• Friday, September 21, 2018

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/21/2018 6:00:00 PM

    9.21.18

    Happy Friday CMS Families,

    Our amazing fundraising total continues to grow and at last official count we were just a few dollars shy of a new record $100,000.00.  Simply unbelievable!  Thank you to everyone for your hard work and for the outpouring of generosity and support of our middle school!  There are loads of folks that deserve recognition and hopefully we’ve identified all/most below.  If you helped out and don’t see your name here, please know that your assistance with this project is tremendously appreciated!

    Special thanks goes out to:

    • Amy Melton, Pia Garneau, Patty Benson, Cathleen Rice, Robin Montana, Laura Cardinalli, Shannon Forrester, Kath Uyeda, Joe Smock (student!) and others who supported the organization and completion of the Serve A Thon.
    • Our Activity Leads:  Michelle Chu, Trish Albiol, Alicia Tao, Anthony Herro, Sarah Wood, Genevieve Weaver, Todd Weaver, Jill Martin, Julie Walton, Jola Mirsky, Nicole Kelly, Rosa Hong, and teachers Sarah Prusasky, Susi Bradley, Matt Ishler, Pat Stadille, Darrel Steely, Jason Fosler.
    • The PTO Board, especially Volunteer Coordinator, Angie Sullivan and Treasurer, April Hess.
    • And, the Day-Of Volunteers who make the Activities happen:  Lisa Handley, Michelle Beitscher, Bruce Haase, Ellie Parker, David Shin, Alan Lehman, Nilam Desai, Cameron Stoddard, Mary-Mia Mathews, Monica Graham, Xanthia Decaux, Minna Isojaervi, Sara Hinds, Sarah Norbraten, Molly Hirschfield, Robin Mayer, Terri Posades, Jane Prescott, Laura Speakman, Andrea Gargotta, Meg Grundy, Briana Tringali, Sushma Alvar, Jennifer Rutherford, Lovina Worick, Linnea Terranova, Julie Selby-Lara, Jennifer Titus, Bill Graessley, Tina Henderson, Stacey Profeta, Dolly Lander, Julie Bethea, Rob FIsher, Maria Helenius, Betty Kasson, Marvin Biasotti, Brian Bajari, and the entire CMS staff!

    Serve A Thon Ice Cream Party and Raffle

    Today we hosted the SAT Ice Cream Party and Prize Raffle.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors we were able to provide nearly 200 raffle prizes for SAT participants.  In addition, this was the second consecutive year we have hosted an all school ice cream party to celebrate the success of our event.  Special thanks goes out to all our parent volunteers for pitching in to pass out over 600 individual cups of ice cream!  Our celebration and raffle event were loads of fun and it was great to see so many students walk away from the event with a gift card, treat, t-shirt, or larger raffle prize for their work in this year’s fundraiser.  Again, we owe thanks to the many parent volunteers who made today possible!  Thank you for showing up to help us out!!!

    This year’s list of generous Serve A Thon Raffle Prize donors includes:

    The Bagel Bakery, Lemon Tree, Starbucks, Kasey’s Kathy’s Little Kitchen, Subway, Pizza Factory, Fashion Streaks, Iolis’ Pizzeria, Holman Ranch, Graniterick, Lloyd’s Shoes, Valley Hill’s Nursery, Carmel Valley Olive Company, Bruce Haase Photography, Qualil and Olive, Hacienda Hay and Feed, SF Giants, Cassady Orthodontics, and Eisinger Orthodontics. 

     

     

    The Week Ahead:   

    After weeks of activities, fundraisers, and events, next week is (supposed to be) a pretty quiet, normal week of school.  We do have our Lava Beds trip heading out Sunday morning so our 8th grade class will be short about 50 students.  We wish our students and chaperones safe travels and great adventures and look forward to hearing about their amazing experience exploring the incredible geographic features and lava tubes found in Lava Beds National Monument.  Outside of that event, expect a pretty normal week of school!

