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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: Dec 7, 2017 Mark Twitter Account

Mark Your Calendars:
Tuesday, December 12th @ 11:15am EARLY RELEASE for Parent Conferences (No Lunch Served)
Thursday, December 14th @ 6:00pm-8:00pm EVENING CONFERENCES
December 25th - January 1st - DECEMBER RECESS - SCHOOL CLOSED
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 0 School Resumes!

Bishop Holiday Craft Fair is Tonight!
Join us Thursday, December 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Arlington for a fun, festive evening of shopping featuring local craftspeople.

Parent/Teacher Conference Season
Tuesday, December 12th - Dismissal of students is 11:15am, with no lunch served – PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD AT THIS TIME

Thursday, December 14th – Conference times will be between 6:00-8:00pm
You will be receiving communication from your teacher(s) in the very near future for scheduling purposes. Please refrain from contacting teachers with requests until you receive their communication, thank you so much.

The New Book Sale is coming NEXT WEEK... December 11th-15th!
Please use this link to sign up to help out during the Sale, and to see the time of your child's library class.
This is a fun event for the students that supports updating and expanding our book collection. During your child's regular library time, they will be offered the chance to either buy books, or create a wish list to bring home to you to discuss what books they would like to buy. We will also have teacher wish lists so that classrooms can get even more books all while supporting the Library! There is NO OBLIGATION to purchase and we also ask students to make recommendations of books they would like us to purchase for the Library with the funds raised. Students who make suggestions for Library purchases are entered into a raffle to win a book or other item from the Sale.
The Sale will be open during the day on Monday from 9:00-3:00, Tuesday-Thursday from 8:15-3:00 (please note Tuesday is an early release day for conferences but the sale will remain open) and Friday from 8:15-12:00. This year we are also opening the Sale during the evening conferences hours on Thursday, December 14th from 6:00-8:00PM! Please come with (or without!) your children to support the Library! If you do send in money or a check (payable to Bishop PTO) during the week, please make sure that it is in an envelope or Ziploc with your child's name on it.
Please sign up if you can help, as we are dependent upon volunteers to make the Sale a success!
Thank you so much for your support!
Alison Vaishnaw and Justine Bloch

Arlington Board of Health Flu Clinic
Arlington Board of Health will be holding a flu clinic for Arlington residents on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Arlington Senior Center located at 27 Maple Street. Both children and adults will have the opportunity to be vaccinated. Participants must being their insurance cards with them. Residents that do not have insurance will still be able to be vaccinated. If you have any questions please contact Jessica Kerr, Public Health Nurse, at 781-316-3140.
Jessica Kerr, RN
Public Health Nurse
Town of Arlington
27 Maple Street
Arlington, MA 02476

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 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/BishopPTO/

Holiday Help 2017
Once again, the Bishop community has the opportunity to participate in Holiday Help, an initiative organized by the Town of Arlington to brighten the holidays for local families in need. In past years our school community has shown incredible generosity and we've been asked to help seven different Arlington families this holiday season. Please visit the Holiday Help sign-up page at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49a8ab2da1fa7-holiday where you can review the gifts that have been requested and volunteer to contribute. Please bring unwrapped gifts to the Bishop office by December 11, 2017. Any questions can be directed to Rosemary Foster at fosterpadien@gmail.com.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Conference Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to help set up and/or clean up the meals provided by the PTO to the teachers during the parent-teacher conferences. If you can help either before or after the conferences on the 12th (11 am or 3 pm) or 14th of December (5 pm), please contact Anna Pisania at apisania@gmail.com

Spirit Wear
Final orders for 2017 Spirit Wear have been submitted and are expected to arrive on the 19th. Please keep an eye out in your child's backpack Wednesday-Friday of that week for deliveries. If you made a note on your order form that you wished to pick-up your order, it will be available from Mrs. G at the front deskWednesday-Friday as well. Thank you for all of your Bishop Spirit support!!

Bishop Night Out Silent Auction
In preparation for this year's Bishop Night Out, we're looking for generous parents to donate gifts or services that could be auctioned off at the night's silent auction. We have accumulated some donations from large corporations and some local businesses, and we're hopeful there are other goods or services that could be offered from this talented group of parents as well. Our auction list needs to be complete by December 31st, so all donations should be made in advance of that date. Please contact Lindsey Baron (baron.lindsey@gmail.com) for additional questions or donations- thanks!

Community News
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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    25 Columbia Road Arlington, MA 02474
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