CJMS Weekly Updates

September 12 to September 16

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Good Evening, Cabin John Middle School Families,

A huge THANK YOU to the PTSA for throwing our Back to School fair this past Friday evening. It was wonderful to see so many of our families!

September 12 to September 16 is Cabin John Safety Week. Students will learn about safety procedures during Advisory classes and then participate in a variety of safety activity drills.

Another thank you for everyone's patience as we work out a few kinks with our bus routes. We are working daily with transportation to make sure everyone has a seat on the bus both to and from school. There are two stop updates we have made this week that are listed below which should help all of our bus routes be under full capacity.

We look forward to welcoming everyone on Monday morning to our Cabin John community focused on respect, positive relationships, and resilience.

Have a great evening!

Somer Snider

Principal, CJMS

Important Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • September 12 to September 16 - CJMS Safety Week

  • Tuesday, September 13 - Activity Buses Begin each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

  • Wednesday, September 14 - STUDENTS’ PICTURE DAY & PHOTO ID DAY

  • Wednesday, September 14 - Early Dismissal Day, school dismisses after lunch at 12:30pm

  • Tuesday, September 20 - MAP-R Testing

  • Thursday, September 22 - MAP-M Testing

  • Monday, September 26 - No School for Students and Teachers

  • Friday, September 30 - Early Dismissal Day, school dismisses after lunch at 12:30pm

  • Wednesday, October 5 - No School for Students and Teachers

Weekly Assignment Summary for September 12 to September 16

Please take time to review what students are currently learning in their classes this week at Cabin John Middle School in our weekly assignment summary.

Free and Reduced Price Meals for Students & Families

For the past two years, meals have been free for all students. This year we have returned to our previous system.

Students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household size and income. They may also qualify if they are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), or Medicaid benefits.

Families may apply for meal benefits by completing an Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for the current school year. Beginning school year 2022-2023, students who qualify for reduced-price meals will not be charged that cost - meaning that reduced-price students will eat for free!

New Online Feature Reports Bus Route Delays

Bus delays may occur at the beginning of the school year due to increased traffic, adjustments for student ridership or because a route requires two or more runs to complete. Families can check whether their child’s bus route is running on time or is delayed with a new online tool. Delays are being posted on this website.

Specific CJMS Bus Route Updates

Darnestown Rd. & Wootton Crossing

The students who ride bus 1213 and get on and off at Darnestown Rd. & Wootton Crossing will now permanently ride bus 1211.

Lakewinds Way & Rolling Green Way

The students who ride bus 1215/33 and get on and off at Lakewinds Way & Rolling Green Way will now permanently ride bus 1216.

Finance Park Parent Volunteers Needed

Volunteer at Junior Achievement (JA) Finance Park on October 11 and October 12!

JA Finance Park is an innovation in experiential education designed to prepare students for life and work in the real world. We are currently in need for volunteers to help run the financial literacy simulation for our students. Information about the program and a registration flyer are linked.

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is back! Anyone interested in participating please visit the CJMS website for the link. Practice starts on September 13th and registration closes on September 23rd.

We'll meet in CJMS's dance studio and run around CJMS's tennis courts every Tues./Thurs. from 3:10-4:20 pm. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Rogers or see her in room 2127.

MathCounts Tryouts on Friday, September 16

Mathcounts Tryout Session Friday, Sept 16

Sponsor: Jialu Zhang

Meeting Date: Tryout date 9/16 Friday starting at 3:15 pm at Cafeteria

For students who qualified for the club, weekly meetings will be held every Sunday morning from 9:30 to 11 am starting in late September or early October.

Tryout Registration link https://forms.gle/TdKQ52tegfn5tPsY8

Fall Parent Academy Features Important Information for Families

Families and students can stay engaged throughout the school year with Parent Academy TO GO, a series of webinars for families to watch at home.

The webinars are available on the Parent Academy website. Registration is available here.

Fall Sports to Begin Tuesday, September 13

MCPS Middle School Athletics Registration Process Letter / Spanish Letter

Fall 2022 interscholastic athletics online registration will be submitted through the ParentVUE Portal, opening on August 15, 2022 and closes September 12, 2022.

A complete walkthrough of the ParentVUE registration process can be found at the following link: ParentVUE Walkthrough The ParentVUE online registration portal, available in English and Spanish, incorporates all required paper forms and documents into an internet-based platform that you can access using your secure ParentVUE Portal login.

Parents/guardians are also able to scan and upload their student’s required doctor’s physical as part of the registration process. If at the time of registration the physical is not completed, you can email the completed forms directly to Mr. Blumenthal whose contact information is below.

Vaccination for COVID-19 will not be required for the fall season, per the approval of the Department of Health and Human Services.

