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If You Missed...
Interim Principal Connelly"s update on the Devotion Renovation project to the Board of Selectman on Tuesday, April 14, have no fear! You can view/download it here.
Site Council Openings
Devotion's School Site Council will have 2 open positions next year. Parents who are interested in serving on the Devotion School Site Council are asked to submit a statement of interest to the PTO at email@example.com by May 15. School Site Council elections will be held at the end of May into the first week in June. 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.
DASEP Drama Presents
DASEP Drama will perform Mary Poppins on Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16 at 6 pm in the Devotion Auditorium. No tickets required. All are welcome!
SEPAC Monthly Meeting with School Administration
Friday, April 17, 8:30 am-9:30 am, Town Hall, 5th floor. Open to all parents/guardians of children with IEPs and 504s.
New DevoDrama Classes Start April 14
Book Club Onscreen and Games and Goodies
Drama classes foster creativity, bolster self-confidence and teach team skills. And it’s so much fun! REGISTER NOW: Look for registration forms on PTO bulletin board, outside both the computer lab and auditorium, and in your child’s backpack. Classes are for 5th-8th graders only on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 14 and 16 from 2:40-4:10 pm. Classes are $75 and limited scholarships available. Contact Isabel Giraud at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.935.4696.
Track and Field Tryouts at Devo
All days and times are weather permitting.
- Tuesday, April 7: 5/6 high jump and long jump 12:40-1:40ish (Early release day for K-6 at 12:40)
- Tuesday, April 14: 7/8 high jump and long jump 2:30-1:40ish
- Tuesday, April 28: 5/6 Turbo Jav 12:40-1:40, timing 1:40-2:40 (Early release day for K-6 at 12:40)
- Friday, May 1: 5/6 timing for the 60m, 100m, and 200m
- Tuesday, May 12: 5-8 Track and Field Team practice for all events.
The 5/6 meet is Monday, May 18, rain date is the 19th. The 7/8 meet is Wednesday, May 20, rain date is the 21st.
Donate Your Used Books to the Big Book Bazaar
Inspired by the arrival of warmer weather? Ready to start spring cleaning? Hate looking at those overloaded bookshelves? Save them for the Big Book Bazaar, May 27-29! Look for collection bins and more exciting announcements to start after Spring Break! The used book sale of the Big Book Bazaar is a wonderful way to put books in the hands of kids for summer reading. This year we are collecting the following types of books:
Early Elementary (Ages 7+), Early Chapter Books, Advanced Chapter Books, Young Adult Books, and Teen Books
We are not accepting: Baby, board, preK, reference, adult, activity, travel, hobby or cooking books - Please donate them to Cradles to Crayons, Brookline Public Library OR Goodwill.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
Calling All Devo Artists!
Submit your original artwork for this year’s Yearbook Front Cover Page Competition:
- WHO?: All DEVO students (from K-8) may participate.
- HOW? Students may use any media — such as crayons, watercolors, pastels, photography, computer-generated graphics, glitter, sand from the DEVO field, rocks from the park, leaves from the school trees, etc. Be Creative!
- WHAT? The artwork must depict the spirit of our school. For example, you may choose to draw parts of our school building, your classroom, depict the diversity of our students, or make a collage of photos, our logo, or sport’s team colors.
- WHEN? All participants must submit their work to their respective classroom teacher or at the principal’s office by May 15. The Principal and Vice Principal will announce the winner by May 19. All submissions will be displayed throughout the school after voting is completed.
Contact Carol Reyes (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about this contest.
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 to connect with upperclassmen, start learning about the team, getting to know team members.
Extended Spring DASEP Schedule
Spring term will begin on Monday, April 27 after the April vacation. Spring sign up is going on now!
Reminder of school policy: Students must be supervised by an adult to remain at Devotion after school. Options after school for those with a second hour class: 1. leave school at dismissal time and return in one hour for your class, 2. for third grade and up: homework center (except Fridays), 3. for fourth grade and up: school library (certain hours), 4. if your child is registered for a second hour class in DASEP, you may contact DASEP to sign them up for the Care Hour (Mondays-Fridays). Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Great Opportunities For Devo & Devo Families
Discounts on sporting goods, meal delivery, and more:
- Take advantage of Modell’s Sporting Goods Discount exclusively for Devo Families from now until April 16. Pick up a coupon at school or email email@example.com and she can email the coupon to you. You’ll receive 15% off all merchandise with portion of proceeds coming back to Devotion School.
