• Sunday, September 26, 2021

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/26/2021
    CMS Weekly Communication
     
    9.26.21

    Good Morning CMS Families!

    We had another great week at CMS with a handful of events worth noting.  

    • On Monday, we hosted a new student lunchtime social in an attempt to continue working on peer connections for students who are new to CUSD and CMS.  Many thanks to Lisa Cosmas Hanson, our PTO, and our Leadership Class for helping make this event a success.  
    • On Wednesday, our PTO hosted the Cash for Cougars Pizza Lunch, one of the many prize parties associated with our recent fundraiser.  Thanks to all who volunteered to set up and pass out pizza!
    • On Thursday night, CHS was kind enough to allow us to borrow their beautiful Performing Arts Center and CMS hosted our first virtual concert featuring both the CMS Strings Ensemble and each of our choral groups.  For those of you who tuned in, we hope you enjoyed the music!  Our student performers were spectacular!  Special thanks to Tom Lehmkuhl and Sarah Wadsworth along with CHS staff members Brian Handley, Brian Granberry, and Jeff McGrath for their help making this concert possible and for live streaming our event! 
    • Today, the CMS Leadership Class hosted another amazing Fun Friday event, a carpet square/beach ball race that drew a number of student participants. Thank you Mrs. Wells and the CMS Leadership class!
    • In addition, the CMS Faculty All-Stars fielded their first wiffle ball team of the year, crushing a group of 10 students in front of a packed stadium at Wiffler’s Park.  
    • Finally, our amazingly creative library staff , Susan Thompson and Deonna Jeffries, collaborated with CMS science teacher, Pat Stadille, to host the first ever CMS Reptile Festival.  Throughout the week exotic pets including Geckos, Bearded Dragons and a variety of turtles and tortoises were on display in our library.   During lunch, exotic pet owners could choose to host an info/holding session for other students.  Each day of the festival the library was buzzing with excitement as many students engaged in the Reptile Festival Activities.  Thanks to all our students, families, and staff who participated in this event, creating yet another opportunity for creative engagement at CMS!

    The Week Ahead

    New Bell Schedule for CMS on Monday and Thursday (Begins Monday, Sept. 27th)
    CMS is currently in year two of a pilot advisory program using the Character Strong curriculum.  As we evaluate the program and try to determine an optimal schedule to support this program while maintaining our commitment to academic excellence we may need to adjust the schedule throughout the year to try out new ideas.  After using the program for 6 weeks we have determined that it is time to make an adjustment to our schedule to accommodate Character Strong in a different spot.  The key component of this decision has to do with Character Strong’s original placement on Thursday, our minimum day.   Classes are already shortened on Thursdays, and, with the addition of Character Strong on the Thursday schedule, our staff felt that Thursday’s academic periods have been too brief to engage in content at necessary levels.  In an effort to remedy that situation we have opted to move our Advisory period to Monday, effectively balancing our bell schedule to include two days of 45 minute classes (Monday and Thursday) and three days of 50 minute classes (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday).  We also believe that shifting the advisory period to the beginning of the week may have social-emotional benefits as well, allowing students to begin the week by meeting with their advisory groups.  The new bell schedule for Monday and Thursday is below.   Bell schedules on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday remain the same.  


    Monday: Advisory - 45 minute classes 

    Period 1
        7:45 - 8:30
    Period 2
        8:35 - 9:20
    Break
            9:20 - 9:30
    Advisory
        9:35 - 10:05 (30 Minutes)
    Period 3
        10:10 - 10:55
    Period 4
        11:00 - 11:45
    Lunch
            11:45 - 12:15
    Period 5
        12:20 - 1:05
    Period 6
        1:10 - 1:55
    Period 7
        2:00 - 2:45
    Thursday - 45 minute classes

    Period 1
        7:45 - 8:30
    Period 2
        8:35 - 9:20
    Break
            9:20 - 9:30
    Period 3
        9:35 - 10:20
    Period 4
        10:25 - 11:10
    Lunch
            11:10 - 11:40
    Period 5
        11:45 - 12:30
    Period 6
        12:35 - 1:20
    Period 7
        1:25 - 2:10