A link to a PDF version of the MCPS SR-8 Physical Form can be found at the following link:

MCPS SR-8 Physical Form

Any questions regarding the registration process or athletics can be directed to our Athletic Coordinator, Mr. Blumenthal, and David_J_Blumenthal@mcpsmd.org. Information on coaches and games can be found below:




  • Soccer - Girls | Boys

    Student Remember: If you plan to stay after school to watch any sporting event, make sure you have arranged for your own transportation home.

We are excited to provide your student with the greatest education-based in-person and virtual athletic season during such unprecedented times. We Can, We Will, We R.A.I.S.E.

We are excited to offer an opportunity for your child to participate in CJMS 2022-2023 Tutoring program IN PERSON and/or VIRTUALLY at no charge!

We know that many students have unfinished learning because of the educational impact from COVID-19. Our High Dosage Tutoring model makes sure students have the skills they need to stay successful in their grade level classes. We plan to provide the following areas of tutoring: Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and Executive Functioning*. Executive Functioning will help students better plan, organize, and study for their classes.

In person tutoring will occur T, W, TH from 3:15-4:30 with bus service provided. Virtual tutoring can occur ALL 7 days of the week M-Sun. Please choose the number of days, time(s) and subject(s) that works best for you.

Please complete the information on this form and return to Tamara Hardy in the counseling office ASAP to claim your spot! You can turn it in personally at the counseling office or email it to Tamara_A_Hardy@mcpsmd.org.

MoCo Scientists for Kids Event

Dr. Kallman at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be speaking on the latest amazing James Webb Space Telescope discoveries on Wednesday, September 14 at 4:30 pm.


Learn more about MoCo Scientists for Kids at https://mocoscientists4kids.weebly.com/

Councilmember for a Day Challenge

Students in grades 8-12 who are interested in politics and want to know what it is like to serve as a Montgomery County Councilmember are invited to submit entries for Councilmember Craig Rice’s “Councilmember for a Day Challenge” (V.O.I.C.E.S.).

Students can work individually or in teams of up to three to develop a short video on highlighting a public policy that is important to them. The winning team members will have the opportunity to serve as Councilmember for a Day.

Student registration ends on Sept. 20!

Sign up at the MCPS Councilmember for a Day site here!

Student Flyer

New SSL Coordinator

CJMS has a new SSL Coordinator! Our new Resource Counselor, Ms. Jennifer Poole, will be taking over as SSL coordinator. All details about SSL can be found on the Counseling website until the Student Service Learning Hours tab.

SSL Opportunity: MSI Soccer

SSL opportunities every weekend from MSI Soccer! Healthy, convenient, and screen-free! Training is September 5!

Cabin John's 7th and 8th graders - MSI Soccer needs YOU! You can earn SSL hours while working as a "Youth Game Leader" during 1st/2nd grade games in Bethesda/Potomac! Youth Game Leaders are similar to Junior Referees. At least one year of soccer experience is required. MSI hosts ~60 one-hour games every Saturday in September and October. Once you attend a training, you are invited to sign up to work the games that work best for you (days/times), as available. It's ideal to work at least a couple of games on at least 3 to 4 Saturdays. But, working every Saturday is not required. Some make-up games take place on Sundays.

Our Youth Game Leader training is on September 5. Please go to our MSI website (www.msisoccer.org), click the "Play With MSI' tab, and then "Youth Game Leaders Program" for more info and to register for the training. These SSL events are convenient, healthy, and screen-free; and our Youth Game Leaders gain valuable leadership experience! MSI is a pre-approved SSL organization!

SSL Opportunity: Parks Fall Clean-Up

SGAP Leader is a MCPS Volunteer Center approved non-profit - The Student Global Ambassador Program is offering 4 SSL hours for students ages 12+ to help with our Fall Clean-up on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Middle and high school students: Kick-off Back to School with the SGAP Leaders' FALL CLEAN-UP! Bags, gloves and grabbers provided. Meet us at one of the following parks from 9-12 on Saturday, September 24, 2022. We will provide light refreshments. Grab a friend and come! Earn 4SSL hours. Age 12+


@ Parklawn Park

@ East Norbeck Park

@ Winding Creek Park

Scan the QR Code to register!

Cup of Java - STEM Opportunity for CJMS students

“Cup of Java” isa non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls to the potential of programming and inspiring them to pursue future careers in STEM. The overarching goal of our organization is to increase female participation and representation in STEM, and we do this through a number of mediums, including online resources as well as live classes. Please visit https://www.cupofjavaclass.org/ to learn more about us.

