Brooks Elementary School News Archive

Legoland Giraffe to be Renamed in Honor of Gio Maggiore

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

On Wednesday, May 31, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston will host a ceremony to rename “Tessie” the large LEGO Giraffe outside of their building to “Gio” in honor of Giovanni Maggiore, the Medford six-year-old who passed away in April after battling congenital heart problems. Gio was a student at the Brooks while his mom is a teacher at the Columbus School.

We’d like to invite all of you to come join us for this special ceremony. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston’s Master Model Builder Megan Amaral will be on hand to present the family with a special gift.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 31 at 3:00 pm

WHERE: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston
Outside by LEGO Giraffe
598 Assembly Row, Somerville

Tessie to Gio the Giraffe

Electronics Recycling Event May 27th

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Saturday, May 27 between 9:00 am & 1:00 pm

Brooks Elementary School
Enter via driveway on Prescott St.

What can I recycle?

– All electronic and electrical gadgets, including TVs, computer monitors, fax machines, cell phones, etc.; i.e. any battery-operated or electric equipment.

– Any reasonably sized metallic objects, e.g. old file cabinets, grills (no propane tanks), old tools, etc.

Cost:

Recycling charges range from $5-25, depending on the item. Cash only. Tax deduction receipt will be provided.

All items will be properly re-purposed or recycled by CRT, a local R2-certified operator.

Fundraiser organized by the Brooks School PTO

Speech, Language, and Hearing Department Launches Website

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Check out https://mpsspeech.com/!

Our Speech, Language, and Hearing Department staff have worked very hard to put together this site, which has the following goals:

  • To educate parents, guardians and caregivers
  • To give tips to build communication skills at home
  • To answer frequently asked questions
  • To provide a list of department staff members

K-1 Transition Meeting June 6th

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Medford High School Library

Please join Assistant Superintendent Diane Caldwell and first grade teacher Susan Renaud for an informational meeting regarding your child’s transition from kindergarten to first grade.

Limited child care is available. Please contact the Medford Family Network at 781-393-2106 by Friday, June 2nd.

welcome to 1st grade

Preschool Registration

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Three options:
McGlynn Preschool
Make Way for Kids
Medford Early Education Program (MEEP)


McGlynn Preschool Registration May 1-12

An inclusive preschool program for children with and without disabilities

September 2017 – June 2018

Full school-day program!

OPEN REGISTRATION PERIOD: MAY 1-12, 2017

A LOTTERY SYSTEM WILL BE EMPLOYED IF DEMAND EXCEEDS SPACE. The lottery will be held on May 16 @ 10 A.M. in the Early Childhood/Afterschool Office.

Schedule

  • Monday: 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
  • Thursday: 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • Friday: 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • This is a five-day a week school year program.

Cost

$778.00/Month –Families may be eligible for scholarship assistance available through a sliding fee scale based on income and family size.

Click here to find out more about our FACTS online payment plan.

Eligibility: Child must be 4-years-old by August 31, 2017.

Application: Download the application- Microsoft Word or PDF

Questions: Cheryl Alpers @ 781.393.2102 or calpers@medford.k12.ma.us

If an Interpreter to translate this information is necessary, please call ELL office at 781-393-2348.

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

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

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

This program is subject to state appropriation of funds. This program is partially funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.


Make Way for Kids Preschool

We are truly a unique preschool experience. The preschool program is a learning lab for vocational and high school students. They are involved with assisting the preschoolers as well as developing and executing developmentally age appropriate curriculum that is always supervised by the two teachers.

The preschoolers enjoy exploring through the classroom learning areas with their peers and big buddies. Our preschool time is filled with various activities such as free choice time, organized circle time, arts & craft, snack time and gross motor time, and many other fun and exciting activities to explore.

A.M. class meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Your child must be 3 years old by August 31. Ages served 3-5 if not eligible for Kindergarten.

If you would like to set up an appointment, please contact Ms. Michele Farquharson at 781-393-2210 or email at mfarquharson@medford.k12.ma.us.


