The Curtis Connection

January 6, 2023


In today's Connection:

  • Mr. Mela's Message
  • Dates to Remember
  • ECMS MCAS Schedule Spring 2023
  • COVID-19 (Bivalent) Booster Clinic
  • Thank You from Curtis Cares
  • A Message from the ECMS Health Office: Seventh Grade Screening Information
  • Curtis Is Going to Washington in 116 Days!
  • ECMS Trivia Club
  • Local Resources and Helpful Information
  • Interested in Substituting as a School Nurse?
  • Recess
  • Curtis Schedule
  • Lunch Menu for the Week of 1/9/23-1/13/23
  • Kickoff to Kindergarten 2023
  • CPO News
  • Curtis Core Values/Contact Us


Dear Families,

In the last few months we have seen an increase in the number of students arriving late to school. To help our students get off to a good start to their day, we ask that you leave for school a few minutes earlier to ensure that students can arrive on time.

Students should be seated in their homeroom when the 8:30 bell rings, or they are considered tardy to school.

Please observe the 20 mph speed limit at all times while in the parking lot.

Reminders about the Morning Drop Off:

In an effort to ensure safety for our students and to provide a smooth traffic flow, here are a few reminders about drop-off procedures that will help:

  • Please pay attention to all STOP signs when entering and exiting the parking lot.
  • Please make sure your child is prepared to exit the car when they arrive to school.
  • Please keep the line of traffic "tight." When there are gaps in the line, people behind you are tempted to pass and this can lead to accidents. Students must exit on the right side of the car for safety reasons.
  • No one should make a U-turn at any time. Please stay in the line of traffic and exit cautiously.

Reminders about Afternoon Pickup at 3:10:

In an effort to keep our students safe and provide a smooth traffic flow, as well as move the large number of cars through the parking lot at the end of the school day, here are a few reminders about pick-up procedures that will help:

  • Please pay attention to all STOP signs when entering and exiting the parking lot.
  • Some of our students are walkers and will be walking along the sidewalk to exit the school groups. All students who get picked up should wait along the PICK-UP AREA.
  • Parents should keep the line of traffic "tight," continuing to move until their car reaches the PICK-UP AREA.
  • Parents should stay in the line of traffic until their child is in the car. All cars may then leave the pick-up line and pass the cars in which the students have not yet entered, and proceed through the full route to exit the parking lot.
  • To respect our neighbors, no cars should be pared on McLean Drive in an effort to avoid the pick-up line. This scenario forces students to cross through two lines of traffic to cut through the trees to get to McLean Drive. This is not safe for students and is prohibited.
  • No parents should make a U-turn at any time. Please stay in the line of traffic and exit cautiously.
  • If your child is on crutches, has a wheelchair, or otherwise needs help loading, you may stop directly in front of the main entrance and let us know. We will move other cars around you while you wait.

Thank you and enjoy the weekend,


Wednesday, January 11 - 12:45 Early Release

Monday, January 16 - No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 25 - No School: Professional Development Day for Staff

Wednesday, February 1 - 12:45 Early Release

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January 19th, 2023

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

at the

Sudbury Senior Center

40 Fairbank Rd., Sudbury, MA

Start the New Year right by catching up on your vaccines.

This clinic is open to those 18 years and older.

Please register at: a5ee-d3654701bcae

For help with registering, contact Janet Lipkin at 978-639-3223.

Brought to you by the

Sudbury Health Department

Sudbury Senior Center

Cataldo Ambulance Service, Inc.


Thank you for your generous donations to Curtis Cares! We were able to help a number of Curtis families with funds to use for winter gear, food, and holiday expenses. The families were touched to receive the assistance, and several expressed their heartfelt appreciation. Wishing you all a wonderful 2023!



Dear Parent/Guardian:

Vision and hearing screenings are conducted for all seventh grade students per Massachusetts law. They are designed to identify students who may need further evaluations.

The ECMS health office will be conducting vision and hearing screenings for 7th Grade students throughout the month of January during team blocks.

If your child is already being followed by a provider for vision and/or hearing conditions you may opt-out of this screening by filling out this form. If you are planning to opt out your student please do so by January 3, 2023, otherwise your child will be automatically screened.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact the nurses: or 978-443-1071 x7509 or x7508

Thank you,

Kiersten Varner, RN and Marisa Giorgi Woodford, RN

ECMS Health Office Nurses


Registration closes in 34 days

*If you know your child will NOT attend this trip, please email Lauren Egizio as soon as possible.