    Upcoming Event: Inktober - Open to ALL CMS Students
    Inktober is here and we would like to invite any and all folks with any desire to hang out and draw with your peers to join the Inktober crew. The ultimate challenge is to make 31 drawings in the 31 days of October. You might be thinking, "Do I have to draw every single day?" The answer is NO, even if you can only participate one day a week we would love to have you join. You can participate as little or as often you like. You do not have to have any drawing experience, the only requirement is a desire to draw and enjoy the virtual company of your peers. Even if you can not attend any meetings you can still participate by posting on our daily Padlets where we will be sharing our work. If you are interested in joining Inktober please join google classroom by using the code "odfzspk"  We will be meeting everyday in the library to share of love of art and drawing. Come join us!!!
    For inquiries about Inktober please contact Mr. Joe Guzzi at jguzzi@carmelunified.org.  

    Come Join the CHS Homecoming FUN!  
    The CHS annual Homecoming Parade will be Friday October 1st at 4pm in Downtown Carmel. We’d love to have our families come line the streets and cheer on our CHS students as they march Ocean in the annual parade. This year CHS has partnered with the Carmel Chamber who are working with local businesses to "Get the Red Out" so we are really hoping for a great celebration.  Show up in red, CHS or CMS gear, or, if you’d like to join in, CHS has partnered with the Carmel By the Sea Chamber of Commerce to sell RED "Local Love" T-shirts for sale that you can get at a CHS MIXER at Shearwater Tavern on September 29th or by stopping by our Visitor Center! www.carmelchamber.org


    The CHS Homecoming game is on Saturday with JV at 11:30 and Varsity at 2pm. Tickets will be sold at the gate. 



    CUSD Opens Weekend/Holiday COVID Hotline: Weekend COVID Response Line
    Beginning this weekend (September 25th/26th) CUSD will institute a Weekend COVID Response Line monitored by a CUSD Health Aide Contact Tracer between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Please use this line to report a COVID exposure, or a COVID positive test result, or call if you have a question about whether your student may return to school. 
     
    • To reach the Weekend COVID Response Line, please call (831) 620-8100 and leave a message and the Health Aide Contact Tracer on duty will call you back. This phone number is not active during the week.
     
    Please note that the Weekend COVID Response Line is only active on weekends. For questions or reports regarding COVID during the week, please call your school site’s main number to be connected with a Health Aide Contact Tracer. If you do not receive a call back over the weekend, call your school health office as soon as possible on the next school day.


    Fall Sports Matches and Meets for this Week:
     
    Monday - September 27th
    6th Grade Girls Volleyball  - POSTPONED
    Tuesday - September 28th
    Boys Soccer vs San Benancio @ CMS 4:00 p.m.
    Girls Soccer vs San Benancio @ San Benancio 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday - September 29th
    7th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Buena Vista @ CMS 4:00 p.m.
    8th Grade Girls Volleyball vs. Buena Vista @ CMS 5:00 p.m.
    Thursday - September 30th
    Boys Soccer vs Buena Vista @ CMS 4:00 p.m.
    Girls Soccer vs Buena Vista @ Buena Vista 4:00 p.m.
    Friday - October 1st
    Cross Country Meet @ CMS 4:00 p.m.
     
     
    ALTERNATE HOUSING FORM - In the event of a natural disaster such as fire, flood or earthquake or an emergency such as a sudden road closure while your student is at school, your student or your family may need alternate housing. This is a very important emergency preparedness form please take a moment  to complete it today
    • For English please click HERE 
    • For Spanish please click HERE
    Thank you for your cooperation!
    CUSD Emergency Assistance Team
     





