BPS families will find a new publication delivered to their homes beginning this month. The district's new quarterly newsletter, "Family Matters," is designed to strengthen home-school connections and provide families with important information and tips to help their children succeed in school. The four-page, full-color newsletter will be available online and at Family Resource Centers. The first issue focuses on MCAS testing, and also contains information about summer programs for children and BPS workshops for families. The newsletter is produced by the Communications Office and printed and mailed at no cost to the district through a partnership with 1stHour Communications. To defray costs, the firm includes in every mailing a series of commercial advertisements approved by the school district.