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CMS PTA Weekly Update

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CMS PTA Weekly Update

May 27, 2024

IMPORTANT DATES – dates in bold happening THIS WEEK 

 

Date

Time

Event

May 27

School Hours

Memorial Day - No School

May 31

School Hours

High Note Festival - Lake Compounce

June 4

2:00 - 3:00

Cultural Arts Performance for all students - CMS Auditorium

June 6

7:00 PM

Board of Education meeting - Staples High School

June 7

School Hours

CMS Spirit Day

June 12

5:00 - 6:00

8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony - CMS

June 13

8th grade lunch hour

8th Grade BBQ

June 13

5:00 - 6:00

8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony RAIN DATE

June 13

7:00 PM

Board of Education meeting - Staples High School

June 14

School Hours

CMS Talent Show

June 14

Early Release 1:00

Last Day of School!

 

Shout Outs!

Thank you Sarah Caro for coordinating the sale for Class of 2024 yard signs!

Lost and Found

Please note all remaining items will be donated at the end of the school year.  Our rack and table are full.  Please remind your student to take a look! 

Please submit PTA Reimbursement requests ASAP!

All reimbursement requests must be submitted by June 14.  Please click here to submit electronically.  

CMS Has Got Talent!

For many, many years, CSB (Coleytown Service/Spirit Board), has put on an end-of-year talent show on the final day of school. Due to all of the circumstances since 2018, CSB has not hosted a talent show since and we would like that to change!

On Friday, June 14th, during school hours, staff and students will (hopefully) grace the stage with a variety of talented acts from comedy to gymnastics, dancing to juggling to musical performances. 

In order for a student/act to be considered, they MUST complete our Interest/Audition form HERE. We host auditions to make sure that participants who are interested are presenting school-appropriate content.

Auditions will take place during the LAST week of May (dates/times tbd). We will most likely have audition times before and after school to be accommodating.

The FIRST week in June we will have a run-through with the chosen acts to gauge the overall timing for the show and potentially have an additional rehearsal during the last week of school to finalize details with lighting/sound etc.

Please share our link so that we gain more interest. Fliers with QR codes have been placed around the school but, as of right now, we have 10 potential acts and would love to have more! Please email swebster@westportps.org with any questions.  

8th Grade News and Updates! 

Coleytown Middle School 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony - June 12, 2024 (Rain Date June 13, 2024), 5:00 - 6:00 PM - Coleytown Middle School back fields (will move to auditorium if weather is uncooperative on June 13, 2024). A reception will follow immediately after the ceremony. Each family will be allotted four tickets. (Families with multiple graduates will be allotted four tickets per family.) Please complete the link below to request your tickets. Please note - students should not have their cell phones on them during the ceremony. We will have a photographer there to take professional photos.  Please remind your student to pause upon receiving their certificate.  Attire - Students should wear comfortable shoes, pants/slack, or skirts/dresses.  White dresses are NOT required. Suit/Ties are NOT required. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cms-8th-grade-moving-up-tickets-898706484287?aff=oddtdtcreator

Requests for additional tickets cannot be guaranteed. All additional ticket requests must be received by June 1, 2024.  *ALL EXTRA TICKET REQUESTS WILL BE STANDING ROOM ONLY!* 

*If the ceremony is moved indoors, we will not be able to accommodate ANY requests for extra tickets*  There is no standing room in the auditorium and students will be able to only bring four guests.  To request an extra standing room ticket please email: cms2024ticketrequest@gmail.com

An informal, non-PTA, non-CMS get together at Compo Beach is planned immediately following the reception.  

8th Grade BBQ

CMS PTA will host all 8th grade students to a year end BBQ.

June 13 - during lunch waves for students only. 

Menu:

*Carolina Pulled Chicken on Roll

*Veggie Burgers on a Hamburger Bun

*Pasta Salad

*Assorted Potato Chips

*Chocolate Chip Cookies

*Water

Please email cms_pta@westportps.org by June 1 if your student would like to opt out so we can provide an accurate count.  (No need to email if they will enjoy the BBQ lunch) The cafeteria will be closed so students who do not wish to eat the provided lunch will need to pack their own lunch. 

We will plan to be outside so plan to bring a blanket or towel for seating.  The lunch will move inside if we have inclement weather.   

CULTURAL ARTS

Crocodile River Music is coming to CMS June 4th!

"African rhythms, history, and culture merge into an evening of movement, cultural exploration, and joy. Internationally recognized, the group consists of members from Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and the US. Crocodile River Music’s mission is to connect audiences with African artists and cultures through performance and education. They are a diverse group of people committed to presenting African art, music, and culture to audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and capabilities." This performance is possible thanks to your generous donations. 

CMS PTA NEEDS YOU!

We are still looking for a few key roles: 

VP Events / Volunteers (1st year)

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Rep 

Any questions? Contact Sandy Friesen, CMS Nominating Committee Chair at cmsptanominating@gmail.com Thank you!

SpEd Sip N Chat 

Please register for the Westport SpEd PTA newsletter here. No need to RSVP for these events.

DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION

References to Jewish Americans can be traced to Connecticut as far back as 1659. Click here to learn more history about Jewish Americans in Connecticut as recorded in the digital Jewish Virtual Library.

Now what about Asian Americans who also identify as Jewish? The Lunar Project, founded in 2021, is the only organization founded by and for Asian American Jews. Click here to learn more about this incredible organization and the work that they are doing.

Want to get involved in the CMS DEI Committee? Email us at cmsdei2021@gmail.com to connect! Kristi Law and Crystal Norris, CMS DEI Reps

PTA Membership

Didn't join yet but want access to the school directory over the summer? It's not too late?!

Click here to join.

Click here for the Membership Toolkit instructions.

