CRLS DYK Newsletter: October 7, 2020
Published on Oct 7, 2020 09:04

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October 7, 2020

Summer Reading Print Book Pick-Up

October 7 | 9AM - 2PM
Don't miss this final chance for students or their caregivers to pick up their CRLS Summer Reading print book before our school-wide summer reading discussion in late October!

Library teachers Ms. Boninti and Ms. Houston will hand out books at the CRLS Print and Production Room on Felton Street (the corner of campus located across the street from the Starbucks on Broadway). More details >>

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CRLS Modern Dance Company

The CRLS Modern Dance Company is excited to announce our upcoming online audition! If you like to dance, this is the place for you! All levels of experience welcome! Open to grades 9-12. Auditions will be held virtually!?Click here to fill out an audition form!

Last Tuesday on 9/29, we sent out a tutorial video of the audition choreography. Dancers will learn one combo and then submit a video of it online via Google Drive to Brenda Divelbliss by Wednesday 10/7 at 12PM! Just fill out the audition form to get a link to the tutorial, and make sure you have a completed media release form on file with the school before submitting your video.

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Calling all Seniors!

CRLS is partnered with uAspire to provide free assistance to students and caregivers with completing the financial aid forms necessary for college and to review college financial aid award letters. uAspire will begin a texting campaign to keep students current with the financial aid process. 

Please complete the uAspire intake survey here. Completing this survey will ensure you are receiving information about the financial aid process for college and connect you with the uAspire advisor.

More information for Seniors can be found here.

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SAT Site Cancelation Reminder

In September, Lynn Williams, the Director of Guidance, emailed the CRLS community to inform students and caregivers CRLS will not be a SAT test this year. The decision was made as we consider health and safety guidelines as they relate to COVID.

We understand the challenge students are facing as more and more high schools cancel their SAT test administrations. The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is asking guidance programs to share an important notice about colleges and universities current Test-Optional policies as it pertains to the pandemic. The association has been fielding many questions from students and caregivers asking is Test-Optional really Test-Optional. The answer is YES. View the article. Also included in the article are the names of 550+ colleges and universities that have pledged test-optional this year.

As more and more high schools Nationwide cancel SAT administration, CRLS Guidance encourages those of you who are applying to colleges that require the SAT/ACT test to reach out to the college admissions staff to inform them you have not been able to test and ask how they would like you to proceed.

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Altered Schedule for Indigenous Peoples' Day

There will be no school on Oct. 12 in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day. There will be a Monday schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 14 to make up for the lost class time. 

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CRLS Semester One Curriculum Night Video Recordings

Did you miss Curriculum Night Information Sessions? Watch the recordings at your convenience. Click here to watch video recordings from Oct. 1.

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Two CRLS teachers featured in Upworthy News 

Two heroic teachers refuse to let a pandemic stop them from reaching underserved youth in their communities by Harmony Hobbs

Lily Read and Justin Bernard, two Massachusetts educators from one of the most diverse public high schools in the U.S. (over 25 different languages are spoken in the student body!), feel ready to meet the challenges of this unprecedented school year. Their goal: find ways to make virtual education "as joyful as possible" to help support teenagers during quarantine...


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AP Exam Registration Deadline

If you are currently enrolled in a first semester or full year AP (Advanced Placement) class and would like to take the AP exam, the deadline to register is Nov. 5th at 2:30PM.

1. Go to and “join class” using the registration join code provided by your AP teacher.

When you join the class, your exam indicator defaults to undecided. You must change this to YES if you want to take the AP exam.

2. Submit payment. We plan to begin accepting payments in mid-November and they will be due Jan. 21st at 2:30PMIf payment is not received by Jan. 21st, any exams that were ordered will be cancelled. 

If you are enrolled in a second semester AP class, registration will open on Feb. 1st, 2021.

For more information, FAQ, and a video explanation of the registration process, please visit CRLS AP Testing Website

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Need Tech Help?

ICTS Technical Services Team will be operating the Mobile Helpdesk at CRLS M-F: 8AM - 4PM, Saturdays: 8AM - 2PM. 

The Mobile Helpdesk will be located at CRLS, Felton St RSTA side of the school in the garage door closest to Cambridge Street which is the Carpentry Shop. The garage door will be open during operational hours.

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Upcoming Parent Meetings

CRLS Parent-to-Parent Meetings
Please join us to connect and support each other as we face the many challenges of parenting teens during these unsettling times. Meeting times are listed below and run from 6 - 7:30PM. Register to join a meeting >>

Oct. 7, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3

Facilitated by Greta Hardina, CRLS Family Liaison, Debbie Bonilla, CPS Title I Family Liaison/Homeless Family Services Coordinator, and Merline Sylvain-Williams, Baby University Family Support Worker/Parent Educator.

For more information or to register for the meeting please email Greta Hardina the CRLS Family Liaison.

CRLS School Council Meetings
All meetings will be held from 6 - 7:30PM on the following dates. Zoom links will be shared via email closer to the time.

Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 30, April 27, May 25

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BAM (Becoming a Man) Program Begins at CRLS

BAM is a school-based group counseling and social-emotional learning program. BAM program uses a curriculum that combines a dynamic approach to youth engagement, clinical process and theory, and men’s rites of passage work. BAM is a training program in 6 Core Values: Integrity, Self-Determination, Positive Anger Expression, Accountability, Respect for Womanhood, Visionary Goal-Setting. Register >>

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New Annual Report from Friends of CRLS Features Recent Grads

New Annual Report from Friends of CRLS features Recent GradsFriends of CRLS recently released their new annual report, a collection of highlights from the organization's 2019-2020 school year. The online booklet features photos from Class of 2020 scholarship awardees with their own words about their college and career plans and how scholarships bring their goals closer. Also included are photos and bios from the 2020 Faculty Distinction Awardees, thanks to donors and sponsors, recognition of volunteers and helpful colleagues, and the remembrance of retired CRLS principal Dr. Christopher Saheed. Read Friends of CRLS's Annual Report here >>

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Remembering Dr. Christopher Saheed, Retired CRLS Principal

Chris SaheedFriends of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (FOCRLS) would like to share with the community an appreciation of Christopher Saheed, who was CRLS's principal before Damon Smith and a key collaborator in establishing FOCRLS. Dr. Saheed retired in 2011 and moved to Florida, where he passed away on June 25, 2020. When FOCRLS reached out to James Maloney, Chief Operating Officer of the District (Cambridge Public Schools), for a memory about Dr. Saheed, he responded, “I had the good fortune of working closely with Chris during his years as the principal of CRLS on the renovation of the high school. I was struck by his calm, knowledgeable and caring demeanor. All of the buildings on the campus today reflect his vision for the school. In many ways the high school campus is a living memorial to his passion for the students of Cambridge. He was a tremendous leader.” Read the full appreciation here >>

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MBTA Passes

Still Need an MBTA Card? You can order it via email and it will be sent to you in the mail.

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Need an Employment Permit?

Employment Permits are required for minors ages 14-17 years. In response to COVID-19 & practicing safe distancing during remote learning, we are processing Employment Permits electronically. Please email us for all inquiries.

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School Meal Sites

Have no fear, school meals are here! Rest assured that Cambridge Food & Nutrition Services will provide breakfast & lunch to your children as the school year begins. From pick up sites, grab & go meals, or meals served in the classroom, every child will have the opportunity & access to food made with love by their school nutrition staff!

Learn More >>

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CSV Tutoring & Mentoring Programs

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) offers one-to-one remote tutoring and mentoring for Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) and High School Extension Program (HSEP) students. It's important for students to be able to commit to 1 hour at the same time each week for an academic semester.

Academic Tutoring: Meet one-to-one with a tutor once a week to receive support with one or more academic subjects and/or test preparation.

College and Career Mentoring: Meet one-to-one with a mentor once a week to receive support in planning for your post-secondary life. This can include career and college exploration, college admission essay help, scholarship application support, etc.

Freshmen Peer Mentoring: Freshmen students meet with a peer mentor every other week during the fall semester to assist their transition into high school. This is our first year running this program, so there is limited capacity for participants.

Students looking for a Tutor or Mentor >> 
Students looking to become Peer Tutors >>
To become a CSV High School Volunteer >>

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In Our District & Community

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Looking for resources in Cambridge? 
Find It Cambridge >> 

MIT Beaverworks Summer Institute
These courses are designed to be introductory material for our summer courses (experienced programmers should wait for our 2021 online courses) for Sophomores and Juniors in high school. Learn More >>

Central Square Theatre invites you to join the Youth Underground Act Up & Vote! Festival October 7 - October 11, 2020 at Starlight Square. Learn more >> 

All events are Free! Advanced RSVPs are appreciated, though every live event will accommodate walk-ups, capacity permitting.

MassDOT 7th Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest encourages high school students to showcase their understanding of roadway safety across all travel modes to try to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities. Submission Deadline is Nov. 4 at 5PM.
More information >>

Would you be interested in a free after school program for grades 9-12 on architecture, construction, and engineering that meets October through March? The ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston is holding information sessions for students, parents/guardians, and educators to learn about ACE. Read more about the program. Sign up for an info session (on Zoom). Questions? Email Jen Fries.

Cambridge Commission on Immigrant Rights & Citizenship (CIRC) and De Novo Virtual Immigration Legal Screening Clinic...

The City of Cambridge and De Novo will hold their next Virtual Immigration Legal Screening Clinic on Oct. 21, 2020  providing limited consultations, while City and De Novo offices are closed to public gatherings. Callers to the Virtual Clinic Message Line [617-405-5479] will be asked to leave their name and contact phone number. A return call from De Novo staff will ask some pertinent questions to enable assignment to an Immigration Attorney, who will contact callers for a limited consultation. Attorneys will return their assigned calls within a few days of receiving their assignments on Oct. 21. Calls received by 12PM on Oct. 21 will be returned within 3-4 business days. Once capacity for this clinic is reached, additional callers will be assigned to the next Virtual Clinic, should it be necessary, on Wednesday Nov. 18, 2020.

Cambridge SNAP/WIC Stores
Food Resources - An alphabetical list of all the pantries, congregate programs, school meals, etc. operations in Cambridge

(Translations can be found on Cambridge in Motion main page.)

Farmers Market - A list that features 5 Cambridge farmers markets that accept/provide SNAP-match, HIP, Senior coupons and WIC coupons.

MIT Museum Programs

Here is a listing of your programs. Check them out >>

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
October 5 - 11, 2020
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98
The Vault: From the Student Archives
Spot On: One-Minute Videos (2018)
Mon. 9:30PM & Thu. 9:30PM

What’s Up Cambridge: International Music Night (2011)
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM

Music Moves: Student-Produced Music Videos (2017)
Thu. 5:30PM & Fri. 7:30PM

Game of the Week: CRLS Football vs. Boston Latin 9/6/19
Wed. 5PM & Sat. 11AM

School Committee Regular Meeting 10/6/20 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

Special Education & Student Supports Subcommittee Meeting 9/30/20 (Re-Broadcast)
Wed. 6PM & Sun. 6PM

New England Authors: Stuart Ablon on Collaborative Problem Solving
Fri. 4PM & Sat. 1PM  
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