The Curtis Connection

January 3, 2020

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Dear Families,

In the last few months we have seen an increase in the number of students arriving late to school. To help our students get off to a good start to their day, we ask that you leave for school a few minutes earlier to ensure that students can arrive on time.

Students should be seated in their homeroom when the 7:45 bell rings, or they are considered tardy to school.

Please observe the 20 mph speed limit at all times while in the parking lot.

Reminders about the Morning Drop Off:

In an effort to ensure safety for our students and to provide a smooth traffic flow, here are a few reminders about drop-off procedures that will help:

  • Please pay attention to all STOP signs when entering and exiting the parking lot.
  • Please make sure your child is prepared to exit the car when they arrive to school. If your child needs time to get thing together or have a conversation with you, please pull over into one of the visitor parking spaces.
  • Please keep the line of traffic "tight." When there are gaps in the line, people behind you are tempted to pass and this can lead to accidents. Students must exit on the right side of the car for safety reasons.
  • Do not pass other vehicles. If someone is holding up the line, please be patient. The staff outside in the morning will try to move the cars along.
  • No one should make a U-turn at any time. Please stay in the line of traffic and exit cautiously.

Reminders about Afternoon Pickup at 2:25:

In an effort to keep our students safe and provide a smooth traffic flow, as well as move the large number of cars through the parking lot at the end of the school day, here are a few reminders about pick-up procedures that will help:

  • Please pay attention to all STOP signs when entering and exiting the parking lot.
  • Some of our students are walkers and will be walking along the sidewalk to exit the school groups. All students who get picked up should wait along the PICK-UP AREA.
  • Parents should keep the line of traffic "tight," continuing to move until their car reaches the PICK-UP AREA.
  • Parents should stay in the line of traffic until their child is in the car. All cars may then leave the pick-up line and pass the cars in which the students have not yet entered, and proceed through the full route to exit the parking lot.
  • To respect our neighbors, no cars should be pared on McLean Drive in an effort to avoid the pick-up line. This scenario forces students to cross through two lines of traffic to cut through the trees to get to McLean Drive. This is not safe for students and is prohibited.
  • No parents should make a U-turn at any time. Please stay in the line of traffic and exit cautiously.
  • If your child is on crutches, has a wheelchair, or otherwise needs help loading, you may stop directly in front of the main entrance and let us know. We will move other cars around you while you wait.

Thank you and enjoy the weekend,



Thank you for your generous donations to Curtis Cares! We were able to help a number of Curtis families with funds to use for winter gear, food, and holiday expenses. The families were touched to receive the assistance, and several expressed their heartfelt appreciation. Wishing you all a wonderful 2020!


A big thank you to all of the students and staff who contributed cards to the "Cards for Carlos." Students made beautiful hand made cards with the most touching sentiments and good wishes to Carlos. A large package was mailed off to him just in time for Christmas so that he could add them to his room at Boston Children's Hospital.


The holidays are a time for giving back and ECMS came through for the children who benefited from the toy collection for The Home for Little Wanderers. The toys were dropped off at the collection site in Roslindale and the volunteers expressed their gratefulness and thanks to you all. You added a smile to a child for the holiday season and brought joy to someone in need.


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Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the MathCounts competition this year. There were 35 students who attended the competition and they all worked very hard. The top 10 students have been selected as the Curtis team and individuals, who will attend the next level competition, the Metrowest Chapter Competition, on Saturday, February 1 at the Meadowbrook School in Weston.

The four-member team representing Curtis consists of: Sophia Hou, Michael Marchev, Cynthia Wen, and Yuan Zhuang.

Audrey Attlan, Jason Cheng, Katie Ji, Zhaoyi Meng, Jagan Mranal, and Chuanxuan Zhuang will compete as individuals.

We are thrilled there were so many students who were interested in challenging themselves academically and who participated in the MathCounts competition. Many thanks to Ronnie Marchev and the other parent volunteers for coaching these students.


On Friday, January 31st, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Curtis will host a dance for our 6th grade students. The theme of the dance is Mismatched Attire and kids are encouraged to dress up in a mismatched way (plaid and Hawaiian, stripes and polka dots, tie and a t-shirt, etc.). The dance will take place in the cafeteria and there will be a DJ playing music.

