This Week in Boutwell October 19th

Boutwell Early Childhood Center

October 19, 2018

This Week in Boutwell (TWIB)

Dear Boutwell Families,

It was a very exciting week learning about Fire Safety at Boutwell!  We practiced our fire drill during each session, and the Groton Fire Department visited.  The students had the chance to see an ambulance and fire truck up close, and see some of the special equipment that firefighters use. 

Very Important information about 10/24/18-Please read carefully:

We have been notified by the Town of Groton that a production company will be filming across the street from Boutwell on Wednesday 10/24/18, which will impact our drop off and pick up routines for morning drop off and pick up, and afternoon drop off.  Police officers will be available to assist.  Traffic in front of Boutwell will be reduced to one lane during drop off and pick up times.  Parents have the following options for drop off and pick up on 10/24

  • Option 1: Enter the Boutwell parking lot and use the drop off/pick up line.  As always, staff members will be available to bring children into/out of the building.  Please drive up as far as possible toward the parking lot exit in order to allow additional cars to fit in the line.  Use extra caution as there will be increased activity.  Vehicles exiting will not be allowed to pass while children are loading/unloading.
  • Option 2: The production company will make an effort to leave room for a small number of cars to park at the Legion Hall.
  • Option 3: The lane closest to the Legion Hall will be used for drop off and pick up parking, and can fit approximately 5-6 cars.  Officers will help direct the parking locations, manage traffic, and assist with safe crossing of the street to enter through the front entrance.

Additional updates and Messages:

  • Fall parent conferences will be held on 11/8 and 11/16.  More specific information will be sent home from teachers over the next few weeks.
  • In addition to parent conferences, IEP Progress Reports and the Developmental Checklist will be sent home twice during the school year.  IEP Progress Reports are provided for special education students with specific information about their progress toward their individualized goals and benchmarks.  The Developmental Checklist is a progress report sent home to all families to provide information about your child’s progress in relation to the Massachusetts Standards for Pre-K.  
  • The Early Childhood Advisory Council will resume meeting on a monthly basis.  Members of the Advisory Council participate in creating goals for our school and partnering around educational needs for our preschool students. Our goal is to have representation from parents, community members, and staff members.  If you are interested in being a part of our Advisory Council, please email me directly at

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Theme: Fire Safety 
  • Math Concepts: continuing with Shapes, Postion and Spatial Relations
  • Early Literacy: Lively Letters D
  • Al’s Pal’s: Lesson 5-“Be My Friend” 

Classroom News:

Have a great weekend!

Chrissy Conway

Boutwell Early Childhood Coordinator