• Saturday, September 7, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/7/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Happy Weekend CMS Families!

    We’ve had another great week at CMS and both students and staff are starting to settle into the rhythm and flow of the school year.  You’ll probably notice (or have already noticed) an increase in homework as teachers start getting deeper into their curriculum and now is a great time to begin monitoring your student’s progress on Aeries.  If you’re still not sure how to use Aeries for parents, give our office a call and we’ll help set you up.  Once you’re able to access Aeries I’d recommend a healthy, balanced approach to monitoring grades and would personally recommend checking in 1-2 times each week (I recommend Monday and Friday).  If your student is struggling or if any issues arise, please contact the teacher directly as they’ll have the best insight on any challenges your student may be facing in the classroom.  For broader academic concerns, please contact your student’s counselor.  We’re just a few weeks away from our first trimester progress reporting period and it’s a great time to start working with your child on academic progress monitoring.

    Highlights of the Week

    CMS Leadership Hosts First Spirit Week: This week our leadership class hosted the first CMS Spirit Week of the year.  This week included 4 dress up days and some exciting lunchtime grade-level competitions.  The dress up days and lunchtime competition descriptions are described below.

    Tuesday: PJ Day – Popcorn Partner Toss – Spirit points awarded for the partner group who can catch the most popcorn in their mouths!

    Wednesday: Decade Day – Hula Hoop Contest – Spirit points awarded to the person who can keep the hula hoop going the longest!

    Thursday: Spirit Day; Wear your CMS Colors – Tricycle Races – Big kids on little bikes!  What could be more fun.  Spirit points awarded to all competitors with the winner collecting bonus points for their class.  The races this year were awesome!

    Friday: Favorite Childhood Character Day – Name That Tune – Spirit points awarded for teams who were the first to name the song featuring a wide variety of musical selections!

    Congratulations to our 8th Graders who were the Back-to-School Spirit Winners! It was a close race up until the end. Eighth Graders finished the week with 803 points! Sixth and Seventh Graders ended with a one point difference! Sixth graders had 746 points, while the seventh graders had 745 points. We hope that your student participated in some of the fun events at school this week.  We also hope they enjoyed the spirit and grade level camaraderie created by leadership’s first Spirit Week and had fun showing off some Cougar Pride! 

    First School Dance: Last night we hosted our first school dance.  This event is always a lot of fun, especially for our new 6th grade students as the dance is usually the first they’ve ever attended.  The night was full or great dance moves, food, and entertainment and our DJ, John Upshaw (aka DJ Mix-N-Spin), did a fantastic job mixing up the tunes to keep kids dancing and having fun throughout the evening. 

    Once again I’d like to thank our Leadership class and their parents for all their work decorating for the dance and staying late to clean up!  I’d also like to thank all our parent volunteers who came for the evening to help run our concession stand, game stations, and supervise the high energy crowd.  Finally, a big thank you to our PTO for their continued financial support of these events, allowing us to keep dances free for all students while paying for our DJ and inflatable obstacle courses. 

    The Week Ahead

    Serve A Thon!  Next week we will be hosting our annual Serve-A-Thon.  As mentioned in previous letters, the SAT is our one and only all school fundraiser so we need our students to collect as many pledges as possible to help make this year a success.  There are two important dates to have on your calendar as we head into next week. First, SAT turn in day is Wednesday, September 11th.  Students need to bring pledges collected to the main quad before school.  In our main quad, tables will be set up that correlate with the first letter of a student’s last name.  Simply figure out which table to turn the money in, and come drop it off. 

    The next important date is Friday, September 13th, SAT Day! For SAT Day, we will be on a revised schedule with classes ending at 12:00.  Students will then report either to their buses for off campus activities, or to the CMS Gym for our SAT Kick Off event. Following the Kick Off program, students will participate in approximately 2 hours of community service in various locations on the CMS campus in conjunction with our community partners.  School ends at the regularly scheduled time on Friday (2:45) but several items such as cookies and planter boxes will be available for purchase curbside during pick up. 

    Thank you, once again, for supporting our fundraising efforts through this program.  We look forward to hosting another meaningful and positive event!

