• Bear Bulletin - May 2019

    Upcoming Events:

    April   29-May 3    CAASPP ELA Testing for all grades

    May     3         The Deep Sea Ocean Dance, Quad, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm    

    May     6-10       CAASPP Math Testing for all grades

    May     6-10       Staff Appreciation Week

    May     8        CMS-PTO Parent Talk, CMS Library, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    May     14        Student Council Fundraiser @ Chipotle 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    May     16        CMS-PTO Meeting: CMS Office Conference Room, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm            

    May     21        6th Intermediate Spring Concert, Event Center, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    May     22        Blue & Gold, A Band Spring Concert, Event Center, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    May     23        Bear Chorale & Dynamic Choir Concert, Event Center, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

    May     27        Memorial Day - no school

    ~~Looking Ahead~~

    June   7    Last Day of School

    June   7    Q4 Report Cards

    June   7    8th Grade Graduation, Flint Center, De Anza College, 9:00 am

    A Message from the CMS Administrative Team:

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    We hope you all had a relaxing and restful Spring Break!

    State CAASPP testing begins on Monday, April 29th, in Language Arts and Social Studies classes.  Math testing is the week of May 6 -10.

    Please remember your student needs:

    • To get plenty of sleep.
    • Eat a good breakfast.
    • Arrive at school on time.
    • Bring CHARGED device and earbuds.

    Bluetooth/wireless headphones are not allowed during testing. Cell phones and other devices must be turned off and put completely away according to the teacher's directions.

    Please avoid making appointments or other scheduled events during the next two weeks. Students who are absent during testing will have to miss instructional time to make up the missed tests.

    Sincerely,

    Mike, Jean, and Jeanine,

    Go BEARS!


    PAWS APPLAUSE

    Congratulations to the Bear Bravo winners for April!

    Kevin M. 6th grade, for helping classmates with technology problems!

    Angel B. 7th grade, for helping take down chairs!

    Adam S. 8th grade, for being a Yosemite scavenger hunt winner!

    Neeraja P. 6th grade, for working hard during the entire math period!

    Ved K. 7th grade, for helping clean the classroom!

    Ryan P. 8th grade, for always staying after school to help clean!


    CAASPP Testing

    Although the CAASPP tests are untimed, the majority of our students should finish the CAASPP tests within the recommended testing timeframes of 3.5 hours for the ELA sections and 3 hours for the Math sections. We have built our CAASPP testing schedule at CMS to accommodate these recommended timeframes. If your child is present for all of the testing sessions, they should be able to finish their test within this timeframe. Please keep in mind that any absences during this period or unfinished tests will impact your student's instructional time in the classroom, as they will be doing makeups during regular class time after the testing window.


    8th Grade Information:

    Class of 2019 Promotion Party:

    Friday, May 31, 2019, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Our 8th graders will be graduating from CMS on June 7, 2019!

    A committee of parents is planning a memorable, fun-filled promotion party for the Class of 2019. The students will enjoy dancing, food, and many fun activities. The party for students only will be held on Friday evening, May 31, 2019, one week before the graduation ceremony.

    How can you help make this a successful event for YOUR student?

    • Donate: ($40 or more via cash or check made to CMS-PTO turned in to the front office or via PayPal at the Donate page of the CMS-PTO website: https://cms-pto.org/    ~ Please write 'Promotion Party' in the memo line.
    • Volunteer: (sign-up for one or more slots here for fun tasks such as set-up, decorating, activities, help with goodie bags etc.)

    A party of this size for close to 500 students takes many helping hands and, of course, funds. To date, donations submitted are far short of the minimum $8000 needed to make this a successful event.  Please contribute no later than Friday, May 3.

    **Thanks to those of you who have already contributed and/or signed up to volunteer!

    If you have any questions, email party co-chairs Raymond (xuyuan_03@yahoo.com) & Vishal (vishalseth@gmail.com)

     

    8th Grade Graduation Speech:

    Is your 8th grader interested in trying out as a speaker at the promotion ceremony on June 7th?

    Directions: Write a two to three-minute original promotion speech. Speeches should be approximately one page, or 250-300 words, single-spaced and 12 point font.

