CJMS Weekly Updates

September 5 to September 9

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Good Evening, Cabin John Middle School Families,


Thank you to everyone who made last week such a success for our entire Cabin John school community! We had a great first week of school welcoming back our 7th and 8th graders and getting to know our 6th graders. Back to School Night was also very well attended and we loved seeing all of our families back in person within our walls!


Thank you for everyone's patience as we work out a few kinks with our bus routes. We are working daily with transportation to make sure everyone has a seat on the bus both to and from school.


Remember, our back to school picnic is this Friday evening at 6pm here at Cabin John. PTSA has scheduled food trucks, and games and activities for everyone


Please remember to update your child’s information in the ParentVue portal. Parents have access to their child’s information and we ask that you verify that it is accurate and update any changes, such as Emergency contact, cell phone numbers, or care providers. Parents may update through mid-October. Contact Tamara Hardy, 240-406-1560, for updating your address, which parents may not update in ParentVue.


While we are not contact tracing Covid cases this school year, we are still asking that families report any positive cases through this google form. MCPS is publishing COVID-19 cases by school as a public health service to inform staff, students and families of COVID-19 cases across the school district. Providing this information allows individuals to make personal health and safety decisions in the best interest of their own COVID-19 risk factors taking into account case numbers at their school or worksites. All reported COVID-19 staff and student COVID-19 cases will be displayed on this dashboard.


We have a new SSL coordinator this school year. Ms. Jennifer Poole, also our new Resource Counselor, is taking on the SSL coordinator role. She is working on updating the SSL Canvas page, but has added SSL information to our CJMS counseling website as well.


Please read below for more activities that are starting up this month!


We look forward to welcoming everyone on Tuesday morning back to our Cabin John community focused on respect, positive relationships, and resilience.


Have a great evening!


Somer Snider

Principal, CJMS

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Important Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Monday, September 5 - Labor Day Holiday, All MCPS Schools and Office Closed

  • Friday, September 9 - PTSA Back to School Picnic, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Tuesday, September 13 - Activity Buses Begin each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

  • Wednesday, September 14 - STUDENTS’ PICTURE DAY & PHOTO ID DAY

  • Wednesday, September 14 - Early Dismissal Day, school dismisses after lunch at 12:30pm

  • Tuesday, September 20 - MAP-R Testing

  • Thursday, September 22 - MAP-M Testing

  • Monday, September 26 - No School for Students and Teachers

  • Friday, September 30 - Early Dismissal Day, school dismisses after lunch at 12:30pm

Weekly Assignment Summary for September 5 to September 9

Please take time to review what students are currently learning in their classes this week at Cabin John Middle School in our weekly assignment summary.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is back! Anyone interested in participating please visit the CJMS website for the link. Practice starts on September 13th and registration closes on September 23rd.


We'll meet in CJMS's dance studio and run around CJMS's tennis courts every Tues./Thurs. from 3:10-4:20 pm. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Rogers or see her in room 2127.

We are excited to offer an opportunity for your child to participate in CJMS 2022-2023 Tutoring program IN PERSON and/or VIRTUALLY at no charge!

We know that many students have unfinished learning because of the educational impact from COVID-19. Our High Dosage Tutoring model makes sure students have the skills they need to stay successful in their grade level classes. We plan to provide the following areas of tutoring: Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and Executive Functioning*. Executive Functioning will help students better plan, organize, and study for their classes.

In person tutoring will occur T, W, TH from 3:15-4:30 with bus service provided. Virtual tutoring can occur ALL 7 days of the week M-Sun. Please choose the number of days, time(s) and subject(s) that works best for you.

Please complete the information on this form and return to Tamara Hardy in the counseling office ASAP to claim your spot! You can turn it in personally at the counseling office or email it to Tamara_A_Hardy@mcpsmd.org.

New SSL Coordinator

CJMS has a new SSL Coordinator! Our new Resource Counselor, Ms. Jennifer Poole, will be taking over as SSL coordinator. All details about SSL can be found on the Counseling website until the Student Service Learning Hours tab.

SSL Opportunity: MSI Soccer

SSL opportunities every weekend from MSI Soccer! Healthy, convenient, and screen-free! Training is September 5!


