CRLS DYK Newsletter: March 18, 2019
Published on Mar 18, 2019 08:19

 March 18, 2019

10th Grade MCAS: March 26 - 27, 2019
The MCAS tests in English Language Arts will be administered on Tuesday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 27th. The MCAS tests in Mathematics will be given on Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd. It is important that your son or daughter attend school and arrive on time every day during MCAS testing. If absent, only students with a note from a licensed physician documenting their illness will be permitted to attend the designated make up days. Make up days for the ELA tests will be on Thursday, March 28th and Friday, March 29th and Math will be on held on Thursday, May 23rd and Friday, May 24th. Learn more >>

9, 11, 12th Grade Activities:
March 26 - 27, 2019

All 10th grade will be taking the ELA MCAS exam Tuesday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 27th. To help maintain a quiet and organized testing experience for students and to make the day productive for non-testers, we have created alternative activities for 9th, 11th and 12th grade students.
View the 9th grade activities >> 
View the 11th - 12th grade activities >>

Financial Aid Questions?
Join us for the next CRLS School Council Meeting on March 26 from 6-7:30PM at CRLS in the main entrance conference room. Hosted by uAspire College Affordability Advisor Jenny Smith. Come learn how to understand your child's financial aid package and get answers to any financial aid questions you may have.

2019 - 20 Course Selection
View detail key dates of the course selection process, and learn about new courses and opportunities that have been proposed by each department for next school year. 
Learn more >>

Life Skills Workshop Series for Students
In partnership with the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, CRLS will present a series of Life Skills Workshops on personal finances. Come learn about budgeting, savings, spending habits, setting financial goals, managing credit, and filing your personal income taxes. All students are invited to attend. The workshops are held during early release days and delayed openings so students will not miss class time. 

These workshops are brought you to through the student inspired and lead Participatory Budget Project. View the Flyer >>

Driver's Ed

Spring Drivers Education
Driver Education registration for spring classes is on March 26th at 2:30PM in the Auto Shop which is Located on Broadway across the street for CRLS. Classes start on April 2nd and meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30.
Fee is $600. First payment of $300 due at the first class. Learn more >>


Spain and Portugal trip still has openings for February 2020
Come to the informational meeting if you have already signed up or if you want info on signing up! We will meet Thursday, March 28th at 2:45PM in room 2620 at CRLS.

Please take the CPS Family Survey!
We would like to hear from you, to learn more about your experiences in Cambridge Public Schools. Our online survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and your responses will remain anonymous and cannot be connected to you. Your feedback will contribute to our ongoing efforts to learn, improve, and support better outcomes for all students.
Click here to take the survey >>

Big Businesses are Paying Attention to Climate Change...are you?
We have tickets to give away for a series of presentations on Business in the Era of Climate Change, sponsored by Harvard Business School and WBUR. If you want to hear what top thinkers in the country are saying, email us with your name, grade and CM (for students). Teachers are welcome to request tickets by email too!

An Octave Opportunity
Students in all grades may apply for The Calvin Hicks Memorial Award for the Study of Music presented by Friends of CRLS. One recipient will be selected for an award in the amount of $500 toward music lessons or a music class at any accredited music school this summer. Students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who want to begin learning or advance their skills with any instrument, voice, or music theory are welcome to apply by April 20. Students in all grades and all levels of musical experience are eligible, as long as they love music, are committed to learning, have a GPA of B or higher, and are enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program. Get the application >>

Black History
From the Register Forum
Celebrating Black History Month

CRLS celebrated Black History Month in February in a variety of different ways. Read about the celebrations >>

MBTA Unveils Proposal to Increase Fares

MBTAOn Monday, January 28th, the MBTA introduced a proposal to increase fares for bus and subway riders. The average proposed fare increase across the various tickets and passes is 6.3%. If approved by officials in March, the new fares would go into effect as early as July 1st, 2019. Read more >>

Nutrition MonthHappy National Nutrition Month!
Some classrooms decide to celebrate students' birthdays and other occasions. To create a healthier environment, the School Wellness Guidelines recommend celebrating in ways that do not include food. Some ideas include extra recess instead of a party, or a fun game inside the classroom if weather is bad. Find more ideas to celebrate here and ideas for non-food rewards here.

