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John P. Phelan, Superintendent of Schools

In every entry you will find news from the schools as well as entries that will be staples in each edition, such as Teaching and Learning, School Committee Updates, and Good News.  We hope to highlight our staff, students, and this amazing community we are all part of.  There is a tremendous amount of activity in every school in Belmont, and we are proud to share it through this newsletter and the BPS website.

John P. Phelan,
Superintendent of Schools 
email: jphelanblog@belmont.k12.ma.us

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March 27 Newsletter

date 3/27/2015

We made it to the first day of spring, and Boston beat the snow record with 108.6 inches of snow when 2.9 inches fell on March 15.  Boston beat the record by one more inch than the previous record set in 1995-96 and was declared by the National Weather Service to be the snowiest winter in Boston since snowfalls were recorded beginning in 1872.  Let's hope Mother Nature is satisfied with that and doesn't want to beat the record again next year.  It was a busy winter of school events, and the beginning of spring promises to be just as full.

Quote of the Month:  “Wisdom.... comes not from age, but from education and learning.” 
― Anton Chekhov

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The School Committee recommended and voted to change the school calendar to recognize and observe Yom Kippur beginning with the 2015-16 school year.  Another note on the calendar per School Committee policy is the start of school, which is Wednesday, September 2.  Given the late date Labor Day falls on, school will be in session Wednesday and Thursday with Friday off so families can enjoy the holiday weekend.

The Finance Committee continues to discuss the FY16 budget, going through the entire document line by line.   As you know we have submitted two budgets this year—the Available Revenue Budget and the Financial Task Force budget.  The last Budget Presentation before the April 7 Town Election and Override Vote is on March 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beech Street Center.  Please go to our website to view the presentation to see the impacts of both budgets.  As difficult as this budget season has been, the silver lining to the dark cloud is the engagement of the High School students and seeing them advocate for themselves and their school during this budget process.  They have learned how to be part of the democratic process, and we appreciate their involvement and effort to support their schools.

The School Committee voted to submit a Statement of Interest (SOI) to the Massachusetts School Building Authority to renovate Belmont High School.  The State will respond to our request by December of 2015.



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February 12 Newsletter

date 2/12/2015
What a month it has been with record snowfall here in Massachusetts.  We are hearty New Englanders, but the weather of late has tested even the best of the best.  Although there is snow on our shoes and frost on our fingers, we are warmed by the recent Super bowl win by the Patriots—Congrats Pats!  If there was a Super bowl for snow, we would have won that.  Right about now we are all feeling a little bit like we are in the movie “Groundhog Day”, and unfortunately, the groundhog did see his shadow so there appears to be no shortcut to spring.  In spite of the weather (or maybe because of it?), have a wonderful February Recess, and here’s hoping when we return we are that much closer to seeing the shadow of spring flowers instead of groundhogs.

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January 30th Newsletter

date 1/30/2015

As you know the amount of snow we received earlier in the week was extraordinary and troublesome to plow, shovel and remove.  The Belmont Public schools custodian and facilities department members were extraordinary in their efforts to ensure our schools were ready to open.  Thanks to them and to our Director of Facilities Gerry Boyle and Assistant Director of Facilities Fred Domenici for their leadership.  In addition, my thanks to out to our town Department of Public Works for such a well-coordinated effort under such difficult conditions, and our residents who cleared the sidewalks for our students to be able to get to school.

Please take care in coming to schools, as some sidewalks may still be impassable and the high snow limiting visibility for walkers and cars on the roads.



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January 16th Newsletter

date 1/16/2015

The New Year is off to a running start, and we are nearing the end of the second quarter of the school year.  Hard to believe the year is moving forward so quickly, but moving forward we are with school news and activities, and teaching and learning.

We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day this month, and are reminded of his message of peace, equality and justice



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December 11th Newsletter

date 12/11/2014
The holiday months past and present of giving thanks and familial gatherings around the table make us proud to be part of another family, that of the Belmont Schools.  As we celebrate this season of many holidays we all hold close to us, we also celebrate the many achievements and hard work of the staff, students, families, and supporters of the Belmont Schools.  The next newsletter will be penned when we return in January.  In the meantime, I wish you safe travels and have a wonderful winter recess and Happy New Year. 

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