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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: Sept 14, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars:
Thursday, September 21st – No School – Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, September 25th and Wednesday, September 26th - Curriculum Night(s)
Monday, October 2nd – Bishop Picture Day

Bishop Directory Information Needed
Bishop Phone Directory Information Needed It’s that time of year again…please go online asap and register for the Bishop printed phone directory. Each year both new AND returning families need to enter/update their information.
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If you have any questions, then please contact Leah Nelson at leah.nelson109@gmail.com Thanks!

Curriculum Night Date (s)
Curriculum Night will be held on Wednesday, September 27th.
Teachers will be available to meet with Parents only on the 27th at scheduled times below
Grades K, 1, 2 @ 6:00pm-7:00pm
Locations – Grade K – Library
Grade 1 – Cafeteria
Grade 2 - Gym
Grades 3 and 5 @ 7:00-8:00pm
Locations – Grade 3 - Gym
Grade 5 – Cafeteria

Your evening will start out at designated locations, where you will meet with the grade level team. During this time, the team of teachers will discuss the ‘grade level’ program, expectations, and curriculum. The second half of this time will be spent in the individual classrooms where you will receive a more personable presentation from your child’s teacher. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to hear about the grade level team approach, to discuss the curriculum with your child’s teacher, and look over curriculum materials. We look forward to seeing you on the 28th!

NOTE: Grade 4 Curriculum Night will be Tuesday, September 26th @ 6:30pm-7:30pm Your evening will start in Ms. Capaldo’s classroom for a group presentation, followed by break-outs into your child’s classroom at 7:00pm.

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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PTO Newsletter Highlights

  • Fall Clean-up Day
  • Volunteer Roles
  • Fundraising Opportunities
  • Annual Fund Information

  • Upcoming events:
    9/24/17 Fall Clean-Up Day
    9/27/17 Curriculum Night
    10/2/17 Picture Day
    10/6/17 Spirit Day
    10/11/17 PTO Meeting
    10/14/17 Pumpkin Sale (2nd Grade)
    10/20/17 Walkathon (5th Grade)
    10/27/17 Original Works Due
    11/3/17 Spirit Day
    11/8/17 PTO Meeting 12/8/17 Craft Fair (3rd Grade)
    12/13/17 PTO Meeting

    Fall Clean-up Day
    Sunday, September 24, 9am-Noon

    Help finish up projects for our teachers during clean-up day. It’s a great way to help support our teachers. Please sign up for what you’re interested in and contact meredithdimola@gmail.com to discuss supplies needed. Thanks!! Fall Clean-Up Sign-Up

    Picture Day is Near
    Picture Day at Bishop will be Monday, October 2. Look for a Coffee Pond order form coming home in your child's backpack. We need a few volunteers that day to help the photographers corral the kids. It’s a fun and easy way to interact your child and their classmates. Volunteers are needed between 9am - noon. Come for an hour or stay for all three. Just add your name on SignUp Genius: Picture Day Sign-up

    Help Needed
    Want to be a Room Parent this year?

    Want to be a Room Parent this year? Please consider volunteering to help communication between the teacher and the families! Still looking for Room Parents for:
    Brubaker: 2
    Capaldo: 2
    Bell: 2
    If you are interested or want to find out more, please reach out to Anna Pisania (apisania@gmail.com)!

    Help Needed
    Help Wanted for Lunchroom Compost Program

    Bishop began a lunchroom compost program last year that reduced the amount of lunchroom waste from 5+ barrels of garbage per day down to just one and replaced foam trays with compostable ones. We want to make sure all the students know/remember the system, so we’re looking for some volunteers the first two weeks of school to cover a grade or more during the lunch sessions (see schedule below).

    K: 11:20-11:40 (M, W, Th, F), 10:30-10:50 (T)
    1: 11:40-12 (M, W, Th, F), 10:30-10:50 (T)
    2: 12-12:20 (M, W, Th, F), 11:15-11:35 (T)
    3: 12:20-12:40 (M, W, Th, F), 11:15-11:35 (T)
    4: 12:40-1:00 (M, W, Th, F), 12:00-12:20 (T)
    5: 1:00-1:20 (M, W, Th, F), 12:00-12:20 (T)
    No experience necessary! Volunteers will help guide the students in their waste reduction, making sure the proper items go in the proper places.
    Step 1: Dump your liquids
    Step 2: Place your *clean* recyclables into the recycling bin
    Step 3: Place all trash into the trash bin
    Step 4: Toss all food waste (even meats and dairy) and napkins into the compost buckets
    Step 5: Stack compostable trays

    Food Pantry Coordinators
    Responsible for the collection of food pantry donations for Bishop school. Coordinate with grade-specific teachers each month to establish an incentive for the grade; distribute monthly flyer, advertise as necessary, monitor collection bins outside each classroom, and deliver food to the Arlington food pantry monthly (or more often as needed). The coordinators are also the Bishop coordinators to help support the town wide Thanksgiving food drive, run in conjunction with Arlington Eats. 2 volunteers are needed for this role. Please contact Meredith DiMola for more information, meredithdimola@gmail.com.

