CRLS DYK Newsletter: December 22, 2020
Published on Dec 22, 2020 17:42

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December 22, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

"For our current in-person learners, who have been temporarily at home since December 10, we hope we can return to school buildings on January 4. Under our current plan, this requires 7 consecutive days with less than 25 daily new cases (per 100,000 individuals)..."

Read "Update on COVID-19 Dashboard" >>

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Winter Break Meal Kits

Winter Break Meal Kits
Tomorrow, Wed. 12/23,
 the district will be distributing multi-day Meal Kits at 4 select sites (Fresh Pond Apartments, Fletcher Maynard Academy, King School/Putnam Ave, and CRLS). These meal kits are first come, first served. Distribution will begin at 11:30 am and go to 1 pm. More information can be found here. Click here for the flyer in different languages.

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French Club

CRLS French Club is open for membership and is having officer elections. French Club is open to all CRLS students who are interested in French language and Francophone culture. Students do not need to be current or former French students to participate in French Club.

For more information, please visit our CRLS French Club website or contact the sponsor Mme. Cook.

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VPA Winter Festival

The Winter Festival developed by CRLS VPA staff and students highlights the artistry, talent, skill, hard work and creativity of students and staff in the CRLS VPA program. View Full Schedule >>

CRLS Jewelry Making Classes Presents... Semi-Annual Jewelry Sale
Sunday, December 20 - Thursday, December 31 | Online Store >>
All sales include lifetime repair. Custom orders upon request! Proceeds of the sale to help defray the cost of semi-precious metals and materials used in the student projects.

There is a flat $2.75 shipping fee and all orders will be processed as received. All orders will be shipped USPS or email Mrs. Hegre for contact-free pickup or delivery!

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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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Class of 2021 

More information for Seniors can be found here.

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:

  • Monday: 50 Church St. 12PM-8PM
  • Tuesday: 50 Church St. 12PM-8PM
  • Wednesday: 2254 Massachusetts Ave, St. John the Evangelist Church, 10AM-6PM
  • Thursday: CambridgeSide in East Cambridge, 11AM-7PM (Drive-through testing in garage. Enter on First St.)
  • Friday: 50 Church St. 12PM-8PM
  • Saturday: Pisani Center located at 131 Washington Street. 11AM-7PM
  • Sunday: CambridgeSide in East Cambridge, 11AM-7PM (Drive-through testing in garage. Enter on First St.)

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 Boats
Here's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:

Carrot Boats: Slice carrots topped with hummus or cream cheese and dried fruit and/or nuts on top! Try pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries or sliced prunes.

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CRLS Events & Reminders


Winter Break, No school
December 24 - January

State deadline for all students to receive Flu Vaccine
December 31

School resumes
January 4th


COVID-19 CPS Data Dashboard
View Dashboard >>

“What Should I Do” Document
Guidance on what to do if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. View here >>

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

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

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

Flu Vaccines - Reminder
As a reminder, all children in grades K-12 (remote or in-person) are required to receive the influenza vaccine by December 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season unless they have a medical or religious exemption. Please submit all necessary documentation to Nurse Joanne as soon as possible. If you have already done, please disregard this reminder. Thank you in advance for your assistance. - Nurse Walsh

Flu Shots @ Teen Health Center
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 >> 

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 >>

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 >> 

Free Flu Shots in Cambridge
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. Learn more >>
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

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

Caregiver Groups
The BRYT (Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition) network has been providing FREE parent support groups since the school closures in March 2020 to any parent or caregiver!
Flyer >>
Parents Supporting Parents Commercial >>

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

Cambridge Public Library Updates
-- English Classes: Registration is required for each class. Please see the Library’s online events calendar for more details.

-- Google Drawing 101: Sticker Design
12/29 | 12NOON | 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. More information>>

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

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
December 21 - December 27, 2020
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98
The Word: Catching Up with CRLS Athletes (New!)
Mon. 10:30PM & Thu. 10:30PM

What’s Up Cambridge: RAUC TV, Season 1
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM

#HerVote Presents: Women on Incarceration & Suffrage 12/16/20
Wed. 7PM & Sat. 3PM

NASA TV Highlights: You Too Can Do NASA Science (New!)
Wed. 8PM & Sun. 10AM

School Committee Special Meeting 12/22/20 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

Buildings & Grounds Sub-Committee Meeting 12/18/20 (Re-Broadcast)
Fri. 6PM

School Committee Regular Meeting 12/15/20 (Re-Broadcast)
Mon. 6PM
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