Columbus Elementary School News Archive

Columbus Celebrates Spirit Day!

Monday, February 27th, 2017

The Columbus School celebrated another Spirit Day, courtesy of the Conduct & Citizenship winners, who requested “Backwards Day.” Check them out!





AMS Incoming 5th Grade Open House 3/2 6-8PM

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

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3rd Grade Wax Museum Photos!

Friday, February 17th, 2017

On Friday, February 17 Columbus third graders held their wax museum to share what they learned in their biography reports.

Middle School Open Houses in March

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Andrews Middle School
Mr. Paul D’Alleva, Principal
Thursday, March 2, 6 to 8 pm
Parents/guardians and current grade 5 students invited
Mr. D’Alleva and staff will be available to answer questions
Student-led tours and classroom visits
Overview school programs

McGlynn Middle School
Mr. Jacob Edwards, Principal
Thursday, March 16, 6 to 8 pm
Parents/guardians and current grade 5 students invited
Mr. Edwards and staff will be available to answer questions
Tour of building and workshop for students
Overview school programs

Columbus Clubhouse Enrichment Clubs

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Columbus School PTO Enrichment Committee is pleased to offer enrichment clubs for Spring 2017! A second session of club offerings for grades K-5 will be available later in the school year in Spring 2017.

To Sign Up
Forms must be received by Monday, February 27. Register online at: or complete the paper form on the last page of this flyer and return the form to the Main Office. You can pick up extra paper forms in the Main office or download forms at

Please do not send money with your registration form at this time. We will collect all payments after confirmation of enrollment. Make checks payable to the Columbus School PTO with the club name on the memo line. Cash must be in a sealed envelope labeled with your child’s name. Exact change is appreciated. A limited amount of scholarship funds is also available. If you would like to request financial assistance for your child to participate in a club, please contact Ms. Kay at 781-393-2177 x3506 before submitting your registration form.

Parents/guardians must make arrangements for pick-up immediately after the club. There is no bus service. Only children in Grades 4-5 will be allowed to walk home without a parent or guardian. Children who normally go to the Afterschool program at the school will go there after their enrichment club has finished. All other children should be picked up by a parent/guardian or other responsible person indicated on the registration form. For safety, children will not be sent outside to a waiting car. You must park your car and sign your child out in person.

Student Behavior
We hope every child’s experience in the clubs is fun and positive. Disruptive behavior diverts energy away from the club for everyone involved. Participants who disrupt club activities will be asked to leave without a refund.

Enrollment Confirmation and Waitlist
Club placement is done by lottery, not first-come. All forms received by the deadline will be treated equally. To reduce the amount of paper that we use, please provide an email address for confirmation and communication about the enrichment clubs. Families will receive an e-mail, phone call, or text before the first meeting of the club. Please don’t send your child to a club unless you’ve received confirmation. If you don’t receive confirmation of enrollment, it means your child was waitlisted or we did not receive a completed form before the deadline.

——— Remember: Forms are due Monday, February 27 ———

Columbus Clubhouse Enrichment Club Descriptions, Spring 2017, Session 1

Arts & Crafts Club—A Celebration of Artists
(Grades K-2)
Cost: $15
Limit: 10 students
Club leader: Cristina McGorty, Columbus Parent
Join us in a celebration of art and let out the budding artist within yourself! We will be examining the work of famous artists, exploring various art materials, and trying out different techniques. Since things could get messy as we immerse ourselves in art, the club leader will provide smocks when needed, but please dress accordingly
Runs 5 weeks (Mondays) Mar. 6, 20, 27; Apr. 3, and 10. NO MEETING ON MARCH 13.
Pick up time: 3:50 pm
Student helper (grades 4-5) needed for this club

