CRLS DYK Newsletter: February 9, 2021
Published on Feb 9, 2021 19:23

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February 9, 2021

Second Semester New Schedule

First Full Week Semester 2
This is the first full week with the new schedule. Please see the schedule below and remember the schedule will be

1, 2, Study Support, 3, 4- Monday and Tuesday
3, 4, Study Support, 1, 2- Thursday and Friday
2nd Semester Schedule
2nd Semester Schedule
View Second Semester Schedule here.

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2nd Semester Curriculum Night Feb. 25

Prerecorded Class Presentations
Curriculum Night is a time to learn about what your child will be studying for the semester. Teachers will be pre-recording and sending caregivers their presentation of their course description, syllabus and grade policy for you to watch at your convenience on or before Feb. 25.

Live Information Sessions
Live Information Sessions Zoom meetings on February 25. Parents can join the meeting and Q&A. Below are the sessions being offered.

  • 6-6:30 PM | CRLS Scholarships & uAspire Financial Aid Information
  • 6:30-7PM | Returning to In-person updates with Deans of Students
  • 7-7:30 PM | CRLS Club Updates

Note: To prevent Zoom bombing, links will be emailed to CRLS families before the event.

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Cambridge Families of Color Coalition (CFCC) Invites You!

Thursday, February 11 | 6-7:30PM
Wednesday, February 17 | 3:30-5PM

CFCC Recruitment FlyerCFCC Recruitment FlyerThe CFCC is a collective of families and students of color working to uplift, empower, celebrate, & nurture our students and each other.
Sign up here >>

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Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Questions about P-EBT? DTA has an Assistance Line at 877-386-2363 For detailed and translated information in a flyer (EBT Flyers) or call the CEOC at 617.868.2900 anytime to receive help.

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CRLS Modern Dance Company Audition Announcement

The CRLS Modern Dance Company is excited to announce our upcoming online audition! If you like to dance, this is the place for you! All levels of experience welcome! Open to grades 9-12. Auditions will be held virtually! CLICK HERE to fill out an audition form!

Just fill out the audition form to get a link to the audition choreography tutorial, and make sure you have a completed media release form on file with the school. Dancers will learn two short combos and then submit a video via Google Drive to Brenda Divelbliss by Monday, February 22nd.

Questions? Please email Brenda Divelbliss.

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A Narration of the Black Deaf Community: Black American Sign Language, Culture, and History

Tuesday, February 23rd | 7-8PM | Online
The CRLS World Language Department invites you to learn more about Black American Sign Language (BASL). Did you know that BASL is a dialect of ASL that developed as a result of the segregation of schools in the American South in the 19th and 20th centuries? Did you know that young influencers across the country are using social media platforms such as TikTok and Twitter to preserve BASL? Join us to learn more. More details >>

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CRLS Habesha Club Presents: The Tragedies Back Home and COVID-19

Friday, February 12th | 6:30pm
We will be hosting this event with special guest, Samuel M. Gebru, CRLS c'2009, and founder and former Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Global Initiative (EGI). We will be having deep and reflective conversations about the genocides happening in Ethiopia, how the diaspora is affected by all of it, and how COVID has impacted our habesha communities here in the greater boston area, and further.

We encourage you to come, and invite all the family and friends you can think of! As always, you do not have to be habesha to attend, this is the place to learn and be aware of issues outside of the country. Register here >> 

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AP Exam Registration Deadline

Any students enrolled in a 2nd semester AP class, the deadline to register for AP exams is March 4th.

Registration is a 2 step process:

  1. Join the class online AND sign up for the exam
    Log into and “join” the class using the join code provided by your AP teacher. View step by step guide >>
    Make sure to change the exam indicator to YES. When you join the class, the exam indicator defaults to Undecided, this must be changed to YES by March 4th.
  2. Submit payment by March 4th
    More information TBA. We will be using an online payment system that will be finalized by the end of February.

If you have already registered for an AP exam for a first semester or full year class, more payment information to come. Payment also due by March 4th.

Check the CRLS AP Testing Website for more information.

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Pick up a February Break Multi-Day Meal Kit on Friday, February 12th!

February Break Meal KitMark your calendars! In response to the demanding success of the Winter Break Meal Kits, CPS Nutrition will be providing multi-day Meal Kits for February Break! This one-day event will take place at select sites across the district, and will supply a grocery bag with four days worth of breakfast and lunches per child.

Friday, February 12th
11:30AM to 1PM (or until meal kits run out)


– Cambridge Rindge & Latin School - 459 Broadway (Door 9 on Cambridge Street to the left of the loading dock)
– Fletcher Maynard Academy - 225 Windsor St (Windsor Street sidewalk entrance)
– King School/Putnam Ave Upper School - 102 Putnam Ave (Magee Street entrance)
– Fresh Pond Apartments - 362-364 Rindge Ave (364 Rindge Community Room rear door entrance)
– Kennedy Longfellow School - 158 Spring St (Spring St second door entrance)*
– Haggerty School - 110 Cushing St (Lawn St side entrance)*

*These sites will have limited meal kits available
For more information, please email Shennie Quintanilla or call the Food & Nutrition Services office at 617.349.6858.

Visit our News page for details! >>

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Meal sites closedMeal Pick Up Sites Closed Monday 2/22

With the addition of a new professional development day and no school for students on Monday, February 22nd, remote meal pick up sites will be CLOSED. We will see you on Tuesday, February 23rd!

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Parent needed for the CRLS Infection Control Team

A parent needed for the CRLS Infection Control Team. Please email Greta Hardina if you are interested. Meetings are Tuesday afternoons at 3 PM.

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Happy School-Based Health Center (aka Teen Health Center) Awareness Month!

Never heard of a school-based health center? Click here for five things you should know!

Please call us at the Teen Health Center with any questions and/or to schedule an appointment! We are here for you. 617-665-1548

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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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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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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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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

Nutty Yogurt DippersHere's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:
Nutty Yogurt Dippers: Greek yogurt with nut butter drizzled on top, served with apple or pear slices to dip and scoop!

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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 >> 

Free MIT LL Beaver Works Courses
Available to 9th and 10th grade students interested in learning about robotics, cyber security, assistive technology and programming. No prior experience is necessary.
More details >>
Sign up >>

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. Please consider donating to help us reach our goal to raise $12,000 by Valentine's Day (February 14, 2021).
Link to fundraiser >>
More details >>

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! More details >>

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"
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

Available to high school students who live in Cambridge or live or attend school in Allston-Brighton. 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 8 - 14, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

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CRLS Boys Basketball vs. Boston Latin (Live)
Fri. 5:30PM

CRLS Orchestra: A Selection of Solo Works
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM

Advanced Acting Documentary Theatre Project
Thu. 4PM & Fri. 8PM

Reeling: The Movie Review Show (New!)
Fri. 11AM & Sat. 2PM


School Committee & City Council Joint Roundtable Meeting 2/9/21 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

School Committee Regular Meeting 2/2/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Wed. 6PM

White House Chronicle: News & Analysis (New!)
Thu. 10PM & Sun. 5:00PM

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Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138  •  617.349.6630
CPS Mobile App >>
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