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Principal Mark McAneny ​mmcaneny@arlington.k12.ma.


Bishop Weekly Update: October 3, 2019


10/4 (Fri)​: Bishop Spirit (wear) Day
10/15 to 10/24:​ Original Works
10/19 (Sat):​ Pumpkin Sale
11/8 (Fri): ​Walkathon

10/9 (Wed) and 10/14 (Mon): ​Holidays -- NO SCHOOL

In This Issue:


The Garden Classroom
Phone Directory Sponsorship Opportunities
Spirit (Wear) Day

Original Works
Pumpkin Sale



Our Very Own, Published! Congratulations to Ms. Kasle!

Congrats to Sam Kasle, Bishop’s Art teacher, for having an article that she wrote about her presentation at
the NAEA Conference last year, published in the Studio Habits of Mind Blog:

Ms. Kasle collaborated with top art educators and Studio Thinking innovators when she presented at the
NAEA last March. The article highlights the way Ms. Kasle incorporates the Studio Habits of Mind in her K-5
curriculum. This reminds us all about the importance and impact of these thinking dispositions as we deliver
art instruction to students.
Great work, Ms. Kasle!

The Garden Classroom

The PTO would like to thank Rob Gilmore and crew from
Gilmore Landscape Architecture, LLC for facilitating the
addition of the fabulous seating area to the Bishop garden!
This seating will allow students and teachers alike to
experience a true outdoor classroom while participating in
the garden curriculum. After four long years of planning
and negotiating by various PTO leaders, we're grateful to
GLA for their speedy, professional, and cheerful dedication
to this project -- one crew member vocalized how much
fun it was to work on something so original! If you haven't
already done so, stop by and check out the new seating
area and witness your PTO dollars at work. Click the
following links for the garden classroom photos:
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Library News
Welcome back to school and we hope everyone's year is starting out well! The students have begun checking books
out, and if they are in 2nd-5th grade they may bring them home to share with you (some 1st grade classes too once
they are ready!). Please try to help them keep good track of their books so they don't get lost or damaged. The kids
should also be in the good habit of bringing them in each week on their library day so that they can check out new
We are still looking for a couple of extra library volunteers to help with book shelving and with helping us process the
new books so they can get into the student's hands. In particular, we are looking for someone to come in after drop
off on Thursday mornings to help shelve, and on Tuesday mornings anytime between 10:30-12 to help with book
processing. Please let us know at jbloch@arlington.k12.ma.us if you are available during either of those time slots.

Many thanks and happy school year ahead!

Justine Bloch and Alison Vaishnaw
Returning Student Update Form - Parent Portal in PowerSchool
Parents and families of returning students - The Bishop office and the APS Central Administration asks that
you go into the parent portal within PowerSchool to UPDATE YOUR FAMILY/STUDENT INFORMATION. It is
imperative that you log into PowerSchool ASAP to complete this process. The school and district needs this
information for many reasons to include correct phone numbers, email addresses, and emergency
contacts. Please be sure that ALL information is updated; thank you so much.


Phone Directory Sponsorship Opportunities

We’re looking for Bishop-family owned businesses or local businesses to sponsor the directory to defray the
production cost. As the directory will be seen by all Bishop families, sponsorship is a great way to increase
visibility for your business and contribute to a good cause. Sponsorship spaces are available on the back
cover and the inside front cover and can be either a full or a half-page in size. Contact Jessica Tsymbal at
jtsymbal@gmail.com​ for details.

Spirit (Wear) Day

The first Friday of every month, students are encouraged to wear their Bishop t-shirts or Bishop colors
(yellow/gold and blue). Look for order forms coming soon and opportunities to buy them at selected PTO
sponsored events.


Original Works - 10/15 to 10/24

Your child(ren) can draw a picture and you can choose how to memorialize the unique art -- everything from
mugs to mittens to mousepads! Click here for a sampling of the products:
https://www.originalworks.com/fundraising-items/all-products/​. As items start at $6 and up, these make
wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family. We will be sending all the materials home with your child this
week and next so you can start the fun in creating your child’s own original work! Look for packets to be
distributed on October 15th, with a deadline of October 24th. Please make checks out to ​Bishop PTO​.

