G&P Happenings: November 2014

G&P Happenings: November 2014
Posted on 11/05/2014
Mark your calendars for the most delicious and gastronomically interesting event of the school year – World Foods Potluck – Wednesday, November 19
Some of us hail from the United States for generations and some of us have just arrived. We invite you all to bring a dish to share. A recipe that showcases your culture or country of origin would be delight to share! So whether it's Mom's apple pie or a dish from a far off continent, we'll all look forward to an evening of amazing foods, and activities. Note: At this event we will also match up our Family Cultural Exchange Families with host families. If you are interested in being a host family please consider signing up. The forms are in our lobby. 

Attention ALL Parents Who may be Enrolling a JK or K Sibling at Graham & Parks Next Fall
Look for Sibling Survey announcements coming out in November. This survey is to help us compile a list of families who may have JK or K students entering Graham & Parks in the fall of 2015.  We do this so we can provide you with registration packets and invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to register here at the family liaison's office. When you receive the form please be sure to complete and return it to family liaison Judy Amendola's mailbox in the main office. More detailed information will be sent out with days, dates, deadlines, etc.

1. Registration is a SEPARATE PROCESS from responding to the Sibling Survey. Your Sibling Survey response does NOT secure your child’s Sibling Preference status. ONLY registration secures sibling preference status in the January Kindergarten Lottery.
2. The Sibling Survey applies to both S.E.I. (Sheltered English Immersion) AND general education families with siblings who may be enrolled or testing into the Kindergarten general education program in the fall of 2015. Please be SURE to: 1. Fill out the Sibling Survey AND  2. Register your Kindergarten age child.

Questions? Contact Judy Amendola, Family Liaison at or call 617.349.6577 x115.

Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences 
Parent-Teacher Conferences are held twice per year. The first round will take place during the course of November. Your classroom teacher will be contacting you to set up an appointment.

Parent Focus Groups
Now that our new principal, Tony Byers, has gotten a chance to settle in, he’d like to start meeting with groups of parents to hear about their experiences at Graham and Parks. To that end, we’ll be setting up parent focus groups throughout the next few months. Tony will meet with six parents at a time, by appointment.  We’ll hold meetings at different times and places to give everyone an opportunity to participate if they so choose. Here are the November focus groups. 
•Monday, November 10 at 5:30 PM —Location: G&P in Tony’s office
•Wednesday, November 19 at 8:30 AM —Location: G&P in Tony’s office

Please contact Judy Amendola at or call 617.349.6577 x115  to sign up for one of the dates above.

Parking Alert: Parking Lots are Reserved for Staff 7AM – 3PM
A reminder that parking lot spaces are strictly reserved for staff from 7AM – 3PM. Please park on a side street and walk over if you are dropping off your child or have a meeting. Thank you for your cooperation.

New Staff
Join us in welcoming our new classroom teachers:  
Marna Kennedy, Grade JK/K Sheltered English Immersion teacher in Room 103
Emily Troll, Grade 1 teacher in Room 106 
Rose Levine, Grade 5 teacher in Room 224
Laura MacNeil, Grade 5 Sheltered English Immersion teacher in Room 220

Family Folk Dance
Friday, November 7, 5:30 – 7:30PM
Cafeteria and Gym
The Arts committee invites Graham and Parks families and teachers to a fun evening of food and folk dancing led by a caller Marcie Van Cleve. Pizza will be sold for two dollars a slice and there will be a potluck dessert table (please bring a dessert!) Emily Troll, Grade 1 teacher, will play accordion and any other musicians who would like to play are welcome! Parent volunteers needed before and after the event!
Contact: Debbie Sullivan, Music Teacher, or Nora Grodzins,

When to Keep Your Kids Home from School - An Important Advisory from Our School Nurses
Please keep you child home from school when they are not feeling well!!!

All children need to be fever free for 24 hours without medication to return to school. “Fever free” means a temperature of below (100.5)
If your child vomits, please keep them home until they have not vomited for 24 hours.
If you child has a constant cough that will keep them from participating in school, please keep them home.
Thanks for doing your part to keep our community healthy!
Contact: Graham & Parks School Nurses, Bridget Nelligan and Sharon Jones, 617.349.6577 x114