The Mustang Minute
May 3, 2019 - Issue 32
Mindful Before MCAS
This week we ran Shine Bright mindfulness workshops with our sixth grade students to give them tools to stay calm as we head into the Math MCAS. Shine Bright is a local company with Norwood connections. They had previously conducted workshops at some of the elementary schools here in Norwood.
During the 20 minute workshop students learned five skills to help combat anxiety both during the MCAS and during these tough teenage years. The first was breathing as a tool, the second was putting good things into your mind and body, the third was making sure you are thinking clearly, the fourth was creating space when confronted with conflict, and the fifth was using positive self talk to keep your life positive. Ask your student to show you their calming moves and what positive word they chose to help boost their confidence! You can check their website for more information. www.shinebrightworkshops.com
Congratulations! The CMS Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Larry Smith, was awarded a gold medal at the Southeast Junior MAJE festival last night! The students hard work and effort all year certainly paid off!
April Citizens of the Month
Grade 8: Kimberly Belcher, Cameron LoPiccolo, Franchesca Marte
Grade 7: Chloe Hall, Braden Segreve, Ann Lee Corioloan
Grade 6: Bridget Connolly, James Caille, Piyusha Majgaonkar, Colleen Sisk
Grade 8 End of Year Events!
Grade 8 Dinner/Dance (June 14) - Students will be signed up during the week of June 10-14. This event is sponsered by the PTO.
Promotion Ceremony (June 19): The promotion ceremony will be at 8:30am on June 19th in the CMS Auditorium. It will be followed by the 8th grade BBQ sponsored by the Norwood Police.
Youth Impact Norwood
Coakley Middle School is hosting a Career Fair on Wednesday May 22rd from 8-9:30am. We are looking for professionals to come in to speak to our 8th grade students. We hope to pair 1-2 professionals per classroom for three mini informational sessions.
We just ask you to come prepared with facts about how to get into your career as well as the day to day job responsibilities. If you are interested and able to participate, please contact the Guidance Department by May 1st. Thanks in advance for your help! We look to working with you!
Ally King- firstname.lastname@example.org
Meghan Mba- email@example.com
Washington DC Updates
Did you Miss the T-Shirt Sale? Here's another chance! This link will be open until MAY 7TH!
All Forms are DUE! If you have not turned in the Out-of-State Field Trip Form or the Medical Information Form please get them in ASAP! We have additional copies in the main office. These forms were given out at the parent meeting last month.
Click the link below to sign up to donate snacks for the trip.
The snacks and water will be divided between the four buses for distribution during the trip.
Shaw's Gives Back to CMS
Shaw's donating $1 to PTO for each reusable bag sold in May
For the month of May, each time a reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at the Shaw’s located at Nahatan Street, $1 will be donated to CMS PTO, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag.
Yankee Candle Fundraiser
Coakley Code: 999989692
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations and volunteers for Teacher Appreciation
Let's say thank you to the Coakley staff - sign up to help or donate: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A48ABAF23A20-cmsteacher1 . Items may be dropped off week of May 6.
School Kits Ordering
Save time and money by ordering your student's school kit now. This year we have a new supplier: A-Plus Prepackaged School Supplies. Orders can be placed through Saturday, June 15.
- Website address: http://www.apssusa.com/orderprepackagedschoolsuppliesusa.html
- Password: dpcms
May 9 - 6:30, last meeting current board
June 13 - 6:30, new board and old board transition meeting
Release of Records
Any students transferring to another school district, attending a private school or another high school other than Norwood High, please make sure to contact your child's guidance counselor before the end of the year. Attached is the release form that must be filled out in order to ensure that your child's new school receives the pertinent school information (Transcripts, attendance, testing results, health record, discipline, etc.).
Meghan Mba (6th grade) - email@example.com
Allyson Culgin (7th grade) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley McCaffrey (8th grade) - email@example.com
SAVE THE DATE
Next week we will be sending invitations to the elementary schools for our upcoming Grade 5 Open House.
When: Thursday, May 23rd
Where: CMS Auditorium
Open house is for students and parents! Please share with elementary families!
On that same night we will also have an open house for CMS Special Education Staff for all grades at 5:30pm. COme and meet the staff that will work with your students that receive special services!
New Library Reading Area Fundraiser
After School Activities
Friendship Club: The club meets once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00
Cartoon Club: Mondays 2:10-3:05 in room 105
Artist Circle: Meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1
Drama Club: Meets on Mondays at 2:15 in 101
Debate Club: Thursdays in 202
Lego Club: Tuesday, February 26th at 2:15 in the cafeteria
CMS Dance: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15 in the cafeteria
Gay Straight Alliance: Thursdays at 2:15
Student Council: Meetings are announced
SEARCH Mondays 2:10-3:05
Yearbook Club: Meets every other Thursday at 2:15
Honor Band: Mondays 4:00-5:30
Honor Orchestra: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30
Jazz Band: Wednesdays 5:30-7:00
Honor Chorus: Thursdays 3:15-4:45
May 3 & 4: Aladdin at NHS (CMS Musical)
May 9: National Junior Honor Society Induction at 6:30pm
MCAS Testing Schedule
May 7 & 8: Math MCAS all grades
May 14 & 15: Science grade 8