To register your 8th grader for the civics trip, go to Worldstrides AND Family ID. For other information and links, please visit the ECMS D.C. Website.

We are still seeking sponsors for the T-shirts. If you or someone you know is interested in being a sponsor, and having a logo printed on the shirt, please email Maria Tamburrini.


Does your child know a little bit about everything? Do they want to? We are excited to offer a new club at Curtis beginning in January. The Trivia Club will meet on Mondays from 3:15-4:15 p.m. This opportunity is open to students in grades 6-8.

We’ll host weekly games with questions on pop culture, geography, science, math, history, and more. Students should send Mr. Neagle or Mr. Montgomery a message on Schoology if they have any questions or would like to sign up. We will play in teams, but give it a try:

  • What distinct cape stretches from Provincetown to Woods Hole in Massachusetts?
  • In which body system do tapeworms make their home?
  • The First Amendment begins a list of ten amendments known as what?
  • According to Newton, how long would a feather remain motionless on a box if it were not acted on by outside forces?
  • In what novel is a boy named Jonas selected to be the person to store all the past memories of the time before Sameness?
  • The sum of odd integers between 1 and 99 (inclusive) is 2500. What is the sum of the even integers between 2 and 100 (inclusive)?


SPS Social-Emotional Resource Site for Families

This site includes a variety of resources designed for caregivers to help you support children in their social, emotional, and self-regulation growth. Contact information for the school-based mental health professionals is located on this site.

Town of Sudbury Website

Bethany Hadvab, Town of Sudbury Social Worker, can be reached by phone at 978-440-5476 or by email at

William James INTERFACE Referral Service

A mental health and wellness referral helpline. Each referral best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller. Click here to watch a short video about the referral service. Call toll-free: (888) 244-6843 Monday - Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Framingham Family Resource Center

Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are a statewide network of community-based providers offering multicultural parenting programs, support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources, and education for families whose children range in age from birth to 18 years old.

Behavioral Health Partners

A referral agency that helps find and connect you to services needed to improve your quality of life. Metrowest referral line: 1-844-528-6800.


Dear Families,

Are you a nurse or do you know a nurse who may be interested in school nursing? Our dynamic SPS nursing team is looking to increase our nursing substitute pool and would love to have you join us. If you are interested, please apply here! Want more information or have some questions? Please contact Nurse Leader, Carol Bradford to find out more about this very rewarding position.

Thank you!

978-443-1085 ext 6005


Please know that on days when the temperature is below 32 degrees, no student will be allowed out at recess without adequate winter clothing.


Please click here to view the SPS 2022-2023 School Calendar.
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Please click here to see the complete Curtis schedule for this school year.


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Curtis Directory

You can still purchase online access to the Curtis directory and make a donation to

Direct Appeal in one easy step. Online access for the directory is $10 and you will

have access right after you place your order. Visit this link to get Directory access


Direct Appeal

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the CPO to help support Curtis’ cultural, creative, and educational programming. The CPO supports a variety of programs and initiatives that are all important additions to the Curtis community and they truly improve the students’ experience at Curtis Middle School. This is all possible because of the generosity of the Curtis parent community.

We suggest a $75 donation—but no donation is too small—and all are appreciated! Also, please check if your company offers a matching donation. Click here to donate.

Please note that donation acknowledgment letters will be provided by request only. If you require a letter for tax purposes, please email a request to

(You can also make a donation when you order your directory!)

Lost & Found

Please remind your student to check the Lost & Found in the cafeteria for missing items. There are a lot of clothes, shoes, bags and water bottles and other items that need to go back home. It is important to note that there are multiple sizes of several items, so please check before taking what is yours.

Curtis Gear

The Curtis online store is now open with lots of Curtis spirit wear and gear, including clothing, hats, bags, and more! Now is the time to make purchases for holiday gifts. Gear is available for purchase throughout the year.

8th Grade Events and Washington DC Trip: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are still looking for volunteers to form a team to help with various aspects of the DC trip. Additionally, we need a team of parent volunteers to start planning the 8th Grade events including the end of the year Social. Please reach out to the 8th Grade Co-Chair Nalini Luthra via email if you would like more information or sign up to help.


Learning ~ Respect ~ Responsibliity

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