DYK Newsletter: February 12, 2018
Published on Feb 12, 2018 13:49

February 12, 2018

Save the Dates for 2nd Semester
Family Events

CRLS 2nd Semester Curriculum Night 
Thursday, February 15 | 6PM

This is an opportunity for parents to meet teachers and receive information about curriculum and course work. Parents will follow their child's schedule and meet teachers in their classrooms. Please bring your child's schedule! 
View event details >>

Post Secondary Planning for Juniors
Thursday, February 15 | 5 - 6PM (before Curriculum Night)
For more info, contact Lynn Williams, Coordinator of Guidance at [email protected] or 617.349.6698.

Parent Teacher Conferences
One-on-one 10-minute time slots with your child's teacher.
March 13 | 12Noon - 2:30PM (online registration)
March 14 | 8:10 - 11AM (online registration)
March 15 | 6 - 8PM (walk-in time, no pre-registration)

CRLS Parent-to-Parent Group
March 1 | 6 - 7:30PM
Details >>

CRLS Parent Workshop on Resilience and Self Esteem
March 22 | 6 - 7:30PM | CCRC (1st floor, zone 5)
Help your Teen Learn Life Tools to develop resilience and healthy self-esteem. Facilitated by Patricia Lotterman, LMHC, DCMHS. Being a teen can be hard, especially during the college application process. You can help your teen: Bounce back from negativity and the hard knocks of life; Find their center in the face of conflict and chaos; Seek challenge, live their dreams, and have healthy, fulfilling relationships.
For more Information contact Greta Hardina at [email protected].

View 2017-18 CRLS Family Events >>

StewartTeens & Substance Abuse 
Join us for the next CRLS School Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, from 6-7:30PM.
Discussion: Teens and substance abuse
Speaker: Dr. David G. Stewart from the Cambridge Health Alliance Teen Health Center
Where: CRLS Principals Conference Room

Participatory Budgeting Opportunity for Students
Good Afternoon Everyone,

Thank you to all of those that participated in and voted in the City of Cambridge's Participatory Budget process. The votes have been tallied, and seven projects will be funded in the coming year, including:
  • 100 Trees for a Cleaner, Greener Cambridge,
  • Critical Resource Kits for the Homeless,
  • Flashing Crosswalks for Safer Streets,
  • Drinking Water Across More Parks,
  • Jade Chain: Living Moss Walls to Combat Pollution,
  • Upgrades to the Gately Youth Center, and
  • New Musical Instructions for CRLS students!
Like the City, this year, CRLS will be administering its own Participatory Budget process, where CRLS students, including you, can decide how to spend $5,000 to improve our school community.

CRLS would love to hear your ideas! Ideas proposed should provide a school-wide benefit to which all students have access. All proposals must comply with the CRLS Student Handbook, Cambridge Public School policies and remain true to the CRLS mission. All current CRLS students are eligible to submit their ideas. A student may submit multiple ideas.

To share an idea, you will need to complete and submit a proposal form via this Google form linkThis form must be submitted no later than February 16, 2018.

CRLS staff and I will initially review all proposals. After this initial review reasonable proposals that meet the criteria will be submitted to a group of student delegates, who will narrow the pool of proposals down to approximately 10. The final proposals will be announced and presented to the all current CRLS students, who will then vote for their favorite. A student may submit a single vote. The proposal(s) with the most votes will be announced and funded.

Should you wish to be part of the review process and become a student delegate, you will need to complete and submit a "Student Delegate" form. I have shared this form with you as well (see link above).

I am looking forward to seeing and reading your ideas!

Please remind your child of this civic engagement opportunity and of the February 16th deadline.


Principal Smith

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Announcing CRLS's New Biomanufacturing Program
Dr. Joan Abrams is back from sabbatical and certified in biomanufacturing and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). In September 2018, the CRLS/RSTA Biotechnology Program will begin training students in Biomanufacturing - large-scale protein production using cells as mini factories. Hear more >>

Helpful Tools for Managing Conflict
Parents, are you tired of arguing with your child? Come learn helpful tools for managing conflict! Learn how Restorative Practices, including Mediation, can be used to increase trusting relationships. Assess your current took kit for managing conflict. Contemplate the impact of culture on conflict. Add and practice new techniques for managing conflict. 
Dates: (5-class series) 2/27, 3/1, 3/6, 3/8, 3/13
Location: CRLS Location TBA
Time: 3:30 - 5:30PM
Facilitated by: Chandra Banks, CPSD Conflict Mediator For more information contact Chandra Banks at [email protected]
To register: Contact Greta Hardina, CRLS Family Liaison at [email protected]
Class size limited.

uAspire: Free Financial Help
Free financial aid help is available in the CCRC Tuesday through Friday mornings. Make an appointment by calling Simone at 413.829.4494.

CRLS Online Scholarship Application
Seniors, the online system is now open. You can apply for CRLS scholarships as well as the City of Cambridge Scholarship. Please encourage your child to complete and submit their application prior to the deadline – February 19th at 11:59PM. Apply today >>

CRLS Scholarship Application Workshop!

