Arlington Food Pantry and Arlington Thanksgiving Food Drive a HUGE SUCCESS!


We want to thank all the families who made our November Food Pantry Drive and Thanksgiving Food Drive a huge success. Your generosity was simply overwhelming. Each grade met their goals
and really got into the spirit of giving. We collected nearly $400 of food gift cards!

We also want to thank Ms.Gorman and her firth grade class for all their efforts in getting our community together to really make this happen.
Her class marketed the event and sorted and organized the food daily. They proudly brought the food to the delivery vans that were heading to the pantry for the pre Thanksgiving sort. One hundred Arlington families with youth will receive a large grocery bag full of Thanksgiving
trimmings and a food gift card for the purchase of a turkey. The students were great role models for our school!


ANNOUNCING: Brackett Holiday Helper Program! Information below!

The Brackett School will be participating in Arlington's Holiday Helper Program again this year! This program allows us to help many children living in Arlington during the Holiday Season.

 Link to sign up for a gift:

 Once you have the item, you can send it to school with your child UNWRAPPED (clothing and shoes in a box, please) and he/she will place it in the Holiday Helper Box in their classroom. If possible, we ask that you provide a gift receipt with purchase.

If you prefer to give a general donation to cover costs of any un-bought gifts, cash/checks are accepted.  Please label the envelope with “Holiday Helper – general donation.”  Checks can be made payable to Nicole Antonakas.  These can be sent in with your student, brought to the HH envelope in the office, or dropped to Nicole's mailbox at 42 Scituate St.

 **The ABSOLUTE DEADLINE for all donations to be in is Thursday, DECEMBER 4th by the end of the school day.

Thank you in advance for your participation and generosity in this wonderful program. Please email Nicole Antonakas at or your grade coordinators with any questions!


The bank will be closed on Friday, November 21, as there will be a school assembly to celebrate the bank’s 29th year in operation at Brackett School.  There will be a presentation on banking and the value of learning how to save by our sponsor, Cambridge Savings Bank.  Also, fifth grade students who volunteer at the bank and parent volunteers will be recognized for their service and will participate in a group photo.  Afterwards, there will be a penny guess contest where the penny jar will be visiting classes.  Students will have the opportunity take a guess of the amount of pennies in the jar with one winner receiving a $50 American Express gift certificate from Cambridge Savings Bank.

If you have any questions about Brackett Bank or are interested in becoming a parent volunteer at the bank, please contact Patty Chookhae-Kragh at 781-316-0125 or


SAVE THE DATE! Math Night, Thursday, December 4th, from 6 to 8 pm


Mark your calendars! This annual Brackett event celebrates all things mathematical and has fun activities for all ages throughout the building, from the lobby to the art room on the third floor. Kids can do a math scavenger hunt, measure themselves in nanometers, learn to count in Mayan or Babylonian numerals, write their age in binary and play games such as sudoku and pentomino, as well as unique games created specifically for Brackett Math Night. Started in 2008, Math Night grows and becomes more popular each year. Pizza and baked goods will be sold.

The Fifth Grade Lions are Collecting Eye Glasses - Monday, December 1st through, Friday, December 5th. Look for the bin in the school lobby.


Simply put old eyeglasses, including sunglasses, in the bin marked “Lions Recycle For Sight” in the school lobby and the Fifth Grade Lions will take care of the rest.  It is not necessary to have the glass case. 

                                  Thank You !

Tell your Teacher they are a STAR!

The Arlington Education Foundation STARS (School Teachers are Really Special) program is a way to say “Thank you for all you do!”   With your $15 donation, the teacher of your choice will receive a certificate that honors them with a gift in their name.  Consider a STAR as your holiday teacher gift (deadline is December 3 to ensure delivery before the December break).   

The Arlington Education Foundation funds system wide initiatives and creative new projects to enhance the educational experiences of Arlington’s teachers and students.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS - Registration Opens 10:00am, Wednesday, November 12th
• Evening: December 11th
• Afternoons: December 9th & *17th
  * Note: Several Kindergarten teachers will hold an alternate conference date in place of 12/17.

Arlington Education Foundation Fall Fundraiser, November 24



Join Arlington Education Foundation friends and supporters for their annual fundraiser.  The program, ‘Celebrating Education in Arlington, will highlight AEF’s new projects and programs in the Arlington Public Schools, including the Ottoson Middle School School Improvement Grant and the Technology Initiative.


Special guests will include Maureen Murphy, Ottoson Middle School Assistant Principal and Laura Forse, Stratton School teacher. 


November 24, 6-8pm

flora restaurant

190 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

Suggested donation: $100/person, $150/couple

Ms Murphy will discuss the Ottoson’s transformative multi-year School Improvement Grant that has resulted in the creation of the Small Learning Communities and Advisory Program.  Ms. Forse will discuss her ‘Studies in Shadow Puppet’ Innovations Grant that was awarded the Dawn Moses Memorial Innovations Grant.


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