    Theme: How your time at CMS prepared you to overcome obstacles and future challenges

    Due Date: A hard copy of your speech is due to Mr. Coleman in room 37 on Friday, May 3rd

    **Have your student check the google classroom on Friday, April 26, 2019, for complete requirements, deadlines, and instructions.


    Dance!: Friday, May 3rd, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    The Deep Sea Ocean Dance will be on Friday, May 3rd from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm in the Quad area.  Tickets are on sale for $4 in the Quad during brunch and lunch on Wednesday, May 1st, Thursday, May 2nd, and Friday, May 3rd or at the door for $5.
    Students must arrive at 5:00. Doors close at 5:15.
    Students must attend for the entire time (5:00-7:00) - students are not permitted to leave early and there are no "in and out" privileges.
    All students must present a CMS ID card. Replacement IDs can be obtained for $5 in the school office until 3:00 pm on the day of the dance. All school rules, including the use of cell phones, cameras, devices, and dress code apply. Please refer to the Student Handbook for detailed information about school rules.


    Yearbook

    The last day to order the 2019 yearbook online is April 27th!  Order at www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder


    IMPORTANT NEWS FROM CMS-PTO:

    May 6th - 10th is Staff Appreciation Week:

    We encourage all families to get involved!

    • You or your students may write notes to the staff.
    • Donate gift cards (of any amount) for the teacher raffle.
    • Donate goods for the meals and treats CMS-PTO is organizing for the whole staff.

    Please sign up here: Staff Appreciation Week May 6-10, 2019   

    Need more details? Please go to http://www.cms-pto.org

     

    May 8, 2019: CMS-PTO Talk - “College Planning”

    The next CMS-PTO Talk is on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 pm in the CMS Library.

    Have you wondered:

    • how you're going to pay for your child's college education?
    • about financial aid?
    • if loans are the answer?
    • if you should have a 529 Plan?

    Join us as a Certified College Planning Specialist explains these things and more. Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cms-pto-talk-paying-for-college-tickets-60793026579

     

    May 16th - CMS-PTO Meeting

    Join us in the CMS Office Conference Room from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm for the monthly meeting.


    CMS Student Council Fundraiser:

    Tuesday, May 14th, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm., at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 20688 Homestead Rd., Cupertino

    Join other CMS families to support the CMS Student Council and enjoy Chipotle!

    Chipotle Fundraiser


    Dress Code:

    With warmer weather approaching, we would like to remind families of the dress code as it is stated in the student handbook:

    Students are to attend school or school functions dressed in a manner that is respectful, clean, and appropriate to their safety and the safety of other students. All clothing must cover all undergarments and the areas they are intended to cover when standing, sitting, squatting, or bending at the waist. Clothing, accessories, and personal items such as hats, backpacks, devices, etc. may not contain any written or pictorial representation deemed offensive, derogatory or otherwise inappropriate. The staff and administration reserve the right to determine whether clothing is appropriate for the school setting.


    Attendance Information

    Procedure for Excusing Students Early or for Appointments During the School Day - Students should come to the office before the school day begins with a written note from a parent explaining the reason for leaving school. The office will issue a “Permit to Leave” class. This saves many interruptions. Students must sign out at the office before leaving campus. If the student returns, signing back in upon return with a doctor’s verification is required. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!


    Absence - Parents, remember to call the Attendance Line (408.245.0303 Ext. 6) for each day of absence.  This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We require a note from the doctor when students miss school due to appointments.  When a student has had five (5) absences in the school year for illness verified by a parent or guardian, any further absence for illness must be verified by a physician.  

    Absences must be verified each day.

    End of Year Absence: Some of you may have started considering your summer plans. Those might include pulling your child(ren) out of school prior to the official end of school, and/or missing the first day(s) of the 2019-2020 school year.

    As a reminder, below are the District policies and practices (based on CUSD board policies and practices, and California Ed Code), that will be followed. This information was provided in your child(ren)'s Opening Day Packet. *These are followed regardless of the time of year.

    The District does not support the practice of taking trips/vacations on school days, per CUSD AR 5113.

