Sep
24

News from the Library

From the Library

Library Hours

Please visit!  Our beautiful library is open to families before school daily (at 7:45) and after school until 2:45 MondayThursday (though may be closed after school some days for meetings).  Before and after school hours are a great time for families to browse and check out books with their children.  It is also an excellent time for older students to use the library to check out books, do research, or read.  Please note, students in grades K-3 must be with a parent or adult caregiver during before/after school hours.

Sign up for a Family Library Account

Driscoll families are invited to sign up for a Family Library Account.  While students are limited to 1 to 3 books checked out a time (depending on their grade), a Family Library Account allows parents and caregivers to borrow up to 10 books at time from any section of the library during before and after school hours.

Library Website and Catalog

Visit the library website to check the library calendar, search for a book in the library catalog, or access databases, audiobooks and ebooks.

Volunteer

Be a Library Volunteer!  Parents help shelve and process books. Visit the library website for information about signing up to be a volunteer.


Questions?  Contact Ms. Reid, Librarian, anne_reid@psbma.org

Sep
24

2017 Open House Driscoll Schedule

Dear Families,

I am writing to you with information regarding Driscoll School Open House.  This event is a wonderful opportunity for parents and guardians to learn more about curriculum and instruction, daily schedules, teacher expectations, units of study, math and literacy, assessments, and more. Classroom teachers will offer brief presentations and respond to general questions families may have.

While this event has historically taken place during evening hours, this year’s Open House will occur during the school day.  Please note that finding an evening time has proven to be quite challenging this year due to holidays, programming and other scheduling conflicts. Therefore, the Driscoll School has chosen to explore a daytime model similar to ones successfully used at other elementary schools in Brookline.

The schedule for Open House at the K-5 level 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

Between 8:00 am and 8:20 am, parents/guardians will gather in the theater for a brief welcome by school leaders and introduction of specialists. At 8:25 am, families will travel to their child’s classroom 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. 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.

Please note that information about Open House for grades 6-8 will be sent out early next week.  Open House for the middle school grades will also occur during the school day. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Suzie

Dr. Sujan S. Talukdar
Interim Principal
Michael Driscoll School 

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

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