Principal's Update: Feb 9, 2017
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
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
Please join the Bishop PTO Facebook page -
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
and select to join an existing team.
This event is open to students and adults. Our goal is to donate money back to Arlington
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!
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
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
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