Sunday, May 26, 2019

Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/28/2019 5:00:00 AM


Good morning CMS Families,

Just a reminder, school is closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Highlight of the Week: CMS Renaissance Faire: The CMS Renaissance Faire took place on Friday with opening ceremonies in the field behind the library and the market in the Habitat.  What a spectacular event!  Each year the Renaissance Faire seems to get better, and this year, our teachers decided to expand on the Renaissance theme and make it a World Renaissance Faire allowing for more variety and flavor than ever before.  Our 7th grade students really delivered with amazing crafts, treats, games, and booths and everyone who attended had a wonderful time.  Many thanks goes out to all who helped organize this annual event and to the many students and families who helped make this event so spectacular! 

The Week Ahead:

May 28-31 is our CMS End of the Year Spirit Week!  Each day you will be able to earn spirit points for your sixth, seventh, or eighth grade class. For instance, if you dress up for a spirit day, leadership will come by your fifth period class and you will automatically earn a point for your team! On Tuesday, it is Fan Day! You can be a fan of anything - baseball fan, a music fan, a movie/book fan. On Wednesday, pull out your boots and cowboy hats because it is Western Wednesday! On Thursday, we all need to show our Cougar Pride by wearing our school colors. However, each grade level is going to be assigned a color. Sixth graders, you need to wear as much red as possible. Seventh graders, you need to wear as much gray as possible. Eighth graders, you need to wear as much white as possible. On Friday, we will end Spirit Week with everyone’s favorite dress-up day, Pajama Day. Pull out your comfy PJ’s and slippers for the last moment to earn Spirit Points. Just as a reminder, all of your spirit choices must be school appropriate. May the most spirited grade level be crowned the champions and receive a delicious treat for winning!  Go Cougars!

Updates and Announcements:

This Club Saves Lives: WE Walk for Water event: Recently the middle school offshoot of the CHS Club “This Club Saves Lives” hosted a Walk for Water event.  The event went very well and, by its end, the event raised around $1,300. The group also received a matching grant from WE, adding up to $2,600 raised.  We are so grateful for all who donated and are excited to keep up our service projects next year.  Thank you for your help and support!

Getting ready for next year: online registration for returning students; enrollment for new students; and proof of residency for incoming 6th and 9th graders

Online Registration for Returning Students - (Parent Data Confirmation) 

Families have been asking, "Don't we usually register our returning students for next year about this time of year on Infosnap?" In previous years, that was true, but this year we are changing the annual online registration process from Infosnap to Aeries. In the new process, now called "Parent Data Confirmation," you'll register your returning students during the summer (unless they are entering Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten -- see Enrolling New Students below). We are planning to roll out Parent Data Confirmation in July and early August before the school year starts. 

In the new Parent Data Confirmation process, you will just log into Aeries and confirm or update the existing information about your child. You'll also acknowledge receipt of required annual notifications and policies -- and that's it! For Parents of CMS and CHS students, you'll use your existing Aeries account. For parents at other schools, you will set up an online account in Aeries and then access Parent Data Confirmation from there.

We'll be sending full details by email in July.

Enrolling New Students, which includes all Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten 

The online enrollment window is now open for students who are new to the district. Our definition of "new" also includes all Transitional Kindergartners and Kindergartners, even if they have previously attended a district school. If you have a new student or TK/K student to enroll, please check with the school registrar, who will collect the information needed and then set you up to do online enrollment.

Proof of residency for incoming 6th and 9th graders 

May is still residency affidavit month for students who are changing schools, such as all incoming 6th and 9th graders. If you have not already submitted your proof of residency, you can find the instructions and forms here:

Changes to Class Party Day for 6th and 7th Grades: This is an item carrying over from last week, but, in case you missed it… Due to a variety of logistical components we are moving the end of year class party celebration from Wednesday, June 5th to Friday, June 7th.  Our 8th grade trip will still be held on Wednesday, however, 6th and 7th grade students will be on regular schedule and have a regular day of school.  The end of year party for the 6th and 7th grade students will take place on the final day of school.  Students will receive their yearbooks, attend periods 1-4 on a modified schedule, and then report to the gym for 2 hours of dancing (with a DJ), games, raffle prizes, treats and more.  We’re looking forward to ending this school year with a big celebration for all of our 6th and 7th grade students. 

Stay Focused! As we wrap up the year, please remind your student to maintain their positive focus on both grades and behavior.  Sometimes as the year comes to a close, students engage in some strange behaviors, checking out academically, and acting in a manner that is significantly different than what we’ve seen for the first few months.  Reminders from parents to stay the course, stay focused, and finish the year on a positive note are powerful messages that help keep our school environment positive for everyone over the last 9 days.  Thank you for your ongoing support in this area!

Lunch Accounts and Charging: As of Monday, May 13, our cafeteria will no longer allow students to charge for lunches on their accounts.  In addition, it is important that outstanding balances be paid off prior to the end of the school year.  Keep in mind that any money left on your student’s account will transfer over to next year even if they are moving from middle to high school.  Thank you!

CMS Robotics Summer Camp: The Carmel High School Robotics Team is sponsoring a summer Robotics and Tech Camp in the Carmel High School Robotics Lab.  Engineering teachers Tom Clifford and Mike Brewer will be leading the camp with CHS Robotics Team members mentoring and teaching students.  No prior knowledge is necessary.  The camp will run from Tuesday, July 30th through Friday, August 2nd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and lunch is provided each day.  Next year, the CHS Robotics Team will be sponsoring a Middle School Robotics Team with the goal of growing a strong robotics program over the next few years.  This is a great way to get involved!  The cost for the camp is $300.  Scholarships are available.  To sign up for the camp visit: or contact Tom Clifford, CHS Teacher at tclifford@carmelunifiedorg or 831.624.1821 x3706.  To learn more about the program visit the CHS Robotics Team Website at .

Does your child have a loaner Chromebook checked out? The library still has a large number of loaners checked out! You can always check your student's current library record if you are logged into Chrome with your child's username and password. From the MySchool Home page, click on Classlink, and sign in your with a CUSD  username and password. On the Classlink main page, click on the "Library & Research" folder, then click on Follett Destiny. In Destiny, select the "My Info" tab. If you see an Acer Chromebook, it is most likely a loaner. Please ask your student to return it to the library on Monday. The library has been running out of loaner Chromebooks on the days with long testing period.  If you have any questions, please email our Teacher Librarian, Susan Thompson (

27. Memorial Day - school closed
28 - 31. Spirit Week
28 - 31 World Language Final Exams - Spanish / Chinese
31. 8th Grade Promotion Dance 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

5. 8th Grade Class Trip
6. 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
7. Minimum Day - Last Day of School - 6th/7th Grade End of Year Celebration