    Announcements

    CMS Teacher and Instructional Assistant Honored for Environmental Work in Yosemite:  Carmel Middle School has been selected as the 2018 Yosemite Volunteer Group of the Year! This award recognizes years of commitment, many accomplishments, and the ability to overcome challenges and reach goals. Yosemite Trip leaders Jake Glazier and Mariano Martinez were nominated by Park Ranger David Campbell, who was full of praise for their dedication and motivation.  Recipients at the Yosemite level will also be nominated for regional consideration for the George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Volunteer Service, at the January awards call. Congratulations to Jake and Mariano for their well deserved recognition after several years of taking students to Yosemite to engage in Environmental Conservation work!

     

    Minimum Day Conferences and CMS Conference Night:

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2nd and 3rd, CMS will be on a minimum day schedule to accommodate parent teacher conferences.  These conferences are scheduled by our counselors who will be contacting families individually based on academic need.  As we are on a minimum day schedule, students will be released from school at 12:00 with buses running at 12:15.  Please make arrangements to pick up your student from school no later than 12:30 as student supervision is not provided after school on minimum days. 

    Thursday evening we will be hosting our Open Conference Night.  Open Conference Night allows for anyone to come to the gym and meet with any number of teachers on an individual basis.   Those who have attended before know that this is our version of speed conferencing and we ask that each individual conference last no longer than 5 minutes.   Again, this event is open to any parent hoping to speak with a teacher or teachers and will take place in our gym from 5:00-6:30. 

    Helpful Hint:  During the first 30-45 minutes of this event both the gym and parking areas are crowded.  Pre-determining how many teachers you would like to speak with and planning a later arrival time (like 5:30) can be helpful in limiting crowds, parking lots, and your wait time.  For example, if you only want to speak with one or two teachers, arriving at 5:45 might eliminate the need to wait in long lines.  If you plan to speak with each of your child’s teachers, arrival at 5:00 is recommended.

    That’s’ all for now.  Enjoy the weekend!

    Calendar
    September

    21. 1st Trimester Progress Reports
    23. - 28. 8th Grade Lava Beds Trip

    October

    2. - 4. Fall Conferences
    3. CMS Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    8. - 12. October Break - School Closed
    16. Picture Retake Day
    17. Rosicrucian Museum 6th Grade - All Day
    19. Rosicrucian Museum 6th Grade - All Day
    25. CMS/CHS Fall Choir Concert, CHS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    26. Minimum Day - School dismissed at 12:00

    November

    2. Halloween Dance, CMS GYM, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    5 - 9: Fall Sports Playoffs
    6. Election Day
    8. Winter Sportsnet Registration closes 5:00 p.m.
    9. End of Trimester 1
    12. Observance of Veteran’s Day - School closed
    21, - 23. Thanksgiving Break, School closed

    December

    7. Carmel Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    10. - 14th Canned Food Drive
    11. CMS Winter Concert, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. CMS Cougar Cub Concert, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    24. - Jan. 4 - Winter Break

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  • Friday, September 14, 2018

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/14/2018 6:00:00 PM

    Good afternoon CMS Families,

    Today we completed our final major fall event, the CMS Serve A Thon.  I love this program as a fundraiser because it gives us an opportunity to engage in community service for the donations we receive.  Today over 600 middle students engaged in community service for a two hour period.  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 our world be a better place.  I can’t think of a better way to raise money for our 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 18th, 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 two 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 on Thursday, October 18th at 11:00 in the gym (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, Cindy Schroeder has gone above and beyond to make sureeverything about this fundraiser has been set up and run smoothly.  This is Cindy’s 5th (and final) year as our Serve A Thon coordinator and during her time she has helped our school raise over $400,000 for students and programs through the Serve A Thon!  Wow!  Thank you Cindy!

    In addition we have a large number of parents who have helped in every aspect of the program from start to finish.  In fact, there are so many folks who put in time on this year’s program that listing the names would take an entire section of this letter. Many community businesses provided raw materials and/or financial donations for materials for our students.  The Serve A Thon truly is a community based effort and I cannot express enough appreciation for those of you who have spent countless hours organizing and putting on this event.

