Update from Nicole Sullivan: June 1, 2020

Update from Nicole Sullivan: June 1, 2020
Posted on 06/01/2020

Dear Peabody Community:

It is hard to believe tomorrow is June 1st! I’m happy to know that our community remains largely in good health and spirits. Lately we have had a lot of drop in’s by families during lunch service. It is so great to see everyone and virtually hug and just reconnect a little bit! Thanks to a group of families, on Fridays we have been able to offer books, toys and crafts.

This past week we were also able to also offer beautiful hand made masks (thanks to our friends at Gather Here) for the children who came to the Peabody for a visit or lunch pick up.

I have been very busy working with the District on District wide programs including, but not limited to, food distribution, diaper and hygienic needs, transition plans, virtual open house, and lots more. Every day we continue to learn more and find ways to enrich the resources we are able to provide to our families during this time.

We have a couple of exciting things happening this week at Peabody (virtually of course!).

JK/Kindergarten Virtual Information Session is Thursday at 1PM. This is a by invitation only event. A postcard with registration instructions was sent to all those invited.

Courageous Conversations Virtual Session: June 4 (7:45 - 8:45PM)
Ms. Tassew (2nd grade teacher at Baldwin), who has lots of wonderful experience leading equity work in schools where she has taught, has agreed to moderate our virtual session. She will give a short presentation related to what she is seeing on the ground as a teacher, and then we will break out into small groups for discussion before coming back together. Please RSVP if you would like to receive the Zoom invitation to the 7:45 -8:45PM on June 4th session

Please remember to visit our Virtual Learning site as updates are often happening.

Find It Cambridge remains an invaluable resource for all Cambridge residents. Please check them out to access their many opportunities for information.

Street cleaning begins tomorrow, June 1st. It is appreciated, but not required, for residents to move their cars. Cars will not be ticked or towed. Confirm your street cleaning schedule >>

Many of you are asking how you can volunteer throughout this city during this time. Access volunteer opportunities >>

Finally, here are some links to free COVID-19 testing sites as well as other support links:

Resources for families needing support:

  • Food & Essential Resources

  •  Resource Search Tool - This is regularly updated and contains a list of resources by category (e.g. food, housing, health, education, work, immigrant services, disabilities & special education, physical activity, and business services)

  • Free COVID-19 Testing for all Cambridge residents (age 8 and older)
    • The Port neighborhood at the Pisani Center (131 Washington St.)*:
      No insurance is necessary. You can schedule an appointment by calling (617) 665-3795 OR online.
      *Use the rear entrance of the building, which is accessed by the spine of Washington Elms.
    • CHA East Cambridge Care Center (163 Gore St., Cambridge)
      Testing is provided by appointment to Cambridge residents and CHA patients regardless of insurance or immigration status Monday - Friday from 9AM to 4PM. Residents MUST CALL 617.665.2928 to set up an appointment. The Call Center is open Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 4PM. Testing is available both as a drive-thru service and for bicyclists and people who arrive on foot.
    • For information about other ways to get tested for COVID-19, visit the City of Cambridge’s Testing Website.

That’s all for now. I wish you continued good health. As always, please continue to reach out to me if you have any questions, needs or want to discuss ways to be helpful during this time. Email me or contact me by cell at 617.999.3876.


Nicole Sullivan
Family Liaison

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