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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: Nov 16, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars:
Monday, November 20th - Picture Re-takes
Wednesday, November 22nd - EARLY RELEASE @ 12:00pm - NO LUNCH SERVED
Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th - Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday, November 27th - School Resumes
November 28th - December 1st - 5th Grade Science Camp

Happy Thanksgiving
On behalf of the entire Bishop Staff, I wish you a safe, happy, healthy, and quality Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. I'm grateful to be part of this wonderful, supportive community!

Next Principal's Update
I will not be posting an Update next week, FYI. The next Principal's Update will be published Thursday, November 30th.

The New Book Sale is coming soon (11-15th December) – more details after Thanksgiving!

And .....a Special Library project for the Holidays!

It is time for our annual project - inspired by the recent tradition of a “National Day of Listening,” which takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving. The concept was introduced by the StoryCorps organization in 2008, with the aim to connect families across generations, and to ensure that family stories are passed down to younger generations.
Last year we asked students in grades 3-5 to interview an older family member (or family friend) about why that person thinks that Thanksgiving is an important national holiday (or if not, why not.) This year we are asking them to find out about their interviewee’s real-life (not comic book) hero.
Before Thanksgiving, each student will be given a worksheet to guide them, since the Holiday may provide many with the opportunity to be together with family. They have until January 2nd to complete their interview, to allow students additional opportunities to conduct an interview over the December holiday break instead. A phone or Facetime/Skype interview would also be fine if a face-to-face interview is not possible.
StoryCorps interviews are recorded with audio or video, but we will just be using pencil and paper. We would really appreciate your help in facilitating this project. It would be very helpful if you could talk to your child(ren) about whom they should interview (parent, grandparent, family friend). It may also be a good idea to speak to possible interviewees to make sure that they are happy to help. We ask that you remind your child(ren) to complete the assignment and worksheet over the next few weeks along with other assigned homework. It is a short exercise. Once they have completed their sheet, they should hand it in to us in Library and we will collect and keep them all until we are ready to write up and illustrate them.
Listening Project Worksheet 2017-8
Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.
If you are interested to know more about StoryCorps and THE GREAT THANKSGIVING LISTEN (which is aimed at high school students, hoping to record around 100, 000 interviews for the Library of Congress this Thanksgiving) you can do so at the following links


This placemat is a great conversation starter for the Thanksgiving table.

Thank you!
Alison Vaishnaw and Justine Bloch

Parent/Teacher Conference Season
Keeping with the same scheduling format from last school year, all teachers will be responsible for scheduling conferences. This is no longer facilitated by the District online system.

Tuesday, December 5th and Tuesday, December 12th
- Dismissal of students is 11:15am, with no lunch served – Conference times will be between 12:00-3:-00pm

Thursday, December 14th
– Conference times will be between 6:00-8:00pm
You will be receiving communication from your teacher(s) in the very near future for scheduling purposes. Please refrain from contacting teachers with requests until you receive their communication, thank you so much.

Cold Weather Considerations
As we enter the winter season, there will be mornings and days, when the school will run indoor arrivals and/or stay in from recess due to the cold temperatures. My decision on any given winter day is based not only on the actual temperature, but the 'real feel' temperature (The 'real feel temperature' is an index from reliable weather resources that describes what the temperature really feels like. It is a composite of the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation and elevation on the human body -- everything that affects how warm or cold a person feels). When the actual temperature or 'real feel temperature' is 20 degrees and below, Bishop will run an indoor arrival and will stay in for recess.
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade will enter through the main doors or back playground door of Bishop and report to the gym, while grades 3-5 will enter through the playground doors and report to the cafeteria. Note: it is okay to enter through any of the two doors regardless of your grade, however, logistically, it is easier to enter through closest doors. If you have questions, call or email me.

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 -

PTO Meeting Success
Our last PTO meeting was held in the morning instead of the evening and it was a great success! Our guest speaker, Jennifer Susse, spoke about her role on the School Committee as a representative for Bishop. Attached are the handouts from her presentation. Also, please check out the minutes from this meeting on the PTO website. Jennifer periodically sends out "school updates" such as, how to handle enrollment growth at the middle school. If you are interested in signing up to receive such updates, you can do so under the tab titled "email list" here. Past updates are available in the "updates" tab.

Original Works
We expect orders to arrive this week! Be on the lookout for your child's artwork soon. If there are problems, please email Lindsey Baron, baron.lindsey@gmail.com, to coordinate a fix. Thank you for your support!

School Photo Retake Day is Monday, November 20th
Coffee Pond Photography will be back at Bishop for photo retakes on Monday, November 20th. If your child missed Photo Day, or if you’d like new photos taken, retakes will be scheduled from 9-11:30 AM. If you are interested in a retake, please have your child bring back the photos you initially received from Coffee Pond.New orders can be placed online.

