CJMS Weekly Updates

October 10 to October 14

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Good Evening, Cabin John Middle School Families,


Happy Sunday! This is a busy week for students in grades 7 and 8. On Monday and Tuesday, grade 8 students will go on a field trip to Bar-T Mountainside. On Tuesday and Wednesday, grade 7 students will take a field trip to Finance Park.


Families, we will NOT be having an open house on Monday, October 10th. We would love to have you visit our building, but we have a field trip for 8th graders on that day and I want to make sure everyone has the opportunity. Instead, we will have an open house on Friday, November 11th. We will provide more details soon!


I wanted to take a moment to remind families that use the parent drop off loop in the morning, to please wait until you are on the side of the loop against the building to let your students get out of the car. When they leave your cars on the parking lot side, they have to walk through traffic to enter the building. We want to make sure all of our students are as safe as possible, please hold them in your cars until they are on the side of the parent drop off loop that is against the building.


Please read through the newsletter for lots of activities and opportunities for our students and families!


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


Have a great evening!


Somer Snider

Principal, CJMS

Important Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Friday, October 7 to Friday, October 14 - CJMS Book Fair

  • Monday, October 10 & Tuesday, October 11 - 8th Grade Field Trip to Bar-T Mountainside

  • Tuesday, October 11 & Wednesday, October 12 - 7th Grade Field Trip to Finance Park

  • Monday, October 24 - No School for Students

  • Thursday, October 27 - 8th Grade Panoramic Photo

  • Monday, November 7 - No School for Students

  • Tuesday, November 8 - No School for Students and Staff (Election Day)

  • Wednesday, November 9 - School Picture Retakes

  • Friday, November 11 - CJMS Open House - Details coming soon!

  • Monday, November 21 & Tuesday, November 22 - Early Release Days

  • Wednesday, November 23 to Friday, November 25 - Schools and Offices Closed

Weekly Assignment Summary for October 10 to October 14

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.

Provide Your Input on the 2023–2024 School Calendar

The process for community input for next year’s school calendar begins now by asking for your input. This survey seeks to gauge the community’s interests as calendar scenarios are developed for the 2023–2024 school year.


Staff will present the scenarios at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Share your interests by Thursday, Oct. 13. Access the survey

CJMS Book Fair is Here!

The Scholastic Book Fair is here (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.


Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from Friday, October 7 to Friday, October 14 (7:55 AM - 3:30 PM) in the CJ library media center.


This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy.


If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.


Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping!


The countdown to more Bookjoy is on! Catch you at the Fair!

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Seeking Volunteers for Book Fair Clean-Up

We would appreciate VOLUNTEERS to help work the fair and breaking it down. Please see the requested dates and times on the signup link below. If you can only do a partial slot, sign up and let us know.

Sign up here:


Volunteer SignUp Genius link

A Note from The Cabin John Middle School PTA Special Education Representative

Dear Parents,


My name is Sandra Toledo, and I am the PTA Special Education Representative for Cabin John Middle School. My role is to serve as a resource to families by:


  • Assisting families with understanding the Special Education process.
  • Providing community resource referrals to Lakewood families.
  • Working with the PTA and school staff to promote inclusion of students receiving special education services.
  • Helping ensure consideration of special needs when developing PTA policies and planning school activities.
  • Organizing school events to promote awareness and inclusion of students with special needs


I plan to schedule an evening meeting in October to meet with LFI parents about any questions you have and information you may need. I also send emails with community resources throughout the school year to families who are interested.


Along with another parent, Rachel O’Hara, we plan on setting up a Facebook Group. The FB group will serve as a platform for CJMS parents to share resources for adolescents with learning needs/intellectual disabilities -- i.e. info on inclusive social, sports, and learning opportunities in our community. We may also use the FB group to set up social opportunities for our children outside of school. The group will not serve as an official school communication channel or represent the school. If you have interest in joining, please send an email to rachelmarieohara@gmail.com and sandra.b.steiner@gmail.com by October 15, 2023 and we will distribute instructions for joining the group.


If you would like to receive meeting and community resource information, please contact me by cell, 240-252-0031, by email at Sandra.b.steiner@gmail.com or send a note to school with your child addressed to “Sandra Toledo, c/o Ms. Schwaiger’s LFI Class”.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Sincerely,

Sandra Toledo

2022 NCW Illustrated Poem Contest

The Chemical Society of Washington, CSW- the Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.


Contest Deadline: Sunday Oct, 23, 2022 by 11:59 pm ET.


Submission: Both the poem and the entry form should be emailed to csw@acs.org as separate attachments in the email. Incomplete forms and submissions will not be considered. Please use Word or PDF format.


Winners of the CSW Local Section’s Illustrated Poem Contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poem Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and to win prizes!


