May 20, 2022
The communication below provides important information from the Public Schools of Brookline.
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Greetings PSB Community,
I am deeply saddened by the tragic shootings that occurred over the past few days. At PSB, we stand and pay respect to the communities in Buffalo, where ten people died and three were wounded in a supermarket; in Orange County, where one person died and five were wounded; multiple recent shootings in Houston and Austin.
It is appalling that we continue to witness these senseless acts, targeted at Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), in our nation with troubling frequency. We acknowledge that racism and discrimination in any form have no place in our society. We also acknowledge that injustice does not always reveal itself through acts of violence; microaggressions, biases, and inequitable systems all contribute to imbalances within our community. Our best plan for dismantling the imbalances is through individual and collective efforts to learn and grow on our own anti-racism and anti-bias journeys.
PSB initiatives such as Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) continue to drive our staff to become more aware and proactive about social justice work and our own intersecting identities. Student voices continue to be centered through increased opportunities for community learning from various perspectives and groups. PSB has many ongoing traditions that allow us to celebrate, uplift, and empower groups that may have felt or feel marginalized; our educational equity website is a newer resource, launched this year. Do take some time to explore this resource.
As we continue to challenge ourselves to support the slow and steady progress in our own growth, I am confident that we will continue to respond and improve upon our work to create and support a safe and inclusive community for all.
Dr. Linus Guillory
Superintendent of Schools
IMPORTANT: Masks REQUIRED in all PSB schools and Town Buildings, effective Monday, May 23
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Health Commissioner Sigalle Reiss announces that the Town of Brookline is reinstating a mask requirement in town-owned buildings where the public gathers, such as the Library, Senior Center, and Public Schools, effective Monday, May 23. This requirement applies to all individuals regardless of vaccination status. The Brookline Health Department envisions this to be a temporary measure and data will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis. You can learn more about the public health order here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine for children aged 5-11. Booster shots are recommended for individuals at least 5 months after they have received their final dose in the primary series. We encourage everyone in our community to receive this booster as soon as they are eligible if they haven’t already.
PSB and the Town of Brookline are also aware that the COVID-19 vaccine may soon be available for children ages 6 months to 5 years old. Families with students in our Early Education (BEEP) program or in other daycare, pre-school, or pre-kindergarten programs should be on the lookout for an update from the Brookline Public Health Department with more information regarding this matter.
This month’s vaccination clinic will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at the Lincoln School (19 Kennard Road) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please make an appointment using this link here. We will continue to offer clinics through the end of the school year and are exploring the possibility of scheduling additional clinics over the summer. More information will be shared once details are confirmed.
Negotiations Update: Brookline School Committee and Brookline Educators Union (BEU)
We are pleased to announce that the Brookline School Committee and Brookline Educators Union (BEU) have agreed on contracts covering 2020 to 2026. More information can be found here.
We want to thank the School Committee and educators union for coming to an agreement. We are extremely grateful for the understanding of our students, staff, and families throughout this process.
Important School Calendar Update
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) mandates that the instructional day lost Monday, May 16th be made-up. Therefore, the last day of school will now be Friday, June 24 (except for Driscoll School). At Driscoll, the last day of school will be Monday, June 27.
Students will be dismissed at noon on June 23 and June 24 (and for Driscoll School, also on June 27). Cafeteria lunches will not be scheduled on these noon dismissal days, but grab-and-go lunches will be available. Please click here for the important details and the updated calendars.
Response Requested: PSB Student Survey on Stress
As part of their service-learning project, Pierce 6th grade student Jonathan Hanna and his classmates would like you to complete a survey on stress! Your answers will be kept anonymous, and will not be used in any way other than for informational purposes for a school project that is also backed by the Town of Brookline. Please feel free to pass this survey along to members of the Brookline community! Click here to complete the survey.
PSB Celebrates Annual DPW Open House
Invitation to join the Brookline Farm to School Team!
