Superintendent's Update

April 8, 2022

Spotlight on Excellence: Ruffin Ridley Readers & Leaders

PSB Spotlight on Excellence - April 7, 2022
This week’s spotlight shines on the Ruffin Ridley Readers & Leaders (RRR&L)! Created by the FRR Equity Parent Advisory Council, this program promotes social justice and equity work by uplifting various identities and perspectives within the Brookline community. Every Wednesday night, the RRR&L host Zoom read-alouds of books and stories, usually with a social justice theme. What started as a family-led initiative has blossomed into a student-led movement. FRR Readers and Leaders move beyond these literacy experiences by connecting to activities outside of the school. The Readers and Leaders made a wonderful presentation when they received their Spotlight on Excellence award on Thursday evening, highlighting many of their recent social action projects. We are so proud of all these Ridley students, staff, and families for volunteering their time to engage in this joyful work! Check out the full presentation of the Spotlight on Excellence here.

Budget Book Version 1.1 Published

We are pleased to present an updated version of the FY2023 Budget Book. Additions to this document include a revised budget narrative, new graphs and tables that provide more details on our budget request, and a glossary of frequently used terms. PSB remains on schedule with the FY2023 budget process. The Brookline School Committee is expected to vote on the final budget in early May, followed by official ratification by Town Meeting Members in the 2022 Spring Town Meeting. The link to the updated file can be found here.

Department Updates: Office of Student Services

Earlier this week, Deputy Superintendent of Student Services Casey Ngo-Miller announced that she will be leaving the district on July 1. Ms. Ngo-Miller is a valuable and integral member of the district leadership team, and we will miss her skills, knowledge and dedicated efforts on behalf of all PSB students. We wish her the very best as she transitions into her role with the Newton Public Schools.

In the coming months, I look forward to working with district and school leaders, the Brookline Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), as well as the Office of Student Services team to determine the best path forward for the leadership of the office.

In addition, the Office of Student Services wants to share with you the full report on Special Education Program Review, initially presented at the School Committee Meeting on March 24. Results from the Program Review will be discussed and incorporated as part of the district-wide strategic planning process to ensure students with disabilities remain a priority in our community. You can read the report in its entirety here.

REMINDER: BA&CE Smart Vacations for April Break

The Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE) recently published its Spring 2022 course catalog. In addition to course offerings such as Eat Like You’re at the US Open, Protecting Yourself from Hackers, and A History of Ukraine and its Relations with Russia, BA&CE is currently holding an online auction for US Open tickets and other fun items. A full list of offerings can be found here.

Finally, BA&CE will also be offering enriching programs for students during all PSB vacation periods - including summers! Join BA&CE for a variety of activities - including Robot Adventures and Parkour - for sessions that work with your schedule for April Vacation. Register online today, or by calling the BA&CE office at (617)-730-2700, extension 0.

Upcoming BHS Performing Arts Events

Tuesday, April 19th, 5-7pm

345 Harvard Street

Brookline, MA

As we have done since the 2020-21 school year, PSB will be working with VaxinateRx and Healthcare Family Pharmacy to host a Pfizer/Moderna COVID vaccine clinic at PSB schools. Vaccination is free for anyone age 5 years or older, regardless of insurance coverage. 1st, 2nd, and/or Booster Shots are available. Scan the QR Code above or visit this link to sign up!

Community Events

Support from the Brookline Community Foundation: The Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) will be hosting a virtual fundraising event on Thursday, April 28, to celebrate the success of BHS students and the impact scholarships have on their educational journeys. Learn how our community can work together to provide students with the resources they need to take the next steps post-graduation and continue to impact the world around them! You can sign up for the event here.

We are also very grateful and excited to have been announced as recipients of the BCF Youth Development Grant! This program aims to ensure equal access to opportunities for all youth in Brookline and to support and enhance the well-being of youth and their families. The Youth Development Grant Program also seeks to promote activities that are inclusive and represent the diversity within the Brookline community, with a focus on Brookline youth whose families earn less than the town’s median annual income or are underserved. These funds will be used to support the Brookline Early Education Program in providing scholarships for income-eligible families to attend their summer enrichment program, and to help the Brookline High School ExCEL Program to create a kitchen within their newly renovated space at Brookline High School to fight food insecurity and empowering youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to be self-reliant when it comes to meal preparation. A big thanks to our community for their continued support of our students, staff, and families! You can see the full list of recipients here.
Front Yard Tree Planting Program: The Brookline Public Works Department is working with residents to identify suitable locations for planting trees in our community. If you believe that your site is a good candidate for this program, the Town will provide the tree and plant it at no cost. Please note that the tree must be completely visible from the street and planted within 20 feet of the sidewalk. The tree will be owned and maintained by the Town for the first five years after planting, and then relinquished to the homeowner’s care and ownership. Learn more and submit an application here.
K-6 students dismissed early on Thursday, 4/14 @ 12:40 p.m.
Schools will be closed from Friday, 4/15 to Friday, 4/22 due to Good Friday and April Vacation.
  • Thursday, April 14 - Early Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences (K-6): K-6 students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m.

  • Friday, April 15 to Friday, April 22 - Schools Closed for Good Friday + April Vacation: In observance of Patriots' Day, district offices will also be closed on Monday, April 18. Students and staff return to school on Monday, April 25.