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Letter from the Principal

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Message from the School Nurse

Welcome to the Brackett School Health office!  Diane Vergnani is the school nurse. The Brackett School Health Office is located adjacent to the main office in room 107.  There is a full time nurse scheduled daily.

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A Message from the School Council

The Mission of the SAC at Brackett Elementary School is to ensure—through the direct, collaborative, and representative voices of the Brackett community —that all students have access to a safe, supportive, and culturally responsive learning environment in which academic curiosity, confidence, and growth can flourish.

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Teachers and Staff 2019-2020

Kindergarten
Julia Coelho
Amy Costello
Sara Nechtem
Eileen Perry

Grade 1
Kelsey Duggan
Hayley Finn
Suzanne Kaminski
Emily Macrae
Katina Gogos

Grade 2
Shawna Case
Amanda Hammond
Kristin Megara
Melanie Walsh

SLC (1-3)
Liz Donnelan

Grade 3
Amber Bassett
Heather Barber
Kaitlyn McHugo
Cali Russo 
Phoebe Taffel

Grade 4
AnitaCristina Calcaterra
Fern LaRocca
Nicole Schwartz/Racquel Yutkins

Grade 5
Colleen Gorman
Heather Lowe
Nerecesa Pires
Jane Scheschareg

SLC (5)
Danielle Anastasia

Social Workers
Erica Gorton
Kelsey Vail

ELL
Betsy Griffin

Psychologist
Lauren Mahoney

OT
Helen Bassett

PT
Kristen Joyce

Learning Center
Heidi Bankmann
Jennifer Finkle
Danielle Ladd

Speech Pathologist
Jaya Chinnaya

Reading Math Coach
Toni Foynes
Emily Veader
Kelly O’Toole
Stacey McGrath

Team Chair
Mary DiGuardia

Physical Education
Guy Schiavone
Vicky Hill

Music
Meghan Murray

Art
Deborah Chisolm

Vision Specialist
Kara Olivere

Kindergarten
Julia Coelho
Amy Costello
Sara Nechtem
Eileen Perry

Grade 1
Kelsey Duggan
Hayley Finn
Suzanne Kaminski
Emily Macrae
Katina Gogos

Grade 2
Shawna Case
Amanda Hammond
Kristin Megara
Melanie Walsh

SLC (1-3)
Liz Donnelan

Grade 3
Amber Bassett / Heather Barber
Kaitlyn McHugo
Cali Russo 
Phoebe Taffel

Have news or events to share with the Brackett Community?

Use the form below to submit your event, and please note our community submission guidelines.

Community Submission Form

Policy on submitting for enews: 

The Brackett Enews welcomes submissions about upcoming events relevant to Brackett elementary students.  Here are our guidelines:

  • Listings should be about pertinent upcoming events/programs/deadlines
  • We only include school events or town of Arlington events. 
  • Submissions should be geared towards Brackett elementary students and their families. 
  • Listings should be 125 words or less, if possible.  We will condense as needed.
  • Send your listing to brackettnews@gmail.com, and Include:
    Event Name, Event Date, Brief summary/description, including any deadlines and/or registration links, Contact information (email or website), If applicable, a picture that represents the event.
  • The deadline for submissions is TUESDAY  at 3 pm for the latest Enews. Items submitted after then may or may not be included in THURSDAY newsletter, based on the editors’ workload that week. At the very least it will be in the next week’s newsletter, if the dates and events are still current at that time.
  • All listings are run at the discretion of the Brackett Enews editor and PTO Board.
  • If you have questions about these guidelines, or want to run something by us for approval, please email brackettnews@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

School Hours

The school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends with dismissal at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tuesday is an early release day with dismissal at 1:00 pm.

Arrival

In fair weather students line up on the black top by the playground. Kindergarteners line up on the basketball court black top. 

In inclement weather, Kindergarten, first and second grades students line up in the gymnasium. Third, fourth and fifth graders line up in the cafeteria. 

Dismissal

Kindergarteners dismissed from the right side entrance, closest to the kindergarten classrooms.

First & Second graders dismissed from the front entrance.

Third, Fourth & Fifth graders dismissed from the cafeteria entrance (on the left side of the building).

Illnesses and Absences

Please leave a message (including the date, your name, your child’s name and reason for absence). Safe arrival number is 781-316-3716.

Snack policy

Families are  encouraged to send snacks with their children for consumption in the morning or later in the day. Children can take advantage of the partnership with Arlington EATS and obtain a snack at school. The school has snacks available to all children. A specific snack time is scheduled for those students who have an early lunch. 

Parents can ask the teacher if the snack needs to be nut free.

Visiting the school

All visitors need to sign in and sign out in the main office. Additionally all visitors must wear a “visitor” badge.

Parents can ask the teacher if the snack needs to be nut free.

Parking & drop-off zone

There is street parking located on Eastern Avenue outside the school. 

During snow storms the side of Eastern closest to the school will be blocked off.

The Drop Off area outside the school is intended for quick stops, especially during arrival and dismissal times.

Please do not block fire hydrants and crosswalks.

Pets on school property

Parents and children are reminded that pets are not allowed on school property. This is both a safety issue and a health concern. Please do not walk dogs or other animals on the school grounds. This also applies to families when dropping off and picking up their children. When medically required and prescribed, service animals are allowed. Communication with the building principal about a service animal is required.

Bikes & scooters

Students should walk bikes and scooters to the bike racks in the back of the school.

Volunteering

If you will be volunteering in your child’s classroom and or chaperoning field trips, you must complete a CORI form. Please see Mrs. Killeen in the main office.

Communication

In order to try and reach as many parents as possible with school notices and information, communication is disseminated in the following ways:

  • Website (www.brackettelementary.org)
  • Brackett Enews (sign up for the newsletter on the website)
  • Online Directory (the school in moving to a paperless, app supported directory through MembershipToolkit, more information coming.)
  • Brackett Facebook group (search: Brackett Elementary School PTO)
  • Room parent messages – at the beginning of the school year, 1-2 parents volunteer to be Room parents for each classroom. The first task at the beginning of the school year is for Room Parent volunteers to collect contact information for each child’s family, which creates a distribution list. The Room Parents send emails to this list throughout the school year. 
  • Principal, Ms. Zerchykov emails – Principal Zerchykov will periodically send notices to families. This distribution list is compiled through the Town of Arlington PowerSchool
  • Paper flyers in your child’s backpack
  • Brackett Elementary Google Calendar