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Mitchell's Happy Video   Back by popular demand!

Principal's Message
There is a vibrancy about Mitchell School. Perhaps it is the background hum of children who are happy to be here. Happy because they know they are safe, because they know they are important, because they know they are special, and happy because they appreciate how much they are learning. I know they are happy because I stand outside the school every morning and greet them as they arrive.

Perhaps it is the enthusiasm and energy of a conscientious and professional staff. This is a talented, well-educated staff—a healthy balance of veteran and newly-minted teachers—teachers eager to learn, to support each other, to work together. Teachers who mentor Boston-resident students on their own time; teachers who sponsor homework clubs and Student Council before or after school; teachers who routinely share “good news” with parents as well as other issues or concerns. Teachers who meet children where they are and guide them to where they need to be.
Perhaps it is the welcome presence of our supportive and always helpful parent volunteers. Parents who turned a weed-filled, empty courtyard into a natural learning center with an amphitheater, hand-made cedar furniture, bird and butterfly garden, compost center, fish pond, sun dial, and 78 varieties of native plants. Parents who have helped us create and sustain Invention Invasion, 5th Grade Writing Celebration, Spelling Bees, Service Learning Projects, Prizes for Presidents, Publishing Center, Book Fairs, Family Fun Events, murals, and a rich assortment of creative arts programs. Parents who are celebrity readers, judges, chaperones, fundraisers, and friends.

Perhaps it is the comforting character of a 60-year old building. A building rich with color, shiny floors, meaningful posters, baskets of labeled books, and spontaneous music that echoes in the halls. Walls with posted student writings, student art work, and children’s photographs. A building with a proud history, precious memories, and a bright future.

Perhaps it is a function of our longstanding commitment to Respect—and all of its Mitchell implications:

Recognize your own worth, and the worth of others.
Encourage each other in work and play.
Stay safe.
Practice honesty.
Empathize with others.
Care, share, and be fair.
Try your best.

I believe it is all of these things and more. Mitchell also embodies trust, confidence, optimism, hope, nurturing, and caring. It is building, a place of learning, a haven, an attitude.

Mike Schwinden

Mitchell School
187 Brookline Street
Needham, MA 02492
Mike Schwinden, Principal
Barbara Hayden, Vice Principal
Heidi Meagher, Secretary

tel: 781-455-0466
fax: 781-455-0871

School Hours
Grades 1 thru 5
8:20 am - 2:45 pm

AM Kindergarten
8:20 - 11:03 am

PM Kindergarten
12:02 - 2:45 pm

Early Release
8:20 am - 12:15 pm

Delayed Opening
10:20 am - 2:45 pm

Upcoming Events
June 1, Early Release Day
12:15 p.m. dismissal,
Kindergarten Conferences,
No Kindergarten all day,
AM KASE in session; no PM KASE
June 1, Mitchell Art Show, Used
Book Fair, and Parent Retirement
Party for Dr. Schwinden,
5 to 7 p.m.
June 2, Grade 3 & 5 Spring Concert
7 p.m., Cafeteria
June 3, PTC Meeting & Brunch
Home of Amy Simeone
June 3, Mitchell Family Picnic
6:30 - 8 p.m., Playground
June 7, Food Pantry Collection
PM KG please bring day before
June 7, Grade 4 Spring Concert
7 p.m., Cafeteria
June 14, Incoming K Jump-up Day,
9:15-9:30 for AM, 1:15-1:30 PM
June 15, Jump Up Day current K-4
During School
June 16, 5th Grade Graduation,1 p.m., Gym
June 17, Last Day of School
12:15 p.m. dismissal