The Curtis Connection
August 26, 2022
MR. MELA'S MESSAGE
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year at Curtis Middle School! We are very excited to welcome our students back to school next week, and I'm thrilled to return for my seventh year as principal.
At Curtis, we are committed to providing an outstanding learning environment where students can learn, grow, and appreciate the importance of diversity, equity, kindness, and giving back to the community. We are focused on building strong, trusting, and respectful relationships with our students so ALL students can feel connected, safe, valued, and welcomed.
We believe in working collaboratively, respectfully, and thoughtfully with the entire Curtis community to do the important work of educating our students. Open lines of communication are critical in forming strong relationships with families, and we encourage you to contact us if you have questions, concerns, or ideas for improvement.
During the last few years, we have observed that cell phones have increasingly become a distraction for students in school. Thus, students will be expected to keep their cell phones in their backpacks during the day. We believe this will help with student focus and attention. Students would still be able to use classroom or office phones at any time with permission from an adult.
To help with communication, we will be sending a weekly email, usually on Fridays, which will include information about Curtis, including a calendar of events and exciting opportunities for our students and families.
FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31
Grade 6 students will report to the cafeteria; grade 7 students will report to the gym; and grade 8 students will report to the auditorium.
***PARENT ACTION REQUIRED***
Student placement and the Back to School Packet both became available for parents in the Aspen Family Portal on August 18. Please click on the Follett Aspen button on our main website or go directly to our Aspen welcome page to get started.
It is essential that all students have a completed Back-to-School packet, as the packet contains vital information such as health conditions and emergency contacts. The Back-to-School packet also includes permission sign-offs allowing students access to resources such as technology. If you have not completed an on-line Back-School packet in Aspen for each of your children, please do so as soon as possible. Newly enrolled families have already submitted the same information as part of the registration process and should have received a mailing with Aspen login information. Please contact the front office if you encounter any issues.
It is important to note that families must give permission on an annual basis for their child to receive over-the-counter medications, use technology, be included in school publications or directories. Until such permission is given, it will be assumed that permission is denied. Upon approval by appropriate school personnel, the data will be updated and available in real-time.
Thank you for continuing to support the district's health and safety initiatives!
What is the arrival procedure?
- Students should be dropped off between 8:10-8:25 AM. Students should stay in their cars and cannot be dropped off earlier than 8:10.
- There will be a specific door for each grade to enter and exit the building, which will be clearly labeled.
- Students being dropped off will either:
- Grade 7 - Students will wait on the grass until they enter the school.
- Grade 8 - Students will wait on the grass until they enter the school.
What is the expectation for homeroom?
- Students should be in their homeroom by 8:30 AM.
What is the procedure for lockers?
- Lockers will be used to store jackets, lunches, and some materials.
- Locks have been removed from the lockers to reduce crowded hallways and the time required.
What is the procedure for absences?
- Families should call the absence line (978-443-1071, press 1) if your child is not attending school or will be tardy that day. You may call ahead and leave a message.
- If students are not accounted for, the office will call home.
What happens when students transition between classes?
- Students will be directed to use specific traffic patterns for movement between classes.
- Students should use appropriate spacing and stay on the right side of the hallway.
What happens when students go to lunch?
- To start the year, students will have an assigned area at lunch.
- Students will eat in the cafeteria.
What is the procedure for bathroom use?
- There should not be more than 3 students in the bathroom at the same time.
- Students should wash their hands when they enter and exit the bathroom.
What will happen with recess?
- Grade 6 students will have recess every day.
- Grade 7 will have recess every other day.
- Grade 8 will have recess every other day.
- Sports equipment can be used.
What is the procedure for fire drills?
- Staff will lead students to their designated areas. There will be a fire drill during the first week.
- There should be complete silence when exiting the school.
What happens with cell phones?
- Cell phones should be turned off and kept in backpacks during the school day.
- With teacher permission a student may call home (in the presence of a teacher).
What is the procedure for dismissal?
- Students will be dismissed at 3:10 PM and will use the same door they used to enter the school.
We look forward to seeing the students!
A MESSAGE FROM THE ECMS HEALTH OFFICE
STUDENT MEDICATION DROP-OFF TO ECMS HEALTH OFFICE
Monday 8/29/2022 - after 12:00 noon
or Tuesday 8/30/2022
( Allergy/Asthma/Seizure/Diabetes Care Plans and any Medications for School)
Each school year the health office needs an updated order for a prescription or over-the-counter medication signed by a doctor or health care provider along with updated medical orders to administer medication.
