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School Newsletter - February 2017

Feb 16

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Best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable February Vacation.  My hope for all of you is for a rejuvenating vacation with family and friends.  If you are traveling for the break I ask only that you return to us safely.

2/16                 (Th)     7:00pm            CMS Fine & Performing Arts: CMS Instrumental Symphonies & Parent/teacher Chorus Concert

2/20-2/24         (M-F)   All Day            February Vacation: No School

2/27                 (M)      All Day            Beginning of Lent: Orthodox Christian Holiday

2/27                 (M)      7:00pm            Grade 5 Environmental Camp Parent Information Session in CMS Auditorium

Elective Collective:  Congratulations to the CMS Art Department and their Grade 8 Elective students on this year’s elective art show: The Coral Reefs, A Cautionary Tale. This is the second year putting on an eighth grade elective art show and, after the success of last year’s show (based on the art Heist of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), students and teachers once again did a fantastic job!  This year the theme of the show was completely chosen by the students and the show was run by the students themselves; they served as the tour guides, activity directors, and informants.

If you left the show wanting to do more for the Coral Reefs, there are two donation opportunities for charities dedicated to the conservation of coral reefs.  Below are their websites:

Thank you for coming!

Grade 5 Environmental Camp Parent Information Session: Due to the recent snow day we had to cancel the Grade 5 Environmental Camp parent information session with YMCA Camp Jewell School Retreat Coordinator Rich Krudner, scheduled for Monday, 2/13/2017 @ 7:00pm in the CMS auditorium.  Fortunately, we scheduled two parent information sessions ahead of time, so the bad weather only represents a partial setback.  Another information session was scheduled for Monday, 2/27/2017 @ 7:00pm in the Chenery Middle School Auditorium.  That meeting is still “on.”  Mr. Krudner will once again be on site for this session to present about the camp's offerings, to discuss logistics, and to answer any questions you have.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Snow Days: Well, it seems that snow day season is finally upon us.  Thinking we might get away with no delays or cancellations this year, I was reminded by one colleague that during the epic winter of 2014-2015 (when Boston received a total of 110.6” of snow) our first storm did not occur until February 1st!  Please note when we have school cancellations due to the snow we do not make-up missed days of the 6-day cycle.  For example, on Thursday, 2/9/2017 we had a snow day on day #4 of our cycle.  When we returned the next day on Friday we began with Day #5.  We did not “make-up” Day #4; we simply moved on.  

Thank you also for your capable handling of our first-ever delayed opening on Friday, 2/10/2017.  Among the feedback that came our way were questions of how, exactly, delayed openings work.  On the back of this bulletin I have included our newly-developed delayed opening schedule for your reference.  As you will see we did our best to keep things as consistent as possible; rather than skipping the first two hours of the day, we modified the schedule so that the periods ran in the same order but the classes were simply shortened.  Lunch times remained essentially the same as any day.

Q2 Report Cards: On Thursday, 2/9/2017 Quarter 2 report cards were posted to students’ PortalPlus Accounts (  They can be accessed at any parent account (after you have logged in, select ‘E-Locker’ and then the ‘E-Portfolio’ tab).  Report cards can also be accessed through your child’s account.  Unfortunately, report cards are not yet available via the app.  If you are unable to access your child’s grades please contact Christine Trischitta at  

A message from the Chenery PTO: A big THANK YOU to the many parents and students that helped make the last week’s “Treat Week” a success by bringing goodies for our Chenery Staff. They snacked on treats such as fruit salads, cheese and crackers, cookies, breakfast bars, yogurts etc. It’s nice to be able to show our Chenery Staff how much we appreciate them and to thank them for all they do for our students.  Many of them say it’s their favorite week of the year!

Treat Week at Chenery 

FBE Annual Fundraiser: Please consider joining the FBE for a night out at their annual gala and cocktail party to help make a difference in the Belmont Public Schools.  Tickets are available at and if the past is any indicator, this event sells out quickly so please do not wait to buy your ticket!  If you have any questions about the event please contact

Bus Lane (Morning Arrival/Afternoon Dismissal): Please be aware when buses are loading and unloading our students it is against the law for any vehicle to pass a flashing “red-light” stopped school bus -- even when the flashing “red-light” school bus is located in the bus lane on school grounds. Thank you for your cooperation.

PTO Parent Education Night: On Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ 7:00pm the Chenery PTO will be showing “Screenagers,”  a film that probes the vulnerable corners of family life, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.  Check out: for more information.

Upper School Academic Honesty Policy (USAHP): Based on teacher interest and efforts from the past few years, Upper School students were recently introduced to the Upper School Academic Honesty Policy. We are piloting this teacher-generated initiative in order to promote academic integrity and digital citizenship with our students. The policy guides students on how to make appropriate choices for completing and submitting work. Students are encouraged to actively think about their actions in the classroom and while at home, and to seek input from their teachers for any uncertainty. As young adolescents, it is important for our Upper School students to become responsible learners as they progress into high school and beyond.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to your child's Upper School teachers.

Art Supplies Needed: If you happen to have any of the following items laying around your house, please consider donating them to the CMS art teachers for an upcoming student project:

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines (school appropriate)
  • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • Fabric
  • Large cardboard boxes

Morning Arrival / Bus Lanes and Parking Lot: Please avoid using the bus lanes or any of the rear lot parking spaces to drop off your child. There are only a limited amount of available parking spaces at our school, and it is important that parking spaces are readily available for Chenery teachers and staff as they report for work. Student drop-off in the morning should take place in the front of the school along Washington Street or Oakley Road.

Calendar updates: If you would like to view the school calendar, it is available at:

If I can be of any assistance to you or your children please contact me at 617-993-5800.  My office is always open to you.


Michael E. McAllister

W.L. Chenery Middle School

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