    • The District will not hold a student's seat at a school after a 10-day absence, with or without an Independent Study*, without pre-approval due to extenuating circumstances. School site personnel and administration follow state guidelines in determining what is an unexcused, versus an excused, absence. Please keep in mind that informing the teacher and/or school site staff of an impending absence does not make the absence excused. A "Parent Report of Absence" form, found at your school site office, must be completed and approved by the principal. *Requests for Independent Study may be granted provided the student will return to school at least five (5) days prior to the last day of school (AR 6158).
    • Students who have 10 consecutive days of unexcused absences will be inactivated at the end of the 10th day. The Student Assignment Office at the District Office will then work with families upon their return to confirm residency and school assignment. It is not guaranteed that your child will be placed in the same school and classroom they were in prior to the inactivation.
    • If any number, up to 10, of the last days of school are missed and unexcused, the child(ren) will not have the ability to make up class work or homework.
    • If any number, up to 10, of the last days of school are missed and unexcused, the child(ren)'s grades may be impacted.

    We trust this clarifies the District's policies and procedures in regard to end of year unexcused absences.



    Bear Bulletin - April 2019

    Upcoming Events:

    April    1-4            CAST Science Testing, 8th Grade

    April     3              CMS-PTO Election & Meeting, CMS Office Conference Room, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    April    5               Q3 Report Cards

    April    5               Spring Fling 2019! Family Fun, Field Games, Fitness & Food!, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    April    8               CEEF Student Board of Directors Information Night, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, CUSD Board Room, 1309 S. Mary Avenue

    April   10              CMS-PTO Parent Talk, “Where Did My Baby Go?”, CMS Library, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm                                       

    April   11-14         Choir and A Band to Anaheim

    April   15-19         Spring Break - no school

    April   25              A-Band at Fremont High School, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    April   27              Seeds of Compassion, West Valley Community Services, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, 10104 Vista Drive, Cupertino, CA

    April   29-May 3   ELA Testing, All Grades

    ~~Looking Ahead~~

    May    7                Chipotle Fundraiser, 20688 Homestead Rd, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


    A Message from the CMS Administrative Team:

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Spring Fling.  Thank you to CMS-PTO!

    Project Cornerstone:

    A big thank you to our Project Cornerstone team led by Scott Lucas.  This group of dedicated parents has been bringing Socio-emotional lessons to our 6th grade all year and has branched out to our 7th graders with a relevant lesson on respect, including online respect.  If any parents are interested in being part of the Project Cornerstone team for next year, please contact Jeanine Woodell. This is one of the best opportunities for helping to promote a positive school climate at CMS. 

    Dropping off items:

    REMINDER: All items dropped off for students during the school day need to be dropped off in the front office or using the lunch drop off cart in front of the office.  To ensure campus safety, parents should never approach students through the gate during brunch or lunch.

    Sincerely,

    Mike, Jean, and Jeanine,

    Go BEARS!


    PAWS APPLAUSE

    Congratulations to our weekly Bear Bravo Raffle Winners in March!

    Erin B. 6th grade for being a role model

    Jason H. 7th grade for a cheerful agreement to a partner request from the teacher

    Aarav P. 8th grade for cleaning up a spill that somebody else made

    Jacob L. 6th grade for leading his group by providing a great example

    Noya A. 7th grade for having an outstanding attitude

    Daniel K. 8th grade for helping a new student with a campus tour

    Erin B. 6th grade for working hard in math

    Noya A. 7th grade for peer support in class

    Milena S. 8th grade for helping a new student with a campus tour

    Congratulations to our Quarter 3 Bear Bravo Raffle Winners!

    6th grade -  Sydney B.

    7th grade -  Colin L.

    8th grade -  Keren S.

    State Geography Bee: Kudos to Sanatan M. for qualifying for the State Geography Bee finals!  We wish you luck in the next round of competition!

    CMS Teacher of the Year: Congratulations to Susan Rikimaru on being selected by her peers to be CMS Teacher of the Year.  She will be recognized and honored at an upcoming CUSD Board meeting.


    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

    Summative Assessments and California Science Test

    Each year, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Students are to be in attendance each day of testing. Please do not have your student miss school for travel, non-urgent appointments, doctor/dentist/orthodontist visits, or other extra-curricular activities during testing.  

    The testing schedule is as follows:

    • California Science Test (CAST) 8th Grade:  Monday, April 1 - Thursday, April 4
    • English/Language Arts (all grades): Monday, April 29 - Friday, May 3
    • Math (all grades): Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10

    NWEA:

    • All 6th and 7th grade students will be taking the NWEA MAP Growth test on Wednesday & Thursday, April 3rd and 4th.

