Morse Weekly Family Newsletter: November 18, 2020
Published on Nov 18, 2020 16:16

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November 18, 2020

Greetings from Chad Leith

Dear Morse School Parents & Caregivers,

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we continue to keep an eye on the CPS COVID-19 Data Dashboard, which has unfortunately shown a steady increase in cases. Despite the School Committee's decision last week to update the metrics we use to make determinations about in-person schooling, there is still a strong likelihood that rising rates will require us to shift to a fully-remote model for all of our students. Please know that if we do make such a shift, we will work together to ensure as smooth and successful a transition as possible.

In the meantime, there are some very important protocols that we are asking the families of our in-person learners to follow. Please take a moment to review this What Should I Do? document, which offers guidance for students and families who test positive for COVID-19, even when a child does not show symptoms.

Race & Equity Working Group Meeting Tomorrow - All Morse Parents Invited
As a reminder, the next meeting of the Morse School Working Group on Race & Equity will take place tomorrow, Thursday November 19th, from 6:00-7:30. The meeting, which will be co-facilitated by Morse math coach Liz Vincent and parent co-chair Jennifer Betancourt, is open to all staff, parents, and caregivers who wish to build their awareness and reflect upon steps we can take as a community to name and address racism and racial bias in our school. Please join by following this Zoom link! If this will be your first time attending, we ask that you take a moment to read the overview of our September and October meetings, which can be found on this page.

Parent Candidates for the Morse School Council
I am excited to introduce two parents who have volunteered to serve as representatives on the Morse School Council. By the end of the week, I will send out a google form to Morse School parents and caregivers, giving you an opportunity to indicate your approval. Below, please see an overview of each parent candidate:

  • Nekeya Dancy is the mom of a Morse 3rd grader and was a CPS student herself from Head Start through the 12th grade. She writes, “This is our second year being part of the Morse community. Before attending Morse, my daughter spent two years at a charter school in Somerville, where I was very engaged with her in-class learning and was chair of the school's Family Advisory Board. I am very appreciative that my daughter will now get to benefit from the dedication of services and diversity of people that the Cambridge Public Schools have to offer. A lot has changed in our city over the years, as things often do. My goal as being a member of the Council is to ensure that the city's commitment to fair and equitable success for all its students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or religion is upheld. It's also important that my daughter sees me in an active role within her school community and understands her own responsibility of leadership.”

  • Sweta Joshi is the mother of a 2nd grader at the Morse School. She is a Biomedical Scientist, a homemaker, and has been a member of the Morse School community for the last four years. In her words, “During this unusual pandemic year, the Morse School Team did a great job supporting kids and helping them get through the transition into different classroom models.” As a part of the Council, Sweta wants to share the responsibilities and support families at this challenging time.

Many thanks to Nekeya and Sweta for their willingness to serve on our School Council this year! If approved, they will join Caleb Hurst-Hiller, Nuria Jane Chemeno, and Jennifer Betancourt as parent members. An additional parent seat on the Morse School Council is held by an officer of the Friends of Morse. Our next School Council meeting will take place on Thursday, December 10th from 6:00-7:30pm. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend!

Looking Ahead to the Week of November 30th
Whether your child is studying from home or in-person, the week of November 30th will include opportunities for you to connect with your school. Between 11/30 and 12/4 we will be scheduling materials pickup. Parents and caregivers can stop by and pick up the learning materials that your child will need for online learning during the month of December. Ms. Delaney and Ms. Sullivan will follow up with more information about pick-up times. During the week of 11/30, we will also be holding parent/teacher conferences, which will give you and your child’s teacher an opportunity to share impressions about your child’s learning over the first three months of the school year and to set goals for your child’s social, emotional, and academic growth over the months ahead.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me, Ms. Headley, Ms. Delaney, Ms. Sullivan, or your child’s teacher if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.


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Broccoli & CheeseHealthy Snack of the Week
Here's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week: 
Broccoli & Cheese: Broccoli florets topped with shredded cheddar cheese (microwave to melt & soften).
Tip: Try this with any veggies as a quick snack, like cauliflower, zucchini, sweet peppers, potatoes, etc.

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In Our District & Community

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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 us at 617.686.2998 or email usPrograms are continuing to update their opportunities based on the recent state guidelines, so check back often!

Free Meals for All Students

Monday - Friday, 12-1PM.  Details >>

Coronavirus (COVD-19)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 Nov. 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.

Fight the Flu. Get Your Flu Shot!
People who live or work in Cambridge can get a flu shot at no charge 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. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling the City’s Flu Clinic Call Center at 617.349.9788. We encourage people to schedule online.
Details >>
FAQs >> 

Girlx Only Leadership
Development (GOLD)
Tuesdays, 5 - 7PM | Zoom
Details >>
Register >>

Cambridge Families of Color Coalition (CFCC)

The CFCC is a collective of families and students of color working to uplift, empower, celebrate, and nurture our students and each other. For more information, please visit CFCC’s website or email.

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!
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Parents Supporting Parents Commercial >>

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! Guide available in multiple languages.

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.

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