In This Issue



Mission Statement
PTO Executive Board
First PTO Meeting
ISO Volunteer Roles
Spirit Days


Eat at NYAJ in September
Back to School Coffee for Parents
Family Picnic & Ice Cream Social
Fall Clean-Up Day
Picture Day



Arlington Town Day – September 15th
METCO 5th Annual Apple Picking Family and Friends Event
Make Music at the Maestro Musicians Academy!
Newton Area Flag Football League.



School Hours – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays.  School hours are 8:10am to 2:30pm. Students will be marked tardy at 8:15am.

EVERY TUESDAY IS A HALF DAY – School hours on Tuesdays are 8:10am-1:00pm (Lunch will be served on early release days)

Daily Arrival and Dismissal  (Please read this information carefully)

All children will gather on the playground daily, NO EARLIER than 7:50am. At the 8:08am whistle, Grades K-4 will line up in designated areas as they prepare to enter the building.  Kindergarteners will line up near the playground/parking lot entrance.  The Kindergarten students will then be walked around to the front of school and into their classrooms.  Grades 1 and 2 will line up along the cafeteria wall.  These students will be escorted into the building by our 5th Grade Patrol.  Grades 3 and 4 will line up by the walkway leading up to the Crosby Street entrance [their entrance and dismissal door]. These students will walk up the hill and into the building.  Grade 5 will walk around to the 5th grade side door and enter there.

CAR DROP OFF: Families may drop off in the drive line in the parking lot or at the front of the school.  Please note that these are active, flowing drop off points. I ask that you refrain from parking your car and leaving it in the driveline.  I will also ask that your child or children exit your vehicle on the school side only.

DISMISSAL: Grades K-2 will be dismissed through the Crosby Street doors, into the courtyard.  Grades 3-5 are allowed to exit through the back playground door, upper Crosby Street doors, and the main entrance.

BUS STUDENTS: Bus #1 will be walked directly to the bus before general dismissal, at 2:25pm.  Bus #2 will wait outside on the playground.  When the bus arrives, students walk up sidewalk to board.  K-1 students who take bus #2 will have their own escort/supervision to ensure the safety, emotional well-being, and accountability.

There is always the option to park and walk in to pick up your child…… or simply walk 😉

As always, please do not park on the school side of Columbia Road at any time.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation in making our arrival and dismissal a safe, efficient, and pleasant process.

Bus Application Process

If you have not signed up for the bus and need a bus pass, there is still time to purchase one.  Please download the application and mail with check to Business Office, Arlington High School, 869 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476.  Any questions, or if you would like to pick up your pass, please call Vickie Souza in the Business Office at 781-316-3535.

Application Link:

Bus Schedule Link:

Bus Stop/Map Link:

Curriculum Night Date

Wednesday, September 26th

Grades 3, 4, 5 @ 6:00pm-7:00pm

Grades K, 1, 2 @ 7:00pm-8:00pm

This will be an opportunity for you to hear about the grade level team approach, to discuss the curriculum with your child’s teacher, and look over curriculum materials. More information to come regarding times and location.

2018-19 District Calendar Link

5th Grade Science Camp Dates – November 13th -16th

More information to come

2018-19 MCAS Dates

I will send out a detailed calendar in the next month for your planning purposes.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Bishop PTO is to bring parents and community members together to build a strong Bishop community and align resources with the vision and direction of the School with an emphasis on enhancing the dynamic educational experiences of our students.

PTO Executive Board

Co-Presidents: Sarah Eastman (Senior) and Elisa Komoni (Junior)

Co-Treasurers: Ami Fatula (Senior) and Karin Moellering (Junior)

Fundraising Coordinator: Christian Na

Communications Coordinator: Junko Nagano

Recording Secretary: Sheelagh Stirling

Room Parent Coordinator: Laura Tikonoff

First PTO Meeting

September 12, 7:00 pm, Bishop Library

Please join the PTO for its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 12th, from 7-9 pm in the Bishop School library. Everyone is welcome! These meetings are a great way to stay updated and to meet other parents. We will present the budget for this year and provide orientation for Room Parents.

ISO Volunteer Roles

Fundraising Assistant. The Fundraising Assistant will assist the Fundraising Coordinator in the following duties: The Fundraising Coordinator shall oversee and schedule PTO fundraising events with the Co-Presidents, generate ideas for future events, and manage ongoing fundraising initiatives.

Communications Assistant. The Communications Assistant will assist the Communications Coordinator in the following duties: The Communications Coordinator shall be the public relations coordinator for the PTO, focused on getting out the news of the PTO’s work; will create updates for the Principal’s Newsletter; and handle all correspondence.

Spirit Wear Coordinator. The Spirit Wear Coordinator is responsible for keeping inventory of all spirit wear and ordering new inventory when needed, with the approval of the Executive Board. The Spirit Wear Coordinator shall staff booths at school activities and manage spirit wear sales.

Room Parents. Thank you to all who have volunteered to be a room parents this year! This is a great opportunity to get to know the teacher and families in your child’s classroom. We are still looking for room parents for:

Ferguson (2)

Schuette (1)

Capaldo (1)

Hess-Mahan (2)

Frank (1)

If you want to volunteer, or simply want more information, please contact Laura Tikonoff (Room Parent Coordinator) at

Spirit Days

The First Friday of Every Month. Each year, students have the chance to showcase their Bishop Pride one day per month. The first Friday of every month, students are encouraged to wear their Bishop t-shirts or Bishop colors (yellow/gold and blue). Bishop spirit wear will be available through an order form that will go home the first week of school and at all Bishop events.


