Online Winter Newsletter 2021 Now Published

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Thursday, May 28 Star of the Week!

Our ESOL students come to the United States as teachers, doctors, professors, and lawyers. Their expertise and knowledge add diversity and depth to our organization. That being said, it is especially appreciated when that expertise comes in the form of Guatemalan...

Monday May 26 After School for Online Learners

June is almost here, and young students might be feeling a bit of end-of-year fatigue. Particularly with kids at home and not able to partake in end-of-year celebrations with classmates, it is important they get an opportunity to wrap up their year and reflect on what...

Thursday, May 21 Star of the Week!

This Thursday’s Star of the Week is one of our After School Students, Abraham. Abraham has always been a great big brother, but quarantine has turned him into a SUPER brother! Juggling schoolwork and a schedule of his own, Abraham helps his 3rd grade little brother...

Monday, May 18th After School for Online Learners

The start of warm weather usually has a distinct activity associated with it for Bostonians—the joy, smells, and sounds of Red Sox games at Fenway. Without the start of the regular MLB season, you and your kids may be mourning the loss of a family tradition. However,...

Monday, May 11 After School for Online Learners

Where there is challenge and hardship also comes innovation! Scratch is an online creative outlet, created by MIT engineers, which allows students to think creatively while engaging with and learning online coding systems. The month of May is Scratch Month! Each week,...

Celebrating Immigrants’ Day

May 7th marks Immigrants’ Day in Boston. We at Casserly House are so proud to walk alongside the amazing people who come through our doors everyday. With over 17 countries and five continents represented in our ESOL classes, our students join together no matter their...

New Feature: Thursday Star of the Week

We will be starting a Thursday star of the week, where we feature a member of the Casserly community doing remarkable things! This week’s star(s) go to Sheila and Ollie. We already know reading dogs are a big hit at Casserly House After School, so Sheila, one of our...

Monday 4/27 After School for Online Learners

Our After School students come from different schools, are different ages, and all have unique interests. But one thing they all seem to have in common is their love for graphic novels! This Thursday, April 30th, Scholastic is hosting an online Book Fest at 1 PM EST....

Thursday 4/23 for Online Learners

Everybody Dance Now! Today we’re talking about the power of dance for physical health and fine-motor skill development. Yes, that means there is some educational merit to all of the Tik Tok dances being learned in your living room! When children learn dances, they’re...

Wednesday 04/22 Earth Day for Online Learners

Happy Earth Day to all of you Earthlings! It is Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary, and we are here to celebrate. As we continuously recommit our mission to “Caring for our Dear Neighbor,'“ we are reminded of St. Francis’ words in his Earth Justice encyclical, Laudato Si,...

Tuesday 4/21 After School for Online Learners

Tomorrow, April 22nd, is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! This annual holiday gives us a special opportunity to honor our natural surroundings and support environmental initiatives around the globe. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, NASA put together an online...

Monday 4/20 After School for Online Learners

Today marks Patriot’s Day, the originally scheduled date for the 2020 Boston Marathon. To honor those who trained so hard to run on Marathon Monday, today we encourage everyone to get their bodies moving! Here are some tips below to encourage daily movement for your...

Thursday 4/16 After School for Online Learners

One thing our students have asked us to do all year is, you guessed it, SLIME! We didn’t get the chance before BPS started their time online, so here are the how-to instructions, ingredients, and if your child is already a Slime pro, we also linked some fun ideas for...

Wednesday 4/15 After School for Online Learners

It’s Wacky Wednesday! A day where everything is backward, down is up, and things are goofy. Try out these silly word activities with your student, using opposites and Simon Says. Or maybe even create your own “madlib” for a fun story-telling exercise. Also, below are...

Tuesday 4/14 After School for Online Learners

We can learn a lot from looking back into America’s past. On this day, April 14th, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. while attending a play. Lincoln is an iconic figure in American history for his leadership during the Civil...

Monday 4/13 After School for Online Learners

Do you have extra jelly beans from your Easter festivities? Or maybe you are a jelly bean fanatic and have some in the house at all times? Here are some fun ways to use jelly beans for math activities with elementary schoolers! From our experience at After School,...

Thursday 4/09 After School for Online Learners

The start of spring brings a great opportunity to learn and explore the natural world around us. While the current crisis forces us inside, the world is still blooming and ecosystems are still humming along! Here are some opportunities to engage with the natural world...

Wednesday 4/08 After School for Online Learners

Tonight marks the first night of Passover, a time of fasting, remembrance, and family for people in the Jewish faith. Below is a recipe for chocolate covered matzo, which could be both a yummy treat and an introduction into teaching why unleavened bread is part of the...

Tuesday 4/07 After School for Online Learners

On this day, April 7th, in 1948, the World Health Organization was formed. Since then, the WHO has designated April 7th as World Health Day. In a time where news of sickness floods our senses and affects our daily lives, we can also take a moment to honor and...