The Coolidge Family Newsletter

The Week of June 15, 2020

Brought to you by Sarah Marchant, Principal

@coolidgemiddle (Twitter)

Calendar (All 8th grade events are in the next section)

June 15: 11:00 - 7:00: All-school "Scavenger Hunt" (fun end of year activity!). See info below!

June 16: 6th Grade LIVE Awards Ceremony; A link will be sent prior! Please plan on attending your team's LIVE event!

  • Team Explorer: 10:00 AM
  • Team Voyager: 10:30 AM

June 17: 7th Grade LIVE Awards Ceremony: 11:00 AM. A link will be sent prior! Please plan on attending this LIVE event!

June 18 from 1 - 2:30: Award pick-up for those grade 6 & 7 students who won end of year awards.

June 19: Last day of school; 11:00 end of day for students; 2:35 end of day for teachers.

8th Grade Schedule of Events

June 17: Virtual 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony followed by the 8th grade slide show: 6:00 PM start!

  • The invitation to the promotion ceremony can be found here.
  • If families are able, I recommend trying to make it as special as you can at home. Some ideas: gather the student's favorite snacks and treats or dinner; have a "viewing party" on Teams or Zoom and watch it with friends; get dressed up and take pictures prior, as you would normally.

June 18 from 10 - 12: 8th grade "Drive Through" to pick up end of year items and to be celebrated following your official promotion! Feel free to decorate your car! Contents of the pickup will include: promotion certificate, yearbooks, any awards received during the promotion ceremony, a promotion gift from the PTO

Drive-through times (based on last name):
  • 10:00 - 10:30: A - E
  • 10:30 - 11:00: F - L
  • 11:00 - 11:30: M - P
  • 11:30 - 12:00: Q - Z

Directions/ Guidelines:

  • Follow a similar route to what we had set up for locker pickup, BUT there is no stop by the gym, just a stop at the front of the school to get your bags.
  • Decorate your cars if you'd like!
  • Let us know who is in the car somehow (sign in window, car decoration) so that we can readily know who we are cheering for, and whose "stuff" we are grabbing!
  • Drive slow so we can say hello!
  • Students ideally are in the front seat. If they can open their window, we'd love to see their faces! No need to wear a mask until we are hanging you your items.

Message #1 from Principal Marchant: Racial Justice and Action

Dear Coolidge Families,

I wanted to let you know that the Coolidge staff have been having some rich conversations about the recent events in our nation, about systemic racism, about racial justice, and about what we can do moving forward to lean into more of these conversations with each other and our students in a safe and productive way... and what we can do to act! We feel that these conversations and topics are so important for us all to try to engage in, for the betterment of ourselves as individuals, our community, and the nation as a whole. We will be continuing our conversations through the summer with the goal of being better prepared and organized for setting up a safe space for these conversations with students in the fall.

In addition, Ms. Karow and I, as well as some Coolidge staff, will be at the Rally for Racial Justice later today! Please say hello if you are also there!

I also want to extend thanks and appreciation for our Reading Police Department and the clear messages and actions of Chief Clark. We are also so appreciative of our School Resource Officers Matt Vatcher and Brian Lewis, who are role models for our students. Their actions speak to the care and safety with which officers hold for the well-being of all of our youth. Thank you!

Sarah Marchant

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Message #2 from Principal Marchant: Joy in Imperfection

This week has been filled with recordings here at Coolidge... recording the 8th grade Promotion Ceremony; recording the staff milestones; recording messages for those who are leaving; recording welcome messages for our incoming 5th graders. These recordings have taken hours upon hours, but have also been a lot of fun. I have gone home at the end of each day feeling a little lighter in the heart and with a different chemistry in the brain. It is not because I have produced something amazing or perfect in these virtual videos. It is because, through the imperfections of our efforts, funny things happened. And as those funny, unexpected things happened, so came laughter. And how healthy it is to laugh! How healthy it is to realize we don't need to be perfect, be it in real time or in recorded time. And so rather than redo take after take, we started the "Go With It" theme. We want to model to our students that life is not perfect. And through those imperfections, we hope you find laughter and joy yourselves. Keep an eye out, 8th graders and families, for one such imperfection in the promotion ceremony! :)


As we weren't able to hold a traditional Field Day this year, we wanted to still plan something fun and outdoors-y for all of our students to participate in. To that end, we hope ALL students (and staff?!) will participate in our Scavenger Hunt this Monday! This is considered an all-school activity. Special thanks to Mr. Huizenga and Ms. Burns for the creation and organization of this fun activity! The guidelines are as follows:

Where is the best place to hold a scavenger hunt? Why not right in your own neighborhood! We've put together a list of fun and challenging items for you to locate, photograph, and then post. Family members are encouraged to join. So get outside and start hunting! Who knows, you might even win a gift card!

The Goal

  • Take a picture of everything on the list by walking, biking, etc. around your neighborhood.

  • Be safe and practice social distancing during your adventure!

The List

  • The list of 20 "items" will be posted on June 15th at 11 am on the Team Discovery Google Classroom.

Take one picture of each item on the list

  • No borrowing from other participant’s posts or sharing photos. If the same exact photo is used by two people, you may be disqualified. But you can each take your own if you are traveling together.

No drawing of items

  • If you can’t find an item please do not draw it and take a picture or take pictures from online. Sidewalk drawings and painted windows of neighbors properties are the exception.

Entries are due by 7pm

  • Please submit your 20 items to the Coolidge Instagram page @cmsperocks

  • If you didn't get all 20, please still submit what you were able to find! We'd love to hear from all of you!

