May 2, 2021
Dear CMS Community,
We are back! It was great to have all of our students return to full time learning. We are still working out kinks in our routines, streaming, and the lunch process and we anticipate a smoother week ahead.
We will follow the CMS Spring 2021 Schedule for the remainder of the school year. For information on all facets of this full return, please refer to the CMS Return To Full Time Guide 2021. It is important to understand the adjustments to attendance now that we are in this final model. Please see details within the guide and below.
As we close out the year, there will be many moving parts including MCAS testing administration, student placement for next year, and celebrating the moving up of our 8th graders to high school. We will continue to update you on all of those aspects.
Last, I hope you take a moment this week to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. The effort and care with which all of our faculty and staff have operated during this past school year is nothing short of extraordinary. Now, more than ever, educators deserve recognition.
I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Looks like a wet week ahead. Please have your children wear warm jackets if they are scheduled to have lunch in the tent.
Have a great week!
Karla B. Koza
WEEK OF MAY 3, 2021
SCHOOL SCHEDULE & ENCORE ROTATIONS
Six Day Cycle- We are now following our six day cycle and will continue to do so for the remainder of the school year.
Grades 6-8: new rotation begins on Monday, May 17th
Grade 5: new rotation begins on Monday, May 3rd
Encore Rotation Schedule will show what encore class teams will go to next. Here is a video to help navigate the rotation schedule.
Virtual Office: For assistance from the Encore Virtual Office, please visit: Encore Virtual Office link: https://meet.google.com/esv-ehbo-fmk
RETURN TO IN PERSON GRADE 5 MUSIC NOTES
Orchestra Information HERE.
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK May 3-7!
We truly appreciate our faculty and staff every day, but this week is dedicated to recognizing them in a special way. Please take a moment to reach out to any educator this week. In a year that has challenged us all in ways we could never imagine, our faculty and staff deserve a BIG SHOUT OUT!
PTO Sponsored Appreciation Request
May 3-7, is National Teacher Appreciation Week and we're excited to celebrate the amazing teachers and staff at Chenery! The PTO has organized the Quebrada food truck on Friday and some other surprises, but we also need your participation, so please help out! Please send in snacks on Monday and classroom supplies and notes of appreciation throughout the week. Let’s work together to help our staff and teachers know they are loved and appreciated! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
MONDAY: Snacks & drinks for the breakroom. Please send in some snacks, treats, and/or drinks. Volunteers will be at the student entrances to take the donations from the students. All food must be individually wrapped, and drinks individually sized due to COVID-19 restrictions. There will be a table outside the main office to receive items that come in after Monday morning at pickup time.
Snack ideas: Chips, Trail Mix, Pretzels, Crackers, Energy bars, Granola bars, Dried Fruit, Muffins, Gluten free chips/crackers, Fig Bars, Fruit, Seltzers (lots of it), Canada Dry, Diet Coke, Spindrift, Bottled Water, Iced Tea, Chocolate, Cookies, Oreos, Gummy candies, Candy
Throughout the week we want to help replenish classroom supplies and cheer! PLEASE send in thank you cards and some of these items with your child(ren). The teachers have asked for:
Tissues, Cleaning wipes, Paper towels, Band-Aids, Sharpies, Pre-sharpened pencils, White board (dry-erase) markers, White board erasers, Pens, Smelly, fun stickers, Mr. Sketch markers, Crayons-individual boxes, Colored pencils-individual boxes, Art supplies, Puppy pads-for band players, Post-Its
RETURN TO FULL TIME LEARNING - ATTENDANCE
As always, please call the attendance line to report any absence.
Lower School Attendance Line: 617-993-5822
Upper School Attendance Line: 617-993-5832
In addition, as our schedule has changed, there is no longer an option to remote into classes for any reason other than those that are COVID related. If a student is in quarantine, please be in contact with our nursing staff and the upper or lower school office to inform us of that. As our CMS Guide states:
In grades 6 - 8, students who must quarantine will have their schedule adjusted to attend the streaming classes on their team. All other students not approved for quarantine will be marked absent and need to make up work as in prior school years. Students may not elect to remote into classes for any reason outside of those that are COVID related. The transition to remote learning may take 24 hours.
Students in grade 5 are provided with tutoring services. Please see the guide for more detailed information.
CMS LUNCH MENU AND PROCEDURE
Students may opt for a free lunch from our cafeteria for the remainder of the school year. At the start of each school day, students will fill out a Google Form with their choice for the day. To review the menu for the rest of the year, CLICK HERE. To understand how lunch will work at CMS, click HERE.
PLEASE NO PARKING IN OUR LOT
Now that school is in session full time, we ask that parents please NOT park in our school lot for any reason during the hours of 7:00-2:30PM. We appreciate your help with this.
