CRLS DYK Newsletter: December 7, 2021
Published on Dec 7, 2021 17:34

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December 7, 2021

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic @ CRLS

Vaxx Clinic
December 15 | 3:30-7:30PM
The clinic will offer free Pfizer pediatric and adult COVID-19 vaccines. Please note:

  • Appointments are required at this clinic. Due to expected high demand, walk-ins will not be accepted. To make an appointment, register here.
  • Children ages 5 to 11 can receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Dec. 15 clinic. This clinic cannot accommodate children who need their second dose.
  • People ages 12 and older can receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Dec. 15 clinic. This clinic cannot accommodate individuals who need their second dose.
  • Booster Vaccines will not be available.
  • FluMist will be available to people ages 2 to 49 at the Dec. 15 clinic who have an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

To make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for you or a family member, register here. A follow-up clinic will be held on Jan. 5 to provide a second dose of vaccine to children and adults who received their first dose at the Dec.15 clinic.

Nurses will be available to speak with anyone who has vaccine questions.

You do not need an ID, Social Security Number, or health insurance for the free vaccines. However, if you have a health insurance card, please enter the information when you register for your appointment.

The vaccination clinic is hosted by the City of Cambridge, Cambridge Public Health Department and the Cambridge Public Schools.

Important Reminder for Families and Teens: All children age 15 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Older teens (age 16–17) can come by themselves to the clinic.

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Student Vaccination

CPS is requiring all students ages 12+ to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in CPS-sponsored before and afterschool activities, including athletics, clubs, visual and performing arts programs, and school-sponsored social events. More details >>

PSA: CRLS Students Say Cool People Get Vaccinated. Watch video >>

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Friends of Cambridge Athletics Update

FOCA’s next meeting, normally scheduled for 12/14, will be instead held on 12/07, 6PM, in the Athletics office conference room. Please enter the building from the War Memorial entrance on Cambridge Street.

For more information, contact Daiana MacArthur.

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Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting
As part of its 8th Participatory Budgeting (PB) Cycle, the City of Cambridge invites CRLS students, staff, and families to vote on projects to improve the City from December 3-12, 2021. This process is open to all Cambridge residents, including non-U.S. citizens and university students. To vote, and for more information, visit online or call the Cambridge Budget Office at 617.349.4270.

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Community Service Opportunity

December 8 & 9 | After school, In the CSV office (Room 1105) on CRLS campus, 459 Broadway, Cambridge.
Still need to fulfill your community service requirements? Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) needs your help folding letters and stuffing envelopes to raise funds to maintain tutoring and mentoring in the Cambridge Public Schools from pre-K-12th grade.

To register, please email [email protected] or call 617.349.6794. You must register in advance in order to participate.

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Safe Media Use for Children and Families in the Time of Covid Panel Discussion

December 9 | 7-8:30PM
On Thursday night December 9, the Cambridge Health Children's Task Force of Cambridge is sponsoring a panel discussion on Safe Media Use for Children and Families in the Time of Covid.

Please join us by Zoom to share your experiences and ideas. Advance registration is required. Register here >>

Please contact Matt Mena-Landry, CPSD Media Arts director, with any questions.

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An adequate standard of living is a fundamental human right (UDHR, Article 25)

December 11 | 12-2PM
Amnesty International @CRLS will host a donation drive on Saturday, December 11, between 12-2PM. Donations will be in the form of household/personal items and gift cards. Donations will be delivered to IINE (International Institute of New England) in order to support their efforts to resettle refugees in MA and NH. AI@CRLS students will set up in front of the Main Entrance to collect donations. Feel free to contact Sami with any questions.

Please see the attached flyer for instructions on what can be donated...and thank you in advance for your generosity! View flyer >>

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CRLS Clothing Drive

CRLS Clothing DriveDecember 11 | 12-4PM
Student Government is organizing a December clothing drive that will be held on Saturday, December 11 from 12PM to 4PM. Come bring new or slightly worn clothes to students who will be situated in front of CRLS during these times. Clothes will be donated across the greater Boston area to those in need. 