Pumpkin Sale - Saturday, 10/19

10 am to 3 pm, Bishop Parking Lot

Do you carve fancy, jaw-dropping pumpkins every year? Are you the envy of your neighborhood? Show off
your skills at the Bishop Pumpkin Sale! We’re seeking a few people to carve pumpkins to be raffled off at the
sale. You can carve yours at home the night before or at a table in the midst of the sale. Kids LOVE to watch!
We can provide the pumpkin. You provide the passion. Contact ​Mark Davila​ to sign up today!
Walkathon - Friday, 11/8
After School

Get your walking shoes on! Our 9th annual Walkathon this year will be held on Friday, November 8th. All kids
K through 5th grade can participate in this fun and easy fundraising event for the PTO. The kids walk/run laps
around the field, with the option of earning pledges per lap or a fixed donation. Last year the Walkathon
raised $13K!

For the past 4 years we have used an online fundraising tool called Pledgestar. With Pledgestar, kids can
solicit donations from family members and friends; those choosing to support the kids can make their
donations through the Pledgestar site or via check. A classroom prize will be awarded to the class with the
most pledges raised, and everyone receives a prize for participating! We will be sending you a registration
link soon.

Stay tuned for more information. For more information or to volunteer, please contact ​Katie Stencik


Spooky Walk at Menotomy Rocks Park

Saturday, 10/26, 6 PM to 8 PM, Jason Street Entrance, Menotomy Rocks Park

Please join us for Spooky Walk at Menotomy Rocks Park (Rain date October 27th). It’s a great way to get into
the Halloween spirit and test drive those costumes!

For those who have enjoyed it for years, please pay it forward. We’re looking for 4th-8th grade and adult
volunteers to dress up or create a “spooky station” for the little ones to enjoy. For more information, email

ACE is accepting Course Proposals and Requests for Winter 2020

Do you have an idea for a course you’d like to teach, or something you’d like us to offer? We’re starting to plan
our Winter 2020 semester now and are accepting course proposals and requests. Please use ​this form ​to
submit your ideas.

AYCC Benefit Gala

Friday, 11/1, 7 PM to 10:30 PM, Arlington Town Hall

Each year, hundreds of Arlington community members come together to support the work of the Arlington Youth
Counseling Center (AYCC), promote the value of community mental health, and celebrate the year’s
accomplishments. In addition to honoring Carlene Newell, a member of the Board of Youth Services, the gala
will feature raffles, a silent auction, live music by the Arlington High School Jazz band, hors d’oeuvres, and a
cash bar.
For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit the ​AYCC Benefit Gala​ web site. Check out
the ​AYCC website​ to learn more about their services and how to access them.

Children's Learning, Language & Development Study Opportunity

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children
between the ages of 8 and 12 years to participate in research studies funded by the National Science
Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Study 1.​ This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to
improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year
for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete
several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the
visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. More information can be found at:

Study 2.​ The purpose of the study is to evaluate the learning patterns of children with typical and atypical
language development. The study will involve 2 visits to the lab at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.
During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks.
The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. A visit will last about 3 hours. A week after the
second lab visit your child will be asked to complete follow up tasks on a home computer or a mobile device.
We are looking for children who were late to develop language, and who still receive services for language or
learning difficulties. More information can be found at: ​https://rally.partners.org/study/does_your_child_stru

Payment is $60 for each in-person visit to the lab. We provide free all-day parking at the Navy Yard.
Please email us at ​cnglead@mghihp.edu​ or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have
any questions.

Interested in getting information to the Bishop community? Please email the relevant information to Junko
Nagano (Communications Coordinator, Bishop PTO) at ​junkonagano5@gmail.com.​ News received by Tuesday
at 6 pm will be included in the Thursday’s newsletter.

Bishop Calendar of Events: ​One page view at this link

Bishop PTO Facebook page:​ ​https://www.facebook.com/groups/BishopPTO/

Bishop School (general info, links to the school system): ​http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/bishop/
Bishop School (news and events): ​https://bishopschool.net/
Bishop PTO: ​http://www.bishopschoolpto.com/

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