Friday, August 23, 2019

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


Good afternoon CMS Families,

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

Highlights of the Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All volleyball players meet in the gym

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day – No School

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

Additional Announcements and Opportunities:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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