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May 23

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  • 5/23 (T) 6:30pm Parent Forum: Safe Schools Program on “Gender Identity and Expression in the Classroom” in the Chenery Auditorium
  • 5/24 (W) 8:00am Grade 5: Depart for Camp Jewell Environmental Camp overnight trip
  • 5/25 (Th) 8:00am Chenery Monthly "Coffee with the Principal"
  • 5/25 (Th) 7:00pm CMS Fine & Performing Arts: Orchestra/Chorus Concert
  • 5/26 (F) TBD Grade 5: Return from Camp Jewell Environmental Camp overnight trip
  • 5/27 (Sa) All Day Ramadan: Islamic Holiday (begins the previous day at sunset)
  • 5/29 (M) All Day Memorial Day: No School
  • 5/30 (T) 6:30pm Incoming Grade 4 Parent Orientation to CMS in the Chenery Auditorium
  • 5/31 (W) All Day Shavuot: Jewish Holiday (begins the previous day at sunset)
  • 5/31 (W)  7:00pm Chenery PTO: Peter Shelley Presentation
  • 6/1 (Th) All Day CMS Student Council: Box Tops Collection
  • 6/1 (Th) 7:00pm  CMS Fine & Performing Arts: Gr. 7/8 Band Concert
  • 6/2 (F) All Day CMS Student Council: Flip-Flop/Shorts/Cool Sunglasses Spirit Day
  • 6/2 (F) 9:00am CMS Fine & Performing Arts: 5th Grade Chorus Concert
  • 6/5 (M) 7:00am Grade 5: Depart for Camp Jewell Environmental Camp overnight trip
  • 6/5 (M) All Day Grade 6 Field Trip: Peabody Museum & Museum of Natural History
  • 6/5 (M) 7:00pm CMS Fine & Performing Arts: Gr. 5 Concert
  • 6/7 (W) All Day CMS Student Council: Anti-Bullying Orange Shirt Day
  • 6/7 (W) 7:00pm CMS Fine & Performing Arts: Gr. 6 Band/Chor/Orch Concert

Class Placement: Although next year probably seems a long way off, here at Chenery we are already looking forward to 2017-2018.  Class placement is one of the most important things to you and your children during this time of transition, so we want to be certain that we are as thoughtful and thorough as possible.  Starting on Monday, May 1 and continuing through Wednesday, May 31 we will make available “Parent Placement Consideration Forms” in our main office.  They are not required to be completed by all parents, but if you have any special circumstances you would like us to know about before assigning your child to a teacher and a team please submit one for your child.  For the sake of convenience, all forms can be picked up and returned to the main office.  If you have any additional questions regarding placement, please contact me at school at 617-993-5800.

Book Fair Follow-up from Karen Duff: While the experience is fresh in my mind, I want to write to thank everyone for the phenomenal success, on every level, of our second annual “Spring Into Summer Reading Author Festival.”

As I stood in the cafeteria a few minutes before 3:00pm, the official opening, I was anxious that maybe I had been foolish to invite 13 very well respected authors to our community and to think it could be a huge success. A classic case of stage fright basically! And yet again, Chenery, and the broader Belmont community, showed up to support the Library and to show the authors what a passionate reading community this is. Every author came to me to say that they had never experienced anything quite like it and I proudly stated “Welcome to Belmont” and “I know, right!?”

There are many people to thank for this success. The Foundation for Belmont Education, the PTO, and Belmont Against Racism all have funded authors that came into our school to talk about their writing and the writing/artistic process with your children. Every year that I have been at Chenery (10 now!) these folks have provided the Chenery Library program with significant funds for these, and other,  wonderful enrichment opportunities.  There is something very special about children hearing from, and being in the same room as, people actively engaged in the creative process and writing books that are so relevant to what  students are learning in our classrooms and what they need to know to venture forth in the world. There is no doubt in my mind that one year our own Chenery graduates will be attending this Festival to share their published stories.  Belmont Media Center was present and soon you will be able to see the Festival for yourself on local cable! Our new Belmont Books store will be open in June and they were present to answer any questions their excited public has about this new venture. We look forward to working with Belmont Books on future events!  Again, I am so deeply grateful for your support!

“Apology field trip” for Ferry Beach: Last year the annual Grade 5 overnight trip to Ferry Beach, ME was unexpectedly cancelled at the last minute.  Due to its proximity to the end of the year there was no time to reschedule before the last day of school.  The Chenery PTO asked me to offer a “make-up” trip to this year’s current 6th graders (last year’s Grade 5 students) and eventually we agreed to a one day trip.  Grade 6 teachers were charged with finding a fun option for the entire grade.  After assessing several sites they eventually decided on a single day excursion to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH.  The trip will occur on Monday, June 19th.

Grade 8 Parents/Guardians: Please save the following important dates:

8th Grade Class Party

  • Monday,  June 19th
  • Chenery Middle School Cafeteria and Gymnasiums
  • 6:30-9:00pm
  • This is a fun-filled night for the 8th grade students to enjoy: Snacks, games, activities (DJ/dancing, green screen, bungee run), and lots more!

