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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: Apr. 13, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars
April 3rd – May 18th - Next Generation Online MCAS Administration for Grades 3, 4, 5
April 14th – No School – Good Friday
April 17th-April 21st – Spring Break – School Not In Session
April 24th – School Resumes
Thursday, June 1st – Bishop’s Annual Field Day (Rain date of Friday, June 16th)
Thursday, June 15th @ 9:00am – Bishop’s 5th Grade Recognition
Last Day of School (barring any further snow days) is Friday, June 23rd)

The Greg Wright Memorial Clean Up Day – Huge Success!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, all, for coming out last weekend to help clean up the Bishop School grounds. We got a lot accomplished, with a few lingering projects, which will be completed this weekend. This is what ‘community’ is all about! Thank you, Meredith D., for facilitating and leading this charge!
PS- If you are missing any tools, please email meredithdimola@gmail.com.

Spring Break
My wish for you as we approach next week’s Spring Break, is one of good health and happiness! I will look forward to your return on the 24th.

Tell your teacher that they are a STAR!
For a donation of $20 or more to the Arlington Education Foundation, the teacher of your choice will receive a certificate that honors him or her with a gift in his or her name.
STARS certificates make great Teacher Appreciation gifts! You can donate to STARS at any time during the year, but the deadline to insure delivery before/during Teacher Appreciation Week is April 17th. You can donate online: http://www.arlingtoneducationfoundationma.org/wp/stars/donate-now-to-stars

Arlington EATS
Dear Parents,
Arlington EATS will again be hosting April Vacation lunches for any students (and their families) interested in joining us for a community meal. This year, Beaujolais Catering, Whole Foods Arlington and another restaurant (TBD) will be very generously donating these meals. Yum!
Please RSVP for our Vacation Lunches by filling out this form here. Volunteering over April vacation is a great time to volunteer with your kids! Volunteer here. (If you do not see April Vacation Lunches on the Volunteer website, this means that the volunteer spots are filled.)
Thank you for helping make this volunteer program possible.
Join us at the Table: We are a group of local parents, teachers and volunteers who believe that no child in Arlington should be hungry. Our approach to Arlington EATS is welcoming, participatory and respectful. Whether you have a few dollars to spare, a few hours, or talent to share, we welcome you to the table.

  • To get food assistance: http://goo.gl/forms/wuAm9b27uF
  • To donate: http://www.arlington-eats.org/donate/
  • To get involved: http://www.arlington-eats.org/volunteer/
  • To follow along: www.facebook.com/Arlington.EATS
  • To contact: info@arlington-eats.org
  • Thank you!

    OMS Production of Beauty and the Beast Jr
    "Ottoson Middle School Department of Performing Arts Proudly Presents Beauty and the Beast Jr on Friday 4/28/17 at 7pm and Saturday 4/29/17 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are on sale at Ottoson lunches on 4/26, 4/27, and 4/28. They can also be purchased by emailing cgaffny@arlington.k12.ma.us. Any available tickets will be sold at the door.Tickets are $10 each and checks can be made out to the Town of Arlington."

    Arlington Elementary School Family ArtVenture at the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
    Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30, 2017, 12-4 pm
    611 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington
    $5/child suggested donation
    Calling all Arlington elementary school families! Explore the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum and discover the art and life of Arlington's celebrated sculptor! On Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, the museum will be open exclusively to students and their families for tours, art hunts, and art making activities. This fun, interactive program was developed in partnership with Arlington Public Schools to supplement the K-5 curriculum. Children will learn how to observe, think, and talk about Cyrus Dallin's sculptures and use their observations to discover fascinating details about Dallin's extraordinary life, values, and his commitment to Arlington.
    All participating ArtVenture families will receive a complimentary one-year family membership to the Dallin Museum. Prizes will be given to children who complete all (or part) of the art hunt. For more info visit www.dallin.org or contact the museum at hleavell@dallin.org or 781-641-0747.
    Heather Leavell
    Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
    611 Massachusetts Ave.
    Arlington, MA 02474
    Co-chair, Curators PAG
    New England Museum Association


    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 -

    A Week of Gratitude
    What a great spring-like Staff Appreciation week this has been so far! Bishop teachers and staff have been enjoying fun raffle surprises, delicious breakfast treats made by parents, a relaxing chair massage, and an extended lunch on Thursday. They have also been receiving a lot of postcards from your kids with words of appreciation! Teachers and staff treasure these postcards and have enjoyed this week a lot.
    Thank you to SO MANY parents who volunteered your time, energy, cooking talent, and creativity to fill this week with gratitude and special treats for our Bishop teachers and staff. Thank you to Room Parents for all their help in planning as well!
    Stay tuned for more chalk messages in May during National Teacher Appreciation Week!

    Money Raised By Our Students for Arlington EATS
    We collected lots of spare change during school spirit week. The grand total raised by our students was $256! We will be sending the donation to Arlington EATS to support the great work they do for our community. Thanks K through 5

    Looking for a Rewarding Way to Be Involved in This Community?
    There are 4 open PTO Executive Board positions for the 2017/18 school year:
    Co president
    Co treasurer
    Fundraising coordinator
    Communications coordinator
    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 Meredith for more information meredithdimola@gmail.com.

    Bear Fair - Donate Fun Items for the Prize Table
    Kids earn prize tickets playing games at the Bear Fair that they can redeem for prizes. Do you have extra or left over party favors? Do you have new toys that your kids never played with? Consider donating these items for the Prize Table at the Bear Fair. We are looking for small, medium and large new prizes for boys and girls to redeem their game tickets. The age range is from preschool (4) to middle school (13+).
    There will be a purple bin labeled Bishop Bear Fair Prizes in the school lobby starting April 10th. If it's easier to have them picked up at your house, email Maile Hedlund at treehouse14850@yahoo.com to set up a pick up time!

    Garden Volunteers Needed
    The Garden and Compost Team needs parent volunteers! Beginning April 26, on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 we have Open Garden in our outdoor classroom. Open Garden is a time when the school's garden educator is in the school garden working with students on various garden activities (watering, harvesting, planting, etc.) Students can choose to participate in Open Garden activities during their morning recess period. Parents and caretakers are invited to help the garden educator lead these informal activities. It is a great way to get involved with the school and to learn about gardening in the process. You can sign up for one or multiple days at our sign-up genius page. https://tinyurl.com/GardenVol If you are interested in volunteering with the garden and compost team at other times, please contact the garden support team at bishopgardenandcompost@gmail.com. In addition to volunteering at Open Garden during schoolhours, you can join the garden maintenance crew, planning team or compost team.

    Upcoming Events
    You can find the March PTO Calendar of events on the web site at: http://bishopschoolpto.weebly.com
    May 20, Bear Fair (rain date, May 21)
    May 21, Cause + Event Race
    Jun 1, Field Day
    June 15, 5th Grade Recognitio

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    No Child Left Behind

    The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires states and school districts to produce and disseminate annual report cards.

    These report cards include information on student assessment, accountability, andteacher quality; the report cards may also include other information. They also provide parents and other members of the public a snapshot of student performance and teacher qualifications in their local schools.

    Bishop School's report cards from current to previous years >

    Creating Safe Schools Arlington Special Education Parents Advisory Council

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