DYK Newsletter: May 21, 2018
Published on May 21, 2018 08:41

May 21, 2018

Math MCAS Testing for CRLS 10th Graders!
On Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th only 10th graders will come to school at 8:05AM to take the MCAS Math test. All 9th, 11th, and 12th grade students will report to class at 11:08AM or Lunch A. Learn more | View the Schedule

*Science MCAS will be administered to all 9th graders and those upper grade students who need to take them on June 6th and June 7th.


Senior Information
Stay updated on important dates. More info >>

New Date: CRLS Parent to Parent Meeting

CRLS Parent to Parent Meeting has been rescheduled to June 6 (instead of June 7) form 6 - 7:30PM in the Principals Conference room.

School Council

New Location for the Spring CRLS School Council Meetings!
CRLS School Council Meetings are held off-site in the community with the purpose of welcoming and engaging all families. This spring we will be in a new location at the 364 Rindge Ave Towers Community Room from 6 - 7:30PM. Park in visitors parking or on Ridge Ave. Please join us for the following School Improvement Plan Topics:

Tuesday, May 29: Summer Learning – Speakers, Jeff Gaglione, CRLS Dean of Curriculum for Math & Khari Milner CPSD Out of School Time Director

Tuesday, June 12: One to One Laptop roll out for all CRLS students – Speakers Nicole Hart, CRLS Instructional Technology Specialist & Damon Smith, Principal CRLS
See flyer >>

Volunteers Needed for Kickoff to Summer Literacy & Ice Cream Night
Thursday, May 24 | 5 - 7PM |  Fletcher Maynard Academy
Title I will hold their annual event "Kickoff to Summer Literacy & Ice Cream Night" for pre-kindergarten to 5th grade students and their families. Volunteers are needed to help set-up and clean-up, and to work at different activity tables. Set-up will begin as early as 3:30PM, and clean-up will be done by 7:30PM. Hot Dogs and Ice cream sundaes will be served. If you are interested, please email Debbie or call 617.349.6492. Thank you!


Annual Boys to Men Leadership Brunch 

June 2 | 12Noon - 3PM | Putnam Avenue Upper School
Join the Men's Health League at it's annual Boys to Men Leadership Brunch at the Putnam Avenue Upper School, 100 Putnam Ave. Cambridge (enter on the Kinnaird St entrance)

All Cambridge men and boys are invited to come learn about leadership, the health of boys and men of color, community building, and more. To register click here or for more information contact Albert Pless at 617.665.3830.

This event is a collaboration of the Men's Health League (Cambridge Public Health Department), the Men of Color Task Force, and the Putnam Avenue Upper School.

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Celebrate the Arts at CRLS!
2018 Pot Luck Arts Celebration
May 23 | 6PM | Media Cafe at CRLS
Details >>

Volunteers Needed
Where: Furnishing Hope of Massachusetts, Inc. 131 Mount Auburn Street Level B Cambridge, MA
When: The afternoons of Tuesday, May 29th, Wednesday, May 30th and Thursday, May 31st

Sign up online or email us.

All CRLS volunteers will receive Community Service hours and snacks!

Furnishing Hope of Massachusetts, Inc. (FHMA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing support for families transitioning from homeless and domestic violence shelters into stable housing by providing them with the basic furniture and household goods they need to create a comfortable and nurturing environment from which to make a new start.


Got feedback? 
We can't wait to hear from you! CPS is conducting our first annual Family Survey, and we hope to hear from you by June 14th! 

If you haven't already received an email or text message, or it's gotten lost in your inbox, check out our Family Survey page and click on your family's school(s). You can also find questions & answers about the survey, view our outreach plan, and even make comments on ways to improve our outreach strategy.

For those who don't have a good way to take it from home, watch for survey-taking stations at events at school. We value your feedback and hope to learn and improve based on what we hear from you. 

The survey is part of our continuous improvement efforts, a key component of our CPS District Plan


Not enough hours in the day?
As part of our ongoing efforts to learn and improve as a school district, Cambridge Public Schools has identified a frequently-cited obstacle: time. 

Please join with us in discussing the recommendations of a joint report from the Cambridge Education Association and CPS Administration, which proposes extending the length of the school day. 

Beginning with these school-based conversations, and continuing with a broad community process in Fall 2018, the Superintendent will develop recommendations for any potential changes by Winter 2018-19.

Learn more about this process on the CPS website. Upcoming discussions are listed below, many of which have been scheduled for a regular meeting of School Councils. There will be more opportunities to contribute your thoughts and ideas over the coming months. Or, feel free to email us.

