CRLS DYK Newsletter: February 2, 2021
Published on Feb 2, 2021 16:57

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February 2, 2021

Reminder: No School Tomorrow

This is a reminder there is no school this Wednesday, February 3rd.

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Start of 2nd Semester Information

2nd Semester Schedule
For more information on this week's classes and the start of 2nd semester, please visit this link.

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Free School Meals Reminder & Kitchens Closed Wednesday

School Kitchens Closed on WednesdayFree school meals
We're seeing a dip in meal participation (especially at Fresh Pond Apartment and Cambridgepark Drive), and want to make sure folks know these meals continue to be FREE throughout this school year!

  • No school for scholars this Wednesday (2/3) means school kitchens will also be CLOSED. Please pick up additional meals on Tuesday (tomorrow) as kitchens will be CLOSED on Wednesday!
  • Do families have questions about P-EBT? DTA has an Assistance Line at 877.386.2363 (Press 6). More information here or in other languages.

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Class of 2021

More information for Seniors can be found here.

2021 Scholarship Booklet
The Scholarship Booklet is available for 2021. Check out this booklet for more information on available scholarships! View Booklet >>

Scholarship Workshops

Thursdays, January 21 - February 25 | 3-4PM | View Flyer >>
Learn about the CRLS scholarship portal,which scholarships to apply to,and even get help writing essays for your applications! Join via Zoom>>

uAspire Text Message Opt-In
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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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 >>

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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World Jazz Ensemble Looking for Bass Player

World Jazz Ensemble is currently looking for a bass player (upright or electric) for Semester 2. If you know a student that plays the bass, please contact Guillermo Nojechowicz, World Jazz & Percussion Ens. Director.

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Amnesty International 1st Meeting

Wednesday, February 10 | 12:15PM
Amnesty International is now at CRLS! AI@CRLS seeks to bring together students who are interested in learning more about the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, want to explore effective means to stand in solidarity with human rights defenders, and campaign to stop abuses of these rights.

Anyone interested in attending & finding out more information, please contact Sami Shadman Shirazi.

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CPS Community Cookbook

Remember to submit your favorite recipe! To give you an idea of what we want, here is a sample recipe video that was submitted by Kiersten Alexis (Class of 2024) this week!
Deadline: Tuesday, February 23 at 5PM
The Cambridge Public Schools World Language Department is creating a Community Cookbook. All JK-12 students and staff are welcome to submit their favorite recipe. Submit recipes here >>

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FOCRLS Awards & Scholarships

Faculty Members' Nominations for Holmes Awards Now Being Accepted
Holmes Awards Teachers, counselors, advisers, administrators, and other CRLS staff members -- Friends of CRLS seeks nominations for the Charlene Holmes Memorial Awards. More information & nomination instructions here >>

Charlene Holmes, a member of the CRLS Class of 2014, was killed by gunshot in June 2012. We honor her kindness to fellow students, vitality, and ambition with this meaningful award.

Four members of the Class of 2021 -- one from each Learning Community -- will each receive a check of $500. The awardees will be seniors who exemplify Charlene's spirit of generosity and caring toward their fellow students along with the pursuit of their own dreams of higher education and professional careers.

Music Scholarship Applications from Students in All Grades, 9-12, Now Being Accepted
Calvin Hicks Memorial Award for the Study of MusicFriends of CRLS is now accepting applications for the Calvin Hicks Memorial Award for the Study of Music. CRLS students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 are eligible for this $500 scholarship toward music lessons or classes at any accredited music school. The award may be used for the study of any instrument, voice, or music theory. Applicants may be at any stage of their musical development, from having no prior musical training to being accomplished artists.

Eligibility requirements:
a love of music, a commitment to learning, a GPA of 83 or higher, and financial need. Apply here >>
*Requires a financial information sheet from a parent/guardian and a recommendation form completed and submitted by a current music teacher or a current CRLS teacher.

If you have questions on either awards, please email Friends of CRLS.