The dance has been organized by the Curtis Angels and proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Be Like Brit Foundation, which is a home for children in Haiti. Admission is $10 (cash only) and tickets will be sold during the school day Tuesday, January 28th through Thursday, January 30th.

Students who bring one of the follow items to the dance will be entered into a raffle for an iTunes gift card: package of paper plates, package of plastic forks/spoons, soap, shampoo, deodorant. Prizes will also be given to the 6th graders wearing the best mismatched attire.

Light refreshments (chips and water) will be served at the dance that may not be safe for all students to eat. Please advise your child accordingly. You are welcome to send a snack with your child if you have allergy concerns.

Several Curtis staff members will be in attendance but we also need parents/guardians to be chaperones at the dance. To be a chaperone, parents will need to have a current CORI form on file. If you are interested in being a chaperone, please email Ivar Henningson, Curtis Angels Faculty Advisor. If you have other questions about the dance, please contact Ivar Henningson.


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


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Curtis Amazon Wish List - A Great Way to Spread Holiday Cheer and Support our School!

Just in time for the holiday season, the CPO has set up an Amazon wish list with Curtis teacher and staff requests. From K-Cups to classroom materials, there is a lot to choose from across grades, UAs, and staff offices! The wish list is a great way to show your appreciation to teachers, staff, and teams!

Items are delivered directly to Curtis - no gift wrapping required, so it's an easy and convenient way to give! However, PLEASE EDIT THE GIFT RECEIPT during checkout to include the recipient's name so that we can get your gift to the intended recipient! Many teachers request similar items, and the boxes often arrive with no information, so please make this quick edit so that we know who gets what! Lastly, because families give in different ways, the idea of the wish list is that it is anonymous.

Thank you for supporting our teachers and staff! The wish list can be found here and will be updated continually as new items are added. Questions? Reach out to


Wednesday, January 8: Early Release - ILAP

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Wednesday, January 22: Early Release, 12:00 p.m. - ILAP

Friday, January 31: 6th Grade Dance/Fundraiser


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Teen Center Winter and Spring Dates

Fri. 2/07, 7th Grade, February Fun & Games - Hoopmania! 7:00-9:00pm

Fri. 4/03, 6th Grade 7:00-9:00pm

Fri. 5/08, 6th Grade 7:00-9:00pm

FRI. 2/07 7th Grade TC Event - February Fun and Games!! Highlights for this 7th grade event include "Hoopmania" a double basketball inflatable , Snack Bar (everything is $1), Table Tennis, Pool Table, a Movie Room, XBox, PlayStation and more! You don't want to miss out on Teen Center, so be sure to register now (Click here to register). Registration online in advance is highly encouraged. Parent volunteers are needed, please contact Dennis Mannone, Park and Rec Director, at


Tired of dragging your Christmas tree to the transfer station? The students of LS would like to help you out! We will come to your home, pick up your Christmas tree from the end of your driveway, and dispose of the tree. We are servicing the Towns of Sudbury and Lincoln only.

When: Saturday, January 11, 2020

Time: 8 am – 2pm

Cost: $20 ($10 for senior citizens)

All you need to do is leave your tree at the end of your driveway and leave your money in an envelope or plastic bag taped to your front door!

To sign up, please use the link:

Please sign up by Wednesday, January 8. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Thompson (Class of 2020 Advisor) at:

This event is being assisted by:

Rusty’s Tree Service - “Where they will go out on a limb for you!”

539 Hudson Rd.

Sudbury, MA 01776

Happy Holidays!

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Girls Who Code is a program for girls who are interested in learning about computer science and how to impact their community. This program exposes girls to positive female role models with a background in computer science. For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs by email at or by phone at 508-831-4900.

Dates for Spring 2020:

  • January 21, 28
  • February 4, 11, 25
  • March 3, 17, 24, 31
  • April 7

Grades: Girls in Grades 7 - 11
Hours: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Fall Registration: Closed
Spring Registration: Opens December 16 at 9:00 am

*Note: There are no parent opening or closing sessions. If WPI or Worcester Public Schools are canceled due to inclement weather, this program will also be canceled. There are no make-up days for snow days. A snack will be provided for each student, but if you choose to bring your own, it must be nut free.

*Note: Since the curriculum does not change from year to year, this program is not open to returning students.

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Learning ~ Respect ~ Responsibliity

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