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PTO Annual Appeal

Dear Chenery Families, 

To all who have made a donation, THANK YOU! It is only with your generous financial support that we are able to have a profound impact on the experience of our students at Chenery.

From Alane Janulewicz, Grade 6: "As a 6th grade teacher I would like to say 'thank you' to the PTO Enrichment Committee.  In the last few years the committee has brought in highly engaging assemblies to supplement our curriculum.  The Myth Masters assembly, where two actors present classic Greek myths with a modern twist, is always a hit as is Mr. Walhe’s student centered/audience participation electricity assembly.  Thank you for your support."
From Caitlin Corrieri, Grade 8: "The 8th grade English teachers are thankful for the generosity of the PTO for sponsoring a Holocaust survivor to speak to the entire 8th grade last year. While our students are learning about this time in history and reading a memoir of a survivor’s experience, it is invaluable to be able to hear from someone who lived through this time and who can share the message of acceptance and tolerance in our world today."

Your contributions fund fascinating in-school enrichment programming and visiting author programsat every grade level. Additionally, this money allows us to offer scholarships for major grade-level trips, and to support other community service projects, social and teacher appreciation endeavors. 

We are happy to report that we have achieved 80% of our Annual Appeal goal of $30,000.

To date, only 20% of Chenery’s 1,265 households have made a donation to the PTO’s Annual Appeal. It is the engaged, enthusiastic and supportive parents who help to build a strong community and enriching learning environment for our children. 

Please join in supporting amazing experiences.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation online...




Or by check.

  • Mail a check payable to “Chenery PTO” to the Chenery PTO, 95 Washington St, Belmont, MA 02478
  • Send your donation through your child’s homeroom teacher

Does your company offer matching funds? 
Please investigate and be in touch with us for details!


Questions? Email us at




PTO Calendar

Join us for our bi-monthly Coffee with the Principals, Thursday November 30, 8:00am. Bring your questions and ideas directly to the CMS Administration. 

Mark your calendar for our second PTO meeting, Wednesday December 6, 7:00pm.  We welcome Special Guests Colleen Foley, Director of Foreign Language, Belmont Public Schools and Jamie Shea, Belmont High School Building Committee. Join us!



Thank You Grounds Clean-up Crew!

Thank you to David Coleman and his hearty crew of students and parents who worked, despite the dismal day on November 19, to clear the school grounds of leaves, trim, mulch and put the landscaping to bed for the winter. Be ready in the spring to pull those work gloves out again join us again.


Help Wanted! PTO Clubs Co-Chair

Interested in volunteering and like to work independently? Are you organized? Do you have an eye for detail? Then this is the role for you!

The PTO Clubs Committee is looking for a new Family Contact Volunteer. Join a team of Co-chairs who collaborate to run the Clubs, handling administrative and staff communication, and family contact. Tasks are as follows: 

  • Create E-blasts and fliers to promote Clubs 
  • Open and manage preview week and registration
  • Forward financial aid requests to the Principal for consideration
  • Share rosters with BASEC staff 
  • Send reminder emails before the start of a session
  • Collaborate with other Clubs Co-Chairs

Committee work is concentrated in three short windows--noted below--with the time period critical for the Family Contact volunteer in parentheses (the weeks of preview and registration):

  • Fall Session: Late August-early October (late-September to early October)
  • Winter Session: Mid-December-late January (early to mid-January) 
  • Spring Session: Early March-mid April (late-March to early-April) 

The process of the work of this committee is well-documented. Fresh ideas from new committee members are always welcome and will keep our Club offerings and experience exciting for students and staff. Join us and truly make a difference! Interested? Have questions? Please contact our current Family Contact volunteer, Rita Butzer Carpenter, at


Student Council Lower School Karaoke Volunteers Needed!

IThe Chenery PTO supports the Student Council by providing volunteer support for events. Sign up here to assist with upcoming events.

We can’t do it without you!

Coming up: December 14, 5th and 6th Grade Karaoke 

Sign up here to help:



Community Postings

Belmont High School Building Project Community Input Survey We want to hear from you!

The Belmont High School Building Project Community Input Survey is online and we want to hear from you!  Share your opinions on the Belmont High School Building Project by filling out the BHSBC Survey at 

We have received surveys from more than 1,200 community members, but we still want to hear from you! Please take five minutes to complete the SURVEY before November 30th.


You can also sign up for email updates and learn more about the project, including timelines, videos, meeting schedules, presentations, and more, at

Thank you for your input on this important project! Questions:

Building Committee Members Needed

Special Town Meeting approved appropriations for schematic design and the creation of two Building Committees for several projects:  one for the DPW and Police Station for short term improvements and one for the Library.


Building Committees are appointed by the Moderator and report to Town Meeting; they are authorized to spend the appropriated funds on the specific project.


Moderator Mike Widmer will collect letters of interest and qualifications from those willing to contribute to the skill set of the Building Committee.

Some of the desirable qualifications for members of a Building Committee include — finance, lawyer, neighbor, architect, engineer, project management or other relevant experience, such as expertise with the specific uses of the building project.


You can send a letter of interest and qualifications to the Moderator at the email address below or to the Town Clerk email.

Mike will appoint the two committees within the next few weeks, so these approved projects can get started.


For information, contact or

Raising Money for the Women’s Foundation of Nepal

A Chenery sixth grader has come up with a creative way to raise money for the Women’s Foundation of Nepal. Check out her creative idea: at Devote.

Brown Bag Lunch with Mike McAllister

The League of Women Voters of Belmont invites you December 8, at noon in the Belmont Public Library Assembly Room, to join Mike McAllister, Principal, Chenery Middle School for lunch and conversation about the Belmont High School building project. Mr. McAllister will speak about grade configurations under consideration for the district. Bring your thoughts and questions and join us.

Questions? Contact Mary Dominguez,

Belmont Recreation Department—Upcoming Events

Friday December 15 don’t miss the family Candy Cane Hunt, 4:00-5:30pm, Beech Street Center. All ages welcome. Then, join us for a Parents’ Night Out, 6:00-9:00pm, Beech Street Center, all children ages 5+ may attend.


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