Principal's Update: Apr 12, 2018
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- Spring Break - April 16 - 20 / School Closed
- Monday, April 23rd - School Back in Session
- MCAS DATES - April 23rd -30th (ELA) - May 7th - 22nd
- Kindergarten Parent Orientation - Monday, May 14th @ 9:00am
- Principal Reads (Incoming Kindergarten) - Tuesday, May 22nd @ 1:30pm
- Kindergarten Conferences - May 23rd and 24th
- Kindergarten Screenings -Thursday and Friday, May 31st and June 1st
- Bishop's Field Day, Thursday, June 7th (Rain date, June 14th)
- 5th GRADE RECOGNITION DATE - Friday, June 15th @ 9:00am
- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - MONDAY, JUNE 25TH DISMISSAL @ 11:30AM
It is my hope that you and the family are able to spend quality time together during the upcoming break. We look forward to seeing you back in school on the 23rd!
Staff Appreciation Week 9-13 April 2018
Staff Appreciation Week is almost over! This week the Bishop community
has come together to express our thanks to our dedicated Bishop
teachers and staff for all they do day in and day out for our kids!
Appreciation Postcards – Please ensure the post cards the students
completed are brought back to Bishop by tomorrow.
Your child may deliver it to their special someone or
drop it in the box in the Main Office for delivery by the PTO.
Classroom Coverage Volunteers - Still missing
coverage for a few classrooms. Help us allow teachers enjoy an
extended lunch provided by the PTO on Friday. Watch your child’s
class for about 20 minutes so that his or her teacher can enjoy an
extended lunch provided by the PTO. Please use the link below to
volunteer if you can help:
A couple of notes: We have renamed the week from “Teacher Appreciation” to
“Staff Appreciation” to reflect how all of the staff at Bishop contribute to creating a
caring community and engaging learning environment for our kids.
During National Teacher Appreciation Week in May, the PTO will provide a cake for
the Bishop Staff.
School Arrival and Beginning of Instructional Time
School Arrival and Beginning of Instructional Time As we transition back to a
normal, fair weather season, morning drop off procedure, it is important to note
when instructional time starts at the Bishop. Instructional time starts
at 8:15am every day. The 8:10 bell signals the entry into the classrooms to settle in
and to begin morning work. It is imperative that all students are in the building at
this time. Teachers will mark students tardy or absent at 8:20am.
MCAS Season Begins for Grades 3, 4, 5
M-C-A-S. Four letters that can spell anxiety, both for parents and for students!
These letters stand for Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System.
This letter offers tips for how parents can help prepare their children before MCAS
testing and points to resources for more information. Assessments, like the MCAS
tests measure how well students have learned the standards. They give students
an opportunity to demonstrate what they know.
The results of the assessments are then used to guide school improvement efforts
and to identify student needs and schools that need assistance. In other words,
what students should know, what they are taught, and what they are tested on are
all aligned, or linked. This approach to improving education is called “standardsbased
Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for Tests
Parents and families can do several things to create a positive test-taking
experience and help students prepare for tests. Here are some ideas:
Make sure your child gets enough sleep, eats properly, and gets to school on
During test time, make this a special effort.
- Encourage your child to READ, READ, READ. No activity is linked to academic
success as much as reading. Even the math portion of the MCAS uses word
problems to test problem-solving ability.
- Write test dates on your home calendar. The MCAS test schedule is online
- Help your child practice MCAS test questions. Review the test together so you
will all get familiar with the expectations. (Previous years’ MCAS tests are online
THE DAY OF THE TEST
- Make sure that your child is well rested and eats breakfast.
- See that your child arrives at school on time and is relaxed.
- Comfort counts. Send a sweater if it’s a cool day. Dress in layers for a warm
- Encourage your child to do the best work possible and to have a positive
- Encourage your child to listen/ read carefully to all test-taking directions and to
ask questions if any directions are unclear.
- Remind your child not to get stuck on any one item.
- Encourage your child to check answers for accuracy if time permits.
To Reduce Test Anxiety
“Test anxiety” is worrying too much about doing well on a test. It can keep students
from doing their best. Some ways to help reduce anxiety are:
- Talk about the test in a positive way.
- Encourage best efforts, yet have realistic expectations.
- Encourage your child to focus on his or her strengths, such as a good memory or
strong analytical skills.
- Assure your child that the test is only one measure of academic performance.
- Emphasize that test scores do not determine a person’s worth.
Remember—you are very important to your child’s success in school and in life.
Your interest and support let your child know you believe in him or her and that you
value education. We hope these suggestions help you help your child be
successful in school and in life.