More details >>

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Drumming & World Jazz Ensemble

Watch video preview >>

I085 Drumming and Percussion
Great for everyone! Improve your sense of rhythm.

I040 Drumline/Percussion Ensemble
Drumming, piano, guitar, bass, marimba. Play as an ensemble!

Drumming Club
Join us EVERY FRIDAY @ 3PM after school!

World Jazz Ensemble
Watch video preview >>

I040 World Jazz Ensemble
Vocals, trumpet, sax, clarinet, flute strings, piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion. Play as an ensemble!
World Jazz Ensemble
Contact Info: Guillermo Nojechowicz or stop by Room 0606.

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Come see The Skin of Our Teeth!

Come support your CRLS classmates in The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Mr. Cramp, a play about the five thousand year old Antrobus family and resilience in the face of adversity. As we follow the Antrobus' journey through Ice Age, a flood, and the aftermath of war, we ask ourselves, how do we protect our planet? How can we accept our differences, rather than fear them? This will be our first play in the Fitzgerald Theater since March 2020. We hope you can join us!

Performances: Fri 12/3*, Sat 12/4, Fri 12/10, and Sat 12/11* at 7 PM and Sun 12/12 at 2 PM (*these performances will also be live streamed)

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended here. Reservations will be needed to access the live stream link.

We need student ushers! Students who are interested in ushering should fill out this form. You will receive community service hours for this!

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Do you need FREE food for the holidays or a warm winter coat?

Do you need food for the holidays or a warm winter coat? English:
I have food, winter clothing, hygiene products, school supplies and a laundromat!

Don't be shy, come on by! Go to room 1104 (just outside the main cafeteria).

You can email Greta Hardina or call at 617.349.6660 for more information.

Haitian Creole:
Bonswa tout moun,

Mwen swété ke kòmansman ane lekòl la pralé byen pou ou. Mwen vlé ke nou konnen makèt lekòl la ouvè ankò ane sa a. tout moun envité nan lè lunch yo e aprè lekòl lagé, ou ka pase. Nou genyen tout bagay pou ou gratis, tankou manjé, pwodwi ijyèn, dokiman pou lekòl, avèk rad. Ou kapab fè w ti pasé nan chanm 1104, devan gwo kafeteri a. Tanpri pa timid, tout moun envité!

Hola a Todxs,

¡Espero que el año escolar vaya bien! Queremos anunciar que el “Falcon’s Market” está abierto de nuevo por el año nuevo y todos son bienvenidos. Por favor, venga en su tiempo libre (puede ser durante el almuerzo o después de las clases). Tenemos recursos disponibles para ustedes como comida gratis, productos higiénicos, materiales escolares y ropa. Venga por el salón 1104, afuera de la cafetería.

¡No sean tímidos, todos son bienvenidos! Gracias!

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Cambridge Public Library December Teen Advisory Board Meeting

December 13 | 4-5PM | Rossi Room, CPL
The Cambridge Public Library Teen Advisory Board will meet on Monday, December 13 in the Rossi Room at the Main Library. Come earn community service hours and help plan library programs for teens! Feel free to just show up, or you can call 617.349.4027 or stop by the Teen Room for more information.

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Cambridge Families of Asian Descent Meeting - 12/16

December 16 | 7:30-8:30PM
Parents/caregivers of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and multi-racial Asian heritage please join us to connect with each other, have supportive discussions around microaggressions in our schools, parenting strategies to support our kids and also work on our curriculum and advocacy goals. Register to receive the Zoom link. Questions? Email CFAD.
Register here >>

Cambridge Families of Asian Descent (CFAD) is an affinity group of caregivers of Asian heritage centered on forming social connections and advocating around increasing visibility of Asian-Americans in the school curriculum and community. More details >>

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Message from Safety

The CRLS Lost and Found is located in the Safety office (main lobby). Please go to Safety to retrieve your lost belongings promptly. Every few months, Items that are not retrieved, will be donated to local charities- including Falcon's Market.

