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Friday, October 18, 2019

What are the Bobcat Be-s?

This afternoon, our students were treated to a special presentation of Johnny the K courtesy of our BES PTO! This wonderful performer was full of uplifting music and stories that were focused on character education. We talk, daily, about the three Bobcat Be-s: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. Johnny takes it to the next level through song and an excellent hat collection. Thank you to the PTO for arranging this great assembly and thank you to everyone who contributes to the fundraisers that fund it! Ask your kids about it. I'm sure they'll have something to share. 

For those of you who follow our social media streams (Facebook and Twitter) or who have heard about it from your kids, every week we celebrate several Students Of The Week! But who gets it? Well, that can vary. A handful of teachers each week are asked to nominate students who show the aforementioned Bobcat Be-s, who have shown incredible effort/kindness/progress or even just needs a little extra recognition. We celebrate on Fridays with certificates and my personal favorite, a bubble party! You can sometimes see the bubble safety googles in the pics on the smiling faces. I believe that every student has a reason to be recognized and we're going to do our best to find a week and a reason to celebrate as many as we can. 

The week ahead:

  • Saturday-Sunday (1/19-20) 
    • Keep Boylston Beautiful!
  • Monday (1/21) 
    • Monday Night Football! Patriot's Day!
  • Wednesday (1/23) 
    • Title 1 Breakfast  
  • Friday (1/25) 
    • Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Friday, October 11, 2019

All the news

Now that October is in full swing, we find ourselves preparing for one of my favorite BES traditions, the Halloween Parade! For those who are new to BES, every year we have a parade on Halloween day (10/31). Parents are invited to attend the parade around the front bus drop off but are only allowed to enter the building afterward if they are a scheduled volunteer in the classroom. The parade starts at approximately 1:30 but I recommend people come early to get good/legitimate parking spaces. Costumes should be weapon-free and not something that will scare our younger students (remember we have kindergarteners here too). It is also important that teachers recognize the students so faces must be visible. It should be a blast!!!! If your family does not celebrate Halloween or you would like your student to be excused from the parade and festivities, please let their teacher know and we will have alternate activities in the building for them to participate in. Get the most bang for your buck out of your kids' costume at the dance on Friday 11/1! If you'd like to volunteer there is a sign-up here
As we wind up the BEF Penny Wars, the PTO is winding up for what could be our last "cardboard" Box Tops collection next week. For those of you who have spent years collecting this cardboard gold, the company is moving digital. You can find information about our drive in the electronic folder. This competition is classroom-based. That means the top two classes win prizes and the top group gets to vote on a special class activity supervised by me. I'm thinking of an epic Gaga ball game or Sink the Ship!
Speaking of the PTO, did you know you could contribute to their fundraising efforts without doing anything you don't do every day.  Did you know every time you buy something from Amazon you could be making a donation? How about Coke products? Do you get groceries from Stop & Shop or Price Chopper? All of these organizations give a portion of their profits back to schools. Learn more here

This week the Kindergarteners took our first field trip of the year and I asked a few of them to guest blog about their experience. Nothing like hearing it straight from them: 
Our Trip to Honey Pot Hill
Maria: It was so much fun! We had the yummiest apples! We got to pick Empire apples and they were big and red! After picking apples we had cider doughnuts and apple cider. They were delicious!
Giuliana: I enjoyed picking apples, getting pumpkins, and of course the hayride. The hayride and the bus were bumpy but really fun.
Piper: The apples that we picked were so good! We got to eat one when we were finished picking them and filling our bags. They tasted kind of sweet and a little sour.

The Week Ahead:

  • Monday (10/14)
    • No School - Columbus Day
  • Tuesday (10/15) 
    • Box Top Collection Period begins
  • Friday (10/18)
    • Johnny the K presentations courtesy of the PTO
    • Bobcat Pride Day!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Take a three day weekend!

Happy Friday on a Thursday! 
I'd like to start out by thanking Mrs. DiFonso who acted and blogged in my absence last week while I attended a multi-day training. She did a great job! This is also my opportunity to remind everyone that today is like Friday for the students. Please don't send the kids to school tomorrow. The district will be having a professional development day and much of the staff will be working on adopting, aligning and developing lessons for the new civics standards. Important work that we're lucky to be able to do! 

