The Renaissance Bulletin

April 25, 2022
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Dear Renaissance Families,

It’s nice to say hello to you in this second edition of “The Bulletin.” As the weather gets warmer it’s so wonderful to see our scholars enjoying their time outside. The sound of their play and laughter fills the campus with joy and the Renaissance essence.  As we hit the homestretch for this school year, we continue to work towards a strong close and have already begun our planning for next school year. I’m happy to share our school calendar for next year in order for our families to plan appropriately. In the event of updates, I will certainly pass them along to you.

As we continue to work both throughout our school and our surrounding community, I am always happy to welcome individuals who make a significant impact on our City each and every day. One such person visited our school recently and left a lasting impression on members of our Student Council. City Councilor At-Large Ruthzee Louijeune visited us and toured our campus. Following the tour, we had the pleasure of hosting her for a meeting with our Student Council, Board Chair Brian Keith and I.  Councilor Louijeune shared the story of her journey as a 1st generation American and the daughter of immigrants from Haiti, who went to Boston public schools. She went on to study at Columbia University then attended Harvard Law school. She ran successfully for City Council in 2021. Students were inspired and interacted with her in an unforgettable fashion. As one 6th grader put it, “Hearing your story is really inspiring because I’m also Haitian-American myself. I never really have the opportunity to meet people like me, you’ve already accomplished so much.”  We are so grateful to Councilor Louijeune for her authenticity and candor, and look forward to future visits.

As you read through this edition, I’m pleased to share with you updates from our Lower and Upper schools, Specialty, Unified Student Services, and our Family Engagement Coordinator. One important effort that is underway is our MCAS testing. Our students and teachers have worked so hard this year to prepare for this assessment and we look forward to our future results. 

In closing, please continue to enjoy this fabulous weather, good days are around the corner. I look forward to seeing many of you on campus. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have. I can always be reached via email at abuckmire@brcps.school or directly at 617-357-0900 X1175. 

Thank you for all you do on behalf of our community, each and every day.

 

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL UPDATE
Character Day

Character Day was an amazing success! Thank you for dressing your child up and for reading each night with your child.

Character Day Community Meeting video

 

March Madness Book Tournament

The winner is in!

Click below to see the winner and click on any book to watch a read aloud of the book! 

K2 Bracket Slides 

Thank you for participating in conferences with teachers! Your partnership with us makes our scholars that much more successful. We are so proud of the strides our scholars are taking each and every day. . We are excited for students in these last couple months of school to learn as much as possible in preparation of rising to the next grade level. Please stay tuned for Summer School/Home Connection Workshops in May that will help give families tools and ideas for supporting exploration through play and learning over the summer!

UPPER SCHOOL UPDATE

MCAS Pep Rallies for students were held the week of April 4th to encourage, inspire and celebrate their hard work to prepare for the MCAS testing. Celebrations included performances by students and our phenomenal choir, as well as encouragement speeches from staff and student leaders. 

  • Teachers across the school have worked to implement strategies to create debate inspired classrooms using the professional development from the Boston Debate League. See photos with descriptions below:
    • 6th grade Ms. Spade and Mr. Kesler leveraged the novel Patina for students to cite evidence using a given claim. Students prepared their arguments in groups and shared them with the class.
  • 5th grade Ms. Latson has students research and take on the persona of a Patriot or Loyalist as they learn about the American Revolution. Students then had to debate each other as their persona, arguing why their perspective was correct. 

  • Students across all grade levels have researched, learned and extended their knowledge of various topics to create writing pieces.
    • Ms. Kostas and the 6th grade students demonstrated their knowledge through a brochure about Ancient Rome.

 

The 4th grade has been reading articles and watching videos to learn about the pros and cons of GMOs in our food. They used their knowledge to write an opinion piece that states their claim, reasons and provides evidence gathered from various sources.

  • Upper School celebrated Women’s History using resources collected from our instructional coaches that highlights and celebrates diverse women. The following Powerpoint Presentation was shared and used by classroom teachers during the month of March as part of morning meeting or Social Emotional Learning (SEL) time frame.

Women’s History Month SY22

 

VISUAL/PERFORMING ARTS
The Voices of Renaissance

The Voices of Renaissance (VOR) performed for the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s 2022 National Forum. This was a collaboration between Harvard University and the Boston Children’s Hospital. The VOR has performed for both institutions for past events.  The performance was enjoyed by all.

VIDEO – VOR Performs for the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s 2022 virtual National Forum

 

Dance

In the culminating choreography assignment, these talented students in Mrs. Shepard and Ms. Cousineau’s class performed using music from various genres.

