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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

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Winter Vacation – February 20th – 24th – School Resumes, Monday, February 27th
Mark Your Calendars
Thursday, March 2nd – Bishop Science Night
Wednesday, March 15th – Bishop’s Annual Choral Concert and Art Show – 9:00am
Thursday, June 15th @ 9:00am – Bishop’s 5th Grade Recognition

Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Meeting Jefferson Cutter House on Tuesday, February 14th at 8:30 am.
Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a parent group that acts as a resource for parents and advises the district regarding meeting the needs of students with special needs. We provide support and networking opportunities for parents and guardians of children with special educational needs, offer workshops and guest speakers to help parents become better informed about special education issues and meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs in town.

Arlington Public Schools continues to seek Substitute Teachers and Substitute Traffic Supervisors/Crossing Guards. Classroom Substitutes will be assigned to schools in Arlington, outside of the Bishop School.
For traffic subs, there would be training provided by the police. The work is as needed, filling in for absent traffic supervisors, 45 minutes in the morning before school and 45 minutes in the afternoon after school. Contact Rob Spiegel, Arlington Public

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.

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Bishop Science Night Is Three Weeks Away!
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM, Bishop School Gym & Library
Help your kids conduct an at-home experiment or research a question that sparks their curiosity. They can present their results on Science Night! All grades welcome. If they have the idea, we have the poster board. Sign up is open until Thursday, February 23.
Click here to register: Science Night Student Poster Sign-Up
We'll have more details about how parents can get involved in Science Night soon! Any questions? Contact Rosemary Foster at fosterpadien@gmail.com

Sign-Up for Cause + Event – 5k run/Walk
The 5K run/walk, Cause + Event Boston, is coming back to Arlington on Sunday, May 21. This is a great community event whereby proceeds from registration benefit local nonprofits. We have created a team called "Bishop School Community." You can register here: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7317 and select to join an existing team.
This event is open to students and adults. Our goal is to donate money back to Arlington Eats.

The PTO Annual Fund Needs Your Support!
Please visit www.bishopschoolpto.weebly.com and click Donate to make your contribution online. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Each year, the PTO funds enrichment programs and events to supplement your children’s school experience as well as to foster a sense of community within the school. In 2015- 2016, the value of all PTO spending was approx. $150/student! And we would like to continue similar support for this school year.
Please consider making a donation to the PTO Annual Fund, which accounts for 20% of our yearly budget to fund initiatives. A gift of $50 per child will ensure that the PTO can continue to deliver the exceptional enrichment programs and classroom support that is so valued in our school community. We encourage you to give at your comfort level – every dollar counts!

Upcoming Events
March 2, Science Night
March 13-17, Bishop Pride Week
March 15, Annual Choral Concert and Art Show
April 1-2, Bishop Play Performances
April 8, Bishop Clean Up Day
April 11-14, Teacher Appreciation Week
May 20, Bear Fair (rain date, May 21)
May 21, Cause + Event Race
June 15, 5th Grade Recognition

Enrichment Update
Friday, February 10
Museum of Science: Electromagnetism for 4th grade
During this presentation featuring high-tech Museum equipment, students will explore voltage, current, resistance, and the interrelationship between magnetism and electricity. They'll see someone’s hair stand on end, create a human extension cord by sending an electric current through several people, and shoot a metal ring to the ceiling of the school!

Wednesday, March 8
Motoko - Japanese Storyteller for 2nd grade
Motoko will visit the second-graders for a grade-level Japanese storytelling presentation. Following the assembly, Motoko will spend time in each classroom discussing Japanese culture, geography and history and to conduct a hands-on workshop to support one of her lesson topics.

Friday, March 10
Spellman Stamp Museum for 4th grade
A Spellman Stamp Museum educator will visit each of the 4th grade classrooms to explore the history of stamps and the U.S. Postal System with the 4th graders. The presentations will focus on US History covered in this year's 4th grade curriculum.

Monday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 22
Origamido for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
Students will attend hands-on workshops with Michael LaFosse. La Fosse will focus on math concepts appropriate to each grade as the students learn paper folding techniques. 3rd grade will explore fractions, angles and basic paper-folding skills as they create takehome paper projects. 4th and 5th grade sessions will include more complex math concepts and paper-folding to create 3-dimensional origami projects.

Monday, March 27
Museum of Science - Weather, Wind, Water & Temperature for 3rd grade
This presentation will demonstrate how atmospheric phenomena interact with each other to create the weather we experience every day. Students will watch a hot air balloon launch toward the ceiling, pressurize a tank to create enough wind to power a cannon, and see a cloud form before their eyes.

Monday, March 27 & Tuesday, March 28
Life Cycle of Frogs for Kindergarten
Through observation, discussion, and activities, students deepen their knowledge of amphibians' life cycles and habitats. Habitat staff bring live animals for this presentation.

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