    CMS Events and Important Calendar Dates
    SEPTEMBER 
    29. Picture Retake Day 
    OCTOBER 
    5 - 6: Fall Conferences 
    5. Minimum Day -Block Schedule - (Periods 1,3,5,7) School dismissed at 12:15 
    6. Minimum Day -Block Schedule - (Periods 2,4,5,6) School dismissed at 12:15 
    11 - 15. Fall Break- No School 
    25 - 29 Red Ribbon Week 
    29. Halloween Dance or Event 
    NOVEMBER 
    5. 1st Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change 
    11. Veterans Day - No School 
    22 - 26. Thanksgiving Break - No School 
    DECEMBER 
    1 - 15. Canned Food Drive 
    7. CMS Winter Concert 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
    13. World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese 
    20. - 31. Winter Break 
    JANUARY 
    3. No School - Staff Development Day 
    7. 6th Grade Cycle Change / PE Flip 
    17. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School 
    28. Winter Dance 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
    FEBRUARY 
    4. Minimum Day - Staff Development 
    14 - 18. Kindness Week 
    18. 2nd Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change 
    21 - 25. February Break 
    28. 3rd Trimester Begins 
    MARCH 
    30. CUSD District Band Festival, Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
    APRIL 
    1. Minimum Day - Staff Development
    5. CUSD District String Festival , Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 8. 6th Grade Cycle Change 
    11 - 15. Spring Break 
    MAY 
    2 - 6. CMS Staff Appreciation Week 
    6. Minimum Day - Staff Development 
    10. CMS Spring Concert 
    11. 8th Grade Panoramic Picture 
    20. Renaissance Faire 12:00 p.m. 
    23 - 27. Spirit Week 
    30. Memorial day - No School 
    JUNE 
    2. 8th Grade Promotion 5:00 p.m. 
    3. Last Day of School / 3rd Trimester Ends
     
     
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  • Friday, September 17, 2021

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/17/2021 5:00:00 PM
    CMS Weekly Communication 9.17.21
     
    9.17.21

    Happy Friday CMS Families!
    We’ve had another fantastic week at CMS!  Our fall sports programs participated in their first competitive games/matches going collectively undefeated for the week, our lunchtime intramural sports program featuring the 6th Grade Volleyball Tournament and 7th Grade Wiffle Ball Tournaments are both in full swing, and a wide variety of school based clubs/activities are now regularly available to students during lunchtime.  Current clubs looking for increased membership include the Chess and Gaming Club, Environmental Club, This Club Saves Lives, and the Space Exploration Club.  If your student is looking for things to do, please encourage them to take a look at current and past morning bulletins as they contain information on ways to get involved.  

    Emergency Drill Update
    Our students did a fantastic job during today’s emergency drill, walking through each of the steps of dealing with a massive earthquake.   Students participated in “duck and cover”, standard evacuation, and transition to the student release center (CMS Tennis Courts).  Meanwhile, our teacher-led emergency response teams activated our response systems and our many new staff members got their first live look at the procedures used to ensure staff and student safety in the event of a large-scale event.  Unfortunately, local emergency responders were unable to attend our drill this year as they were called away to deal with another situation prior to our exercise. Once again, we appreciate your support with this exercise.  

    Tik Tok Vandalism Trend Hits CMS Boys Bathroom - Please Check in With Your Students!
    By now many of you may have probably heard about the Tik Tok trend hitting school bathrooms across the nation.  The most recent social media gift (sarcasm fully intended) has challenged students to vandalize their school bathrooms by clogging toilets with items, tearing down paper towel and soap dispensers and wrecking as much havoc as possible inside the bathrooms.  The “challenge” also encourages students to record the event or post pictures of damages done. Sadly, our boys bathroom was vandalized repeatedly early this week until CMS stationed a staff member outside the bathroom controlling the flow of traffic.  Please engage in a conversation with your students about the dangers and potential consequences of engaging in negative behaviors in the name of a social media challenge.  Vandalism of school or private property can result in a suspension from school and we hope to put a stop to this behavior without resorting to this level of discipline.  

    Addition to our Electronic Items Policy: Headphones, Earbuds, and other Bluetooth Devices Prohibited During School Hours
    We’ve noticed a tremendous increase in the number of students who are using Airpods or other bluetooth headphones/earphones during school hours.  As our current electronic device policy prohibits the use of personal electronic devices during school hours, earbuds and headphones that link to these devices should not be in use during the school day.  As with all personal electronic items, these should be placed somewhere safe prior to the start of school and should remain put away throughout the school day.   We will be working with students over the next week to ensure that all students are clear that our electronic device policies extend to earbuds/headphones.  Following this informational campaign, students who continue to wear/use earbuds/headphones during school hours will receive a disciplinary referral and consequences in accordance with our current personal electronic device policies and student discipline plan.  If your student is a regular earbud/headphone user, please discuss this policy with them to ensure they are clear on our rules regarding the use of personal electronic devices.

