The Curtis Connection
March 3, 2023
READ ALL ABOUT IT!
- Mr. Mela's Message
- Mark This on Your Calendar
- Women's History Month
- ECMS MCAS Schedule Spring 2023
- Reminders from the Office Staff
- ECMS Clothing Drive for Cradles to Crayons
- Curtis Is Going to Washington in 60 Days!
- Spring Sports at ECMS
ECMS 2023 Yearbook
- A Message from the ECMS Health Office
- Curtis Schedule
- Lunch Menu for 3/6/23-3/10/23
- Interested in Substituting as a School Nurse?
- Local Resources and Helpful Information
- CPO News
- Curtis Core Values/Contact Us
MR. MELA'S MESSAGE
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we move into March and hopefully more sunshine, our students would love to have more recess equipment! Please consider donating a used or new ball or jump rope to help our kids enjoy their recess time. We will have a large bin at arrival and dismissal to help with the collection.
- Rubber balls for 4 Square
- Soccer balls
- Tennis balls
- Any other balls that are not hard
- Jump ropes
Have a good weekend,
Wednesday, March 8 - 12:45 Early Release: P/T Conferences
Thursday, March 9 - LSRHS's 8th Grade Parent/Guardian Night @ LS, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14 - Term 2 Ends
Wednesday, March 15 - 12:45 Early Release: P/T Conferences
Thursday, March 16 - Sunday, March 19 - ECMS Theatre Troupe presents Matilda the Musical Jr.
Wednesday, March 29 - 12:45 Early Release
Thursday, April 6 - DC Parent Orientation Part II, 7-8 p.m., Zoom
Friday, April 7 - No School - Good Friday
Holi is a spring festival celebrated throughout India, especially by people who practice Hinduism. The exact day of the celebration changes every year. Holi is held on the last full moon during the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna. On Western calendars, this day is usually in March but occasionally occurs in February. During celebrations participants throw colored water and powders on one another. For this reason Holi is also called the Festival of Colors. As Indian people have moved to different countries, they have taken their traditions with them. As a result, Holi is now celebrated in cities across the world.
Holi has different meanings for people. It marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It offers people the opportunity to begin anew with a fresh start. It also represents the triumph of good over evil. Holi is a day of unity. Each of the colored powders that participants throw has a meaning. For example, red symbolizes love, and green represents spring and new beginnings. After the color festivities are over, people often visit friends and relatives, exchange gifts, and eat together.
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Women’s History Month is an annual celebration of contributions women have made throughout history in the United States and the world. The observance of Women’s History Month originates from a weeklong celebration organized by school districts in Sonoma, California, in 1978, as a way to examine women’s history, issues, and contributions. The idea gained momentum, and in 1981 a congressional resolution proclaimed the week surrounding March 8 to be National Women’s History Week. In 1986 the National Women’s History Project played a significant role in the expansion of the observance to the entire month of March.
The significance of the month of March dates to the mid-19th century when, on March 8, 1857, a group of female garment workers in New York City staged a protest to demand better working conditions and pay. Police aggressively halted the demonstration, but several years later the determined women formed their own union. In 1911, March 19 was observed as International Women’s Day (IWD) to acknowledge women’s continuing struggle for recognition and rights. The date of IWD was changed to March 8 in 1921.
As we progress through the month of March and beyond we encourage our learners and community to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions as well as existing issues that remain.
"National Women’s History Month." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 6 Sep. 2019. Women's History at a Glance
Women's History Month
ECMS THEATRE TROUPE PROUDLY PRESENTS . . .
Matilda the Musical Jr. at the Curtis Middle School Auditorium on March 16-19, 2023! Enjoy the work of over 70 Curtis students on stage and behind the scenes in this Broadway Junior adaptation of the Tony Award-winning hit. Matilda the Musical Jr. is packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs and is guaranteed to leave you smiling!
Show times are:
- Thurs, March 16th at 6:00 PM
- Fri, March 17th at 7:00 PM
- Sat, March 18th at 7:00 PM
- Sun, March 19th at 2:00 PM
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets go on sale March 8th at 5 PM and can be ordered at this link. Please note there is a limit of 8 tickets per order when ordering online and a small processing fee will be applied.
A limited number of tickets will also be available for sale at the door and during lunch at Curtis on March 13th, 14th and 16th for student purchase.
Email the ECMS Theatre Troupe Box Office with any questions.
We would love to have you in the audience!
- ECMS Theatre Troupe
REMINDERS FROM THE OFFICE STAFF
- If your child will be absent or tardy from school, please call 978-443-1071, press 1, and leave a message on the absence line stating your child’s name, the date(s) of their absence/ tardiness and the reason. If there is a planned absence, you are welcome to call ahead of time -- you do not need to wait until that day.
- If you will be taking your child out of school for an appointment or picking them up early, please write a note and have your child drop it off in the front office. You must come into the office to sign out your child; if they return to school that day, they may come back in on their own and stop by the office.
