CRLS DYK Newsletter: November 17, 2020
Published on Nov 17, 2020 15:04

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November 17, 2020

Virtual Family Conferences


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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Winter Sports Season

As of November 6th, the state of Massachusetts has approved the following for winter high school sports.

  • Basketball, Hockey, Gymnastics, Fencing and Swimming can both practice and compete (with modifications)
  • Wrestling, Competitive Cheer- can practice and have intrasquad competitions with modifications and in small cohorts groups.
  • Indoor Track - is allowed participation- however both Reggie Lewis Center and Boston University are currently closed through December.

Although the state has approved sport participation, the MIAA is in the middle of approving sport guidelines and modifications. This should all be in place by November 20th.

Anyone interested in Winter Sports should register as soon as possible and submit all paperwork. This will allow for more accurate planning on the part of the athletic department and coaches of each program. Online Registration is set to close on November 24th. Sign up here>>

There will also be a winter sports informational meeting on Nov. 24th at 7PM. Zoom link to be shared.

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CRLS Winter Food/Clothing Drive

November 22 | 11AM - 3PM | 459 Broadway, Cambridge
, MA 02138
Have any winter clothes you don't need? Are you overstocked on canned food? Please consider donating to our drive to benefit local shelters! We will be collecting donations dropped off in front of the main entrance at CRLS (459 Broadway, Cambridge). More details >>

*If possible, please buy new hats, gloves, and socks. Some shelters cannot take used clothing and we want to support as many as possible.

Hosted by the Junior Class. Questions? Email Jinho Lee or direct message @crls.sga!

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Class of 2021 

More information for Seniors can be found here.

uAspire FAFSA Walkthrough
November 19 | 6-7PM | View Flyer >>
Zoom Meeting ID: 938 4222 7598
Passcode: 003469 
Join Zoom Meeting >>

Need help filling out the FAFSA? We're here to help! Join uAspire via Zoom for an overview of the FAFSA form with advice on common scenarios and time for Q&A. Option to sign up for individual meetings/support if needed.

uAspire Text Message Opt-In 
As of now there are fewer than a quarter of seniors enrolled in the uAspire text message advising program. CRLS aims to have 100% of students attending college in the fall enroll in the uAspire financial aid advising program.

uAspire has provided an easier way for students to enroll in the advising program by having students utilize a new "opt-in" number feature.
Texting into this number will allow students to become directly enrolled in their advising program within 24-48 hrs. The number is 617-362-6814.

AP Exam Payment 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 was Nov. 5th at 2:30PM.


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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Coronavirus Testing

Where to Get Tested
Testing appointments through the City's free mobile-testing program are now available at the following locations:

  • Sundays, Thursdays | 11AM - 7PM | CambridgeSide in East Cambridge (Drive-through testing in garage. Enter on First St.)
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays | 12NOON - 8PM (beginning November 9th) | 50 Church St.
  • Wednesdays | 10AM - 6PM | 2254 Massachusetts Ave, St. John the Evangelist Church
  • Saturdays | 11AM - 7PM | Pisani Center located at 131 Washington Street.

You can schedule an appointment online or by calling 617.665.3795.

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The Cambridge TEEN HEALTH CENTER is on Instagram!

Follow us @cambridge_teenhealth on Instagram. Check out flyer here >>

What you can expect on our account:

  • info about our clinic & services
  • ways to connect
  • self care
  • sexual & reproductive health info
  • job & club opportunities

Have questions?
Please call Sarah Swettberg, the nurse practitioner at the Teen Health Center, at 617-665-1548

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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 >>

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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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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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

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

Broccoli & Cheese: Broccoli florets topped with shredded cheddar cheese (microwave to melt and soften)
Tip: Try this with any veggies as a quick snack, like cauliflower, zucchini, sweet peppers, potatoes, etc.

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CRLS Events & Reminders


Early Release Day

November 25

Thanksgiving Break - No School!
Nov. 26 - Nov. 27


Free Meals for All Students

Monday - Friday, 12-1PM. Details >>

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.

MBTA Passes
Still need an MBTA Card? You can order it via email and it will be mailed to you.

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.

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 >>

CPL Tween/Teen Virtual Hangout
November 23 | 4-5PM 
A drop-in hour for tweens, teens and their caregivers. Come say hello to your librarians, get book recommendations, research assistance, find out about the library's virtual offerings and bring your suggestions! Breakout rooms available for one-on-one assistance. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants one hour before the program begins. 
Register Here >>

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 >>

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.

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>>

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

MIT Museum Programs

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

Cambridge Public Library Updates
Contactless Holds Pickup Service hours at the O'Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., Cambridge have been extended.
New schedule effective on Wednesday, October 7:

Wednesdays, 1PM - 7:30PM
Thursdays, 11AM - 5:30PM
Fridays, 11AM - 5:30PM

CPL Virtual English Classes
Introductory Level ESOL Classes
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 11AM & 1PM

Intermediate ESOL classes
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 3PM

Registration is required for each class. Check CPL’s online events calendar for more details.

CPL Community Yoga Series
Sundays mornings | 10AM
This November, join us for a virtual community yoga series in partnership with Cultural Fabric. Yoga can help us discover greater ease, balance, and resilience within. Come experience it for yourself! Registration is required. Register here >>

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

We have a 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 Farmers Market flyer.

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>>

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
November 16 - November 22, 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. 7:00PM & Sun. 9:00PM

The Word: Twenty Scenes by Alejandro
Mon. 10:30PM & Thu. 10:30PM

NASA TV Highlights: SpaceX Crew-1 Post Launch News Conference (New!)
Wed. 8:00PM & Sun 6:00PM

Town Hall: Office of Student Services 11/17/20 (Live)
Tue. 3:30PM

School Committee Meeting 11/17/20 (Live)
Tue. 6:00PM

Special Education & Students Supports Subcommittee Meeting 11/18/20 (Live)
Wed. 6:00PM
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Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138  •  617.349.6630
CPS Mobile App >>
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