PHA FAMILY CENTRAL
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!
READY FOR school checklist
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2022, IS OUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
- CLICK HERE to see all of our campuses' Drop-Off & Dismissal Times. Definitely helpful for families with kids at multiple campuses.
- CLICK HERE to see all of the NEW & RETURNING FAMILY & STUDENT EVENTS we have planned.
- CLICK HERE to find your SCHOOL SUPPLIES LIST by Grade Level.
- Our Nurses NEED our kids' medical forms. CLICK HERE to read their message.
- REGISTER YOUR STUDENT TODAY FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR. CLICK HERE
- Visit our PHA CALENDAR page with links to all family events & meetings in one place! Click on the "Month" view to see the whole month.
- CLICK HERE to learn about Child Find & what to do if you think your child needs special education support.
- Kids and Teens eat for free this summer: Find out where by CLICKING HERE: https://www.projectbread.org/summer-eats-program
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.
SUMMER EATS IS BACK!!!
VISIT THE SUMMER EATS SITES ALL SUMMER!
Find out where by CLICKING HERE: https://www.projectbread.org/summer-eats-program
When summer break begins, this site will list free meal sites near you for children ages 18 and under when school is not in session : https://www.projectbread.org/summer-eats-program
CLICK for SOMERVILLE Summer Food Program: https://somerville.k12.ma.us/district-departments/food-nutrition-services/summer-meals-program?fbclid=IwAR0lc5gm_bo3svp24tyfLSVVfJouAQIxm0yEPszI6MNJRRDvj44aNU9OKmE
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
FARMERS MARKETS OPEN now!
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
Learn more by CLICKING HERE: https://dailytable.org/
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
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!
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.
- Grades PreK-3: SeeSaw for family-school communication and school work
- Grades 7-12: PowerSchool for assignments & student progress. CLICK HERE for a slideshow on how to use the PowerSchool Web & Mobile App.
- Have questions? Call or email your Campus Administrators today.
ABSENCE LINES: Call if your student will be absent from school.
Grades PreK-3: 617.284.7890
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)
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.
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!
EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS FOR ALL STUDENTS
read the pha family engagement pledge
REVIEW THE STUDENT HANDBOOK
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
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:
Text 646.209.6644 if you need help logging on.
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.
TUTORING & learning activities
Check out these PHA parent-recommended resources for academic support:
EVERY WEEK Renzulli posts fabulous activities for kids of all grade levels! Check out the latest here: https://renzullilearning.com/en/Articles/Content/307-national-poetry-month-2022
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.
PARENT READING & listening:
PHA Family Handbook (not updated)
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.
Listen to the ABC's of IEPs!: https://in-it-raising-kids-who-learn-and-think-differently.simplecast.com/episodes/abcs-of-ieps
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
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
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.
More of Our Favorite Resources
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.