One entry per person

  • Please post once with all of your pictures


  • There will be three winners per grade level: the first two people to submit 20 correct photos by grade level, and then one random drawing for a third person who participated (who may not have submitted the fastest or have gotten all 20 items). The winners will receive gift cards provided by the PTO. We will post the winners asap.

The Art Show is Here!

We hope you were able to access and enjoy the Coolidge Art Show when it was released last Tuesday. But in case you missed it, enjoy it here!

School Supply Lists for 2020-2021 are now Available!

Please go to this folder to access the school supply lists for next year! There is also the option to order all supplies through "School Tool Box" thanks to the organization of our PTO! For each order placed through the School Tool Box, the PTO receives a $5 contribution. Thank you!

Four Student Poems Published

Congratulations to Emma Koster, Cadence DiFiori, Josh Boran, and Dylan Mehta, whose poems were all selected to be a part of the Appelley Publishing Rising Stars Collection! Two of the poems can be seen below! Well done, students, and congratulations as well to their proud ELA teacher, Ms. LeBow!

Girls Gym Locker Contents: Missing Items!

We have two female students who didn't get their own gym locker contents, including a pair of sneakers. Can you please check your items to make sure they are yours? We also have a bag of items that had the wrong label so it has been returned to us, which includes a pair of ripped jeans, an "Orlando" tie-dyed long-sleeve shirt, a pair of green Nike shoes, and more! Let us know if these may be yours, and thank you for checking!

A Message from our Reading Public Library Teen Librarians!

The Reading Public Library is excited to announce its 2020 Summer Reading Program called Reading Together held June 19-August 22. The program is very different from years past as it takes into account COVID 19 precautions (social distancing, etc.) and focuses on supporting the community. It's open to all ages! We're excited and wanted to directly share a promotional video in lieu of our traditional school visits. More detailed information can be found on the library's summer reading page:

Also, we've got a lineup of virtual summer programs. One highlight, if you know any students interested in writing, they won't want to miss the following: So You Want to Write a Novel 2-part workshop July 27 & 30.

If you have any questions, please reach out. Best wishes in these last couple weeks of school. Thinking of you all!

Thank you,

Renee & Susan

Teen Services Librarians: Susan L. Beauregard, MLS & Renee Smith, MSLIS

Reading Public Library

Mrs. Steinhauser to Retire

It is with sadness that I announce the retirement of Chris Steinhauser, the Coolidge Library Media Specialist. I certainly hate to see her go and to leave Coolidge, as she makes such an impact on our school every day. But I am excited to wish her well moving forward on her journey!

Mrs. Steinhauser has been at Coolidge for 16 years. Her job fills our traditional library role, but it goes way beyond as well. She teaches two 8th grade electives, a 6th grade "Library Media" class, as well as an 8th grade enrichment class. She runs an after school Minecraft club, which is extremely popular. She writes and sings songs for our morning announcements, runs the book fair, brings in authors and illustrators to present to and work with students. She collaborates with colleagues on projects, including (but certainly not limited to) the 8th grade health fair project this year. She has served as a team leader for two years. And she is always looking to engage, inspire, and connect with kids as well as adults. She will be missed and has big shoes to fill! Please join me in wishing her well in her retirement, which I hope is filled with all that she loves outside of Coolidge!


Summer Reading!

We hope you find the following resources helpful as you plan for your summer reading (or if you want to start early this spring!).

  • Middle School Summer Reading list, as well as many supportive resources, can be found here.
  • Ms. Steinhauser made a video to help families explore the summer reading resources. It can be found here.
  • The high school summer reading list is filled with great titles. It is not mandatory this year, but we hope our 8th graders take the opportunity! It can be found here.

New Family Resource: Residential Assistance

Is your family at risk of losing your home due to the Covid situation? I have just learned of a resource available to help. Click here for more information on RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition).

Resources for Families

Please be reminded of these amazing resources, if your family is in need:
  • Town of Reading: compiled resources linked here.
  • Mental Health Resource list linked here.
  • RCASA resources linked here.
  • St. Vincent de Paul linked here.
  • Free & Reduced lunch access: sign up here. (but ANYONE can get free lunch; please just contact: so she knows to expect you!)
  • Reading Food Pantry linked here.
  • Project Bread link here.

Vaping Webinar Recording

For those who were unable to attend the Vaping Webinar this past week, feel free to check it out by utilizing this link!

Reading Kids Connect

Is your child feeling bored or lonely? Reading Kids Connect mentors are here for you. Reading Kids Connect pairs passionate, dedicated RMHS students and alumni with younger students (ages 7-15) for virtual video sessions. We can provide creative, personalized activities and extracurricular learning, homework help, wisdom, and compassion. Parents who need it can take a break. For mentors, this is a great volunteer opportunity and a chance to make a difference for a Reading family. To find a mentor or to volunteer, visit Reading Kids Connect on Facebook:

Reading Public Schools Remote Learning Plan: May 4 - June 19

To access the RPS Phase 3 Remote Learning Plan, please click here.

Now, more than ever, show your school pride and purchase some Coolidge spirit wear!

Show your Coolidge pride by donning gear with the Coolidge logo! There is something for everyone at our Coolidge Spirit Wear store. Check it out! Proceeds (approximately $5 per item) will go to the Coolidge PTO. Copy and paste this link to start shopping:

Contact Us

Sarah Marchant, Principal (x121301)

Brienne Karow, Assistant Principal (x121302)

Marianna Zanni, Administrative Assistant (x121303)

Karen Mungenast, School Secretary (x121304)

Cindy Ventura, School Nurse (x121305)