Greer Gazette: October 17, 2022

Greer Gazette: October 17, 2022
Posted on 10/17/2022


Greetings CPS Community!

I hope you had a restful weekend! The fall colors are really popping!

We have a series of important School Committee presentations this month. Tomorrow, we will present our district data and share the progress made in our performance. I am excited that next Tuesday, October 25, and next Thursday, the 27th, we will have an opportunity to share an update on the program review of our technical education program, RSTA. We will also have a Special Meeting with the School Committee to set the targets for our outcomes for our 3-year District Plan. These are very important updates and I encourage you to watch.

We are gearing up to launch the i-Ready Personalized Instruction for all 3rd through 8th grade students. This is an online program for students to practice and build their reading and math skills beyond the school day. We will host virtual family onboarding sessions on Wednesday, November 2nd. Registration details are on our website.

Thank you for your continued support.

Make it Great!

Dr. Victoria L. Greer


i-Ready Personalized Instruction Launching in November

What is i-Ready Personalized Instruction?

  • Program for 3rd - 8th grade students to advance their reading and math skills beyond the school day

  • Customizes lessons to improve and accelerate reading and math skills, whether students are performing below, on, or above grade level

  • Lessons accessible at home, during after school programs, when absent, and during school closures.

  • Virtual Caregiver Onboarding Sessions: Wednesday, November 2

    • 6 -7PM and 7:15 - 8:15PM
    • Recordings will be available for those who are unable to attend.

Child Tax Credit

Your family may qualify for up to $3,600/child with the Child Tax Credit or $1,400/person in stimulus money even if you have never filed taxes before (and if you have not already filed taxes this year).

Apply by Wednesday, November 15 at to get your money this year.

3-Year-Old Preschool Lottery Now Open!

Apply online for a chance to enroll in September 2023!

Apply through Monday, October 31 |

Affordable Connectivity Program: Access to Internet

The recently created Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) helps connect eligible families to affordable internet service.

  • Monthly discount of up to $30 for internet

  • One-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price school mealsare eligible. Students who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are also eligible for the ACP. Our schools include:

  • Cambridge Street, Putnam Avenue, Rindge Avenue, and Vassal Lane Upper Schools

  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

  • Fletcher Maynard Academy

  • Kennedy-Longfellow School

You can learn more about the program, including eligibility and enrollment information by by calling 877.384.2575.

Flu and COVID Vaccine Clinics

The Cambridge Public Health Department is hosting free flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the Cambridge community. Seasonal flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines, including the booster, will be available.We continue to strongly recommend that all eligible individuals stay up-to-date with their vaccination and boosters for the best protection against COVID.

**Please note that VaxAbilities will host disability-friendly clinics on Wednesday, October 19 and Wednesday, November 16. Additional staff will be at these clinics to provide skilled support to individuals with disabilities and sensory support needs.**

To make an appointment and for more information, including dates and locations, visit their website.

Featured Events

STEAM IT UP! K-8 Family STEAM Night

Have you ever wanted to investigate the connection between rocket shape and launch distance? Does observing coastal critters excite you? Come join local STEAM providers for a fun, educational evening and pizza!

Thursday, October 20 | 6 - 8PM (Putnam Avenue Upper School Gym located at 100 Putnam Avenue)

Diwali Celebration

Join Mayor Siddiqui, the Cambridge Public Library, and the City of Cambridge Employee’s Committee on Diversity for an afternoon of South Asian performances, activities, food, and fun celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

Saturday, October 22 | 11:30AM - 3PM (Cambridge Main Library located at 449 Broadway)

Happy Birthday USS Constitution!

The USS Constitution Museum invites you to celebrate the USS Constitution's historic career in true birthday fashion with a Birthday Block Party! On October 21, 1797, the USS Constitution began her service to the country. Now 225 years later, the museum is hosting a double-themed bash as the museum is also marking its milestone of 50 years honoring Old Ironsides in the community! There will be birthday themed activities and events throughout the day. Come leave your birthday wishes for the Ship and enjoy a fun-filled day at the Museum and Charlestown Navy Yard.

Saturday, October 22 |11AM - 3PM (Charlestown Navy Yard)

Caregiver Equity Summit

Our Caregiver Equity Summit will be held onSaturday, December 3rd! Come Learn, Connect, and Reflect with families as we identify what equity sounds like, looks like, and feels like to caregivers in the Cambridge Public Schools community. There will be workshops, music, food, and much more! Exact date and location will be coming soon! Interested in getting more information? Sign up here!

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, October 19 | Early Release Day (JK-8)

Tuesday, November 8 | Election Day - Staff Professional Learning Day (No School)

Friday, November 11 | Veterans Day (No School & CPS Offices Closed)

Wednesday, November 16 | Early Release Day (JK-8)

Wednesday, November 23 | Early Release Day (All Grades)

Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 | Thanksgiving Break

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