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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

Check for school delays or closings due to weather >

School Calendar

Principal's Update: Mar 15, 2018 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars:
-SPRING CONCERT/ART SHOW - RESCHEDULED DATE - Wednesday, March 21st @ 9:00am
- Report Cards Go Home (UPDATED) - Wednesday, March 21st (NOTE: No Kindergarten Report Cards Sent Home)
- MCAS DATES - April 23rd -30th (ELA) - May 7th - 22nd
- Good Friday - Friday, March 30th - School Closed
- 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
- 5th GRADE RECOGNITION DATE - Friday, June 15th @ 9:00am

Dear Elementary Parent/Guardian,
We are changing the date for sending home elementary progress reports to Wednesday, March 21. We are rescheduling the release date due to the impending snow storm causing school to be cancelled tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13. This change will allow teachers adequate time to complete progress reports.
Thank you in advance for your understanding as we make adjustments in response to the severe weather conditions.
Roderick V. MacNeal, Jr.
Assistant Superintendent
Arlington Public Schools

Spring Concert and Annual Art Show
Wednesday, March 21st @ 9:00am

Our Art Show is on display in the office/library hallway for your viewing. Please be sure to check out the wonderful pieces of collaborative art that Ms. Fleming and Ms. Kasle have assembled and installed! The Spring Concert will be held in the gym and will start promptly at 9:00am. It is completely ok to leave after you have listened to your child sing, I just please ask that you wait until the grade is done with their performance, before doing so.
Due to the parking challenges in the neighborhood, consider walking or carpool!
We look forward to seeing you Wednesday morning.

Whole-School Evacuation Drill - Tuesday, April 10th @ 9:00am
Wednesday, March 14th @ 9:00am

As the Bishop and the Arlington Public Schools continue to focus on keeping our students and staff safe, there are specific drills that we must prepare for and practice. One of these drills will be a whole-school evacuation, when the students and staff will walk to Arlington High School.
The date of Tuesday, April 10th @ 9:00am has been scheduled for this drill to take place.
On this day, first responders (APD) will be on campus and stationed along the evacuation route to assist with our efforts.
When we arrive at the High School, we will be directed to a delineated rally point, where accountability checks will take place. Once the drill is complete, we will walk back to the Bishop!
If there is further information to be conveyed regarding this evacuation drill, I will be sure to let you know.

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 -

Lost and Found
Is your child missing a jacket or gloves? Please check out the Lost and Found in the cafeteria. All items will be donated on March 23.

Eat At Not Your Average Joes in March to Benefit Bishop
Every Tuesday Night in March

15% of your bill will be donated to Bishop! Enjoy a night out and help our school!

Calling All Student Scientists -
Bishop Science Night is in Three Weeks!

Thursday, April 5th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Bishop Gym & Library
Who Can Participate?
All Bishop students, grades K-5

Everyone can be a scientist! Encourage your Bishop Bear to ask a question that sparks his or her curiosity, do some research or conduct an at-home experiment to find the answer and present the results in a poster at Bishop Science Night! Students of all grades can work individually or in groups.
Need some ideas? Here are a few of the questions that Bishop Student Scientists asked in 2017:
- How can you launch your own rocket?
- How do earthworms move?
- What makes a paper airplane fly far?
- Why do we dream?
- How can you measure the volume of melted snow?
- How are stalactites formed?

How Do You Sign-up?
Click here: Science Night Student Poster Sign-Up
Deadline is Friday, March 30th
We will provide a folding poster/presentation board for all students who sign up.
What Can Parents Do To Help?
Stay tuned! We’ll have details on Science Night parent volunteer opportunities in next week’s newsletter.
Where Can I Go to Get More Information?
Any questions? Contact Laura Fuller

Enrichment Update
Wednesday, March 14
Discovery Museum Force & Magnetism for 3rd grade Students will review the basics of force and motion and explore ideas of balanced and unbalanced forces while working with and learning about magnetic force. Applying what they learn, students construct an original moving toy of their own design that uses the force of magnetism to operate.
Monday, March 26th
Mass Audubon Habitat, Life Cycles: Frogs and Beyond for Kindergarten Through observation, discussion, and activities, students deepen their knowledge of amphibians' life cycles and habitats. Animal visitors are part of this program.
Upcoming Events
March 23-25 Bishop Play "The Lion King Jr."
April 5 Bishop Science Night
April 9-13 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5 Bishop Clean Up Day
May 13 Cause + Event Race
May 19 Bear Fair (rain date, May 20)
June 15 5th Grade Recognition

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

  • 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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    No Child Left Behind

    The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires states and school districts to produce and disseminate annual report cards.

    These report cards include information on student assessment, accountability, andteacher quality; the report cards may also include other information. They also provide parents and other members of the public a snapshot of student performance and teacher qualifications in their local schools.

    Bishop School's report cards from current to previous years >

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