Cabin John's 7th and 8th graders - MSI Soccer needs YOU! You can earn SSL hours while working as a "Youth Game Leader" during 1st/2nd grade games in Bethesda/Potomac! Youth Game Leaders are similar to Junior Referees. At least one year of soccer experience is required. MSI hosts ~60 one-hour games every Saturday in September and October. Once you attend a training, you are invited to sign up to work the games that work best for you (days/times), as available. It's ideal to work at least a couple of games on at least 3 to 4 Saturdays. But, working every Saturday is not required. Some make-up games take place on Sundays.


Our Youth Game Leader training is on September 5. Please go to our MSI website (www.msisoccer.org), click the "Play With MSI' tab, and then "Youth Game Leaders Program" for more info and to register for the training. These SSL events are convenient, healthy, and screen-free; and our Youth Game Leaders gain valuable leadership experience! MSI is a pre-approved SSL organization!

SSL Opportunity: Parks Fall Clean-Up

SGAP Leader is a MCPS Volunteer Center approved non-profit - The Student Global Ambassador Program is offering 4 SSL hours for students ages 12+ to help with our Fall Clean-up on Saturday, September 24, 2022.


Middle and high school students: Kick-off Back to School with the SGAP Leaders' FALL CLEAN-UP! Bags, gloves and grabbers provided. Meet us at one of the following parks from 9-12 on Saturday, September 24, 2022. We will provide light refreshments. Grab a friend and come! Earn 4SSL hours. Age 12+


ONLY 50 VOLUNTEERS PER PARK

@ Parklawn Park

@ East Norbeck Park

@ Winding Creek Park


Scan the QR Code to register!

Cup of Java - STEM Opportunity for CJMS students


“Cup of Java” isa non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls to the potential of programming and inspiring them to pursue future careers in STEM. The overarching goal of our organization is to increase female participation and representation in STEM, and we do this through a number of mediums, including online resources as well as live classes. Please visit https://www.cupofjavaclass.org/ to learn more about us.


We have recently launched a mentorship program open to rising middle and high school girls—all skill levels are welcome! Through the free one-on-one tutoring offered in our program, students will be matched with one of our various computer science proficient tutors to learn CS concepts across:

  • Java
  • Analysis of Algorithms
  • Website Development (JS, CSS, HTML)
  • Computer Graphics (Unity, Android Studio)
  • Cyber Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Python


Our mentorship program will be run throughout the school year and scheduling for the tutoring sessions will be flexible between the student and mentor. In addition to the hard skills of programming, girls will learn about the importance of computer science in our society and the career paths available with a background in coding. As passionate computer science students ourselves, we aim to share this fascinating field of STEM with younger girls and hope that they too will find a similar passion for CS through this opportunity.

Please Join our CJMS PTSA!

Click here to read a message from our PTSA President and learn how you can support CJMS throughout the year!


Thank you to everyone who attended our first PTSA meeting during Back to School Night. Your support to our CJMS community is appreciated! Please join us for the Back to School picnic this Friday, September 9th.

Procedures for Parent and Community Volunteers

Montgomery County Public Schools requires school volunteers and partnership agencies to complete certain compliance measures in order to volunteer within our school district.

  • Online Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Training via their myMCPS Classroom/Canvas account
  • Background check (dependent upon the type of volunteer service, per the Volunteers regulation and FAQ)
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation - NEW!


MCPS has created a step-by-step User-Guide (with pictures) on how to access create and access their myMCPS Classroom/Canvas account to complete the Online Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Training module AND upload the Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination from the state Department of Health.


The online course grade sheet will show a total of 183.3% for completion of both compliance modules. You can show the gradesheet as evidence of successful completion to schools and your name will appear on the MCPS volunteer roster after October 1.


MCPS is asking for a pdf copy of your vaccination certificate in order to upload it to this module, you can download a copy from Maryland MyIR (directions for completing this process are located in this support guide). As an alternative, you may also upload a copy of one of the following:

  • State Department of Health Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination (DC, VA, WV)
  • Vaccination verification provided by the volunteer's health insurance provider
  • A letter from a primary care physician attesting to your vaccine status

CJMS Grade Level Contacts

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Cabin John Middle School

Principal: Ms. Somer Snider

Assistant School Administrator (6th Grade): Ms. Kimberly Trostle

Assistant Principal (7th Grade): Mr. Casey Siddons

Assistant Principal (8th Grade): Mr. Andrew (Andy) Lee


Main Office Phone: 240-406-1600
Fax: 240-740-4403
Guidance Counseling Office: 240-406-1560
Health Room: 240-406-1570

Attendance Office: 240-406-1599 (to leave a VM)

Please call CJMS to notify us of your child's absence.