PHA FAMILY CENTRAL

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!

READY FOR school checklist

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2022, IS OUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

EVERY WEDNESDAY, 5:30 PM

PARENT & FAMILY FAB HOUR (GRADES PK-12) https://bit.ly/FABfamilyhourZOOM

*FAB Hours are rarely cancelled, but our "Nights Off" will be August 31, September 21, & November 23, 2022.

P-EBT benefits

SUMMER P-EBT

Anyone who received P-EBT in the past will receive the following benefits:

  • Grades K-12 Students: July 3 - $195.50 | August 3 - $195.50

  • 0-5 Year Olds: July 25 - $195.50 | August 25 - $195.50

  • Eligible students who did not receive the first Summer P-EBT payment on 7/3 or 7/11 will receive a retroactive Summer P-EBT payment. The next payment will be on August 3rd. If you did not receive the 1 st payment, students will receive the full $391 on August 3 rd (July payment + August payment).

Find out all the details by CLICKING HERE today: https://www.map-ebt.org/summer


SNAP

With students returning to school, it is more important than ever to sign up SNAP. In addition to school meals and Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance, has helped many households get through this tough year. Learn more by CLICKING HERE.

For more information, visit www.map-ebt.org/snap.

FAMILY RESOURCES BY CITY/TOWN

We will keep adding to this list

SOMERVILLE: CLICK HERE

FARMERS MARKETS OPEN now!

What’s a Farmers Market? A place where farmers sell their food directly to consumers. Farmers' markets may be indoors or outdoors and usually have a variety of sellers’ booths, tables or stands where farmers sell their produce, meats, prepared foods, and beverages. Click on the locations for details.

PHA THRIVE

PHA THRIVE is a grassroots volunteer effort run by Prospect Hill Academy parents, staff and friends to provide supplemental food to students who do not have regular access to food during weekends and school breaks. This school year, our amazing community partner Food For Free provided us with our bags.

Any PHA family can register their child to receive a Thrive Bag during the school year (October- June). It's easy to apply. CLICK HERE

FREE LUNCH TO ANYONE 18 & UNDER

Every day from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM from June 27- September 3

DORCHESTER - ROXBURY - CAMBRIDGE

GET YOUR GROCERIES AT

DAILY TABLE

Learn more by CLICKING HERE: https://dailytable.org/

WE CAN USE SNAP-EBT TO ORDER FOR DELIVERY OR PICK UP

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/305816701

CHILD CARE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Quality child care is often a large part of our family budget. If you need need help paying for child care, please CLICK HERE to find state and federal programs: https://childcare.gov/consumer-education/get-help-paying-for-child-care

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Are you struggling with rent or mortgage payments due to COVID? CLICK HERE to learn about federal funding & more support.

LET's ORDER SCHOOL MEALS

If you are new to My School Bucks and MealOrders.com, you MUST login through PowerSchool to set up your account. CLICK HERE to see written instructions (with screen shots) on how to do this.

Next, watch our School Meals Director order meals using MealOrders.com by CLICKING HERE.

THANK YOU to the over 50 families who attended our FAB Hour on Sept. 1st! CLICK HERE TO WATCH & LISTEN to the recording. Fast forward to 22:00 (22 minutes into the video) for screenshots of how to order.

NEW BONUS VIDEO! CLICK HERE to watch this silent video of a parent logging in and ordering school meals. Only 6 minutes long!

MANY OF US HAVE KIDS AT MULTIPLE CAMPUSES: Here's a list of all drop-off and pick up times per Grade Level

CLICK HERE to open the document.

2022.09 Drop Off Pick Up Times

TRANSPORTATION TO & FROM PHA

PHA does not provide transportation to and from our campuses, but families often share rides, take the bus or train or walk together, sharing the work of making sure our kids get to school on time and safely.

Did you know that PHA students are provides MBTA Charlie Cards (S-Cards - see images below) to all students in Grades 7-12? CLICK HERE to check schedules and enter your location & destinations in their Trip Finder to find the best routes for you and your students.

Do you run a Transportation Service of your own? PHA families want to know. Please email ipaik@phacs.org to be added to a list of PHA-family-owned transportation businesses. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST SO FAR.

school communication

    • CLICK HERE to indicate your language preference for school communication.

    • CLICK HERE to see all of this year's Principal Newsletters


IN CASE OF SCHOOL EMERGENCY

MESSAGES WILL BE POSTED ON:

Announcements will be shared with local media outlets that include the following:

  • Radio: WBZ (1030 AM)

Television:

UDH/ KwenSante is very pleased to welcome Dr. Gisèle César.

Dr. César is a proud Haitian-American Family Medicine Resident Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance. She works at the Malden and Everett branches in Massachusetts.

