Morse Weekly Family Newsletter: December 1, 2020
Published on Dec 1, 2020 16:28

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December 1, 2020

Greetings from Chad Leith

Dear Morse School Parents & Caregivers,

I hope that you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving break and that your week is off to a great start.  It is hard to believe that it is already December!  

This has been a very unusual school year but a lot of positive things are happening in both our in-person and our remote classrooms.  Over the last few weeks, Morse School teachers have administered a variety of formative assessments to help us get a better understanding of each child’s individual academic needs.  Your child’s teacher will share some of this data with you when discussing your child’s progress during this week’s parent conferences.  It is our sincere hope that the conferences also provide you and your child’s teacher with an opportunity to discuss your child’s overall experiences with school this year, as well as to identify some learning goals for the coming months.  In an effort to provide as flexible a conference schedule as possible for our parents, caregivers, and teachers, there will be no asynchronous learning assigned tomorrow (Wednesday 12/2) afternoon.

School Council Congratulations
Congratulations to Nekeya Dancy and Sweta Joshi, who were unanimously approved to serve as parent representatives on the Morse School Council!  This year, the School Council will play an important role in reviewing and updating our School Improvement Plan. All members of the Morse School community are welcome and encouraged to attend School Council meetings.  Our next meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, December 10th from 6:00-7:30pm.

December Materials Pickup for Remote Learners
In order to provide reliable and consistent support for our remote learners, we have scheduled materials pickup for the first week of every month. Our December pickup week is underway!  Parents of remote learners, please stop by any day this week between 7:15am-3:00pm. (Tomorrow, Wednesday 12/2, pickup hours will be extended to 4:00pm.)  Please remember that this is also an opportunity to pick up art supplies and exchange library books.  Please be sure to return the library books that your child borrowed last month!  If you have any questions or are unable to pick up your child’s materials during these days and times, please contact our Clerk Elaine Delaney at 617.349.6575 or via email at [email protected].

COVID Clarification
In the Superintendent's message to the CPS community yesterday, Dr. Salim indicated that a classroom at the Morse School had been closed due to a positive COVID case.  Please know that the "classroom" in question is not a traditional “homeroom" in which a cohort of students spends the bulk of their school day, but rather a former classroom that has been converted into a specialist workspace, which includes intermittent adult and student use.  Based on recommendations from the Department of Public Health, this room did receive a deep clean and was taken out of circulation for a period of time that coincides with the quarantine period of the affected individual.  I regret any confusion caused by my previous messages about this.

Flu Shots Required by December 31 
A reminder to families that the flu vaccine is now required for all Massachusetts public school students, including students learning remotely. Under this new state requirement, students should receive the vaccine no later than December 31, 2020, unless a religious or medical exemption is provided.  Families can either email a copy of the documentation to Nurse Sam ([email protected]) or send it to her by fax: 617.349.7766.  If you have questions about where or how to get your child vaccinated, please contact Nurse Sam.

Friends of Morse Appreciation & Upcoming 12/8 Meeting
A special thank you to the Friends of Morse for helping mobilize Thanksgiving donations for several Morse School families for whom food security is a concern.  Last month, the Friends of Morse also helped bring Wee the People to the Morse School to offer the ABCs of Racism workshop to parents and caregivers.  These are just a few of the many many ways in which the Friends of Morse works to support our community.  If you are interested in learning more about the organization or finding out how you can get involved, please consider attending the group’s next meeting next Tuesday (12/8) from 6pm-7:30pm. The Zoom link is here.

As always, I am grateful to you for being a member of the Morse School community.  I wish you all the best for a great first week of December!

Principal Chad Leith

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Here's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:
Carrot Stick with Hummus & Pumpkin Seeds: Try walnuts, sunflower seeds or almonds as well!

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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

Holiday Pops: Festive Stories for the Whole Family (A Special FREE Livestream)
December 20 | 4PM | View Flyer >>
The CSO wishes to bring a quality, joyful performance to families in the Greater Boston area for the holiday season… without risking anyone’s health or safety. We decided to produce a live stream event with pre-recorded video that will feature a mini version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. More details >>

Info Sessions on Affordable Rental 
Lottery for Frost Terrace Apts
Interested applicants can attend one of two information sessions to learn more about the apartment building, resident eligibility requirements and how to apply. More information >>
December 3 | 7PM | Register here >>
December 6 | 1PM | Register here >>

FREE Adult Education Programs
Adult education programs now accepting students for free ESOL, GED/HiSET, Citizenship or Job training programs with NO wait lists.
Learn more >>
Visit MA Adult Literacy Website >>

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.
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FAQs >> 

McLean Hospital Mental Health Webinars 
Free mental health resources available for the public. 
View Upcoming Webinars >> 

Cambridge Public Library Resources

-- Contactless Holds Pickup Service hours at the O'Neill Branch (70 Rindge Ave., Cambridge):
Wednesdays, 1-7:30PM
Thursdays, 11AM-5:30PM
Fridays, 11AM-5:30PM
-- Haitian Folkloric Dance
12/4, 12/11, & 12/18 | 4PM
Classes for kids of all ages and their caregivers on Haitian Folkloric Dance with Jean Appolon Expressions. These will be short, 20-minute movement breaks at the end of a long week of virtual life. You can see the program description here.

-- English Classes: Virtual Introductory Level ESOL Classes run by Cambridge Public Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m and 1pm. Intermediate ESOL classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. Registration is required for each class. Please see the Library’s online events calendar for more details.
-- Stay Connected with CPL! To keep up with what’s happening at the Library, please subscribe to the CPL email list or visit the website.

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!
Flyer >>
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! 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.

Tenants Rights & Resources Information Now Available in Multiple Languages
To learn more about tenants rights and resources in Cambridge, please visit this website >>
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