    Announcements and Community Events

    Chromebook Shut Off – Beginning this week CMS will be activating a feature allowing us to shut off access to our server at 10:30 PM each evening.  After examining trends in student use of Chromebooks for the past several years we have determined that the majority of activity taking place after 10:30 PM is not education based or school related.  Therefore, to minimize late night gaming and inappropriate content searches we have asked our tech department to shut down server access each evening beginning at 10:30 PM.  We also hope that this change encourages positive sleep patterns for all students as research shows that using electronic devices late into the evening has a negative impact on student sleep cycles. 

    Students can still access their google accounts as needed on a different home device or computer as your personal devices are not tied to our server, so if late night homework is necessary, please allow your child to access their assignments on a home device. 

    First Friday Coffee: A small group of middle school parents wanted to provide an opportunity for all middle school parents to just connect, so this idea was suggested and we are going to see how it grows. 

    Please help us spread the word.  

     First Friday Coffee - a fun and casual meet up for our middle school moms and dads.   The first Friday of each month at Coffee Bank from 8:00-9:30 am on the back patio.  This is an opportunity to just connect, ask questions, make new friends, and enjoy conversation over a cup of coffee.  We hope to see you there!  Please help spread the word.    Upcoming dates: Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6. at Coffee Bank located at  26135 Carmel Rancho Blvd.  Contact Cerry Rasmussen at caunsery@gmail.com with any questions.   

    SEPTEMBER
    11. Serve A Thon Turn - In Day
    13. Serve A Thon Day - Service to Others
    13. Serve A Thon - Music for the Elderly
    15 - 20. 8th Grade Lava Bed Trip
    16-18. 7th Grade MBOE
    17. Sportsnet opens for Fall sport registration
    26. Monterey Jazz Festival Lunch Concert, Monterey Fairgrounds 10:55 - 12:55 p.m.
    27. Serve A Thon Pizza Lunch
    30. Serve A Thon Jamba Juice


    OCTOBER
    3. Serve A Thon Taco Lunch
    7. Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8. CMS: Fall Conferences and Minimum Day, school dismissed at 12:00
    10. Conference Night 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    11. Serve A Thon Student Rewards Day
    14. - 18. October Break
    23. Picture Retake Day
    24. Fall Choir Concert, CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
    25. Halloween Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    28. - 31. Red Ribbon Week

    NOVEMBER
    1. Minimum Day- school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    6. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    8. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    11. Veteran’s Day / School closed
    12 - 15 Kindness Week
    15. End of 1st Trimester
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    6. Carmel Tree Lighting Ceremony, Carmel By the Sea
    8. Tree of Life Lighting and Ceremony
    9 - 18 Canned Food Drive
    10. Winter Concert, CMS Gym, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    10 -12. Chinese Finals
    16 - 18. Spanish Finals
    18. Cougar Cub Concert, CMS Gym , 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. BAC Activity (5th period)
    23 - Jan. 3 Winter Break - School closed

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  • Friday, September 13, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/6/2019 6:00:00 PM

    Friday Letter

    9.8.19

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    We’ve had another fantastic week here at CMS and we’ll jump right into this week’s highlight as there is a lot worth reading about!

    Highlight of the Week: 2019 Serve A Thon!

    Today over 600 middle students engaged in community service for two hours as part of our annual fundraiser, the CMS Serve A Thon.  Added up, that’s over 1200 student hours dedicated to the purpose of improving our community, giving where there is need, and providing service for institutions helping those less fortunate than ourselves. I can’t imagine a better way to raise money for a school!

    In an effort to bring the positive impact from this program back to our students we will be hosting an event on Thursday, October 10th, where we will give the products and funds raised to the organizations that have partnered with us this year.  We hope that this brings the activity in a complete circle as students connect their fundraising efforts and time spent engaged in service to the end product, the results of 1200 hours of student service, and the positive impact this work has on the world.  We’ve engaged in this presentation for three years now and we feel like it adds a lot to our program.   If you happen to have some time and would like to see this presentation, feel free to join us, but please check in with the office first for your guests pass.

