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October 1, 2021

News & Notes

SPS Food & Nutrition Services Rolls Out New Menu Format

The Food & Nutrition Services Department is excited to announce a new partnership with TITAN School Solutions. What does this mean for students and families? At this stage, it means a new menu format, example below.

You can find the menu on our School Food and Nutrition Services webpage.

Menus will now be viewed and printed weekly. You can find your student’s menu by following these steps:

  1. Choose your school - top left
  2. Choose your language - top right
  3. Choose your date range - top left below school
  4. Choose your meal - breakfast or lunch - below school
  5. Print the menu - top right under language option

We will continue to roll out additional updates to our system throughout the year. We appreciate your patience as these changes take place. With questions, please email Karyn Novakowski at


Somerville High School Golfer Aidan O’Donovan Commits to Rhode Island, Making Most of Senior Year

Somerville High School senior Aidan O’Donovan will be headed to Rhode Island after graduating from SHS, ready to take his considerable talents on the golf course to the college level. O’Donovan recently paired up with Joseph Lenane of Dedham to compete at the 7th U.S. Four-Ball at Niagara Falls Country Club, vying for two qualifying spots in the 2022 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship slated to take place at the Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama next May. The pair was one of two out of 40 teams to qualify, posting a 65 on the par-70 course, including 6 birdies. Read the following articles to find out more about this standout SHS golfer and 3-sport student-athlete, the special relationship with his dad/coach, and his recent performance in New York.

What's Happening  

School Committee Hosts Fall 2021 Virtual and In-Person Office Hours

Somerville School Committee members invite you to drop in during their scheduled fall 2021 office hours. Office hours start Tuesday, October 5th and run through the end of the month at various locations across the city. Visit the School Committee Fall 2021 Office Hours web page for a list of scheduled office hours and locations – some will be in person and some will be virtual – and feel free to drop in during any of the listed times.

Healey Community Play Area Ribbon-Cutting Rescheduled to Thursday, October 7

The City of Somerville will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the transformation of the Healey Community Play Area, formerly known as the Healey tot lot. The ribbon-cutting event was rescheduled to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, October 7. The new playground, designed in partnership with the Healey School community and the Friends of Healey, features state-of-the-art play structures for children ages 2-5, an expanded natural area with log seating, and bright colors and graphics. The playground renovations were funded by Community Preservation Act funds. The play area is the first phase of a larger Healey schoolyard renovation project currently under construction and expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.

Healey School PTA Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser

Support the Healey School at their Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser, while you enjoy a delicious flatbread pizza. On Tuesday, October 5th, from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m., American Flatbread Somerville (45 Day St., Davis Square) will donate $4 of every large and $2 of every small flatbread sold to the Healey School PTA. This offer is valid for eat in, takeout, and delivery.

iWalk 2021 International Walk, Bike, & Roll to School Month

Join in on Safe Routes to School's iWalk 2021 International Walk, Bike, & Roll to School Month in October. The goal is to celebrate students’ active commutes – including walking, biking, and rolling to school. Safe Routes to School will provide schools with giveaways like bookmarks and stickers to encourage safe, fun, and active participation. The Brown will be celebrating on Wednesday, October 6th, East Somerville Community School on Friday, October 15th, and the Winter Hill Community Innovation School on Friday, October 22nd.

Winter Hill “Fill a Bag of Clothing for $1” Event

On Wednesday, October 6 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Winter Hill Community Innovation School will be hosting a “Bag of Clothing for $1” event in the school’s back schoolyard. Bring your dollar and pick a bag full of new-to-you, gently used clothing items.

Upcoming School & District Events:

Visit and click on the “calendar” link at the top of the page for a list of upcoming activities in our schools and in our district this month.

  • Tuesday, October 5, 4:00-10:00 p.m.: Healey PTA Fundraiser @ American Flatbread, 45 Day Street in Davis Square
  • Wednesday, October 6: Half-Day Wednesday for PreK-8 (PreK dismissed at 11:30 a.m.; K-8 dismissed at noon)
  • Wednesday, October 6, 7:30-8:10 a.m.: Brown School Walk to School Day
  • Wednesday, October 6, 12:00-3:00 p.m.: Winter Hill “Fill a Bag of Clothing for $1” event in the back schoolyard
  • Thursday, October 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m.: Somerville Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) Meeting
  • Thursday, October 7, 1:45-2:30 p.m.: Healey Community Play Area Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (new date)
  • Thursday, October 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Somerville High School Back to School Night (virtual)
  • Friday, October 8, 8:15-9:00 a.m.: West Somerville Neighborhood School PTA Sponsored Coffee Hour (outside of school)
  • Monday, October 11: Indigenous Peoples’ Day (all schools and district offices closed)
  • Tuesday, October 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m.: West Somerville Neighborhood School Council Meeting (online)
  • Friday, October 15, 7:30-8:10 a.m.: East Somerville Community School Walk to School Day

Upcoming School Committee Meetings:

Find the complete School Committee schedule, agendas and meeting minutes (as approved) online at

  • Monday, October 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Educational Programs and Instruction Subcommittee Meeting - online (visit the School Committee Meetings page for the weekly Calls with meeting links, and Regular Meeting Agendas)
  • Monday, October 4, 7:00-9:30 p.m.: Regular School Committee Meeting - online (visit the School Committee Meetings page for the weekly Calls with meeting links, and Regular Meeting Agendas)

Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Workshops, Events, and Resources:

Find a complete list of SFLC events and workshops at

The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC) enhances the capacity of families and schools to support children’s learning and well-being by collaborating with community partners and promoting welcoming, responsive schools and programs. Learn about core SFLC Programs here. Look for SFLC workshop and event notices starting in October.