Geometric Art
(Grades 2-5)
Cost: $20
Limit: 10 students
Club leader: Ingrid Moncada, Columbus Parent
Discover how simple geometry and math concepts can help you create beautiful art pieces. We will focus on a different idea every day, including origami, string art, tesselations, 3d shapes, etc. We will use new tools like rulers, compasses and spirographs. You don’t need to like math or geometry to enjoy exploring new ways of creating your own amazing art pieces!
Runs 6 weeks (Tuesdays) Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28; Apr. 4, and 11.
Pick up time: 3:45 pm

Intro to Cheerleading
(Grades 3-5)
Cost: $35
Limit: 10 students
Club leader: Ms. Vincent, Columbus Teacher
Students will learn cheerleading basics, including motions, cheers, and stunting, as well as gymnastics, like somersaults and cartwheels. It is recommended that students wear comfortable clothes and sneakers- think of what you wear to gym class!.
Runs 6 weeks (Tuesdays) Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28; Apr. 4, and 11.
Pick up time: 3:45 pm

Library Club
(Grades 1-2)
Cost: $2
Limit: 8 students
Club leader: Amanda Fowler, Columbus Librarian and Parent
Parent volunteer: Allan Janik
This session of Library Club is open to Grades 1 & 2 only (Grades 3-5 will be during session 2 in May). Mrs. Fowler, the Librarian, will read aloud from a chapter book and there will be free time for reading, crafts, games, and puzzles in the school library.
Runs 4 weeks (Tuesdays) Mar. 7, 14, 21, and 28.
Pick up time: 3:30 pm

“Eggcellent” Egg Decorating
(Grades K-3)
Cost: $5
Limit: 7 students
Club leader: Lisa Freimark, Columbus Parent
We will dye eggs and do egg crafts using a variety of materials including traditional dyes, natural dyes, fingernail polish, string, and paper collage. Ceramic eggs will be provided for any students with egg allergies.
Runs 6 weeks (Wednesdays) Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29; Apr. 5, and 12.
Pick up time: 2:30 pm

Rubik’s Cube Solvers
(Grades 4-5)
Cost: $15
Limit: 8 students
Club leader: Aybike Crott, Columbus Parent
Come and learn how to solve the 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube. Previous experience is not necessary, but your determination and enthusiasm is a must. We will start with solving the first layer, then progress to second and finally third. If you’re determined, you can do it!
Runs 6 weeks (Wednesdays) Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29; Apr. 5, and 12.
Pick up time: 2:45 pm
Student helper (grades 4-5) needed for this club

Winter Wiggles!
(Grades K-2)
Cost: $30
Limit: 15 students
Club leader: Maureen Ronayne, Columbus Parent
Parent volunteer: Lani Bond, Columbus Parent
We are excited to offer a winter session of miscellaneous structured activities. We will start off with a snack and then freeze dance to use some of our energy. Afterward there will be various offerings including LEGOs, coloring, a reading center (using Orton Gillingham flashcards) and a sensory area (it may be a little messy so please dress accordingly).
Runs 6 weeks (Wednesdays) Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29; Apr. 5, and 12.
Pick up time: 2:30 pm
Student helper (grades 4-5) needed for this club

Intro to Ballroom and Latin Dancing
(Grades 3-5)
Cost: $35
Limit: 12 students
Club leader: Ms. Cogbill, Columbus Teacher, and Michael Coughlin
Intro to ballroom and latin dancing club, including dances like the waltz, east coast swing, and salsa. Please wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable to move in.
Runs 6 weeks (Thursdays) Mar. 9, 16, 23, 30; Apr. 6, and 13.
Pick up time: 3:50 pm

Intro to Ballet and Jazz Dancing
(Grades K-2)
Cost: $25
Limit: 10 students
Club leader: Amy Famiglietti, Medford Community Member
Students will learn beginner ballet and jazz movement while exploring creative movement in our ballet/jazz combination class. Dance helps to build confidence, balance, flexibility, strength and helps to improve memory skills and musicality. Please wear comfortable gym clothes. Amy Famiglietti is the owner and Artistic Director of The Dance Studio. She has a bachelors degree in Dance Education and is trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, pointe, and acrobatics with minor training in folk dance, square dance, ballroom dance, African dance, Bollywood and Bharatanatyam. Her dance companies have performed at a number of venues, including The Boston Celtics, Providence Bruins, Walt Disney World Resort, and a number of charity and community events. “I believe that dance is truly for everybody and am so excited to share my passion for dance with the students of Columbus Elementary.”
Runs 4 weeks (Fridays) Mar. 10, 17, 24, and 31.
Pick up time: 3:30 pm

