CRLS DYK Newsletter: January 6, 2020
Published on Jan 6, 2020 12:01

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January 6, 2020

Semester One Final Exam Schedule

Monday, January 13: Regular Schedule

Tuesday, January 14: Regular Schedule with Final Exam for Silver Day classes only. NO early release

Wednesday, January 15:
Final Exams block 1 & 3 | Early Release at 11:08AM | Lunch served

Thursday, January 16: 
Final Exams block 2 & 4 | Early Release at 11:08AM | Lunch served

Friday, January 17:
Last day of Semester One and Final Exam Make-ups. No Early Release

Monday, January 20: 
MLK Day. No School

Tuesday, January 21:
First Day 2nd Semester Delayed Opening. School starts at 11:12AM for block 3, 4, 1, 2 shortened blocks.

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CRLS Parent to Parent Meeting

Thursday, January 9th | 6-7:30PM | Main Entrance Conference Room
Parenting teens comes with a lot of juggling and stress and it can be overwhelming! Come connect with other parents to share experiences and support each other through these interesting times!

A light meal is provided & childcare will be provided. For more information please contact Greta Hardina at 617.349.6660.

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Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of BiliteracyDuring the coming weeks, the ELL and World Language Departments will be reaching out to CRLS seniors who may be eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal is a relatively new initiative that recognizes students who have achieved proficiency in two or more languages by graduation. Additional information and a student application to achieve the Seal at CRLS is available here

The Seal of Biliteracy is a nationwide initiative that will allow students to be recognized by colleges and employers for their achievement in languages. A number of current CRLS seniors have already been notified that they received the Seal or the Seal with Distinction based on their ELA MCAS and Advanced Placement Language scores. We are happy to answer any questions about this new program. This flow chart may also be helpful. Hard copies of the student application are available in the World Language Laboratory, Room 2210, the World Language Office, Room 3407 or the International Student Center. Read more >>

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CRLS Global Studies Certificate Program

Global StudiesThe Global Studies Certificate (GSC) Program is an application-based program that promotes student engagement in global studies through an emphasis on the Asia Society’s global competence skills: investigating the world, weighing perspectives, communicating ideas, taking action, and applying disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise in authentic ways. Students in the program need to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher and fulfill the following requirements: 1) complete a Global Studies Portfolio/Website; 2) attend monthly GSC meetings; 3) complete monthly online reflections on the GSC Google Classroom site; 4) enroll in the GSC Senior Spring Seminar course; 5) complete a GSC capstone program; 6) present their project at the GSC final symposium. Upon successful completion of the program, students’ transcripts will reflect their achievement and they will earn a Global Studies Certificate. Visit the website to learn more >>

Application deadlines: Juniors: February 7th; Freshmen/Sophomores: May 8th Apply online >>

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Senior Class Big Picture

Attention Seniors the Big Picture will be taken on Wednesday, January 15th in the War Memorial and all seniors should report to the War Memorial after their Finals on Wednesday the 15th. Also, Seniors Gear is in and can be picked up after school with a receipt. A limited amount of extras have been ordered and will be available on a first come first serve basis.

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Drivers EdDriver's Education Registration

January 14 | 2:30PM | Auto Shop Classroom
Classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting January 28th. There are two classroom sessions offered at 2:30PM or 6PM.
Learn more >>

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Where's Tyler?

On Monday, January 6, the Where's Tyler Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Lilypad at 6:30PM. It will be an exciting night of swing, ballads, and funk. This is the culminating concert of the CRLS Jazz Workshop class. Please come and support! $5 donation suggested.

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Donations Needed

It's getting extremely cold out and STARs Peer Leaders are asking for donations to help those who are less fortunate stay warm and healthy this winter. Please bring in any warm clothing and hygiene products such as lotion, chapstick, hand sanitizer etc. to donate. Collection boxes are in the Main Office, Learning Community Offices and STARs (Room 2201). We appreciate your help and support!

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Help Support the February Trip to Portugal and Spain

Join us for a delicious Portuguese Style Buffet Dinner on January 10th from 7-10PM at Saint Anthony's Filarmónica Cultural Club located in East Cambridge (575 Cambridge St, Cambridge.)

Proceeds will support the February 2020 student trip to Portugal and Spain.
Homemade Portuguese food, prizes, music, and dancing.

Tickets $30 each will cover all you can eat dinner. 
Contact: Email us for buffet dinner tickets or buy them from students going on the trip. Accepting cash and checks made out to “Spanish Department Travel” or purchase online here (convenience fee added). 

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Friends of CRLS Seeks Volunteers and Announces Spring Bash

Save the Date: May 7, 2020
Save the DateThe fourth annual Friends of CRLS Spring Bash at Google in Kendall Square will happen on Thursday, May 7, 2020! Mingle with other community members and enjoy delicious food in a beautiful space as we Celebrate Our Students, Invest in Our Future. If you're new to Friends of CRLS, please email us to get onto our invitation list.

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Sign Ups for the January 11th Ski Trip

This sign up will run through January 8th. Cost of the trip is $50-$60 depending on rental & lesson needs. No experience needed and newcomers are always welcome. For information see Jon in 3602 (before school is best)
or email him.

The Day Trip Schedule 2020
January 11, 2020
January 25, 2020
February 8, 2020
March 7, 2020

All day trips are to Waterville Valley, NH. Sign ups for day trips start two weeks prior to trip date.