    Finally, I’d like to once again express my gratitude for the tremendous financial support CMS receives through this fundraiser.  The Serve-A-Thon has, once again, exceeded our fundraising goals.  This year we’ve set another new fundraising record with $96,000 in funds donated to our school and additional funding still trickling in!  On behalf of our students, staff, and school community we’d like to express our gratitude and appreciation for this outpouring of support. 

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!    

    Now, on to the news!

    The Week Ahead

    Spirit Week: The CMS Leadership Class wants to continue to spread school spirit, so they are hosting our first CMS Spirit Week of the year, next week, September 17-21. Spirit Week is a friendly competition between grade levels. Last year, our seventh graders won the end of the year Spirit Week by a landslide. We will see if this year’s eighth graders can hold on to that title that they worked so hard to earn! Students can earn points for their grade level by dressing up for the five spirit days and by participating in the daily lunchtime activities. 

    Dress Up Day Schedule

    Monday - PJ Day

    Tuesday - Hawaiian Day/Tourist Day

    Wednesday - Decade Day (20's-90's)

    Thursday - Cougar Pride Day - Red and White or Carmel Gear

    Friday - Support Your Favorite Sports Team or Show off your favorite Sports Gear

     

    New Environment Initiative at CMS:  CMS is now an Idle-Free Zone! Please observe the newly posted signs throughout the parking areas and turn your car off while waiting for your student. Not only does idling pollute the air our students breathe but idling for more than 30 seconds wastes more gas than restarting. In addition, idling for 10 minutes releases one pound of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Think of the difference we can all make! Thank you to last year’s Environmental Club students who created the slogans and picked the images and educational facts for the signs, to NOAA Ocean Guardian Grant for funding them, to Merry Trucksis for making them, to MOT for installing them, and to YOU for helping to protect our ocean by turning off your car while waiting at CMS!

    This Club Saves Lives: A new student led club has started at CMS with a mission that is true to their title.  An offshoot of the CHS club that was started a few years ago, This Club Saves Lives, has really resonated with the CHS students who have worked hard to make a difference in their community.  We have a handful of interested students kicking off the club here at CMS and we’re excited to see where they go with their mission.  Two students, Sonja Buran and Sage Melton, presented the club to our students at Thursday’s Gathering and are looking for dedicated students to join this program to support a variety of important service oriented initiatives.  This Club Saves Lives will meet each week on Thursday during lunch in Mrs. Williams’ room (C-8) beginning this Thursday, September 20

    Final Thoughts:  Next week we’ll begin our 6th week of school and progress reports are right around the corner.  Progress reports provide parents with an opportunity to be updated on their student’s progress at the midpoint of a trimester.  These are not final grades, but they are a good indication of work habits and academic understanding at the midpoint of the first trimester.  As I mentioned last week please begin to monitor your student’s academic progress on Aeries and let us know if your child is having any academic struggles.  Remember, monitoring your child’s grades does not mean that you need to check Aeries hourly, or even daily… that’s probably too much.  We recommend checking in a couple times each week and we hope that at least one of the check-ins will be done with your student present so you can engage in a positive discussion about progress and the importance of continuing effort  and hard work.  Once again, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Thanks again for all your support so far this year!  It’s going by fast!  Have a fantastic weekend!

     Calendar

    September

    17. - 21. Cougar Spirit Week
    21. 1st Trimester Progress Reports
    23. - 28. 8th Grade Lava Beds Trip

    October

    2. - 4. Fall Conferences
    3. CMS Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    8. - 12. October Break - School Closed
    16. Picture Retake Day
    17. Rosicrucian Museum 6th Grade - All Day
    19. Rosicrucian Museum 6th Grade - All Day
    25. CMS/CHS Fall Choir Concert, CHS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    26. Minimum Day - School dismissed at 12:00
    26. Serve-A-Thon Mega Gym Party 8:00 – 12:00 (Qualifying students only)

    November

    2. Halloween Dance, CMS GYM, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    5 - 9: Fall sports Playoffs
    6. Election Day
    8. Winter Sportsnet Registration closes 5:00 p.m.
    9. End of Trimester 1
    12. Observance of Veteran’s Day - School closed
    21, - 23. Thanksgiving Break, School closed

