Monthly Morse Messenger: January 2020
Published on Jan 30, 2020 10:05

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January 2020

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Third Grade Visited the Institute of Contemporary Art!

Submitted by: Aimee Kerr, Morse School Visual Arts Teacher

Back on December 5th, the 3rd grade went on a field trip to the ICA. After exploring the art of Yayoi Kusama this past fall, students learned about her varied interests of polka dots, pumpkins, mirrors, and infinity rooms. At the ICA, third graders were able to enter and experience her infinity room, titled "Love is Calling" first hand.

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Lunar New Year

lunar new yearSubmitted by: Michelle Connelly, Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Room B8 was excited to have Jeremy’s mother, father, and grandmother visit to teach us about Lunar New Year traditions from Taiwan! Students had a chance to practice using chopsticks, try out calligraphy, and more. Each child learned how to say “Happy New Year” and “thank you” in Mandarin—and used these phrases to get a special red envelope from Jeremy’s grandmother! We want to send Jeremy’s family a big thank you for sharing their culture and their talents with our class. To learn more about Lunar New Year please make sure to read the Holidays & Traditions submission further in this newsletter.

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Third Graders Storm the Classroom

projectSubmitted by: Mary Gallant, 3rd Grade Teacher

Third graders spent the first part of the year learning about weather! They looked at data of weather across the world. The students wrote poems about weather in a favorite place they have visited or would like to visit. Then the students learned about all different kinds of extreme weather. They learned about hurricanes, blizzards, thunderstorms, hail storms and floods.

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Morse Family Gym Night

gym nightOn Friday, January 24, 2020 approximately 40 - 50 families attended the first ever Morse Family Gym Night. Fun was had by all! Families had the chance to purchase pizza and snacks, and participate in various activities. In the Gym they could choose from tumbling/climbing, basketball & soccer. Ping-pong was available just off the lobby in one of the hallways. In the cafeteria was a very popular choice of line dancing!

This event of course needed many volunteers. We thank those that volunteered before the event and those that stepped up that night to help. Don’t worry if you missed it, there will be two more family gym nights coming up, Friday, February 28 & March 27. I hear that a few more activities maybe added including some “Just Dance” family face-offs.

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Holidays & Traditions

chartThroughout this school year, the Morse Messenger newsletters have included some traditions or holidays celebrated in different cultures and parts of the world. December and into January was a time of year when there were many holidays and traditions observed. Here are some fun facts about them.

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Morse Events & Announcements

February 6 | 6:30PM
Friends of Morse Meeting

February 7 | 6PM
Morse Family Movie Night
Doors open at 6PM, pizza & snacks for purchase. Movie starts promptly at 6:30PM.

February 11 | 9AM 
Winter Concert
JK-5th Grade & Morse Morning Singers

February 13 | 5:30PM
School Council Meeting

February 17-21
No School: February Vacation

February 28 | 6-8PM
Family Gym Night

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From Nurse Susan
One of my most common questions to the students who visit me in the health room is “How much water did you drink today?” The answer, of course, varies. I see students every day who have chapped lips, headaches, and stomach aches- and some of this is caused by dehydration. Dehydration means a person is not getting enough water in their body for it to do all the amazing things our bodies need to do to learn and grow. So remember: Water is an essential nutrient for life—we can’t live without it! It represents about two-thirds of our body weight and is part of every living cell. It is a medium for all metabolic changes (digestion, absorption and excretion) in our body, as it helps transport nutrients. As a rule of thumb, to get enough water, your child should drink at least six to eight cups of water a day and eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. So remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

We Want to Know!

Want to help the Morse Community learn more about a special religious or cultural holiday your family celebrates, please email Family Liaison Denise Sullivan at [email protected] so we can include in a future monthly Morse Messenger.

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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The 2020 US Census is fast approaching and we want to make sure everyone in Cambridge is counted! Learn more about why the 2020 Census is so important, what you need to do, access materials, and more online. Want to help get the word out in Cambridge? Apply to be a part-time Census Outreach Worker to help the City and your community online.

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.
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The Mind Matters: 
Families Make a Difference

A 10-session workshop for parents with children ages 3–8 providing educational resources & community support. For more info, please contact Debbie Bonilla at 617.349.6492 or email Debbie
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STEAM Academy at the Cambridge Public Library
Learn all about the new programs for Cambridge youth! 
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Alewife Staples Spotlight Space: Exploring Nature with CitySprouts
February 5
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to dig into the science of gardens! We'll be exploring science and math in the natural world through three stations.
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Museum of Science School 
Garden Symposium
February 8th
Join local school garden organizations and Museum educators in 
learning methods to maintain or develop your school garden and explore hands-on strategies using the garden to teach science standards. CitySprouts, Backyard Growers, Friends of the Boston Schoolyards, Green City Growers, and the Boston Nature Center’s educators will share their favorite tips and tricks as well as practical strategies for engaging students in gardens and science content.

Dig It! 2020 CitySprouts 
Gala/Silent Auction
April 2
Join CitySprouts for a night of food, fun, and fundraising as we celebrate CitySprouts' 19th year.
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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!
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Cambridge in Motion's 
Healthy Snack of the Week

Roasted chickpeas mixed with diced cucumbers & light ranch dressing!
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