PHA FAMILY CENTRAL
this week's checklist
- Watch or listen to this amazing panel of Black and Latinx medical and health professionals discussing the COVID vaccine. CLICK HERE.
- PHA uses health metrics to make opening/closing decisions. CLICK HERE to see the current metrics.
- Ensure clear home-school communication: CLICK HERE for Fòm preferans lang -Formulário de preferência de idioma - Formulario de preferencia de idioma to indicate your language preference for school communication.
mark your calendar
Click on the document below to open up the most recent events list
If you already use Google Calendar or iCal, tay up to date by subscribing to the official PHA web calendar for all events (Grades K-12)
- Grades K-3: SeeSaw for family-school communication and school work
- Grades 7-12: PowerSchool for assignments & student progress. CLICK HERE for a video on how to use the PowerSchool Mobile App.
- Have questions? Call or email your Campus Administrators today.
MIT Afterschool-tastic Spring
Afterschool-tastic is a free and virtual afterschool program. MIT mentors will lead small group activities for sparking curiosity, exploring extracurricular interests, and building a fun “afterschool” community for kids!
Short-term activities! ⋆ games ⋆ art ⋆ science ⋆ design fun ⋆ and more!
Long-term projects! ⋆ coding ⋆ Dungeons & Dragons ⋆ art ⋆ and more!
When: 4:30 – 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting February 23 through May 13
Who: 9-14-year-olds in Massachusetts can join the program! Click here to register!
Where: On Zoom!
FLU VACCINE NO LONGER REQUIRED
1/15/2021: Due to a mild flu season, the Dept. of Public Health dropped the requirement for all students to receive a flu shot this year.
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
Somerville Program for English Language Learners
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!
Somerville Family Learning Collaborative
MIGRATION IS BEAUTIFUL
The PHA community is rich in immigrant experience. It's time to show our immigrant pride.
read the pha family engagement pledge
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.
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/176-weekly-activities-january-19th-2021
PHA's SOCIALLY DISTANT LIBRARY IS OPEN!
The SDL is open thanks to the amazing Laura Soares ! Drop off your library books from last spring at Upper Elementary Campus (17 Franklin St, Somerville) Mondays or Thursdays between 3-5 PM in the Parking Lot with School Meals Staff. Check out our blog by CLICKING HERE.
Y@PHA ALL DAY for Grade K-6 Families
The Y@PHA Program is open for FULL DAYS - Monday through Friday, 7:55 AM - 4:05 PM until schools start hybrid learning. Registration is open now. The program will be located at the Webster Early Childhood Campus, 15 Webster Avenue in Somerville. Click here to learn more.
FREE COVID TESTING SITES
The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) test site at Assembly Square, 77 Middlesex Avenue, Somerville is free to CHA patients and Cambridge residents by appointment. It can be accessed by car, bicycle, or on foot. Appointment slots are limited, and they do not book out more than 5 days. Individuals without symptoms can call 617-665-2928 for an appointment. Individuals with symptoms are advised to contact their primary care provider.
thank you to everyone who joined on 1/6! dr. bhembe will return on 2/3.
Learn how to subscribe to the PHA web calendar today & never miss a school event!
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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, there are still
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
Opportunities Found During the Pandemic in Education
Dr. Bettina Love points out what we realized was truly possible, truly important, and vital to our kids' education, due to this pandemic.
Our family community is strong, kind, and talented - like our students. We are made up of about 780 families representing 1100 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.