The Curtis Connection

January 13, 2023

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In today's Connection:

  • Mr. Mela's Message
  • Dates to Remember
  • ECMS MCAS Schedule Spring 2023
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 16, 2023

  • COVID-19 (Bivalent) Booster Clinic
  • Lost & Found
  • Order Your 2023 Yearbook

  • Collection Drive for Sudbury CARE Pantry
  • A Message from the ECMS Health Office: Seventh Grade Screening Information
  • Curtis Is Going to Washington in 109 Days!
  • ECMS Trivia Club
  • Local Resources and Helpful Information
  • Interested in Substituting as a School Nurse?
  • Recess
  • Curtis Schedule
  • Lunch Menu for the Week of 1/16/23-1/20/23
  • Kickoff to Kindergarten 2023
  • CPO News
  • Curtis Core Values/Contact Us


Dear Families,

On Monday, our 8th-grade teams participated in their Microaggressions assemblies, which involved role-plays and discussions that were led by actors/educators from Urban Improv - Rehearsal for Life. The students learned that microaggressions are subtle, indirect, and often unintentional forms of discrimination and they also learned about ways to respond and intervene. On January 30th, our 7th-grade students will have their assemblies and our 6th-grade assemblies will be on February 6th. Thank you to the CPO for funding these important presentations.

Here are some questions that 8th-grade families can use with their children and other families can use the questions in the weeks to come.

  • What did you think about the program on microaggressions at Curtis?

  • Why do you think this is an important issue for students at Curtis?”

  • Microaggressions can be very subtle so it’s hard to know, but do you think you may have seen them at school?

  • What do you think you can do if you see microaggressions—to yourself or others?

  • Who are some friends or teachers you can ask for ideas if you want to make a change?

On Monday, January 16, 2023, the United States will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This day is to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, yet it is also a day of service, which reflects the legacy of addressing social problems through collective action. As our school continues to focus on equity for ALL students, we honor Dr. King for making a difference in our country.

This weekend is a No Homework weekend. We hope you can relax and enjoy the long weekend.


Monday, January 16 - No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 25 - No School: Professional Development Day for Staff

Wednesday, February 1 - 12:45 Early Release

Wednesday, February 15 - 12:45 Early Release

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On Monday, January 16, 2023 the United States will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This day is to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, yet it is also a day of service, which reflects the legacy of addressing social problems through collective action.

A few years ago Today posted an article on educating various ages about Dr. Martin Luther King Day. It includes conversations for preschool and elementary to high school and adults.

Dr. King thought that civil disobedience was necessary to increase civil rights and believed if a law was wrong the citizens of the country had the right to protest against that law. On August 28, 1963, 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, and Martin Luther King made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a worldwide audience.


Lewis, David L. and Carson, Clayborne. "Martin Luther King, Jr.". Encyclopedia Britannica, 11 Jan. 2022, Accessed 14 January 2022.

"Who was Dr. Martin Luther King?” BBC Bitesize.

Resources: Additional Learning Opportunities

Children's Books Honoring the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ages 0-12)

The King Center Event Sheet

National Museum of African American History and Culture


January 19th, 2023

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

at the

Sudbury Senior Center

40 Fairbank Rd., Sudbury, MA

Start the New Year right by catching up on your vaccines.

This clinic is open to those 18 years and older.

Please register at: a5ee-d3654701bcae

For help with registering, contact Janet Lipkin at 978-639-3223.

Brought to you by the

Sudbury Health Department

Sudbury Senior Center

Cataldo Ambulance Service, Inc.


Please remind your child(ren) to check the Lost & Found in the cafeteria for missing items. There are a lot of clothes and other items that need to go back home before the items are donated on January 30th. Please remember to label all items, including clothing, water bottles, and lunch bags.

Hello, Curtis parents! Your children are creating memories this school year. In order to create the yearbooks in time, they need to be ordered soon. The yearbook is created and designed with student input. With pictures taken all throughout the school, they are creating a memorable book for you and your children to look back on their year.

When ordering, please be sure to use your child's formal name. Jostens uses a computer database to produce the emails that are sent to you. If you order using your child's nickname, your child's name will not be removed from the list and you will continue to receive emails. After placing your order, please be sure to save your email receipt, if needed for future reference. Please email our yearbook coordinator, Liz Kerrigan, if you have any questions.

Let's remember this year together! All yearbook orders are placed online. The price is $50. Please click here to order your yearbook today!


Curtis is hosting a supplies collection drive for our neighbors in need. The drive has been organized by the Curtis Angels and will benefit the Sudbury CARE Pantry, which helps individuals and families in need of personal care, laundry and household cleaning supplies. The drive will run Tuesday, January 17th through Friday, February 3rd.

We are asking for donations of adult toothbrushes, baby shampoo, body wash, baby diaper wipes, face cleanser, face moisturizer, Vaseline, air freshener spray, textured shampoo, textured conditioner and disposable masks.

A collection box will be located in the front lobby at Curtis. Please contact Curtis Angels Advisor Ivar Henningson if you have questions about the collection drive. On behalf of those who will benefit from your donation, thank you in advance for your support.