Student Helpers Needed!
(Grades 4-5)
Free for volunteers!
Limit: 1-3 volunteers per club
We are looking for a few responsible, kind, and hardworking 4th and 5th grade student helpers for the following clubs: Arts and Crafts Club, Rubik’s Cube Solvers, and Winter Wiggles! This is an opportunity to help other Columbus students while becoming a Columbus community leader.
Arts and Crafts Club commitment is for 5 Mondays: Mar. 6, 20, 27; Apr. 3, and 10. NO MEETING MAR. 13. Pick up: 3:50.
Rubik’s Cube Solvers commitment is for 6 Wednesdays: Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29; Apr. 5, and 12. Pick up: 2:45.
Winter Wiggles! commitment is for 6 Wednesdays: Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29; Apr. 5, and 12. Pick up: 2:30.

Conduct and Citizenship Award Winners

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Each month the teachers at Columbus Elementary School choose one child in their classroom to win the Conduct and Citizenship Award. The child chosen has given their best effort each day to be Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. Here are some examples of what the student needs to accomplish to meet the award criteria:

1. Obey the school rules;
2. Obey the classroom rules;
3. Arrive to school on time;
4. Come to school prepared to work;
5. Looking out for the welfare of others.

The following children received this award in the month of January 2017:

KINDERGARTEN: Gloria Babish, Philip Catanzano, and Amalia Weyant

GRADE ONE: Lennox Lafleur, Nicholas Morris, Kadisha Paul, and Lucas Rosse

GRADE TWO: Harrison Haith and Charlie Stefanopoulos

GRADE THREE: Sofia Davis, Isabella Hallahan, Nevaeh Ruseau, and Matthew Young

GRADE FOUR: Quan Baran, Jahlany Blanchard, Noureldin Eldeb, and Sacha Silvia

GRADE FIVE: Sophia Perez

Conduct and Citizenship award winners

Works of Wonder

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Columbus Elementary School is awarding students, staff, and families each week for performing works of wonder throughout the school day. Our Columbus community constantly performs deeds that make another say, “WOW!”

We want to recognize these wonderful works therefore each week certain children, staff, and even family members will receive a “Works of Wonder – W.O.W.” certificate and pencil. Be sure to congratulate them for the recognized deeds.

January Works Of Wonder Award Winners:

Kindergarten: Arnob Barua, Phillip Catanzano, Maria Clara Damascena, Ryan De Miranda, Michelle DeSimone, Ethan Edsell Vetter, Paola Flores Castillo, Guilherme Godinho, Eloise Johnson, David Maciel, Shay McFeely, Chloe Millien-Termile, Naomi Nascimento, Violet Peppe, Wantony Pessoa, Amari Pitterson, Lotte Ribisel, Ryan Satlher, Lushadeson Thermidor, Junie Thero Basquin, and Bernado Vicente.

First Grade: Nataly Barreto, Tristan Basile, Amahri Brandao, Abrielle Cartolano, Keanan Crott, Julia DaSilva, Isabelle DeSouza-Viera, Alyssa Do Carmo, Paulo Gomes Sousa, Henry Goncalves, Lennox Lafleur, Samuel Silva, Jake Slonimsky, Alaina Souza, Gabriella Trizlova, Gemma Tucker, and James Young.

Second Grade: Sean Beizerov, Max Davis, Kate Fowler, Harrison Haith, Issac Jean-Baptiste, and Azalea Ouk.

