From the Superintendent: October 2017 Update
Published on Oct 16, 2017 15:01

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  October 16, 2017

Dear CPS Community,

Although the school year is still new, our students and educators are working hard, having settled into their daily routines. I am very proud to work in a school district that is so committed to a culture where rigorous, joyful, and culturally responsive learning can take place.

At the same time, I know that some members of the CPS community are dealing with a great deal of stress outside of the classroom. As news reports from Puerto Rico and other hurricane-devastated areas continue to be dire, I want to update you on our community-wide response.
  • CPS has begun to receive transfer students from hurricane-stricken areas, and we expect to welcome more in the weeks ahead. Please know that we warmly welcome these students and families.  
  • Volunteers are needed the City donation drives. If you would be available to help on October 21 - 22 between 9AM - 5PM, please contact Adam Patten from the office of Mayor E. Denise Simmons.

  • We continue to encourage staff members and families to take care of yourselves, and watch for signs of stress among students. To help the helpers who may be stressed by the situation in your extended family, Amigos School is also opening its doors for a free, Spanish-language mindfulness program that starts October 16th at 6:30PM. Contact Amigos School for more information. 

We hope that each individual member of our community - students, families, teachers and staff - feel connected to the wider community that is here to support you. 

If you find that you are facing a concern and don't know who can help, please reach out to a Principal, counselor, or member of our administrative team. Our success will depend on the caring community that we build together.

Kenneth N. Salim, Ed.D.  

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Lottery Season is Here!

This is friendly reminder to families about our Kindergarten Lottery Information Sessions. Join us to learn more about our district, the registration, and lottery process. 

Kindergarten Lottery Information Sessions*
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6PM
Morse School
40 Granite Street

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10AM
Peabody School
70 Rindge Avenue

*Free child care and language assistance will be provided; come as you are, no registration needed.

3-Year-Old Lottery
It's not too late to apply to one of our pre-Kindergarten programsApply at any time during the month of October for a chance at enrolling in Tobin Montessori SchoolFletcher Maynard Scholar College or Special Start

Design Lab

Educators as Innovators:
Cambridge Educators Design Lab

CPS is proud to be taking part in an innovative opportunity to cultivate the creativity and insights of our educators known as the Cambridge Educators Design Lab (dLab).

Recently featured in a story on the website Medium, the dLab is making an impact already in our school district. Approaching challenging problems through the lens of Design thinking, dLab participants have recently tackled problems like:

  • How might public schools capitalize on educators' experiences, expertise, and passions by changing the way in which problems are identified and addressed as a district? View the video >>
  • How might we create an integrated, standards-based curriculum that incorporates the interests of students? Watch the Video >>

The dLab offers professional development classes for teachers, as well as mixed-audience workshops for educators and community members. 

View more design challenge videos and learn more, on the dLab website >> Library Card
Library Cards for Every Kindergartener
Kindergarten families and teachers may have noticed a new form in this year's Annual Forms packet. This year, CPS is participating in a nationwide effort to help children get their first library card, through their school.

We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to distributing the new library cards! 

Read the press release from Cambridge Public Library >>

Mindful Parenting Workshops
Oct. 16th, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. 27, Dec. 11
7-8:30PM | Amigos School, Music Room, Basement

Todos están invitados a participar en la serie de talleres "Conciencia Plena: Fortaleciendo Nuestras Familias" donde la Dra. Beatriz Meza-Valencia, pediatra y educadora de mindfulness del Distrito Escolar de Cambridge, compartirá herramientas para adultos y estudiantes que ayudan con minimizar el efecto del estrés y aumentar la salúd física y mental. Los talleres se realizarán en español. En cada taller tendrán la oportunidad de aprender y practicar nuevas herramientas basadas en ejercicios de conciencia plena y fácil de usar en la vida cotidiana.

All Spanish-speaking families are invited to "Mindfulness: Strengthening Our Families", a series of workshops by Dr. Beatriz Meza-Valencia, pediatrician and CPS mindfulness educator, to learn and practice mindfulness-based tools that help minimize the effect of stress and improve mental and physical health. The workshops will be offered in Spanish, with English translation upon request, and will each cover different tools easily practiced in everyday life.

Rigorous, Joyful, 
and Culturally 
Responsive Learning 
+ Personalized Support Builds Postsecondary Success and Engaged Community Members

Many of you have heard of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics). What's the science behind how art expands our minds? 
This is your brain on art >>

Do you know the story behind the change in our calendar, recognizing Indigenous People's Day?
The Cambridge City Council led the way.
Read their Policy Order >>


Early Release Day (JK_8)
October 18

Kindergarten Information Session
October 25 | 6 - 7PM
Morse School

Kindergarten Information Session
October 28 | 10 - 11AM
Peabody School

Early Release Day (JK_8)
November 2

No School: Veteran's Day
November 10

Fall Musical: West Side Story
November 10, 11, 17, 18, 19 | 7 - 9PM
CRLS Fitzgerald Theater

Calendar of Events >> 

Year-In-View Calendar >>
CRLS Year-In-View >>

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