CMS Weekly eNews

Friday, December 10, 2020 (Week #14)

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Principals' Weekly Message

From The Principal's Desk...

Dear Parents and Guardians:

With week #13 in the books, we now inch closer to our Winter Break. The next week and a half will be filled with lots of emotions. I want to take this time to once again say thank you all for partnering with us, as we navigate through this pandemic. Learning for middle level students is tough enough at times, and right now we need all supports firmly anchored. With that being said, please remind your children that each day can be a new start. The word of the week was "Aptitude." Having students work to increase capacity and aptitude is never easy. However, understanding "how" to improve aptitude is a different story. All of us can work to become better, and it's a "soft skill" that leads to overall improvement. Again nothing is easy and we all just need to be rowing in the same direction.

On another note, Principal Starczewski and I had a lot of fun bringing you our first Town Hall version of our plans. We truly appreciated all of you joining us. This is a platform we want to continue, as it allows us to give you a window into our schools. If you attended the session, please provide us with some feedback. The link to accomplish this is below. More of these sessions will be coming - stay tuned!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

Dean W. Packard, Principal


Phone: (508)2481423 Ext.1102

School’s Website: Charlton Middle School's Website

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Guidance Corner

Our guidance counselors are starting a version of the Herren Club. This club provides a peer network group within schools, which leads to healthy choices. This club will be a fun opportunity for come together and make new friends. Please reach out to Miss Murphy or Mr. Daley for more information. This club is open to all students in grades: 5, 6, 7 and 8

Miss Murphy:

Mr. Daley:

Herren Project Website

Herren Club Sign Up Form

Town Hall Feedback Form

Thanks for all of the parents and guardians who attended our Town Hall meetings on Monday and Tuesday. Please take a moment and give us your feedback on the sessions. Click the link below to access the Form.

Town Hall Feedback Form

Mandatory Flu Shot Information - Deadline is: December 31, 2020

Nurse Harrington has created an informational page about the new Flu Shot requirements. Please click here to read about this up-to-date requirement. This goes for all students, even full remote students. Please email Nurse Harrington with questions at

Flu Vaccine Information

After School Opportunities - Coming Soon!

Over the next couple of weeks we will begin to explore some extra-curricular opportunities for students. I will be adding them to our Weekly eNews. We will start with Show Choir signups. Please click on the button below if you would like to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Fontaine at

James Scanlon - Athletic Director

Based upon the information presented at the School Committee meeting Wednesday night, there are some updates to report about winter sports at our middle schools. These updates are important because they involved many tough conversations and decisions. These decisions were not made easily, but we feel they are in the best interest of our students.

Our league (the Mid-Wach) voted to cancel all middle school sports during the Winter 2020-2021 season. There are many concerns for having a safe, successful season, such as lack of space and transportation issues. Many other leagues like ours are doing the same thing because their gymnasiums are closed or being used to store desks and chairs. We want to make sure we make the best decisions for you, based on what is going on at Charlton and Dudley Middle. Principal Packard, Principal Starczewski, and I have talked with some of you and some of our coaches to see what we can do to keep sports alive. Please see the link below to fill out a short survey about how we can do that. We know just how critical our middle schools programs are to the development and success of our most important team members: you.

We will make sure to keep you informed with any updates or changes along the way. I hope you all have a nice, safe weekend!!


The Week Ahead

Monday, December 14th

- Cohort A Hybrid In-Person – Cohort B Remote Learning Day

- Days 3&4 UA Schedule

Tuesday, December 15th

- Cohort A Hybrid In-Person – Cohort B Remote Learning Day

- Days 3&24UA Schedule

Wednesday, December 16th

- Independent Remote Learning: Students access Google Classrooms for asynchronous learning opportunities.

- Days 3&4 UA Schedule

Thursday, December 17th

- Cohort B Hybrid In-Person – Cohort A Remote Learning Day

- Days 3&4 UA Schedule

Friday, December 18th

- Cohort B Hybrid In-Person – Cohort A Remote Learning Day

- Days 3&4 UA Schedule

Student Self-Check Form

Please complete this Form daily. Thanks this helps us keep our school safe for students and staff.

Parent & Guardian Resource Section

Click here for resources from throughout the year.

Show Choir Sign Up Form

Click here if you would like to sign up for Show Choir.

Additional After School Activities Starting In January

Click here to sign up for additional virtual activities starting in January.