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Bishop Elementary School

25 Columbia Road
Arlington, MA 02474
Phone: (781) 316-3792

School hours: M,W,R,F: 8:10am-2:30pm; T: 8:10am-1:00pm

If your child is out/sick, call:
(781) 316-3790

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School Calendar

Principal's Update: Nov 9, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars:
Friday, November 10th - Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL
Monday, November 20th - Picture Re-takes
Wednesday, November 22nd - EARLY RELEASE @ 12:00pm - NO LUNCH SERVED
Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th - Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday, November 27th - School Resumes
November 28th - December 1st - 5th Grade Science Camp

Parent/Teacher Conference Season
Keeping with the same scheduling format from last school year, all teachers will be responsible for scheduling conferences. This is no longer facilitated by the District online system.

Tuesday, December 5th and Tuesday, December 12th - Dismissal of students is 11:15am, with no lunch served – Conference times will be between 12:00-3:00pm
Thursday, December 14th – Conference times will be between 6:00-8:00pm
You will be receiving communication from your teacher(s) in the very near future for scheduling purposes. Please refrain from contacting teachers with requests until you receive their communication, thank you so much.

The Bishop School's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a group of parents, teachers and community members that plans events throughout the year to both raise funds and support the Bishop School community. Last year, the PTO raised over $55,000 which funded school-wide enrichment programs, Bishop classrooms, teachers and administration, school improvement projects, and other community initiatives. We welcome anyone to join us, at our next meeting or by getting involved in any way you can.
Please visit our website by clicking Bishop PTO Website and join our Facebook page by clicking Bishop on Facebook for information about all our events, the enrichment calendar, and other initiatives.
Please join the Bishop PTO Facebook page -

School Photo Retake Day is Monday, November 20th
Coffee Pond Photography will be back at Bishop for photo retakes on Monday, November 20th. If your child missed Photo Day, or if you’d like new photos taken, retakes will be scheduled from 9-11:30 AM. If you are interested in a retake, please have your child bring back the photos you initially received from Coffee Pond. New orders can be placed online.

Coffee Pond will also take group photos of siblings at Bishop school on retake day. If you have more than one child who attends Bishop and would like to get a photo of your kids together, please click on this link to a short survey: Bishop Sibling Photo Day Sign-Up We'll use this information to schedule a time when all of your children will be available for a group photo. Coffee Pond will supply order forms which will be available the week before retake day. Please feel free to contact Rosemary Foster at fosterpadien@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Bishop Food Drive
Bishop Families: We are Julie Kahn-Schaye and Sarah Popper, and we're your new Bishop food pantry coordinators. November kicks off Arlington-wide food collection efforts for the Arlington Food Pantry and we're asking for your help.
As you shop for your Thanksgiving feast, if you are able, please consider putting something extra in your cart for our fellow community members for whom the food pantry will help complete their feasts. Donations of non-perishable breakfast food can be dropped in bins in the front hallway (See below for specific suggestions). Gift cards to local markets in denominations of $10 or $20 can be given to Ms. Gonsalves in the Bishop main office. Monetary donations are also accepted. The Arlington Food Pantry is run entirely by volunteers so the money goes directly to buying food. Checks should be made payable to The Arlington Food Pantry and can be left in the main office or mailed directly to:
The Arlington Food Pantry
Department of Health and Human Services
27 Maple Street
Arlington, MA 02476

We'll be collecting from now until the morning of Friday, November 17th.
In subsequent months, you'll be hearing from us by grade level - when students will have the opportunity to fill bins outside their classrooms.
Food pantries are a vital resource for many members of our community. Located at 117 Broadway, Arlington residents are welcome to shop and/or volunteer. See this link for details. www.arlingtonfoodpantry.org

Needed items:
Bishop School is asked to bring in Non-Perishable Breakfast Foods.
Some suggestions are:
Instant Oatmeal
Boxed raisins
Canned fruit (in it’s own juices)
Peanut Butter
Bread Mixes
Maple syrup
Pancake mix

Paper goods/personal items are always needed: Toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, toothpaste, shampoo (regular size containers)

Bishop Holiday Craft Fair and Call for Student Crafters
Join us Thursday, December 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Arlington for a fun, festive evening of shopping featuring local craftspeople. Student Crafters are welcome to participate! If you are a Bishop student interested in showcasing your crafts (jewelry, artwork, baked goods, etc.), please email Anne Thomson, anne_skelton@yahoo.com, for an application/information.

