The Dolphin Digest

September 14, 2020

Upcoming Events

September 16th- CMS Board of Education Meeting @ 6pm (Youtube or Facebook)

September 22nd- Progress Reports shared with parents (see below)

September 28th- No School- Teacher Workday

October 7th- CMS Early Release Day (Instructional Day ends at 11:30am)

October 19th- No School -Teacher Workday

Parent To Do's:

CMS Student Code of Conduct- Action Required

All CMS parents and students need to read the 2020-2021 Student Code of Conduct (English & Spanish).

Once the document has been reviewed, students and families will need to COMPLETE the Student and Parent Acknowledgement and Pledge by completing this FORM. (Due 9/24).

*NEW* Smithfield Spirit Wear

Show your Smithfield spirit!! NEW Smithfield Spirit Wear is ready YOU!

The PTA is excited to offer a new line of Smithfield spirit wear (! Families are now able to view products (new ones still being added), purchase, and have the items shipped to their homes with a click of a button. Due to the current school closure, items are only available for shipping. It may be helpful to think of ways to combine orders with Smithfield friends to help mitigate the cost of shipping.

Feel free to share the link with families and friends who may want to make gift purchases. We hope our dolphins and their families enjoy the new items to show their Smithfield spirit!

2020-21 School Leadership Team Parent Vote

Please vote to elect Smithfield parents to the 2020-21 School Leadership Team. This team is comprised of Smithfield staff and parents who meet throughout the school year. The functions of the SLT include to:

Facilitate involvement of school community in designing & implementing the School Improvement Plan

· Encourage, support, & create opportunities for involvement from parents of the community

· Coordinate activities associated with the design & implementation of the School Improvement Plan

Join the Smithfield PTA!

Please consider joining the Smithfield PTA by competing this form:

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessments

MAP testing in CMS and Smithfield is underway! Thank you SO MUCH to the parents and caregivers who have helped in this process. It definitely takes a team! Our students have shown such perseverance and we couldn't be more proud!

1st Quarter Progress Reports and Report Cards

Teachers will share progress reports on September 22nd. Report Cards will be shared on October 20th.

K-2nd Grades: Teachers will communicate the students' grades for the mid-quarter progress and report card by sending them in Canvas.

3rd-5th Grades: Parents and students will view progress reports and report cards in PowerSchool.

The Way to a Teacher's Heart... Snacks!

We are supplying a daily snack cart with cold drinks and yummy grab-and-go options for our staff, however our supply is running low.

If you are able, families can drop off canned drinks and individual packaged snacks and fruit. Please pull to the front of the school and call the front office (980-343-6550). We will come right out to get the donations from your car.

Thank you in advance for your support!

I Love My Librarian Award Nominations

Smithfield Families-

This is a great way to recognize Ms. Solar for being a wonderful school librarian!

Cub Scout Open House

Cub Scout Open House

Cub Scout Pack 256 will be holding a Virtual Open House on Monday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. for all families interested in joining the Scouting program. Cub Scouting is open to boys and girls in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, and the program focuses on building character and life skills through camping and other outdoor experiences.

You can join our Virtual Open House at or on Facebook at

Typically, Pack 256 meets every other Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church though schedules have changed due to COVID-19. Contact Cubmaster Andrew Dunn with questions:

Check out this website from Ms. Solar, our Media Teacher! There are a TON of resources available for students to read digital books!

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CMS 2020-21 Early Release Days

CMS Early Release Dates to add to your calendars:

October 7th

December 9th

February 17th

May 5th

*Smithfield will dismiss at 11:45am*


CMS families are encouraged to have their children immunized for the 2020-2021 school year. Vaccines and health assessments are required by the state for children to attend school. On Aug. 11, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper extended the compliance deadline for immunizations and health assessments to Oct. 31.

Vaccinations are required for students entering kindergarten, seventh grade and 12th grade. Families may receive more information from their doctor, school nurse or the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department, 704-336-6500, which has vaccine-only appointments.

Mecklenburg County Public Health has provided multiple school immunization clinics on Saturdays; families can call for appointments for upcoming clinics Aug. 29 and Sept. 12. Click here for details.


We are hearing a lot of background noise in many of our live classes. It is recommended that students use headphones if able. Families can borrow a pair of headphones per student from Smithfield. If you need headphones, please come to the front door M-F between 9am-2pm.

Thank you!

CMS Meal Bundles

How to sign up

You can pre-order meal bundles through a new or existing PayPAMS account.

Click here to log in to PayPAMS

Learn more about PayPAMS

  1. Delivery by Transportation to your designated bus stop during the assigned timeframe.

  2. Pick up at one of 40 CMS school locations between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    View locations.

Students do not need to be present for pick up or delivery. Name must be provided to receive the meal bundle. Meal bundles must be pre-ordered. You will receive a confirmation email when you have completed the order process.

CMS Meal Benefits

Families can now apply for meal benefits for the 2020-2021 school year. This applies to students who will be learning at school or from home. Approved students may also qualify for discounted fees for college applications, pay-to-play athletics, academic tests (SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement) and internet access from some providers.

Meal prices will remain the same next year. All students will receive breakfast at no charge. Lunch prices are $2.50, pre-kindergarten; $2.75, kindergarten to eighth grade; and $3, ninth to 12th grade.

Stay Connected!

  • Each child will have an Agenda that will go between home and school every day.

  • Weekly ConnectEd email newsletters

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