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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: Jan 4, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars:
Wednesday, January 10th @ 7:00pm - Bishop PTO Meeting
Monday, January 15th - School Closed - National Holiday - MLK

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!!
I hope that this finds you and yours well and ready for what 2018 has to offer!

Snow Day and Delayed Opening Announcements
Arlington Public School closings and delayed opening announcements are made through the Superintendent's office. You will receive a School Messenger call and/or an email blast when either of these scenarios are called. You can also check your local news outlets for the same information.

Join the Bishop Green Team (new start date next Thurs)!
Interviews due first week of January!
The Bishop Green Team is starting up as a six-week series beginning Thursday, January 11th, from 7:30-8:00am. We will meet in the Bishop Conference Room. The team is open to all students passionate about taking care of the environment and engaging the school community in activities around waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation and more! Charlotte Milan (Town Recycling Coordinator) and Rachel Oliveri (School Sustainability Coordinator) will launch the team. We are in need of parent volunteers to assist us during the series and/or take the lead after the six weeks.
For more information, contact Rachel Oliveri, School Sustainability Coordinator, roliveri@arlington.k12.ma.us

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.
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(Cancelled)Bishop Movie Night Presents
Tomorrow, January 5th | Bishop Gymnasium | Showtime 6:30 pm | (doors open at 6:00 pm)
Bring the whole family! Suggested Donation: $3/person or $10/family Pizza, Popcorn, and Bottled water Cash only please, kids are welcome to wear PJs! We will also be selling spirit wear. Please note that this is a family event. Children should not be dropped off and left unattended. We look forward to seeing you all Friday night! We’re looking for Kindergarten parents to help out. Please sign-up to help at: Movie Night Sign-Up Genius

Tomorrow is Spirit Day!
Friday, January 5
Please have your child wear their Bishop Spirit Wear or school colors (yellow/ gold and blue).

School Committee Chair at the Next PTO Meeting
January 10 at 7 PM
At the next PTO meeting, Kirsi Allison-Ampe, School Committee Chair, would like to have an opportunity to discuss the 2018-19 budget with as many parents and community members as possible. We hope to see you there! February PTO meeting will be the 14th at 8:15 AM.

Save the Date for Our Annual Bishop Night Out!
Friday, January 26
This is event is always a ton of fun for parents and teachers and this year we are hoping to make it the best year yet! In addition to some music and entertainment, we will be hosting a silent auction to benefit the Bishop's amazing enrichment programs and PTO grants.
We’re soliciting additional donations for the silent auction. Do you have a business that you could donate goods or services? Are you a contractor willing to donate remodeling time? A photographer willing to donate a photo shoot? We are truly amazed by the incredible talent and generosity of our community.
Any questions on Bishop Night Out, donating to the auction or if

Enrichment Update
Friday, January 5
Museum of Science- Animal Adaptations for 5th grade
In two workshops, students will expand their understanding of biological adaptations by observing both skulls and live animals. They'll meet three live animals from different groups, place the 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 in which they became scientists and examine particular skulls to determine how those animals may have adapted.

Tuesday, January 10
Museum of Science- Electromagnetism for 4th grade
Among some of the difficult ideas in science to grasp is electricity. The Museum of Science comes in to help make the idea of electricity more concrete for our students. The MOS bring in high tech equipment for students to explore voltage, current, resistance and the interrelationship between magnetism and electricity. Students will see hair stand on end, create a human extension cord by sending an electric current through several people, and shoot a metal ring to the ceiling of the school!

Friday, January 19
Eyes on Owls for 1st grade
First-graders will meet six live owls (from small to huge) up close. Everyone participates in a hooting lesson and learns tips on how to attract and protect owls that live nearby. The presenters will also bring a touch table of Arctic wildlife artifacts and photos.

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

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