Greer Gazette: October 24, 2022

Greer Gazette: October 24, 2022
Posted on 10/24/2022

Greetings CPS Community!


I hope you enjoyed yet another beautiful fall weekend!


We have a pair of key School Committee presentations this week. Tomorrow, we will present an update on the program review of our technical education program, RSTA and on Thursday, we will also have a Special Meeting with the School Committee to set targets for our outcomes for our 3-year District Plan. If you missed last week’s comprehensive presentation on district data and our progress, I encourage you to watch the meeting and review the Office of Academics and Schools’ update.


We are excited to share that the Cambridge Office of Early Childhood (formerly known as the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership) has launched a new website as a part of its rebrand! The website is a one-stop-shop that will make it easier for Cambridge families to access early childhood resources and information.


The Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging has finalized the School Council Handbook following some revisions to the version that was shared in the spring. Please note that this handbook is a fluid document that may be updated again to ensure that our School Councils align with state guidelines and district procedures. The latest version will be available on our website this week.


Thank you for your continued support.


Make it Great!


Dr. Victoria L. Greer



Headlines


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: Wednesday, November 2

    • 6 -7PM and 7:15 - 8:15PM
    • REGISTER HERE
    • Recordings will be available for those who are unable to attend.

Race in America: Community Workshop

 

Courageous Conversations, a CPS caregiver-led group, invites school staff, caregivers, and community members to a workshop next week to examine how race and oppression shape American society, from jobs and healthcare to neighborhoods and school communities.

 

Wednesday, November 2 | 7 - 9PM

 

Register Here! Download the Flyer >>

Questions? Contact [email protected]gmail.com



Child Tax Credit

Your family may qualify for up to $3,600/child with the Child Tax Creditor $1,400/person in stimulus money even if you have never filed taxes before (and if you have not already filed taxes this year).

Apply byWednesday, November 15at GetCTC.org to get your money this year.


Fuel Assistance Program Accepting Applications


The Cambridge Fuel Assistance Program is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 season. The program helps residents pay their winter heating bills between November 1 and April 30. Learn more about how to qualify and fill out the application here.


3-Year-Old Preschool Lottery Now Open!



Apply online for a chance to enroll in September 2023!

Apply through Monday, October 31 | www.bit.ly/cps-3yo


COVID-19 Booster Recommended for Children ages 5 and Older


The new bivalent booster is now approved for children ages 5 and older.Children (and adults) can get this booster if it has been at least 2 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose (initial vaccines or booster).We continue to strongly recommend that all eligible individuals stay up-to-date with their vaccination and boosters for the best protection against COVID.


The Cambridge Public Health Department is hosting free flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the Cambridge community.


**Please note that VaxAbilities will host a second disability-friendly clinic on 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.



Congratulations to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School for earning theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Starcertification for superior energy performance and outperforming similar buildings across the country in energy efficiency! To read more about this national recognition, click here.

Featured Events

ACE Trade Day

Free ACE Trade Day at CRLS

Calling all ACE students, high school students from greater Boston, and ACE alumni! Come spend some time at the ACE Trade Day at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and spend some time working through different trades, such as masonry, carpentry/painting, building information management (BIM), surveying, HVAC, and electrical.

Register Here Today!

Saturday, November 19 | 9AM - 1PM (459 Broadway)

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

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


Key Resources

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