The Mustang Minute

October 5, 2018 - Issue 5

Busy as Bees!

It's early October and school is humming with activity! Many clubs started up this week, we had our first PTO fundraiser at McDonald's and learning is happening full force. Believe it or not, mid term progress reports come home next week!

When students are involved in after school activities they are more likely to attend school with regularity, perform better academically, and are more engaged with school in general. We have so many different opportunities for students after school, there is truly something for everyone!

Intramural sports sign up started this week with floor hockey and basketball. The $30 per sport covers the cost of coaches and equipment. Drama club started working on their fall play, the yearbook club has begun to organize, and student council had an informational meeting. Ask your student how they can join in the fun at CMS! We have late buses Monday to Thursday so everyone can participate!

We were so excited at the number of families that joined us at McDonald's on Tuesday. We don't know how much we raised yet, but it was a great way to start off the year. Our PTO works incredible hard to set up these events. the next meeting is Thursday October 11th at 6:30 pm. The more parents we have involved the more we can do for our schools!

You may have seen that a few of our teachers put up "Donor's Choose" sites in order to acquire alternative and flexible seating for students. I am happy to announce that both were funded before the end of this week! I will be sure to share pictures when the new furniture is all set up and ready to go!

It is a beautiful fall day and it looks to be a gorgeous weekend! I hope everyone enjoys the extra time with their families!


When your Social Emotional Learning Reaches your Buses - it's happening!

Washington DC Parent Meeting

I’m pleased to announce that we will be continuing the tradition of the Washington D.C. trip that was such a great success at Coakley Middle School last year! This is a great opportunity for your eighth grader to see their class lessons come to life in our nation’s capital. It is also a chance for them to discover more about the world—as well as themselves.

We will be traveling with EF Explore America, the world’s largest private educational organization. With nearly 50 years of experience, their unparalleled resources and expertise have helped millions of students step out of their comfort zones and into the world around them.

I will be hosting the enrollment meeting on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:30 pm, in the auditorium. We will be joined by a representative from EF Explore America to answer any questions you may have, so I hope you will be able to come and learn more.

We will have information available for anyone that cannot attend.

Bilingual Parent Liasions

CMS is looking for some bilingual parents that are willing to help us reach out more effectively to our second language speaking families. If you would be interested in helping us please email Dr. Fraczek at or call the main office and leave a message.
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Big Y Points

Don't forget to sign up your silver saving card to the Coakley Middle School. You can earn points that we can use to buy supplies, furniture and other items for the middle school

After School Activities

Intramural Sports: Sign up begins late next week and the fall sports will start early October.

Friendship Club: The club will meet once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00 Students are responsible for their transportation home or take.a late bus. First meeting October 23rd.

Artist Circle: meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1 starting Wednesday, October 3rd.

Robotics Club: The Norwood High School Robotics Club will run for a total of 5 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday October 3rd, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Robotics Lab at Norwood High School. Interested 8th graders should email Dr. Crowley directly at before September 28th at 5pm to register.

Student Council: Informational meeting will be on October 4th

SEARCH is the Student Enrichment and Research Challenge. It is a club for 7th and 8th graders interested in collaborative learning with friends, research, creating projects, and travel. This year's theme is Colonial America and the American Revolution, and our trip this year is to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Students are required to attend an informational meeting and fill out an application. Information meetings: Wednesday, October 3; Tuesday, October 9; or Thursday, October 11 in Mr. Oliver's room 206. The club's regular Monday meetings will begin after the application process is concluded. Please contact Mr. Oliver or Mr. Roussos with any questions.

Yearbook Club: We will meet every other Thursday at 2:15 starting September 27th in room 211.

Notes from the Nurse

Attention 7th Grade Parents:

All seventh graders must have updated physicals and proof of Tdap immunization by October 12. Physicals dated September 2017 or later are acceptable. If you are unsure of whether you have handed this in, please call the nurse's office at 781-440-5926 or email Providing this documentation is a Massachusetts law; please call with any questions. You can have your doctor's office fax the physical directly to 781-769-4458, the dedicated nurse fax line.

Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Check out our kids in the news!

PTO Corner

The PTO meets the second Thursday of each month to hear an update from the principal and discuss planning related to enrichment, fundraising, activities and other topics of interest. You can also stay up to date with the CMS PTO by following us on Facebook. You can contact the PTO at

NEXT MEETING IS October 11th!

Need some new Coakley Apparel for the 2018 School Year? Click the link below and see what's available!

Box Top Summer Drive

Save those box tops all summer for a fall drive! While ten cents each may not seem like a lot they add up! The PTO raised over $500 from Box Tops.

Important Dates

October 2nd: CMS NIght at McDonalds

October 8th: No School - Columbus Day

October 9th at 6:30: Washington DC Parent Meeting

October 10th: Early Release

October 11th: PTO