If your child needs:
Daily medication during the school day
Medication on an as-needed basis (including over-the-counter)
An epi-pen for an allergy
An inhaler for asthma
Medication for a seizure disorder
Supplies to keep at school for students with diabetes
For epi-pens, inhalers, or seizures this can be an allergy, asthma, or seizure care plan signed by your child’s pediatrician, allergist, or neurologist. Attached are the medication order forms below, asthma and allergy care plans, and seizure care plans for your convenience. The forms can also be found on the SPS website under A to Z directory->health office->health forms->documents.
Please bring to Curtis:
Medication in the original bottle/box with the pharmacy label indicating your child’s name, medication name, dose, and time to be given
A signed doctor’s order
A signed allergy/asthma/seizure/diabetes care plan
Medications, epi-pens, and/or inhalers will not be accepted without MD signed orders/care plans. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
For students who require medication at school, please print/sign both forms:
Students who require an epi-pen at school, please print/sign both forms:
Students who require an inhaler at school, please print and sign forms:
Students who require medication for seizures at school, please print form:
Students who require diabetes management in school please print form:
*Note: Students that self-carry their own epi-pens or inhalers still need medical authorization that they may independently be responsible for their medications & an order needs to be on file in the health office. Students will need to demonstrate their knowledge of allergy triggers and how to administer their medication to the school nurse.
Your physician’s office may print out their own version of an allergy, asthma, diabetes or seizure care plan which is acceptable.
PREPARE FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Seventh grade students need a current physical exam within the past 13 months. Students must be up-to-date on their vaccines. The meningococcal vaccine is now a required immunization. We also check that students have received a booster for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap). The early childhood vaccines for these diseases wane at this age and it is possible for cases of of highly contagious Pertussis (Whooping Cough) to break through. If you are not sure whether your child’s vaccines are current, contact your child’s health care provider or school nurse.
Obtain updated prescription drugs in a labeled container along with the signed medication orders.
Drop-off medication @ the health office on Mon. 8/29 after 12:00 noon or Tues. 8/30
*If your child uses an over-the-counter medicine during school hours or needs it only on occasion, a written order from your child’s health care provider is needed. This includes allergy medications, digestive aids, steroid creams, eye drops, or ointments. These may be dropped off at the same times as above.
VERIFY/UPDATE EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
It is crucial that all contact information, including emergency contacts, are current. If your child is ill at school, they will need to be dismissed immediately. Please review your contact information is up to date in the ASPEN parent packet as soon as possible.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Please send a full water bottle to school each day. There are water bottle fillers on each floor.
Suggested items to send with your child: spare face mask, hand lotion, chapstick, reusable water bottle filled with fresh water, and personal hand sanitizer.
How to get health forms, medication orders, and physicals to us:
Contact: Kiersten Varner, RN x7509 or Marisa Giorgi Woodford, RN x7508
Mail: 22 Pratts Mill Road, Sudbury, MA 01776
Drop-off in health office mailbox located outside the door of the health office
A MESSAGE FROM THE CURTIS COUNSELORS
We are eagerly anticipating the beginning of the school year and welcoming your children back to school next week. We hope that you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer.
We wanted to remind all of our families that the Curtis school counselors and mental health team are here for you if you have any concerns about your child or if you need some assistance as we transition back to school.
Please feel free to reach out to your child’s grade level counselor if you need anything. Enjoy these last few days of summer break!
Terry Miller, 6th grade counselor
Jennifer Hymes, 7th grade counselor
Ivar Henningson, 8th grade counselor
FALL SPORTS AT ECMS
Online sign-up for fall sports 2022 is now available! We are offering: 7/8th grade girls soccer, 7/8th grade boys soccer, 7/8th grade girls field hockey, and 7/8th grade boys and girls cross country. These are all travel teams. Registration is currently open and will stay open until mid-September. Please click here to access the online registration.
The ECMS Athletics website provides details on all of the sports that we offer, schedules, as well as tryout dates and practice times. Click on Curtis Middle School and look under “co-curricular activities.” If your child is interested in a fall sport, please sign up early! All registrations need to be approved by our Health Office before a student can participate in a sport. Please make sure that your child has a current physical. This is mandated by the state and current physicals are valid for 13 months. There are no exceptions to this rule.
If you have questions regarding the fall sports that are offered, please contact David Jurewicz.
Monday, September 5 - No School - Labor Day
Wednesday, September 14 - 12:45 Early Release
Wednesday, September 21 - Picture Day; 12:45 Early Release
Monday, September 26 - No School - Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 28 - 6th Grade Open House, 6:30 pm
Thursday, September 29 - 7th/8th Grades Open House, 6:30 pm
Monday, October 10 - No School - Indigenous Peoples' Day
CURTIS CORE VALUES
Learning ~ Respect ~ Responsibliity
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