Letter From Principal Lamberti: End of Year Letter

Dear Angier Families:

It is amazing to think summer is finally here and with that comes the end of school and the beginning of summer fun!

As we end this school year, we start planning for September.  This letter will provide you with information about our staff changes. Each year, we say farewell to our beloved staff members as we welcome and embrace our new members.  Included in this letter is next year’s teaching roster with room numbers, the last day of school dismissal procedures, a “To Do” list and important dates for August and September.

Our Retirees:

As you know we have three retirees: Ms. Susan Fraser (kindergarten), Ms. Lauren Comando (fourth grade ) and Ms. Lulu Morrison (Literacy Specialist).  Combined, they have taught at Angier for over 65 years! They are all truly “one of a kind” teaching professionals. I have had the pleasure of working alongside Susan for many years of teaching kindergarten.  In retirement, Susan will be spending her time in Portland, Maine; enjoying art galleries, visiting restaurants, and kayaking!  Lauren will be spending time creating artwork, perhaps giving tours at Hemlock Gorge and working on historical projects.  Lulu will be enjoying precious time with her family, her loving husband, daughters and her beautiful grandchildren.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Lulu singing in some off-Broadway show! All of us, especially our children have been greatly influenced by their creative teaching and their love and devotion to the Angier School.  On behalf of the entire school community, we wish them health, happiness, and joy in their retirement years. They will be dearly missed.

Additional changes:

Mr. Kyle Fritch is moving to Connecticut to be closer to his extended family. He will be teaching fourth grade in Gransby. Over the years, Kyle has been an invaluable member of both our fourth and fifth-grade teams, bringing energy, humor, fun and a growth mindset to all who work with and learn from him. We wish Kyle all the best as he makes this move with his wife and son.

Ms. Maria Kolbe, one of our three Inclusion Facilitators, will be leaving Angier and joining the district-wide Elementary Stabilization Program (ESP).  This change will give Maria the opportunity to provide professional development to other schools in Newton as she works towards doctorate. Maria is a champion for inclusion and leaves an indelible mark on countless Angier students, families and staff. Although she leaves her official position at Angier she will be on campus on Tuesdays!

Ms. Laurie Shaughnessy will be moving down the street to Zervas, where she will become a special education teacher in the Learning Center. In the three years since she has been at Angier, Laurie has taught, encouraged and advocated for students in the fourth-grade ACHIEVE program. We look forward to crossing paths often! 

Ms. Amanda Bock will be joining the Acton-Boxborough school system as an elementary librarian. Amanda has been our librarian at Angier since 2013 and since that time she has nurtured hundreds of students’ love of reading and literacy across content areas. We wish her the best. 

Every year we say goodbye and thank our ACHIEVE interns: Madelyne Maierhofer, Meghan Curran, Maria Porcello, and Maeve Reynolds.

Mr. Kemp Harris will be really retiring after seven additional years at Angier.  He and his husband will be traveling Europe, singing and painting. We wish him the best! 

Ms. Hildi Arnold, our part-time PE teacher, will be moving from Angier to teach at the Zervas, Memorial-Spaulding and Franklin Schools.

We welcome the following new staff:

Ms. Erin Curran will join the third-grade team. Erin has been teaching grades 4 and 5 at the Lyndon Pilot School in Boston for the past eleven years. She is licensed in elementary education, special education, and English as a Second Language. 

Ms. Puja Tilva will join the fourth-grade team. Puja has been teaching third and fourth grade in the Grafton Public Schools for the past seven years. She has her master’s degree in education from Northeastern and her undergraduate degree from the University of California Irvine.

Mr. Kyle Cohan will also join the fourth-grade team. Kyle recently received his masters in education (moderate disabilities) from Lesley University, where he also completed his undergraduate degree in elementary education. He has been teaching special education in the Boston Public Schools this past year.   

Ms. Bethany Holcombe will join the fourth-grade team as the special education teacher in the ACHIEVE classroom. She will be working alongside Ms. Jacquelyn Samuels (regular ed). Bethany comes to us from the Carroll School, where she has been a language teacher for three years. Prior to that, Bethany taught fourth through sixth grades in Cambridge. She is licensed in elementary and special education and is certified in the Orton-Gillingham reading approach.

Ms. Kim Cattan-Skelly is our new inclusion facilitator. Kim brings 20 years of experience working with students with a range of special education needs. Most recently, she has been working as a special educator at Day Middle School and previously spent many years in the Sharon Public Schools supporting several special education programs. Kim is dually certified in general and special education. 

Ms. Liz Orlando is our new librarian. Liz has been teaching second grade at Underwood since 2014 and recently received her library certification. She previously taught in the Connecticut public schools and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Sacred Heart University. 

Ms. Megan Kamm is our new full-time literacy specialist. Megan comes to us from the Fiske Elementary School in Wellesley, where she has spent 17 years as a second and third-grade teacher and has had a leadership role in literacy enrichment and instruction. Megan is dually licensed in elementary education and reading. 

Ms. Melyssa Taylor will join our literacy team as a 0.5 literacy interventionist. She will be working M-F in the mornings to provide direct instruction. Melyssa comes to us from the Mason-Rice School where she has been the literacy interventionist for the past three years. Prior to that, she taught fourth and fifth grade at Burr for ten years. 

Ms. Brittany Hagopian will be the long-term substitute in third grade covering for Mari Egan’s maternity leave for the first few months of the school year. Brittany has done a terrific job covering Erica Clem’s maternity leave this Spring. She has her undergraduate degree from Salem State and is finishing her master’s degree in special education at Lasell. 

