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CMS PTA Courier

September 25, 2022


  • Support the CMS PTA Fall Appeal. Donate HERE
  • CMS Logowear sales accepted until 10/2. Order HERE






All Day

Rosh Hashanah – SCHOOL CLOSED


7:45am – 8:25am

Coleytown Spirit Board (CSB)- 1st Info. Meeting

9/28 – 9/30

7:50am – 8:20am &

3:20pm – 4:20pm

Camerata Auditions



Science Olympiad Info Meeting at BMS

Now – 10/15

All Day

Hispanic Heritage Month


·  Everyone who donated for our Pink Aid Collection

·  Everyone who donated food or drinks for CMS staff for the BTSN

·  Steph Bulkeley for volunteering at 6th Grade BTSN

·  Teachers, staff and the custodial team for hosting two amazing BTSN!  

·  Zeal Patel, Tim Kwong & Tabitha Nguyen for helping set up our Annual Appeal and PayPal.

·  Jessica Feldman and Colleen Quinn for organizing School Picture Day.


1. Coleytown Spirit/Service Board (CSB) – First Meeting 9/28

CSB will have its first info meeting on Wed., Sept. 28th from 7:45-8:25am in Room 231 (Mrs. Beggs' Art Room). CSB is open to ALL GRADES and meets on the first Wed. of the month - same time/place. Kids help coordinate events such as specialty spirit days, coin wars, fundraising, and charity drives.

2. Camerata CMS Club Auditions - 9/28, 9/29 and 9/30

Camerata is CMS’s elite choral ensemble which meets before school on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-8:20am (starting 10/5). Auditions are being held on 9/28, 9/29 and 9/30: Before School: 7:50am - 8:20am / After School: 3:20pm - 4:20pm. Contact Mr. Phillips at for more information.

3. Science Olympiad Info Meeting– 9/29 @ 7pm

CMS will be coordinating with BMS for the Science Olympiad Program, which is a national competition in which school-based teams consisting of 15 students compete in 23 STEM-related events in a six-hour period. BMS will be hosting a Parent/Student Meeting on 9/29 @ 7PM. The district is currently working out transportation from CMS to BMS to allow students to get there and participate. All students in 6-8th grades are eligible. More info coming soon!

4. CMS Logowear

Hot off the runway! Go HERE to get the LATEST in CMS logowear! Orders accepted until 10/2.

5. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

·  Please join us at a Westport PTA DEI Committee Mix & Mingle, including all Westport schools, on Wed, Oct 19th at 10am at Compo Beach (pavilion by playground).  Everyone is welcome!

·  Please email us at to join our fun, friendly, enthusiastic DEI group at CMS!  If you aren’t familiar with what what DEI in our district is, learn MORE HERE)

·  Middle school students are invited to submit a 300-word essay honoring Hispanic/Latinx icons and their legacy to Congressman Himes. Submissions must be received by 9/30 at 5pm. More information may be found HERE.

·  Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year in the US from Sept 15- Oct 15.  Why Sept. 15?  Sept. 15th marks the date when Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua gained their independence from Spain in 1821.  Mexico, Chile and Belize became independent on Sept 16, 18, and 21 from Spain and the UK, respectively.  Click here to learn more about the history of Hispanic Heritage Month.

6. Lost and Found

Please have your student check for lost items during their lunch. Any items not retrieved will be donated.  FYI- if items are labeled with a last name, we call parents to retrieve before donating… another good reason to label items!

7. Monster Mash is Back! Save the Date: 10/21/22!

The CMS Monster Mash is BACK and in-person for all 6th, 7th & 8th graders on October 21st from 7-9pm!  The Planning Committee is looking for some volunteers to help execute this spookiest social event of the year!  Come have some creative fun and meet other parents from the CMS community. Please contact Ariane Trimuschat at to join the planning fun!

8. CMS Clubs and Activities

Check out the CMS Clubs and Activities Page for a list and descriptions of this year’s offerings, including CTV, Coleytown Service/Spirit Board, Media Club, Image Literary Magazine, CMS Eco-Squad, Math Counts, Science Olympiad, Yearbook, The Colt Newspaper, Theater, Athletics and UBU Club. 


1. Support the CMS PTA through our Fall Appeal

Help us make this the best school year yet by supporting the CMS PTA through our Fall Appeal. Your tax-deductible gift will help fund student activities/events, teacher grants, 8th grade graduation, teacher appreciation activities, and school beautification needs. Go HERE for the full appeal letter and HERE to donate. You can also send a check made out to “CMS PTA” and mail to Sarah Caro, 7 Eno Lane, Westport.  Thank you!

2. PTA Membership – Coming soon!

This will give you access to the school directory, Mobilarq. Please note this is separate from our Fall Appeal.

3. Westport PTA Council

Westport PTA Council is looking for a Cultural Arts Chair. Go HERE to check out the job description.  Visit the PTA Council Sites for information on ArtSmart, Authors Series, Cultural Arts, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Health, Wellness & Positive Youth Development, Special Education, Workshop, and the Community Bulletin Board (CBB).

4. Latest Superintendent Update

In case you missed it, see Superintendent Scarice’s latest update from 9/9 here.


1. Westport Middle School Squash Fall Practices Registration

Registration is open! Flyer with more details HERE. Register at: Middle School Squash - Westport Squash

2. Westport Continuing Education

Registration for Fall programs is now open! Go HERE to sign up!

3. MoCA [Museum of Contemporary Art] Westport's Fall/Early Winter Courses - Learn more and register today.

4. IvyMath: Is Your Child On Track in Math?

IvyMath is offering free comprehensive math assessments and parent conferences to discuss your child's math strengths and weaknesses and how they compare to grade level. IvyMath will set up a custom learning plan for your child, and schedule 2 free private coaching sessions to work on their weaknesses. This is a great way to make sure your child is on track in math as we start the school year! These coaching sessions are free for all Coleytown Middle families. Popular times fill up, so please register quickly! Signup now at:


·  Oct. 5 (All Day): Yom Kippur – SCHOOL CLOSED

·  Oct. 12: Early School Release/Professional Development Day

·  Oct. 17 (7pm): BOE Meeting - Staples High School

·  Oct. 19 (10am): Westport PTA DEI Committee Mix & Mingle @ Compo Beach Pavilion.

·  Oct. 21 (7pm - 9pm): Monster Mash at CMS

·  Nov. 8 (All Day): Election Day – SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS

·  Nov. 15 (school hours) – School picture re-takes


·  My School Bucks

·  Lunch Menu

·  Powerschool

·  CMS Website


Annual Appeal

(See above). Go Here to donate. Thank you!

Amazon Smile

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! 


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Your CMS PTA Co-Presidents,

Sarah Caro and Lori Freemon



If 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