Avery Moments

May 1, 2021

Dear Avery Families,

It is hard to believe we are already in May! The year is flying by, but there is still so much in the days ahead this month.

May 2- Avery Chalk it Up for the Teachers

May 3-

  • Pooled Testing
  • Picture Day
  • Courageous Conversations About Race in Dedham 7 p.m.

May 3-7- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4 -Bot! The Secret World of Robots Assembly 10 a.m.

May 10-14-Avery Cultural Week-Arabiqa-Karim Nagi Assembly

May 10-Shaw Pong Liu Assembly 1:45 p.m.

May 11-

  • Avery PTO Meeting 7 p.m.
  • Gr. 5 Parent Meeting 6:30 p.m.

May 12- Early Release Day

May 14-Avery Cultural Picnic Night

May 18-June 1- MCAS

As always, thank you for your support and partnership.



Big picture

Please complete the Student Health Attestation by Sunday, May 2 at 6 p.m.

Picture Day- May 3

All students will have their picture taken.

If you wish to purchase a package the payment must be with the order form at the time pictures are taken or you can oder pictures online at: mylifetouch.com You must us the Picture Day Id : EVTM94TFH

Remote students may also participate in Picture Day. Please call the school for information and to schedule a time to come in. Also, if you would like an original copy of the flyer and order form please call me at 781-310-5501 and you may pick one up at doon number #1.

COVID-19 Pooled Testing Program

Our pooled testing is going very well. This is an easy way to continue to keep all safe and healthy at Avery. If you have not already, please consider signing your child up. Click here; it takes less than 5 minutes. You’ll need our district code: dendrite-dedham.

For more information about the program, visit our district website. Emily Kadehjian, our District COVID Testing Coordinator is very happy to answer any questions you may hav-. ekadehjian@dedham.k12.ma.us; 781-223-7596.

Courageous Conversations About Race in Dedham-May 3

Opening Remarks from Moderator/Guest Speaker: Colette Phillips, President & CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc.

Panel Introductions:

  • Chief of Police, Michael D’Entremont
  • Town Manager, Leon Goodwin
  • Select Board Vice Chair, Dimitria Sullivan
  • School Committee member, Victor Hebert
  • Human Rights Commission Chair, Joseph Borsellino
  • Asian American resident, Philjay Solar
  • Jewish American resident, James Kaufman
  • African American resident, Tracey Franklin
  • Latino American resident, Claudio Sierra

Open Discussion #1:

Open discussion and questions from attendees to panelists and moderator

Breakout Sessions (45 minutes):

Attendee will be the focus of open conversations and the panelists will be listeners and facilitators. Each breakdown room session should strive to produce two recommendations as to what actions Dedham can take to best achieve productive race and ethnic relations in our Town. The breakout sessions will communicate their recommendations to Ms. Phillips who will recall the panel for open discussion of the recommendations.

Breakout Session #1 (15 minutes):

  1. Town/Government
  2. Education
  3. Public Safety
  4. HRC/Community General Discussion

Breakout Session #2 (15 minutes):

  1. Town/Government
  2. Education
  3. Public Safety
  4. HRC/Community General Discussion

Breakout Session #3 (15 minutes):

  1. Town/Government
  2. Education
  3. Public Safety
  4. HRC/Community General Discussion

Open Discussion #2:

Attendees will return to open discussion following the second round of breakout sessions to share feedback with the moderator. The moderator will help facilitate the discussion to culminate in recommendations for next steps the Town of Dedham can take toward building an inclusive future.

Closing Remarks

To Register for this event, click here.

Avery Cultural Week-May 10- May 14

The PTOs of the Dedham Public Elementary Schools and ECEC have come together to share a Virtual Cultural Celebration Week. We hope to highlight the amazing diversity of our town and schools. To make this a successful event, we will need lots of participation from you, our families! More information to come—but for now— please help us with the following:

• Submit a special Family Recipe from your culture by May 3rd for our Town-Wide Cookbook • Click HERE to add to our town-wide cookbook

• Post a flag in your front window for our Town-Wide Flag Hunt game • Click HERE if you would like to add to our scavenger hunt

• Record a FlipGrid video for our Town-wide Story FlipGrid. Log into FlipGrid and record a video of your family reading a book or telling a story that expresses culture or traditions you admire and want to share by May 3rd

• Be creative, respectful and have fun. Videos must be 10 mins or less.

• How to use Flip Grid Video below: Please enter Students Name (not book) and the Culture of origin in the description box. • https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jlTILY3x7pnampL1lxMEU9ocAJs2NhYk/view

Avery's Cultural Night Picnic

When: Friday May 14th Free family event; PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

Where: Practice field next to Avery’s upper playground

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

● Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and have fun celebrating with other families!

● Entertainment from Avery parent MC Host Valcin, arts and crafts and a frozen treat for the kids!

● Please RSVP using this link.

● Event limited to 150 people due to Covid restrictions.

● Families need to follow social distancing guidelines.

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Lyman at eslyman@gmail.com (917-371-6733) or Mary Gallagher at mgallagher@dedham.k12.ma.us (323-337-8185)

Spring MCAS

May 18th - 3rd grade ELA

May 25th - 3rd grade Math

May 19th - 4th grade ELA

May 26th - 4th grade Math

May 20th - 5th grade ELA

May 27th - 5th grade Math

June 1 - 5th grade Science

Please avoid planning any appointments or trips on these dates. We have pushed the assessments back as far as possible and have a short window for make-ups.

Dedham Fine Arts Updates

The Fine Arts Department would like you to be aware of several upcoming events this Spring. Click here to learn more.