WORLD LANGUAGE SELECTION FOR GRADE 5
The week of April 26th, all students in grade 5 will learn about the different world language options available at Chenery with their team teachers. Students and parents/guardians will be given the opportunity to indicate student world language preferences the week of May 3rd. Please review the world language presentation and parent letter. More information will be provided Monday, May 3rd from Nicolette Foundas, Assistant Principal of Encore Programming.
All students grades 5-8 are required to take MCAS this year. HERE is a document from DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) that outlines the timeline for testing. DESE has recently stated that all remote students may take the MCAS remotely.
Below is the schedule for MCAS testing at CMS. Each grade will be testing for one week only (2 or 3 days, depending on grade level). We will provide additional information as we get closer to testing dates.
STUDENT PLACEMENT 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
As we approach the end of the school year, we will be asking for parent input around placement for your child. We will send separate communication that walks you through the process and areas of consideration that you will find helpful.
The placement of students is one of the most important parts of organizing for the upcoming year. A considerable amount of time, energy, and thought goes into this complex process. Many factors are considered, including (but not limited to):
Our goal is to create classes that are well-balanced with groups of children who can work together educationally and socially. Please look for a placement email later in the week.
STUDENT COUNCIL UPDATE
VIRTUAL ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE - MUSIC FOR FOOD FUNDRAISER
The Belmont Orchestras proudly present our Virtual Orchestra Performance- Music for Food Fundraiser video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxQMeSvUpy4
In partnership with Music for Food, an international organization that engages and teaches about hunger and food insecurity, the Belmont Orchestra students in grade 6-12 have creatively collaborated on a virtual performance piece, D Major Jam, by Jessie Montgomery. We present this video to our entire Belmont community to raise awareness about hunger, and to raise funds for the Belmont Food Pantry. By sharing our musical talents, we hope to raise funds locally for our community members in need. This fundraiser will be open through May 15, 2021.
Please take a few minutes to watch our video and consider a donation through Music For Food: https://musicforfood.net/index.php/donation/
BELMONT SUMMER ENRICHMENT IS COMING!
Are you looking for fun, educational opportunities for you children this summer? If so, Belmont Summer Enrichment is a great choice for you! BSE offers a variety of different classes for incoming Pre-K through incoming grade 7 students, in addition to an intern program for students in grade 8 and up. Some of our courses include Engineering, Coding, Sports, Improv, Graphic Design, and Art Creations and many are taught by our own BPS teachers. This is a great way to keep curious minds thinking over the summer and maintaining good learning habits so your child will be ready and excited to learn in the fall.
See a full list of courses and register on our BPS Website:
And, you can like us on Facebook!
Session 1: Monday-Thursday: June 28-July 1
Tuesday-Friday: July 6-9
Session 2: Monday-Thursday: July 12-15
Monday-Thursday: July 19-22
Location: Chenery Middle School Cost per Session: $250
BELMONT HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - UPCOMING EVENTS
Please join the BHRC and your community members at these important events.
A CONVERSATION ABOUT LGBTQ+ ISSUES
UPCOMING LGBTQ+ EVENTS for May and June, 2021
HOW TO CONTACT CMS OFFICES ON GOOGLE MEET
Students may contact the virtual office should they have any problems during the school day.
Lower School Virtual Office: https://meet.google.com/fnp-kvjr-fuo
Upper School Virtual Office: https://meet.google.com/ebq-wsag-kjd
Encore Virtual Office: https://meet.google.com/esv-ehbo-fmk
PRINCIPAL KARLA B. KOZA
Please contact me in any of the ways below.
Chenery Middle School
95 Washington Street
Belmont, MA 02748
HOW TO CONTACT CMS SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Lower School (5 & 6) Assistant Principal Jonathan Hartunian email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5820
Lower School Virtual Office Link: https://meet.google.com/fnp-kvjr-fuo
Upper School (7 & 8) Assistant Principal Jodie Cohen email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5831
Upper School Virtual Office Link: https://meet.google.com/ebq-wsag-kjd
ENCORE Assistant Principal Nicolette Foundas email: NFoundas@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5801
Encore Virtual Office link: https://meet.google.com/esv-ehbo-fmk
Lisa Hurtubise, ELA Reading Director email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617 993-5945
Elizabeth Baker, Director of Science email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5970
Jonathan Golden, Director of Mathematics email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5805
Deborah McDevitt, Director of Social Studies email: DMcDevitt@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5980
Colleen Foley, Director of Foreign Language email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5950
Arto Asadoorian, Director of Fine and Performing Arts email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5990
Jim Davis, Director of Athletics email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5930
Lindsey Rinder, Director of English Language Education
email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-1044
Jonathan Libby, Assistant Director of Student Services email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosa Inniss, METCO Director email: email@example.com