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Boston Public Schools Weekly Update
March 1, 2021
March is Women's History Month

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Timeline for Returning to In-Person Learning
Welcome K0 - Grade 3 Students Back to School!

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

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

**Please be aware that No Visitors are Allowed into the school buildings. This includes family members and school Partners. Students and staff must wear a mask. Please follow these guidelines.

View the results of Indoor Air Quality tests here and Building Readiness Reports here.
School Registration Season
February 8-April 5 - Register your student for K2 and all other grades.

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.

Welcome Centers Open Monday, March 1
The Welcome Centers in Dorchester, East Boston, and Roslindale open today, Monday, March 1, by appointment only. Learn more about Welcome Center office hours and how to make an appointment by clicking here.
BPS Moves Together Physical Activity Series
Don’t miss the BPS Moves Together Physical Activity Series.

Virtual sessions begin this week and are free to the BPS community. Click the Zoom link on the webpage for some physically active fun for students and families. This week’s sessions are Yoga, HIIT, Fitness Challenges, and Dance. Click here for more information and to view the schedule.

Email Sravanthy Gumidyala with questions.
Labyrinth Walking: The Power & Health Benefits
Wednesday, March 3, 5:00 pm

Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH, an expert in stress management and resiliency, shares ways to reduce and manage stress, especially timely as the pandemic has created a great deal of stress and anxiety for students, teachers, and families.
Join us on Zoom here.

Photo Courtesy: Peter Vanderwarker
Reimagine Multilingual Learning: Cabo Verdean Community Conversation
Thursday, March 4, 5:00-6:30 pm

Join us for an update on the Cabo Verdean Dual Language Program and to share feedback on the Roadmap for Quality Education for Multilingual Learning. This meeting is part of a larger series of meetings in which we are beginning to reimagine the Office of English Learners.  

Register here and view our website here for more information. Interpretation is provided in Cabo Verdean Kriolu
Summer Journalism Workshop
Deadline is March 15

The New England High School Journalism Collaborative has an all-expense-paid summer workshop for students interested in journalism.

The workshop is June 19-26 and is fully remote, however there will be opportunities to meet with professional journalists from top news organizations, including The Boston Globe. A college scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

Apply now here.
The Red Sox Foundation
The Red Sox Foundation is accepting applications for their award-winning Red Sox Scholars program, which provides $10,000 scholarships to 12 BPS 7th-graders each year. The application is due March 26. Learn more and apply here.

The Red Sox Foundation also provides access to resources to stay connection with baseball and softball off the field and at home with the vRBI program. Check in often for updated resources.
Joseph Lee K-8 Black History Month Art Show
Check out the amazing artwork created by students, staff, and families in the Joseph Lee community in honor of Black History Month through a virtual self-guided tour here. Kudos to the Family Liaison and the students and staff of Lee K-8!

Check out the art show and other BHM events and programs here.
Story of the Week
Boston Public Schools Receives Over 900 Instruments and Accessories Valued at Over $500K From StubHub

The gift - made possible by StubHub’s multi-year partnership with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation - kicks off a community-wide effort to enhance music education programming across Boston Public Schools, including partnerships with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Community Music Center of Boston, New England Conservatory of Music, Zumix and EdVestors.

Read more here.
BPS students from the Mario Umana Academy in East Boston show off their new instruments.
HTech at Brown University
Families, are you looking for educational ways to keep your kids occupied during remote instruction? The folks at HTech, a Brown University engineering group, created a Rube Goldberg-style creative project to bring fun and hands-on STEM learning to virtual school. Check out the project website here. Check out this overview!
EdVestors Math Website
For families to help them better understand and navigate the "new math" kids are learning in schools.

The website serves as a map to show parents where kids are coming from and where they are going as they move through each year's math learning and content.

Click here for the website.
Boston Public Library
To Go
Did you know you can still check out items from the library? The Boston Public Library’s program, BPL To Go, allows patrons to place holds on physical items such as books, DVDs, and CDs. This can be done on the BPL website or by phone. 

Patrons can safely pick up items from any open BPL location and return them in designated bins. More information is available on the BPL website.
Free Tax Preparation
The Boston Tax Help Coalition provides free, reliable tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers to families that earned $57,000 or less in 2020. This year, tax sites provide virtual or drop off services by appointment only. Visit bostontaxhelp.org to learn what to bring and find the location most convenient to you.
Be Responsible!
BPS Acceptable Use Policy for Technology
Stay safe online by following the BPS Acceptable Use Policy for Technology. Check out this new video playlist.

For more information: Nick Gonzales, ngonzales@bostonpublicschools.org
Upcoming Events with Parent University
Family Music & Movement
March 3
Latin Night with the Boston Music Project. An evening of latin music and dance featuring jazz violinist Sébastien Ridoré and dancer Katie Moncebaiz as they lead you through various styles of latin dance from merengue, bachata, and salsa. 7-8pm via Zoom.

Family Painting Fun
March 24, April 7, April 21, May 19 & June 16
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.  
Positive Solutions for Families
Tuesdays, March 2 to April 6
Learn how to promote children's social and emotional skills, understand their problem behavior, and use positive approaches to help children learn appropriate behavior. 

Register for all Parent University programs here.
Stay Active
BPS Moves Together has free series for the BPS community. Join through Zoom for some physically active fun! View the schedule here. Watch daily workouts on BNN.
Playworks New England is on Facebook! Playworks coaches lead a warmup, game, and cool down for recess on Saturday mornings. Parents can join along!
Hero Kids Sports Free Sports and Fitness at the Julia Butler Center. Ages 7-12, Wednesdays from 4-4:30 pm. Call 617-520-4882 or email coachreid@herokidsports.com
Homework Help
ExtraHelp on BNN is a weekly, live, homework television series developed to help Boston students.
PieRSquared offers free tutoring 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.
Great Resources
BPS Hotline - 617-635-8873
Call the helpline Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
for questions and information on resources
available to BPS families. 
Help is available in Arabic, Cabo Verdean Creole, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Russian, Somali,
Spanish, and Vietnamese.