Eat at NYAJ in September

September 11, September 18, September 25

Enjoy a family dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s in Arlington center every Tuesday night in September and 15% of your total bill will be donated by the restaurant to the school. Why not bring a friend or make it a grade-level event?

Fall Clean-Up Day

Sunday, September 23, 9 am – noon

Bring your kids and friends to come spruce up Bishop at our annual clean-up day. Everything will be outside!  Trash pick up, weeding, edging and anything else we can do to beautify the space. We will provide some tools but please bring anything you have to help!  Especially gloves, wheelbarrows and clippers. Pizza lunch will be provided!

Picture Day

Wednesday, September 26

Time to pick out your favorite outfit, comb your hair, and get your smiles on! Look for order forms in backpack mail. Make up day and sibling day TBD.


Mass Audubon, Habitat: Life Cycles of FrogsKindergarten Enrichment Activities:

  • Science Made Fun New England: Survive and Thrive
  • New England Aquarium: Tide pools
  • Kemp Harris, Storyteller

First Grade Enrichment Activities:

  • Eyes on Owls: Alaska Wilderness
  • Audubon Habitat: Soils workshops
  • Discovery Museum: Light and Lasers Workshop
  • African Storyteller
  • Purchase of eggs for annual unit on hatching chicks

Second Grade Enrichment Activities:

  • Drumlin Farms: Soil Investigations
  • Motoko, Japanese Storytelling assembly and classroom workshop
  • Jessie Brown, poetry assembly and classroom workshops
  • Field Trips to Museum of Science to learn about butterflies and Children’s Museum to learn about Japan and tour the Japanese House

Third Grade Enrichment Activities:

  • Museum of Science: Weather, Wind and Water Temperature
  • Origamido, math and origami workshops
  • Plimoth Plantation Pilgrim and Native American visits to Bishop
  • Field Trips to Jason Russell House, Concord Museum & Museum of Science

Fourth Grade Enrichment Activities:

  • Museum of Science: Electromagnetism
  • Museum of Science: Geology, Rock Detectives
  • Spellman Stamp Museum
  • Origamido, math and origami workshops

Fifth Grade Enrichment Activities:

  • Museum of Science: Animal Adaptations
  • Origamido, math and origami workshops
  • Theatre Espresso: Uprising on King Street Play (with Stratton 5th grade)

All-School Enrichment Assembly:

Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts, Music, and Dance

Afro-Brazilian drumming, acrobatic flips and tumbles, traditional costumes, colorful maps, live music, Portuguese language lessons, and more will fill the Bishop gym during two assemblies. Student volunteers will be called upon throughout the program to try out traditional dance moves.

Enrichment Committee: Skye Stewart, Katie Stencik, Jen Davidson, Heather Spector, and Rosemary Foster


ARLINGTON TOWN DAY – SEPTEMBER 15thInterested in getting information to the Bishop community? Information that you’d like to share with the Bishop community can be included in the weekly Principal’s Update. Please email the relevant information to Junko Nagano (Communications Coordinator, Bishop PTO) at

For more information, refer to Arlington’s Town Day announcement.

METCO 5th Annual Apple Picking Family and Friends Event

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Honey Pot Orchards, 138 Sudbury Road, Stow, Massachusetts

Farm Fun Junior Pack available for $18.00

Please RSVP to Margaret Credle Thomas at (781) 316-3566 or Aleisa Gittens-Carle at (781) 383-2804 by Friday, September 13, 2018

Make Music at the Maestro Musicians Academy!

Lessons in Piano, Voice, Guitar, Violin, Cello, and the most popular instruments. Ages 4-104 served. Find out why kids and parents love us or 857-756-5230

Cub Scout New Parent Orientation Information Meeting

Sunday, September First Baptist Church, 819 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington (across from Whole Foods)

Pack 306 is excited to officially welcome girls to our Pack starting in September 2018. Cub Scouting is a family activity so siblings are always welcome.

Our Pack does exciting outings throughout the year like Snow Tubing, Family Camping, Lowell Spinners, Museum of Science, and Battleship Cove Overnights. Cub Scouts runs in parallel with the school year.

The Pack (all Cub Scouts) meetings are the third Thursday of the month from 7 to 8pm. We meet at the First Baptist Church in Arlington across from Whole  Foods. At Pack Meetings we do exciting activities like the Pine Wood Derby, Pumpkin Carving, Indoor Camp Fires, and the Rain Gutter Regatta.

We do philanthropic activities like Toys for Tots, Cradles to Crayons, and trail clean ups. We also meet one other night per month as a smaller group – your “Den” – which is separated by school grade.

All families interested in joining Cub Scouts are invited to learn more about our Pack by visiting our “Scoutlander” web-site at: and clicking on the “Contact our Pack” link at the top of the page to send us an email.

Join us at our New Parent Orientation night (parents only please) at the First Baptist Church (rear red door) or the first pack meeting on Thursday, September 20 from 7-8 pm


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September 7: SPIRIT DAY!
September 7: Back to School Coffee for Parents & Caregivers, 8:15 am
September 7: Family Picnic & Ice Cream Social, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
September 10: NO SCHOOL, Rosh Hashanah
September 11: Eat at Not Your Average Joe’s to Benefit Bishop!
September 12: PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Bishop Library
September 18: Eat at Not Your Average Joe’s to Benefit Bishop!
September 19: NO SCHOOL, Yom Kippur
September 22: METCO 5th Annual Apple Picking Family and Friends Event
September 23: Fall Clean-Up Day, 9:00 am – noon
September 25: Eat at Not Your Average Joe’s to Benefit Bishop!
September 26: Curriculum Night
September 26: Picture Day