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Boston Public Schools Weekly Update
September 13, 2021

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Welcome Back to School
K0, K1, and K2 Students!

Click here for your Back to School Family Guide.
As we prepare to welcome back our BPS students, staff, and families, we asked each of you, "what brings you BPS joy."

So take a look at what you and the rest of the BPS community are excited about and what will make this next school year a great one! 

Back to School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
The Boston Public Health Commission is hosting Back to School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at locations across the city this month, including BPS schools.

Anyone 12 years and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Get a $25 gift card with your first shot. Come back for your second shot and get another $25 gift card.

Already vaccinated? Bring someone to get vaccinated and get a $25 gift card!

Check out boston.gov/covid19-vaccine for a “Back to School” COVID-19 Vaccine site near you.

Information is also available on the BPS district calendar.
BPS is Hiring
Part-time Custodians
Work 15-19 hours per week. The pay rate is $14.36 per hour. Apply here.

Part-Time Cafeteria Attendants
Positions are available at many schools across Boston. Use this link, then type in Part-time Cafeteria Attendant to search for positions near you.

Bus Monitors
Must be 18 years of age or older, have a High School Diploma or GED, and live in the City of Boston or be willing to move to the City of Boston; Morning and Afternoon shifts available. Apply here
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder in which red blood cells may become sickle-shaped and harden. For a baby to be born with sickle cell disease, both parents must carry a sickle cell trait or genes for another hemoglobin like HbC, HbE, or beta-thalassemia. Sickle cell disease is not contagious, and there is no universal cure.

Check out the fact sheet here and view the website here.
The Salvation Army
Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic
Today, September 13, 10 am–5 pm

Join us at the Salvation Army Boston Kroc Center, 650 Dudley Street, Boston, for a Pfizer vaccination. The clinics are open to all Boston students, ages 12 and older, who are accompanied by an adult.

Registration is not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Each person must complete a COVID vaccine consent form with proof of parental consent; the form must be printed and presented at the time of vaccination.

For residents who prefer to schedule their vaccination for another time, visit the website below. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine and additional vaccination offerings at The Dimock Center, please call 617-442-8800 Ext. 2025 or visit dimock.org/vaccine.
Boston Public Library Card
for All Students
BPS students are encouraged to visit a Boston Public Library branch and get a library card. Students can use their BPS student ID number to obtain a pre-registered BPL library card, granting them access to all the services offered to all full-service BPL cardholders.

Visit bpl.org for locations, programs & resources.

Learn more here.
Parent University
Reading & Math Workshops
Starting September 21

Support your student with reading and math zoom workshops.

Register here for English and here for Spanish.

Watch out for other events at bostonpublicschools.org/parentuniversity
Latino Pioneers in Boston Posters Exhibition
September 23, 11 am, Boston City Hall

Celebrate the joy of public art as a gateway to learning about Latino Leaders' presence and hard work in Boston and how they succeeded despite adverse conditions.
Watch a trailer of the Latino Pioneers in Boston documentary here.

Learn more here.
BTU Back to School Book Fair
40,000 free books for BPS families!

September 23, 24, and 25.

Register to receive books here. This form has the location.

Volunteer here to sort books on September 20-22.
Free Homework Help at BPL
Starting Monday, September 20
Monday - Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm

Join the Boston Public Library's Homework Assistance Program, both in-person and online. The program is free and drop-in, with no registration required.

Visit www.bpl.org/homework to see where to join in person or get the link to join the HAP Zoom online.
Hispanic Heritage Celebrations
September 29-March 10

Celebrate the cultural richness of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. These events not only celebrate but also educate and build cultural competency and awareness.

Zoom link here.
Science Club for Girls
Fall programming
Starting in October

These free K-12 Science Club for Girls programs are all via zoom. Choose one of four weekly meeting times: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4-5 pm, and Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 am
All other materials are provided and distributed at a convenient location before the programs begin.  
Apply here.
EmersonWrites Program and Scholarship
Starting October 8 and 9

Emerson College offers free creative writing courses for BPS students.

Courses at Emerson College are in-person and include poetry, flash fiction, genre fiction, and non-fiction, plus an online fiction section. Learn more here. Apply for classes here.

In addition, there is the EmersonWRITES Scholarship in the amount of $30,000 per year to attend Emerson College that is available to students who complete an EmersonWrites course and is admitted to Emerson College.
Story of the Week
Superintendent Cassellius sat down with WBZ's Paula Ebben to discuss our preparations for the new school year and how we are keeping students and staff safe as we reconnect and rebuild the community.

Watch the clip here.
My Way Cafe
My Way Café offers breakfast and lunch, providing students with options for delicious meals at school. 

Your child can design their own breakfast and lunch each day, and our cafeteria staff will ensure that they pick a full range of fruit, vegetables, protein, and grains.

Learn more here.
Route 28 Free Fares
The City of Boston is launching a Route 28 Free Fares pilot from August 29-November 29. 

Route 28 bus riders will be able to board buses at all doors without paying a fare.

Learn more by clicking on the following links:
Local Fresh Food Available to Students
BostonSchools is making locally-grown food accessible to students both on the school menu and at home through programs that foster student interest and engagement in local foods and healthy eating habits. 

Boston Saves
1st and 2nd-grade families:
Save some of your Child Tax Credit and earn up to $50 for your child. 

Many families will get the Child Tax Credit ($250-$300/child) from the government in monthly payments from July-December, 2021.

To help you save this extra money for your child’s future, Boston Saves is offering a limited-time bonus while funds last: Save $50 for your child in July-September and earn $25 for your child. Save $50 again in October-December and earn another $25. 

Learn more here.
Thinking about going back to school as an adult?
The Department of Adult Education at Boston Public Schools offers a variety of programs to help!

Adults looking to go back to school can earn a high school diploma, learn English, train to be a Certified Nursing Assistant, or even work in a professional kitchen.

To learn more about the many opportunities that BPS Adult Ed has to offer, visit: https://bit.ly/BPSAdultEd

Classes begin September 2021.
Tax Credits for Kids
It's not too late to file your taxes. You are eligible for the Child Tax Credit, even if you have no income.

The new child tax credit offers qualifying families up to $3,600 for kids under 6 and $3,000 for kids ages 6 to 17.

There is no minimum income requirement. Families will receive advance payments monthly beginning in July 2021. Claiming the credit will not affect eligibility for other benefits.

Get help at the Greater Boston Legal Services or call 617-603-1510.
New Exam Schools Admissions Policy
On Wednesday, July 14, the Boston School Committee unanimously approved a new admissions policy for the district's three exam schools.

The new policy will begin to impact admissions for the 2022-23 school year.

A fact sheet describing the new policy is available here in multiple languages. In addition, we will continue to provide updates about the new policy at bostonpublicschools.org/exam.
COVID-19 Vaccinations
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