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General Information

School Hours
8:55AM - 2:55PM
Main Office: 8AM - 4PM

Late Policy
Spirit WeekIt is very important that each student arrive in his/her classroom, ready to begin school, by 8:55AM. We ask that all students be in their classrooms at 8:45AM. A student who arrives after 8:55AM should go to the office to get a late slip before going to the classroom.

Absences
When a child will be absent, a parent is requested to call the school and give the date(s), and anticipated length of absence. Parents may leave a message on the answering machine after or before school hours. The School Department Policy requires that families send a note explaining the circumstances of the absence to the teacher upon their child's return to school in order for an absence to be considered an excused absence.

School Arrival

Doors open at 8AM. Students can go to the cafeteria or gym. With prior permission, students can go upstairs before 8:40AM to meet with a teacher. At 8:40 students may go upstairs to advisory classrooms.

School Dismissal
School Dismissal is at 2:55PM. 6th graders and all bus students exit in front, at the exit by O’Neill Library. 7th and 8th grade walkers exit the rear of the building on the Yerxa Street side. Families should arrange to meet their student at the appropriate location. Older siblings are permitted to enter the Peabody School to pick up younger siblings.

Report Cards & Conferences

We operate on quarter system. Progress reports go out at the end of each quarter. Report cards go out at the end of each semester. Emails and robocalls will be sent when reports cards are available and when we have upcoming conferences.
We have Learning Partners Conferences twice a year, in the fall after first quarter progress reports have come out and in the spring half way through the third quarter. There are day time and evening slots available.

Recess
Students have 15 minutes of recess every day, in addition to their 15 minutes for lunch. Students always have access to either the outside playground areas or the gym during inclement weather. Students may also be in the library.

Transportation
Cambridge Public Schools will provide transportation to all 6th-8th grade students who must walk 1.5 miles or more to their assigned schools, and to all students through grade 8 who must cross Fresh Pond Parkway, McGrath Highway, or Alewife Brook Parkway, or who must cross the railroad tracks at Sherman Street. Students who are not eligible for transportation in the morning based on their home address may be eligible to take a school bus to an after school program. Please contact Tina Fisher in the Transportation department for more information.

Aspen Student / Parent Portal
Aspen is a secure online information resource for Cambridge Public Schools. It contains family contact information, grade information, and a variety of reports and documents that teachers, students and parents may need. Rindge Avenue Upper School (RAUS) students and parents can now login to Aspen to view their child's gradebook, assignments, attendance, and conduct. Students and parents now have separate accounts. Students can login using their CPS network credentials. Parents, please login using your email address. If you have never logged in before, please use the temporary password that was mailed to you. Learn more >>