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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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(781) 316-3790

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Principal's Update: Jun 21, 2018 Mark Twitter Account

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Final Message for 2018
As I type this last Principal's Update for the 2017-18 school year, I want to tell you how much I appreciate you and your family. Thank you for sharing your children with us; trusting the Bishop staff as they work tirelessly, day in and day out, educating our young learners.

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 aren't healthy, physically and mentally, and if we don't feel safe in our surroundings and supported by the ones closest to us, learning anything is difficult.

The Bishop School staff is committed to providing the safest and supportive community for ALL students, ALL staff, and ALL families. I'm proud of our accomplishments to date and look forward to the many new opportunities that will rise to the top in the future. I wish you and your family the healthiest and happiest summer.

My Best,

Next Year's Student/Teacher Assignments
Going with last summer's theme, teacher assignments for your child will be mailed out during the week of July 30th. Please note that you will only receive the teacher's name for the class assignment.

Arlington EATS Summer Lunches
Arlington students and their family members are invited to join us for free lunches over the summer.
7/9 - 8/16
12PM - 1PM
Thompson Elementary School Cafeteria
187 Everett Street

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 Grant - The Second Step Bullying Prevention
Deb Murray, Bishop’s social worker has applied and received a PTO grant for The Second Step Bullying Prevention Program. She will be rolling this program out in the fall for each grade. Below is more info about the program- The Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit is a research based curriculum that teaches students, staff and families about bullying with language and lessons that are developmentally appropriate for each grade level (K-5). The information is accessible and provides examples and scenarios that both children and adults can relate to. Lessons include how to be safe and respectful, how to recognize report and refuse bullying, the role of bystanders, and cyberbullying (at grades 4 and 5).

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 children’s 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 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:
Expense Reimbursement Form

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 are there for the classroom families! Thank you all very much!

PTO Board Thank Yous
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 are there for the classroom families! Thank you all very much!

Thank You Room Parents
On behalf of the Bishop Community, the PTO would like to extend a BIG thank you to our outgoing PTO officers: Meredith DiMola, Jeannine Ranaghan, Anna Pisania and Deborah Kokinos. 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’re 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.

Bishop Ambassadors
Think back to your (and your child's) first days at Bishop...
Try to remember what it was like to be a new family to the school...
Would it have been easier if you already had a friend at the school? Someone who could answer your questions?

The Bishop PTO’s Ambassador Program helps new families feel welcome and quickly acclimate to the Bishop community. The volunteer commitment is minimal. The impact on new families is high. Last year Bishop parent volunteers welcomed nearly 100 new families to our community. Please consider joining the team. We are especially looking for Bishop families with incoming Kindergarteners, or current Kindergarten families.
The program takes place over the summer when Ambassadors contact incoming new families (from all grades, but mostly Kindergarten) to answer questions and share information.

- Give new families and students support and a person they can contact to ask questions
- Create a stronger Bishop community, resulting in a stronger student, family and community bond

- A volunteer team of 'Ambassadors' proactively contacts new families over the summer
- All new families, regardless of grade, are included in the program - Families are included regardless of point of entry into the school system (e.g., beginning of the year, midyear transfers, etc)

Information for Ambassadors:
- The goal is for each Ambassador to be responsible for just a few families. The more Ambassadors we have the better
- Ambassadors are given contact information for their assigned family
- Ambassadors will be provided with a brief script and FAQ to help guide conversations with new families

Please contact us with any questions or if you are interested in joining the Ambassador team. If you already know someone entering Kindergarten next year, please consider being their Bishop Ambassador.
Amy Moyer & Jill Fekete
aewilliams@hotmail.com and jillfekete@gmail.com
Co-Chairs, Bishop Ambassador Program

2018 Summer Garden Adoption
We are in need of families to take care of the garden this summer. Each set of beds is paired to make sure that you have space to grow and harvest what you like while also caring for the crops planted by students this spring. With your help vegetables will be available for them to harvest in the fall, completing the cycle from seed to snack.
Garden Bed Adoption

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.

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

  • 2018-19 APS District Calendar Approved and Released
    Yours in Respect, Responsibility, and Regard, and, JUST BE KIND…
    Do your best, Work hard, and be kind
    John A. Bishop Elementary School
    25 Columbia Road Arlington, MA 02474
    Read the full PDF update: Jun 21, 2018
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    Bishop School's report cards from current to previous years >

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