Weekly Roundup

1. Rediscover Discovery Night!

Students and parents had so much fun extracting DNA from strawberries, creating their own computer game using code, touching a human brain…among so many other exciting activities!  Thanks to all of the parents, teachers, and science volunteers who made JP Manning Discovery Night such a success – We are very lucky to have such a vibrant community!

2. Calling All Burger Slam Volunteers…


The Burger Slam will be open to the public and tickets will soon be available online and at school.

Spread the Word to Neighbors, Friends, Family…!

We will host a silent auction to help fund programming and enrichment and we need your help to make it a success!

If you have any ideas or know someone who might consider donating items for the auction and need a request letter, please get in touch with Niki Papadopoulos nikip1@gmail.com, Sarah Wilson  sarahwilson123@comcast.net  Shannon Wiltsey Stirman shannon.w.stirman@gmail.com

 A Few Ideas:
Restaurant Gift Certificates
Children’s Birthday Party Venue
Cooking Lessons
Handmade Specialty Item (Knits, Jams, Painting)
Product from your Business
Sporting Event Tickets
Signed Memorabilia
Airline Miles
Spa Service
Vacation Home Rental

3.  Run for Recess

0001ebThe Playworks 5K Run for Recess & 1-Mile Fun Run is on May 4th in Moakley Park.

Registration forms have been passed out to all students.If you do not have a registration form, download one HERE

Forms and the suggested minimum donation of $25 cash or check made payable to the Manning School should be turned in to Ms. Cheryl.

All donations go directly to the school to help pay for Playworks in the 2013-2014 school year. Sponsorships are available for families who need them.

Please register soon to make sure Coach Mika gets pied when we reach our goal of 45 participants!

Feel free to contact Coach Mika with any questions at msolo@playworks.org.

4. Cambridge Science Festival Rescheduled Events

images (3)Walk on the Wild Side

Saturday, April 27  8:00am – 10:00am Alewife Reservation- Across from T stop Passenger Pick up Walk in the urban wilderness of Alewife Reservation at the Alewife T stop. Learn to identify basic signs of mammals and birds with professional tracker and birder, David Brown.  David Brown has thoroughly assessed the Alewife Reservation finding all New England mammal species except bear and bobcat. Friends of Alewife Reservation has procured a North Trail of one linear mile through the ecosystem of the Reservation to Little Pond in Belmont by means of wildlife descriptive placards designed by Lesley University students. The wildlife walk will last for 2 hours. Wear appropriate gear, hats and water bottle. After the walk, we will do an Earth Day Clean up asking participants to stay for stewardship needs of the DCR Alewife Reservation. Cost: Free

MIT Museum Revealed: A Design Guide Sunday, April 28  2:00pm – 3:00pm MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge Explore our brand new exhibition, Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things, with MIT Museum Director John Durant. Cost: Free with Museum admission, limited to 25 participants. First-come, first-serve.

Soapbox: The Political Life of Cheese Wednesday, May 8  6:00pm – 7:30pm MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge Learn about artisanal cheesemaking in America. Heather Paxson, MIT anthropology professor and author of The Life of Cheese, will lead a discussion about the practical and legal challenges of artisanal cheese production, from farm to market. Share your thoughts on consumer choice, public health, and government regulation as they relate to this unique, tasty, and living food. Cost: Free with Museum admission

The Story Collider Tuesday, June 4  7:30pm – 10:00pm Johnny D’s, 17 Holland Street, Davis Square, Somerville

The Story Collider comes back to the CSF! Everyone has a story about science — how science made a difference, affected them, or changed them. Come laugh and cry with six true, personal stories about science in people’s lives. About The Story Collider: From finding awe in Hubble images to visiting the doctor, science is everywhere in our lives. Whether we wear a white lab coat or haven’t seen a test tube since eighth grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories. The Story Collider Cost: $10, advance tickets available at http://storycollider.org/shows/2013-04-16


5.  April Genre Challenge is Picture Books

images (1)There are picture books for all ages!  These picture books can be Fiction, Biographies, Poetry, Mysteries, Fairy Tales, there are endless possibilities.

The challenge is to have the students read at least three books each month of that particular genre. Once they have finished reading a book, each classroom teacher has a small form that the student needs to fill out with their name, title of the book, genre title, grade, and a brief summary of the book.


6.Resources For Families from Superintendent Johnson to the BPS Community.

Many of you have questions about how to talk to children about the Boston Marathon events. Our counseling teams are in our schools ready to assist. Parents and teachers can help, too. Here are some resources you may find useful:

If you have questions or need additional support, please call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at (617) 635-4500. For counseling help, call the Mayor’s Health Line at (617) 534-5050. We are ONE Boston.


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