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CMS PTA Weekly Update

Week of May 31, 2022


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Week at a Glance




Wednesday, June 1

Zoom Meeting for 8th Grade Boys interested in Staples Soccer

Visit for all the details, including links to the Zoom and registration. 

Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2, 5-8pm

Staples Cheerleading Tryouts for 8th Grade Girls

See below for info

Friday, June 3


CMS Night Out at the YMCA!

Westport Weston YMCA


There were SO MANY awesome things that happened at CMS in May.



Our wonderful art teachers, Aliison Beggs and Linda Kangro-Lawrence, for helping our kids create amazing art pieces that were on display during the CMS Art Show.  And thank you to Patra Kanchanagom and Gali Katz for chairing this event and hanging all that art up for us to view!

Our wonderful music teachers, Jason Thomas (chorus), Nathaniel Brown (orchestra) and Jim Forgey (band) for teaching our children how to sing and play instruments and sharing our students’ progress over the year with fantastic concerts.  We are so lucky to have music of this caliber at CMS.

The Middle School Dance Committee!!  Dione Bazile, Lori Freemon, Shannon McArthur, Erica Winkler and Pat Ann Basso put on a FABULOUS dance for our kids.  The kids left their phones home or gave them up willingly, talked and danced, and rocked a good, old fashioned conga line.  I hope your kids had as much fun as we did.  And thank you to the NUMEROUS chaperones who kept everything PG and maybe even busted a few of their own moves.


In this edition:

  • CMS Night Out at the YMCA
  • Draft 2022-2023 PTA SLATE
  • 8th Grade boys interested in trying out for Staples Soccer
  • 8th Graders interested in trying out for Staples cheerleading
  • 8th Graders interested in Staples Players
  • DEI @ CMS
  • Message from the CMS Health Office for 6th Graders
  • Join Swim Team at SHS Pool
  • CMS Math Tutors




Drop your middle schooler(s) off at the YMCA this Friday night, June 3, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for a fun night out with friends (supervised by someone other than you–bonus!).  Cost is $22 per student and a ticket can be purchased here:  Events and Fundraising - Coleytown Middle School (  Please also complete and email this waiver to



Please take a look at the draft 2022-2023 PTA Slate.  We still have many open positions and we know we have many talented parents who can help.  So, please help!  Contact Steph Bulkeley if you see any positions that interest you.



On June 1st, Head Coach Russ will host a Zoom call for all incoming freshmen players who plan to try out for Staples Soccer. He and the varsity captains will share information about our program and answer any questions you may have. Additionally, registration is open for our preseason camp, to be held August 15-17 at the Wakeman fields.

Visit for all the details, including links to the Zoom and registration. 



Attention interested cheerleaders: 2022-2023 Staples Cheerleading tryouts will be on Wednesday June 1 5:00-8:00pm, and Thursday June 2 -  5pm until completed, in the Field House! We are aware that 8th graders are still unable to register but we are working on rectifying the situation. Please register on BEFORE tryouts. Registration is required to tryout!”  Regisitration closes on May 30th.

Until it is resolved, you can register by calling the assistant to the Athletic Director, Sue Skutnik - 203-341-1260 email Thank you again for your patience. These technical difficulties are beyond our control!”

All are welcome — No cheerleading experience necessary!

game day & competitive opportunities

To register for tryouts, fill out the form in our Instagram Bio @staplescheer.

We can’t wait to meet you all!

Coach Avis ● Assistant Coach McCabe ● Katie

QUESTIONS? Email Mrs. McCabe



SAVE THE DATE, parents of 8th graders! Is your current 8th grader interested in finding more about Staples Players? Staples Players is excited to host a meeting for perspective new members on Wednesday, June 15th from 4 - 5 PM. The meeting will be held in the Black Box Theatre (Door 10 at Staples) and is a great opportunity for ANY interested students to get to know what Players is all about. This is a meeting for students only - a parent meeting will be held at the beginning of the next school year.

Players is NOT JUST FOR PERFORMERS! There are many wonderful opportunities to be a part of the Players family that don't include performing - painting, building, lighting, costuming and more - leadership roles abound. If your student is unsure where they fit at Staples, come give Players a shot!

NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY - we want to meet anyone who might be interested! Plus, there will be snacks - and what 8th grader doesn't love a snack?

Email with questions! We can't wait to meet your kids!



We wrap up the celebration of our Asian American Pacific Islander and Jewish American communities with these highlights:

AAPI: The AAPI community continues to work in solidarity within and between communities to affect change.  Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, a Hawaiian educator, activist and poet, has been working tirelessly for the protection of the environment as well as for the preservation of Hawaiian culture. Click here to watch a short documentary about her work.

JA: We highlight the impact of Jewish architects and listen to Daniel Libeskind, a Polish American architect. His works include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany and the One World Trade Center in New York City, United States. In this video, he shares his perspective of seeking the freedom to express vs. simply fitting in.