Spring Athletes & the 33rd Annual City Run Returns to the Pond
Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 9AM 
CRLS spring athletes will participate with their respective teams joining hundreds of other runners from other CRLS teams and Cambridge area businesses and organizations. Pledges collected by athletes and businesses benefit the teams as well as the Friends of Cambridge Athletics (FOCA) coaches’ grants and scholarships programs. Parents and student alike are invited to participate in this 5k, entirely within Fresh Pond Reservation, along its beautiful, historic pathways. You can pre-register by clicking here. CRLS Students are free. If students aren’t interested in running, we need volunteers and they need Community Service hours! Contact Race Directors with any questions. We are in need of at least 10 parent volunteers (day of event) and would love to hear from you.

Race start/location: 9AM, Registration 7:30AM at Fresh Pond (water building), 250 Fresh Pond Parkway- Park at Tobin School, Vassal Lane or ride your bike!

Adulting 101 for Teens
Back by popular demand, this session of Adulting 101 will answer your questions about finances. How do I manage my savings and spending? How do I open a bank account? What is credit anyway, and how do I get some of that?

Thursday, March 21 | 5 - 6PM: Credit
Thursday, March 28 | 5 - 6PM: Taxes*

Attend one, a few, or all four workshops! For ages 14-19.
Questions? Contact Maya. Located at Cambridge Public Library, Rossi Room, 449 Broadway.
*Presented in partnership with the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee (CEOC).

Find success after high school
Fair LogoAt the 2019 Post-Secondary Fair, for students who learn differently, attendees will meet representatives from college and university admissions and student support services, gap year programs, technical schools, and other non-traditional options. More than 40 exhibitors ranging from University of New Hampshire to Lynn University to The American Academy of Personal Training and everything in between.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 6 - 8PM
447 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, MA
Landmark School Alice Ansara Athletic Center

This event is FREE and open to the public.
High school students, parents, guardians, guidance counselors, and educators are all encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Bridge Closures
Beginning March 22, 2019, three major bridges in Somerville, MA will be closed to facilitate construction of the Green Line Extension (GLX) project. Traffic detours will affect local and regional commutes through Medford, Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston. Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists should plan accordingly and may want to seek alternate routes.

Bridge Closure Schedules:

  • Broadway Bridge at Ball Square on the Somerville / Medford border
    Closed March 22, 2019 to March 2020

  • Washington Street Bridge (Underpass) in East Somerville
    Closed April 2019 to Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 to Fall 2020

  • Medford Street Bridge at Gilman Square in Somerville
    Closed July 2019 to Spring 2020

For further details on bridge closures, including directions and helpful area maps, please visit our website.

Does Your Student Need Help Quitting Vaping? 
Truth Initiative recently launched a first-of-its-kind free e-cigarette quit program now available to young vapers looking for help. The program is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting and also serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape. It is being launched and integrated into the already successful This is Quitting (app) and BecomeAnEX® digital cessation programs from Truth Initiative. Teens, adults, and parents of teens seeking help around quitting e-cigarettes/JUULing can text “QUIT” to 202.804.9884.


Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV)
CSV is excited to return and support the CRLS community. For the 2018-2019 school year, CSV's high school one-to-one programs will be offered in three locations. Please read below for service details.

Subject-based Tutoring Services
Before-school Tutoring (7 - 8AM)
We are sharing space with Work Force. Our before-school tutoring will be located in room 2403 (in the middle of the hallway on the second floor).

After-school Tutoring (2:45 - 3:45PM)
After-school tutoring will be located in the College/Career Resource Center, room 1501.

Drop-In Math Tutoring
Monday - Friday | 7:30 - 8AM
CSV Tutoring Center, Room 2403

College/Career Mentoring Services (2:30PM)
SAT Prep and College/Career Mentoring will be held in the CRLS Library's Inquiry Lab (formerly known as the fiction room).

SAT Prep
SAT Prep's Session I is from 2:30 to 4:30PM on Tuesdays at the CRLS Library, Inquiry Lab. Please encourage seniors to attend- all grade levels are welcome.