Third Grade: Jayden Burns, Anna Castillo, Kimberly Dao, Sofia Davis, Christine DesAutels, Raphael DeJesus, Darnesha Desrosiers, Budom Ezeani, Flerentin Jean-Baptise, Jaspreet Kaur, Theo Miller, Shamika Moise, Chloe Papas, Sophia Simao, Mason Sullivan, and Xeni Ververis.

Fourth Grade: Declan Flaherty, Maggie Fowler, Sophia Green, Hailey Hernandez, Jossira Kouyate, Shanna McKenna, Jeremy Morris, Lily Morris, Ngawang Phunkhang, Sanntana Russell, and Patricia Salomon.

Fifth Grade: Bodour Belayachi, Elijah Buelto, Anthony Cartolano, Christina Charles, Manuel Cruz-Flores, Daniel Cupertino, Sofia D’Amelio, Anthony Difronzo, Eleni Fadis, Henrique Faria, Chris Farrell, Miles Feigin, Anderson Garcia-Castellanos, Angel Grandos, Kendra Jean-Rene, Aaniyah Johnson-Occeus, Bobbi Kalaw, Emily Keats, Emma Kiley, Jack Lombardo, Lorkens Lubrenat, Ethan McKnight, Mia Moretti, Ryleigh Mulvihill, Ruth Nakitende, Samuel Nazaire, Austin Price, Lindsey Quinn, Terrence Russell, Victoria Tolomio, Maria Tsaknis, Landon Welch, and Noah Yurasko.

Staff & Community Members: Mrs. Burke, Mrs. Carvalho, Mrs. DiPersio, Mr. Glionna, Mr. McGlynn, Mrs. Nobrega, Mrs. O’Connell, Mrs. O’Donohue, and Mr. Plati.

Kindergarten Registration Information for 2017/18 School Year

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Kindergarten Registration for the School Year 2017/2018

Kindergarten Enrollment is for children who will be five (5) years of age – by August 31, 2017.

All registrations must be submitted in person at the Parent Information Center, no exceptions.

Please note: Registration forms will not be mailed out; all forms can be downloaded below.


Parent Information Center located in the main lobby at Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street


Beginning Monday, March 6, 2017:
Parent Information Center Hours
7:00 AM-3:00 PM

Extended hours:
Tuesday, March 7 & Wednesday, April 12, 2017
3:00 PM-6:30 PM

April vacation:
Tuesday, April 18 & Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Early registration is recommended to ensure placement in your neighborhood school.

Parent or Legal Guardian must bring the following:

1. Registration Forms- download here (PDF)

2. Proof of Residency
a. 2 current utility bills (i.e. water, gas, electric, mortgage statement or lease) in Parent or Legal Guardian’s name OR
b. Notarized Residency Affidavit (download here) signed by the home owner and and two current utility bills in the name of the person with whom you are residing.

3. Student’s Birth Certificate

4. 4. Student’s immunization record, a physical exam within one year, lead test results, tuberculosis test results or tuberculosis risk assessment, and vision screening with stereopsis. All incoming kindergarten students must be medically cleared before the start of school.

5. Photo Identification of Parent or Legal Guardian. Legal Guardians will have to provide a Caregiver Authorization Affidavit. (Available at the Parent Information Center)

6. For Special Education students: please provide district with Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Registrations will not be processed unless all of the required documents (listed above) are received.

All students are assigned to their proximity zone/geographical zone school. The School Assignment by Street listing can be found here. Parents who wish to send their child to a school outside their proximity zone may fill out a choice selection form at the time of registration. Choice assignments are granted based on space availability, sibling preference and diversity plan guidelines. If requests are approved, parents will be notified at the end of August. Transportation to a non-proximity zone school is the parent’s responsibility.

Registration forms for our Before School and Afterschool programs will be available for new families beginning Monday, April 3, 2017. Space availability is on a first come, first serve basis. A child must be registered with the Medford Public Schools in order to register for Before and Afterschool programs.

Non-English or limited English speaking students will be assessed by the ELL staff.

