Welcome to the John A. Bishop School      

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

Bishop Weekly Update: Sept 3, 2018 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars:
- September 7: SPIRIT DAY!
- September 7: Back to School Coffee for Parents & Caregivers, 8:15 am
- September 7: Family Picnic & Ice Cream Social, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- September 10: NO SCHOOL, Rosh Hashanah
- September 11: Eat at Not Your Average Joe’s to Benefit Bishop!
- September 12 : PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Bishop Library
- September 18: Eat at Not Your Average Joe’s to Benefit Bishop!
- September 19: NO SCHOOL, Yom Kippur
- September 22: METCO 5th Annual Apple Picking Family and Friends Event
- September 23: Fall Clean-Up Day, 9:00 am - noon
- September 25: Eat at Not Your Average Joe’s to Benefit Bishop!
- September 26: Curriculum Night
- September 26: Picture Day

School Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays. School hours are 8:10am to 2:30pm. Students will be marked tardy at 8:15am.
EVERY TUESDAY IS A HALF DAY – School hours on Tuesdays are 8:10am-1:00pm (Lunch will be served on early release days)

Excited To Be Back!
We cannot wait to see everyone, tomorrow morning @ 8:00am, out on the playground!

The State of Bishop
The summer months are when many things happen within the Bishop walls. Our custodians, Senior, Steve Adams, former Junior, Jay Dunning, and Sub Jeffery Rikeman, have prepared the building for our 2018-19 school opening on Tuesday, the 4th of September. Please join me in extending our sincerest gratitude for the work, effort, pride, and detail these men put into Bishop this summer.

College Practicums and Internships
A few Bishop teachers will be hosting and mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students this year, as they fulfill their practical application requirements. The Bishop prides ourselves on fostering a love for learning, life advancements, and opportunities. This is one way Bishop demonstrates this belief.

First Week of School Gathering on the Field
Tuesday, September 4 th and the week to follow, at 8:00am , the entire Bishop School, students, teachers, parents, and support staff will congregate on the playground before the start of school. Teachers will have visible signs identifying their class and grade. This will be a great opportunity for the community to gather during the first week of school. We look forward to seeing you all!

Daily Arrival and Dismissal (Please read this information carefully)
All children will gather on the playground daily, NO EARLIER than 7:50am . At the 8:08am whistle, Grades K-4 will line up in designated areas as they prepare to enter the building. Kindergarteners will line up near the playground/parking lot entrance. The Kindergarten students will then be walked around to the front of school and into their classrooms. Grades 1 and 2 will line up along the cafeteria wall. These students will be escorted into the building by our 5 th Grade Patrol. Grades 3 and 4 will line up by the walkway leading up to the Crosby Street entrance [their entrance and dismissal door]. These students will walk up the hill and into the building. Grade 5 will walk around to the 5 th grade side door and enter there.

Families may drop off in the drive line in the parking lot or at the front of the school. Please note that these are active, flowing drop off points. I ask that you refrain from parking your car and leaving it in the driveline. I will also ask that your child or children exit your vehicle on the school side only.

Grades K-2 will be dismissed through the Crosby Street doors, into the courtyard. Grades 3-5 are allowed to exit through the back playground door, upper Crosby Street doors, and the main entrance.
BUS STUDENTS : Bus #1 will be walked directly to the bus before general dismissal, at 2:25pm. Bus #2 will wait outside on the playground. When the bus arrives, students walk up sidewalk to board. K-1 students who take bus #2 will have their own escort/supervision to ensure the safety, emotional well-being, and accountability.
There is always the option to park and walk in to pick up your child…… or simply walk ;) As always, please do not park on the school side of Columbia Road at any time. Thank you for your attention and cooperation in making our arrival and dismissal a safe, efficient, and pleasant process.

