Greer Gazette: November 6, 2023

Greer Gazette: November 6, 2023
Posted on 11/06/2023
Greetings CPS Community!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

As we strive to continue to provide high quality learning experiences that meet the needs of all of our scholars and build welcoming schools, we are excited to share that our school community (families, students, and staff) will have an opportunity to tell us how we are doing in the first District Climate Survey since 2020. Your feedback will inform decisions and contribute to the ongoing implementation of our District Plan. More information to come soon!

Beginning this month and through May, I will have a monthly Family/Caregiver Virtual Dinner Hour from 6:30-7:30PM on Wednesdays. This is an opportunity to engage with families and caregivers to learn about your experiences with our schools, have meaningful conversations about our schools and school district, and answer any questions that you may have. Please register at the link below. By registering, you will also be able to share topics of interest which will help us plan.

Veteran's DayA reminder that schools and district offices are closed this Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day this Saturday, November 11. We extend our deepest gratitude to all those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day, is annually observed on November 11 to commemorate the end of World War I in 1918.


Dr. Victoria L. Greer

Meet Our New Chief Strategy Officer

S. Nash

Following a comprehensive search, I am delighted to announce that we have hired a new Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Skyler Nash will be joining the Cambridge Public Schools effective Wednesday, December 13.

Mr. Skylar Nash will be joining us from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was Chief of Staff for the Chief of Police. In this role, he was responsible for all political, legislative, and administrative affairs for the Minneapolis Police Department, including supporting the implementation of a newly created Bureau of Constitutional Policing. Before arriving in Minneapolis, Mr. Nash held leadership positions in city government focused on racial equity and public safety reform as well as working in local and county politics.

I have no doubt Mr. Nash will be a tremendous asset. Please join me in welcoming him to CPS.


Family/Caregiver Virtual Dinner Hour

Virtual Dinner

Monthly on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:30PM
Register here for November 15!

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Kindergarten Lottery Information Sessions


The Kindergarten Lottery for the 2024-2025 school year will open on January 2 and close on January 31. 
All registrations must be fully completed, including all language testing to determine eligibility for Program Language Bonus points. To learn more, visit our website.

Information Sessions:

Cambridge Preschool Program Applications Opens December 1


The application window for the Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP), or Universal Preschool, will open on Friday, December 1, 2023 and remain open through Monday, January 15, 2024. As we have shared, CPP will begin next school year, providing free preschool to the families of all 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds.

What does CPP mean for CPS?

SnowflakesNeed Help with Heating Bills? Apply for Fuel Assistance
The Cambridge Fuel Assistance Program is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 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.

Attendance Matters Campaign

Attendance Matters

Our Attendance Matters campaign will launch next month! Did you know that in Massachusetts if your child misses 18 days or more of school, they are considered chronically absent? Chronic absenteeism is one of our district targets. Daily attendance plays a vital role in your child’s educational journey. Attending school regularly is a critical aspect of academic success and social, emotional, and personal development.

Check out our flyer with tips on what you can do at home!

Register for Winter Sports

Winter Sports

Registration for Winter Athletics is open through Tuesday, November 21.

Health Updates

Free COVID Tests Available to All Households
The US government is offering four free at-home COVID tests to all households again. Tests will be mailed to your home by the US Postal Service after you place your order online.

Wash HandsCPS Policies & Procedures
In addition to our current COVID-19 policies and procedures, which align with the end of the COVID-19 Federal Emergency on May 11, 2023, we ask that all students, families, and staff remain vigilant. 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 also great ways to protect yourself and others against illnesses.

November Free Food Markets

Food Markets

All families are welcome to stop by our free, school-based food markets. They offer fresh fruits, vegetables, and pantry items. Please bring your own bags.

  • Thursday, November 16 | 3:15 - 5:15PM (Peabody School/Rindge Avenue Upper Campus)
  • Tuesday, November 14 | 1:30 - 3:30PM (Graham & Parks School)
  • Tuesday, November 28 | 3 - 4:30PM (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School/Putnam Ave Upper School)
  • Wednesday, November 29 | 1:45 - 3:45PM (Fletcher Maynard Academy)
  • Wednesday, November 29 | 2 - 4PM (Kennedy-Longfellow School/Vassal Lane Upper School)
  • See the full list of free food markets for the 2023-2024 school year.

Soaring to New Heights…RAUC 8th Graders Visit Mt. Monadnock

Mountain Climb

Rindge Avenue Upper Campus 8th graders recently climbed Mt. Monadnock for their annual community building trip. Check out some photos below!

Cambridge Firefighter and Tobin Alumnus Teaches About Fire Safety

Firefighter Visits

Firefighter Bernardo from Engine 9 recently visited Children’s House students for a fire prevention presentation. Firefighter Bernardo is a former Tobin student who works for the Cambridge Fire Department. We would like to thank him for sharing his expertise!

College Preparedness Workshop Draws Big Crowds!


Our Office of Family Engagement recently hosted a College Preparedness workshop for caregivers. Led by Dr. Christopher Vick, the workshop was a valuable event that provided essential insights for scholars preparing for their college journey.

Families benefited greatly from Dr. Vick’s expertise. He covered topics, such as choosing the right college, preparing application materials, financial planning, and tips for a successful college experience. The workshop was informative and engaging, leaving caregivers feeling better prepared as they support their child in the college application process.

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, November 7 | Staff Professional Learning Day (No School)
Friday, November 10
 | Veterans Day (observed) (No School & CPS Offices Closed)
Wednesday, November 15 | Early Release (Grades JK-8)
Wednesday, November 22 | Early Release (All Grades)
Thursday, November 23-Friday, November 24 | Thanksgiving Break (No School & CPS Offices Closed)
Monday, December 25 - Tuesday, January 2 | Winter Break (No School & CPS Offices Closed on December 25 & 29 & January 1)
Tuesday, January 2 | Staff Professional Learning Day (No School)
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