    8th Grade Information:

    CAST:

    All 8th graders will be taking the CAST Science test in their science classes Monday, April 1 - Thursday, April 4. Please remind your students to bring chargers for the iPads so their devices do not lose charge in the middle of testing.

    Yosemite 8th Graders:

    Parents, if you provided medications for your student to take to Yosemite please pick up the bag of medications from the office no later than Friday, April 5.

    Class of 2019 Promotion Party:

    Friday, May 31, 2019 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Our 8th graders will be graduating from CMS on June 7, 2019!

    A committee of parents is planning a memorable, fun-filled promotion party for the Class of 2019. The students will enjoy dancing, food, and many fun activities. The party for students only is planned Friday evening, May 31, 2019; one week before the graduation ceremony.

    We rely entirely on donations from our 8th-grade families to make a successful Promotion Party possible. The donations will cover the cost of games, food, decorations, etc.

    • We have currently raised less than one-third of our fundraising goal, so please donate now!

    We are asking for a donation of $40 per student, although any amount will be gratefully accepted. Donations for the promotion party should be turned into the CMS main office by Friday, April 22nd. We accept cash or checks made payable to "CMS‑PTO." Thank you for your support!

    If you have questions, please contact the CMS Promotion Party Lead, Ray Xu at: xuyuan_03@yahoo.com.


    End of Year Absence: Some of you may have started considering your summer plans. Those might include pulling your child(ren) out of school prior to the official end of school, and/or missing the first day(s) of the 2019-2020 school year.

    As a reminder, below are the District policies and practices (based on CUSD board policies and practices, and California Ed Code), that will be followed. This information was provided in your child(ren)'s Opening Day Packet. *These are followed regardless of the time of year.

    The District does not support the practice of taking trips/vacations on school days, per CUSD AR 5113.

    • The District will not hold a student's seat at a school after a 10-day absence, with or without an Independent Study*, without pre-approval due to extenuating circumstances. School site personnel and administration follow state guidelines in determining what is an unexcused, versus an excused, absence. Please keep in mind that informing the teacher and/or school site staff of an impending absence does not make the absence excused. A "Parent Report of Absence" form, found at your school site office, must be completed and approved by the principal. *Requests for Independent Study may be granted provided the student will return to school at least five (5) days prior to the last day of school (AR 6158).
    • Students who have 10 consecutive days of unexcused absences will be inactivated at the end of the 10th day. The Student Assignment Office at the District Office will then work with families upon their return to confirm residency and school assignment. It is not guaranteed that your child will be placed in the same school and classroom they were in prior to the inactivation.
    • If any number, up to 10, of the last days of school are missed and unexcused, the child(ren) will not have the ability to make up class work or homework.
    • If any number, up to 10, of the last days of school are missed and unexcused, the child(ren)'s grades may be impacted.

    We trust this clarifies the District's policies and procedures in regard to end of year unexcused absences.


    IMPORTANT NEWS FROM CMS-PTO

    April 3, 2019: CMS-PTO Monthly Meeting and Election for 2019-20 Board Members: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, CMS Library

    • Do you like organizing events?
    • Do you have great ideas for CMS-PTO Talk topics?
    • Do you know any restaurants that would be fun for a dine-out fundraiser?
    • Do you want to meet other CMS parents?

    At the CMS-PTO monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in the CMS Library at 6:30 pm, our CMS community will elect CMS-PTO board members for the 2019-20 school year. Any parent/guardian of a CMS student can be a board member. The roles are:

    • President
    • Communications
    • Fundraising
    • Community Programs (parent education seminars, community events, etc.)
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Parliamentarian

    Many of the positions may be co-led by two people, if desired, to lighten the workload on busy parents. You can read the job descriptions at Article 5.3 of the CMS-PTO bylaws. https://cms-pto.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/CMS-PTO_BYLAWS_10.03.18.pdf

    Learn more about CMS-PTO at www.cms-pto.org. Questions? Please contact May Bakken at president@cms-pto.org.

    April 5, 2019: Spring Fling 2019!, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Blacktop & small field

    Family Fun, Field Games, Fitness & Food!