UNIFIED STUDENT SERVICES
BRCPS continues to offer pool testing each week for students whom the health office receives consent forms for through CIC Health.  To opt into this program please click here Parent Consent Link. We are continuing the test and stay program at this time as well.

Coming Soon: 

New self-reporting test results tool for parents/guardians and school staff.

Summary of features:

  • The district specific link will be shared widely and frequently in communication via email blasts, school website, any materials regarding COVID procedures 
  • Reporting via this link will automatically notify the school/admins of positive results. 
  • Reporting results through this form does not consent an individual to the testing program. This feature is only a way to simply record and report results to the schools 

Autism Acceptance Week:

The BRCPS school community celebrated Autism Acceptance Week (April 4th- April 8th) to show our community of scholars love and support in celebrating their diverse brains!

Scholars wore fun hats during Autism Acceptance Spirit Week

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention month: 

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families.

 

Spread the Word

Everyone can play a role in supporting families in order to prevent child abuse and neglect. Help raise child abuse awareness in your community by using our child abuse and neglect prevention month graphics, social media posts, and sample proclamations.

Show your support

Please see the Outreach Toolkit for more information

FAMILY SERVICES
Parents of Renaissance:

Hello BRCPS Families!

Just want to share the awesome news that the Parents of Renaissance (POR) has reformed with an amazing new group of parents. We are just in the beginning stages, but want to keep you updated on our progression and let you know that we will inform you of any volunteer opportunities or POR meetings in the future. We look forward to collaborating with you all!

 

For New Families:

Hello New BRCPS Families,

I wanted to share that we will be holding a Zoom information session for our Special Education Families on Wednesday, May 25 at 6PM. During this time you will meet our Director of Unified Student Services, Stacia Copeland and our Assistant Director of USS, Sarah O’Connor. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have in regards to your scholar IEP and Special Education Services. The zoom link will be sent to you when the date nears. I look forward to seeing you!

Reminder:

BRCPS Scholars Summer Program Application is available on the school website. Here is the link.

 

IMPORTANT SCHOOL-WIDE UPCOMING DATES

  • April 29, Half Day
  • May 13, Half Day
  • May 27, Half Day
  • May 30, Memorial Day: No School

Important Upper School Upcoming Dates

  • BRCPS MCAS Schedule
    • April 25-27 MCAS Makeups
    • May 9-10, Mathematics MCAS, Grades 3 & 5
    • May 11-12, Mathematics MCAS, Grades 4 & 6
    • May 16-17, STEM MCAS, Grade 5
    • May 18-24 Math and STE Makeups

 

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March 23, 2022
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Dear Renaissance Families,

I am excited to share with you a new monthly update “The Renaissance Bulletin” that we are starting, to keep you informed about the many wonderful things happening in our school. Our intention is to “open up” the school a bit more to our wonderful families, and share stories from the classrooms as well as updates about our school community. There will be updates each month from our Lower and Upper schools, Specialty, Unified Student Services, and our Family Engagement Coordinator.

With all that we have collectively experienced with COVID over the last two years, I have not had the opportunity to meet many of you, but I certainly look forward to being able to do so very soon. As a former Renaissance parent, meeting and speaking to our families is one of my favorite parts of my job so please email or call me anytime at abuckmire@brcps.school or 617-357-0900 ext 1175. I hope you enjoy the first edition of The Renaissance Bulletin. My sincere thanks for all that you do each and every day in making our community such a special place.

Thank you,

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL UPDATE
100th day

Feb 8th (Gr.1 & 2) and Feb 18th (K1 & K2) marked the 100th day of school for our scholars. Students had so much fun celebrating all they have accomplished in their 100 days by completing different 100 day themed crafts, dance parties and seeing the notes from home on the 100th Day Family Shout Out Padlet.

 

March Madness Book Tournament

March Madness is here! This year’s theme is Women’s History. Students in K1-2 have been using this bracket to follow along with the read- alouds and voting forms. Each week classes get to vote on their favorite 2 books and can make predictions on which book will win SY22 Book of the Year. 

CLICK ON ANY BOOK TITLE IN THE CALENDAR FOR A READ ALONG VIDEO

 

Core Value of the Month for Upstanders

The core value for the month of March is respect. Students have been learning about different ways we can respect ourselves, each other and the world around us during our SEL blocks and our ½ day Friday community meeting videos. Students in K1-2nd grade listened to A Little Respectful Spot, by Diane Alber. We look forward to announcing our Core Value of the Month Student Scholars in K1-2 at the end of the month.

