March 20, 2022
Dear CMS Community,
This past week, we began a learning and awareness learning series called CMS Learns: Building Awareness for A Stronger School Community. Our focus is building all of our capacity around diversity, equity and inclusion and making our school a stronger, more connected place for all of us. This week, we reviewed terminology to develop a shared language. Click HERE for the slides.. Click HERE for the screen cast shown during homeroom on Wednesday.
Our next Community Day block is this upcoming Wednesday. Students will participate in small groups with their CD teachers to learn more about each other, build connections and have some fun. We are very proud of our 8th grade leaders who continue to work with our lower school students.
Wishing everyone a purposeful week ahead.
Karla B. Koza, Principal
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
CMS IDEA CLUB
Our new I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Engagement, Action) club is up and running! Students are meeting on a bi-weekly basis to discuss social justice issues affecting the Chenery community & beyond and meet others who have similar interests. CMS students are able to speak about their experiences with other students who will listen with understanding and empathy. This club allows for opportunities to take part in collective action to improve our Chenery community. Any student in grades 5-8 are welcome to join. Please contact Ms. Kaushik or Mr. Niles for more information.
SUPPORTING STUDENTS THROUGH STRESS: Part 2 Webinar Series from McLean on March 18
Part 2 of this excellent series from Dr. Brittany Jordan-Arthur is available HERE. She provided parents with more excellent context and practical strategies for supporting our children as they navigate the many stressors facing teenagers today. For Part 1 of this series, you may view this recorded webinar by clicking HERE.
FOUNDATION FOR BELMONT EDUCATION (FBE) NEWS
FBE CALL - NOMINATE AN EDUCATOR FOR OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARDS
We have so many excellent and caring educators at CMS. Please take a moment to recognize the individuals who give so much every day to your children.
Outstanding Teacher Awards 2022
The Outstanding Teacher Awards (OTA) recognize the extraordinary contributions made by teachers in the Belmont Public Schools. Community members, including high school and middle school students, may nominate a teacher they feel deserves this special designation. Honorees are selected and the entire community is invited to celebrate with them at a ceremony on May 5, 2022.
Nominate a teacher today! Deadline to submit nominations is March 27 Visit the Foundation for Belmont Education's website for details and nomination forms here.
FBE SPELLING BEE IS HERE!
The FBE Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, April 9, at the Chenery Middle School beginning at 2:00 PM. The Bee is open to all students in grades K-6 and is an exciting event for students, family, and friends! Click HERE for more information.
GRADE 8 COURSE SELECTION PROCESS
- March 11, students receive email with recommendations from teachers and link to course request google form.
- For all information regarding course selection, please click on the BHS Website HERE.
- For specifics on timelines and process, click on THESE SLIDES.
- By March 25, students must submit a course request google form.
8th GRADE PARENT NIGHT RECORDING
If you were unable to make the BHS 8th grade parent night regarding the course selection process, you may view a recording of that event HERE.
WORLD LANGUAGE SELECTION - GRADE 5
As you may know, your 5th grade student recently participated in several presentations from our world language department to help them choose which language to take as 6th graders next year. Please see this letter from our world language director. Below you will find the link through which your child may register for their world language class. A few things to note:
- Even if you are not coming back to CMS next year there is a question for you to answer. Every student should fill out the form.
- You will confirm your World Language selection on the official Google form through THIS LINK
- In order to avoid multiple responses for a student, each student must use their Google - “belmontschools.net” account (preferably on their home computer) to access the Google form. This is the only way to confirm and complete the World Language course selection. Parents and children should work together to enter their selection when they are available to log into their Google - “belmontschools.net” account. If you are having difficulty with signing in, please watch THIS VIDEO demonstrating how you are to log into your child’s belmontschools.net google account.
- This form is due FRIDAY, March 25th.
Thank you so much, and don’t hesitate to reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions.
REOCCURING NEWS & RESOURCES
STUDENT COUNCIL UPDATE
Click here for CMS Student Council Calendar of Events 21-22
The deadline to order a 21-22 CMS Yearbook is March 31, 2022. Don’t delay, order a yearbook today! Click this link to order a 2021-2022 CMS Yearbook
NEW BPS DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION WEBSITE
We are excited to announce the launch of a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion site that will live on the Belmont Public Schools website. The site features a welcome and commitment to equity from the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, DEI-related news, our strategic initiatives, and more. It will serve as a living site that will update and archive the district's past, sharing present and future equity work. In addition, we hope to provide the BPS community with an opportunity to learn more about the work of DEI in the district and stay informed about how to be involved in DEI initiatives.
BELMONT WELLNESS COALITION SURVEY
The Belmont Wellness Coalition created a survey in order to better understand the needs of parents concerning issues related to youth mental health and substance misuse. This data will assist the BWC in planning future programming. Your participation is completely anonymous and greatly appreciated. Please click HERE to take the survey. Thank you for your important participation.
CHENERY COOKS! - A MULTICULTURAL COLLECTION OF RECIPES FROM THE CHENERY COMMUNITY
We invite all students and their families to join us as we celebrate diversity and culture in the new digital version of a cookbook started years ago at CMS. In the first edition, thirty-six countries were represented, and each recipe was submitted by a Chenery family or staff member and was representative of their cultural heritage. We will be replicating this approach in the second edition. Please click HERE for more information and directions on how to share YOUR loved recipes as we celebrate the many cultures represented at our school. Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org managed by our wonderful librarian, Karen Duff.
BELMONT SUMMER ENRICHMENT
Are you looking for fun, educational opportunities for your 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.
Some of our courses include Engineering, Coding, Collaborative Sports, Improv, Graphic Design, and Growing Gardeners, which will be taking place in the Chenery Courtyard. Many classes 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 registration details on our BPS Website:
http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/Home/Partners/Summer-Programs And, you can like us on Facebook or Instagram!
This year’s dates are:
Tuesday-Friday: July 5 - 8
Monday-Thursday: July 11-14
Monday-Thursday: July 18-21
Monday-Thursday: July 25-28
Does your child ride a school bus or can’t make it to the store when it is open? If so, they can pick up a green order form outside of the school store and follow the directions on the form. Students can use the order form to place and receive an order so they don’t miss the bus.
How to Sign Up For CMS Email
To receive the communications sent out on the Chenery Middle School listserv, click HERE.
Helpful District and School Documents
HOW TO CONTACT CMS SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
PRINCIPAL KARLA B. KOZA
Please contact me in any of the ways below.
Chenery Middle School
95 Washington Street
Belmont, MA 02748
Lower School (5 & 6) Assistant Principal Nicolette Foundas email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5820
Upper School (7 & 8) Assistant Principal Mark DiStefano email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5831
ENCORE & Student Programming Assistant Principal Ryan Holland email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5801
Lisa Hurtubise, ELA Reading Director email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617 993-5945
Elizabeth Baker, Director of Science email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5970
Jonathan Golden, Director of Mathematics email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5805
Deborah McDevitt, Director of Social Studies email: DMcDevitt@belmont.k12.ma.us and voice mail: 617-993-5980
Vicky D'Annunzio, Interim Director of World Language email: email@example.com and voice mail: 617-993-5950
Arto Asadoorian, Director of Fine and Performing Arts email: firstname.lastname@example.org and voice mail: 617-993-5990
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