CRLS DYK Newsletter: May 4, 2021
Published on May 4, 2021 14:26

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May 4, 2021

Updates from Principal Smith

CRLS COVID Safety Protocol Information Session for In-Person Families
Thursday, May 6 | 7-8PM
Please join us for an information session meeting on COVID Safety Protocol for in-person students returning May 10th. Register here >> 
Once you have registered, you will receive the Zoom link 30 minutes in advance.

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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. May 6 from 6-7:30PM. Register to join a meeting >>

For more information or to register for the meeting please email Greta Hardina the CRLS Family Liaison.

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Graduation/Senior Information

Hello Seniors! For information concerning graduation and Senior activities, please visit the following link. More details >>

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Students Must Take MCAS to Qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy

Any current Junior or Senior who intends to apply for the Seal of Biliteracy needs to take the MCAS in May in order to qualify.

The LOOK Act requires that students earn qualifying scores on the Grade 10 ELA MCAS to meet the English criteria for the Seal of Biliteracy. Any students in the class of 2021 and 2022 who wish to apply for the Seal of Biliteracy should take the Grade 10 ELA MCAS when it is offered in May. Students in the class of 2022 may also be able to make up the MCAS next year.

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The Spot & CRLS Looking for Donations of Semi-Formal Clothes for "Prom"

Dear Families,

The CRLS senior class of 2021 did not have a prom last year due to quarantine. This year they will only be able to have a very modified semi formal dance at Starlight, in Central Square, but will not be allowed to eat, or dance, due to covid restrictions.

This chance to dress up and spend time together before graduating is very important to them. Most have only seen each other on a virtual Zoom/Google Meet grid for the past year. We want all those who can go to have the chance to dress up, feel special, valued and celebrated.

We want all kids to have access to semi formal outfits and THE SPOT, and Greta Hardina, the liaison at CRLS are working together to make this happen. 

We are looking for donations of:

  • Semi formal dresses/prom style dresses
  • Suits and tuxes
  • Semi formal shoes
  • Semi formal jewlery and accessories

If you have these items, and believe them to be in excellent condition and current style-wise to make a young adult happy, please donate them to the CRLS seniors!

Drop off at THE SPOT
Located Across the street from 75 Gore Street.
Look for a brick building with a green door and a sign on it.
Tuesday, May 4th | 1-3PM
Saturday, May 8th | 3-5PM

Have questions?
Contact Kristen Emack or THE SPOT.

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CRLS Amnesty International Food Drive

May 8 | 10AM-12PM 
Food is a fundamental human right (UDHR, Article 25)
Amnesty International @ CRLS will host a food drive on Saturday. Donations will be used to stock Community Fridges in Cambridge. These are outdoor fridges, alongside some pantry shelves, that are monitored and stocked by volunteers, filled with everything from fresh produce to canned goods and sometimes even toiletries and other non-food household essentials. AI@CRLS students will set up in front of the Main Entrance to collect donations. 

More details >>

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MIT AgeLab OMEGA Scholarships Open

This year, in partnership with Five Star Senior Living and AARP MA, we are awarding five $5,000 college scholarships to high school juniors and seniors across the U.S. to recognize and reward the efforts teens are making to creating multigenerational connections in their communities during the pandemic. Five $1,000 grants will also be awarded to the winning student’s intergenerational program, club or organization to support their efforts to build relationships between younger and older adults. 
Questions? Email us here.

More details >> 
View flyer >>

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Soft Robotics Toolkit @ Harvard

The Soft Robotics Toolkit is part of the Biodesign Laboratory at Harvard. Our website currently focuses on translating laboratory research into free educational content around soft robotics to be used in classrooms and by educators around the world. We are currently working on some exciting new projects in the soft robotics field, geared towards students and hobbyists to introduce them to the future of robotics!

We’re interested in meeting with parents that have STEAM backgrounds with children in grades 5-12 or parents with children grades 5-12 with a strong interest in STEAM. If you have 15-20 minutes to meet with us, we would appreciate the opportunity! If you’re interested please email us. We appreciate you taking the time and look forward to hearing from you!

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Cambridge Public Library Events
Social Justice Workshops for Tweens and Teens
Join us for a series of workshops for tweens and teens about social justice.
May 5 | 4PM | Climate Justice Monopoly with Spring Forward
May 12 | 4PM | Know Your Rights for Tweens and Teens
May 19 | 4PM | Speak On It
May 26 | 4PM | Social Justice at the CPL

The series continues with a panel: Voices of Youth Activists on May 27, 6PM.

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Harvard Presents Together We RISE

Wednesday, May 19 | 10AM - 2PM
A Virtual Conference for Allston, Brighton, and Cambridge High School Sophomores & Juniors, sponsored by the Harvard Ed Portal and the Harvard Public School Partnerships team. CRLS alum, Mohammed Uddin, CRLS ‘15, UMass Boston BA ‘19, MPA ‘20, will be a featured guest speaker.

More information >>
*Register before May 7 to receive a surprise in the mail! Register here >>

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We Got Us Empowerment Project!

Thursday, May 20 | 6:30PM
Please join us for a presentation and community meeting with the We Got Us Empowerment Project! The We Got Us Empowerment Project is a collective of Black community members, healthcare professionals, students, and allies dedicated to educating our communities about COVID-19 and the vaccine.

More information >>
Register here >>

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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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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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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

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


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


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!

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 >>

Do you talk to your teens about sexual health, the same way your parents talked to you?

My name is Naomi Darom, and I am a PhD student at Northeastern University. I’m looking for mothers to participate in a study comparing the way their parents talked to them about sexual health, with the way they speak about it to their teens.

This research has been approved by the Superintendent's office. Participation is completely confidential!

If you are willing to hear more, sign up here >>

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
May 3 - May 9, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

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

The Inevitable: A Student-Produced Short Film
Mon. 10:30PM & Thu. 10:30PM

Game of the Week: CRLS Football vs. Boston Latin 3/27/21
Sat. 11AM & Sun. 11AM

What’s Up Cambridge: Cambridge Cringe & Laughter Improv Show 3/18/21
Thu. 4PM & Sat. 7PM


School Committee Regular Meeting 5/4/21 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

School Committee Special Meeting 5/6/21 (Live)
Thu. 6PM

Special Education and Student Supports Sub-Committee Meeting 4/28/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Sat. 10AM

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