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Guiding Principals

Show respect for people and property

Act responsibly

Keep yourself and others safe

Do your best

Drop-off Information

We have avoided any major snow up to the winter break. We do live in New England, our luck is sure to run out soon. We will experience more rain, snow and extreme cold in the months to come. Traffic in the morning has flowed relatively smoothly, as some families continue to walk most days. There are steps we can take to make morning arrival safe and efficient. Please take a minute to review the procedures below and pass on this information to any caregivers who drive your children to school.

  • Vehicles must proceed slowly, in a single lane, through the staff parking lot, as there may be slippery spots, as well as children crossing through the lot.
  • Please be considerate of one another, especially of cars that are waiting to make a left turn into the driveway. If they have to wait too long, the traffic backs up on Hayward and the cars in the driveway cannot pull out, creating a traffic jam.
  • Children should exit the car only when the car is alongside the front or side of the building, where they may access a sidewalk. Please pull up past the front door to the “Drop Off” sign when possible, this moves the car line along quicker.
  • Please remember that school starts at 8:35, but students may be dropped off beginning at 8:25 (no earlier, unless they are coming for breakfast, which begins at 8:20).
  • If there are major traffic delays because of very poor weather conditions, we will hold attendance for a few minutes after the 8:45 bell. Otherwise, students arriving after 8:45 will be marked tardy.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

Important Dismissal/Parking Information

Despite repeated reminders and warnings, upwards of 50 individuals cross Hayward Street into dangerous traffic each afternoon. We are heading into a season with ice, snow and snowbanks which impedes driver’s view of pedestrians. Please consider the safety of yourself and especially your children when exiting our school. If you must cross Hayward Street, please use the crosswalk at Hayward and Commercial Street. There are two crossing guards assigned there for your safety. If you are traveling east on Hayward on foot, there is also a crossing guard assigned to Howard and Hayward Street to support pedestrian traffic.

If you are driving to pick up your children, you must enter the Ross driveway before 2:45 and park in the west lot. Students are dismissed and families proceed to their cars. Once families are safely in their vehicles, crossing guards hold traffic while the lot is emptied.

At dismissal, please be considerate of our neighbors when picking up your children:

  • Do not park in front of driveway entrances.
  • Parking lots at Paul J. Rogan Co. and Hayward Market are not available for Ross parents.
  • Do not park in the lot belonging to the condominiums next to Hayward Market.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping Ross students and families safe.

Monthly Newsletters

September 2018

The Ross Report

Greetings Ross Families and students! I hope your summer break was filled with family fun and adventure. The Ross faculty and staff members are excited to welcome our students for a year of learning and growth.

There has been a great deal of activity at Ross School this summer. The entire roof was replaced over the summer.  I am sure many of you have seen the contractors at work, high above our school. Energy efficient lighting has been installed.  Other work at Ross includes repairs to our gym floor and abatement work beneath the school.   A thank you to Director of Finance and Operations Ed Cronin, Superintendent Frank Hackett and our supportive school committee for continually working to improve Ross and all Braintree Schools.

While all the contractors have been working on major projects to improve our school; teachers and staff have been working to prepare classroom spaces for our students. A thank you to our hard-working custodians, Bob O’Toole and Tara Phipps. They have been busy cleaning, washing and waxing, painting and preparing our school for the arrival of staff and students.  The routine summer cleaning and maintenance was arranged and completed around the schedule of the various contractors. We again wish to thank Frank Sullivan and the Skinner Overlook employees for their work in beautifying the landscape of Ross School by generosity spreading mulch and touching up the garden beds in front of our school. 

Many teachers have taken courses to improve their craft or develop curriculum in preparation for the new school year.  We look forward to partnering with parents to foster the enthusiasm and love of learning within each child.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please join us in continuing to encourage a “Growth Mindset” with your children. Individuals with a Growth Mindset embrace challenges and see mistakes as a natural part of the learning process. Students and adults alike have enormous potential, hard work and effort are a path to achieving growth and success. Mistakes are viewed as an opportunity to learn rather than an obstacle to be feared.  Developing a process and resilience to meet challenges is just as important as the end result.

