Oct
29

Community Meeting Schedule Announced

Community Meeting 2017-18

Community Meeting is a time when K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade students come together to celebrate our community, to sing songs, and share things we have been working on. Parents and Guardians are always invited to join us at Community Meeting!

We usually start with a song, and the grade level or class that is hosting will then present the theme for the meeting. The rest of the meeting is filled with singing and sharing led by the class or grade level who are hosting. We usually end the meeting with our beautiful Driscoll School Song, written by music teacher Emma Catlett.

Our goals for community meeting are the following:

-Provide students with a safe space to practice making presentations to a large group

-Allow students to lead each other (adults do a lot of work to prepare students, but during the meeting, the adults take a “back seat” to the students)

-Provide students with an opportunity to work on being good audience members

-Build community (parents, students, teachers) across grade levels

-Allow students to see what goes on in other classrooms, including grade levels that are above or below their own.

All meetings are in the theater and start at 8:10 AM and end by about 8:40 AM. We ask parents/guardians to sit in a particular grade-level section so that classes can sit together. When the meeting is over, we let families leave first so that kids can walk out in line with their class.

We look forward to seeing you there! The schedule is below, but is subject to change based on the MCAS schedule. Please watch your teacher’s newsletter and the calendar to find out when your child will present!

K-2 Community Meetings: 11/3, 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 3/9, 4/6, 5/4, 6/8

3rd-5th Community Meetings: 11/17, 1/19, 2/9, 2/16, 3/16, 4/13, 5/18, 6/15

Oct
26

Book Fair News!

BOOK FAIR: December 11-15, Monday – Friday: The Book Fair is returning to the Driscoll’s Amy Neale Library next month! A portion of all sales goes directly to the Library to buy more books and other library resources for our kids. Once again, students are invited to enter their designs for the Book Fair Poster Contest! This year’s theme is: “The Power of Reading”.  How is reading powerful? What kinds of power can be described in a book? Energy? Horse power? Political power? Social empowerment? Superpowers? Pick up poster contest entry forms in the Library (or Download PDF Here) beginning November 1st. Submit your designs to the Main Office or the Library no later than November 17th. The winning design will be THE poster to publicize the Book Fair, and the winner will get a $25 gift card to use at the fair!
We need volunteers to help make the Book Fair a success. If you could spare two hours (or more) with library set-up, helping on the sales floor, working the cash registers, restocking shelves or packing up at the end of the week, please sign up HERE. The Book Fair will be open before and after school, and you can even volunteer when your child’s class visits the library. Please contact the Book Fair Team with any questions: driscollbookfair@gmail.com

Oct
23

WHAT’S GROWING ON? NEWS OF THE DRISCOLL GARDEN:

WHAT’S GROWING ON? NEWS OF THE DRISCOLL GARDEN:
The Driscoll Garden team is excited to report that things are indeed growing in our school’s garden.  This fall we welcomed Danielle Sommer, Education Manager for Green City Growers, to lead the DASA Gardening class.  A graduate of Bowdoin College, Danielle has worked in a variety of in and out of school environments – from teaching digital media arts to kindergarteners in after school to urban agriculture and nutrition with high school students at community centers.
Danielle tells us that over the past few weeks, the DASA class has been talking about the parts of plants, the plant life cycle, the differences and similarities between husk cherries and tomatoes, and proper plant spacing.  They have also enjoyed activities like playing sensory herb guessing, playing “seed-stem-fruit”, and drawing their favorite fruits and veggies with sidewalk chalk.  Of course, they have also been busy planting, harvesting, pruning, watering, weeding, cleaning out old plant material and making garden observations.  New plantings include: edible begonias, kale, lavender, leeks, lettuce, mint, sage, garlic chives, beets, and cabbage! They’ve harvested Swiss chard, Lemon Balm, and Parsley.  Green City Growers also visited recently to repair the pest fencing, install the cold-frame, and repair/improve the irrigation – so we’re ready to stretch this warm fall season even farther.
Look for more garden updates in future Bulletins, as we get organized for the 2018 season!

Oct
01

October Principal’s Corner

Happy October!

Over the last month, it has truly been an honor to see so many families at the Driscoll School. Whether it was at the back to school night picnic or at morning and afternoon drop off and pick up, the pleasant greetings and smiling faces are just a few of the many things that makes this community so special.

I look forward to seeing many of you during this week and next at Driscoll Open House. The schedule will be as follows:

Grade 1 and Grade 2: Monday, October 2 from 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Grade K and Grade 3: Wednesday, October 4 from 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Grade 4 & Grade 5: Friday, October 6 from 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Grades 6-8: Tuesday, October 10 from 8:00 am – 9:40 am

For K-5 Open house, parents/guardians will gather in the theater for a brief welcome by school leaders, PTO leaders and introduction of specialists between 8:00 am and 8:20 am. At 8:25 am, families will travel to their child’s classroom or other designated location for a brief presentation. During that time students will enjoy time at the playground, which will be supervised by staff. At 9:00 am, families will say goodbye and students will return to their classrooms. Additional details regarding Grades 6-8 Open House are forthcoming.

It is important to remember that Open House is a time for general questions about the school year. If you have individual questions about your child, please contact your child’s teacher via email or phone to set up a time to talk.

Oct
01

Driscoll Directory

Welcome Driscoll Families!  

Our PTO subscribes to the MySchoolAnywhere service for our family and faculty directories, online store, volunteer signups and email communications. It’s secure, easy to use, and free to families.

If you haven’t registered, please go to the site below, enter our school’s code and follows the steps to register your family.  You can specify what information you’d like to appear in the directory – or choose not to appear at all.

Returning Families – If you’re already registered, you will receive an email asking you to update your family information and display preferences for the new school year. You do not need to register again unless you don’t receive this email. 

Register at join.myschoolanywhere.com

Invitation Code:  DriscollDirectory

Once we’ve had a chance to verify your family information, you’ll receive an email with login credentials and instructions to access the system.

Questions? Contact our system administrator at driscolldirectory@gmail.com.

Install the Free app!  After you receive your login information, download the app by searching for MySchoolAnywhere in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.  The app allows you to access our directory, manage your family information, purchase in our store and signup for volunteer activities all from your phone!

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