    Join other CMS families for an afternoon of family fun! Experience fitness in fun, new ways. This is an event for the whole family!

    Our PE teachers will lead lots of fun games that include things like frisbees, hula hoops, and cones. There will also be a mellow area for games such as chess and Jenga.

    Food Options:

    • CMS-PTO will sell pizza
    • the Oaxacan Kitchen food truck will sell Mexican food
    • Kona Ice will be providing free treats!
    • Bring your water bottle so you can stay hydrated.

    Play some games, eat some food, listen to the DJ, and have a great afternoon!

    You must enter this event through the bike cage on Helena.

    We'll see you on the blacktop and field!

    • If you have canopies or large water jugs CMS-PTO can borrow for the event, please contact Bernie Urbina at programs@cms-pto.org.

     

    April 10, 2019: CMS-PTO Talk - “Where Did My Baby Go?”

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, CMS Library

    Are you sick of backtalk, disrespect, laziness, lack of motivation, arguing, swearing, lack of cooperation, lying, dark looks, and mood swings?

    In this workshop that focuses on adolescent behavior, learn:

    • The key job of parenting a teen.
    • How you can manage the behaviors that make you feel like someone has replaced your child with an alien
    • How to keep a close child-parent bond while at the same time giving your tweens and teens the increased freedom that they need
    • How to handle a teen’s need for risk and rebellion

    Elisabeth Stitt is the author of Parenting as a Second Language: A Guidebook for Joyfully Navigating the Trials, Triumphs, and Tribulations of Parenthood and the founder of Joyful Parenting Coaching. A teacher in the Redwood City School District (Redwood City, CA) for 25 years, Elisabeth brings over 50 thousand direct contact hours with kids of all ages. Having taught over 3000 students, she has seen all kinds of kids and all kinds of families.

    Please RSVP at CMS-PTO Talk: Where Did My Sweet Baby Go


    FUHSD: Math Course Selection:

    Fremont Union High School District encourages students and their families to use the information from the MDTP as one piece of information, along with their 7th and 8th grade math performance, future goals, and plans for 9th grade course load, to decide which high school math course is the most appropriate choice for them individually.

    More information about math course sequences and placement is available through the high school’s guidance department and course selection information sessions, or on the district website.

    FUHSD teachers do not use the MDTP alone to determine placement for a student but may use it to help identify students who may benefit from a support class. FUHSD high schools will send out MDTP results with your student’s course verification information later this spring.

    Information on the FUHSD website may be helpful. Any questions about math placement should be directed to the respective High School guidance counselors.


    Allies: Moving Forward & Making Connections @ Fremont HS & Homestead HS

    June 17 to July 3, 2019, 5 Elective Credits

    As allies, you will…

    • Make new friends
    • Work as a team
    • Understand yourself & others
    • Get to know your new school & teachers
    • Build skills to be successful in school
    • Learn how your brain works

    Interested? Applications are available in the CMS office. Deadline: April 31, 2019

    Questions? Contact:


    CMS Student Council Chipotle Fundraiser:

    Tuesday, May 7th, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm., at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 20688 Homestead Rd., Cupertino

    Join other CMS families to support the CMS Student Council and enjoy Chipotle!

    West Valley Community Services: “Seeds of Compassion”

    April 27th, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, West Valley Community Services, 10104 Vista Drive,

    Cupertino, CA 95014

    West Valley Community Services volunteers are all ages and from every walk of life - from students to grandparents, from new immigrants to individuals with special needs.

    *Please note that since space is limited to the first 15 families (approximately 25 people) this is a pre-registered event. RSVP's are on a first come first serve basis. RSVP here


    CEEF (Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation):

    CEEF Student Board of Directors Information Night, April 8th, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, CUSD Board Room, 1309 S. Mary Avenue

    Students and parents are invited to learn more about this leadership opportunity for CUSD middle school students.