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 -
Please Support the PTO Annual Fund
The PTO is asking for a donation of $125 per child for the 2017-2018 school year. Each year, the PTO fund enrichment programs and
events to supplement your children's school experience as well as to
foster a sense of community within the school.
So far, we have reached 75% of our goal! Help us reach 100%!
What does this fee pay for?
The 2017-2018 contribution of $125 per child includes the $25
classroom donation (historically collected separately by room parents
for each classroom), as well as $100 (annual fund donation) to cover
various school-year enrichment activities, classroom expenses, and
supplies. In an effort to simplify the various payments, the PTO
will collect the single amount of $125. The PTO will fund the
classroom activities (i.e. class parties, class gifts, etc.)
through the annual fund. Look for a flyer in your child's backpack
this week or logon to the PTO Website to make an online donation
Thank you for your support!
Looking for a Rewarding Way to Be Involved in the Bishop
There are 6 open PTO Executive Board positions for the 2018/19 school year:
- Co president
- Co treasurer
- Fundraising coordinator
- Communications coordinator
- Room Parent coordinator
- Recording Secretary
Participation in the PTO board is a great way to get to know the school, the staff,
families and the greater community. The current and outgoing board members
be happy to talk to anyone interested to give you a feel for what is involved.
Please email Sarah for more information email@example.com.
Save the Date for the Annual Bishop Bear Fair
Saturday, May 19 (rain date, May 20)
Seeking Bear Fair Raffle Prize and Silent Auction Donations
The Bear Fair Raffle is a significant contributor to our spring fundraising efforts.
Bishop students sell tickets and everyone who buys a ticket is entered to win one
of three prizes. If you have a bigger ticket item (such as sports team or concert
tickets) that you would be willing to donate as a prize, we would greatly appreciate.
(We purchase prizes otherwise.) Please reach out to Lindsey Baron
In addition, we are looking for help soliciting for donations for our silent auction at
the Bear Fair. Please contact Meredith DiMola at firstname.lastname@example.org if
you can lend a few minutes of your time to help. She has a list to work from. Thank
you in advance for your support!
Spring cleaning? Have old stuff to donate? Bring it to the Used
What: Used Goods Drop-Off
When: Saturday, May 5, 9-2 pm (during the Annual Greg Wright Memorial Clean-
Where: Bishop School parking lot, 25 Columbia Rd
Why: To benefit the Bishop School PTO!
Start your spring cleaning and donate your quality used goods to the Bishop Bear
Fair's Used Goods Sale. We will accept donations of Books, Sporting Goods &
Gear, Toys & Games, Baby Gear, Bicycles, Arts & Crafts, Household Goods,
Knick-Knacks, and Jewelry. Bikes, trikes and strollers heartily welcome! Items
need to be clean and in good condition. All donations will be sold at the Bishop
Bear Fair Used Goods Sale in May. High value items will be sold on the Bishop
School PTO’s eBay site.
How To Donate Used Goods!
1. Sort your stuff (Toys, Games, Household, Kitchen, Baby, Books,
Random Stuff, etc.)
2. Box your stuff (Use boxes, not bags, so we can stack them in
3. Label your boxes by category
4. Bring your boxes to the Drop-Off
5. Bring large items “as is” (i.e. bikes, strollers, small furniture, etc.)
6. Clothing and stuffed animals can be tossed directly in the new
Textile Recycling bin!
7. Get a donation tax receipt from the Used Goods Team
Thank you for your Used Goods donations!
Donation tax receipts provided. All proceeds from the Bishop School Used Goods
Sale benefit the Bishop School PTO, a non-profit organization. The Bishop School
PTO funds enrichment, grants and teacher supplies for the Bishop School. Want
to drop stuff off at a different time, or have any other Used Goods questions?
Contact the Used Goods Sale Coordinators Amy Moyer
at email@example.com Tricia See at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Support the PTO Annual Fund
The PTO is asking for a donation of $125 per child for the 2017-2018 school year.
Each year, the PTO fund enrichment programs and events to supplement your
children's school experience as well as to foster a sense of community within the
school. So far, we have reached 75% of our goal! Help us reach 100%!
What does this fee pay for?
The 2017-2018 contribution of $125 per child includes the $25 classroom donation
(historically collected separately by room parents for each classroom), as well as
$100 (annual fund donation) to cover various school-year enrichment activities,
classroom expenses, and supplies. In an effort to simplify the various payments,
the PTO will collect the single amount of $125. The PTO will fund the classroom
activities (i.e. class parties, class gifts, etc.) through the annual fund. Look for a
flyer in your child's backpack this week or logon to the PTO Website to make an
here. Thank you for your support!
