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Upcoming Events

  • Souper Bowl Food Drive January 25, 2018 – February 5, 2018
  • Arts & Crafts Day February 10, 2018 Fun morning of crafting in the Ohrenberger cafeteria.
  • Providence Bruins Game February 11, 2018 Family fun day at the Providence Bruins.
  • Parent Council Meeting February 13, 2018 Beethoven Elementary School, 5125 Washington St, West Roxbury, MA 02132, USA 6:30 pm
  • Beethoven Fun Run March 9, 2018

“Souper Bowl” Food Drive

Please bring your contributions to your homerooms between January 25-February 5.

While excitement builds for the Super Bowl on February 4th, the Ohrenberger  & Beethoven schools are hosting a food drive to collect canned or boxed, non-perishable foods for the West Roxbury Emergency Food Pantry serving individuals and families in need of food in our neighborhoods.

Suggested items include (please no glass containers):

  • Canned tuna, chicken or other meats
  • Canned soups or chili
  • Plastic bottles or cans of 100% fruit juice
  • Pasta, rice, or other grains
  • Healthy cereal
  • Dry or boxed shelf-stable milk
  • Canned beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned vegetables

This annual food drive is a wonderful opportunity for our students to build awareness of those who may be less fortunate in our community. Please join us in the efforts to tackle hunger.


Parent Council Meeting Notes – January 2018


Welcome Back Principal Krakow from your maternity leave!

• Fun Run (March 9th ) Fundraiser

Indoor fun run, will be held at the Ohrenberger for both schools. We will need about 5-8 volunteers for it. Stay tuned for fundraising information.  

• Parking/traffic concerns were discussed, particularly at the Ohrenberger.  
• Safe mode drills will be happening in JanuarY

2017-2018 Budget was presented at tonight’s meeting.


Book Fair – It was another successful book fair!  Thank you Cathy Ware for organizing and to all those who worked both fairs.  The Ohrenberger money will be put toward the library 

Launch Fundraiser – Thanks to all who came out.  We had a nice turnout, and raised some money for our schools.


We recently funded a field trip for the Ohrenberger LAB classes to go to see Wonder.  The staff and students were very appreciative.  

 – Jan 22-Feb 2Souper Bowl – Classes collect non-perishable goods to benefit a local food bank.  Jenn Laham is running, but we’re looking for a 2nd coordinator.

 – Feb 10: Craft Day – A morning of crafting in the Ohrenberger cafeteria.  Chrissy Grant  and Eddie Siracusa organizing.  Looking for volunteers.  Keep an eye out for a sign-up.

 – Feb 11Providence Bruins – A flyer will be coming home.  Gina Cronin is organizing. 

 – March 9Fun Run Fundraiser.  Stay tuned for fundraising information.

 – April 27Parents Rock – help needed! Please email Jenn Laham Jennifer.laham@gmail.com or Rebecca Cavallaro bexcavallaro@gmail.com if you are interested in being on this committee.  


– Grade socials and family engagement at the Ohrenberger – The grade socials have been very successful, so we would like to do them at the Ohrenberger.  Looking for coordinators for each grade….!!!!  
– Mette and Erin gave an update on their work on sorting through the Parent Council bylaws.  It is a work in progress, we will update as it comes together.
– A subcommittee is being formed to target Family Engagement at both schools.  The focus of this committee will be helping parents stay connected and increase overall involvement in our school community. (with ideas such as creating a Parent Council newsletter, an idea boxetc).  Please email Erin if you’re interested on being on this committee.   ehannon@bostonpublicschools.org  
– The leadership team can always be reached with ideas or questions or if you would like to volunteer to help with events.

Please direct your emails to Kristen Trull trullkristen26@gmail.com or Melanie Kelly-Berkley mkelly610@hotmail.com

Next Meeting Date is TuesdayFebruary 13, 201at the Beethoven

The Beethoven/Ohrenberger Parent Council is open to all parents of the schools and we encourage everyone to attend. In order to have a welcoming and open community, we ask all attendees to assume best intentions, be respectful, and allow for all voices to be heard. We welcome differing opinions and want everyone to feel that the meeting space is a positive environment in which we can build a strong community and further enrich and support our schools. We also strive to respect your time commitment by starting and ending meetings on time and by adhering to the agenda.

– Sincerely, the Beethoven/Ohrenberger Leadership Committee

Principal’s Newsletter – January 2018

The staff and I would like to thank all of the parents and students for their gifts, cards and warm wishes during the holiday season. Thank you!

Parent Conferences

Individual Parent Conferences will be taking place in January for all grades.  Please communicate with your teachers to set up an appointment time. If something comes up and you cannot make it to your scheduled meeting time, please call the school so we might be able to accommodate another parent. The number for the school is 617-635-8149.

Book Fair

The parent run Scholastic Book fair was another huge success. Both the Parent Council and I would like to thank all of the parents who supported the fair by purchasing books, volunteering and buying books for the classrooms. 

Label Clothing

Please write the initials of your child on the tags of their jackets. Students are leaving their clothing around the school and it is easier to locate the owner if the jacket, hat, gloves, etc. is labeled.

Souper Bowl Drive

Our annual food drive will begin on January 22 and end on February 9. All food collected will be donated to a local food pantry. Thank you for your generosity.

Patriots Days

As long as the Patriots are in the playoffs, we allow students to support the home team (or any football team) by wearing Patriots outfits or colors the Friday before a game. Let’s hope we make it to the Superbowl again!!!

Student Info

Please make sure you know your child’s teacher and grade when calling the office. It makes it easier for office staff to assist you.

Winter and the Schoolyard

With the winter months upon us and snow falling frequently in New England, please be extra cautious in the schoolyard during pick up and drop off times. It is imperative that students use the crosswalk to cross the bus line to get to the sidewalk. 

Parents please respect the bus line by allowing the buses to flow freely in and out of the schoolyard. Near the entrance of the schoolyard cars need to be pulled in and up as far as possible so the buses can make the swing and a clear entrance into the schoolyard. Please fill in spaces as much as possible so cars waiting to get in do not block the firehouse.

The Beethoven is always collecting Boxtops for Education from Kimberly Clark brand products.  The Beethoven will accept donations of Kleenex and paper towels. 

Parent Council Meeting – Jan. 11

The next Parent Council meeting will be Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 pm in the Ohrenberger library.  All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.
Hope to see you there!!

Providence Bruins game – Feb. 11

We are having a family fun day at the Providence Bruins on Sunday, February 11 at 3 pmIt will be $22 per person and the kids get a hat, a drink and popcorn. A flyer will be coming home soon.