Bus Application Process
If you have not signed up for the bus and need a bus pass, there is still time to purchase one. Please download the application and mail with check to Business Office, Arlington High School, 869 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 . Any questions, or if you would like to pick up your pass, please call Vickie Souza in the Business Office at 781-316-3535.
Application Link: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/administration/transportation/pdfs/bishopbusapplication.pdf
Bus Schedule Link: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/administration/transportation/pdfs/bishopbusschedule.pdf
Bus Stop/Map Link: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/administration/transportation/pdfs/bishopbusstopmap.pdf

Curriculum Night Date
Wednesday, September 26th
Grades 3, 4, 5 @ 6:00pm-7:00pm
Grades K, 1, 2 @ 7:00pm-8:00pm

This will be an opportunity for you to hear about the grade level team approach, to discuss the curriculum with your child’s teacher, and look over curriculum materials. More information to come regarding times and location.

2018-19 District Calendar Link

5 th Grade Science Camp Dates
November 13th -16th : More information to come

2018-19 MCAS Dates
I will send out a detailed calendar in the next month for your planning purposes.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bishop PTO is to bring parents and community members together to build a strong Bishop community and align resources with the vision and direction of the School with an emphasis on enhancing the dynamic educational experiences of our children.

PTO Executive Board
Co-Presidents: Sarah Eastman (Senior) and Elisa Komoni (Junior)
Co-Treasurers: Ami Fatula (Senior) and Karin Moellering (Junior)
Fundraising Coordinator: Christian Na
Communications Coordinator: Junko Nagano
Recording Secretary: Sheelagh Stirling
Room Parent Coordinator: Laura Tikonoff
First PTO Meeting
September 12, 7:00 pm, Bishop Library
Please join the PTO for its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 12th, from 7-9 pm in the Bishop School library. Everyone is welcome! These meetings are a great way to stay updated and to meet other parents. We will present the budget for this year and provide orientation for Room Parents.

ISO Volunteer Roles
Fundraising Assistant. The Fundraising Assistant will assist the Fundraising Coordinator in the following duties: The Fundraising Coordinator shall oversee and schedule PTO fundraising events with the Co-Presidents, generate ideas for future events, and manage ongoing fundraising initiatives.

Communications Assistant. The Communications Assistant will assist the Communications Coordinator in the following duties: The Communications Coordinator shall be the public relations coordinator for the PTO, focused on getting out the news of the PTO’s work; will create updates for the Principal’s Newsletter; and handle all correspondence.

Spirit Wear Coordinator. The Spirit Wear Coordinator is responsible for keeping inventory of all spirit wear and ordering new inventory when needed, with the approval of the Executive Board. The Spirit Wear Coordinator shall staff booths at school activities and manage spirit wear sales.

Room Parents. Thank you to all who have volunteered to be a room parents this year! This is a great opportunity to get to know the teacher and families in your child’s classroom. We are still looking for room parents for:
Ferguson (2)
Schuette (1)
Capaldo (1)
Hess-Mahan (2)
Frank (1)
If you want to volunteer, or simply want more information, please contact Laura Tikonoff (Room Parent Coordinator) at Laura.Tikonoff@gmail.com

Spirit Days
The First Friday of Every Month.
Each year, students have the chance to showcase their Bishop Pride one day per month. The first Friday of every month, students are encouraged to wear their Bishop t-shirts or Bishop colors (yellow/gold and blue). Bishop spirit wear can will be available through an order form that will go home the first week of school and at all Bishop events.

Eat at NYAJ in September
September 11, September 18, September 25
Enjoy a family dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s in Arlington center every Tuesday night in September and 15% of your total bill will be donated by the restaurant to the school. Why not bring a friend or make it a grade-level event?

Back to School Coffee for Parents
September 7, 8:15 am, Bishop front lawn
Welcome back to school! This is a great time to learn more about how PTO supports our students, teachers and staff throughout the year, learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, and purchase spirit wear. Free coffee and donuts!

Family Picnic & Ice Cream Social
Friday, September 7, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Bishop back lawn
Join the Bishop community on the back lawn to kick-off the new school year! Bring a picnic dinner and blanket to sit on. Ice cream sandwiches and popsicles will be provided.

Fall Clean-Up Day
Sunday, September 23, 9 am - noon
Bring your kids and friends to come spruce up Bishop at our annual clean-up day. Everything will be outside! Trash pick up, weeding, edging and anything else we can do to beautify the space. We will provide some tools but please bring anything you have to help! Especially gloves, wheelbarrows and clippers. Pizza lunch will be provided!

