CRLS DYK Newsletter: January 25, 2022
Published on Jan 25, 2022 15:49

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January 25, 2022

CRLS School Council Meeting

Tuesday, January 25 | 6-7:30 PM
Please Join us for the CRLS School Council Meeting hosted by Principal Smith.

Topic: Steps CRLS is Taking to Create an Equity Team
Register here >>
A Zoom link will be sent 30 minutes before the meeting to the email used for registration.

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End of Semester One Assessment (Exam) Schedule

Hello CRLS Families & Caregivers, Below is a reminder of semester one's Final Assessment (EXAM) schedule.
Semester 1 Exam Schedule

Monday January 24th
Blocks 1 & 2 Silver Day and non-alternating class assessments | Regular Schedule

Tuesday, January 25th - Early Release
Blocks 3 & 4 Black Day and non-alternating class assessments & make-up exams.
Grab & Go Lunch

Wednesday, January 26th - Early Release
All blocks meet for an abbreviated amount of time
Grab & Go Lunch

Thursday, January 27th
First Day of Semester 2 - Regular Schedule

Friday, January 28th
Regular Schedule

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CRLS Scholarship Workshops

Every Thursday from January 27th-February 24th | 3:30-4:30PM 
The CRLS Scholarship Workshops are back! Community Partners are coming together to create a virtual space to support current seniors with applying for scholarships. 

Scholarship portal is open from February 1st through March 1st.

More details >>

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9th Grade Hearing and Vision screening on Feb. 1 & 2

State-mandated vision and hearing screening as part of its school health program will take place next week.

Both the vision and hearing screening tests are easy to perform and take a few minutes. If your child already wears glasses or contact lenses, please make sure that they wear them to school. All children are screened, unless you sign this letter and return it to school.

View letter >>

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Courageous Conversations Social Identity Workshops

January 25 & February 10 | 7-8:30PM
Join North Cambridge Courageous Conversations in the new year for a two-part workshop on social identities (e.g., how the groups you belong to identify you). We will reflect on and discuss the facets of our identities to better understand how the world around us does or does not allow us to choose which pieces of our identity are most important. We encourage folks to attend both workshops if possible, but it’s not mandatory. (This is -- in response to your feedback -- an extended version of the social identity workshop we held in spring 2021.)

Register for the Zoom links:
Part 1, January 25: Register here >>
Part 2, February 10: Register here >>

Questions? Email North Cambridge Courageous Conversations or visit the North Cambridge Courageous Conversations website.

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Building Community with CPS Muslim Families

January 29 | 12-1PM | Zoom
We invite CPS Muslim parents to join us in an afternoon of community building.

View flyer >>

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Tinker for Change: Social Change Themed Hackathon at CRLS

Friday, February 18 | 8:35AM-4PM | CRLS Library
The CRLS Computer Science Club is super excited to be hosting our annual social change themed hackathon, Tinker for Change, for the second time this year!! Hackathons are events where individuals or teams of people have a limited amount of time to create a project and then there is a competition component to it. If this sounds cool, save your spot by signing up here! You can also check out our website or this presentation for more information!

If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact: Sophie-AnHannah, or Becca.

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Helping Our Kids Cope: Understanding Children's Mental Health During COVID: How Can Caregivers Help?

January 27 | 7PM
Panel discussion with:

Alice Cohen, MSW
Lead Teacher for Social Emotional Learning
Cambridge Public School

Lovern R. Moseley, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Boston Medical Center
Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine
Site Training Director for the BUSM MH Counseling Program

Deirdre Logan, PhD
Director of Psychology Services in Pain Medicine
Boston Children's Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Register here >>

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Free ACT preparation class

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) will be running a FREE 8-week preparation class for students who will be taking the ACT exam. The virtual class will cover both subject preparation and specific test-taking strategies for the ACT exam. Classes will be Tuesdays and Fridays at 4:30PM. Students should plan to attend all the sessions.

There will be an informational meeting for students on February 16, 2022, at 3:15PM in Room 1501. The first virtual class will take place March 1, 2022. Please contact Megan Andres with questions.

Register here >> 

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The MLK Day Fundraising Challenge

The Cambridge Youth Council and the CRLS Black Student Union have organized a fundraising challenge in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to benefit various local organizations who actively support unhoused individuals in Cambridge.

Please donate to help us meet our fundraising target of $10,000 before Valentine's Day (February 14, 2022).

More details >>

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Message from the Family Liaison: Do you need help with food?

