The Mustang Minute

November 1, 2018 - Issue 9

The Quickest Month of the Year

While the temperature doesn't seem to fit, we have reached November! We had a great week here at CMS, full of spirit! Many students wore Halloween colors or costumes on Wednesday to create a festive air at school. Early in the week Grade 8 had a visit from Blue Hills Technical High School and we ended the week with a mock vote for governor, senator and all three ballot questions. Ask you students how the vote turned out!

While November may not be the shortest month of the year, it often feels like the quickest. We have November 6th off for the election, November 12th for Veteran's Day, followed closely by the Thanksgiving break. Even though it is short - we try to pack a lot in! Teachers are doing great interactive lessons, after school clubs are up and running, and we are gearing up for a food drive (start setting aside those non-perishable items now). We also have a book fair that will run during school and during the November 15th parent/teacher conferences. They will have a lot of great selections and a portion of the proceeds go towards the CMS library.

We are off to a busy start in November followed by a hectic holiday season but we will stay focused and on task here at CMS. Take some time this weekend (we get a whole extra hour) to breath and relax before the whirlwind begins!

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October Citizens of the Month

Congratulations to the October winners of Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School’s Citizen of the Month. Citizens of the Month exemplify the school’s mission statement and are chosen by teachers and staff. To celebrate their accomplishments, an end of the year breakfast celebration will be held for students and their families.

Grade 8: Kathleen Mills, Delia Alvarado, Olivia LeSavage, Maura Beades

Grade 7: Alexa Coras, Connor Curran, Michael Marchand

Grade 6: Cameron Reed (not in photo), Ryan Valeri, Daniel Martin

Notes from the Nurse

Over the course of the next few weeks, the nurses and physical education teachers will be conducting postural screens on all students, as required by Massachusetts state law. This will take place during your child's regularly scheduled Wellness class and we will respect your child's privacy at all times. Please see the letter that is attached to this newsletter. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 781-440-5926 or . Thank you.

Interface Mental Health Helpline

Norwood is proud to announce that we have officially launched the INTERFACE Mental Health Referral Helpline. This is a free, confidential mental health outpatient referral service for children, adults, and families. Callers are matched with licensed mental health providers from INTERFACE’s extensive database.

You can link to the sites below for our specific pages on the INTERFACE website:


Candy and School

Are not a good mix. It is fine for a student to have a piece of candy as part of their lunch but please remind them not to bring extra candy (or bags of candy) into school.

Blue Hills Regional Technical High School Information

Blue Hills Regional Technical School came to speak to the 8th graders this week. If your child is interested in applying, please encourage them to do so online. There will be a field trip to Blue Hills on November 20th for all 8th graders interested in attending. In order to go, you must first help your child register online at (scroll down to Blue Hills Regional Showcase, and click "Register Now"). Registration must be complete by November 9th. You must also sign the CMS permission slip, which can be found in the guidance office.

Start Time Task Force

Norwood Schools are considering changing the start times of the High school and Middle school. We are looking for parent representatives to join the task force that is currently made up of staff from all levels of the NPS, School Committee members, and community members. The Task force meets once a month at the Savage center. If you are interesting in joining please email me at
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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!

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

We have 140 registered and 15 on the wait list. There are still two weeks to go- lets get to 180!

Please note that we have started to wait-list students. Once we reach 180 all those on the wait-list can be added to the fourth bus. If you enroll now and we don't make the 180 your deposit will be fully refunded.

Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Check out our kids in the news!

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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

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

The next meeting will be a social gathering - details to come!

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

Important Dates

November 6th: Teacher's Professioanl Development - No School

November 8th, 15th, 16th - Parent Teacher Conferences

November 12th - Veteran's Day recognized - No School

November 21st - Early release at 11:00 - Thanksgiving Break

November 22nd and 23rd: Thanksgiving - No School

November 28th - School Council Meeting

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)