Dear Cabot Families,
What an energizing first two days as the school year begins anew! The first days are always very exciting with students and teachers eagerly anticipating new friendships and reconnecting with former friends. Names on class lists come to life as a classroom community forms under the skillful direction of our teachers. It was great to see many of you once again and to meet your children!
I want to take this opportunity to thank our teachers who spent a considerable amount of their own summer days preparing curriculum, planning for the year, and creating their organized cheery classrooms. As always, much thought and planning result in classroom features from bulletin board displays to the organization of furniture and materials to ensure that the environment supports student learning; every detail has an instructional purpose. As a result, our classrooms invite your children to a year of learning.
Additionally, I offer kudos to our junior custodian, Shawn Diaz, for his thorough cleaning of the school building from washing furniture to stripping and rewaxing floors, and so much more. He did all this while understaffed due to a shortage of custodial personnel. We welcome back Ron Luce, senior custodian returning from a hip replacement. Mr. Diaz returns to late afternoon and evening duties.
Our administrative assistant, Sydney Balise, has also been busy processing school orders and supplies, registering new students, and ensuring that classrooms are well stocked with all the needed supplies and materials. We do have a very dedicated, caring staff working to support the needs of the school!
Our PTO leaders have also been diligently working to set the stage for a successful year. Jen Abbott, PTO President, has worked closely with various school committees and Nicky Chapman, Treasurer. We are looking forward to a rewarding year working together.
Enrollment and Class Size: An Update
This summer, we welcomed 44 new students to our Cabot community. Our enrollment has shifted from 375 students in June to 394 as school opens with 19 classrooms. Most of the students are spread out over the grades resulting in reasonable class sizes except in two grades: Grade 2 has 26 students per classroom and grade 3 has 24 children with three classes per room in each grade. Across the district, we closely monitored enrollment over the summer. In grade 2, due to class size, we have hired Mrs. Cathy Boskey, an experienced assistant from the Ward School. There are also special education assistants or an intern in each of these three classrooms so there is strong support available under the guidance of our experienced teachers.
Each summer, schools experience some changes in staffing. Here are some more recent changes:
- As the former principal at Peirce Elementary School in Newton, I had the good fortune to hire Dr. Ivonne Borrero. She was relocated to Cabot School to support your school’s needs at the time. With bittersweet feelings, I now share that she will be assuming a position in Boston overseeing district-wide programming for special education and English Language Learners. This is a wonderful opportunity for her yet she is immensely sad to be leaving her school home, Cabot. This Friday will be her last day. Please join me in thanking her for her skilled leadership and support of all our families. I am sure she will be available to us if we have particular questions or needs.
- Two teachers are or will be on maternity or child care leaves: Brittany Glynn replaces Olivia Bernow, grade 1, until the December break. Melissa Nash, grade 3, will depart on or near September 23. Mrs. Nash’s planned substitute, Ms. Huselton, has accepted a fourth grade teaching position at Underwood so we are interviewing for this position. As soon as I have further information, I will contact third grade families.
- Click here to view a listing of our current Cabot faculty and staff. If working part-time at Cabot, their days are listed. We are in the process of hiring staff to fill positions that became vacant just before school started. Some of our assistants secured full time teaching positions thus their departure.
I anticipate writing a newsletter once or twice per month. The PTO will send this out for me on their website. If you have any questions or wonderings, feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PTO and I have scheduled a morning coffee for this coming Monday morning, September 12, at drop-off, 8:30-9:15, in the lunchroom. If you can pop in, we welcome you and understand if you need to leave at any time. Topic: open to your questions.
I also look forward to seeing you at the Back to School Picnic next Thursday, September 20, 5:00-7:00! Let’s hope for good weather!
Eva M. Thompson