If an Interpreter is needed to interpret this information, please call the ELL office at 781-393-2348.

– Casa necessite de um Interprete para traduzir esta informacao, por favor contactar o escritorio de ELL no numero: 781-393-2348 (Portuguese)

-Si un Interprete es necesitado para tradusir esta informacion, por favor contacta la officina de ELL en numero: 781-393-2348 (Spanish)

-Si w bezwen yon Entèprèt pou tradui enfòmasyon sa a pou wou, souple rele biwo ELL nan nimewo sa a: 781-393-2348 (Haitian-Creole)

Free Science on Saturdays Events at MIT

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
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Youth Softball Clinic for Girls in Grades 5-8

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Total Fitness and Skills Clinic

The clinic will be run by MHS Head Varsity Coach Jack Dempsey along with UCONN baseball star Tim Dempsey which is specifically designed for softball players focusing on speed, core strengthening and agility skills. It will incorporate the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. The clinic is open to all girls in grades 7 to 12. It will be held at the Medford High School gym cages 1 + 2 and also at the new balcony batting cages on Wednesday’s starting on Wednesday Feb 22ND from 7:00-9:00 pm. (4 clinics total: Last clinic will be held on Wednesday March 15th). Be sure to bring bats, gloves, helmets, sneakers and comfortable gym clothing!

Hitting Clinic

The clinic will be run by MHS Head Varsity Coach Jack Dempsey, the Medford High Coaching Staff, and some Medford High Varsity softball players. It will incorporate the fundamentals of hitting, slapping and bunting. The clinic is open to all girls in grades 5 to 8. It will be held at the Medford High School batting cages located above the pool on Saturdays March 4th from 10-11 am, Saturday March 11th from 10-11 am, and Saturday March 18th from 10-11am.

Pitching and Catching Clinic

The clinic will be run by MHS Varsity Coach Jack Dempsey, the Medford High Coaching Staff and Medford High Varsity softball players. It will incorporate the fundamentals of pitching and catching. The clinic is open to all girls in grades 5 to 8. It will be held at Medford High School in the Balcony Batting Cages on Monday’s February 27th, March 6th, and 13th 7-8 pm.

February Newsletter

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
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Spring MCAS Testing Dates

Friday, January 13th, 2017

English Language Arts

  • Monday, April 3rd – Grade 5 ELA
  • Tuesday, April 4th – computer-based testing (CBT) Grade 4 ELA
  • Wednesday, April 5th – Grade 5 ELA
  • Thursday, April 6th – CBT Grade 4 ELA
  • Friday, April 7th – CBT Grade 4 ELA
  • Tuesday, April 11th – Grade 5 ELA
  • Tuesday, April 25th – Grade 3 ELA
  • Wednesday, April 26th – Grade 3 ELA
  • Thursday, April 27th – Grade 3 ELA


  • Monday, May 1st – Grade 5 MATH
  • Tuesday, May 2nd – Grade 5 MATH
  • Friday, May 5th – CBT Grade 4 MATH
  • Tuesday, May 9th – CBT Grade 4 MATH
  • Thursday, May 11th – Grade 3 MATH
  • Friday, May 12th – Grade 3 MATH

Science, Engineering & Technology

  • Thursday, May 18th – Grade 5 SCIENCE
  • Friday, May 19th – Grade 5 SCIENCE

Medford Family Network Winter Newsletter

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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Weather Conditions & Outdoor Recess Policy/Procedure

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Recently some elementary parents have raised a concern that students were not allowed to have an outdoor recess on certain cold weather days.

We all recognize that “recess” is an important element of the school day. It provides an opportunity for students to get a break from academics and to burn off excess energy through exercise. Current “time and learning” regulations as well as the curriculum demands of school limit the amount of time we can allow for recess at this time.

Outdoor recess is desirable in most instances because it changes the environment and provides a fresh air opportunity to students. However there are significant reasons to keep students indoors when weather conditions are adverse. There is no national standard for keeping students indoors for school recess. As a result site principals make the decision based upon local conditions.