Contact our Directory Chair - cms_pta_membership@westportps.org with any questions.

AROUND TOWN 

Staples Girls Soccer Information and Tryouts

Staples GSOCC summer programs. 

Summer conditioning program - July 8th - August 8th 

Preseason camp - August 12-16th 

Registration details for both of these programs:

 https://soccertrainingelite.ryzerevents.com/

Girls soccer Tryouts - August 19th - 21st 

Tryout registration will be available soon on the high school athletics page of the website. 

Staples Cross Country

Attention all 8th graders! Interested in running cross country this fall at Staples High School? All incoming 8th Grade students are invited to join us for an informational session to meet the coaching staff and gain some insight about the program.  Hear from team captains and current freshman runners.  

Date: Thursday, May 30th 2024

Location: Staples High School Outdoor Track

Time: 5:30 PM

For additional information please contact 

Laddie Lawrence (Boys Head Coach) - llawrence@wesportps.org

Jordan Magath (Girls Head Coach) -  jmagath@westportps.org

Staples High School Environmental Arts Club will be presenting a fundraising concert at the Westport Library from 1-3pm on Saturday, June 1st. The Environmental Arts Concert is a display of the highly impressive musical talent exhibited by Staples High School students. Members of the Staples Environmental Arts Club, co-founded by Kendra Cheng and Amelie Bazile, have worked to organize a performance highlighting many different musical styles. The concert features various instruments, including violin, cello, and piano, and will debut a piece newly composed by club member Andrew Maskoff. Among other objectives, such as strengthening the Westport musical community, the club aims to raise awareness for local environmental organizations and causes through performances and other art-centered activities; all proceeds will be donated to local charities. Donate here: https://givebutter.com/shsenviroartsclub 

Westport Country Playhouse presents: “Girl Rising” on Wed, May 29 at 7pm. 

A celebration of the untapped potential of girls to address the world’s urgent challenges, like climate change, this event will feature a screening of portions of the documentary “Girl Rising,” which helped spark a global movement for girls’ education. Girl Rising’s co-founder and CEO Christina Lowery will be on hand with young advocates for girls’ rights, education equity, and climate justice, to tell powerful stories and engage in empowering conversation.  Click here for tickets and more information).
 

Help Pink Aid Support Breast Cancer Patients

Pink Aid’s Pink Posse helps local cancer patients by providing basic care items while undergoing chemotherapy, and they need our help - donate toiletries including lotions, creams, lip balms, body soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, eye drops, throat lozenges, slippers and cozy socks. Click HERE for more info. 

WPS Visual Arts Show ‘SPARK’ Returns to MoCA Westport May 25-June 2!

The Westport Public School Visual Arts exhibition, SPARK, will be showing May 25 - June 2 at MoCA Westport. Inspired by the imagination and self expression of Westport students, SPARK is a PreK-12 showcase representing the creative spirit at work in our schools each day. 

We hope you can join us for a reception in the back gallery at MoCA June 2, 2:00-4:00pm and see this amazing work from our students! Pre-registration is requested at https://mocawestport.thundertix.com/orders/new?performance_id=3064979. For information about MoCA and gallery hours go to mocawestport.org.

Friends of Westport Public Art Collections 💐Art in Bloom💐 Fundraising Event June 6th

Do you enjoy the many artworks on display throughout our school and town buildings?  Looking for some great art to brighten your own home or business? Support the Westport Public Art Collections by attending the ART IN BLOOM celebration, fundraiser, and silent art auction on June 6th 7-9pm at the Westport Woman's Club. Purchase your tickets, sponsorship, or make a donation here.  More information at Westportarts.org
 

Toquet Hall Middle School Events: 

Register by going to www.toquethall.org 

What's New?!

Applications for the Toquet Hall Governing Board are now open for the Class of 28'! Are you a rising 9th grade student and looking for one of the most unique leadership opportunities in Town? Toquet Hall is entering its 26th year as your local teen center. Work with other Westport high school students and the Toquet Hall staff to plan things like: Concerts, Movie Nights, Live Radio Talk Shows, Game Tournaments, Paint-Alongs, and so much more!  The possibilities are endless. Created by teens, for teens -  join the Toquet Hall team and be a part of this vibrant downtown center. Applications are available by  Clicking Here. Please feel free to reach out to us at toquethall@hotmail.com with any questions. 

Tuesdays all summer long at Toquet Hall: SWORDS CLUB! Students Who Occasionally Roll Dice Club! Toquet Hall is hosting a game club ALL SUMMER LONG! Starting June 25th every Tuesday from 4-6pm the game club will meet up for 9 WHOLE WEEKS. Our final meeting on August 20th will be extended hours 4-8pm!

Sign up Here!

Wednesdays - Drop-In Hours from 6-8pm. Toquet Hall will be open for middle school students to hang out. Games, snack bar and a place to just relax. 

Continuing Programs :

Mondays - 3:30 - 5:00 pm meet up with Lighthouse! Snacks, crafts, & games await LGBTQ  teens and their allies. Lighthouse is a safe space for teens to relax and find support. No bullying is allowed and everyone is given a chance to be heard. No registration needed, just come on by! Lighthouse does NOT plan to meet on Monday April 15th during the break. 

Support the PTA!

HELPFUL LINKS

Your CMS PTA Co-Presidents,

Lori Freemon and Marisa Timperman

cms_pta@westportps.org

CONTACT THE WEEKLY COURIER: If you'd like your announcement or event to be included in a future edition of The CMS PTA Courier, email Lori Freemon at lori_koniski@hotmail.com by Friday afternoon to request submission in the following week's bulletin.  (Flyers or attachments need to be approved by PTA C0-Presidents Lori Freemon and Marisa Timperman: cms_pta@westportps.org).