needs to do his school work, students will encounter Mateo accessing Driscoll and his learning in many ways including the use of cool technology that will allow him to be as much a part of the classroom as possible.  We’ll be sharing more information about this soon!

Thank you . Let’s fill those jars today!

For more information on One Mission, please visit http://onemission.org/

To stay updated on Mateo and his progress and send support you can visit his facebook page #mateotough

Sincerely,

Carrie Hibbard, Guidance Counselor

Heidi Cook, Principal

The Driscoll PTO and the entire #Mateotough team

Mar
26

Spring Early Release Movie Sign Up

Early Release Movie Registration is open, and ends, Friday, March 31st.  Register via this link now through 03/31/17.
FAMILY ID MOVIE SIGN UP HERE
Sign up early as space is limited:
Movie Munchkins (K-1): 40 students
Movie Masters (1st-5th grade): 120 students

Volunteer for one movie and get all 4 for free!!!
Please choose the volunteer option when registering.

The PTO Early Dismissal Movies run from 12:40 p.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. Please be outside Theater by 2:20 p.m. for pick up (children getting picked up should wait in the movie rooms for their parents).

For any questions, please contact PTO Movie Chair, Nadine Hartman
driscollptomovies@gmail.com

Mar
15

Sign up for Arts Equinox!

Arts Equinox is a two day celebration of the Arts held each year at Driscoll.


Parent volunteers are needed to help with different activities in each K-5 class on March 23 & 24.


No artistic skills/experience needed! Instructions for each project and an example will be provided in advance.


Sign up here to volunteer:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4EADAE28A0FE3-arts

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