Principal's Update: May 17, 2018
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- MCAS DATES - April 23rd -30th (ELA) - May 7th - 22nd
- Kindergarten Parent Orientation - Monday, May 14th @ 9:00am
- BEAR FAIR!! DATE CHANGE - Sunday, May 20th - 10:00am-3:00pm
- Principal Reads (Incoming Kindergarten) - Tuesday, May 22nd @ 1:30pm
- Kindergarten Conferences - May 23rd and 24th
- Kindergarten Screenings -Thursday and Friday, May 31st and June 1st
- Bishop's Field Day, Thursday, June 7th (Rain date, June 14th)
- 5th GRADE RECOGNITION DATE - Friday, June 15th @ 9:00am
- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - MONDAY, JUNE 25TH DISMISSAL @ 11:30AM
The Bear Fair Is MOVING to Sunday, May 20 - 10am - 3pm
Due to the expected rainy and cold weather on Saturday, we are moving the
Bear Fair and Used Goods Sale to our rain date of Sunday.
Spread the word to your friends and neighbors…and PLEASE commit to a
volunteer time as soon as possible. We need more help…especially as
there are lots of moving parts in rescheduling the event.
Please Volunteer for the Bear Fair
We kindly ask all parents to give at least one hour staffing at the Bear Fair.
Please visit the
Bear Fair Volunteer Site to see your classroom assignment
as well other needs for staffing and supporting the Bear Fair.
5th GRADERS: There are opportunities to help run some of the games –
3rd, 4th and 5th GRADERS: You can sign up in advance for your chance to be
dunked in the BEAR FAIR DUNK TANK.
Contact Heather Breslau at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions –
Help Set Up the Used Goods Sale Tomorrow After School!
We're setting up the sale in the cafeteria after school on Friday, May 18. We
need a lot of Muscle to unload storage! Snacks, drinks, and pizza provided.
All volunteers get to shop early at a discounted rate. It's a great time to keep
an eye out for those bikes, cleats, and Legos that your family needs! Sign up
here to help:
And tomorrow is the LAST Used Goods Drop-Off
When: Friday, May 18, 2:30-5 pm
Where: Bishop School parking lot, 25 Columbia Rd
Why: To benefit the Bishop School PTO!
We will accept donations of Books, Sporting Goods & Gear, Toys &
Games, Baby Gear, Bicycles, Arts & Crafts, Household Goods, Knick-
Knacks, and Jewelry. Bikes, trikes and strollers heartily welcome! Items
need to be clean and in good condition. All donations will be sold at the
Bishop Bear Fair Used Goods Sale in May. High value items will be sold on
the Bishop School PTO’s eBay site.
How To Donate Used Goods!
1. Sort your stuff (Toys, Games, Household, Kitchen, Baby, Books,
Random Stuff, etc.)
2. Box your stuff (Use boxes, not bags, so we can stack them in
3. Label your boxes by category
4. Bring your boxes to the Drop-Off
5. Bring large items “as is” (i.e. bikes, strollers, small furniture, etc.)
6. Clothing and stuffed animals can be tossed directly in the new
Textile Recycling bin!
7. Get a donation tax receipt from the Used Goods Team
Questions? Contact the Used Goods Sale Coordinators Amy Moyer
at email@example.com or Tricia See at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 -
Kindergarten and First Grade Families
The Arlington food pantry is a vital resource for our town, helping community
members fill their pantries when finances are strained. Located at 117 Broadway,
Arlington residents are welcome to shop and/or volunteer. See this link for
details. Arlington Food Pantry.
While donations have been gratefully accepted from the entire Bishop School
community all year long, this month we're asking K & 1st grade families to
make a special effort to overflow the bins.
If you are able, please consider sending a food donation for our fellow community
members. Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped in the front lobby.
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
Wednesday, May 23
Poet David Zucker -grade-level assembly for 2nd grade
Poetry comes to life in David Zucker’s masterful performance of acting, mime,
vocal gymnastics, humor, audience participation, and a trunk full of costumes,
puppets, and props. David’s irresistible cast of characters, recreated from the
poems by A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, Langston Hughes, Shel Silverstein, Edgar
Allen Poe, and James Whitcomb Riley, are not to be missed.
