CRLS DYK Newsletter: May 11, 2021
Published on May 11, 2021 13:02

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May 11, 2021

Updates from Principal Smith

All CRLS Families, 

It has been such a busy spring for the CRLS Community. Thank you for your resilience during this year of constant change. Here are reminders, information and schedules for your reference.

Principal Smith

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Graduation/Senior Information

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

CRLS Class of 2021 DecalUnder The Stars at Starlight
Friday, June 4 | 5-9PM
Starlight Center in Central Square
There will be FREE evening senior celebration at the Starlight Center in Central Square. We encourage students to dine either before or after the event. A number of Cambridge restaurants that have outdoor dining options will be offering specials to CRLS seniors to help us celebrate the evening. Look for the DECAL (pictured to the right) in participating restaurants to identify participating dining establishments. There will be music but no dance floor.

We will have outdoor games (giant jenga & cornhole) we are working on having a Karaoke, Henna , caricature artist station as well as a photo booth and possibly a tarot card reader.  There will be photo backdrops for you and your friends to take plenty of photos. We are limited in space due to COVID restrictions and the venue is only permitted to be open until 9PM so there will be up to 200 people at the event for each 2 hour session (5-7 & 7-9).

More information and sign up TBA. Register for this event between 5/10 and 5/28. PRE-REGISTRATION is MANDATORY. This is a CRLS SENIOR CLASS ONLY event. NO outside guests or underclassmen will be allowed to attend due to limited space and COVID restrictions. Students must wear masks.

Under the Stars at StarlightCRLS Restaurant Week

Thursday, June 10 | 3-8PM | Danehy Park
CRLS is so excited to celebrate our graduating seniors in-person this year!
An in-person graduation ceremony will be on June 10th from 3 PM to 8 PM at Danehy Park. Following the in-person ceremony there will be a virtual graduation broadcast on CEATV 98/99 and streamed on the CRLS website. 

To help us plan for the in-person graduation ceremony, please complete this RSVP form by May 24. Note - only graduates and the guests they register through this form will be permitted to attend the in-person ceremony. 

To keep everyone safe during the ongoing pandemic, this year's graduation will be a little different from previous years. Graduating seniors can be escorted to the stage by up to three guests and will be allowed to invite an additional two guests to view them crossing the stage from the audience. Graduating seniors will cross the stage, receive their diploma from a table, while their family views in front of the stage, then rejoin their family for a photo with Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, and then another photo with their guests before walking on and exiting the ceremony.  

Graduating seniors will graduate according to the schedule below. The times listed below are the arrival times for students and their guests, students will cross the stage approximately 30 minutes after their arrival time. After a student crosses the stage they will be dismissed to continue their celebration elsewhere so that the next group of seniors and their guests can arrive and graduate at Danehy Park safely without overcrowding. 

3PM: LC C - Finn’s Students 
3:30PM:  LC R - Tubinis’ Students
4PM: LC C - Richard’s Students
4:30PM: LC R  - Roldan’s Students
5PM: LC L - Nathan’s Students
5:30PM: LC S  - Mace’s Students
6PM: LC L - Walker’s Students
6:30PM: LC S  - Weathersby’s Students
7PM: HSEP, Health Assisting and Student Gov. CMs

We will send additional details regarding parking and specific arrival locations for graduates and their guests in a few weeks. 

There will also be a virtual graduation ceremony aired the evening of June 10. Graduates in the class will have their name announced and a photo displayed during the pre-recorded ceremony. The ceremony will feature musical selections, speeches, and presentations of the CRLS Faculty of Distinction Awards. Commencement will be streamed on the CRLS website and broadcast on CEATV 98/99.  

If you have not done so already, please submit a photo and complete your media release so that we can include you in our virtual celebrations.  You can print and sign this Media Release or complete an online Media Release.      

Senior Materials Collection & Final Plan Forms
Seniors will need to return all borrowed materials including textbooks, library books, athletic uniforms & equipment prior to commencement. Additionally, in order to receive their cap and gown they will need to complete their “Senior Final Plans Survey” and submit it to their guidance counselor.

Seniors do not need to return their Chromebooks.  ICTS will disconnect them from the CPS network after graduation. Students who do not want to keep their Chromebook can return it when they pick up their cap and gown so that it can support other students and/or be properly recycled. 

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Find Your Semi-Formal Wear! 

Prom Clothes QR codeMay 18-20 | CRLS
May 16-17 | The Spot

Find the perfect dress, tuxedo or suit for free to wear at the Semi-Formal at Starlight Square! New and gently used formal dresses & suits supplied by donations to the Spot and CRLS! Scan QR to schedule appointment! For questions, contact Greta Hardina
More details >>
View flyer >>

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Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine Now!

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic THIS SATURDAY for Black & Brown Communities in Cambridge
This Saturday, May 15, CPHD - along with CHA, the Mayor's Office, the City Manager, MBK, Cambridge Community Center, and Tufts University -- will be hosting a vaccine clinic specifically for Black and Brown communities in Cambridge!

Cambridge Community Center
Saturday, May 15th | 1-2PM
5 Callender St, Cambridge, MA 02139

This clinic will be administering the two-dose Moderna vaccine to residents, and a follow-up clinic will be held on Saturday, June 12 to administer the second dose of vaccine. You must be 18 years or older to receive this vaccine. Clinicians will be available on-site to answer any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sign up here >>

CHA WALK-IN COVID-19 vaccinations to ALL MA residents 16+
Cambridge Health Alliance is now offering WALK-IN covid vaccinations to ALL MA residents 16 and older at its three vaccination sites:

CHA Somerville Vaccine Center
Mon-Fri | 8:30AM-3:30PM
176 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA

Encore Boston Harbor
Mon-Fri | 8:30AM-3:30PM
1 Broadway Center, Everett, MA

Tufts University, Medford
Gantcher Family Field House
Wed & Thurs | 11AM-4PM
161 College Ave, Medford, MA

Anyone 16 and 17 years old require parent/guardian consent. Parents/guardians do NOT need to accompany the young person IF they bring a signed consent form. These are available in many languages.

