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Boston Public Schools Weekly Update
January 19, 2021

Read this newsletter online at bostonpublicschools.org/weeklyupdate
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Revised Timeline for Return to In-Person Learning
Monday, February 1: Students with high in-person priority

Monday, March 1 & Thursday, March 4: Students in K0 - Grade 3 (Groups A & B)

Monday, March 15 & Thursday, March 18: Students in Grades 4 - 8 (Groups A & B)

Monday, March 29 & Thursday, April 1: Students in Grades 9 - 12 (Groups A & B)
Stay Up-to-Date on Reopening!
Keep up to date and request a change to your child's learning model preference at bostonpublicschools.org/reopening

View the BPS Student At Home Health Checklist, available in the 10 BPS languages.

View Remote Learning Ready videos in English and Spanish.

Results of all Boston Public Schools Indoor Air Quality tests can be found here.
School Registration Season
January 5-29 - Register your student for grades K0, K1, 6, 7 & 9.

Wednesday, January 20, 4:00-5:00 pm: Join this Registration Information Session on Zoom. Interpreters are available for Arabic, Somali, and Spanish speakers.

Learn about Boston Public Schools at these school preview times here.

Read Discover BPS magazine, information about school choice and registration for the 2021-2022 school year.
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High School Special Education Showcase
January 19-22, 6:00-8:00 pm

Do you want to learn more about the supports and services available in BPS High Schools to students enrolled in Special Education?

Reach out to your child's school for the Zoom link.

Boston Saves
K2 and 1st-grade families: Check your email for an invitation to the Savings Center from Boston Saves. When you log in to the Savings Center, you can see $50 in an account for your child’s future college or career training - and start earning more!
 
Don’t see an email? Click here for help registering for the Savings Center.
Office of Housing Stability Resources and Services
If you are behind on rent, the City of Boston Rental Relief Fund is available and accepting applications. The Fund assists residents who are experiencing difficulty paying their rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It pays up to $4,000 in rental assistance for overdue or future rent.

You can also apply for state RAFT funding, which offers up to $10,000 of flexible financial assistance.

If you are a landlord and your tenants are having trouble paying rent, you should share this information with them.

The State also has ERMA, which can provide up to $10,000 of rental and mortgage assistance to households who have been impacted by the crisis and may not be eligible for RAFT.

If you are a renter who is being evicted, there is free legal assistance available.
  • Greater Boston Legal Services; (617) 371-1234
  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau; (617) 495-4408
  • Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School; (617) 390-2535
P-EBT Cards
All BPS students will have more P-EBT funds for this school year. If you received P-EBT funds in the past, look for funds to be allocated the last week of December. New to P-EBT? You will get a P-EBT card in January or check your existing EBT card for funds.

Learn more at www.MAp-EBT.org or call the Assistance Line at 877-382-2363. 
LGBTQ+ Student Meet & Greet
Tonight! January 19, 6:00 pm,
grades 6-8
or
Thursday, January 21, 6:00 pm,
grades 9-12

BPS LGBTQ+ students grades 6+ -- join us for a night of fun games and conversation.

RSVP here.
Reopening Schools Community Meeting
January 28, 5:30-7:00 pm

For all BPS families and the community.

Join Superintendent Brenda Cassellius for a discussion on the reopening of schools.

Click here to join us on Zoom.
Playworks New England
Playworks Recess now on the

Playworks coaches lead a warmup, game, and cool down for recess on Saturday mornings. Parents can join along!
 
Every Saturday:
Grades K-1 from 8:00-8:35 am
Grades 2-3 from 9:00-9:35 am
Grades 4+ from 10:00-10:35 am
BPS Meal Super Sites
Super Sites provide free breakfast and lunch meals every Monday and Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm.*

*The Josiah Quincy location in Chinatown is open on Wednesdays, 10 am to 6 pm.

Details and list of locations: bostonpublicschools.org/freemeals
BPS Community Cookbook
Join us in creating a BPS Community Cookbook! We’re collecting family recipes that represent the diverse, delicious foods found in BPS households. These recipes will be compiled and shared in the spring.

Please share your recipe with us using this form (available in multiple languages). 
Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP)
Application due Monday, February 22

PSJP is a free journalism and college preparatory program for high-achieving current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. Over seven weeks, students attend virtual workshops led by professional journalists and Princeton University professors. After the program, students work with a volunteer college adviser, a professional journalist or program alum, to complete their college applications.

Learn more and apply here.
Upcoming Events with Parent University
Parent Essentials: The Urgency for Engagement
January 19 and February 4, 6-8 pm
Parent Essentials sessions are designed to build and strengthen parents’ capacity as change agents to support their children’s education and improve Boston Public Schools. 

Supporting My Child With Autism
Tuesday, January 21, 6-8 pm
This workshop offers general information on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and discusses why it's so important to access insurance services in addition to those being offered in school. 

LGBTQ+ 101 & Supporting Your Child
Wednesday, January 27, 6-8 pm
An introduction to the LGBTQ+ community (including terms, definitions, and student experiences).  

Family Painting Fun
February 10, March 24, and May 19
Unleash your creativity and learn a new skill! A limited number of paint kits are available for pick up the Saturday before the session on a first come, first served basis.  
Family Leadership Forum
Every 2nd Thursday of the month from January 14 - June 10, 6:30-8 pm
Leadership Forums address many of the ways that parents can and have served as advocates for children and families in the Boston Public Schools. 

Family Music & Movement
Every 2 weeks from
January 20 - June 9, 7-8 pm
These sessions allow families to learn new dances and dance moves AND/OR take this opportunity to get up, move around and have fun!

Reading & Math Workshops
Thursdays & Saturdays, January 28 - March 20
Support your Pre-K through grade 5 mathematician and reader. Sign up here.

For more information and to register for all Parent University events, visit bostonpublicschools.org/parentuniversity 
MLK Virtual Celebration
Watch the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration featuring dance, visual art, and music from BPS students  
 
The performances celebrate and reflect on Dr. King’s words and legacy as we live it today and connect with a passage from one of the civil rights leader’s speeches or his overarching themes of non-violence, justice, hope, community, and equality.

View it at www.bpsarts.org 
Get Ready for the 75th Annual Science Fair!
March 3-5

This VIRTUAL Science Fair provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate and celebrate their accomplishments in the fields of science and engineering.

Click here to view instructions and forms.


Fill out your forms as soon as possible!
Pre-K Spaces Still Available For This School Year
There are still spaces available for free, in-person, high-quality Pre-K at community-based organizations across the city for the 2020-21 school year for children who are 4 years old as of September 1, 2020.

More information is available at bostonpublicschools.org/upk
Homework Help
ExtraHelp on BNN is a weekly, live, homework television series developed to help Boston students.
PieRSquared offers free tutoring sessions for individuals or groups of students in grades 8-12, including upper level math and science. Monday -Thursday, 3-6 pm. 
The Boston Public Library's Homework Assistance Program offers free, online homework help. Grades K-8, Monday - Thursday, 3:30-5:30 pm.
FoodCorps Storytime
Join FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members for FoodCorps Story Time Fridays! Listen to a story relating to food, culture, and empowerment. Watch and listen on the Food Educators MA Youtube Page.
Fresh Fruits & Vegetables!
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program offers students a fruit or vegetable snack. Try something new and discover a love of fruits and veggies. You can find these snacks at BPS meal sites!

Click here to download FFVP worksheets and learn some fun fruit and veggie facts. You can also find monthly FFVP videos made by FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members here.
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