CRLS DYK Newsletter: February 15, 2022
Published on Feb 15, 2022 18:11

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February 15, 2022

Message from the Principal

As you know CPS is distributing COVID-19 rapid test kits to students this week. These rapid test kits are for students to use on Sunday, Feb. 27th, the day before school reopens on Monday, Feb. 28th. CRLS students will have the opportunity to pick up a COVID-19 rapid test kit in their Community Meeting room on Wednesday, Feb. 16th.

Students who did not pick up their rapid test kit in their Community Meeting room on Wednesday will have an additional opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 17th and Friday, Feb. 18th to pick up their rapid test at the Bagel Benches on the first floor of the Rindge Building during the following times -

  • 8 - 8:30AM
  • 11:30AM - 1:30PM
  • 3 - 3:30PM

If these times do not work, students and families should reach out to their Dean of Students or Learning Community Clerk prior to Friday, Feb. 18 to arrange an alternative time to pick up their rapid test kit.

Please note, due to limited supply, we cannot replace test kits if they are misplaced. Please contact your Learning Community if you questions regarding the distribution process of rapid test kits for students.

Principal Smith

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CRLS Semester 2 Curriculum Night THIS THURSDAY 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. *Zoom links for information sessions will be sent the day before the event on Feb. 16th.

  • 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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AP EXAM Registration Deadline

For any students enrolled in a second semester AP class, the deadline to register for AP exams is March 3rd. View flyer >>

Registration is a 3 step process:
1. Join the class online: Log into and “join” the class using the join code provided by your AP teacher. I have included a step by step process as an attachment. If you have issues logging into your College Board account, you need to call them directly at 866.315.6068.
2. Make sure to change the exam indicator to YES. When you join the class, the exam indicator defaults to Undecided, this must be changed to YES by March 3rd.
3. Submit payment by March 3rd using My School Bucks -Be sure to click on the one that says AP Exams -Semester 2

If payment is not received by March 3rd, an exam will not be ordered.

For more information including test dates and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the CRLS AP Testing Website.

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Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

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.
More details >>

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 >> 

Calvin Hicks Award for the Study of Music -- 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders are Eligible!Calvin Hicks Award for the Study of Music -- 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders are Eligible!
If you're just TUNING in.... Friends of CRLS will present this $500 scholarship to a student in any grade (9, 10, 11, 12) at any music level, beginner to virtuoso, to study any instrument, voice, or music theory. The awardee may use the funds to take music lessons, a class, a workshop, or a summer program at any accredited music school, whether or not in pursuit of a college degree, OR to take music lessons independently with a licensed instructor. Application documents are due April 1st to [email protected].
Apply now >>

Fresh Start Contracting Corp. Award for Carpentry Fresh Start Contracting Corp.
Award for Carpentry
We wanted to make sure you SAW this.... Friends of CRLS will present this $500 award to a graduating RSTA senior who has taken carpentry for two years, maintaining an 'A' average in carpentry classes. The awardee may use the funds for any purpose. Apply during February through CRLS's online scholarship application system for this and a wide variety of scholarships and awards that Friends of CRLS will present. Apply now >>

Tutoring Plus Scholarship
Tutoring Plus Scholarship
We have one more thing to ADD.... Friends of CRLS will present this $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who has been a participant in Tutoring Plus. The awardee may use the funds in the summer or fall for any higher education program. Apply during February through CRLS's online scholarship application system for this and a wide variety of scholarships that Friends of CRLS will present. Apply now >>

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CSIT Virtual Career Panel:
Tech Computer Science, IT

CSIT Career Panel

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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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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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Sign up for Meta's Student Summit!

February 26 | 9:30AM-1PM PST
Looking for something to do over February break? Join Meta's Student Summit in recognition of Black History Month. This virtual summit will take place on Saturday February 26th and is FREE. As part of the event you will gain coding experience, participate in demonstrations, learn about careers in technology, and hear from executive speakers and national leaders. For more information or to register, please visit the following link.

More details >>

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Is your student applying to Bunker Hill Community College or UMass Boston?

The College Success Initiative (CSI) connects CRLS graduates with Success Coaches to help them succeed inside and outside the classroom.

More details >>

CSI Success Coaches will be at CRLS March 1 – April 15, 2022
Encourage your student to contact their guidance counselor to meet with a Success Coach! Questions? Contact Tawanya Garrett, Director of CSI

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Spring Sports Student Informational Meeting

March 2 | 3:15PM | Coccoluto Gymnasium, War memorial Building
Informational meeting for all those interested in any spring sport!

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Road to the Future Transition Fair 2022

Thursday, 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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COVID-19 Vaccine BOOSTER Clinic @ the Teen Health Center 

For next week only, Teen Health is offering covid boosters on TUESDAY (15th) and FRIDAY (18th)! We will continue our regular Tuesday covid vaccine clinics after February vacation.

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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CPS Free Internet Essentials Program

Free Internet CPSCambridge Public Schools continues to partner with Comcast to connect eligible families to the Internet Essentials Program, which offers affordable internet service, low-cost computers, and digital literacy training.

As a part of our continued efforts to close the digital divide, CPS, through the Emergency Connectivity Grant (ECF), has purchased hundreds of pre-paid vouchers for free internet service through June 30, 2022.

For more information regarding eligibility, please visit the following link.
Sign up here >>

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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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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.

More details >>

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Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee

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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Free CNA Training for English
Language Learners

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from February - June 2022 | 5-9PM
Do you like to help people? Do you want a job in healthcare? Apply to CLC's free Certified Nursing Assistant Program! Attend an information session to learn more. Questions? Contact Yan Zheng.

Register here >>
More details >>

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MIT BWSI - Spring 2022 Outreach Program

Saturdays (March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 9, 16, 23*) | 11AM-2PM EST
No prior experience required! 6 programs available to high school students (9th and 10th grade). Apply today!

View available programs >>
Register here >>

*Schedule for the “Yes! You Can Analyze the Building Blocks of Life!” course is different (12 sessions on Tuesdays).

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First-Time Homebuyer Lottery

The City of Cambridge is offering nine affordable housing units in two neighborhoods. Applications accepted January 31, 2022 through March 4, 2022. More details >>

Virtual Information Session
Tuesday, February 15 | 6-7PM
Register here >>

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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.

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

Veggie Pita Pockets
Veggie Pita Pockets! Pita bread quartered with hummus and chopped veggies inside! Tip: try bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, etc.

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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
February 14 - 20, 2022
Schedule & Streaming >>

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Spot On: Valentine’s Day Videos (New!)
Mon. 5:30PM & 8:30PM

CRLS Basketball Tournament (Live)
Tue. 7PM

What’s Up Cambridge: Cambridge Cringe & Laughter 2/8/22
Thu. 8PM & Sun. 2PM

Reeling: The Movie Review Show (New Episode!)
Wed. 6PM & Sat. 2PM

City Council & School Committee Virtual Joint Roundtable Meeting 2/14/22 (Live)
Mon. 5:30PM

School Committee Regular Meeting 2/15/22 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Instructions
Wed. 5:30PM & Thu. 5:30PM

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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