Do you need help applying for the CRLS Scholarships? Come to the Main Cafeteria or Media Cafeteria on Thursdays from 2:45-4PM from Jan. 18 through Feb. 15. Staff will be there to help you. Taking your time to properly submit a well-prepared essay for each scholarship/award – which you are eligible for – will make your chances more likely. Don't miss out on this opportunity and free pizza!

City of Cambridge Scholarship Fund
Applications are due by March 5 for the 2018 City of Cambridge Scholarship Fund. Apply here >> 

Scholarships from Naveo Credit Union
The Scholarship Committee of Naveo Credit Union is pleased to offer four $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year to eligible students. Please note the eligibility and essay requirements on the application. The applicant, their parent or guardian must be or become a member of the credit union by the submission date. Students should not be discouraged from applying; opening an account at our credit union is simple and does not take long. With as little as $5, they can quickly open an account and be eligible to apply for the scholarship. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 617.702.5114. This application is available on our website. Applications must be received by Friday, March 9. Recipients will be notified on or before March 28. Scholarships will be awarded at our Annual Meeting on April 5.

AP Exams

AP Exam Registration
Early Registration Deadline: March 1st
CRLS encourages all students who enroll in an AP course to sit for the exam in May of 2018. Students scoring well on an AP exam gives them an advantage for academic success in college and can often earn students college credit, saving a significant amount on tuition. Learn more >>

Volunteers Needed
The Baldwin School is looking for 10 volunteers to work at Maud Morgan, 20 Sacramento Street, on Saturday, May 19th from 4 - 10PM. All volunteers would receive Community Service hours and enjoy delicious foods from local vendors. Please email if you are interested. Email Allison.

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Summer Work Opportunity!
Are you a teenager looking for a summer job? Consider applying to Seed Crew! Seed Crew is a 6.5 week summer work opportunity for teens ages 14-17 and is hosted by The Food Project, a nonprofit focused on uniting youth and adults to do the work of sustainable food systems change. Teens spend the morning working on our farms in Dorchester and Lincoln, growing food for communities in the Boston area. They then spend their afternoons in workshops on social justice and the food system. This is a paid work opportunity and teens who complete the whole summer are eligible to receive over 60 hours of community service. For more information about or to apply to Seed Crew, visit this link or email [email protected].

Fun & Affordable Transportation Option
Hubway offers a fun and affordable transportation option for eligible students: $5 per month! Learn more >>


Class of 2018 -- Friends of CRLS Supports Your College Dreams!
Friends of CRLS will present 30+ college scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to the CRLS Class of 2018! Apply through the scholarship portal on the CRLS website between now and February 19. Start early -- it's a process, and you'll want to apply for every scholarship you're eligible for! Check your school Gmail for more information. If you have questions, email us, call 857.235.9290, or visit Friends of CRLS in Room 2136. (Photo, L-R: Fnu, CRLS Class of 2017 recipient of the Earl M. Gardner Scholarship, now studying nursing at Bunker Hill Community College and Asif, CRLS Class of 2017 recipient of the “It Takes a Village” Multi-Year Scholarship, now studying computer science at the University of Massachusetts Boston.)

Helpful Summer Camp & Gap Resources
Chances are that your families are starting to inquire about enriching summer or gap experiences for students. I want to make sure you are aware that TeenLife.com is an excellent, free resource for these types of experiences. We list more than 7000 programs! Two weeks at a pre-college summer program on a college campus may be all a student needs to open their eyes to what's possible. To search for a program, simply type a special interest in the search bar of our home page, leave the location blank, and click on "Go". Then choose a filter to narrow down the search to Summer or Gap Programs. The more specific the search term, the better, for example Civil Engineering rather than Engineering or Sculpture rather than Art. If the number of listings is too large, conduct the search again with the name of a State in the location field. 


CSV Opportunities for Students
CSV encourages seniors to come after school to meet with a mentor in the CCRC.
College/Career Mentoring
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 2:30 to 4:30PM
Location: CCRC, room 1501

Internship Placements Needed for CRLS Seniors!
We are reaching out to CRLS families to see if there might be opportunities at your work place for a student internships. Student Internships are unpaid and run during the spring semester. Students are available from about 12:15 - 2:30PM everyday when school is in session, except for some alternating Fridays, when they meet at school for a seminar.

This year, we are working with some great students who are interested in:

  • small business management
  • social media marketing
  • biomedical engineering
  • finance/accounting
  • architecture
  • electrical repair
  • social work with children
  • criminal justice reform
  • epidemiology

If you or someone you know might have a place for a CRLS volunteer intern at your place of work, or to learn more, please contact Kathleen FitzGerald at 617.349.4946.


Get Involved with FOCA
There are many opportunities for parent engagement at CRLS and the Friends of Cambridge Athletics (FOCA) supports many aspects of this process for the athletics program. Participation is simple and there are many volunteer opportunities. Areas range from FOCA events to serving as parent liaison to teams. To learn more about our work and to get involved visit our website, send an email, or just come to one of our meetings held the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Athletics office 6 - 7:30PM.

