Morse Messenger: September 2015
Published on Sep 30, 2015 10:51

September 2015
Apple Day

What is the Apple of the Week?
Each week in grades JK-5, students will be awarded “Apple Student of the Week”. Children are awarded this because they have (in some manner) displayed the core virtue of the month or put good effort into following the Morse School Code. Miss Pat or Mr. Mili presents the weekly apple awards in each classroom. The classroom teacher, specialists, and support staff, tell either of them who the Apple Awardees are and why they have been selected. This is a very special award, but each classroom can have many children receiving apples every week. By the end of the school year all students have had the honor of being selected more then once. 


Students in Grades 3, 4 & 5 Encouraged to Practice Keyboarding at Home
By: Jennifer Lavalle, Instructional Technology Specialist
Keyboarding is an essential skill for students in today’s digital world. This basic skill opens the door to create, collaborate, and communicate ideas through digital text and prepares students for the school and work environments of the 21st century. With this in mind, we would like to share with you that students in grades 3-5 now have access to Typing Club, an online formal keyboarding program. Read more >>


CitySprouts Garden Happenings
By: Shay Chess, Morse CitySprouts Garden Coordinator
Howdy Friends & Fans of  the Morse CitySprouts Garden!
Welcome Back! Have you had the chance to check out our newly painted mural on the back of the shed? Created by our middle school summer interns. They wanted to give back to the Morse school. Check out our blog post about there hard work.

The garden is always changing. Check it out >>


Morning Drop Off / Afternoon Pick Up Information
By: Denise Sullivan, Family Liaison
In the mornings drop off safety is a big issue. During rush hour everyone in the city is trying to get somewhere else. Please follow these simple rules to help your child get in and out of the building safely. View the rules >>

Dismissal Procedure/Afternoon Pick-up
For the safety of all the Morse School students, all doors remain locked until the very end of the day. We ask that all adults picking up their child/children wait outside the building at the indicated dismissal door or in the Main Lobby until 2:25PM. We have children heading to board school buses and to “in house” afterschool programs, and it becomes very chaotic in the hallways if there are many extra adults standing or walking in the hallways.


Friends of Morse
The Friends of the Morse School is dedicated to supporting the educational experience of students, fostering community, and celebrating the diversity of the school.

Purpose: The purpose of The Friends of the Morse School is to focus our energies on positive ways to strengthen the Morse community and support the activities at the school. We expect to accomplish this by: Supporting the teachers; Supplementing classroom activities; Planning community events; Complementing the School Improvement Council and its activities; Facilitating family communications; Fostering relationships with neighbors and businesses.

Monthly Meetings
October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 22, March 21, April 25, May 16, June 6 | 6:30PM | Library
Free Childcare is provided! Everyone is welcome and we encourage all to come join in the fun!

Friday Movie Nights
November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 4
Pizza, snacks and drinks for sale before movie. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the length of the movie.

Other Upcoming Events
International Festival & Potluck
Friday, October 23 | 6 – 7:30PM

Winter Clothing Exchange
In the Main Lobby will be marked bins for you to add children’s out grown winter jackets/coats, snow-pants, & boots in gently used condition. Please note: You do not need to deposit to make a withdrawal. Please help yourselves.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Date to be determined in May

Incoming JK/K Welcome Pizza and Playdate
Date to be determined in May

Annual Garden Party
Date to be determined in June

Who is your Cambridge Food Hero?
October 24th 2014 is the 4th Annual Food Day. Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food as well as a grassroots campaign for better food policies. We are looking for Cambridge Food Heroes to honor this Food Day. Learn more >>

Walk Bike Day

Please join us Wednesday October 7th as we celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day!
Take some time out to promote health, safety, and the environment by biking or walking to school with your child. It’s a great way to help your child learn and practice safe bicycle and pedestrian skills while improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion around our school.

For more information on the Safe Routes to School program, please click here. contact the Safe Routes to School coordinator, Justin Schreiber, at 617.349.6012. Learn more >>


Back to School Night
October 30 | 6 - 8PM

School Council
October 7 | 6:30 - 8PM

No School:
Columbus Day

October 12

School Pictures
October 15

Friends of the Morse
October 19 | 6:30 - 7:30PM

Early Release Day
October 20

“Safety First” for our schools
Cambridge Public Schools has a Visitor’s Policy to ensure the safety of our students and staff. The visitor’s policy has many purposes. Learn more >>

Info Station

Located in the Main Lobby near the Auditorium doors is the Family Information Station.  On this organized Station you can find many helpful pieces of information.  

Featuring: copies of the CPS school year calendar, the monthly Morse calendar & Newsletter, Title one monthly calendar, important notices, afterschool programs, out of school time activities and much more. Please stop by and help yourself to any material that you need.


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3-Year-Old Program Lottery Information Session
September 30 | 6PM
Fletcher Maynard

Kindergarten Information Sessions

October 28 | 6PM
Peabody School

November 7 | 10AM
Morse School



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