Many thanks to the Spirit of Life congregation and to Backpacks for New Beginnings for supplying Casserly House with 50 backpacks for students to use in the upcoming school year! Armed with these new bags, notebooks, and pencils, our students are ready to take on the school year. There are still some backpacks left, so please stop by if you need a bookbag.
Just a friendly reminder to all our neighbors and friends that Casserly House is back from Summer vacation! ESOL classes have resumed!!
Well friends, it is that time of year when Casserly House goes on Summer Break for 2 weeks! We will be opening our doors again on Tuesday, August 14th! In the meantime, everyone enjoy these warm summer days!
On Friday, July 27th Casserly House was excited to once again return to the baseball diamond to play in the annual Cops vs Kids softball game with our friends at BPD District E-5. We enjoyed a friendly game and a delicious BBQ after! Pictures are worth a thousands words...check out our album!
On Thursday our Adult ESOL students gathered to say thank you to our JV, Kelsey Killoran. Kelsey finishes her time at Casserly House, thanking everyone for allowing her to walk with them this year. Our students are grateful for all the help she has given us this year! We wish you well Kelsey!
Sunday was Casserly House's Annual Driveway picnic where students, staff, and neighbors came to celebrate another year of learning and community. Along with our students, who came to celebrate their hard work in both ESOL classes and After School support, we want to say a special thank you to the E5 BPD who supplied an ice cream truck, Jason Stone Law who donated bike helmets, Davey the Clown who provided tons of laughs, and State Representative Liz Malia who came out to join in the celebration. We are so grateful for our wonderful community who allow us to learn and love all year!
Casserly House had a special visitor today! Former After School Coordinator Brian Ahern (2009-2010) came back to visit us today and say hello to our morning students! Also stopping in for the mini-reunion was Jim McCarthy (former IVC and staff member at Casserly House) and founder of Casserly House, our very own Sr. Nancy! All enjoyed a wonderful visit! We hope you come back and visit us again soon Brian!
The annual Love Your Block was Saturday, May 19th and it was a success! Members of the Roslindale community met at Chua Vietnam Temple and worked together to clean up the surrounding street, sidewalks, and trails. Thanks to everyone who came out to help!
ASP Volunteer Martha donated plants and knowledge to help the Casserly kids start a garden! The students were not afraid to get their hands dirty (and even elected to dig for worms) while we planted sugar snap peas and strawberries. The kids are excited to help the plants grow!
Last year's After School Coordinator, Breda stopped by Casserly House to say hello to our morning and afternoon students. Breda is currently teaching English in Chongqing and showed our students the long journey she took to Boston, shared some Chinesee Yuan currency, and showed us how to count in Mandirin. Come back soon, Breda!
The Boston Transportation Department announced that, in partnership with the MBTA, the City of Boston will implement a four-week pilot program beginning Monday, May 7, to comprehensively test the effectiveness of a dedicated bus lane in Roslindale. Until Friday, June 1st, no parking will be allowed on the inbound side of Washington St. form Cummins Hwy to Forest Hills Station Monday through Friday from 5:00 AM until 9:00 AM to allow for a pilot bus lane during peak morning commuting hours. Vehicles parked on the inbound side during these hours will be towed.
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Casserly House morning students had the oppurtunity to meet with Mayor Walsh this morning when he stopped by Adam's Park in Roslindale Square.
Thank you to Matt Lawlor from WalkUP Roslindale who came to Casserly today to speak to our adult learners about the proposed Arboretum Gateway Path! Be sure to click on WalkUP Roslindale and learn more about the proposal!
Yesterday during our ASP, things got a little.....slimy. >:-o
Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston took two of our After School girls for a day of core, conditioning, and fundamentals. They showed determination and grit while in the company of fellow smart, strong, and tough women. Our girls can ball! Thank you to Deputy Nora, Boston Police Athletic League, and the Boys and Girls Club!
Casserly House has been awarded a grant by Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley's office for our continued efforts in "keeping Suffolk County youth away from drugs, violence, and negative choices." This was the eighth year we have been awarded a grant, and we truly value the ongoing partnership with the DA's office. The grant will help us maintain and enhance our after-school program and summer educational camp. Thank you @DADanConley !!
On April 5th a group of ESOL students ventured to the State House to attend MIRA Coalition's Immigrants' Day. We listened to advocates and representatives speak and rallied for funding for Immigration reform including more ESOL classes like the one here at Casserly House. It was such a unique uppourtunity for our students to experiemce!
On Thursday friends gathered at Casserly House to celebrate Easter. We lead prayers, exchanged Easter baskets, and shared favorite memories of past spring seasons and new hopes for the incoming one. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
A big thank you to @CRCBoston for volunteering their time and talents to give Casserly House a new fresh coat of paint in our classrooms! On Sunday March 22nd members of the Charles River Church parish participated in #ServeRozzie day. We are so thankful for all the volunteers who came to help! As always, Casserly is happy to have also connected with a new "dear neighbor" in Roslindale!
Casserly House celebrated our new citizen - Suzette! Suzette passed her citizenship exam and is the newest US citizen at Casserly House! Join us in congratulating her!