Medford Early Education Program

The MEEP programs are located at Medford High School, and the Brooks, Columbus, and Roberts Elementary Schools. The Medford Public Schools Early Education Program (MEEP) recognizes the primary goal of early childhood education is to promote independence, self-confidence, self-esteem, and an enthusiasm for learning. These qualities are essential to future educational success.

MEEP is designed to provide children with a safe, secure and nurturing environment in which children can learn about themselves, each other, and the world around them. The curriculum utilizes a developmental approach based on well-established principles of development. It addresses the whole child in areas including the development of cognition, communication, language, social interaction, play skills, motor abilities, and self-help skills. Children are encouraged and taught to make choices among a range of activities, especially those that are based on their own interests and experiences.

The daily schedule is intended to balance indoor and outdoor periods, active and quiet times, and individual, small group, and whole group activities. The curriculum offers children opportunities for experience with paint, clay, water, sand, blocks, puzzles, a wide variety of manipulatives, music, movement, books, dramatic play, and cooking to name a few.

A major component of the preschool program is to help children develop positive self-esteem and an enjoyment of learning. Much emphasis is placed on the child’s capacity to develop and enjoy friendships, to begin to learn to resolve conflicts, and to learn respect for the feeling, ideas, and differences of others. The program values each child’s unique abilities and facilitates development at a pace and level consistent with each child’s ability.

MEEP is an integrated preschool setting that serves children who are ages 3 through 5 and not yet eligible for kindergarten. There are up to 15 children in each class. Eight children are developing typically and 7 have been identified with special needs. Each class has a teacher, at least 2 other staff members, and therapists. Some classrooms also have high school interns.

Program Options for 2017-2018 School Year

Morning Program
Brooks and Medford High School
5 days/week 9:00 to 11:15
Tuition per month: $292.50

Afternoon Program
Brooks, Medford High, and Roberts
4 days/week 11:50 to 2:05 (M. T. Th. F.)
Tuition per month: $234.00

Columbus Elementary School*
5 days/9:00 to 1:00
Tuition per month: $520.00
*Children must be 4 years old by 8/31/17
or
Brooks Elementary School*
Brooks Elementary School*
5 days/9:00 to 2:05 (Wed. to 1:00)
Tuition per month: $650.00
*Children must be 4 years old by 8/31/17

Contact Denise Rogier for MEEP applications: 781-393-2155 x4218, 781-393-2177 x3150, or via email at drogier@medford.k12.ma.us or download the application. Drop-off or mail the application to the Roberts Elementary School, 35 Court Street, Medford, MA 02155, ATTN: MEEP/Ms. Rogier.

Application deadline is May 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM. We are not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. If there are more applicants than openings in any of the programs as of the deadline, MEEP will hold a lottery on May 30, 2017. Siblings/multiples are counted as individuals in lotteries. Application deadline to be entered into any needed lotteries is May 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Applications received after the May 26, 2017 deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

When you are accepted in the MEEP program a letter will be sent to you offering placement in one of the classrooms. Bring this letter to the Parent Information Center at Medford High School when you register.

To consider the registration process complete and be eligible to attend MEEP:

1. The child must be registered and medically cleared through the Parent Information Center at Medford High School.

2. Registration in the FACTS Management System should be completed https://www.medfordpublicschools.org/for-parents/facts-tuition-online-payments/

3. The Tuition Agreement received

4. The $50.00 registration fee received

5. The first month’s tuition received

For more information about MEEP, contact Cheryl Maiocco: cmaiocco@medford.k12.ma.us, 781-393-2166, or 781-960-3274.

Nutrition Nuggets

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
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Medford Community Schools Summer Fun Program Grades K-6

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Medford Community Schools is offering their popular summer vacation camp at the Medford High School with Director Anthony Petrelis and staff.

Your child will participate in a number of activities from sports, games, arts & crafts, movies, swimming, and much more!