Dear Parent/Guardian:

Vision and hearing screenings are conducted for all seventh grade students per Massachusetts law. They are designed to identify students who may need further evaluations.

The ECMS health office will be conducting vision and hearing screenings for 7th Grade students throughout the month of January during team blocks.

If your child is already being followed by a provider for vision and/or hearing conditions you may opt-out of this screening by filling out this form. If you are planning to opt out your student please do so by January 3, 2023, otherwise your child will be automatically screened.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact the nurses: or 978-443-1071 x7509 or x7508

Thank you,

Kiersten Varner, RN and Marisa Giorgi Woodford, RN

ECMS Health Office Nurses


Registration closes in 27 days

*If you know your child will NOT attend this trip, please email Lauren Egizio as soon as possible.

To register your 8th grader for the civics trip, go to Worldstrides AND Family ID. For other information and links, please visit the ECMS D.C. Website.

We are still seeking sponsors for the T-shirts. If you or someone you know is interested in being a sponsor, and having a logo printed on the shirt, please email Maria Tamburrini.


Does your child know a little bit about everything? Do they want to? We are excited to offer a new club at Curtis beginning in January. The Trivia Club will meet on Mondays from 3:15-4:15 p.m. This opportunity is open to students in grades 6-8.

We’ll host weekly games with questions on pop culture, geography, science, math, history, and more. Students should send Mr. Neagle or Mr. Montgomery a message on Schoology if they have any questions or would like to sign up. We will play in teams, but give it a try:

  • What distinct cape stretches from Provincetown to Woods Hole in Massachusetts?
  • In which body system do tapeworms make their home?
  • The First Amendment begins a list of ten amendments known as what?
  • According to Newton, how long would a feather remain motionless on a box if it were not acted on by outside forces?
  • In what novel is a boy named Jonas selected to be the person to store all the past memories of the time before Sameness?
  • The sum of odd integers between 1 and 99 (inclusive) is 2500. What is the sum of the even integers between 2 and 100 (inclusive)?


SPS Social-Emotional Resource Site for Families

This site includes a variety of resources designed for caregivers to help you support children in their social, emotional, and self-regulation growth. Contact information for the school-based mental health professionals is located on this site.

Town of Sudbury Website

Bethany Hadvab, Town of Sudbury Social Worker, can be reached by phone at 978-440-5476 or by email at

William James INTERFACE Referral Service

A mental health and wellness referral helpline. Each referral best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller. Click here to watch a short video about the referral service. Call toll-free: (888) 244-6843 Monday - Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Framingham Family Resource Center

Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are a statewide network of community-based providers offering multicultural parenting programs, support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources, and education for families whose children range in age from birth to 18 years old.

Behavioral Health Partners

A referral agency that helps find and connect you to services needed to improve your quality of life. Metrowest referral line: 1-844-528-6800.


Dear Families,

Are you a nurse or do you know a nurse who may be interested in school nursing? Our dynamic SPS nursing team is looking to increase our nursing substitute pool and would love to have you join us. If you are interested, please apply here! Want more information or have some questions? Please contact Nurse Leader, Carol Bradford to find out more about this very rewarding position.

Thank you!

978-443-1085 ext 6005


Please know that on days when the temperature is below 32 degrees, no student will be allowed out at recess without adequate winter clothing.


Please click here to view the SPS 2022-2023 School Calendar.
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Please click here to see the complete Curtis schedule for this school year.

LUNCH MENU FOR THE WEEK OF 1/16/23-1/20/23

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Curtis Directory

You can still purchase online access to the Curtis directory and make a donation to

Direct Appeal in one easy step. Online access for the directory is $10 and you will

have access right after you place your order. Visit this link to get Directory access


Direct Appeal

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the CPO to help support Curtis’ cultural, creative, and educational programming. The CPO supports a variety of programs and initiatives that are all important additions to the Curtis community and they truly improve the students’ experience at Curtis Middle School. This is all possible because of the generosity of the Curtis parent community.

We suggest a $75 donation—but no donation is too small—and all are appreciated! Also, please check if your company offers a matching donation. Click here to donate.

Please note that donation acknowledgment letters will be provided by request only. If you require a letter for tax purposes, please email a request to

(You can also make a donation when you order your directory!)

Lost & Found

Please remind your student to check the Lost & Found in the cafeteria for missing items. There are a lot of clothes, shoes, bags and water bottles and other items that need to go back home. It is important to note that there are multiple sizes of several items, so please check before taking what is yours.

Curtis Gear

The Curtis online store is now open with lots of Curtis spirit wear and gear, including clothing, hats, bags, and more! Now is the time to make purchases for holiday gifts. Gear is available for purchase throughout the year.

8th Grade Events and Washington DC Trip: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are still looking for volunteers to form a team to help with various aspects of the DC trip. Additionally, we need a team of parent volunteers to start planning the 8th Grade events including the end of the year Social. Please reach out to the 8th Grade Co-Chair Nalini Luthra via email if you would like more information or sign up to help.


Learning ~ Respect ~ Responsibliity

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