CRLS DYK Newsletter: February 1, 2022
Published on Feb 1, 2022 18:08

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February 1, 2022

CRLS Parent-to-Parent Meetings

The CRLS Parent-to- Parent meeting is an informal group of caregivers who come together once a month to support each other through the challenges of parenting teens. Meetings are virtual for covid safety and accessibility.

Next Meeting Feb. 3 from 6-7:30 PM. Register to join a meeting >>

Future meetings: March 3, April 7 and May 5.

For more information or to register for the meeting please email meeting facilitator Greta Hardina the CRLS Family Liaison.

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SAVE-THE-DATE: CRLS Semester 2 Curriculum Night on Feb. 17

Prerecorded Class Presentations
Curriculum Night is a time to learn about what your child will be studying for the semester. This year teachers will be pre-recording and sending caregivers their presentation of their course description, syllabus and grade policy for you to watch at your convenience on or before Feb. 17.

Live Information Sessions:
Please join us for the following Live Information Session Zoom meetings on February 17.

  • 5-6PM - Post Secondary College Planning for Families/ Caregivers of Juniors
  • 6-6:30PM - CRLS Scholarships & uAspire Financial Aid Information
  • 6:30-7:30PM - Learn about the CRLS Equity Team Formation

For more information, please contact Greta Hardina, CRLS Family Liaison 617.349.6660.

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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 workshops will be held VIRTUALLY for 5 weeks.

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

More details >>

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Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

CRLS Scholarship Application
The CRLS Scholarship Application system is now open. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.
Apply here >>

DYK ScholarshipFriends of CRLS 2022 Scholarships
Friends of CRLS (FOCRLS) is preparing to present 52 scholarships totaling $75,250 in 2022. Graduating seniors are invited to apply throughout February via CRLS's scholarship portal. We are seeking a diverse pool of applicants with a variety of interests, experiences, ideas, career goals, and family backgrounds.


The City of Cambridge Scholarship Program is accepting applications!
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to college-bound high school seniors and other Cambridge residents who wish to pursue post-secondary education.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Cambridge
  • Must be attending, received admittance to or have an application pending at an accredited education institution beyond high school level prior to award date of May 2022
  • Scholarship is paid directly to education institution and must be used during the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Prior recipients are NOT eligible as the City Scholarship Award is one-time only.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Apply here >> 

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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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Road to the Future Transition Fair 2022

March 3 | 6 - 8PM
Families of middle and high school age students with disabilities thinking about their child’s future after high school...

Log in live to learn about two state agency providers and how they support students in their transition to adulthood! More details >>

Visit our CRLS Transition Website to discover pre-recorded videos from various community connections. Visit website >>

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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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Free ACT preparation class

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) will be running a FREE 8-week preparation class for students who are considering taking the ACT exam. The ACT test is an admissions test for college-bound students. Some students may find this alternative to the SAT more accessible.

The virtual class for sophomores and juniors will cover both subject preparation and specific test-taking strategies for the ACT exam. UPDATE: Classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays afterschool. Students should plan to attend all the sessions. The class will be led by a Harvard graduate student with extensive ACT tutoring experience.

There will be an informational meeting for students on February 16 at 3:15PM in the CCRC (Room 1501); there is no need to register for this session. The first virtual class will take place February 28, 2022. Please contact Megan Andres at [email protected] with questions.

To register for the class, please visit the following link by February 24, 2022. 
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


  • 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, 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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Help Us Support You, to Support Your Child

CPS caregivers, please tell us how we can best support you! The Family Engagement Office is putting together a variety of parent workshops, classes, and events to help caregivers support their children. Please complete the survey to let us know the types of programming you'd like to see.

Take the Survey:
English >>
Amharic >>
Arabic >>
Haitian Creole >>
Spanish >>

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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 - Mondays and Thursdays after school
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: February 28, 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 February Webinars

Join world-renowned experts in February to learn about mental health and well-being from the comfort of home!

  • All webinars below are free to attend.
  • All registrants receive a recording, plus all resources mentioned in the
  • session, by email.
  • We do not offer CEUs, CMEs, or certificates of attendance for our free webinars.

Introducing Mindfulness to Kids & Teens with Gillian C. Galen, PsyD
February 1 | 11AM ET 

Register here >>

Building Trust in Kids & Adolescents with Holly S. Peek, MD, MPH
February 3 | 3PM ET 

Register here >>

Encore: Maintaining a Mentally Healthy Relationship with Lisa W. Coyne, PhD
February 9 | 11AM ET 

Register here >>

Navigating Difficult Conversations With Children & Adolescents with Blaise Aguirre, MD
February 16 | 11AM ET
Register here >>

Encore: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome, Self-Doubt, and Insecurity with Lisa Orbé-Austin, PhD
February 22 | 11AM ET
Register here >>

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Healthy Snack of the Week

Pizza Stackers
Pizza Stackers! Whole grain crackers with pasta sauce, shredded cheese and sliced cherry tomatoes on top.

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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


CRLS Semester 2 Curriculum Night
February 17

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 31 - February 6, 2022
Schedule & Streaming >>

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Game of the Week: CRLS Basketball vs. Concord-Carlisle High School (Live)
Fri. 7PM

CRLS Orchestra Concert 1/19/22
Sat. 6PM & Sun. 12PM

CRLS Basketball vs. Acton-Boxborough 1/19/22 (Re-Broadcast)
Tue. 8PM & Sun. 2PM

Falcon Sports World: One-Mile Gratitude Swim - Post-Swim Interviews
Mon. 9:30PM & Wed. 9:30PM

School Committee Regular Meeting 2/1/22 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

School Committee Special Meeting 2/2/22 (Live)
Wed. 6PM

School Committee Virtual Roundtable Meeting 1/25/22 (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.

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curated list of programs, events, and resources within our district & community! See list >>

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