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THIS WEEK! Come to the Big Book Bazaar, May 27-29
Parents are invited to shop after school on Wednesday, May 27 from 2:30-7 pm, on Thursday, May 28 from 2:30-3 pm and on Friday, May 29 from 1:40-2 pm. Devo receives 20% of the cost of each book. Buy for yourself or check out the teacher/staff wish lists: buying a book for your child's teachers and specialists is a great way to say "Thank you!"
Questions? Email email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Brunch on Friday, May 22. Your generous donations supplied all the teachers and staff of DEVO with enough delicious food to make this one of the best Appreciation Days ever. We couldn't have done it without you!
AHU and TA are Now Enrolling
Devotion's After Hours University (AHU) and Teen Advantage (TA) are enrolling students for next years' after school programs.
AHU is for 4th-6th graders and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 5:10 for homework, enrichment, and field trips. The cost is $150 per session (there are 3 sessions per year). Contact Theresa Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 781.726.0652.
TA is for 7th and 8th graders and meets Mondays and Wednesdays until 5:40. The cost is also $150 per session. Contact Caitlin Cannon, Caitlin_cannon@brookline.k12.ma.us or 781.664.4993.
Site Council Elections Are Underway
Please vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KCDVSMG. Even though the election is uncontested, by law we must hold an election. Our appreciation goes to Julie Wingerter and Mike Toffel, who have agreed to serve our community in this capacity.
Parents are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings held on the first Thursday of each month in the school library from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. The Devotion School Site Council works closely with the school’s administrative team in identifying the educational needs of our students and how our school can best meet these needs and/or how we can improve any other aspect of the Devotion School.
The Brookline Food Pantry has asked the Devotion community if we can once again help them meet their rising demand for food donations. Our answer: DEVOTION CAN! We are sponsoring a three-week, school-wide food drive May 26 – June 11, and plan to walk our donations over to the Brookline Food Pantry afterschool on Thursday, June 11. You should have received details about Devo Can in your child's folder or backpack last week. We have assigned a specific category of food to each grade in an effort to meet the top requests of the Food Pantry. Please help us answer the call and ensure that no one in Brookline goes hungry! Questions or comments? Please contact Lisa at email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 pm in the Devotion Auditorium
Dr. Lupini will meet with parents to update them on Devotion issues and respond to their questions and comments.
Devotion After School Enrichment Program (DASEP) Seeks Board of Directors Candidates
Devotion After School Enrichment Program (DASEP) works closely with the school’s administrative team, parents, and other afterschool programs in developing and delivering exceptional afterschool enrichment programming for Devotion school students and families.
DASEP Board of Directors elections will be held at The Annual Meeting of Members on June 4 at 6 pm at Devotion School. All parents with a child enrolled in DASEP this year are members and are invited to attend.
Devotion Arts Night
Devotion Arts Night will be Thursday, June 4, 5:30-7:00 in Devotion's Library. Come see student artwork, visit the photo booth, enter a raffle, and grab a slice of pizza from the 8th graders.
Devo Spring Band Concert
The Spring concert will have performances by the 4th, 5th, and 6-8th grade bands. Join us on Thursday, June 11 at @ 6:30 pm in the Devotion School Auditorium. Students please arrive at 6:15 pm. Concert dress is white top, black bottom (or as close to black as you can get).
Attention 8th Grade Families!
Please MARK YOUR CALENDARS for these important upcoming 8th grade dates:
- Friday, June 12 — Portfolio Day — Exact times for each student will be scheduled as the date gets closer. (Students and their families)
- Friday, June 19 — 8th Grade Picnic and Pool Party at Beaver Country Day School (students only)
- Monday, June 22 — Celebratory 8th Grader Dinner and Dance Party on the Spirit of Boston (students only)
- Tuesday, June 23 — GRADUATION at the Coolidge Corner Theatre — 5:30 pm (students and their families)
More information will follow as it becomes available. Any questions, ask Eve Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From the Nurses
Click here to download a letter about seasonal allergies/asthma from Tricia Laham, the nursing supervisor.
