Parenting

By - 5/8/14 - 7:48 am
Incorrect hopskotch board

This is just wrong.

A concerned citizen counts to ten before complaining about the two incorrect hopscotch boards at Draper Park, off Washington Street in West Roxbury. With a photo of a correct hopscotch setup at the Kilmer School.

By - 5/6/14 - 3:05 pm
Playground density in Roslindale and Jamaica Plain

A group of parents in Roslindale say they're tired of watching playgrounds in other neighborhoods get upgraded while the only two in their neighborhood languish.

The parents have started organizing to get improvements to the Fallon and Healy Field playgrounds, such as water spray decks, if not to create more playground space in the neighborhood, especially in the "play desert" south of Roslindale Square.

By - 5/6/14 - 2:52 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a task force to look at ways to dramatically increase the number of kids in full-day pre-school programs by 2018.

There are currently 6,000 four-year-olds in Boston, but that number is expected to grow to 8,000 by 2030. About one-third of four-year-olds in the city are currently enrolled in the city K1 program. Another quarter attend no pre-school program at all.

According to the mayor's office, the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Advisory Committee

By - 4/13/14 - 1:11 pm

The Globe wrote recently about the Wellesley Ravencam - a fairly unusual opportunity to watch a pair of ravens who have nested at Wellesley.

We have a live chick this morning. There's one egg left, as yet unhatched. There's a picture via Twitter, thanks to @sfnaturalist.

According to the page,

By - 4/12/14 - 11:54 am
Getting ready for a parade in West Roxbury

Ted Folkman photographed players lining up to march in today's Parkway Little League parade to open the season at the Baker Street fields.

By - 4/9/14 - 6:31 am
School bake sale at City Hall

BPS parents held a bake sale outside City Hall yesterday to make a point about the impact a $61-million shortfall in the school budget will have on their kids. Several city councilors bought baked goods in support.

By - 4/1/14 - 7:39 am
Bake sale on City Hall Plaza to raise funds for schools

A group of parents will protest cuts at Boston public schools next week by holding an old-fashioned bake sale outside City Hall.

"Gosh darn it, let's give the Mayor, City and State a hand!" reads the flyer for the bake sale, 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday.

By - 3/26/14 - 1:23 pm

The City Council voted today to urge the School Committee to hold off action on a proposal to eliminate school buses for 4,500 middle-school students until it can undergo more study.

City councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), who sponsored the unanimously approved motion, said making seventh and eighth graders take the T to school instead of traditional school buses could expose them to far more danger and may not even save the city any money.

By - 3/25/14 - 7:22 am

Oh, for the good old days when it was just North End parents battling it out with dog owners letting their hounds run free over the asphalt of the Gassy park. Now, NorthEndWaterfront.com reports, it's dog owners vs. dog owners in a battle to the death, or something, over their right to unleash their pets in a park clearly marked "No dogs allowed" - complete with photo by one owner of another guy's dogs looking like they're going right for his jugular.

By - 3/23/14 - 9:58 am

Parent Imperfect explains why he doesn't think much of the "third way" proposal by state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and state Rep. Russell Holmes to lift the cap on charter schools.

By - 3/14/14 - 5:00 pm

School officials traveled to Madison Park High School in Roxbury today to put teachers, administrators and students that this time they're serious about turning the school around - through an emergency "intervention team" to be assembled to figure out why an earlier "innovation plan" has failed.

By - 3/5/14 - 8:18 am

Parent Imperfect reports on a School Committee hearing on proposed layoffs and other cuts, held at the Hyde Park Educational Complex.

School Committee Chair, Michael O’Neill made a valiant effort to lighten things up a bit in his welcoming remarks, but few attendees were in that kind of mood.

By - 2/13/14 - 1:55 pm
Toddler as space saver

A concerned citizen reports from E. 3 Street in South Boston:

Toddler left as space saver. Oh my!

H/t Dan Adams.

By - 2/7/14 - 4:13 pm

Two dozen Boston Latin School students who may have been in close contact with that student are being urged to visit their own doctors this weekend, BPS confirms.

Some of those students may have to take a preventative course of antibiotics. Additional families were also notified.

In patients past infancy, the disease is rarely fatal, although it can mean weeks of persistent coughing.

By - 2/4/14 - 6:20 pm

We just got the robocall.

An official city snow emergency goes into effect at 11 p.m., so if you're parked on a snow-emergency route, move that car.

City Hall will be open for business.

By - 1/29/14 - 4:21 pm

Acting School Superintendent John McDonough announced today that the state has chosen two private education groups to take over control of the Holland and Dever schools in Dorchester, which the state says BPS has been unable to get into shape and which are rated as low as you can get under the scoring system used by the state to judge schools.

By - 1/28/14 - 5:01 pm

Ambulances took four students at the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School to Boston Medical Center for checkups today after they shared pills and vitamins one of them brought in from home.

All four turned out to be fine, Khita Pottinger, principal of the school on Lawrence Avenue in Dorchester, said in a phone message to parents this afternoon:

By - 1/25/14 - 12:42 pm

Associated Press reports on Alastair Moock, who began singing songs to his daughter Clio after she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2012.

By - 1/18/14 - 12:03 pm

Cara Rubinsky asks:

Can anyone suggest a kid-friendly sushi place in/near Cambridge to take out-of-towners for lunch?

By - 1/15/14 - 7:52 am

We're starting to hear from folks associated with elementary schools in Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park that Court Street's sent directives to principals to submit budgets that include cuts - in the case of one small school, $65,000, which would mean eliminating a teacher position.

BPS says it will publish proposed budget details on Feb. 5 and then hold a month of hearings before the School Committee makes any decisions.

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