 

UPPER SCHOOL UPDATE

 

Upper School Academics Updates:

WIN Block continues to support students’ individualized needs whether it be intervention to fill learning gaps of foundational skills or extending knowledge by going deeper or becoming more complex with the skill. WIN block is 45-55 minutes depending on the grade level and allow for all students to receive ELA and Math WIN block weekly.

 

MCAS test taking strategies have been infused within daily instruction to ensure students are feeling confident going into the MCAS test with the tools they need to succeed. Teachers have been strategic with their writing process across content areas using note taking strategies such as two column notes. Teachers have also been ensuring higher level questions are embedded regularly to allow students practice with a variety of question types and formats. 

 

Upper School Announcements/News:

Two 6th grade students have been selected to be published in The Courage of Children: Boston, for their courage essays submitted a few months ago.

The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum’s “Courage in My Life” empowers students to realize that their actions and decisions can be powerful agents of change. Through reading, writing, and discussion, students discover and recognize the role of courage in the lives of the characters they read about, in the lives of those around them, and in their own lives—past, present, and future. This culminates in the writing of courage essays where students discuss examples of courage they have experienced. Max Warburg was an 11 year old child who tragically died of Leukemia in 1991. His example of courage in the face of a devastating diagnosis is the basis for this yearly essay contest that the Renaissance has participated in for over 15 years

We celebrated Black History Month Spirit week in February and look forward to continuing learning of our diverse community with Women’s History month this March.

 

VISUAL/PERFORMING ARTS
Dance

During the Chinese New Year celebrations in February, Miss Cousineau’s dance classes learned about dragon and lion dances, made their own dragon puppets and danced their own dragon dances with them. Upper School students were working on a dance piece about the evolution of dance covering dance styles from the 1920s to today!

 

 

Visual Arts

In art, students listened to the poem, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and narrated by Serena Williams.
We discussed perseverance, courage and how they have “risen up” throughout the year.
Students are designing letters for a stop-motion animation with the theme of, “Still I Rise” and creating a mural.

Below are pics of 2nd grade students painting.

Phys Ed

Pictured here are two amazing 4th grade student athletes. On the left is Taniyah Walker who excels in P.E class, she is a extremely gifted basketball player! On the right is Jose Carmona who’s is developing into one of our best athletes at the school as a 4th grader. Both student athletes have a really bright future ahead of them!!!

Library

Each year in library, during the months of January and February our focus is African American  biographies. Starting in January, all grades read, discussed, and learned about the life of Dr. King. We talked about Dr. King’s life and his dream. We had discussions about our dream for ourselves and the world and how we might make those dreams a reality.   Some students made colorful paper quilt patches which demonstrated their dream. 

We further extended the study of other African American biographies during the month of February. We learned that reading  biographies are important, because they help us learn about other people’s lives, including their accomplishments, successes, and failures. Biographies also helps us discover the stories of our own lives, and the possibilities for ourselves. We helped students make connections with the person we were studying, by pointing out how everyone started out as a child, very similar to themselves, and how the decisions they made in their lives, helped to make them the person that they became.

We learned the origin of Black history month and emphasized that Black History, or African American History, is American History.

Finally, we always try to introduce African Americans that students may not have heard about. Some of the biographies and stories we read about this year were:

  •  Henry Box Brown- An enslaved man who mailed himself to freedom. 
  • Mae Jemison– first African American female astronaut. 
  • We read several books by Jacqueline Woodson– African American author who has written over 25 books for children and adults, 
  • The Fierce 44 – is a compilation of  44 different short biographies about African Americans, some of the people we read about in this book were – 
  • Jean- Michel Basquiat– an artist who helped to bring graffiti art to an accepted art form. His work is worth millions today and sort after by many celebrities, such as Beyonce’ and JayZ. Thurgood Marshall– first African American male Justice of the Supreme Court; Shirley Chilsom, first black woman elected to Congress, also ran for president.

On display in our beautiful library, during these two months, were many beautiful books by and about African Americans. The library was transformed into a black history literary museum for a time, with books, pictures, and artifacts.

We also encouraged students to continue to read and learn about the accomplishments of other great African Americans outside of the month of February.

UNIFIED STUDENT SERVICES
Welcome to Unified Student Services. Our goal is to provide helpful information about the support and services available to students and families in order to ensure access to and benefit from an equitable and inclusive education at BRCPS.

Unified Student Services encompasses both the procedures as well as programs and services that aim to provide a positive and successful experience for students and families. Whether you find the information you are seeking here, have additional questions, or would like to share feedback, parents/guardians and students are encouraged to contact our office at any time.

