MBTA Passes: If you are assigned an S pass, please do not fill out a lost tpass form requesting an M7. Filling out false forms is resulting in wasted T passes and we keep running out. If you want an M7 assigned to you, you have to contact the Transportation Department at 617-635-9520. We can only give you the pass assigned to you in the system. Contact: Main Office Staff
Library: Thank you BLA students, parents, alums and teachers for donating to this year’s funds4books campaign. We exceeded our goal and raised $3,047 dollars! Contact: Ms. Lewis, mlewis4@bostonpublicschools.
Musical Talent Night: Calling all musicians and performers!! Musical Talent Night auditions are here! Wednesday, March 9th in Carroll Hall 2 – 4:30. If you are singing please come prepared with lyrics memorized and proper background music. Show us your talent!!! Contact: Mrs. Berinato aberinato@bostonpublicschools.
Ireland and Scotland: The first mandatory pre-departure meeting for the Ireland-Scotland tour will be 7p-8p in the BLA library on March 9, 2016. A parent/guardian of each traveler must attend. Travelers are welcome too. Contact: Mr. Maguire mmaguire@bostonpublicschools.
Mockingbird Essay Contest: Win a cash prize for your writing! Facing History and Ourselves is hosting an essay contest in relation to Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The winner could receive a cash prize of $500. The prompt: How has the community you’ve grown up in influenced the person you are today? Has there been a moment when your sense of self has come into conflict with the norms in your community? CLICK HERE for more details or speak to Mr. Doherty. Contact: Mr. Doherty, jdoherty4@bostonpublicschools.
ANN Power Vital Voices Fellowship (10th and 11th grade girls): Are You A Girl Who Wants To Make A Difference in the World? The ANNPower Vital Voices Leadership Forum is a fellowship opportunity for sophomore and junior girls who desire to make a difference in their communities and the world. The fifty 10th and 11th grade girls selected for the fellowship are challenged and trained to solve the problems in their own community through innovative ideas and collaboration. Each student is required to provide her school transcript, a letter of recommendation and an electronic signature from a parent to complete the application. If you think that you are a leader and can make sustainable change today, apply for the ANNPower fellowship by visiting: annpower.vitalvoices.org. Applications are due Tuesday March 8th, 2016. Contact: Ms. Francois; dfrancois@bostonpublicschools.
Opportunity for East Boston Residents: Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation seeks students from East Boston to apply to attend the Youth Leadership Conference April 21-24 at the Freedoms Foundation campus in Valley Forge, PA. The focus is national and international issues. All costs, including transportation, conference fees, and room and board, are covered by the Foundation. HERE is a cover letter and an application form; the form must be returned to to Ms. DeLuca no later than Monday, March 14. Juniors, and Seniors are encouraged to apply (preference will be given to Juniors). Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.
Junior (Rising Senior) Course Selection Assembly: Thursday, March 10th during periods 3 and 4 the junior course selection assembly will take place in the cafeteria. All juniors will attend. This is an opportunity for juniors to learn about the electives offered during senior year. Contact: Mr. EJ cekholmjacobson@
BLA Day at Fenway: Join your classmates, teachers, family, and friends for a night of fun at Fenway Park! Come watch David Ortiz one last time as he plays his final season in a Red Sox uniform. We have reserved a whole section of the bleachers for the BLA community. The game is Tuesday, April 19, at 7:10PM. If interested, print out this FORM. Forms and checks (made out to Friends of Boston Latin Academy) can be submitted to Ms. DeLuca’s mailbox in the main office. Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.
Poetry Slam 2016: The Poetry Slam will take place on April 15th periods 5, 6, and 7. Please sign up ASAP in the library if you wish to participate. This year we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Poetry Slam, be part of it!!! Contact: Ms. Estrada, mestrada@bostonpublicschools.
Job Shadow Day: Is happening Friday, March 11th. If you haven’t signed up yet, please turn your permission slip in and a reviewed resume (by Ms. Bennett or your guidance counselor) ASAP. If you signed up for a specific position, you still need to turn in the permission slip. You will be notified of Job Shadow Day assignments shortly. Contact: Ms. Bennett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join The New BLA Communications Club: Have you ever realized how out of date the BLA website is? Do you want to be a part of changing that? Join us! BLA’s new Communications Club. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, March 16th in room 240 at 1:50pm. Contact: Mr. Moran, smoran2@bostonpublicschools.
