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Five things to do this weekend: April 12-13

Five things to do this weekend: April 12-13

The Closed Kitchens walking tour; Empty Bowls benefit dinner; A Cappella Spring Benefit Jam; People’s Battle Stand-Up Tournament; and Painted Burro Guac Off.

District expects solution for families foiled by kindergarten policy, for long term too

District expects solution for families foiled by kindergarten policy, for long term too

The “Olá 4” got good news this week – just short of an outright guarantee that the families’ kids were getting into the Olá Bilingual Program.

District has plans for crowding and even achievement gap, educators tell council

District has plans for crowding and even achievement gap, educators tell council

City schools are full to bursting and yet looking for ways to get bigger, officials said at a meeting looking also at the persistent academic achievement gap.

If failure of sibling-preference policy was first, committee insists there be no second

If failure of sibling-preference policy was first, committee insists there be no second

Four families’ kids being kept from the Olá Bilingual Program, officials said, was the first time in city history that the district’s sibling preference policy failed.

Students’ ‘Antigone’ production adds music, movement and social justice

Students’ ‘Antigone’ production adds music, movement and social justice

The classic Greek tragedy “Antigone” gets a reworking next month from seventh- and eighth-graders at the Fayerweather Street School.

Four families want to see kindergarten capacity at Olá expanded for their kids

Typically the FRC calls families to alert them to the risk of losing a placement. With Olá, families didn’t get word of the lack of seats until late in the process.

Bus policy stays, but committee tries repair to flaw in middle-school math

Bus policy stays, but committee tries repair to flaw in middle-school math

There was applause for keeping some math students from learning by computer. Another policy – no buses for middle-schoolers making daily one-mile walks – stayed in place.

Tutoring Plus invites all to MIT Media Lab for its 50th anniversary Mardi Gras party

Tutoring Plus invites all to MIT Media Lab for its 50th anniversary Mardi Gras party

On Friday, Tutoring Plus celebrates its 50th anniversary of free tutoring in Area IV with a Mardi Gras gala – and the whole town is invited.

‘Snochi’ winter festival, with nine bands, snowboarding, pops up in Central Square

‘Snochi’ winter festival, with nine bands, snowboarding, pops up in Central Square

Central Square has a school vacation week Winter Festival running Tuesday through Thursday with bands, arts and even snowmaking and a free pop-up outdoor snowboard park.

Monday talk says ‘Children Are Citizens,’ should play role in civic life as young as 4

Monday talk says ‘Children Are Citizens,’ should play role in civic life as young as 4

Americans can vote at 18, but when when do you turn to a child to start their participation as a citizen? Fifteen? Twelve? In a talk Monday, educators will argue we can aim as low as 4.

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