Parent/Guardian Newsletter - August 22, 2022

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Dear Chenery Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We are excited to get back to school and welcome our Chenery students back into the building. With school starting in a few weeks, I hope that this newsletter will help provide some valuable information that will prepare us all for a safe return to school on Wednesday, September 7th.

Every aspect of our preparation this summer for the upcoming school year has taken into consideration our school motto of being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn. We are excited for a return to school that will provide students with opportunities to be successful and define success that is meaningful to them.


Nicolette Foundas, Interim Principal

New Leadership Team

On August 17th I wrote to update important leadership news for the Chenery Middle School during this upcoming school year.

“As you know from previous correspondences, with my position this year changing to Interim 5-8 Chenery Middle School Principal for the 2022-2023 school year, we had to fill the Lower School Assistant Principal position. We are fortunate to share that Mr. Pete Tausek will be the Interim Lower School Assistant Principal for the 2022-2023 school year.

Mr. Tausek has been an educator in Belmont for 14 years. Six of those years he taught sixth grade, and most recently he has been a seventh grade World Geography teacher for eight years. His experience in both the Lower School and Upper School at Chenery Middle School will serve him well as he works to ensure stability for students, family, and staff through this period of transition. 

This open position was posted and both internal and external applicants applied.  Last week a hiring committee made up of representatives from Chenery’s school-based leadership team, the Belmont Education Association, a parent representative and a student representative conducted initial interviews, and recommended two candidates to the Superintendent for his consideration. We are thrilled that a candidate of Mr. Tausek’s capacity applied and is willing to take this one-year position on.”

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pete Tausek in this new interim role.

Important Upcoming Dates

August 30- September 1

New Teacher Orientation

Tuesday, September 6 

First Day of School for Staff

Wednesday, September 7

First Day of School for Students

Thursday, September 22

Lower School Curriculum Night

Thursday, September 29

Upper School Curriculum Night


Back to School

School Hours/Arrival and Departure Procedures

School hours are 7:45AM - 2:25PM

Students may arrive as early as 7:30AM

  • Please note that we do not have staff assigned to duties before this time, therefore students are not allowed to enter the building until then.

Upon arrival

  • Grade 5 enters the cafeteria
  • Grade 6 enters the auditorium
  • Grade 7 waits on the plaza (by playground)
  • Grade 8 waits on the plaza (near parking lot)

Upon departure

  • Bus students depart to the parking lot where buses are waiting 
  • Walkers and bikers  independently leave
  • Car pick-up students go to Washington Street

It would be helpful for incoming fifth grade families, and new students to Chenery, to practice their pick up meeting spot and routines for the end of the day.

Parent Drop Off Procedure

To maintain safety with the increase of parent drop off vehicles around the school each morning, the intersection of Washington, Goden, and Oakely will be BLOCKED.

All traffic will be diverted from Washington street to multiple side streets to alleviate some congestion and most importantly, create safer conditions for our students as they navigate crossing streets to get to school. Please be mindful of speed and pay attention to police detail who will help you learn our new system.

Drop Off traffic


Bus Registration

If you require busing and have not yet registered your child, you may inquire by emailing busing@belmontschools.net.  We will continue to register students while seating is available.

Please note that BPS will not register additional bus students during the following dates: Monday, August 29th through Friday, September 9th. Any student requiring transportation that has not registered prior to the first week of school will not be added to the program until Monday, September 12th.  For additional transportation information, please visit: www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/bus-faq or email busing@belmontschools.net.

Attendance Line/ Absences and Dismissals

You may call the attendance lines to report an absence and contact us for support. If we do not hear from you we are required to call you.

  • Lower School: (617) 993-5822
  • Upper School: (617) 993-5832

A student who needs to be dismissed must be signed out by a parent or guardian. Students are not allowed to leave the building unaccompanied. We ask that you enter the building from the Washington Street entrance and proceed to the Main Office.

Scheduling and Class Placement

School leaders have been working hard on scheduling, and ensuring that all placement requests are considered.  In a school of 1300+ students, this is no small task.  Mr. Mark DiStefano, Ryan Holland, and myself have worked closely to schedule students in the most thoughtful way possible.

Placement letters will go home the week of August 22nd which is in line with what Chenery has done in the past. While students will know their team and homeroom, schedules will be visible the first day of school.

Class placements take a tremendous amount of time with careful considerations in regard to learning profiles as well as social emotional needs. School leaders look at the whole child, and specifically for fifth graders have met with elementary staff and school leadership to ensure a smooth transition.

COVID Health Updates

Please be on the lookout for an update from Beth Rumley and our nursing department, as well as Superintendent Phalen in regards to COVID health updates..

It is important to be mindful that this year we will be mask friendly and respectful of individual choices. All air filters have been changed, and we will continue to be mindful of mitigation strategies.

Safety Procedures

Within the first week of school we will be conducting our first fire drill. I will also be working closely with Chief McIsaac from the BPD  on updating our safety measures and lock down procedures at Chenery.

Student Resource Officer

I am grateful to the Belmont Police Department for being able to welcome Officer Evan Nichols to Chenery as our SRO. His presence will be greatly appreciated. Officer Nichols will be present in hallways, stairwells, and lunches.

Helpful District and School Documents

Food Service Update for 2022-2023 School Year

School lunch meals will be at no cost for all students through the 2022-2023 school year! Students will be charged $3.25 for a second meal. https://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/Home/Food-Services

Although meals will be at no cost for all students, it is beneficial for families to complete the household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the 2022-2023 school year. These forms will be available in September online at https://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/Home/Food-Services/Free-Reduced-Price-Meals  It is recommended that you submit an application if you believe your family would qualify based on income. It will also allow the school to establish eligibility for P-EBT benefits (if this program https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-approved-to-provide-p-ebt-for-families-through-summer-2022  is extended for the 2022-2023 school year) and other school programs.

How to Sign Up For CMS Email

To receive the communications sent out on the Chenery Middle School listserv, click HERE.


This year we welcome many new faces to our Chenery family, new positions for familiar ones, in addition to former colleagues returning!

  • Ari Rosenthal, Grade 5 Math/Science
  • Christine Nicholson, Grade 5 Math/Science
  • TBD, Grade 5 Math/Science
  • Lee Sission, Grade 5 ELA/Social Studies Maternity Leave
  • Laura Tracey, Grade 5 ELA
  • David Beebe, Grade 6 English (Nonfiction Studies)
  • Oliver Ward, Grade 7 Math
  • Melissa Tse, Grade 7 ELA
  • TBD, Grade 7 World Geography
  • Matt Hanlon, Grade 8 Science
  • Alex Derian, Lower School Social Worker
  • Colleen Day, Grade 8 English Maternity Leave
  • Caitlin Brennan, Grade 8 ELA
  • Terrance Wong, Engineering
  • Leon Dyer, Engineering
  • Malcom Mitchell, METCO Aide
  • Sara Mills, French 
  • Jin Lee, Math Specialist/Challenger Geometry
  • Nicole Heffernan, Math Specialist
  • Lindi Deloria, ELL Teacher
  • TBD, Special Education-Autism Inclusion Specialist
  • Peter Tausek, Lower School Assistant Principal

We still have a few more positions to hire for and I am confident that we will find high quality people for all of our open positions.  I know that you join me in welcoming all of them to our school community.

Entry Interviews

I have made myself available to Chenery staff  to participate in “entry interviews.” While I have worked at Chenery for fourteen years, these conversations have been a great opportunity for me to listen and hear about the things teachers love about Chenery and the things we might want to work on improving.  Once school begins in the fall I would like to extend that opportunity to parents so please be on the lookout for that in September.