Resources for Families During School Closure Spring 2020
During the school closure in March/April due to the coronavirus situation, we will continue to provide resources for you and your children. This includes learning resources, tips for social-emotional support and wellness, information on city-wide food programs, and other resources that may be helpful to you during this period. If you have questions about academics and the learning resources, please contact your child’s teacher(s) using the email address provided below. For questions about community resources, please contact BRCPS Family & Community Engagement Coordinator, Ms. Monique Taylor at email@example.com.
BRCPS is providing breakfast and lunch to all families of current BRPCS students. Meals are provided to go, with curbside pickup in the school’s parent pickup lane, each week, Monday through Friday, 11:00am-1:00pm. In addition, families picking up meals on Fridays will also receive breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday.
Links for enrichment packets and online learning resources to be used during the school closure can be found inside this document – Click Here
Teachers and staff email addresses can be found on this document – Click Here
Strategies for supporting your child’s learning and wellbeing during the school closure – Strategies at Home for Families
Community Resources, including Health, Unemployment, Meals, Wifi, Wellness and more –
Food Resource Maps, provided by the City of Boston, for each section of the city:
Additional Food Resources in Response to School Closures:
Project Bread COVID-19 Resources & the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline 800-645-8333
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office has created this comprehensive guide for local residents:
Check out these interactive activities and events for children and families shared by Boston Central:
Grade Level Learning Standards - Guides for Families
The MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education has created guides to help families understand what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each grade. BRCPS uses curricula and teaching strategies that are aligned with these standards. These guides are designed to help families and teachers work together to support learning. We encourage you to talk to your child’s teacher about the standards and your child’s progress in learning and applying these skills.
These documents are also available in Spanish:
Understanding Student Grades & Report Cards
At BRCPS, report cards are issued three times per school year. We envision report cards that reflect a scholar’s individual path towards meeting grade level standards (as outlined by the Massachusetts/ Common Core State Standards). Please click here to learn more:
Classroom Numbers and Phone Extensions
Looking for your child’s teacher’s room number or extension? Here is a shortcut to our SCHOOL DIRECTORY
If you do not reach the teacher, you may leave a message. However, if you are calling regarding an urgent or time-sensitive matter, please call the main office, ext. 1100
Lower School Learning Resources
The BRCPS Lower School team hosted a informational “coffee hour” on November 15th, 2019, where some of our instructional practices, assessment tools, and methods for using student data were discussed.
Please find the PowerPoint Presentation from the Nov. 15th Coffee Hour here SY20 LS Coffee Hour w_ Director
In addition, the materials from the Coffee Hour session are available in a public folder, split out by grade level. Click here to access the folder.
Special Education Parent Advisory Council
The Boston Renaissance Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is comprised of volunteers who dedicate their time to act as a resource for parents. The intention of SEPAC is to advise the school on matters that pertain to the education, health, and safety of students with special needs and disabilities in grades K1- 6.
To learn more, please see the brochure attached below, and feel free to contact the BRCPS Director of Unified Student Services, Stacia Copeland, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding MA special education law and the establishment of a SEPAC, please see this document: Communication to BRCPS parent community re_ SEPAC waiver application
Health & Medical Care
Boston Renaissance offers Dental and Vision services. If you are interested in your child receiving these services for your child, you can print one or both forms out, fill them out and make sure to sign them, and up-load them into the system.
As a reminder, all medication that is going to be given in school requires a medication order form from your child’s primary care physician and can be uploaded into Care Flow.
If at any point you have questions, you may contact Care Flow to assist you through the process.
Please contact the BRCPS Health Office at 617-357-0900 ext 1104 if you have any questions.
Completion of all the Health Office information should be completed before the start of the school year.Boston Renaissance Vision ServicesThe New England College of Optometry screens each student annually at the school and provides eye exams and vision correction therapy and services for students and families.Boston Renaissance & Tufts Community Dental ServicesOur on-site dental clinic screens each student annually and provides teeth cleaning, dental exams, fillings, fluoride treatments, sealants and referrals. After years of a partnership providing off-site dental care for a limited number of students, Boston Renaissance’s on-site dental clinic opened in 2007 and has continued to serve hundreds of students each year since.For more information, contact the Health Office.