To BHS Rising Freshman Interested in Rugby
If you're interested in playing Rugby in the Spring of 2016, don't wait, start now! Please join the team for Home Games and practices. For further information, 8th graders, boys or girls, please email email@example.com. It's important for the incoming students to connect with BHS students, and sports is one great way. The BHS Rugby team players and Coach are happy to have 8th graders join. The idea is to have the 8th grade Rugby enthusiasts connect with upperclassmen, start learning about the team, and get to know team members.
Submit YOUR Photos for Devo's Yearbook
The deadline to begin production of the 2014-2015 Yearbook is quickly approaching. Please send pictures you have taken this year at school events to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd like to remember every performance, event, field trip, and child.
Follow Devo on Twitter
Our vice-principal, Ms. Buller, created a Devo Twitter account! Follow Devo and stay abreast of all the great activities buzzing around our school.
OLS Principal Announces Office Hours at Devo
Monica Crowley, principal of next year's grade 7-8 at OLS, is excited about the opportunity to meet with parents. She will be holding office hours in the principal's office on Thursday mornings from 7:30-9:00 am. Please email, call, or drop in to speak with Linda (email@example.com; 617.879.4400) in the front office and sign up for a 15-minute meeting. Ms. Crowley hopes to meet with as many parents as possible as the year progresses, and looks forward to hearing your ideas and concerns about the pending move to the Old Lincoln School.
Devotion Discussion on Facebook
Devotion has its own parent-run Facebook group page, with more than 120 members already, for any Devotion-related questions, concerns and discussions (including the renovation): https://www.facebook.com/groups/542205932541890/. It is an "open" group, so anyone can see what's posted and anyone who wants to join will be approved within a few hours. For legal reasons, this will not be a formal PTO means of communication, rather a tool for parent-to-parent communication.
For questions, contact Carey Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org (and thank her for creating and monitoring this page).
For broader, town-wide school-system issues, there's a lively discussion on Facebook titled "Public Discussion of Brookline's Plans to Create a New School." You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrooklineNewSchool/.
Lost & Found
Don't forget to check our Lost & Found if your child is missing something! The Lost & Found closet is located in the main hallway, next to the glass display case. Smaller items, such as jewelry, keys, glasses and phones are kept in a small basket in the Main Office. Lunch boxes and bottles are in the cafeteria. To keep the Lost & Found tidy, unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity on the following dates:
- June 19, 2015
All Volunteer Parents Need To Fill Out CORI Forms
If you plan to attend a field trip or volunteer with students in the school this year, you must have a CORI form on file with the front office. Download the form here, fill it out, and give it to Linda in the Main Office (this form is also available from the principal's page). Present her with your photo ID and she'll take care of the rest. CORI clearance lasts 3 years.
Monday Update Submission Deadline
If you have a school-related event or announcement that you would like to included in the Monday Update electronic newsletter that is emailed to all Devo parents, the weekly submission deadline is Thursday at midnight. Please understand that late submissions may be deferred until the following week. Send to email@example.com.
Check out the Renovation tab at the top of this page to find the latest information.
Frequently Asked Questions, generated with the help of Devo’s expert parent reps on the Building Committee, Pam Roberts and Arden Reamer (thank you...)
Why is Devotion being renovated?
The Devotion renovation has been under discussion since 2003, but was bumped several times in favor of other more pressing school projects. Because enrollments have increased, Devotion must be expanded to accommodate the growing student body. It’s also clearly in need of improvement, from plumbing to climate control to accessibility. Presently, Devotion is in the final stages of planning in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. School buildings are scheduled for renovation in the Town Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that is approved annually at Town Meeting.
What is the history of the school building?
The first school on the site was built in 1891 and named after Edward Devotion, Jr., who made a bequest to the Town for a school. The present school building consists of a central section from 1913; one wing built in the 1950s and another wing built in the 1970s. The 1913 Devotion School has historical significance because President John F. Kennedy was a student there. There has been almost no renovation to the building since 1970 with the exception of carving out more classrooms to house the burgeoning population of the school.
The Devotion House, facing Harvard Street in front of the school, was the home (built c. 1750) of one of the founding families of Brookline. It is a museum operated by the Brookline Historical Society and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and cannot be moved.
What can we expect in terms of renovation options?
