Parent Council Recap
April 14, 2015 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
The Beethoven/Ohrenberger School 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. May’s meeting will take place at the Ohrenberger School. Childcare is provided.
Red Sox Day: The two schools raised $900 for the Jimmy Fund.
PARCC: Administration of the test is going well. Testing 215 kids at a time.
Care Packages for Troops: We shipped 20 boxes to the troops in Afghanistan. Huge thanks to Wendy and Scott Loeser for organizing.
UNICEF Kid Power: Third, fourth, and fifth graders at Ohrenberger have been wearing fitness bands/pedometers. The more steps they record, the more food UNICEF will deliver to malnourished children around the world. One fourth grade class won Red Sox tickets, plus a meet and greet with David Ortiz. Another fourth grade class won a visit from the Celtics mascot.
Anti-Bullying Presentation: Henry Oppong, from the Counseling and Intervention Center from BPS, spoke about bullying prevention. He briefly discussed what defines bullying, and how parents and schools can intervene. He spoke of a training parents can take, and we will distribute that information schoolwide when it’s available. He also shared the number for the bullying hotline: 617-592-2378. The Parent Council will post this number throughout both schools. Thanks to Lisa Burns for organizing.
Movie Night: The Beethoven School’s Movie Night as very well attended and a big success. Thanks to Suzanne Loconto and Jen Koch for organizing.
Parents Rock: Another huge success. Many, many thanks to Michele Sarro and her team for all their hard work to make it happen.
Health Fair: The nurses are organizing this event for May 9. If you can help or contribute in any way, please contact Nurse Letang or Nurse Doherty. Specifically, they are looking for donations of small water bottles and snacks, as well as a volunteer to do face painting.
Leadership for Next Year: We are asking parents to consider if they would be interested in a leadership role in the 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.
Making Music Matters Update:
For a detailed update, click here: MMM! April Update
2015 Spring Concert: On March 19, about 150 fourth- and fifth-grade MMM! students from all schools performed at the Washington Irving Middle School.
Performance at the Shamrock Shootout: On March 11, ourth- and fifth-grade MMM! students performed at the 8th Annual Shamrock Shootout.
Spring Fundraiser: Last week, students brought home PURPLE SHEETS with information about MMM! and their spring fundraiser. The program needs funding to continue operating, so they are simply asking for donations. They plan to approach outside donors (local businesses) next and are counting on parents to help us make connections with potential outside sources.
Questions? Contact Parent Liaisons: Britt Young, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Joan Chan, email@example.com
May 1: Teacher Appreciation at Ohrenberger. Contributions of food needed. Contact Amy Trueblood if you can help.
May 4-9: Teacher Appreciation Week at the Beethoven. Contributions are needed. Volunteers are also needed to help set up and clean up. A flyer with details went home in students’ folders. A detailed email also went out to the Parent Council list. If you did not receive the information and would like to help and/or donate, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Cameron Casey.
May 14: Beethoven Art Show from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
June 10 (rescheduled from June 3): Beethoven Field Day (Katie Tattan)
June 11 (rescheduled from June 4): Ohrenberger Field Day for grades 3-5
June 12 (rescheduled from June 5): Ohrenberger Field Day for grades 6-8
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.
WEST ROXBURY ACADEMY: Before the meeting, a group of parents met with staff from West Roxbury Academy to talk about the possibility of making it a feeder school from the Ohrenberger. Both staff and parents were very encouraged by this and plan to meet again to discuss action steps. Beethoven/Ohrenberger School parents have been invited take a tour. If you have any questions, contact Lisa Burns.
BPS BUDGET DIALOG: The Citywide Parent Council is holding a series of engagement meetings in each district with city councilors to discuss the school budget for next year. The BPS Community Dialog for District 6, which includes the Beethoven/Ohrenberger, is scheduled for Monday, April 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Curley K-8 School (493 Centre St, Jamaica Plain). D6 Councilor Matt O’Malley, who is also the Boston City Council Education Committee Vice Chair, will be the guest. Students, parents, and teachers are encouraged to come and bring their questions and concerns.