CRLS DYK Newsletter: October 21, 2020
Published on Oct 21, 2020 11:38

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October 21, 2020

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

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CRLS School Council Meetings

October 27 | 6PM - 7PM
Please join us for the CRLS School Council Meeting. The topic will be Perspectives on Remote Learning for Fall Semester.
Register here>>

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Courageous Conversations: Looking for Core Organizers 

Courageous Conversations is a caregiver-led group that has an educational and advocacy focus on creating time and space for school community members to have conversations about race and racial equity, and how it impacts teaching, learning and family experiences at school. The goal was to share and learn from each other's experiences and histories and reimagine a more inclusive experience for all our students and families. We are incredibly excited to continue this important work in our community.

This is all part of a larger district effort towards CPS’ commitment towards an anti-racist school district and to breaking down barriers to equity. 

We are looking for core organizers to form Courageous Conversations at CRLS. If you can dedicate a few hours a month to help start this please reach out to Bernette Dawson or Greta Hardina.

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Best Buddies Info Meeting

October 23 | 3PM
Still looking for a CRLS CLUB to Join? Come to the Best Buddies Information meeting! I hope to see you there and invite others if you can!
Dachenie Ganthier 22'

Info Meeting Link>>

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Cambridge Families of Color Coalition

The Cambridge Families of Color Coalition (CFCC) seeks to uplift, empower, celebrate, nurture, and advocate for Cambridge Public Schools families and students of color.

For more information, email CFCC.

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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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uAspire FAFSA Walkthrough 
uAspire is hosting upcoming FAFSA Walkthrough events. The events will give students and families critical information they need to complete the FAFSA application; there will be a Q&A section for them to participate in; and finally they will receive follow up info for individual support if needed.  

First Event | Oct. 21 | 6PM
*No advance sign up is required.
Zoom Meeting ID: 920 7261 7598
Passcode: 036213

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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Frequently Asked Questions about Electric, Gas, and Water Utilities during COVID-19 
Many residents are struggling to pay their bills, including their monthly utility bills. Electricity, gas, and water are essential services—that’s why it is important that every customer know their rights and where they can go for help if they need it. More information>>

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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 >> 

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 >>

Caregiver Groups
The BRYT (Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition) network, a program of the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, has been providing FREE parent support groups since the school closures in March 2020 to any parent or caregiver!
View Parents Supporting Parents Commercial>>

Food Resources
For more information about Food Pantries, Financial Assistance for Food, Free Delivery Services and more, please check the list from FinditCambridge.

We also have an updated Food Resources flyer that lists all the pantries, congregate programs, school meals, etc. (find all translated languages on the CiM main page) operations in Cambridge and a current Farmers Market flyer.

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.

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

STEAM Week | Oct. 19 - 23, 2020
This week will be filled with online opportunities for Cambridge residents of all ages. Join us and our partners to connect with a wide variety of STEAM-y experiences that showcase the opportunities and programming that exist in the city and beyond!
Learn more >>
See flyer >>

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
October 19 - 25, 2020
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98
The Vault: From the Student Archives
Spot On: Student-Produced Experimental Media (Spring 2016)
Mon. 9:30PM & Thu. 9:30PM

The Word: Halloween 2019 Edition
Thu. 10:30PM & Fri. 3:30PM

What’s Up Cambridge: CRLS Jazz Night at Ryles (Spring 2018)
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM

Danceworks: Winter 2018
Wed. 9PM & Sat. 1PM

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

Curriculum and Achievement Sub-Committee Meeting 10/14/20 (Re-Broadcast)
Wed. 6PM & Sun. 6PM

White House Chronicle: Literature’s Influence on Politics (New!)
Thu. 10PM & Sat. 2PM
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