Nathan Hale Family Newsletter
August 27, 2021
The month of August has moved swiftly. I am filled with so much excitement as we countdown the days until we start school. These past few weeks, the weather has reminded me of my time living in Tennessee and Louisiana. This is definitely what my kids call " that southern heat". I hope you are able to stay cool, and enjoy some time together before we kick off the school year.
Last week, I was able to meet with other district leaders and attend the August Leadership Institute. During this Institute, we discussed the BPS Initiatives and Priorities for the school year. We were able to to hear from guest speakers such as, Dr. Alfred Tatum , Dr. Gholdnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad, and Mayor Kim Janey. I left the institute feeling confident and motivated as we work to Return, Recover and Reimagine this school year.
Next week, I want to host meet and greet sessions for our K1, K2 and new families. The event will take place outdoors in the courtyard/playground area. I am asking that all families please wear a MASK. Please see the schedule below.
Thursday, September 2nd ( K1 and K2 families)
Friday, September 3rd ( New Families, and families who were remote last year)
I look forward to seeing you soon,
School Safety Updates
Mask Are Required
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.
Greetings BPS Families,
Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual Back to School Community Meeting on Tuesday, August 24. We understand that many families were not able to access the meeting due to a capacity limit. BPS apologizes for this inconvenience and has scheduled two additional community meetings to provide families with additional opportunities to learn about our plans for the new school year.
Please join us on Thursday, September 2 and Tuesday, September 7. Both meetings are from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. During the meetings we will review the frequently asked questions during our first meeting, discuss back to school health and safety protocols, COVID-19 vaccination resources and provide other updates.
Details of the upcoming sessions, including meeting links, are available at bostonpublicschools.org/backtoschool and on the district calendar at bostonpublicschools.org/calendar. In addition, the August 24 community meeting was recorded and is available to watch in multiple languages on the Back to School webpage.
Interpretation services for the future meetings will be provided in Arabic, Cabo Verdean Creole, Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Please email email@example.com with any questions or for additional information.
Thank you for your time. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
Boks is BACK!
What is BOKS?
BOKS is a free physical activity program for kids of all ages and abilities.
The BOKS program was designed to provide more opportunities for kids from early childhood through high school to get moving throughout the day with movement breaks, games, activities and more!
Kids are not getting enough physical activity. Less than one-quarter (24%)of children 6 to 17 years of age participate in 60 minutes of physical activity every day –
the daily recommended amount according to the CDC.
When is BOKS?
BOKS will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15 am to 8:10 am on the play structure area at the Nathan Hale School. (Starting September 21st)
Is it free?
YES – it’s 100% FREE! BOKS is free to enroll in and to use. Many games, activities, and movement breaks are equipment free as well.
If interested in signing up please complete form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOAlwLZUaaQqXGfbpk6kj8UHKXXM1TGWVrRqGay9FXcKE9SA/viewform?usp=sf_link
If you have additional questions please contact Mark Holmes
Before and After School Programing ( UPDATED Information)
Special thanks to Ms. Zhang for providing the information below for families :)
- Before-school: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 8:30 am
- After-school: Monday - Friday, 3:10 pm - 6:00 pm
- Enrollment is rolling, and families may choose to begin at any time during the school year, subject to availability of slots
- Fill out the enrollment form online and write in Nathan Hale as the school (not currently listed as a program on BBE's website): https://www.pdffiller.com/en/link_to_fill/715286697.htm
- Once a family enrolls, must commit to attending 2-5 days per week (with a minimum of 2 days per week). These can be any 2 days of the week (Monday through Friday). This applies to both the after-school and before-school programs.
- A family has some flexibility to increase or decrease the number of days their kids attend either the before-school or after-school program (within the 2-5 day/week range). However, making frequent changes is discouraged since this affects program staffing.
After-School Program Structure/Schedule*
- Teacher: student ratio is 1:10
- However, many classrooms have additional support staffing from local college students (usually studying education), so may have more than one adult per 10 students.
- Some lead teachers may also be in the process of obtaining teaching certifications and credentials.