    Bishop Phone Directory Coordinator for 2018-19
    Are you wanting to contribute to the Bishop community, but can’t due to all-consuming daytime commitments? We are in search of a detailed-oriented person who is interested in creating and distributing the printed Bishop phone directory. The current volunteer’s family is aging out of Bishop and will need to be replaced for the 2018-19 school year. Familiarity with MS Office and excellent communication skills are essential. Please contact leah.nelson109@gmail.com for more information.

    Help Run the Bishop Green Team!
    Help Run the Bishop Green Team!
    What is a green team? A green team is a group of students (with the support of parent and/or teacher advisors) passionate about taking care of the environment and engaging the school community in activities around waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, pollution prevention, and more! Green teams participate in town events like Town Day, EcoFest, and the Patriots' Day Parade. School green teams register at no cost with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and receive resources and end of year prizes.
    Do any other Arlington schools have a green team? All the other Arlington public schools have a green team (middle and high school included)! The Sustainable Materials Recovery Program Grant the Town of Arlington received to support a School Sustainability Coordinator and give waste reduction equipment and resources to the schools requires all schools in the district to have registered green teams. What is the commitment? Most teams meet weekly before or after school, others meet less frequently. There are monthly meetings for Green Team parent and teacher advisors to come together, hear what different schools are doing, and share ideas. An online resource library of green team activities will be available at the start of the school year.
    For more information, contact Rachel Oliveri, School Sustainability Coordinator, roliveri@arlington.k12.ma.

    Only 2 More Tuesdays to Eat at NYAJ
    Please help support Enrichment activities by dining out at NYAJ! Once again this school year, “Bishop Dines Out at Not Your Average Joe's” is taking place every Tuesday night in September. All you have to do is show the certificate and the Bishop School PTO will receive 15% of your purchase. The certificate is also available on the Bishop PTO web site (http://bishopschoolpto.com) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/BishopPTO).

    Another Great Fundraising Opportunity
    In addition to dining at Not Your Average Joe's on Tuesdays this month, there are other ways to continue to support Bishop over the calendar year. Registering your Stop & Shop card will ensure a portion of each shopping trip is donated to our school. The Bishop school number is 06367 and the link to register your card is below: https://stopandshop.com/savings-and-rewards/rewards-program/aplus/

    Please Support the PTO Annual Fund
    The 2017-2018 contribution of $125 per child includes the $25 classroom donation (historically collected separately by room parents for each classroom), as well as $100 (annual fund donation) to cover various school-year enrichment activities, classroom expenses, and supplies. In an effort to simplify the various payments, the PTO will collect the single amount of $125. The PTO will fund the classroom activities (i.e. class parties, class gifts, etc.) through the annual fund.

    What does this fee pay for?

    How will we collect this fee?
    This year, in addition to paying by check via backpack mail, we have added the option to pay by credit card via PayPal. You can find the link on the PTO website: PayPal link for Annual Fund. We will have the electronic payment option available at all of our events.

    What does this fee pay for?

    What is the PTO’s annual budget?
    For the 2016-17 school year, the PTO raised $48,820 and spent $63,736, for an average spend of $160 per student (with an approximate 400 student enrollment). The budget deficit that resulted from this spending ($15,000) was paid for through surpluses that had been accrued over several years. These surpluses have now been depleted so we need to collect a per child fee that allows us to maintain our ability to pay for the activities and supplies expected of the PTO.
    For the 2017-18 school year, the PTO plans to spend $96,645 (including the newly added budget line item of $9,000 to support the classroom activities as described above). We plan to fundraise $58,000 through our events, such as Bear Fair, Walk-a-thon, Parents Night Out, etc. The $125 per student contribution will fund the remaining $39,000 shortfall between the anticipated spend and our planned fundraisers.

    What types of activities and supplies does the PTO support?2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR
    Enrichment for the students. Themes were around Science, Engineering, Math, Art, Culture, Social Studies and Geography.$14,000$15,500
    Field trips and event busses$5,500$5,600
    Bishop garden. This pays for a professional garden coordinator and supplies and for curriculum connected to each grade.$4,200$4,200
    Teacher checks. This gives each teacher $200 twice a year to pay for necessary classroom items that they would otherwise have to pay for themselves.$12,000$13,000
    Community grants (including this year, $10,000 to be used for new speakers in each classroom for the projectors - the speakers are in response to teachers reporting that students are not able to sufficiently hear the sound from the existing projectors)$7,000$14,500
    Classroom supplies, including agenda books, paper towels, wipes, tissues, glue sticks, etc. Volunteers shop a few times a year to stock up a supply closet that the teachers can utilize all year long (and carpet cleaning)`$5,300$5,400
    Playground and grounds improvements (including this year, a permanent seating area in the garden)$5,000$10,000
    Library to pay for books and supplies$2,000$2,000
    5th grade recognition$3,000$3,500
    Scholarships for science camp$2,000$2,500
    Subscriptions (Scholastic, movie license, etc.)$2,000$2,500
    Science Night$1,600$1,600
    Teacher appreciation and holiday recognition$3,000$3,300
    PTO general and administrative expenses$3,800$3,800
    Classroom donations (previously collected and administered by room parents as a separate fee) NEW THIS YEAR $9,000
    Read the full PDF update: Sept 14, 2017

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    Follow the PTO @BishopPTO (https://twitter.com/BishopPTO)
    Web sites:
    Bishop School: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/BISHOP
    Bishop PTO: http://bishopschoolpto.weebly.com

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