Chelsea Public Schools Superintendent’s Updates 9-10-21

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Chelsea Public Schools recognized the anniversary of September 11th today.  Dr. Abeyta shared this message with staff:

Over the last 20 years, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 annually offers us an opportunity to reflect and participate in patriotic ceremonies in memory of those we lost. It also creates a moment for us to come together in unison to honor the servicemen and women as well as the first responders who protected our freedom 20 years ago, and continue to do so today. Whether it’s through moments of silence, peaceful reflections, or other patriotic methods, I encourage all of us to remember those we lost 20 years ago, our Massachusetts Military Heroes, the 13 service members killed recently in Afghanistan and all those who presently serve in the armed forces. Moments like today bring us together as a community and strengthen our bonds as we collectively appreciate the sacrifices made by our military members and first responders. Thank you for uniting our school community in acts of remembrance and hope.

The Chelsea REACH Program is back in action and recruiting all middle and high school students! Check out Their Instagram handle @chelseareach_ or click on the registration link on our website to register!

The Chelsea REACH Program held a six-week summer program located within Chelsea High School, which was an in-person experience. About 60 students participated in tutoring, mentoring, literacy through hip-hop writing workshops, project adventure, entrepreneurship, book club and more. The program culminated at the REACH “From COVID to Entrepreneurs” event held on August 4th, 2021, where students presented seven fully executed businesses.

CPS is proud to welcome our first cohort of parents in our Parent to Para Program in the classroom this week! Cohort 1 currently has 6 parents working as paraprofessionals within the district. Below is a picture of parents attending their program orientation in August.

We encourage all students and staff to participate in our Covid-19 safety checks. In order to participate, a consent form must be completed. Consent forms can be completed here or at For for more information on the program, click here (Spanish) or go to: or for Spanish, go to

ELC staff and educators welcomed Pre-K and K classes this Wednesday.  The hallways and classrooms are buzzing again with busy bees!
After almost two years, Berkowitz students recently returned to their music room!  Students have been playing the room’s many instruments and making music.  This is Mr. Vega’s class creating their own musical ideas on rhythms they have learned as a class.
At the Kelly School we are so happy to be ALL together again!
Staff and students have been getting to know each other by name, strength, and story — including with a word search to find the names of all the 3rd graders in Ms. Johnson’s class!

Sra. Berganza introduced herself “por los números / by the numbers” to help her students learn some of her story… and here Ms. Perez helps a 2nd grader do her own “by the numbers”

Kids have also dived into reading, exploring our wonderful new class libraries for high-interest topics (like a book on platypuses!).

Ms. Culkin’s 3rd graders are thinking about how — just like a pair of shoes! — we choose a book for a particular purpose, interest, and “fit.”

Hello Bulldog Family. We have great news!!! Not only do we have a new bulldog to represent us, but we also have new uniforms that at available to purchase through or by phone at 617-567-0000.  The logo is not mandatory but uniforms are MANDATORY at our school.

Hola Familia Bulldog. Tenemos una gran noticia!!! No solo tenemos un nuevo bulldog para representarnos, sino que también tenemos nuevos uniformes que están disponibles para comprar a través de o por teléfono al 617-567-0000. El logotipo no es obligatorio, pero los uniformes son OBLIGATORIOS en nuestra escuela.

Mr. Thomas demonstrates band instruments in the courtyard for Ms. Manner’s homeroom at the Clark Ave School

Clark Ave. staff got together to show off their ‘we are family’ school shirts for their annual staff picture.

Students had Choice Day in the Art Room!

8th graders at WSTA working hard in Math 1. The students are thirsty for knowledge. So exciting to see!

CHS educators saying hello while they greet their students on the first Friday of the school year.

CHS Celebrated their first Family Night of the school year.  Families were able to check in with teachers and support staff by department at tables that were spread out in thy gyms and cafeteria.  35 parents/guardians signed up to access the parent portal for their students, and the CHS School Site Council enrolled 15 new members. Volunteers passed out back packs with supplies for families and gave out yearly planners to some of our amazing students.  The School Site Council in addition honored two Community partners: East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and Healthy Chelsea for their continued support for CHS students and families.