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COVID-19 Vaccine for CRLS Students

If you are a CRLS student and need the COVID-19 vaccine, schedule an appointment at the Teen Health Center! We will be offering appointments on Fridays from 9AM-1PM at the Teen Health Center. The COVID-19 vaccine is FREE.

Call 617.665.1548 or walk-in to the clinic to schedule an appointment in person. NO WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS, you must schedule in advance.

  • Anyone 12-15 years old must come to the appointment with a parent/guardian.
  • Anyone 16 -17 years old may come alone but must have two signed consent forms (one from the state and one from CHA)*.
  • Anyone 18 years old and above may come alone.

*You can either pick up the consent forms from Teen Health OR you can print them out here:

If you have any questions, please call 617.665.1548

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COVID19 Information

CRLS 2021-22 Semester 1 Covid Safety Check Schedule

Monday - Thursday | 8:15-11:15AM | CRLS Media Cafeteria
Testing is available to all students in the Media Cafe. 
Students participating in testing must have signed consent forms on file. Please complete your COVID19 testing form here!

CPS COVID19 Information
From the beginning of the pandemic, CPS has prioritized safe, in-person learning and made significant investments in a comprehensive plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More details >>

Get your 1st, 2nd or booster Jab!
Upcoming COVID Vaccine Clinics near you! 
More details >>

COVID19 PCR Testing
The City of Cambridge offers free COVID-19 PCR testing 4 days per week for those who live or work in Cambridge. At all City of Cambridge sites, testing is available to children and adults of all ages. View schedule >>

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Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV)

CSV is excited to return with in-person tutoring support for the CRLS community.

Drop-in Math Center - Before school (8-8:30AM)
Room 2403
Come by any day for support with all levels of math--no pre-registration required.

Subject-based Tutoring Services - Before school (8-8:30AM) or after school (3:15-4:15PM)
Room 2403 (before school) or Room 2407 (after school)
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 Program - Wednesdays (3:15-4:15PM)
Career & College Resource Center (CCRC), Room 1501
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.
First session: October 20

Request a CSV tutor or mentor >>
Become a CSV Volunteer >>

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Megan Andres, CSV's Director of High School Programs, or James Duche, Tutoring Center Manager at 617.349.6794

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Spring Driver's Education Class Registration Information

Tuesday, March 22 | 3:05-5PM | Auto Garage (456 Broadway)
The CRLS Drivers Education Program is a state approved program that serves the Cambridge community and is led by Mr. Bill Timmins. A Winter Driver's Education Class will not be offered this year. 

More details >>
Please fill out registration form >>

If you have any further questions, please contact Bill Timmins at 339.223.0163.

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Job Opportunity for Students 

12 weeks of paid, in-person workshops after school beginning in March, located near Central Sq!  Includes a paid internship at Old Navy in the summer. For ages 16-24 (must be 16 by May 14). 


More details >>

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Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) Summer 2022 Program 

The Beaver Works Summer Institute is pleased to announce that we are planning on 13 virtual program offerings for summer 2022. More details >>

Nominating students for the MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) 2022 Summer Program prerequisite online courses is now open! This year, students will also have the opportunity to self-nominate/register.

For more detailed information on application process: please visit our website. More details >>

Read Frequently Asked Questions here >>

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FREE Virtual Immigration Legal Screening Clinics

The Virtual Immigration Legal Screening Clinics are held on the third Wednesday each month. This clinic is a free virtual immigration clinic provided by skilled immigration attorneys.

Please scroll down to "Other Resources." Information available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Somali, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, and Chinese. More details >>

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Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee Resource

Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee (CEOC) is Cambridge’s anti-poverty agency. Our mission is to empower people and mobilize resources to fight poverty’s causes and impacts through education and organizing.

