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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: Mar 16, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars
Wednesday, March 17th – Bishop’s Annual Choral Concert and Art Show – 9:00am
Thursday, June 15th @ 9:00am – Bishop’s 5th Grade Recognition

Spring Concert and Art Show – Friday, March 17th @ 9:00am in the Gym

We hope that you can join us to celebrate our students’ musical accomplishments to date, as our entire student body sings for you, led by Bishop’s music teachers, Mr. Ham and Ms. Becker!
The concert will start with our Kindergarteners singing first, then grades in succession 1-5. We will begin at 9:00am. Once your child(ren) has sung, please feel free to stay or it is completely okay to carry on with your day. There will be a full house, so prepare accordingly. If you live close to the school, I encourage you to walk or bike in. If you do drive, please refrain from parking in the parking lot as those spaces are for Bishop staff. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!!

Mathematics Transition to OMS
I hope that everyone enjoyed the snow day. Here is the updated information regarding the Transitional Math Meeting. On Thursday, March 23rd, the Director of Mathematics will present about the transition to Ottoson Middle School, specific to the mathematics department. The primary audience for the event is families that have children entering 6th grade during the 2017-2018 school year. All are welcome though.
Topics will include:
Bypassing Math 6 for extreme high achievers. The structure and timeline for this opportunity will be outlined.
The Math Support Intervention Program for grades 6-8.
Digital Media and Literacy, a computer programming based class for 6th graders.
Pathways and courses for grades 6-12. Basically, planning ahead and learning about 6-12 mathematics in the Arlington Public Schools.
The majority of the event will cover the first two topics as this event will have a transitional focus. Please note that the event will be held at Ottoson Middle School from 7-8:30 pm.
Matthew Coleman
Mathematics Director
Arlington Public Schools

22nd annual Arlington Trivia Bee!
Parents: It’s time to form teams for the 22nd annual Arlington Trivia Bee!
Sunday, March 26th, from 3-5pm at Arlington’s historic Town Hall
Can you buzz through questions like these:
- In ice hockey, a “Gordie Howe hat trick” consists of a goal, an assist, and what third element?
- Fought from August 1942 to February 1943, what battle that stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union was the bloodiest battle of World War II?
FORM A TEAM! Teams consist of three adults. Teams can register at http://www.arlingtoneducationfoundationma.org/wp/triviabee
The Arlington Trivia Bee is a free, family-friendly, community event that celebrates a love of knowledge (even if some of it is “useless”). Arlington Education Foundation is pleased to host this event as part of our mission to support excellent public education within our town.
If you don’t want to compete, COME CHEER ON over 20 teams -- including teams of 5th grade elementary students who will compete in the first round -- and enjoy an afternoon of fun and trivial pursuits.
(The answers to the above questions are “a fight” and “Battle of Stalingrad”)


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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Tickets for the Bishop School Play
Tickets for all 4 of the Wizard of Oz performances will be available for online purchase on Friday, March 17th starting at 7am.
Reserved floor seats are $5.00 each.
There is a limit of 4 tickets per family (4 maximum; covering all 4 performances).
Bleacher seats will also be available for $3.00 at the door 45 minutes prior to each performance.
Due to the large size of our cast (200+ students), each family is only allowed to purchase FOUR tickets total, covering all performances, regardless of the number of children a family has in the show.
For example, a family may purchase 4 tickets Friday and no other tickets. Or 2 tickets Friday and 2 tickets Saturday and no other tickets, etc. We do NOT have enough tickets available to give every family 4 tickets per show.
Tickets will be sold at the following link:
Additional details will be sent via email to play families.

TODAY is the Day to Shop at Wilson Farm
Thursday, March 16
Bishop School's “Shop at Wilson Farm” Day is TODAY, Tuesday, March 16, 2017. Supporters present the school’s < a href="http://bishopschoolpto.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/6/7/13679670/bishop_elementary_wilsonfarm_2017.jpg">flyer, or show the digital version on their smartphone at the register, and 20% of their pre-tax purchase amount will automatically go towards Bishop.
Almost anything in the store counts towards Shop at Wilson Farm Day: Produce, grocery items, baked goods, prepared foods, items from our Garden Shop, meats, seafood and much more. The only items that are excluded are CSA shares, gift cards, case orders and/or other bulk or custom orders.

The Bear Fair Needs Your Help
We are looking for lead/co-lead volunteers for the following activities at this year’s fair on May 20 (rain date May 21). Please contact Heather (heather.breslau@gmail.com) if you can help. Thanks!
Raffle (1 person)
Solicit raffle prizes and organize tickets for student raffle leading up to the Fair
Silent Auction (3-4 people)
Solicit local businesses for donations (gift cards) and contact winners after the fair
Bake Sale (1 person)
Solicit volunteer bakers and collect baked goods donations from volunteers the night before/ morning of the fair Set up table before the start of the fair (with the help of class volunteers)
Publicity (2 people)
Hang posters around town in early/mid-May at locations such as libraries, schools, businesses, etc.