- DoorDash: Sometimes a home-cooked meal is not an option. DoorDash is an on-demand food delivery service delivering from over 150 local restaurants, with proceeds coming back to Devo ($3 of every order). Use the link https://www.doordash.com/r/TLdOwnw2Q3/ to place your order. All first-time customers will receive a free delivery (no delivery fee).
- Headfirst Sports Camps (ran the Red Sox Camps since 2011) are offering Devo families 25% off of summer camp tuition and Extended Day programming for all parents who enroll in their summer camps at Hellenic College in Brookline. Use discount code BPS25 when you register.
A Message from Town Hall:
In preparation for the May 5th election, unregistered residents are reminded to register to vote. The deadline is April 15. Click here (http://www.brooklinema.gov/139/Voter-Registration) to learn more about how to register and how to complete an absentee ballot. If you are not sure if you are registered to vote or where to vote, call the Town Clerk's Office 617.730.2010.
On May 5, voters will select our Town political leaders (Board of Selectmen, School Committee members, and Town Meeting members) and have an opportunity to vote on two Prop 2 1/2 Override Debt exclusion ballot measures which will increase property taxes to provide more revenue for our schools, and fund the Devo renovation.
PTO Coffee & Conversation
Join us at 8:00 am on Friday, April 17 in the Devo Cafeteria for a meet and greet with long-term Substitute Teachers.
International Night is April 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the school's cafeteria and surrounding halls. Don't miss the fun: food, shows, music, dance, and culture. This is a potluck-style dinner! Represent your country or a country you like, by bringing a dish or dessert. Below are parents who volunteered to set up tables representing different countries. Please contact them if you would like to participate in their table:
- Marco – Italian Table – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lucy Chie – Asian Table – email@example.com
- Naomi Arbel – Israeli Table – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Noa and Estelle – French Table – email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gabrielena Alcala – Latin Table – email@example.com
If you have any questions/thoughts/ideas, please contact the organizer Gabriela Kroszynski at firstname.lastname@example.org. All DEVO families and staff are invited. Come celebrate our DEVOrsity!
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 email@example.com. We'd like to remember every performance, event, field trip, and child.
Ms. Manning-Mingle Will Run the Boston Marathon for the BEF
Devo's art teacher, Emily Manning-Mingle, is running the Boston Marathon on behalf of the Brookline Education Foundation. You can support her and BEF at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/EmilyManning-Mingle/team-brookline-2015
Box Tops and Labels for Education
The Box Top$ coordinators want to wish you a Happy New Year 2015! Now that our children are back to school from the winter break, we would like to remind you of an easy way to help support and earn money for Devotion. You can collect Box Tops and Labels for Education. Just clip them out of your groceries that you use every day. You can go to www.boxtops4education.com, and www.labelsforeducation.com to check out all the participating products. You can also print the collector sheet here or go to the Box Tops website and print out one of the sheets they have to place your Box Tops on. Once you clip them out put them in a Ziploc bag or in an envelope with your child’s name on it and child’s classroom, so that your child can be entered into the first Box Top$ contest for 2015.
If you have any questions please feel free to email the Box Tops coordinators: Misti Jaynes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Noa Vardy-Boros at email@example.com. Thank you for your support and participation.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
TOWNWIDE Band/Jazz Band Spring Concert
Monday, May 18, 6:30 pm, Lincoln School Auditorium
Students should report to the music room at 6:15. Dress is white tops/black bottoms, or as close to that as you can. Please email Mr. Stone (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns.
Brookline’s Wellness Committee Launches Website
Did you know that since 2007, The Public Schools of Brookline’s Wellness Committee has been committed to examining and supporting a variety of programs addressing student health? The committee, which meets four times a year, comprises school, community, and health representatives as well as students and parents, all invested in addressing a range of youth-serving initiatives in areas of nutrition, fitness/recreation, mental health, chemical health, teen dating violence, and climate change awareness. Check out the committee’s newly launched website, www.BrooklineWellness.weebly.com for a wealth of information.
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:
- April 30, 2015
- 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 Sadhna Brown (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 Sadhna Brown or Pam Roberts (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 get the Devotion Garden ready for winter! From helping us get organized, obtaining compost buckets and new locks, and planning the tasks to our hardy volunteers who enjoyed a brisk fall morning yesterday 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.
- Thank you to Gillian Webster who is going to put together a printed directory this year, for all of you adults and students who enjoy having an in-hand version.
- 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 is Coming — May 27-29
Where: The Devo Library. What: Pick up great books for your children’s summer reading • Find titles from the recommended and required summer reading lists • Teacher wish lists are great for year-end gifts • All proceeds benefit the Devo DSA. How you can help: Sign up to volunteer for a 2-hour shift. Sign-up sheets will be posted in early May. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.)