CRLS DYK Newsletter: June 22, 2021
Published on Jun 22, 2021 19:41

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June 22, 2021

Updates from Principal Smith

Good Afternoon CRLS Families,

After much feedback and consideration, I am happy to share the bell schedule for the 21-22 school year. We will be keeping some of the positive changes made this year while incorporating the original 4 block schedule.
View bell schedule >>

A few items to consider as you review the bell schedule:

  • The start and end of the school day will remain the same as it is this year.
  • The school day will start at 8:35AM and end at 3PM.
  • There will be three 30 minute lunch blocks - Lunch A, B, and C. The specific times have been included but there may be some adjustments in the times. Classroom and building locations that will go to lunch A/B/C are still being developed.
  • To help maintain a community wide focus on wellness and social emotional health, CM will occur twice per week and Advisory times will occur two days per week as well.
  • Classes will be slightly longer on Wednesdays since there will not be CM or Advisory occurring.
  • The bell schedule must meet the requirement for an average of 5.5 hours of instructional time per day and the requirement for 990 instructional hours for the school year.

Principal Smith

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2021 Summer Learning Opportunities

This summer, CPS has expanded its programing, including an enhanced summer program for elementary students with identified math, literacy, and social-emotional learning needs. CPS has also extended its rental of large tents at some facilities to support outdoor learning, lunch, and other activities. Families participating in summer programs will receive more detailed information about summer COVID-19 protocols, including weekly COVID-19 testing. For more details, please visit the following link. More details >>

CRLS Freshman Academy
July 6 -30 | 9AM - 12Noon
Rising 9th graders will have the opportunity to have a 4 week hybrid orientation of the high school to learn about CRLS and be able to ask questions and meet current staff before their first day of school. Participants will learn about school clubs, support programs, curriculum/classes, navigating the campus, and Google Suite tools/applications. They will also meet other rising 9th graders through this program. Our hope is that they will feel welcome and part of the community before their first day of 9th grade. For more information, please email Kristin Kelley. Register online >>

CRLS Summer ELA Preview Program
All rising 9th-12th grade students are welcome to enroll in the following learning experiences, which will take place over three sessions:

  • Grade 9 Preview
  • Grade 10 Preview
  • Grade 11 Preview
  • AP Lit Preview
  • AP Lang Preview
  • Writing Course

Contact your child’s Guidance Counselor or Dean of Curriculum Jennifer Hamilton for more information. Register online >>

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COVID Vaccine Camp at Islamic Cultural Center of Medford for all ages 12 and up. Saturday on June 26 from 9am to 12pm.COVID Vaccine Camp for all ages 12+

Saturday June 26 | 9AM-12PM
Islamic Cultural Center of Medford - 43 High Street, Medford, MA 02155

Sponsored by the New England Bangladeshi American Foundation, this free and fun COVID-19 vaccine clinic is open to all ages 12+. All participants must register in advance. Register here >>

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Summer Vaccine Party for Students 12+

July 14 (first dose) & August 4 (2nd dose) | 3-7PM | King Open School 
12-17 years old: Consent form signed, parent/guardian does not need to be present
18 year old+: No consent needed
Register now to make an appointment and sign consent forms. 
Register here >>

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Updates from Food Service!

We're hungry for feedback! Food & Nutrition Services Survey
If you could be the head chef of your school kitchen what changes would you make? Now is your chance to let us know how we can improve our service. Please take a few moments to complete this survey so we can hear from you!

Amharic Survey >>
Bengali Survey >>
Haitian Creole Survey >>
Spanish Survey >>
English Survey >>

Free Meals
Meals have been free since last March and will continue to be free for all of next school year!

Attention Seniors! Do you have funds left in your food service account?
For details on the remaining money on your food service account, please visit the link for more information. More details >>

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Message from Superintendent

Throughout this pandemic, the CPS community has continued to demonstrate its resilience, its strength, and its focus on serving the needs of students. On behalf of the entire CPS team, we hope you have a celebratory last week of school and a restorative and restful summer!...

 Time to return library books!
It is time to return all school library books. Library books may be returned to your child's school by placing them in the library book return bin, giving them to your child’s teacher, or returning them directly to the school library. Library books may also be returned to any Cambridge Public School and they will make their way back to the correct library. If you have any questions, please email your school’s librarian. Thank you!

CPS Buildings Operations Adjusted COVID-19 Restrictions
CPS operational buildings will continue normal operations with the following expectations:

  • CPS Administrative Offices (including Berkshire Street, ICTS, and Student Registration Center) will accept visitors by appointment scheduled by department. See the directory for contact information.
  • School buildings remain closed to the public, including families of students participating in summer programs.

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CRLS Summer Reading 2021

As you look ahead to summer, please watch our CRLS Summer Reading 2021 video that introduces the summer reading website, outlines this year’s summer reading expectations, includes a fantastic list of recommended titles, and explains how you can get books to read over the summer.

For questions or help finding books, please contact Ms. Boninti and Ms. Houston.

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Senior Information

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

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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COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination

COVID-19 Testing
City of Cambridge Testing Locations
Get tested through the city of Cambridge. The sites will be operating on a modified schedule on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. View schedule >>

CRLS COVID-19 Testing
Monday and Thursday from 7:30AM-1PM

COVID-19 Vaccine
All mass vaccination sites and CVS pharmacies now accept walk-ins.

  • Teens ages 12 to 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Students under 18 need parental consent to receive the vaccine.  

Where you can get vaccinated:

  • City of Cambridge Locations (Johnson & Johnson vaccine)
    View schedule >>
  • Somerville (CHA Vaccine Center, 176 Somerville Ave.), Medford (Tufts University), and Everett (Encore Boston Harbor).
    Register for an appointment >>

  • Cambridge pharmacies: Cambridge CVSWalgreensStar Market/Oso Pharmacy, and Inman Pharmacy. CVS stores accept walk-ins, appointments are required at other pharmacies.
  • Mass Vaccination Sites in Boston: Hynes Convention Center and Reggie Lewis Center (Roxbury Community College)
  • 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.

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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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Apple Cookies! One apple (sliced into rounds), topped with nut butter and raisins. Tip: Try other dried fruits on top, like mango, kiwi, apricot, prunes, etc!Healthy Snack of the Week

Apple Cookies! One apple (sliced into rounds), topped with nut butter and raisins. Tip: Try other dried fruits on top, like mango, kiwi, apricot, prunes, etc!

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CRLS Events & Reminders


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.

MBTA Passes

Still need an MBTA Card? You can order it via email and it will be mailed to you.

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

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

Need an Employment Permit?
Employment Permits are required for minors ages 14-17 years. Employment Permits are available through the RSTA Office (1312). We are processing Employment Permits electronically via email. For all inquiries, please email us.
Apply here >>

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
June 21 - 27, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98

Cambridge Street Upper School Graduation
Tue. 1:15PM & 7PM

Putnam Ave. Upper School Graduation
Wed. 12PM & 8PM

Rindge Ave. Upper School Graduation
Fri. 7PM & Sat. 4PM

Vassal Lane Upper School: 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 7PM

School Committee Special Meeting 6/22/21 (Live)
Tue. 6:30PM

School Committee Regular Meeting 6/15/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Wed. 6PM

White House Chronicle: Innovations in Electricity Generation and Storage (New!)
Sat. 2PM & Sun. 5PM

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Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138 617.349.6630
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