For more information, click here: 2022 NCW Illustrated Poem Contest

CJMS After School Clubs & Activities

Wonder what Cabin John Middle School has to offer in terms of after-school clubs and activities?! Well, wait no more! We have posted all available activities and clubs being offered on our website under the Clubs/Activities tab some of which include Book Wars, Girls on the run, Model UN, Drama Club, Ultimate Frisbee, and many more!

All the information you need is on the website and if you have any questions about a specific activity or club, contact information for the sponsor is there too! And no need to worry about transportation because we have after-school activity buses to take you home!

Encourage everyone to take a look, find something, take a risk and give one a try! If you are also interested in possibly starting a club not offered, please see Mr. Lee.

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Drama Club Started - You can still join!

CJMS is once again pairing with Roundhouse Theatre to provide our students an opportunity to learn more about all things theatre.


Thursdays this Fall students will have the opportunity to learn more about the theatre and the skills to succeed! Come join us on Thursday, October 6th in the Auxiliary gym to participate.


Friday - December 6th CJMS will have a winter showcase of the students in the Drama Club!


In December will be auditions for our Spring Musical! More details coming soon!

CJMS Math Team

Math Team Try-Outs will take place on Wednesday, October 12th in the Cafeteria from 3:10-4:30. Students from any grade level can attend.


Students need to bring a scientific (non-graphing) calculator, Chromebook, and a pencil. 20 students will be accepted onto the team. To register, go to bit.ly/cjms_math .


PTSA Seeking Parent Volunteers for CJMS School Store

Curious about getting a glimpse of your student during their day? Then come help out at the student store! The store will be open during the three lunch periods on Fridays. The store sells CJMS merchandise as well as various balls, bracelets, pencils and such.


Click here to sign up to help - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084ea5a62da3fd0-cbms. Training will be provided on your first shift.


Questions? Contact Hedy Klotz (hedy.gold@gmail.com ) or Cher Serhal (cmserhal@hotmail.com)

Attention 8th Graders: Regional/Countywide High School Application Programs

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) offers a wide range of high school application programs for students entering Grades 9 through 12. These programs have a centralized admissions process, which begins with a common online application. The admission process opens in early October 2022.


For students entering Grades 9–12 in 2023–2024, the regional/countywide high school application process admission, timeline, and program information is available at the Special Programs Website.


MCPS has streamlined the Grade 8 high school application process by providing one common online application for all programs via Synergy. Grades 9–11 will apply electronically through a link provided on the website above.


Kennedy HS will have an Open House on October 13 to showcase their IB program. IB applications are due November 4. Please see additional details on our website. Watkins Mill HS will also be highlighting their IB program during the month of October. Details here.


Important Dates

  • September 21, 2022 - High School Preview Presentation - Broadcast on the MCPS website (available 9/21/22)

  • October 7, 2022–Application for Regional/Countywide. High School Application Programs (ParentVUE and Google) Opens

  • November 4, 2022–Application Deadline


Parent/guardian/student flyer


Grade 8 Resources

Bike Donation 2022

On Friday, October 14, 2022, Montgomery County's Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will once again sponsor a bike collection drive during this year's Community Service Month.


Donated child/ adult bikes and bike parts will be accepted from 7:00am to 2:00pm on Friday, October 14, 2022. (No bike helmets, please)


Donations will go to the Rockville Bike Hub, a non-profit organization whose volunteers refurbish the bikes and give them to low-income residents throughout the County, through Rockville's Terrific Kids and MCDOT's Bike Match MoCo programs.


Residents may also donate by check to the Rockville Bike Hub during the bicycle collection event. All donated funds will be used to purchase bike helmets and parts to repair the bikes.


Location: Montgomery County Council Office Building Parking Garage at the corner of East Jefferson Street and Monroe Street in Rockville


Calendar link is here> https://bit.ly/3JVSjGP

Join the Boy Scouts!

Are you looking for an innovative change of pace that is still fun and goal oriented? Scouts BSA Troop 1434, serving the Potomac area for more than 50 years, is a boy-led activity aiming to develop character, citizenship, fitness, and leadership in boys from age 11 to 18.


Visits to our Thursday evening troop meeting are welcome. If you’d like more information, please email scoutmaster@potomac1434.mytroop.us or check out our website at potomac1434.mytroop.us.

Free and Reduced Price Meals for Students & Families

For the past two years, meals have been free for all students. This year we have returned to our previous system.


Students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household size and income. They may also qualify if they are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), or Medicaid benefits.


Families may apply for meal benefits by completing an Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for the current school year. Beginning school year 2022-2023, students who qualify for reduced-price meals will not be charged that cost - meaning that reduced-price students will eat for free!

New Online Feature Reports Bus Route Delays

Bus delays may occur at the beginning of the school year due to increased traffic, adjustments for student ridership or because a route requires two or more runs to complete. Families can check whether their child’s bus route is running on time or is delayed with a new online tool. Delays are being posted on this website.

