The Curtis Connection
September 9, 2022
MR. MELA'S MESSAGE
Today we completed our seventh day of school and we continue to be off to an excellent start. Thank you to our students, staff, and families for your hard work!
We have received lots of positive and helpful feedback about the Curtis Outdoor Space and we look forward to further planning and discussion.
We are happy to announce that Curtis will be hosting in-person Back to School Nights this year: 6th grade on Wednesday, September 28 and 7th/8th grades on Thursday, September 29, 6:30-8:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for parents who want to do CORI's and/or visit any organizations set up in the cafeteria.
As we enter this weekend, please remember to honor the lives lost and the families impacted on September 11, 2001.
Please continue to let us know about any questions, concerns, and ideas that you have about the first weeks of school.
ECMS SCHOOL PICTURE DAY - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST
Click here to pre-order Photo Packages. Note: Your child’s picture will be used for the school ID system and 2022/23 School Yearbook
- Order before September 23rd 2022, for Discounted Print Packages.
- FREE Delivery – Your pre-pay order will be sent to the school for distribution. (Orders placed after the cut-off will be delivered home and incur a delivery fee)
- Photo Retakes are available for all pre-pay orders only. (In the event you are not happy with the outcome of your child’s photo, the retake day is available for your child)
- Full Refund Option – In the event you are not happy with the outcome of your child’s photo (after retake day) you will be granted a full refund upon request.
How to pre-order your ECMS Student Photo Package:Click this link: https://beebystudios.orderschoolpix.com/53089
- Search for your child’s name in the subject name field (all students have been added – Please be sure to select the correct name – TIP: We advise to search by last name to avoid nicknames or abbreviated first names not being visible
- PASSWORD field is NOT required
- Enter your email address
- There are three tabs to choose from in the store:
Packages (Best value) / Prints (individual) / Products
- Pre-orders deadline is September 23rd, 2022 (The site will be closed after this date)
- There is NO DELIVERY CHARGE for pre-orders
- Print Package: A+, B+, C+, D+, E+ INCLUDE the HIGH-RESOLUTION Digital (It must have a “+ “ after the letter to include the Digital File)
- If you have Siblings, please repeat steps 1 -4 and use SEPARATE names for each sibling order. (This is essential so that the photo studio can match up your order to your child’s photo)
- Please allow up to 4 weeks after Photo Day for the delivery of your order.
Parent Volunteers Needed:
Picture Day is fun, but it requires a lot of organizing and planning to make the morning run smoothly and without delays! We couldn’t do it without the help of our parent volunteers.
If you’re a parent or guardian and would like to help photography team, you will receive a 100% credit for your ECMS Student Photo Order!
Please email the photography studio if you’re able to help.
Tips and Tricks For An Even Better School Picture
Remember that you’ll have less than a minute in front of the camera. Your Photographer will help position and pose you, but there are other things that will really help to make your photo great:
1. Outfit Choices – (The photo will be head, shoulders, and chest up)
- Aim for muted tones (Pastel colors)
- Try to avoid bright, bold colors especially turquoise, orange, bright green, royal blue
- Try to avoid big patterns and / or logos
- If your skin is a very fair complexion, try to avoid darker outfits
- If your skin is a darker complexion, try to avoid very bright outfits
- Fitted outfits, collared t-shirts and jackets work well
- Baggy, and loose-fitting outfits work less well
- Remove sunglasses
- If you have light responsive lenses, it would be better to remove them, but if you need to keep them on, we recommend to keep them covered in shade until seconds before your photo!
- If you have long hair, try to keep it off your eyes.
- Try to avoid pinning hair back behind ears.
- Your photographer will ask you to angle your body very slightly towards their light box and have you face the camera, looking directly into the camera lens.
- The shoulder closest to the camera, should be ever so slightly lower which will bring your eyes a little closer to the camera.
- Avoid standing completely straight to the photographer: This will make your body look much wider than it is, and your head will look smaller than it is!
- We may ask you to cup your hands and put them in front of you but occasionally, and depending on your outfit, we’ll have you put your arms slightly back.
