Some of our After School students celebrated the start of school and the coming of Fall by visiting Roslindale Fall Fest last Saturday! Hosted by the Roslindale Business Bureau, this event brought together local businesses and Rozzie residents to celebrate Roslindale’s thriving small business community. The kids had a lot of fun making crafts, learning new games, even meeting Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh! Thank you to all who made it a great event.
The E5 Police Department, the Police Athletic League, and the Community Outreach Bureau took us out to the ballgame yesterday for the annual Cops vs. Kids softball game! The score was close, but we’re proud to report that once we got the “swing” of things, our kids came out on top. After the game we enjoyed a delicious meal (cooked by grill master and Casserly House board member Officer Ed Roach) and got to catch up with our many friends in the BPD.
We had so much fun, and we are so grateful to the officers and their families for this experience!
This past Thursday we celebrated our After-School students’ many, many achievements this year at our end-of-year party and award ceremony! We celebrated our Stellar Students, our Math Facts Masters, our Dazzlingly Determined, and our Really Responsible students. We are so proud of these young scholars and their hard work this year!
While we will miss our students this summer, we are looking forward to seeing these young faces again in July for Summer Camp. Spaces are still available, so please contact us if you know any young learners (1st-5th graders) who would like to join us for fabulous adventures this summer!
Our kids were treated to an exciting outing this week during After-School Program. Volunteer Susan Boyan organized a trip to the Roslindale Public Library to get library cards for all our students so that they can keep up their reading and learning all summer long. After checking out a whole stack of books to get started with, we got ice cream and enjoyed the beautiful summer sunshine together!
We are so grateful to Susan and to the wonderful librarians at the Roslindale library for making our outing a success!
This weekend the Casserly House community celebrated the beginning of summer at our annual Driveway Picnic. We shared food and friendship, played games, and enjoyed special entertainment out in the beautiful sunshine! We want to especially thank Davey the Clown for his hilarious performance, the E5 police department for joining us and for bringing their fabulous ice cream van, and all of our board members who pitched in to help make the event a success. Happy Summer!
We are happy to report that this year’s annual Love Your Block neighborhood clean-up was a great success! Casserly House ESOL students and After-School Program students gathered together with members of the Viet Nam Temple and others from our neighborhood to clean up litter, clear pathways, and make our community brighter. After the clean-up, we gathered for fellowship and a delicious lunch, graciously provided by the Viet Nam Temple.
We are grateful for the support of the city government and the Mayor’s Office which made this event possible, and we are grateful for the friendship and community of our dear neighbors!
Last week we joined ESOL learners and educators from all over Roslindale to recognize some exceptional students and volunteers. We were thrilled to honor three of our hard-working, dedicated students - Stella, Gabriela, and Analdis. Stella has been a student at Casserly for many years, and her dedication has never flagged. She always comes in with a smile and a positive attitude. Stella is currently preparing for her citizenship exam. Gabriela has the grit of a marathon-runner and an incredibly open heart. She supports her fellow learners and is always engaged in class. She is known for asking insightful questions that push even our teachers to learn something new. Analdis is a fast learner and such a kind person. He always helps his classmates and encourages others to speak up. He is unfailingly polite and positive.
We were also delighted to honor Gail Grady, an exceptional volunteer who is an invaluable support to our program. Gail never backs down from a challenge, even taking on teaching HiSET math when other teachers and staff found the task intimidating. She is a warm, encouraging presence with a great sense of humor. Her classes are always energetic and engaging.
Please join us in lifting up these fabulous individuals and all of our wonderful students and volunteers!
We here at Casserly are excited to offer a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Martha, our newest US citizen! After studying for many months, Martha passed her citizenship test today and will be sworn in tomorrow. We are so proud of her efforts! We hope you will join us in welcoming her to US citizenship and in congratulating her efforts!
Our After-School Program students shared prayers and Easter joy with us this week at our annual Easter prayer service! They worked so hard on their readings and did a wonderful job leading our guests in prayer. Our grown-up guests and our students teamed up to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar, and then they made beautiful finger-paint puppets. We had so much fun, and we are so grateful to everyone who could join us!
And that brings us to April vacation! Our kids are getting a much-needed rest after all their hard work. Casserly will be CLOSED from April 15-19 for April vacation and Holy Week. See you after Easter!
This weekend, a group from the Charles River Church came to Casserly House ready to brighten our space! They rolled up their sleeves and got to work, painting the kitchen and office to give us a spring refresher. We are so grateful for their generosity - our whole community will enjoy the fruits of their efforts!
