Outings scheduled for Friday, February 17th

MAVA families will be treated to one of two interesting exhibits in celebration of Black History Month for our February outings. One outing is taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and a second group will be visiting the Springfield Museums. Students will be divided into groups by grade range and will be guided on their explorations by their teachers. It looks like an exciting time and a great extension of classroom learning for all! If anyone takes pictures of the outings, I’d love to collect them and post them in our office space as well as publish some in the next edition of this blog! Please send them to jhoule@gcvs.org or send me a Kmail. Thank you!

#RAKWEEK2017: February Vacation and Random Acts of Kindness Week Challenge

This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week! Since February vacation is next week, I am issuing a challenge to all MAVA students, to do one act of kindness for someone over the rest of this week or next week and then let me know about it! Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Text a friend and tell them one reason why you are grateful for them.
  • Put a positive note for someone you don’t know somewhere in the town you live in: on a car, on a window, at a gas pump, in a store (if you have permission).
  • Call someone you love and tell them how much they mean to you.
  • Leave extra quarters at the laundromat or feed someone’s parking meter to give them the gift of extra time.
  • Leave a kind note of appreciation for your mail carrier or newspaper carrier.
  • If you go out to eat somewhere, give your server an extra tip or leave a note thanking them for serving you.
  • Help someone in your neighborhood with snow shoveling or shovel around a fire hydrant in your neighborhood to help firefighters get to it easily, if they need to.
  • Bake some treats and deliver them to a neighbor.
  • Smile at someone you don’t know. Say hello to someone you pass by.
  • Hold the door for someone.

I’m sure you have other ideas that you can think of and do! Send me a Kmail or email with your name and grade and tell me what act of kindness you did and when. If you can, take a picture of it and attach it to your email! I’d love to share it on this blog and post your photos in our office and tag it #RAKWEEK2017. How many RAKs can we do together? I’ll let you know in my next post!

February 15th Update – our first #RAKWEEK2017 response! “This Sunday [my student] gave a couple of her friends a chocolate just to tell them they are wonderful. Monday she shoveled snow out of the driveway that had fallen off the roof without being asked. Today she immediately forgave her brother when he laughed at her for crashing into the ottoman while they were playing balloon volley ball.”

Keep them coming!

Help MAVA Create New Goals for our School to Help Make Us Better than Ever!

Calling all parents/guardians and students! We need your input to help us make MAVA better than ever! We have opened a survey for you to tell us what you think our greatest strengths are and what you think are our greatest challenges. It should only take a few moments to complete so click here to complete it. Thank you for taking the time to tell us what you think about MAVA. I will be sharing your thoughts with our Board of Trustees at their March meeting and we will be using your input to create goals to help us improve our school.

What Parents Are Saying About MAVA

I recently received some positive feedback from parents about MAVA and the great teachers we have. Here’s what two of our parents have said recently. First from a parent of a high school student: “Thank you!!! We are Very Pleased with our student’s grades!!! Also we are very happy With MAVA & All the Teachers at MAVA!!! We can’t say enough great things about MAVA & MAVA Teachers!!!”
We also received some positive feedback from a parent of a middle schooler: “I just wanted to take a moment to give some words of praise for Mrs. Long who is my student’s 8th grade ELA teacher.  Twice this year I have needed to contact Mrs. Long with issues that were sensitive in nature (and potentially difficult), and both times she has responded quickly, and with professionalism and sensitivity.  It is a comfort to know that she is so approachable, and it is clear that she makes the students’ best interests a priority.”

Thank you, MAVA families, for your words of kindness and support. We are a team at MAVA – administration, teachers, parents/learning coaches, and students all working together. It’s what makes our school a very special place.If you have any questions or comments about this blog post, please feel free to call me in the office at 413.475.3879 x12, send me a Kmail, or send an email to jhoule@gcvs.org.

Warmest regards, Dr. Judith Houle, Interim Executive Director