YOU are Runkle!
Dear Families,
First-Grade Teacher Joanne Guzzi has announced that she will be retiring at the end of this school year.  Ms. Guzzi has been a most valued part of the fabric of the John D. Runkle School for the past twenty-five years. While we congratulate her on this momentous event, celebrate her many accomplishments as an educator and wish her the very best in her future endeavors, we know that Runkle will simply not be the same without her generous spirit and steadfast dedication to her students and her school.
Deirdre Madden, who started at Runkle as a Kindergarten teacher, has decided to move from 2nd grade to 1st grade for next year.  This means that, with Ms. Bienen’s retirement as well, we are now hiring for two teachers for our 2nd grade.  We have begun interviews from a deep pool of applicants for these positions, and will be beginning interviews for our 6th and 7th grade ELA position this week.
We have had a busy, spirit-filled week of learning experiences here at Runkle School, with much more to come in the next two months!
Our 6th Graders just concluded their Living History Project with their Thursday in-character performances for each grade level and staff during the day, and for the students’ families Thursday night.  Among those in attendance were such luminaries as Rosa Parks, Leonardo Da Vinci, Jane Goodall, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jackie Robinson, and Karl Marx, to name but a few.  It was an unforgettable experience meeting such fascinating personalities and hearing their stories of what drove them to pursue the impactful lives they led.  Thank you to Ms. Belle and of course all of the parent and teacher mentors who made this special event possible!
Within their study of immigration, our 4th Graders are beginning their own biography project, one which involves students interviewing family or community members on their own United States immigration experiences. Many thanks to Runkle parent and professional documentary producer Charles Churchill for his collaboration on this most special project over the past several years, which culminates in a video documentary which will be shared with our community.
Fourth graders got a historic treat, both literally and figuratively, this past Friday when Runkle parent and Fireplace owner/chef Jim Solomon visited Runkle as part of Brookline’s celebration of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s 100th Birthday.  Chef Solomon prepared for our students two of JFK’s favorite childhood dishes – Waffles with butter and warm maple syrup, along with Rose Kennedy’s Boston Cream Pie, and with the help of Park Rangers from the JFK National Historic Site, shared different stories and anecdotes from Jack and his siblings’ earliest years.
Two new groups dedicated towards supporting LGBTQ students and families have recently started at Runkle School.  One group is for students in our middle school grades and the other is for 5th graders.  Both groups are led by our guidance counselor Rebecca Sneider. All students in each age group are welcome to attend for their own support and/or as allies for their classmates.  Many thanks to Ms. Sneider for her work on behalf of all of our students and families!
Everyone is Welcome — YOU are Runkle!
Jim Stoddard
Runkle School Principal

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