The Curtis Connection

January 27, 2023


In today's Connection:

  • Mr. Mela's Message
  • Dates to Remember
  • Celebrating Black History Month
  • ECMS MCAS Schedule Spring 2023
  • Lost & Found
  • ECMS 2023 Yearbook

  • Collection Drive for Sudbury CARE Pantry

  • A Message from the ECMS Health Office: COVID Test Kit Updates
  • Curtis Is Going to Washington in 95 Days!
  • Recess
  • Curtis Schedule
  • Lunch Menu for the Week of 1/23/23-1/27/23
  • Interested in Substituting as a School Nurse?
  • Local Resources and Helpful Information
  • Sharing Community Information
  • Kickoff to Kindergarten 2023
  • CPO News
  • Curtis Core Values/Contact Us


Dear Families,

Congratulations to all of the students who performed so well in the Chorus and Band concerts this week. It's impressive to see all of the students on stage and to listen to the music they produce.

Thank you to all the families who support the music program and a special thank you to Carrie Kenney and Kevin Donegan for their incredible leadership! Next week Deanna Leedy-Andreozzi and her students will perform in the Orchestra concert.

On Wednesday, our educators participated in an important and meaningful professional day. The title of the day was Learning and Teaching Through an Anti-Racist, Equity Lens and it involved staff participating in workshops and discussions about best practices, beliefs, and actions focused on equity for ALL students. We recognize that professional days can present challenges for families and we appreciate having the time to learn about such important work.

Have a great weekend,


Wednesday, February 1 - 12:45 Early Release

Wednesday, February 15 - 12:45 Early Release

Monday, February 20 - No School: Presidents Day

February 21-24 - No School: February Break

February 1 marks the first day of Black History Month for 2023. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. We encourage students, families, and parents to further learn and have conversations about Black History. Below are some great resources to continue the learning experience. In addition, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is having online events for all ages and topics, which can be found here.

Additional Learning Resources

Black History Month at

Black History Month: NMAAHC

The Conscious Kid: Black History Month Booklist

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Please remind your child to check the Lost & Found in the cafeteria for missing items. There are a lot of clothes and other items that need to go back home before the items are donated on January 30th. Please remember to label all items, including clothing, water bottles, and lunch bags.


Hello, Curtis parents! Your children are creating memories this school year. In order to create the yearbooks in time, they need to be ordered soon. The yearbook is created and designed with student input. With pictures taken all throughout the school, they are creating a memorable book for you and your children to look back on their year.

When ordering, please be sure to use your child's formal name. Jostens uses a computer database to produce the emails that are sent to you. If you order using your child's nickname, your child's name will not be removed from the list and you will continue to receive emails. After placing your order, please be sure to save your email receipt, if needed for future reference. Please email our yearbook coordinator, Liz Kerrigan, if you have any questions.

Let's remember this year together! All yearbook orders are placed online. The price is $50. Please click here to order your yearbook today!


Curtis is hosting a supplies collection drive for our neighbors in need. The drive has been organized by the Curtis Angels and will benefit the Sudbury CARE Pantry, which helps individuals and families in need of personal care, laundry and household cleaning supplies. The drive will run through Friday, February 3rd.

We are asking for donations of adult toothbrushes, baby shampoo, body wash, baby diaper wipes, face cleanser, face moisturizer, Vaseline, air freshener spray, textured shampoo, textured conditioner and disposable masks.

A collection box will be located in the front lobby at Curtis. Please contact Curtis Angels Advisor Ivar Henningson if you have questions about the collection drive. On behalf of those who will benefit from your donation, thank you in advance for your support.


COVID Test Kit Updates

Once again, the FDA has extended the expiration date on many COVID antigen testing kits. Check before you toss! Information regarding testing kit expiration date extension can be found HERE.

Please remember that DESE requires testing for the following symptoms:

  • One of the following: fever, chills, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, muscle aches, cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

  • Two or more of the following: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies)


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Registration closes in 13 days

Please note: This is the late registration phase. There will be no registrations after Feb. 9th.

*If you know your child will NOT attend this trip, please email Lauren Egizio as soon as possible.

To register your 8th grader for the civics trip, go to Worldstrides AND Family ID.

For other information and links, please visit the ECMS D.C. Website.


Please know that on days when the temperature is below 32 degrees, no student will be allowed out at recess without adequate winter clothing.


Please click here to view the SPS 2022-2023 School Calendar.
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Please click here to see the complete Curtis schedule for this school year.

LUNCH MENU FOR 1/30/23-1/31/23

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Do you have information you'd like posted on the SPS website Community Portal or included in this newsletter? Click here to submit for approval.


Dear Families,

Are you a nurse or do you know a nurse who may be interested in school nursing? Our dynamic SPS nursing team is looking to increase our nursing substitute pool and would love to have you join us. If you are interested, please apply here! Want more information or have some questions? Please contact Nurse Leader, Carol Bradford to find out more about this very rewarding position.

Thank you!

978-443-1085 ext 6005


SPS Social-Emotional Resource Site for Families

This site includes a variety of resources designed for caregivers to help you support children in their social, emotional, and self-regulation growth. Contact information for the school-based mental health professionals is located on this site.

Town of Sudbury Website

Bethany Hadvab, Town of Sudbury Social Worker, can be reached by phone at 978-440-5476 or by email at

William James INTERFACE Referral Service

A mental health and wellness referral helpline. Each referral best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller. Click here to watch a short video about the referral service. Call toll-free: (888) 244-6843 Monday - Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Framingham Family Resource Center

Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are a statewide network of community-based providers offering multicultural parenting programs, support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources, and education for families whose children range in age from birth to 18 years old.

Behavioral Health Partners

A referral agency that helps find and connect you to services needed to improve your quality of life. Metrowest referral line: 1-844-528-6800.



Curtis Directory

You can still purchase online access to the Curtis directory and make a donation to

Direct Appeal in one easy step. Online access for the directory is $10 and you will

have access right after you place your order. Visit this link to get Directory access


Direct Appeal

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the CPO to help support Curtis’ cultural, creative, and educational programming. The CPO supports a variety of programs and initiatives that are all important additions to the Curtis community and they truly improve the students’ experience at Curtis Middle School. This is all possible because of the generosity of the Curtis parent community.

We suggest a $75 donation—but no donation is too small—and all are appreciated! Also, please check if your company offers a matching donation. Click here to donate.

Please note that donation acknowledgment letters will be provided by request only. If you require a letter for tax purposes, please email a request to

(You can also make a donation when you order your directory!)

Lost & Found

Please remind your student to check the Lost & Found in the cafeteria for missing items. There are a lot of clothes, shoes, bags and water bottles and other items that need to go back home. It is important to note that there are multiple sizes of several items, so please check before taking what is yours.

Curtis Gear

The Curtis online store is now open with lots of Curtis spirit wear and gear, including clothing, hats, bags, and more! Now is the time to make purchases for holiday gifts. Gear is available for purchase throughout the year.

8th Grade Events and Washington DC Trip: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are still looking for volunteers to form a team to help with various aspects of the DC trip. Additionally, we need a team of parent volunteers to start planning the 8th Grade events including the end of the year Social. Please reach out to the 8th Grade Co-Chair Nalini Luthra via email if you would like more information or sign up to help.


Learning ~ Respect ~ Responsibliity

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