CRLS DYK Newsletter: April 13, 2021
Published on Apr 13, 2021 15:59

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April 13, 2021

Principal's Update: Register Now!

Dear CRLS Students and Caregivers;  

As part of the district expansion of in-person learning, CRLS will begin full-time, in-person learning five days per week beginning Monday, May 10.  

There are two options for CRLS this spring:

  • Attend school in-person, full-time (full day, 5 days per week), or
  • Participate in remote learning, full time (full day, 5 days per week)

Please submit your choice by 8PM on April 20.
Log-in to the Caregiver Portal

Choose "Fill out the CRLS Enrollment Form”
If we don’t hear from you, your student will continue to be enrolled in their current mode.

A few things to know about the in-person learning experience:

  • Classrooms will be setup with 3 feet physical distancing between
    student desks
  • The CRLS schedule has been updated to support in-person learning.
    See the schedule here >>
  • Students are encouraged to participate in surveillance testing to identify asymptomatic cases and keep our community health. For students younger than 18, parents/guardians must provide consent.  

We encourage caregivers and students to engage in conversation about this enrollment choice. Join Principal Smith and CRLS leaders to learn more and ask questions about plans for May 10th expansion of in-person learning. 

Information Session for CRLS Families TOMORROW
Wednesday, April 14 | 6:30PM
Register here >>

You and your student will receive more information, including COVID-19 testing and other safety protocols, soon.

Please let your student’s Learning Community Dean know if you have any questions.

Principal Smith

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Calling all Juniors!
College-Process Informational Call

College Informational CallApril 14 | 10:30AM-12PM
This call will feature a panel of CRLS alumni who will answer your questions about the college process, as well as attest to their experiences at their respective colleges.

We selected diverse panel of alumni including those who took a gap year off, went to an international school, and stayed in Cambridge for college.

The link has been sent to your school email. If you can't find it, email Jinho Lee for a link.

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Cambridge Families of Asian Descent

Thursday, April 15 | 7-8PM
This parent-organized group welcomes parents and caregivers in Cambridge of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and multi-racial Asian heritage to join us for our next meeting. We will have a short ice breaker and then focus on forming work groups centered on different courses of action for CFAD, including Policy Advocacy, Curriculum Visibility, Social Connections and Outreach/Communications. Feel free to join us to connect, even if you do not stay for the working groups. Please complete the Working Group Interest Form in advance to give us an idea of your areas of interest.
*Register for the Zoom link to attend.
Questions? Email Tina Lieu, Nina Farouk, and Jenny Chung here.

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CRLS Full-time In-Person Learning Begins May 10

CRLS will transition to full-time, in-person learning on May 10. CRLS families have received information about the updated schedule. By April 20, families must submit their choice for students to attend fully in-person or fully remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

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MCAS Update

Every spring, students across the state participate in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), which are tests that measure the degree to which students are learning the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks relative to the expectations for each grade level.

Last week, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) informed school districts that schools will be able to offer a remote MCAS for grades 3–8 to accommodate families who chose to have their children learn remotely through the end of the school year.

Families of students in tested grades will receive detailed information later this week.

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CPS Community Fairs Starting May 8

Community Fairs 2021
Save the date for the 2021 CPS Community Fairs, hosted by CPS and the Office of Mayor Siddiqui, including our kickoff May 8 outside Cambridge Street Upper School.

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Connect with other CPS Families: Sign Up for FamilyBook!

FamilyBook is a secure, online family directory for each CPS school. It provides contact information for the purpose of sharing information and building community. If you haven’t already, sign up for the FamilyBook now!

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Remote Family Listening Sessions

These meetings have been extremely beneficial so far. We’ve appreciated all the input from families.

April 14 | 6:30PM | Information Session for CRLS families
April 14 | 7PM | Information Session for Amharic speakers

Register for upcoming sessions >>

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Interim Superintendent Search Updates

See the Interim Superintendent Search webpage for updates including candidate bios, videos from last week’s Virtual Candidate Forums, a form to provide your feedback to the School Committee, and next steps.