Formed in Fall 2021, the Brookline Farm to School initiative is composed of students, PSB staff, and community members who have been working to address the overlapping concerns of climate change, inequity in the food system, and the health and well-being of the school community in three main ways. As part of the Massachusetts Farm to Schools Initiative, Brookline Farm to School is looking to expand their team with community volunteers who have a range of experience and expertise, and are interested in joining one of our three initiative groups:
Curriculum: Connect classrooms to school gardens
Cafeteria: Connect directly with Massachusetts farms to provide fresh, locally grown foods that inspire freshly prepared meals that reflect our diverse school community.
Community: Engage the broader community to actively support farm to school initiatives
Brookline Farm to School is especially interested to include team members with experience in at least one of the following areas: racial equity, gardening, composting, restaurant industry, farming or farm procurement, education, grant writing, nutrition, sustainability and food security. Enthusiasm and a willingness to collaborate are most important. Interested parties are invited to apply through the following online form. To learn more, please contact: email@example.com or visit the Public Schools of Brookline Farm to School initiative here.
You are also invited to attend the Brookline Farm to School Welcome Event at Brookline High School on Wednesday, June 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments and a presentation on the initiative
REMINDER: Please Complete the SY2022-23 Enrollment Survey
If you haven't already, we ask that you complete the enrollment survey in the Aspen Parent Portal by Monday, May 23, and inform PSB of your family's preliminary considerations for the 2022-23 School Year. Completing this survey will help facilitate your student(s) class placement for the upcoming school year. More information on the survey can be found here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our enrollment team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (617) 264-6492.
Upcoming BHS Performing Arts Events
Tickets and more information can be found on the Brookline Friends of Performing Arts (FOPA) website.
The BHS Drama Society's annual Student Directed Festival is Saturday, May 21st! Come for a day of nine fun-filled, twenty-minute plays all directed by students. We have a range of comedies and dramas that are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat all day, and a buffet of themed concessions baked by each show.
Save the Date: Celebrate the Expanded and Renovated BHS Campus
Wednesday, June 8th, 4:30-6:30pm
22 Tappan Street
Hot Weather Safety Tips: Heat Advisory this Weekend: With temperatures this weekend forecast to be the highest yet this season, the Brookline Emergency Management Team would like to remind residents to take safety precautions during activities during hot weather, especially those that take place outdoors.
Brookline is expected to experience unseasonably hot weather Saturday and Sunday with temperatures reaching into the 90s. A heat advisory will be in effect regionally from Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 a.m. until Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. The town has decided to open several water play areas in parks early this year due to the expected high temperatures.
Water play areas will be open in the following locations:
- Waldstein Playground (Dean Road and Strathmore Rd/Clinton Path)
- Soule Early Childhood Center (Hammond Street)
- Harry Downes Playground (Pond Avenue and Jamaica Road)
- Emerson Garden (Davis Avenue and Waverly Street)
- Winthrop Square (St Paul and Freeman Streets)
- Billy Ward Playground (Aspinwall Avenue and Brook Street)
- Clark Playground (Cypress and Edwin Streets)
- Robinson Playground (Cypress and Franklin Streets)
- Coolidge Playground (Columbia and Kenwood Streets)
- Lawton Playground (Lawton Street)
- Corey Hill Playground (Summit Avenue)
- Juniper Playground (Juniper Streets)
- Warren/Eliot Playground (Eliot Street and Ackers Avenue)
12th Annual Brookline Youth Awards: Presented by the Brookline Hub, the Brookline Youth Awards is an opportunity for Brookline residents to hear about the character, challenges, and dreams of its young people as well as adults dedicated to their success. This annual event celebrates Brookline students between 13 and 19 years old for their outstanding in-school and out-of-school achievements, courage in overcoming adversity or helping others do the same, and displaying exceptional kindness, character, and generosity of spirit. The Youth Awards also recognizes adults over the years who have inspired young people and their community, either in their roles as parents, business leaders, or social justice advocates.