Inward Bound Mindfulness Education
August 7 - 12, 2018 | Concord, MA
Teen stress is at an all-time high, a fact you probably encounter on a daily basis. Our non-profit, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, offers multi-day retreats for teens to explore mindfulness skills in a supportive environment.
Learn more >>


Boston Area to Celebrate World Orienteering Day
Events to be held in Foxborough, Newton, Stoneham, Boston and Cambridge
People all over the world will be celebrating World Orienteering Day this May by trying out fun activities with maps. WOD is coming to the Boston area with programs at ten
different schools throughout Boston and Cambridge, and three orienteering events open to the public. People of all ages are welcome -- with a particular focus on children and newcomers. Barb Bryant, Orienteering USA’s Secretary and Vice President of Youth Initiatives, says, “Orienteering gets kids outdoors, running and solving navigational problems at the same time. We are excited to see the growth in this sport in Massachusetts.”

Orienteering is a navigation sport which takes place in forests, parks, school campuses, and even city streets. Participants find checkpoints using a map and compass. The fastest person to visit all the checkpoints wins. Events are suitable for all ages, and courses range from short & easy to long &
strenuous. Learn more >>

KIDS 4 CODING will be offering Affordable Summer Tech Programs
At Lesley University in Cambridge, July 2 - Aug 17 and Newbury College in Brookline July 2 - July 27.


TEALS Program
In cooperation with Microsoft Corporation’s TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) initiative, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School has built a very successful Computer Science program. In just five years, the program has grown to where next year we will be offering 4 sections of Introduction to Computer Science, 6 sections of AP (Advanced Placement) Computer Science and 4 sections of AP Computer Science Principles. That translates to over 200 students in these classes!!

We have a wonderful opportunity for you to get involved with our program by teaming up with TEALS as a classroom teacher. TEALS is a grassroots program that recruits, mentors and places passionate high tech professionals into high school classes as part-time teachers. The professional brings his or her subject knowledge and will join one of our CRLS classroom teachers in a team-teaching model. TEALS provides training for both parties as well as course outlines based on successful college courses. Read more >> 

2018 FOCRLS Scholarships

A Very Big Night for Scholarships at CRLS
On Thursday evening, May 17, CRLS and Friends of CRLS hosted a rollicking, well-attended Scholarship Festival. The evening was kicked off by a Scholarship Night Reception to honor sponsor-donors of scholarships (families, businesses, high education, corporations) as well as this year's student recipients, their family members, and community supporters. The sponsor reception, a partnership between CRLS and Friends of CRLS, was attended by nearly 130 guests with catering provided by the CRLS Culinary Program, comments by Principal Damon Smith and Elaine Schear, Executive Director of Friends of CRLS, and reflections about making the transition between CRLS and college by Kester Messan-Hilla, CRLS '17 and recipient of five scholarships, upon completing his freshman year at Williams College.

At the award ceremony, 180 separate scholarships were presented to 130 students this year, totaling $300,000, an all-time high and increasingly critical means of support.

For more information about starting a scholarship through Friends of CRLS, to donate to our general fund, or to volunteer, please email us.

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.

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

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

SAT Prep
FREE SAT Prep is offered every Tues from 2:30PM to 4:30PM in the CRLS Library's fiction room. Please encourage students to attend. The last class is Tues, May 29th- the week of June's exam.

Drop-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!  


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.


Career & College Resource Center
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.


Improv Club Showing
May 21 | 7 - 8PM

Piano Recital
May 22 | 6 - 9PM

Celebration of the Arts Potluck for CRLS
May 23 | 6PM

Media Fair
May 24 | 5 - 7PM

No School: Memorial Day
May 28

View the complete CRLS online calendar >>


Mindful Parenting / 
Taller Respira

May 21; June 4
7 - 8:30PM 
Amigos School
In these workshops, moms and dads gather to practice skills and practical exercises to reach a greater calm and clarity during difficult times in our daily lives. Dr. Beatriz Meza-Valencia, pediatrician, teaches about childhood and adolescent brain development and exercises easy to use in everyday life. Everyone is invited and attendance to prior sessions is not required. Sessions will be given in Spanish and English. Childcare provided. Questions?

[email protected]

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 >> 
More immigration resources >>

View opportunities outside of CPS >>


Weekly Highlights
May 21 - 27, 2018

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Schedule & Streaming
Youth View Cambridge (New Episode!) 
Thu. 9PM & Sat. 5PM

What’s Up Cambridge: CRLS Spring Concert 5/18/18
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM

Cooking and Kids: Let’s Bake 
Wed. 8PM & Sun. 2PM

Stateside Footy: Australian Rules Football 
Fri. 11PM

Schedule & Streaming
School Committee Special Meeting (Live)
Tue. 6PM

Museum Open House: Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Wed. 7PM & Fri. 7PM

Painting with Picasso’s Grapevine: Where Do I Start on the Canvas?
Sat. 11AM & Sun. 3:30PM

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 Room 228 (Ms. Breyer's Room). 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: nectarines and yogurt

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

CRLS Zone Map
Block Schedule
Course Catalog

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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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