Greer Gazette: October 11, 2022

Greer Gazette: October 11, 2022
Posted on 10/11/2022

Greetings CPS Community!

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend.

At tonight’s School Committee meeting, my team will present an update on COVID-19. As a reminder, we, along with the Cambridge Public Health Department, strongly recommend masking at school through this Fridayparticularly if an individual traveled or attended a large indoor gathering over the long weekend.

On Friday, I shared a communication with some safety reminders and protocols. I encourage you to review it and keep this reference guide accessible.

Make it Great!

Dr. Victoria L. Greer


i-Ready Personalized Instruction Launching in November

What is i-Ready Personalized Instruction?

  • Program for 3rd - 8th grade students to advance their reading and math skills beyond the school day

  • Customizes lessons to improve and accelerate reading and math skills, whether students are performing below, on, or above grade level

  • Lessons accessible at home, during after school programs, when absent, and during school closures.

Virtual Caregiver Onboarding Sessions:

  • Registration information coming soon!

  • Recordings will be available for those who are unable to attend.

Out-of-School Time Resources

Our Out-of-School Time support offers a robust, comprehensive network of programs and activities for all of our students. We encourage you to take some time to review the diverse offerings of enrichment opportunities.

3-Year-Old Preschool Lottery Now Open!

Apply online for a chance to enroll in September 2023!

Apply through Monday, October 31 |

Affordable Connectivity Program: Access to Internet

The recently created Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) helps connect eligible families to affordable internet service.

  • Monthly discount of up to $30 for internet

  • One-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price school mealsare eligible. Students who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are also eligible for the ACP. Our schools include:

  • Cambridge Street, Putnam Avenue, Rindge Avenue, and Vassal Lane Upper Schools

  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

  • Fletcher Maynard Academy

  • Kennedy-Longfellow School

You can learn more about the program, including eligibility and enrollment information by by calling 877.384.2575.

COVID Update

Classroom Positive Cases: Notification and Masking

If a classroom has 1, 2, or 3 positive cases, schools will send home a notification letter. Schoolswill notsend home a notification letter beyond the 3rd positive case.Following the 3rd case in a classroom, students/staff members will be instructed to mask for a limited, determined number of days and will also be encouraged to have lunch outdoors if/as possible.

Upcoming Flu and COVID Vaccine Clinics

The Cambridge Public Health Department is hosting free flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the Cambridge community. Seasonal flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines, including the booster, will be available.We continue to strongly recommend that all eligible individuals stay up-to-date with their vaccination and boosters for the best protection against COVID.

**Please note that VaxAbilities will host disability-friendly clinics on Wednesday, October 19 and Wednesday, November 16.Additional staff will be at these clinics to provide skilled support to individuals with disabilities and sensory support needs.**

To make an appointment and for more information, including dates and locations, visit their website.

Dr. Greer Recognized as “Superintendent to Watch!”

Sincere congratulations to Dr. Greer who was recently recognized as a “Superintendent to Watch” in Vision & Purpose Lifestyle Magazine’s annual education issue!

Editor-In-Chief, Dr. Sharon H. Porter, described the 10 women as “exceptional PK-12 leaders that demonstrate visionary leadership, effective communication, are strategic thinkers, and build and sustain stakeholder relationships.”

We are incredibly proud of Dr. Greer…a well-deserved honor!

Featured Events

Muslim Community Meet & Greet

The Muslim Community of Cambridge Public Schools (MCCPS) welcomes all with an interest in the Muslim school community to attend a Meet & Greet to learn more about and how we can work together to support and empower the Muslim members of the CPS community.

Saturday, October 15 |2 - 4PM (Danehy Park located at 99 Sherman Street))

Happy Birthday USS Constitution!

The USS Constitution Museum invites you to celebrate the USS Constitution's historic career in true birthday fashion with a Birthday Block Party! On October 21, 1797, the USS Constitution began her service to the country. Now 225 years later, the museum is hosting a double-themed bash as the museum is also marking its milestone of 50 years honoring Old Ironsides in the community! There will be birthday themed activities and events throughout the day. Come leave your birthday wishes for the Ship and enjoy a fun-filled day at the Museum and Charlestown Navy Yard.

Saturday, October 22 |11AM - 3PM (Charlestown Navy Yard)

Caregiver Equity Summit

Our Caregiver Equity Summit will be held onSaturday, December 3rd! 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!

Mark Your Calendar

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

Tuesday, November 8 | Election Day - Staff Professional Learning Day (No School)

Friday, November 11 | Veterans Day (No School & CPS Offices Closed)

Wednesday, November 16 | Early Release Day (JK-8)

Wednesday, November 23 | Early Release Day (All Grades)

Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 | Thanksgiving Break

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