Listen live to Dr. César WNTN 1550 AM

Every Saturday 9:30am and on facebook: www.facebook.com/udhkwenSante

VOICES OF THE HAITIAN COMMUNITY

CLICK THE VIDEO ABOVE to watch and listen to:

Judelande Antoine, Artist & Founder of Somerville Haitians United

Ruben Pierre, owner of Sunrise Cuisine restaurant

Pastor Guy Thomas, Missionary Church of the Haitian Community

Dan Breen, Historin,, Brandeis University

MIGRATION IS BEAUTIFUL

The PHA community is rich in immigrant experience. It's time to show our immigrant pride.

TPS extension!

CLICK HERE to read the 18-month designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Learn more about TPS by CLICKING HERE

CLICK HERE to watch a video about TPS

DACA IS BACK!

Click here: DACA information website to receive all you need to know. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - an immigration policy that offers protection from deportation. Learn more by clicking here.

LA COLABORATIVA

Chelsea Collaborative

https://la-colaborativa.org/

Through in-school, after-school, weekend, and summer programs, Soccer Without Borders Boston is a crucial resource to newcomer refugee and immigrant youth in East Boston and surrounding cities. More info to come soon!

Classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30-11:30 AM (Level 3/4) and 10 - 12 pm for Level 1/2. All classes are free! Students can reside anywhere, no restrictions! All classes are held online, students must create a gmail account and have a smart phone/iPad/desktop or laptop to participate.

CALL 617-635-5221 TODAY TO REGISTER!

The Welcome Project in Somerville offers English Classes. Learn more by CLICKING HERE.

EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS FOR ALL STUDENTS

(FINAL) Formatted ImmigrantRightsFlyer_ENG.pdf
(FINAL) HC_Immigrant Rights Flyer_2021 Updates_HAT.pdf
(FINAL) Immigrant Rights Flyer_2021 Updates_SPL.pdf
(FINAL) Portuguese_ Immigrant Rights Flyer_2021 Updates_PTB[44].pdf

read the pha family engagement pledge

CLIC AQUÍ PARA ESPAÑOL

CLICK HERE FOR ENGLISH

REVIEW THE STUDENT HANDBOOK

CLICK HERE

CONTACT YOUR CAMPUS FAMILY LEADERS

Contact us ANY TIME by clicking on our names:

Marie Jose Alphonse, Campus Family Ambassador, Early Childhood Webster (Gr. K-3)

In Paik, Upper Elementary Franklin (Gr. 4-6)

Natacha Theodore, Campus Family Ambassador, Middle School (Gr. 7-8)

Julie Esteban, Campus Family Ambassador, High School & Collegiate Institute (Gr. 9-12)

Anne Baldwin Beckmann, Family Advisory Board, High School & Collegiate Institute (Gr. 7-12)

CONTACT YOUR FAMILY LIAISON

PHA supports multilingual families and has Family Liaisons on staff to ensure families can communicate clearly and freely with the school.

Mercedes Escorihuela, Spanish Family Liaison

Laura Ottoni, Portuguese Family Liaison

Robenson Seide, Haitian Creole Family Liaison

CLICK HERE for our Family Translation & Interpretation Request form!

WEEKLY PARENT & FAMILY FAB HOURS

EVERY WEDNESDAY from 5:30-6:30 PM, all families (K-12) are welcome to catch up & check in on what's happening inside & outside of the classroom. FAB stands for Family Advisory Board. Join the Zoom meeting by clicking:

https://bit.ly/FABfamilyhourZOOM

Text 646.209.6644 if you need help logging on.

ATTENTION 6th GRADERS! apply to BREAKTHROUGH

http://breakthroughgreaterboston.org/



Ask your high schooler or middle schooler to click on the links [above]. With questions, contact Kim Le, Expanded Learning Manager, to see all of the outside of school opportunities rolling in already!

FAMILIES TEACH READING

Reading can feel mysterious. One of the biggest building blocks to learning how to read is background knowledge or "content." Families can provide tons of background knowledge at home about anything and everything in our world.

TEACHERS SHARE LEARNING ACTIVITIES with us!

Click on this link to see a collection of activities our teachers have used in the classroom with your students. Some are very easy to repeat at home with our children, and we are our kids' first teachers after all. https://sites.google.com/phacs.org/active-learning-bank/home

No matter where your child is on their PHA journey (K-12), families can always learn more about where they are headed by clicking here for the College Counseling site.

KNOW YOUR CURRICULUM

See what our kids are learning this school year for Grades K-6

Click here for Reading/Literacy (Grades 3-6) (EL)

Click here for Math (EngageNY)

Click here for Science (Amplify Science)

KEEPING OUR KIDS ON TRACK

The Department of Education designed Grade Level Guides for families to understand what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each grade. The guides are available in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Simplified Chinese CLICK HERE to find your Grade Level Guide.

Also, read your child's Grade Level Observation guide [CLICK HERE to find the subject & grade level] for details on the skills they are learning in class.

afterschool programs Grades K-6 Families

Registration is open now. The program has 2 locations: (1) Webster Early Childhood Campus, 15 Webster Avenue in Somerville, for Gr. K-3, and (2) Franklin Upper Elementary Campus, 17 Franklin Street in Somerville for Gr. 4-6. Click here to learn more. CLICK HERE to apply for the Y@PHA, CLICK HERE to learn about Elizabeth Peabody House, CLICK HERE for info on the Somerville YMCA, and CLICK HERE to learn about the Community Art Center.