    December

    7. Carmel Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    10. - 14th Canned Food Drive
    11. CMS Winter Concert, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. CMS Cougar Cub Concert, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    24. - Jan. 4 - Winter Break

     

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  • Friday, September 7, 2018

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/10/2018

    Happy Friday CMS Families,

    We had another great week at CMS highlighted by the Monterey Bay Outdoor Education program for our 7th Grade class.  MBOE features three days of outdoor learning experiences and fieldtrips highlighting our beautiful area and focusing on the importance of environmental stewardship.  In addition to the three day program, this year we added a new MBOE Kick Off event featuring a variety of team building activities and a renowned youth speaker Aaron Retford.  The theme for this program was human stewardship and the connections between taking care of our school community AND taking care of our natural environment.  We hope our 7th Grade students enjoyed the program.  Special thanks to the many staff members who create and facilitate this program and to our numerous parent volunteers who give of their time to help make this program successful. 

    Thank you to the following parents for volunteering at our MBOE field trips. 

     

    Parent chaperones:  Kris Lehman, Stephanie Paine, Laura Stenvick, Tamara Mitchie, Colleen Yard, Ondine Gorton, Terri Posada, Darlene and Todd Acevedo, Laura Quimby, Molly Hirschfeld, LovinaWarick, Barbara Short, Tricia Zielinski, Cindy Schroeder, Audre Earle, Kimberly Briggs, David Jedinak, Joe Rice, Patrick Selby - Lara, Ashley Stoddard, Meg Grundy, Drew lander, Julia Scattini, Lisa Kitteringham and Megan Escher.

     

    The Week Ahead: Serve-A-Thon Week!

    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 12th.  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 what table to turn the money in at and come drop it off. 

    The next important date is Friday, September 14th, 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 featuring guest speaker Brian Bajari.  Mr. Bajari is a local social advocate who is passionate about the power of service and will talk about the profound impact service can have on people and communities around the world.  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!    

    Final Thoughts:  Next week begins our 5th week of school and it will actually be a “normal” five day school week.  Hopefully at this point your student has settled into a school year routine. Most of our kick-off and welcome back activities are wrapping up and you’ll start to see an increase in academic workload over the next few weeks.  With that in mind, please begin to closely monitor your student’s progress on Aeries (if you’re not sure how to do this get in touch with your child’s counselor!) and let us know if your child is having any academic struggles.  Remember, monitoring your child’s grades does not mean that you need to check Aeries hourly, or even daily… that’s probably too much.  We recommend checking in a couple times each week and we hope that at least one of the check-ins will be done with your student present so you can engage in a positive discussion about progress and the importance of continuing effort  and hard work.  Once again, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Announcements

    Serve-A-Thon:

    Wednesday, September 12, before school -- Serve-a-thon Turn-In Day

     Friday, September 14 -- Serve-a-thon Day!!!

    Friday, September 14 -- Serve-a-thon Planter Box sales and Cookie donations

    Thursday, October 18 -- Serve-a-thon Presentation to Organizations at the Gathering

    *Be sure to bring your $1.00 bills on Thursday to purchase cookies between SAT sessions to support our Cookies for Canines fundraiser!

    After School Enrichment: Our AMAZING After School Enrichment Classes start on Monday! Are you interested in Golf at Carmel Valley Ranch, Musical Theater, Cooking in the Habitat, or making Creative Cutting Boards? Stop by the front office and pick up a form, or print one out over the weekend. Turn yours in to Ms. Montana today or Monday morning and start your new after-school activity! You can still sign up for Enrichment Classes on Monday morning!

