RUSSELL SCHOOL FAMILY NEWSLETTER
August 1, 2022
October 9, 2022
Russell Office Number - 617.635.8803
Week 5 Update
This week is going to be a big week at Russell School! We are finally having our Open House! Join us this Wednesday, October 12 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. We will also be electing our new PSC members on Thursday, October 13th at 7:00. You still have time to run for the election!
Thank you to all of our families for their effort in supporting the transition to digital documentation.
We know technology can be intimidating, as a result we will be offering technology classes at the school with our partners One Bead. Additionally, we will be launching a technology at home program for families who are in need of access to reliable home technology. More information will be shared on that in the coming weeks.
Oct. 11 - Indigenous Peoples' Day
Oct. 12 - Rescheduled Russell Open House 5:00pm
Oct. 13 - Parent Site Council Meeting and Elections 7PM
Oct. 19 - Picture Day
Oct. 20 - Fall Fundraiser @ The Harp + Bard Restaurant, 5:00pm - NEW DATE
Oct 24 - Diwali
Oct. 26 - Coffee Hour
Oct. 27 - School Site Council
Oct 28 - Harvest Fest
Nov 11 - Veterans Day
RUSSELL SCHOOL FORMS
Thank you to the parents who provided feedback, our forms are now chunked into smaller sections that can be submitted individually. If you completed the old emergency form you do not need to fill out the new forms (updated emergency contact, nursing form, physical upload and communication form).
If you have not yet completed the following forms we do also still need:
- Boys and Girls Recess Program
- Technology Use
- Walking Field Trip
BOYS AND GIRLS & RUSSELL RECESS PLAY PROGRRAM
We have partnered this year with the Boys and Girls club to support our recess. In order to maintain this partnership, the Club is asking that each Russell student have a completed application form. This form is NOT for the after-school program, it is exclusively for the school day recess program at the Russell.
UPDATED RUSSELL EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM
Please complete the linked emergency contact form and health/family information profile so we can best support our students and families. If you did the old version, you do not need to complete this one.
Please use this form to share health information with out school nurse.
PHYSICAL AND INSURANCE UPLOAD
Please use this form to upload a physical (must be in the last 13 months to be considered current) and your insurance information in case of emergency.
Please complete this form to let us know how we are doing with communication and what supports you and your family may need.
RUSSELL SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY USE AGREEMENT
This form is the technology use agreement form for all students who will be using the school Chromebooks.
RUSSELL WALKING PERMISSION SLIP
Please complete this year long permission slip which will allow students to walk with their class within a one-mile radius of school. Locations include the library, south bay, the fire stations and other community locations.
RUSSELL ATTENDANCE POLICY AND FORM
BPS Attendance Policy
Every day a student is absent is a missed opportunity for learning. This SY 2022-2023 Boston Public Schools has updated its attendance policy as follows:
BPS Attendance Policy/Política de asistencia de BPS
Teacher contacts parent via Talking Point: Instruct parents to fill out Google form or send written note with date, reason, parent 's phone number and signature within 7 days of absence.
Attendance team will send home letter before third absence
Third Unexcused Absence
Attendance team will send home letter before fourth absence
Teacher must refer student to MTSS
Parent is invited to meeting with the MTSS team
Attendance team starts Attendance Intervention Plan (AIP)
Fourth Unexcused Absence
Parent will meet with School Leader
For questions, please contact Derrick Ciesla (School Principal), Cleisa Gomes (Social Worker) or Lydia Woodfill (Family Liaison) at 617-635-8803.
Open House 2022
This week we will finally have our open house! Please join us this Wednesday, October 12th from 5:00 to 6:30. Please pre-register filling out the Goggle form at the bottom. Families who pre-register will receive a door prize.
We are also looking for parent volunteers to support the event. If you are interested in volunteering please reach out to Ms. Lydia (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Sharon (email@example.com).
Parent Site Council Elections: October 13th 2022 at 7PM
The PSC elections are coming soon and the Russell School needs you! You still have the opportunity to run for election. Please click on the form below for more information about the different roles and to participate. (Zoom link: https://k12-bostonpublicschools.zoom.us/j/89166041456 )
2022 Russell Parent Site Council Nominations
We need you. The Russell School is better when parents and staff work together. To make this possible we need leaders and volunteers for elected positions and support roles. We are in need of parent/guardian volunteers for the following positions. Te necesitamos. La Escuela Russell es mejor cuando los padres y el personal trabajan juntos.
Important Information from the Health Office
At-home rapid antigen test kits will be provided every two weeks. First distribution has been done this week. Please take the time to test your student ideally every Sunday night or Monday morning before coming to school. Call the school at 617-635-8803 with a positive result. For negative results, you do not need to call the school.
Consider signing up your child for the in-school symptomatic testing.
We strongly recommend all students to participate in this testing program to eliminate unnecessary absences, maximize their learning time, and reduce the spread of the virus.
Digital consents have been sent from PermissionClick. To sign up, go to:https://bostonpublicschools.helpdocs.io/article/lsu12ce7eu-managing-covid-consent
Paper consent is also available if you prefer. Please call the school and ask to speak with the school nurse.
Use the BPS Home Health Checklist for daily COVID-19 symptoms health screening.
Isolation guidelines for anyone who test positive for COVID-19:
Follow this link here to find the COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidelines translated in multiple languages.
If students need Epipens for Life Threatening Allergies and Albuterol
Inhalers, please send in the medications as soon as possible along with
Doctor’s order and Emergency Action Plans with parental signature.
All students in KO, KI, K2, and in other grade levels who transferred in are required to submit an up-to-date physical exam.
Please reach out with any questions.
Johanna B. Arrazola RN
Russell Elementary Fall Fundraiser Event: Parents Night Out
Last Day of Ticket Sales will be on October 12, 2022. We need to have a food count for the Harp and Bard. We would like as many Parent's to come out an enjoy a night together and raise funds to keep our programs going at the Russell for the Students! Please come out and support! We have lots of Prizes. Lottery Basket is up to $300.00!!
2022-2023 ANNUAL NOTICE FOR MCAS ASSESSMENTS
Please see below the annual notice for MCAS Assessment.
Translations: Arabic, Cape Verdean, Chinese, French, Haitian, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese
Affordable Connectivity Program: Up to a $30/month discount on broadband internet services for eligible households. For additional information, call (877)-384-2575 or visit https://acpbenefit.org/.
Comcast Internet Essentials: Low cost broadband internet ($9.95/month, free with Affordable Connectivity Program). For additional information, visit internetessentials.com.
Communication between parents/guardians and teachers is essential. Please remember to download the TalkingPoints for families mobile application to communicate with your student's teacher.