Courtney’s Corner

Courtney Bruno is from Boston College’s City Connects program and is Mission Hill School’s Student Support Coordinator. She works directly with families to provide a multitude of services and supports.

Courtney’s office is located in the “Downtown” lower level, in Room 006. She may be reached by email: courtney.bruno@bc.edu or by telephone: 617-635-6384.

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Courtney’s Calendar

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  • Mission Hill Women’s Health Group
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Emergency Food Information

The FoodSource Hotline: 1-800-645-8333
Hotline Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 A.M. – 7 P.M. and Saturday, 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

FoodSource Hotline counselors refer callers to emergency food resources in their community as well as provide them with information about school meals, summer food sites for kids, elder meals programs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

They will screen callers for eligibility for SNAP and help them with the application. Their goal is to help the caller find as many resources as possible to put good food on the table. When relevant, they also connect callers with utility, fuel assistance, and MassHealth. And all information is kept strictly confidential.

The FoodSource Hotline can provide information in 160 different languages — from Arabic to Cambodian, Russian to Vietnamese. This special service links callers with a translator, usually within 30 seconds.

Support our School!

We collect Box Tops!
Turn in all those Box Tops for Education you’ve been collecting on groceries and home/office supplies! Remember, each one is worth 10¢, so every single one counts! Clip them from products you use every day and bring them up to the office to leave for Courtney.  For a complete list of Box Tops products or to sign up online to support our school, log onto www.boxtops4education.com.

Stop and Shop A+ Rewards
There’s still time to register your Stop and Shop card and designate it to Mission Hill School. Then, every time you shop, your purchase total is rounded to the nearest dollar and used to calculate school earnings – free money for Mission Hill, just for buying your groceries! This does NOT affect your gas rewards in any way! Register at: http://www.stopandshop.com/aplus and us ID Number: 09287. If you would rather send your stop and shop card number (13 digits) and last name that the card is registered under to Courtney and have her register your card for you, please email her at courtney.bruno@bc.edu. Once you are registered you will earn points from October 5, 2016 until March 21, 2017

 

School Vacation Programs

February Vacation Activities: Many sites require advance registration.

All are first come/first serve.

 Boston Nature Center: Ages 5-14. Must pre-register. Sliding scale fees.  http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/boston-nature-center/programs-classes-activities/young-explorers/vacation-week-programs

Boys and Girls Club: http://www.bgcb.org/find-your-club/

YMCA: http://ymcaboston.org/youth-teens

Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center: Full or half days available. Must pre-register. http://www.sportsmenstennis.org/community/vacation-week-camps/

Reggie Lewis Center: Various activities including programming specifically for girls interested in sports. http://www.rcc.mass.edu/reggie-lewis-programs/reggie-lewis-community-outreach-programs/reggie-lewis-after-school-programs

Bird Street Community Center: Bird Street keeps multiple sites open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and all registered SACC students are eligible to attend over the school vacation weeks. http://www.birdstreet.org/school-age-child-care

826 Boston: Ages 6-14+ A series of free and interactive two-hour workshops for students of all ages. Workshops are filling up fast – reserve your spot today! http://826boston.org/programs/workshops/?mc_cid=8cd7d8c21e&mc_eid=65a65cef32

Franklin Park Zoo: Ages 7 – 11. 8:30-4:00 Ready, Set, Go Wild – Kids will learn about many different animal behaviors they can observe in the wild and at the Zoo! Sessions will include a combination of animal encounters, art and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours, games and activities. http://www.zoonewengland.org/discover/school-programs-camps/school-vacation-week

United South End Settlements: Ages 4.5-10. 8:00-5:30. Tuition includes breakfast, lunch, and a snack. The Vacation Arts Program is a non-competitive environment that encourages each young artist to develop their interests, grow in their own personal style, and work with others as they explore the world of art. http://www.uses.org/vacation-arts-program/

Museum of Fine Arts: Monday–Friday 10:00–4:00 (to 8 pm on Wednesday) No registration required. FREE admission for kids all week. Various workshops. http://www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/february-vacation-week

Outdoors Rx: Join us during February school vacation week for FREE, guided, close to home, family adventures! Pre-register for one or more sessions. https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/document-file-01-2017/februaryvacation_boston.pdf

Rock Spot Climbing: Ages 6+ full or half days. Camp includes a variety of climbing based skills and games as well as team building activities, crafts, and more! Two locations: South Boston and Dedham http://southboston.rockspotclimbing.com/youth/south-boston-camps/

Girls’ LEAP Self Defense Classes: Join Girls’ LEAP (Lifetime Empowerment and Awareness Program) for their self defense classes being held on Tuesday 2/21 and Thursday 2/23 from 11:00am-2:00pm at the BCYF Condon Community Center 200 D St South Boston, 02127. For more information contact Barbara or Erika at 617-635-5100 or visit their website http://www.girlsleap.org.

