CRLS DYK Newsletter: February 23, 2021
Published on Feb 23, 2021 16:00

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February 23, 2021

CRLS School Council Meeting TONIGHT

February 23 | 6PM | Online
Update on in person and remote learning at CRLS. Register 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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Class of 2021

More information for Seniors can be found here. 

uAspire Events

FAFSA Events
February 25, March 16 | 6-7PM | Register here >>
April 27 | 7-8 PM | Register here >>
Get an overview of the FAFSA, the application required by all colleges nationwide in order to receive federal financial aid.

After FAFSA Walkthrough
February 23, March 23, May 4 | 6-7PM | Register here >>
Explains the steps to take after submitting the FAFSA like reviewing your Student Aid Report (SAR) and verification.

Aid Offer Walkthrough
March 10, March 30, April 14 | 6-7PM | Register here >>
May 6 | 7-8PM | Register here >>
Make sense of financial aid offers from colleges and learn how to use uAspire's College Cost Calculator to compare the total costs of attending different colleges.
View upcoming uAspire events >>

2021 Scholarship Booklet

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

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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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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Upcoming Season Unified Basketball

What is Unified Basketball?
Unified Basketball is an opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities to play competitive interscholastic sports. On the unified team, there are also partner student athletes- or students without intellectual disabilities and they compete alongside one another.

In a unified basketball game, 5 players will be on the court at the same time playing against another 5 from another school. There will be 3 unified student athletes and 2 partners competing for each team.

Interested in playing Unified Basketball? Sign up here >>

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MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute Spring 2021 for Grades 9 & 10

Interested in learning about robotics, cyber security, assistive technology and programming? MIT LL Beaver Works will be running 7 different virtual courses for 8 weeks. A student will only be able to attend one of the programs. Students must be able to attend all sessions (all sessions are on Saturdays starting March 6th from 11AM-2PM EST). More details >>
The program is completely free! No prior experience is necessary.
Sign up here >>

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MIT BEEAM 2021 Information Session

Thursday, February 25 | 3:30-4:30 PM | More details >>
Are you interested in a STEM field? How do STEM scientists solve real-life problems? Are you interested in a research opportunity at MIT? Come to the BEEAM program information session this Thursday! Learn more >>

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Cambridge Youth Council
Political Opinions Survey

The Cambridge Youth Council is organizing an event where Cambridge area students are able to debate/converse with other students on political topics in a Jubilee-style debate where they can justify their views anonymously. The event will be posted on Youtube, hiding the names, faces, and identities of students participating. Here is an example of the event we will be hosting, but over Zoom!

The CYC is collecting data on which topics student's would like to see be discussed/debated, and whether they would be interested in participating. The data from survey will not be shared elsewhere and will remain only accessible to a very select few individuals. Take survey >>

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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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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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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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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.

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 Mon - Fri: 12NOON - 4PM
Saturdays: Closed

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

Crunchy Banana BoatsHere's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:
Crunchy Banana Boats: Slice a banana in half, spread nut butter over the flat side and sprinkle granola over the top!

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CRLS Events & Reminders

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 >> 

MassSupport is a line that offers emotional support, coping and help accessing resources. It is free and confidential for all residents of MA, no questions asked. 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 >>

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.
-- Library at Home: LearningExpress
February 24 | 3-4PM
Join us for a Zoom demonstration of our newest online resource, LearningExpress Library.
Register here >>
-- Tweens/Teens Comics Workshops
February 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 >>

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