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CMS PTA WEEKLY UPDATE- JUNE 13, 2021

Did you know that, according to the Trevor Project, transgender and nonbinary youth who have their pronouns respected by most people in their lives are 50% less likely to attempt suicide?  Read more about “Why Pronouns Matter” here.

SPECIAL SHOUT OUTS!-

  • Special thanks to Joli D’Elia, Chrissy Toeplitz, and especially Alison Mukhtar for helping to organize the grade-level fun days at the Y!  

  • A belated thank you to Tim Kwong for organizing our Spring Logowear sale.

  • A HUGE thank you to SHS principal, Stafford Thomas, for sharing helpful information about the transition to Staples AND to CMS and BMS families for their great questions!

WEEK AT A GLANCE- 

Mon, Jun 14

B- Day

For 8th Graders: Staples Players meeting at Black Box Theater, 3pm

Board of Education Meeting, 7pm, SHS Cafeteria (IN PERSON!)

Tues, Jun 15

A- Day

8th Grade Graduation!- CMS field at 5pm

Wed, Jun 16

C- Day

Remote Learning IN-PERSON Day (8:30-12:40; NO LUNCH)

Extra Yearbooks on sale- 8-8:30am in rotunda

Th, Jun 17

E- Day

8th Grade BBQ and popsicles at recess!

Fri, Jun 18

D- Day

Zoom Spirit Day! (Wear fancy clothes on top; casual/comfy on the bottom!)

Yearbooks are distributed!

Popsicles for 7th and 8th graders!

PTA NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

POPSICLES!

CMS PTA is distributing popsicles to students this week to celebrate the end of the year!  Please sign up to help us hand them out: 8th grade- Jun 17 from 1:30-2:15pm, 7th Grade- Jun 18 from 1:20-2:20pm, and 6th grade- Jun 18 from 2:10-2:45pm.  Thank you!!!

YEARBOOK

Yearbooks are in and will be distributed in school on Friday, June 18.

If you haven't already purchased one, you can do so this Wednesday between 8-8:30am in the Rotunda.  Please send your student with $35 in either cash or check made out to CMS.

Questions?  Email kkspeller@gmail.com

DEI

We continue celebrating Pride with these selections:

Videos: Love ; Harvey Milk - Give Them Hope

Resources: Why pronouns matterHarvey Milk

Books: LGBTQ+ - Diverse Books Need Us - Westport Library

Any questions?  Contact our CMS PTA DEI reps, Abby Tolan and Stacie Shamie at cmsdei2021@gmail.com.

PTA MEMBERSHIP IS STILL OPEN- Join the PTA!

Join the PTA and get access to our online directory (and support the PTA at the same time)! 

Any questions?  Contact Larry Perlstein at cms_pta_membership@westportps.org

AMAZON SMILE :)

You can also support CMS PTA by shopping through Amazon Smile, at no cost to you!  Click here to start having Amazon donate a portion of whatever you buy on their site to CMS PTA! 

CMS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

FOR EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS ONLY:

If you were unable to watch SHS’s presentation about the transition to 9th grade, you can still access it, as well as videos of department specific courses and curricula here.  You can also refer to this handout for important dates and other information.  

Commencement!: Tues, June 15 (Wed, June 16 RAIN DATE); 5pm at CMS (see email from CMS for more details)

Staples Fall Registration is open!  Click here for more details. NOTE: NEW THIS FALL - Boys golf has been moved to the fall season.  Please be sure to register at Staplesathletics.com  

5TH TO 6TH GRADE TRANSITION

You can now access all 5th to 6th grade transition information here, including the transition meeting link.  There is also a Parent Question form link. CMS administrators will be meeting with the fifth graders in early June. 

DISTRICT NEWS

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING on Monday, June 14 at 7pm

This meeting will be in person at the SHS cafeteria; no written public comments.  Click here for agenda

TO VIEW MEETING: live streaming on www.westportps.org/ Optimum Government Access Channel 78 / Frontier Channel 6021

STAPLES TUITION GRANTS

Staples Tuition Grants is a 78-year old nonprofit with the belief that all Staples graduates should have the opportunity to continue their education beyond high school, regardless of financial circumstances. Please click here to read about this year's Staples Tuition Grants 2021 student recipient!

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.pdf and be sure to submit the necessary forms to their BMS or 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, 2020.  Please submit health forms via email to Maureen Kiernan at mkiernan@westportps.org and Karen Ucci at kucci@westportps.org.

DISTRICT COVID DASHBOARD

WPS Positive Covid-19 Student Case Report Line

AROUND TOWN

Happy Homework Helpers

Looking for a tutor for your child?  Try Happy Homework Helpers!  Created by students from both Staples High School and Hopkins School in New Haven, they offer free online tutoring services for elementary and middle school students in various subjects including, Math, English and Science.  Click here to learn more.

Westport PRIDE 

Coming out and being out takes courage and strength.  Westport Pride wants to showcase the many faces and stories of members of the LGBTQ Community who are prOUT!  Sign up to have your image captured and to tell your story.  Click here for the sign up and learn more about Westport Pride!

WestportREADS 2021

Check out more information about WestportREADS 2021- Towards a More Perfect Union: Confronting Racism here.  This is a partnership between the Westport Library, TEAM Westport, Westport Public Schools, Westport Museum for History and Culture, Westport Country Playhouse, and Westport-Weston Interfaith Council.  

Westport Continuing Education 

Westport Continuing Education offers safe and convenient options for summer vacation fun for kids in grades K–8. Online workshops include Chess, iCook, K-Rockets coding, and Storytelling with a Brush. Online workshops are 1-2 hours with options in the mornings and afternoons. Kempo Westport is offering a Monday-Thursday camp in-person at their NEW studio on 419 Post Road East. Parents may choose all day, morning or afternoon camps. For more information, view the schedule on the Westport Continuing Education website here

For information on our after school, vacation, and summer programs, sign up for our email list to get the most recent information. You can join the Westport Continuing Education mailing list here >>

Westport Continuing Education (WCE), a division of Westport Public Schools, provides high quality educational and enrichment programs for adults, teens, and kids. 

HELPFUL LINKS

CMS Website 

PTA Council Links

Art Smart

Cultural Arts

Special Education

Author Series

PYD Health & Wellness

Workshop

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Community Bulletin Board

Thank you again for your support!

Your PTA Co-Presidents,

Patra Kanchanagom and Jill Dillon

cms_pta@westportps.org