Community News & Events

Somerville Youth Hockey. The Somerville Youth Hockey Association’s (SYHA) Learn to Skate/Learn to Play registration is open! All sessions take place at either Veterans or Founders rinks in Somerville. To learn more and register, visit SYHA offers the following 2 options for new skaters/hockey players. Questions? Email Financial Aid is available. We look forward to seeing you on the ice! 

  • Learn to Skate/Learn to Play: Geared towards kids 3-9 who have never skated nor played hockey before. It's designed to provide kids the basics of skating independently and preparing them with the fundamentals of hockey in a non-competitive setting to start. The LTS/LTP program begins Saturday November 6th and runs through Saturday, February 26th at Veterans Memorial Rink in Somerville. Click HERE to register. Tuition is $175.
  • Advanced Learn to Skate/Learn to Play: A new SYHA program option for kids who are ages 9 and older. It's designed to provide kids who are developmentally ready for a more fast-paced introduction to the fundamentals of hockey and skating than our traditional LTS/LTP provides. Thursday night clinics begin on October 7th at 6:30pm and run every other Thursday. LTS/LTP portion starts Saturday, November 6th. Click HERE to register. Tuition is $500 for the season.

Somerville PorchFest 2021. The Somerville Arts Council’s PorchFest Somerville event returns with its traditional approach on Saturday, October 2, 12-6 p.m., with bands performing on local porches while guests move through the city. Visit to learn more.

Ignite! Following PorchFest, celebrate Union Square’s sizzling food landscape at the Ignite! Global Food and Fire Festival on Saturday, October 2nd from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Union Square plaza. In addition to many local food vendors, there will be interactive light installations, numerous illuminated music and dance performers, and fire throwers. Local eateries throughout the square will be featuring Ignite! themed specials. A $2 donation is suggested. Visit for a full schedule.

Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. HMSC invites you to learn about reptiles and fossils at upcoming free virtual special events this month! To join the programs, you will need to download the free Zoom app in advance. If you already have Zoom, you do not need to download it again. For details on how to improve your Zoom experience, visit the How to Attend an HMSC Program webpage. 

After-School Animal Encounters: Radical Reptiles: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 4:00p.m. to 4:45p.m.

Reptiles have lived on Earth for millions of years and over that time have evolved some amazing characteristics and strategies for survival. From snakes slithering through trees to geckos with beautiful fat-storing tails and even lizards flashing blue tongues as a defense mechanism, the world of reptiles is full of fascinating creatures. Join human museum staffers Javier and Ryan as they lead you in a 45-minute program with live animals. This event will be fun for the whole family so bring your questions and sense of wonder. Advance registration required

National Fossil Day: A 2-session special event - Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET; Advance registration required:

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a paleontologist? Celebrate National Fossil Day—an event organized by the National Park Service—with Harvard paleontologists! Take a close look at museum fossils and learn how they are used to help solve mysteries about ancient life. What amazing creatures lived together in ancient oceans? How do fossil tracks, traces, and burrows help us understand how extinct animals lived? How can we reconstruct an animal from just its bones? How did dinosaurs get so big? Bring your curiosity and questions to this online event for kids and families!

Program Schedule

  • 9:30–10:30 a.m.: Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the paleontology collection with graduate student RJ Knecht and curatorial assistant Mark Renczkowski as they uncover how fossil tracks, traces, and burrows help us understand how extinct animals lived. Then, meet postdoctoral fellow Peter Bishop and explore how we “rebuild” extinct dinosaurs and mammals just from clues in their bones.
  • 3:30–4:30 p.m.: Meet postdoctoral fellow Karma Nanglu and learn how amazing creatures like trilobites and marine worms lived together in ancient ecosystems half a billion years ago. Then, join postdoctoral fellow Meg Whitney to investigate how dinosaurs were able to grow so big and what it is like to be a paleontologist!

Somerville Local Cultural Council (LCC) Accepting Grant Applications. The Somerville Local Cultural Council (LCC) is accepting grant applications that support artists, schools, and organizations for the 2022 calendar year. Grants are available for projects in the community, individual fellowships, and support to schools for projects or cultural field trips. The application deadline is Friday, October 15. The LCC Grant Program is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. LCC application guidelines and materials, and information about grant workshop sessions are available at

City & District Employment Opportunities

Consider joining a winning team! Current city and district opportunities include:

  • Program Specialist, OSPCD - Housing, City of Somerville
  • Strategic Planning & Equity Manager, OSPCD - Administration, City of Somerville
  • Assistant Clerk of Committees, City Clerk Department, City of Somerville
  • Director of Water & Sewer, Water & Sewer Department, City of Somerville

Visit for a complete listing of current open positions in the City of Somerville.

  • Director of Career and Technical Education, Somerville High School, Somerville Public Schools
  • School Nurse - Floater, Somerville Public Schools
  • Long term Substitute - Reading Teacher, Healey School, Somerville Public Schools
  • Special Education Paraprofessional, Arthur D. Healey School, Somerville Public Schools

Visit for a complete listing of current open positions in the Somerville Public Schools.