• 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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