The Renaissance Bulletin

 

November 4, 2022
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Dear Renaissance Families,

I hope this email finds you well and the new school year is off to a great start.

This is the new edition of The Bulletin, designed to keep our parent community informed about all of the wonderful things happening at the Renaissance.

I hope you enjoy it and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time with questions or suggestions. I can be reached at abuckmire@brcps.school.

I look forward to seeing you on campus.

 

Warmly,

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL UPDATE

Students have participated in Fall benchmark assessments across K1-2. We use this data to inform our instruction and an intervention/enrichment time called What I Need (WIN) block. Reading and math teachers work with classroom teachers to provide support and small group instruction for students. Groups are determined based on the information we gathered from the beginning of year assessments and student progress will be monitored on a regular basis. The beginning of year data collected is incredibly helpful to ensure we are providing each student with instruction focused on what they need.

Below is a table of the assessments we collect as well as some photos of our scholars hard at work during WIN time! We look forward to sharing more with you all soon about your child’s individual progress during WIN time and beyond.

 

 

 

UPPER SCHOOL UPDATE

Academic Updates

WIN is in full process in the Upper School. WIN stands for “What I Need”. This is a time for students to work on foundational academic skills and get strategic individualized instruction. Students have been working on either ELA or Math for the past 3 weeks. Next week begins the switch to the alternative content.

As a school we are participating in two Math Pilots. Grades 3 and 5 are working with Bridges curriculum while Grade 4 and 6 are using Illustrative Math. Teachers meet weekly to review the curriculum and plan for the students. The goal is to establish a curriculum that would be most beneficial for our students at the end of the year to then shift into a school wide math curriculum

 

Announcements/US News:

Click the image below for Middle School Info (Grade 5 & 6 Families).

Middle School Padlet (Grade 5 & 6 Families)

 

We have an official Student Council! The 6th graders held speeches for the student council office positions two weeks ago. The 6th grade student cohort then voted on the people they would like to see be a part of the student council to work with school leaders to help our school community grow and improve. The student council will consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and then 3 homeroom representatives from 6th grade and 4 homeroom representatives from 5th grade. We are excited to see what this amazing group of students can do when they work together.

 

Upstanders of the month are presented at grade level community meetings. September’s core value was kindness. Each classroom voted for a student who showcased kindness through the month of September. Once an Upstander is selected they are showcased in the grade level community meeting. We are so proud of all the Upstanders who are being leaders in the school. There are some pictures below.

 

The Core Value of the month for October was Courage. Students who show courage by pushing through challenging situations are highlighted at the end of the month by their peers. We love to see courage in the classroom when students share their learning and thoughts with the class regardless of how nervous or scared they may be. This courage helps all learners become stronger in their social and academic skills.

Electives are continuing to be a huge success in the Upper School. Students are working on activities like; water color, Bollywood dancing, computer programming, environmental science, soccer and track. This time is giving students opportunities to work on their social and emotional learning as well as leadership skills. The joy during these sessions on ½ day Fridays is palpable.

 

VISUAL/PERFORMING ARTS
Mrs. Rizzo’s is teaching conducting to our young scholars! Keith Lockhart and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, get ready!

 

Mr. Provenzano is completing an art project with his students The work below is the response to the question: “What is your idea/dream of what a better world would look like?” Two pieces will be selected to be in an exhibition in November.

These paintings and mixed-media pieces (using more than one type of material eg. paint, marker and crayon) were done by Samuel, Evangeline and Emmaline from Ms. Marshall’s class.

 

Mrs. Baker assisted her students in a really cool project which encouraged community and accountability!
Take a look!

 

STUDENT SERVICES
October was Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is one of the most common ways students struggle with reading. Dyslexia is neurobiological in origin and affects someone’s ability to accurately and fluently recognize words as well as their decoding and spelling skills.  One common misconception is that Dyslexia affects vision. Evidence based instructional strategies can support students in these affected areas and help them become proficient readers. For more information about Dyslexia, the science of reading, and instructional strategies to support students with Dyslexia, see the  flyer below.

