The Monthly Phoenix Newsletter

November, 2021

A note from Mr. Silverman

Hello ESCS Families,

It’s hard to believe we’re well into December already! I am extremely proud of the effort, perseverance, and achievement I’m seeing from our students in yet another unusual school year! As we head into the holiday season, I am very grateful to be a part of such a strong and caring community.

As you know, with the exception of rainy days, our students have been eating lunch outdoors. But with along with the holiday season, colder weather has arrived. In the coming days, students in grades 1-8 will begin eating lunch in the cafeteria. (Kindergarten students will eat lunch in their classrooms). To promote safer distancing, we will be operating the cafeteria at half capacity. Instead of seating eight students to each table, we will seat a maximum of four. With this configuration, we can accommodate one grade level in the cafeteria at a time. Students in grades 1, 2, 5, and 7 will eat lunch before going out to recess, while students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 8 will play outside before coming in to the cafeteria to eat. Lunch and recess will each be 15 minutes. In case of rain, extreme cold, or unsafe playground conditions, one grade level will eat in the hallway outside the cafeteria, while the other grade eats in the cafeteria. This will alternate on each day of inclement weather. To allow for contact tracing when necessary, each student will be assigned to a specific table and seat in the cafeteria.

Since lunchtime is an important social time for students, and students will not be able to choose their own seats on a daily basis, we are working hard to take student preference into account when assigning seats. All students were asked to fill out an index card naming 3-4 students with whom they would prefer to sit during lunch. Each student is then guaranteed to be seated with at least one of those students. In the lower grade levels, teachers are assisting students with this process, and using their own knowledge of positive peer relationships to create groupings.

As with all new procedures, this procedure may require adjustments along the way. Our community has shown great flexibility and patience over the last two years, and I have no doubt they will continue to do so.

Happy Holidays!

~Mr Silverman

Assistant Principal

Staff Update

Staff Update:

Paula Lynch (2nd-grade teacher) will be retiring at the end of December. We are grateful for Paula's contribution to ESCS and SPS. We wish Paula continued good health and enjoyable retirement.

We will welcome Maisy Bolgatz to ESCS as a 2nd-grade teacher on January 3, 2022. Maisy is thrilled to be joining the ESCS family. She moved to the area from Oakland, California where she spent three years teaching second grade. Maisy received a master's in education from the University of California at Berkeley. When she is not in the classroom, Maisy loves spending time outside with her dog, Olive.

Turkey Bowl

Faculty Thanksgiving Potluck

As we all know, this year has been very difficult returning to school after approximately 20 months of virtual learning. We understand the importance of building community and gathering around the table. In the month of November our teachers demonstrated gratitude with a spirit of Thanksgiving.

PTA Updates

PTA Updates

We're planning a busy winter! Here’s what the PTA is up to, and how you can help:

  • Free Book Wednesdays will continue as long as the weather holds, 7:30-8:30 a.m. in front of the school. Email to volunteer your help.

  • Get help scheduling COVID vaccines. Padres Latinos is working with the City of Somerville to find vaccine appointments for families in need. Please fill out this form to request vaccine scheduling help:

  • In-school volunteers needed! Give tours to prospective families, prep classroom materials, read to students, and more. Must be fully vaccinated and fill out a CORI release. Contact Sandra Morales,, to get started.

  • Children’s winter coats needed ASAP. Clean and in good condition only. Drop off in main office.

  • Join the ESCS Penny Challenge! We need 37 large buckets to kick off our holiday penny challenge. Email if you have a bucket to donate. Once we have enough buckets, each classroom will collect pennies to support ESCS families in need this winter. Collection will run through Wednesday, December 22. The grade with the most pennies wins an ice cream party on Thursday, December 23.

  • The Flatbread Fundraiser scheduled for November 30 had to be postponed due to a restaurant staffing issue. We’ll announce the new date soon. In the meantime, please consider giving directly to the PTA:

ESCS Leadership Visits Raices Elementary School in Rhode Island

Unidos has adopted and implemented American Reading Company as the new Curriculum. The leadership was presented a great opportunity of visiting Raices Elementary School in Rhode Island to see year 4 of implementation. At this visit, the leadership team was able to visit classrooms, speak with teachers and debrief the many different ways we can continue to support our Unidos students.


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Looking Ahead

December 13 - Kindergarten Virtual Open House

December 14 - El Sistema Concert - virtual

December 24 - January 2- No School

January 3 - Students return from break

January 12 - Half day - Noon dismissal

January 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - no school

January 24 - End of the 2nd Term

January 26 - Half day - Noon dismissal

January 31 - ESCS Music Department Concert - virtual

February 4 - Report Cards

February 15 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm)

East Somerville Community School

50 Cross Street

Somerville, MA 02145

(617) 629-5400


Obed Morales, Principal

Erick Pagan, Assistant Principal

Larry Silverman, Assistant Principal