    Setting up the Serve-A-Thon is a tremendous undertaking and there are many people who deserve our appreciation.  For starters, Amy Williams Melton, Pia Garneau, and our own Cathleen Rice, have all gone above and beyond to make sure everything about this fundraiser has been set up and run smoothly.  In addition, the members of our PTO Board have been involved every step of the way, collecting and counting funds, recruiting parents to help with various events, and ensuring that this year’s fundraiser has been successful.  Thanks goes out to Eva Gudbergsdottir, Angie Sullivan, Alicia Tao, and Lovina Worick for their work on this year’s SAT!  Finally, this event takes numerous volunteers and we’ve had a number of parents step forward to take on important roles in the program this year.  In fact, so many people volunteered their time for our Serve A Thon that I cannot produce an accurate list at this time (I’ll make sure to do so later!).  To all our volunteers, thank you for helping make this event a fantastic success.  We deeply appreciate your contributions today and to our overall program.  Thanks you!

    I’d like to once again express my gratitude for the tremendous financial support CMS receives through this fundraiser.  This year we’ve received nearly $60,000 in donations and we are extremely grateful to all who participated in this effort to raise money for the students and programs CMS proudly offers.  Funds donated to CMS help us run educational programs that move well beyond what most public schools have to offer.  In addition, funds from this program help us create and maintain many of the fun events that take place at CMS on a regular basis including free dances, Fun Friday Activities, Spirit Competitions, field trips, and the continued sponsorship of many clubs and student activities.  Finally, funds are also often spent on campus improvements and include everything from classroom furniture and technology to outdoor ping pong tables and our volleyball court.  Thanks to your generosity, we are able to make CMS a great place for all middle school students!  Thank you!

     

    The Week Ahead

    We’ve got a busy week ahead, highlighted by two major events.  First, our 8th Grade Lava Beds trip will head for Lava Beds National Monument on Sunday morning for a week long adventure involving science, history, caving, assembly line food and dish washing, and camping (without showers!).  This trip is one a great event for those brave enough to go and the experience is simply incredible.  Huge thanks to our parent and staff chaperones along with Joe Guzzi who has taken over all logistical organization of this event for several years. 

    We’ll also kick off our MBOE (Monterey Bay Outdoor Education) program on Monday.  Student should come to school on Monday ready to go!  We have three days of field trip adventures and great learning experiences planned for our 7th grade students, and we can’t wait to embark on this year’s Monterey Bay Outdoor Education Week! An email will be sent home on Sunday night as a reminder to prepare for this experience.    

    8th Grade Hamilton Trip: We’re just a week away from sending our 8th grade class to see Hamilton.  In the upcoming week you’ll hear a bit more about this, but, as we’ve focused much energy on other events I thought I’d make sure to add it here so it stays on your radar!  Hamilton: Sept. 25, Orpheum Theater, San Francisco. 

    Announcements and Community Events

    The Glass Pumpkin Patch of Carmel 
    Saturday & Sunday
    September 14th + 15th, 10am to 5pm

    MEarth at the Hilton Bialek Habitat | 4380 Carmel Valley Road, 93923

    Join us for our 7th annual fall fundraising event that will feature the critically-acclaimed work of Nick Leonoffand other featured artists in a breathtaking display of over 1,500 hand-blown glass pumpkins, each a unique treasure of its own. Attendees will also enjoy kids activities, live music, and a Chef Showcase of seasonal small bites, amidst MEarth's late-summer gardens. 


    FREE admission, with glass pumpkins and food tickets available for purchase.

     9/24 PTO Welcome New Families Night – Come out and join in some fun with pizza, pinball, and the chance to meet new people!  Click on the link here for more information!

    CMS PTO Welcome New Families Night  

     First Friday Coffee - a fun and casual meet up for our middle school moms and dads.   The first Friday of each month at Coffee Bank from 8:00-9:30 am on the back patio.  This is an opportunity to just connect, ask questions, make new friends, and enjoy conversation over a cup of coffee.  We hope to see you there!  Please help spread the word.    Upcoming dates: Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6. at Coffee Bank located at  26135 Carmel Rancho 

     Carmel High School’s This Club Saves Lives will be hosting a Thirst Gala at MEarth on Friday, September 27th at 6:00 PM.  Tickets for this event are available at www.thisclubsaveslives.org and cost $25 for adults and $10 for kids.  Ticket prices include dinner and entertainment brought to you by the Carmel High School Singer/Songwriters Guild and all proceeds will go to benefit impoverished communities in which even basics such as clean drinking water are hard to come by.  Come on out and enjoy a wonderful evening while supporting a fantastic cause and a great group of passionate CHS students!

