Morse Thursday Take Home: February 10, 2022
Published on Feb 10, 2022 15:36

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February 10, 2022

Message from Family Liaison

Hello Morse Community!

Happy kind of sorta “warm” Thursday?...spring, is that you? So many exciting things are happening this month along with Black History Month. February 28th marks the beginning of Read Across America week celebration and the Morse school is geared up and ready to read!

Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson (1927-2003)
Long before Venus and Serena Williams, another tall, young Black woman shook up the staid world of tennis with her powerful serve and brilliant play. She was Althea Gibson, and tennis had long been a segregated sport when her skill and strength broke the color barrier in the 1950s. Gibson’s path to tennis stardom was unusual. She grew up in Harlem, on a block where – as luck would have it – New York City police blocked traffic so the neighborhood kids could play sports.There she learned paddle tennis, and took to the sport so quickly she won a citywide tournament at age 12. Recognizing her talent, neighbors raised funds to help pay for tennis lessons, and a career was born..

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Winter Clothing Exchange TOMORROW

Friday, February 11 | 8-10AM
The next in-person exchange is tomorrow from 8-10AM by the JK/K classrooms (outside). Lost and found items will be out as well! 
More details >>

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Morse School Council Meeting

Thursday, February 17 | 6-7:30PM
Our next School Council meeting will take place on February 17. At our meeting, Dr. Leith will share updates, answer questions, and solicit input on various school initiatives including evolving COVID safety protocols. All Morse School parents and caregivers are invited to attend. The meeting will be virtual. Please reach out to me or Dr. Leith directly if you would like to attend. You will receive a Zoom link via email approximately one hour prior to the meeting. For more information on the Morse School Council, please click here.

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Black History in Cambridge Presentation

Thursday, February 17 | 8-9PM
In honor of Black History Month the Morse School parent group is excited to facilitate an online talk by Kathleen (Kit) Rawlins of the Cambridge Historic Commission. The discussion will be focused around local leaders and events in Black History. Bishop McGuire of St. Augustine’s is of particular interest since our school used to be located across Allston street from the Church.

More details >>

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February Break At-Home Testing Plan: Monday, February 21 - Friday, February 25

Next week, CPS will provide every Morse School staff member and student with a COVID-19 rapid self-test kit and instructions. CPS expects that every staff member and student will use this test on Sunday, February 27, the day before school reopens on Monday, February 28.

  • Wednesday, February 16 - Friday, February 18: We will distribute test kits to students to bring home.
  • Morning of Sunday, February 27: All students should use one of the tests.
  • If the student receives a negative result, they return to school on February 28. CPS will not require proof of a negative test. If the student receives a positive test result, the student will isolate for 5 days at home, in alignment with CPS protocols. Notify your school according to school protocol for reporting absences. If the student does not have any symptoms, they return to school on March 7 and continue wearing masks indoors and outside.

Please see below for instructions on how to administer the at-home tests:

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Read Across America Week

February 28 - March 4, 2022
The Morse School is gearing up for our upcoming Read Across America celebration the week of February 28th through March 4th! Each day that week, students and staff will have an opportunity to participate in a different reading-themed activity. Please see the attached flyers for information about the celebration, loads of great reading resources, and to find out how you can help your child participate in our celebratory book swap!

More details (Book swap) >>
View animated flyer >>
View flyer (pdf) >>

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Cambridge City Nature Art Challenge (CCNAC)

This Year, CCNAC will be hosting an art contest for children and youth for grades 1-8 are welcomed to join in the art contest. Please see the ink for more details on how you can enter for a chance to win!

More details >>

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Play Ball in Cambridge Youth Baseball! Ages 5-12

No Experience Needed, Financial Aid Available. Play in the division that is best for your family!

North - Register by April 1
Comeau Field, Rindge Ave near Alewife
Contact NCLBL for more information.

East - Register by March 12
Donnelly Field, Willow St. behind King Open
ECLBL for more information.

West - Register by April 1
Glacken Field, Huron Ave. near Fresh Pond Golf Course
WCLBL for more information. 

Central - Register by April 1
Lindstrom Field, Granite St. near BU Bridge
Contact CCLBL for more information.

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Upcoming Events

February Break
February 21-25

View Morse February Calendar >>

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After School Guides

Looking for after school options for your child?

Middle School "What's Happening After School?" Slideshow Guide* >>
*Includes February Vacation 
Elementary School After School Slideshow Guide >> 
Elementary School February Break Slideshow Guide >>

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Healthy Snack of the Week

Nutty Yogurt Dippers: Greek yogurt with nut butter drizzled on top, served with apple or pear slices to dip and scoop!
Nutty Yogurt Dippers. Greek yogurt with nut butter drizzled on top, served with apple or pear slices to dip and scoop!

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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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See a curated list of programs, events, and resources within our district & communitySee list >>
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