Welcome to the Sumner School!
Navigating a new school and new school district can get overwhelming, so we have tried to capture some of the most useful information to make it a bit easier to find. We also have letters from current Sumner School parents with children entering K1, K2, or older grades for the 2022-2023 school year. They can serve as a point of contact to help you navigate your new school community. Our school Family Liaison, Erin O'Brien (se habla español) is also a wonderful resource (firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-572-7496). Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have.
Summer Events for New and Returning Families
Come get to know Sumner families at any of our summer meet-ups:
Upcoming school visits:
June 17th @ 12:00pm: Tour of the Sumner School for incoming K2 and above families. Please note that this tour is for adults only.
June 21st @ 2:00pm: Step Up Day -- current Sumner students visit their homeroom teacher for the following school year (SY 22-23). This year we are welcoming our new-to-the-Sumner students to join us for Step Up Day. Incoming families can drop off their student at the Sumner School main office at 2pm on June 21st. Staff and volunteers will then escort your student to their future classroom to meet their new teacher. Students will then be escorted back outside to reunite with their parent/guardian at the conclusion of the homeroom visit. Please note that parents/guardians are not able to join their students in the building for this event. If you cannot attend Step Up Day, all families are mailed homeroom assignments at the end of the summer, so there will be opportunity to connect with your homeroom teacher then, too.
Family playground meet-ups:
June 26th @ 2:00 pm: Playground Meetup for New Families, Healy Playground (160 Florence Street, Roslindale)
July 23rd @ 10:30 am: Playground Meetup for New Families, Walker Playground (550 Norfolk Street, Mattapan)
August 20th @ 10:30 am: Playground Meetup for New Families, Sumner Playground (15 Basile Street, Roslindale)
August 25th @ 5:00 pm: Popsicles with the Principal, Sumner Playground (15 Basile Street, Roslindale)
August 13th @ 12:00 pm: Uniform Resale, Sumner Playground (15 Basile Street, Roslindale)
July 17th @ 12:00 pm: Uniform Resale, Sumner Playground (15 Basile Street, Roslindale)
September 8th @ 9:15 am: First day of school for grades 1st-6th!
September 12th @9:15 am: First day of school for K1 and K2!
September 12th: first day of before/after school programming for all grades
Hi! My name is Haley Barrar and my daughter Isla is entering K1 at the Sumner in September 2022. I have been a Sumner parent for four years now and will be a K1 room parent this year.
My daughter Gwendolen will be in third grade and she loves going to school every day. We live in West Roxbury and are very happy with Sumner. I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions! Please reach out to me at email@example.com.
My name is Mathilde Hutchings and my daughter, Eléonore, is a rising 1st grader at the Sumner (currently in Mrs. Fox's K2 class); my daughter Annabelle will be entering K1 in September.
We have loved being a Sumner family, and can't wait to welcome you! We live in Roslindale on Metropolitan Hill. Please feel free to call/text me at 617-997-8356 or to email me at mathilde@hutchingsfamily.
K2 Family contact: Meg Stefanow
Hi! My name is Meagan Stefanow and my daughter, Glorina, is a returning K2 student at the Sumner.
I am also currently one of the Family Council Co-Treasurers. We live in Roslindale, near Fallon Field. Our family has been very happy at the Sumner and would love to welcome your family to the school and help answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st-6th Grade Family contact: Amanda Lukens
Hello and welcome to the Sumner School! My name is Amanda Lukens and my daughter, Mikaella, will be a 4th grade student at the Sumner for the 2022-2023 School Year. I also have an older daughter entering 7th grade who attended the Sumner starting in K2.
I am currently one of the School Site Council reps and have served in other roles on the School Family Council over the years. Our family has been very happy at the Sumner and would love to welcome your family to the school and help answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Helpful information to get you started:
Communications and Engagement: Communications from the Sumner School and district can come via different platforms. Below are three of the most used platforms used by our school community. You can always reach out to your homeroom teacher for more information.
Class Dojo: a web-based and mobile device app that many teachers at the school use to communicate with families including pictures of classroom activities and other updates. There is also a "School Story" in which staff and family council can broadcast announcements to the whole school. Please follow this link for step-by-step instructions on how to get started on Class Dojo.
School Messenger: The Sumner School and Boston Public Schools District uses the SchoolMessenger app to broadcast messages through phone, email, and text messaging. Families can use the "Infocenter" to manage your communication preferences and read previous messages. For more information and to get started with the School Messenger app, please visit this page.
Sumner Families Facebook group: Sumner School families and some staff have formed a private Facebook group to share resources and ask any questions as they come up. To join the group, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SumnerSchoolParents/
Before and After School Programming: The Sumner Before & After School Program is an in-house program for K1 thru 6th grades (including our 4-year old students!). The Before School Program operates from 7:00 am until the start of the school day and the After School Program operates from the end of the school day until 5:45 pm. Families can sign-up for as many days per week as are needed. The fee structure for the 2022-23 school year is still being finalized but a possible scale (full and reduced price options based on need) is as follows:
The Sumner Before and After School Program is committed to accepting families regardless of what they can pay.
To register for the before and/or after school program, fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/izFsYEMQH8GP
Please contact our Program Director, Mr. Shelton, with any questions.
Sumner School Cliffs Notes: A quick reference guide loaded with information about the Sumner School and BPS!
Sumner School Frequently Asked Questions: We've tried to answer some of the most common questions incoming families have. There is a wealth of information on the school website and don't hesitate to reach out to our parent reps listed above if you can't find an answer to your question!
Summer learning: Educational and cultural activities for Sumner families to enjoy over the summer.
School supplies lists: Recommended items by grade level for you to send in with your Sumner School student in the Fall.