PTO News: Picture Retake Day and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion News

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Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, December 7: Picture Retake Day
  • Now through Tuesday, December 14: CMS Food Drive
  • Friday, December 24 - Sunday Jan 2: No School, Winter Recess


copresidentsWe hope everyone had a wonderful break last week.  It was great to be with family and friends with nothing (or less) to do for a few days.  Taking a moment to sit and focus on what we are thankful for is something we don’t do often enough.  Jess and I are so grateful for this community, the relationships we have here, and the support we receive from you. We always welcome your feedback, questions and concerns.  You can reach us at chenerypto@gmail.com.

Jenny Kresse and Jess Smith
Chenery PTO Co-Presidents


cameraHayward Photography will be at Chenery Middle School on Tuesday, December 7 for picture retakes.  Please note the date change due to weather.  We need some parent volunteers to help things run smoothly.  If you’re available, please us the following Sign-Up Genius to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4fa4a72baaf85-volunteers


The Chenery PTO has formed a DEI Committee, which is hosting its first official meeting of the school year next Wednesday, December 8, from 7-8 PM via zoom.  Here is the link: 

Meeting ID: 872 8179 4968
Passcode: 622799

If you are interested in discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion or helping us develop action items we can take at Chenery in support of the committee's mission, please consider joining us at this meeting.  While we will discuss our goals further and welcome additional committee members, there will be no pressure to officially join the committee and meetings will be open to all - we want to hear from as many families as possible!  

Our mission:

  • Support and promote the full inclusion and sense of belonging for all families and children in the Chenery Middle School community regardless of anyone's identity or background. 

  • Serve as a liaison to the Chenery Middle School administration, Belmont's School Committee, and Belmont's Diversity Task Force to: 1. advocate for the Belmont Public Schools to extend its diversity, equity, and inclusion work and to make a long-term commitment and investment in this work and 2. give voice to the experiences of all Chenery Middle School families and children regarding matters involving diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.


Thanks to your generosity, we are about 2/3 of the way to our goal of $35,000. Please remember that this is the only fundraising we do for the year. Will you help us meet our goal? No amount is too big or too small.  

You can donate here: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/chenery-pto-annualappeal-2021-2022

Your donation will benefit Chenery students, teachers, and staff and directly impacts our community. Thank you for your support!


We are preparing for the Chenery Middle School annual food drive to support the Belmont Food Pantry. Below are the details for When, What, and the Process.


Monday, November 29 – Tuesday, December 14

All items donated go to the Belmont Food Pantry, whose mission is to provide food and resources to residents of Belmont. The CMS Food Drive has been one of the biggest food drives for the Belmont Food Pantry the past few years. They depend on the generosity of CMS families to make it happen. 


Any nonperishable item – (CHECK DATES – IT CANNOT BE EXPIRED)

Ex. Food: Canned Foods (Soups, Chili, Stews), Pasta, Rice, Noodles, Juice, Coffee, Tea, Boxed Milk (not refrigerated), Evaporated Milk, Flour, Sugar, Cereal, etc. 

Ex. Household items: Adult Body Wash, Adult Shampoo, Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Dish Detergent, Hand/Body Lotion, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, etc.

The Belmont Food Pantry is especially looking for the following items -

  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Body Wash
  • Hand/Body Lotion
  • Dish Detergent

See website for additional information: Belmont Food Pantry https://sites.google.com/site/thebelmontfoodpantry/home


Students can drop off items in homeroom. Students and/or Parents can drop off items in the box outside of the school store and/or various locations around Belmont (see list below).

Community Drop Off Locations

  • 31 Bacon Road, Belmont
  • 29 Dalton Road, Belmont
  • 24 long Avenue, Belmont
  • 24 Weber Road, Belmont
  • 259 School Street, Belmont

If you have any questions, please email Mr Dyer at ldyer@belmont.k12.ma.us or Ms Hawkins at chawkins@belmontschools.net


Chenery Afterschool Clubs are a PTO sponsored endeavor that offer our students great opportunities for learning and connection after hours at Chenery.  Volunteers are needed to ensure we can keep this program going into the future.  We’re looking for help with club management tasks and we'd love to have your help!  Further questions?  Please contact Anna Churchill and Denise Steiner at CheneryPTOClubs@gmail.com


Good news!  The 2021-2022 Chenery Directories are printed and ready for distribution.  Coming soon to a backpack near you!  Thanks so much to Carrie Redi, Ying Tian, Laura Vanderhart and Roger Fussa for all of your hard work.  Thank you also to directory sponsors from around town!  We are grateful for your support.


Chenery needs substitutes and professional aides. It is critical our students get supported with caring adults. If you have an interest in working at Chenery as a sub, know that you will have flexibility on which days you work. If you are interested in being a professional aide, the role supports our students with special education plans, includes benefits and all school holidays off. Please contact Mike McAllister at mmcallister@belmont.k12.ma.us.


The Chenery PTO has a Facebook page! (https://www.facebook.com/CheneryPTO) Please like or follow the page for the latest news and updates. This page is for sharing information and improving communication. If you have a question or need help, email us at chenerypto@gmail.com and we will do what we can to help or connect you to someone who can help you.

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