Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Ohrenberger School student Blair Zhou was honored by National Grid for his t-shirt design answering the question - 'How do I save energy?'
Ohrenberger School fifth-grader Blair Zhou was honored on May 3 for winning first place in a National Grid-sponsored Earth Day T-shirt Design Contest. This year’s theme for elementary school students was "How do I save energy?” As part of Zhou's winning, National Grid is donating $250 to the Ohrenberger School for school supplies, and provided hard hats as honorary Earth Day team members. This is the third year of the contest, a partnership with the Green Education Foundation. Zhou was honored at the school by Victoria Waters, CEO of the Green Education Foundation, and National Grid's Peter Nagle. National Grid employee volunteers wore Zhou’s winning t-shirt design during Earth Day activities, and across Massachusetts during the past …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Students from multiple Parkway schools donated money to not wear uniforms for the day with all funds going to One Fund Boston.
Several West Roxbury and Roslindale schools have held no uniform days this week to raise money to go to the One Fund Boston, to help those most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The Ohrenberger-Beethoven K-8 School raised more than $4,000 between the K-8 feeder schools. Along with the Ohrenberger and Beethoven schools in West Roxbury, the Sumner, Bates, and Philbrick schools in Roslindale, as well as the Mather School in Dorchester, banded together for a Wednesday of kids not wearing uniforms to support a good cause. "We have a tradition of conducting fundraisers in times of need," said Naomi Krakow, principal of the Beethoven and Ohrenberger schools. "We had a number of families who had members who ran the race, or were down …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Ohrenberger and Beethoven K-8 schools are holding a no uniform day today in exchange for a donation to the One Fund Boston.
The Ohrenberger School community quickly collected $2,000 for One Fund Boston on Wednesday morning from students donating money in exchange for not wearing a uniform. “As a school we try to promote community awareness whenever possible with the kids. This is a great opportunity to do that while raising money for an important cause. We (chose) the One Fund Boston since the mayor and governor were promoting that to raise money for victims." said John Chojnowski, vice principal of the Ohrenberger and Beethoven schools. The Beethoven School is also participating, but early totals were still being calculated. "Besides being the right thing to do, we're really committed to showing the kids the importance of being socially-responsible and a …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Students will be able to donate any amount and not have to wear a school uniform, with all funds raised going to the One Fund Boston to help those most affected by the bombings.
Once back from school vacation, the Beethoven and Ohrenberger schools are holding a one-day uniform-free day to raise funds for the One Fund Boston. On Wednesday, April 22, students can donate any amount and in exchange he or she will not need to wear a school uniform that day. All donations will go the One Fund Boston, established by the state and city to help those most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. "All donations will be sent to The One Fund established to help the victims of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon on Monday," wrote Naomi Krakow, principal of the schools. A flyer will go out on Monday to help spread the word through parent mailing lists. "When we as a community come together to support causes like this, our …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
It's not just families who feel shafted by the Boston Public Schools lottery system. A single-child family from Jamaica Plain spent years building the Ohrenberger School, and now worries if the child can get into the Advanced Work Class.
Too many highly qualified students coming from a population that is 70% free and reduced lunches and done without vast staff turnovers, yes this is a story that the Boston Globe doesn’t want you to hear. My son, our family, have been part of the Ohrenberger School community for the past 5 years, and sadly we are getting ready to say our good-byes. Six years ago we embarked on our Boston Public School odyssey. We did our homework to make informed decisions about our son’s education. We visited schools and joined listserves. We spoke to all of the West Zone K1 principals and narrowed down our choices. We didn’t care about the distance from home any school was, so long as our son was considered a person, not a data point. Based on the …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Students paid $1 and were able to wear their street clothes, to aid Hurricane Sandy victims with fundraisers.
The Ohrenberger-Beethoven community raised $1,600 for Hurricane Sandy Relief in a one-day fundraiser. Students contributed $1 and in exchange, were able to wear their street clothes to school. Normally the students wear uniforms, but often participate in dressdown days related to causes. One of the fundamental tenets of the Ohrenberger-Beethoven K-8 community is giving back, and the schools have raised thousands of dollars for those in need through the years, as well as collected thousands of pounds of food for local food pantries.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
A resident reported that someone broken into his vehicle and stole a bag with goods valued at more than $1,000.
A victim walked into Boston Police District E-5 to report that his vehicle was broken into while parked in the morning at the Ohrenberger School in West Roxbury. The victim said his vehicle was parked at the school from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, a school day, when a bag in his vehicle was stolen. Inside the bag was an iPad, a Yamaha music tuner, a metronome, a Swiss army knife, a wedding band, an iPod, and headphones, according to a Boston Police report.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A parent of an Ohrenberger School student feels there are too many questions out there and not enough answers.
Editor's note: John Radosta is a parent of an Ohrenberger School student, and he lives in Jamaica Plain. Last Thursday, I was one of over 200 people who came to the Ohrenberger School for a presentation by the Boston Public Schools on the School Assignment proposals. The crowd was the largest of the BPS meetings that are being held over the course of two weeks, perhaps because it is the only meeting near to Roslindale and Jamaica Plain as well. In addition to a number of School Committee, External Advisory Committee members, and about half a dozon BPS principals, state Rep. Ed Coppinger attended, as well as City Councilors John Connolly and Matt O’Malley who distributed information on their own plan for BPS, billed the “Quality Choice Plan…
Friday, July 6, 2012
West Roxbury parents discussed diversity, neighborhood schools and what would be best for the city.
On Wednesday, 27 June, I went to the BPS meeting at the Ohrenberger School regarding School Choice. It was impressive. First, Lisa Gonsalves, who performed the analysis of all the data collected so far, gave the highlights of her findings from both through the on-line surveys and public meetings. I had hoped to ask questions then about the report, but after her presentation, she left. After that, others reported on the data-collection process, reviewing what had happened at previous similar meetings, and we were given an overview of what some other school systems, such as San Francisco and Seattle, have done in similar situations. Then we broke into small groups for discussion. One thing that struck me was that, though this was billed as…
Friday, April 27, 2012
Making Music Matters! provides free instrumental music lessons to children in grades three through six, in six BPS schools, including the Beethoven and Ohrenberger
Friday, April 27, 2012
Dear Beethoven, Ohrenberger, Mozart, Bates, Mattahunt and Washington Irving schools families: Making Music Matters! needs your help. For the first time in the program's history, we are faced with the challenge of being underfunded for the coming school year. Our funders have been more than generous for more than a decade, but some are no longer funding programs such as ours. We need to increase our fundraising efforts to close this gap. We are kicking off this initiative by participating in the Walk For Music this weekend. On Sunday, a team of MMM! staff members and students will be joining in this two-mile walk around the beautiful Back Bay Fens (WalkForMusic.org). There are many ways to help: For those not familiar with the program…