Hello Runkle School Community,

This week I would like to share a few updates and reminders. We will begin closing the Runkle field after Thanksgiving Holiday break (the week of Nov 27th). It will be closed Tuesday and Thursday’s in order to care for the grass and keep it healthy and viable.

K-2nd Grade families please look out for information regarding our K-2 Morning Meetings. Our teachers will share information in the classroom newsletters regarding how we will restructure the way students share learning with families at Runkle. We are moving to a classroom share model and will discontinue our K-2 full Morning Meetings.

As the weather gets cold and our students continue to enjoy their brisk play during recess, please ensure your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the cold weather. Hats, coats, socks, scarfs, gloves or mittens helps prevent our children from getting frostbite.

This week Runkle School will begin parent teacher conferences. Our students are released at 12:40pm on these days. Homework Center will not be in session on early release days. Please put these dates in your calendar:

Tues, Nov 14th: Grades K-6 will be released at 12:40pm
Wed, Nov 29th: Grade K-8 will be released at 12:40pm
Tues, Dec 5th: K-8 will be released at 12:40pm
Wed, Dec 13th: K-8 will be released at 12:40pm

The Public Schools of Brookline is working on revising the Health and Wellness policy. Amongst many things, the policy will include guidelines that will help our schools create a lunch and recess time allocation that we believe will help Runkle in our discussion on 2nd grade recess. 

Last spring Runkle School drafted school goals for the 2017-18 school year through the Runkle School Improvement Plan. Our teachers will work on an action plan to effectively implement the following goals at Runkle this year. We will share our work at School Site Council meetings.

  • English Language Arts Goal: we will continue to strengthen and expand our reading and writing instruction with the aim of having all students reading at grade-level by the end of the school year.
  • Math Goal: we will promote Growth Mindsets in Mathematics by creating greater opportunities for students to make their mathematical thinking visible with the classroom, drawing from the work of Stanford Mathematics Professor Jo Boaler.
  • Social-Emotional Goal: we will create a safe and effective learning environment where all students and staff feel physically and emotionally safe and ready to learn.

Your Principal

Genteen Jean-Michel


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