It’s clear the 1950s wing and the 1970s wing will be demolished. For more detail, please come to the meetings.
When will we have an opportunity to look at the plans?
Plans were presented at the September 10 community meeting. The architects presented three different possible designs for renovating and expanding Devotion.
If you didn't make the meeting, the plans can be accessed through the Town’s website (The Devotion School Building Committee site is here). Bear in mind that the project is so big and complex that there are multiple volumes. The committee site is continually updated with minutes and drawings from the School Building Committee’s meetings.
You can always send an email with your questions or comments to either of the parent representatives Pam Roberts or Arden Reamer (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). They will forward your thoughts to the entire Devotion Building committee.
What’s the timeline?
The three options presented on the 10th of September will go to cost estimators. The Building committee is charged with voting a preferred design. With cost estimates in hand and taking into consideration feedback from the community, members will vote on their preferred option on September 26. The package will then be submitted to the Mass. School Building Authority for their November meeting. If approved, we then begin the schematic design phase. This phase continues to refine the preferred design. We will have a design and cost estimates that will again be submitted to the MSBA for their March 2015 meeting. The current plan is to begin construction in the fall of Sept. 2016.
Will Devotion students be going to the Old Lincoln School beginning in Sept of 2015?
Yes, but that’s not because of construction; that’s because Devotion runs out of space, with burgeoning classes rising through the grades.
If I can’t make it to the meetings, how can I get informed and offer feedback?
Drawings are on the Town website here). See the following paragraph for ways to offer feedback.
Who are the Parent Representatives on the Committee?
If you write to us with feedback, we’ll forward your thoughts to the Building Committee, or you can write directly to Tony Guigli, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much will all this cost?
At this point, the Town Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) has approximately $100 million budgeted for this project. The money comes partly from the State and partly from the Town. In order to access State money, the project has to comply with all requirements of the MSBA. The majority of the funding for the school will be from taxpayers in Brookline, who will be asked to support an increase in property taxes through a vote to override the limits of Proposition 2 ½ in May 2015.
My children are young enough that they’re certain to be at Devotion during whatever construction takes place. What will be the process for my concerns about that?
Until we select a design, we won’t know anything about the expected phasing of the construction process, so we just can’t anticipate those details yet. But please rest assured that Brookline schools have dealt with these issues before and take them very seriously. Also, please know that the Building Committee is genuinely devoted to the wellbeing of Devotion students.
Thank you so much for the book donation to our classroom, 5W. We are very happy with them and we love reading them. Again thank you so much! From, 5W
Box Tops Contest Update
Congratulations to the winners of the Box Tops Winter Contest. You have all done a great job collecting Box Tops. This period's collection totaled $157! The winners will be notified in the next week or two and be soon given their prize. Thank you all for your hard work and your continued support. Through Box Tops, we have earned $2,100 this school year. Please stay tuned for our last Box Tops contest and the end-of-the-year Popsicle Party. Thanks again and Keep on Clipping! Your Box Tops Coordinators, Noa Vardi-Boros and Misti Jaynes
Books for the Devo Library
A huge thank you goes out to our community for supporting Devo's library! During last week's non-fiction book drive, Devo families exceeded the goal and donated 120 books!
Thank you to everyone who uses a Target credit card and has chosen Devotion as the beneficiary of their education donation program. Target sent Devotion PTO a check for $311 for 2014. If you're interested in joining, go to Target.com/TCOE.
Devo Night at Brookline Booksmith
Thanks to everyone who came out to shop at Brookline Booksmith on Devo Night, and thanks especially to our wonderful local bookstore for supporting Devotion by donating 10% of the evening's sales ($813) to our PTO! Thanks also to Daniel Lipton and his class for providing such delightful entertainment. If anyone would like to take over this fun event next year, please write to Lisa (whose youngest is headed to BHS) to find out more: email@example.com.
