Work Hard. Respect All. Perry Pride.

Prospective Families



Located on the South Boston waterfront, the Perry School's instructional focus is to provide opportunities for students to explain their thinking with evidence-based oral and written responses. This focus will allow our students to develop the critical thinking skills needed for high school and college. We consistently communicate our school values of "Work Hard. Respect All. Perry Pride." every day to our students, since we truly believe that hard work and respect for all are essential for educational and life success.
Our small size allows us to develop meaningful relationships with students so that we can individualize our instructional strategies and students’ social and emotional development. All Perry K-8 School staff work collaboratively to engage our students in challenging and high interest learning tasks. We provide intervention and supports to students in math and reading through our special education teachers and intervention specialists to ensure that all students are maximizing their academic growth.

Students are positively reinforced every day with “Shark Bites,” "Shark Cents" and “Shark Shout Outs."  The Perry School holds monthly assemblies where students are recognized for academic achievement, academic improvement and positive citizenship.

The Perry School has a strong focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics).  Students are offered STEAM programs, art, physical education, and music programs every week.  Perry School students go on field trips to the Science Museum, the State House, the New England Aquarium, Boston Public Market, start-up engineering companies, Paul Revere’s House, theatrical performances, apple picking, and many other places.

The Perry School is supported by an active Parent Council and community partnerships.



Prospective Families

Boston Public Schools Showcase 2019





Please see information below from the BPS Website about the upcoming School Showcase and Perry School Preview times: BPS WebsiteBPS 2019 K-12 School Showcase:

https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/6522

Saturday, December 14; 9am - 1pm
Boston Latin Academy
205 Townsend Street, Dorchester, Ma 02121

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2019 Perry  School Preview Times:
Perry K-8 School (K1-6, 8)
745 E Seventh St, South Boston

  • 11/20/2019, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • 12/11/2019, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • 1/15/2020, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
*If more information is needed for The Perry School Preview, please reach contact The Perry School https://www.perryschoolboston.org/contact or (617) 635-8840