Specific CJMS Bus Route Updates

Darnestown Rd. & Wootton Crossing

The students who ride bus 1213 and get on and off at Darnestown Rd. & Wootton Crossing will now permanently ride bus 1211.

Lakewinds Way & Rolling Green Way

The students who ride bus 1215/33 and get on and off at Lakewinds Way & Rolling Green Way will now permanently ride bus 1216.

Congressional App Challenge


Congressmember Jamie Raskin invites students to participate in the 2022 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The Congressional App Challenge’s mission is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around stem, coding, and computer science education. Since its inception in 2015, participation in the challenge has grown exponentially. It is the most prestigious prize in student computer science.


Representative Raskin hopes that our students will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to create an app on any topic and platform they choose. Participation is extremely easy! Students do not need to submit a finished app to the challenge. Instead, the App Challenge requires students to submit a short video explaining their app and showing footage of any finished portions of the application.


Additional information about the competition can be found on our website. The deadline for students to register and submit their app online is 12:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.


For your convenience, below, are several links to important information regarding the CAC:


If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact me at (301) 354-1000 or nina.weisbroth@mail.house.gov .

Fall Parent Academy Features Important Information for Families

Families and students can stay engaged throughout the school year with Parent Academy TO GO, a series of webinars for families to watch at home.


The webinars are available on the Parent Academy website. Registration is available here.

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: Helpers for CARES Tutoring Program

We are recruiting students to support the CARES Tutoring Program. We are looking for dedicated, responsible, trustworthy students to support this program. Interested students may complete this form.

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.

Messages from the Churchill & Wootton Clusters

Message from Churchill Athletic Director

The Winston Churchill Athletics program loves having our future Bulldogs at our athletic events and wants to make you aware of changes that we have made. All of our athletic events are now cashless and tickets can only be purchased online through GoFan.co.


This has made getting into events much easier and faster when our fans have purchased tickets ahead of the event. WCHS GoFan Directions. But we do understand that some students don’t have a cellphone to pull up the tickets on. If your student doesn’t have a cell phone, we ask that you purchase those tickets for them ahead of time to show our ticket takers.


Again, we love having your future Bulldog at games! So buy those tickets ahead of time or even better, buy one of our Season Passes that will get them into any paid athletic event by season or all year! Athletic Events HERE


If you ever have questions, reach out anytime. Jesse_R_Smith@mcpsmd.org

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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!

Wootton Cluster Community Outreach Program

The Community Outreach Program runs throughout the school year and is designed to assist any student in emergency need with essential items when other resources are not readily available. Students must attend one of the nine Wootton cluster schools, and they are typically on the Montgomery County Public School’s FARMS Program.


How Can Families in Your School Help? The Community Outreach and Holiday Helping Hands Program support children from ALL nine cluster schools. In order for this program to be successful, we need parent support from each cluster school. Parents from your school can email me if interested in being put on the email list to be notified when a child is in need of an item.


1. Email List: Parents interested in being notified when a child is in need should contact Jen Eisenfeld at ptsa_community_liaison@tswoottonhs.org.


2. Donate: Gift cards to Target, Amazon, Giant, and Safeway are a great way to support your families. If you are interested in donating a gift card, contact Nikki Bossert at ptsa_treasurer@tswoottonhs.org.


3. Share: Please share this information with your school’s families via your school website, PTA website, a Connect-Ed, or any other means to spread the word.


Cluster schools, which feed into Wootton High School, include:

Lakewood ES, Fallsmead ES, Travilah ES, DuFief ES, Robert Frost MS, Stone Mill ES, Cold Springs ES, and Cabin John MS shared with Churchill cluster

Update ParentVue Today!

All MCPS families are encouraged to sign up for a ParentVUE account and ensure your contact information is up-to-date. ParentVUE, an online parent portal, is the primary way schools share information regarding grades, attendance, scheduling, access to myMCPS Classroom and more. Contact Tamara Hardy, 240-406-1560, for updating your address, which parents may not update in ParentVue.


ParentVUE also allows access to Canvas/MyMCPSClassroom, a digital learning platform. Parents and guardians can view instructional information and resources, and get alerts about assignments and grades.

Check out Student's Canvas Courses


Parents and guardians can view their children's Canvas courses as a Parent Observer. Access Canvas / myMCPS Classroom as a Parent Observer via Synergy ParentVUE. Click here to learn more!

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

Do you need to see the newsletter in a different language or a larger font?

Our digital newsletter can be translated into many different languages and the font can be adjusted so our entire community has access to what is happening in the CJMS community!


To adjust your view of the newsletter, click on the "accessibility" button. The button is a circle with figure in it. Once you click the accessibility button, the menu to choose the language or different font size will appear.

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.

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