•This week is School Vacation Week. Students return on April 22.
•The Chelsea Public Schools District-wide Art Show will be April 25-27 in the Williams School Community Room, 180 Walnut St. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 25, from 3-6 p.m. Additional viewing times are April 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and April 27, 9 a.m. to noon.
Early Learning Center
•The ELC was honored to have the author from Ella’s Way come read to students. Students enjoyed being able to interact and make connections with the story. They made a pledge, “To always be kind, and spread love throughout the Universe.”
•The ELC hosted a Family Yoga Night. Social worker Katie demonstrated the different breathing and balance techniques. Families enjoyed a relaxation night.
•Bubbles Day at the ELC. Our students were engaged and thrilled to see how they could make bubbles be as little to as big as can be.
•Berkowitz second graders have been planting lettuce, spinach, and other greens with Ms. Sage in science class. They will get to harvest and try what they planted in June.
•On Thursday morning, April 11, Roy Avellaneda, owner of local business ‘Pan y Cafe’ and a city councillor, came in to speak to Ms. Frazier and Ms. Sugg’s fourth grade classes. The students had written letters to Avellaneda about how local Chelsea restaurants can become more environmentally-friendly. Avellaneda spoke of his personal story of growing up in Chelsea to becoming a business owner, and what changes his coffee shop will soon make to be more conscious of the planet. Students were eager to hear about these changes, and were pleased to hear that they could help influence real change to make Chelsea a ‘greener’ city – one that uses less plastic, in particular. Thank you again to Roy Avellaneda of Pan y Café.
•On Thursday evening, April 11, fourth grade families celebrated poetry with our second annual Poetry Night. Families came to enjoy food, each other’s company, and time to write poems/ The best part was hearing poets share their work at the end of the night. Family member of all ages participated enthusiastically.
•The Hooks School rocked MCAS testing this week in grades 3 and 4. The school had a couple of spirit days including a pajama day, rainbow day and celebrated red sox opening day on Tuesday, April 9. Students started each day with a warm up and pep rally in the gym, MC’d by Principal Lubarsky. Finally, the Hooks celebrated one of our paraprofessionals, Abeo Powder, who ran the Boston Marathon on Marathon Monday.
•Kelly School students revved up their Boston Marathon spirit by dressing in blue, gold – and unicorns – to raise funds in support of a team running to fight pediatric cancer. Kids loved when Hooks teacher and middle school cross-country coach Abeo Powder stopped by wearing her Marathon unicorn. Coach Powder ran the Marathon on Monday.
•Seniors Saira Carreto and Manuel Teshe represented Chelsea High School at State Government Day on Beacon Hill April 5. They got to talk with their State Senator Sal DiDomenico, and they discussed two bills with students throughout the state.
•After months of working hard at the coffee shop at the High School (on Wednesday mornings from 8-10 a.m.) the students in the FA class earned enough money to pay for their own lunch. As a class, they voted on a local restaurant and were able to order and pay for their own lunch. Everyone is very proud of all the hard work that has gone into running the coffee shop and it was great to reap the benefits of this hard work in such a meaningful way.
•The Teen Action Project (TAP) hosted youth from Revere, Saugus and Winthrop on Wednesday, April 10, at Chelsea High School. The youth have been working in the past three months, with the support of their adult leaders, on developing a social marketing campaign to address vaping in their communities. They are excited about rolling out the campaign that they have created soon. More details to follow.