At our April network meeting, we discussed the upcoming 5th grade and upper school summer workshops. These workshops give kids a chance to learn more about available summer opportunities, meet staff from those programs, and have fun with their peers.
We reviewed attendance data from last month's Rollin' n Summer Resource event, which informed us that 78 of the families who attended have never sent their children to summer programs in Cambridge, while 67 said no when asked if their child attends afterschool programs.
Andrew Liedtka from Find It Cambridge shared his organization's Cradle to Career Ecosystem Map and how it can help us better understand the local resources available for families in our community.
Finally, we spoke about data in Community Partner Portal and its many uses for afterschool programs in Cambridge.
If you missed our April meeting, you can check out the presentation slides here! Join us for our next meeting on May 3rd (on Zoom!). Stay tuned for more information!
The 6th-8th grader slideshows are being shown in schools as part of our classroom visits to CPS Upper Schools, to give young people an exciting peek into their options for summer. They also fill out a form at the end about what they are interested in - which kicks off our individual follow-up effort, where we help young people and families connect to programs and make summer dreams a reality.
Do you know a family who is looking for summer programs and needs assistance? Have them fill out the form (on the last slide of each slideshow) and we can follow up with them!
Click here for the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade slideshow.
The Elementary School slideshow features summer programs and activities for JK-5th graders.
Jordan Harvey - Tutoring Plus
Tutoring Plus is piloting a program where they come to your summer programs and facilitate a Math and/or ELA curriculum for your youth. The content can be geared toward rising 4th-9th graders. Reach out to Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Claudia Ferrara - Math Talk
MathTalk is hosting a Family Math Day at MIT Open Space on May 13th from 10:00am-3:00pm, if this sounds like something you want to learn more about and collaborate on, you can email Claudia at email@example.com.
Bernette - Cambridge Families of Color Coalition
CFCC is looking for partners to attend the Juneteenth parade event. For more information contact Bernette.
Emily Meyer - Cambridge Public Library
The Cambridge Public Library has a few upcoming events. Check out the flyers below for more information:
Tarot Readings (ages 12-18), April 13th from 3pm-5pm, in the Teen Room. Click here to learn more.
How to Create a Graphic Novel Page, (ages 9-14) April 21st, 2pm-3:30pm, registration required. Click here to learn more.
Hive (Makerspace Programs): Teen Room drop-in activities are happening on April 14th and April 28th from 3:30-5pm and teen-only hangout every Wednesday in the Hive on the lower level from 3:30-5:30pm.
It was great to catch up with all of you who made it to our March joint OST Network Convening. During our time together, we discussed summer programming. In breakout groups, we started to think about how we could support students and families during their transition into summer programs. Providers had a chance to share their summer program pitches and talk about staff recruitment and available job opportunities. We also shared information about the upcoming workshops for 5th graders and upper school students, where summer program providers and school staff will be on hand to answer questions about available opportunities and help students sign up for summer programming.
Check out our meeting slides if you weren’t able to join us and see below for our Community Announcements.
Sean Effel - Cambridge Camping:
Cambridge Camping is offering two April School vacation week programs for 6-8th graders. Both programs will run from April 17th-21st, 9am-2:30pm, and cost $50 for the full week:
The Nature program provides an in-person nature program with field trips to many different natural areas around us. Daily field trips and program partners include Northeastern University's Marine Center, the Blue Hills Reservation, and a visit with Navigation Games. The program will run from April 17th-21st, 9am-2:30pm, and costs $50 for the full week. Learn more here!
Get to the Chopper! is Cambridge Camping's STEAM-centered drone flight program to take place over the April Massachusetts school vacation week. This program introduces children to the science and engineering of drone flight, develops their interests in science and technology, builds friendships with fellow participants, and have a lot of fun along the way. Learn more here!
