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: or by telephone: 617-635-6384.

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Courtney’s Calendar

February 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • $1 Night at Boston Children's Museum
  • Mission Hill Women’s Health Group
  • $1 Night at Boston Children's Museum
  • Bikes Not Bombs Femmechanics
  • $1 Night at Boston Children's Museum
  • BPS SpedPac Meeting
  • $1 Night at Boston Children's Museum

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.

Project Bread’s 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.

Greater Boston Food Bank: Are you seeking food for yourself, your family, a neighbor, coworker or friend? Use The Greater Boston Food Bank’s food assistance locator here to find help in your community.

Places to Find Help:

  • Food Pantries: Provide groceries on an emergency or occasional basis to those in need.
  • Community Meal Programs: Cook and serve regularly scheduled meals to walk-in guests.
  • Direct Distribution Programs: Provides supplemental groceries to seniors and children every month.

Additional Resources:

The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program
The Women, Infants and Children (W.I.C.) Supplemental Nutrition Program
Food Stamps can help you buy food. Find out if you qualify and learn how to apply.
Aunt Bertha is an online directory of social services organizations available for those in need.
National Hunger Clearinghouse Resource Directory

Daily TableDaily Table is a not-for-profit retail store that offers our community a variety of tasty, convenient and affordable foods that will help you feel and be your best; food that will keep you moving forward, not hold you back.  We provide both “grab-n-go” ready to eat meals, and a selection of produce, bread, dairy and grocery items all at prices that will put a smile on your face, and designed to fit within every budget.  Many of our items are prepared fresh daily in our own kitchen onsite. Our meals are priced to compete with fast food options, making it easier for families to eat healthier within their means.  And all the food in our store is informed by guidelines set for us by a leading group of nutrition experts, which makes it easy for our customers to make great food choices.

Located on Washington Street in Dorchester, there is parking available in lot across the street. The MBTA 23 bus stops directly in front of the store. We are also about a 10-minute walk from the Fairmount Line (Talbot Ave stop), the Red Line (Shawmut stop), and the 17 bus.


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

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: 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 Once you are registered you will earn points from October until March.


School Vacation Programs

April Vacation Activities: Many sites require advance registration.

All are first come/first serve.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families: This is a partial list of activities happening during April School Vacation Week. Please contact your local BCYF center for more information.

Boston Nature Center: Ages 5-14. Must pre-register. Sliding scale fees.

Boys and Girls Club:


Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center: Full or half days available. Must pre-register.

Reggie Lewis Center: Various activities including programming specifically for girls interested in sports.

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.

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!

Franklin Park Zoo: Ages 7 – 11. 8:30-4:00 Fantastic Habitats and Where to Find Them – Explore local critters and their habitats. We’ll investigate the importance of aquatic ecosystems, as well as forests, fields and urban homes for animals. Sessions will include a combination of animal encounters, art and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours, games and activities.

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.

Museum of Fine Arts: Monday–Friday 10–4 (to 8 pm on Wednesday) No registration required. FREE admission for kids all week. Various workshops.

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

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:  or call 617-221-3912.


Early Childhood Programs


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

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. Contact 617-469-8501 to register. FREE

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: 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,

Little Notes: (5 months through 2 years with an adult) Using our rich folk tradition of songs, dances, tickles and bounces, these classes actively explore sounds, movement and the world around us with playfulness and joy. Sharing a special musical connection between children and their caregivers, we play, sing and dance using musical instruments and everyday materials.  Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave, Back Bay. Samantha Gambaccini ( 617-482-7494 x48.
Music & Movement: (3-5 years with an adult) Fun and interactive music and movement classes for child and caregiver. These classes build on the music fundamentals introduced in our little notes classes and aim to make your child feel comfortable using their voice, body and instruments to produce and experience music. Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave, Back Bay. Samantha Gambaccini ( 617-482-7494 x48.

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.

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,


Elementary/Middle School Programs/Resources

Tutoring & Enrichment:  All Dorchester Sports League still has a few more spots open in their K-12 tutoring program. Students in the program receive a healthy snack, are engaged in an enrichment activity, and are assisted with the completion of their homework. Students from Boston University, BC High, and Boston Collegiate provide 1-1 tutoring and academic enrichment at ADSL located at 1565 Dorchester Ave from 4pm-6pm every Monday-Thursday (following the BPS holiday schedule). You must register in advance.

Bikes Not Bombs: We’re accepting applications for Earn-A-Bike (EAB) and Girls In Action (GIA). Earn-A-Bike is a six-week learning and earning bicycle program MondayThursday 4-7pm.. Over the course of the  program, participants will completely overhaul a bicycle while learning how to safely ride and navigate the city of Boston. Students ages 12-18 can register online.

Girls In Action, which is an ALL GIRLS version of Earn-A-Bike, also runs MondayThursday 4-7pm. It combines bicycle mechanics and riding and is a great way for girls aged 12-18 to learn new things, make friends, get active and earn a bike of their own! In addition to mechanics, Girls In Action offers fitness, safety, and environmental activities, as well as weekly workshops or field trips! You might visit an urban farm, learn how to do henna tattoos, or do community service, all while meeting other cool girls and learning how to completely rebuild a bike. Register online.

Questions? Contact  Ashley Leary, Co-Director of Youth Programs, at 617-522-0222 x101 or email

Baseball and Softball: All Dorchester Sports League’s Baseball and Softball Registration is OPEN! We have teams for almost all age groups and spots fill up quickly, so register sooner rather than later. Click the link above or visit ADSL’s location at 1563 Dorchester Ave to sign up for a team.

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,

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,

Instrument Exploration: Is your child ready to play an instrument? Does he/she know which instrument they would like to play? Often times, young children begin instrumental lessons without knowing what to expect, or are not yet ready for the practice routine that an instrument requires. This class offers students a unique opportunity to get to know all instrumental families “hands on” and explore the huge world of instrumental and vocal music. Instrument Exploration is a dynamic and engaging music class where kids will dance, sing, listen, read, play and create music with the purpose of finding the instrument that will suit them properly and developmentally while exciting them and growing their appreciation of music. Financial aid available. Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave, Back Bay. Samantha Gambaccini ( 617-482-7494 x48.

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 4-7. Financial aid available. Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave, Back Bay. Samantha Gambaccini ( 617-482-7494 x48.

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,

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 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. This 6-week program is for ages 5-12. 450 Washington St., Codman Sq. Kelsea Gusk,

Hyde Square Task Force Enrichment Program: HSTF is accepting applications for its enrichment programs: music clubhouse, community dance classes, and summer rhythms.

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),


Adult/Family Programs/Resources

Know Snow in Boston: Find updates about snow emergencies, parking bans, school closings or cancellations and much more by visiting here:

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?

Immigration Resources: BPS: We Dream Together” provides information in 15 languages on a range of immigration issues, including understanding one’s rights, scholarship information for undocumented immigrant students, a hate crime hotline, supporting Muslim families, and educational tools for teachers on how to engage in civic conversations in the classroom.

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.

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:!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:

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.

Free Tax Preparation: If you worked in 2016, earned less than $54,000, and want quality tax preparation, call 617-918-5275 or visit 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  Questions? Call 617-442-3200 or e-mail

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.