    Calendar
    SEPTEMBER
    15 - 20. 8th Grade Lava Bed Trip
    16-18. 7th Grade MBOE
    17. Sportsnet opens for Fall sport registration
    26. Monterey Jazz Festival and Lunch Concert, Monterey Fairgrounds 10:55 - 12:55 p.m.
    27. Serve A Thon Pizza Lunch
    30. Serve A Thon Jamba Juice

    OCTOBER
    3. Serve A Thon Taco Lunch
    7. Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8. CMS: Fall Conferences and Minimum Day, school dismissed at 12:00
    10. Conference Night 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    11. Serve A Thon Student Rewards Day
    14. - 18. October Break
    23. Picture Retake Day
    24. Fall Choir Concert, CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
    25. Halloween Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    28. - 31. Red Ribbon Week

    NOVEMBER
    1. Minimum Day- school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    11. Veteran’s Day / School closed
    12 - 15 Kindness Week
    15. End of 1st Trimester
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    4-6 Rosicrucian Museum Field Trip; 6th Grade Core
    6. Carmel Tree Lighting Ceremony, Carmel By the Sea
    8. Tree of Life Lighting and Ceremony
    9 - 18 Canned Food Drive
    10. Winter Concert, CMS Gym, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    10 -12. Chinese Finals
    16 - 18. Spanish Finals
    18. Cougar Cub Concert, CMS Gym , 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. BAC Activity (5th period)
    23 - Jan. 3 Winter Break - School closed

     

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  • Friday, August 30,2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 8/30/2019 5:00:00 PM

    8.30.19

    Good afternoon CMS families and Happy Friday!

    Just a reminder, school is closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.

    We just wrapped up another fantastic week at CMS and I just walked in from an all day event for our 8th grade students called Ohana Day, (which you can read more about below).  As I was out of the office all day I’ve received a bunch of email that I won’t be getting to until the weekend or early next week, so please be patient if you sent something my way.

    In addition to Ohana Day we had a few other events highlighted below well worth reading about.  We’ve really enjoyed working with your children over the first three weeks of school and we continue to hope that they’re coming home excited to be a part of the CMS family! Thanks again for your continued support of our school and programs!

    Highlights of the Week 

    Back to School Night:  We wanted to thank everyone for coming out to our Back to School Night and helping to make the night a success.  We hope you came away impressed with the level of instruction and learning opportunities your students will have at CMS this year.  In addition, we hope your child is finding a way to be involved in the various activities offered on campus in the form of elective classes, extra-curricular events, or lunch time activities.  We’re off to a great start this year and appreciate your continued support!

    8th Grade Ohana Day: We just wrapped up Ohana Day, our 8th grade community building event and many teachers reported that this was the best year ever!  Ohana Day has been a tradition at CMS for over a decade and features a day full of physical and mental team challenges that small, randomly selected, groups of students participate in while learning the value of camaraderie and teamwork.  Teachers and other school staff serve as team leaders during the event and encourage collaboration, participation, and good sportsmanship in the spirit of Ohana, the Hawaiian word for family.  Students also hear a personal message from Jake Glazier, one of our PE teachers, who today, challenged our students to become a hero to someone.  Mr. Glazier also speaks to the students about the dangers of drug and alcohol use while detailing a personal tragedy that impacted the lives of his family when they learned that his brother in law had been killed in a drunk driving accident.  The takeaways from this day are powerful and we hope that your 8th grade students come home feeling empowered to make positive decisions in life. We also hope they feel more connected to our school and their classmates, and that they’re prepared to make a positive impact as 8th grade students on the CMS campus.  At the end of the day each student was provided with an Ohana Day Sweatshirt.  We ask that our 8th grade students wear this sweatshirt with pride each Thursday as part of their CMS Spirit Wear and a unifying symbol for the 8th Grade Class. 

    This event requires the work and support of many volunteers and today, we had a number of parents who came out to help make this event a success.  Huge thanks goes out to Craig Cox, Mindy Faia, Aimee Dahle, Laura Maxon, Stacey Profeta, Fernando Sanchez, Bryon Shaffer, Dave Jedinak, Les Albiol, Katherina Burton, Julia Scattini, Molly Daste, and Julie Selby-Lara. 

