CRLS DYK Newsletter: September 30, 3019
Published on Sep 30, 2019 11:15

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September 30, 2019

Family Conferences

In a continued effort to strengthen relationships with families/ caregivers and to support student achievement, CRLS will offer Family-Teacher Conferences on October 15, 16 & 17, 2019. CRLS will utilize the online pre-registration program as well as maintaining an open walk-in time which requires no pre-registration.

In order to implement the conferences we will have an early release and a delayed opening for students as well as an evening event. The schedule is as follows.

  • Tuesday, October 15 | 8:10 – 11AM - Online pre-registration only for conferences . (Delayed opening for students. Students arrive for block 3 or lunch A at 11:12AM)
  • Wednesday, October 16 | 6 – 8PM - No pre-registration –walk-in only (sign up on the teachers door)
  • Thursday, October 17 | 12Noon - 3PM - Online pre-registration only for conferences

(Students are released after block 2 at 11:08AM. Lunch will be served from 11:12-11:42AM)

Online registration opens on October 1st!

With the online registration service, parents/guardians can:

  • Register for conferences 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the registration period.
  • In two simple steps schedule a conference by choosing an available conference time slot.
  • View, print, and email their conference schedule.
  • Return at any time to reschedule a conference.

For more information contact Greta Hardina the CRLS Family Liaison [email protected] or 617.349.6660.

View the final schedule >> 

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PSAT Exams

PSAT exam will occur for grades 10 and 11 on Wednesday, October 16th. Recognizing the importance of instructional time for students, 10/16 will be a ½ day for all students following PSAT administration. Students in grades 9 and 12 will have a delayed opening, and Block 3 classes will start at 11:42AM. Except for those who are in extended PSAT test sessions, all students will attend Block 3 and 4 classes on the day.  

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Spain and Portugal Trip Meeting

Wednesday, October 16th | Room 2620 CRLS
This trip is a Spanish language immersion trip and is February break 2020. No sign ups after October 26th. Must be a CRLS student and have some Spanish language skills. The price increases $70 after October 1st. Please contact [email protected] for information.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the CRLS Spanish Club has organized an event along with the Latinx staff group. We will have Jose’s Restaurant food truck during lunches at CRLS campus on October 7-11 (excluding the 9th). There will be latinx music playing and dancing, T-shirt’s for sale and sign ups for latinx student club! Enjoy the festivities!

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AP Exam Registration

Registration is underway for AP Exams. This is a two-step process. First click here and "join class" using the registration code provided by your teacher. Then submit your payment to Jodi Mace in Learning Community S by November 5th at 2:30PM.

Exam fees are $94 per exam. Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch pay $13 per exam. Checks must be payable to CRLS AP Program. Include the students's full name and name of AP Exam in the memo line. 

Registration Deadlines:

  • I am taking a first semester or full-year AP Class: Registration is due November 5th
  • I am not enrolled in an AP course at CRLS. I plan to study on my own to take the exam (must email Jodie Mace for the join code): Registration due November 5th.
  • I am enrolled in a second semester class: Registration window of January 17th - March 5th.

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2019 - 20 Global Navigator Scholarship

Once again CRLS has been accepted as a 2019-20 Global Navigator Scholarship school for summer study abroad by CIEE. This is very competitive process and a huge accolade for our school and students.

As a Global Navigator School, CIEE has committed at least $25,000 in scholarship funds for CRLS students (up to 100% tuition based on need and merit, excluding cost of airfare) to travel the world and have 3-4 week life changing experiences around Service and Leadership, Language and Culture, or Global Discovery programs in multiple far flung locations.

Application for scholarships are open for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders for summer 2020.

For more information and application please see CIEE High School Summer programs for more information.


See Mr. McGuinness in room 3402. Scholarship application deadline is December 6, 2019 and February 14, 2020.

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Save-the-Date: October 29  
Teens & Vaping Workshop

tracyPlease join us for this important workshop! Tracy Rose-Tynes, the Manager of School Health Services, who recently completed her Thesis on E-Cigarettes, is presenting a workshop for parents, students, and community members during the October 29 CRLS School Council Meeting, from 6-8PM at 119 Windsor Street, Cambridge Public Health Department 2nd Floor Conference Room. Open to all families, students, and community members.