8th Grade “Moving Up” Ceremony

  • Wednesday, June 21st (Last Day of School)
  • Chenery large Gymnasium
  • 9:00-10:00am
  • This event is for 8th grade students and their parents/guardians only (due to capacity limits there can be no siblings or additional guests).  Light refreshments and coffee will be served immediately following the “Moving Up” Ceremony in the Chenery Cafeteria @ 10:00-10:45am.  Please note that Grade 8 students will be dismissed at 10:45am.  The rest of the school will be dismissed at the regular 11:00am time.

From our Community Service Coordinator:

I am delighted to let you know that the Belmontian Club organized a record-breaking set of activities, raising a total of $4500 and collecting 75 pairs of pajamas for the poor and homeless Massachusetts children serviced by Cradles to Crayons.  We at BHS held our seventh annual “Pajamarama”, our day to wear pajamas and a day of community building, fun, and fundraising. Students who gave a donation to Cradles to Crayons were entered into drawings for door prizes contributed by our merchant partners. Burbank, Wellington, and Chenery joined us with your own “PJ’s for a Buck” days.  The other activities we organized were a fundraising day at Belmont’s Star Market, special promotions at Bertucci’s –Alewife and Chipotle, and, in partnership with Belmont Car Wash (BCW), we dried cars there at the very end of April in exchange for a donation from BCW to Cradles to Crayons of $1 per car and tips received.  RE/MAX Leading Edge in Belmont Center served as a community drop off site, as well.  In this most successful of our seven campaigns, we know that we couldn’t have done it without the help of so many.  With thanks to the three of you for facilitating the support in your schools and to the teachers, students, and their families for participating.

PTO Guest Speaker:

Planning time on the Cape, the Coast of Maine, Block Island or at any coastal destination this summer?  Join us for a special presentation on oceans and climate change and add a new element of discovery and meaning to your vacation.

GUEST SPEAKER: Peter Shelley, Senior Counsel, Conservation Law Foundation Wednesday, May 31 @ 7:00pm Chenery Auditorium

This discussion will focus on the importance of oceans to life on the planet, the paradox of how they are, at the same time, very big and yet hold finite resources, and it will examine how humans understand and manage our oceans through science, poetry, law, photography, diving, fishing, and in countless other ways.  The talk will also consider the challenges we face in keeping our oceans healthy, including the ever-growing difficulties tied to climate change.  The presentation will emphasize how great humans are at solving problems when we are focused on doing so and examine what remediation is being explored.

This will be an interactive presentation with awe-inspiring visuals and a dynamic discussion with Mr. Shelley.  Don’t miss this important discussion of the impact of climate change and environmental stewardship on one of New England’s most precious resources, our oceans!

Questions? Contact Madeline Fraser Cook, or Laurie Bufano,

Solar Car Club:

Last week Belmont played host to the Junior Solar Sprint event at the high school track. Five students from Chenery competed in the event. All in all, over 100 students from 10 area middle schools competed in the 4 hour long event.

6th Grade Team

  • Eamon Khan – 1st place car
  • Clare Liang – 2nd place car
  • Richard Li
  • Jabe Hicks – Semi-Finals
  • Will Sprague

Two Chenery cars finished 1st and 2nd when all was said and done!

Health Clinic Reminders for Grade 8 Students:

As the school year comes to a close we are gearing up for your child’s move on to Belmont High School. We are asking you take the time to review the list of health requirements below and make sure your child’s health information is up-to-date.  Required Health Information:

  • Copy of your child’s most recent Physical Exam form dated after August 1, 2016.
  • Copy of your child’s immunization history, including Tdap vaccine, 2 MMRs and 2 Varicella vaccines.
  • If you child has a Life Threatening Allergy which requires an Epipen be kept at school or on the student, a completed Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan signed by both yourself and your child’s physician, along with a supply of 2 Epi Pens,  needs to be received by the nursing staff by the first day of school.
  • If your child is planning on playing Fall 2017 sports, in order to be eligible, the above requirements need to be received by the Belmont High School Nursing Staff no later than August 15th, 2017.

Thank you in advance for your compliance with these requirements. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health information or sports eligibility please feel free to contact the nursing staff at Belmont High School, (617) 993-5929.

Safe Schools Presentation:

How many genders are there really? What is gender expression and how do implicit gender biases in education potentially damage all students' learning experiences? Discover ways in which perspectives about gender identity are shifting in education and how the focus on this area of social emotional learning fosters an inclusive school community where all students will increase their potential.

“Gender Identity and Expression in the Classroom: Increasing Your Child's Social-Emotional Learning”

Tuesday, May 23 @ 6:30-8:00 pm

Chenery Middle School Auditorium

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Safe Schools Program will provide this 90-minute forum for parents.  See you there!

Book Award:

Team 7-3 would like to recognize Ally Landry who last week was awarded honors by the Massachusetts Center for the Book for an essay she wrote in the “Letters about Literature Program.”  Ally's letter to R. J. Palacio, the author of the novel Wonder, was selected as one of the top 10 best letters of all entries submitted in the state.  This is a fantastic honor and we are so proud to have Ally as a new returning student to our school. Congratulations, Ally!

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, Principal

Michael E. McAllister

W.L. Chenery Middle School

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