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David Fleishman sent this to Angier and Zervas families today…

Dear Angier and Zervas Communities,

It is a very exciting time as we update our elementary school facilities in Newton.  As you are aware, both Angier and Zervas will be moving locations over the December break during the 2015-2016 school year.  This will be a major undertaking, as both schools will need to pack and unpack within a short time period.

As a result of this unique circumstance, last night I proposed to the School Committee that Angier and Zervas have some slight adjustments to their calendar for next year.  First, we are recommending that students at both schools be dismissed at noon on the three school days (December 21st-23rd) right before the December break in order to give faculty and staff time to pack before the moves.   Please understand that the packing involves a significant effort on the part of the staff given the amount of materials stored in classrooms.

The moves will take place over the December break. The faculties will need ample time following the break to prepare their classrooms for students.  As a result, we are also recommending that both Angier and Zervas be closed for students on Monday, January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th.  The first day back from December break for Angier and Zervas students would be Wednesday, January 6th, 2016.

Since all schools in Massachusetts are required to be open 180 days for students, we will need to make up these two days.  As you can imagine, coming up with two make-up days is a challenge and we thoroughly reviewed all options.  At this stage, we are recommending that Angier and Zervas be open for students on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, 2015 for a full day.

There will also be an additional half-day for students at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.  Please note that this half-day is making up for the half day that students are losing on Tuesday, January 5th.   Next year, the last day is scheduled to be June 21st (no snow days) and June 28th (5 snow days).  By adding this additional half-day, the last day for Angier and Zervas students would be June 22nd (no snow days) and June 29th (5 snow days).

We anticipate you will have questions regarding the specifics of this proposal. We will be in touch in the coming weeks with further details including afterschool options for students.

While we recognize that these changes are not ideal, the mid-year move is an unprecedented necessity that will provide both schools with state of the art facilities. The School Committee is scheduled to both discuss and vote on these proposed changes at their March 23rd meeting.  In the meantime, please feel free to send your thoughts on this recommendation to [email protected]

Many thanks for your understanding and consideration.  It is most appreciated.

Sincerely,

David Fleishman
Superintendent of Schools







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