Registration

Doors Open/Drop-Off at 7:30 am
Doors Close/Pick-Up at 4:30 pm

NO DAILY RATES AVAILABLE- WEEKLY ONLY
RATE $145.00 per week

Dates
Week 1: June 26 – June 30
Week 2: July 3 –7– ( July 4th closed)
Week 3: July 10 – 14
Week 4: July 17 -21
Week 5: July 24 -28
Week 6: July 30 – Aug 4
Week 7: Aug 7 – 11
Week 8: Aug 14 – 18

***Breakfast is provided everyday and Pizza Day is every Friday for lunch***

Please bring:
Sneakers
Sandals (for pool only)
Towel
Bathing Suit
Sunscreen
Snack
Lunch
Water bottle
Any medications – to be given by licensed EMT

2017-2018 Afterschool Program Registration- Updated

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Afterschool Pre-Registration and Payment Procedures for School Year 2017-18

Please click here to download the pre-registration form (PDF)

Happy Spring! Afterschool enrollment for School Year 2017-18 for new afterschool families begins April 3, 2017. Paperwork can be mailed or dropped off at the afterschool program or afterschool office (Medford High School). No FAXES or EMAILS will be accepted.

Do I need to pay a registration fee? All families are required to pay a yearly $50 non-refundable registration fee if your child(ren) will be enrolled in the Medford Public Schools Afterschool Programs. NOTE: You will need to pay the $50 fee at the time of registration for each Medford Public Schools program that uses the FACTS payment system but your first payment will be credited $50 if you enroll in more than one program. 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 21, 2017 along with an eligible voucher if one is not on file.

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.

What are all the Enrollment Steps for families NOT receiving vouchers? The process is as follows: (1) Return Pre-registration form along with a check or money order for $50. (2) Register/reregister with FACTS (if you do not have a voucher) by July 1, 2017 and determine payment date. If you already have a customer number you will keep that number. (3) Be sure your first payment for August’s/ September’s tuition is made by August 21, 2017. (4) Return your Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 by August 21, 2017. The Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 will be mailed/emailed beginning the week of July 31. 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 is as follows: (1) Return Pre-registration form. (2) Confirm by August 21 that the Afterschool Office has a current voucher on file for the start of School Year 2017-18. (3) Pay invoice (minimum payment: deposit plus one week’s tuition). (4) Return your Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 by August 21, 2017. The Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 will be mailed/emailed along with an invoice beginning the week of July 31. 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. Payment must be in the form of a personal check, bank check, or money order. If you wish to make online payments, please contact Cheryl Alpers (781-393-2102).

What if I want to add/change days after I register? 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 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 29, the first day of school for children in Grades 1-5. Afterschool starts on September 6, the first day of school for children entering kindergarten.

Financial Assistance remains limited. If you would like to be considered for scholarship assistance, please contact Cheryl Alpers at calpers@medford.k12.ma.us. We will contact you in July to complete paperwork and discuss eligibility.

Thank you for following these guidelines. For families not receiving a voucher your Pre-registration is official when paperwork and the registration fee are returned and you have completed the FACTS registration process by July 1. For families receiving a voucher your Pre-registration is official when paperwork and an active voucher are on file. (Note: You will only receive notice if you have been placed on a wait list.)

Please click here to download the pre-registration form (PDF)

2017-2018 Before School Program Registration

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Registration for new Before School program students begins Monday, April 3, 2017.

Please bring completed registration form to the Assistant Superintendent’s office at Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street between 8 am and 12 pm or 1 pm and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

The Medford Public Schools’ Before-School Program is available to assist working parents & guardians with early drop off for students in grades K-5 at the four elementary schools. The program runs from 7:30 AM until the start of the school day.

Enrollment is offered on a first come, first served basis.

$127.30 per month for 5 days a week
$95.50 per month for 3 days a week

Building Bridges to Kindergarten: A Presentation for Parents/Guardians

Friday, March 17th, 2017

This presentation includes information for parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students.

Brooks 2016 DESE School Report Card

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
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Bus Stop Choice Form

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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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 transportation@medford.k12.ma.us.

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 May 15, 2017

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Last day of school is Thursday, June 22, 2017

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)
  • Monday, March 13, 2017- Staff professional development day
  • 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

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

Master Events Calendar

School Calendar 2016-2017

The last day of school is Thursday, June 22, 2017.

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2017-2018 Calendar (next year)

Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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