New Year, Fresh New Look!
Published on Aug 26, 2019 13:45

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August 26, 2019

New School Year Brings a New Look!

cps markDo you like our new look? With a refreshed website about to launch, Cambridge Public Schools is seeking to start a new school year with a joyful new logo that better evokes our vision of rigorous, joyful, and culturally responsive learning + personalized support.

Hear about our branding refresh >> 

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Annual Student Forms: 3 Options

keyboardEvery year, CPS asks families to update their permissions and preferences through our Annual Student Forms process. With the launch of our new Annual Forms Gateway, the paper version of this mailing will arrive a little later than usual. However, families should receive their packet before Labor Day Weekend.

There are three ways to complete this important paperwork, if you haven't already:

  1. Complete the paper packet and send it to school with your child on their first day.
  2. Look for your child's Student ID# and log into the system using the instructions in the packet.
  3. Print a complete set of forms from our website and send it to school on the first day.
Learn more >>

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Updated Mobile App

mobile app imageDo you have the CPS mobile app? We've given it a refresh, so please take a moment to update it. Open the app and click Yes when you see this notification: New content is available in the app, would you like to load it now?  

Don't have our app yet? No problem! If you have an iPhone or Android, you can download it for free.    

Learn more >>

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New! MBTA Bus Passes for High School Students

mbta card for students - via mbtaCPS high school students are eligible to receive discounts on MBTA bus and subway trips by requesting a Charlie Card in the main office at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS). Thanks to support from the City of Cambridge, those who qualify for free or reduced price meals can now ride for FREE by simply bringing a copy of their Food Services Letter to the main office.  

Learn more >>

Note: Upper School students are also eligible for the student discount. The Upper School main office can tell you more.

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More Bus Tools

find your busWondering about the closest bus stop but your transportation letter got lost in the mail? Check out the CPS Transportation website and click on Find a Bus Route. Enter your home address to check whether your child is eligible and find the closest bus stop. You can also use this resource to see if your child can take the school bus to an after-school program. Other online resources include our GPS Bus Tracker, bus safety information, and transportation tips for older students.

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Applications for Free/Reduced Meals – Now Online

fns logoFamilies are welcomed to apply for free or reduced price meals using the new Online Meals Application. Food & Nutrition Services also offers a host of other online information, including menus, nutrition information, and ways to pre-pay your meals account online – and they have a handy new Twitter account!

Learn more >>

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Looking for an Afterschool Program?

kids playing outsideCPS has collected information and guidance for families of students in grades JK-8. Gain insight into the childcare and enrichment landscape in Cambridge:

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District Events & Reminders

First Day of School
September 3 – Grades 1-12
September 5 – Grades PreK-K

Early Release Day
Grades JK-8 Only

September 18

No School: Yom Kippur
October 9

No School: Indigenous
People's Day
October 14

CPS District Calendar
View printable calendar >> 
View online calendar >> 
Back-to-School Information & Annual Forms
Find out about student forms and other important resources. 
Details >> 

Summer Reading

Launch your summer reading... to the moon and back!
Details >> 

Welcome Back Gatherings
Get to know your child's school community at a back-to-school event.
Details >> 

In Our Community

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Looking for things to do in Cambridge? 
Find It Cambridge >> 

MIT Volpe Block Party
September 7 | 11AM-3PM
Sennott Park, Cambridge
Details >>
Danehy Park Family Day
September 14 | 11AM-4PM
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Details >>

Immigration Legal Clinics (FREE!)
3rd Wednesday each month
90 Third Street, Cambridge
Details >>
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Cambridge Public Schools
159 Thorndike Street, Cambridge, MA 02141  •  617.349.6400
CPS Mobile App >>
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