Hello CRLS Students and Caregivers,

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year. It has been a challenging time for many and I know a lot of students and families are home and quarantined due to Covid. Please let me know if you or your family needs extra help with food. We have a new supply of donated gift cards as well as a food pantry located at CRLS.

If you would like a gift card mailed to you, please register here. If you would like a bag of non-perishable food please call me at 617.349.6660 to make arrangements.

Greta Hardina, CRLS Family Liaison

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COVID-19 Vaccine BOOSTER Clinic @ the Teen Health Center 

Visit here for more information about where to get a booster.

Who is eligible?

  • Current CRLS students ONLY who are 12 years old or older, and who received their 2nd Pfizer COVID vaccine 5 or more months ago OR their 2nd Moderna COVID vaccine 6 or more months ago


  • Starting on TUESDAY, JANUARY 4th, Teen Health will be offering BOOSTER vaccines every Tuesday from 8:30AM - 3PM

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:

How do I schedule an appointment?

  • 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.
  • Limited appointment availability (only 12 appointments each Tuesday)

The Covid-19 booster is FREE.
If you have any questions, please call 617.665.1548

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 SAVE THE DATE: FY23 Budget Development Community Meetings

CPS invites students, families and staff to Save-the-Date for the FY23 Budget Virtual Community Meetings, where members of the CPS community will join Superintendent Greer and School Committee members to share their perspectives on budget priorities for next year.

  • Wednesday, January 26
    • Bengali speaking families | 6PM
    • Haitian Creole speaking families | 7PM
    • Arabic speaking families | 8PM
  • Wednesday, February 2 | 3 and 4PM
  • Thursday February 3
    • Amharic speaking families | 6PM
    • Spanish speaking families | 7PM
    • Cambridge family organizations | 8PM
  • Saturday, February 12 | 10 and 11AM
  • Community Meetings with Students | Week of January 24 (Exact Dates and Times TBD)

Each session will last approximately one hour. Register here >>

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

Brrrr... It is cold. Do you need warm clothes?

Go to room 1104 to see Ms. Hardina and get a free winter coat, hat or gloves.

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

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The August Wilson Monologue Program is back!

Keith Mascoll, professional actor, Cambridge resident and CRLS graduate is returning to CRLS to mentor young actors as part of the August Wilson Monologue Competition.

August Wilson is a giant in American theatre and one of America’s greatest playwrights. His lasting contribution to our society and culture is the Pittsburgh Cycle, ten plays, each set in a different decade that chronicles the African American experience in the 20th century.

The August Wilson Monologue Competition is a national event, run through the Huntington Theatre Company and “celebrates the writing of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright”. Wilson is known for writing the plays Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom among many others.

Keith works with CRLS students on script analysis and character development, and coaches them as they prepare monologues for performance and competition as part of the national competition program.

If you have a passion for poetry, a curiosity for acting and a desire to live the words of characters embodying the African American experience, then this is for you. For more information contact Brett Cramp.

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Apply to be Co-Chairs for this year's 2022 TIDE Conference!

TIDE ConferenceThe Elma Lewis Center's TIDE Conference is looking for high school students grades 9-12 to apply to be Co-Chairs for this year's 2022 TIDE Conference!

The TIDE Conference is an annual one-day convening of young leaders, artists, and change-makers in Greater Boston to showcase their artwork while engaging in conversations around social justice and liberation. The Co-Chairs will have a variety of responsibilities core to all dimensions of conference visioning, planning, delivery, and debriefing.

Co-Chairs will work from February - June 2022 and will receive a $1,200 stipend. Applications are due by Sunday, February 6th at midnight.
More details >>
Apply here >>

Questions can be directed to Coco Rosenberg, Assistant Director for Youth Development.

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Community Service Opportunity

We are excited to announce our Spring 2022 programming. We are currently recruiting girls or gender expansive youth in grades 9 -12 to serve as Junior Mentors to help lead our clubs! Junior Mentors have a unique opportunity to serve as co-leaders alongside our adult mentor scientists. Additionally, Junior Mentors can select either $150 stipend or community service hours for their participation. Apply here >>

Junior Mentors can choose one of the weekly meeting times for our virtual or in-person clubs to offer flexibility and convenience:


  • Monday | 3:30-5:30PM
  • Tuesday | 3:30-5:30PM
  • Thursday | 3:30-5:30PM
  • Friday | 11:30AM-1:50PM
  • Saturday | 10AM-12PM


  • Tuesday | 2:30-4:30PM | King Open School
  • Wednesday A | 3:30-5:15PM | Elizabeth Peabody House
  • Wednesday B | 2:30-4:30PM | East Somerville Community School

All materials will be provided free of charge to Participants, Junior Mentors and Mentors and distributed conveniently before the first week of clubs. For virtual clubs we will use Zoom via a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone with internet access.