Open Board Position: Treasurer, Friends of Cambridge Athletics (FOCA)
Starting: July 2018 for a 2-year term
FOCA is a growing, financially healthy, non-profit volunteer-led booster club that supports the CRLS athletics program, athletes, and coaches. Officers of the Board include President, Treasurer, and Clerk. Other board positions include Chair of Giving Committee, Director of Communications, and Director of Fundraising. The Athletics Director is a de-facto board member and works closely with FOCA.

Contact: Kevin Richard, FOCA President or Sean McDonnell, FOCA Treasurer. Visit our website for further details >>


Career & College Resource Center
Juniors: Free SAT Prep
Juniors, please come and get free SAT Prep help every Tuesday in CRLS Library's fiction room from 2:30 to 4:30PM up until June's exam date.

The first session starts Tuesday, February 6th. If you have any questions visit Ms. Deandra Williams in the Tutoring Center, room 2132. See you there!

College/Career Mentoring

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 2:30 - 4:30PM
Location: CCRC, room 1501

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV)
CSVDrop-in Math Help Available
Stop by the Tutoring Center, Room 2132, 7:30 - 8AM, Monday through Friday, to see Mr. Duche, Academic Support Teacher. Come any morning for help with your math problems!

Tutoring Center
Do you need your own 1:1 tutor to help in any subject? Come by the Tutoring Center, Room 2132, to fill out a request form for a tutor. See Mr. Duche or Ms. Williams. Cambridge School Volunteers will work to find a tutor who can help you once or twice a week. Tutoring sessions happen before school, 7:30 - 8AM, Mon-Fri or after school, 2:45 - 3:45PM, Mon-Fri. starting September 25. Don't wait until you are behind! Request some support now.

Are you interested in volunteering? Please contact
Deandra Williams at 617.349.6794.

ACT, SAT, AP Testing
Don't forget to register in advance for these exams. View the Testing Schedule >>

About the DYK: The DYK is a weekly publication for students and families of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. To submit an announcement, email the DYK. Deadline for submission is Fridays at 10AM each week.


Curriculum Night
February 15 | 6PM
See details on left.

Student Travel Info Meeting
February 15 | 5PM
Room 2620
For students interested in April 2019 student trip to the Alps, Provence, and Barcelona. Questions? [email protected]

Computer Science Fair 
February 15 | During all 3 lunches | Cafeteria
Do you like games, free stuff, and chances to win prizes? Then check out CRLS's 2nd annual Computer Science Fair! Google will be demo-ing their virtual reality Google Cardboard; Amazon, Hubspot, Microsoft, Harvard's CS50, and Girls Who Code will also be there with giveaways and opportunities to learn more about computer science.

No School:
February Break

February 19 - 23

View 2017-18 CRLS Family Events >>

View the complete CRLS online calendar >>


Art Show

2018 CRLS Visual Arts Show at the CMAC
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center (41 2nd St.) 
February 8 - March 2 
More Info >>  

Immigration Legal Screening Clinics - FREE!

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 >> 

View opportunities outside of CPS >>


Weekly Highlights
February 12 - 18, 2018

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Schedule & Streaming
The Word: Mental Health
Thu. 10:30PM & Sun. 8:30PM

Game of the Week: CRLS Girls Basketball 2/9/18
Wed. 4PM & Sat. 11AM

Celebrating Black History Month: The First Black American Divas of Songs & Opera (New!)
Thu. 11PM

Sci-Fi Journal: February 2018 Edition (New!)
Tue. 10PM

Schedule & Streaming
City Council & School Committee Joint Roundtable (Live)
Tue. 5:30PM

Estoy Sano: Bocadillos saludables para ninos
Thu. 4PM & Sun. 2:30PM

Physician Focus: Choosing Your Care
Fri. 4:30PM & Sat. 9:30AM

Located at CRLS. Learn more about offered services. Make an appointment today!
View the Flyer >>

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

2017-18 CRLS

Join us at the School Council meetings on the last Tuesday of each month. Learn more >> 

The Homework Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:30 - 4PM in the CRLS Library. Learn more >>

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MBTA passes are available in the main office. Learn more >>



Save time and order your sandwich ahead of time. All orders must be placed by 10AM that day. Pickup your sandwich in the CRLS Main cafeteria. Check it out >>

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Aspen allows you to view your child's grades, attendance, class work, and homework any time it is convenient for you. There is a link to Aspen from the CRLS parents web page. We are here to help support you with any login issues. We can also provide you with some tips for navigating through the Aspen tabs. Please email the CRLS Tech Center anytime.
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Cambridge in Motion presents this week's Healthy Snack Suggestion: orange slices and nuts.

Get Involved
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CRLS Student Handbook
Apsen Parent Account
(to get progress reports)

CRLS Zone Map
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Follow CRLS on Facebook and Twitter today.

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Stay informed via our FREE mobile app! 
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