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CMS PTA WEEKLY UPDATE- MARCH 28, 2021

Did you know that Kitty Cone, a disability rights advocate, was the lead organizer and strategist of the “504 Sit-In,” a nearly four week long protest in 1977 at the San Francisco office of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare?  The sit-in was intended to pressure Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Jr to sign regulations that would implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  This act paved the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that was passed in 1990.  Click here to read more about Kitty Cone!

SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT!

Special shout-out to Rosie Curtis- CMS parent, artist, and all-around amazing person- for her beautiful speech calling us to work together with love and compassion at the “Stop Asian Hate” peaceful gathering this past weekend.  

Want to discuss these issues more with other CMS parents/guardians or just get more involved?  Contact our CMS PTA DEI Committee reps at cmsdei2021@gmail.com.

WEEK AT A GLANCE- *PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO SCHEDULE BELOW

Mon, Mar 29

E- Day

Tues, Mar 30

D- Day

Wed, Mar 31

A- Day

* Full Day, In-person for all students

Th, Apr 1

C- Day

* Remote Learning Half Day

Fri, Apr 2

NO SCHOOL

PTA NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CSB COIN WARS 2021!!!

CSB and CMS PTA are teaming up for Coin Wars 2021!  Get ready for each CMS Team to raise money for a selected charity/organization (TBD)! Coins and Cash will be collected at designated collection locations in the Rotunda and Bus Loop on Monday, 4/5; Tuesday, 4/6; Wednesday 4/7 and Friday 4/9 BEFORE SCHOOL! The team who raises the most money will receive a SPIRITED surprise after vacation! More details to follow!

To make this happen, we need your help!  Sign up here to help monitor collection areas and count the money that has been collected each day so we can keep track of who is in the lead!

YEARBOOK

The yearbook needs your help!  Please submit photos of your children learning from home, without a mask.  Get creative, think about photos with pets, siblings, etc!  Email digital photos to kkspeller@gmail.com and include your student's name and grade.  AND if your child wants to be a part of creating the yearbook, they should join the Yearbook Club! (More details below in “Clubs and Activities”).

One more thing: Order your yearbook today!  Go to coffeepond.com and click on order yearbooks.  The password for Coleytown Middle School is '2021CMSYearbook'.  This will be a keepsake your children will want so order now!  Price is now $35.

As always, if you need confidential financial assistance, please contact the Principal's office.  Questions?  Contact Karen Speller at kkspeller@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! 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

CMS PTA needs your help!  The CMS PTA Nominating Committee is starting to fill in spots for the 2021-22 school year!  Contact Steph Bulkeley at thebulkeleys@optonline.net to learn more about what openings are available for next year.

DEI

For Women's History month, we highlight the future of female leadership this week. 

Watch: Female Leadership in Action I Positioning Women for Success

Listen: Confident Girls

Learn More: Westport Library I  A Mighty Girl

Any questions or want to join our committee?  Contact CMS PTA DEI reps Abby Tolan and Stacie Shamie at cmsdei2021@gmail.com

CMS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCHEDULE CHANGES!

Due to staff vaccination clinics on April 1 and 8, please note the following changes to the middle school schedule: 

CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES AT CMS!

Click here to read more about clubs and activities at CMS that your child can now join!  How about giving Yearbook Club a try?!  Students grades 6-8 are invited to join the yearbook club!  Come to room #116 on Tuesdays, April 6 and April 20 to help out.  Questions?  Contact Colleen Quinn at cquinn@westportps.org.

CMS Spring Intramurals

CMS Extracurricular Ensembles

Coleytown Spirit/Service Board (CSB)

Eco-Squad

MATH MENTORS

Now open to all middle school students, this is a great opportunity to ask math questions and receive support from a SHS math honor society student! Click hereto request a tutor.

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.  

5th to 6th GRADE TRANSITION

Beginning Monday, March 29thCMS is asking all parents/guardians to log into PowerSchool to select your child’s 1) Music course for 6th grade and 2) World Language course for all three years of middle school. The deadline to make changes to course requests is Friday, April 9th; course request changes will not be permitted after April 9, 2021.  You can access course descriptions and more information at this link:  CMS 5th to 6th transition Course Selection and Meeting Notice.pdf

In addition, The CMS 5th to 6th Grade Transition meeting will be held virtually on Wed, April 21 at 7pm (Zoom link will be sent to parents directly).    CMSadministrators will be meeting with the fifth graders in early June. 

DISTRICT NEWS

STAPLES PTA

Is your child making the transition from 8th to 9th grade?  Or maybe you have a child already at Staples?  Staples PTA needs your help!  Staples PTA Nominating Committee is looking for parent volunteers for the 2021-22 school year. Bringing in new volunteers with fresh ideas is an annual goal so we have developed a brief survey to help parents who want to get involved find opportunities that best suit their talents, skills, and availability.

Don’t worry....completing the survey does not commit you to anything! A member of Staples Nominating Committee will be in touch to provide more information and discuss ways you can get involved.  Click here to take the survey.

WESTPORT TOGETHER

Check your email for an important message from the PTA Health and Wellness Committee re: Westport Together.  You can view the letter here.  There are so many wonderful resources available to us to help support our children’s social-emotional health.  

Any questions? Reach out to our PTA Health and Wellness reps, Jenny McGuinness (jennyrmcg@gmail.com) and Kate Schwartz (kate.j.schwartz@gmail.com).

TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

Did you know...that there is an acceptable range of temperatures that we try to achieve in each school?  Click here to read more about “thermal comfort.”

FROM THE CMS HEALTH OFFICE

6th GRADE FAMILIES:PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND IMMUNIZATIONS

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

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 Online Programs

Registration is now open for online programs for adults, teens and kids! View the schedule on the Westport Continuing Education website here >> the winter / spring 2021 brochure is online here >> Westport Continuing Education (WCE), a division of Westport Public Schools, provides high quality educational and enrichment programs for adults, teens, and kids. Options for K-5 programs in-person will be announced in January. 

Please make sure that you are on our email list to get the most recent information. You can join the Westport Continuing Education mailing list here >>

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