Perry School Staff


Geoff Rose

Principal

Mike Macchi

Principal Fellow

Bonnie Houlihan

School Secretary/Before & After School Coordinator

Judy Nee

K1 Teacher

Catherine Flores

K2 Teacher

Viergeline Felix

First Grade Teacher

Christa Rozas

Second Grade Teacher

Caroline Kiddie

Third Grade Teacher

Kristina McGeary

Third Grade Teacher

Michelle Sirois

Fourth Grade Teacher

Caroline Thomas

Fifth Grade Teacher

Kris Graham

Paraprofessional K1

Tara Kelly

Teacher K2-Grade 2

Sharon Mulenga

Teacher Grades 2-3

Victoria Labour

Paraprofessional K2-Grade 2

Melissa Gold

Teacher Grades 3-5

Luisa Sparrow

Teacher Grades 4-5

Doreen McCarthy

Technology Teacher K-Grade 8

Michelle Woods-Johnson

STEAM Teacher K1-Grade 8

Alicia Carey

Literacy Coach K1-Grade 8

Katie Caster

Middle School Science Grade 6-8

Adam Kidd

Middle School Math Teacher Grades 6-8

Rosemary Peckham

Humanities/MS ELA Teacher Grades 6-8

Tracy Doyle

Special Education/STEAM Teacher Grade 2-8

Maria Aleman

Special Education/ESL Teacher K1-Grade 2

Kailyn Corrado

Special Education/ELA Grade 1-5

Mary Moran

Special Education/ESL Teacher Grades 4-6

Kristen Gunning

Special Education Teacher K2-Grade 5

Kelley Curley

Special Education Services Coordinator K1-Grade 8

Nicole Ferguson

ESL/STEAM Teacher K2-Grade 5

Sasha Canzater

ABA Specialist K2-5

Ellen Wyse

Physical Education Teacher K1-Grade 8

Pat Hadaya

Paraprofessional K2

Sharon Jordan

Paraprofessional Grades 2-3

Rachel Menjin

Paraprofessional K1-Grade 8

Laura Baird

Student Support - Speech K1-Grade 5

Cheryl Pedone

Occupational Therapist K1-Grade 5

Gaby Robb

Clinician K1-Grade 8

Sue Costello

Clinician K1-Grade 8

Ana Bonin

School Psychologist K1-Grade 8

Brigette Neeley-Cruz

Speech/Language K1-Grade 5

Taryn Baker

School Nurse

Carlos Fuentes

Custodian

Ryan Barrett

Shark Squad K1-8

Janequa Sheppard

Lunch Monitor K-Grade 8

Stacey Menjin

Lunch Monitor K-Grade 8

School Site Council


The School Site Council (SSC) is the central decision making body of the school chaired by the Principal.  The Perry's SSC formally consists of 4 elected parents who serve one year terms, together with 2 teacher representatives who serve two year terms. All meetings are open to the public. The SSC works closely with the Friends of the Perry.  

Role of the School Site Council

The role of a School Site Council is to serve as the central governing body of the school under the shared decision-making model. Specifically, the role of the Council includes the following:

  • To review and comment on the entire school budget;
  • To develop and approve plans for increasing parent involvement in the school;
  • To approve waivers;
  • To review and approve recommendations that will have a major effect on the school community;
  • To participate in hiring through the Personnel Subcommittee 
  • To receive information about all outside programs or professionals who come into the school

Please see the Boston Public Schools School Site Council Manual for full details.

School Site Council 2019-2020

  • Deirdre Lydon, Grade 1 & Grade 3 Parent
  • Bethany Rossi, Grade 2 Parent
  • Lyndsay Picciano, K2 & Grade 2 Parent
  • Claire Quinlan, Grade 4 & Grade 5 Parent
  • Judy Nee, K1 Homeroom Teacher
  • Mary Moran, Grades 5-8 ESL/Special Education Teacher
  • Mike Macchi, Assistant Principal
  • Geoff Rose, Principal

School Site Council Meeting Dates (Tuesdays 4:45-5:45pm ET):

  • November 5, 2019
  • December 17, 2019 (Budget)
  • January 14, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • March 10, 2020
  • April 14, 2020
  • May 5, 2020
  • June 2020 (tbd)




Community Partners


Community Partners
In order to provide students with an exceptional curriculum and the best possible resources, the Perry has partnered with a number of reputable organizations that share its philosophy of providing opportunities for ALL students (every child, every day) to productively struggle with learning while engaging in oral and written tasks.

  • Community Music Center of Boston 
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Boston Partners in Education
  • Vertex
  • Doc Wayne
  • Minni
  • UMass-Boston
  • New England Aquarium
  • Edvestors
  • Paraclete Center (South Boston)
  • “The Ollie” South Boston Neighborhood House
  • South Boston Boys & Girls Club
  • Boston Ballet
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Building Impact
  • Hub Church
  • Laboure Center, South Boston
  • Students Learning through Urban Gardening (SLUG)
  • Boston Schools Fund

Perry School Vision

The Perry K-8 School is a community working together to prepare our students for successful futures. We develop strong relationships with families and students to provide the best education for every child, every day. Our focus is to academically and socially advance our students through innovative experiences designed to positively promote the learning of the whole child.

Instructional Focus


All Perry School students and staff work toward achieving an instructional focus that states, “we will provide opportunities for ALL students (every child, every day) to productively struggle with learning while engaging in oral and written tasks.”  We embrace what it means to have “sweaty brains” because we know that when students’ brains and thinking are challenged, true connections are made!  

We utilize our time intentionally to enhance our thematic curriculum. This includes more culturally and currently relevant texts to build an inclusive and supportive learning environment.

Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Focus: We are continuing to focus on following Self-Awareness skills this month with our students and staff:
#1: Identify and practice strategies and techniques for supporting and managing emotions.
#2: Demonstrate awareness of self as a member of family, culture, and community.
#3: Identify who supports you.




Instructional Focus

Emphasis on "STEAM"


All grades attend science classes with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) focus, such as general science, computers, engineering, robotics, dance, and art.  All classes have access to laptops, IPad, and projectors.  Robotics programs start in K1.  In addition, there is an after-school STEM club for Grades 6-8.