    Yoga in the Habitat + Garden uPick 

    Saturday September 8, 2018 | 10am to 11:30am

     

    Join MEarth for a special morning of yoga in the habitat with Sydney Bliss of Seaside Yoga Sanctuary. Participants will feel refreshed and relaxed after 60 minutes of yoga set amidst our 10-acre habitat, after the class we welcome guests to harvest their own take away from our cut flower, organic herb, or vegetable gardens. Children 12 and over welcome. Open to all levels.
    Class: $20/participant
    Student/ Military/Teacher: $15 with valid ID

    Tickets: https://mearthcarmel.z2systems.com/np/clients/mearthcarmel/event.jsp?event=238&

     

     

    Glass Pumpkin Patch of Carmel 

    September 15th + 16th |10am to 5pm

     

    Join MEarth for their 6th annual fall fundraiser, The Glass Pumpkin Patch of Carmel.  This beloved community event will feature the critically-acclaimed work of Nick Leonoff, along with 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’s Showcase of pumpkin-infused/seasonal “small bites”, amidst MEarth’s late-summer gardens.

     

    For more information on the Glass Pumpkin Patch and the special pumpkin preview Sustainable Chef Dinner please visit: http://mearthcarmel.org/events/glass-pumpkin-patch-carmel/

     

    YEARBOOK NEWS:  Don’t forget to by your yearbook!  Every year dozens of parents fail to order by the deadline and scramble to grab an extra copy on the last day of school.  Don’t let that be you! Bring in $40 cash or check or pay online through the link on the CMS homepage.  We are offering several opportunities for you to get your child’s pictures in the book:

    • We are collecting BABY PICTURES FOR 8TH GRADERS
    • We need photos of students (all grades) doing non-CMS sports and activities (dance, karate, gymnastics, biking) for a page celebrating “WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER SCHOOL?
    • We are collecting photos of students (all grades) in interesting places for the awesome “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?” feature in this year’s book. Deadline Jan 1
    • All photos can be emailed to jfosler@carmelunified.org or sent in as hard copies which will be scanned and returned. Please include your child’s name and 5th period teacher on the back.  Thank you for your contributions to our book!

     

    Calendar

     

    September

    17. - 21. Cougar Spirit Week
    21. 1st Trimester Progress Reports
    23. - 28. 8th Grade Lava Beds Trip

    October

    2. - 4. Fall Conferences
    3. CMS Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    8. - 12. October Break - School Closed
    16. Picture Retake Day
    17. Rosicrucian Museum 6th Grade - All Day
    19. Rosicrucian Museum 6th Grade - All Day
    25. CMS/CHS Fall Choir Concert, CHS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    26. Minimum Day - School dismissed at 12:00

    November

    2. Halloween Dance, CMS GYM, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    5 - 9: Fall sports Playoffs
    6. Election Day
    8. Winter Sportsnet Registration closes 5:00 p.m.
    9. End of Trimester 1
    12. Observance of Veteran’s Day - School closed
    21, - 23. Thanksgiving Break, School closed

    December

    7. Carmel Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    10. - 14th Canned Food Drive
    11. CMS Winter Concert, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. CMS Cougar Cub Concert, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    24. - Jan. 4 - Winter Break


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  • Principal Morgan's Sunday Letter

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/2/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Happy Sunday!

    School will be closed on Monday in Observance of Labor Day.  Enjoy the three day weekend and we will see you all back at school on Tuesday

    We had another great week featuring two major events.  First, Back to School Night was a big success.  Our turn-out was fantastic and throughout the night I received a lot of positive feedback about teachers, programs, our campus, and happy students.  Everyone on our site works very hard to make this school special so we appreciate the great feedback and hope that we continue to make CMS a great place for your students to attend school. 

    On Friday we hosted our Full Scale Emergency Drill featuring an earthquake scenario.  Mr. DiGirolamo takes the lead on this important event and he orchestrated a great drill.  As student and staff safety is imperative, we try to hold this drill early each school year to ensure that all students obtain awareness for the routines necessary to keep everyone safe during a large scale event requiring evacuation.  Emergency personnel and first responders were on site to critique our exercise and came away impressed with both the organization of the drill and the manner in which school personnel shifted roles from educators to first responders.  We will be practicing a variety of safety drills throughout the year for the purpose of ensuring student safety in a variety of potentially dangerous situations.  Thank you for your ongoing support in this area!

