The new school year is off to a smooth start so far.

Progress reports went out for middle school and will be published on the parent portal.

Construction at the Beethoven is “almost done”; we are waiting for final inspection.

St Stephen’s Church (across the street from the Beethoven) has invited us to Halloween party – more info to come.

Chestnut Hill Reality hosts a yearly haunted house. Admission is free but they request donations; this year, funds raised will go to the Beethoven and Ohrenberger.

Terror at Hancock Village: Thursday October 30, 2014, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Enter into the Terror at Hancock Village if you dare! The haunted house features scenes from your  nightmares that will come to life before your eyes. There will also be a section of the Haunted House for little ones and the less daring! Afterwards, please join us for beverages and snacks provided by Chestnut Hill Realty.
Ridgecrest Village will be offering a free shuttle to and from the Haunted House and Fun House located in Brookline, MA.


Beethoven Give or Take Book Collection: We have a collection of children’s books in the Parent Room available to parents and teachers. If you have books that your children have finished reading, please consider dropping them off and help yourself to a new book or two.

Beethoven Playground Improvement Update: There have been two meetings so far. Parents and community members have given input into the renovations and a final plan will be presented at a meeting mid-November. For more info contact Cathy Ware.

Making Music Matters: Next month Making Music Matters! is kicking off their big raffle fundraiser of the year. TRaffle prizes: iPod Shuffle with $50 iTunes gift card, Dr. Dre Beats headphones, iPad Mini, and four prime tickets to The Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Raffle tickets will be distributed to Making Music Matters! students in books of six, which will sell for $5 per book; however, anyone is welcome to sell them. They need all the help they can get!

For a more detailed update about MMM and/or to volunteer please click here.  

Fundraising: There are numerous ways that we raise funds, including the collections listed below. These cents, dollars, or points add up to a considerable sum for our school each year. Please start saving them, and have your friends and family save them, too!

  • MyCoke Rewards:  http://www.mycokerewards.com/home.do
    • Purchase Coca-Cola products to get codes
    • Go to mycokerewards.com/school & sign in (register if you arent a member).
    • Enter your codes to collect points – then search for our school to donate points.
    • Enter the amount of points you’d like to give, then click “Donate”.
    • Or you can bring your bottle tops, etc to the office & Parent Council will enter them
  • Ink cartridges
    • Recycled/redeemed at Staples for supplies for teachers

The philosophy of fundraising is to raise money for activities and resources for our students.  What we raise in a year we spend. If any money is left over, we purchase items for the school. We don’t carry a large surplus from year to year.

Bake Sale Update: The first bake sale of the year was a great success. Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered and/or baked!

Donors’ Choose: Ms. Mahoney, Mrs Shields, Mrs Joughin, and Mr Bonito have Doners’ Choose Projects.  Click here to learn more about each project, donate funds, and share with family and friends. Don’t forget to check for matching promo codes: http://www.donorschoose.org/about/partnership_center.html?key=Partnership-Center-Promo-Codes

Uniform Collection is ongoing. Of particular need are boys’ pants in sizes 6 to 8. Drop off items and look for items in the Parent Room.


  • October 27 to November 7: Winter Outerwear Give or Take & Drive for Cradles to Crayons (Cathy Ware – Beethoven, Lisa Burn & Analiza Traub – Ohrenberger)

Volunteers needed to sort coats – Contact Cathy Ware, Lisa Burn, or Analiza Traub)

During the week of October 27-31, we will be accepting donations of gently used, clean, warm winter clothing, boots, coats, mittens, hats and brand new socks and underwear (kids’ sizes 0–20 and adult sizes small & medium).  Items can be dropped off or sent in with students.

The following week (November 3-7) parents are welcome to stop by the Beethoven or Ohrenberger during school hours to select winter wear for their children. If they cannot stop by and would like their child to make the selection, they should contact the office and arrangements will be made.

Any donations not claimed during the week will be donated to Cradles to Crayons, a local organization that provides items directly to children in need.

  • October 31: Harvest Parade 9am at Ohrenberger and 1pm at Beethoven
  • November 4: Bake Sale (Beethoven – Cathy Ware; Ohrenberger [at St George’s] – Lisa Burn).  Look for a sign up next week.
  • November 13: Beethoven International Night (Coordinator Needed)
  • Week of Dec 15: Holiday Shows
  • Week of Dec 15: Book Fair (Beethoven – Beth Rimas; Ohrenberger – Lisa Burn)
  • January 20: Souper Bowl Food Drive begins (Gretchen Nash)
  • February 7: Craft Day/Uniform Exchange (Coordinator Needed)
  • April 10: Parents Rock (Michele Sarro)
  • March 16: Beethoven Movie Night (Kath Hubbard?)
  • April 16: Ohrenberger International Night (Coordinator Needed)
  • 1st week of May: Teacher Appreciation (Coordinator Needed)
  • June 3: Beethoven Field Day (Katie Tatten)
  • June 4: Ohrenberger Field Day, grades 3-5
  • June 5: Ohrenberger Field Day, grades 6-8
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