What’s Happening at Somerville Public Schools


SHS Class of ’45 Hosts 70-Year Reunion Sunday Sept 13th

Do you know someone who graduated from Somerville High School in 1945?

The SHS graduating class of 1945 will be hosting its 70-year reunion Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. All members of the Class of ’45 are invited to join this great celebration. Cost is $40 for a Sunday afternoon meal. For more information or to RSVP, contact Aurora Nerboso Spatola at (978) 371-4908.


Free School Breakfast Every School Day

Students throughout the District are encouraged to get a good start to the school day with a free school breakfast. Not only does eating a healthy breakfast help students pay better attention and perform problem-solving tasks, it also helps students establish healthy eating habits that can last them a lifetime. Breakfast is available every school day starting at 7:30 a.m. at most K-8 schools and the Capuano, and starting at 7:00 a.m. at Somerville High School. Winter Hill will continue its Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) program this year.


School Open Houses

School Open Houses continue this week and throughout September. Stop in to meet your child’s teacher(s) and find out what their school day will be like this year. Here’s the remaining Open House schedule:

· Next Wave/Full Circle – Wednesday, September 16, 6:00-8:00pm

· Somerville High School – Wednesday, September 16, 6:30-8:30pm

· East Somerville Community School – Thursday, September 17, 6:00-8:00pm

· Healey School – Monday, September 21, 6:00-8:00pm

· West Somerville Neighborhood School – Thursday, September 24, 6:00-8:00pm

· Kennedy School – Monday, September 28, 6:00-8:00pm

· Winter Hill Community Innovation School – Tuesday, September 29, 6:00-8:00pm

· Capuano Early Childhood Center – Wednesday, September 30, 6:00-8:00pm


Informational Meeting for SHS 2015 Musical, “Into the Woods”

There will be an informational meeting for high school students interested in being involved with the musical production of Into the Woods on Friday, September 18, after school in the Somerville High School band room. Students are invited to stop by to learn about opportunities to be involved both onstage and backstage. Auditions for this year’s musical will take place the following week.


Somerville Adult Evening School – Registration Open

Whether you’re interested in learning how to paint with acrylic or master conversational Greek, Somerville’s Adult Evening Program offers just the course you’ve been waiting for. Registration for fall courses is now open.


Register in person at Somerville High (81 Highland Ave.) on September 15, 17, 22, and 24 from 6:00-8:00pm or online at http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/eveningschool. Questions? Call Evening School Principal Sophia Carafotes at (617) 628-2594.


Classes (6:00-9:00pm) begin Tuesday, September 29th and/or Thursday, October 1st. Classes include: Academic Recovery, Driver’s Ed, Sewing, Computers, Spanish, ESL, Real Estate License, Medical Interpretation, Zumba, or YOGA 5. Zumba or YOGA 5 special rates of $25 or $7/walk-in. Why not enroll and begin your fall learning something new?


Upcoming School Events:

Visit your child’s school website, http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/schools, and click on the “calendar of events” link at the top of the page for a complete list of all the activities happening at school this month.

Friday, September 11, 5:30-7:30pm: Healey Grades 7/8 Family Potluck at the Healey Cafeteria (5 Meacham St.)

Tuesday, September 15, 8:30-9:30am: WSNS Principal Coffee Hour at the West Somerville Neighborhood School Cafeteria (177 Powderhouse Blvd.)

Tuesday, September 15, 3:00-8:00pm: Instrument Rental Program at the Somerville High School Library (81 Highland Ave.) – see News & Notes for details

Wednesday, September 16, 4:00pm: Healey School Site Council Meeting at the Healey Library (5 Meacham St.)

Wednesday, September 16, 5:00-6:30pm: WSNS School Council Meeting at the West Somerville Neighborhood School Conference Room (177 Powderhouse Blvd.)

Wednesday, September 16, 6:00-8:00pm: Next Wave/Full Circle Open House (8 Bonair St.)

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30-8:30pm: Somerville High School Open House (81 Highland Ave.)

Thursday, September 17, 3:00-8:00pm: Instrument Loan Program at the Somerville High School Library (81 Highland Ave.) – see News & Notes for details

Thursday, September 17, 5:00-6:30pm: Kennedy “Welcome Back to School” Ice Cream Social at the Kennedy Main Playground (5 Cherry St.) – rescheduled; originally scheduled for September 10

Thursday, September 17, 6:00-8:00pm: East Somerville Community School Open House (50 Cross St.)

Monday, September 21, 6:00-8:00pm: Healey School Open House (5 Meacham St.)

Monday, September 21, 7:00-9:00pm: School Discipline – Your Child’s Right to Stay in School workshop at the Kennedy School Library (5 Cherry St.)


Upcoming Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Workshops and Events

Find a complete list of SFLC events and workshops, and register for upcoming workshops at http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/families/workshops.