Emphasis on "STEAM"

Physical Education


The Perry School provides physical education to its students, believing there is a direct correlation between physical health and a student’s ability to learn.  
All students also have recess every day, weather permitting. During recess for Grades 1-5, the Perry School is supported daily by a clinician and a graduate student from Doc Wayne, which provides social and behavioral support to help students engage in positive play using stations-based activities.
Physical Education

Music Program


The  music program (voice and instruments) is offered through the Perry School's collaboration with Community Music Center of Boston.  At the end of each semester, students participate in a musical performance for the Perry Community.
Music Program

Minni Art


Minni Art
Minni Art Partnership (Grades 1-5): As we continue to collaboratively achieve our school vision and deepen our STEAM innovative learning opportunities, we will begin piloting a new art program. The Perry School was awarded a grant by the Boston Society of Architects Foundation to help fund the Minni Art Program at the school starting in spring 2020.

Summer Reading Lists


Summer Reading Lists: We hope that all students have opportunities over each summer to continue to build their sweaty brains (and stay active and healthy while sweating!). Please see a list of many books that are available at all Boston Public Libraries (and available electronically) at the end of each school year as we approach the summer!

Amenities


Amenities
  • Oceanfront outdoor classroom created by the Schoolyard Initiative
  • Sports/ physical education/ gymnasium
  • Outdoor urban garden
  • Science lab
  • Playground
  • Indoor and outdoor basketball courts
  • Wellness program, physical education and health
  • Inquiry-based science curriculum
  • Music, dance, and art programming
  • Special-needs programs
  • Projectors, Chromebook carts, iPad carts, and MacBook carts to support daily lessons
  • Robotics beginning in K1
  • Daily recess (supported by Doc Wayne in Grades 1-5)
  • Literacy and mathematics support
  • Reading buddies - middle school students partner with early elementary education students for weekly reading
  • School-wide focus on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics

Monthly Calendars


Principal's Corner


Mr. Geoff Rose (left) became principal at the Perry School during the 2013-14 school year, while Mr. Michael Macchi has served as assistant principal at the Perry since the 2018-19 school year and is currently a principal fellow. The pair can often be seen in schoolyard, school halls and most importantly classrooms of the Perry lending guidance and support to the students and staff.

THE LATEST FROM THE DESK OF MR. ROSE:

Dec. 1, 2019

Dear Perry K-8 Students and Families,
I hope all is well and everyone had a restful, relaxing and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving! As we begin the busy month of December, we look forward to supporting and positively recognizing all of our students’ growth!

Here are a few important updates for our families, students and school community:
  1. Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Focus: Gratitude & Giving - We use the resources within our families, school and community to support our families, school, and community.
 
  1. Giving Tuesday - Tuesday, Dec. 3: Thanks to all members of our community for continuing to support the Perry vision to “positively promote the learning of the whole child”.  This year, the Perry School is participating in Giving Tuesday.  Please see the flyer here: Perry Giving Tuesday Flyer:
    • If you give $50, a matching donor gives $50, Facebook gives $50! Check out the Perry School Facebook page starting at 8 AM on December 3rd and have your gift triple matched!
    • Online donations can be made at www.perryschoolboston.org/donations
    • Check donations can be sent directly to the school!
 
  1. December Gratitude & Giving Initiatives: We expect to continue to model and support our students to understand the importance of giving to support others.  Please see two initiatives the Perry is supporting:
    • Globe Santa Drive: Dec. 2-12: We are participating in a drive to bring books and toys to children in need.  See more information here: https://globesanta.org/
    • Holiday Sock Drive: Dec. 2-19: Our school community will be collecting socks for those in need.  Please bring in any new socks and put them in the box outside the main office!
 
  1. Winter Performance - Wednesday, Feb. 12th (2:45-3:45 PM): Based on feedback from families and staff last year, we will NOT be having our Winter performance in December. 
 