Clubs will begin the week of February 28th. The clubs will run for 8 weeks. There will be a mandatory online training on Saturday, January 29, from 9AM-12PM.

Please register to be a Junior Mentor via this link to our application!

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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)

Tutoring and mentoring support for CRLS students

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.

ACT Preparation Classes - Tuesdays and Fridays after school (4:30PM)
This FREE 8-week course will support your subject matter knowledge and test-taking skills for the ACT exam. Students should plan to attend all the sessions. The class will take place virtually; please complete the registration form to receive the Zoom link. Register here >>
First session: March 1, 2022

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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Spanish-Speaking Grief Group for Children and Teens

HEARTplay is a bereavement program which offers support services in Spanish with native Spanish speaking clinicians for children, teens and young adults of all abilities who are coping with the life-limiting illness or death of an important person in their lives.

More details (English) >>
More details (Spanish) >>

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This Way Onward 2022 Information Session RSVP

Thursdays, January 6 - February 10 | 4PM | 119 Windsor Street
12 weeks of paid, in-person workshops after school beginning in March, located near Central Sq. Paid 10-week internship at Old Navy in the summer. For ages 16-24 (must be 16 by May 9).

More details >>
RVSP here >>

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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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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 >>
(Available in Amharic, Haitian Creole and Spanish)

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McLean Hospital

Acknowledging the Effects of Bullying
It can be difficult for parents, people in authoritative roles, or even other kids to identify if someone is being bullied—or bullying someone else—because it often occurs out of their sight. But it’s very common: one in five students report being bullied. Regardless of its shape and form, bullying can be incredibly serious and often has lifelong effects. While everyone cannot be forced to get along, there are steps we can all take to reduce bullying and make everyone feel more welcome.
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DBT: A Toolbox for Managing Emotions
Imagine having the ability to be mindful, regulate your emotions, cope with difficult situations, and improve your relationships. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can help you or someone you know learn these skills. DBT is now one of the most common treatment options for certain mental health conditions, including depression, PTSD, bulimia, and substance use disorder. How do you know if it’s a good option for you?
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Lived Experience: Taking Control of Daily Life
For years, Chris was very good at hiding his heavy drinking, anxiety, and depression from those close to him. Battling liver failure and addressing his alcoholism started to turn his life around, but he continued to turn to unhealthy coping for his anxiety and depression. Chris found himself seeking additional care at McLean to understand the root causes of his anxiety. Now, he’s speaking out about mental health, including on-air appearances on sports talk radio.
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Facing Insecurities: Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Many of us are self-conscious of seemingly small aspects of our physical features. Some of us may experience serious emotional distress, depression, anxiety, and shame over physical flaws, whether they’re visible or not—which can be a sign of body dysmorphic disorder. In a recent webinar, Dr. Roberto Olivardia discussed the factors that can contribute to body dysmorphic disorder and answered audience questions about ways to navigate body insecurities and self-consciousness.
More details >>

Join Our Upcoming Free Mental Health Webinars!
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. Join us for our sessions about anxiety, ADHD, healthy lifestyles, and more.

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Healthy Snack of the Week

Apple Pie Oatmeal
Apple Pie Oatmeal. Cooked oatmeal with chopped apples and a drizzle of honey. Tip: Also try chopped walnuts or almonds, or brown sugar instead of honey.

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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


FY23 Budget Development Community Meetings
Multiple Dates


Student COVID-19 Vaccinations
All students ages 12+ are required to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in CPS-sponsored before and afterschool activities. 
More details >>

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.
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
January 24 - 30, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

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CRLS Percussion Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble 1/19/22
Sat. 12PM & Sun. 4PM

Game of the Week: CRLS Girls Basketball vs. Westford 1/11/22
Tue. 8PM & Wed. 2PM

What’s Up Cambridge: Danceworks 1/12/22
Thu. 6PM & Sun. 12PM

Falcon Sports World: CRLS Athlete Interviews
Mon. 8:30PM & Fri. 8:30PM

School Committee Virtual Roundtable Meeting 1/25/22 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

School Committee Regular Meeting 1/18/22 (Re-Broadcast)
Wed. 6PM & Sat. 10AM

NASA TV Highlights: SpaceCast Weekly 1/21/22
Sat. 2PM & Sun. 4PM

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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