View services >>

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McLean Hospital 2021

Mental Health and The Holidays
According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of people surveyed said their stress increased during the holiday season, which can lead to physical illness, depression, anxiety, and substance misuse. We’ve identified six common issues that come up this time of year, as well as suggestions from our mental health experts for ways to address them.
More details >>

Testing New Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder
A partnership between McLean researchers and Nobilis Therapeutics is testing xenon gas as a treatment approach to rapidly reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. It is hoped that the treatment could eventually help reduce unprescribed opioid use, which often leads to overdoses and deaths.
More details >>

Lived Experience: Finding a Reason To Fight for Life
Ramya’s South Asian heritage and community focuses on a culture of competition and achievement. When caring for one's mental health is sacrificed for seeking success, the results can be catastrophic. After moving around the world, getting help, and working through shame and guilt around mental health, Ramya wishes she had fought through the stigma and reached out for help earlier, but she’s there now.
More details >>

Supporting Kids & Teens on the Autism Spectrum
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is diagnosed in one in every 54 children, impacting each person in different ways. In the same way that each of us is uniquely human, individuals with autism are unique in how they are affected by their ASD. Because so many of us are neurodiverse, it is urgent to understand what a child or teen might be experiencing in a world not necessarily designed for those with ASD.
More details >>

Learn From World-Renowned Mental Health Experts–For Free!
McLean Hospital recognizes the need for reliable and helpful mental health resources. Join individuals from over 100 countries who have learned from leading experts in psychiatry and psychology. All webinars are free in hopes of promoting healthy individuals and communities.
More details >>

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Brunch & Ball Program

Every 3rd Sat from November - June 2022 | 1-3PM
Cambridge Location: Moses Youth Center, 243 Harvard St 02139
Boston Location: Roxbury YMCA, 285 M.L.K. Jr. Blvd 02119
Brunch & Ball program gives students an opportunity to hear from speakers from all walks of life, enjoy free brunch, and friendly competitive basketball games against officers, leaders in the community and members from the fraternity. Open to all students at Putnam Ave and in CPS. The program will be held every 3rd Saturday of the month in 2 locations - Cambridge and Boston. Sign up here >>

Brunch & Ball

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Questions? Comments? Concerns?

For more information on DYK, please contact Greta Hardina, CRLS family Liaison.

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CRLS Events & Reminders


FOCA Meeting
December 7 | 6PM

CRLS Clothing Drive
December 11

Amnesty Donation Drive
December 11

COVID19 Vaccine Clinic
December 15

The Skin of Our Teeth (Fall Play)
Multiple Dates


Student COVID-19 Vaccinations
Families can submit via the Family Portal. Students ages 18+ may submit their information through a special student link via the Family Portal. More details >>
Teen Health Center Hours
Mon. - Fri. | 8AM-3:30PM
Questions? Call 617.665.1548

Do you need a student ID?
Mon. - Fri. | 8-8:30AM
Go to the Security Office in the main lobby.

Youth Employment Center 
can help you with finding jobs, job apps, resume & interview prep! Open every day during all lunches and Tuesday & Wednesday after school in room 2101 (Other times by appointment.)
More details >>

Falcon's Market OPEN!
Falcon's Market is open for students and families. Please go to Room 1104 (just outside the main cafeteria). More details >> 

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
December 6 - 12, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98

Spot On: Photo Talk with Tomas (New!)
Mon. 8:30PM & Sat. 10:30AM

The Word: Boston Sports (New!)
Wed. 9:30PM & Thu. 4:30PM

Game of the Week: CRLS Unified Basketball vs. Stoneham 11/18/21
Tue. 8PM & Sun. 2PM

What’s Up Cambridge: CRLS Staff Introductions (New!)
Sat. 6PM & Sun. 12PM

Special Education and Student Supports Subcommittee 12/6/21 (Live)
Mon. 6PM

Cambridge School Committee Meeting 12/7/21 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

Building & Grounds Subcommittee Meeting 12/2/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Sat. 10AM & Sun. 6PM

In Our District & Community

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Visit Find It Cambridge for lots of other great resources!

You can also call/text 617.686.2998 or email Andrew for help.

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

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