    The Week Ahead
    Next week is pretty light overall, however we’ve got a few events that should be on your radar.  First, on Monday we’ll be hosting a lunchtime popsicle party for students who are new to CMS this year OR came to us last year and spent their first year in distance learning.  Our hope is that this event helps connect some of our new students to each other with their common experience.  

    On Wednesday, our PTO will be hosting the Cash for Cougars Pizza Party Lunch open to students who qualified for this particular prize level.  Students will be notified of eligibility during their 4th period class on Wednesday.  PTO is looking for volunteers to help host these events, so please see below for more information on volunteering. 

    Finally, on Thursday, CMS will be hosting our first choral concert.  The event will take place in the CHS theater.  Sadly, spectators will not be allowed to attend in person, however, the district plans to live stream this concert for families and friends.  We hope that folks will tune in for this event!

    That’s all for this week.  Please continue reading for announcements and additional information.

    PTO Updates -- Parent Volunteers Needed
    The PTO is planning a Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch on October 5th to help fuel conference week and the last push before October break. Unlike potlucks of previous years, this year we are requesting individually-packed lunches from restaurants and commercial kitchens only. Please sign up here to provide lunch for your favorite teachers and staff: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4AAAA72EA64-teacher
     
    We also still need a few more parents to help with the Cash for Cougars Prize Parties taking place over the next couple of weeks. To sign up, go here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4aaaa72ea64-cash. Thank you!


    CMS 2021-22 Yearbooks Now on Sale: It's time to buy the 21-22 YEARBOOK!  Reserve a copy and see what pictures, including 8th grade baby pics, pets, travel, etc, we are currently collecting.  Please click on the following link to upload pictures and purchase your yearbook CMS website.  Order now so you don't forget!  Current Yearbook Price - $40.  Price after October 29th - $45.  


    CMS Events and Important Calendar Dates

    SEPTEMBER
    20.  New Student Popsicle Party
    23.  CMS Fall Music Concert 7:00 p.m.
    29.  Picture Retake Day

    OCTOBER
    5-6 Fall Conferences
    11-15  October Break - No School
    25 - 29 Red Ribbon Week
    29.  Halloween Dance or Event

    NOVEMBER
    5.  1st Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    11.  Veterans Day - No School
    22 - 26.  Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    1 - 15.  Canned Food Drive
    7.  CMS Winter Concert  7:00-9:00 p.m.
    13.  World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese
    20. - 31.  Winter Break

    JANUARY
    3.  No School - Staff Development Day
    7.  6th Grade Cycle Change / PE Flip
    17.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
    28.  Winter Dance 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    FEBRUARY
    4.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    14 - 18.  Kindness Week
    18.  2nd Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    21 - 25.  February Break
    28.  3rd Trimester Begins

    MARCH
    30. CUSD District Band Festival, Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    APRIL
    1.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    5.  CUSD District String Festival , Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8.  6th Grade Cycle Change
    11 - 15.  Spring Break

    MAY
    2 - 6.  CMS Staff Appreciation Week
    6.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    10.  CMS Spring Concert
    11.  8th Grade Panoramic Picture
    20.  Renaissance Faire 12:00 p.m.
    23 - 27.  Spirit Week
    30.  Memorial day - No School

    JUNE
    2.  8th Grade Promotion 5:00 p.m.
    3.  Last Day of School / 3rd Trimester Ends
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  • Sunday, September 12, 2021

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/12/2021 8:00:00 AM
    CMS Weekly Communication 9.12.21
     
    Good afternoon CMS Families and Happy Friday!