    The Week Ahead

    We’ve got a really great week planned for our 7th grade students this week as we made the decision (after two consecutive years of rained out activities) to move our MBOE program to the fall.  On Tuesday our 7th Grade class will be participating in our first ever MBOE Kick Off Event.  We’ve planned a great day of team building activities to kick off the event and hope that your students will come home happy and excited about the MBOE program that will take place Wednesday through Friday

    MBOE is an acronym we use for Monterey Bay Outdoor Education…a three day outdoor education program in which 7th grade students visit various places on the peninsula and engage in outdoor studies and activities.  The purpose of the week is to promote feelings of appreciation and responsibility for our local area amongst our students while providing students with the knowledge that kids can have a positive impact on their local community.  More info will be mailed out directly to our 7th Grade class. 

    Announcements

    After School Enrichment Program: We’re pleased to offer four after school enrichment classes from September 10th through November 16th.  Attached to this email you will find our flier and sign-up sheet as well as the class schedule.  This is a great way to get your student involved in a unique extra-curricular learning opportunity where they’ll meet other students with similar interests.  While there is a cost associated with this program we’ve heard nothing but positives from the students and families who take advantage of this opportunity.   Below you will find the course descriptions for each class.

     

    Musical Theater with Kieri******Cost $200 1 ½ hr. per. week

    In this high energy, hands on class, we will explore what it takes to become a "triple threat" in the theater world. Focus will be placed on vocal styles, dance styles  and acting technique as we create a musical showcase featuring the students performing and directing scenes from their favorite broadway shows.   Emphasis is placed on vocal clarity and projection, eye contact, facial expression, body awareness and physical confidence; all skills that will help students whether they end up on Broadway or in the boardroom. Students of all skill levels are welcome and will be encouraged to grow and develop at their own pace in a positive, encouraging and non-competitive environment, where students can come and have a fabulous time "putting on a show” at the end of each session.

     

    Cooking in the Habitat *****Cost $200 1 ½ hr. per week (Material fee $20 payable to MEarth)

    Come join MEarth staff for afternoons of harvesting from the garden and making healthy and delicious snacks and desserts! You will leave this class with a wonderful cookbook in hand.

     

    Creative Cutting Boards with Mr. Ishler ****Cost $200 1 ½ hr. per week

    Come join Mr. Ishler and make some creative cutting boards. No previous shop experience necessary and you’ll learn everything you need to know to make an amazing cutting board you’d rather hang on your wall than actually use.  Come on out and see how art can be infused into practical woodworking!  It’s amazing! This class is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! All materials included.

     

    Golf with Coach Travis **** Cost $200 1 ½ hr. a week

    Hello CMS Cougars!  Coach Travis will be teaching an After School Enrichment Golf Class on TUESDAY's from 3:30pm-5pm at Carmel Valley Ranch.  This 90-minute class is for EVERYONE from "what's golf?" to the beginners, the advanced, the tournament ready, and CMS Cougar Golf Team members.  We'll go over everything from putting and chipping, full swing, FUNdamentals, HOW to play, and how to use golf lessons in life.   We will meet on the putting green at Carmel Valley Ranch each TUESDAYS. (Students will need to purchase bus tickets for $3 each way for transportation to The Ranch.  Golf clubs will need to be dropped off at The Ranch before class, no clubs allowed on bus)

    YEARBOOK NEWS:  Don’t forget to by your yearbook!  Every year dozens of parents fail to order by the deadline and scramble to grab an extra copy on the last day of school.  Don’t let that be you! Bring in $40 cash or check or pay online through the link on the CMS homepage.  We are offering several opportunities for you to get your child’s pictures in the book:

    • we are collecting BABY PICTURES FOR 8TH GRADERS
    • We need photos of students (all grades) doing non-CMS sports and activities (dance, karate, gymnastics, biking) for a page celebrating “WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER SCHOOL?”.
    • We are collecting photos of students (all grades) in interesting places for the awesome “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?” feature in this year’s book. Deadline Jan 1
    • All photos can be emailed to jfosler@carmelunified.org or sent in as hard copies which will be scanned and returned. Please include your child’s name and 5th period teacher on the back.  Thank you for your contributions to our book!

