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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

Principal's Update: Oct 12, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars:
Wednesday, October 25th - Bishop Flu Clinic (Note change in date)

Announcing the Bishop Play 2018 – The Lion King, Jr.!
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s play will be The Lion King, Jr. Once again, the production will be led by the talented children’s theatre director Sarah Morrison and assistant director and choreographer Noa Borankin.
There are MANY ways for students to participate in the play. Whether it is on stage as part of the cast, or backstage as part of the tech crew, students at every grade level are welcome.

  • Grades 4-5 can audition for large roles, register for supporting roles (no audition required) or register to participate in Tech Crew
  • Grades 2-5 can register for midsize ensemble roles
  • Grades K-1 can register for a small ensemble role


  • Registration will open: Thursday, Nov. 9 at 8 AM; closes Monday, Nov. 13 at 8 PM
    *If the play is oversubscribed, we will confirm participation based on time of registration.*
  • $60 for grade 2-5 cast members
  • $30 for K-1 ensemble and grade 4-5 Tech Crew
  • Scholarships are available; please contact Mr. McAneny
  • All information about the play and the registration link (*when it goes live) can be found at www.bishopschoolpto.com

    Grades 4-5 Auditions and Call Backs
  • Week of November 27: Exact days/times TBD
  • Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 1:15 – 3:15 PM & Fridays, 2:45-4:45 PM
  • 4-5 Leads will start rehearsing in December
  • K-3 and Tech Crew will start rehearsing/participating in January (these groups are not called to rehearse as often or for as long)
  • A rehearsal calendar will be provided in December


  • Dress Rehearsal: Saturday or Sunday, March17 or 18, Time TBD

    Four Public Performances: March 23, 24 and 25; Exact times TBD; 2 performances each cast
    ***The Bishop Play is a cooperative effort and we rely on the volunteer support of at least one parent/guardian from each family.***
    PARENT VOLUNTEER MEETING: Wednesday, December 13, 7 PM


    PTO NEWS
    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 -
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/BishopPTO/

    Saturday is Bishop’s Great Pumpkin Sale!
    Come get your cider doughnuts before we sell out!
    Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM, Bishop parking lot
    Stop by Bishop on Saturday to buy pumpkins (mini, sugar, and field) from Wilson Farm, cider, delicious cider donuts and nut-free Halloween treats. Enter a raffle to win an amazing-looking carved pumpkin…at least 4 different pumpkins carved by Bishop parents will be on display. Always a fun family outing!
    Please let your friends and neighbors know about the sale. Sponsored by the Bishop PTO — all proceeds benefit Bishop students and teachers.
    Please join in the fun and volunteer an hour or two to make the Pumpkin Sale a success. See what help we still need at: https://tinyurl.com/Bishop-Pumpkin-Sale
    IMPORTANT NEED:
    * Parents with LOTS of CARGO SPACE (a truck, pick-up, SUV) to pick up additional pumpkins and donuts during the event if we are selling out. Need to be available 10:30 - 12:30. Contact katherine @dovenote.com or volunteer online (see link above)
    Thank you to the many 2nd grade parents and others who have already volunteered!

    Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser
    Friday, October 20 at 2:30 pm (Rain date: Friday, 10/27)

    This year’s Bishop Pumpkin Sale is hosted by 2nd grade families. We need volunteers to:
    The 2017 Bishop Walk-A-Thon will be held on Friday, October 20 after school on the Bishop Field. Students from all grades (K-5) may participate in the 30-minute run/walk. Set up your personal fundraising page at https://pledgestar.com/bishop/ to let your family and friends support your student. The online fundraising tool is easy to use and greatly reduces the administration burden of collecting pledges. Just enter your name and email address, then click register. Finish setting up your site by following the on screen instructions. Your donors can pay by credit card or if they prefer to send a check the donation is given a unique code so it is credited to the right person.
    New this year - a special surprise for the classroom with the most registered walkers!
    If you have any questions, please contact Deborah at deborah@kokinos.com

