Barbieri Bulletin

Family Edition: December 13, 2020


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Message from the Principal

Dear Barbieri Families,

As we continue to see an increase in COVID-19 cases in our community we urge you to continue to practice social distancing, frequent hand-washing, frequent sanitizing and wear masks. Our teachers have been encouraged to work from home whenever possible. We need to continue to reduce risk and exposure in all of our schools and community.

Our administrative team continues to plan closely with other elementary administrators and senior leaders for a potential January return. We reviewed the responses from our families for the Return to Learn survey and our team reached out to families last week to gather more responses, we will do the same this week. If you have not submitted a response and we have not called you yet, please feel free to reach out to the main office to provide your responses, we appreciate it!

We had another successful distribution day at Barbieri last Friday! Thank you Cristina Sandza-Donovan, gr. 5 teacher and administrative intern, for assisting the administrative team during both sessions on Friday!

Cuidense mucho,


Jocelynne MacKay, Grade 2 Barbieri Teacher, is featured in the Metrowest Daily News!

Message from Barbieri Family CARES Committee...

There is still time to provide holiday support to our Barbieri Commuity members in need...

If you'd still like to donate, please feel free to do so! Any gift cards not shared before winter break will be saved in our emergency fund to help when difficult situations arise during other times of the year. Gift cards to Target, Wal-mart, Stop and Shop and Market Basket can be mailed to Tracy Gabriel's attention at Barbieri School. Tracy Gabriel is a Barbieri School Social Worker.

Thank you for your amazing generosity, kindness and love!


FPS will pilot a COVID-testing program for employees. Testing will be available to staff who are regularly in-person. The purpose of this program is to stop the spread in our school buildings/community and try to reduce the risk for those who work in-person. More information to follow regarding scheduling/sites.


Parent Conferences 12/17 (Jan. 7th and 14th)

We will continue to host parent conferences on 12/17. Conferences should occur 12:30PM -3:50PM. Please reach out to your child's/children's teacher if you have not yet scheduled a conference.

We have TWO MORE scheduled conference dates on January 7th and 14th!

FPS Meals Distribution

  • Food pick-up time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Locations: All Schools (BLOCKS at Juniper Hill, Barbieri, Brophy, Cameron, Dunning, FHS, FHS Thayer Campus, Fuller, Hemenway, King, McCarthy, Potter Road, Stapleton, Walsh, Woodrow Wilson)
  • Is there a cost for families? No
  • Which families can pick up meals? All families. Meals are not limited to Free & Reduced families. Any family can get food! (Meals are for school age children between the ages of 5 years old to 18 years old)
  • Do students have to be in the vehicle when families pick up meals? No
  • Can families pick up multiple meals? Yes
  • Do families have to pick up meals from the school their child attends? No


As our young hawks continue to engage in virtual learning via our Google Classrooms we ask that you continue a gradual release of support. We completely understand that our littlest hawks are still adapting to this environment and that your support is critical for our students and teachers but we do believe that we have come to a place where families can start to explore a balance on what fits best for their families. Can you support with technology at the beginning of class and provide some time alone to allow the student to begin to mute/unmute on their own? Can the student log in on their own? You should continue to monitor your child’s engagement yet adopt a more hands-off and gradual release of responsibility. At this point, teachers would find it most helpful for parents to step back and allow the student to participate/respond/produce independently, as best as they can. In this way, teachers will be able to accurately gauge students' levels and skills and develop plans for more targeted instruction.

Lastly, there are many assessments being administered via this virtual setting and we ask that you limit the help you provide to your child/children. Please help with technology, but refrain from helping with actual responses to questions. When you assist your child/children with actual responses it prevents the teacher from being able to gather information specific to your child's/children's ability. This information is critical to the teacher when supporting your child/children and although we acknowledge its' not an accurate depiction of your child's/children's ability, it is a snapshot and helpful information to the teacher.

Some tips:

  • Do your best to create a tranquil ‘school-like’ learning environment at home
  • Limit/remove distractions (electronics, TV, background conversations)
  • District mandated assessments are underway and these assessments require that students give their own responses.

NEW Barbieri Family Members

Mr. Eduardo Betancourt

joins our family to serve as a long term Special Education Assistant in grades 4 and 5. He is covering for Ms. Jessica Torres as she covers for Ms. Katy Shander- Reynolds in grade 4.

Ms. Aura Pereira

joins our family to serve as a Bilingual Campus Aide. Aura will assist us with connecting with families, daily chrome books exchanges, distribution days, etc.

Mrs. Barbara Garcia

joins our family again and this time she will serve as an Interventionist alongside Laura and Kerry!

Bienvenidos a todos a la familia Barbieri!

Counselor's Corner

With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to share with you some information from the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café at Park located at 46 Park Street. This wonderful organization provides monthly groceries to the residents in our city that are in need. Individuals and families in need are provided with nutritious foods monthly like chicken and fish, produce, dairy, bread and grocery items to prepare meals at home.

To register and pick up groceries each month, please come to the pantry, with a photo ID (if available) between the hours of:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-1pm

Wednesday 5-7pm

For take out Meals no registration is required. Below are the times for take out meals.

Monday-Friday 5:30-7pm

Saturday-Sunday 12-1pm

As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns that we can help you with.

Liannys Alvarez

School Counselor

Library Books

Due to the new full remote teaching and learning model we will no longer accept the return of Library Books. Please keep them stored safely at home. We hope to resume the return and circulation of books soon! Safety first!



  • 16th- School Council Meeting 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 17th- Half Day- dismissal at 12PM, Parent Conferences 12:30PM-3:50PM
  • 24th-31st- Winter Recess (Happy Holidays! BE SAFE!)

  • 4th- Back to School
  • 7th- Half Day- dismissal at 12PM, Parent Conferences 12:30PM-3:50PM
  • 14th- Half Day- dismissal at 12PM, Parent Conferences 12:30PM-3:50PM
  • 18th- NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 19th- NO SCHOOL, Professional Development Day
  • 20th- School Council Meeting 8:00AM-9:00AM