Friday, April 13
Kemp Harris Storyteller visit for Kindergarten and 1st grade
Students from Kindergarten and 1st grade will gather for grade-level assemblies
featuring traditional and original stories and interactive songs to support social
studies and literacy.
Thursday, May 3
Museum of Science -States of Matter for 5th grade (reschedule due to snow)
Students will observe how solids, liquids, and gases change phases and properties
when subjected to changes in energy, and learn how to define the states of matter.
Our demonstrations involve extremely cold liquid nitrogen. Students will see
balloons shrink, metal melt before their eyes, and a piece of paper set on fire using
Thursday & Friday, May 10 and May 11
Mass Audubon/Habitat, Soil Decomposers -sessions for 1st grade classes
Students will find out more about soil and meet the decomposers - the organisms
that transform dead leaves, logs, and other organic matter into soil. Small animal
visitors are part of this hands-on, interactive program. Each 1st grade class of
students will learn in small groups at three different stations.
Friday, May 18
New England Aquarium, Engineering & Erosion -sessions for 4th grade classes
Each 4th grade class will participate in a session in which students will address the
issues of local coastal erosion through the engineering design process, with an
emphasis on communication and collaboration. Students will work as teams
employing engineering design to plan, test, and present their solutions to limit the
erosion of sand from their own section of simulated sandy coastline.
Wednesday, May 23
Poet David Zucker -grade-level assembly for 2nd grade
Poetry comes to life in David Zucker’s masterful performance of acting, mime,
vocal gymnastics, humor, audience participation, and a trunk full of costumes,
puppets, and props. David’s irresistible cast of characters, recreated from the
poems by A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, Langston Hughes, Shel Silverstein, Edgar
Allen Poe, and James Whitcomb Riley, are not to be missed.
Tuesday, May 29 OR Wednesday, May 30 (final date confirmed in the next
Theatre Espresso, Uprising on King Street - grade-level performance for 5th grade
The 5th graders from Bishop and Stratton will gather at Stratton for a performance
by Theatre Espresso. Students will learn about the circumstances that led to the
Boston Massacre through a recreation of the trial of Captain Preston (the British
commanding officer of the British soldiers who fired upon and killed 5 colonist
protestors). In roles as jurors, students will explore the events of the Boston
Massacre through the eyes of ordinary men and women who were both shaped by,
and instrumental in shaping, history.
Wednesday, May 30
Discovery Museum - Force & Motion - sessions for Kindergarten classes
What makes an object move? Can we control the movement? Does the strength of
a push or pull have an effect? How about the direction of the push or pull? What
happens when objects move past each other or collide? Each kindergarten class
will explore concepts of force and motion while interacting with a variety of toys,
balls and vehicles in an hour-long session.
Wednesday, June 13 (tentative date)
Odaiko New England- Taiko Thunder - All-School assemblies
Odaiko New England demonstrates the ancient art form of taiko (Japanese
drumming) and its importance in Japanese culture. This energetic and engaging
program highlights kumi-daiko (ensemble drumming) and combines traditional
taiko rhythms with dynamic movement and rhythms from other musical traditions.
Students explore kata (drumming technique) and the concept of kiai (vocalizing
energy), and also join the performers on stage to play the taiko drums. There will
be two assemblies (k-2, 3-5).
The Garden and Compost Team needs parent volunteers!
Beginning April 25, on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-11:30 we have Open
Garden in our outdoor classroom. Open Garden is a time when Abigail, the
school's garden educator, is in the school garden working with students on various
garden activities (watering, harvesting, planting, etc.) Students can choose to
participate in Open Garden activities during their morning recess period. Parents
and caretakers are invited to help the garden educator lead these informal
activities. It is a great way to get involved with the school and to learn about
gardening in the process. You can sign up for one or multiple days at our sign-up
If you are interested in volunteering with the garden and compost team at other
times, please contact the garden support team
at email@example.com. In addition to volunteering at Open
Garden during school hours, you can join the garden maintenance crew or adopt a
bed over the summer.
Attention 2nd Grade Families
Each month, the Bishop community has been helping stock the shelves of the
Arlington Food Pantry and April is your turn! Please, if you are able, help overflow
the bins in the Bishop front lobby, so we can generously support neighbors with
food insecurity. From their website: www.arlingtonfoodpantry.org
, "The Arlington
Food Pantry is dedicated to eliminating food insecurity by providing nutritious and
culturally appropriate food in a respectful and compassionate manner to any
Arlington resident in need". They also accept monetary donations, volunteers, and
are open to all Arlington residents. Your food pantry coordinators, Sarah Popper
and Julie Kahn Schaye, will pick up the bins at the end of April and deliver to the
pantry. As always, all community members are welcome to donate throughout the
year. Thank you!
