PHA FAMILY CENTRAL

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!

Brought to you by PHA's FAMILY ENGAGEMENT TEAM of Familes, Teachers & Staff

Email ipaik@phacs.org to get involved

Share your PHA experience with others! PHA is now accepting applications for Pre-K through 9th Grade. Deadline is March 5.

this week's checklist

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)

CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions on how to subscribe or CLICK HERE to watch our video

Hybrid Start Date chart updated

school communication

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!

REGISTER HERE and then, look out for next steps in your inbox!

Questions? Email a-tastic-help@mit.edu

CLICK HERE to learn about this FREE program for students 11th Grade!

CLICK HERE to apply.

We hope that their SEED Program will open up again soon for new students in 7th- 10th Grade.

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)

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

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

CLICK HERE for January Calendar of Family Events


MIGRATION IS BEAUTIFUL

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

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.

read the pha family engagement pledge

CLIC AQUÍ PARA ESPAÑOL

CLICK HERE FOR ENGLISH

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

Fòm preferans lang -Formulário de preferência de idioma - Formulario de preferencia de idioma

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 Rachel Freedline, Expanded Learning Manager, to see all of the outside of school opportunities rolling in already!

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:

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.

teachers making REMOTE LEARNING WORK FOR OUR KIDS

CLICK HERE to check out the videos featuring our own teachers explaining techniques they're using to make Remote Learning work for our students.

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

  • CLICK HERE to find a testing site near you.

  • 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.

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

thank you to everyone who joined on 1/6! dr. bhembe will return on 2/3.

PHA Families Self-Care & Wellness Series (1).pdf

video LIBRARY

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

Family Tech Camp: Introduction

CLICK HERE for slides

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

International Night 2020

Watch this discussion on Race & Education

Watch our latest Family Tech Workshop on Managing Screentime

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

Need more info, contact Rachel, rfreedline@phacs.org, ‪(716) 202-8790‬

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.

Remember to Take Care of Ourselves & Each Other: https://handholdma.org

ABOUT US

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.

Families: Partners in Education