Check out this running list of resources for food, housing, child care, utilities and more, organized by CITY. [CLICK HERE]

ACCESS TESTING for English Language Learner (ELL) Students

Is your student in the English Language Learners (ELL) program at PHA? PHA's program is amazing and led by Jeanette Verdone (jverdone@phacs.org). What is ACCESS testing? What does it test? Find out by CLICKING HERE.

lexia & dreambox

WHAT ARE THEY? WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW...

GRADES K-8 USE DREAMBOX

GRADES K-6 USE LEXIA

CLICK HERE before watching video.

community uniform closet

PHA families donate and recycle gently-used school uniforms

year-round! We collect, clean, & organize these uniforms, so that we can keep up with our growing students.

We come in all shapes and sizes! CLICK ON THIS SIZE CHART which can help us estimate our kids' uniform sizes.

In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004) and Massachusetts Special Education regulations 603 CMR 28.00, Prospect Hill Academy provides screenings and evaluations for all children enrolled in Prospect Hill Academy Charter to determine eligibility for special education services. Any parent, caregiver, or teacher may refer the student for evaluation if they suspect the presence of a disability that may preclude the child from progressing effectively in a regular education program. If you believe your child may be in need of special education services, please contact your child's principal or special education team chair as listed below.


Early Childhood Campus Team Chair: Kristina Junco kjunco@phacs.org

Upper Elementary Campus Team Chair: Victoria Carr vcangiano@phacs.org

Grades 7 - 9 Team Chair: Callie Kniffin ckniffin@phacs.org

Grades 10 - 12 Team Chair: Danielle Makarious dmakarious@phacs.org


Child Find Notice: English, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Portuguese

Listen to the ABC's of IEPs!: https://in-it-raising-kids-who-learn-and-think-differently.simplecast.com/episodes/abcs-of-ieps

video LIBRARY

Watch us learn how to order school meals live online using My School Bucks & MealOrders.com!

Learn how to subscribe to the PHA web calendar today & never miss a school event!

Mira nuestro video sobre cómo traducir videos de YouTube usando subtítulos

Watch our video on How to Submit Our Free & Reduced Priced School Meal Forms

Watch our video on How to Translate Videos on YouTube Using Captions

Family Tech Camp: Introduction

CLICK HERE for slides

Watch our Family Tech Workshop on Managing Screentime

International Night 2020

Upper Campus Families: Is your child enrolled in the Enrichment Google Classroom?

Academic rigor and preparation for success in college are PHA's top priorities for students enrolled in the High School and Collegiate Institute. With that being said, we know that participation in a variety of school and community-based enrichment opportunities is imperative for acceptance to top-tier colleges and universities and that critical social-emotional skills are cultivated both inside and outside of the classroom. Check-in with your student and make sure that they have "opted-in" to the Enrichment Google Classroom which lists a variety of virtual after-school and weekend programs that your child can participate in or apply to be part of. To stay informed family members can opt into Guardian View in Google Classroom as well as review all of the Weekly Enrichment Emails that are sent to all students across Grades 9-12.

There is also a Middle School Enrichment Google Classroom for grade 7&8 students. While there aren't quite as many opportunities listed here, we list as they come up.

Pictured, right Last year, Gabby PHA Class of '21 interned at the Massachusetts State House for Representative Chyna Tyler. Just one example of the many enriching opportunities our high school students have availed

Need more info, contact Kim, Kle@phacs.org

Taking Care of Ourselves & Each Other

https://handholdma.org

We as parents know our children better than anyone, but even WE have questions. COVID has put tremendous pressure on families. We might b enoticing our kids stuggling in new ways, or old challenges getting harder. HandHoldMA (CLICK HERE) is here to help us figure out when we should worry about our kids' behavioral health and how we can help or seek support. Click on the video to learn more.

Reading Our Kids' Emotions

CLICK HERE to watch a video on managing our emotions so we can support our kids.

CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING OF MENTAL HEALTH & TRAUMA MATTERS

ABOUT US

Our family community is strong, kind, and talented - like our students. We are made up of about 790 families representing 1106 PHA students. About 250 families have more than one child going to PHA, so over half of our students have siblings at PHA. While one third of us live in Somerville and about 12% of us live in Cambridge, we come to PHA from 47 cities and towns in Massachusetts from as far south as Fall River and as far north as Haverhill. We speak over 25 languages at home with our most common being Haitian Creole, followed by Portuguese, Spanish, Nepali, Amharic and Arabic. This just scratches the surface of who we are, but get to know us better by reaching out to any of our FAB family leaders.

Brought to you by PHA FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

CLICK HERE or email ipaik@phacs.org to get involved!

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