Bullying Prevention & Intervention
Social and emotional competence is a fundamental part of the Renaissance mission because BRCPS believes students progress when they feel positively about themselves and have the skills to deal with conflict and difference in a variety of social situations. BRCPS has established community programs within classrooms to build students’ self esteem, leadership, and commitment to and ownership of academics.
Strategies implemented in this area include:
- Extensive professional development for teachers in character education, including Responsive Classroom, Open Circle, behavior management techniques to maintain a strong and safe classroom environment, and work on BRCPS core values.
- Development of a more unified, pro-active approach to student discipline issues by BRCPS Student Support Team, focusing on prevention over consequences
- Development of a more unified approach to all student services, including anti-violence programming, reading and math intervention services, speech and language, occupational therapy, and Special Education services.
- Development of Leadership Programs with specific goals for leadership to self, to school community, to local community, and to world community
To learn more about BRCPS bullying prevention and intervention policies and procedures, please see pages 35-38 in the Student and Family Handbook. BRCPS Family Handbook School Year 2019.2020
If you are concerned about your child being a victim of bullying or displaying bullying behavior, please contact the school immediately.
After School Program
After School Program
The After School Program of the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School offers a safe educational and social environment for children from kindergarten through grade six. The program operates from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. each school day, and commences with nutritional snacks, socialization, and a rest period. Students receive tutoring and homework assistance from staff, as well as direct instruction or review of skills taught during the academic day. Varied recreational activities such as Big Brother, Big Sister, Girl Scouts, table tennis, computer lab and gym time are also offered. Parents pay a monthly fee. The program is run by a full-time director and staffed by Renaissance staff and college students.
For more information, please call the After School Program Coordinator, Lisa Augustin, at (617) 357-0900 ext. 3122 or email@example.com
- School Supplies For Classrooms
Summer Scholars Program
The BRCPS Summer Scholars Program is designed to be a fun-filled, rewarding and exciting experience. BRCPS is committed to providing a vibrant educational experience for all Boston children who are interested in joining our program. We strive to nurture and develop children academically, socially and emotionally, in a stimulating supportive environment.
Breakfast and lunch are provided on a daily basis. If your child is allergic to specific foods or you have concerns about snack time, please let us know. Your son/daughter has the option to bring his or her own and lunch/snack.
Transportation is not provided by the school.
We are an approved childcare provider through Child Care Choices of Boston (617) 542-5437. Please be advised that our policies apply to all voucher recipients. Please contact Mrs. Lisa Augustin, if you are making any outside arrangements for payment.
Campers will explore the Boston/Hyde Park area in many different daily activities including:
- Chinese Classes
- Basketball, Soccer, other Sports
- Arts & Crafts
- Castle Island
- Plaster Fun Time
- Boston Children’s Museum
Summer 2020 enrollment forms will be posted in the spring.
For questions about the program, please contact Summer Program Coordinator, Lisa Augustin, via email, or by phone.
- IEP Meeting Parent Survey
Substance Use Prevention
Substance Use Prevention & Intervention
Drugs and alcohol are strictly forbidden on the BRCPS campus. Students found to be in possession of, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol will receive support services and be subject to disciplinary consequences, as articulated in the Family Handbook.
BRCPS teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff are trained on identifying potential symptoms of student substance use. We have a school-wide plan for working with students and families when students have engaged in the use of drugs or alcohol. Please see our plan attached below, and please speak with your teacher, administrator, or a member of our counseling team if you have any concerns about substance use and your child.
Please find below, flyers and announcements for events and programs taking place in the community.
Our Story African American Experience flyer – February 14th & 15th, 2020
Resources for Families
Boston Renaissance was a pioneer of the full-service school model and proudly carries on that tradition today.
This means that in addition to our well-rounded academics, arts and enrichment programs, BRCPS also provides an extensive range of non-academic programs and services on-site to support our families, and every student’s physical, emotional and social development.
Boston Renaissance also now has a FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER located on campus, which is run by our Community and Family Liaison, Mrs. Muhammad, and is available for parents and guardians of Renaissance students between 8:00 – 1:00, Monday – Friday during the school year. The Center has several Laptop Computers and Wi-Fi access, along with information and referral services for local agencies and programs.
The Center is located in one of our temporary offices near the rear of the building, inside the wooden fence. Just look for the structure with the bright yellow paint and large “Family Resource Center” banner on the side.