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June 19, 2018

News & Notes

Students Celebrate, Prepare for Next Steps as School Year Comes to a Close

As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close this week, students and families have been celebrating and preparing for the next steps of their journeys. Celebrations have come in the form of graduation ceremonies, Moving On celebrations, awards ceremonies, and other traditional events marking the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. Congratulations to all of our students and educators for another great year, and a special shout-out to every one of our Class of 2018 graduates. The last day of school this year is Thursday, June 21st, and is a half day for all students. Have a great summer, everyone!

2018-2019 School Year Calendar

It’s never too early to start planning for next school year. You can find the 2018-2019 Somerville Public Schools School Year calendar on our website (http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/district-school-year-calendar-2018-2019). First day of the 2018-2019 school year for students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, August 29th (half day). First day of school for pre-K and Kindergarten students is Tuesday, September 4th. Schools will be closed on Friday, August 31st and Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day). We also invite you stay connected this summer through our social media sites. You can access the links to our social media accounts from our website home page (www.somerville.k12.ma.us.). Be sure to visit the Somerville Hub website calendar (http://somervillehub.org/events) to learn about activities and events for youth in our city and the surrounding community this summer. 

Somerville Education Foundation 2018 Summer Learning Campaign

Learning, like eating, is something kids need to do year round. Some kids have rich and diverse opportunities to explore fun and learning throughout the summer. Others do not. Summer learning loss. Kids in poverty often close the achievement gap during the school year and fall behind over the summer. Summer should be a time of joy and exploration. While the opportunity to catch up academically is critical, of equal importance is the opportunity for kids to play outdoors, explore, and learn about nature. We can do something about it. The Somerville Education Foundation (SEF), in partnership with the City of Somerville and Somerville Public Schools, set out a goal of raising $10,000-$20,000 to meet immediate needs of this summer by expanding existing programs. The 2018 Summer Learning Campaign raised $27,475 in commitments from 50 sponsors, ranging from $5,000 - $25.

SEF Summer Learning Campaign Sponsors:

Dr. Mouhab "Mo" Rizkallah and The Braces Place Ward 3 Alderman Ben Ewen-Campen
Partners Healthcare Chauncey Wood & Lisa K
Century Bank Karin Anell & Fredrik Nilsson
John and Jenny Bonham-Carter Carrie Normand & David Zraket
Stella Downie of Skyzone Jackie VanderBrug & Brad Johnson
Winter Hill Bank Kurt Hanson
Greentown Labs Brandon Wilson
Alan & Gail Ball Jennifer Clifford
Maryann Heuston Jim & Lauren Hanley
Sean O'Donovan of O'Donovan Law Office Dawn Carney & Lee Brody
Cambridge Orthodontics Chiu Family
Donald Norton of Norton Group Berkowitz Family
Tom Bent of Bent Electrical State Representative Mike Connolly
Middlesex Federal Savings Alderman Bill White
Tufts University State Representative Christine Barber
Abby Taylor and Jeff Curley Paula & Dan O'Sullivan
Federal Realty Trust State Senator Pat Jehlen
Thalia Tringo Dave's Fresh Pasta
Register of Deeds Maria Curtatone Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang
Jared Rubin Cambridge Health Alliance
Dr. Casey Cook Jenny Cooper
Mayor Joseph Curtatone School Committee Member Dan Futrell
Law Offices of Richard G. DiGirolamo Katie Gradowski & Will Macfarlane
Marisa Wolsky & Ben Guenther Boston Burger Company
Kerri Lorigan & Greg Nadeau Melissa McQuinney

Thanks to the generous commitments from sponsors above, SEF has been able to commit to funding the following services this summer:

  • $3,708 to the Mystic Learning Center to cover the cost of two full scholarship slots or 98 days of summer learning at MLC.
  • $1,500 to Parkour Generations Boston's to cover the cost of a weeklong Parkour clinic for Somerville kids
  • $4,500 to Parts & Crafts to help fund both 1) Parts & Crafts Welcome Project STEM Camp and 2) 10 full scholarship slots to summer camp.
  • $1,000 for the Somerville Media Center to cover the cost of four scholarship slots for priority Somerville youth
  • $2,475 to fund three SHS student teachers to work with 35-50 Calculus Project students this summer.
  • $3,500 to fund 6-hours of programming per week to serve 20-25 Somerville students this summer.

For more information or to join next year’s campaign, send an e-mail to somervilleedfoundation@gmail.com.

Biogen Foundation Announces Recipients of Star Initiative Grant Awards

The Biogen Foundation yesterday announced the six organizations that will share funding support from the Foundation to develop local STEM ecosystems in Cambridge and Somerville as part of their STAR Initiative. Through the STAR Initiative, the Biogen Foundation is investing $10 million over four years to increase access to STEM resources and opportunities for students most underrepresented in STEM college or career pathways. Breakthrough Greater Boston, Enroot, Citizen Schools, uAspire, Lesley University, and Young People’s Project are the six non-profits selected by Biogen Foundation to partner with Cambridge and Somerville public schools. Read the news release at: http://investors.biogen.com/news-releases/news-release-details/biogen-foundation-selects-grantees-receive-10-million-investment.

