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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

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Principal's Update: Jun 22, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars
Last Day of School is Friday, June 23rd Ė DISMISSAL @ 11:30 Ė NO LUNCH SERVED

Final Message for 2016-17
As I type this last Principalís Update for the 2016-2017 school year, I have the need to tell you how much I appreciate you and your family. Thank you for sharing your children with us; trusting the Bishop staff to fully educate them.
The current era that we live in, brings its opportunities and challenges. The social emotional health of our community has taken center stage. If we arenít healthy, physically and mentally, if we donít feel safe in our surroundings and supported by the ones closest to us, learning anything is difficult.
We, at the Bishop School, are committed to providing the safest and supportive community, to include ALL families, ALL students, and ALL staff. Iím proud of our accomplishments so far, and look forward to the many new opportunities that will arise in the future.
I wish you and your family the healthiest and happiest summer.
I look forward to seeing you in September!

Next Yearís Teacher/Classroom, Student Assignments
Your childís teacher/classroom assignment will be sent to your house during the week of August 14th. Please look for this mailing during the week of the 14th. Within that letter, you and your child will be notified of what teacher they have been assigned.

A Note From the Bishop Library
Thank you to all who contributed books to the Used Book Sale last week. We now have $200 to spend on new books for the library, but more importantly, we passed on well over 1000 books to our students. Thank you also to all those who have returned their library books. Congratulations to Mrs. Hess Mahan's class which already has an entirely clear record before moving on to middle school!
Notices went out this week indicating which books are still checked out on each student's account and many books were promptly returned. Please do check for any more that may be at home. We have checked the shelves before sending out notes. We especially encourage 5th graders to return or replace books that are owed so that their accounts can be cleared before they are transferred to the middle school library. Have a wonderful summer everyone, keep reading, join the summer reading program at the Arlington public libraries for more free books and see you in September!
Alison Vaishnaw and Justine Bloch

Arlington EATS
Dear Parents,
Arlington EATS will again be hosting Summer Vacation lunches for any students this summer. Summer lunches will be provided Monday thru Thursday starting July 10th until August 17th from 12:00 to 1:00 at 187 Everett Street. Arlington EATS serves a hot lunch out of the Thompson cafeteria four days a week. You will also be able to find fresh food, clothes, books and toys to take home. No need to sign up! ALL ARE WELCOME! You can find more information at http://www.arlington-eats.org/ get-food/
In addition, please click here for additional food resources available this summer.
Volunteering over Summer vacation is a great time to volunteer with your kids! Lunches are fun and relaxed and a great chance to meet some neighbors. Volunteer here.
Thank you for helping make this volunteer program possible.
Join us at the Table: We are a group of local parents, teachers and volunteers who believe that no child in Arlington should be hungry. Our approach to Arlington EATS is welcoming, participatory and respectful. Whether you have a few dollars to spare, a few hours, or talent to share, we welcome you to the table.
∑ To get food assistance: http://www.arlington-eats.org/get-food/
∑ To donate: http://www.arlington-eats.org/donate/
∑ To get involved: http://www.arlington-eats.org/volunteer/
∑ To follow along: www.facebook.com/Arlington.EATS
∑ To contact: info@arlington-eats.org
Thank you!


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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Summer Projects to help the Staff
The PTO recently conducted a survey of the teachersí needs and we are looking to the Bishop Community to help them out with some projects within the school building itself. This is an extension of our Clean-Up Day, where you can help out on your own schedule. The school will be open this summer and we would work with Principal McAneny to find times that work for you and the folks working in the school.
***Please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/ go/20f0f4aafa72ca0f94-help
And, in the comments section, note the dates and times that work for you and we will be in touch to coordinate. ***
Thank you in advance for helping our Bishop Community. If you have any questions, please call Meredith DiMola at 617 458 1744 or email meredithdimola@gmail.com.

PTO Reimbursements
A reminder to please submit any reimbursements they might have from the Bear Fair, Fifth Grade Recognition, Grant Requests, etc. The reimbursement form can be found here: http://bishopschoolpto.weebly.com/expense-reimbursement-form.html

Thank You Room Parents
Sincere and heartfelt thanks to all Bishop Room Parents for their service over this past year! We truly appreciate your hard work and dedication to support the classrooms, communicate with teachers and families, celebrate Bishop Staff, organize parties, and be there for the classroom families! Thank you all very much!