This week at Casserly House, our kids got some hands-on STEM time when they recreated famous buildings from all over the world using recycled materials. Each student chose a building, from the Empire State Building to the Mosque of Djenne to a Mayan temple. After locating their building on a world map, the students then recreated their chosen structure from blocks, boxes, bottles, styrofoam, and other found materials. This was a great opportunity for our kids to let their creativity shine, as well as to learn a little bit about architecture and world history. We see some budding builders in our group of learners!
Our After-School Program students are kids of the 21st century. Not only do they play video games with their friends and use YouTube to listen to their favorite music, but their homework often requires them to go online to do research and create presentations. With so much of life occurring in the digital realm, online safety is an important area for learning and growth.
That’s why we are so thankful for Officer Nicole Grant, who stopped by yesterday to help our kids learn some valuable skills for being safe and having fun online! Officer Nicole shared some great tips as well as a song to help us remember the three cardinal rules of online safety: Stop, Block, and Talk. Kids know that if they ever feel uncomfortable online, they should STOP what they are doing, BLOCK the person making them uncomfortable, and TALK to a trusted adult.
Thank you, Officer Nicole, for sharing your time with us!
Here at Casserly House, we encounter learners of all kinds and with all kinds of goals. Recently, one of our students, Margaret, has been studying for the HiSET. The HiSET is the GED-equivalent test used in Massachusetts.
Margaret has been studying hard with the help of a variety of volunteer teachers. In particular, stalwart volunteer Gail Grady has been tackling the challenging material with Margaret. We are so grateful to Gail and all of our teachers for being willing to try something new and support learning in all its many forms, and we are so proud of Margaret for challenging herself to take on the HiSET!
As kids return to school today after February vacation, some of our After-School students will have wonderful experiences to share and look back on! Three of our students were invited to attend a special event with the Boston Police Athletic League for high-achieving students with great leadership potential. The students had the opportunity to share a meal with local officers at the Harvard Club and attend a Blue Man Group show. It was an amazing opportunity and so much fun!
We would like to thank Officer Nicole Grant, who facilitated the trip for our kids and made the whole event possible for them, as well as Superintendent Nora Baston, the Boston PAL, the Harvard Club, and the Blue Man Group. We would also like to thank our students for all their hard work and responsibility! We are very proud,
Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Casserly House! Our After-School students shared the love by making beautiful heart-shaped sun-catchers. We are grateful to volunteers from Newton Country Day School and BC’s 4Boston program for their assistance with this project. Meanwhile, our ESOL students studied some Valentine’s Day traditions, like chocolates and conversation hearts! Our hearts are full today!
This spring, we are excited to have four new interns with us at Casserly! Judy, Rheannon, Taylor, and Katelyn are Master’s students studying occupational therapy at Regis College. Occupational therapists work to help their patients achieve tasks efficiently and safely, often supporting people with learning disabilities or physical limitations. At Casserly House, these OT students work with both our ESOL learners and our After-School students. When working with our ESOL students, the OTs might break down complex tasks like opening a bank account or boarding a flight and isolate the linguistic and cultural skills needed to complete those tasks. With our After-School students, the OTs might help kids handle “sensory overload” and other stresses in a healthy manner.
We are so grateful to the OT students for the time they spend at Casserly, and we are excited to continue this partnership with Regis College!
From all of us here at Casserly House, we wish you and yours a very merry Christmas, a joyful holiday break, and a bright New Year!
We would like to give special thanks to the Boston E5 police department, the Walnut Park Montessori community, the Spirit of Life congregation, Dennis Kirkpatrick, Officer Nicole, and the Watertown police department for making Christmas magical here at Casserly House. We are so blessed to have such wonderful supporters and friends!
At Casserly House we began our holiday season in style! Our ESOL students and teachers gathered today for a Christmas party potluck. We enjoyed delicious dishes from all over the world, shared conversation, and made beautiful crafts. It was a joy to be able to celebrate the season together!
Please join us in congratulating Casserly House’s newest U.S. citizen, Djenabou! After studying hard for many months, Djenabou passed her test and will be sworn in this week. Congratulations, Djenabou - we are so proud!
This week at Casserly House we have been lucky to be reminded of all the things we have to be thankful for. On Sunday, our wonderful friends from the E5 police department took some of our After School Program students to the movies and to get some delicious pizza. We had so much fun!
On Tuesday, some of our ESOL students attended the Our Shared Table luncheon with the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. We heard from inspiring speakers and enjoyed fellowship with others working for immigrants in Massachusetts.
Finally, on Tuesday we celebrated our annual Thanksgiving prayer service. Our ASP students shared what they are grateful for and helped our grown-up guests complete paper gratitude chains. We are thankful for our wonderful community - our students, our friends, and our city!