Morse Messenger: January 2019
Published on Jan 29, 2019 13:29

January 2019
civil rights drawingKindergarten Discusses Civil Rights
Included in the January Kindergarten Scope & Sequence (monthly syllabus of what the K students will talk about or be taught) is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Learn more >>

Morse Musical Concert JK - 4
Thank you to all who attended the Morse School Winter Concert on January 29! The Kindergarten students danced their hearts out to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and sang sweetly. They ended with a thank you to their families called "Love Is the Magic Word." Singing in French and Spanish as well as English, 1st and 2nd grade students performed folk songs from around the world. The Morse Morning Singers is looking forward to performing at the 1st Annual Cambridge Elementary School Choral Festival CRLS in May. They gave a taste of that performance singing Congolese Community Gathering Song and Ifca's Castle. The 3rd and 4th grade students completed the performance singing canons and dancing to "Taynara" by Brazilian contemporary composer, Hermeto Pascoal. The 4th grade students even showed off their emerging recorder skills with the famous "Hot Cross Buns" and the jazzy "Recorder Blues." Ms. Graeber and Mr. Mossberg are so proud of the students at the Morse School and would like to thank them for the focus and joy they showed on the stage on Tuesday.

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Second Grade Research Family Histories 
2nd graders are working on researching countries their families come from so they can write a nonfiction book about the country they have chosen! Here are some progress pictures from class. We will be sharing our books at our World Book Fair on Thursday, February 14th at 8:30!

Lunch Time Chat & Chew
with Ms. Pennell

Submitted by: Ms. Pennell

During lunchtime on Mondays and Tuesdays you can find several 4th and 5th grade students sitting with me in the Cafeteria. We are happily chatting about books while we eat our lunches. Some days we discuss a specific book from this year's Massachusetts Children's Book Award List; other days it is just an open discussion where students can talk about whatever they are reading. Mrs. Gallant (4th grade teacher) has also hosted/will host some Chat & Chews this year. As Kate DiCamillo has said, "Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift". Together with the gift of reading, I believe the joy of discussing and sharing what you are reading is almost as fun as reading itself! Come to the library to tell me about what you are reading or to check out your next great adventurous read!

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Fine Motor Groups in JK and Kindergarten
Submitted by: JK and K and O.T. Staff

Students in JK and Kindergarten are fortunate to have a visit from our Occupational Therapists (Ms. Peggy and Ms. Samantha), one time per month. During our sessions, the Occupational Therapists lead activities to help strengthen fine motor skills. In January, we cut strips of paper with scissors, decorated our paper strips with markers, and used glue sticks to create a class paper chain. Ask your child what “thumbs up” means when cutting! The children called it our “Happy New Year” chain, sang a New Year’s song, and paraded around the classroom. We wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019!

Preparing for Winter Storms
and Extreme Cold

Submitted by: Susan Aries, RN

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA has a variety of materials and tips to prepare for winter. This includes's Winter Weather with Winter Storm Info Sheet.

American Red Cross
The Red Cross Winter Storm Safety website provides tips for children and adults on what to do before, during, and after a winter storm. The site includes information on how to prepare for a storm and how to stay safe if you need to go outside during a storm.

Morse Marker Recycling
Morse School has recycled 668 markers so far this year!
Hear how they did it >>                                     

Principle vs. Principal
Do you know the difference? Get the scoop >>

Motor Matters
See these suggestions from our occupational and physical therapists to get your family moving >>

In Our District & Community                    

Mind Matters: Families Make a Difference 
Do you have a child ages 4-8? Sign up now for a fun, friendly class! Learn more >>

Book Talk
February 12 | 6-7:30PM
Dr. MLK School, 102 Putnam Avenue
You're invited to a book talk with authors Danielle Allen and Mira T. Lee. Learn more >>

Cambridge Affordable Housing Information Sessions
Learn about the eligibility requirements and application process for the following programs Cambridge Rental and Homeownership Programs: Inclusionary Housing Rental Program for studios, 1BR, 2BR, & 3BR units
throughout Cambridge, Homeowner Resale Pool, First-Time Homebuyer Workshop, Downpayment Assistance, and HomeBridge. Open to all. No RSVP Necessary. Learn more >>

Immigration Legal Screening Clinics
3rd Wednesday each month, 5:15-7:15PM
Free consultations with an immigration attorney for Massachusetts immigrants and their families
Community Legal Services & Counseling Center (CLSACC)
90 Third St., Cambridge
617.349.4396; [email protected] 


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February 7 | 4:30-6:30PM
Race & Equity at the Morse School Meeting
School library
A meeting to continue discussions on issues of race & equity at the Morse School; open to all who are interested in attending

February 11 | 6:30PM
FoM Meeting

February 18-22
No School: February Vacation


March 1 | 6PM
FoM Movie Night

Morse Calendar >>
District Calendar >>

January 29 | 6PM
March 19 | 6PM
Details >>

What to do when your child will not attend school?
Please call the Main Office 617.349.6575 (press 0 when you hear the speaking voice) to report that your child/children will not be in school before 9:00AM.  You can also inform your child’s teacher – however, if your child’s teacher is also absent and the Main Office does not get the message, you will receive an automated call stating that your child has an UNEXCUSED absence from school.

What to do if picking your child up early from school?
Please make sure to inform your child’s teacher either by sending an email in advance, handwriting a note the day of or speaking directly to the teacher in person or via the phone. You must come to the Main Office to sign your child out and the Main Office will call the classroom and have the child come and meet you at the office.

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