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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: May 11, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars
April 3rd – May 18th - Next Generation Online MCAS Administration for Grades 3, 4, 5
Thursday, June 1st – Bishop’s Annual Field Day (Rain date of Friday, June 16th)
Thursday, June 15th @ 9:00am – Bishop’s 5th Grade Recognition
Last Day of School (barring any further snow days) is Friday, June 23rd)

AEF News
Many thanks and congratulations to James Ham for applying for, and receiving, a grant to purchase ukuleles for next year's Bishop fourth graders! Throughout the year, students will learn how to play the ukulele, exploring chord structures, tonality, and harmonic rhythm. It will be tons of fun!
Many thanks to all community members who have supported the AEF, for example through the STARS program, to make this kind of grant possible. "Ukelele Hero" is the second Bishop grant funded through AEF this school year (2 for 2!).
Parents: Keep up those donations!
Teachers and parents: please feel free to reach out to the AEF Bishop rep, Judy Geyer (judyageyer@yahoo.com) for questions about AEF or to discuss ideas for future Bishop grants.

New Kindergarten Parent/Family Information
There will be a Parent Information Session at the Bishop School Friday, June 2nd from 9:00–10:00am. The hour informational meeting will be an opportunity for you to meet our wonderful, friendly, and inspiring Kindergarten teachers, Jennifer Spencer, Sharon McLaughlin, and Angela Morais. Also during this time, we will highlight our school and Kindergarten program, tour the building, and have a question/answer session. Please note that this is a parent invitation only.
Kindergarten Screenings
This year, Kindergarten Screenings will take place on Monday, June 5th and Tuesday, June 6th. All Kindergarten students will be screened as required under Massachusetts General Laws. A Kindergarten teacher or a staff member will ask each child do to a series of simple tasks. Screenings will take place at the Bishop School. Please bring your child to the main office to check in on your scheduled day and time.
(Note: You will receive your day and time in a separate document).
Principal Reads! - Wednesday, June 7th @ 9:00am
I would also like to invite you, new Bishop Bears, to a morning at the Bishop School for a short story time with me, your principal! This will be an excellent opportunity for you to get to know me and me to get to know you! Also, during this time, you will be able to take a tour of one of our Kindergarten classrooms!
Please join me Wednesday, June 7th at 9:00am in the Bishop School Library.
September Dates
- Tuesday, September 5th - Kindergarten Visit Day (A-L to visit at 8:30am - K-Z to visit at 10:00am)
- Wednesday, September 6th - Full day for half the class
- Thursday, September 7th - Full day for other half
- Friday, September 8th - Full day for ALL Kindergarten Students


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 -

We Need Every Parent
Bishop Bear Fair

Saturday, May 20, 10am - 3pm (rain date: Sunday, May 21)
Please help create lasting memories for our children. The Bishop PTO kindly asks ALL PARENTS to volunteer one hour at the Bear Fair. Please visit the Bear Fair Volunteer Site to learn more and to sign up for a shift during the Fair or help with set-up and cleanup. Please be sure to sign up for a rain date shift just in case! If you have any questions, please contact Heather Breslau heather.breslau@gmail.com.
Did you know that this is the 43rd year of the Bishop School Bear Fair? Originally started by Barbara Vitters and other school parents in 1975, the Bear Fair has become the largest annual fundraiser for the PTO. With food, music, games, prizes, the used goods sale and the famous tarp maze, the Bear Fair is a community tradition that is organized and supported by hundreds of parent volunteers. You can learn more about the history of the Bear Fair here: https://sites.google.com/site/bearfair2017volunteers/frequently-asked-questions
1,360 Raffle Tickets and Counting!
Bishop Students can help sell Super Raffle Tickets. All students should have received a pack of 5 tickets by now. Please have your student return their SOLD tickets to the Bishop office. Mrs. Gonsalves will be happy to give the students more if needed. If your student does not wish to sell tickets, we ask that he/she returns the unsold tickets to Mrs. G. so other students can sell them.
SOLD tickets need to be returned to the Bishop office by the end of school on Thursday, May 18 to be counted for the prizes for ticket sellers - a FREE day at the Bear Fair for the student selling the most tickets, and an in-school pizza party for the class selling the most tickets. Our Bishop Bears have already sold 1,360 Raffle tickets! Keep selling!! Get your tickets in!
In Search of...
The Bear Fair volunteers are hoping to borrow a few things from the community to ensure the success of the Bear Fair. Do you have:
- A large cooler (one of the really big ones… the kind used for fishing)
- A 10-gallon water cooler
- “E-Z Up” (pop up) tents to cover the various tables so the volunteers have some shade
If you are willing to loan these items to the Bear Fair, please contact Heather Breslau heather.breslau@gmail.com.

Donations for the Prize Table
Kids earn prize tickets playing games at the Bear Fair that they can redeem for prizes. Do you have extra or left over party favors? Do you have new toys that your kids never played with? Consider donating these items for the Prize Table at the Bear Fair. We are looking for small, medium and large new prizes for boys and girls to redeem their game tickets. The age range is from preschool (4) to middle school (13+).
There is a purple bin labeled Bishop Bear Fair Prizes in the school lobby. If it's easier to have them picked up at your house, email Maile Hedlund at treehouse14850@yahoo.com to set up a pick up time!

Used Goods Drop-Offs
TOMORROW May 12, 3-5 pm
Friday, May 19, 3-5 pm
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. No clothing donations, please. 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 on Saturday, May 20. High value items will be sold on the Bishop School PTO’s eBay site.
How To Donate Used Goods!
Sort your stuff (Toys, Games, Household, Kitchen, Baby, Books, Random Stuff, etc). Box your stuff (Use boxes, not bags, so we can stack them in storage). Label your boxes by category
Bring your boxes to the Drop-Off.
Bring large items “as is” (ie bikes, strollers, small furniture, etc)
Get a donation tax receipt from the Used Goods Team
Need boxes? Help yourself to FREE BOXES from the bin in the 5th grade hallway.
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. Contact Amy Moyer at aewilliams@hotmail.com
Volunteer for the Used Goods Sale! When you volunteer, you get to shop early- even at Drop-Off Days! It's a great time to keep an eye out for those bikes, cleats, etc that your family needs. Drop-Off Days are Friday, May 12 and Friday, May 19 (also the Sale Set-Up Day). Sign up here to help (remember, volunteers get to shop early!): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4ca8af2da57-sat

Donate to the Plant Sale
When cleaning out your garden this spring, divide your plants, place them in pots, and keep them watered until the Bear Fair. Plants are ready for dividing when they are about 4" tall (mid April - early May). You can also donate flower or vegetable seedlings. Plant donations can be delivered the morning of the Bear Fair. Questions? Please contact Amanda Maltais at aemaltais@gmail.com.

Thank you
A special thank you to Adam, Eva and Zoe Erlich for helping with the plantings around Charlie Buck’s rock in the garden.

Seeking co-President
The PTO Executive Board is looking for a Co-President to join Meredith DiMola. Participation in the PTO Executive board is a great way to get to know the school, the staff, other families and the greater community. Please email Meredith for more information meredithdimola@gmail.com.

Garden Volunteers Needed
The Garden Team needs parent volunteers! Every Wednesday morning from 9-11 we have Open Garden in our outdoor classroom. Open Garden is a time when the school's garden educator is in the outside classroom 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. https://tinyurl.com/GardenVol

Upcoming Events
You can find the March PTO Calendar of events on the web site at: http://bishopschoolpto.weebly.com
May 20, Bear Fair (rain date, May 21)
May 21, Cause + Event Race
Jun 1, Field Day
June 15, 5th Grade Recognition

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