- Kids are grouped with their peers
- Indicated that there would likely be a full class of K1, but parents can contact BBE to ask specifically about their kids' grade level.
- General schedule
- After school ends, kids walk to a designated area to meet BBE staff, who take attendance and walk students to their assigned classrooms
- For K1, likely to be their regular K1 class or a classroom nearby, since program licensure requires being in K1-appropriate classroom.
- Teachers first conduct a "temperature talk" to ask kids and get a sense of how they're doing and if anything might spill over into after-school:
- How was your day? What did you do? What happened during the day?
- Transition to washing hands/bathroom and snack time
- Transition to homework time
- During COVID-19, kids likely sit at their own desks or will sit 2 kids per table.
- Teacher walks around to support kids.
- If kids have no homework, teacher will provide some type of academic activity to work on (for example, for K1, practicing writing their names, identifying shapes and colors).
- After homework, kids can choose outdoor time or other activity options in the classroom
- Sports options: Soccer and basketball
- Parents can also opt into martial arts, which is offered 2 days per week (Thursdays and Fridays from 4-5 pm) and costs an additional $15/week. A martial arts teacher will come on-site.
- During COVID-19, parents cannot pick up kids directly at their classroom. Kids are dismissed from the front door of the building.
- Parents are free to pick up kids at any time.
*Notes are focused on K1, and I only asked about after-school programming so unfortunately don't have a program structure/schedule for before-school.
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.
First Week: Important Information
Bus schedules will be sent to parents/guardians by the district.
Masks/face coverings must be worn by everyone on the bus during school bus transportation. Students will be checked at dismissal and arrival and will be provided with a mask if needed.
Students will receive bus seating assignments that are as static as possible to allow for efficient contact tracing if needed. Bus attendance will be tracked daily (am/pm) for contact tracing purposes.
Bus windows will be opened 1-2 inches to promote ventilation
Buses will be cleaned daily
Please anticipate delays at the start of the school year as a result of these new policies.
Parent Drop Off and Pick up
Parents should drop/pick up students in the courtyard/playground area daily.
Parents will not be allowed to drive through the staff parking area. Street Parking is recommended.
Parents will not be allowed into the building for any reason during our state mandated COVID restrictions.
A parent or guardian must sign in/out students who enter outside of normal arrival or dismissal hours. This log must be kept and maintained for 30 days, with the date, contact phone number, arrival/departure times, and areas visited within the building for each visit. This is especially important for the purpose of contact tracing.
No outside visitors or volunteers are permitted to enter, except for contracted service providers for the purpose of special education, required support services, or program monitoring as authorized by the school or district.
- 8:15am- Student may enter the building for breakfast, once students are done eating they will be released to their classroom teacher.
- 8:15-8:25am Students should arrive to the courtyard/playground to meet their teacher.
- 8:30am- Classroom teachers will walk students into building.
Students arriving after 8:30am, should arrive through the main office doors. Late students will require an office pass before going to classroom.
2:45-3:10pm: There is no-entry to the building for parent-pick up during this minute period. School staff will be in transition and teachers must prepare students for dismissal without interruptions.
If you must pick your child up early, please call the school at 617-635-8205 to dismiss students. You must come to the office window to sign out your child(ren).
All guardians must wear a mask when picking-up students in the schoolyard beginning at 3:00 pm.
3:00-3:10pm: All parent-pick up / walkers exit with assigned staff at 3pm to designated area on Lambert Ave.
Older siblings join younger siblings at their class locations
3:10pm: Bus students are called to exit as buses arrive using the cafeteria exit doors.
Friday, September 3- Meet and Greet New Families ( 11am and 4:30pm)
Monday, September 6- Building closed for Labor Day
Tuesday/Weds September 7th/-8th Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 9- First Day of School for Grades 1-6th
Monday, September 13- First Day of School for K1 and K2
Tuesday September 16th- Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 20- First Day of BOKS
Monday, October 11th- State Holiday No School
Thursday, October 19th- Open House 5pm-7pm