Greer Gazette: September 12, 2022

Greer Gazette: September 12, 2022
Posted on 09/12/2022

Greetings CPS Community!

I hope you had a wonderful first week of school. My Executive Leadership Team and I visited all schools throughout the week. We loved seeing the smiles and the energy was amazing!

The next regular School Committee meeting is next Tuesday, September 20. During this meeting, we will share the initiatives that the district will focus on this school year and provide an update on the student outcomes identified in the district plan.

Our Community Fairs drew some big crowds! I want to thank everyone who came out. We are fortunate to live in such an engaged community with committed community partners who support our students and families. I would like to extend a special thanks to the Mayor’s Office for their partnership in making the community fairs a success. The next community event is our annually City sponsored Danehy Park Day which is scheduled for Saturday, September 17.

Make it Great!

Dr. Victoria L. Greer


Booster Requirement Lifted

On Friday we shared that CPS will no longer require students to have a booster to participate in CPS-sponsored before and after school activities.We will continue to require that students be fully vaccinated to participate in CPS-sponsored before and after school activities. Fully vaccinated means that you have received the initial doses of the vaccine (2 doses for Moderna/Pfizer or 1 dose for J&J) and two weeks have passed.

Coming in December…Caregiver Equity Summit

OurCaregiver Equity Summit will be held in December! Come Learn, Connect, and Reflect with families as we identify what equity sounds like, looks like, and feels like to caregivers in the Cambridge Public Schools community. There will be workshops, music, food, and much more! Exact date and location will be coming soon! Interested in getting more information? Sign up here!

COVID Mitigation Strategies

**Please note that these updates are subject to further changes as conditions evolve.**

We continue to practice the following mitigation strategies:

  1.  Symptomatic Testing
    Children who are sick at school with COVID-like symptoms will be tested before being sent home. A consent form is required to be tested at school.The form is available in the CPS Family Portal. If a student does not have a consent form on file, they will have to go home.

  2.  NEW HEPA Filters
    Every school has maximized air circulation through a combination of central systems, quieter HEPA filters, and fans. We perform regular air quality testing (CO2 monitoring), and tents are available at many schools to support outdoor learning.

  3.  Masks Available at All Schools
    Masks are optional during the school day and at all CPS-sponsored events and activities including before and after school programs. Masks are required in the nurse's office.

Featured Events

City of Cambridge Hosts Danehy Park Family Day
Enjoy a fun-filled day of amusement rides, arts and crafts, music, and roving performers, plus food, T-shirts, and colorful kites (while supplies last). Check out performances throughout the day at the children's stage.This Saturday, September 17 | 11AM - 3PM; 99 Sherman Street (adjacent to Garden and New Streets); Rain date is September 18. For more information, including free shuttle and entertainment schedule, please click here.

Experience the Magic of the Northern Lights in Cambridge!

The headline event of next month’s Cambridge Science Festival 2022 isBOREALIS, a breath-taking light and sound installation, recreating the magic and wonder of the Northern Lights in the night sky above Kendall Square. FREE ADMISSION! Thursday, October 6 – Sunday, October 9 | 8 – 11 PM; 292 Main Street

First Day of School

Even the rain couldn’t put a damper on the first day of school last Tuesday! I had such a wonderful time visiting with students, families, and our staff. We are excited for this school year, which will be the best year ever!

Tip of the Week

How to receive instant notifications via text, email, and the app!

In ParentSquare, you can choose when you would like to receive notifications: instantly or at 6PM (digest), which will contain all the posts from the day.

To customize your settings, check out this help article. If you need help, please contact the school clerk or family liaison. Download the app here!

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, September 21: Early Release Day (JK-8)

Wednesday, October 5: Yom Kippur (No school & CPS Offices Closed)

Monday, October 10: Indigenous Peoples Day (No school & CPS Offices Closed)

Wednesday, October 19: Early Release Day (JK-8)

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