The Mustang Minute

October 19, 2018 - Issue 7

Students, Staff, and Parents Making a Difference

Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Next week CMS will hold the annual Lee Denim Day to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. Each year, students and teachers make donations to fund breast cancer research and wear jeans and pink to bring attention to this cause. Ms. Harding and Ms. Murphy are running this year's program with lots of help from student volunteers that made posters, collected prizes for donations, and created announcements to inspire our school. This year's Lee Denim Day for Breast Cancer research will be on Wednesday, October 24th. So wear pink, make a donation, and help us "pink out" cancer!

Gray Out for Natalia

This past week, CMS helped to raise funds for CMS alum Natalia Donnelly who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Students were able to purchase a gray paper ribbon for $1 that will be displayed during tonight's volleyball game. Today, students and staff did a "gray out" to bring awareness to brain cancer. We wish Natalia the best and know that she will fight hard and stay strong during this tough battle! She knows that CMS has her back!

DonorsChoose and Alternative Seating

A couple of week's ago I sent out a post about one of our teacher's Donors Choose sites. Since that time four other teachers have created DonorsChoose sites as well for alternative seating options for our students. Two of those sites have been fully funded and the other two are very close. I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of the Norwood community! Below are some pictures from Ms. Silva's science classroom - the first to be fully funded.

Alternative and flexible seating is where schools replace standard student desks with a variety of more comfortable and more flexible seating choices. It may include balance balls, wobble seats (that allow for movement), crate seats, tables, and many other choices. The concept is that students work better where they are comfortable. As I said to my staff when first describing this concept - When I have a lot of work to do and want to really focus, I don't go looking for a hard, Formica desk attached to a chair!

Thank you to everyone who has donated (and will be donating) to the great causes we are supporting this month! Allowing students to be part of a community of giving let's them know what it means to be a good community member - something that is clearly important to Norwood!

PTO Meeting: All Things ASPEN!

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 6:30pm

1315 Washington Street

Norwood, MA

Join this month's PTO meeting for a special presentation by Cristina Serradas, the CMS technology coordinator, on the ASPEN portal. If time permits she will also show everyone Google Classroom and how it works for parents.

CherryDale Fundraiser

We are in the middle of our fundraising campaign and we want to thank you for the outpouring of support by so many families registering online. We are counting on EVERY FAMILY to order to reach our goal.

Even with the best of intentions, sometimes the packet gets left at home instead of taken to work. It stays in the backpack instead of showing it to friends, neighbors and relatives. Haven't started yet? No problem! There's still time!

Even if you have just a few minutes to spare, click the link below, our registration process is simple and easy. On the run...and don't have time to register? Grab the packet and share with friends and family, shop yourself, or share on social media! Every item sold...DOES make a difference for our school!

Remember: Packets are Due by October 29th!


Chromebook News

Please help us keep your kids working at school by asking them to charge their Chromebooks every night. Do they have a dedicated spot? Is it near their phone or coat or some other item that they will connect with school?

Student also need earbuds each day. Please send them in!

Picture Day!

Picture Day is coming October 25th!

Washington DC Grade 8 Trip

If you missed the parent meeting on Tuesday we have forms with all the necessary information in the office and I have attached one to this newsletter. The PowerPoint is available on our webpage. We do have some need based scholarships available, please have your student come to the main office for a form.

Important Deadlines:

Registration Deadline: November 15th

Scholarship applications Deadline: November 1st

Please note that we will start a wait list at 140 students to 180 students to avoid an increase in the cost of the trip. Over 75 students have already registered!

Grade 8 baby Photos

The Yearbook Club is collecting baby photos and blast from the past photos for the 2018-2019 yearbook. You can email photos to or send in the originals with your students name and homeroom on the envelope or bag. They can give them to their homeroom teacher to give to the club advisers. The hard copies will be returned to you ASAP. These are due by December 21st. Thank You!

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Bilingual Parent Liasions

CMS is looking for some bilingual parents that are willing to help us reach out more effectively to our second language speaking families. If you would be interested in helping us please email Dr. Fraczek at or call the main office and leave a message.
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Big Y Points

Don't forget to sign up your silver saving card to the Coakley Middle School. You can earn points that we can use to buy supplies, furniture and other items for the middle school

After School Activities

Intramural Sports: Fall sports will start early October.

Friendship Club: The club will meet once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00 Students are responsible for their transportation home or take.a late bus. First meeting October 23rd.

Artist Circle: Meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1

Drama Club: Meets on Mondays at 2:15 in 101

Robotics Club: The Norwood High School Robotics Club will run for a total of 5 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday October 3rd, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Robotics Lab at Norwood High School.

Student Council: Informational meeting will be on October 4th

SEARCH The club's regular Monday meetings will begin after the application process is concluded. Please contact Mr. Oliver or Mr. Roussos with any questions.

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

Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Check out our kids in the news!

Last Week's News

In case you missed it!

Box Top Summer Drive

We are doing a Box Top Drive! If the students can bring in 5000 tops they can earn an extra 15 minutes of recess for all three grades. Box tops are due by Friday October 26th! While ten cents each may not seem like a lot they add up! The PTO raised over $500 from Box Tops.

PTO Corner

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

NEXT MEETING IS November 1st: Learn about all things ASPEN!

Need some new Coakley Apparel for the 2018 School Year? Click the link below and see what's available!

Important Dates

Cherrydale Fundraising Starts: October 15

Gray Out Day for Brain Cancer: October 19th

Breast Cancer Denim Day: October 24th

Metrowest Health Survey: October 24th

School Council Meeting: October 24th

Picture Day: October 25th

Blue Hills/Norfolk Aggie Assembly: October 30

Music Concert Dates

Thursday, December 13: 7th Grade Winter Concert (choral and instrumental)

Tuesday, December 18: 8th Grade Winter Winter Concert (choral and instrumental)

Thursday, January 10: 6th Grade Chorus and Honor Ensembles Winter Concert

Thursday, January 24th: Festival of Bands Concert at NHS (6-8 band)

Thursday, January 31st: All Town Orchestra Concert at NHS (6-8 orchestra)

Thursday, February 7th: LaLa-Palooza Choral Concert at NHS (8th grade chorus and Honor Chorus)