    If you have questions please contact:  director@ceefcares.org

     



    Bear Bulletin - March 2019

    Upcoming Events:

    March   5                       CMS-PTO Meeting: CMS Library, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    March   6                       CUSD25: We’re In It Together!, CMS Library, 6:00 pm- 6:30 pm

     March   6                      The Beginning Band, Blue and Gold Band (1-3), and the Advanced Band, Event Center, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    March   6 - May 10        Testing Season

    March   7                       The 6th Grade Intermediate Band, and the Blue and Gold Band (4-5), Event Center, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    March  10-15                 8th graders in Yosemite

    March  18                      Staff Learning Day - No School for students

    ~~Looking Ahead~~

    April     3                       CMS-PTO Election & Meeting, CMS Office Conference Room, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    April     5                       Spring Fling 2019! Family Fun, Field Games, Fitness & Food!, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    May      7                       Chipotle Fundraiser, 20688 Homestead Rd, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


    A Message from the CMS Administrative Team:

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Challenge: CUSD has above average schools and below average funding.

    CUSD schools rank among the highest in the world. CUSD students attend prestigious universities, work at Silicon Valley’s elite technology companies, and change the world every day.

    And yet, CUSD receives below average funding per student -- approximately $5,000 less per student than the national average.

    Superintendent Dr. Craig Baker will present at Cupertino Middle School on Wednesday March 6 at 6:00 pm in the CMS Library to explain this funding phenomenon. The data can be found here .

    Solution: CUSD25: We’re In It Together!

    The solution is a unified, district-wide funding initiative, lead by Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation (CEEF), to continue to provide extraordinary teachers and staff, as well as teaching supplies, to benefit ALL 25 SCHOOLS and create an equitable educational experience for all CUSD students.

    We invite you to invest $25 per month per student to support CUSD25. Please sign up at cusd25.org, or complete and return the CUSD25 donation form your child will bring home this week. Our goal is to have all families contribute to support our excellent schools. Let’s show everyone what we can do when We’re In It Together! Our children deserve it!

    All of us at CUSD and CEEF want to thank you in advance for your contribution!

    Sincerely,

    Mike, Jean, and Jeanine,

    Go BEARS!


    Bear Pride:  Congratulations to our weekly February Bear Bravo Raffle Winners!

    Thien-Mai V. -  6th grade, for being on task and paying attention!

    Brandon V. -  7th grade, for working hard!

    Adi A. -  6th grade, for being helpful!

    Roni H. -  7th grade, for being respectful!

    Smera J. -  6th grade, for taking care of room 4's recycling!

    Anusha C. -  7th grade, for using learning time wisely!


    Math Diagnostics/Placement Testing:

    The CUSD Math Diagnostics will be given to 6th grade students on the following dates during math class:

    • Performance Tasks: March 13 and 14
    • NWEA online adaptive test: Dates TBD

    The FUHSD Math Diagnostic will be given to 8th grade students on March 6 and 7 during math class.

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    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

    Summative Assessments and California Science Test

    Each year, students in grades three through eight and high school participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). At our school, the testing schedule is as follows:

    • California Science Test (CAST) 8th Grade:  Monday, April 1 - Thursday, April 4
    • English/Language Arts (all grades): Monday, April 29 - Friday, May 3
    • Math (all grades): Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10

    End of Year Absence: Although it may seem very far into the future, some of you may have started considering your summer plans. Those might include pulling your child(ren) out of school prior to the official end of school, and/or missing the first day(s) of the 2019-2020 school year.

    As a reminder, below are the District policies and practices (based on CUSD board policies and practices, and California Ed Code), that will be followed. This information was provided in your child(ren)'s Opening Day Packet. *These are followed regardless of the time of year.

    The District does not support the practice of taking trips/vacations on school days, per CUSD AR 5113.

    • The District will not hold a student's seat at a school after a 10-day absence, with or without an Independent Study*, without pre-approval due to extenuating circumstances. School site personnel and administration follow state guidelines in determining what is an unexcused, versus an excused, absence. Please keep in mind that informing the teacher and/or school site staff of an impending absence does not make the absence excused. A "Parent Report of Absence" form, found at your school site office, must be completed and approved by the principal. *Requests for Independent Study may be granted provided the student will return to school at least five (5) days prior to the last day of school (AR 6158).
    • Students who have 10 consecutive days of unexcused absences will be inactivated at the end of the 10th day. The Student Assignment Office at the District Office will then work with families upon their return to confirm residency and school assignment. It is not guaranteed that your child will be placed in the same school and classroom they were in prior to the inactivation.
    • If any number, up to 10, of the last days of school are missed and unexcused, the child(ren) will not have the ability to make up class work or homework.
    • If any number, up to 10, of the last days of school are missed and unexcused, the child(ren)'s grades may be impacted.
    • We trust this clarifies the District's policies and procedures in regard to end of year unexcused absences.

