Dear Cabot Families,
I have heard rave reviews about the Cabot Fair for years and it’s all true! It was a fun day with a variety of activities to interest all ages! Our Fair provided an opportunity for the school community to come together – children, parents and Cabot teachers and staff! Who can resist Fair food – sausages, fried dough, fries, ice cream and all kinds of goodies? My granddaughter delighted in the ice cream and French fries; I was an indulging Nana!
Such an event comes together with strong leadership. Thank you to Sue Bottino and Laura Stevens and a retinue of helpers – it was truly a great effort!
With just a few weeks left, it is time to share some bittersweet news. We have a few staff members who are moving on. Please join me in acknowledging their contributions to Cabot as they seek new opportunities:
Joan Berk, Gr. 3 Special Education Teacher
Mrs. Berk has decided to retire after 25 years at Cabot. During her time here, Mrs. Berk served as a learning center teacher and most recently, as a special education co-taught teacher where she has supported all students in her classroom. Mrs. Berk is looking forward to spending time with her family, having time to travel, volunteer and explore interests (new and old). A respected member of the faculty, we are so grateful to Mrs. Berk who brings historical knowledge about the school, often spearheading events that support this caring community of educators. We will think of Mrs. Berk with fond memories for her sage advice, ready laughter and dedicated assistance to students and colleagues alike.
Matt Tirrell, Gr. 5 Teacher
Congratulations to Mr. Tirrell who will serve as the Assistant Principal of the Parmenter School in Franklin, MA. A 13 year veteran at Cabot, Mr. Tirrell has served the school in so many important ways including being an active and advisory member of the Leadership Team, his role as Teacher-In-Charge during principal absences, co-facilitating the Student Intervention Team (SIT) and overseeing the annual MCAS test procedures. We are all excited to see Mr. Tirrell move to the next step in his career in preparation for a principalship, likely in short time!
Nicole Coughlin Drouin, Gr. 3 Teacher
After 4 years at Cabot, Mrs. Drouin has accepted a 4th grade position in Lynnfield so that she can work closer to home and her family. She has served on the school’s Responsive Classroom Team helping to plan our recent Core Values Night. Always ready with a welcoming smile, Mrs. Drouin sees the positive in everyone and encourages us all to be our very best. Mrs. Drouin, our colleague and friend, will be sorely missed. As I shared with her new principal, a former Newton principal, you are gaining a gem which is our loss and your gain!!
Please join me in wishing each of these fine educators the very best as they move on. While they will be very much missed, we appreciate all they have brought to Cabot School!
Staffing Next Year
Cabot’s Hiring Team is in the process of interviewing candidates for these vacant positions. Joining me on this team: Peter Wong (5), Joe Guarino (5), Kathryn Bowler (4), Melissa Nash (3) and Meran Ellis (Math Coach) We hope to share hiring information and other updates later next week.
Eva M. Thompson