The Coolidge Weekly Newsletter

The Week of December 9

Brought to you by Sarah Marchant, Principal


The Week Ahead at Coolidge

Monday, December 9 (Day 6)

  • 6:30 - 7:30: "How to Have the Talk" (about sex) presentation & discussion, Reading Public Library. For more information, click here or see the flyer below!

Tuesday, December 10 (Day 1)

  • 2-D Art field trip (9:00 - 12:50)
Wednesday, December 11 (Day 2)
  • Early Release/ 1:00 Dismissal.
  • SEPAC meeting (6:30 PM, RMHS Library) (more info below)
  • Chipotle Fundraiser to benefit the Coolidge PTO (Walkers Brook Drive): 4:00 - 8:00. Bring this flyer with you (digitally or in person)!
Thursday, December 12 (Day 3)

Friday, December 13 (Day 4)

Looking Ahead... (Dates of Note)

December 16:

  • Acapella and chime choir performances @ local senior centers.
  • Chipotle fundraiser to benefit the Coolidge Science Olympiad Team (4 - 8 PM, Walkers Brook Drive). Click on the flyer here for more information!

December 17: Team Voyager field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts (Groups 64 & 65)

December 18: Team Voyager field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts (Groups 63 & 66)

December 19:

  • Team Explorer field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts (Groups 61 & 62)
  • 7th grade field trip: A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theater)
December 21 - January 1: Winter break

January 2: School resumes

January 8: Early Release (1:00 Dismissal)

January 17: Early Release (11:00 Dismissal)

January 17 - 19: Coolidge Musical

January 24: End of Term 2/ Semester 1

January 27: Start of Term 3/ Semester 2 (Day 1 of cycle)

January 29: Early Release (1:00 Dismissal)

Challenge Day Success and Thanks!

This past week, our 8th graders participated in "Challenge Day". It was a tremendous success, one in which participants listened to each other, built empathy and understanding for each other, and where students realized that no one is alone with whatever they may be dealing with or feeling, and we as a community are stronger when we support each other.

This day wouldn't have been possible without:

  • A grant from Pegasus Springs, which we received this year to support social-emotional opportunities. This grant will cover the cost of Challenge Day, our upcoming speaker (February) Mykee Fowlin (both middle schools will have a presentation and there will also be a community presentation in the evening), and the cost of being official members of the ADL's Peer Leader program.
  • Adult participants: Challenge Day itself requires a 4:1 student:adult ratio. So the participation of adults is critical in our ability to hold the day(s). This includes Coolidge staff members, parents, other school administration, RMHS staff (who start to get to know our students), and school resource officers. Special thanks to all of the adults who participated! And for those who may consider it for the future, please know we welcome you with open arms!
  • One of our Challenge Days was supposed to be on Tuesday, but due to the cancellation of school due to snow, it was moved to Friday. These days normally take a LOT of planning in order to organize enough adults to participate and also to get substitutes/ coverage for those adults who are from our building. Moving the day had a huge impact on this organization. SO MANY staff members in our building stepped up to help to make the shift happen. Staff offered to participate in the day. Others offered to cover classes when they had a free block. Paraeducators taught classes. It was an amazing effort across the board, one that was made possible through the shared mentality that this is important! Special thanks for Ms. Karow, who put together the pieces of the coverage puzzle!

Holiday Concert: What an Amazing Night!

This past Wednesday evening, Coolidge students performed in the 6th and 7th/8th grade holiday concerts. It was such a special and fun night, one that always fills the heart and spirit. The students worked so diligently to prepare, and did such a wonderful job. Our music and arts program across the district is so strong... it's amazing in middle school to hear how much the students learn and all they are able to do! Special thanks for the leadership of our band director, Cheryl Webster, and our new chorus director (and music teacher), Lisa Wistrom!

Festival of Trees: Coolidge Provides a "Breakfast Themed" tree!

Special thanks to all of the donations for our Coolidge "Breakfast Tree" that was donated to the REF Festival of Trees this weekend! We received over $350 worth of gift cards to local restaurants and coffee shops, along with cute decorative breakfast-themed items as well as breakfast items! The tree will be raffled off this weekend! And if you are reading this before 10:30 AM on Sunday, some of our Coolidge students are performing at 10:30 at the Festival of Trees!

SEPAC Meeting: December 10

The SEPAC's next business meeting is Tuesday, December 10th, at 7:00 p.m., in the RMHS library media center. A representative from the DESE (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) is scheduled to present about the new Tiered Focused Monitoring (TFM) parent information plan. There will also be time for public comment.

For a more detailed agenda, please click here:

To learn more about the SEPAC, please click here:

Coolidge Community Service

Through classes and our Advisory program, students are often participating in community service opportunities. We want parents to be aware of these ongoing efforts as they change/ evolve! I will keep this section updated, putting in bold new opportunities.
  • Used-up Markers (for recycling)
  • Pull tabs (from cans) for Shriner's.
  • Plastic film recycling. Click here for what is accepted. We have collected 30 pounds of plastics so far!!

Parent Enrichment/ Learning Opportunities

"How to talk to your kids about sex" (December 9!)

The purpose of this information session is to give support to parents about how to talk to their kids about sex, what topics to cover at what age/developmental level and how to respond to common questions. We will also give tips and trick on when/where/how to have the talk with your child. We welcome parents of children of ALL ages to this talk, as information early on has proven to reduce risk-taking behaviors. This is presented by Lauren Sabella, our District Director of Behavioral Health.

Coolidge Spirit Wear: Show Your School Pride and Support the PTO!

Show your Coolidge pride by donning gear with the Coolidge logo! There is something for everyone at our Coolidge Spirit Wear store. Check it out! Proceeds (approximately $5 per item) will go to the Coolidge PTO. Copy and paste this link to start shopping:

Contact Us

Sarah Marchant, Principal (x1301)

Brienne Karow, Assistant Principal (x1302)

Marianna Zanni, Administrative Assistant (x1303)

Karen Mungenast, School Secretary (x1304)

Cindy Ventura, School Nurse (x1305)