Morse Thursday Take Home: February 17, 2022
Published on Feb 17, 2022 14:25

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February 17, 2022

Message from Family Liaison

Hello Morse Community Happy Windy Thursday!

In exactly 31 days, we’ll be walking into spring!(Yay!). Tomorrow February 18th is national caregivers day: On National Caregivers Day we honor those who give endlessly of their own time and energy to help our loved ones live better lives. It especially applies to those caregivers who help our elderly friends, family, and neighbors who require long-term care. Please know that your labor is not in vain!

Frank ?tienneFrank Étienne was born on April 12, 1936, in Ravine-Sèche, Haiti. He is a Haitian writer, poet, playwright, painter, musician, activist, and intellectual. Frank Étienne is recognized as one of Haiti's leading writers and playwrights of both French and Haitian Creole, and is "known as the father of Haitian letters."
Frank ?tienne
As a painter, he is known for his colorful abstract works, often emphasizing the colors blue and red. He was a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009, made a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Order of the Arts and Letters), and was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2010.
(“Tenderness 2007”)

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TONIGHT: Morse School Council Meeting

Thursday, February 17 | 6-7:30PM
At this evening's School Council meeting, Dr. Leith will share updates on school-based activities, including COVID protocols, mid-year assessments, and funding for school improvement initiatives. The Council will also review the new draft CPS School Council Handbook and consider its implications for the Morse School Council's next steps. All Morse School parents and caregivers are warmly invited to attend. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please register here. To learn more about the composition of our School Council and/or to share comments, questions, or concerns, please visit the School Council page on our website.

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TONIGHT: 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.

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Book Swap

Please remember to continue to bring in gently used books for the Morse Book swap. Book swap will take place the first week of March as part of the Read Across America celebration.

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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!

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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 link for more details on how you can enter for a chance to win! 
Deadline: May 2, 2022

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Please note: This contest is not part of the art studio at Morse school. Please send applications to Green Cambridge. P.O. Box 380932, Cambridge, MA 02238. All artwork should be completed at home.

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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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Safe Media for Parents

February 17 | 7PM
Habits and Feelings about technology and social media. Join us for a discussion about how some parents and students think about and use technology and social media. Register to attend >>

Questions? Contact Matt Mena-Landry

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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.

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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.

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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 >>
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Center for Families Cambridge Newsletter: February 2022

Hello Families and Friends,

We have a lot of exciting things to share this month for Cambridge families. You can learn all about our Cambridge Family Fun Week programming line-up sponsored by the Center for Families!...


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At-Home Activity Calendar:
February 2022

Designed for Cambridge children ages 0-4, but all are welcome! Parents, check out these ideas to try at home. The goal is to have fun! You can change these ideas to match your child's age or interest.
View calendar >>

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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 >>

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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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Did You Know February is National Children's Dental Health Month?

National Children's Dental Health Month

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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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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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