CMSS Newsletter

Monday, October 7, 2019

CMSS Block Party!

The CMSS Faculty are hosting a Block Party for our students on Tuesday, October 8th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm here at CMSS. Admission is $5 per student which includes a bottle of water and 5 game tickets. The first 350 students will receive a FREE hotdog, courtesy of Centennial Bank. Additional concession items and game tickets may be purchased at the Block Party. Come join us for an evening of fun!

PTO Monthly Meeting

PTO will be having their monthly meeting today, October 7th at 6:30 pm in the CMSS Media Center. Any parent, grandparent, or guardian who is interested in serving on this committee is invited to attend.

MAP Test

Be on the lookout for MAP Testing Results on Thursday, October 10th.This snapshot helps parents and teachers know where individual students are currently performing in the areas of literacy and math. This assessment is completed periodically throughout the year and helps teachers and staff place students for our Walk to Intervention program.

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

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

Parent/Teacher Conference Forms

It's hard to believe, but the end of the first nine week grading period is next Friday, October 11th. Our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on October 15th and 17th.

Last week, students should have brought home an informative letter and conference sign-up form. Please indicate the 3 conference times and date that work best for you and return to your student's Advisory Teacher. Conferences will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once conferences have been scheduled by the Advisory Teacher, students will be bringing home a confirmation note of your date and time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student's Advisory Teacher or the CMSS Office.

Test Drive a Car for CMSS

Red River Dodge will be at CMSS on October 15th from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Any licensed driver at least 18 years old can test drive a variety of new cars. In exchange for you taking a test drive, CMSS will receive $10 per test drive. Come support CMSS and Red River Dodge!

No School: October 18th

Cabot Public Schools will be closed on Friday, October 18th. Have a great extended weekend!

Fall Picture Make Up Day

If you missed our fall picture day or you are not satisfied with your picture package, Lifetouch will be on campus Tuesday, October 22nd. If you are wanting retakes, students must bring your picture package to the photographer.

R.E.A.L. Panthers of the Week

The following students were recognized on Friday, October 4th as our R.E.A.L. Panthers of the Week. Each team selects one student per week that has gone above and beyond in demonstrating the characteristic traits associated with the R.E.A.L. Panther Pledge. Congratulations!

5-1 Team Pride: Harrison F

5-2 Team Storm: Reanna D

5-4 Team Wise: Caroline K

5-5 Team Arctic: Levi G

6-1 Team Unstoppable: Cade B & Lane A

6-3 Team Stars: Katie Mc

6-5 Team Fierce: Oliver R

Essentials: Ethan H

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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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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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Dates

Look for more information in our upcoming Weekly Newsletters about the following dates:
  • November 1: Frontier Festival for 5th Grade
  • November 7: Camp Rock Musical at CHS
  • November 11: Veteran's Day
  • November 21: Rockin' At The Hop for 6th Grade.
  • November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break

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