OSS Newsletter: November 2019
Published on Nov 8, 2019 13:40

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November 2019

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We've Moved!

central officeThe Office of Student Services has finally moved to the new Cambridge Public Schools Administrative Building on 135 Berkshire Street!

As we transition into our new space, we want to thank everyone for being so patient and understanding as we get settled in. We hope to continue to provide invaluable support to both families and staff. Phone numbers and email addresses will stay the same. We look forward to welcoming you all to our new office space!

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Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events!

November 4th*: KLO Co-Planning/Co-Teaching
Facilitator: Marilyn Friend

November 12th: School Committee Meeting

November 12th: Co-Teaching Roundtable

November 12th, 13th & 14th*: SRA Reading Mastery/Corrective Reading
Facilitator: Faith Fisher

November 15th: OSS Leadership Meeting

November 19th*: Full Day Training for Special Educators with Allan Blume
8:30AM-2:30PM; Lesley University

November 20th: Book Group with the Assistant Superintendent
4-5PM; Baldwin School Library

November 20th*: Related Services (Exit and Entrance Criteria)

November 20th*: Special Start Full Day PD

November 21st*: Inclusion Specialist + Lead Teacher PD
Facilitator: HGSE/Specially Designed Instruction

*Staff Professional Development

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OSS Procedural Manual

The Office of Student Services Procedural Manual is currently available on our website (https://bit.ly/2PcPSoG) in English, Spanish, Haitian/Creole and Amharic!

Procedural Manual Quiz!

– Only Special/General Education Teachers and Paras can enter.
– First one to email [email protected] with all the correct answers will win a $10 gift card!
– Must include page number next to answer.

1. Who can refer a student for an evaluation?
2. What is Child Find?
3. How many calendar days after receipt of parent consent must a team meeting be held?
4. What are the required assessments for an initial evaluation?
5. To determine eligibility for special education, the teams meeting needs to be held within ____ school days.
6. What is an N1?
7. When will evaluation reports be made available to parents upon request?
8. A team meeting must be held within ____ school days of receiving an Independent Educational Evaluation.
9. Who must approve the request of an outside independent evaluation?
10. What happens if a parent does not agree to a waiver of the 10-day notice requirement? 

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Videos: Professional Development

video imageCheck out our recent Professional Development videos. These videos can be found on our website in the Teacher and Paraprofessional Resource section under the Professional Development tab!

Learn more >>

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Closing the Gap

Understanding the Purpose of the Present Levels of Educational Performance (PLEP).

Learn more >>

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handsSection 504:
A Civil Rights Protection

Find out what a Section 504 is with this helpful, brief overview. 

Learn more >> 

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sra reading mastery photoOctober...

Looking back at last month.

Learn more >> 

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In Our District & Community

No School: Veterans Day
November 11 

Early Release Day: JK-8 Only
November 20

Early Release Day: All Grades
November 27

No School: Thanksgiving Break
November 28 & 29

CPS District Calendar
View printable calendar >> 
View online calendar >>

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Looking for things to do in Cambridge? Take a look at Find It Cambridge! 
Find It Cambridge >> 

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 >>

Sister Act: 
A Divine Musical Comedy

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

Information about Elementary School: Two-Part Workshop for Arabic, Spanish, and Bangla Speaking Parents 
We will talk about: 
–Cultural differences between elementary school in your home and in the United States. How family engagement benefits students, parents, schools, and teachers 
–Ways parents can support learning
Arabic & Spanish
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd and Tuesday, December 10th 
Time: 5:30 - 7:30PM 
Place: 158 Spring Street Cambridge
Please RSVP to your family liaison. 
Date: Tuesday, November 12th & Tuesday, November 19th
Time: 5:30 - 7:30PM 
Place: Peabody Elementary School 
70 Rindge Ave, Cambridge 

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

Affordable Housing
Find out about affordable rental and homeownership in Cambridge.
Details >>

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Office of Student Services
159 Thorndike Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
www.cpsd.us  •  617.349.6500
CPS Mobile App >>
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