Greer Gazette: November 21, 2022

Greer Gazette: November 21, 2022
Posted on 11/21/2022
Greetings CPS Community!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s education summits about the design of our instructional framework. There is still time to share your thoughts by completing the survey, which closes at midnight. Your feedback will inform the Instructional Framework Design Team, which will be composed of students, educators, and school and district leaders. We are excited to engage you in the process and look forward to hearing your voice!

We are excited to share that we are very close to naming our new Chief Operations Officer. We are in the final stages of the interview process and will share an official announcement next week.

Thank you for your continued support.


Make it Great!


Dr. Victoria L. Greer



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Dedicated Sacred Space at Every School

 

As equity and inclusivity are cherished values and a throughline in all of our work, we are proud to share that we have established sacred spaces at each of our schools for students and staff members who observe spiritual or religious practices that require regular prayer. The space is accessible throughout the year. Each also has a prayer rug for those who wish to use them.

The Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (OEIB) worked collaboratively with the Muslim Community of Cambridge Public Schools (MCCPS), a CPS Employee Resource Group, in this endeavor.



Important Message from the Cambridge Public Health Department

 

Flu, Covid-19, and RSV are prevalent in the community at this time. All of these illnesses are highly contagious and the symptoms are all similar. It is possible for a person to be infected with multiple viruses at the same time.

Please continue to monitor for symptoms, use Covid tests as necessary, and stay home when you are not feeling well. Masking and hand washing are great ways to protect yourself and others against illnesses.

 


Cuteness Alert!

 

This Thanksgiving, we are so grateful for the vibrant young minds that fill our classrooms every day! We asked some of our youngest students what they are thankful for and it’s absolutely adorable!



RSTA Review

 

We have published initial findings from the multi-phase review of the Rindge School of Technical Arts (RSTA), the career and technical education program at the high school. We will continue to share information on the implementation of program improvements and additional phases of work.



Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Lottery

 

 

The JK/K Lottery for the 2023-2024 school year will open on January 3, 2023 and close on January 31, 2023. All registrations must be fully completed, including all language testing to determine eligibility for Program Language Bonus points.


Learn More >>
 


Test Kit Distribution for Thanksgiving

 

Each school will give out a COVID test kit to every student and staff member tomorrow.

 

We ask that every student and staff member take a rapid test before school next Monday, November 28.

  • If positive or negative but have symptoms, please stay home and notify the school.

  • If negative and do not have symptoms, we will see you at school.


In addition, we, along with the Cambridge Public Health Department,strongly recommend masking at school through Friday, December 2, particularly if an individual traveled or attended a large indoor gathering over the Thanksgiving holiday.


Featured Events


Visual and Performing Arts to Perform Hit Musical…9 to 5! Reserve Your Tickets Today!

We warmly invite you to attend the hit musical of the school year…9 to 5, performed by our very own CRLS Musical Theater Stars and directed by Monica Murray! Our amazing actors, tech crew, dancers, and team have been gearing up for two weekends of song, dance, and joy through the power of musical theater! We hope to see you at this exciting and fun musical event! All performances will be at the Fitzgerald Theater and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School located at 459 Broadway.

Friday, December 2 | 7PM
Saturday, December 3 | 7PM
Friday, December 9 | 7PM
Saturday, December 10 | 7PM
Sunday, December 11 | 2PM


PURCHASE TICKETS HERE (Limited sales at door, cash only)
  • Student, Children, and Senior Tickets: $5
  • Adult Tickets: $10

Workshop:Teaching Your Child Self-Advocacy



The Village, Cambridge Family of Color Coalition (CFCC), and the Family Engagement Office present the Advocating for Your Child Workshop:Teaching Your Child Self-Advocacy.

Co-facilitators Bernette Dawson and Kim Bostic will share invaluable information to help guide your child to self-advocate and find solutions that will work to meet their educational needs.

Wednesday, December 7 | 6 - 7PM (Virtual)

Caregiver Equity Summit




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!
Saturday, December 3 | 9AM - 3PM
(Cambridge Street Upper located at 840 Cambridge Street)


Mark Your Calendar

 

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

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

Monday, December 26 - Monday, January 2 | Winter Break (No School & CPS Offices Closed on December 26 & 30 & January 2)

Tuesday, January 3 | Staff Professional Learning Day (No School)


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