Tuesday, May 29 OR Wednesday, May 30 (final date confirmed in the next
Theatre Espresso, Uprising on King Street - grade-level performance for 5th grade
The 5th graders from Bishop and Stratton will gather at Stratton for a performance
by Theatre Espresso. Students will learn about the circumstances that led to the
Boston Massacre through a recreation of the trial of Captain Preston (the British
commanding officer of the British soldiers who fired upon and killed 5 colonist
protestors). In roles as jurors, students will explore the events of the Boston
Massacre through the eyes of ordinary men and women who were both shaped by,
and instrumental in shaping, history.
Wednesday, May 30
Discovery Museum - Force & Motion - sessions for Kindergarten classes
What makes an object move? Can we control the movement? Does the strength of
a push or pull have an effect? How about the direction of the push or pull? What
happens when objects move past each other or collide? Each kindergarten class
will explore concepts of force and motion while interacting with a variety of toys,
balls and vehicles in an hour-long session.
Wednesday, June 13 (tentative date)
Odaiko New England- Taiko Thunder - All-School assemblies
Odaiko New England demonstrates the ancient art form of taiko (Japanese
drumming) and its importance in Japanese culture. This energetic and engaging
program highlights kumi-daiko (ensemble drumming) and combines traditional
taiko rhythms with dynamic movement and rhythms from other musical traditions.
Students explore kata (drumming technique) and the concept of kiai (vocalizing
energy), and also join the performers on stage to play the taiko drums. There will
be two assemblies (k-2, 3-5).
Attention 5th-grade families: Final Reminder for ordering
By popular demand, we’ve brought back the Special Edition “Class of 2018” 5th-
grade T-shirt. With the expertise and leadership of the 5th-grade teachers,
a winning student-curated design has been chosen by the students to be screenprinted.
Each shirt is only $12! Scholarships are available, please contact Mark
McAneny if needed. Forms with size and payment are due tomorrow. Deadline:
Friday, MAY 18 contact Carrie Cross with any
May 20 Bear Fair
June 15 5th Grade Recognition
Looking for a Rewarding Way to Be Involved in the Bishop
There are 6 open PTO Executive Board positions for the 2018/19 school year:
- Co president
- Communications coordinators
Participation in the PTO board is a great way to get to know the school, the staff,
families and the greater community. The current and outgoing board members
be happy to talk to anyone interested to give you a feel for what is involved.
Please email Sarah for more information email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arlington Children’s Theatre Presents: Gulliver’s Travels
Adapted by Lowell Swortzell &
Directed by Matt LundeenAdapted by Lowell Swortzell &
Directed by Matt Lundeen
Based on Jonathan Swift’s famous novel Gulliver’s Travels takes audiences on a
great adventure, following Lemuel Gulliver on his four famous voyages to far off
lands to experience strange and unusual things - from Lilliput to Brobdingnag, to
outer space, to the land of the noble Houyhnhnms and to the comic Yahoos.
Gulliver's Travels is a joy for actors and audiences everywhere.
Gulliver’s Travels features a talented cast of 43 ACTors ages 7-12 from seven local
towns. Performances will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 7 PM, Friday, May 18 at
7 PM, Saturday, May 19 at 10 AM, 2 PM and 7 PM, and Sunday, May 20 at 3
PM at the Masonic Temple, 19 Academy St, Arlington, MA 02476. Tickets are
$10.00 and available online at http://gulliver.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
Arlington Hockey Club
Interested in playing ice hockey in Arlington? Registration is now open for the
Arlington Hockey Club's (AHC) 2018-2019 Mite, Squirt, PeeWee, and Bantam Inter
City Travel Programs. Teams in this program play local teams in the greater
Boston area, providing a fun, competitive hockey experience for children born
between 2011 (Mites, 2010 - 2011) and 2004 (Bantams, 2004 - 2005). Boys’
tryouts for all teams will occur in September. Girls tryouts have already occurred,
however, if you are interested in playing please contact us through the web site
www.arlingtonice.com. Registration for AHC's no-checking learn-to-skate/
instructional, developmental, and in-house hockey programs will open in
September and play begins in October. AHC practices USA Hockey’s American
Development Model in its program.
Please see our web site at
www.arlingtonice.com for more information.
Keep Up To Date
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
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