Morse Messenger: September 2016
Published on Sep 27, 2016 12:10

September 2016

How to Be an Active Family Member
at the Morse

When families become involved in their student’s education, everyone benefits! Research has shown that parent/guardian involvement benefits students, parents, teachers and schools, whether the program is at the preschool, elementary or high school level. For some parents, being involved in the school may not be a familiar concept, or one that they are comfortable with. Family involvement comes in many shapes and sizes. It is the Morse School’s wish that all families find even the smallest way to be involved.

Here are some benefits of parent/guardian involvement for students:
–More positive attitudes toward school
–Higher achievement in reading
–Completion of more homework
–Observing more similarities between family and school.

Find out how you can get involved >>

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Do You Know?
What to do when you child will not attend school? What to do if your child's afternoon transportation plan is being changed? About the Family Information Station? Get the answers to these questions and many more >> 

Meet Our New Literacy & Math Coaches!
We're delighted to introduce Literacy Coach Melissa Aizanman and Math Coach Liz Vincent. Get to know them a bit with this handy Q&A. Read on >>


What is the "Apple" of the Week?

Each week in grades JK-5, students will be awarded “Apple Student of the Week.” Children are awarded this because they have (in some manner) displayed the core virtue of the month or put good effort into following the Morse School code. Miss Pat or Mrs. Headley presents the weekly apple awards in each classroom (actually it is a big bowl of fruit that students can choose from). The classroom teacher, specialists and support staff, tell either of them who the Apple Awardees are and why they have been selected. This is a very special award, but each classroom can have many children receiving apples every week. By the end of the school year all students have had the honor of being selected more than once.

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Morse Garden News 
We are so excited to have you visit our CitySprouts growing garden! Please remember that this space is used as an outdoor classroom, with Miss Shay as the teacher. So we ask that you respect these Garden Guidelines >>

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CitySprouts: Volunteers Needed! 
Volunteer with your child's class to help press apple cider in the school garden! During our Annual Cider Pressing in October and November, we introduce children and teachers to the school garden by setting up an apple press in the garden and teaching kids how to make cider. We would love parent volunteers to help set up, do a little crowd control, and clean up afterwards. As a volunteer, you'll have the chance to sign up for a free raffle to win a fun family activity. Come enjoy fresh cider and see how much the kids love being outside in the garden. If interested, contact Andrea Locke at [email protected].


Family Contact Books 
Connect with other families! Sign up and customize 
your entry in your school's directory/family contact book. Deadline is October 5th. Learn more >>


September 28 | 6-8PM
Back-to-School Night
(Parents/guardians of grades 1-5)

October 5 | 6:30PM
School Council Meeting

October 10
No School: Columbus Day

October 11 | 6:30PM
Friends of Morse School (FMS) Meeting

October 12 
No School: Yom Kippur

October 13
School Picture Day

October 19
Early Release Day

October 21 | 6PM
International Festival

October 26 | 6:30-8PM
JK-K Curriculum Night

October 31
Crazy Hat Day

Morse Calendar >>
District Calendar >>


Morse School T-shirts (short & long sleeved), Hoodies & Crewneck sweatshirts for sale! The clothing sale will run for a two-week time frame. Order forms will be sent home near the end of October/early November. Shown above is the “classic” logo. There are a few other short-sleeved Morse School shirts also available for order with different designs (in white, pink, & lime green). We do not keep extra stock of items here at Morse. So PLEASE watch for posters around the school building, your child’s back pack for an order form, an emailed version of the order form, or you can find always find extra order forms on the Family information Station during the sale period. Through out the year we do have schedule Morse Spirit Days. If you do the math you can see that the Morse School has been around a LONG time! For 125 years and counting!!!!! So wear your Morse clothing proudly!


Info Sessions: Affordable Housing Opportunities
Attend an upcoming info session to learn about the City of Cambridge's rental & homeownership programs! Open to all.
Learn more >>

Affordable, Accessible Rental Units Available
The City of Cambridge Inclusionary Housing Rental Program is accepting applications for 1- & 2-bedroom, wheelchair accessible apartments.
Learn more >>



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Did you know that CPS has a mobile app? It's an easy way to stay connected! 
Download it here >>


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