April 9-13 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5 Annual Greg Wright Clean-up Day
May 13 Cause + Event Race
May 19 Bear Fair (rain date, May 20)
June 15 5th Grade Recognition
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arlington EATS will again be hosting April Vacation lunches for any APS
students (and their families*) interested in joining us for community meals. This
year, Beaujolais Catering, Whole Foods Arlington and Blue Ribbon BBQ will
be very generously donating food. Yum!
Lunches will be served at 12PM each day April 17-20 in the Thompson School
cafeteria (187 Everett Street, Arlington, MA)
Tuesday, April 17 Blue Ribbon BBQ
Wednesday, April 18 Sandwiches (turkey, roast beef), salad, and fruit salad
Thursday, April 19 Beaujolais Catering - American Chop Suey
Friday, April 20 Whole Foods Pizza
*A maximum of two adults are welcome to attend with their children.
Parents/Guardians of students are not required to attend, but are welcome. There
will be supervision provided.
Join us at the Table: We are a group of local parents, teachers and volunteers
who believe that no child in Arlington should be hungry. Our approach to Arlington
EATS is welcoming, participatory and respectful. Whether you have a few dollars
to spare, a few hours, or talent to share, we welcome you to the table.
· To get food assistance: http://goo.gl/forms/wuAm9b27uF
· To donate: http://www.arlington-eats.org/donate/
· To get involved: http://www.arlington-eats.org/volunteer
· To follow along: www.facebook.com/Arlington.EATS
· To contact: email@example.com
Children's Learning and Development Opportunity
The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in
Boston is recruiting children who are (or are soon turning) 8 or 10 years old to
participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive
years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study
consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years
(weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the
computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes
safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick
follow-up task from a home/library computer. Payment is $60 per year. We provide
free all day parking at the Navy Yard. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or
call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions. More
information can be found
Donations needed for the Children and Young Adult Book Sale at
Book and media donations are needed for the Friends of the Robbins Library’s
annual Children and Young Adult Book Sale on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 to
2:00 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room. Donations can be dropped off
at the Robbins Library now. Look for the big blue bin near the Circulation Desk of
Support Arlington’s libraries by purchasing children’s and teen books, movies, and
music at the Sale. There will be craft activities to keep children occupied as
parents search for books. Teens interested in sorting books and organizing prior
to the Sale as well as helping out on the day of the Sale please contact Amy
McElroy (email@example.com; 781-648-4109); Community Service hours may be
All School Textile Recycling Competition
MONDAY, April 23 - FRIDAY, April 27: All Schools will be competing to collect
the most textiles during the competition week and to win a prize and town
Can Bishop match or collect more than the 566.4 lbs of textiles donated last year?
Drop off your textiles (all old, worn, torn clothes, shoes, bedding, stuffed
animals, etc) to the Bay State Textiles collection bin outside your school
from April 23rd - April 27th.
Here is more information about textile recycling and why it's important:
For questions about the competition, you can contact Rachel Oliveri, School
Sustainability Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dallin Elementary School Auction
Looking for a fun evening out? Come to the Dallin Elementary School Auction at
Town Hall on Friday, April 27th, 7-11pm. We have so many great auction items
this year. Beverages and bidding all to benefit the Dallin PTO. Always a great
evening! You can purchase tickets online
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available on http://dallinpto.org.
Questions about the event can be directed
Newton Area Flag Football League (NAFFL)
The season begins May 6 at Daly Field on Nonantum Road. Games take less than
one hour and are held on Sunday afternoons between 2 and 7 pm; all games are
coached, refereed and scored. Registration guarantees each player 8 games,
including playoffs. Divisions are available for kids ages 5 - 13.
As Newton parents and community members we believe NAFFL offers the
· a safe environment and sport
· respect for rules
· fun while still being competitive
· boosts confidence
· builds community
· weekly exercise
· an understanding of the importance of playing/working together as a
· good sportsmanship
For more information: https://www.newtonareaflagfoot ball.com
Keep Up To Date
2018-19 APS District Calendar Approved and Released
Yours in Respect, Responsibility, and Regard, and, JUST BE KIND…
Do your best, Work hard, and be kind
John A. Bishop Elementary School
25 Columbia Road Arlington, MA 02474
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