Support the BTU School!


Dear Friends and Family of the Boston Teachers Union School:

Since we opened our doors in September 2009, our teacher-led school has grown and flourished with teachers, families, community members, and most important, our scholars, coming together to fulfill our mission—to create and share a rigorous, supportive, and creative school environment. Your interest in our work and involvement with our scholars has been key to this success. Thank you!

As a Boston Public School, we also rely on financial donations to fund programs and needed equipment, help fill budget gaps, and provide a powerful learning experience for our scholars. With the help of generous community members like you, we will be able to:

Fund the Playworks program, creating opportunities to leverage the power of play to help scholars learn to play fairly, settle differences peacefully, and build leadership and teamwork skills.

Fund the Apprentice Learning Program for our Grade 8 scholars. This vital program offers exposure to the culture of work through short apprenticeships that allow our young people to explore various careers and often secure employment for that transitional summer between Grades 8 and 9. 

Fund our partnership with Family Service of Greater Boston to ensure that social workers are available in the school to support our groups and individual scholars and families, as well as our whole school climate and culture.

Expand our library collection and support our Strive for 25 Reading Initiative, which encourages students to read for 25 minutes every day or complete 25 books each year.

Increase the number of after-school activities and in-school musical opportunities, including supporting our new partnership with Community Music Center, which provides in-school piano instruction. 

Fund field trips to enrich curriculum units and offer exciting, hands-on experiences.

These programs make a tremendous difference to our scholars, families, faculty, and staff. Will you consider making a donation to support our amazing school community? Your gift of any level will make a meaningful difference and is tax deductible.

On behalf of the entire BTU School community, we thank you for your consideration, dedication, and commitment. 


Erica Lewy and Mary Lewis-Pierce,
BTU School Family Council Co-chairs

Please click on the Paypal button to make a donation to the Boston Teachers Union School using your credit card or Paypal account. Your gift will help ensure that every scholar has the tools necessary to succeed in the classroom, on the playground, and in the community!  



If you prefer you may make a donation by check. Just print out this reply form and mail to:
Attn: Annual Appeal
Boston Teachers Union School
25 Walk Hill Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Please make checks payable to the Boston Teachers Union School.

All gifts to the BTU School are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable under the law. BTU School will not sell or share your information. 

Thank you for your support!

Please consider forwarding this email to friends and family who may wish to support the BTU School. 

Boston Teachers Union K-8 Pilot School
25 Walk Hill Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Tel: 617-635-7717
Fax: 617-635-6982


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Welcome Back to School!

Good afternoon BTU School families,

On behalf of the Boston Teachers Union School’s faculty and community, we welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year! We hope you and your family had a healthy, safe, and fun summer. We can’t wait to welcome each of you tomorrow morning for our first day of school!

Tomorrow morning, we are also excited to welcome our new Superintendent, Dr. Tommy Chang, our Mayor, Marty Walsh, our Union President, Richard Stutman, and their teams, during their visit to our school. Together, they will help us kick off another successful school year at the BTU School!

As a reminder, our doors will open daily at 8:15am for all of our scholars, and free breakfast will be served at 8:15am. Our day of learning will start promptly at 8:30am. All scholars that arrive after 8:30am will be marked tardy.
The temperatures this week will be very high. Please make sure scholars dresses comfortably, but keep in mind that scholars are going to school and should dress appropriately. Also, remember to bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.

As always, thank you for sharing your child and family with us and believing in the work we do every day at the BTU School to help your child grow as a scholar and person. We look forward to another wonderful school year!

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7th Grade Publishing Party


The 7th graders are excited to announce the 826 Boston book launch of THINGS WILL ONLY GET MORE DELICIOUS: STORIES FROM OUR LIVES SO FAR on Monday, June 15th at 6 PM in the auditorium of the BTU School. There will be cake and a book signing after the reading. ALL are welcome to attend to celebrate our own very own authors!

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Family Night Potluck

Save the Date:  Thursday, June 4, 2015 @5:30 p.m.

BTU Pilot Family Night Potluck

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Word Play: The Anthology of Swag

Spoken Word Showcase
BTU Pilot Auditorium
The Chap Book,
Word Play: The Anthology of Swag over 50 poems and illustrations for $10.
Matinee Performance 10:30 a.m. *Light Refreshments
Evening Performance 5:30 p.m. *Potluck Dinner served.
Mrs. DePalm Grade 6 ELA

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1st Grade Special Project


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2nd Grade March Newsletter

Click on the link below to download a pdf copy of this newsletter.

3-23-15 second grade

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You Matter Concert

Friday, April 17th – You Matter Concert:

Anti-Bullying School Assembly:

1st Assembly: 4th-6th 12:50-1:35 (45 mins) 100 students

2nd Assembly: 7th-8th 1:45-2:40 (55 mins) 100 students

My name is Casey McQuillen and over the past 3 years, I have developed an interactive concert called “You Matter” that uses my music to engage students in a conversation about bullying & self-confidence.!youmatter/cf00



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Get Ready to Dance at the BTU Spring Fling Fundraiser!

Polish your dancing shoes and round up all your favorite party people and enjoy a night out at our annual BTU School fundraiser as we celebrate the arrival of spring while raising money for our amazing school.

DJ Reel Drama (Electro, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Hip-Hip) will keep the music pumping while you enjoy dancing, a cash bar (beer & wine), light food, “balloon” raffles, and silent bidding on incredible auction items.

100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to the BTU School and make a positive impact on all of our scholars.

The money raised will go toward:

  • Funding Playworks
  • Subsidizing field trips
  • Expanding the library collection
  • Broadening technology capabilities
  • Buying supplies
  • Providing after-school enrichment
  • And more!

Where: Spontaneous Celebrations
When: May 15 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15, Buy Your Tickets Now!

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School Preview Days

Wednesday, December 3rd 5:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, December 16th 9-10 am
Thursday, January 8th 9-10 am

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