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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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School Calendar

Principal's Update: May 17, 2018 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars:
- 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

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 – see here.
3rd, 4th and 5th GRADERS: You can sign up in advance for your chance to be dunked in the BEAR FAIR DUNK TANK. Visit here.
Contact Heather Breslau at heather.breslau@gmail.com with questions – thanks!

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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4ca8af2da57-sat
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 storage)
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 aewilliams@hotmail.com or Tricia See at tmaries@gmail.com.

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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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

Enrichment Update
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 update)

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 T-shirts
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 questions cross_carrie@hotmail.com.

Upcoming Events
May 20 Bear Fair
June 15 5th Grade Recognition

Looking for a Rewarding Way to Be Involved in the Bishop Community?
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, other families and the greater community. The current and outgoing board members would be happy to talk to anyone interested to give you a feel for what is involved. Please email Sarah for more information sarah.a.eastman@gmail.com.

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.

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 at 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

  • 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

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