Morse Messenger: Spring 2018
Published on Jun 7, 2018 09:00

Spring 2018
sidewalk poetry

Poetry Walk
Have you ever been on a Poetry Walk? All of the people inside the Morse School have! The seed of the idea for a poetry walk came to Miss Pat, when she was out walking. You see, the City of Cambridge holds a sidewalk poetry contest every year, where residents can submit poems to be placed into cement sidewalk blocks and placed all around the city. Hear more >> 


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

go green

Go Green Challenge 2018...
And the Winners Are

Congratulations to the Morse, Peabody, and Tobin Montessori Schools for winning First, Second and Third Places, respectively, in this year’s Go Green Challenge! THANK YOU to all the classrooms throughout the district that participated. All that you do to teach and involve students in protecting natural resources is greatly appreciated.

How Much is Your School Recycling?
Want to know how much your school is recycling? Here’s the January – March 2018 Recycling Report. Everyone’s efforts to recycle all they can are REALLY appreciated. Remember, REDUCING and REUSING are even BETTER than recycling. If you have any questions about recycling or would like a presentation or tour of the Recycling Center at DPW, contact Meryl Brott, DPW Recycling Program Manager: [email protected], 617.349.4836. Other recycling reports and recycling/composting resources can be found here

ecology and recycling projects

Ecology & Recycling
Here are pics of special projects Mrs VanStry and the students made in Kindergarten B7 to learn about ecology and recycling.

Composting & Decomposition
Ms. Leonard’s fourth and fifth graders have been studying composting and decomposition. They have taken some exciting trips once or twice a week to the Charles River to find examples of producers (plants) consumers (animals) and decomposers (insects and fungi). They have found fascinating examples of all three! This includes live fish, large mushrooms, and many types of flowers. They’ll apply our observations toward our science fair project on composting. They hope you saw their hands-on display at the science fair, that helped you learn a little more about decomposition and decomposers.

Morse Annual Art Show at Gallery 263
The 10th Annual Morse School Art Show was a huge success, once again! Thank you to Gallery 263 for hosting our JK-5 show. Despite the heavy rain, over 75 students and their families attended the artists' reception. Grades 3-5 all visited the gallery during their Art class block for a private viewing, where they learned how to write meaningful compliments to fellow artists. To learn more about our local Gallery 263, please head to their website:

Upcoming Art Events: Then and Now bulletin board: Check the bulletin board in the main lobby for drawings made by our 5th graders – made six years ago when they were in Kindergarten!

Grade 5 Annual Girls'
Sports Day Thoughts
Hear from some of our 5th graders' thoughts after attending Girls' Sports Day at Danehy Park. Read more >> 

World Autism Awareness Day
On World Autism Awareness Day Marina Viola, mother of Grade 5 student Emma Canale-Parola, came in to share about Autism. Two classmates of Emma’s, Gabriel and Youssef, constructed an interview for Emma.

Luca Canale-Parola Interview Questions
Q: Have you ever felt embarrassed in public with Luca in any way?
A: No. I don’t feel embarrassed by my BROTHER. I love him for who he is, and I wouldn’t change a thing. But, I would understand if other people didn’t accept him, because they don’t understand that he has autism.

Q: How do you feel about Luca personally (as a brother)?
A: I love Luca as a brother. He is the best brother I could wish for. If he wasn’t my brother, I don’t think I would understand him as I do today. I think that in order to understand a person with autism, you really need to live with them, and really know them.

Q: If you were to change anything about Luca, what would it be?
A: If I could change anything about Luca, it would be to make him less obsessed with his ipad. He is obsessed with his ipad, and he constantly plays the same song over and over.

Q: How do you feel about autism?
A: I feel interested with autism. I am so privileged to get to live with my brother, and I am so happy I got to have this experience and I would have looked at people with autism differently without this experience.

Q: What is Luca’s favorite activity?
A: Luca’s favorite activity is watching Youtube videos while drinking milk in his bedroom.

Website User Survey

CPS Website User Family Survey
CPS is starting a rebranding project this summer and needs your help! The CPS district and school websites will be redesigned and we need your feedback. 

We want to make sure the websites meet your expectations and more. By filling out the following short survey, we will be able to understand the experience families have when visiting CPS websites and how it can be improved. We also will examine communication efforts collectively at CPS. Thank you in advance for your participation. Take the Survey >>

In Our Community

Cantare – Chorus for Grades 6-9
Accepting New Singers for 2018-19 School Year
Joshua DeWitte, Director 
To schedule a time to meet us, please contact [email protected] or 617.869.8848. No previous experience requited. Sliding-scale tuition and financial assistance avail. 

2018 DSHP Summer Program Guide
Get started on planning a summer of fun! 
Learn more via Find It Cambridge >>

Hoops 'n' Health
June 16 | Hoyt Field (Gilmore St. & Western Ave.)
Basketball Tournament: 10AM-6PM
Family Health Fair: 12PM-4PM
25 Years of Making Men's Health & Wellness a Priority
Join us for free games and activities for the whole family!
Questions? [email protected] or 617.665.3769
Rain date: June 23

Beyond the 4th Wall presents Into the Woods
June 14-16 | 7PM 
June 17 | 3PM
CRLS Auditorium
Details >>

Immigration Legal Screening Clinics 
City of Cambridge/CLSACC
FREE consultations with an immigrant attorney 
When: 5:15-7:15PM, third Wednesday of each month
Where: Community Legal Services & Counseling Center (CLSACC), 90 Third St., Cambridge (corner of Otis and Third)
Who: Available to MA immigrants and families
More Info: 617.349.4396, [email protected]

More programs and events in our community >>


Friends of Morse Meeting
June 11 | 6:30-7:30PM

No School: Eid al-Fitr
June 15

Last Day of School
June 22
Early release day

Morse Calendar >>
District Calendar >>

5th Graders: 
Friday, June 8
JK-4th Graders: 
Wednesday, June 13
Wednesday, June 13

This spring has been tough for anyone with seasonal allergies. Some kids are especially sensitive to the pollen, and the symptoms can distract them from their school work. The health office cannot supply allergy medications (antihistamines, eye drops, nasal sprays). If your child needs medication for his or her allergies, make sure that you give the medication before s/he leaves for school. These medications work best when given regularly. Please do not give your child Benadryl to relieve allergy discomfort. If your child feels especially uncomfortable, talk with your doctor or nurse practitioner about the best way to treat allergy discomfort.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Susan Aries
617.349.6575 x101

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