    We had a pleasant, short, quiet, four day week here at CMS that ended with an extremely fun PTO Fundraising Party on Friday afternoon.   In celebration of the $70,000+ raised for CMS students and programs, PTO put on a donut and raffle party that was exciting for everyone in attendance.  The event started with the distribution of 550+ donuts and then jumped into 30 minutes of raffle prizes.  During the raffle over 70 students received prizes and we’d like to thank and acknowledge the many local businesses who donated prizes to our fundraiser.  Business donors include Integris Wealth Management, the UPS Store in Carmel, Stationaery Restaurant in Carmel, Revival Ice Cream, Big Squeezy in the Crossroads, On the Beach Surf Shop, and Cassady Orthodontics (who generously donated each prize in the $400 raffle).  After all the prizes had been given out, three students who submitted essays about their creative fundraising efforts were selected to dump a cooler full of ice water on me.  Those students will now remain in middle school for at least the next 5 years.  It was a fantastic way to wrap up the week and I’d like to thank everyone for their generosity and support in the Cash for Cougars Fundraiser!


    Upcoming Events
    Cash for Cougars Prize Parties - PTO Needs Volunteers
    Thanks to all the families who donated money to support Cash for Cougars! The hard part is over; now it's time to have fun! We have A LOT of celebrating to do over the next couple of weeks, but need some extra hands to make it happen. Please sign up through the link below and if you have any questions you can reach out to Loree Dowse at loree.dowse@gmail.com. Thank you!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4AAAA72EA64-cash
     
     
    Minimum Day on Friday 9.17.21 - Emergency Drill at CMS
     This Friday CMS will be on a minimum day schedule.   In addition to the minimum day, we will be conducting our large scale emergency evacuation drill.  On Friday, school will end at 12:00, however, at about 11:15 CMS will engage in our emergency drill.  The drill simulates a massive earthquake and provides us with an opportunity to test the various emergency teams and systems designed to manage a catastrophic event.   Students will be evacuated from the buildings and moved to our tennis courts.  The tennis courts serve as our student check out center in the event of a large scale natural disaster.  Emergency response teams include traffic control, search and rescue, first aide, and student support units.  Each of these teams will be deployed during our drill.  In addition, local emergency services personnel will be on hand to critique our response systems while providing advice for improved performance.  In all, the drill will take between 30-45 minutes.  Students will be released to lunch once the drill is completed.  
    Parents will not be able to access campus early during the drill.  Our traffic control team will re-route all cars to the fire access road at the front of the school near Carmel Valley Road.  If you need to pick up your child early on Friday, please do so no later than 11:00 AM.   After 11:00 it will likely take 15 minutes or more to retrieve your child from the drill and release them from school.  The CMS Library will be closed at 12:00 on Friday. Additional communication and reminders will be provided next week.
     
    🐢The 1st annual CMS Reptile Expo is coming to our library on Tuesday, September 21st. If your family has a reptile (or spider, snail or crab) that you are willing to put on display for a few days, contact Susan Thompson in the library.

    That’s all we have for this week.  Please find important dates below.  
     
     Calendar

    SEPTEMBER
    17.  Minimum Day / 6th Grade Cycle Change / Progress Reports
    23.  CMS Fall Music Concert 7:00 p.m.
    29.  Picture Retake Day

    OCTOBER
    6-7 Fall Conferences
    11-15  October Break - No School
    25 - 29 Red Ribbon Week
    29.  Halloween Dance (Tentatively Scheduled)

    NOVEMBER
    5.  1st Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    11.  Veterans Day - No School
    22 - 26.  Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    1 - 15.  Canned Food Drive
    7.  CMS Winter Concert  7:00-9:00 p.m.
    13.  World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese
    20. - 31.  Winter Break

    JANUARY
    3.  No School - Staff Development Day
    7.  6th Grade Cycle Change / PE Flip
    17.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
    28.  Winter Dance 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    FEBRUARY
    4.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    14 - 18.  Kindness Week
    18.  2nd Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    21 - 25.  February Break
    28.  3rd Trimester Begins


    MARCH
    30. CUSD District Band Festival, Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    APRIL
    1.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    5.  CUSD District String Festival , Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8.  6th Grade Cycle Change
    11 - 15.  Spring Break

    MAY
    2 - 6.  CMS Staff Appreciation Week
    6.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    10.  CMS Spring Concert
    20.  Renaissance Faire 12:00 p.m.
    23 - 27.  Spirit Week
    30.  Memorial day - No School

    JUNE
    2.  8th Grade Promotion 5:00 p.m.
    3.  Last Day of School / 3rd Trimester Ends
     
     
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  • Monday, September 6, 2021

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 9/6/2021 3:00:00 PM
    Weekly Communication 9.6.21
     
    Happy Labor Day CMS Families!