 

There are still plenty of spaces available on the BRCPS SEPAC! This is a great opportunity to join and participate in a community of parents who share your special education concerns and experiences. For more information, please see the SEPAC FlyerPlease complete this form if you are interested, or email Stacia Copeland at scopeland@brcps.school

There are still plenty of spaces available on the BRCPS ELPAC! The purpose of the ELPAC is to provide families with the opportunity to have a voice in their child’s English language education. Our goal is to build supportive and collaborative partnerships among and between parents, school staff and leaders, and community members! For more information, see the ELPAC Flyer. Please complete this form if you are interested in joining the ELPAC or email Shelby Galvin at sgalvin@brcps.school.

FAMILY SERVICES

Coat Drive 2022

This fall/winter we are hosting another Coat Drive to benefit our students in need. This is going on from Monday, October 24 to Monday, November 21.

If you have any LIGHTLY used coats in which you would like to donate, please drop them off at the front desk. Coats can be dropped off during regular school hours as listed on the school website. All sizes are welcomed. We will also accept donated winter accessories.

If you or someone you know is in need of a winter coat, please feel free to stop by the front office to grab one or you can reach out to our Family Engagement & Partnerships Liaison Tamairi Rivera at trivera@brcps.school.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • November 4th: Half Day for Students
  • November 18th: Half Day for Students
  • November 18th: STEAM Day
  • November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 15th: Curriculum Night (Student led conference night)

 

 

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September 30, 2022
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Dear Renaissance Families,

Welcome back for what I know will be another wonderful school year. On behalf of our entire team here at Boston Renaissance, I’m excited to welcome everyone to our community and a special welcome to our new families.

Last year, we debuted The Bulletin, designed to update you monthly about all things Boston Renaissance. The feedback we received has been fantastic.

I hope you enjoy this edition and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time with questions or suggestions. I can be reached at abuckmire@brcps.school

I look forward to seeing you on campus in the coming months.

Warmly,

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL UPDATE

 

Back to School
Lower School scholars are back in the classroom!

Lower School scholars back in their classrooms

 

We are Upstanders!
At BRCPS, our community strives to live our core values:


Lower School students can earn stickers as a class for showing these core values as a collaborative team. Additionally, K1-2 can earn Upstander tickets. What is an Upstander? A member of our community who embodies our core values and listens, acts and unites to positively add to our school community. Students can earn Upstander tickets to showcase their hard work (they’ll proudly show off their Upstander sticker too!). Their earned tickets enter them in a raffle for small prizes and recognition.

 

Learning through Themes: Trimester 1 – Community & Listening
Lower School students explore their place in the community through K1, K2, 1st and 2nd grade units of study. This trimester, all grades are beginning with the theme of community, learning their place in the community, how to build strong communities and how we learn in our communities. Students are practicing self awareness skills throughout the day, including listening to each other and themselves.

 

Studios
A new and exciting component for grades K2-2 this year is called Studios. Studios provide opportunities for children to dig deeply into each unit’s Big Ideas and to express their developing understandings through diverse means. There are different types of studios — science & engineering, storytelling & acting, building, art, research — to name a few. The materials and activities are designed to further push children’s thinking about the Weekly Questions, thus deepening and expanding children’s understandings. New possibilities for the topic of study emerge from the discoveries and questions that arise as children direct their activity with purpose, seriousness, and playfulness. Adult observation, peer collaboration, and ongoing feedback all contribute to high-quality work. In Studios, students apply their developing skills in literacy and language; their thinking as scientists, historians, artists, and mathematicians; and new vocabulary in every discipline. In Studios, children and adults engage in a culture of creativity, exchange of ideas, problem solving, and revision as they negotiate the subject matter at hand.

Studios also provide time to foster those skills and dispositions not easily measured: self-regulation and self-expression, creative and critical thinking, collaboration, communication (often called 21st Century skills). The work in Studios is both dynamic and challenging. Children’s social emotional engagement is stimulated by invitations to make personal connections to the topics of study, through multiple points of entry, and through the demands to work collaboratively with others and to reflect on one’s own work and the work of others.

Studio time in lower school classrooms

 

 

UPPER SCHOOL UPDATE

Academic Updates
Throughout the month of September students have been taking their benchmark and diagnostic assessments to better support individualized instruction during literacy and math. If interested in your child’s results, please reach out to their classroom teacher. 

