The Coolidge Family Newsletter
Weekly Update: November 8, 2021
Brought to you by Sarah Marchant, Principal
A Message from Principal Marchant
I am always working as an administrator to make Coolidge the most inclusive place it can be. To me, this means we are working to create an environment where all students (and all members of our community!) feel a sense of belonging; see themselves reflected in our culture and community; feel accepted and celebrated for all of who they are; and where all feel as if they are able to meet their full potential. Opportunities such as this one allow me to learn more about our community, and better help me to support all members to be feel seen and respected!
The Vision Statement of CATO:
The Coalition of Us (CATO) is dedicated to creating social awareness, opportunities, and support for people of color by nurturing collaboration with multiple organizations and engaging diverse people in planning and participating in events, programs and educational curriculum.
CATO’s vision is to see a more diverse atmosphere through means of equity in Reading, Massachusetts in order to set an example for the rest of the country. That despite a town whose demographics comprise 92.4% White, 0.8% Black/African American, 0.1% Native American, 4.2% Asian, that minorities and people of color are equally represented in every aspect of the town.
Upcoming Dates of Note
November 9: Visit from Essex Tech to overview the program (8th graders during Advisory).
November 11: No School (Veterans Day)
November 19: No School for Students/ Middle Level PD
November 20: Essex Tech Open House.
November 24: Turkey Toss finals @ Coolidge. 11:00 Release.
December 3: Early Release (12:30)
December 3: Vaccination clinic (1:00 - 5:00) at Coolidge. To sign up yourself or your child, please click here. These can be for the first, second, or booster shots of Pfizer. (including 5-11 age range.)
December 4: SAVE THE DATE! Make-it-easy SATURDAY at the Mandarin, Reading! 20% of proceeds will go to the Coolidge PTO!
December 6: The 6th grade is walking up to RMHS periods 1-3
December 7: The 7/8 grade is going up to RMHS period 1-3
December 7: Coolidge Winter Concert
To access the District Calendar, click here. Please make note of the middle level early release dates, which are marked in blue.
For a full list of ALL important Coolidge dates at Coolidge (printable for your fridge), click here.
Covid Cases at Coolidge: Week of 10/25 Recap
Spirit Friday: Halloween Winners!
- Ms. Pelletier's homeroom, who won the Homeroom Crown of Spirt,
- Ms. Jacobsmeier's homeroom, who won the Homeroom Belt of Pride.
- Honorable mention to the Spagnolo twins and the "Fake News" team for their creative group costumes!
Veterans Day: Share Your Experience!
Who can make a video?
- Someone related to a Coolidge student or Coolidge staff member who is actively or formerly in the military.
- Someone in the Coolidge community who wants to talk about a family member who is in the military (student, parent/caregiver, staff member, etc).
To participate, please follow these guidelines:
- Video record in LANDSCAPE mode.
- Talk loudly and clearly.
- Tell us who you are related to, and how; if you are a Coolidge student or parent talking about a family member, tell your name and tell us who you are speaking about.
- What is the military title of the person/self?
- Tell us a bit about what your/their role is, a memory you/they have, or something that is important to you/them as it relates to your/their role.
- Try to hold to two minutes max.
- Email Mrs. Marchant (email@example.com), who will invite you to upload your video to a Google folder.
- Deadline: Monday, November 8
We have chosen to start this work by utilizing "The Power Book: What is It, Who Has It, and Why" (Songhurst et al.). It is built simply; two pages per topic, it examines how power dynamics have been impacted by different factions: adults and kids; peer to peer; gender; voting; government; race; money; different bodies; invisible; and more!
While it will take us some time to know our pacing through the various topics, a goal of mine is to be transparent with families about the topics we are discussing and the questions therein, with the hope that some families extend these conversations at home (or even to give parents the tools to ask their children about the topics).
In the week ahead, we are starting with the question "What is Power?".
The following week, we will explore the questions:
Who has power in your world? Why do they have it?
Who doesn’t seem to have power in your world? Why don’t they?
Students have all been given journals that they can utilize for reflection activities that will support the discussions.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Staff & School Priorities in the Year Ahead
To support their own professional development, we have teachers: diving into the DESE Acceleration Roadmap; reading articles and texts; joining a Learning Series by Pegasus Springs (a series of speakers who are famous in the field of educational equity); participating in school and district and local PD; collaborating with colleagues within Coolidge and beyond; and so much more!
The Administrators have the same goals - to support teachers in this work, to continue to build a school environment in which students feel a strong sense of belonging, and to build a school environment in which ALL students are able to succeed.
The overall vibe is that teachers want to hear from students - what is working, what is not, what is getting in the way, and how can we work together to make our classrooms and the school the best place it can be! We hope students feel the positive impact of this work throughout the year ahead, and feel like the integral members we want them to be in our community.
Prindle Pond Update for 7th Graders!
Historically, the Coolidge "Prindle Pond" experience (the counterpart to what Parker calls "Nature's Classroom") has occurred during April vacation for three nights and four days for any interested 7th graders. This timing has allowed for a long, immersive experience. That being said, there are factors that have made the vacation timing more complicated over the years. Therefore, just before the pandemic hit, we began to explore options outside of April vacation. Back then, there were no other dates but for Halloween (which was not ideal). Yet now, we are working to secure dates in May of 2022! The exact dates are still being ironed out, but I wanted to keep parents in the loop about what is happening, and why!
While the trip has always been available to all 7th grade students, we hope that this new model increases the ability for all interested students to participate. While the experience will be shorter than it was during a vacation (2 nights, 3 days), we hope that the befits outweigh the length of time.
More to come regarding dates, cost, and all of that great stuff, once they are determined!
PAST NEWS THAT MAY STILL BE HELPFUL
Adopt-A-Family: Recipient Information
Essex North Shore Agricultural Technical School: Applications and Open House
November 9: They will visit Coolidge for a presentation during Advisory.
SY22-23 Applications Due January 10, 2022
Click on this link to apply: https://essexnorthshore.org/admissions/
Annual Open House: Saturday, November 20, 2021
To learn more about the open house options and to register, click here.
To watch videos about the school:
Please Contact Us: Students and Families
We continue to encourage families and students to use our admissions contact information to reach us through Admissions@essextech.net or (978) 304-4705.
Support the Coolidge PTO!
Free & Reduced Lunch Application & *SHARE FORM
In a typical year, the cost of meals are free or reduced for those who qualify using the "Free & Reduced Lunch" application. The application actually has more benefits than just breakfast/ lunch. If families fill out the form (p. 11), as well as the "Share" form on page 10, then those who qualify can also qualify for assistance for things like after school activities and field trips.
If you are someone who thinks you may qualify, please consider filling it out so that we can help you in various areas over the course of the year! We can't actually help without this form! Click here to access the form.
The Reading in Reading Subcommittee created a resource list of books and podcasts that provide recommended information regarding reading. SEPAC_RinR_Subcommittee_Recommended_Book_List_v2 with cover April 7th.docx
Connect with SEPAC by clicking these links:
Join SEPAC's mailing list by emailing SEPACREADING@gmail.com
Follow SEPAC on Facebook (please adjust settings so that you are sure to see our posts)
The mission of the Reading Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of, all children with special needs in the community.
Family/ Caregiver Resources
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Brienne Karow, Assistant Principal (x12302)
Marianna Zanni, Administrative Assistant (x12303)
Karen Mungenast, School Secretary (x12304)
Cindy Ventura, School Nurse (x12305)
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