    I’d also like to acknowledge the many CMS Staff Members who contributed to this event including a number of our teachers, support staff, custodians, and our district office staff including our Superintendent, Barb Dill Varga; Director of Curriculum and Instruction and former CMS AP, Blaise DiGirolamo; Chief Human Resources Officer, Trisha Dellis; and Director of Special Education, Steve Gonzales. Finally, lots of gratitude goes out to Laura Cardinalli, who worked tirelessly on this program to ensure its success by managing all the logistics and little details necessary to pull this program together.

    The food for this event was purchased by our PTO using Serve-A-Thon funds and students were treated to Sub sandwiches, watermelon, chips, and cookies, courtesy of our generous PTO.  Thank you PTO for keeping our kids well fed and giving them the opportunity to bond over lunch!

    Finally, I have to acknowledge the generosity of our local Crossroads Safeway and manager Joe Miguel. No only did Safeway provide us with some great food for the Back to School BBQ, but he and his staff went above and beyond today, providing all the food for Ohana Day at an exceptionally generous price.  In addition, Joe always makes certain that the customer service we receive when working with Safeway is off the charts!  Thank you Safeway and Joe Miguel for the ongoing support of CMS.    

    Serve-A-Thon: On Monday, we kicked off the Serve A Thon, the annual CMS/PTO fundraiser.  This fundraiser, usually raising between 75K and 100K, helps provide for a myriad of activities and educational supports that help make CMS an amazing place to attend school.  For those of you who may have missed last year’s PTO contributions to CMS, I’ve included them here to let you know how important this organization is to the success of our programs AND how fundraised money is spent in an effort to improve the student experience at CMS.  Last year’s amazing contributions to program improvements totaled over $85,000 and included:

    $35,000.00 – PTO sponsored a matching grant allowing CMS to outfit 8+ classrooms with state of the art flexible furniture.  Following a highly successful pilot program in Mrs. Mayer’s 6th grade math class last year many teachers are excited to create a modernized learning environment conducive to enhanced collaboration and student selected seating.

    $5,000 – Music Department: Funds purchased drum covers, violin cases, new amplifiers for concerts, and a new conductor’s stand

    $2,000 – Nancy Fowler Memorial Music Scholarship Fund – This year 4 students were selected to receive a partial scholarship to attend a week long summer camp experience at Cadazero Music Camp. 

    $8,000 – CMS Robotics Program – PTO sponsored the purchase of a complete classroom set of Vex Robotics Kits.  These kits allow our students to engage in building and coding at a level rarely seen at the middle school level as Vex kits are usually used for competitive high school robotics teams.  The purchase of these kits allowed our instructor to move the Lego Robotics kits from the advanced level curriculum into the basics class, essentially giving both programs a fantastic upgrade. 

    $2,500 – Video Equipment and Green Screen Technology – This purchase has allowed our instructors and students to take student created videos to new heights as we now have two portable Green Screens, along with several new cameras.  The purchase of these items was influential in the creation of the first ever CMS Film Festival and helps provide our students access to cutting edge technology.

    $3,500 – E-Gaming Club at CMS – PTO sponsored the purchase of several gaming consoles and 32 inch flat-screen TVs allowing students to game together in a social setting.  If you’re following the advancements of E-Gaming across the country, you’ll know that this is a real thing.  Stadiums full of people watch the best E-Gamers in the country compete against each other for million dollar prizes! Middle schools, high schools, and colleges now have E-gaming teams and some colleges are offering scholarships for top gamers!  Our club has created an opportunity for students to get together without their headsets and play each other face to face.  Although the club just started at the end of the school year, it is already one of the most popular clubs on campus. 

    $5,000 – Pollinator Project and other Habitat related expenses: This project allowed students to engage in the selection and planting of native plant around the CMS campus with an emphasis on drawing pollinators to the area.  The project, designed by Pat Stadille and members of our Science Department has kids getting dirty, weeding, planting, watering, monitoring plant growth, and collecting data on pollinators such as bees and butterflies.  It’s been a great addition to our science curriculum and is engaging students in the outdoors in a really unique and valuable way. 

    $4,000 – Staff Room Remodel – As part of their Teacher Appreciation Gift, PTO helped sponsor a CMS Staff Room Remodel.  The remodel includes new furniture and tables (built by Matt Ishler), new paint and art work, and a café style ambiance that’s sure to be a big hit with our teachers when they return to work in August.  I’ve been told this remodel has been 20 years in the making and our staff is thrilled to be upgrading the staff room!  Thank you!!!