- Your Photographer will help direct and guide you.
- The most important thing is to relax, with a nice, easy smile (not forced)
If you have any questions, please use the following contact details:
Cell: 508 596 1152
Office: 978 261 5661
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
CURTIS IS GOING TO WASHINGTON!
SAVE THE DATE!
Attention 8th grade families: This year, the 8th grade civics trip to Washington D.C. will take place on May 2-5, 2023. The first Parent Orientation will be held on Wednesday Sept. 21st at 5-6pm on Zoom. The session will be recorded. Meeting links and Zoom information will be sent to 8th grade families through Aspen and Blackboard.
REMINDERS FROM THE OFFICE STAFF
- If your child will be absent or tardy from school, please call 978-443-1071, press 1, and leave a message on the absence line stating your child’s name, the date(s) of their absence/ tardiness and the reason. If there is a planned absence, you are welcome to call ahead of time -- you do not need to wait until that day.
- If you will be taking your child out of school for an appointment or picking them up early, please write a note and have your child drop it off in the front office. You must come into the office to sign out your child; if they return to school that day, they may come back in on their own and stop by the office.
- We do not need to know about a change in dismissal plans at 3:10 dismissal time (or 12:45 on an Early Release day).
- Students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned.
- We will interrupt class to have students pick up eyeglasses or Chromebooks dropped off in the office. All other items will be placed on the table outside the office. If your child calls and asks you to bring something to school, please tell them they must come to the office to retrieve.
CALL FOR LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS!
The Curtis Library is looking for parent volunteers to assist in checkout, staffing the circulation desk during team time, building displays and bulletin boards, and other library tasks. No library experience is needed, you will be trained, but it is useful! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THANK YOU, CURTIS PARENT ORGANIZATION!
A MESSAGE FROM THE ECMS HEALTH OFFICE
DROP-OFF MEDICATIONS AT THE HEALTH OFFICE DURING SCHOOL HOURS
Does your student need medication at school?
EPI-PEN for Allergic reactions?
INHALER for Asthma?
Emergency Medication for Seizure Disorder?
Prescription DAILY Medication?
Please drop-off at the Health Office:
1) Medication in the original pharmacy-labeled container (check the expiration date)
2) We need a CURRENT MD Medication Order/Care Plan signed by the MD/provider and dated within 12 months.
You can call your MD/provider and request that the MD office FAX the Medication Order/Careplan to the ECMS Health Office.
*ECMS FAX number is 978-443-1098*
Does your student SELF-CARRY their own EPI-PEN or INHALER?
If YES, we still need a signed MD/provider order authorizing they may self-carry & administer their own medication.
Any questions, contact the Health Office at 978-443-1071, ext. 7509 or 7508
***GRADE 7 PHYSICALS***
Please submit a copy of your 7th graders most recent physical exam to the Health Office (within the past 13 months). If you have already submitted one, thank you! No need to submit another one.
***PEANUT & NUT-FREE CLASSROOMS***
Please send Peanut & Nut-free snacks to school. No Kind bars/Nutella in classrooms for the safety of all our students.
Update on Covid-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance for Schools
As we return to school, many of the Covid-19 protocols have been relaxed. The Department of Public Health (DPH) and The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) are no longer recommending universal masking, surveillance testing of asymptomatic individuals, contact tracing or quarantine after exposure. While masking is not required, many students and staff are continuing to wear one. Masks are available in school, and will be encouraged during periods of high transmission. Mask wearing is also a proven mitigation measure for reducing the spread of all illnesses as we saw last spring when masking was no longer required. If your child is experiencing illness symptoms but is testing negative for covid, it would be helpful if they would wear a mask at school. Masks are required while in the health office.
Individuals who test positive must isolate for 5 days. To count the 5 day period: Day 0 is the first day of symptoms, or if asymptomatic, the day of the positive test. Day 1 is then the next day. Individuals are allowed to return to activities on day 6 as long as symptoms are resolving and they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. During days 6-10 they must wear a mask if they are able. If they have a negative test after day 5, or are unable to wear a mask and have a negative test after day 5, they do not need to wear a mask.
