CRLS DYK Newsletter: November 3, 2020
Published on Nov 3, 2020 12:16

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November 3, 2020

Virtual Family Conferences

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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Feeling Ghosted? Join FOCRLS for our CRLS Parents Welcome Party!

November 10 | 7-8PM | Zoom info to follow
*Please R.S.V.P. with your name and your child's grade to [email protected].

If you've been going "Psycho" by these unusual circumstances and are wondering if other families have been victims of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," join us for a virtual get-together and a chance to meet others who are ready to "Get Out" and socialize.

In these times when it is so hard to connect, this will be your chance to meet other CRLS parents and share experiences, joys, and concerns.

FOCRLS will open with a Welcome Session and then have class-by-class Breakout Rooms, giving you an opportunity to connect with others.

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Seal of Biliteracy 2020 - 2021

The Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy is a major initiative of the CRLS World Language and ELL Departments. The Seal is recorded on final student transcripts and is meant to set a new standard, a nationally recognized common denominator on what it means to be fluent in another language.

The ACTFL Assessment of Performance Towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) test replaces the AP exams as the primary qualifying WL assessment this year. The World Language department will offer the AAPPL remotely at no cost to any current CRLS senior interested in pursuing the Seal. If you are a current CRLS senior who is interested in pursuing the Seal of Biliteracy, please fill out this form by November 30, 2020.

Current CRLS juniors are eligible to take the AAPPL in pursuit of the Seal. If interested, please fill out the application now. Please note that we will not schedule juniors to take the AAPPL until later this winter. 

For questions, email James Kelleher (or Vera Duarte for ELL). 
More information >>
Frequently Asked Questions >> 

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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 Broadway, which is the RSTA Graphics Classroom. The garage door will be open during operational hours. 

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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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Healthy Snack of the Week

Kale Smoothie

Here's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:

Kale Smoothie. Blend until smooth 1 cup kale, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 banana, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and 2 tsp honey!

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In Our District & Community

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Looking for resources in Cambridge? 
Find It Cambridge >> 

Free Flu Shots in Cambridge
Cambridge residents can get a free flu shot at one of the flu clinics run by the Cambridge Public Health Department. Flu shot appointments are required this year. No walk-ins will be allowed. Schedule an appointment online.

*To make an appointment by phone, call the City’s Flu Clinic Call Center at 617.349.9788. Learn more >>
Frequently Asked Questions >>

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 >>

McLean Hospital Mental Health Webinars 
McLean Hospital has dedicated their time making free resources available for the public and professionals in hopes of promoting healthy individuals and communities. View Upcoming Webinars >>

Guide to Healthier Snacking
Find handy tips on the right hand margin of the School Health page on the CPHD website!

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
November 2 - November 8, 2020
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98
CRLS Athletics Webinar 11/5/20 (Live)
Thu. 6:30PM

The Vault: Student Archives - 2019 #HerVote Forum
Mon. 7PM & Tue. 10AM

Reeling: The Movie Review Show (New!)
Wed. 10PM & Sat. 2PM

NASA TV Highlights: SpaceCast Weekly 10/30/20 (New!)
Sat. 4PM & Sun. 6PM

Governance Subcommittee Meeting 11/5/20 (Live)
Thu. 4PM

School Committee Roundtable Meeting 10/27/20 (Re-Broadcast)
Fri. 6PM

Special Education & Student Supports Sub-Committee Meeting 10/28/20 (Re-Broadcast)
Sun. 6PM
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