Nathan Hale Parent Newsletter

August 2, 2021

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Principal's Corner

Greetings From Principal Whitmore

Greetings Nathan Hale Families,

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I greet you as the Principal of Nathan Hale Elementary School. The Hale School is undoubtedly one of the most uniquely diverse school communities in Boston. I am honored to serve as the leader of a school that truly believes students are the “heart and soul” of the school. I am committed to continuing the mission and vision of the school, which focuses on academic achievement, as well as the social emotional needs of ALL students.

As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, it will be with an intentional focus to develop and sustain authentic relationships with students and families. Through these relationships, lasting partnerships will be established and nurtured. I deeply believe it takes a village to raise a child, and together we can provide a space that our students, staff and families feel safe, respected, and acknowledged as their authentic selves.

In closing, I would like to welcome back our Hale families, and send a special greeting to our new families. We are excited to begin a year where we will Return, Recover, and Reimagine! I look forward to partnering with you, and continuing the wonderful work that has been done at the Nathan Hale School. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at cwhitmore@bostonpublicschools.org.

With Gratitude,

Candice Whitmore

Principal

Meet the Whitmore Family

Parent Resources

Before and After School Programming

Boston's Bridge to Excellence features an extended day supplemental educational program for students grades K-5. During our after school programs, children are empowered to explore their curiosity and creativity to uncover their passions, spark innovation, and reach their full potential.

Boston's Bridge to Excellence programs have partnered with Wheelock College and Boston University to help support programs on a weekly basis. All Wheelock College and Boston University members are trained by Boston's Bridge to Excellence administrative staff.

Our Extended Learning After School Program Offers:

  • Homework Support

  • Increased Academic Skills

  • Educated Caring Staff

  • Snacks

  • Field Trips

  • Lego Lane

  • Event Planning

  • Big Day for Pre-K!


We accept State Vouchers from EEC/Child Care Choices of Boston which many parents will qualify for.


Private Before School Rate is $14/Day or $70/Week

Private After Care Rate is $29/Day or $145/Week

Parents who want to opt in for Aftercare-Martial Arts and Cultural Dance will be an additional $15/Week totalling $160/Week.


Families can apply online at www.bbtema.org and contact our enrollment department via email at enrollment@bostonsbridgetoexcellence.com

Parent/Guardian Listening Sessions

As a new leader, I feel it is very important to meet and listen to the teachers, students and families of the Hale Community. I have recently begun my listening sessions with teachers and staff and looking to start the parent sessions. On Tuesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 19th ,I will be hosting a parent listening session at 9:00am and 5pm . It is my hope that all families can join me. Please use the zoom link below.


Candice Whitmore is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Nathan Hale Families Listening Session


Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/99369359043?pwd=RmhCMkJnQWVTWnJjSnRxV0xqeEFIQT09


Meeting ID: 993 6935 9043

Passcode: SVVyL2


Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, August 10th- 9am- Parent /Guardian Listening Session

5pm- Parent/ Guardian Listening Session


Thursday, August 19th- 9am - Parent /Guardian Listening Session

5pm - Parent/ Guardian Listening Session


Thursday, September 9th- First day of class of students in grades 1st-6th

Monday, September 13th- First day of school for students in K1 and K2.


2021-2022 School Year Update

Fall Health and Safety Protocols


BPS continues to follow the science and guidance from public health officials. As previously

mentioned, BPS will be providing in-person learning for all students for the new school year

beginning in September.


According to the “CDC Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools” published this

month, “Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in

the fall 2021 is a priority. Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to

end the COVID-19 pandemic.”


BPS expects that all students and staff will be required to wear masks while inside

school buildings and during yellow bus transportation when they return to school in

September. We know that our students age 11 and under cannot yet be vaccinated and for

ages 12 to 15 only 18% in the city of Boston are vaccinated right now. For ages 16 to 24 only

52% are vaccinated. Vaccines are the best way to protect ourselves from COVID-19, and

masking is also an important prevention tool we must use.


BPS does not plan to mandate physical distancing when we return to school this fall. The

CDC guidance states that physical distancing is one health and safety strategy, but if it is not

possible to fully reopen schools while maintaining physical distancing, students should still learn in person and school districts should use other prevention strategies, like indoor masking,

frequent hand-washing, and good indoor ventilation.


We are monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control

(CDC) and public health officials and awaiting additional guidance from the Mass. Department

of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on expectations for health and safety

protocols. Our plans will be finalized once we receive fall reopening guidance from DESE and

consult with our colleagues at the Boston Public Health Commission.

School Uniforms for SY22

The Nathan Hale School is a mandatory uniform school. This policy was voted into effect by the School Site and Parent Council and will be strictly enforced by all school staff and administration when students are learning in-person in the school building. This policy is designed to support our students in the efforts of learning to dress for success and to unify us as a school community. Students may wear any combination of the standard navy blue or khaki bottoms and dark blue, light blue or white collared shirt. The Hale School Logo is not mandatory this year! Skirts or jumpers may be worn with a white, light blue or dark blue collared blouse as well.

Tee shirts and jeans are not considered a part of the school uniform. Tee shirts with any form of writing or advertisement will not be accepted.

When in school, hats, coats, jackets, hoodies, backpacks and pocketbooks may not be worn during school hours and must be placed in student coat areas or lockers at the beginning of the school day. Please DO NOT send students to school in leggings/ jeggings and light-up sneakers. These items are not a part of our school uniform and can cause unnecessary distractions for our students. Uniforms with the Nathan Hale logo can be purchased at L&M Bargain Store on American Legion Highway in Roslindale Mass.