Bates Elementary Information Session – February 16, 2022


A message from Principal Gavin Softic



The School House System

  • Builds a sense of community, inclusivity, responsibility, belonging and spirit in our school with all our students, staff and community partners.
  • Develops authentic relationship between students and staff.
  • Houses participate in monthly school-wide SEL activities.
  • Encourages participation in academics, character building and promotes leadership development
  • Promotes healthy competition and sportsmanship

Arts Integration

  • Integration of arts into classroom instruction
  • Music, art, dance and PE courses for all students
  • Peabody Essex Museum Partnership
  • Chorus (Grs. 2-5), Paperworks (Gr. 5), student selected electives (Grs. 4&5), weekly instrumental lessons (Grs. 4&5), student-run live streaming morning news on YouTube


Academic Day:

  • Social Emotional Learning Curriculum scheduled and embedded into daily lessons.
  • Integrated Balanced Literacy Approach (Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop) to provide students with authentic reading and writing experiences
  • Student-centered -hands-on activities to allow students to see and apply math ideas
  • Concept-based lessons build deep understanding rather than memorization
  • Content Specific Academic Coaches to support and implement best practices.
  • Title I Reading Specialists to support readers to meet their full potential.

Student Engagement:

  • Six-week Literacy Festival aimed at building a love for reading by engaging students in dynamic themed activities and lessons.
  • School Wide House System to develop character and represent school core values.
  • 21st Century After-school enrichment programs in partnership with the YMCA.
  • Monthly Town Halls focused on Social Emotional Learning

Family Engagement

  • Active and Inclusive PTO and School Site Council
  • Weekly family newsletters inform families of updates and key information
  • Math/science and literacy nights designed to partner with families around academic instruction
  • Partnerships between families and teachers through consistent two-way communication.