Curtis Chronicles

October 14, 2020

A Message from Curtis Principal, Sonya Pitcock

Cougar parents,


We are thrilled to see more students on campus for this second quarter! We know what a difficult decision is can be for families and we respect all the decisions you are making. To make the changes work, we do have to alter schedules for many students and we know that’s tough. Our teachers will welcome all new students to their classes and help them get settled into their systems and pick up the learning right where the first quarter ended. Always feel free to reach out to any teacher with questions, comments or concerns. We are all in this together to serve our students and move their learning forward.


Students attending all AISD athletic events must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for middle school games are available for purchase only online. Students are expected to sit with the adults who they come with and leave with that adult as well. This helps us follow socially distancing and management of our safety protocols. We want to stay safe so our kids can keep playing! Thank you for your support and please let us know if you have any questions.


You may have seen information about the AISD Bond 2020 package via community meetings, signs, flyers, etc., but here is the district site to refer to for any questions you may still have.

https://www.allenisdbond.org/ Early voting opened on October 13 and will run through October 30. Election day is November 3.


Sincerely,

Sonya Pitcock

Upcoming Events

October 14: 8th grade Football @ Cooper

October 15: 8th grade Volleyball @ Utley

October 15: 7th grade Volleyball v. Utley

October 20: 8th grade Football v. McMillan

October 20: 7th grade Football @ McMillan

October 22: 8th grade Volleyball v. McMillan

October 22: 7th grade Volleyball @ McMillan

October 26: Student Holiday

October 30: PTA Reflections entries due by Noon

Corporate Sponsor: Creekview Orthodontics

Thank you to Creekview Orthodontics for their support of the Curtis PTA.


Learn more about Creekview Orthodontics by visiting them here: https://www.forgreatsmiles.com/

PTA Business Sponsorship Program

CMS PTA is pleased to once again offer our business sponsorship program. Curtis PTA would like to invite community businesses to show support for our staff, students and community by making a financial contribution to our PTA for the 2020-21 school year. PTA strives to make every child’s potential a reality.


There are two contributions levels for you to consider.


Red Level, $100

  • Your logo and link to your website on CurtisCougarPTA.org from now through June 30, 2021.
  • Included in end-of-year thank you email.


Black Level, $250

  • Your logo and link to your website on CurtisCougarPTA.org from now through June 30, 2021.
  • Included in end-of-year thank you email.
  • 1 Thank you in our campus-wide newsletter that goes out to all families.
  • 1 thank you and shout out with link to your website on our Curtis PTA Facebook page.

CLICK HERE for more details or email Jennifer.

Reflections: PTA Art Competition

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2020-2021 theme: I Matter Because...


Entries must be turned in to the CMS Library the week of October 26. All entries are due by Noon Friday, October 30, 2020. At-home learners may bring their submissions to the Curtis front office during this same time period.


Note: your student or parent/guardian must be a member of the Curtis PTA in order to participate. Please click here to join Curtis PTA.


Please see all details including categories, submission forms and deadlines by clicking here.

PTA Provides Red Ribbon Week Program

Curtis PTA is pleased to host a program for all students the end of October during their TRACKS class. The program, Just Say Yes - Youth Equipped to Succeed, is hosted by Tory Gant. For more details, please click here.

Student Nutrition Update


  1. Reimbursable meals served in elementary and middle schools and at the 4 curbside pickup locations (Rountree, Boyd, Ereckson and Curtis) are FREE through December 31, 2020 regardless of eligibility.
  2. Students are allowed one free breakfast and one free lunch per day. Parents should not pick up meals for students eating at school. Meals can be preordered for the student and siblings ages 1-18 years of age for pickup at the 4 curbside locations only. Curbside pickup can be ordered at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjneQ53z65cLN8s8FDWLU8LyZR-n_R-AYexDmi0YoQJ9r0gA/viewform
  3. Please compete the free/reduced meal application for this school year even though meals are currently free for elementary and middle school students. Free or reduced meal application link: https://www.allenisd.org/Page/50163

2019-2020 Allen Council of PTA Recognitions


Curtis PTA was thrilled to be able to recognize these wonderful leaders and contributors to our Curtis community!