    Love to Carve Awesome Pumpkins?
    Do you carve fancy, jaw-dropping pumpkins every year? Are you the envy of your neighborhood? Show off your skills at the Bishop Pumpkin Sale! We’re seeking a few people to carve pumpkins to be raffled off at the sale on October 14. You can carve yours at home the night before or at a table in the midst of the sale. We can provide the pumpkin. You provide the passion. Email questions/interest to Katherine Reisz-Hanson atkatherine@dovenote.com or volunteer online at: https://tinyurl.com/Bishop-Pumpkin-Sale

    Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser
    Friday, October 20 at 2:30 pm (Rain date: Friday, 10/27)
    The 2017 Bishop Walk-A-Thon will be held on Friday, October 20 after school on the Bishop Field. Students from all grades (K-5) may participate in the 30-minute run/walk. Set up your personal fundraising page at https://pledgestar.com/bishop/ to let your family and friends support your student. The online fundraising tool is easy to use and greatly reduces the administration burden of collecting pledges. Just enter your name and email address, then click register. Finish setting up your site by following the on screen instructions. Your donors can pay by credit card or if they prefer to send a check the donation is given a unique code so it is credited to the right person.
    New this year - a special surprise for the classroom with the most registered walkers!
    If you have any questions, please contact Deborah at deborah@kokinos.com

    Original Works Fundraiser
    Get a jump-start on a thoughtful holiday gift with these pieces of art. Your child can draw a picture, and then you can select how you want to memorialize it- t-shirt, mug, beverage holders- you name it! There are a few things to remember after the art work is complete:
    1- Label all art work on the back in pencil, placing a letter "T" at the top.
    2- Include your child's name, teacher and grade on the back.
    3- Checks are written to Bishop Elementary School
    4- Artwork is due Friday, October 27th.
    Bishop 2nd Graders Learn about Teosinte
    Bishop 2nd graders will be learning about Teosinte this month! Arlington and Teosinte have been "sister cities" since 1988. The Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project promotes friendship between Arlington and Teosinte through dialogue, cultural exchange and support for each other's priorities. This citizen-to-citizen connection advances global awareness and social justice. Volunteers coordinate a district wide school curriculum, and also plan events to raise awareness of issues affecting Teosinte, raise money for educational scholarships and promote cultural exchange between our two towns.
    Want to know more about Arlington's unique relationship with Teosinte? Check out this great new video made by Ottoson 8th grader Rachel Barglow: https://goo.gl/P78rZ1
    Questions? Contact Amy Moyer at aewilliams@hotmail.com

    New Spirit Wear
    Check out the new items: Boxercraft flannel blue & gold pants with front pockets and logo for $25 and Grey sweatpants, 50/50 cotton/poly, elastic waist and ankle with logo for $20. Can be purchased/ordered at all PTO events, including the Pumpkin Sale and the Walk-a-thon! Print your order form today!

    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

    Putting for Patients
    This really run and important Jimmy Fund fundraiser taking place this Saturday. All of the proceeds from this event will go through the Jimmy Fund to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the fight against Pediatric Cancer. We are trying to help these kids who have an illness that they neither want nor deserve. Here are the details:
  • Saturday, October 14th, 12:00- 3:00 PM Arlington High School Gymnasium
  • Play Our 18 Hole Miniature Golf Course
  • Try Our Putting Contest on a 50 Foot Putting Green
  • Low Scorers Will Be Eligible to Win Prizes
  • Enter Our Opportunity Drawing to Win Gift Certificates and Merchandise
  • Have Your Face Drawn by A Professional Caricaturist.
  • Have Your Face Painted by an Arlington High School Student
  • $10.00 Per Person. Cash and Checks Made Out to The Jimmy Fund Accepted.
  • Price Includes All Activities

  • Please check out our website at www.putting4patients.com

    Spooky Walk
    Please join us for Spooky Walk at Menotomy Rocks Park (Jason Street entrance) from 6:30-8:00 pm on Saturday October 28th. (Rain date October 29th) It’s a great way to get into the Halloween spirit and test drive those costumes!
    For those who have enjoyed it for years, please pay it forward. We’re looking for 4th-8th grade and adult volunteers to dress up or create a “spooky station” for the little ones to enjoy. For more information, email kelleydamoreferguson@gmail.com

    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

  • Yours in Respect, Responsibility, and Regard, and, JUST BE KIND…
    Mark
    John A. Bishop Elementary School
    25 Columbia Road Arlington, MA 02474
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