If students become symptomatic at school they can remain in school if they have mild symptoms and have a negative rapid test. A second test within 48 hours is recommended, especially if symptoms continue. If the symptomatic student is not tested, they will be sent home and can return if symptoms remain mild and they have a negative test result or an alternative diagnosis from a medical professional.
Quarantine is no longer a requirement after exposure to someone who is positive for covid, regardless of vaccination status. Students may continue to come to school as long as they are asymptomatic, but masking is strongly recommended for those who are able to wear one. Testing on day 6 after exposure is recommended, but even if the result is negative, monitoring for symptoms and wearing a mask for the full 10 days after exposure is strongly recommended. Covid-19 continues to spread very efficiently within families, so if a family member has tested positive, to reduce the risk of transmission in the classroom setting, we would ask that the student wear a mask during the school day.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CURTIS COUNSELORS
As we start the new school year, the counseling staff wants to remind you of the support available here at Curtis and to let you know about our ECMS School Counseling Webpage. We recently updated the page to make it more user friendly and to include information about our department, community resources, as well as a convenient link to the Sudbury Public Schools SEL Resources. Please keep checking back for updates throughout the year!
We know that middle school is a time of growth and change which can present with some challenges. We want you to know that we are here to support you and your children. Please feel free to reach out to your grade level counselor if you would like to check in about your child at any point during the school year.
Terry Miller, 6th grade counselor
Jennifer Hymes, 7th grade counselor
Ivar Henningson, 8th grade counselor
Wednesday, September 14 - 12:45 Early Release
Wednesday, September 21 - Picture Day; 12:45 Early Release; 5-6 pm 8th Grade DC Trip Parent Orientation Meeting (Zoom)
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
Wednesday, October 5 - No School - Yom Kippur
Monday, October 10 - No School - Indigenous Peoples' Day
Wednesday, October 19 - 12:45 Early Release; 7:30 p.m. CPO Meeting
LUNCH MENU FOR THE WEEK OF 9/12-9/16
Welcome to the 2022–2023 school year at Curtis! We hope everyone has had a great summer and ready for a happy, healthy, fun year ahead. For all your CPO News, please sign up for the Curtis Messenger!
CPO Facebook Page
The CPO Facebook is another great resource to get information and ask questions. Please remember to answer the required questions to be approved. This is important for us to keep the membership contained to Curtis families.
First CPO Meeting
We will be hosting our first CPO meeting in a virtual format on October 19 at 7:30pm. We’ll share the meeting link soon. We hope you can join us. Mr. Mela will discuss the upcoming school year, and Ms. Kerrigan, technology integration specialist at Curtis, will give an overview of how technology is used at the middle school, including Schoology. Both will answer parent questions.
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, including cultural enrichment, the 1:1 computing program, the Curtis Messenger newsletter, student scholarships, student social events, technology, end-of-year activities, classroom curriculum aids for teachers, UA supplies, recess equipment, uniforms for school sports teams, library furniture, the student counseling department, the tile project in the school hallways, outdoor beautification projects, and much more. These 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 email@example.com.
(You can also make a donation when you order your directory!)
The Curtis online store is now open with lots of Curtis spirit wear and gear, including clothing, hats, bags, and more!
8th Grade Events and Washington DC Trip:
The 8th graders will be going to DC, hooray! We are looking for volunteers to form a team to help with various aspects of this trip.
Additionally, we need a team of parent volunteers to start planning the 8th Grade events including the end-of-the-year Social.
Please email 8th Grade Co-Chair Nalini Luthra if you would like more information or sign up to help.
Book Fair Volunteers Needed!We are looking for 1–2 volunteers to help run the book fair this year along with existing committee members. Limited, flexible volunteer hours involved. If interested or if you’d like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nalini Luthra (8th grade)
Christina Pappas (7th grade)
Christine Scanga (6th Grade)
CURTIS CORE VALUES
Learning ~ Respect ~ Responsibliity
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