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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 12, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Monday, January 16th – School Closed – MLK Day
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” MLKjr

Mark Your Calendars
Thursday, March 2nd – Bishop Science Night
Wednesday, March 15th – Bishop’s Annual Choral Concert and Art Show – 9:00am

Bishop MCAS Dates Released 2017 – Grades 3, 4, 5 Next Generation Online MCAS Dates
MCAS Calendar Link

MLK Observance
Monday, January 16, 2017
Guest Speaker Tina Martin, WGBH News
Leslee Christopher, Soprano and Paul White, Pianist
Doors open at 6:45 p.m. in town hall with Light Refreshments Program begins at 7:30 p.m. Robbins Memorial Town Hall 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02476.
We will be collecting non-perishable goods for the Arlington Food Pantry.
A free-will offering will benefit public and nonprofit programs that further the goals of Dr. King.

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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Big Movie Night Thank You
The PTO would like to thank Meghan Elledge, Kristen Flanagan, Carine Robichon-Iyer, Brian Carrier and Ryan Spilker as well as the many Kindergarten parents who gave their time to make Movie Night such a great success! A great time was had by all!

Get your Babysitters Lined Up!
Bishop Night Out
January 27, 7:30-10:30 PM, Common Ground, Arlington Center

Bishop Night Out (BNO) is almost here! Please join us for a great evening with Bishop parents, faculty and staff. BNO will feature amazing food, tasty beverages and great people! Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance sales begin this week and can be purchased at: http://bishopnightout2017.brownpapertickets.com/ Any questions on the event or ticket purchases, please contact Ami Fatula at amifatula@gmail.com

Calling All Student Scientists--Bishop Science Night is Coming!
Our third annual Science Night is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM, Bishop School Gym & Library.
Help your kids conduct an at-home experiment or research a question that sparks their curiosity. They can present their results on Science Night! All grades welcome. If they have the idea, we have the poster board. Sign up is open until Thursday, February 23.
Click here to register: Science Night Student Poster Sign-Up
We'll have more details about how parents can get involved in Science Night soon! Any questions? Contact Rosemary Foster at fosterpadien@gmail.com

Sign-Up for Cause + Event
The 5K run/walk, Cause + Event Boston, is coming back to Arlington on Sunday, May 21. This is a great community event whereby proceeds from registration benefit local nonprofits. We have created a team called "Bishop School Community." You can register here: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7317 and select to join an existing team.
This event is open to students and adults. Our goal is to donate money back to the Arlington Food Pantry.

Ideas for Bear Fair?
It’s time to start planning for the Bear Fair! Do you have ideas of things you’d like to see at this year’s event? We’d love to have your input. If you are interested in joining the organizing committee to help plan this year’s event, please contact Heather Breslau (heather.breslau@gmail.com).

Clean Up Day
We’re looking for 3rd Grade parents (although all grades are welcome) to be part of the organizing team for Bishop Clean Up Day 2017 (April 8). We’re planning to: work on restoring the Science Kiosk next to the blacktop install granite seating in the garden (we’re looking for someone who can help create the ”vision” for exactly how to use the granite as well as some helpful hands to unload and move the granite) install the tether ball posts that were gifted to the school by the 5th grade last year plant some trees

clean up the grounds
Please email Meredith at meredithdimola@gmail.com if you can help!

The Paper Towel Supply Needs Your Help
The paper towels, disinfectant wipes, tissues and other assorted supplies that each classroom needs are provided by the PTO. For the past several years, one generous parent has filled this important role as supplies coordinator. We are looking for another parent to step in and help. This person would make one big trip to Costco before the school year begins (and then distribute the supplies to the classrooms) and then check on supplies a few times throughout the year to replenish diminishing inventory. Please contact Katherine Reisz-Hansen if you would be willing to help katherine@dovenote.com.

Enrichment Update
Wednesday, January 4 (Yesterday)
Plimoth Plantation - Wampanoag Culture Presentation for 3rd grade

A Native museum teacher visited each 3rd grade classroom and spoke with students about the history and culture of the Wampanoag people. He shared many artifacts and guided the children through several traditional Wampanoag games.

Friday, January 20
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.

Monday, January 30
High Touch High Tech of N.E. - Survive and Thrive for Kindergarten

From stinky skunks to flying frogs, journey through the amazing ways animals, birds, plants and marine creatures adapt and survive in their habitats.

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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 >

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