Apprentice Learning: All Mission Hill 8th graders are eligible for extensive support and referral services for summer jobs and programs. Students and families should reach out to Apprentice learning staff in person at MHS or by email: info@apprenticelearning.org  or call 617-221-3912.

 

Early Childhood Programs

 

Free Developmental Screening: For Boston families with children 3-4 years old not currently enrolled in BPS. All screenings will take place at Campbell Resource Center from 9am-12:30pm. This is a screening for children who are not presently attending the Boston Public Schools and are residents of the City of Boston. Please bring Proof of Residency and Child’s Birth Certificate to the screening. Screening of: Vision, Hearing, Developmental Skills and Parent Interview. Screening Dates: Tuesday, March 7th and Tuesday, March 28th Please call 617-635- 8599 or email Maryann Molloy at mmolloy@bostonpublicschools.org to RSVP for the screening date you are interested in attending with your child.

Countdown to Kindergarten: Play to Learn Playgroups at Mission Hill SchoolBoston children ages 1-5 can sign up to attend free parent-child playgroups. Call Silvia at 617-821-3959, or email her at srodriguez@boston.k12.ma.us.

Life With Little Ones: A Playgroup and Support Group for Families Raising 2-3 Year Olds: A Playgroup AND Support Group, where children and their caregivers are able to participate in arts and crafts, song, and other activities that support early childhood development.  Parents will be learning the 5 Boston Basics and talking with other parents about their experiences. This group is geared to families of 2-3 year olds, but families with 4 year olds are welcome to sign up as well. Fridays 10:00-12:00 February 10th – March 10th. Contact 617-469-8501 to register. FREE  http://www.mydorchester.org/Life%20With%20Little%20Ones

Family Nurturing Center Playgroups: Families with children ages 1-4 are invited to enjoy reading, singing, art, and more. Have fun with your child, meet your neighbors, and learn about community resources. Both English and Spanish spoken. For a list of locations and schedules: http://familynurturing.org/programs/parent-child-playgroups or call 617-474-1143.

Open Gym: Open Gym is a FREE, drop-in program for families with children ages 3-8. Adults must remain in the gym with their children at all times. No pre-registration required. Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am at the BCYF Recreation Center at Madison Park in Roxbury, the BCYF Holland Community Center in Dorchester, or the BCYF Blackstone Community Center in the South End. 617-373-7615, www.northeastern.edu/healthykids/for-families.

Beginning Instrument Classes: These classes focus on preparing students for private instruction. Each class is limited to 4-5 students and works on rhythm, notations, and skills in a chosen instrument. Options include piano, guitar, flute, drums, and voice. Open to ages 4-6. Financial aid available. Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave, Back Bay. 617-482-7494 x28, http://cmcb.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Annual-Brochure-2014.pdf.

Talk Read Play: Boston’s children thrive when they talk, read, and play! Find programs for younger children! Also, check out valuable resources and be the first to hear about awesome events. www.talkreadplay.org

First Strokes: Introducing young children ages 4-5 to swimming and water-based fun, First Strokes teachers teach their lessons from in the water. Participation Fee: $15 for 6 consecutive classes. 617-635-5241,  Andres.Ramirez@boston.gov

 

Elementary/Middle School Programs/Resources

Bikes Not Bombs: Spring is around the corner! We’re accepting applications for Adult Instructor Training (AIT), Earn-A-Bike (EAB) and Girls In Action (GIA). AIT will be from March 6th to the 22nd running MondayWednesday from 6-9pm, and EAB will be from March 27th – April 27th running MondayThursday4-7pm. Girls In Action, which is an all girls version of Earn-A-Bike, will be from May 1st – June 1st running MondayThursday 4-7pm.

Questions? Contact Jerrone Elliot at 617-522-0222×102 or email jerrone@bikesnotbombs.org.