    We hope you’ve enjoyed the long weekend and that you’ve had some time to relax with your family as we roll into September!  

    We had another fantastic week at CMS last week with a few highlights well worth mentioning here, but, I’ll try to be brief with this letter as I realize it is coming to you very late!

    CMS PTO Fundraiser a Huge Success!

    A HUGE Thank You to all the families who made the "Cash for Cougars" fundraiser successful! While we didn't hit our goal to the dollar, we were so very close at $69,000!!   This means almost every planned program and event will be funded.
     
    We still have a small handful of contributions that we've been unable to connect to a student.  Therefore we don't know which grade had the highest contributions or participation yet - it was THAT close. So with some sleuthing over this weekend, we expect to announce the winners to the students on Tuesday.
     
    The PTO would like to give a special thank you to Liz Wells and her Leadership classes for their wonderful spirit, posters and Thursday morning rally.  As well as Cathleen Rice,  Elaine Eldridge and Laura Cardinalli in the front office for their support of the PTO and the fundraiser!  
     
    Next comes the Prize Days for the kids which will take place during September and October! If you missed the donation deadline, you can still donate through Thursday, 9/9.  While the donation won't count toward the grade-level competition, your donation will still qualify your child for Prize Days. 
     
    CMS families, you made a difference and we look forward to a great year for your kids!
     
    Ohana Day Rocked!
     
    As I mentioned Friday, our 8th Grade Ohana Day program was amazing!  Our 8th grade students were incredible, our volunteers were awesome, and the entire program was a blast!  I’d like to thank our parent volunteers for spending the day with us running Ohana Challenge Stations, helping serve food, passing out sweatshirts, and engaging with our students in a fun and positive way. Parent volunteers included Aimee Dahle, Laura Maxon, Randy Will, Lesley Varney, Aram Stoney, Carolyn Staehle, Lisa Cosmas Hanson, Abe Stallcup, Seaberry Nachbar, Michelle Marzoni, Gwyn McColl, Jennifer Leighton and the duo of Tim Haag and Dave Jedinak who had more fun than the kids while running the obstacle course station.  Thank you parents!
     
     I’d also like to extend gratitude to Safeway Manager ,Joe Miguel, at our local Crossroads Safeway, for providing us with 250 meals for our students and adults.  Meals included an individually wrapped sub sandwich, sliced watermelon, chips and cookies.  All this at the cost of about $5.00 per participant.  Seriously, where can you get a meal for $5.00 anymore?   Our local Crossroads Safeway has long been a partner of CMS and we really appreciate their willingness to continue helping out our school programs!
     
    Finally, I’d like to thank our PTO for funding this important and exciting program.   Not only did PTO cover the cost of food for all 8th graders, but they purchased the Ohana Day sweatshirts students received at the end of the program.  In addition, PTO agreed to rent an inflatable obstacle course that added a new fun activity and element to the Ohana Day program.   These are great examples of our fundraising dollars working to make the student experience at CMS amazing for everyone!

    Last, but not at all least, I'd like to thank Laura Cardinalli who handles the vast majority of the behind the scenes work for Ohana Day, Robin Montana, Jen Kasper,  the rest of our front office as well as our teaching and support staff members who volunteered (or were forced) to join us in the Ohana fun!
     
    Thanks again to everyone who helped make this program a tremendous success!
     
    Sports Tryouts, Youth Sports Through the YMCA, and Open Enrollment for Cross Country at CMS
     
    CMS experienced record numbers of students trying out for our Fall Athletics program this year.  In response to these large numbers we have added developmental teams to some programs.  If your child tried out for a sports program and did not make the team we encourage you to look at local recreation league programs that offer the chance to build skill and play competitively in our local area.  The YMCA offers some great opportunities including youth soccer.   There are two days left to sign up for soccer through the YMCA program.  Here’s a link to their flier.
     