  1. November Attendance Successes: The following homerooms had the highest Average Daily Attendance Percentages over the past month - Great work all students, staff and families!
    K1-2 Homerooms: Mrs. Nee (K1): 94.9%
    Grades 3-5 Homerooms: Mrs. Sirois (Grade 4): 95.4%
    Grades 6-8 Homerooms: Ms. Caster/Mrs. Peckham (Grade 8): 95.5%
Thanks for your time and efforts as we continue to work hard, respect all and continue our Perry Pride!  

School Meals


School Meals

Exciting News!
My Way Cafe has officially launched at The Perry - September 23, 2019



We will be able to provide our students with fresh, nutritious and whole food options, cooked on site, for both breakfast and lunch! For more info, please visit the website: https://www.mywaycafe.org/

School menus as well as nutrition information can be found online at http://www.mywaycafe.org/menu or https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/7322

*ALL students in Boston Public Schools will have the opportunity to enjoy healthy breakfast and lunch for free every day at their school.
For full information on school meals, take a look at the BPS site’s resource page here: https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/7811 







Before & After School Programs


Before & After School Programs
Before School:
The Perry K-8 School has an on-site before-school program coordinated by Perry School staff. The before-school program is offered Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM for all K1-5 students. To support the success and supervision of this program, families are given a monthly choice of 2, 3, 4, or 5 days/week rates.

After School:
The Perry K-8 School has an on-site after-school program for students in grades K1-5. The program is available Monday-Friday from 4:00-5:45 PM and also has a monthly rate depending on the days/week selected by families.

Shark Squad:
The Perry K-8 School also offers "Shark Squad" a fitness program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school. The program is held both in the fall and spring. Parents have the option for full year participation or just one session. Tuition waivers may be available upon request.

Beyond Grade 5:
Students in grades 6-8 are invited to attend a variety of off-site programs with the South Boston Neighborhood House, South Boston Boys & Girls Club, the Curley Community Center, Tynan Community Center and the Paraclete Center.


If you would like more information about the Perry School Before & After school programs, please contact the program coordinator Bonnie Houlihan - perrysmartsharks@gmail.com

For additional information and application: Before & After School Program Overview & Application(19-20).pdf

Uniform Policy


Perry students are expected to wear navy blue tops and khaki/navy blue bottom.

If families wish to purchase uniforms with the Perry Sharks logos, the Perry School is happy to announce a partnership with Land's End (School Outfitters) for student uniforms as well as adult selections for staff and parents. Sign up to receive sales and discounts!

Please see the PDF document attached for instructions on how to order or shop now via this direct link:
 http://www.landsend.com/pp/SchoolSearch.html?action=landing&selectedSchoolNum=900185513

The Oliver Perry School How To Order.pdf


PROMOTIONS
Lands’ End normally has promotions ranging from 30%-50% off as well as free logos around the holidays!



If you have any additional questions or need assistance with Land's End please reach out to perryschoolsouthie@gmail.com

Uniform Policy

Transportation Information & Forms


Ensuring that all of our students safely arrive to and home from school continues to be a shared responsibility that relies on COMMUNICATION.
Please continue to reach out with questions about bus stops, times, bus #s if needed!
For more information on the Boston Public Schools Transportation please visit https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/transportation

Transportation Information & Forms

Safe Walking Route


Safe Walking Route
Boston Safe Routes Walk to School Day is Wednesday, May 1. Walking helps us get physical activity, connect with the community and our safety increases with numbers!

Looking for the safest walking route to the Perry School?
Check out the Suggested Walking-Route Map, provided by the BPS Health and Wellness Department as part of the Safe Routes to School Boston program.
2019_03_29_OLIVER_HAZARD_PERRY_WalkingRouteMap (1).pdf

The map was created under the direction of the BPS Transportation Department and Toole Design, Inc., an engineering firm that has been working with BPS over the past few years to evaluate the infrastructure surrounding schools across the city.
As part of their work, they evaluated the neighborhood around the school. Not only did the engineers consider basic infrastructure such as cross walks and signals, they evaluated crash data in the area, where crossing guards may be located, and other factors such as the convenience of travel for students living in the area. This map provides estimated travel times from various locations, and includes options for mass transport, including bus routes and MBTA locations.
The purpose of the map is to help families in our school community who walk, to encourage them to walk together, and to do so safely. It may also prove useful for identifying potential locations where parents/guardians might park the car and walk a shorter distance to school.