 

Departments Housed under Unified Student Services (USS):
Special Education
Bullying Prevention and Intervention
Student Support
Mental Health
Related Services ( Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy)
Health Office
English as a Second Language

  

Below is further information of ESL and Special Education.

English as a Second Language

Here at BRCPS we take pride in educating our diverse student population of multilingual English learners (ELs) from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Our ELs and their families come from a variety of countries including; Cape Verde, Haiti, Brazil, and various Spanish-speaking countries.

The term English Learner refers to any student who speaks another language other than English at home and may need additional support in academic English. Students are given an English Language Proficiency Exam to determine if they qualify for English Language Education services.  The exam identifies a student’s English language development level in the four domains: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in English.

The goal of the ELE program and the services we provide at BRCPS for our English Language Learners is based on research-based techniques geared towards developing their English language proficiency, and subsequent successful performance in the classroom and on the ACCESS state mandated performance test.

 

Our ELE classes are small groups of students, where students work directly with a highly qualified ESL licensed teacher. There they develop their knowledge of academic English through content based instruction in conjunction with topics covered in the general education classroom. Students receive individualized and differentiated instruction based on each child’s needs and English language goals. ESL teachers work closely with classroom teachers in order to support our ELs in accessing the classroom content and curriculum. 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Special Education Department at BRCPS provides a range of special education services in accordance with state and federal regulations to meet the needs of students with disabilities who are eligible for special education. While a variety of options are available to meet children’s educational needs, our goal at BRCPS is the successful inclusion of children with disabilities in the general education classroom. Research and experience reveal that students of all ages benefit from socializing and learning side by side with their peers. At BRCPS we strive to create safe, healthy classrooms in which all students can learn and benefit from skillful teaching, rich curriculum and engagement with their peers.

 

All BRCPS special education students work directly with a highly qualified special education licensed teacher. When working with these professionals,  students develop their knowledge of foundational skills and grade level content using evidence based and strategies based instruction. Students receive individualized and differentiated instruction based on their specific needs and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. Parents and guardians will be invited to a yearly IEP annual review meeting, as well as receive student IEP progress reports each trimester.

 

Concerned About Your Child’s Learning?

BRCPS offers many ways for students to get support for their academic, social and emotional needs. Your child’s classroom teacher can be a resource to you if you have questions about your child’s growth and learning. Our Schools Mental Health Team, Directors or assistant Directors, related service providers are other resources for all parents. These staff members are available to answer questions, provide advice and further explore a concern you bring to them. Instructional supports are available in general education in both lower and upper school. These supports may be just the boost your child needs to find success.

 

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 

BRCPS SEPAC BROCHURE 

 

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.

BRCPS ELPAC BROCHURE

 

Parent Resources:

FAMILY SERVICES
On Tuesday, April 5, Greater Roslindale Medical Center will return to host another COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. The event will be held in the gym from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. First doses, second doses and boosters will be available for those that are interested. Please keep in mind, for your child to be vaccinated, they must be accompanied by their adult.No forms are needed ahead of time. You can complete your information the day of but please bring your insurance information and vaccination card if receiving 2nd dose or booster.

Please take some time to look over the Pediatric Vaccine FAQ Sheet from BPHC on information about the COVID-19 Vaccine.”

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Please view the flyer below for Free Tax Services brought to you by the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

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The Girl Scouts will be hosting a virtual info session for Hyde Park parents/caregivers on Thursday, April 7th from 6:30-7:30 PM via Zoom. A flyer with further information has been attached. Should anyone have questions they can reach out directly to the contact on the flyer.”

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IMPORTANT SCHOOL-WIDE UPCOMING DATES

  • April 1, Half Day Friday
  • April 15, Good Friday: No School
  • April 18-22, Spring Recess: No School
  • April 29, Half Day

Important Lower School Upcoming Dates

  • March 23rd-April 1st Report Cards + Conferences

Important Upper School Upcoming Dates

  • March 28, Reports Cards available to families
  • BRCPS MCAS Schedule
    • April 11-12, ELA MCAS, Grades 3 & 5
    • April 13-14 ELA MCAS, Grades 4 & 6
    • April 25-27 MCAS Makeups
    • May 9-10, Mathematics MCAS, Grades 3 & 5
    • May 11-12, Mathematics MCAS, Grades 4 & 6
    • May 16-17, STEM MCAS, Grade 5
    • May 18-24 Math and STE Makeups

 

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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.