Somerville High School Groundbreaking Marks Project Milestone

The Somerville High School Groundbreaking ceremony held last week marked a milestone in this historic project, as the school year comes to a close and the start of demolition and construction work approaches. Read more about this special event in this recent article. Demolition of the “C” wing is slated to begin on Friday, June 22nd. Stay up-to-date on this project throughout the summer by visiting the project website at www.somervillema.gov/highschool. The website includes a live construction camera feed so you can watch the progress as it unfolds.

 

What's Happening  

Summer Solstice Celebration 2018 – Thursday, June 21, 5:00-9:00pm

On the longest day of the year, explore the world and have fun at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture’s Summer Solstice Celebration. From 5:00-9:00pm on Thursday, June 21, enjoy free admission to four museums: the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. This is a FREE special event open to the public! Activities include circus performers, bubbles, live music, animal farm, hands-on activities, raffle, and food trucks. 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Mayor’s Annual Family Fun Day – Saturday, June 23, 12:00-4:00pm @ Trum Field

Join the fun at Trum Field for the Mayor’s annual Family Fun Day, a community event for all those who are young and young at heart! The celebration includes a free BBQ, children’s activities, face painting, bouncy houses, pony rides, and much more. This FREE family event takes place Saturday, June 23, 12:00-4:00pm at Trum Field (541 Broadway). Rain date is Sunday, June 24.

Summer Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Programs

Find a complete list of SFLC events, services, and workshops at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/families. The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative offers a rich array of workshops, programs, and events to support students and families. SFLC calendars of monthly activities and events will be available October through June.

June Drop-in Playgroups at the Cummings School, 42 Prescott Street. No registration necessary.

      Discover and Learn Drop-in Playgroups, for children ages birth-5 years old and parent/guardian:

  • Tuesdays, Yellow Door, 3:00-4:30pm on June 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Thursdays, Yellow Door, 10:00-11:30am on June 7, 14, 21, 28

      Climb and Create Drop-in Playgroups, for children ages 2-5 years old and parent/guardian:

  • Wednesdays, Pink Door, 10:00-11:30am on June 6, 13, 20, 27

SFLC Parent/Guardian English Classes: Summer Session, July 9-August 3. Parents/guardians of Somerville students can practice and strengthen their English language skills while learning about and becoming more involved with their child’s education. SFLC works in collaboration with The Welcome Project to provide classes held during the summer in the morning. Parents/Guardians can register by calling (617) 625-6600, x6702.

Community News & Events

Somerville Parks & Recreation. Visit http://www.somervillerec.com/info/activities/default.aspx?type=activities to learn all about current programming offered by Somerville Parks & Recreation.

Summer Solstice Celebration 2018 – Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. On the longest day of the year, explore the world and have fun at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture’s Summer Solstice Celebration. From 5:00-9:00pm on Thursday, June 21, enjoy free admission to four museums: the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. This is a FREE special event open to the public! Activities include circus performers, bubbles, live music, animal farm, hands-on activities, raffle, and food trucks. 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

SPD Junior Academy. Somerville students ages 11-14 who are interested in an exciting summer activity can participate in the Somerville Police Department Junior Police Academy. Session 1 runs from July 9-13 and Session 2 runs from August 6-10. Students will get time in the gym, build their teamwork skills, learn first aid and participate in an Emergency Vehicle Day. This program is free and takes place at the East Somerville Community School (50 Cross St.). Please register at the Somerville Recreation website – www.somervillerec.com.

Jody’s School of Dancing. Jody’s School of Dancing offers one-day workshops or summer camp programs for elementary students. Upcoming one-hour workshops include the Cinderella Workshop on June 20th and the Belle Workshop on June 21st. Both include a dance class, craft, snack, and a visit from a special guest. Cost is $25 for these workshops. Call or email to register and to learn more about upcoming workshops and camps: (617) 519-9320 or Jodysdanceinfo@aol.com.

Family Fun Day. Come to Trum Field for the Mayor’s annual Family Fun Day, for all those who are young and young at heart! The celebration includes a free BBQ, children’s activities, face painting, bouncy houses, pony rides, and much more. This FREE family event takes place Saturday, June 23, 12:00-4:00pm at Trum Field (541 Broadway). Rain date is Sunday, June 24.

Independence Day Fireworks. Join Mayor Curtatone on Thursday, June 28th, 6:30-10:00pm for the Anniversary of 4th of July Fireworks with live entertainment. The entertainment lineup for the Fireworks includes performances by the 215th army band and local disco-funk band Booty Vortex, leading up to a 20-minute fireworks display beginning at approximately 9:15pm. This FREE family event takes place at Trum Field (541 Broadway). Rain date is July 5.

“SUITED” – A Free Pride Month Film Screening. SUITED tells the story of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn-based tailoring company that specializes in clothing for people who are LGBTQ, gender-nonconforming, or nonbinary. Clothier duo Rae and Daniel take a holistic approach to their work, considering each client’s personal narrative, which becomes inextricable from the creation of the perfect custom-made suit. From Derek’s emotional journey as he prepares for his wedding to Everett, a law student in a conservative environment, or Melissa, who simply wants to look good for a 40th birthday party – the need for well-fitting garments represents deeper issues of identity, empowerment, and the importance of feeling happy in one’s body. A panel discussion on “Sexual Orientation, Inclusion, and Gender Identity” will follow the documentary.

  • WHEN: June 28th, 6:00pm (DOORS) | 6:30pm (SCREENING) | 8:00pm (PANEL)

  • WHERE: Somerville Theatre | 55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144

  • TICKETS: Free but first come, first serve (arrive early)

 


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