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5/17/21 - MCAS dates, Raise Craze update, Silent Spring info

Good morning BUES families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  The weather was beautiful, but the pollen is a bit out of control.


MCAS testing begins this week at BUES.  Please see the dates below:

May 18th: Grade 4 ELA

May 25th: Grade 4 Math


May 20th: Grade 5 ELA

May 27th: Grade 5 math

June 3rd: Grade 5 Science


Raise Craze:

I would like to thank the PTA for organizing the fundraiser.  It was great to raise money for the courtyard progress, but the Acts of Kindness were out of this world.  As I said last week, We almost reached the goal in week one.  When I saw that, I thought that maybe we could double the goal.  I knew it might be tough as it was possible for the enthusiasm to decline.  Our wonderful students rose to the challenge.  I’m overjoyed to report that students doubled their goal with over 3600 acts of kindness.  WOW!!!!  I will be doing something silly as a reward.  It is to be determined.


Silent Spring Information: 

Silent Spring Institute invites current and former residents in Hyannis to learn about the Massachusetts PFAS and Your Health Study, a new federally-funded study on Cape Cod aimed at understanding the health impacts from past exposure to PFAS contaminants in drinking water.


Members of the community will get a chance to meet the study team, learn about the project’s goals, and find out who is eligible to sign up. All are welcome. Register to receive a link to the virtual event!

When: Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, 6:30 - 7:30 PM


  • Dr. Laurel Schaider (Project Lead), Senior Scientist, Silent Spring Institute

  • Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and Cape Cod Outreach Coordinator, Silent Spring Institute

  • Mark Ells, Town Manager, Town of Barnstable, Cape Cod

 Following the presentation, there will be Q&A with the public. 


The Massachusetts PFAS and Your Health Study is a five-year effort led by Silent Spring Institute in collaboration with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Eastern Research Group. The study is focusing on two communities in Eastern Massachusetts—Hyannis and Ayer—where public drinking water supplies have been contaminated by PFAS from the use of firefighting foams at nearby fire training areas.


It's one of seven projects funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) as part of the ATSDR Multi-Site Health Study on PFAS. Community partners include Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) and People of Ayer Concerned about the Environment (PACE).