A few notes from around the building: 

It is election season at BES as we have begun the process of electing this year's Student Council. It's exciting to see so many students want to take on a leadership role within the building and lend their voice to making BES a better more enjoyable place full of deep learning every day. And I do love their posters. Too many good ones to share them all! 
BEF has asked me to remind you that our annual Penny Wars commences when we return from the long weekend! The rules can be found in the electronic folder. Jugs will be housed just outside of the cafeteria for all to see, but not to block the entryway. 
This week we celebrated our Custodians. For those of you who haven't met Ryan and Mike, they are the reason the school is unlocked and clean in the mornings. They're the ones that come in on the weekend to open up for special activities and they're the ones who disinfect the building once the cold bugs start running through. They do so much more than that. We appreciate them this week during Custodian Appreciation but really every day. Thanks too, to Mrs. Barry for making the banner for them. 
Mrs. DiFonso can't give up the blog and did ask me to remind everyone that Mini-Courses will begin next week! IF you have not heard confirmation from her, please send her an email ASAP at

The Week Ahead: 

  • Friday (10/4)
    • No School - Teacher PD
  • Monday (10/7)
    • BEF Penny Wars begins!
    • School Council
  • Tuesday (10/8)
    • K through 3rd Fire Safety Program courtesy of BFD
    • School Committee
  • Wednesday (10/9)
    • Kindergarten Field Trip
  • Thursday (10/10) 
    • Bus Evacuation Drills
    • Patriots Day! The Pats take on the Giants for Thursday Night Football!
  • Friday (10/11)
    • The conclusion of Penny Wars!

Friday, September 27, 2019

This Week's 4-1-1

This week has been a busy one here at BES.  Please catch up on all of the 4-1-1 you need to know!

We'd like to remind all parents and families that school drop off does not begin until after 8:00AM. We are finding that some children are being dropped off before 8:00AM and are waiting unsupervised by the doorways until it is time to enter the building.  Due to safety concerns, we ask that you please do not drop your child off before 8:00AM or leave them unsupervised in front of the building.  If you should have a childcare need before 8:00AM, we encourage you to reach out to the Before School Program, who can safely supervise your child before school starts.

At this week's staff meeting, our school psychologist, Mrs. Fantana, shared with staff the latest from  the Department of Mental Health.  "Different Kinds of Hurt - Isaac's Story" is a story about how it is "Okay to not be okay."  It is a graphic novel and animated short film on how two classmates each experience pain.  One student has an injured leg, while Isaac suffers from anxiety and depression.  It encourages kids to speak up about what they are feeling and to know it is okay to not feel okay.  If you'd like to know more about it, here is the LINK. On this site, is the animated short film, as well as tools to have these kinds of conversations at home with your children.

HEY VOLUNTEERS!  We are looking for parent volunteers to help "man" our Bobcat store every Friday for 1.5 hours during our students' lunches.  This would occur on a rotating basis!  If you are interested, please email Mrs. Koziak at Our little BES Bobcats thank you!

Calling all kind children!  On Friday, October 11th, from 3:00-4:15, we will hold our first BES Kindness Club meeting of the school year.  We plan to meet once a month, and we welcome any students who enjoy spreading kindness. What is the Kindness Club, you ask?  Well, we are a group of students, staff, and parents who simply want to make the world a better place. In the past, we have enjoyed a variety of activities, including crafts, service projects, other fun things together.  New and old Kindness Club members can join us at our first meeting as we discuss our plans for this year. Please be sure to bring an extra snack and drink to enjoy at the meeting. Parents, please remember to update the daily School Dismissal Manager if your child will be attending the Kindness Club meetings, and kindly remember that pick-up is promptly at 4:15.  We hope to see you there!

Just a reminder, if you are concerned about mosquitoes, we recommend applying bug spray at home before coming to school.

