Morse Messenger: December 2014
Published on Dec 18, 2014 13:11

December 2014
Hour of Code

Hour of Code
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago. Read more >>


Math Matters
Many families have asked for a reminder on how children and parents can log into Math In Focus and Symphony Math at home. Click here for instructions to help with these math matters. >>

Tom Turkey

A Thank You From Tom Turkey
Tom Turkey would like to say a special thank all the students, families and staff that participated in the 19th Annual November Reading Project and raising $357! He is thrilled with his new colorful feather tail of 1,156 paper feathers (each feather represents a book read, and .25 cents paid to add the paper feather to his tail). Read more >>


Greeting Card Project
My 1st – 5th grade English learners have been working on improving their writing skills. I wanted to share an exciting project students will be doing for the holiday season. I have been collecting old holiday, birthday, and other cards (thank you to all who graciously donated cards to be recycled for this cause). Read more >>


Winter Concert a Success
Second, third, and fourth graders at the Morse School participated in their annual Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 9th at 9AM. The students delighted the audience showcasing the work they do in music class. Read more >>


Awards Ceremony for Grades 3 - 5
The first quarter Award Ceremony took place in the Auditorium on Monday, November 17th. All students from grades 3, 4 & 5 gathered for the ceremony. Here is a list of recipients. Keep up the good work! View the Recipients >>

The New Newsletter Format
This is the second edition of the new formatted “Morse Messenger”. As you may have noticed last month, the Morse Messenger was emailed to many of you and a hard copy was also sent home. This process will continue for the next few months, possibly through the end of the school year. Some simply love the electronic version, some like to have the printed version and some like both. As a result a system is being worked out, so that you may choose which option you would prefer. This maybe piloted in one or two grade levels before June. So please be on the lookout.

Sibling Search

Sibling Search for Kindergarten September 2015
Do you have a younger child who is ready to start school in Cambridge?

  • If you have a child who will be 4-years old by March 31, 2015, your child is eligible for Kindergarten in September 2013. She/he is considered a Junior Kindergartener and will spend two years in Kindergarten.
  • If you have a child who will be 5-years old by August 31, 2015 she/he is eligible for Kindergarten and will spend one year in Kindergarten.

Sibling registration has been made easier this year. Please contact Denise Sullivan, Morse Family Liaison or 617.349.6679 for more information on or before January 9, 2015.


Friends of Morse School Announcements
Coming Soon – Looking for those that want to help. The Friends of Morse School is starting to get ready for the Annual Silent Auction upcoming this spring. Each year, The Friends of Morse School holds a Silent Auction to raise funds to support its mission. Learn more >>

FMS Meetings
  Movie Nights
Mondays | 6:30 - 8PM
Morse School Library
All members of the Morse community are welcome, and childcare is provided.

Meeting Schedule:
January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8
Doors open at 6PM for pizza and snack sales; movie begins at 6:30PM.

January 9, February 6,
March 6

Movies to be determined.
Help Morse

Clipping BoxTops for Education (found on General Mills Products)
and registering for Target RedCards will give back to the Morse School.

Learn more >>

Cambridge Moves suggestion for this week's healthy snack of the week is Sweet Potato Chips (get the recipe). Learn more >>


No School: Winter Break
December 24 - January 2

School Council
January 7 | 6:30 - 8PM

Friends of Morse Movie Night
January 9 | 6 - 8PM

Friends of Morse Meeting
January 12 | 6:30 - 8PM

Safety Drill
January 13

Winter Concert
(Gr. JK - 1)

January 15 | 9 - 10AM

No School: Dr. MLK Day
January 19

Parent Workshop
January 21 | 8:30 - 9:30AM

Grade 2 Performance
January 28 | 8:45 - 9:30AM

Coady Award Dinner
January 29 | 6 - 7:30PM

Report Cards Go Home
January 30

Free Ongoing Parent/Guardian Support Groups for Families of Students with Disabilities
Share your story, find support, and learn about resources that can help. Facilitated by Bay Cove Community Health.
Learn more >>

Winter WonderJam
December 20 | 7PM
CRLS Fitzgerald Theatre
Light up the longest night of the year with Bro Cappella, Girls Next Door, Pitches and Dos, Sassafras, and guest a cappella groups.



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