In addition, we have added a part-time PE teacher, Ms. Shira Catlin; an additional instrumental teacher, Caroline Frick; and two new psychology interns, Melanie Feldman and Alice Woolverton, under the guidance of Dr. Weiner. 

Finally, I would like to thank outgoing PTO Co-Presidents: Colleen Nolan and Shana Maldonado.  It has been a tremendous pleasure working side by side with Colleen and Shana for the past two years.  They are truly the “Ever Ready Bunnies!” From planning the yearly calendar to supporting our annual events, they have worked tirelessly to help run the school.  The best part about working so closely with our PTO presidents is the relationship which grows and develops into a friendship. I will treasure our time together and be forever grateful for their guidance, support, encouragement but most of all for their love.

New in September, the kindergarten program will be full time, which will follow the 1st-5th-grade arrival and dismissal schedule.  Each kindergarten class will have a full-time classroom assistant: Michelle Race, Stephen Murphy, and Andrea Graf. 

Staffing for Angier School 2019-2020

Kindergarten

204 Anna Harris and assistant Michelle Race

202 Taylor Witherbee and assistant Stephen Murphy

203 Paige (Petersen) Schale and assistant Andrea Graf

First Grade

205 Geri Russillo

206 Holli (Pisarczyk) Phillion 

207 Robin Rosenthal

208 Michelle Ellis 

Second Grade

209 Elizabeth Ross/Tina Fiscella and Carly Caveny (Achieve intern) 

210 Edra Wigder 

212 Sarah Gross

213 Melissa Greco

Third Grade

309 Meghan Richards

308 Mari Egan-Brittany Hagopian (LTS)

310 Fran Rametta/Mary Daskalakis and Catherine McLaughlin (Achieve intern) 

312 Erin Curran

313 Carol Tippett

Fourth Grade

304 Puja Tilva

305 Kyle Cohan

306 Jacquelyn Samuels/Bethany Holcombe and Talia Shapiro (Achieve intern)

307 Mattison Giroux 

Fifth Grade

301 Bryan Kelly

302 Kristen Conrad/Maura Morse

303 Laure Kehoe/Michelle Callaghan and Connor Longo (Achieve intern) 

201 Marianne Shannon

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL-TUESDAY, JUNE 18th at 12:00

The last day of school is Tuesday, June 18th.  Dismissal is noon.  Please take a moment to read the instructions for dismissal procedures for Tuesday the 18th they are slightly different due to our graduating fifth graders and our unique “Angier Silly String” tradition.  

Procedure/Instructions/5th Grade Silly String Tradition:

At approximately 11:50 all kindergarten through fourth-grade students will gather outside in front of the school with their teachers (they will be in clusters by grade level).  Fifth-grade parents can start to gather at 11:45.  Please make a rainbow shape in the center of the plaza.  The fifth-grade classes will process outside class by class and gather in the center of the plaza.  Each 5th grader will have a can of Silly String provided by the PTO.  As we count down to zero the children will spray each other with Silly String.  The Silly String tradition is for fifth-grade students only; younger siblings will need to wait until they are in fifth grade to participate.  Please bring your cameras and take plenty of photographs!

After a few minutes of celebrating, I will announce the buses.  Children will go to the bus area to be checked off by a teacher.  At this time, if you are picking up your children, please go to the appropriate teacher(s). Please make sure the teachers know you have your child (ren). 

Parents and Guardians, please make all dismissal changes regarding the last day of school ahead of time using School Pass. We want to make sure all children are accounted for and are dismissed safely.  Dismissal is at 12:00.

To review on Tuesday, June 18th :

  • Children who ride the bus will do so unless the office and teachers are notified ahead of time via School Pass. 
  • All parent pick-up children stay on the plaza with their teachers until a parent or guardian picks them up.
  • Children who ride vans will be escorted to the pick-up area by Angier staff.
  • Please know that it is a very exciting dismissal and there will be over 500 people on the plaza.  We will need everyone’s help to ensure the safety of our children. By planning ahead and following the instructions, our 5th grade Silly String dismissal will be a safe, unique, and fun farewell for our students.
  • Please remember that dismissal is at noon.

Things to do before the last day of school:

  1. Check the Lost and Found area in the front lobby.  All items left over will be donated.
  2. If your child is not returning to Angier in September please make sure to get a copy of your child’s school cum folder from Mrs. Rossi. (This is for children who are moving).  We take care of all fifth-grade folders getting to their receiving school, whether it is for a Newton public school or private school.
  3. If your child has an inhaler, Epi-pen or any medication, please stop by the nurse’s office to collect these items.

Important Dates for August and September:

  • The school office reopens on Monday, August 19th
  • Class lists with teacher assignments are sent electronically on Friday, August 23rd
  • Open House is scheduled for Thursday, August 29th at 8:30.  This is a time for your child to visit their new classroom and meet their teachers
  • The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd 
  • Back to School Picnic is Friday, September 6th  
  • Curriculum Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 12th
  • September 16th is School Picture Day  
  • Rosh Hashanah is Monday, September 30th-No School
  • All School Early Release Dates: Elementary: 9/26, 10/30, 12/4, 2/6, 3/26, 5/7

For general information about the Newton Public School system and the Angier School,  please visit the following websites: www. newton.k12.ma.us and www.angierpto.org

Wishing you all the best for a fun-filled summer!  As the song says, “See you in September.”

Loreta