Emily Meyer - Cambridge Public Library
March Teen Poetry Contest
Teen Poetry Contest running from 3/1-3/26 with $100 visa gift card for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. Must be one page, in English, and dropped off at the Teen Room or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
CSV CPL Free Drop-in Tutoring
Need help with a class? Have a question before an exam? Tutors are available to help you! Cambridge School Volunteers and the Cambridge Public Library are pleased to offer tutoring services in the Teen Room of the Main Library from 5-6pm on Wednesdays.
Sarah Winter - Community Art Center
Kickflipped: Teen Art Auction
To benefit local teens and raise money for The Lynch Family Skatepark Public Art Project
The Community Art Center (CAC) and The Charles River Conservancy (CRC) have teamed up to present Kickflipped: An Exhibition and Auction of Skateboard Art by Local Teens, on view at The Foundry (101 Rogers St. Cambridge, MA) from Feb. 16 - Mar. 21. Over the course of 5 weeks, teens in CAC's Teen Public Art Program have been working hard to create one-of-kind works of art on upcycled skateboards. Through the program, they have learned various art techniques, how to develop a concept to express their unique voice, and how to properly install an art exhibition. There will be a closing reception on Mar. 21, 5-7pm, which will coincide with the auction's closing.
A portion of each item's proceeds will go directly to the teen artist, while another portion will help support The Lynch Family Skatepark Public Art Project. Visit here to learn more!
Hello OST Community!
Below we’ve added a brief recap of the February Network meeting, resources, and community announcements, along with upcoming Network dates to remember. Here is a copy of our February 1st meeting slideshow and Newsletter.
During our last meeting we spoke about stereotypes, biases, and how they impact students in school, out of school, and on social media. We watched 2 videos related to the topic. 1 video, was of a young African American man who was dealing with stereotypes in the classical music world, and the the other was of a video that has recently gone viral.
i-Ready Personalized Instruction: An Introduction for OST Programs and Providers
ESON & MSN February Break Slideshow
Be sure to check out our recently created ESON and MSN February Break Fun OST slideshow. Make sure your program is included and accurate. This slideshow will be shared with families, CPS Family Liaisons, and shown in schools.
2023 Rollin’ & Summer Resources Event: Provider Table Sign-up
Have you signed up for your Programs Table for the event? If not, you can do so below.
Hello Summer Program Providers!
The Village, CPS, Agenda for Children OST, CFCC, & DHSP are hosting the 2023 Rollin’ N Summer Resources. This resource fair is being set up to help Cambridge families get ready for summer and will take place on Saturday, March 4th, from 1-4:30pm, at the CSUS/King Open Building, located at 850 Cambridge Street. We invite you to come and set up a table to have families hear about and/or complete applications for your summer programs.
This fun event for K-8 families will also include roller skating run by Party Vision. We’ll provide snacks and some entertainment for younger children (provided by community partners) so that caregivers can get applications and check out the summer program options for their children.
Click 2023 Rollin' N Summer Resources: Provider Sign-up to reserve a table for this event.
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Allyson Allen: Are you a young Cambridge artist with a masterpiece to share? Enter the Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest for a chance to win $1,000 and see your artwork featured in Cambridge.
The City of Cambridge invites artists of all ages to submit their illustrations, prints, photographs, or other 2D media to the 2023 Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest. Six winners will receive a $1,000 prize and their artwork will be displayed in the windows of empty storefronts in Cambridge. Applications can be submitted now and the deadline is March 1, 2023.
Submit your art and apply here: 2023 Vacant Storefront Design Contest Application
Find more information here including the art from previous winners: cambridgema.gov/storefront-contest
Claudia Ferrara: Join us for a Math Talk Play Session!
MathTalk is currently inviting families to play sessions! The goal of the play sessions is for kids to have fun and for us to collect feedback about how to make our math products better for families. See flyer for details!
Cambridge Camping: February School Vacation Camp-Cooking with STEAM! Kitchen science and cooking program for grades 6-8, Feb 20-24, 9-2:30PM, $50/child, hosted at The Foundry. Visit website for more information: cambridgecamping.org/cooking
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