School is in full swing again, and we’re settling into our routines — which at Farr, include decorating our doors for holidays, special occasions, and cultural milestones. This month, a variety of themes — ranging from literature, to the arts, to politics, to sports and entertainment– commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.
International Women’s Day is observed annually on March 8 and celebrates the global “social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,” according to the International Women’s Day website. This year’s theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” Doors at Farr were decorated in honor of this day, and Women’s History Month, depicting notable women who have changed, or are changing, the world.
As we always do, we festooned our doors this month with images and information highlighting the contributions of Black Americans to the culture and evolution of the United States through literature, innovation, entertainment, sports, and more.
School will be dismissed at 12:30 on Thursday, December 23rd for the holiday break. We hope everyone finds this hiatus to be restful and restorative. Please be safe, and enjoy the holidays! We will see you on January 3rd in 2022.
November is Native American Heritage Month, and administrators bedecked their doors with images and information reminding all of us of the importance of recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by those who lived on this land long before settlers from Europe arrived. Influences on culture, tradition, and language, and acknowledgement of important leaders in American tribes, were among the topics showcased.
We were pleased to host a visit by Yvonne Tylinski, M.S., C.R.C., a Vocational Counselor with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, on Monday, November 8th. Here, our Educational Coordinator, Kim Phillips, introduces Yvonne to a group of our juniors and seniors who were presented with information about the pre-ETS (Employment Transition Services) program which is offered to young adults as they prepare for adulthood. MRC works with many community providers to offer transition services for students designed to provide them with the skills needed to be successful with employment or further education after high school. The broad range of services the agency offers for both students and adults, in partnership with schools, families, and other state agencies, focuses on the importance of self-advocacy and helping people live more independently.
Our annual Spirit Week begins on Monday, September 25th! Staff and classroom doors will be decorated and each day has a different theme:
Monday — Crazy Hat/Crazy Hair Day
Tuesday — Mismatch Day
Wednesday — School Colors
Thursday — Favorite Sports Team
Friday — Costume Day! Many Homeroom Teacher/Counselors are planning a Halloween theme with their group (school-appropriate, of course) and the rest of the staff also dresses up.
Shown here is most of our Leadership Team on Monday in their Crazy Hats.. Check back soon for more photos of all of us FULL OF SPIRIT in 2021!
We greatly enjoyed seeing our students’ caregivers last night — and were especially pleased that many of our newer students were represented! Folks followed their student’s schedule, shared some refreshments, and had a chance to chat with teachers and other staff.