Morse Weekly Family Newsletter: April 26, 2019
Published on Apr 26, 2019 11:18

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April 26, 2019

Message from Principal Chad Leith

Dear Members of the Morse School Community,

We are only one week away from our very first Morse Marathon, a community-building event, a fundraiser, and a great way to get active! The Morse Marathon will take place next Friday, May 3rd from 9-10:30AM at Magazine Beach Park. After making their way over the Memorial Drive overpass, students will gather in the center of Magazine Beach Park for warm-up exercises led by Morse School P.E. teachers Phil Fousek and Ben Hechler. The run will start with our youngest participants (who will be accompanied by our 5th graders), followed by out other grade-level classes. As participants finish the Marathon, they will be able take part in line dancing! There is no set number of laps which participants need to complete. However, we will help students keep track of their laps so that they can share their accomplishment with friends and family members who have pledged support on the orange pledge sheets that are going home in their folders! There will be a water station at the park and a police detail to ensure safety. Staff members and families are encouraged to join the Morse Marathon and run or walk. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact parent organizers Mary Walsh or Thalia Krakower.

Welcome Mosammat Khanam and Tirhas Beyene!
mosammat and tirhasI am very pleased to introduce Mosammat Khanam and Tirhas Beyene, who have joined our team as lunch and recess paraprofessionals. In addition to helping us provide a calm and clean space for our students to enjoy their lunch, Ms. Khanam and Ms. Beyene will also be participating in outdoor recess. With nearly 300 students passing through the cafeteria each day, Ms. Khanam and Ms. Beyene will also be trying to learn many new names. Please encourage your children to introduce themselves to these new members of our school community!

May 8th Principal’s Coffee
Please join me for coffee and informal conversation on Wednesday, May 8th between 8:30-9:15AM in the Morse School Library. This will be an opportunity to connect with other parents, ask questions, and share your thoughts about ways we might improve the experiences of children, families and staff members as we prepare for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are unable to stop by but would like to share feedback in person, please consider making an appointment to chat in my office. You may contact me directly. Thank you!

5/1 Parent Workshop on Helping Kids Navigate
Digital Tools

Please remember that our re-scheduled workshop on helping kids navigate digital tools will take place next Wednesday, May 1st from 6-7:30PM. As I’ve mentioned in my previous messages, the workshop is 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. Pizza and childcare will be provided. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP no later than Tuesday, April 30th by following the link below:
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Best wishes for a wonderful weekend and good luck to all of our Morse School athletes, who will be competing in soccer, lacrosse, and other fun youth sports activities this weekend!


Chad Leith

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Go Green Challenge!
Do you like to recycle? Reuse? Do you turn out lights when you leave the room and bring your own bag to the store? Every “green” action you take makes a difference. Thank you! Elementary classrooms are joining in the Go Green Challenge by completing a worksheet sharing ways they help the environment (check it out here). We also made a Go Green at Home Challenge that you might like to do together outside of school! Learn more >>

Resources: Young People &
Substance Abuse

The CPS Health & Physical Education Department develops curricula and supports programs aimed at teaching students to make healthy decisions and understand themselves physically, socially and emotionally. The health education curriculum is continually reviewed and updated to include the latest issues in areas such as substance use among young people. Here are some new resources and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education >>

In Our Community and District

Scratch Night @ CPS!
May 16 | 5:30-7:30PM
CRLS, 459 Broadway
All CPS students and families are invited!
Details >>

CRLS Spring A Cappella Jam
April 26 | 7PM
Fitzgerald Theatre, CRLS
Flyer >>

CRLS Jazz Night
April 30 | 7PM
La Fábrica Central
450 Mass Ave., Cambridge
Flyer >>

Family Biking Kick-Start
May 5 | 11AM - 4PM
Safety checks, skills & drills in the Corporal Burns Park courts with 2 MassBikes certified trainers. 
View details >>

Family Bike Night at the Collins Branch
Thursday, May 16 | 4 - 7PM
Collins Branch Library, 64 Aberdeen Ave
Join us to learn the basics of riding with families and fixing your bike at this drop in session! Need something quick fixed on your bike, or maybe just a safety tune-up to getting you riding comfortably this season? We'll have 15 minute safety tune-ups, too! Register for bike workshops by emailing us.
Visit us online >>

CPS Summer Math & ELA Programs
Hear all about our summer programs for students entering grades 6-8!
Details >>

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 >>

Book Talk!
April 30 | 6-7:30PM
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School
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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Parent Workshop: Helping Kids Navigate Digital Tools
May 1 | 6PM

Morse Marathon
May 3 | 9AM

Principal's Coffee
May 8 | 8:30AM

Morse Working Group on Race & Equity
May 8 | 4:30PM

Morse Calendar >>
District Calendar >>

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