CGMS Cougars Weekly Update

Week of September 27th

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Important Information in This Newsletter:

- Grade Level Daily Planner Links

- SoWashCo Home Sporting Events at the High Schools

- Face Masks Reminder

- Important Dates

- Culver's Night Information

- Yearbook Information

- School Pictures are Ready

- Bus Safety Reminders

- Digital Citizenship

- Growing Through Grief Information

- Cell Phone Reminder

- Free Breakfast & Lunch

- Device Protection Information

- Health Office Update

- Chemical Health Newsletter

SoWashCo Home Sporting Events - High School Football Games

No elementary or middle school students will be admitted to a home high school football game in SoWashCo Schools unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This expectation has been adopted by several other schools in our conference as well as the metro area. We encourage all parents/guardians to discuss this policy with their children before bringing them to the games. If students enter the gates with their parent/guardian, we would expect that they sit with them throughout the entire game. Students who loiter in the concourse or grassy areas often cause a concern for the other fans that are there to watch the game. This policy will also help us follow our COVID Guidelines for spectators at an event.

We hope parents and guardians can help us enforce this policy.

Face Masks Reminder

The teachers and staff at CGMS wanted to let you know that students are doing a great job overall wearing their masks at school, however we have noticed that often students’ masks don’t fit well. When students’ masks don’t fit, they don’t provide any of the protections that are the reason we have the mask mandate. Several times a day and even during the same class period, teachers must ask some students to move their masks back over their noses or mouths. Students have been good at following through with this when asked, but may be frustrated that the problem is not that they’re choosing to wear their masks this way but that their masks just don’t fit right.

We’re hoping you, parents and guardians, can help out by checking in with your child. Ask them to put on their masks and have a quick conversation with you to see if the mask stays on the face, over both nose and mouth. If you notice that the mask doesn’t fit right, please search out a different mask that will fit properly. We appreciate your support with this !

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Tuesday, Sept. 28 - Step It Up Fundraiser Starts (more information to come)

Tuesday, Oct. 5 - Culver's Night, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Thursday, Oct. 21 - No School: MEA Break

Friday, Oct. 22 - No School: MEA Break

Tuesday, Oct. 26 - School Picture Re-Take Day

Tuesday: Oct. 26 - Fall Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 7:00 pm

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CGMS School Pictures Are Ready!


Event Code: FE6221

Also Needed: Infinite Campus Unique Student ID

Good news! JostensPIX was recently at your school to photograph picture day, and your student's photos are now available for viewing and ordering!



  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and
  • Photos are shipped directly to your home
  • High-res digital downloads are available
  • If you have more than one child, you can order together and pay
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East Ridge High School Boys Swim & Dive Team


If you enjoy swimming, racing, competing, and adrenaline - or – diving, trampolines, snowboarding, parkour, and flips – PLEASE JOIN US!



Meet Coaches & Captains, Submit Team Registration Forms, Complete Apparel Orders, Sign-Up for Booster Activities, Ask Questions. For more information, please see our team activity page: ERHS Boys Swim & Dive

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SoWashCo School Bus Reminders

Please review important transportation reminders:

  • Masks must be worn by all passengers when riding the bus.
    • Students who continue to not wear a mask on the bus may have their riding privileges suspended.
  • Seating charts will be used on all vehicles.
    • Drivers may not be able to accommodate seating requests.
  • Students are required to wear seat belts if the vehicle is equipped with seat belts.
  • We encourage families to view the Bus Safety Video with their child/children.

Digital Citizenship

During Trimester 1, students will be taking part in classroom lessons from Common Sense Education©. Common Sense helps students learn the habits and skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly in school, at home, and beyond.

For more information about Common Sense Education and digital citizenship, please read our CGMS Digital Citizenship Family Letter.

SoWashCo Growing Through Grief Introduction

CGMS Student Cell Phone Policy

Students are permitted to use personal cell phones and mobile communication devices before & after school and during lunch.

Cell phones need to be put in student locker prior to the start of Advisory class.

Students may use their cell phones during lunch but will need to put cell phone back in locker prior to returning to class.

While cell phone is in locker, it must be turned off or on airplane mode and stowed away.

  • Students who violate this policy regarding cell phones and electronic devices are subject to appropriate disciplinary consequences.

  • First Offense: Student will give cell phone to teacher to store at teacher desk; phone returned to student at end of the hour. Teacher notifies parent/guardian of the violation.

  • Second Offense: Student will give cell phone to teacher and the teacher will turn cell phone into Administration for the remainder of the day. Parent/guardian notified by Administration of the violation. The student must meet with an administrator before the phone is returned.

  • Third Offense: Student will give cell phone to teacher and the teacher will turn cell phone into Administration for the remainder of the day. Administration will call parent or guardian and they must schedule a time to come in to school to pick up the cell phone.

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Free Breakfast & Lunch

School breakfasts and lunches will be provided to all students free of charge again this school year.

Go to the Nutrition Services at the following link: to see menus, nutritional improvements that are being made and other important information.

Students can bring their own lunch from home if they choose to.


CLICK HERE to view Device Protection Information

CLICK HERE to purchase the Device Protection Plan

CLICK HERE to Complete the Free/Reduced Lunch Form (if needed)

SoWashCo Schools is offering families the option of purchasing a Device Protection Plan to protect district-issued devices from accidental damage to the device; damage from fire, flood, natural disasters, or power surges; and theft (with a filed police report).

The participation cost for those choosing to enroll in the Device Protection Plan is $20 annually per device. Families who qualify for federal educational benefits, such as free and reduced-price meals, will also be eligible for reduced pricing ($10 annually per device) or free coverage.

If families are eligible, the pricing will automatically be calculated at checkout. In addition, families with multiple children will not pay more than $60 per year for Device Protection Plans. Payment on Device Protection Plans is due upon issuing of the student’s device.

The protection fee is nonrefundable. Coverage begins upon receipt of the payment and ends at the conclusion of the scheduled school year.

Additional Information:

  • Families who waive the Device Protection Plan will be responsible for the full cost of repair or replacement of the device.
  • The district issued device accessories, charging cable, power adapter “brick” and case (for iPad) are not covered by the plan.

Health Office Information

The medication authorization form needs to be filled out by a parent and signed by a provider (health office staff can assist in contacting providers) and returned with the medication to be administered.

If your student self carries medication, please follow the instructions on the self carry form. We do encourage middle school students to self carry their inhalers as much as possible.

Also now is a great time to check in with your child(ren)’s provider to ensure that all vaccines are current.

Feel free to contact Tracy Berzinski at or 651-425-6812.

Chemical Health Newsletter

Please click on the following link to read our Chemical Health Newsletter for September.