    $3,000 – Display Cases for Campus – One of our biggest problems over the years has been advertising positive messages and school events on hand-made signs throughout campus.  Tape, of various types, simply does not stick to our walls, so posters hung one day are usually on the ground the next.  PTO helped us end that problem by purchasing several locking display cases with bulletin boards inside allowing us to hand important information about events and display positive messages throughout campus without worrying about the displays falling down.  We love the new cases!

    $1,500 – Library – Funds dedicated to creating improved storage in our library.

    $1,000 – Industrial Arts – Funds provided a new set of drills for our IA program, allowing the old set to be donated to our Drama program, giving the Drama class a dedicated set of drills for building sets. 

    Finally, PTO also generously sponsors the purchase of our student planners, CJSF Program, Leadership, $2,500 for Sports, Ohana Day, MBOE, the production of two drama events, all academic competitions, and all school climate and culture events including our FREE dances. These activities combined cost over $15,000 to run and we are so fortunate to have the support necessary to keep these opportunities thriving. 

    With all that support, it’s easy to see how our PTO and this fundraiser has such a tremendous positive impact on our school and the student experience here at CMS.  As we begin the 2019-20 fundraiser, we encourage everyone to participate and to give generously as there are many wonderful ideas in the works for projects large and small for this school year. 

    We only have two weekends before the Serve-A-Thon pledges are due (Wednesday, September 11th).  If your child plans to do a fundraising activity (such as a bake sale or a lemonade stand, etc) - this might be a good time to remind them to plan their activity given other extra-curricular activities they may be juggling.

    Next week we’ll send more detailed information about how/when to turn in pledges as well as the actual day of service that all students will be participating in. Thank you for your support in our fundraising efforts through this program!  

     

    The Week Ahead

    Monday – There will be no school on Monday in observance of Labor Day. 

    Friday – Back to School Dance 6-8 PM CMS Gym.  Admission is FREE but student should bring money for food and treats. 

    Announcements and Community Events

    Next week is our Back-to-School Spirit Week and our Cougar Pride Back-to-School Dance! Each day students will be able to earn spirit points for their sixth, seventh, or eighth grade classes. For instance, if they dress up for a spirit day, the leadership students will come by their fifth period class, and they will automatically earn a point for their grade level. On Tuesday, students should come to school in their comfy pajamas for PJ Day. On Wednesday, they need to raid your closets or costume boxes to blast to the past for decade day. On Thursday, they need to show their Cougar Pride by wearing our school colors. However, each grade level is going to be assigned a color. Since the eighth graders received gray Aloha sweatshirts on Friday at their very special Ohana Day, we are switching up the colors. Sixth graders need to wear as much red as possible. Seventh graders need to wear as much white as possible. Eighth graders need to wear as much gray as possible or their Aloha sweatshirts. We will end our Spirit Week by making Friday a day where the students can reflect on their childhood memories and dress up as their favorite childhood character. They might choose to be Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, or Rex the character from Toy Story. The list goes on and on! Then on Friday night, we have our Cougar Pride Back-to-School Dance from 6:00-8:00. Permission slips will be sent home with students on Wednesday. Admission will be free thanks to our PTO, but the students will need extra money to purchase pizza and treats. We are looking forward to a week full of fun. Go Cougars!

    Yearbook is now collecting pictures!  We need: 1) 8th grade baby pics 2) all grades after-school activities, and 3) all grades travel shots.  Please submit digital files to jfosler@carmelunified.org or we can scan hard copies (please include your child’s name).  Also, don’t forget to purchase your yearbook by clicking the yearbook icon on the CMS homepage.

