Stop, Block, Talk: Online Safety with Officer Nicole Grant

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!

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Saying "Hi!" to the HiSET

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!

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Casserly Kids' February Vacation Adventure

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,

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Valentine's Day at Casserly

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!

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Occupational Therapy Interns at Casserly House

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!

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Merry Christmas from Casserly House!

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!

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Christmas with ESOL Students and Teachers

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!

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Congratulations, Djenabou!

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!

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So Much To Be Thankful For!

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!

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Halloween at Regis College

We were delighted to be able to celebrate Halloween at the annual Regis College Halloween party this year! Many of our ESOL and ASP students were able to attend. There were costumes, games, candy, and more. We are so grateful to Regis for hosting us! Happy Halloween!

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Learning About Stranger Danger

Our After School Program students got the opportunity to learn about Stranger Danger with Officer Nicole Grant @mrsnlg1203 and Superintendent Nora Baston @SuperBaston yesterday! We learned how to be safe and smart, and discussed how to be prepared for real-life scenarios. Thank you, Officer Nicole and Superintendent Nora!

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Rozzie Fall Fest

Our ASP students had a great time at Rozzie Fall Fest on Sunday! We got to do arts and crafts, enjoy some ice cream and music, and hang out with fellow Rozzie residents. Many thanks to the Roslindale Business Group for organizing this great event.

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Off to Ron Burton Camp!

A special thank you to Officer Nicole Grant @mrsnlg1203  for nominating our ASP girls for Ron Burton Camp which is happening this weekend! Our girls are so very grateful and excited for an awesome weekend! We are so grateful!!

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Regis Volunteers for Founders Day - Thanks, @RegisCollege_MA

We were joined this morning by 11 wonderful volunteers from Regis College. Regis is celebrating its annual Founders Day with a day of service, and Casserly House was one of the lucky beneficiaries! The volunteers taught ESOL classes and helped beautify our space. This was a wonderful opportunity to connect with another ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Many thanks to all the volunteers and coordinators from Regis!

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"Pawesome" Reading with Holly the Reading Dog

We were joined in our After School Program yesterday by Holly the reading dog, and her handler Mary! Holly and Mary sat down with our students to hear stories like Junie B. Jones and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Our kids got fabulous reading practice while spending some quality time with their furry friend and with each other. Thank you, Mary and Holly!

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Congratulations, Superintendent Nora Baston (@DeputyBaston)!

Everyone at Casserly House is delighted to congratulate Nora Baston on her promotion to superintendent this week! Nora will be leading the new Bureau of Community Engagement, and we are so excited to see and be a part of her amazing work in that role. Nora is a fixture in the Casserly House community and means so much to all of us - we appreciate her and all her support so much. We wish her the best as she takes on this new position - looks like she may need a new Twitter handle!

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Celebrating Summer Birthdays!

It’s not just homework help at our After School Program! On Thursday, Sept. 20th we celebrated our children who had birthdays this summer! It’s never too late to celebrate!! Join us in wishing them a Happy Belated Birthday!

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Students at Work - ASP is Back!

We are so excited to welcome back our wonderful ASP students for the 2018-2019 school year! Everyone here at Casserly is excited to be collaborating with these young minds as they work on their reading, writing, and arithmetic, and they are also happy to be able to engage with our students in fun and creative activities like playing games and making art. Many thanks to our volunteers who make it all possible. It’s going to be a great year!

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Catching Some Fun at Fenway

Many thanks to the @HighlandStreet Highland Hitters for giving some of our ESOL students the chance to watch a Red Sox game at Fenway! It was a great game, and we got to see a home team victory. What a treat!

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