Picture Day
Wednesday, September 26
Time to pick out your favorite outfit, comb your hair, and get your smiles on! Look for order forms in backpack mail. Make up day and sibling day TBD.

Kindergarten Enrichment Activities :

  • Mass Audubon, Habitat: Life Cycles of Frogs
  • Science Made Fun New England: Survive and Thrive
  • New England Aquarium: Tide pools
  • Kemp Harris, Storyteller

  • First Grade Enrichment Activities :
  • Eyes on Owls: Alaska Wilderness
  • Audubon Habitat: Soils workshops
  • Discovery Museum: Light and Lasers Workshop
  • African Storyteller
  • Purchase of eggs for annual unit on hatching chicks

  • Second Grade Enrichment Activities :
  • Drumlin Farms: Soil Investigations
  • Motoko, Japanese Storytelling assembly and classroom workshop
  • Jessie Brown, poetry assembly and classroom workshops
  • Field Trips to Museum of Science to learn about butterflies and Children’s Museum to learn about Japan and tour the Japanese House

  • Third Grade Enrichment Activities :
  • Museum of Science: Weather, Wind and Water Temperature
  • Origamido, math and origami workshops
  • Plimoth Plantation Pilgrim and Native American visits to Bishop
  • Field Trips to Jason Russell House, Concord Museum & Museum of Science

  • Fourth Grade Enrichment Activities :
  • Museum of Science: Electromagnetism
  • Museum of Science: Geology, Rock Detectives
  • Spellman Stamp Museum
  • Origamido, math and origami workshops

  • Fifth Grade Enrichment Activities :
  • Museum of Science: Animal Adaptations
  • Origamido, math and origami workshops
  • Theatre Espresso: Uprising on King Street Play (with Stratton 5th grade)

  • All-School Enrichment Assembly :
    Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts, Music, and Dance Afro-Brazilian drumming, acrobatic flips and tumbles, traditional costumes, colorful maps, live music, Portuguese language lessons, and more will fill the Bishop gym during two assemblies. Student volunteers will be called upon throughout the program to try out traditional dance moves.

    Enrichment Committee : Skye Stewart, Katie Stencik, Jen Davidson, Heather Spector, and Rosemary Foster

    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 Junko Nagano (Communications Coordinator, Bishop PTO) at naganoheff@gmail.com

    For more information, refer to Arlington’s Town Day announcement.

    METCO 5th Annual Apple Picking Family and Friends Event
    Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Honey Pot Orchards, 138 Sudbury Road, Stow, Massachusetts
    Farm Fun Junior Pack available for $18.00
    Please RSVP to Margaret Credle Thomas at (781) 316-3566 or Aleisa Gittens-Carle at (781) 383-2804 by
    Friday, September 13, 2018

    Make Music at the Maestro Musicians Academy!
    Lessons in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Cello, and the most popular instruments. Ages 4-104 served. Find out why kids and parents love us Maestromusicianslexington.com or 857-756-5230

    Newton Area Flag Football League.
    The season begins on September 2 with preseason scrimmages and then regular season games continue starting September 9 at the recently renovated Daly Field on Nonantum Road. Games take less than one hour and are held on Sundays between 4 and 9 pm -- meaning that players will get to play under the bright lights most weeks. All games are coached, professionally refereed and scored. Registration guarantees each player 8 games, including playoffs. Divisions are available for kids ages 5-14.
    Also, as an organization, we are dedicated to giving back to the community, and so when players register with the coupon code SCHOOL, we will donate $10 to the school where players are enrolled, and they will receive $10 off their registration. More information can be found on our website. https://www.newtonareaflagfootball.com/

    Keep Up To Date
  • Bishop PTO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BishopPTO
  • Twitter:
  • Follow Principal McAneny @markmmcaneny https://twitter.com/markmmcaneny
  • Follow the PTO @BishopPTO https://twitter.com/BishopPTO
  • Websites:
  • Bishop School: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/BISHOP
  • Bishop PTO: http://www.bishopschoolpto.com

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