Greer Gazette: September 19, 2022

Greer Gazette: September 19, 2022
Posted on 09/19/2022
Greetings CPS Community!

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend! I know that many of you participated in Danehy Park Community Day. It was a great success. Fall is certainly in the air and we are excited about all of the wonderful annual events that happen in the fall at our schools!

I hope you will join my team and I at tomorrow’s School Committee meeting. We will present and discuss our multi-year district plan. Specifically, we will share the initiatives that the district will focus on this school year.

I also want to acknowledge the challenges that have been occurring with our door-to-door transportation services that are provided by NRT Transportation Company. Unfortunately, the company is experiencing a significant driver shortage that is impacting their ability to provide the services that we need. We thank each of you for your patience as we work with them and also explore alternate companies that can support the demand that we have to provide services to our students.

I am pleased to announce that we have hired a new Director of Family and Community Engagement. Mr. Raymond Porch will be joining our team in this role. Mr. Porch comes with a wealth of experience across many areas in the K-12 public school setting. A formal announcement is forthcoming. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Porch.

Please be reminded that this Wednesday is an Early Release Day for all students, JK - 8.

Make it Great!

Dr. Victoria L. Greer

3-Year-Old Preschool Lottery Opens in October

Apply online for a chance to enroll in September 2023! 

  • Apply between October 3 - 31 | Learn more >> 

  • Virtual Information Session | Wednesday, September 28 | 6 -7PM

Coming in December…Caregiver Equity Summit

Our Caregiver 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!

Amigos Featured on Local News in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

We couldn’t be more excited that our nationally recognized Amigos School was featured on WBZ…not once, but twice last week! Our students and staff represented the school and district beautifully. We are so proud of them!

To watch the full story, click here!

Kennedy-Longfellow Social Worker Achieves Dream, Swims English Channel

We are inspired by Kennedy-Longfellow School Social Worker, Natalie Lang, who recently achieved her dream of swimming the English Channel. Natalie completed the milestone swim on August 22, 2022.

Natalie has been swimming competitively for several years and was inducted into the Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame this year. She has completed multiple open water swims in Vermont, including the full 25 mile length of Lake Memphremagog, and last year she crossed the 20.1-mile Catalina Channel in California. Natalie signed up to swim the English Channel three years ago. Regarded as the “Everest” of swimming, the 20.5-mile body of water is between England and France. It is the world's most historically significant and iconic marathon swim. Natalie completed the swim in 12 hours and six minutes.

WCVB was also inspired by her story. Check out their feature here!

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.

For more information, including dates and locations, visit their website.

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Featured Events

Free Year Membership for New MIT Museum

Enjoy a sneak peek of the new MIT Museum before it opens to the public and sign up for a Cambridge Resident Membership and enjoy free admission throughout the year!

The MIT Museum aims to make innovation and research available to all by presenting the best of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). The Museum turns MIT inside-out, inviting visitors to take part in on-going research and to share their views on the ways that science and innovation will shape the future of society.

Saturday, October 1 | 12 - 5PM; 314 Main Street in Kendall Square

  • Celebration will feature events and activities for the whole family, along with food trucks and DJ; A speaking program will take place at 2PM.

  • Free to all Cambridge residents with proof of address

  • Onsite language support

  • No pre-registration necessary

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

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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