The Mustang Minute

October 26, 2018 - Issue 8

Parent Teacher Conferences

Coming home this week are letters inviting parents to meet and talk about their students. Parent teacher conferences will be held on November 8th and 15th from 6:00-8:00pm and on November 16th from 12:00 - 2:30pm. This is a great opportunity for parents to come into the school and hear about their child's progress. We know that coming into the school can be a challenge for some families which is why we send home letters that indicate if your child is making good progress or if we think it's imperative to meet to find additional ways to support them at CMS. No matter which letter you receive please know that we are always happy to meet with parents. we know that involved parents lead to successful children!

For parents that cannot make an on site meeting we have other options including a phone conference, a Skype meeting, or a team meeting.

Once again we will be using sign-up genius to schedule appointments. Teams will be sending out the sign up genius November 1st and specialist will send one out November 2nd. If you have any questions please do hesitate to email or call the school.

Parent Presentation on Digital Citizenship and Cyber bullying

This Tuesday, October 30th at 6pm in the CMS Library is hosting a presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Englander from Bridgewater State University. The focus of the presentation is digital citizenship and cyber bullying a very hot topic for middle and high school students. The presentation is open to all and I encourage you to share this with other families in the district.

PTO Meeting: All Things ASPEN!

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 6:30pm

1315 Washington Street

Norwood, MA

Join this month's PTO meeting for a special presentation by Cristina Serradas, the CMS technology coordinator, on the ASPEN portal. If time permits she will also show everyone Google Classroom and how it works for parents.

Start Time Task Force

Norwood Schools are considering changing the start times of the High school and Middle school. We are looking for parent representatives to join the task force that is currently made up of staff from all levels of the NPS, School Committee members, and community members. The Task force meets once a month at the Savage center. If you are interesting in joining please email me at mfraczek@norwood.k12.ma.us

CherryDale Fundraiser

We are nearing the end of our fundraiser and appreciate everyone who has showed their support. We know how busy families are...so if you have not yet gotten started...we ask you to start today! There is still time and it only takes a few minutes to register and share online or to show the brochures to your family and friends. Each item sold helps to make a difference in the lives of our kids. It provides for opportunities that are not possible without your help. Let's finish strong. .

Remember: Packets are Due by October 29th!

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Chromebook News

Please help us keep your kids working at school by asking them to charge their Chromebooks every night. Do they have a dedicated spot? Is it near their phone or coat or some other item that they will connect with school?


Student also need earbuds each day. Please send them in!

Washington DC Grade 8 Trip

If you missed the parent meeting on Tuesday we have forms with all the necessary information in the office and I have attached one to this newsletter. The PowerPoint is available on our webpage. We do have some need based scholarships available, please have your student come to the main office for a form.

Important Deadlines:

Registration Deadline: November 15th

Scholarship applications Deadline: November 1st


Please note that we have started to wait-list students. Once we reach 180 all those on the wait-list can be added to the fourth bus. If you enroll now and we don't make the 180 your deposit will be fully refunded.


Please note that we will start a wait list at 140 students to 180 students to avoid an increase in the cost of the trip. Over 75 students have already registered!

Grade 8 baby Photos

The Yearbook Club is collecting baby photos and blast from the past photos for the 2018-2019 yearbook. You can email photos to cmsyearbook@norwood.k12.ma.us or send in the originals with your students name and homeroom on the envelope or bag. They can give them to their homeroom teacher to give to the club advisers. The hard copies will be returned to you ASAP. These are due by December 21st. Thank You!

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After School Activities

Intramural Sports: Fall sports will start early October.

Friendship Club: The club will meet once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00 Students are responsible for their transportation home or take.a late bus. First meeting October 23rd.

Artist Circle: Meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1

Drama Club: Meets on Mondays at 2:15 in 101

Robotics Club: The Norwood High School Robotics Club will run for a total of 5 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday October 3rd, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Robotics Lab at Norwood High School.

Student Council: Informational meeting will be on October 4th

SEARCH The club's regular Monday meetings will begin after the application process is concluded. Please contact Mr. Oliver or Mr. Roussos with any questions.

Yearbook Club: Meets every other Thursday at 2:15

Honor Band: Mondays 4:00-5:30

Honor Orchestra: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30

Jazz Band: Wednesdays 5:30-7:00

Honor Chorus: Thursdays 3:15-4:45

Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Check out our kids in the news!

Box Top Summer Drive

We are doing a Box Top Drive! If the students can bring in 5000 tops they can earn an extra 15 minutes of recess for all three grades. Box tops are due by Friday October 26th! While ten cents each may not seem like a lot they add up! The PTO raised over $500 from Box Tops.

PTO Corner

The PTO meets the second Thursday of each month to hear an update from the principal and discuss planning related to enrichment, fundraising, activities and other topics of interest. You can also stay up to date with the CMS PTO by following us on Facebook. You can contact the PTO at coakleypto@gmail.com.


NEXT MEETING IS November 1st: Learn about all things ASPEN!



Need some new Coakley Apparel for the 2018 School Year? Click the link below and see what's available!

Important Dates

Cherrydale Fundraising Starts: October 15

Gray Out Day for Brain Cancer: October 19th

Breast Cancer Denim Day: October 24th

Metrowest Health Survey: October 24th

School Council Meeting: October 24th

Picture Day: October 25th

Blue Hills/Norfolk Aggie Assembly: October 30


Music Concert Dates

Thursday, December 13: 7th Grade Winter Concert (choral and instrumental)

Tuesday, December 18: 8th Grade Winter Winter Concert (choral and instrumental)

Thursday, January 10: 6th Grade Chorus and Honor Ensembles Winter Concert

Thursday, January 24th: Festival of Bands Concert at NHS (6-8 band)

Thursday, January 31st: All Town Orchestra Concert at NHS (6-8 orchestra)

Thursday, February 7th: LaLa-Palooza Choral Concert at NHS (8th grade chorus and Honor Chorus)