Kroc Music Program: Youth ages 6-12 can learn how to read music for FREE or become a part of the Youth Choir at the Kroc Center! Drop-in program, no registration required. Fridays, 4:30-6pm. Darien Morris, 617-318-6912, Darien.Morris@use.salvationarmy.org

Wheelock Family Theatre: Sign up now for classes and workshops! The Wheelock Family Theatre offers a range of acting and singing classes for children ages 5-18. John Bay, 617-879-2252, www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org

BCYF Swim League: Join the BCYF swim league and compete in local meets! Meets held on Fridays. Contact your local BCYF pool. 617-635-4920,www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf

Rock Spot Climbing: Rock Spot Climbing is offering two discounts: Student Night from 7pm-midnight for only $15 and a discount for teachers/group leaders. Climbers 18 and under must have parents or legal guardian complete a waiver atwww.rockspotclimbing.com. Jen, 617-333-4433

Soccer Skills Program: This 8-week indoor training program is for youth ages 8-14 who are interested in soccer. Saturdays, 12-4pm. BCYF Recreation Center, Madison Park. Instructor: Adrian Kawuba, AK Premier Soccer. Cheryl Brown,cheryl.brown@boston.gov617-635-5206 x102

Healthworks Youth Fitness: Children can learn yoga, good sportsmanship, teamwork, and more starting Feb 17. This 6-week program is for ages 5-12. 450 Washington St., Codman Sq. Kelsea Gusk, 617-825-2800kgusk@healthworkscommunityfitness.org

Hyde Square Task Force Enrichment Program: HSTF is accepting applications for its enrichment programs: music clubhouse, community dance classes, and summer rhythms. 617-524-8303www.hydesquare.org

Mission Enrichment Afterschool ProgramMission Enrichment Program (MEP) is a middle-school afterschool program at Sociedad Latina. MEP runs Mon-Thurs and offers homework help, STEM skill building, and enrichment clubs like robotics, dance, flag football, cooking, music, and more. Applications: rolling. Vivian Santiago, vivian@sociedadlatina.org617-442-4299

LGBTQ Youth Resources: If you have ever been bullied or experienced hardship due to your sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) can help. Call their Legal InfoLine; it’s FREE and confidential. (800)455-GLAD (4523), www.glad.org.

 

Adult/Family Programs/Resources

Know Snow in Boston: Winter is officially in full swing! Find updates about snow emergencies, parking bans, school closings or cancellations and much more by visiting here: https://www.boston.gov/winter-boston

Use this as a local resource to find out things like… Is there a Snow Emergency & Parking Ban in effect? Is there a school snow day? Will I get towed if I park on my street? What free garages are there near my house when I can’t? Are meters free? How many hours again after it snows do I have to shovel my sidewalk? How can I report a business not shoveling? Is my library open during the storm?

Bank of America: Bank of America account holders with a debit or credit card can visit participating museums, zoos, and botanical gardens in and around Boston for FREE. Visit these attractions during the first weekend of every month. Some attractions include the Museum of Fine Arts and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. http://museums.bankofamerica.com

Hispanic Black Gay Coalition Mentor Program: LGBTQ mentors work to support students in a safe, caring, one-on-one relationship while mentees work on their personal, social, academic, career, and life goals. To apply: www.hbgc-boston.org/node/471#!lgbtq-mentorship/cugf

Adoptive Families Together (AFT): Join AFT parent-run once a month, confidential groups to share personal concerns and needs around adoptive parenting. AFT provides FREE education, advocacy, training, and support to families, professionals, and communities about the adoption experience. We also welcome adopted individuals, birth parents, foster parents and all those with a connection to adoption. For schedule: www.mspcc.org/aft

One Tough Job: The Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund knows how hectic the life of a parent is, so they provide parents with expert information, tips and support in being the best parents they can be. www.onetoughjob.org

Free Tax Preparation: If you worked in 2016, earned less than $54,000, and want quality tax preparation, call 617-918-5275 or visit www.bostontaxhelp.org. For info on special accommodations for individuals with disabilities: 617-635-3682

 

Health & Wellness

Get your Flu Shot! The Family Van has free flu vouchers. You can visit their office in Mission Hill, 1542 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120, or see the van at one of its upcoming stops, a list of which can be found at http://www.familyvan.org/.  Questions? Call 617-442-3200 or e-mail family_van@hms.harvard.edu.

BPHC Flu Shots: With help from Walgreens, the Boston Public Health Commission has flu shot vouchers to give away. Vouchers are good for one flu shot for individuals 18+ who are uninsured or underinsured. May be redeemed at any Walgreen’s.  If you would like to have a supply of vouchers to give out to constituents or clients, contact the Mayor’s Health Line, 617-534-5050.

Mission Hill Women’s Health Group: A monthly meeting for women to join together, learn, share, and discover, Meets the First Tuesday of every month 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Mission Hill Health Movement 1534 Tremont Street, Mission Hill.