Morse Weekly Family Newsletter: December 18, 2020
Published on Dec 18, 2020 13:22

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December 18, 2020

Greetings from Chad Leith

Dear Morse School parents and caregivers,

I hope that you and your families were able to stay warm and safe during our first remote snow day yesterday. If your child had any difficulties with remote learning, please let Ms. Elaine, Ms. Headley or me know so that we can help make any future remote snow day better.

Morse Families Helping Morse Families
We know that this is a difficult time for many of our Morse School families, and we are fortunate to have many resources in our community to help. We have added a new support page to our school website, dedicated to supporting the basic needs, social, emotional, and behavioral health of our students, families, and staff. Additionally, Ms. Elaine has been calling each Morse School family to check on how you and your children are doing. Thanks to generous donations from the Friends of Morse and individual Morse School families, we will be distributing gift cards to families who have shared a need. If you need help with food, winter clothing, or anything else, please call Ms. Elaine at 617.349.6575 or send an email to Ms. Sullivan.

Live Stream Reflection & Apology
Ms. Headley and I have tried to use our Wednesday morning Live Stream broadcasts to celebrate our community and highlight voices and topics that are often overlooked. We are still learning how to do this well and we don’t always get it right. This week, we featured Morse School children sharing about holiday traditions that are important to their families. While our intention was to reinforce the Morse School values of belonging and inclusivity, we acknowledge that some cultural traditions were not included. Ms. Headley and I sincerely apologize if you or your children felt left out during our Wednesday broadcast. We appreciate those who have shared this feedback, and promise that your input will push us to do a better job in the future.

Please Contribute to The “Morse Museum!”
In order to celebrate all of our children and families, we are launching our virtual “Morse Museum!” The idea, sparked by Ms. Pennell’s and Ms. Sosa’s reading of Milo’s Museum during our 12/9 Live Stream, is to create a place where all students can display something that is special to themselves and their families. If your child would like to add something to our Morse Museum, please take a photo of a meaningful object or artifact and forward it to Ms. Headley by email or text 617.201.7813. Please include your child's name and grade, along with a short description of why the object or artifact is so special to your child or family.

Please Complete the Family Survey
It is important to us that every Morse School family has a positive experience at our school. Please let us know how things are going by taking a moment to complete the CPS family survey. The survey can be taken more than once, if you have more than one child.

Thank you and I wish you all the best for a wonderful winter weekend!


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Carrot & Broccoli SaladHealthy Snack of the Week
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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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

DHSP FREE Winter Programming
DHSP is now offering FREE virtual K-8 programming from 12/14 - 1/15, 3-6PM. Learn more >>

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
If you work with adults who would benefit from free ABE, ESOL, and high school equivalency classes, here are some programs. Learn more >>
Visit MA Adult Literacy Website >>

Coronavirus (COVD-19) Testing
Testing appointments through the City's free mobile-testing program are now available, view schedule here.
*You can schedule an appointment online or call 617.349.9788.

Fight the Flu. Get Your Flu Shot!
You can make an appointment for a flu shot with either your healthcare provider or local pharmacy. Note: It's mandatory for CPS students to receive flu shots by 12/31. Details >>

CEOC Resources: Food Pantry, P-EBT Benefit Help, Health insurance Application Support
-- CEOC Food Pantry is now open at 11 Inman Street!
-- Still haven’t received P-EBT benefits? Learn more >>
-- Health insurance:
It is Open Enrollment for health insurance now through January 23, 2021. Learn more >>
-- For more information on any of the above, please call 617.868.2900 or visit here.

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 >>

Cambridge Public Library Updates
-- Contactless Holds Pickup Service hours available
-- English Classes: Registration is required for each class. Please see the Library’s online events calendar for more details.
-- Google Drawing 101: Sticker Design
December 29 | 12NOON
Learn the fundamentals of Google Drawing to design and edit images for customized OR your own vinyl stickers. Register here >>
-- Google Drawing 101: Winter Solstice Lantern
December 22 | 3:30PM
Learn the fundamentals of Google Drawing to design and edit pieces for a laser-cut lantern. Register here >>
-- Haitian Folkloric Dance with Jean Appolon Expressions
December 18 | 4-4:30PM
CPL invites children of all ages and their caregivers to join Artistic Director Jean Appolon of Jean Appolon Expressions in this energetic movement class! Register here >>
-- 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.

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

Free Meals for All Students
Monday - Friday, 12-1PM.  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.

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.

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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