Thank you to the Bishop Community
Congratulations to everyone in the Bishop Community on another fantastic school year! Thanks to the generosity of Bishop families, your PTO has been able to provide thousands of dollars in support of our childrenís experience at Bishop. From enrichment activities to classroom supplies to technology grants and community events, the PTO is delighted to close out a successful year supporting Bishop students, teachers, staff, and families. Best wishes to all for a great summer!

PTO Board Thank Yous
On behalf of the Bishop Community, the PTO would like to extend a BIG thank you to our outgoing PTO officers: Heather Breslau, Jenn Badua, Shannon Knuth and Melina Salerno. We have been so fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed group these last two years. They have generously donated countless hours to our Bishop Community! We greatly appreciate your time, service and dedication to our school.
We are also grateful for our Enrichment, Garden and Play committee members. Thanks to everyone who planned events, managed budgets and created wonderful experiences for our children. (Apologies if weíve omitted anyone!) Skye Stewart, Maile Hedlund, Jennifer Davidson, Meredith DiMola, and Amanda Maltais. A special thank you to Wendy Johnecheck for your years of service to the garden. We appreciate all you have done to make the garden a success. You will be missed.
We are excited to welcome new Bishop parents to the PTO board including Sarah Eastman who will join Meredith DiMola as co-President; Ami Fatula who will join Deborah Kokinos as co-Treasurer; Sheelagh Sterling will be Communications Coordinator and Lindsey Baron will be the new Fundraising Coordinator. See below for more information on these talented members of our community and please thank them for taking on these roles.

Sarah Eastman

Sarah and her husband, Alex, are the parents of Justin (7th grader), McKenzie (5th grader), and Josie (2nd grader). Her family bought a home in Arlington after moving from Atlanta, GA last July. She met her husband at BYU where she received a Bachelor in Arts degree and they have been married for nearly 21 years. Sarah was the room parent for Mrs Bellís fifth grade class this year and has served as several different committee chairs and as PTA Secretary in Atlanta. In her "free" time, Sarah likes to garden, exercise, read, and play the piano. Her family enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and exploring new places, and Friday night movie nights!. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Bishop community.
Please contact Sarah at sarah.a.eastman@gmail.com

Sheelagh Stirling
Communications Coordinator
>br> Sheelagh and her husband, Scott, are parents to Olivia (2nd grader) and Madeline who is 4. They moved to Arlington almost 3 years ago from the San Francisco Bay Area, which was home to Sheelagh since she was 10. Sheelagh has worked in creative services since getting her Bachelorís in Advertising from San Jose State University. She enjoys any outdoor activity and experiencing the change in seasons. Sheelagh looks forward to becoming involved with the PTO and the Bishop community.
Please contact Sheelagh at sheelaghstirling@yahoo.com
Lindsey Baron
Fundraising Coordinator

Lindsey, her husband Lloyd and two sons, Luke (7) and Theodore (5) moved to Arlington in 2014. Lindsey is a Director of Operations at athenahealth in Watertown and is thrilled to be part of the Bishop Community in a more formal capacity. Originally from Maine, Lindsey received her BBA and BA from Emory University in Atlanta. She has a MBA from Northwestern University. In their free time, Lindsey and her family enjoy being outside, on (and in!) the water and playing in their awesome Arlington neighborhood.
Please contact Lindsey at baron.lindsey@gmail.com
Ami Fatula
Co Treasurer

Ami and her husband Dave have lived in Arlington for twelve years. They have a daughter at Bishop in first 1st grade, Anna, and four year old son in pre-K, AJ. Ami is originally from Chicago but had been a MA resident since high school. She earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, from UMass Amherst, and is a licensed CPA in Massachusetts. She is the Chief Financial Officer at Corcoran Management Company, a real estate investment and management company. Ami is thrilled to be a part of the PTO and looks forward to the supporting the Bishop community, family and teachers. Debby Pajerowski had also kindly volunteered to manage and maintain the PTO website.

Garden News
Adopt a Bed in the Bishop Garden this Summer: We are seeking individuals/families to adopt a garden bed during the summer time. It is an opportunity to give gardening a chance for the first time, expand your current growing space, or play around in the dirt after years of being away. The garden team welcomes various growing arrangements and can offer growing tips as well. We also take turns watering when folks are on vacation. The beds have a variety of plants in them and so we can discuss what makes sense for you. We are also looking for a few families to take care of watering the flower beds situated around the school grounds. Contact Amanda Maltais if interested (bishopgardenandcompost@gmail.com).

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