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The commission also sought public input through public meetings, and conducted a pilot program and assessment prior to full implementation.
If any changes are made to the program, updates will be posted on this website, park signage will be changed, and often neighbors will be notified.
Non-residents who want to take their dogs off-leash more often are also welcome to register for the program.
Since all our parks are shared by many users, it is particularly important to remove feces so other users, such as children playing sports or people picnicking, don’t come into contact with these messy, potentially unhealthy remains.
In addition, we ask all users to discard all trash and take other personal items with them when they leave.
If individuals feel they or their pets are being threatened, then it is reasonable for the offending dog to be put on leash and/or removed from the area depending on the severity of the situation. Owners can lose off-leash privileges and/or be fined, and dogs can even be impounded if the situation warrants it. Brookline Park Rangers and the Animal Control Officer also patrol the parks regularly and can assist in these situations.
Park rangers also regularly patrol the parks and assist visitors, and are available to discuss any violations or concerns you have. You can also report issues by calling 617-879-5650 or via email.
We will have a special parent orientation at the end of August. This meeting will give you a chance to meet your child’s teacher, see the classrooms, and ask questions. If your child is a current student we highly recommend that you attend this meeting.
There are 2 transition days when child and parents can come into the classroom together. The first day of school is a half day and is considered part of the transitioning process.
We will make every effort to help your child to feel comfortable in the program and to gain their trust. Please set up a time to meet with your child’s teachers to develop a transition plan if you think you would like extra time.
We are surrounded by a beautiful play park and splash pad so there are many informal opportunities to join us!
The mornings are very busy and most children need some kind of rest. If your child does not require sleep mid day the classrooms have quiet activities going on that they can join. No child is forced to sleep or lay on a mat for long periods of time.
Toddler children usually adapt to the classroom schedule quickly and sleep after lunch. If they are sleepy during the morning period they would be allowed to rest on a cot.
In addition, we schedule interesting additions to our program based on the particular curriculum of the classrooms. Some of our activities include:
The children use all the facilities surrounding the Soule Center such as the splash pad in the summer, large playing fields, and tennis courts. We have acres of land for exploration and nature discovery. We also go on several field trips during the year such as apple picking and to the Pilmoth Plantation.
Our classrooms provide opportunities for language and literacy development, pre-math and science skills, the creative arts such as music, dance, and studio art.
The school provides several parent education evenings so families can see how learning unfolds in the classrooms.
The director also sends out monthly letters and communications as needed. She attends the PTO meetings monthly and gives updates. A monthly school calendar is sent home with events posted and a coffee with the director event is held monthly.
Teachers have their daily schedule posted in the classrooms so you will know the basic routine of the day.