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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: Oct 20, 2016 Mark Twitter Account

Tuesday, November 8th – No School – Teacher Professional Development Day

Friday, November 11th – No School – Veteran’s Day

Wednesday, November 23rd – Half Day – School Releases at 12:00 – No Lunch Served

Thursday and Friday, November 24th/25th – No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

Walk-A-Thon Success
Thank you to all the students and parents who came out last Friday afternoon to run/walk in the annual Bishop Walk-A-Thon. We had 194 students participate and with the support of their donors, we raised over $7,500 dollars to support teachers, enrichment, and other PTO activities. Thanks to all the parents who volunteered the day of the event to make sure it ran smoothly. Thank you gifts (collapsible water bottle) were distributed this past week via backmail. If your student didn't get one, please contact Shannon Knuth, shannon.knuth@gmail.com

A Fabulous Pumpkin Sale
Many thanks to everyone in the Bishop community who bought pumpkins, cider doughnuts, and jack-o’-lantern raffle tickets last Saturday at our annual Pumpkin Sale. It was a gorgeous, fun day. We sold more pumpkins than ever before—more than 275—to raise funds to support enrichment, classroom supplies, and the Bishop garden! We consumed 360 cider doughnuts, 8 gallons of apple cider, and 90 cute bags of candy corns. Much appreciation to the forty 4th grade (and other) parents that helped run the event. And special thanks go to Jeremy Breslau (2nd grade parent), Rosemary Foster (3rd & 5th grade parent), Tyler Patrick (2nd grade parent), and Renata Thomas (parent alum) for carving the very popular raffle jack-o’-lanterns.

Both the Walk-A-Thon and the Pumpkin Sale were incredibly successful events thanks to the help of so many volunteers and the enthusiastic participation of our students and the wider community. The PTO Board wishes to extend a special thank you to Shannon Knuth for coordinating the Walk-A-Thon and to Katherine Reisz-Hanson for managing the Pumpkin Sale!

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.

Original Works Deadline is October 28
October 13, 7pm, Library
Tonight, October 13, the PTO will be sharing grade level enrichment plans at the PTO meeting. Please join the PTO board and fellow parents to hear how your contributions are being put to work to enrich our children’s’ school experience.

Walk-a-Thon is tomorrow
Original Works packets went home in backpack mail last week. The Original Works program is a Bishop favorite as students can create their own artwork (on the paper provided) and then get it made into a variety of high quality products (notecards, pendants, notebooks, mugs, etc.) that can be used for holiday gifts. To meet our deadlines, artwork must be returned to the Bishop School office by Friday, Oct. 28. Completed items will be back at Bishop at the end of November. Check out these tips from Original Works for the most customer satisfaction: < a href="http://www.originalworks.com/artguides">http://www.originalworks.com/artguides If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Knuth at shannon.knuth@gmail.com.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Parent Volunteers Needed
We’re looking for two lead volunteers from the Kindergarten parent community to coordinate Bishop Family Movie Night (January 6, 2017). Family Movie Night is a fun community-event to which all students and parents are invited to watch a movie in the gym (kids in pajamas if they wish!) while eating popcorn and pizza. If you are interested in volunteering to lead this event or learning more about what it entails, please contact Jennifer Badua, jlcb382@yahoo.com.
We are looking for a lead volunteer from the 1st grade parent community to organize Bishop Night Out, our annual community event for Bishop parents and Bishop staff to get together. The event is scheduled for the evening of Friday, January 27. If you are interested in helping or learning more, please contact Heather Breslau, heather.breslau@gmail.com

The Bishop Play is Back!!
Many of you are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the annual play. More details are coming very soon, including information on our new director, the chosen production, and schedules for auditions, rehearsals and performances. Stay tuned!

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