Morse Weekly Family Newsletter: March 26, 2019
Published on Mar 26, 2019 15:20

March 26, 2019

Message from Principal Chad Leith

Dear Morse School Parents, Caregivers and Families,

Spring has arrived at the Morse School, with the first buds appearing on our trees and our students enjoying regular outdoor play in our newly-updated outdoor play spaces!

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ianWelcome Ian Grosfelt!
Please join me in welcoming our new CitySprouts garden educator Ian Grosfelt. Ian is a graduate of Cornell University and comes to CitySprouts from Solar Youth in New Haven, CT, where he was the Green Jobs Manager. Prior to that, he was an Garden Educator & Coordinator with Heifer Farm and spent two years as an Agricultural Extension Agent with the Peace Corps in Senegal. Ian has already begun working with Morse School teachers to enrich classroom learning experiences through nature exploration and urban gardening!

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Our playground renovations have involved more than new outdoor play structures. Yesterday, we unveiled a new set of oversized blocks from Imagination Playground in our Library courtyard. Our 3rd graders jumped right into fun and self-initiated building and play. Aside from some basic ground rules for safety (which the 3rd graders will help to develop over the coming days), the blocks are meant to allow students to play creatively with no direction or hidden educational agenda. We hope that the younger students who also regularly use our Library courtyard will soon be able to enjoy these blocks as well!

Race & Equity Working Group Meeting
As a reminder, the next meeting of our Race & Equity Working Group meeting will take place this Thursday, March 28th from 4:30-6:30PM in the Morse Library. At Thursday’s meeting we will continue to identify goals for achieving a vision of equity at the Morse School. All staff and family members are invited to attend. If you plan to attend and will need child care, please let me know by tomorrow ([email protected]).

Reminder: April 10th Parent Workshop on Helping Kids Navigate Digital Tools
Please save the date for an April 10th workshop aimed at providing Morse School parents and caregivers with tips, tricks, and resources for troubleshooting some common questions and concerns about our children and their use of social media, cell phones, and other digital tools such as TV, internet, and video games. This interactive presentation, which will take place in the Cafeteria from 6-7:30PM, will include research-based suggestions for supporting students using these tools as they grow in our increasingly connected world. Pizza and childcare will be provided. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by following this link or by reaching out to the Morse School Tech Specialist Jen Lavalle ([email protected]).
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Finally, we hope to see many of you at our Variety Show this Friday, March 29th at 6PM in the Morse Auditorium. Many thanks to Ms. Gallant for organizing this much-anticipated community event!


Chad Leith

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In Our Community and District

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 >>

Welcome to CPS! Resource Fair 
Saturday, April 6 | 10AM-12Noon
CRLS, cafeteria 
We hope to see incoming JK/K students and those who are new to the district! 
Learn more >> 

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

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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Morse Working Group on Race & Equity
March 28 | 4:30PM
April 9 | 4:30PM
May 8 | 4:30PM

Morse Variety Show
March 29 | 6PM

FoM Movie Night
April 5 | 6PM

FoM Meeting
April 8 | 6:30PM

Parent Workshop: Helping Kids Navigate Digital Tools
April 10 | 6PM

No School:
Spring Vacation

April 15-19

Morse Calendar >>
District Calendar >>

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Here's Cambridge in Motion's healthy snack of the week suggestion: 
apples, cheddar cheese, and whole grain crackers


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