Pediatricians point out that many children are more vulnerable to cold weather than adults. “Children are not small adults.” Children are more susceptible to hypothermia.

Temperature alone is not sufficient to control decision-making. Wind chill, rain, ice, snow, and other factors must be considered.

Not all students have sufficient layered clothing to withstand extreme cold and other weather factors. Student safety is the most important consideration. Decisions cannot be made with “a broad brush.” We can encourage outdoor recess but ultimate decisions must rest with the building principal at the local school site.

The following are some steps that we can take to make outdoor recess more likely. They are drawn from various sources:

  • Advise parents to provide layered clothing including hats and gloves to children during the winter months. Schools may be able to stock a limited supply of supplemental items for students who come unprepared.
  • Re-schedule recess for a warmer part of the day if possible.
  • Shorten the time spent outside. Mix indoor with outdoor time.
  • Differentiate which students are best equipped to handle outdoor recess by age on a given day.
  • Closely monitor certain students who may be more susceptible to cold conditions.

The Superintendent will direct Principals to keep a log of the days when outdoor recess is not implemented. We will collect the data and review it this spring to see what patterns emerge.

In the interim it is my strong recommendation that Principal discretion be maintained. We trust our Principals to make many safety decisions regarding students. This is just one of the many safety decisions they make on a regular basis.

School Superintendent Roy Belson

Columbus 2016 DESE School Report Card

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose an overview of the Columbus School’s “report card.” Report cards answer important questions about a school’s overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

In this report you will find the following important information about our school:

Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

– Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach;
– Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver;
– The college degree and major of your child’s teacher;
– Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

Assessment results: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) for 5th Grade Science and Technology and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests as compared to the district and the state. Because we took PARCC last year, the school was held harmless.

School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:

– Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 2. One school in the district increased their scores and so we are no longer Level 3.

– School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 14. This means that our school is performing higher than 14 percent of the elementary schools in the state.

– Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher. The Columbus PPI did not meet target.

To improve student achievement in our school, we are conducting MOCK MCAS 2.0 sessions three times per year at all grade levels – 3 through 5, Tuft’s tutors for grades 2 and 3, Mystic Valley Elder Care Services to offer support in the classroom, the support of a Math Coach, practice with Open Response type assessment questions, implementation of Response to Invention blocks, instructing students to reply to all assessment questions with best estimates, and differentiated instruction; to name a few instructional strategies.

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:

– Encouraging your child’s learning at home;
– Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings;
– Serving as a volunteer in our school or district;
– Encouraging other parents to become involved.

For the full report card visit For more information about our school’s report card or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at 781.393.2177 or


Kathleen Kay

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‘Little Free Library’ Now Available!

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The Columbus Elementary School recently installed a “Little Free Library.”

Mr. Eric Handler, the husband of one of the Columbus’ special education teachers, Mrs. Shannon Handler, enlisted Ms. Kara Rossi and a few of her fifth grade students in working together on this project, which will be featured in the future on PBS!

Mr. Handler worked together with his Design Squad Kids and the Columbus School to install their handiwork. (The full video production will be completed in about two months.) The students had a great time and worked really well together. Mr. Handler was very impressed and happy with their work on such a cold day.

According to the description from the Little Free Library website, “a Little Free Library is a ‘take a book, return a book’ free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.”

Ms. Rossi is very excited to be the steward for the Columbus Little Free Library. The Columbus Elementary School’s Little Free Library is officially registered and has a beautiful plaque with their registered Charter Number.

The entire Columbus community is invited to visit and use the library. There are some books in there now but it is their hope that community members will make donations to the box when they take a book to read… Basically, they ask that, “Give one and get one!”

For over two years, Ms. Rossi has wanted to get this project off the ground. With the help of Mr. Handler and his work in television production, the Columbus was able to acquire the Little Free Library at no cost to the school.