Thank you to every family who donated to the Annual Appeal. Below are notes from teachers and staff:
During the grant process, Devo's school nurses asked for an automatic blood pressure cuff, metal lice combs, stress balls, hand washing posters, purell, Acquaphor and Eurcerin. Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Annual Appeal, we were able to grant all their requests and they send their appreciation: Dear PTO — Thank you so much! We really appreciate this, and all your support for the Devo community! — Best, Heather and Jana
Dear PTO — Thank you very much for the $175 check for classroom supplies. I used this money for: books, stationary supplies (cardstock for making games and publishing books, organizational supplies, individual white boards, dry erase markers), contact paper, and a schedule pocket chart. These are all things I would have paid for myself, and I am glad not to! Thank you for all that you do. — Nancy Frane, 2F
Thanks so much for approving the grant requests for 2R students! As a first year teacher at Devotion it is so wonderful to have a parent community so actively involved in providing students and classrooms with much needed materials. Thanks so much! — Caitlin Rogers, 2R
“Thank you so much for being so generous with the grants!” — Danial Lipton, 2L
Thank you so much to everyone for helping with the Devotion Garden! From helping us get organized, obtaining compost buckets and new locks, and planning the tasks, to our hardy volunteers who, last fall, enjoyed a brisk morning raking up leaves, chopping up cornstalks, cleaning beds, harvesting and spreading compost, setting up the cold frame, and more. And special thanks to our student volunteers Hayden, Taylor, Lucas, Audrey, Sam, and Julia — we really appreciate your help! Thanks again, Beth, Maya, Laura, Lauren, and the Garden Committee
Thank you to parents who have stepped up to help out this year:
- Thanks to New Devo SEPAC Liaisons Phil Ruedi and Sharon Forman. Phil and Sharon will be representing parents in grades K-5. Parents having any questions, concerns, comments, etc. are urged to contact them. Phil may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Sharon at email@example.com. Thanks to Elise Jacobson, SEPAC representative grades 6-8 and transition planning to OLS for middle schoolers. Elise may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A big thank you goes out to Shwujen You, a 1st grade parent, who will be taking care of the Lost and Found.
- Many thanks to Boriana Primova, who has volunteered to manage the Devotion calendar. If you know of an event or activity that you think would be helpful for parents to have on the school calendar, please send her an email at email@example.com. (If you didn't know there was an online calendar, check it out at the calendar tab at the top of this page.)
- A big thank you to Carol Reyes, who has volunteered to take the lead on the yearbook committee this year. You'll hear from her soon about what help she needs and where to send pictures you snap from events throughout the year.
- Many thanks to Andrew Siedlecki who will help coordinate events.
- Thanks to all the Room Parents who have already offered their time.
- Elise Jacobson, Leslie Beau, and Alison Rosenthal who organized the Back-to-School Welcome Coffees.
The Big Book Bazaar Needs Your Help!
Please consider signing up for a 2-hour shift during the bazaar. You can even work while your child’s class is attending the bazaar — the class schedule is posted along with the sign-up sheet. Look for the sign-up sheet in the lobby, or go to the SignUp Genius link.
Looking For Spring Carnivale Volunteers
Our annual Spring Carnivale is a major event and takes a village to make it successful. The event will be held on Monday, June 15 (rain dates on the 16, 17, 18) on the back field of the Devotion School. If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Shift preference (3-5:30 or 5:30-8); if you’re interested in two shifts at different locations please let me know
- Dates available: all of the potential dates or just specific days (15th is planned date, rain dates either 16th, 17th, or 18th)
- Any issues that make certain activities not viable
- Please provide your children's homerooms (e.g. 2L) as we’re trying to insure a mix across the grades
- If you’re a high school student/former Devo student and need community credit for school, please provide info on who to contact
Finally, if anyone is interested in baking a cake for the cakewalk, please let us know as we’ll start collecting that information. Keep in mind that proceeds from the Carnivale and our Auctions have directly funded much of the school’s technology, our backboards and scoreboard, our auditorium (stage, chairs & risers), pianos and guitars, and this year will help with the continued rollout of more Smart Boards and iPads as well as a major investment in gym fitness equipment for Devotion.
As always, pray for good weather!!thanks,
Devotion Arts Night Needs Volunteers
Devotion Arts Night will be Thursday, June 4, 5:30-7:00 in Devotion's Library. Come see student artwork, visit the photo booth, enter a raffle, and grab a slice of pizza from the 8th graders. We need volunteers to work on this event on May 27 and 28, and June 4 and 11. Please go to the Signup Genius link to help out: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054DAAAB22A20-devo.
