Morse Messenger: January 2018
Published on Feb 1, 2018 11:14

January 2018

Information on the Morse School Principal Search

Choosing the next Principal is very important. Please join us, so that we may all work together to secure the best possible future leader for all members of the Morse School community.
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Friends of Morse - Many Ideas & Volunteers NEEDED
Help us plan the first ever Morse Spring Fair and Auction. To take place on Morse School Grounds.

Friends of Morse (FOM) is eager to turn this fantastic idea for a fundraiser into a reality, but need a lot of hands to make it happen. This is the first time this event will be held, and we could use your ideas and your help! To volunteer or share ideas, please contact: Joanne Jang.


Morse Mural in the Main Lobby

By: Joe Maloney, Special Start Lead Teacher & Member of the Morse School Cultural Proficiency Team
Hello Morse School Community! The cultural proficiency team has been meeting regularly and exploring a wide range of topics to support our school. Last spring, before our community learning walks, the staff learned about our mural in the main lobby. Miss Pat explained that the mural was created by a Japanese artist from New York named Tomie Arai. The tree in the center is the tree of knowledge (a salute to our past Core Knowledge Program) and the species of plants and animals in the mural can all be found along the Charles river. Learn more >>

Annual Cambridge Public School Art Show
By: Aimee Kerr, Visual Arts Teacher
The Multicultural Arts Center in East Cambridge recently hosted its annual CPS Art Show, featuring several works of art from each of the K-5 and 6-8 schools.

Congratulations to the students who represented the Morse School!

5th grade: Jayquan B, Ezekiel H, Katie C
3rd grade: Zaden H-P, Nufail M, Cecilia L
2nd grade: Emily Y, Aurora D-Z, Luke M
Kindergarten: Sayhaan T, Pippa E, Sam O

Stay tuned for more information about our Morse School Art Show, to be held later in the spring!


Junior Kindergartener’s Learn about What Architects Do
By: Alexa Photopoulos, JK Para-Professional
Room B8 was excited to welcome Luca's dad, Michael, to our classroom! Michael is an architect, and taught us all about his job. He read us a terrific book, Iggy Peck, Architect, told us how architects make plans for buildings, and showed us how buildings can include lots of different shapes. Then, students got to build their own structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows. We had a great time learning about this career, and practicing our shapes!

Kindness Community

Building Grade 3's Community of Kindness (Built one-brick-at-a-time)

The students in Grade 3, Rooms, C2 & C4, have created a replica of a small community of buildings; an apartment complex, pie shop and community center by adding "bricks" (using paper the actual size of one brick on the wall outside grade 3) that have an inspirational saying, quote or example of kindness written on them. Students then applied each of their bricks to one of the structures, that way simulating the actual "building a community of kindness." Students had an opportunity to view the wall and read others' "works of kindness."

Staff members were also involved in the construction of The Community of Kindness. This is an ongoing project. Bricks will remain available throughout the year. The students invite you to take the time to come by Rooms C2 & C4 and enjoy reading their wall of inspiration. Let's build kindness together!

Stick Puppets

Kindergarten B7 Donates to Children’s Floating Hospital
By: Maureen Van Stry, Kindergarten B-7 Para-Professional
Cards of Compassion
During the month of December, the Morse School’s core virtue was compassion. Room B7 read books and talked about what being compassionate means. The students made holiday cards for a little girl named Ruby who’s only wish was to receive holiday cards from around the world. Ruby, who was a patient at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, has made the news with her wish. The class talked about how we wanted to make the cards, and voted on making a bouquet of cards to look like flowers in a vase. The students wrote their message on the back of their cards, attached it to a straw, and placed them into a “holder” made from the top of a box. The cards could also be removed from the box and be used as puppets. Read on >>

Pat Beggy

Telling the real story
I wanted to clarify some information that is out there on a website that may not be completely correct about the Morse School. With all best intentions, a group of Cambridge parents created a website, independent of the school department, that asks one or two parents from most of the elementary schools questions about their experience in the Kindergarten lottery. Their intent was to aide families as they make their top school choices for Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten.

I am pleased that the responses of those asked about their experience at the Morse were positive, however some of the questions that were asked were ones that may have required more data to be representative of the whole school not just the primary grades or specific demographic groups.

So just to be clear, I want families to speak truthfully about their experiences at the school both positive ones and the challenges that exist. However, this particular website has information that is actually incorrect which is worrisome. When helping friends or neighbors make their decision about choosing any school in Cambridge, statistical information, curriculum or instructional information is best when the source is the school or school department.


Miss Pat


FMA Movie Night
February 2 | 6 - 8PM

School Council
February 7 | 6:30 - 8PM

Friends of Morse Meeting
February 12 | 6:30 - 7:30PM

JK/K Concert
February 14 | 8:45AM

No School: February Break
February 19 - 23

FMA Movie Night
March 2 | 6 - 8PM

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Immigration Legal Screening Clinic
This FREE monthly clinic offers participants a consultation with an immigration attorney and the chance to learn more about how immigration law affects them and their families. Details >> 

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