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School Newsletter - 09/20 - 10/03

Sep 22

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Wednesday, September 20-Tuesday, October 3, 2017

9/21     (Th)     8:00-8:30         “Coffee with the Principal” in CMS Community Room

9/21-22            (Th-F)  All Days          Religious Holiday (Judaism): Rosh Hashanah (Begins at sunset on 9/20)

9/21-29            (Th-F) All Days          Religious Holiday (Hinduism): Navaratri

9/21     (Th)     All Day                        Place Chenery Gear Orders (Deadline: 10/12/2017)

9/21     (Th)     All Day                        Mile Run: Grade 5 (Days 5 & 6)

9/21     (Th)     6:00-7:00pm    Washington D.C. Trip Parent/Student Informational Meeting, CMS Auditorium

9/22     (F)        All Day                        Religious Holiday (Islam): Muharram (Al Hijrah)

9/22     (F)        All Day                        CMS Student Council Spirit Day: Crazy Socks/Clothing & Shoes

9/23     (Sa)                              Saturday Morning Music School begins

9/26     (T)       7:00am                        Chenery PTO Club online registration opens

9/27     (W)      All Day                        CMS Student Council: Wear orange to stand up against bullying

9/27     (W)      7:00-8:30pm    “Back to School” Curriculum Night: Lower School

9/30     (Sa)                              Saturday Morning Music School

9/30     (Sa)      All Day                        Religious Holiday (Judaism): Yom Kippur (Begins at sunset on 9/29)

9/30     (Sa)      All Day                        Religious Holiday (Hinduism): Dassera

10/1     (Su)      All Day                        Religious Holiday (Islam): Ashura

10/3     (T)       7:00-8:30pm    “Back to School” Curriculum Night: Upper School

A Message from the Chenery PTO: The fall session of the Chenery PTO Clubs will begin on Wednesday, October 11.  Clubs generally meet once a week after school for one hour; however, a handful do have slightly different schedules.  Most clubs run for 8 weeks.  Some are for all grades, others will be for specific grade ranges.  Registration will be done online, opening September 26 @ 7:00am.  For more information, please visit the registration website: or email

Parent/Guardian “Coffee with the Principal”: “Coffee with the Principal” events are opportunities to meet with me in an informal setting to discuss the ideas that are most pressing to you.  They are scheduled regularly to allow Parents/Guardians to plan around them.  They are designed to be convenient (directly after morning drop-off) and short (to allow you to still arrive at work near the start of the day).  They are loosely structured in that no agenda is generated ahead of time; we discuss the pressing issues of the day.  They are also an opportunity for me to give brief updates on the latest happenings at the W.L. Chenery Middle School.  Best of all, they are sponsored by the Chenery PTO so they will bring the coffee!  I hope you will be able to make it at some point this year.  Please see the attached document for the entire year’s dates.

“No Idling” Laws: For the health of our students, the faculty/staff, and Chenery’s neighbors please do not idle your car engine in front of the school while waiting to pick up a student.  It’s actually against the law to idle; the Massachusetts Anti-Idling law aims to improve air quality by reducing unnecessary air pollution from idling vehicles.  If you are waiting for your children during the afternoon for dismissal, please respect the “no idling” signs.  The Belmont Police Department (and some frustrated neighbors who are particularly passionate about this topic) gave us a friendly warning this week, but I have a feeling future reminders may not be so kind.

Community Service Club: Applications for the Chenery Community Service Club are now available.  The club will meet on Thursday afternoons from 2:30-3:15pm.  Applications can be picked up in room 220.  The Community Service Club is open to all 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls.  The club provides an opportunity for students to work together in service at the Chenery and in their communities. Participation in community service helps students develop strong moral character and leadership potential while focusing on service projects and fundraising for local and national organizations.  Meetings are held on Thursdays from 2:30-3:15PM, in room 220 and you must commit to attending a minimum of 4 of the 5 meetings: October 5 (intro meeting), October 19, November 30, March 1, May 17.  In addition, you must be able to volunteer at least 2 hours towards additional community service projects (Food Drive, Pennies 4 Patients).  Respectfully, Mr. Williams, Community Service Club Advisor (

Science Olympiad Team: The first meeting for the Chenery Science Olympiad Team for students in Grades 6-8 will be on Monday, September 25th from 2:30-3:30 in room 324.  The Olympiad Team will meet regularly on Mondays to prepare for the state competition.  There is no need to sign up ahead of time.

Student Council Club: Applications for the Chenery Student Council Club are available in both the Lower and Upper School Offices.  The deadline for submitting your application is Friday, September 22.  Please return completed applications to Ms. Hawkins in the Lower School office or Mr. Dyer in room 117.

Chenery Winds: CMS Winds will be holding auditions from September 19 – 26 in the band room.  All students in grades 6-8 who play a band instrument are encouraged to audition.  Audition information is located on the band website:  Please see Ms. Phipps or Mr. McLellan in the band room with any questions

Chamber Singers: Auditions have begun!  If you are in grades 6-8 and would like to audition for Chamber Singers, please sign up for an audition time outside room 141 (chorus room).  If you were in Chamber Singers last year and would like to continue this year, please see Mrs. Carson ASAP!

Belmont High School Building Committee: Please join the High School Building Committee for upcoming “Community Engagement Meetings” on:

·         Friday, October 13th @ 1:15pm (Beech Street Center)

·         Saturday, October 28th @ 10:00am (Belmont High School)

·         Wednesday, November 15th @ 7:30pm (Town Hall)

·         Tuesday, December 12th @ 7:00pm (Belmont High School)

Agendas for all of these meetings will include:

·         High School Building Project Updates

·         Introduction of the Project Design Team from Perkins+Will

·         District Enrollment Update & Grade Configuration Discussion

·         Updates on Recent Education Visioning Workshops

·         Questions & Comments

To sign up for email updates and to learn more about the Belmont High School Building Project, including project timelines, videos, meeting schedules, presentations, and more, please visit Questions?