NYAJ in March
Every Tuesday Night in March
Once again this school year, “Bishop Dines Out at Not Your Average Joe's” is taking place every Tuesday night in March. A certificate will go home in backpack mail soon and is also available on the Bishop PTO web site on the Fundraising page (scroll down to “Bishop Dines Out”) http://bishopschoolpto.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/6/7/13679670/cause_certificate_bishop.pdf. All you have to do is show the certificate and the Bishop School PTO will receive 15% of your purchase. Please help support Enrichment activities by dining out at NYAJ in March!

In Search of 3rd Grade Parent Volunteers *and a wheelbarrow*
Bishop Clean-Up Day & Used Goods Drop off
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Bring the whole family out for clean-up day and help get the Bishop grounds ready for spring. This is a great opportunity to make the school grounds even better for our community! There are three main areas where we can use help:
Used Goods Collection
Garden Clean-up
Grounds Clean-Up
Please consider volunteering for an hour or two in one of these areas. This is a 3rd grade sponsored event.
We are also looking for an old wheelbarrow for mixing cement. If you have one that you could donate, please contact Meredith meredithdimola@gmail.com

Spirit Week March 20-24
Be on the lookout in your children's backpacks for ‘Yellow Brick Roads.’ Children will be asked to fill in the Yellow Brick Road with what Respect means to them and to give an example of when they have been respectful. We will have these ‘Bricks’ posted around the school during the play weekend.

We will also have white boards through-out the school where children will be able to write what the words Respect, Responsibility and Regard mean to them.

Upcoming Events
March 16, Shop at Wilson Farm
March 17, Annual Choral Concert and Art Show
March 27-31, Bishop School Pride Week
March 31-April 2, Bishop Play Performances
April 8, Bishop Clean Up Day
April 11-14, Teacher Appreciation Week
May 20, Bear Fair (rain date, May 21)
May 21, Cause + Event Race
June 15, 5th Grade Recognitio

Enrichment Update
Monday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 22
Origamido for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
Students will attend hands-on workshops with Michael LaFosse. La Fosse will focus on math concepts appropriate to each grade as the students learn paper folding techniques. 3rd grade will explore fractions, angles and basic paper-folding skills as they create takehome paper projects. 4th and 5th grade sessions will include more complex math concepts and paper-folding to create 3-dimensional origami projects.

Monday, March 27
Museum of Science - Weather, Wind, Water & Temperature for 3rd grade
This presentation will demonstrate how atmospheric phenomena interact with each other to create the weather we experience every day. Students will watch a hot air balloon launch toward the ceiling, pressurize a tank to create enough wind to power a cannon, and see a cloud form before their eyes.

Monday, March 27 & Tuesday, March 28
Life Cycle of Frogs for Kindergarten
Through observation, discussion, and activities, students deepen their knowledge of amphibians' life cycles and habitats. Habitat staff bring live animals for this presentation.

Calling 4th and 5th grade girls -- Let's get ready for spring Register for the 2017 Bishop FitGirls season!
What is it? FitGirls is a high-spirited, non-competitive fitness initiative designed to inspire active lifestyles, supportive friendships, and personal growth. Through fun and energizing activities and progressively longer runs/jogs/walks, FitGirls experience the joy that comes from working hard and achieving goals, and the fun of doing so with a group. Together, we train to participate in a 5K road race at the end of the season -- a goal we help every girl to reach.
FitGirls will meet right after school at Bishop on Tuesdays (1:15-2:15) and Fridays (2:30- 3:30), April 4 through May 19. The culminating event will be the local Cause+Event race on Sunday, May 21, which will include FitGirls from all of the elementary schools in Arlington.
How do I sign up? To register for Bishop FitGirls, visit the KidZone section (under Youth Programs) of the Arlington Community Education website at: http://arlingtoncommunityed.org/. When you register your child, you have the option to sign her up for the end-of-season race as well (which is recommended as this race will sell out quickly).
Questions? Shoot Roblyn an email (brigham.roblyn@gmail.com), or talk to any of the coaches (listed below).
We look forward to running with our 8th fabulous FitGirls team! We're proud to be longest running program in the district and cannot wait to get this season started.
-- FitGirls Coaches
Roblyn Brigham, Kim Pigott, Anna Rey, and Kara Madden

Great School Textile Recycling Opportunities
SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH, 10am-2pm, Arlington Town Hall: Civics Day!
School Green Teams/Clubs will help run the T-shirt Hackathon project, turning old tshirts (that your school is helping to collect!) into a reusable grocery bag. Everyone is invited to make and take one home!

MONDAY, MARCH 20th - APRIL 7th: All-Schools Textile Recovery Challenge
All Schools will be competing to collect the most textiles (all old, worn, torn clothes, bedding, stuffed animals, etc)! Receive prizes and town recognition!

MONDAY, MARCH 20TH - FRIDAY, MARCH 24th: Textile Recovery Challenge Week 1 -- Brackett, Dallin, Ottoson

MONDAY, MARCH 27th - FRIDAY, MARCH 31st: Textile Recovery Challenge Week 2 -- AHS, Peirce, Stratton

MONDAY, APRIL 3rd- FRIDAY, APRIL 7th: Textile Recovery Challenge Week 3 -- Bishop, Hardy, Thompson

Here are two great, educational posters about textile recycling and why it's important.

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