Morse Messenger: October 2017
Published on Oct 4, 2017 08:58

October 2017
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We're Expanding Our Recycling Efforts! 

As the green school winners for two years running, we obviously care about recycling. Now at Morse, we can add recycling markers to the list! Morse is now part of the Crayola ColorCycle program, in which old markers are collected and sent to Crayola to be recycled. As the ColorCycle Champion for Morse, markers will be collected, packaged and shipped off once collected. This effort is being coordinated by Sophie Bishop, one of our Learning Disability Specialists. The marker drop off station is set up in front of her room D4 (from the Main Lobby head straight down the corridor, after the girls & boys rooms take an immediate left - water fountains will be on your left, the box is straight ahead in front of the window). Above is a picture to make sure everyone knows what box they are looking for. Drop off ANY type or brand of marker- Sharpies, whiteboard markers, highlighters...ALL OF IT! GIVE US YOUR OLD DEAD MARKERS, PLEASE! Learn more about marker recycling >> 

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Family Information Station
Located in the Main Lobby near the Auditorium doors is the Family Information Station. On this organized Station you can find many helpful pieces of information. Featuring: copies of the CPS school year calendar, the monthly Morse calendar & newsletter, Title One monthly calendar, important notices, afterschool programs, out of school time activities and much more. Please stop by and help yourself to any material that you need.

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Morning Drop-Off &
Afternoon Pick-Up Info 

Please make sure we're all being safe by following the simple arrival and dismissal rules. Learn more >>

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What is the Morse Google Group?
How Do I Join?

By joining the Morse Google Group, you will receive information about school events (such as meetings, performances, etc.), district happenings, as well as community events. The group does have a home page, which has an archived list of information previously posted. You can access this from any of the Google Group emails sent or you can choose to bookmark for easier access. If you would like to be added to the group please email [email protected] with your information (your email address); please put “Add to Google Group” as the subject. If in the future you find that you no longer need or want to be part of the group, just email – provide email address you registered with and ask to be removed. PLEASE NOTE: Email addresses the end with and/or some .edu endings seem to reject the Google Group Emails as SPAM. If you do NOT receive a welcome email within a week of emailing, please contact Denise Sullivan at 617.349.6575 Ext. 108.

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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 present the weekly apple awards in each classroom. 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 then once.
Photo: Children choose a fruit as their “apple” award.

CPS Visitor's Policy 
Safety First for Our Schools
Cambridge Public Schools has a Visitor’s Policy to ensure the safety of our students and staff. The visitor’s policy has many purposes.
–To enhance the safety of students and staff while maintaining a welcoming environment
–To easily identify visitors, volunteers and parents.
–To assist administrators, school staff, Safety personnel and police in identifying trespassers.
–To provide administration with the names of people in the school in the event of a school emergency.

Procedure: Every visitor entering a Cambridge Public School during school hours is required to check in at the Safety Desk/ Main Office at the Main Entrance. After signing in (print name), stating whom they wish to visit, the purpose of their visit, and showing proof of identity, a visitor’s pass will be issued. All visitors will be asked to wear the visitor’s pass while they are in the building and return the pass and sign out when they leave. Security/Office staff will verify appointments. Circumstances may warrant someone walking visitors to their destination.

new staff at morse

Get to Know Morse School's New
School Psychologist &
School Adjustment Counselor 

Learn more about Stephanie and Fergie with this Q&A! Read on >> 


Technology Corner 
Back to School is a great time of year to re-evaluate the role that technology plays in our daily lives. Many of us connect, share, and communicate digitally multiple times a day. As our children grow and develop in a more and more connected world, it is helpful to check in with how technology and media are impacting their daily lives. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages the development of a Family Media Plan. Here are a few questions they consider:
–Are there clear expectations for safe and healthy use of devices (phones, TV, computers, tablets) in your home?
–Are there any screen free zones or screen free times in your home?
–What time do devices get turned off at night? Where do they go?
–How often do adults co-view or co-play on devices with your child?

At the Morse, we encourage students to follow the Morse Code when they are online just as they do offline. Students are expected to be: kind, respectful, responsible, and an active learner.

Additional Resources:
American Academy of Pediatrics: Family Media Plan
Family Online Safety Institute 
Connect Safely


Wednesday, October 4

School Council Meeting

Monday, October 9
No School: Indigenous People's Day

Thursday, October 12 
School Pictures

Friday, October 13

Annual Title I Breakfast

Monday, October 16

Friends of Morse Meeting

Wednesday, October 18
Early Release Day

Thursday, October 26

JK/K Curriculum Night

Friday, October 27
International Festival & Potluck

Tuesday, October 31
Silly Hat Day

Morse Calendar >>
District Calendar >>

Did you know that next to the B-Wing doors (door #9) on Granite Street you can find the Morse School Community Bookshelf? You can bring any of these books home with you to read outside of school. We are also seeking book donations to keep shelves full of books. If you have books at home you are finished with, please add them to the shelves for other families to enjoy. Take a book, give a book, share a book, and READ a book!

Find out ways to be involved and active at the Morse School. Info >>

Here's a poem by Morse Para-professional Maureen Van Stry! See poem >> 

The Morse School participates in the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program to offer a supply of nutritious meals and snack for children over the weekend – children whose main source of nutrition comes from the school cafeteria – free of charge. Any child enrolled at the Morse School is able to receive these weekly bags of food. The program will begin in October. Every Friday morning, a team of Morse School parent & community volunteers meet in the cafeteria at 8:30AM to pack the weekend bags for participating Morse students. New packers are always welcome! There's also a small group of parent volunteers that help pick up the food bins from the receiving dock (located on Cambridge St.) of CRLS from 7:15-8AM and drop here at the Main Office each Friday morning. It would be nice to add some new drivers into the rotation.

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Keep informed via our FREE mobile app! 
Details >>  

find it

Looking for things to do in Cambridge? Then take a peek at Find It Cambridge! 

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Cambridge School Volunteers is looking for volunteers who want to help a student succeed in school! Learn more >>

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Here's Cambridge in Motion's healthy snack of the week suggestion: Pear & Cheese Stick. 


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