We wish you a Thanksgiving full of the best of food, friends and
family. We are thankful for all that you do for us and look forward to hearing about each families fest. Please note that
HEDP will be closing at4:45pmon Wednesday November 23rd.
HEDP Teaching Team
Meet and Greet
• 17 parents in attendance, including HEDP Board Members and Noelle
Ahern, Director of HEDP
• One slight change to the policy last year, which had to do with
inclement weather (since school was released early, HEDP contacted
parents for an early release from the program)
• 104 children enrolled in the program, representing 25% of the PK-6
(422) population at Heath; lot of growth since 2000 when there were
only 35 children in the program
• Program continues to struggle with space issues; still a concern
even with the expansion of Heath
Budget Overview/Tuition Assistance News
• Balanced; not in a deficit
• Each year HEDP gives a significant amount of money toward tuition
assistance; done on a semester basis (2 semesters per year)
• Able to help six children this semester ($3,750 in total)
• Noelle encourages parents to apply for the 2nd semester
• Extra teachers hired for the program this year
• New programs, or clubs, have been added to the program—Jared Mael,
one of the HEDP teachers, is heading up these clubs (Lego, Newsletter,
Music, for example)
Fundraising Team-School Store
• HEDP has access to sell Heath clothing and other items, such as
water bottles, pencils; these items used to be sold by the Heath PTO
• Sell at school events, such as Mayfair, Book Fair & PTO BBQ
• Currently, these items are not available for sale online
• Noelle is hoping to order some additional items soon
• If anyone is interested in promoting the products, Noelle would
welcome it and asks that you contact her.
• Question was brought up about whether HEDP has ever considered an
annual appeal, like Heath PTO does each year.
• Noelle explained that 6 or 7 years ago Milly Katzman , former Heath
Principal, and PTO asked that HEDP not fundraise, except for the
selling of the Heath school clothing and items (t-shirts, water
bottles, etc.) since it was challenging for families. This was the
same time when the PTO started the annual auction.
Outlook on space
• HEDP currently uses the Cafeteria (Grades 3-6); Pre-K room
(Kindergarten); and the downstairs room next to the gym (Grades 1-2);
and the upstairs room for special projects (Jared’s clubs)
• During construction HEDP will likely lose cafeteria, although the
timeline has changed and it is unknown at this point. We shouldn’t
lose gym space.
• Carrie Wilson, Principal, has been supportive of our needs so far,
saying we can use the Library when the cafeteria isn’t available,
although the Library is scheduled for the same time.
• HEDP needs a space with a sink and cold storage because we serve (2)
snacks a day. Our guidelines also indicate that we a locking office
space as well as a sink and kitchen type area to prepare foods.
• Always keeping special diets, allergies, and health conditions in
mind. When Runkle school was under construction, parents brought in
the snacks. This would be a concern for HEDP staff given these
• Cafeteria is not our ideal space for the entire length of the day if
we were to utilize that space, especially during the winter months;
there’s also a storage challenge with the cafeteria.
• Heath Library is not an option right now—Town of Brookline has a
policy to keep school libraries open to everyone, 3 to 4 days a week,
• Comment was made that Dr. Bill Lupini, Superintendent of Schools,
needs to be part of the solution; he needs to be telling the
principals that they need to find us more space. Maybe there needs to
be a town-wide mandate about space for extended day programs.
• Noelle let us know that she will be meeting with Dr. Lupini in
January; he does an assessment of the afterschool programs.
• Question also came up about how to change the territorial attitudes
that some teachers have about sharing their classrooms—It’s our
school, our community. HEDP needs study space, computer access, gym
• Someone asked if we could look at the concept of integrating the
extended days programs.
• Noelle informed us that all extended day programs in the Brookline
elementary schools (8 in total) run as a separate non-profit; each
meet once a month—our representative at these meetings is Jen
• Some of the extended day programs have coverage on Professional
Development days, February and April vacations—Question was asked
whether HEDP would be willing to look into offering this as well.
o Many parents agreed that this is something we should look into & it
was suggested that a survey be done to see how many parents, including non-HEDP families, would be interested.
o Noelle informed the group that there needs to be at least 28
children enrolled per day in order for them to stay open on a
non-school day per school committee guidelines.
• Homework for 2nd & 6th Graders is online and becoming a challenge
for HEDP staff (and parents) since there is limited access to
computers. Matt Durant, the computer teacher, has classes every other
day afterschool, so HEDP only is allowed to use the computer room once
o There are 24 or 25 laptops in the upstairs room that are currently
not being used by anyone in the school. Noelle has inquired about HEDP having access for students during homework time, but has been diverted use. Jen and a few other 2nd grade parents will be contacting the principal for understanding and approval.
o There is wireless within the school, although it doesn’t always
work, especially in the cafeteria.
o Parents agreed that we should try and get access to these computers,
especially if they aren’t being used.
Questions/Concerns for Principal Carrie Wilson
• Parents all agreed that we should set-up a meeting with Principal
Wilson as soon as possible to discuss our space needs and concerns.
• Noelle will get in touch with Carrie to schedule this meeting.
• Parents were asked to submit any questions for this upcoming meeting
and to submit to Noelle via the notecards that were handed out or by
Thank you to all parents in attendance! As always, HEDP appreciates
your commitment and support.
Project Bread Holiday Spoons Project
HEDP will continue its annual participation in Project Bread’s Holiday Spoons Project. Project Bread is the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, dedicated to preventing and alleviating hunger all over Massachusetts. Project Bread funds over 400 food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks all over Massachusetts. The Holiday Spoons Project is a fun meaningful way for children to learn about hunger and help feed hungry families. Children will use their creativity and imagination to decorate wooden spoons using a variety of art materials. We can’t wait to see what they come up with this year! We kids will sell the spoons to friends, families and teachers for $2.00 each. All money raised will be donated to Project Bread to help in its mission to end hunger in Massachusetts. Furthermore, we hope to help raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our community through group discussions, books and activities.
HEDP Halloween Party was a Success! The 3-6 children spent a great deal of October creating games and activities for the annual Halloween Party! They worked extremely hard and we are so proud of all their hard work. The children and teachers in K and 1-2 commented on how well the older kids did when it came to hosting their game and helping out the younger kids. They did a fantastic job taking on the responsibility of game and activity hosts. Games and activities included: Face painting, Pin the wart on the witch, Haunted House ball roll, Tattoos, Dracula ring toss, Donut eating contest, Ping pong pick-a-color, Pumpkin cup knock down, Pumpkin bean bag toss, balloon pop, mystery surprise boxes and cupcake decorating. Thank you so much to all the families that donated treats for the party.
Early Release Day Trip Schedule: Return permission slips ASAP as space is limited! All payments are CASH ONLY
Thursday, November 17th: HEDP Mad Dash Scavenger Hunt- Boston. $3.00 per person.
Wednesday, November 23rd: Pizza and Movie Day. $2.00 per person. 12:00 dismissal, no lunch served. HEDP CLOSES AT 4:45
Thursday, November 30th: Sports Museum at TD Garden $6.00 per person. Children may bring extra money for souvenir shop.
Permission slips to come…