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Yearbook Ads and Senior Portraits

Yearbook Ads: The CRLS Yearbook Club is preparing the Class of 2020 Yearbook and would like to offer you an opportunity to honor your senior! Space is available for businesses, family members and friends of graduating seniors to be printed in the yearbook. Photographs and messages can be submitted to the yearbook design team at [email protected] to recognize your favorite senior(s)! Learn more >>

Senior Portraits: ONE Yearbook Photo Session will be offered free of charge at the school during the year. Students who miss the photo session, or who would like their photos re-taken (for bad hair days and the like) can make arrangements for photos to be taken at the studio or elsewhere using any of the packages below at the prices listed. Retouching is available and will be priced based on request. Learn more >>

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CRLS Athletics

SwimmingView the current athletics 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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Community Service Hours

"Want Hours? Join Interact Club!
CRLS Interact is a community service organization that volunteers two to four times a week in the community. CRLS Interact's parent organization is Rotary International, an organization dedicated to advancing world peace through humanitarian service. If you need community service hours and want to bond with people who are passionate about making a difference, please contact Maryam Dar for more information.

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Cambridge School Volunteers Tutoring

Need Help Applying to College?
CSV College and career mentoring program began last week and will take place every Wednesday in the CCRC, 2:45-4:30PM. Trained mentors are there to help students with their college essays and applications.

Stay tuned for SAT prep, coming soon...

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 8AM and after school from 2:45 to 3:45PM.

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 in the College and Career Resource Center, Room 1501.

Cambridge School Volunteers is hiring. Click here for more info >>

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


Do you need help feeding your family? 
Come to Falcon's Market, theCRLS 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.

Do you need a winter coat?
Don't be cold all winter, come get a free coat donated by CRLS staff and community members. See Greta Hardina, CRLS Family Liaison, room 1104 (in the main lobby near the cafeteria doors). We have hats and gloves too!

Are you a senior stressing over college applications?
Need any help to...

  • Navigate through Naviance - college lists, brag sheets, teacher recs?
  • Setting up a Common Application account?
  • Completing questions on the Common App?

Come to Homework Center to help with the Nuts & Bolts of completing college applications. Tuesdays/Thursdays | 2:30-4PM in CCRC 1501

CRLS Events & Reminders

CRLS Family Events
Download the Flyer >>

CRLS Arts Committee Meeting
January 6 | 7 - 8PM

August Wilson Monologue Competition
January 6 | 7 - 9PM
Black Box Theatre

SBIRT Screening
January 7 - 8

Parent-to-Parent Group
January 9 | 6 - 7:30PM

Semester 1 Exams (Periods 1 & 3)
Early Release Day

January 15

Semester 1 Exams (Periods 2 & 4)
Early Release Day

January 16

Semester 1 Makeup Exams
January 17

View the Full Calendar >>
Visual & Performing Arts Calendar >>
Save the Date: FOCA Winter Social
On January 25 come gather with other parents from your child's sports teams with refreshments, hors d'œuvres, exciting raffle and auction items. All to benefit our athletic teams at CRLS! Time and location: TBA
More information: Diana Macarthur


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 has begun on Wednesdays from 2:45 - 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 >> 

Did You Know There Are Free Markets Around the City?
So much fresh produce as well as grocery items are available to you. All you need to do is bring your own bag!
Details >>

FREE Education & Job Training for Cambridge Residents
The Cambridge Community Learning Center is offering English classes, orientation about Adult Basic Education classes (GED or HiSET), as well as job training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). please see this flyer for detailed info on registration dates, class dates, and requirements. Please contact [email protected] if you need more info or help.

Job Corps is Accepting Applications 
Job Corps is part of a nonprofit organization through the federal government and it provides free vocational and educational services for young adults ages 16-24. Students qualify based on need, if they meet the requirements, then they proceed with the application process.
Apply today >>
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 >>

iFP Creative Doers Studio is Hiring
Dream, design, and build experiences that will look amazing on your college applications. Learn about amazing careers never imagined. Discover how your
passions intersects with these opportunities and get paid for it!
Dates: January 13 - May 28, Mondays & Thursdays
3:30 - 6:30PM
Location: Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway
Stipend: $500
Eligibility: Open to students 14-18 years of age. Interested in learning how design, science, technology and entrepreneurial thinking can transform lives (most importantly your own). Must reside in Cambridge.
Details >>

Cambridge in Motion's 
Healthy Snack of the Week

Apple slices with almonds or walnuts.

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
January 6 - 12, 2020

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What’s Up Cambridge: World Jazz Ensemble 12/16/19
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM

Spot On: CRLS Students Visit the MIT Museum (New!)
Mon. 9:30PM &Thu. 9:30PM

Perils for Pedestrians: A Visit to New Orleans (New!)
Wed. 7:30PM & Sat. 3:30PM

Reeling: The Movie Review Show (New Episode!)
Tue. 8PM & Sun. 4PM
Cambridge School Committee Inauguration (Live)
Mon. 6PM

Cambridge School Committee Meeting (Live)
Tue. 6PM

Legal Ease: The Career of a Judge (New!)
Wed. 7:30PM & Sun. 7:30PM
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Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138  •  617.349.6630
CPS Mobile App >>
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