College/Career Mentoring
College/career mentoring is from 2:30 to 4:30PM on Wednesdays. In support of guidance, we help seniors with personal statements/scholarship essays, and post secondary education searches and applications. We reserved the inquiry lab to 3:30PM. However, mentors will continue to work with them in the library up to 4:30PM. The kickoff date is Oct. 3rd.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Deandra Williams, CSV's High School Programs Director or James Duche, Tutoring Center Manager at 617.349.6794.

Meet the CRLS uAspire Advisor
Jenny Smith is now available at the Career and College Center (CCRC) on Tuesday - Friday from 9AM - 3:30PM. uAspire works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to – and through – a post secondary education. uAspire partners with high schools, community organizations, and colleges to provide college affordability advice to more than 10,000 young people and their families every year. Through our work, college-ready students have the support and knowledge they need to overcome financial barriers and succeed in college.

In Our Community and District

Cambridge Digs DEEP
Thursday, March 21 | 5:30-8PM 
CRLS, 459 Broadway
Join Mayor Marc McGovern and Councilor Sumbul Siddiqui for a city-wide session that aims to support restorative healing through providing race-based affinity spaces for discussing and processing identity and sharing perspectives. In these moderated affinity groups, we will process content from the first two deep sessions.
Details >>

Smartphones and Social Media: Hear the Real Deal, from Students Themselves
March 29, 2019 | 6 - 8PM
Ringe Avenue Upper School, 70 Rindge Ave. Cambridge
View event details >>

Community Discussion Series: How to Talk with Young
People About Substance

Various Dates & Locations | 6:15 - 7:30PM
Be a prepared caregiver and mentor: Learn about the strength of our teens! Join Cambridge Youth Programs and the Cambridge Public Health Department for a night of learning and discussion. Open to all Cambridge caregivers, role models, and families with young people, especially teens.
View the flyer >>

Free Markets

Check out any one of these FREE Markets that are held throughout the City of Cambridge. All you need is a grocery bag! 
View the flyer >>

Cambridge Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April 6 | 10AM-2PM
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street
Learn more >>
See flyer >>

Upcoming School Committee Meeting
All meetings are open to the public. Public comment welcome.
Public Hearing on the Proposed 2019-20 CPS Budget 
Tuesday, March 19 | 6PM | School Committee Meeting Room at CRLS
The purpose of a Public Hearing is inviting input from the public regarding the budget.

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]  

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.


Spring Athletics Begins
March 18

The 39 Steps:
A Radio Play

Presented by the CRLS Drama Company
March 23 | 7 - 9PM
Fitzgerald Theatre

School Council Meeting
March 26 | 6 - 7:30PM

Drama Festival Finals
March 28 - 30

Midterm Exams
April 1 - 5

View the complete CRLS online calendar >>

View family-friendly events at CRLS >>


Weekly Highlights
March 18 - 24, 2019

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The Word: How to Get Help with School Work (New!)
Thu. 10:30PM & Sat. 6:30PM

Celebrating Women’s History Month:
The Vault: Spot On - Luo Jieqi, Nieman Fellow

Fri. 6PM & Sat. 9PM

Strata Portraits of Humanity: Archaeology Explained 
Mon. 6:30PM & Wed. 10:30PM

Celebrating Women’s History Month:
STEM in 30: Women Paving the Way to Mars

Wed. 9PM & Sun. 3PM

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

Celebrating Women’s History Month:
Future Talk: About the TEDWomen Conference

Wed. 5:30PM & Sun. 5:30PM

White House Chronicle: News & Analysis (New!)
Thu. 10PM & Fri. 5PM

Located at CRLS. Learn more about offered services. Make an appointment today!
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2018-19 CRLS

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

Subject and Location:
Math: Room 2208 - Calculators and textbooks available
Science: Room 2412- Science lab materials available
ELA / History: Room 1606- Writing/ Reading material available
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 2:30 - 4PM

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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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This guide is an overview of some of the organizations that serve to support LGBTQ+ youth. There are local organizations, national organizations, education guides, as well as suggested reading for youth from the Cambridge Public Library. More >>

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