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Fun fun fun! The last week of school

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On Thursday, we held our Field Day to celebrate and close out a most interesting school year. Rather than write about it, I tried to be a better photographer this week than I was last week. Special thanks to Keith from Keith's Music house for providing the music that made it a party! Last week, our school community came together to celebrate the careers of several of our wonderful staff members. After a combined 105 years, these staff members are retiring from public education. Mrs. Ellis has been a paraprofessional at BES for the last 10 years. Mrs. LaPierre has been a fixture in our kindergarten for the last 15 years. Ms. Lubarsky, who retired this past October, and had taught with us for 20 years. Many of you may also know that Mrs. Sullivan (the nurse not the librarian) is retiring after 26 years at BES. And finally, after 34 years, Mr. Andrews will no longer be playing with fire and dry ice daily at BES. I am sure many of you have crossed paths with these caring and c

Dare I say normal?

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This week felt the most "normal" since last March! We celebrated our Amazing Race for Education with a whole school recess, Mrs. Gaucher's class science experiment, and picnic lunch for RFE lead donors! Mike the Bubbleman even made the return for our Kindergarteners (what has been a yearly tradition). Our annual soap carving took place outside.  Rather than write extensively, I collected some pictures. They do say, a picture is worth a thousand words! And now we gear up for the last full week of school! !  Mrs. Bowen has asked me to share this information about Field Day next week. The day was planned before the state loosened safety requirements and so was planned without volunteers. Given the nature of the year and the many times we had to go back to the drawing board, we elected to keep our original plan and look forward to welcoming so many helpful parent volunteers back next year!  Another annual tradition we were able to keep this week was our 4th grade "Person

Fun fun fun!

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This summer we are encouraging all students to take a little time to spend on Freckle!  They can have fun with the games and keep their brains in shape at the same time!  We are sponsoring a summer virtual program from Monday, July 12th through Friday, August 20th (6 weeks).  It is designed to be self-paced and geared to support students in practicing English Language Arts and mathematics skills in a fun and engaging way.  Just as important, it will serve as a way to prepare our students for our return to school.   We will have two coordinators available to support and encourage students and their families, and to celebrate progress with them along the way. If you are interested in having your child(children) participate in our Freckle Summer Fun Program, please complete this quick questionnaire  no later than Friday, June 11th.  (Please complete one per child who will be participating). As the year winds down and COVID restrictions lighten up we are working to make the end of the year

Full Week!

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Some week's there is just a little information to share, other weeks there doesn't seem to be enough room to put it all. I will leave the updated guidance around student mask wearing to the superintendents communication but just want to add a reminder that students may still elect to wear masks whenever they choose.  For those who swung by for drop off or pick up this week there was some added decor. The Boylston Education Foundation (BEF) planted their pinwheel fundraiser in the front of the building and we kept track of grade level contributors. It has added a real fun welcoming when those shiny wheels blew and (I imagine) put a smile on some masked faces. The grade that ended up with the most was 5th grade with over 350 pinwheels! Congratulations! They will earn an extra recess. Just a reminder the BEF is an organization of parents with the sole mission of raising money for BES. Normally, they provide teacher grants for new creative instructional ideas and this year helped s

The Amazing Race!

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The race to the end of the year is on! And so is our Amazing Race for Education! With everything changing so drastically this year, the PTO has made a small and fun adjustment to our typical "Race for Education." This year, on May 21st, classes will go out and complete their own scavenger hunt in "The Amazing Race" style. It promises to be a fun day! Please send kids in with their Bobcat gear or class colors.  Kindergarten is yellow  1st grade is green  2nd grade is light blue  3rd grade is red  4th grade is purple  5th grade is navy blue  Next week, weather permitting, we are also going to try a new lunch procedure. Since we've returned fully we have been exploring the idea of eating lunch outside. Not only is this a safer option, but it eliminates the need for assigned seating. We have finally entered the time of year when the weather is most likely to cooperate. The cafeteria will deliver lunches to the classrooms before the start of lunch. Students will take

Thank you!

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I wanted to take a moment and thank you all for making us feel so appreciated during teacher appreciation week. From a beautiful sign in the front to flowers, cookies, personalized mugs, coffee/donuts, candy apples, and kind notes of encouragement. It all meant a lot! I also want you to know is it a two-way street. We genuinely appreciate the support from parents and the community at large. It is a great town to teach in and we value the relationships we have here. Thank you!  As the year picks up steam we are working on recreating many of our typical end-of-year traditions so please keep your eyes out. 5th-grade recognition planning is in full swing and we are working to design some sort of field day with the COVID guidelines in place. More information to follow on all of these and more.  I have been asked to share information about Fall Youth Football. Please see below:  Registration is now open for the 2021 Fall Youth Football and Cheer Season!  If you have any questions please emai

Here come the May flowers!

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For your planning purposes, we will be administering the MCAS testing in grades 3 through 5 in May. This year's test will look different than it has in the past. The State has worked to limit them in duration. In the building, we will not be over-emphasizing them. Our focus will continue to concentrate on the social-emotional well-being of our students. Our teachers know where gaps in instruction are and where we have seen the most successes so the focus on this year's test will be to make it as least disruptive as possible. The scheduled days are below:  3rd grade - 5/17 and 5/18 4th grade - 5/17 and 5/18 5th grade - 5/18, 5/19, and 5/20 Next week is staff appreciation week! Our teachers and staff have worked so hard this year to support our children, I hope you will find time to let them know how much they are appreciated. I know a nicely worded email or a picture/note from a student (past or present) has always meant the most to us.  It feels like we just got back and we'