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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: Dec 8, 2016 Mark Twitter Account


Friday, December 2nd – Student Progress Reports Sent Home

Tuesday, December 6th - EARLY RELEASE @ 11:15am – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, December 13th – EARLY RELEASE @ 11:15am – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, December 15th – 6:00-8:00pm Evening Conferences

December 26th– January 2nd– HOLIDAY BREAK – SCHOOL CLOSED

Tuesday, January 3rd – SCHOOL RESUMES – Happy New Year

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.

Parent/Teacher Conference Season Scheduled dates for EARLY RELEASE CONFERENCES
Tuesday, December 6th and Tuesday, December 13th - Dismissal of students is 11:15am, with no lunch served – Conference times will be between 12:00-3:00pm
EVENING CONFERENCES
Thursday, December 15th – Conference times will be between 6:00-8:00pm

The New Book Sale is coming...December 12-16
It is time for our annual project inspired by recent the Thanksgiving 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 is to connect families across generations and to ensure that family stories are passed down to younger generations.

BISHOP MITTEN TREE
Dear Bishop Students and Families,
For the past eight years, Bishop School has participated in the Mitten Tree. This community service project has been a great success, and we’d like to continue the tradition this year. In our front lobby a small tree will stand bare which we would like to decorate by hanging gloves and mittens on its branches.
We would appreciate it if families would be willing to make donations of mittens and gloves to our tree. The mittens and/or gloves should be new or unused. Other donations of winter wear such as scarves, hats, etc. will be collected by the tree as well. Items can be for children or adults, as they will be donated to a center where whole families benefit.
All donations will be made to the Department of Children and Families in Arlington. Any donation that your family can make will be greatly appreciated during this holiday season. Please submit any and all donations by Friday, December 17 so that items may be sent before our winter vacation.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Sincerely,
Ms. Capaldo’s Fourth Grade Class

New and Improved Basketball Posts, Backboards, and Hoops at the Bishop (Update)
This project will resume next Wednesday, December 7th, with the hopes of completion by the following week!

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.

Craft Fair Tonight!
Join us tonight from 6-9 pm at the Knights of Columbus in Arlington for a fun, festive evening of shopping featuring local craftspeople. Items such as hand knitted mittens, doll clothes, baked goods, jewelry, magnets, stationary...and Teosinte with fair trade items. We will also have several student crafters in attendance - current and Bishop alums - and Bishop staff and teachers too!

Support Enrichment Activities Through the Annual Fund
Each year, the PTO funds enrichment programs and events to supplement your children’s school experience as well as to foster a sense of community within the school. In 2015- 2016, the value of all PTO spending was approx. $150/student! And we would like to continue similar support for this school year.
Please consider making a donation to the PTO Annual Fund, which accounts for 20% of our yearly budget to fund initiatives. A gift of $50 per child will ensure that the PTO can continue to deliver the exceptional enrichment programs and classroom support that is so valued in our school community. We encourage you to give at your comfort level – every dollar counts!
Please visit www.bishopschoolpto.weebly.com and click Donate to make your contribution online. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Bishop Play Parent Kick-off Meeting
If your child is participating in the Bishop Play (you've been notified by email), please meet in the cafeteria next Wednesday, December 14 at 7pm. Our new director Sarah Morrison will introduce herself and share her vision of the program. It's a chance to ask questions, and also learn more about your play volunteer assignment and team. Thanks in advance for helping make the Bishop Play a wonderful co-operative children's theatre experience!
(Please note that the play registration is closed and we cannot accept any more students at this time.)

A Hoodie Under the Tree
Bishop Bear sweatshirts, T-shirts and long sleeve shirts are great gifts for the whole family! Order forms are available on the PTO website: http://bishopschoolpto.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/6/7/13679670/bishop_spiritwear_ord er_form_2016.pdf

Conference Volunteers
One Parent-Teacher conference down, two more to go! The PTO provides meals to the teachers during conferences. We are looking for volunteers to help with picking up the food and setting up prior to the conferences. If you are able to help 10-11 am on Dec 13 or 5-6 pm on Dec 15, please contact Anna Pisania at apisania@gmail.com. Thank you very much in advance!
Have you Ordered Your Holiday Cards? AAre you thinking about the cards and gifts for the holidays? Start your order at the Bishop PTO Shutterfly/Tiny Prints store: http://bishoppto.shutterflystorefront.com Use this coupon code for 30% off site wide, no minimum order, PLUS free shipping from TinyPrints.com. Use this code at checkout to receive this exclusive offer TPSCECZ7XA - Expires: 12/31/16
Enrichment Update
Friday, December 16
Plimoth Plantation - Pilgrim visit for 3rd grade A Museum Teacher will portray a resident of 1624 Plimoth Colony, using their life story to frame the program. The educator will bring reproduction artifacts and will share the Pilgrim story, from hiring the Mayflower in England, through the journey and the first winter, to Thanksgiving in Plymouth. As a highlight of the program, several students will be invited to try on Colonial clothing!

Thursday, December 22
Discovery Museum - Light and Lasers for 1st Graders As students compare white light and laser light they identify key properties including how light must be reflected in order to be seen. Students work with flashlights, prisms, lenses and a variety of materials that block, reflect, or allow light to pass through. Wednesday, December 21 Museum of Science - Animal Adaptations for 5th grade In two workshops, students expand their understanding of biological adaptations by observing both skulls and live animals. They see live animals from different groups, place animals in their correct classes, and learn about specific adaptations each animal has developed. After observing the live animals, students engage in hands-on activities including examination of animal skulls to determine evidence of adaptation. Read more
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