The Devotion Schoolyard Garden Needs Your Help!
We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help keep our garden up and running this spring and in years to come. No gardening experience necessary!
- Garden Committee PTO Liaison: Attend after school garden committee meetings (less than 1/month); assist with planning the future of the garden; connect with the PTO to place announcements in the weekly update, ensure continued funding, etc.
- Special Event Planner: Co-coordinate a fall “rake it up” day, probably a Saturday morning. (We have one volunteer, Laura Staich. She would love a partner!)
- “Eyes and Hands On the Garden” Person: Visit the garden after school and on weekends; reset things (like plant markers) when they’ve gone amuck.
- In-School Volunteers — Training available! Assist teachers during planned activities in the garden, working with small groups. We have an intern who can teach you gardening skills after school.
DSA Seeking Parents Interested in Leadership Role
The Devotion School Alliance (also known as the PTO) will need to replace at least 2 directors next year. With the upcoming renovation, it is more important than ever to have strong parent leadership. Community is one of the key elements that makes Devotion special. With the right leadership, we can maintain a sense of community and continuity for our children. Please consider taking on this rewarding and important role! Contact us with any questions: email@example.com.
Postersmith prints posters on fabric for researchers and teachers. Click on the logo at right to order through the special offer link and get a 5% discount on your order. Plus, we will match this 5% and make a donation to the Devotion School.
Sopico, an online marketplace for kid’s activities, helps parents find amazing programs for their children. We are so excited about making life easier for Devotion parents! Signing up for an account on Sopico takes less than a minute and is free. Sopico will donate $5 to Devo's PTO for every parent who signs up and references Devotion School during sign up. Also, until April 30 new parents who sign up get $25 toward a purchase on Sopico. Find out more: click here to view/download a flyer, or check out the website: www.sopico.com.
Earn Money for Devo by Donating Outgrown Clothes
Devotion is registered with Schoola.com, a company that accepts used clothing and sells it on their website, donating up to 40% of the sales price to Devotion. Request a bag at schoola.com.
Tyson's Project A+
Devo is signed up for Tyson’s Project A+. Like Box Tops and Labels for Education, there is a label on the packaging that you clip and turn into the box in the labby. Each coupon is worth 24 cents. So if you buy Tyson’s products, clip, save and turn them in. It all adds up!
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards Program Gives $900 to Devo!
Thank you to everyone who has their Stop and Shop card registered with the A+ Program to benefit Devotion. They sent us a check this week for $900 for last year’s participation! If you haven’t registered your card, please go to the following link and take advantage of this opportunity: http://www.stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/?_requestid=629676.
When You Shop at Shaws/Star Markets, Devo Makes Money!
If you haven’t done so already download the EcoApp and every time you use reusable bags, just scan the EcoApp at checkout and get money for Devo. If 100 parents shop with reusable bags each week it could eliminate the need for 100,000 plastic bags and earn Devo around $4,000. Please help!
Brookline's plastic bag ban = a new way to generate Dollars for Devo!
MY ECO is working with the town of Brookline to educate and encourage residents to reuse bags by donating money to the schools for every reused bag. Check out this article on Brookline Patch.com. Download the MyEco app onto your smartphone today. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't Find It Locally? Shop Amazon to Support Devo!
When making Amazon purchases, start your shopping via the Devotion School website to support our school! No special password or registration is required, just click the Amazon logo and shop as usual. Last year we raised $3,014 simply by people starting to shop through the Devotion School link. A percentage of all purchases is returned to the school — your cost stays the same. Click the Amazon logo at right or here to begin your shopping. Please share the link http://tinyurl.com/devopto with friends and family!
Got a Target Red Card?
Target donates 1% of purchases made using their credit card to participating schools. If you have a Target Red Card, click on the logo at right to register it at Target.com and start earning money for Devo!
Go to Land’s End for Devo-logo Gear
Looking for shirts, backpacks, lunchboxes or other Land’s End merchandise AND you want the Devo logo on them? We’ve set up an online store, click the Land's End logo to start your shopping. (This is a service, it does not make money for Devotion.)