Morse Weekly Family Newsletter: November 5, 2019
Published on Nov 5, 2019 13:34

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November 5, 2019

Greetings from Chad Leith

Dear Members of the Morse School Community,

Last Wednesday afternoon, all Morse School teachers and staff members met to discuss next steps in our school’s work around race and equity. We centered our conversation on the notion of “belonging,” which our equity consultant Dr. Darnisa Amante has defined as, “the ongoing culture created to have all people feel welcome across difference, as manifested in relationships, conversations, physical spaces, and written words.” After watching a short video on belonging, small teams of teachers and staff members conducted self-guided tours of our building to identify examples of intentional steps being taken to foster a sense of belonging at the Morse School. Teams also generated ideas for additional ways in which we might enhance the sense of belonging that our children, families and staff members feel in our school.

morse familiesOne suggestion that emerged from our conversation was to increase visual representations of our students’ identities, backgrounds, and cultures. As one step towards accomplishing this goal, we would like to invite all members of the Morse School community to share family photos to be displayed as part of next week’s International Festival & Potluck Celebration. Much like a mural project, the photographs we receive from our families and staff members will be displayed without names or identifying information, and will not appear in any online or printed material. Rather, we hope that the family photos we display in our lobby will “speak for themselves” as a tribute to our school’s wonderful diversity and sense of community. Ms. Headley and I have each selected the family photos that we plan to contribute to our Morse family photo display. Please keep your eyes out for more information from Ms. Sullivan about how you can contribute your family photos(s) as well! I will share more information about this project at our next Friends of Morse meeting, which will take place this Thursday (11/7) from 6:30-8:00pm in the Morse School Library. I also welcome your suggestions for ways that we can work as a community to foster belonging at the Morse School.

Family Book Club - November 21st
Our International Festival & Potluck Celebration is not the only community event we have planned for November. Ms. Pennell will also be hosting the first-ever Morse Family Book Club on Thursday November 21st from 6:00-7:00pm! You and your children are invited to read this year’s selection, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser, and come to discuss the book with other families and staff members over light refreshments! Please RSVP to Ms. Pennell or Ms. Headley if you plan to make it. For more information, please see the flyer!

Finally, today is election day and the Morse School lobby has been busy. Please join me in thanking the parents (and students!) who have contributed their time, talents, and delicious treats to our Friends of Morse Bake Sale! And please make sure you take the time to vote!

Thank you and best wishes for a wonderful week!


Chad Leith

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Apple Cider Pressing

Apple CiderAll month long, CitySprouts has been at every elementary and middle school in Cambridge, pressing apple cider with students. Not only is making apple cider a fun, hands-on and delicious autumn activity, but it also is an opportunity for hands-on learning. 

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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 | 6 - 8PM
International Festival & Potluck Celebration
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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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Sister Act: 
A Divine Musical Comedy

November 15, 16, 22, 23 | 7PM
November 24 | 2PM
Fitzgerald Theatre at CRLS
459 Broadway
Flyer >>
Tickets >>

Cambridge in Motion's 
Healthy Snack of the Week

Baked kale chips with a cheese stick!

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.
Details >>
MLK School Council Meeting
November 6 | 8-9AM
The “Building Equity Bridges Project” will join us at our November meeting. This project has engaged families, educators, and youth from across the CPS community in a movement to highlight and address barriers to equity in our schools. One possible next step is to host a community workshop for the PAUS triad community. Attend to learn more! Open to all.
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Meet Your Local Responders!
Come meet Cambridge Police Youth Resource Officers and Neighborhood Sergeants, as well as Cambridge Public Safety Professionals from Fire, Emergency Communications, PRO-EMS, and Animal Control.
See dates, locations, and details >>

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.

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