CRLS DYK Newsletter: May 18, 2021
Published on May 18, 2021 11:55

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May 18, 2021

Updates from Principal Smith

CRLS Summer LearningAll CRLS Families, 

CRLS Summer Learning -
Register Now!

Caregivers of rising 9th graders - 12th graders are encouraged to register their students for CRLS Summer Learning Opportunities, which are free and begin in July. 

For a list of programs being offered, please visit here

To register students for these sessions, please visit here.  

Sincerely, 
Principal Smith

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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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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

Graduation!
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
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 >>
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Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine Now!

Getting your COVID-19 Vaccine: Easier than Ever!
If you or your teen (age 12+) 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.

  • People age 18 and older can get any vaccine, but teens age 12 to 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine. Mass vaccination sites in Boston offer the Pfizer vaccine, as well as some Cambridge pharmacies, and the CHA Somerville, Medford, and Everett vaccination sites.
  • Students under 18 need parental consent to receive the vaccine.  

Where you can get vaccinated:

  • Somerville (CHA Vaccine Center, 176 Somerville Ave.), Medford (Tufts University), and Everett (Encore Boston Harbor). These clinics are run by Cambridge Health Alliance, as part of the Metro North COVID-19 Vaccination Partnership. Register for an appointment >>
  • Cambridge pharmacies: Cambridge CVS, Walgreens, Star Market/Oso Pharmacy, and Inman Pharmacy. CVS stores accept walk-ins, appointments are required at other pharmacies. For the most current information on which pharmacies have Pfizer vaccine available, go to Vaccines.gov. Currently, there is high demand for Pfizer at these locations and you may be directed to a pharmacy outside of Cambridge. 
  • Mass Vaccination Sites in Boston: Hynes Convention Center and Reggie Lewis Center (Roxbury Community College).   
  • Go to vaxfinder.mass.gov 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.

Get Your Child Vaccinated at CHA
On behalf of CHA, we are writing to extend the opportunity to get your friends and family members, including your children ages 12-17, vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. We have put together the following clinics on the following dates and times at these locations:

CHA Somerville (176 Somerville Ave.)
Thursday, May 20 | 8:30AM - 6:30PM
Friday, May 21 | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Saturday, May 22 | 10AM - 3PM

Encore Boston Harbor
Thursday, May 20 | 8:30AM - 6:30PM
Friday, May 21 | 8:30AM - 3:30PM

Tufts University
Saturday, May 22 | 10AM - 2PM
Wednesday, May 26 | 11AM - 4PM
Thursday, May 27 | 11AM - 4PM

Registration

  • All of our clinics offer walk-in appointments, but we encourage pre-registration.
  • CHA patients who wish to receive the vaccine at the Somerville site: Please register your family member through MyCHArt. For children 12-17, please print the consent form here.
  • Non-CHA patients, and CHA patients who wish to receive the vaccine at Encore or Tufts: CHA-Massachusetts Vaxfinder Registration system. For children 12-17, consent can be documented on the website.
  • Please note that children 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Monthly Virtual Immigration Legal Screening Clinic

Wednesday, May 19th 
The City of Cambridge and De Novo will hold their next Virtual Immigration Legal Screening Clinic on May 19 providing limited consultations, while City and De Novo offices are closed to public gatherings.

Callers to the Virtual Clinic Message Line at 617.405.5479 should leave their name and contact number any time before 12PM on May 19. Calls received by 12PM will be returned within 3-4 business days. More details >>

This clinic is a free virtual immigration clinic provided by skilled immigration attorneys. Languages also available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Somali, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, and Chinese. 

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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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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

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.

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"Sustainability and Transportation in the Modern Day" Lecture by Eric Plosky

Tuesday, May 25th | 4-5PM | Zoom 
As our planet nears the 8-billion mark, transportation planning and initiatives will be critical in ensuring sustainable, safe, and liveable environments. Will it be more planes, trains, flying cars, or completely different forms of transportation that are unknown to most of us that will revolutionize the future of transportation? If you want the answer, you know where to go!

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More details >>

The International & Sustainable Development Club will be hosting a lecture series where guests from different fields come talk with you and answer questions about critical topics related to our planet's future! *This series is open to any and all!

Questions? Please email us here.

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Celebrate Scratch Week with CPS!

CPS Scratch Week
May 17th - 23rd 
Celebrate Scratch Week with CPS May 17-23! Create and share your own Scratch project by visiting the CPS Scratch Week website

Virtual Celebration
Wednesday, May 26th | 6-7PM
Join a virtual celebration to see shared projects and learn more about Scratch in Cambridge Public Schools!

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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 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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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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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

Tuna Bites
Here's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:
Tuna Bites! Whole grain crackers topped with lettuce and tuna salad.
Tip: Try mixing some bell peppers or carrots into your tuna salad for some extra veggies and color!

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CRLS Events & Reminders

IMPORTANT DATES
                         
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


REMINDERS & MORE


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!
Summer Opportunities in 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


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
May 17 - May 23, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98

Game of the Week: CRLS Volleyball 5/18/21 (Live)
Tue. 4:30PM

Youth View Cambridge: Pottery (New Episode!)
Mon. 9PM & Thu. 9PM

The Word: A Day in the City
Wed. 10:30PM & Sat. 1:30PM

Spot On: Interview with Rachel Libert
Thu. 9:30PM & Sun. 12:30PM
CPS TV 99

School Committee Regular Meeting 5/18/21 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

Building and Grounds Subcommittee Meeting 5/12/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Wed. 6PM

NASA TV Highlights: SpaceCast Weekly 5/14/21
Sat. 3PM & Sun. 9PM

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