The Bishop Play 2018
***Registration is open until November 13 at 8 pm***

REGISTER on the PTO Website: http://www.bishopschoolpto.com/
In case of over-subscription, we will confirm participation on a "first come first served" basis.

Last Chance to order Spirit Wear in 2017
Orders are due December 1 Bishop Spirt Wear

Bishop Book Fair
Just in time for the holidays, the library will be holding the annual book fair December 11-15.

The PTO needs you!
Please consider assisting the PTO in the following position.
Communications Assistant
Responsible for preparing backpack mail, hanging posters around the school for upcoming events, keeping the Bishop PTO sandwich board sign updated, ensuring promotional materials are available for each school event, and updating and maintaining the content posted on the kiosk. Additional needs include promoting the PTO in the community and partnering with PTO President and Co-President to develop reports, such as year-in-review. Please contact meredithdimola@gmail.com for more information.

Upcoming November Enrichment
All Enrichment events will be added to the calendar on the Bishop School website as they are confirmed and will be included regularly in the Principal's Update.

Spellman Stamp Museum for 4th grade
Monday, November 20

A Spellman Stamp Museum educator will visit each of the 4th grade classrooms to explore the history of stamps and the U.S. Postal System with the 4th graders. The presentations will include discussions of US geography covered in this year's 4th grade curriculum.

Arlington EATS Provides Snacks at Bishop
Arlington Public Schools offer free and reduced price lunches that feed more than 500 students on school days. When school is not in session, family food resources are stretched. Arlington EATS’ mission is to help our students Eat All Through Summer and the school year. Since its formation in 2014, EATS has grown to operate through four primary programs: Summer Lunches, February and April Vacation Lunches, School Snacks, and the Weekend Food Program.
Arlington EATS provides snacks for students who need them in most of Arlington's schools. Here at Bishop, EATS has been supporting snacks since the spring of 2015. Snacks are chosen from an approved list of choices compiled by the Nurse Leader for APS Health and Nursing Services and are delivered to school weekly by parent volunteers. Bishop's snacks are available in the cafeteria every morning until lunch periods begin for any child who needs one.
If you, your family, or a community group you work with would like to donate snack supplies, prep snack bags, or if you would like to get involved with the snack program, please contact Skye Stewart at skyes_33@yahoo.com. If you need assistance for your family, please contact Mr. McAneny. For more information about Arlington EATS, visit: Arlington EATS

Community News
Interested in Getting Information to the Bishop Community?
Information that you’d like to share with the Bishop community can be included in the weekly Principal’s Update. Please email the relevant information to Sheelagh Stirling (Communications Coordinator, Bishop PTO) at sheelaghstirling@yahoo.com

Family Folk Chorale concert November 12
All Bishop second graders have learned about Teosinte, Arlington's Sister City in El Salvador. They learned about the culture, the food, the geography and what life is like for kids their age in this small village in El Salvador. A representative of the Sister City project visited their classrooms to show them pictures and answer questions.

While you may not be familiar with the Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project, you have likely heard of the fantastic Family Folk Chorale. We invite you to enjoy their upcoming all ages sing and concert with your friends and family and support Arlington-Teosinte at the same time!

James Taylor
November 12, 3:00
Arlington Town Hall

The Family Folk Chorale has generously offered to donate $3.00 per ticket bought by our amigos and amigas. Cut and paste this link to purchase tickets: http://brownpapertickets.com Use code "teosinte" and $3 per ticket will be donated to Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project! We will also be selling beautiful, fair trade artesenia made in El Salvador. All proceeds go toward supporting educational scholarships, local jobs and community development projects. Come get a jump on your holiday shopping and feel good about the gifts you give this season.
For more information on the Family Folk Chorale and to hear their music, please check them out at http://www.familyfolkchorale.org. For more information about the Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project please visit us at www.arlingtonteosinte.org. Questions? Contact Amy Moyer at aewilliams@hotmail.com

Keep Up To Date

  • Bishop PTO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BishopPTO
  • Follow Principal McAneny @markmmcaneny https://twitter.com/markmmcaneny
  • Follow the PTO @BishopPTO https://twitter.com/BishopPTO
  • Bishop School: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/BISHOP
  • Bishop PTO: http://www.bishopschoolpto.com

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    John A. Bishop Elementary School
    25 Columbia Road Arlington, MA 02474
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