Boston Renaissance Charter Public School
Fall Newsletter, 2O22
Dear Renaissance Family and Friends,
I hope our Fall newsletter finds everyone well and you’re returning from a summer of rest and relaxation. As we focus on what lies ahead and another exciting school year, all of us at Boston Renaissance are excited to once again see our scholars and their families and look forward to a productive and enriching year. I was thrilled to see so many of our families at our annual Family Day celebration in September. It was an exciting way to kick-off the school year and was such a wonderful blend of scholars, returning parents, new families, staff and community partners coming together to celebrate our community and the upcoming year.
As we embark on the coming months, please know that we will continue to place the interests and well-being of our scholars as our primary focus. I'm very excited for what lies ahead this year. I'm confident that together we will continue to foster a community filled with a safe and enriching environment, enabling our scholars to thrive in every possible way.
I look forward to sharing important updates with you throughout the year and encourage you to contact me should you have any questions or suggestions. I am so grateful that you are part of our community and look forward to seeing you on campus throughout the school year.
Head of School
Thank you to our families, scholars, staff, partners, and community members who came out to make our annual Family Day such a resounding success.
Students and their families met their new teachers and explored their classrooms which were freshly decorated and ready to go for the first day of school.
Outside on the main playground everyone enjoyed an array of activities that included free books, music, dancing, face painting, a photo booth and henna tattoos. A delicious BBQ lunch was provided along with popcorn, snow cones and ice cream. Many of our school partners were in attendance and enjoyed the day with us. They included Literations, BC Bigs (Boston College Big Brother Big Sister Program), Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center, and the Hyde Park YMCA, along with a performance by members of OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center.
The 2022-2023 school year kicked off with an exciting first day as scholars and families arrived on campus with both excitement and anticipation. Our school was abuzz with activity as our students met their classmates and teachers, became comfortable with their surroundings and classrooms and began to establish routines that will serve them well throughout the year. Our entire community is excited for what we hope will be another successful and enriching school year.
We are excited to announce our new partnership with Literations. Founded on the mission to drive educational equity through empowering young readers for lifelong learning, Literations brings together volunteer literacy coaches with our first through third grade scholars. Through one-to-one sessions, scholars have the opportunity to read with Literation’s volunteers twice a week. These individual and personalized sessions significantly improve reading comprehension, preparing scholars to enter fourth grade as proficient readers poised for academic success.
Not only does Literations prepare scholars for 4th grade reading standards, but they simultaneously foster equity, motivate and inspire scholars’ love of reading and generate trusting and authentic relationships. Scholars also get to keep the book they read with their literacy coach, another method Literations employs to motivate young minds.
For over 20 years, Limitations has worked in the Greater Boston communities to address the urgent need for individualized support in order to tackle the growing achievement gaps for young students. With their successful track record, Boston Renaissance is excited to join the movement. We look forward to seeing what our scholars accomplish.
Anastasia Walker graduated from Boston Renaissance in 2005 and went on to attend high school at TechBoston Academy. She pursued her college degree at the Art Institute of California and would later transfer to Massachusetts College or Art and Design (MassArt) in Boston.
After graduating, Anastasia began her career working as an Administrator in the Real Estate Department at Brigham and Women’s hospital for three years. She's currently employed at the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor Bureau as a Project Coordinator & Executive Assistant supporting the Executive Vice President in the Department of Operations. The Bureau’s main objective is bettering the city of Boston. Anastasia is responsible for hospitality and business as well as integrating small, inner-city businesses into the Boston scene to create a more well-rounded and diverse community. The Bureau hosts many conventions, work with local restaurants, and overall assists the city with tourism, to attract more clients to expand Boston's economy.
Anastasia feels that the Renaissance gave children from inner-city Boston a chance to experience a different environment, “There was an emphasis on helping kids explore their creative side in addition to the academic piece.” During her time at Boston Renaissance, Anastasia participated in dance, choir and cheerleading, which allowed her to express her artistic side. Anastasia’s advice to Renaissance scholars today is to get involved and not to be afraid to shine.
“If there's something you want to do, get out there and do your very best.”
In addition to the resources the Renaissance offered, Anastasia attributes her success to the staff who mentored and cared for her, “My teachers saw something in me, which gave me the confidence to move forward no matter my economic background or skin color.” Anastasia reminisced how she and her peers would meet in the cafeteria and recite, “I can be my best by doing my best in everything I do.” She hopes scholars today continue to engage in this daily practice. This affirmation has stayed with her after all these years.
“A lot of the people I know in Boston who do really great things all went to the Renaissance.”
Anastasia is currently working on her very own online boutique launching soon.
Ways to Give Back
GivingTuesday / Amazon Smile
Looking for a way to support Boston Renaissance this holiday season? The 2022 Give and Gather Campaign will begin on GivingTuesday, the Global Day of Giving, on Tuesday November 29th. Join us in kicking off the campaign with a gift on GivingTuesday or throughout the campaign, which will conclude on January 1st, 2023. Your support will create an immediate impact on what we’re able to accomplish each and every day. Click the HERE to make your gift starting on Tuesday November 29th.
Support Boston Renaissance while you shop! Boston Renaissance has partnered with Amazon to launch Amazon Smile. Visit smile.amazon.com and search for “Boston Renaissance Charter Public School Inc.” as your charity of choice. Please make sure the EIN number is: 87-3560604.
Prices remain the same, as does the vast selection of items and the convenient shopping experience. At no cost to you, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the total purchase to Boston Renaissance. Best of all, there is no cap on the amount Amazon will donate to Boston Renaissance. Every time you shop, Boston Renaissance’s scholars benefit.
Remember, if you want AmazonSmile to donate, you need to start each shopping session at the URL smile.amazon.com or with AmazonSmile turned ON in the Amazon Shopping app.
Thank you for supporting our school and community. To learn more about philanthropic and engagement opportunities, please contact Jack Moynihan, Director of Development and External Affairs at email@example.com or (857) 276-0396. Click here to donate.
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