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 form  and be sure to submit the necessary forms to the CMS health office before the end of the student’s 6th grade year. The completed health assessment should be dated on or after June 1, 2021.  Please submit health forms via email to or fax to 203-341-1633.



Attention, middle school girls and boys who want to get ready for high school swimming!  Learn proper swimming technique, meet new friends and have a great workout with us.  Practice is offered 6 days a week to meet diverse student schedules and after school activities.  Daily practice attendance is NOT mandatory.  $100/month.  One week FREE tryout period to see if you like it.  MUST be water safe and able to swim 25 meters (one length) on both front and back.  Contact


- SHS Girls Head Coach Mike Anderson: Ex NCAA Division I coach with 12 Olympians, multiple Olympic Medalists, World Record Holders, and heaps of High School and College All-Americans to his coaching credits.

- Assistant Coach Elaine Rankowitz:  Swam at Brown University, two-time Olympic Trial Qualifier and Brown University school record holder.

- Assistant Coach Kuku Fleming:  Swam at Harvard, Thai National Team Member.  International experience.



Did you know that we have a middle school math tutoring program designed for students who are in need of support in the Math 6, Math 7, or Math 8 courses where they will receive help on the current grade-level curriculum? This no-cost (free of charge) program is open and available to all interested students in these specific math courses. 

Math tutors will work with a maximum of 5 students per session on course content. Below are the available sessions. Students may sign up for in-person or virtual tutoring using the Google forms below. Parents and/or students must sign up weekly for each tutoring session in order to maximize the value of the program. The Google forms will open at approximately 3:15 pm every Friday afternoon.

Please note, parents/guardians will need to provide their own transportation to or from each in-person session. Tutoring will not take place on the afternoons of half days, professional development days, or vacation days based on the district calendar. Sessions will not occur on days when there are school closures or delays. 

In-person Math Tutoring Sessions

Grade 7 on Tuesdays:  3:30 -4 pm Rm 125  In-person Grade 7

Grade 8 on Wednesdays: 3:30 -4 pm Rm 209  In-person Grade 8

Grade 6 on Thursdays: 3:30 -4 pm Rm 128  In-person Grade 6

Virtual Math Tutoring Sessions

Grade 6 on Tuesdays:  7:15-7:45  am Virtual Grade 6

Grade 7 on Wednesdays:  7:15-7:45  am Virtual Grade 7

Grade 8 on Thursdays:  7:15-7:45  am Virtual Grade 8



Check out CMS’ list of clubs and activities.  This document lives on the website under the student section and is updated as advisors and meetings are added.



Did you know that all those purchases you make on Amazon can help the PTA?  Just go to and select Ptsa Connecticut Inc Coleytown Middle School as the charity you’d like to support.  Thank you!  






June 15, 2022


Meeting for 8th Graders interested in Staples Players

Black Box Theatre (Door 10 at Staples)

June 20, 2022

CMS Graduation

CMS Auditorium

June 22, 2022

Last Day of School!  Half Day







Westport Summer Teen Theater is back for kids entering grades 4 - 9! The summer’s production will be Disney's The Lion King, Jr. This show has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time ever, we have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical!

Students may choose to join as an Actor or participate in our Tech Crew. Actors will participate in all aspects of the musical; acting, singing, dancing, and choreography. There will be plenty of group interaction and team building with stretching, storytelling, and theater games. For those students who want to experience the excitement backstage, assist with the many behind-the-scenes roles of putting on a show in our Tech Crew. Most importantly, the Tech Crew learns about and assists with lighting, sound set-up / maintenance, staging, and stage management.

The Westport Summer Teen Theater program is led by Director Ryan Smith, the co-director of Bedford Middle School’s Bedford Acting Group. He is joined by Choreographer Lisa Mennilli, the owner and director of the Lisa Mennilli Dance Academy of Newtown, CT. She has choreographed over 50 productions in community theater throughout the region. The team also includes Sabrina Perrini, founder and master teacher at Sabrina's Encore Productions in Newtown, CT. Her inspiration to become a teacher stemmed from wanting to be there to help and support students while sharing her passion for music and theatre.

The camp will take place at Bedford Middle School for four weeks from Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 22 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. The cost is $875.  

Performances will take place at Bedford Middle School on Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 pm, Friday, July 22 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm.

For more information and to register, visit the Westport Continuing Education website at, email or call 203-341-1209.  


Registration is now open for Westport Continuing Education's Summer Programs!

We are offering an expanded Gear Up & Get Ahead schedule of classes and Book Clubs Online for grades 6-12. Some of these classes were offered last year as part of the free Summer Learning programs. We are now charging fees to cover the costs. 


We are accepting applications for the summer High School Academics / Courses for Credit. The instructions are attached and also on our website here



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