Monthly Morse Messenger: September 2019
Published on Oct 1, 2019 11:16

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September 2019

Nothing to Fear – Officer Ortiz is Here!

officer ortizThis week, Officer Ozzie Ortiz came to visit the Junior Kindergartners in Room B8! Officer Ozzie is a familiar face at the Morse School, spending a few days a week at the Morse as part of the Cambridge Police Department's Student Resource Officer (SRO) program.

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Learning About Hispanic Heritage

hands displayThis month, A1 students are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community.

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Meet Mr. Fousek

philMorse School has a new full time Physical Education Teacher. Mr. Fousek was here last year as a part time Physical Education teacher so he could be a familiar face/name to some families. We are happy to have him spend his full work day here at the Morse School this year!  

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Morse School Apple (or Various Fruit) Award

fruit bowlEach week in grades JK-5, students will be awarded “Apple Student of the Week”. Children are awarded this because they have (in some manner) displayed the core virtue of the month or put good effort into following the Morse School code. Dr. Leith or Mrs. Headley presents the weekly apple awards in each classroom. The classroom teacher, specialists and support staff, tell either of them who the Apple Awardees are and why they have been selected. This is a very special award, but each classroom can have many children receiving apples every week. By the end of the school year all students have had the honor of being selected more than once.  

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Goggles Needed!

hermit crab displayDon't forget your goggles when you come to D6-Kindergarten, you'll need them as you explore the undersea adventures of Hermit Crab as he finds other creatures to decorate his Sea Shell home.

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Harvard Crimson Reading Program & Morse School

We’re thrilled to be a part of the inaugural ‘Harvard Crimson Reading Program’ this Fall! The goal is to inspire students to read and have fun while doing so. The Reading Program encourages students at Morse to complete a reading log that keeps track of books read throughout October. This is a whole school event!

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4th Grade

kids working on projectStudents in 4th grade are learning together in groups, without teacher intervention, through tasks that require skills from each group member, not just some. They are becoming really independent!



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Introducing Our 1st Ever Morse School Family Book Club

Hear all about our 1st ever family book club! We'll be reading The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser.  

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Morse Events & Announcements

October 4 | 9-10:30AM
2nd Annual Morse Marathon

October 9
No School: Yom Kippur

October 10 | 6:30PM
Friends of Morse Meeting

October 14
No School: Indigenous People's Day

Morse & CPS Calendars
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Did You Know?
Wednesday, October 9th is a day off from school. Why? It is the Jewish holiday called Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur means the Day of Atonement, because it is the day on which we atone for all of our sins. It is a day of prayer therefore many Jews spend the day in temple and participate in a fast (no eating for 24 hours). The Jewish calendar is different than the one we know and because of this, we are in the year 5780. To celebrate, Jews all over the world eat apples dipped in honey symbolizing a sweet new year. It is polite to say “Happy New Year” or “L’ Shanah Tovah” in Hebrew. 
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New School Clothing!

We are excited to announce that a new line of various clothing items will be available soon. Order forms will be sent ?home in the next month!

Water Bottles
Cups are no longer being provided during lunch service for water. Children should bring their own water bottles to the cafeteria for filling.

We Want to Know!
Want to help the Morse Community learn more about a special religious or cultural holiday your family celebrates, please email Family Liaison Denise Sullivan at desullivan@cpsd.us so we can include in a future monthly Morse Messenger.

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!  
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Film Screenings and Discussion:
New Immigrant & Refugee Visions
October 12 | 11AM
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
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STEAM It Up
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!
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Immigration Legal Clinics (FREE!)
3rd Wednesday each month
90 Third Street, Cambridge
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Affordable Housing

Find out about affordable rental and homeownership in Cambridge.
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Cambridge in Motion's 
Healthy Snack of the Week

Pumpkin seeds (unsalted) with raisins!

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Morse School
40 Granite Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
morse.cpsd.us  •  617.349.6575
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