Did you know KBB volunteers have picked up 18,000 pounds of trash from Boylston’s roadsides since 2016! How many pounds do you think we will pick up this Fall? Guess in the comments below. Sign up for the Fall clean up HERE! Thank you for the opportunity to do the blog, Mr. Thompson!  - Mrs. DiFonso                   


The week ahead:

Wednesday (10/2)
  • Custodian Appreciation Day - Thanks Mike & Ryan
Thursday (10/3)
  • Bruins Day! Wear your Black & Gold or your favorite team's colors!
  • PTO Meeting at 6:30pm

Friday (10/4)
  • NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

Friday, September 20, 2019

A week of smiles!

What a great week! Between picture day, tremendous turnout for Open House, another tie cutting, and the sloth traveling to Mrs. Lubarsky's class there has been plenty of reasons to smile! This week's blog is mostly informational. I hope you find it helpful. 

As the cooler weather sweeps in, I'd like to remind you to send your students into school in layers. I like to call it sweater weather. The morning recess can be chilly and you never know what it will look like by midday. Mrs. Bowen also makes a concerted effort to get the kids outside for PE while we still can so a light jacket or long sleeve tee shirt can be beneficial on those days. 

Mrs. DiFonso has asked me to remind you that those mini-course registrations are due to her by 9/25! There are a ton of fun offerings this year!

The Boylston Educational Foundation (BEF) has asked me to let you know that penny wars are coming. They are making a few tweaks to it this year, and we will be sharing those with you as we get closer. I just wanted to give you some time to start collecting those coins and checking between those couch cushions. We will commence October 7th through the 11th. 

You'll find basketball sign-ups, the BEF vendor fair and Boylston Rec announcements this week!

The Week Ahead: 
It's looking like a quiet week
  • Tuesday (9/24)
    • School Committee Tour of BES
  • Friday (9/27)
    • Football Friday! 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Happy Friday!!!

Our PTO Fundraiser is in full swing but it's not over yet! Coops have started rolling in and my tie has it's first cut courtesy of Grace L in 1st grade. As of now, our sloth mascot Flash is in Mrs. Barry's 3rd grade class. That could change though. The next collection is on Monday and the final one if Friday. Still plenty of time! 

I want to remind everyone about two big events next week. Tuesday is our picture day so please be sure to send your child in with a smile! On Thursday, we will have our annual Open House. Many families have children in multiple grades so we try to plan accordingly. Each classroom will give the same overview of expectations and curriculum twice during the night. Doors open at 6:00 but the first presentation will start at 6:10 and end at 6:45. There is a five minute passing time before the second presentation starts at 6:50. Mr. Zanghi has asked me to make sure you know he will be around to meet parents and answer questions about the newly unified district, our educational system or the Patriots. We will have a handful of 5th-grade volunteers to help you find your student's room if you're unfamiliar with the building and maps will be available as well. Veteran tip: there are a few moves every year. Grab a map or ask your child what color wing their class is in ahead of time. 
Please remember, this is not a time for parent conferences. I am sure many of you have questions but please try to be mindful that Parent Conferences are scheduled for November 7th (in the blink of an eye). If you have a student-specific question, I'd encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher via email or phone. Also, unfortunately, we are not able to offer babysitting services during the Open House this year. I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday!

Mrs. Fantana (our school psychologist) asked me to remind all of you about her lunch bunch program, specifically for grades 3 through 5. Forms were sent home the other week but we are still accepting late registration. If you've misplaced the form or it has fallen victim to the dark abyss that is a child's school bag you can always get another copy through her website. I hate to admit it but Mrs. Fantana's office has better toys, games, and fidgets then the Principal's. 

If you happen to be around on Saturday, September 28th around 2:30, I'd encourage you to swing by Berlin's Old Home Day. Our own Superintendent Zanghi will be participating in the Pie Eating Contest. Cheer him on and be sure to get plenty of pictures. He is a rookie to this sort of competition so it promises to be a learning experience. If you do get any good pictures, feel free to share with Kristi Turgeon. I'm sure the administrative team could find some good use for them! 