    YMCA Youth Soccer  Sign-ups end September 8th
     
     
    In addition, we encourage all students who did not make a sports team to move into our Cross Country program.  This is an excellent program with an amazing group of coaches who make the sport fun and exciting.  Every year Cross Country has over 50 students on the team and the sport is one of the best ways to meet other students and enjoy a season of friendly competition and camaraderie.  The deadline to move into Cross Country is this Friday, September 10th.  Students who want to enroll in Cross Country must see Mrs. Rice in the CMS office prior to Friday at 3:00.  
     
     
    The Week Ahead
     
    We’ve got a pretty quiet week ahead with just one major activity scheduled for all students, our PTO Fundraising All School Donut and Raffle Prize Party.   
     
    PTO Fundraising Party and Raffle: Friday afternoon, all students at CMS will be treated to a donut prior to our PTO Fundraising Raffle.   This all school event is always a lot of fun and students who helped raise money for CMS will enjoy the opportunity to be in one or more prize raffles.   Everyone is invited and all students will receive a donut (if they want).  It will be a fun way to wrap up the school week and we’re looking forward to another great event.  
     
    Monthly PTO Meeting: Our monthly PTO meeting will be held this Wednesday.   We’d love for you to join us and find out how you can continue to contribute to this amazing organization and their mission of providing additional opportunities for all students at CMS!  Meeting information is below.
     
    General meeting Wednesday 8:30 am (main topic: budget)
     
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88911131602?pwd=MG1JMldSWTJLaTZKRVNTZVBEaFJRUT09
     
    Meeting ID: 889 1113 1602
    Passcode: 875991  
     
    7th/8th Grade Sexual Harassment Presentation: On Friday, September 10th, all 7th and 8th Grade students will be participating in a Sexual Harassment Presenatation and training.   The goal of this event is to educate students on the topic of sexual harassment to help ensure that students know what to do when/if faced with sexual harassment AND to help students understand what behaviors consitute sexual harassment so they do not unknowingly engage in offensive and illegal behavior.  The presentations are provided by the CMS administration and counseling teams and will take place during 7th/8th grade PE classes.  Students will be divided up into small groups (20-25 students per group).   More information about this presentation will be sent directly to all 7th/8th grade students, however, we wanted to let all families know that this important topic will be covered on an annual basis at CMS for all 7th and 8th grade students.  
     
    That’s all we have for this week.  Please find important dates below.  
     
     
    Calendar

    SEPTEMBER
    6.  Labor Day - No School 
    17.  Minimum Day / 6th Grade Cycle Change / Progress Reports
    23.  CMS Fall Music Concert 7:00 p.m.
    29.  Picture Retake Day

    OCTOBER
    6-7 Fall Conferences
    25 - 29 Red Ribbon Week
    29.  Halloween Dance (Tentatively Scheduled)

    NOVEMBER
    5.  1st Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    11.  Veterans Day - No School
    22 - 26.  Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    1 - 15.  Canned Food Drive
    7.  CMS Winter Concert  7:00-9:00 p.m.
    13.  World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese
    20. - 31.  Winter Break

    JANUARY
    3.  No School - Staff Development Day
    7.  6th Grade Cycle Change / PE Flip
    17.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
    28.  Winter Dance 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    FEBRUARY
    4.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    14 - 18.  Kindness Week
    18.  2nd Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    21 - 25.  February Break
    28.  3rd Trimester Begins


    MARCH
    30. CUSD District Band Festival, Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    APRIL
    1.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    5.  CUSD District String Festival , Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8.  6th Grade Cycle Change
    11 - 15.  Spring Break

    MAY
    2 - 6.  CMS Staff Appreciation Week
    6.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    10.  CMS Spring Concert
    20.  Renaissance Faire 12:00 p.m.
    23 - 27.  Spirit Week
    30.  Memorial day - No School

    JUNE
    2.  8th Grade Promotion 5:00 p.m.
    3.  Last Day of School / 3rd Trimester Ends
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