Download the flyer >>

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World Dyslexia Awareness Day


Light It Up RedCome Light Up City Hall Red for World Dyslexia Awareness Day, October 4th at 6PM. Wear Red! 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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Community Service Hours

Event: Rindge Avenue Upper Campus evening gala and silent auction
Date: Saturday, October 26th evening
Where: Ashdown House MIT Campus 235 Albany St. Cambridge
Hours: 5:30PM (set up), 6 - 10PM event, 10 - 11PM clean up
Roles: Set up, help with ticket collection, food service, other tasks during event, help with clean up
Contact: Deirdre Logan, 857.998.0660
Must commit by 10/19/19

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MIT Cascade

Cascade is a free program where members of the MIT community (primarily undergrads) offer interactive classes on a variety of topics. Cascade will run Saturdays (from October 5th to November 2nd, from 10:30AM to 3PM) and is for current 9th and 10th grade students. Students participating in Cascade receive lunch and Charlie Cards, for those who use the MBTA to attend the workshops.

Learn more >> 

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Cambridge School Volunteers Tutoring

CSV Tutoring Center: One-to-One Tutoring Before and After School, Room 2407
Volunteers serve as one-to-one tutors and mentors twice a week with high school students of all levels and needs. Volunteers provide students with individual lesson plans to improve their skills and knowledge in particular subjects. Approximately 40% of the students speak a language other than English as their first language. The Tutoring Center is open before school from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. and after school from 2:45 to 3:45PM. Note: The first day of before and after school Tutoring Center will be September 23; the last day is June 12.

CSV Tutoring Center: Academic Support Classes, Room 2403
Students are assigned to the Tutoring Center during the school day for credit-bearing individualized academic support services, covering all subjects. CSV volunteers are matched to students singly or in small groups.

Drop-in Math Center, Room 2403
Volunteers help students on a walk-in basis with math problems ranging from pre-algebra to calculus, before school daily, between 7:30 and 8AM.

College/Career Mentoring Program
Volunteers help high school seniors, some of whom may be the first in their families to apply to college, by assisting with college, job readiness, and gap year program research; understanding and following through with all stages of the application process; and developing personal statements. In addition, volunteers help students identify scholarships and complete scholarship applications and essays. The program meets on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30PM. Note: The first day of service for the College and Career Mentor program (CCMP) is Wednesday, October 16, 2:30 - 4PM in the College and Career Resource Center, Room 1501.

Cambridge School Volunteers is hiring. Click here for more info >>

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Friends of CRLS Kickoff

Kick Off DayOctober 2 | 7 - 8:30PM
Media Cafeteria

This Wednesday, find out how you can take part in expanding opportunities for CRLS students, alumni, and staff with Friends of CRLS. Please visit our website to learn about our programs and see our Scholar Spotlights featuring some of our awardees who aspire to make true differences in the world. Learn more about our Kick-off and volunteer opportunities here. If you're unable to attend the Kick-off yet want to be involved, please email us or call 857.235.9290. Student volunteers can receive community service credit. Your time investment in CRLS students' futures can help make the future brighter for all of us! 

Faculty Innovation Grants for Energizing Education

grantsCRLS / RSTA / HSEP Teachers and Staff: Friends of CRLS invites you to submit proposals for 2020 Faculty Innovation Grants!

Find all of the Faculty Innovation Grants details and the proposal application in Google Forms here >>

Faculty Innovation Grants (up to $1,000 each) are to enliven learning for your students by sponsoring your ideas for academic exploration, community building, social development, and appreciation of arts, cultures, and diversity. Visits from accomplished guests, class field trips, special events, performances, group creations, and service learning are among the kinds of projects and experiences Faculty Innovation Grants can make possible when CPS, CRLS, and other school-related funding is unavailable.

Proposals are due Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11:59PM.

If you have difficulty with the Google Form or questions about the grants, please contact us by email or 857.235.9290 (x9290 within CRLS) or visit Friends of CRLS in Room 2136.

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CRLS Parent to Parent Meeting

October 3, 2019 | 6 - 7:30PM | CRLS Main Entrance Conference Room
Come connect with other parents to share experiences and support each other through these challenging times! Parent to Parent started 3 years ago and has been great support to many families.

Learn more >> 

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Cambridge Teen Health Center

The Cambridge Teen Health Center, in partnership with Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), is a school-based health clinic located in the CRLS health office. The center is staffed by a full time Nurse Practitioner, a sexual and reproductive health educator and mental health specialists – psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

Learn more about our services >>

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Athletics at CRLS

View the schedule by clicking on the link below and then on School Calendar in the upper hand right corner.

View the full athletic schedule >> 

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Aspen Student & Parent Accounts

Aspen is a secure online information resource for Cambridge Public Schools. It contains family contact information, grade information, and a variety of reports and documents that teachers, students and parents may need. 

Need Aspen support? We can help  >>

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Green Cambridge's Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project

Green Cambridge’s Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project seeks volunteers to help at the parade and to march with Cambridge Wildlife, carrying giant puppets of wildlife species or wearing a costume. Time: Sunday, October 13 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM, with options for additional help with puppet transport before and after the parade. Register at
[email protected]. Community Service Hours are offered.

