Q&A: Curley School Principal Talks About Students, Staff Adapting to Online Learning

Katie Grassa is in her seventh year of being the principal of the Curley K-8 School, and guiding the school community during this unprecedented times. Grassa answered questions from Jamaica Plain News about how the school's community has adapted to online learning. Q: How has your job changed since students were told they weren’t coming to school anymore? Grassa: I’m leading a school virtually from my dining room table. I think the personal connections I have with people have changed.

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Curley K8 Annual Plant + Bake Sale

Please join us Saturday, May 4th 10-2 for the 19th Annual Curley Plant Sale in the parking lot across from the school. There will be a wide selection of annual, herbs and vegetables, a fabulous bake sale and kids activities. Proceeds go directly to support of arts and enrichment programs at the Curley. For more information please contact Kristin Jurkoic

19th Annual Curley K-8 Plant & Bake Sale May 4

Have you not bought your pansies or sweet basil yet? You can do that while supporting local youth arts and enrichment programs at the Curley K-8 School this Saturday. The sale will be in the parking lot across from the Curley K-8 School (493 Centre St.) from 10 am to 2 pm. But get there early because you'll be able to select from all of the plants available -- and all of the baked goods, too! There will be a wide selection of annuals, herbs, vegetables and more.

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Councilor O’Malley Loves Girl Scout Cookies

Question: What is District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley's favorite Girl Scout Cookie? Jamaica Plain's Daisy Troop 67633 recently learned the answer to that very important question at the troop's first-ever Girl Scout Cookie Booth at the Curley K-8 School. O'Malley purchased several boxes of cookies, including Tagalongs, Thin Mints and his favorite -- Peanut Butter Patties -- on Dec. 20 from his local cookie entrepreneurs. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Cookie Program runs through early March and you can locate Girl Scout Cookies by zip code at girlscoutcookies.org.

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Curley K-8 School Celebrates Reopening of Library, After Raising $100K+

Students, faculty and parents of the Curley K-8 School were joined by Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Public Schools staff to celebrate the long awaited reopening of the school's library on Thursday. The reopening of the library was due to more than $100,000 being raised by the Curley Library Committee, which was formed in the fall of 2015 when Principal Katie Grassa asked a group of teachers and parents to explore the possibility of reopening one central library to replace the school's two closed libraries. The library was closed in 2012 due to budget cuts under a previous school principal. "Donations of note include a JP resident who saw the 'Bring back the Curley Library' sign in the school yard, and expressed interest in donating $10,000, if we would design a matching fundraising campaign and market it throughout JP, not just within the Curley community," said Pam Yosca, a parent of two Curley School students, who also happens to be a librarian (not in Boston Public Schools), to Jamaica Plain News last year. "We launched that in [June 2017], to great success -- many JP residents contributed, often with notes citing their support for library services in BPS, or with dismay that the Curley libraries were shuttered." Yosca and fellow Curley School parent Ashely Rao are co-chairs of the library committee

“The opening of the Curley School Library demonstrates the power of community and its ability to affect positive change," said Mayor Walsh via press release.

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