“We are grateful to see the idea of Ms. Rossi and Mr. Handler come to fruition so seemlessly AND to be able to offer this wonderful service to our neighborhood and community,” said Principal Kathleen Kay.

Little Free Library

Pictured left to right – Ms. Kara Rossi, Raphael Beauchemin, Lindsey Quinn, Henrique Faria, Emma Kiley, and the Design Squad Kids – Miles and Kaeleen.

Little free library

This is Eric Handler from PBS. He worked with Design Kids Team from his company to create the Little Free Library you see in the photo. Ms. Rossi and some fifth grade kids helped install it on November 27th. The other woman in this picture is his wife, Mrs. Shannon Handler, a special education teacher at the Columbus.

School Year 2016-17 Bus Routes- Updated Jan. 11

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
  1. Please be 10 minutes early to your morning pickup location. Buses tend to run a little behind the first days of school and will settle into a timely routine in 2-3 weeks.
  2. Afternoon runs tend to run behind as well the first 2-3 weeks.
  3. Be respectful of the personal property that abuts the bus stop.
  4. No “boom boxes” will be allowed on the buses.
  5. If transporting musical instruments on the bus, check with the driver as to where they should be placed. Space is tight as each bus has a large number of riders.
  6. Bus riders in grades kindergarten through second grade must be met by a parent/guardian/or designated other. If not, they will be returned to school and must be picked up there.
  7. Bus riders in grades kindergarten through second grade will be provided (at school) a bus tag that must remain on their backpack for the duration of the school year.
  8. Please see your school’s handbook for bus riding rules.
  9. Only student bus riders may board the bus. Parents/guardians/designated others must wait curbside.

Questions? Please email

Thank you!

– Medford Public Schools

School Year 2016-17 Bus Routes
As of Jan. 11, 2017

Starting times are indicated for the first stop of each bus route. Plan on roughly 5 minutes between every stop on the route.

2016-17 School Calendar- Updated Feb. 17

Monday, August 8th, 2016

School Holidays

The following is a list of NO SCHOOL DAYS this year:

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 – Columbus Day
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – Election Day/Professional Development Day for Teachers/Staff
  • Friday, November 11, 2016 – Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25, 2016 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Monday, December 26 – January 2, 2017 – Winter Recess (school resumes January 3, 2017)
  • Monday, January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 20 – 24, 2017 – Winter Vacation (school resumes Monday, February 27, 2017)
  • Friday, April 14, 2017 – Good Friday
  • Monday, April 17 – 21, 2017 – Spring Vacation (school resumes Monday, April 24, 2017)
  • Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day

Tentatively, the last scheduled day of school, including (5) snow days, would be June 21, 2017.

Elementary Schools are in session from 8:40 AM – 2:35 PM

Middle Schools are in session from 8:00 AM – 2:20 PM

Medford High School is in session from 7:40 AM – 2:18 PM

Medford Vocational Technical High School is in session from 7:40 AM – 2:18 PM

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Register for the 2016-17 After School Program

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Online Payment Introduction Letter

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Thank you for registering with the Medford Public Schools (MPS) in the afterschool program.

We are pleased to offer you a convenient online method to enroll in a payment plan with FACTS Management Company. This letter pertains to all families who are not receiving state vouchers.

Go to FACTS to set up a payment plan by July 1, 2016:

To begin, simply type the Online Access address into the address bar of your internet browser. After registering you can sign-in: click on the Set up a Payment Plan link for your child’s program at MPS. If you are a returning FACTS family, see the information provided.

At signup, families choose the day of the month convenient for budgeting. Families must set up their monthly payment plan by July 1 to select either a 5th of the month payment date beginning in August or a 20th of the month payment date beginning in August. Initial preregistration will not be completed until a payment date is set up. (Reminder: Your yearly Enrollment Contract for School Year 2016-17 is due at the afterschool office by August 20. Afterschool starts on the first day of school, August 30, for children in Grades 1-5 and September 7, the first day of school for kindergarten children). If you enroll after July 1, you may jeopardize your afterschool slot and payments will be spread over fewer months resulting in higher monthly payments. Tuition amounts will be posted shortly after you register. You will receive an email once your tuition costs for the 2016-2017 School Year have been posted to your FACTS account. If you have questions regarding tuition, please contact Cheryl Alpers at the afterschool office.

