CRLS DYK Newsletter: December 8, 2020
Published on Dec 8, 2020 14:13

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December 8, 2020

Winter Track & Field Virtual Sports Meeting w/ Coach Jamalh Prince

December 8 | 6PM | Join Zoom Meeting >>

Meeting ID: 932 6624 8443
Passcode: n3K4Ne

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Winter Boys Basketball Virtual Sports Meeting w/ Coach Geo Rodriguez

December 9 | 6PM | Join Zoom Meeting >>

Meeting ID: 977 6776 4622
Passcode: ru9rHD

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Grades 6-12 Student Survey 

To help us better understand the experiences of CPS students this fall, we will be administering a survey to students in grades 6-12 this month. The survey should take students no more than 10 minutes to complete and student responses will be reported completely anonymously. Your student’s participation will help us learn about what is going well and what can be improved as we plan for the second semester.

If you have any questions about this survey or do not want your child to participate, please contact Jennifer Amigone, Director of Research, Assessment and Evaluation at by Tuesday, December 8th at 5pm. 

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Virtual School Store December Events 

You can order from the catalog at any time but currently we are only available for curbside pickup on Wednesdays between 11:10AM-1:10PM. We hope you can make it to at least one event this month! View Online Catalog >>

Tuesday, December 15th | 12-12:30PM | Zoom
The sales events are 30 minutes long and include giveaways and discounts for attendees. 

Join Zoom Meeting >>
Meeting ID: 997 1125 0404

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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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CSEd Week 2020CSEdWeek 2020 is Here!
CSEdWeek 2020 (also referred to as Hour of Code) is officially here, and the EdTech department is excited to share the CPS CSEdWeek site! This site is designed with students as the audience and includes curated activities, read alouds, and videos by grade band. 

Student Contest!
This year we are motivating student engagement with computer science through a district-wide contest that includes 4 challenges. Each challenge has an identified grade band and provides guidelines for submissions. Students will create a copy of a submission Google Slide deck and share it with Ingrid Gustafson. Random entries will be drawn for a prize in each grade band. Please reach out to Ingrid Gustafson with any questions about the contests.

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Class of 2021 

More information for Seniors can be found here.

uAspire December Virtual Financial Aid Events | View flyer >>
Student Support Day
Wednesday, December 9th | 4:30-7:30PM | Book Appointment Here >>
Thursday, December 17th | 4:30-7:30PM | Book Appointment Here >>

40-minute appointments to work one-on-one on financial aid applications

After the FAFSA Walkthrough
Monday, December 14th | 7-8PM | Join Zoom Meeting >>
Meeting ID: 992 3302 3593 - Passcode: 587386
Wednesday, December 16th | 7-8PM | Join Zoom Meeting >>
Meeting ID: 971 8366 2999 - Passcode: 768770

Full walkthrough of Student Aid Report & Verification 

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.

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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 617.349.9788.

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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 >>

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

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

Carrot & Broccoli Salad: Shredded carrots and chopped broccoli florets mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of Italian dressing.

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CRLS Events & Reminders


Food Services
-- The December menu for in-person and remote learning are now available! 
In-person Learning Menu >>
Remote Learning Menu >>
-- The Amigos meal pick up site is now reopen! We closed temporarily for a few days, but we are back up and running!
-- Starting on Monday, December 7th, the Fresh Pond Apartments meal pick up site spot will MOVE from the parking area to the backdoor of the 364 Rindge Community Room. This is the same door as the food pantry! 
Find out site information at the Cambridge school meals map >>
-- The CPS Nutrition team will be recognized as 2020 Cambridge Food Heroes! Watch ceremony here >>

Free Meals for All Students

Monday - Friday, 12-1PM. Details >>

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

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.

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.

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 >> 

Mental Health First Aid with Aweh Support, LLC
December 9 | 6:30-8PM | Zoom
*Registration required for zoom link*
Register here >>

Learn about DHSP Online Programming at Upcoming Virtual Open Houses!

Families are invited to learn more about DHSP Online at Virtual Open Houses offered over the next two weeks. More details >> *Please take this 5-minute survey to tell us about how DHSP Online can best support your family! 
Open Houses Dates
Grades K-2 >>
Grades 3-5 >>
Grades 6-8 >>

Dads Talk! Drop-In 
December 10 | 7:30-8:30PM | Zoom 
A virtual discussion group for Cambridge dads! It’s been a challenging time for parents of young children. This is a great opportunity to: 
-- Connect with dads in the community 
-- Share challenges as well as ideas for navigating these times. 
To register, email us. More details >> 
Questions? Call or text John at 857-209-4964 

Harvard High School Tutoring Program
Harvard college students are available to support high school students who live in Cambridge or live or attend school in Allston-Brighton for FREE with online tutoring sessions. Contact Bersabell Yeshitla for any questions or concerns. More details >>
Register here >>

Holiday Pops: Festive Stories for the Whole Family

December 20 | 4PM | View Flyer >>
The CSO has decided to produce a free live stream event with pre-recorded video that will feature a mini version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. More details >>

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 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 or call 617.349.9788. 
Learn more >>
Frequently Asked Questions >>

Neurodiversity Internships at MIT
The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT is seeking to recruit neurodiverse individuals for internships, age 18+. 
Learn more >>

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

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

Haitian Folkloric Dance with Jean Appolon Expressions

December 11, 18 | 4-4:30PM
The Cambridge Public Library invites children of all ages and their caregivers to join Artistic Director Jean Appolon of Jean Appolon Expressions in this energetic movement class! Jean will lead a short full body warmup and then teach movements that match a specific Haitian Rhythm, like Yanvalou, Ibo, or Kongo.
Register here >>

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.

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
December 7 - December 13, 2020
Schedule & Streaming >>

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Spot On: CRLS Student Government (New!)
Mon. 9:30PM & Thu. 9:30PM

The Word: An Interview with Cambridge Poll Workers (New!)
Thu. 10:30PM & Sat. 6:30PM

NASA TV Highlights: SpaceCast Weekly 12/4/20 (New!)
Tue. 10PM & Sun. 6:00PM

Reeling: The Movie Review Show (New!)
Mon. 6PM & Wed. 10PM

School Committee Roundtable Meeting 12/8/20 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee Meeting 12/4/20 (Re-Broadcast)
Wed. 6PM

School Committee Special Meeting 12/2/20 (Re-Broadcast)
Sat. 10AM
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