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CMS PTA Courier - May 14, 2023


  • Happy Mother’s Day! We hope all our moms are having an amazing day! 
  • Purchase tickets HERE to Friday’s CMS Annual Spring Dance! Sign up to chaperone HERE!
  • Last day to order CMS Flow Society shorts! Purchase HERE!

IMPORTANT DATES (This week’s dates in BOLD)


Event / Time


BOE Meeting @ 7pm – SHS Cafeteria. Agenda HERE


SpEd Sip N’ Chat @ Westport Public Library – 10am – 11:30amFlyer HERE


CMS Spring Dance – 7-9pm


CMS Grades 6, 7 & 8 Chorus & Camerata Concert: 7-8pm


Spirit Day: Wear Red, White and Blue – School Hours


Memorial Day Parade - Grade 6-12 Bands – 8am (NO SCHOOL)


BOE Meeting @ 7pm – SHS Cafeteria


BOE Meeting @ 7pm – SHS Cafeteria




1. Today is the Last Day to Order CMS Flow Shorts!

Get your custom CMS flow shorts! Order HERE! Lax/hockey and running short styles available. Available in boy and girl shorts in sizes 8/M (youth) and up. 

2. CMS Annual Spring Dance – This Friday, May 19th @ CMS - 7-9pm!

Join us for a Starry, Starry Night! You don’t want to miss the most exciting night of the year! Tickets are $20 and include snacks, DJ, dancing, games and prizes. Open only to CMS students. Cell phones will be turned in at the door. Please reach out to grade level counselors for financial assistance. Early departure permitted only with responsible adult coming to CMS. Purchase tickets hereSign up to chaperone HERE!

3. 2023 CMS Yearbook Orders

Did you miss the deadline to order your 2023 CMS Yearbook? Fear not! Please email Colleen Quinn to RESERVE a yearbook. Yearbooks are first come, first serve.  Price is $40.  Payments accepted: cash or check made payable to Coleytown Middle School. Payments can be dropped off in CMS main office. Yearbooks will be distributed before the end of the year in June. 

4. CMS Intramurals

ActivityWiffleball (through May 25) STUDENTS VS. TEACHERS GAME - MAY 25
Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings
Time: 7:40am - 8:20am (Drop-off at Main Entrance)

Please complete the permission slip (HERE) and return to your PE teacher.

Final Activity of the Year15th Annual Doug Dauz "BEST MILE" Run/Walk

Date: Tuesday, May 30. Please see the FLYER HERE for more information and the permission slip

5. Coleytown Spirit Board – CMS Talent Show

Traditionally, CSB has hosted a student talent show on the last day of school. CSB is currently gathering information to see how many students may be interested in sharing their talents in dance, gymnastics, vocals, musical instruments, comedy or any other fun and interesting talents. If/When this happens is dependent on how many students are interested in performing. THIS is the interest form in case your student would like to participate!

6. Calling All 8th Graders! Staples Varsity Cheerleading Tryouts 5/15, 5/16, 5/18 - 4-8pm

Flyer HERE and website HERE for more info! Please fill out this FORM if you’d like to try out. Please email Coach McCabe with any issues

7. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

May is both Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) AND Jewish American Heritage Months!  Join us as we celebrate the contributions of generations of both AAPI and Jewish Americans to US history, society and culture.

The month of May was chosen for AAPI Heritage Month to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The month of May was chosen for Jewish American Heritage Month due to the highly successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History in May 2004, which was organized by the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History.  The anniversary commemorated the 350th anniversary of the first Jewish settlement in the US.  

Please reach out to join our enthusiastic and friendly CMS DEI group at!

8. From the CMS Health Office - 6th Grade Families- Immunizations and Physical Exam

The State of CT requires ALL 6th grade students to have a physical exam and up-to-date immunizations before entering 7th grade. Please have your child’s health care provider complete the attached State of CT Health Assessment Record (Copy HERE) and be sure to submit the necessary forms to the CMS health office by June. The completed health assessment must be dated on or after June 1, 2022.  Please submit health forms via email to or fax to 203-341-1633.

Westport PS/PTA

1. Westport PTA Council needs your help! 

We’re currently looking for co-chairs for the Membership/Directory and Technology Committees for the 2023-24 school year. If you’re interested in learning more about these roles, visit HERE and contact Stefanie Shackelford, Westport PTA Council Past President. Thank you!


1. Screenagers: Under the Influence: Thursday, May 18th at 7pm in Staples High Library Media Center. 

A documentary addressing Vaping, Drugs, and Alcohol in the Digital Age. The third feature documentary in the Screenagers trilogy, delves into how the tech revolution has reshaped adolescence and its effects on substance use. The film debunks myths and depicts strategies parents and schools can use to encourage healthy decision-making, support teen mental health, set limits, and create healthy home environments. The film also includes many ways young people are using their wisdom and strength to help each other and themselves through this complicated terrain around substance use. Please join Westport Together as we watch this film and discuss some of the strategies we can use as families and a community to keep our kids safe. *Space is Limited, Register at:

2. Father's Forum on Saturday, May 20th at 8am at Toquet Hall. 

The Father's Forums are a collaboration between Westport Together and Causeway Collaborative to provide an opportunity for fathers to connect and discuss some of the parenting challenges in today's world. These are very informal get togethers to share strategies and have touched on topics ranging from gaming/technology, dating, and managing the emerging independence of tweens and teens. Facilitated by Vince Benevento, LPC and Founder/Director of Causeway Collaborative. A licensed professional counselor, he holds a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University and an MA in School Counseling from Fairfield University. Drop in or register to join our mailing list and suggest topics at: Father's Forums w/ Causeway Collaborative

3. Join Swim Team at the Staples Pool!

We welcome 2nd-8th grade swimmers who learn competitive swimming skills. Our focus is on fun, friends and fundamentals! Our highly qualified coaches will cover all four basic strokes (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly), competitive starts & turns and proper conditioning. Practice is 45 minutes in the range of 5:30-7 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:30-10 am on Saturdays. Contact Kuku Fleming at or 203-296-0763. More info here: 

4. Staples Players Presents…

Staples Players presents William Golding's Lord of the Flies as their spring play in the Blackbox Theatre. Relive the classic story or discover it for the first time with a mixed cast of male and female performers, directed by David Roth and Kerry Long. Each performance will feature a different combination of actors. Performances are May 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM, May 27 at 3 PM and May 28 at 1 PM. Tickets go on sale online on May 13 at or can be bought at the door, starting 30 minutes prior to show time (subject to availability). Suggested age rating: 12 and up (for violence).

5. Toquet Hall Events for Middle Schoolers

  • May 20th - Middle School FortNite Game Night 6-8pm.
  • Lighthouse every Monday from 5-6:30pm
  • Middle School SADD Club Meeting first Monday of the month from 3:30-4:30pm


Have a great week!

Your CMS PTA Co-Presidents,

Sarah Caro and Lori Freemon

CONTACT THE WEEKLY COURIERIf you’d like your announcement or event to be included in a future edition of The CMS PTA Courier, email Sarah Caro at by Friday at 5pm to request submission in the following week’s bulletin. (Flyers or attachments need to be approved by PTA Co-Presidents Sarah Caro and Lori