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March 2015 Parent Council Meeting Recap


The March Beethoven/Ohrenberger Parent Council meeting took place on March 10, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Beethoven/Ohrenberger Parent Council meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The location alternates between the Beethoven auditorium and the Ohrenberger library. April’s meeting will be at the Beethoven. Childcare is provided.


CONSTRUCTION IS DONE! The elevator is working. Teachers can use card readers to get in and out of the building.

Urbanity Dance Program was an “amazing dance performance.” The kids loved it. One of the performers is a Beethoven alum. The group is coming back to perform for the middle school. Many thanks to Analiza Traub for organizing it.

Preparing for PARCC: 215 kids at a time will take the test on computers. Nobles and Greenough continue to give us computers so we have more than enough. Parents can take a practice test at parcc.org.

March 17: There IS school. It will be “green day”–students can wear green to school. This is also the day of the Launch Fundraiser; visit the Launch Trampoline Park in Norwood on Tuesday March 17 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and mention the Beethoven/Ohrenberger and 25 percent of admission fees will come back to us. This is open to anyone not just BTVN/O students, so feel free to post on social media. Contact Lisa Burns with questions.

Art Show: Date TBD – The Ohrenberger School will have an art open house this year as well.

Care Packages for Troops: We will be sending care packages to Mr. P’s brother’s unit in Afghanistan. Each grade will be given a list of ideas to choose from. Wendy Loeser is coordinating. Flyers will be sent home soon.

Health Fair: The nurses are organizing this for May 9. If you can help or contribute in anyway please contact Nurse Letang or Nurse Doherty.

UNICEF Kid Power:  Ohrenberger students in grades 3 to 5 have been given fitness bands/pedometers to wear for a month. The more steps they record the more food UNICEF will deliver to malnourished children around the world. Click here for more info.

Boston Bikes! Boston Bikes will be bringing bikes to the Ohrenberger to teach students bike safety. These classes will happen during the school day. Click here to learn more about the program.



If you have left bowls, plates, or plastic containers in the Parent Room, please stop by and pick them up.

We will be forwarding these recaps to the secretaries at the Beethoven and Ohrenberger to be sent to the teachers. This way, the teachers can stay informed with our activities, many of which affect them.

Leadership for Next Year: We are asking parents to consider if they would be interested in a leadership role in Parent Council for next year. All positions are available:  co-chairs, secretary and treasurer. Elections are held at the end of the school year. Speak with any of this year’s officers to learn more.



March 26: Movie Night (rescheduled from March 16). Come watch some clever penguins work to save the world from evil! This is a FREE event, but space is limited.  RSVP by March 20. Since the Beethoven auditorium can only seat so many, please include just students, siblings, and a maximum of two adults per family. Pizza and treats will be served. Donations of water bottles would be appreciated. We also need volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up. A flyer was sent home with your student. This is not a drop off event. All students must be supervised by a responsible adult. If you have questions, please email Jen Koch or Suzanne Loconto.

April 10: Parents Rock: Michele Sarro and her committee are working hard fundraising and soliciting raffle prizes. The Parent Council approved funds to buy supplies for the evening. Raffle tickets went home for students to sell for three of the bigger prizes: 1st prize: iPad, 2nd prize: Chromebook laptop, 3rd prize: five Red Sox Tickets.

Parents Rock will take place on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Hall in West Roxbury. This is adult-only fun-filled evening with lots of raffle prizes, music, dancing, light food, and laughter. This is a free event with a cash bar. Friends and family are welcome.

Michele is looking for help setting up the afternoon of the event. Please contact her if you can help.

April 14 Parent Council Meeting: Besides our usual business, this meeting will include anti-bullying speaker Jodie Elgee. She is the director of the Counseling and Intervention Center for Boston Public Schools. Ms. Elgee will do a brief presentation at the meeting and answer any questions from parents. We will also have light refreshments and time to mingle. Childcare provided. For more information, contact Lisa Burns.

April 16Ohrenberger International Night. This is an annual trip around the world without leaving the Ohrenberger. Families are invited to attend and bring food from any country in the world. Wearing of traditional clothing is encouraged as well. We need volunteers to set up and clean up. We will also need people to float around to ensure things are running smoothly. In addition to the food, there will be tables with artifacts representing different countries. Children will receive a “passport” and are encouraged to visit each table. Parent Council approved funds to buy supplies. Contact Silvina Mizrahi if you can help.

Making Music Matters Update:

The following concerts occurred in March: Beethoven Grade 3 Mini Concert, Ohrenberger Grade 3 Mini Concert. Also Grade 4 and 5 trumpet and clarinet players from Ohrenberger performed the “Star Spangled Banner” at the McLaughlin Youth Hockey League championship game.

The all-school Spring Concert for Grade 4 and 5 MMM! students is on Thursday,  March 19, at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale. All are welcome to watch the performance. Baked goods, provided by MMM! families, will be available for purchase.

MMM! has a Facebook page—please LIKE it. There are photos and videos of performances. For more information about MMM, please contact Joan Chan or Britt Young at  britt.young@yahoo.com.



Beethoven-Ohrenberger Car Decals: On sale for $3. To purchase one, contact Karen Kefalas. 

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 you have finished reading, please consider dropping them off and help yourself to a new book or two. Lisa Burns will be organizing this at Ohrenberger as well.

Beethoven Uniform Give or Take Collection: Drop/get items in the Parent Room



First week of May: Teacher Appreciation (Amy Trueblood will coordinate the week’s activities at the Ohrenberger; coordinator needed for Beethoven)

June 10 (rescheduled from June 3): Beethoven Field Day (Katie Tattan)

June 11 (rescheduled from June 4): Ohrenberger Field Day grades 3-5

June 12 (rescheduled from June 5 : Ohrenberger Field Day grades 6-8

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