Explore the Local Boston Neighborhood: JP

In our new blog series, we are diving into some of our schools’ neighborhoods and sharing our favorite local parks, shops and places in the area. Our schools were created as community schools and we love being a part of all of our local neighborhoods! So, today we are looking at Jamaica Plain, JP as anyone who lives in the area calls it.

We actually have two schools in JP– one on South Street and the other in the Revere St./Green St. area.

The JP Revere St. location is located in the Sumner Hill neighborhood inside St John’s Episcopal Church, overlooking many historical Victorian homes of JP.  This school has bright, sunny classrooms and a large hall for big group gatherings (when we can do that!) as well as an on-site fenced in playground that all of the kids absolutely love!

The JP South St. location is located in the former Harvest Co-Op, which we moved into in January 2017, relocating from our Centre Street location. The seven classrooms are big and bright with lots of light and walkable to local parks and playgrounds.  https://pinevillagepreschool.com/locations/jp-south-st/

Here’s a few of our favorite spots to check out while you’re in the area:

Arnold Arboretum

With beautiful trails galore, spend a day or a week exploring the 281 acres of greenery at the Arnold Arboretum. The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead in 1872 and is part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Look out for events, bring a picnic or go for a hike! More info.

Photo Credit: Arnold Aboretum

Courageous Sailing at JP Boathouse

If you are looking for kayak, row boat or sailboat rentals in JP, this is your spot! They also offer private sailing lessons and run a summer youth program. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful summer day or evening with your family. More info.

Photo Credit: Courageous Saling

JP Licks original location

A local favorite, this JP Licks is the original location and your kids won’t let you walk past this one without a scoop of ice cream or tasty treat! More info.

Photo Credit: JP Licks

Sam Adams Brewery

The original location of the national brewing company, check out a Sam Adams Brewery tour where you can learn about the history of the brewery and how the beer is made. Guests also have the opportunity to learn about the Sam Adams: brewer, patriot and cousin of President John Adams. Hint: Leave the kids at home for this one! More info.

Photo Credit: Sam Adams Brewing

Restaurants

For eats, check out a few of our favorites:

  • Evergreen Eatery: for coffee, smoothies and teas. https://www.evergreeneateryjp.com/#drinks-section
  • The Haven: For Scottish food and drinks. https://thehavenjp.com/
  • Tres Gatos: For food, music and books all in the same place http://www.tresgatosjp.com/
  • JP Seafood Café: A great spot for sushi. https://www.jpseafoodcafe.com/

And what would a Pine Village blog be without a list of playgrounds? Luckily JP has sooo many great neighborhood playgrounds located around the area, from hidden gems to larger versions where groups can gather. This local list is probably the best guide we’ve found that lays out all of the options with locations, playground type and how to find them. Playgrounds: http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/2014/10/10/jp-kids-the-many-playgrounds-of-jp/

And lastly, if you want more information about living in the area and definitely check out this Boston Magazine Neighborhood Guide: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/neighborhood-guide-jamaica-plain/

What else do you love about JP? Share away!

Goodbye School Year, Hello Summer!

Dear Pine Village families.  
 
I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about how to wrap this insane school year up in a tidy little ribbon and sending off, down the long winding river of time. It has been quite a challenging year for everyone, parents, kids, teachers, directors, and administrators, and is, no doubt a year we are all ready to put behind us. But then my eternal optimist brain kicked into high gear and I could not help but feel such gratitude and joy thinking about all we have gone through together this school year. Looking back, it feels like we all climbed Mt. Everest together, and couldn’t have done it without the constant support from one another.
As we reopened our doors on August 3, 2020, we did so with mixed feelings of relief, trepidation, caution, and excitement. The unknown was big, the rules were daunting, and the risks (at the time) felt overwhelming, but seeing those little faces smiling behind those masks (and yes we could see them) was the BEST medicine anyone could ever ask for. We are SO glad you came back to us.
 
Together this year we’ve learned a lot. We watched as that very dim light at the end of the tunnel grew closer and brighter, to the point we are today. We could not have done it without the compassion, understanding, and determination from each and every one of you, our Pine Village parents, guardians, extended families, and friends. It was a herculean effort to get here. But here we are. We’ve made it to the end of the school year 2020-2021.

Thank you for allowing us to care for your children. It has brought us such joy, literally, every single day. Thank you for getting up early and driving or walking through rain and snow to get to school on time. Thank you for reading all our notes and emails. Thank you for packing yummy nutritious lunches and snacks. Thank you for supporting our teachers with such generosity and love. Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift. We thank you for abiding by and understanding the endless rules and regulations (and the endless changes to those rules and regulations). And finally, thank you for embracing multiculturalism, bilingualism, creativity, individuality and loving every single human, no matter their colors, beliefs, choices or natural born gifts.  
 
We are better and stronger for having gone through all of this together. We truly believe it.
 
Please enjoy a wonderful summer! We will be here, diving into our eight-week summer program on July 6 after a well-deserved week long break. We look forward to seeing those of you who will be returning to us for Summer Program and wish those of you whom we will see in September, a wonderful summer break.
 
With love and tremendous gratitude,
Emma and Brid

Pine Village Chosen as a 2021Boston Parents Paper Family Favorites

THANK YOU to all of our families for voting for Pine Village Preschool as a 2021 Boston Parents Paper Family Favorites!! We’ve been fortunate enough to have secured a place in the Boston Parents Paper Family Favorites since 2014 and appreciate all of the love and support you’ve given us over the years.

Pine Village Preschool has won in the following categories:

  • Camps: Foreign Language and Cultural Immersion Summer Camps
  • Preschools: Large Preschools (31 or more)
  • Classes & Enrichment Programs: Foreign Language Classes and Immersion Programs

And, we’ve also received recognition for the following categories:

  • Elementary Schools: Bilingual Elementary School
  • Bilingual Preschools: Bilingual Preschools
  • Camps: Academic Summer Camps
  • Childcare: Child Care Facilities
  • Classes and Enrichment Programs: Enrichment and After-School Programs
  • Preschools: Independent Preschools
  • Camps: Preschool Age Summer Camps

We look forward to many many more years with all of our amazing families and children!!