CRLS DYK Newsletter: October 13, 2020
Published on Oct 13, 2020 16:10

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October 13, 2020

CRLS Online Schedule Fall '20
Check out the online schedule for fall 2020 here.

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Club Day
October 15 | 8:15 - 9AM
October 16 | 2:45 - 3:30PM
A club list has been sent out with each club's Zoom link. During the 45 minute period, students may join as many zoom links as they would like. Leaders of each club will be presenting and describing their club experiences.

If you cannot attend EITHER club day: Don’t worry! A Google Slides will be sent out to the school containing a 30 second video of each club, describing what they do, and why you should join.

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Friends of Cambridge Athletics (FOCA) Open Board Position

Friends of Cambridge Athletics (FOCA) is looking for 2-3 new parent volunteers and a Board President. FOCA is a growing, financially healthy, non-profit parent driven and volunteer-led booster club that supports the CRLS athletics program, athletes, and coaches.  If you are a parent of a freshman, this is a great opportunity to get involved!

Position: President, Friends of Cambridge Athletics (FOCA)
Dates: November 2020 to October 2022, 2-year term
Job Description - Board President:

  • Sets the agenda and managing the monthly FOCA board meetings
  • Provides leadership and creates committees for the three primary FOCA events. (September - Serv-a-thon, February - Winter Social, April - Cambridge City Run)
  • Coordinates with the Treasurer on annual budget
  • Facilitates the Coach’s Grant process and the student-athlete scholarship award process
  • Coordinates with the Athletic Director (and school officials as needed)

 Board meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7PM, in the AD’s office at CRLS
Attend a FOCA Meeting: Please come by to see all the good work being done for CRLS athletics
Upcoming Board meeting dates: November 9

For questions, contact Jennifer Miles.

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Class of 2021 

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. 

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

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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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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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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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 >> 

There are many programs available to Kindergarteners - 8th Graders this Fall.

Here are some resources for:
Elementary age students
Middle school students
Tutoring Opportunities for all grades

Find other opportunities here or call/text 617.686.2998, or email us.

Programs are continuing to update their opportunities based on the recent state guidelines, so check back often!

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 12 - 18, 2020
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98
The Vault: From the Student Archives
Spot On: Sports Journalism Documentaries (2011)
Mon. 9:30PM & Thu. 9:30PM

Youth View Cambridge: Halloween 2018 Edition
Thu. 9PM & Fri. 7:30PM

What’s Up Cambridge: Improv Night 5/21/19
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM

Game of the Week: CRLS Boys Basketball vs. Westford 1/3/20
Wed. 5PM & Sat. 11AM

Curriculum and Achievement Sub-Committee Meeting 10/14/20 (Live)
Wed. 6PM

School Committee Regular Meeting 10/6/20 (Re-Broadcast)
Tue. 6PM & Sat. 6PM

NASA TV Highlights: SpaceCast Weekly 10/9/20 (New!)
Wed. 9PM & Sun. 9PM
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