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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: Jan 18, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars:
SPRING CONCERT DATE - Wednesday, March 14th @ 9:00am
MCAS DATES - April 23rd -30th (ELA) - May 7th - 22nd (Grade
Specific Dates Will Be Posted in the Near Future)
5th GRADE RECOGNITION DATE - Friday, June 15th @ 9:00am

Prevent Further Spreading of Illness
Dear Parents/Guardians:
It is that time of year when our children and family members are getting sick. There are many illnesses present in the community including Flu and Group A Strep. The best ways to prevent further spreading of illness is to stay home when sick and hand washing.

The following guidelines from Arlington Public Schools should be followed in order to allow your student to recover in a timely manner as well as for the protection of other students and our staff.

Your child should remain at home if he/she has:
- Uncontrollable and/or productive cough
- Fever over 100.4 degrees within past 24 hours (fever free without medication)
- Vomiting or diarrhea within past 24 hours
- Sore throat and swollen glands
- Undiagnosed, suspicious rash or skin eruptions
- Earache, severe headache or drainage from eyes
- Students should remain home for 24 hours after an acute illness or after starting antibiotics for a diagnosed infection

In the event that your child has a diagnosed infection (e.g., Strep, Flu, Pink Eye, Norovirus), please let the School Nurse know. This information is very helpful for us in identifying trends and illness patterns as well as keeping our students safe.

Thank you very much for your assistance with this. Please feel free to contact me regarding any concerns that you might have. I can be reached at (781)316-3797 or by email at kamartin@arlington.k12.ma.us.

Bishop Night Out is almost here!
Confirm your sitter for Friday, January 26th. Doors open at 7 at Common Ground, and entry is free! Wine, beer, cheese and chocolate tasting will set the mood, and Mr. Ham will set the tone when he plays around 8. Our annual silent auction will run all evening, with a special live auction starting at 9 PM. All bids will close at 10 pm, with items distributed Friday evening. We're looking forward to seeing you at this community event- bring your friends! And RSVP here!

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 -

Newspapers Wanted
The Bishop Play's Tech Crew needs NEWSPAPERS! Please save them from the Recycle Bin and bring them to school. There will be a bin in the school lobby to leave them. Questions? Please contact Laura Fuller at laura.fuller3@gmail.com. Thank you!

Bishop Day at Wilson Farms!
Shop at Wilson Farm on Wednesday, January 24th, and 20% of your total will be donated to Bishop Elementary School! It's an easy way to support the school- and enjoy Wilson Farm at the same time!

Attention 5th Grade Families
Fifth grade families, we're asking for your help this month to help keep the Arlington Food Pantry shelves stocked. If you are able, please consider sending a food donation for our fellow community members. Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped in bins in the 5th grade hallway, as well as in the front hallway.
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, January 26th.
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

Bishop Science Night is Coming
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM
This is an annual all-family FREE event sponsored by the PTO and we are looking for PARENT VOLUNTEERS to assist with the planning and preparation of this year's event.
How can you help?
- Create a New Hands-On Demo
- Lead an Existing Hands-On Demo
- Organize the Student Poster Presentations
- Manage the Egg Drop Competition Entries
- Organize the Pizza Dinner
If you're interested in volunteering and would like more information, please contact Rosemary Foster at fosterpadien@gmail.com

Arlington EATS Bishop Snacks - donations welcome
Arlington EATS supplies snacks in the Bishop Cafeteria daily for any student who needs one. Next time you are at the grocery store or Costco please consider picking up a large box of Cheerios or Wheat Thins (must be Cheerios & Wheat Thins brand), applesauce squeezers or no-sugar-added fruit cups, or snack-sized Ziploc bags to donate. A collection bin will be placed in the lobby this week.
Thanks in advance! Questions? contact Skye at: skyes_33@yahoo.com
For more information about Arlington EATS visit: Arlington EATS

Get your Spirit Wear
Next order will be placed on March 1st. Download an order form on the PTO website order form

Enrichment Update
Friday, January 19
Eyes on Owls for 1st grade
First-graders will meet six live owls (from small to huge) up close. Everyone participates in a hooting lesson and learns tips on how to attract and protect owls that live nearby. The presenters will also bring a touch table of Arctic wildlife artifacts and photos.

Monday, February 5
New England Aquarium- Tide pools for Kindergarten
Using guided imagery, a child-size costume and live animals, students will explore and interact with local tide pool animals while learning basic biology and anatomy.

Wednesday, February 14
Museum of Science - Animal Adaptations for 5th grade
Students will meet and observe live animals and learn how to identify evolutionary changes. Students will then break out into small groups in which they will examine skulls and use their new knowledge to attempt to determine how the animals may have adapted.

Friday, February 16
Plimoth Plantation, Pilgrim Classroom Visit for 3rd grade
A Museum Teacher will portray a resident of 1624 Plimoth Colony, using their life story to frame the program. The educator will bring reproduction artifacts and will share the Pilgrim story, from hiring the Mayflower in England, through the journey and the first winter, to Thanksgiving in Plymouth. As a highlight of the program, several students will be invited to try on Colonial clothing!

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.

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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