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Community Spotlights

  • Shout out to CRLS jazz instructor Guillermo Nojechowicz, who is spotlighted in Dig Boston. Read the article >>
  • Special thank you to VLUS teacher Heba Abu (VLUS teacher) who has provided CPS educators with a resource on how to support students and colleagues during Ramadan.
  • Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Scholastic Awards!

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Summer Opportunities in Naviance

Summer Opportunities received by the guidance department are being entered in the enrichment section of Naviance. Visit Naviance >>

How to Locate the Enrichment Section
From the Naviance home page, please click:

  • Top tab colleges
  • Click colleges home
  • Under research colleges, click enrichment

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Paid Summer Learning Opportunity at Meadowscaping for Biodiversity

Empowering BIPOC Youth to Address Environmental Injustice
and Climate Change

YEEP is an experiential, summer-time environmental enrichment program designed to empower teens to act positively for the environment and themselves. This year we are offering the program to youth in Belmont, Cambridge, Waltham, Watertown, and Arlington. Learn more >>

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Do you want to take a music class?

Drumming & World Jazz. Styles: hip-hop, rock, world music. Hear what a couple students have to say!

Why should you take a drumming class?
Hear from Ellen Jacobson (CRLS Senior) and Jordan Laws (CRLS Senior) in their own words. View video here >>

For more information, contact Mr. Nojechowicz.

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Happy Autism Acceptance Month!

In April and there are many international and national holidays that are celebrated. One of those awesome holidays is Autism Acceptance Month.
So from Best Buddy club, we would like to wish you a happy Autism Acceptance Month.

Best Buddy is a club made to make sure the students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at CRLS have a place where they can have fun, feel accepted and be involved. We planned many different events (virtually for now) so they can have a place to come and feel accepted and have some laughs. We are always looking for new members with or without any disabilities. If you would like to join and help make a difference please contact any of those following emails:

The Co-presidents: Dachenie Ganthier & Sachiko Kirby
Our awesome club advisor: Lynette Belle

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Spring Sports Infomational Meeting
For Interested Students & Caregivers

Tuesday, April 20 | 7PM | Zoom
This meeting will be a review of department policies and procedures as well as update Covid Modifications and protocols. Spring Sports will officially begin on Monday, April 26th (with the exception of Crew and Sailing, which have already started).

The sports below are being played in Spring 2021:

Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Rugby, Boys Volleyball, Outdoor Track and Field, Unified Track and Field, Orienteering, Wrestling (pending MIAA approval), Winter Cheer, Crew, and Sailing

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Understanding COVID-19

April 20-21 | 10AM-3PM | Zoom
Register for "Understanding COVID-19," a free course developed by MIT graduate students and professors. The course is designed to teach high schoolers about the broader context around COVID and paths to bio-related careers that have played a role in pandemic response. See here and here for YouTube videos describing the event. More details >>
Register here >>

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Cambridge Public Library Events

Tween/Teen Virtual Hangout: Yoga Sessions with Jaylee Momplaisir
Wednesday, April 21 & 28 | 4PM
Re-calibrate your mind and body with this all-level gentle yoga practice consisting of a slow vinyasa flow, long-held supported poses and calming breath work. This experience is designed to activate the body’s innate relaxation response which invites healing and restores balance.
Class will be 45 minutes and blocks or books, blankets and pillows are recommended. Register here >>

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BioTech in Action: Global

Saturday, April 24 | 12-1PM
Subject: Healthy Climate, Healthy Lives
Register here >>

This presentation will explore climate change and how it is connected with human health. We will discuss what climate change is, its impact on human health, and what we can do in our communities to protect ourselves from the impact on our health. Students will be provided an opportunity to ask questions about their own climate change concerns and speak with employees who are passionate about making the world a better place.

This event is part of a series of spring and summer events put on by the Biogen Community Lab and the Lemelson-MIT Program, who are collaborating to empower a new generation of young scientists and inventors through state-of-the-art virtual programming. Designed to foster a passion for science and invention, the programs are committed to ensuring diverse groups of students participate. Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Biogen and MIT employees and obtain an inside view of a biotech company and university. Seminars for educators to learn how to teach students 4 lessons in biotech are also included.