2019-2020 Curtis PTA Lifetime Members

  • Anthony Arnold
  • Beth Bradley
  • Jennifer Mesquita
  • Stephanie Mooney


2019-2020 Watch D.O.G.S.

  • Officer Anthony Garcia


2019-2020 PTA Leadership Academy

  • Insiya Patwa


Thank you for all you have done for our campus!

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STEAM Ambassadors Tutoring Services

General Overview:

Provide flexible online peer tutoring services to students K-12 with homework help and science and math concept comprehension.


Goals:

  • Assist students with math and science concepts through virtual tutoring sessions.

  • Provide accessible student support that would typically be offered in a face to face setting but has become increasingly difficult as students learn away from campus.

  • Establish a virtual tutoring model that successfully addresses the diverse needs of learners across Allen ISD.


For complete details and sign up information, please click here.

CMS Announcements Posted to CMS Website

If you are interested in CMS Announcements, you can access them directly on the CMS website.

Be sure to check back often! CLICK HERE

Yearbook Photos Needed

Yearbook needs help gathering photos this year! If we have any football, cheer or volleyball parents that take photos of their students at the games and would like to share for yearbook PLEASE use the attached form and help us out!
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Getting Started with Digital Learning Platforms - Resources for Parents and Students

The instructional technology team has created several resources to support the utilization of digital learning platforms by students and parents. The resources can be found on the Back To School > Academic Information for Families page on the Allen ISD website:


All levels:

Getting Started with Zoom


Elementary:

Elementary: Getting Started with Google Meet

Getting started with Seesaw

Getting started with Google Classroom


Secondary:

Secondary: Getting Started with Google Meet

Getting Started with Canvas


For the complete list of resources created to support Allen ISD students and parents click here.


Education Rights and Responsibilities During COVID-19​ (PDF)

Education Rights and Responsibilities During COVID-19​ (Spanish) (PDF)

Virtual Science Fair

The Allen ISD Science Fair is going virtual this year! Both Elementary and Secondary campus fairs will need to be virtual due to COVID19. Instructions and deadlines for the fair will be shared by campus science fair coordinators soon.


Due to the nature of COVID19, we are proceeding as though the regional and state fairs will be virtual as well, however this may change.

Middle School Parent Chats - Hosted by AISD Support Counselors

Dear Parents and Guardians,


During these uncertain times, we understand that you may be struggling to balance your child's at-home or in-person learning along with your own work and home commitments. We are here to support you! Join us at one of the times listed by clicking on the date/time links below. We are here to provide a space for you to discuss your challenges and identify healthy ways to cope & problem solve. It will be a great way to connect with other parents facing similar struggles. We hope you will join us! Facilitated by the Allen ISD Support Counselors.


Please note: Registration will open 2 weeks prior to each event.


Middle School Parent Chats

Wednesday, October 14 2-3 pm

Wednesday, October 28 2-3 pm

Wednesday, November 11 2-3 pm

Wednesday, December 2 2-3 pm

Wednesday, December 16 2-3 pm


Platica Para Los Padres de Familia del Distrito de Allen

14 de octubre 10-11 am

11 de noviembre 10-11 am

16 de diciembre 10-11 am


Hope you can join us!

AISD Support Counselors

Volunteer Application Now Open for 2020-2021

Annually, volunteers are required to fill out the Allen ISD Volunteer Application form. While currently volunteers are not able to be on campus, we encourage those interested to fill out the application now. The application resets each year on July 1 and takes about 2 weeks to process. Please click this link below to fill out yours.

Use Amazon Smile to Support Curtis PTA

Do you shop on Amazon? Use Amazon's Smile and support Curtis PTA!

AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Curtis PTA when shopping Amazon.


  1. Go here: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/

  2. Select your charity: PTA Texas Congress 201 Curtis Middle School

  3. Bookmark smile.amazon.com

  4. Start using smile.amazon.com whenever you want to shop at Amazon!


Be sure to shop through AmazonSmile the next time you shop online. You’re still shopping with Amazon — you’re just doing good while buying what you need!

Please encourage grandparents, neighbors, and friends to support Curtis PTA by shopping through AmazonSmile too.