Students at COA are broken up in crews which are small groups led by a COA staff member. Students meet with their crew everyday for 50 minutes. During this time students do team building activities that include soccer games, goal setting activities, college planning, board games, etc. This is a safe place where students create a close bond with their crew members and crew leaders.



Launching: Childcare Worker Co-Op

La Colaborativa is supporting child care workers to launch their own employee-owned cooperative, to increase economic opportunities for our members and respond to the shortage of qualified childcare providers during the pandemic. Please help us spread the word! The first information session is September 23 at 5pm.

Race, Vaccination, and COVID19 – Chelsea Black Community Zoom Presentation by Pastor Dr. George Walters-Sleyon

Race, Vaccination, COVID19
A presentation exploring the historic relationship between race and medicine in the United States considering the present challenges of COVID-19.
The presentation further explores the use of Black bodies as guinea pigs thus resulting in historic skepticism and cynicism in the Black community in the United State toward any form of vaccination including the COVID vaccine
Presentation by:
Dr. George Walters-Sleyon 
For more information contact
Sharon Caulfield SMCAULFIELD5975@GMAIL.COM
Zoom Link

Virtual Taste of Chelsea 2021, Monday, September 13 at 6-7:30 pm

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Make donation- No Amount Too Small!  

Please join us for a 2021 Virtual Event!

The Taste of Chelsea will be virtual again this year as we continue taking a cautious approach in light of the health impacts our community has experienced and as we wait to see what the potential is for any additional pandemic concerns in the fall.

The pandemic’s impact was severe on our communities, especially on survivors’ isolation, stress, financial instability and even fewer options for safety. Over the last year, HarborCOV has provided financial assistance for a range of pandemic-related costs like hotels, housing, food, medication and technology for hundreds of families to keep them as safe, healthy and connected as possible. Our local restaurants, which have so generously donated their food, staff time and operational costs to the Taste of Chelsea over the last 18 years, are also still working hard for their own survival and recovery from the pandemic.

Co-hosted by HarborCOV and the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, the highly visible and popular Taste of Chelsea has traditionally brought together corporate sponsors, local businesses, area food and beverage vendors, volunteers, survivors and more than 500 ticket holders who turn out to show their commitment to the cause along the Chelsea waterfront. We know the 18th annual Taste of Chelsea will continue to capture the event’s traditional spirit of community action.

This year’s virtual Taste of Chelsea will encourage people to order takeout or delivery from a list of participating restaurants and virtually share a meal together while hearing local survivor stories, acknowledging the conscientious sponsors helping support recovery from abuse and learning more about the continuing impact of the pandemic on our communities.  We hope you’ll continue your sponsorship and remain part of the community solution to end domestic violence. Your sponsorship has directly benefited local survivors and made a significant difference in their lives while also sending a powerful community-awareness message.

Chelsea Cultural Council supports local artists and small businesses thru cultural initiatives

Chelsea Poetry Walk in Downtown Chelsea
The first-ever Chelsea Poetry Walk is a showcase of expression in the downtown business district. Poetry written by Chelsea residents of all ages are out on display at numerous establishments for all to enjoy through September.
We hope you choose to take a walk! Find the Chelsea Poetry Walk Location Guide at
New Outdoor Gallery by Local Artist Franz Israel at Carter Park CrossFit
A new and innovative mural has been installed on Blossom & Carter St in Chelsea. Local artist, Franz Israel, designed and painted a mural of 50 feet long x 15 high: 8 large animal characters from the series “Animalia” are featured on black background with a scattering of white geometric figures. The mural features motion sensor lights for evening interactivity, and each piece is printed in reflective aluminum and fluorescent glow in the dark paint, creating a mesmerizing effect at night.
Each character has a unique QR code that takes you to a unique custom morph animated video accompanied by a relaxing audio experience and some advocating for animals. Learn more about Franz Israel and his process on 
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