15 June 2021

End of the Year Information

Greetings Winn Brook Families,

As this crazy school year winds to a close we would like to share some last details. There is a lot of information here, so please read carefully.

Library books

Please be sure your child returns any books from our library or classroom libraries.

Music, Art and PE Kits

All of the things from the students' Art, Music, and PE kits may stay at home. They are yours to keep.

iPads and Chromebooks

Students will keep their iPads and Chrome books at home for the summer. Second grade students will be contacted with information about trading in their iPads for Chrome books later this summer. These are school-owned devices. Please remember that we can see the search history and we get alerts when inappropriate word/topics are used and searched.

Peace Rocks

Our amazing students have been using their artistic talents to help everyone feel loved and welcome in Belmont. Check out this installation of Peace Rocks that they made! Some of our rocks will be able to be found around town. Keep on the lookout! Thank you, Winn Brook students, for your talent and outreach, to our PTA for donating the rocks and the special oil pens, and to Joanna Dunn for helping this project come to life!

Last Day Clap Out

There is a tradition at Winn Brook that the children line the halls on the last day and clap as the 4th graders parade by. Due to restrictions, we are moving this event outside. Usually, parents are not included in this final walk, but as we are parading outside you are welcome to watch and cheer with us from behind the cones. At 11:20 on June 16th our 4th graders will make their final Winn Brook walk as 4th graders. They will come out the front door of Winn Brook and travel to their left, re-entering the building from the rear. Even though we will all be outside, no children will be dismissed from the parade. Families will need to wait until 11:45 for dismissal. Please see the attached map for more information.

Placement

We hope to have fall placement lists to families by the first week in August. This year we will be sharing the list electronically. Please be sure we have your correct email address. If for any reason you would like this to be mailed instead of sent through email, please let the office know and we can do that for you.

Wind Down

A wise teacher told me the other day that during this pandemic, we have all gotten very wound up. She said that as we all begin to unwind, it will not be surprising that some things start falling out. I know for myself, I pushed past the grief for my mother and kept on going. As I wind down, I will need to give myself space to grieve. Our students have things wound up in there too. While they have shown us tremendous resilience and exceeded our expectations in their learning, sitting in rows, separated recesses, and silent lunches take their toll. For our parents and caregivers, balancing work and supporting your children's learning has been beyond challenging. We need to give each other grace as the grief and stress spill out as we all unwind. I hope this summer we all can close our screens, spend time outside, take walks, ride bikes, feel the sand in our toes, read books together, even be a bit bored. We will be the better for it!

Last fall, I promised you a year of mishaps and magic. The mishaps have been many, but the magic was truly spectacular!  Our educators reached out through their screens, and you opened your homes. Together we invented new ways to connect and learn. One family told me that when we finally returned fully to school, they really missed having the teacher's voice in their home. Wow! Thank you for being our partners in education. This year, more than any other, we couldn't have done it without you!

Wishing you a magical summer! 

Anita

Anita Mecklenburg

Principal
Winn Brook School
www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/winnbrook

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