John A. Bishop School

New Family Info

Welcome to Bishop School!

Whether your oldest child is entering Kindergarten or whether you've just moved here from out of town - welcome!

We know that you probably have lots of questions. Our hope is that the information on this site will help you better understand what to expect and who to contact if you need assistance.

Checklist to stay informed:

  1. Sign up for Bishop emails

  2. Read the Frequently Asked Questions for New Families

  3. Connect with a Bishop Ambassador:
    Bishop Ambassadors are Bishop parents that reach out to new Bishop families and welcome them to our community. Ambassadors typically contact new families via email or phone in July/August. Connecting with an existing Bishop family helps new families answer questions, meet kids before school, and helps to get acclimated to Arlington and/or Bishop. If, by mid-August you are new to Bishop and have not yet been contacted by a Bishop Ambassador, contact the coordinator.

  4. Attend AFC Kindergarten Connections (summer gatherings for incoming Kindergartners) and If you are on Facebook, join the Bishop Kindergarten 2016-2017 group to connect with other parents of incoming Kindergarteners.

  5. Bishop Bus Information (if you live on the south side of Mass. Ave.)

  6. After school care information
What to Expect over the Summer:

June - if you have an incoming Kindergartener, look for summer 'Kindergarten Connection' gatherings organized by Arlington Family Connection. Dates are listed on their Web site.

early/mid August - you should receive a letter from Bishop informing you which teacher your child will have.

If you are on the Bishop Bus route, you should receive information about the program. If you have not yet received a letter about the bus, contact the school transportation department.

mid-late August - you should receive a letter from your child's teacher with a list of classroom supplies

First Day of School - Kindergarten, September 7th and 8th are staggered and 9th is the full class; Grades 1-5th: September 6th


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