Cheryl Alpers


We are excited to offer this tuition payment system! If you do not have a computer, or access to a computer, contact the Afterschool Office.

Letter to Returning Families

Happy Spring! Afterschool enrollment for School Year 2016-17 for new afterschool families begins April 4, 2016. If you are signing up for afterschool remember to return the enclosed Pre-registration form along with the required registration payment of $50 (families receiving vouchers do not pay a fee). No FAXES or emails will be accepted. For further assistance contact Cheryl Alpers at 781-393-2102. Paperwork can be mailed or dropped off at the afterschool office, 489 Winthrop Street.

  • Do I need to pay a new registration fee? All families are now required to pay a yearly $50 non-refundable registration fee if your child(ren) will be enrolled in one or more of the following Medford Public Schools programs: Before School, After School, McGlynn Preschool, Kids’ Corner, Make Way for Kids, or MEEP. You will need to pay the $50 fee for each program at the time of registration but your first payment will be credited if you enroll in more than one Medford Public Schools program. Note: Afterschool families receiving vouchers do not pay a registration fee.
  • Do I pay a deposit? Deposits will only be required if a family has a voucher. The deposit will be due by August 20 along with an eligible voucher.
  • How will I pay my monthly tuition payments? All tuition payments for families not receiving a voucher will be made using FACTS Tuition Online Payments (see attached letter).
  • What are all the Enrollment Steps for families not receiving vouchers? The process will be as follows: (1) Return Pre-registration form along with a check or money order for $50. (2.) Register with FACTS (if you do not have a voucher) by July 1, 2016 and determine payment date. If you already have a customer number you will keep that number. (3.) Make your first payment for August/ September’s tuition by August 20, 2016. (4.) Return your Enrollment Contract for School Year 2016-17 by August 20, 2016. The Enrollment Contract for School Year 2016-17 will be on the Medford Public Schools website beginning the week of July 5 and mailed/emailed beginning the week of August 1. The Enrollment Contract can be scanned, mailed or FAXED (781-393-2123) to the Afterschool Office.
  • What are all the Enrollment Steps for families receiving vouchers? The process will be as follows: (1) Return Pre-registration form. (2) Confirm by August 20 that the Afterschool Office has a current voucher on file for the start of School Year 2016-17. (3) Pay invoice (minimum payment: deposit plus one week’s tuition). (4.) Return your Enrollment Contract for School Year 2016-17 by August 20, 2016. The Enrollment Contract for School Year 2016-17 will be on the Medford Public Schools website beginning the week of July 5 and mailed/emailed along with an invoice beginning the week of August 1. The Enrollment Contract can be scanned, mailed or FAXED (781-393-2123) to the afterschool office. Please note that we will no longer accept cash or personal checks. Payment must be in the form of a bank check or money order. If you wish to do online payments, please contact Cheryl Alpers (781-393-2102).
  • What if I want to add/change days after I register? Unless there are extenuating circumstances, e.g., family member loses a job, families may make a schedule change effective October 1. (The adding of days is based on program availability.) All requests must be in writing (email is acceptable). Note procedure: We now require a two-week written notice to drop days with schedule changes only going into effect the first of the month. October 1 is the first month of allowable schedule changes.
  • When does afterschool start? Afterschool starts on August 30, the first day of school for children in Grades 1-5. Afterschool starts on September 7, the first day of school for children entering kindergarten.

Financial Assistance remains limited. If you are interested in a scholarship please contact Cheryl Alpers at 781-393-2102 or

Thank you for following these guidelines. Your pre-registration is official when paperwork and payment is returned and you have completed the FACTS registration process by July 1.

2016-17 Afterschool Program Registration Form

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