School News & Notes


Perry Updated to a Tier 1 School!

Perry Updated to a Tier 1 School!

Please see information sent from Interim Superintendent Laura Perille about Boston Public Schools' School Quality Frameworks (SQF):

  • Boston Public Schools will continue to use the School Quality Framework (SQF) for the purposes of school choice and student assignment for the upcoming school choice season. Data from 2016-17 and 2017-18 were used to calculate metrics and new tiers.
  • Most schools received a school quality tier under the new framework. However, there are some schools—such as early education centers as well as special education and alternative schools—that are not given a score because they do not have students who take standardized tests or they are specialized schools.
  • Updated SQF tiers and Quality Scores will be available to families on Discover BPS and in Welcome Centers beginning on November 17, 2018.
  • For more information on the School Quality Framework please visit: www.bostonpublicschools.org/schoolquality
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Parent Climate Surveys

Parent Climate Surveys - Through June 14th: We know there continues to be various surveys we are asking families to complete. This info helps inform our next steps so please complete and help us to achieve our goal of having over 75% families complete this survey! The survey should take between 10-15 minutes

https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/climatesurvey

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Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Focus

Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Focus: Gratitude & Appreciation: Over the next three weeks, we will continue to integrate Boston Public Schools’ SEL (Social-emotional learning) standards into our lessons and tasks! 
o    Social Relations (SR 2.1): Demonstrate an understanding of the thoughts, feelings, behavior and perspectives of oneself and others.
o    Expectation #1: We use respectful words and actions.

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Perry School Awarded Two Prestigious Grants!

Perry School Awarded Two Prestigious Grants!

November 1, 2018

The Perry School was awarded the "Good to Great" grant by the Boston Schools Fund Board which will provide our school community with up to $250,000 over the next few years!

The Perry received a $20,000 award for being a finalist for the Edvestors School on the Move prize!

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The Perry K-8 School is one of only 23 Boston Public Schools to meet or exceed our school’s targets!

We will continue to work hard to ensure that we achieve our school vision which states:
“The Perry K-8 School is a community working together to prepare our students for successful futures. We develop strong relationships with families and students to provide the best education for every child, every day. Our focus is to academically and socially advance our students through innovative experiences designed to positively promote the learning of the whole child.”


The new system has four categories for ranking schools and districts, which are:
- Meeting Targets. This is the designation for 23 BPS schools.
- Partially Meeting Targets. This is the designation for 29 BPS schools.
- Needing Focused/Targeted Support (requiring intervention.) This is the designation for 41 BPS schools.
- Requiring Broad/Comprehensive Support (requiring intervention). This is the designation for nine BPS schools.

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Upcoming Events


  • $5.00
  • 01/25/2020 01:00 PM - 01/25/2020 03:00 PM
  • 1880 William J Day Blvd, Boston, MA 02127, USA

Enjoy skating as well as complimentary pizza, drinks and desserts at this two-hour event at Murphy Rink. Free skate rentals will be available on a first come-first serve basis courtesy of Teddy Cunniff. The event is sponsored by: Boston Freight Terminals, Dunkin' Donuts, Teddy Cunniff, Land of Pizza, and the Friends of the Perry All skaters are encouraged to wear helmets. For new skaters, crates will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Each child must have a responsible adult in the rink, but the adult is not required to skate. A waiver must be signed for every skater.

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  • 03/21/2020 02:00 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Perry School Rocks! (More details to come!)

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  • 12/03/2019 12:01 AM - 12/03/2019 11:59 PM

On Dec. 3, give to the Friends of the Perry School and have your gift tripled. If you give $50 to the Friends of the Perry on Giving Tuesday, a matching donor will give $50 and Facebook will give $50. This once-a-year opportunity shouldn't be missed if you plan to give a tax-deductible gift to the Friends of the Perry School this year.

