From the Superintendent: Welcome Back!
Published on Sep 1, 2017 15:10

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  AUGUST 31, 2017
Dear Families,

Welcome to a new school year! We are looking forward to seeing your students next week. I hope that you and your family have had an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate this summer.

While the beginning of a new school year is an exciting time, I also want to acknowledge that we are experiencing difficult, confusing, and uncertain times as well – across our country and around the world. In these moments, it is a reminder to me of how our work in schools can reaffirm the values that we hold close and dear: values of compassion, collaboration, and equity.

Last year, I invited you to join me in envisioning the future of CPS. More than 700 educators, students, families, and local leaders shared ideas that contributed to the development of a strategic plan for our school district. In July, the School Committee unanimously endorsed the results of our work. I am excited to share more about our plans over the coming months and invite you to read more about CPS District Planning on our website.

In the meantime, please know that when we welcome your children next week, we are inviting them into more than just a school building. We are inviting them into a community to realize their unique and full potential. The world needs your kids, and it is an honor to work with them.

Kenneth N. Salim, Ed.D.  

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In the News:
Technology Access & Equity at CRLS
Educational technology can facilitate innovative teaching and connect students, faculty and families as never before. Yet in a city as economically diverse as Cambridge, access to technology can be a major obstacle to student success. This year, CPS is taking a major step towards bridging the “digital divide” by providing high-quality, cost-effective tech to all incoming freshman. Read more about the “CRLS Connects” project, as featured in the Cambridge Chronicle >> 

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Want to Support a Student's Academic Success?
Cambridge School Volunteers is looking for volunteers who want to help a student succeed in school. If you have 1-2 hours/week on a regular schedule to volunteer - before, during, or after school - CSV can use you as a tutor, mentor, Reading Buddy, or classroom volunteer in one of the Cambridge public schools. We have new volunteer orientation events coming up on September 19, September 20, and September 26. Learn more and get involved >>

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A Library Hero in Our Midst

Think librarians can save the world? Cambridgeport School Librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro has been named a “School Library Hero” as part of School Library Journal / Scholastic “School Librarian of the Year” award. Liz is among just five school librarians nationwide to receive this recognition. Photo credit: Kristen Joy Emack and School Library Journal. Read more on School Library Journal >> 

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Need Something for Your Family?
These Folks Can Help You Find It!
Researching afterschool programs? Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Seeking help for your family during a tough time? Find those things AND MORE on a new Cambridge website: Find It Cambridge! You can also call the Find It Manager at 617.652.5232 or by email.

If you feel like you need more individualized support, CPS has many helpful resources to connect families with the help you need. A great place to start is your school’s Family Liaison or one of our District Liaisons. See below for their names & email addresses.

Amigos: Lillian Rater
Baldwin: Susan Tiersch
Cambridgeport: Kristen Emack
CRLS: Greta Hardina
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Marguerite Hicks-Gyewu
Fletcher Maynard: Phyllis Newton
Graham & Parks: Lauren Morse
Haggerty: Lissa Galluccio
Kennedy-Longfellow: Nancy Wyse
King Open: Neusa DaCosta  
Morse: Denise Sullivan
Peabody: Nicole Sullivan
Tobin Montessori: Mary Frawley

Haitian: Jardine Jerome
Special Education: Zuleka Queen-Postell
Spanish Speakers: José Rivera
Sheltered English Immersion: Mildrid Gédéon 
Title 1 (housing, food, or income-related needs):
Debbie Bonilla

Younger Students >>
Tweens & Teens >>

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Get ready for the new school year by reviewing annual forms, bus schedules, lunch info, and much more.
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Families and community members are reminded to please help keep students safe by remembering these safety tips. 
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Learn more about your child's school by heading to an open house or back-to-school night!
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September 4
No School: Labor Day

September 5
First Day of School for
Grades 1-12

September 7 
First Day of School for
Pre-K & Kindergarten

September 19
Early Release for 
Grades JK-5 & Upper Schools

September 21
No School: 
Rosh Hashanah

See 2017-18 District Calendar >> 

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As summer wraps up, here's a handy reminder about summer learning assignments.
Summer Reading >>
Summer Math >> 

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Stay in the loop on district & school happenings by joining our social media communities. 
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Keep informed via our FREE mobile app!
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