- We do not need to know about a change in dismissal plans at 3:10 dismissal time (or 12:45 on an Early Release day).
- Students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned.
- We will interrupt class to have students pick up eyeglasses or Chromebooks dropped off in the office. All other items will be placed on the table outside the office. If your child calls and asks you to bring something to school, please tell them they must come to the office to retrieve.
ECMS CLOTHING DRIVE FOR CRADLES TO CRAYONS
Curtis is hosting a clothing drive to benefit children and young adults in Massachusetts. The drive starts on Monday, March 13 and runs through Friday, March 24. Items collected will be donated to Cradles to Crayons, which is a non-profit organization that provides essentials to Massachusetts children who are homeless or in low-income households.
Cradles to Crayons is requesting gently used or new clothing and shoes. For health reasons, the charity is asking that donated socks, pajamas and underwear be new. A collection bin for donations is located in the Curtis lobby. If you have questions, please contact Curtis Angels Advisor Ivar Henningson.
Thanks for your support!
CURTIS IS GOING TO WASHINGTON IN 60 DAYS!
SAVE THE DATE!
Parent Orientation Part II: Thursday April 6th at 7-8pm on Zoom. This meeting is required and will be recorded. Meeting information will be emailed closer to the date.
Other Dates to Remember:
Medication Drop off is April 26th & 27th in the Curtis Lobby.
SPRING SPORTS AT ECMS
Online sign-up for spring sports at ECMS is now available! Tryouts start during the week of March 27th. If your child is interested in playing a spring sport, registration is open to sign up! Registration will close on March 22, 2023. Sign up EARLY. All registrations need to be approved by the Health Office before your child can tryout/participate. Tryout schedules will be listed by March 22, 2023 on the ECMS Athletics website
We are offering: 7/8th grade girls volleyball, 7/8th grade baseball, 7/8 grade softball and 7/8 boys and girls track and field . These are all travel teams.
Registration is currently open and will stay open until March 22, 2023. Please click: https://www.familyid.com/ephraim-curtis-middle-school/spring-sports-2023-22 to access the online registration. All registrations need to be approved by our Health Office before a student can participate in a sport. Please make sure that your child has a current physical. This is mandated by the state and current physicals are valid for 13 months. There are no exceptions to this rule.
The ECMS Athletics website provides details on all of the sports that we offer, schedules, as well as tryout dates and practice times. If you have questions regarding the spring sports that are offered, please contact David Jurewicz.
2023 ECMS YEARBOOK
Hello, Curtis parents! Your children are creating memories this school year. In order to create the yearbooks in time, they need to be ordered soon. The yearbook is created and designed with student input. With pictures taken all throughout the school, they are creating a memorable book for you and your children to look back on their year.
When ordering, please be sure to use your child's formal name. Jostens uses a computer database to produce the emails that are sent to you. If you order using your child's nickname, your child's name will not be removed from the list and you will continue to receive emails. After placing your order, please be sure to save your email receipt, if needed for future reference. Please email our yearbook coordinator, Liz Kerrigan, if you have any questions.
Let's remember this year together! All yearbook orders are placed online. The price is $50. Please click here to order your yearbook today!
A MESSAGE FROM THE ECMS HEALTH OFFICE
LUNCH MENU FOR 3/6/23-3/10/23
SHARING COMMUNITY INFORMATION
INTERESTED IN SUBSTITUTING AS A SCHOOL NURSE?
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.
978-443-1085 ext 6005
LOCAL RESOURCES AND HELPFUL INFORMATION
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.
Bethany Hadvab, Town of Sudbury Social Worker, can be reached by phone at 978-440-5476 or by email at HadvabB@sudbury.ma.us
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.
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.
8th Grade Families - Save the Date!
8th Grade Social
Friday, June 2, 2023 6 pm - 8 pm
More details to follow
Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Appreciation - 3/29
SPS Schools are partnering together for this Appreciation Event, and there are several ways you can get involved. From making cards to give on MARCH 29TH directly to your Bus Driver or Crossing Guards, or by contributing breakfast items or money for the Brunch to be hosted at Noyes - we can all do our part to show these wonderful members of our community how much we appreciate them and all they do! Click here to Contribute or for more information.
6th Grade Families - Save the Date!
6th Grade Social
Friday, May 19, 2023 6 pm - 8 pm
More details to follow!
CPO General Meeting
Please join the CPO Wednesday, March 8th, for our 2nd General Meeting. Superintendent Brad Crozier will be in attendance to discuss the School Committee’s recent override request, describe impacts to programming, and answer questions. This meeting will be held remotely through this link. We are aware that there is a band concert at that time also. Superintendent Crozier will host two community-wide forums discussing the override request at Curtis on March 7th and 13th at 7:00pm for those that can’t attend.
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
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 email@example.com.
(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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or sign up to help.
CURTIS CORE VALUES
Learning ~ Respect ~ Responsibliity
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