Your Weekly Update from Brown Elementary School
I can’t believe that it is almost time to begin. In just under a week, we will be welcoming students back into the building and starting the 2022-2023 school year. We look forward to seeing your children.
I have a few important details I want to share so we are all prepared for Day 1.
The first day of school is Wednesday, August 31st. We have school on September 1st and September 2nd.
Five Things You Need to Know
1 - PUP PATROL
You should have received an e-mail from PUP Patrol asking you to enter your child’s dismissal information into the system. It is essential that all families go into the system and put in this information so that we know how your child is going home each day. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
2 - KINDERGARTEN START - please read carefully
Kindergarten families should have received a placement letter that designates a start date of either August 31st or September 1st (Group A or Group B). It is important that you send your child to school on the correct day with their designated group. ALL Kindergarten students will attend on Friday, September 2nd.
On August 31st and September 1st, Kindergarten students attend from 8:45 to 1:30 (please note this is shorter than the typical day). From September 2nd moving forward, Kindergarten students will follow the normal school hours (8:30 to 2:56).
August 31st and September 1st
For drop-off on these two days, families are asked to arrive at 8:45, park in the lot under the solar panels, and meet their teacher on the Brown basketball court. Students will meet their teacher and then head into the building at 9:00.
For pick-up, we will have ALL Kindergarten students leave as “front door pick-up” at 1:30. Therefore, families should plan to pull up to the sidewalk in front of Brown at that time, remain in your cars, and we will call your child’s name to come out and get into your car. It is helpful if you can please have a sheet of paper in your windshield with your child’s grade, and first and last name, so that I can walk by the car and see who is being picked up. Moving forward, an orange nameplate will be provided for your windshield.
On Day 3, and moving forward, Kindergarten students will attend from 8:30 to 2:56, with the front door drop off starting at 8:20 in the morning. Students are expected to be in the building by 8:30.
I have created a simple Kindergarten Drop-Off video that shows students what this drop-off procedure will look like. This is for Day 3 and moving forward. We have found that watching this video with your child gives them a good sense of what the morning routine will look like.
**Please note this video is about a year old, and while I am wear a mask, masks are now optional, and are no longer required.
3 - NAMEPLATES FOR ALL CARS ON DAY 1
If you are picking your child up at the front of the building on Day 1, it is helpful to have a sheet of paper that clearly displays your child’s grade level and their first/last name, so that I can call them on the radio. Moving forward, we will provide an orange nameplate. Thank you for your attention to this.
4 - HIRING
I’m happy to announce that we have hired a library para, Sarah Eastham. Sarah has worked as an elementary teacher for several years. Most recently, she has been working as a building sub in Wayland, MA. Welcome Sarah!
Finally, I want to share that Sarah Bourque has taken a job as a Literacy Specialist at a Middle School in Arlington. This is a great opportunity for her and I am happy to have her find what she was looking for, while at the same time, we will miss her and the great work she does with students. I have posted her position, interviewed, and come up with a list of potential candidates. I expect to have a teacher in place by Day 1 of school.
5 - PTO HAPPENINGS
I encourage you to visit our PTO website to learn more about this group, their work, and the various ways that they help support our school.
There are many opportunities available to get involved!
That’s all for now. You will start to receive Friday newsletters from me moving forward. These newsletters will share important information from the school about what is happening here at Brown.
All the best to our families,
Aidan McCann, Principal
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a volunteer organization made up of parents, teachers and staff with the goal of enriching the educational experience of our children at Brown School. We strive to build community in our school and support our children's personal and educational lives through a wide variety of events and activities.
Be sure to follow us: facebook.com/BrownSchoolPto.
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5
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