Perry Newsletter

February 9th, 2023

"I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." - Michael Jordan

Calendar Updates -- February Break and End of Year

Our first day of February Break this year is Saturday, February 18th and runs through Sunday, February 26th. Our first day back is Monday, February 27th.

We expect students to attend through Friday, February 17th and are excited to finish this stretch of the school year strong with a full week of learning! Thank you for your help and support in making this happen!

Finally, please note: with the day off last week, our current last day of school is now Friday, June 23rd.

Visiting Artisit Kaarl Elisee

Perry students have had the amazing opportunity to work with and learn from BPS alumni turned art instructor Kaarl Elisee!! Kaarl came to Boston from Haiti 5 years ago and attended the Newcomers Academy in Dorchester before going to Massachusetts College of Art. Kaarl is a self-taught artist who specializes in portraits. Former BPS superintendent Cassellius commissioned Kaarl for numerous works. We are so excited that students are able to tap into Kaarl's many talents, creativity and passion.

Inclusion Opportunities at The Perry!

Students in grades 5 and 6 have been collaborating with their peers in the 5/6 special education classroom to create some delicious recipes! Every other Wednesday, students from Ms. Moran and Mr. Kidd's class join Ms. Sparrow's class for cooking!

Students in grade 4 have also been collaborating with their Peers in the 3/4 special education classroom! On Fridays, students in Ms. Toth and Ms. Mulenga's class have been working together to create tasty treats and recipes. Ms. Toth's students have also been working on creating animal reports that will allow students of all abilities to be able to access and read their reports.

All of our students have been working on their patience, tolerance, and including people with different abilities. Way to go Sharks!

The Super Bowl of Reading

While the Chiefs and Eagles are set to square off on Sunday evening, many Perry Readers have been reading their way to success in the Perry's Super Bowl of Reading. Through two weeks, Perry Readers had totaled 49,949 minutes. Our last day for this friendly competition will be Monday, February 13th -- please remember to send in your Week 3 Trackers. Of course, please continue to encourage your child to read over the last few days of our "Super Bowl" and beyond. Amazing work Perry Readers!!!

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Black Excellence Bingo!

This week, we are launching Black Excellence Bingo to recognize and celebrate Black Excellence Month. To participate, students are encouraged to complete a row of activities or go even further and "cover all" / complete every activity. The activities are each designed to take in the range of 5 to 20 minutes. Family members are certainly able to help out and participate as well.

We will distribute paper copies of the "Bingo Cards" on Monday, February 13th and ask that all completed (or partially completed cards) are submitted by Friday, March 10th. We will also send these Bingo Cards out electronically on Monday as well, so you can access the links. While there will be a raffle as a small incentive, the ultimate goal is to encourage as many of our students as possible to explore, learn and have some fun through this project.

Mark Your Calendars: March 7th Boston Music Project Concert

We will be holding a BMP Concert on March 7th in our gym/ auditorium. Each class will present some of their latest and greatest work from music class. Kindergarten classes will be singing songs, Grade 4 to 6 classes will be playing instruments, and Grade 1 to 3 classes will be sharing out some of the work that they have done with digital music composition. All families are invited to attend.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM: K1 to Grade 2

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM: Grade 3 to 6

Quick hits!

* We are excited to announce that we received a grant of nets and paddles from Dream Big! so that we will now be able to include pickleball in our range of sports programming for PE Class.

* We are also excited to announce that Shark Squad will be returning to the Perry next September! Shark Squad is a before school fitness and athletic program open to all students.

* Boston University's Government Affairs and the BU Department of Athletics are offering complimentary tickets to Boston Residents to watch BU home games between Wednesday, February 15th to Saturday, February 18th. Boston residents can reserve their free tickets at Each resident can reserve a maximum of 8 tickets per game.

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A Few Thoughts On School Safety At The Perry

In recent weeks, we have had a few families check in based on what we have unfortunately all seen on the news in regard to both mass violence events on the national level and some smaller, but distressing events in Boston area schools as well. For the benefit of all, we wanted to share the pieces that we are prioritizing each and every day to ensure that we have the safest school community possible. Please see the Perry Safety Update 2.9.23 linked here.

Student Corner

Student: Abriana

Grade: 6

What's your favorite thing about the Perry?

My favorite thing about The Perry is my friends and Science class with Ms. Woods.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I grow up, I want to be a model

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go to Hawaii

Whats something you're really good at?


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