There are only a few days left before the upcoming holiday break but I have lots of updates to share with you, it’s certainly been especially busy around here!

A special reminder that through the Board of Trustees Annual Appeal, one lucky participant in this year’s campaign will be selected at random to win a FREE Chromebook!  Donations of any value will be eligible to win, just be sure to make your donation by Monday, December 22nd at 4pm in order to be eligible. The drawing will take place on the morning of Tuesday, December 23rd. You can find all the details of this year’s Annual Appeal HERE on the website.

Students in grades five through eight recently participated in the Annual Social Studies Fair. Our educational fairs are a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate their learning.  As an example, in order to further understand how our country began, the fifth grade recently researched Native American tribes. They learned how to create an expository piece of writing, research a topic, create a bibliography, and how to edit their writing. In addition, they also created an extension project to compliment their papers. They created an assortment of projects including games, dioramas, slide shows, and even tipis. They really did a great job!

Thanks to the PCO’s Arts Enrichment Program, our students have recently had the opportunity to visit with guest authors Suzy Becker and Michael Tougais.

Suzy Becker visited with students in grades K-3.  You might ask your Kindergartener and 1st grader to tell you about Manny’s Cows and some drawing tips they may have learned. 2nd grader and 3rd graders can tell you about some ways that kids can “make it better” they each had a chance to brainstorm how they personally can make the world a better place. We hope your students enjoyed Suzy’s visit!

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Last Friday, the students in grades 4-8 were treated to a PCO arts enrichment assembly where author and storyteller Michael Tougias shared the history and many stories behind the Quabbin Reservoir. Ask your child(ren) about the Quabbin Reservoir, the gravestones, the uprooted towns, and history. If your child is interested in exploring Quabbin more, consider purchasing Michael Tougias’s “Quabbin: A History and Explorer’s guide” and have a family outing to the reservoir.

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 The next Arts Enrichment Assembly  Historical Perspectives: Harriet Tubman will be held on Friday, January 16 for grades 6-8 beginning at 9:10 and grades K-4 at 10:20. As always, parents are more than welcome to attend us for these presentations.

If you did not get a chance to attend the amazing Holiday Concert, I invite you to see a few short video clips and photos of their performances which can be found HERE  on the school website.  This year’s Symphonic Band is 62 members strong, the largest in the school’s history!  I can’t begin to thank Mr. Benjamin, Mr. Heater and Mrs. Monty enough for all their hard work to make this night such a smashing success. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents with students in the band and chorus for helping to support our amazing music program.  We know that this requires you to bring your students here early several days a week and we greatly appreciate your support!

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Our students in grade eight have been wrapping up their final Capstone activities and are preparing for their presentations which will take place in late January.  This week Amanda Tardiff sold out of her ornaments and bookmarks every day to benefit her anti-bullying Capstone project.

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Speaking of Capstone, please be sure to see a recent article in the Country Gazette about AJ Bremser’s Capstone to benefit Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division. We will have more details about Capstone presentations just as soon as we return from break. Congratulations to all the students for their hard work!

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I would also like to extend a warm welcome back to Madame Malouf!  The students, faculty, staff and parents of BFCCPS missed her energy and enthusiasm while she was gone! Bienvenue a la maison Madame!!

I’m sure your students don’t need a reminder, but we will have an early dismissal at 12:00 on Tuesday and then will commence our Holiday Break.  Students are invited to wear jeans and festive sweaters, sweatshirts or t-shirts on Tuesday.  School will re-open on Monday, January 5th, 2015.  I wish each and every one of you a relaxing, and safe holiday and a very Happy New Year!