     

     Sports: We’re proud of everyone who tried out for the soccer and volleyball teams and if you didn’t make a team this year, keep playing and keep trying!  The Monterey Peninsula is full of opportunities to play team sports while improving your skills.  Sadly, we simply cannot keep everyone who tries out, but we still want to encourage students to pursue athletic opportunities and team sports. 

     

    The rosters are posted on our school website under the sports tab.   

     

    All Girls Volleyball teams will practice on weekdays from 3:00 – 4:30. The developmental team’s practices will be held every Thursday from 2:15 – 3:30.

     

    The Boys Volleyball Team will practice every weekday from 4:30 – 6:00.

    Girls and Boys Soccer Teams will hit the field on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:30, and Thursday from 2:20 – 4:00.

     

    Cross Country practice will begin on Wednesday, September 5th.  Cross Country is a non-cut sport so all you have to do is show up and run!  In addition, if your child did not make the cut for a sport they tried out for, please encourage them to consider Cross Country.  As our non-cut sport in the fall, Cross Country is a great way to connect students to a large student group, engage in a team sport, and get in great shape.  Cross Country has become increasingly popular at CMS due to a great coaching staff and some wonderful trail runs right around our campus.  Cross country events are also great events to observe.  Cross Country is open to all athletes who have registered for a fall sport and will hold practices on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00 – 4:15.

    Serve-A-Thon: Just over one week remains before Serve-A-Thon turn in day!  Please go out and get those sponsors.  We’ve got a few great ideas we’re hoping to move forward with and funding is a critical component to improving our campus and the student experience.  Turn in day is Wednesday, September 12th and the Serve-A-Thon will take place on Friday, September 14th!

     

    CMS Spirit Wear: Did you know you can wear COUGAR SPIRIT wear at PE on cold days? Our red and black spirit sweatshirts are available in the office for $40.

     

    Lost and Found: We have a number of missing items accumulating. If you think you have misplaced a jacket, water bottle, or lunchbox, please stop by our Lost and Found shelf located between the office and cafeteria.

    Bus Riders: Starting this week, drivers will begin checking for bus passes. Please make sure you are carrying your ID card with your Bus Pass sticker affixed to the back. One way bus tickets are available from Mrs. Forrester in the office for $3.

     

    If you are having trouble finding something to do during lunch, come out to the activities area and play some giant chess, checkers, or connect four!

     

    Lockers: If you are a 7th or 8th grader, and would still like to have a locker issued to you for the school year, please see Ms. Cardinalli in the office.

    Reminders: Traffic and safe practices during drop off and pick up continue to be a common and frequent issue.  I’ve received a wide variety of suggestions for improving the situation and am appreciative of all the advice and ideas.  In upcoming letters you may see some suggestions but, due to the length of this letter I’ve decided to leave these out this week and instead will ask all families once again to practice safety during pick-up and drop-off times to ensure that our students get to school and home again without incident or injury.  Thank You!

    Final Thoughts:  Wow!  That’s a lot.  If you made it this far…congratulations! 

    As we move into September and school becomes more of a normal routine, make sure to check Aeries with your child on a regular basis (I’d suggest once or twice each week).  This will allow you to monitor their academic progress and quickly assess if there are any struggles or issues.  Remember, we offer a variety of support programs for students who are struggling academically and while our teachers are great at notifying us when academic performance starts to slip, you’re still an important part of communicating your child’s academic needs and goals with us.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers, counselors, or our administrative team if any concerns arise. 

    Thanks again and enjoy the rest or your three day weekend!

     Calendar

    September

    3. Labor Day - School Closed
    4. - 7. 7th Grade Monterey Bay Outdoor Education - All Day
    5. Cross Country begins
    17. - 21. Cougar Spirit Week
    24. - 28. 8th Grade Lava Beds Trip

    October

    2. - 4. Fall Conferences
    3. CMS Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theater, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    8. - 12. October Break - School Closed
    16. Picture Retake Day
    17. Rosicrucian Museum 6th Grade - All Day
    19. Rosicrucian Museum 6th Grade - All Day
    25. CMS/CHS Fall Choir Concert, CHS Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    26. Minimum Day - School dismissed at 12:00



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