As of the first day of school, we have 270 students at Ross. We have 15 classrooms in grades kindergarten through grade five.  We have a median class size of 18. Due to enrollment numbers, we have just two third grade sections this year.  Changes to teaching assignments are listed elsewhere in the newsletter. Welcome back, we look forward to seeing students and families back at school.

Frank McGourty

Upcoming Events

¨    Sep. 3 – NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

¨    Sep. 4 – Open House for Ross students and families 4:00-6:00

¨    Sep. 5 – 1st Day of School grades 1-5

¨    Sep. 6 –Kindergarten Story Time

¨    Sep. 7: Professional Development – No School

¨    Sep. 10– 1st Day of Kindergarten,

¨    Sep. 10– Instrument Pick-up, 6:00-7: 00 p.m. BHS

¨    Sep. 11– Instrument Demonstration @Ross, 10:00am, gym

¨    Sep. 11 Instrument Pick up@ BHS, 6-7pm

¨    Sept. 12 – School Share 2:15pm

¨    Sep. 14 – Picture Day

¨    Sep. 20- Mindset Mission Assembly 1:45 – 2:30. 

¨    Sep. 24 School Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ BHS

¨    Sep. 25: Professional Development Early dismissal, 12:10pm All students

Traffic Policy Reminder

There is no parking in the driveway in front of the school at any time.

In the morning, parents may pull into the driveway to drop off their children but must proceed out of the driveway after their children have left the cars. Teachers will be there each morning to assist students. Children should not be left at school before 8:25.  Supervision is only provided in the West lot beginning at 8:25.  

In the afternoon, no cars are allowed to enter the driveway from 2:45 to 3:00. Parking is allowed in the west parking lot, but cars need to park there before 2:45. Cars should line up according to the arrows and lines painted in the lot. A crossing guard will stop traffic at approximately 3:00 to allow cars to exit the parking lot

Ross Back to School Open House

Please join Ross faculty and staff as we start our school year with an open house for students and families on Tuesday September 4, 2018. Families may drop in between 4:00-6:00 p.m.

This format replaces the previous curriculum nights which were attended by parents and guardians without children. The new format will give the students a chance to see their classroom space and also inform parents about curriculum and classroom procedures. We will send a reminder as the school year approaches.

Students new to Braintree or Ross will receive an invitation to join the principal and some PTO members for a tour of their new school at 3:45, just prior to the start of the open house.

We look forward to seeing you all as we embark on a new school year together!

About Cell Phones, Electronics and Toys

Students may not use cell phones during the school day. If there is a pressing need to reach your child during school hours, please contact the office.  Students who bring cell phones must turn them in to their teachers at the beginning of each day. Teachers will return cell phones at dismissal.

Students should not bring toys, including electronic games and music players, to school. While teachers always welcome donations of games and recess equipment to their classrooms, personal toys should remain at home. The trading of any toys or cards is not allowed at school because of the potential for misunderstandings and conflict. Thank you for your support!

Ross School Calendar

Please be sure to check out the Ross School Calendar on the Braintree Public Schools Website at:

Attendance and Absences

Students arriving after 8:45 are considered tardy. We urge parents to make every effort to get students to school on time, as it is unsettling to children to arrive after lessons have begun.

If your child is absent, please call the main number 781-380-0240 press 1 and provide information requested by the prompts.  Please be prepared to include child’s name, telephone #, child’s teacher and reason for absence.

Notes are required for every absence

We urge parents to make sure that students are on time each day. It can be unsettling for students when they arrive after the rest of the class has begun lessons. Classes begin immediately after morning announcements, and every minute counts. If your child struggles with getting ready on time for school, please contact Mr. McGourty or Mrs. Sullivan for help and support.

Braintree Alerts

Braintree Alerts is our school-to-parent telephone communication system. All schools in Braintree are on this system, which allows the principal or the Superintendent to send out recorded messages and emails about upcoming events or emergencies. The Braintree Alerts system was updated with our 2018-2019 enrollment information.

Please notify the office whenever your phone number (including work or cell) or email address changes, or if you are not receiving the calls.

