CMSS Newsletter

Monday, September 16, 2019

CMSS T-Shirts

We are taking CMSS T-Shirt orders! Please see the order form below for sizing and prices. You are welcome to print off the order form from this newsletter or forms can be picked up in the office. Orders and payment are due to the CMSS Office by Friday, September 27.

Car Rider Procedures

For pick up and drop off, cars will enter Panther Trail and turn around at the designated turn around spot, just past the water tower. Cars must use the "Merge" lane to create 1 lane of traffic heading toward Kerr Station Road. Panther Trail is a city street and must remain open for through traffic. Cars will turn into the CMSS driveway from Panther Trail.

Avoid dropping off/picking up your student in the parking lots. This creates traffic that could result in an injury to our students and staff. Parking lots are reserved for those parking and entering the building.

Morning Drop Off

  • Drop off is 1 lane. Use the lane closest to the building.
  • Please pull as far forward as possible when dropping off your student. This allows more students to exit the cars and speeds up the drop off line.
  • Students will enter the building through the front doors.

Afternoon Pick Up

  • Pick up is 2 lanes after entering the CMSS driveway. Cars must use the "Merge" lane to create 1 lane of traffic heading toward Kerr Station Road. Panther Trail is a city street and must remain open for through traffic.
  • Present your placard to the caller as you approach the beginning of the car line.
  • Students will listen for their name and go to the number called with their name.
  • Cars will pull up to the number called. (#1 is near the 6th grade hall/closest to the Kerr Station exit/#10 is near the 5th grade hall/closest to the caller).
  • Students will wait until the vehicle comes to a complete stop to load their car.
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Book Fair!

Our Fall Book Fair is here! You can shop between September 15th - 28th online. Every purchase benefits CMSS to add books to our Media Center and classroom libraries.

The Book Fair will also be in our Media Center next week, just in time for REAL Friends Week!

Here is the link to the online Book Fair! You can look at the online flier and even purchase books.

R.E.A.L. Friends Week

R.E.A.L Friends (aka: Grandparents or Someone Special) are welcome to eat lunch with their students during the week of September 23-27. The book fair will also be open during this time.

Team 5-1: Monday 9/23 from 11:15-12:00

Team 5-2: Tuesday 9/24 from 11:15-12:00

Team 5-3: Wednesday 9/25 from 12:15-1:00

Team 5-4: Thursday 9/26 from 12:15-1:00

Team 5-5: Friday 9/27 from 12:15-1:00

Team 6-1: Monday 9/23 from 10:50-11:35

Team 6-2: Tuesday 9/24 from 10:50-11:35

Team 6-3: Wednesday 9/25 from 11:45-12:30

Team 6-4: Thursday 9/26 from 11:45-12:30

Team 6-5: Friday 9/27 from 11:45-12:30

As a reminder, all visitors must stop by the office to check in and get a visitor badge before eating lunch with your student.

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education is still going strong and each box top counts as cash for CMSS! Since 1996, General Mills has donated over $913 million to schools just like CMSS.

You can continue to send in your Box Tops with your student OR you can download the Box Top App and choose CMSS at your school. Then, simply scan your grocery receipt and CMSS will be credited for each eligible item you purchased.

THIS WEEK ONLY: We can earn double points for every box top scanned into the app. Items must be purchased between 9/12 and 9/22 to be eligible!

CHS Homecoming and Early Dismissal

Cabot Public Schools will be dismissing early on Friday, October 4th at 2:15 pm. The Homecoming Parade will begin at 3:30 pm.

Those interested in participating in the Homecoming Parade can find more details on our webpage or by clicking the link below:

Space Camp

Space Camp informational packets have been sent home with all 5th grade students. This optional field trip is scheduled for May 1-3, 2020 in Huntsville, Alabama.

All 5th graders will need to turn in a YES or NO form to their Advisory Teacher by October 11th, indicating whether or not they are planning to attend. CMSS is limited to 300 participants.