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CRLS VPA Winter Festival

CRLS VPA Winter Festival performances each night this week can be accessed at View performances here >>

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 >>

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PLEASE JOIN Read Against Racism: A Book Club for Parents/Caregivers

Read Against Racism is intended as a safe space where local parents can embrace difficult conversations and share perspectives on race and equity in Camberville and surrounding areas. Our goal is to build understanding, support a community that values all people, and cultivate shared vision for an equitable future.

We know caregivers are busy and many times don't read the entire book. Don't let that hold you back from joining in our discussions-finishing the books isn't required! We meet the first Saturday of every month at 7pm-9pm.

If you'd like to receive the virtual meeting links each month, please email us or join our Google Group. Visit our group on Facebook.

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Mobile Tech Help DeskNeed Tech Help?

ICTS Technical Services Team will be operating the Mobile Helpdesk at CRLS M-F: 8AM - 4PM, Saturdays: 10AM - 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

Honeydew Melon with Cottage cheeseHere's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:
Honeydew melon with cottage cheese! Slice or cube the melon into bite sized pieces!

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CRLS Events & Reminders

The Spirit Of MLK in the Arts and in the Politics of Today
February 10 | 12-1PM
Members of the community share how the work of MLK motivates and informs their work today.
More details >>

A reminder that the Teen Health Center is OPEN!

If your student needs their REQUIRED flu vaccine and/or any other vaccines, please call 617.665.1548 to schedule an appointment.

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 >>
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!

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.

In Our District & Community

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Looking for resources in Cambridge?
Find It Cambridge >> 

Martin Luther King Fundraising Challenge (Cambridge Youth Council x The Black Student Union)
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we have launched a fundraising challenge to support local organizations working on the ground everyday to support members of our community, especially during these challenging times. Please consider donating to help us reach our goal to raise $12,000 by Valentine's Day (February 14, 2021).
Link to fundraiser >>
More information >>

Family-Friendly Resources for Help with Mental Health
HandholdMA is a user-friendly website for Massachusetts families who are worried about their children’s mental health. More information >>
-- Printable Posters (Available in Multiple Languages)
-- Webinar (Introducing Handhold)

Lasagna Love
Need a hand feeding your family? Your neighbors want to help! Request a FREE lasagna delivery!
More details >>

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
Information about P-EBT benefits from the DTA can be found here.

FREE After-School Orienteering Mini-Games
Fun, outdoor enrichment activities based on CPS orienteering physical education unit!
View Flyer >>
Upcoming events >>
More details here >>

Harvard Sq. "Fridge in the Square"
With the principle 'take what you need, leave what you can', we aim to redistribute resources within our community to those in need on a hyper-local scale. Sign up to volunteer >>
For more info, please email or DM on Instagram @cambridgefridge.

FREE Harvard HS Tutoring Program

Free online tutoring sessions available to high school students who live in Cambridge or live or attend school in Allston-Brighton. For questions, contact Bersabell Yeshitla. More details >>
Register here >>

CEOC Resources

-- CEOC Food Pantry is now open at 11 Inman Street!
- P-EBT Benefits: Learn more >>
-- Health insurance: Learn more >>
-- For more information, please call 617.868.2900 or visit here.

FREE Adult Education Programs

Free ABE, ESOL, and high school equivalency classes for adults.
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.
Learn more >>

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

BRYT 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 >>

Cambridge Public Library
-- English Classes: Registration is required for each class. Please see the Library’s online events calendar for more details.
-- Tweens/Teens Comics Workshops
February 2, 10, 17, 24 | 4-5PM
Register >>

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.

FAQ on Utilities during COVID-19
Many residents are struggling to pay their bills, including their monthly utility bills. More information>>

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

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
February 1 - 7, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

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CRLS Boys Basketball vs. Bedford 2/5/21 (Live)
Fri. 5:30PM

CRLS Drumming & Percussion Clinic
Wed. 9PM & Sat. 1PM

VPA Winter Stew
Thu. 8PM & Thu. 5PM

NASA TV Highlights: SpaceCast Weekly 1/29/21
Mon. 8PM & Wed. 8PM


School Committee Regular Meeting 2/2/21 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

Building & Grounds Subcommittee Meeting 1/25/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Wed. 6PM

School Committee Special Meeting 1/26/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Sun. 10AM

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