Schedule an appointment at any of these sites here >>

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Updates from the Superintendent

Read full letter here >>

Getting your COVID-19 Vaccine: Easier than Ever!
If you or your teen (age 16+) haven't gotten your COVID-19 shot yet, now is the perfect time! More local sites are opening up, and more doctors' offices are receiving vaccines for their patients. All mass vaccination sites and CVS pharmacies now accept walk-ins.

  • Individuals age 18 and older can get any vaccine, but teens age 16 or 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine. Mass vaccination sites in Boston offer the Pfizer vaccine, as well as the Somerville, Medford, and Everett vaccination sites operated by the Metro North COVID-19 Vaccination Partnership.
  • Students under 18 need parental consent to receive the vaccine.  

Where you can get vaccinated:

  • Cambridge pharmacies: Cambridge CVS, Walgreens, Star Market, and Inman Pharmacy.
  • Mass Vaccination Sites in Boston: Hynes Convention Center and Reggie Lewis Center (Roxbury Community College).   
  • Sign up for Somerville (CHA Vaccine Center), Medford (Tufts University), and Everett (Encore Boston Harbor) vaccine sites here. These sites are operated by Cambridge Health Alliance, as part of the Metro North COVID-19 Vaccination Partnership. 
  • Go to to see all Massachusetts vaccine locations.
  •  Call 2-1-1, the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line, for help by phone.
  • NO insurance, ID, or social security number needed.  You may be asked for ID at some sites, but it is not required or mandatory.
  • Getting a vaccine will NOT affect a public charge determination or immigration status.

Apply for Mayor's Youth Employment Program by May 14
The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) will offer virtual, in-person, and hybrid summer work experiences in 2021.MSYEP is a six-week summer jobs program for Cambridge residents, starting at age 14 (teens must be 14 by July 6, 2021) through the summer after teens complete high school. MSYEP runs July 6 through August 13, 2021. Apply to MSYEP online by May 14, 2021. Questions? Contact MSYEP.

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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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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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Early Dismissal Form

Dear in-person students and their caregivers,

If you would like the option to be dismissed early from advisory and study block by your teacher, please complete the Early Dismissal Form

If you have a free period in your schedule and would like to be able to leave campus during the period during which you have no scheduled class, please have your caregiver complete the attached form. 

Completed forms can be scanned and emailed to your Dean of Students or printed paper forms can be dropped off in the "Early Dismissal Form Collection Box" located in the main entrance of CRLS. 

If you already filled out the Early Dismissal Google Form sent out earlier, please also fill out and have your caregiver sign this paper form. Thanks for taking this additional step. 

If you have questions about the form or the dismissal process, please contact your LC Dean of Students.

Take care,
The Dean Team

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Club 4 Spring Food and Clothing Drive

Club4 Spring Food and Clothing Drive for the HomlessSunday, May 16th | 10AM - 4PM
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
Club 4 is organizing a Holiday Food and Clothing Drive! Bring any spring/summer clothing in good or new condition, canned/non-perishable goods, and unused face masks to support your local homeless shelters! New socks, new underwear, and new toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, lotion, non-alcoholic mouthwash, and razors) are especially appreciated! Club 4 volunteers will be collecting donations in front of the CRLS main entrance. 
Questions and/or Interested in volunteering? Email Nuriel Vera-DeGraff or direct message @crlsclub4 on Instagram!

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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 here >>

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Job Corps: Virtual Open House

June 3 | 1-2:30PM 
Join us for a virtual open house on June 3rd! More details >>

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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 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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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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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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Healthy Snack of the Week

Energy Bites! Nut butter, rolled oats, honey or maple syrup, dried fruit, and 1tsp vanilla extract (mix well until sticking together, and roll into small bite-sized treats).
Here's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:
Energy Bites! Nut butter, rolled oats, honey or maple syrup, dried fruit, and 1tsp vanilla extract (mix well until sticking together, and roll into small bite-sized treats). 
Tip: try some raisins, dried apricots/kiwi/mango, walnuts, etc.

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CRLS Events & Reminders


Eid al-fitr (No School)
May 13

CRLS School Council Meeting
May 25 | 6PM

Memorial Day (No School)
May 31

Under The Stars at Starlight:
Senior Celebration
June 4 | 5-9PM

CRLS Graduation
June 10

Juneteenth (No School)
June 18

Last Day of School (Early release)
June 23


Connect with other CPS Families
FamilyBook is a secure, online family directory for each CPS school. 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 10 - May 16, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98

Game of the Week: CRLS Volleyball vs. Boston Latin 5/5/21
Sat. 11AM & Sun. 11AM

The Word: Journalist & CRLS Alum Zolan Kanno-Youngs
Thu. 10:30PM & Sat. 10:30PM

What’s Up Cambridge: The CRLS 2021 Black History Assembly
Wed. 1PM & Fri. 4PM

Reeling: The Movie Review Show (New!)
Tue. 8PM & Wed. 10PM


School Committee Special Meeting 5/11/21 (Live)
Tue. 7PM

Building and Grounds Subcommittee Meeting 5/12/21 (Live)
Wed. 5:30PM

School Committee Special Meeting 5/6/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Mon. 6PM

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