Announcements/US News:
In September we are focusing on the core value of respect and celebrating individual scholars from each classroom who demonstrated this core value. The class votes for an individual and they are recognized at the monthly community meetings. October will focus on the core value of courage!

We are celebrating LatinX/Hispanic Heritage Month! Classroom teachers are utilizing time within their morning meeting and social/emotional learning blocks to honor and recognize historical figures and to learn about the culture and history of Latin and Hispanic countries. Families are encouraged to share their own historical roots by scanning a QR code and creating a video. See the letter and code here.

Electives have begun in the upper school! Students were able to select their top three areas of interest and were put into groups. Students get to participate in their electives on half day Fridays. Ask your scholar about their electives!

 

VISUAL/PERFORMING ARTS
The Specialty Team is back for another year with over 200 years of combined experience in educating young people! To our beloved team members, Mr. John Provenzano and Mrs. Angela Sabir, celebrating over 25 years at the Boston Renaissance, we salute you!

BRCPS Specialty Team

Last, we are thrilled to welcome back our violin and music specialist, Mrs. Caroline Rizzo. We are excited to bring string instruments back to the Renaissance!


Also, please join me in welcoming two new members of the Specialty Team. First, bringing back Theater Education to the Boston Renaissance scholars is Mr. Dan Reulbach. He will teach theater to our K-6 scholars this year. We are certainly looking forward to classroom productions under Mr. Reulbach’s leadership.

Next, after looking far and wide, we are pleased to announce our new Physical Education teacher, Mr. John Gilbert. Using his expertise and experience, our scholars will continue to develop healthy strong bodies.


 

STUDENT SERVICES
Welcome to School Year 2022-2023! We are excited to continue our mission to support all students and their unique learning needs through the resources and support within the Student services department. See the information below to become familiar with the parent and family resources available at BRCPS!

SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)

PLEASE JOIN OUR SEPAC: The purpose of the SEPAC is to provide families with the opportunity to have a voice in their child’s education.We currently have openings for all roles! This is a great opportunity to join and participate in a community of parents who share your special education concerns and experiences. Please complete this form if you are interested, or email Stacia Copeland at scopeland@brcps.school.

 

 

ELPAC (English Learner Parent Advisory Committee)

PLEASE JOIN OUR ELPAC: The purpose of the ELPAC is to provide families with the opportunity to have a voice in their child’s English language education. Our goal is to build supportive and collaborative partnerships among and between parents, school staff and leaders, and community members! Please complete this form if you are interested in joining the ELPAC or email Shelby Galvin at sgalvin@brcps.school.

 

Mental Health Resources

The BRCPS Mental Health team has compiled a variety of resources on their website to support students and their families. If you need more information or assistance, please contact the mental health hotline at 617-910-1273 Monday’s-Friday’s from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 

Health Office Information

Updates to the BRCPS COVID-19 guidelines have been made available on the Boston Renaissance Website. For any further questions, please contact the health office at 617-357-0900 x1102, x1103, or x1104.  

Family Resource Center

The Family Resources Center is open and available for you throughout the school year. Remember, this space is for YOU. Please feel free to come by anytime between 7:30am to 3:15pm to utilize the center and to check in for any resources you may need for yourself or even for someone you may know.

Globe Santa 2022

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered again this year with Globe Santa to help make this holiday season special for our families. If your family is interested in Globe Santa’s services, please refer to this flyer  for more information on. All information must be submitted to me no later than Monday, October 31st.

Families receiving benefits through DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance) must enroll through the agency.

 

CMOHS Comes to BRCPS

We have partnered again this year with Commonwealth Mobile Oral Health Services to provide your student with onsite dental services. Services will be conducted throughout this school year, every Tuesday, starting Tuesday, October 18th. Your child will be sent home this week with a form in which you must complete,  and turn  into your child’s teacher. Services are completely OPTIONAL.

If you have any questions pertaining to the program, please reach out directly to CMOHS Program Director, Tammy Cataldo at tammy.cataldo@cmohs.us, 508-947-0111

 

 

IMPORTANT SCHOOL-WIDE UPCOMING DATES

  • October 10th: Indigenous Peoples Day: No School
  • October 14th & October 28th: Half Day for Students

 

 

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The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as a selection of volunteers, vendors, and employers recruiting at the Boston Renaissance. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.