Welcome to 6th Grade!

Welcome to 6th Grade!
Posted on 05/28/2020
Dear Fifth Grade Families,

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your fifth grader to the Putnam Avenue Upper School. We are excited to get to know all of you and all that you have to offer our diverse community, as well as for you to learn more about who we are and what we are all about. The transition from fifth to sixth grade is both exciting and challenging, so we have organized a number of activities in order to help you and your child prepare for this milestone. These activities began on January 17th, 2019, when we hosted the rising fifth grade students for a special screening of this year’s Putnam Ave. musical, Peter Pan.

Although the Putnam Ave. team typically visits all of the students at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Kennedy-Longfellow, and Morse schools, this year--due to the emergency closure--we will do the visit virtually. Please go to the Putnam Avenue Family Emergency Closure Site, where you are welcome to explore Putnam Ave., and view the Welcome to 6th Grade page. Here, students will virtually meet the Head of School (Mirko Chardin), the Assistant Principal (Pamela Chu-Sheriff), the 6th Grade Teacher Leader (Kareem Cutler), and members of the 6th Grade Team (Dora Acosta, Danielle Rivers, Kerry Mency, Adenike Babatunde, and Katie Plummer), as well as members of our Counseling Team (Matt Perry, Joanne Edouard, and Jiar Ahmed), and our Family Liaison (Kunjal Shah). As you click on the videos, we will have the opportunity to introduce ourselves, review our core values and vision, share about our outside of school opportunities, and provide students and families with an overview of what they can expect next year--the schedule, lockers, courses, etc. Overall, this experience ensures that when your student arrives at Putnam Ave. there will already be a few familiar faces in the crowd!

Next, on June 4th, 2020, from 1-2PM, we have an exciting live event planned for students and families where we will share an overview of and a short presentation about the rigorous, district-aligned curriculum that we offer our students. There will be time for questions and answers, as well as for parents and guardians to get to know one another. Here is the LINK for the Zoom event.

We truly look forward to working with you, your children, and their current schools to ensure a smooth and thoughtful transition. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our front office at 617.349.7780.


Mirko Chardin
Founding Head of School

Kareem Cutler
Sixth Grade Team Leader

Mathieu Perry
School Adjustment Counselor

Joanne Edouard
Guidance Counselor
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