The Mustang Minute

February 22, 2019 - Issue 23

Coming Events

I hope everyone is enjoying a restful and relaxing break! There are many events happening in March (which is next Friday, if you can believe it) so I wanted to get some info out for your planning purposes.

Feb 25- March 4th is Read Across America Week. We have a fun week of reading related activities and exciting spirit days. Scroll down until you see The Cat in the Hat for each day's spirit gear. With Friday being PJ day, I am hoping that every student can bring in ONE pair of PJs to support our Cradles to Crayon PJ drive, while getting to slouch around school in comfort ourselves!

Tuesday, March 5th is our second Annual Wellness Night. Our Wellness team will be at CMS showing us all how to keep active and healthy as we head into spring. There will be sports activities, complimentary healthy snacks (thanks to Wegman's for sponsoring us for a second year) and a presentation on a hot topic for teen health. This event is free and open to all NPS students and families!

Thursday, March 7th is Foreign Language Night at NHS. We will be celebrating foreign language at CMS all week and the culminating event is Thursday at the High School. The food is incredible and the music amazing! It's the best meal you will get in Norwood on Thursday Night!

Wednesday, March 13th: Andrea Speaks. Local author and public speaker Andrea Cullen will share with parents how to identify predators and protect our children. The location is still being finalized between CMS and NHS the time is 6:30-8:00

Friday, March 22nd is the Grade 8 Game Night. Grade 8 students can come play games and have a fun night with their peers at CMS. It runs from 6:30-9:00pm. This is a great event for our 8th grade students and all funds raised go to support grade 8 activities.

Thursday, March 28th is the DC Mandatory Parent Meeting. We will go over expectations, packing, trip details. You can meet the chaperones and get all questions answered. We also have parents complete all paperwork on this night - come prepared with a copy of your health insurance card to help us speed through!

Finally, I have linked two surveys (sorry - I know it's been a heavy survey month) below. The first is a follow up parent survey connected to the social media and health survey our students took last week. The second is about potential elective choices at CMS next year. We surveyed the students earlier this month and would love some parent input as well. The elective survey should take no more than 2-3 minutes.

2019-2020 Budget Info

There is been a lot of information going around about the upcoming budget for the next school year. If you would like the facts about the proposed budget for the override and information on the budget without the override, please check out the school committee budget page on the NPS website linked below.

Celebrating Black History Month at CMS

Each week I will be highlighting different ways that we are celebrating and exploring Black history and culture here at CMS.

Over the past week, grade 8 students have investigated the Civil War Amendments, the Compromise of 1877 and its aftermath, and a timeline of the Civil Rights movement from the 1940s to the 1960s. Ending today with students breaking down how African American citizens pushed for civil rights and how our different levels of government worked (or didn't) to resolve the injustices in our country.

After break, grade 8 students will research at least three prominent African Americans that contributed to our country's history. The kids will also research an event that was important for African American history.

6th and 7th grade students are researching famous African Americans for presentations during Mustang Challenge classes. They will complete this work after the break.

New Library Reading Area Fundraiser

The PTO is sponsoring a school wide request for funds to create a comfortable reading area in our school library. We will be adding a space with sift chairs, cozy benches, a rug, and other items to entice reading! We have already had a seed donation from Big Y Supermarket for $3500 to get us started! The $13, 000.00 would allow us to make over an entire section of the library for students use. Below is the link to make a donation - feel free to share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like! CMS is working to make our library the place to be!
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Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Check out our kids in the news! Updated Weekly!

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

CMS will be doing a Yankee Candle Fundraiser from February 22 to March 8th. All money from this fundraiser go to student activities including after school clubs, field trips, intramural sports, new materials for the school, and more. The catalogs will be coming home on February 22nd but Yankee Candle allows for the online sales to begin immediately with 40% of the sales going to the school. I have posted the link below - happy shopping and thanks for supporting our school!

Packets are Coming home this week!

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Interface Mental Health

Information about the Interface Mental Health Service

Chromebook Tips Update

  • Remind students that NOTHING should be stored inside their Chromebook case (except their Chromebook) when they close it with other items inside, it cracks the screen.
  • Try to keep the battery level above 10% dropping below can cause a hard shut down which can be difficult to restart and recharge.
  • Bring those earbuds!
  • Charge EVERY night!

After School Activities

Intramural Sports: Winter sports have started.

Friendship Club: The club meets once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00

Cartoon Club: Mondays 2:10-3:05 in room 105

Artist Circle: Meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1

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

Debate Club: Thursdays in 202

Lego Club: Tuesday, February 26th at 2:15 in the cafeteria

CMS Dance: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15 in the cafeteria

Gay Straight Alliance: Thursdays at 2:15

Student Council: Meetings are announced

SEARCH Mondays 2:10-3:05

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

Next Meeting is Thursday, March 14th!

Important Dates

Upcoming Evening Events

February 26th: SEPAC at the Savage Center

March 5th 6-7:30: Wellness Night at CMS

March 7th: Foreign Language Night at NHS

March 14th: PTO

March 22nd 6:30-9:00: Grade 8 Game Night

March 28th 6:30-7:30: DC Parent Meeting (chaperones requested to attend)

MCAS Testing Schedule

April 3 & 4: ELA MCAS all grades

May 7 & 8: Math MCAS all grades

May 14 & 15: Science grade 8