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Past Events


Perry Annual Schoolyard Cleanup

Perry Annual Schoolyard Cleanup

Dozens of students and family members braved the November cold on Veterans Day for the 2019 Perry Schoolyard Annual Cleanup. The work was made possible through a grant from Dedham Savings Bank.

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Sharks in the Media


Boston Globe article by Perry School Principal Geoff Rose - Oct. 2018

Boston Globe article by Perry School Principal Geoff Rose - Oct. 2018

One of the prevalent arguments for increasing STEM learning in Massachusetts schools is to ensure that we have the educated workforce needed to compete in an increasingly high-tech 21st-century economy.

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Perry School on WCVB-TV - May 2019

An Army veteran decided to repay a preschool class for its kindness earlier this week after a war memorial on Castle Island was vandalized. Preschool teacher Judy Nee led her class to the defaced World War II memorial Tuesday, while a team of cleaners was trying to scrub an oily stain off the stone.

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Perry School in The Boston Globe - Oct. 2016

Perry School in The Boston Globe - Oct. 2016

Boston Middle Schools Spending Week Focusing on STEM Topics

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Perry School featured by the McGovern Institute

Perry School featured by the McGovern Institute

“There’s a slogan in education,” says McGovern Investigator John Gabrieli. “The first three years are learning to read, and after that you read to learn.”

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Perry School in The Boston Globe - April 2016

Perry School in The Boston Globe - April 2016

About 230 students (kindergarten through 8th grade) at the Oliver Hazard Perry School in South Boston spelled out One Boston in human form.

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Donations


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Support the Perry School


Giving Events

Social events are held throughout the course of the school year.

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Ongoing Fundraising

From Amazon and Stop & Shop to gift cards and box tops, there are many chances to turn your everyday purchases into a little extra money for the Perry School.

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Matching Gifts

This is an “easy” way to increase our fundraising efforts through your workplace.

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About the Friends of the Perry School


THE FRIENDS OF THE PERRY SCHOOL
The Friends of the Perry School is a BPS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to raise funds to financially support the Perry School. We aim to keep our fundraisers focused on our mission, which is to provide the best education for every child, every day, and to academically and socially advance our students through innovative experiences designed to positively promote the learning of the whole child.

SOME OF THE INITIATIVES YOUR SUPPORT HELPS THE FOLLOWING:
• Funds for teachers to purchase much needed materials and supplies for their classrooms; materials that aren’t covered under the Boston Public Schools existing budget
• School-wide music program
• Enriching field trips for our students
• Literacy support
• Technology in the classroom
• Annual Field Day

The Friends of the Perry School meet once a month from 4:30-5:30.  Everyone is welcome to join the Friends of the Perry School.  If you wish to learn more about the Friends of the Perry and/or are interested in helping in our fundraising efforts, please contact the Friends of the Perry at perryschoolsouthie@gmail.com

Please see the below dates/times for our Friends of the Perry meetings: 

  • October 28, 2019
  • November 18, 2019
  • January 27, 2020
  • February 24, 2020
  • March 30, 2020
  • April 27, 2020
  • May 18, 2020
  • June 2020 (tbd)


**The Perry School After school program is available during the Friends of Perry Meeting, for Perry students only, on a complimentary basis. To reserve space(s) for your children, please contact the program by 5pm on the Thursday before the meeting, at perrysmartsharks@gmail.com.

***Younger siblings may attend the babysitting set up in the gym.   We ask that you bring $5 cash, per child, and give it to Julia Hebert at the meeting.  Babysitters will be very capable middle school student(s) who are well known to Friends of the Perry.  If you are interested in sending your child, please email Julia at juliachebert@gmail.com by 5pm on the Thursday before the meeting, to reserve your space.

Contact


  • 745 E. Seventh St., South Boston, MA 02127 United States
  • Principal: Geoffrey Rose
  • (617) 635-8840
  • 2019-20 School Year Hours 9:30 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 2:10 p.m.