    Carmel Mission Fiesta: Save the Date for the 55th Annual Carmel Mission Fiesta, scheduled Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 11-5 this year! The historic Carmel Mission opens its breathtaking courtyard to the public at 11 a.m. where there will be the opportunity to purchase made to order food from local food trucks, El Jeffe margaritas, wine, drinks and a play in a kids zone sure to entertain (and tire the little ones out). At noon, festivities commence with a mariachi band in the Courtyard. The entertainment continues with Aztec Dancers. Then, you can dance the day away with The Money Band or shop the local artisan wares while you listen to this local favorite! It gets better! New JSS principal Steve Henderson, will MC the event and announce the raffle prizes throughout the day. Don't miss your chance to win the Grand Prize valued at $1000! For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, contact us at Fiesta@juniperoserra.org

    SEPTEMBER
    2. No School / Labor Day Holiday
    4. Cross Country begins
    6. Back to School Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00-8:00
    11. Serve A Thon Turn - In Day
    13. Serve A Thon Day
    13. Serve A Thon - Music for the Elderly
    15 - 20. 8th Grade Lava Bed Trip
    16-18. 7th Grade MBOE
    17. Sportsnet opens for Fall sport registration
    26. Monterey Jazz Festival and Lunch Concert, Monterey Fairgrounds 10:55 - 12:55 p.m.
    27. Serve A Thon Pizza Lunch
    30. Serve A Thon Jamba Juice

    OCTOBER
    1. Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    3. Serve A Thon Taco Lunch
    8. CMS: Fall Conferences and Minimum Day, school dismissed at 12:00
    10. Conference Night 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    11. Serve A Thon Student Rewards Day
    14. - 18. October Break
    23. Picture Retake Day
    24. Fall Choir Concert, CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
    25. Halloween Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    28. - 31. Red Ribbon Week

    NOVEMBER
    1. Minimum Day- school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    6. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    8. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    11. Veteran’s Day / School closed
    12 - 15 Kindness Week
    15. End of 1st Trimester
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

     

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  • Friday, August 23, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 8/23/2019 4:00:00 PM

    8.23.19

    Good afternoon CMS Families,

    We just wrapped up a fantastic second week of school and are flying through our beginning of the year activities.  Our third week of school will be just as busy, so please read on to find out about week two highlights and what you need to know for next week!

    Highlights of the Week

    Class Talks: Throughout the week, Mrs. Kasper and I held meetings with each grade level to review and discuss school rules and policies.  At this point (unless your student was absent) every student has received an overview of the rules and expectations for student behavior at CMS. We try to cover everything, from tardies to expulsions in our presentations, but if questions still exist, please let us know.  During our presentations, we also discussed the core values that are important to establishing a positive campus climate and school culture.  

    Emergency Drill: Today we engaged in our natural disaster, full-scale, emergency drill.  Students performed very well, exhibiting excellent behavior and listening skills while helping us practice our procedures effectively.  We appreciate their participation and behavior during the drill and emergency responders on the scene gave us accolades for the systems we have in place while providing some guidance for improved procedures moving forward.  Engaging in this drill early in the year is critical as it allows all students to learn about the processes used if a large-scale natural disaster were to take place. Thank you for supporting this event. 

    The Week Ahead:  Next week is another busy week at CMS so please continue reading so you know what’s ahead.

    SAT Kick-off Assemblies: Monday afternoon we will be hosting two assemblies for our annual PTO Sponsored Fund Raiser, the CMS Serve-A-Thon.  During these assemblies, students will learn about our fundraising program linking financial donations to CMS in support of a day of service.  Information about the fundraiser will be coming home with your student and a follow up email detailing our program will be sent home detailing this unique fundraising opportunity and the CMS Day of Service scheduled for Friday, September 13th.  Thank you, in advance, for your participation, contributions, and generosity!

    Fall Sports Tryouts:  Fall sports tryouts begin this week.  Please see the schedule below.

    Boys and Girls Soccer:   Tryouts take place Monday - Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  Please meet on the lower field below gym.

    Volleyball:   Tryouts are Monday and Tuesday August 26 - 27, and Thursday, August 29th.

    7th and 8th Grade Girls: Tryouts are Monday and Tuesday, 3:00 - 4:30 and Thursday, 2:20 - 4:00

    6/7/8th Grade Boys: Monday and Tuesday, 4:30 - 6:00 PM and Thursday, 4:00 - 5:30 PM.

    All volleyball players meet in the gym

    6th Grade Girls Volleyball:  Stay tuned - it will be announced soon!

     Cross Country practice will begin Wednesday, September 4th in front of the gym.