Learn more about the programs >>
*The programs are available at no cost to students and educators around the globe.

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Cambridge Science Fair:
Science of Sugar

April 24 | 3-3:50PM | *Virtual Events Available All of April
If you're looking for a fun activity for your children or family take a look at this awesome opportunity provided by MIT students, which focuses on the Science of Sugar. At this time there are 40 kits available and can be claimed by clicking on the link below and signing up. This opportunity is FREE and folks have the opportunity to learn about sugar through one hour of instruction as you're creating a rock candy together. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. More details >>

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Audible Remote & Paid Workshop Program - Summer 2021

Audible and Cambridge School Volunteers are currently seeking rising juniors and seniors interested in exploring careers in technology for a four week computer science-focused program. Participants will learn directly from Audible engineers working on industry-leading technology and be immersed in a professional computer science environment. Some topics that interns will explore include: the role of Software Development Engineers, the product development life cycle, and software testing. The program runs August 2-27, 2021 (Monday - Thursday, 9:30AM - 4PM), and interns are paid $15/hour.

Application Deadline:
April 28, 2021 at 5PM. Application details >>


  • Current 10th and 11th grade students
  • Have completed a computer science class

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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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Water Bottle Classroom Initiative for 9th Graders! 

The Cambridge Healthy Smiles program is launching its annual Water Bottle Classroom Initiative this month. Students in Grade 9 received a personal water bottle to use at school to promote oral health. The Charles Bullock Fund, which supports the oral health needs of school aged children in Cambridge, provides these reusable water bottles.

More info >>

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April is School Library Month!

School Library MonthSchool Library Month is a time to celebrate the essential role that school librarians and strong school library programs, including our wonderful Cambridge Public Schools Library Team, play in transforming learning. Visit the American Association of School Librarians' website to learn more and view author and illustrator videos about the importance of school libraries and reading. #EveryoneBelongs@YourSchoolLibrary #AASLslm

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CSV Tutoring & Mentoring Programs

Looking for support with your classes? Wondering about college or your future career?

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) is actively matching students with volunteers who can assist them with academics or college/career mentoring. CSV offers one-to-one programs 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 explore and plan for your post-secondary life. This can include career and college research, college admission essay help, scholarship application support, etc.

Students looking for a Tutor or Mentor >>
Students looking to become Peer Tutors >>
To become a CSV High School Volunteer >>

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CRLS Events & Reminders


April Vacation (No School)
April 19-23

School Council Meeting
April 27 |  6PM

CRLS returns to full in-person
or remote
May 10

Eid al-fitr (No School)
May 13

CRLS School Council Meeting
May 25 | 6PM

Memorial Day (No School)
May 31

CRLS Graduation
June 10

Juneteenth (No School)
June 18

Last Day of School (Early release)
June 23


Teen Health Center is OPEN!

Please call 617.665.1548 to schedule an appointment.

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

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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Find Spring and Summer 2021 opportunities for Cambridge families. You can also call/text 617.686.2998 or email Andrew
for help.

Continue to check back as new programs are updated or visit
Find It Cambridge for lots of other great resources!

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
See a curated list of programs, events, and resources within our district & community! See list >>

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
April 12 - April 18, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98

The Word: A Day in the City (New!)
Mon. 10:30PM & Sat. 6:30PM

Spot On: 15 Questions with Ms. Weisbart (New!)
Thu. 9:30PM & Sun. 7:30PM

The Inevitable: A Student-Produced Short Film (New!)
Tue. 9PM & Wed. 7PM

Youth View Cambridge: Ep. 1404 (New!)
Mon. 9PM & Thu. 9PM


School Curriculum and Achievement Sub-Committee Meeting 4/12/21 (Live)
Mon. 6PM

School Committee Special Meeting 4/13/21 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

School Committee Special Meeting: Interim Superintendent Candidate Interviews 4/15/21 (Live)
Thu. 6PM

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