Morse Weekly Family Newsletter: October 28, 2019
Published on Oct 28, 2019 11:27

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October 28, 2019

Greetings from Chad Leith

paint night photosDear members of the Morse School community,

Last Wednesday, October 23rd, we hosted our first-ever Morse Family Paint NIght! Our fabulous art teacher Aimee Kerr led nearly 100 children and parents in painting a special Boston rendition of Vincent van Gogh’s famous Starry Night. Many thanks to Ms. Kerr for planning this wonderful community event. Thanks, also, to the staff members and parents who volunteered to help out and make Paint Night a success. We are already looking ahead to some exciting community events in November, including our International Festival & Potluck Celebration (11/15) and our first-even Morse Family Book Club (11/21). We hope that you will consider joining us for one or both of these special school-wide events!

Pokémon Cards & Personal Items
I’d like to share a reminder about our school policy on toys and personal items such as Pokémon cards. As outlined in our Parent & Student Handbook, “toys, collectables (stuffed animals, Beanie Boos, action figures), trading cards, Pokémon cards, fidget spinners, slime, etc. are not allowed in school unless they have been brought with teacher permission for a school project.” Recently, we have had to manage unexpected behaviors stemming from the use of Pokémon cards. Please encourage your child to keep his/her Pokémon cards and personal items at home. If your child does bring Pokémon cards to school, they must remain in his/her backpack during the entire school day, including recess.

Upcoming Routine Safety Drills
Throughout the school year, we conduct multiple safety drills to prepare the members of our community to respond safely and appropriately in the event of an emergency. We have already conducted our first fire drill of the school year. During a fire drill, we teach our children how to quickly evacuate the building and convene in safe areas away from the school building. During the course of the year, we will also conduct shelter in place drills, in which children and teachers are taught to remain inside the school building due to a security threat in the vicinity (such as an extreme weather event or a nearby police action), as well as lockdown drills, in which children and teachers are taught to remain inside their locked classrooms in response to the presence of an armed intruder. As with fire drills, these safety drills are unannounced and brief. We take care to minimize anxiety and to explain to students that practicing together is an important way to stay safe. We encourage you to take a few moments to talk to your child about the importance of preparing for emergency situations as well. Thank you!

At the Morse School, we strive to create a learning environment that fosters curiosity and creativity, while also attending to the positive social and emotional development of our students. Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to make our school a safe place for all children to learn and grow.


Chad Leith

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Morse Events & Announcements

November 7 | 6:30 - 8PM
Friends of Morse Meeting

November 11
No School: Veterans Day

November 14 | 5:30 - 7PM
Morse Race & Equity
Working Group Meeting

November 15 | 5 - 7PM
International Festival & Potluck Celebration
Morse & CPS Calendars
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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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Family Literacy Night
October 29 | 6-7:30PM
King Open School
850 Cambridge Street
Come learn about OSS's new reading programs for our subseparate classrooms, Reading Mastery and Corrective Reading, and how to support your child at home! Light refreshments will be served.
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City of Cambridge Halloween Events
The Halloween season offers a variety of fun events for children, youth and families across the City of Cambridge. Various city departments will be sponsoring parties and other events around Cambridge.
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The Human Genomic Revolution: Past, Present, and Future
Part of our Horizons lecture series
Presenter: Eric Lander
Monday, Nov. 18 | 6:30 - 8PM
Main Library, Lecture Hall
We plan to have pizza in the Community Room for students and their families that RSVP ahead of time. Register >>

Cambridge Flu Clinics 
The Cambridge Public Health Department will be offering free flu vaccine to people who live or work in Cambridge. For more information, call the Cambridge Public Health Department’s recorded flu information line, 617.665.3855, or visit us online.

Cambridge in Motion's 
Healthy Snack of the Week

Nutty Pear Halves: Pear halves filled with 2 tbsp of chopped walnuts, 1 tsp of honey & a sprinkle of cinnamon!
Immigration Legal Clinics (FREE!)
3rd Wednesday each month
90 Third Street, Cambridge
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Exciting news: The City of Cambridge has launched a new program to help renters save energy - homeowners and landlords can also participate
The City of Cambridge has partnered with All in Energy, a Boston-based nonprofit, to help Cambridge renters, landlords and homeowners living in 1-4 unit buildings save energy and money at home. All In Energy helps residents sign up for no-cost home energy assessments through the Mass Save program, and supports renters and landlord's to work together to get building insulation and other efficiency upgrades. The energy assessment is provided at no cost and insulation is covered 75-100% for landlords and homeowners. Learn more and request your no-cost home energy assessment today >>  

CPS & DHSP Preschool Programs
Just a reminder that the registration for the CPS 3-Year-Old Program Lottery for the September 2020 school year is going on for the entire month of October. Also this year, the Dept. of Human Services (DHSP) will be taking in applications at the SRC for your convenience. Please come visit the SRC and don’t miss out on this opportunity to apply for preschools within CPS and the City of Cambridge! This registration period ends on October 31, 2019.  
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Affordable Housing
Find out about affordable rental and homeownership in Cambridge.
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40 Granite Street, Cambridge, MA 02139  •  617.349.6575
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