CRLS DYK Newsletter: October 28, 2020
Published on Oct 28, 2020 11:33

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October 28, 2020

Virtual Family Conferences

Wednesday, October 28 | 8:35 - 9:05AM, 2 - 3PM
Wednesday, November 4 | 8:35 - 9:05AM, 2 - 3PM
Thursday, November 12 | 6 - 8PM
Wednesday, November 18 | 8:35 - 9:05AM, 2 - 3PM

With the online registration service, parents/guardians can:

  • Select if they prefer a phone call or a video conference.
  • Register for conferences 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the registration period.
  • In two simple steps, schedule a conference by choosing an available conference time slot.
  • View, print, and email their conference schedule.
  • Return at any time to reschedule a conference.

After registering for a conference, the teachers will send the meeting link to you. If you are a two household family, please select zoom meetings so both parents can join the conference.

For more information, contact Greta Hardina

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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 >>

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.

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Flu Shots Available!

CHA patients (12 - 22 years old) OR Cambridge Public School students (12 - 22 years old)

Teen Health Center located in CRLS

The flu shot is now REQUIRED for all children who attend MA schools.
The flu can be very serious. The flu shot is the best way to help protect you and your loved ones against the flu.

Call the Teen Health Center to schedule an appointment 617-665-1548

All insurances are accepted. All will be provided care regardless of their ability to pay.

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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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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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Class of 2021 

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.

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.  

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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BAM (Becoming a Man) Program 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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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 >> 

 Cambridge Youth Presidential Election Discussion
Oct. 28 | 6-7:30PM | Register>>
Join the CYC for a YOUTH ONLY (ages 12-19) forum to discuss the upcoming election. 
More information>>

Cambridge Flu Clinics
Oct 28-29 | Starlight Square (the parking lot at the corner of Norfolk St. and Bishop Allen Dr. in Central Square) 
Nov. 14 | Danehy Park/Fresh Pond Plaza 
People who live or work in Cambridge can get a free flu shot this fall at one of the Cambridge Public Health Department's clinics. 
Learn More>>

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>>

MIT Museum Programs

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

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 details>>

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.

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
October 26 - November 1, 2020
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98
News, Sports and Events: COVID Updates 10/22/20 (New!)
Mon. 9:30PM & Thu. 9:30PM

What’s Up Cambridge: Graham and Parks School Memoirs (Fall 2019)
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM

Happy Halloween!
Youth View Cambridge: Halloween 2018 Edition
Thu. 9PM & Sat. 5PM

The Dungeon of Dreck: Plan 9 from Outer Space
Thu. 11PM

School Committee Roundtable Meeting 10/27/20 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

Special Education & Student Supports Sub-Committee Meeting 10/28/20 (Live)
Wed. 6PM

School Committee Meeting 10/20/20 (Re-Broadcast)
Mon. 10AM & Sun. 6PM
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