There has been a price increase this year. The total cost for your student to attend Space Camp is $390. The non-refundable deposit reserves your student's spot for the 3 day field trip. See the payment plan below:

  • October 11th : $90 non-refundable deposit due
  • November 1st: $75 payment
  • December 6th: $75 payment
  • January 10th: $75 payment
  • February 7th: $75 payment

Parents interested in chaperoning this field trip must attend the MANDATORY meeting on either September 30th at 9:00 am or October 1st at 6:30 pm. Both meetings will be held in the CMSS Cafeteria.

Feel free to contact the CMSS Office or CMSS Space Camp Coordinator at for more information.

FREE Breakfast!

That's Right! Every student can enjoy a free breakfast each morning. Research has shown that children who eat breakfast are more likely to focus and perform better in the classroom.

Lunch prices will remain the same as last year:

  • Elementary lunch: $2.40
  • Secondary lunch $2.60
  • Reduced lunch $0.40

If you are a family that is facing financial hardships, the most important thing you can do is to let us know. There is no deadline to apply for free and reduced meals. We will be more than happy to help you fill out the paperwork or apply online. If you don’t qualify for that program, they are still willing and able to provide assistance as needed. For any questions, please contact the Food Service Director, Erin Wilkes at 501-843-3363.

Homework Lab

Does your child need some help with their homework or a quiet place to study before school? Our Homework Room is open every morning beginning at 7:30 in the GT Room. At least one math and one literacy teacher are available each morning in the Homework Room to help students with assignments.

2019-2020 Bell Schedule

7:50 First Bell - Students report to their Advisory Teacher

8:00 Tardy Bell

3:20 Car Riders, Walkers, and First Wave Bus Riders Dismissed

3:25 Second Wave Bus Riders Dismissed

3:30 Third Wave Bus Riders Dismissed

Your child will receive a more specific bell schedule for their Team that includes lunch and recess times, class times, etc.

Supply Fee

CMSS students have a one time $25 supply fee. This includes all necessary school supplies and a Team T-Shirt. Students are asked to bring a backpack, pencils, and notebook paper to class each day.

Your child's supply fee can be made by check or cash and sent with your child to school. You can also pay online (link: - there is a service fee. You do not have to put a teacher's name, just your child's grade level. The district wants to do everything in our power to help our families. If you are a family that is facing financial hardships, the most important thing you can do is to let us know.

Reminders about Dress Code

The CPS Student Handbook outlines the following guidelines of appropriate dress for any campus. The handbook can be accessed on the district website under the Resources for Students tab.

Guidelines include:

  • All students shall wear shoes;

  • Young men shall wear sleeved shirts;

  • Young women may wear sleeved blouses and shirts or sleeveless blouses and shirts with broad shoulder straps that cover the shoulders; undergarments may not be visible;

  • Pants, shorts, dresses and skirts will be no more than four (4) inches above the knee.

  • Long dresses cannot have a slit that exceeds 4 inches above the knee standard;

  • For all clothing with waistbands, the top of the waistband must be no lower than the top of the hipbone;

Clothing and accessories not allowed include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Tank tops and tops with spaghetti straps;

  • Pants with holes more than four inches above the knee with exposed skin or undergarments;

  • Caps, hats, toboggans, etc;

  • Clothing that displays obscenities, promotes violence, including pictures of guns or other weapons, has sexual implication/content or has reference to alcoholic beverages, tobacco or illegal substances;

  • Bandanas;

  • Chains (e.g. wallet chains);

  • See-through blouses;

  • Pajamas and house shoes;

  • Other styles, hair, contacts or clothing that may disrupt school.

Upcoming Dates

Look for more information in our upcoming Weekly Newsletters about the following dates:
  • October 8: CMSS Block Party
  • October 11: End of 1st Nine Week Grading Period
  • October 15 & 17: Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 18: No School

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