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Elementary Forum - Supporting Your Child in the 2020-21 School Year

January 22, 2021

Dear NPS Elementary Families,

Thank you to all who joined us on Wednesday evening for our forum on supporting your child’s learning during the 2020-21 school year. I hope you found the forum to be informative and useful to managing hybrid and remote learning during this school year. The tools shared by our presenters will be helpful not only this year, but as we move forward from this pandemic.

In the event that you were not able to join us on Wednesday, we have posted a recording of the video to our district YouTube channel. You can watch it here: In addition, our panelist Jesse Krotick has shared the document he mentioned on Social and Emotional Learning Resources for families. You can find that document linked here.

As Ward Principal Becca Brogadir mentioned in her comments, our partnership with families this year has been more important than ever. We deeply appreciate the work you have done to help your child(ren) navigate learning in this very challenging year. 


David Fleishman

Superintendent of Schools


January 18, 2021

Dear NPS Families,

Thank you for registering for the Supporting Your Child in the 2020-21 School Year Forum scheduled for January 20th at 7:30 p.m. The questions you submitted with your RSVP have helped us to shape this forum. We look forward to addressing your questions and concerns during the hour we have together on Wednesday evening. 

If you are unable to join on Wednesday, the session will be recorded and posted to the district website and YouTube channel (with closed captions for translations.)

Below you will find login information for the session, as well as information on our panelists. I look forward to facilitating this discussion with you. 


David Fleishman

Superintendent of Schools

Login Information

The forum will be a Zoom webinar. Each panelist will give a short introduction on a specific area of interest as expressed in questions submitted. Then, we will move to a Q&A format in which questions asked in the RSVP form will be asked of the panel. There will not be a live Q&A session. Video and audio for attendees will remain off for the duration of the program.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

7:30 p.m.

Zoom Login:

Passcode: 788595

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +13017158592,,81352701894#,,,,*788595# or +13126266799,,81352701894#,,,,*788595#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128

Webinar ID: 813 5270 1894

Passcode: 788595


Rebecca Brogadir, Principal, Ward Elementary

Becca Brogadir is the principal at Ward Elementary School. Becca graduated from the Newton Public Schools and coached track and field at Newton South.  She has lived and worked in the Dominican Republic, California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania and ultimately returned to her roots where she completed a principal internship at Newton North High School in 2008, and returned to Newton as part of the principal team a decade later. In addition to her career as a bilingual and special educator and school leader,  her work includes social services, human resources, and non-profit leadership. She is passionate about building connected school teams and school communities that celebrate individuality and create safety, joy, and a love for learning. When not busy at school, you can find Becca on the trails or playing outside with her husband, daughter, age 12, and son, age 9. 

Dr. Lynn Chachkes, Psychologist, Cabot and Zervas

Lynn Chachkes, Ph.D., received her degree in School & Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University.  Dr. Chachkes completed her internship at McLean Hospital, Department of Psychology, Harvard Medical School and postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston, Developmental Medicine Center.  She is a licensed psychologist and licensed school psychologist, working for Newton Public Schools with a focus on supporting elementary age students, as well as assessment and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Personally, Dr. Chachkes is also a mom to two wonderfully energetic boys, one in fourth grade and one in seventh grade who are navigating the process of hybrid learning this school year. 

Dr. Arthur Fergusson, Coordinator of Therapeutic Services

Art is a passionate and experienced scholar-practitioner in the field of education and clinical psychology. In his clinical work, he provides clinical interventions to adolescents as well as offer training and consultation to practitioners and educators. Art is involved in leadership and collaboration on social emotional learning as well as developing frameworks for multi-tiered systems of support across students at the secondary level. Art has also conducted scholarly writing and research in the areas of child development, peer rejection and emotional development in children and adolescence. He received his AB from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Suffolk University. Art holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Framingham State University and a Master of Education in Organizational Management from Endicott College. He is also a parent of a first and fifth grader, ages 7 and 10.

Jesse Krotick M.Ed, MSW, LICSW, Coordinator of Elementary Support and Stabilization

Mr. Krotick is a clinical social worker and the Coordinator of Elementary Support and Stabilization and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for the Newton Public Schools. Jesse has worked in Newton since 2010 helping teams support the emotional and behavioral needs of students PreK-5. Jesse is the father of two girls, ages 12 and 5, who bring him an abundance of joy.


January 6, 2021

Dear Elementary Families,

I hope you had a restful and enjoyable holiday break. As you are well aware, we are experiencing a school year like none other and the challenges for elementary families are particularly acute.

We know that supporting elementary students in hybrid and remote learning is not easy given the pressures adults face in their daily lives, as well as the inevitable conflicts and tensions that arise when working with young children. At the same time, we know that the pandemic has offered children and families newfound opportunities for shared learning and greater student independence. 

To provide you with additional support as you navigate this challenging year, I am writing to invite you to a forum that will focus on supporting you and your elementary students’ school experience. The Supporting Your Child in the 2020-21 School Year forum will take place on Wednesday, January 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom.

We have gathered together four Newton educators who have extensive experience working with elementary school students and are elementary parents themselves. The forum will feature:

  • Becca Brogadir, Principal, Ward 
  • Dr. Lynn Chachkes, Psychologist, Cabot and Zervas
  • Dr. Arthur Fergusson, Coordinator of Therapeutic Services 
  • Jesse Krotick, Coordinator of Elementary Support and Stabilization

They will share with you their expertise in elementary education and social emotional support structures, as well as provide advice and recommendations for supporting your student’s learning this year. They will also answer questions you may have related to helping your student in both hybrid and remote learning environments.

Please register in advance for this forum via this Google Form. You can also use the form to submit questions to be answered during the presentation or the Q&A session. 

We hope to see many of you at what should be a thought provoking and useful discussion.


David Fleishman

Superintendent of Schools