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From the DYK Student Rep Desk
Student Opportunities, Student Support, and More!


Attention Juniors! Application for Fully-Funded Summer Program Open Now
The LEDA Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute includes leadership training, academic writing instruction, standardized test preparation, and community building. LEDA Scholars also visit colleges along the east coast during their summer at Princeton University, network with world leaders, and receive personalized college guidance. 98% of LEDA Scholars are accepted into an Ivy League. For more information, and for the application, please click here.

Free Clothing of All Sizes and Types

Gently-used clothing is available at The Spot! The Spot is located in East Cambridge, at the green door across from 75 Gore Street. Let Maryam Dar, Debbie Bonilla, or Mary Grassi know that you are coming so they can leave the door open for you.

Emerson College is offering EmersonWrites, a weekly (Saturday) creative writing workshops that are free for high school students in the Greater Boston area. The program is guided by the principle that writing is essential to intellectual engagement, self-representation, and access to opportunity. The program seeks to foster individual voice and empowerment through the written word. Learn more >> 

Free Furniture Available
Furnishing Hope, Inc. of MA has an office at 121 Mt. Auburn Street in Harvard Square. Located ten minutes away from CRLS, Furnishing Hope is a great place to find new and gently-used bedding, toiletries, kitchenware, and bathroom essentials. Let Maryam Dar know if you would like to place an order for furniture. 

CRLS Career & College Fair

Wednesday, October 2 | 6 - 8PM
CRLS Field House

College Goal Sunday
November 3 | 1 - 3PM
CRLS Main Cafeteria
Free, professional assistance filling out the FAFSA. Details >>

FREE Webinar: Recognizing & Managing Teen Anxiety
Details >>

Colleges Visiting CRLS
The following colleges are Visiting CRLS. All meetings are in the CCRC. Students must sign up on Naviance and get teachers permission to miss class.

  • Grinnell College | 10/1/19 | 8:30AM
  • Colorado College | 10/1/19 | 9:45AM
  • Colgate University | 10/4/19 | 8:30AM
  • Scripps College | 10/4/19 | 9:45AM
  • Brown University | 10/4/19 | 11:08AM
  • Amherst College | 10/4/19 | 1:08PM

CRLS Events & Reminders

CRLS Family Events
Download the Flyer >>

Parent-to-Parent Group
October 3 | 6 - 7:30PM

No School: Yom Kippur
October 9, 3019

No School: Indigenous
People's Day

October 14

Family Conferences
October 15, 16, 17

Improv Night
October 16 | 7 - 8PM
Black Box Theater

View the Full Calendar >>

Career and College Fair 
Wednesday, October 2 | 6 - 8PM
Field House

Come see your uAspire Advisor
Tuesday - Friday | 9AM - 3:30PM | CCRC
View the flyer >>

In Our District & Community

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Looking for things to do in Cambridge? See below for a few ideas. For a full list, take a look at  Find It Cambridge! 
Find It Cambridge >> 

Immigration Legal Clinics (FREE!)
3rd Wednesday each month
90 Third Street, Cambridge
Details >>

October 24 | 6-8PM
Cambridge Street Upper School
840 Cambridge Street
Have you ever wanted to make your own gummy worms? Maybe you'd like to engineer and launch a zipline car? If this sounds like fun and you'd like to spend some great family time having PIZZA and learning together, come join us at STEAM It Up!
Details >>
College Readiness: What Every Parent Should Know
October 17 | 7 - 9PM
Framingham State University
Details >>

Cambridge in Motion's 
Healthy Snack of the Week

Pumpkin seeds (unsalted) with raisins

Cambridge Affordable Housing Information Sessions
Learn about the eligibility requirements and application process for Cambridge Rental and Homeownership ProgramsLearn more >>

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
September 30 - October 6, 2019

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Game of the Week: CRLS Boys Varsity Football vs. Watertown (9/20/19)
Wed. 4PM & Thu. 6PM

What’s Up Cambridge: Chamber Music Concert (6/4/19)
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM

Reeling: The Movie Review Show (New!)
Mon. 6PM & Wed. 10PM

Baby Blue Arts: Swing & Blues by Miss Myra (New!)
Sat 1:30PM & Sun. 3:30PM
Cambridge School Committee Meeting (Live)
Tue. 6PM

NASA TV Highlights: Brad Pitt with NASA Astronaut Nick Hague (New!)
Tue. 3PM & Wed. 9PM

Creating Cooperative Kids: Sibling Rivalry (New!)
Thu. 5PM & Sun. 10PM

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Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138  •  617.349.6630
CPS Mobile App >>
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