last update: 5/7/2017

How will the packing process work?

Teachers have already begun purging materials from their classrooms and communal areas of the school. This work will continue throughout the spring. Crates and moving boxes will arrive in the late spring. Once the school year concludes and Zervas vacates the premises, a professional moving company will move everything from Cabot to Carr.

What are we bringing with us to Carr and what are we leaving behind?

Most of the existing furniture will be left behind – an inventory is currently in development to manage this process. The classrooms at Carr will be provisioned with all necessary furniture. Classroom materials and supplies from Cabot will be used at Carr. In addition, teachers have identified memorable artifacts that will be saved and installed for display purposes once we move back into the new Cabot. A refurbished Humpty Dumpty statue will also be incorporated into the building plans.

Are teachers responsible for packing their own classrooms? Can parents help?

Yes, teachers are packing the materials they will be bringing to Carr. The City of Newton will hire professional packers to assist with this process at the end of the year. Parents who are interested in helping should reach out to their individual classroom teachers in the spring.

How will classrooms be assigned at Carr?

Classrooms have already been assigned, and Cabot teachers have visited Carr to see them. Student placement will follow the procedures already in place, and families will be notified in late August. Current students and their families are invited to visit their assigned classrooms at Carr on Monday, August 28 from 2:00-3:00pm (please note that teachers will not be present).

Will there be a celebration to say “goodbye” to Cabot before the end of the year?

Initial discussions about an end-of-year celebration have recently begun. No specific decisions have yet been made. If you are interested in participating in the planning, please email cabotpto.schooltransition@gmail.com.

Will parents be able to visit Carr before the 2017-2018 school year starts? Will students?

There will be an open house on Saturday, May 13 from 3:30-5:3opm where families are invited to tour Carr. Incoming kindergartners and their families will have an orientation session with their teachers on Thursday, August 31 from 2:00-2:30pm.

How can parents help their children prepare for the transition?

Here are a number of suggestions generated by Cabot faculty and staff. Generally, it is recommended that you wait for your children to begin asking questions:

  • Remind your children that their teachers are working hard to ensure the transition is smooth for everyone
  • Highlight the new and exciting features Carr offers – a larger cafeteria that opens directly onto a new playground, an outdoor basketball court, a sledding hill
  • Look at Carr on Google Earth
  • Drive by Carr and become familiar with its location in advance
  • Organize playdates during the summer at Carr (check with the Cabot PTO for group events yet to be scheduled)
  • If your children have larger questions or concerns, please raise the issue with your teachers so they are aware of the situation.

Will the PTO still plan community events at Carr like the Community Supper, the Book Fair, and the Cabot Fair?

Yes! We will continue to have a very active PTO in place at Carr, and will work hard to engage the Cabot community throughout the transition and beyond. Our first community event at Carr will be a Cabot at Carr “Meet and Greet” on Thursday, September 7 from 6:00-7:00pm.

How can I stay involved as a parent?

Volunteering in the classroom, in the library, and/or serving as a Room Parent will be more important than ever while we are in temporary space. PTO-led activities such as Understanding our Differences and Creative Arts & Sciences will continue while we are Carr.

What building security does Carr have in place?

Security across all schools in the City of Newton is consistent. All external doors will remain locked during school hours. Access is limited to staff and faculty with nametag sensors, and guests who are visually identified before gaining entry.

Will CASP have the same capacity at Carr that it has at Cabot?

Final arrangements for CASP at Carr have not yet been made. As always, entering kindergartners who are siblings of current enrollees will receive registration priority and CASP hopes to be able to re-enroll all 2016-17 attendees. Kindergartners who attend CASP from 12:30 – 3:00pm will be able to take the bus home. Everyone who attends CASP from 3:00 – 6:00pm will need to be picked up directly at Carr.

When will we learn more about transportation plans for next year?

A meeting with the PTO has been scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 7:00pm in the Cabot gym. Newton Public Schools’ Transportation Director, Regina Moody, will be there to provide information about bus routes, drop-off and pick-up procedures, and much more. The meeting will be recorded and available online for those who can’t attend. Please note that this meeting is for parents/guardians only — appropriate details will be shared with students separately. Visit http://cabotpto.org/transportation-to-carr-an-information-night-for-cabot-families-may-8/ and read a Q&A prepared by Newton Public Schools for more details.

When will construction at Cabot begin and end?

The building will be officially turned over to the city on July 1. The project is expected to be completed in time for the opening of school in September 2019.

What disruptions are expected in the neighborhood during construction? How will the traffic patterns be affected?

Questions of this nature will be answered by the building project team. They will provide monthly updates (beginning in May or June 2017), likely in conjunction with regular meetings of the Newtonville Area Council. Updates will be available on the design/construction website at http://cabot.projects.nv5.com/.

What will happen to Cabot’s existing playground during/after the renovation?

No final decisions about the status of the playground have been made. More information will become available from Newton’s Public Buildings and Parks & Recreation departments in the next few months.

Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Please email your inquiry to cabotpto.schooltransition@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you!