Outdoor Spring Track & Field: Students interested in participating on the Outdoor Spring Track teams must complete and return paperwork by Friday, March 14th; practice begins on Monday, March 21st. See Coach Leussler in Room 320 for the paperwork. Contact: Coach Leussler, bleussler@bostonpublicschools.
Debate Results: BLA debaters had another strong showing at the John Hancock Invitational Tournament at Charlestown High School last weekend. Four Open division and five Varsity teams competed. In the Open division, Maryanne Pasiewicz & Nathan Metz-Lerman reached the quarterfinals, Michael John & Mosie Burke made the semis, and Tayo Stuppard & Falianne Forges won the finals. Shayne Clinton & Abdullah Ibrahim made it to the quarterfinals in the Varsity division. Congratulations to everyone who participated! Contact: Mr. Barry, dbarry3@bostonpublicschools.
Library Volunteer of the Month: Tenth grader Brandon VoPham is the March Library Volunteer of the Month winner! To read more about Brandon check out this month’s Hapgood Library newsletter. Contact: Ms. Lewis, mlewis4@bostonpublicschools.
AFTER SCHOOL HELP
Math Help: The after school math room (Room 112) is available to ALL math students until 2:30 Monday-Thursday each week. Students may just drop in to get extra help or work on math homework. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact: Mrs. Rodriguez, mbradeen@bostonpublicschools.
Save the Date for the BLA Spring BLAst: On Thursday evening, April 28th, the Friends of BLA will host its first annual spring fundraising reception for BLA, with food, cash bar, raffles, and auctions at Northeastern University. Stay tuned for more information on ticket sales. To make this event a success, we need your help soliciting donations of goods and services. If you can make a donation or are willing to help solicit donations from friends, businesses, restaurants, etc., we want to hear from you! Simply fill out this form http://goo.gl/forms/qHGmKCXdM9 or email email@example.com. All proceeds from the event will fund greatly needed resources at BLA. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Donors Choose Projects: Due to a special promotion for student-led projects, our current Donors Choose Projects have already been automatically funded halfway! What a bargain! Can you help close the gap? Check out http://www.donorschoose.org/
Latin@ Artist Presentations: Seeking judges from the BLA community for presentations on Artists from the Spanish-speaking world. Presentations will take place in BLA’s Upper Library on Tuesday 3/15 during periods 2, 3, 5 (1st lunch), 6, 7 and Wednesday 3/16 during periods 1, 2, 4, 5 (1st lunch), 6. Half the class will be presenting each day “science fair style”. Please contact email@example.com regarding which day(s) & period(s) if you can join us. Even if your Spanish is a bit rusty or nonexistent, you are very welcome to attend. We also need folks to observe and evaluate the artistic components! Contact: Riana Good, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift Cards Needed for Modern & Classical Languages Week: The World Languages department will be sponsoring its annual “Modern & Classical Languages Week” during the week of April 11th through April 15th! Various contests will take place during this week to celebrate ALL languages offered at Boston Latin Academy. We are in need of small gift certificates ($5 – $10 each) to local fast food restaurants or department stores (e.g. McDonald’s, Target, CVS, Burger King,etc.) for prizes. These prizes will be awarded to student winners of the contests during language week. If you would like to contribute a gift card, please send it to Ms. Carvalho by either placing it in her mailbox in the main office or delivering it to her office (Rm. 323). Please be sure to put your name and your child’s name on the envelope. Thank you in advance for your support in this endeavor! Your generosity is very much appreciated! Modern & Classical Languages week is always a highlight for our students! Contact: Ms. Carvalho, mcarvalho@
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Volunteer: Parents, if you’d like to volunteer at BLA, please update your information so that we can contact you when opportunities arise. Go to www.latinacademy.org/parents and click on “Volunteer at BLA” in the left hand column. Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.
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