The week ahead:
  • Monday (9/16)
    • PTO Fundraiser collection day
  • Tuesday (9/17)
    • Picture Day
  • Thursday (9/19)
    • Open House 6:00-7:30
  • Friday (9/20)
    • Last collection day for PTO fundraiser
    • Patriot Friday as they prepare to take on the Jets!

Friday, September 6, 2019


This week we put the FUN in Fundraiser thanks to our PTO! I'm sure your child came home from school on Thursday talking about "Coops," "Umbrella hats," and "Pig races." Some of them, especially the young ones may have forgotten to mention that this is all tied into the PTO fall fundraiser. Kids are encouraged to bring in their first round of submissions on Monday and address books by Tuesday. The class with the highest sales will get the mascot (a giant stuffed sloth) and the individual kids with the highest sales will get to cut my tie. I'm glad the PTO got me a special tie for the occasion so I don't have to sacrifice one of my favorites. Where do the pigs come in? Each class that meets their participation goal gets a robotic pig which we will decorate and race in November. The PTO does so much for BES and much of it is because of the money raised through these types of fundraisers. Thank you all for your support!

Thank you to all who attended last nights PTO meeting. It was a great turnout! For those who did not attend, they asked me to remind you that you can purchase Bobcat T-shirts (proceeds support the PTO) through two companies. Palomar is a local company that provides the basic/traditional Bobcat gear. But because variety is the spice of life we also provide options through SpiritShop that has many customizable options as well. All are great for Bobcat Pride days, Field Trips, Field Day, and for showing our school pride out in the community! Also, in case you weren't aware, each grade has its own color. Kindergarten is yellow, 1st grade is green, 2nd light blue, 3rd red, 4th purple and 5th navy blue. 

This week, Mrs. Sullivan, our passionate librarian asked me if she could share with all of you in my blog. It is rare in life that you encounter truly passionate people but we are lucky enough to have both Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Sullivan here at BES who find pure joy in children's literature. You have to celebrate that! 
"We have a hidden gem in our, not so close, backyard. If you haven’t been to An Unlikely Story in Plainville, or heard about it from your children, you are missing out!!   
An Unlikely Story is a bookstore owned by Jeff and Julie Kinney Jeff is the author of the highly successful, and hilarious, Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. A visit to the bookstore is an adventure. They offer more than books and a quiet cafe. One look at the action packed events calendar will have you racing over. They offer storytime for the littles, ukulele lessons, yoga, and trivia and open mic night, just to name a few. But the main reason Kathy Murphy (Reading Specialist) and I visit frequently are for the author visits. We have met Jeff Kinney,  Kate DiCamillo, Andy Griffiths, Jarrett Krocozcka, Jane Yolen, Ann Braden, and many more. After the presentations we always get in line to get a book signed and pictures with the authors!! We’re like kids in a candy store!! I have a bulletin board in the library with pictures of all of the authors that we have met. It’s getting pretty crowded!! An Unlikely Story hosts both children and adult authors. I have also met Dale Arnold, who is a Bruins sportscaster, and Min Jin Lee, who is the Korean American author of Pachinko.
Currently I just registered for free tickets to Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series. Her newest book, I Survived the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 was just released last week (I have a long waiting list for the Book Chat). Rob Buyea of the Mr Terupt Series will be there in October and Matt Tavares will be there in December. Events are added all the time.
Once I get my Friends of the BES Library Facebook page up and running I will start posting when an author is coming, but you can subscribe to their newsletter. Most visits are free but some do require you to purchase the book and with that you get 2 tickets. A link to the website is . Their Twitter account is @unlikely_story and they have a FB page as well. They video all of the authors and put the videos on FB and on . 
If all that isn’t enough to make you take the ride the bookstore is located right down the street from the Wrentham Outlets!! Hope you find time to enjoy the store and some of the authors!!"

The week ahead:
  • Monday 9/9
    • First PTO order due date
    • School Council
  • Tuesday 9/10
    • School Committee
  • Wednesday 9/11
    • Early Dismissal at 11:45
  • Friday 9/13
    • Electric Safety Assemblies (Grade 2 and 4)