We have recently launched a mentorship program open to rising middle and high school girls—all skill levels are welcome! Through the free one-on-one tutoring offered in our program, students will be matched with one of our various computer science proficient tutors to learn CS concepts across:

  • Java
  • Analysis of Algorithms
  • Website Development (JS, CSS, HTML)
  • Computer Graphics (Unity, Android Studio)
  • Cyber Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Python

Our mentorship program will be run throughout the school year and scheduling for the tutoring sessions will be flexible between the student and mentor. In addition to the hard skills of programming, girls will learn about the importance of computer science in our society and the career paths available with a background in coding. As passionate computer science students ourselves, we aim to share this fascinating field of STEM with younger girls and hope that they too will find a similar passion for CS through this opportunity.

Please Join our CJMS PTSA!

Click here to read a message from our PTSA President and learn how you can support CJMS throughout the year!

Thank you to everyone who attended our first PTSA meeting during Back to School Night. Your support to our CJMS community is appreciated! Another thank you to all those who attended our Back to School picnic this past Friday, September 9th.

Wootton Cluster Community Outreach Program

The Community Outreach Program runs throughout the school year and is designed to assist any student in emergency need with essential items when other resources are not readily available. Students must attend one of the nine Wootton cluster schools, and they are typically on the Montgomery County Public School’s FARMS Program.

How Can Families in Your School Help? The Community Outreach and Holiday Helping Hands Program support children from ALL nine cluster schools. In order for this program to be successful, we need parent support from each cluster school. Parents from your school can email me if interested in being put on the email list to be notified when a child is in need of an item.

1. Email List: Parents interested in being notified when a child is in need should contact Jen Eisenfeld at ptsa_community_liaison@tswoottonhs.org.

2. Donate: Gift cards to Target, Amazon, Giant, and Safeway are a great way to support your families. If you are interested in donating a gift card, contact Nikki Bossert at ptsa_treasurer@tswoottonhs.org.

3. Share: Please share this information with your school’s families via your school website, PTA website, a Connect-Ed, or any other means to spread the word.

Cluster schools, which feed into Wootton High School, include:

Lakewood ES, Fallsmead ES, Travilah ES, DuFief ES, Robert Frost MS, Stone Mill ES, Cold Springs ES, and Cabin John MS shared with Churchill cluster

Update ParentVue Today!

All MCPS families are encouraged to sign up for a ParentVUE account and ensure your contact information is up-to-date. ParentVUE, an online parent portal, is the primary way schools share information regarding grades, attendance, scheduling, access to myMCPS Classroom and more. Contact Tamara Hardy, 240-406-1560, for updating your address, which parents may not update in ParentVue.

ParentVUE also allows access to Canvas/MyMCPSClassroom, a digital learning platform. Parents and guardians can view instructional information and resources, and get alerts about assignments and grades.

Check out Student's Canvas Courses

Parents and guardians can view their children's Canvas courses as a Parent Observer. Access Canvas / myMCPS Classroom as a Parent Observer via Synergy ParentVUE. Click here to learn more!

Procedures for Parent and Community Volunteers

Montgomery County Public Schools requires school volunteers and partnership agencies to complete certain compliance measures in order to volunteer within our school district.

  • Online Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Training via their myMCPS Classroom/Canvas account
  • Background check (dependent upon the type of volunteer service, per the Volunteers regulation and FAQ)
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation - NEW!

MCPS has created a step-by-step User-Guide (with pictures) on how to access create and access their myMCPS Classroom/Canvas account to complete the Online Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Training module AND upload the Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination from the state Department of Health.

The online course grade sheet will show a total of 183.3% for completion of both compliance modules. You can show the gradesheet as evidence of successful completion to schools and your name will appear on the MCPS volunteer roster after October 1.

MCPS is asking for a pdf copy of your vaccination certificate in order to upload it to this module, you can download a copy from Maryland MyIR (directions for completing this process are located in this support guide). As an alternative, you may also upload a copy of one of the following:

  • State Department of Health Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination (DC, VA, WV)
  • Vaccination verification provided by the volunteer's health insurance provider
  • A letter from a primary care physician attesting to your vaccine status

CJMS Grade Level Contacts

Do you need to see the newsletter in a different language or a larger font?

Our digital newsletter can be translated into many different languages and the font can be adjusted so our entire community has access to what is happening in the CJMS community!

To adjust your view of the newsletter, click on the "accessibility" button. The button is a circle with figure in it. Once you click the accessibility button, the menu to choose the language or different font size will appear.

Cabin John Middle School

Principal: Ms. Somer Snider

Assistant School Administrator (6th Grade): Ms. Kimberly Trostle

Assistant Principal (7th Grade): Mr. Casey Siddons

Assistant Principal (8th Grade): Mr. Andrew (Andy) Lee

Main Office Phone: 240-406-1600
Fax: 240-740-4403
Guidance Counseling Office: 240-406-1560
Health Room: 240-406-1570

Attendance Office: 240-406-1599 (to leave a VM)

Please call CJMS to notify us of your child's absence.

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