Tuesday, September 15 & Wednesday, September 16, 9:00am to noon: SFLC Playgroup Registration; call (617) 625-6600, x6990 between 9:00am and noon, or register online at http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/playgroups.


Upcoming School Committee Meetings

Find the complete School Committee schedule, agendas and meeting minutes (as approved) online at http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/school_committee.

Monday, September 21, 6:00-6:55pm: Rules Management Subcommittee Meeting at the Board of Aldermen’s Chambers, City Hall (93 Highland Ave.)

Monday, September 21, 7:00pm: Regular School Committee Meeting at the Board of Aldermen’s Chambers, City Hall (93 Highland Ave.)

Monday, September 28, 7:00pm: Regular School Committee Meeting at the Board of Aldermen’s Chambers, City Hall (93 Highland Ave.)


Community News & Events

Fresh Local Produce at Somerville Mobile Farmers Markets: Check our website Calendar of Events for upcoming Mobile Farmers Markets on Fridays and Saturdays throughout Somerville. The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market sells fresh, local produce at an affordable price. Anyone using SNAP or WIC receives a 50% discount, and a small portion of all full-price purchases supports produce for low-income families. For more information, contact Shape Up Somerville at (617) 625-6600, x4321.

· Fridays, 11:00am-12:30pm @ the Council on Aging (167 Holland St.)

· Fridays, 2:00-3:30pm @ the Winter Hill Community Innovation School (115 Sycamore St.)

· Saturdays, 11:00am-12:30pm @ the North Street Housing Development

· Saturdays, 1:00-3:00pm @ the Mystic Housing Development

Riverfest @ Assembly Row. Riverfest is a full day of live local music, local artists, free children’s activities, a sidewalk sale, and the annual fireworks show over the Mystic River at sundown. Riverfest takes place Saturday, September 12, from noon to 8:00pm. Visit http://www.assemblyrow.com/play/riverfest for more information.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25! The Somerville community is invited to join the celebration on Saturday, September 19th from 12:00 to 2:00pm at the Somerville High School Atrium and Plaza (81 Highland Avenue). A complimentary lunch will be served.

FREE Technology Skills Classes by Appointment @ SCATV. SCATV wants to help you get comfortable in the digital world with free technology skills classes offered the third Tuesday of each month, 11:00am to 1:00pm. Classes are by appointment only and are offered at SCATV (90 Union Square). Learn Apple Computer Basics, How to Create Picture Slideshows, Google Research, and Internet Navigation. Schedule your appointment by phone by calling Heidi Downing at the Somerville Public Library (617-623-2920) or Erica Jones at SCATV (617-628-8826).

Mary Flynn Murphy’s 3rd Annual Dance Fair. Free dance classes, snacks & refreshments, and arts & crafts are on tap for the 3rd Annual Dance Fair at Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio (730 Broadway, Somerville) on Saturday, September 12th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Free classes include a 10:30am Preschool class, 11:15am Tumbling, 12:00pm Hip Hop, and 1:00pm Jazz. For more information, visit http://www.MFMDanceStudio.com.

Strike Up the Bands @ SomerStreets –September 20 (date correction). On Sunday, September 20, from noon to 4:00pm, enjoy music and fun at Strike Up the Bands @ SomerStreets. SomerStreets is the City’s take on the internationally-renowned Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles, and opening them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running, and other modes of activity. Strike Up the Bands @ SomerStreets takes place on Holland Street from Davis Square to Teele Square.

SCATV Media and Video Classes. Want to hone your media production or grant-writing skills? SCATV is offering great classes this fall to help you do just that! Coming up: Intro to Grant Seeking (Sept. 18, 10am-1pm), Beyond Grant Writing 101 (Sept. 25, 10am-1pm), Editing with Adobe Premier (Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27, 7-9pm), and Intro to Studio Production (Oct. 14, 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 7-9pm). Visit http://www.scatvsomerville.org/classes for more info.

Champion Youth Art & Illustration Courses: Learn different drawing and painting methods at Art & Illustration classes offered by Champion Youth. Classes are for youth ages 4-13, and are offered every Monday for 11 weeks, September 28-December 14 (no class on 11/23/15). $7/class if paid in full for the entire session, or $8/class if paid weekly, plus a one-time required material fee of $25 for all new students. Classes will be held in the Function Hall of Abundant Life Church in Cambridge. For more information, call (800) 956-6956.


Looking Ahead

A look at some of the events/activities in the Somerville Public Schools that are taking place in the coming weeks.

Monday, September 21: Healey School Open House

Monday, September 21: Workshop – School Discipline; Your Child’s Right to Stay in School

Tuesday, September 22: Healey Field Trip (Ms. Knottingham and Ms. Brown)

Wednesday, September 23: Half-Day Wednesday (PK dismissed at 11:30; K-8 dismissed at noon)

Wednesday, September 23: SHS Post-High School Planning Night

Thursday, September 24: West Somerville Neighborhood School Open House

Thursday, September 24: West Somerville Neighborhood School PTA Business Meeting


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