Coffee Pond will also take group photos of siblings at Bishop school on retake day. If you have more than one child who attends Bishop and would like to get a photo of your kids together, please click on this link to a short survey: Bishop Sibling Photo Day Sign-Up
We'll use this information to schedule a time when all of your children will be available for a group photo. Coffee Pond will supply order forms which will be available the week before retake day. Please feel free to contact Rosemary Foster at fosterpadien@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Bishop Thanksgiving Food Drive
Bishop Families: We are Julie Kahn-Schaye and Sarah Popper, and we're your new Bishop food pantry coordinators. November kicks off Arlington-wide food collection efforts for the Arlington Food Pantry and we're asking for your help.
As you shop for your Thanksgiving feast, if you are able, please consider putting something extra in your cart for our fellow community members for whom the food pantry will help complete their feasts. Donations of non-perishable breakfast food can be dropped in bins in the front hallway (See below for specific suggestions). Gift cards to local markets in denominations of $10 or $20 can be given to Ms. Gonsalves in the Bishop main office. Monetary donations are also accepted. The Arlington Food Pantry is run entirely by volunteers so the money goes directly to buying food. Checks should be made payable to The Arlington Food Pantry and can be left in the main office or mailed directly to:
The Arlington Food Pantry
Department of Health and Human Services
27 Maple Street
Arlington, MA 02476

We'll be collecting from now until the morning of Friday, November 17th. In subsequent months, you'll be hearing from us by grade level - when students will have the opportunity to fill bins outside their classrooms.
Food pantries are a vital resource for many members of our community. Located at 117 Broadway, Arlington residents are welcome to shop and/or volunteer. See this link for details. www.arlingtonfoodpantry.org
Bishop School has been asked to donate Non-Perishable Breakfast Foods. Some suggestions are: Tea, coffee, cereals, instant oatmeal, boxed raisins, canned fruit (in it’s own juices), peanut butter, bread mixes, maple syrup, pancake mix, jelly. Paper goods/personal items are always needed: Toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, toothpaste, shampoo. (regular size containers)

Last Chance to order Spirit Wear in 2017
Orders are due December 1 Bishop Spirit Wear

Do Some Holiday Shopping at the Bishop Holiday Craft Fair!
Join us Thursday, December 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Arlington for a fun, festive evening of shopping featuring local craftspeople. If you are a Bishop student interested in showcasing your crafts (jewelry, artwork, baked goods, etc.), please email Anne Thomson, anne_skelton@yahoo.com, for an application/information.

Bishop Book Fair
Just in time for the holidays, the library will be holding the annual book fair December 11-15.

The PTO needs you!
Please consider assisting the PTO in the following position.
Communications Assistant
Responsible for preparing backpack mail, hanging posters around the school for upcoming events, keeping the Bishop PTO sandwich board sign updated, ensuring promotional materials are available for each school event, and updating and maintaining the content posted on the kiosk. Additional needs include promoting the PTO in the community and partnering with PTO President and Co-President to develop reports, such as year-in-review. Please contact meredithdimola@gmail.com for more information.

Upcoming November Enrichment
All Enrichment events will be added to the calendar on the Bishop School website as they are confirmed and will be included regularly in the Principal's Update.

Spellman Stamp Museum for 4th grade
Monday, November 20

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 include discussions of US geography covered in this year's 4th grade curriculum.

Arlington EATS Provides Snacks at Bishop
Arlington Public Schools offer free and reduced price lunches that feed more than 500 students on school days. When school is not in session, family food resources are stretched. Arlington EATS’ mission is to help our students Eat All Through Summer and the school year. Since its formation in 2014, EATS has grown to operate through four primary programs: Summer Lunches, February and April Vacation Lunches, School Snacks, and the Weekend Food Program.

Arlington EATS provides snacks for students who need them in most of Arlington's schools. Here at Bishop, EATS has been supporting snacks since the spring of 2015. Snacks are chosen from an approved list of choices compiled by the Nurse Leader for APS Health and Nursing Services and are delivered to school weekly by parent volunteers. Bishop's snacks are available in the cafeteria every morning until lunch periods begin for any child who needs one.

If you, your family, or a community group you work with would like to donate snack supplies, prep snack bags, or if you would like to get involved with the snack program, please contact Skye Stewart at skyes_33@yahoo.com. If you need assistance for your family, please contact Mr. McAneny. For more information about Arlington EATS, visit: Arlington EATS

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

Dallin Annual Rummage Sale
Come shop at the 10th annual Dallin Rummage Sale this SATURDAY November 18th, from 9am-1pm! We will have tons of treasures including clothing of all sizes, housewares, toys, games, books, baby gear, and sports equipment filling up the gym and cafeteria. All for amazing prices! Cash or check only. Free admission. Rain or shine. Dallin Elementary School, 185 Florence Ave Contact: carrie.carman@verizon.net

Saturday, October 14, Noon to 4 PM

Join us at the Old Schwab Mill, 17 Mill Lane in Arlington Heights, for Oktoberfest in celebration of the Schwab family’s German immigrant heritage. This family-friendly event will feature authentic Bavarian refreshments, including craft beer from Somerville’s Aeronaut Brewery, bratwurst, pretzels, and pastries, as well as live music, games, & more! Admission: $5 person/$15 family (cash only, please) www.oldschwambmill.org 781-643-0554

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

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    John A. Bishop Elementary School
    25 Columbia Road Arlington, MA 02474
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