     **Final team lists will be posted on-line Saturday, August 31st at 9:00 AM on the CMS website under Athletics.

     Picture Day is Tuesday, August 27th To order school photos please be sure to have your student’s ten digit student ID number. 

     https://gsp-photos.schooldayphoto.com/     

    Back to School Night: On Wednesday CMS will be hosting our annual Back to School Night.  The night begins in the CMS gym at 5:30 where we’ll provide a 30 minute information session about CMS and many of the programs offered.  A variety of groups will also present and usually include representatives from our PTO, FOCUS, and Music Boosters.  Beginning at 6:00 parents will have the opportunity to follow their student’s schedule, moving from class to class in order, while engaging in presentations provided by each teacher.  Teachers will cover general information about their class, discuss curriculum and large projects, and provide you with an overview of what to expect.  More information about this event will be sent out next week.   The event runs from 5:30 – 8:00.

    8th Grade Ohana Day:  On Friday, CMS will be hosting one of our signature programs, 8th Grade Ohana Day.  Ohana Day is a team building program designed to unite our 8th grade class.  During the day students are divided into small teams that work through six challenge stations. As they move from station to station they learn skills like collaboration, cooperation and team work while having lots of fun competing in the challenges with their friends and Ohana Day teams.  We look forward to hosting Ohana Day once again and are excited to share this event with our 8th grade class!

    Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day – No School

    Final Thoughts: We hope that your child has enjoyed the first two weeks of school and that they are finding their way here at CMS.  Please let us know if your student has not yet found a friend, peer group, or an activity to be part of and we’ll make sure to connect with them.  Our goal is to ensure that every student has a positive experience here at CMS and we’ll work hard to make that happen, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if your child is struggling here at CMS.

    Additional Announcements and Opportunities:

    East Coast Trip: Spots Still Open! The annual, parent-led, East Coast trip currently has three remaining student spots open.  If you’re new to CMS, missed this opportunity last year, and/or missed out on the Lava Beds trip, this trip is a phenomenal way to spend a week with your 8th grade friends.  The East Coast Trip departs from CMS October 13, 2019 and returns October 19, 2019. The trip includes visits to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Amish Country, and Washington D.C. Participants must register and pay in full no later than August 30th. Contact Kris Lehman ASAP at 831-333-6338 to sign up for trip. 

    Interested in Playing Water Polo?  Monterey Bay United Youth Water Polo will be starting soon.  Male and female swimmers from grades 5-8 are welcome.  Visit MBUnitedwaterpolo.com for more information and to get signed up for a fantastic sport!

    CHOMP program focusing on Childhood Anxiety: Join Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for our featured August lecture, Managing the New School Year, focusing on childhood anxiety. This event is free of charge but registration is required.  Register at chomp.org.  Event is Thursday, August 29th 6-7 PM.  Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, 23625 Holman Hwy, Monterey. Conference Rooms A,B,C.

    FOCUS Announcement and Community Event: FOCUS is teaming up with Mission Jewelry and Fine Art over Labor Day weekend (August 31st and September 1st) for their award-winning Martha Seely trunk show!  During that weekend, 15% of all profits will be donated to FOCUS! This is a great opportunity to acquire some early holiday gifts that are sure to delight loved ones while supporting Carmel Unified School District students at the same time. Please come and join us between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm to enjoy some music and meet the artist of such exquisite handcrafted jewelry! Mission Jewelry is located on Mission Street between 5th and 6th in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

    Calendar

    AUGUST
    26. Kickoff to Serve A Thon Assemblies 5th and 6th Period
    26.- 30 Fall Sports Tryouts - Volleyball and Soccer
    27. Picture Day , GENERATIONS SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY 
    28. Back to School Night, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    30. 8th Grade OHANA DAY

    SEPTEMBER
    2. No School / Labor Day Holiday
    4. Cross Country begins
    6. Back to School Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00-8:00
    15 - 20. 8th Grade Lava Bed Trip
    16-18. 7th Grade MBOE
    26. Monterey Jazz Festival and Lunch Concert, Monterey Fairgrounds 10:55 - 12:55 p.m.

    OCTOBER
    1. Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8. CMS: Fall Conferences and Minimum Day, school dismissed at 12:00
    10. Conference Night 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    14. - 18. October Break
    23. Picture Retake Day
    24. Fall Choir Concert, CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
    25. Halloween Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    28. - 31. Red Ribbon Week

    NOVEMBER
    1. Minimum Day- school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    6. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    8. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    11. Veteran’s Day / School closed
    12 - 15 Kindness Week
    15. End of 1st Trimester
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

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