Malden Family Connection, Vol. 5

The Newsletter of Malden Title I Department

January 2022

Happy 2022! We here at the Title I department wish you and your family much health and happiness this new year. Although we enter this year with as much uncertainty as the last, we are still committed to ensuring all our MPS students are provided with rigorous and equitable literacy instruction, as well as supporting our families. Our coaches, teachers, and other school-based staff are planning their instruction and interventions based on the winter benchmark assessments we conducted in December, and we continue to strive to provide our students with safe, caring, and trauma-informed learning environments.

We hope you can join us for our Title I ‘Magic Show’ nights at each of the 5 K-8 schools over the next few months. **PLEASE NOTE: These Magic Show nights have been postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 surge.** Professional magician Mike Bent will conduct a Magic Show for families, while children will simultaneously be able to conduct their own ‘magic’ activities. Pizza and drinks will be served, and there will be a book distribution at the end of the evening. Masks are required. Please look out for a flyer for your children’s respective school approximately a week before the event. We will keep you posted when we finalize dates based on current health climates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or wonderings. We are here to support you in any way!

In Partnership,

Victoria Mulkern, Director of Literacy and Title I


National Braille Literacy Month

This month, we here in MPS celebrate National Braille Literacy Month (1/1-1/31). Braille, first developed by Louis Braille in 1821, is a system of touch reading and writing in which raised dots represent the letters of the alphabet and numbers, as well as music notes and symbols. Braille provides blind individuals access to a wide range of reading materials—educational and recreational reading, informational manuals, and cultural enrichment texts such as music scores, hymnals, playing cards, and board games. Reading books about the history and functions of Braille helps many students to see ‘windows’ --perspectives and experiences different from their own. If you would like to continue the learning about Braille at home with your child, some wonderful titles to begin with include Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille, Sounds Like, and Brian’s Bird. We look forward to hearing about your collective learning about this system!

For a collection of kid-friendly activities designed to teach students the numbers and alphabet in Braille, please refer to this link by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.

January Literacy Calendar

Each month, the Title I department will send out both a hardcopy and electronic version of a literacy calendar to all of our K-8 Malden families. These calendars have activities/games in which to engage each day of the month, encompassing all the domains of literacy, as well as numeracy. Feel free to engage in as many or as few of these activities as you would like. Send us photos/videos of your families engaging in the fun!


'Math Night' Presentation

Thank you to all those who joined us for our title I 'Math Night' on Tuesday, December 7th at the Salemwood. We had a wonderful crowd, and great learning and fun was had by all!

Link to Math coaches' presentation: HERE.

Updates from the Field of Reading


Beebe Title I Magic Show - **POSTPONED**

Wednesday, Jan. 19th, 6pm

401 Pleasant Street

Malden, MA

Salemwood Title I Magic Show - **POSTPONED**

Monday, Jan. 24th, 6pm

529 Salem Street

Malden, MA

Forestdale Title I Magic Show - **POSTPONED**

Wednesday, Jan. 26th, 6pm

74 Sylvan Street

Malden, MA

Linden Title I Magic Show - **POSTPONED**

Monday, Jan. 31st, 6pm

29 Wescott Street

Malden, MA

Ferryway Title I Magic Show - **POSTPONED**

Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, 6pm

150 Cross Street

Malden, MA