CRLS DYK Newsletter: October 15, 2019
Published on Oct 15, 2019 13:15

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October 15, 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. 

View the schedule >>

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Join the CRLS Arts Committee

Meetings begin at 7PM and are held in the VPA office. The meeting schedule is as follows: November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 2,
April 6, and May 4.  

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Join the Alpine Ski and Board Club

The Alpine Ski and Board Club is one of the oldest and one of the most active clubs at CRLS. This year we have 4 day trips to Waterville Valley NH and a 3 day 3 night ski/board trip to Stowe, VT which is taking place during February vacation. We will leave Cambridge on the afternoon of Monday Feb. 17th and return the evening of the 20th. While at Stowe we will be returning to a hotel/hostel called The Round Hearth where we have stayed for the past ten years. Sign up for the overnight is on a first come, first serve bases and requires a non-refundable $100 deposit. The cost for this trip is $525 and does not include lunch, rentals, or lessons. The Club needs at least 35 students to sign up by Thanksgiving break. If there are not enough students interested by Thanksgiving, the trip will be cancelled and all money will be returned. For information please email Jon Baring-Gould

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From Thorndike to Berkshire

BerkshireAfter many years in rented quarters, CPS Central Administration is relocating to brand new offices, inside the new Cambridge Street complex.

You can find us behind the new Valente Branch Library, with our entrance located at 135 Berkshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 (see map).

Phone numbers and email addresses should remain the same, but we appreciate your patience as packing and unpacking is taking place. We will do our best to respond and look forward to welcoming you into our brand new offices!

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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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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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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

Agassiz Baldwin Community seeks volunteers to help out at upcoming community events.
Contact: Ashley 
Thanksgiving Potluck Feast | Tuesday, November 26 | 5 - 8PM
Kids Only! Holiday Sale:
Thursday, December 12 | 2:45 - 6:30PM
Friday, December 13 | 2:45 - 6:30PM
Saturday, December 14 | 9:45AM - 1:30PM

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National School Lunch Week 

nslw graphicFood & Nutrition Services will be celebrating National School Lunch Week from October 15th to 18th with the theme What's On Your Playlist?, emphasizing the communal experience both music and meals have in defining our important life events. Our menu for the week will include some student favorites and new additions, and we'll have lucky tray giveaways! Follow Food & Nutrition Services along on Twitter@CPSD_Nutrition to stay updated with cafeteria highlights and events.

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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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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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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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iFp Studio Programs

Dream, design and build experiences that will look amazing on your college applications, while making a lasting impact on Cambridge’s businesses and public spaces! Students interested in learning and applying an integrated approach to art, design, humanities and STEM to solving real world problems. Program runs Thursdays from 3:30 - 6:30PM at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway.

Learn more >>

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From the Register Forum

Bluest EyesIn Memory of Toni Morrison, a Look at Her First Novel
This book, despite being her first, is a truly incredible one whose devastatingly clear message is still extremely relevant today.


BillAn Interview with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ’79
“There was always some sense that people could find opportunity, and obviously Cambridge was a place that believed the government should help create fairness, and I think that did influence me a lot.”


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


Do you need help feeding your family?
Come to Falcon's Market, the Food MarketCRLS food pantry. There is food for you to take home for evening and weekend meals. Open every afternoon from 2:30 - 3PM or by appointment. For more information contact Greta Hardina the CRLS Family Liaison or 617.349.6660 Falcon's Market is in the Main Office.

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

  • Bennington College
    10/18/19 | 8:30AM
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    10/21/19 | 9:45AM
  • Occidental College
    10/21/19 | 11:08AM
  • Temple University
    10/22/19 | 8:30AM
  • Stonehill College
    10/22/19 | 9:45AM
  • United States Naval Academy
    10/22/19 | 1:08PM

CRLS Events & Reminders

CRLS Family Events
Download the Flyer >>

Family Conferences
October 15, 16, 17

BAM Night
October 16 | 5 - 6PM
(BAM) stands for Becoming a Man. BAM is a school-based group counseling and social- emotional learning program. Details >>

Improv Night
October 23 | 7 - 8PM
Black Box Theater

Climate Friday
October 25

School Council Meeting
October 29 | 6 - 7:30PM

View the Full Calendar >>
Visual & Performing Arts Calendar >>

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

Calling all Seniors!
Need help with your College Application? College and Career mentoring program is starting next Wednesday, October 16th from 2:45 pm - 4:30PM. in the CCRC.

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

Apple, watermelon & pear mini fruit salad!

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

Free Flu Vaccines for CRLS Students
The CHA Teen Health Center is offering FREE FLU SHOTS to CRLS students. Learn more >>

Community Conversations Sister to Sister: A Woman's Health Initiative
Explore ways to improve our Health and Well Being. Presentations by Health Care Practitoners who are Women of Color.
Details >>

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
October 14 - 20, 2019

SmartTV 98
What’s Up Cambridge: 2019 Jazz Night at La Fabrica
Thu. 2PM & Sun. 9PM

Game of the Week: CRLS Football vs. Watertown 9/20/19
Sat. 11AM & Sun. 11AM

Sci-Fi Journal: October 2019 (New!)
Tue. 11PM

Weekly Special: Jazz by the Tom Andes Quintet
Thu. 11PM
Cambridge School Committee Meeting (Live)
Tue. 6PM

Conversations with Dr. Don: Veterans for Peace
Wed. 3PM & Sat. 4PM

Seniors on the Move: Exercises for the Brain
Thu. 12:30PM & Sun. 9:30AM

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