Important News about CORI Forms

If you are thinking of volunteering for any school event this year, including field trips, you must submit a completed CORI form by November 2, 2018.  A CORI form only has to be filled out once every 3 years.  Please check with your student’s homeroom teacher to verify if a CORI is needed, before sending one in.  Look for a copy of the CORI form in the PTO packet sent home with your child.  Forms may also be obtained in the school office.

Please remember that you must submit a clear photocopy of your license with the CORI.

No adult will be permitted to volunteer at Ross School unless they have submitted a CORI form.

School Breakfast/Lunch

You will find the current school lunch and breakfast prices listed below.

Lunch (includes milk and fruit), $2.75 ($0.40 reduced price)

Breakfas, $1.25 ($0.30 reduced price)

Milk and juice, $0.50

Water and yogurt,  $0.75

Cheese, fruit, and sunflower seeds, $0.50

Second helping, $1.50

We encourage families to use the prepayment plan, if possible:

To comply with Massachusetts’s Wellness law, no outside food will be allowed in classrooms, including treats for birthdays and holiday celebrations. We strongly discourage families from sending candy or pastries as snacks or desserts at lunch.



for the Ross School Community

Show respect for
people and property.

Act responsibly

Keep yourself and
others safe.

Try your best.


Welcome New Staff to Ross and Grade Level Assignment Changes

Below is a list of staff including grade level assignment changes.

Please join us in welcoming new staff members to the Ross community!

  • Ms. Camellia Bekemeyer - speech pathologist
  • Nicole Callum – music teacher
  • Nicole Reid – Grade 5 (science focus)
  • Ms. Kenney – Grade 5 (reading focus) Long Term Substitute for Mrs. Laffin (through mid-December)

Grade Level Assignment Changes for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Ms. Almada is returning after being on leave last year, she is teaching third grade.
  • Mrs. Hoelscher will be teaching second grade this year.

Early Release Days

The following are early release days, with dismissal at 12:10.

September 25, 2018                        December 6, 2018                           March 7, 2018

October 24, 2018                            December 21, 2018                         March 25, 2018

November 21, 2018                        January 29, 2018                             May 24, 2018

Please note that there will be NO SCHOOL on November 6, 2018.

Teachers will have a full day of professional development.

Health Notes

Mrs. Heidi Olson is Ross’ school nurse. Feel free to call her with any health concerns about your child. You can reach the nurses office by dialing the main number 781-380-0240 and selecting option 3.

In order to take any medication in school, written permission from the doctor and the parent, along with the original prescription bottle, is required.

The nurse is the only person allowed to receive medication from the parent or guardian. Under no circumstances should a child be allowed to carry his/her medication to school. We cannot accept it.


Trait(s)/Value(s) of the Month

There are countless traits or values we demonstrate which together guide us as individuals.  Below are important values featured in the Braintree Public Schools Strategic Plan. We seek to work together with families to teach, recognize and discuss the importance of these values to the development of individuals as kind, thoughtful, compassionate contributors to society.

We will take some time each month to discuss and focus on the featured trait(s) in class and through announcements and School Shares. Our monthly newsletter will also feature the Trait Value of the month. Students will be selected to receive awards recognizing the trait/value at our School Share meetings. These awards will replace the Dream, Reach, Succeed awards Ross students and families are familiar with.

September Trait/Value - Responsibility

Responsibility means doing what needs to be done to take care of yourself, your family, your friends, and the greater community. Being responsible means that others can rely on you, that you follow through on your promises. In school being responsible includes completing assignments to the best of your ability, being a good listener, contributor and classmate. Please discuss with your child what being responsible means in your home and family.  When we are responsible, we put ourselves and others in a better position to learn and achieve our goals.

Featured Traits/Values


Achievement              Creativity                   Inclusivity

September- responsibility                                           February- respect

October- perseverance                                               March- empathy

November- acceptance                                               April- honesty

December- kindness                                                    May- cooperation

January- courage                                                        June- fairness

School Pictures

School pictures will be taken on Friday, September 14. Pictures are prepaid before that date; information will be sent home soon. Hayward Photography is the company that takes the pictures, and the school receives a commission on the number of picture packages sold.

If you need financial assistance in paying for a package, please call school principal Frank McGourty at 781-380-0240.

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