Trash Bashers: 6th Grade students are invited to help Chenery commit to increasing its recycling rate.  To do this, we are piloting a new program of volunteer student “Trash Bashers.”  Here is what we need from this year’s “Trash Bashers”:

·         Commit to monitor one recycling/trash center in the cafeteria with another Trash Basher for 1 day of the week during lunch for a semester, making sure that classmates correctly sort their recyclables/trash.

·         Eat lunch either at or near their assigned recycling/trash center for the one day of the week they volunteer for, instead of at the regular lunch table.

·         Be part of a team: There will be 8 Trash Bashers on-duty at every Grade 6 lunch (2 at each recycling/trash center) so working together will be important.

What a Trash Basher would receive:

·         Early dismissal from class to lunch on the day they volunteer.

·         Community service hours for their effort.

·         Satisfaction in making a real difference to help Chenery reduce its environmental footprint!

If you think your 6th grader would like to be a “Trash Basher” the 2017-2018 school year or if you have any questions, please email Ben Ligon (Grade 6 science teacher,

2018 DC Trip: On September 21st there will be a DC Parent/Student Informational Meeting @ 6:00-7:00pm in the CMS Auditorium. The meeting is for any grade eight family not registered for the upcoming 2018 trip and in need of information. The deadline to register for the trip is October 19, 2017. Check out the CMS DC Website for more information:

Box Tops: Welcome back!  My name is Mr. Dyer and I’m thrilled to be our school’s Box Tops for Education™ Coordinator.  Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school. Last school year, we earned a little over $2,000 for our school from Box Tops and used the money for our Student Council Cheetah Grants and Student Council Programming. This school year, our goal is $2,500.   For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers. Check out the NEW mobile Box Tops app. Information attached to this email. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m here to help make our school’s Box Tops for Education™ program a huge success this year. Check out this link for more information on Box Tops:  Box Tops Homeroom Results are available at:

Green Corner: Welcome back!  For families new to Belmont, we are a dual stream community, which means we separate paper and cardboard from the containers (plastic, glass, aluminum, and milk/juice cartons). Here is a link to the Town webpage on recycling:  Please remember that recycling also takes place in our school classrooms and cafeterias. Reviewing and modeling this at home would help students improve their recycling efforts at school.  Another easy way to help out the environment is if your child brings their lunch to school; use a reusable lunch bag/water bottle and only pack food they will eat.

Mark your calendars with the following dates for trash and recycling information:

·         September 25th Board of Selectmen Meeting: The Department of Public Works will present information regarding trash collection methods. The RFP for Solid Waste, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection will be issued in October.  Please come to learn more.  On the DPW website there are informational links about the options in an earlier PowerPoint presentation and recommendations from DSM, a national firm that specializes in trash characterization audits.

·         Saturday, October 21st, 9:00 am – 1:00pm: Are you getting rid of summer clothing and items around your home in anticipation of the fall? Please don’t throw these items in the trash, instead bring them to the October DPW Recycle Day where residents will have the chance to recycle textiles, bulky rigid plastics, electronics, bicycles and paper shredding at the Town Yard, 37 C Street.  Please note that residents should check the website and the local newspaper for upcoming information of what exactly will be collected.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Mary Beth Calnan, Belmont Recycling Coordinator, 617-993-2689 or

Free/Reduced Lunch: Please remember that families who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch need to re-apply every year.  Applications do not carry over from year to year.  The 2017-18 free and reduced application is now posted on the school website in multiple languages at:

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

Curriculum Night: The Chenery PTO will be hosting our annual “Back to School” Curriculum Nights on Wednesday, September 27 for the Lower School and Tuesday, October 3 for the Upper School.  Your child will be bringing home a schedule next week.  We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Middle School Activity Fee: Parents/Guardians may have received an email from our business office in August regarding a “New School Fee.”  Unfortunately, few additional details were included so there was some confusion.   Here is what all parents/guardians should know about the fee:

When their academic day ends at Chenery there are still reasons for students to stay after school and enjoy other opportunities through Chenery After School Activities (CASA), PTO after school activities, CHENEX/BASEC or occasional grade-specific activities.  CASA includes the following school-sponsored programs:

·         Basketball

·         Cheetazhine

·         Community Service Club

·         Courtyard Club

·         Cross Country

·         Musical Production

·         National History Day Club

·         Student Council

·         Theater Arts Workshop

·         Upper School Math Team

·         Lower School Math Club

·         Science Olympiad

·         Yearbook

Participation in these programs requires an activity fee. The annual activity fee of $150 allows students to enroll in as many CASA activities that interest them.

Avoiding Classroom Disruptions: Please help us avoid disruptions to classroom instruction.  Rather than dropping in on classrooms please make appointments to see teachers as you would with any other professional.  Please also leave any items for delivery to children in the main office.

An important message from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts: Girls and families are invited to attend an informational session on being a Girl Scout!  Come discover Girl Scouts on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Camp Cedar Hill (265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA).  Activities like scavenger hunts, crafts and songs are inclusive of all children, while adults learn about their daughter(s)'s ability to join Girl Scouts and what this means (good world citizen, great friend, lifelong lessons, and respecting nature and our world).  Questions?  Email Erin Lubien, Belmont parent and troop leader at or email Molly Kazin, Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass specialist at

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