    Health News: Vision Screening:  For parents who have received a vision screening report for their child in the mail and have taken them to have their eyes examined, please return the completed yellow form to the school office. If parents have any questions regarding their child’s vision screening report, please leave a message for the School Nurse at:  baisie_dorothy@cusdk8.org.


    The CMS Bands present their annual Pops Concert in the Event Center.

    • March 6th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm: The Beginning Band, Blue and Gold Band (1-3), and the Advanced Band.
    • March 7th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm : The 6th Grade Intermediate Band, and the Blue and Gold Band (4-5).

    Asian American Parent Association 7th and 8th Grade Essay Contest:

    The Asian American Parent Association (AAPA) in coordination with the Cupertino Union School District is holding an essay contest for all 7th and 8th graders. One winner will be selected from each of the five middle schools and McAuliffe School. Essay contest winners from each school will receive a $100 scholarship award. Please complete and submit this to AAPA with your essay attached to: hungweichien@gmail.com. The Scholarship Committee will review the submissions and present the awards at the annual AAPA Spring Luncheon in late March or early April 2019 – date to be determined.


    Dear 8th grade Yosemite parents -

    We are very excited and are looking forward to the upcoming Yosemite trip. We have been working closely with Nature Bridge as we get closer to our departure date on Sunday, March 10. Please see below updates regarding the park facilities. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jeanine Woodell (woodell_jeanine@cusdk8.org) or Mike Cellini (cellini_mike@cusdk8.org)

    Thank you,

    Balbina Mattier

    RJ Iyengar

    Yosemite Lodging Updates:

    Winter Storms in Yosemite Throughout February, multiple winter storms came through the Sierra, bringing above-average amounts of snow. This caused structural damage to the tent cabins we normally occupy in Half Dome Village. Our partners at Yosemite Hospitality have informed us that the clean-up efforts will likely take several weeks. Fortunately, these storms did not prevent NatureBridge from running programs for many schools in Yosemite, allowing us to offer typical winter activities from snowshoeing to cross country skiing.

    Current NatureBridge Lodging Accommodations The Yosemite team is working closely with Yosemite Hospitality to secure alternate lodging accommodations. We are currently operating out of the historic Big Trees Lodge in Wawona. Typically closed in winter to the public, Yosemite Hospitality has opened it exclusively to NatureBridge participants. Wawona--known as Yosemite’s “sleepy hollow”--is a peaceful corner of Yosemite, filled with incredible cultural and natural history.

    In addition to Big Trees Lodge, programs will continue to operate out of our Crane Flat campus. This week, we expect a portion of our programs to be back in Half Dome Village in an area not affected by the storms.

    The Yosemite Experience Although lodging locations may vary, all CUSD participants can expect to have an authentic NatureBridge program inclusive of a great team of Naturebridge educators who aim to provide transformational experiential learning experiences. As usual, students will participate in inquiry investigations, practice stewardship, and engage in leadership and team building activities during their program week.

    Safety This lodging change does not impact the safety of program participants. NatureBridge staff use established risk management policies and guidelines to reduce risks to students and teachers. The NatureBridge Director of Risk Management, in consultation with National Park Service and Yosemite Hospitality safety teams, has assessed and approved lodging for spring programs.


    CMS Promotion Party:

    CMS Class of 2019 Graduation Party. Friday, May 31, 2019 7:00–10:00 PM

    A committee of parents is planning a memorable, fun-filled promotion party for the students of the Class of 2019. Students will enjoy dancing, food, and many fun activities at the Promotion Party to be held on the CMS campus on Friday evening, May 31, 2019, one week before graduation.

    To make a successful Promotion Party possible, we rely completely on donations from our 8th grade families. Donations are used to cover the cost of the games, food, decorations, etc. We are asking for a donation of $40 per student. Please turn in Promotion Party donations to the CMS main office by Friday, March 29th. We accept cash or checks made payable to "CMS PTO".

    Thank you for your support! If you have questions, please reach out to the CMS Promotion Party Lead, Ray Xu at: xuyuan_03@yahoo.com.


    Yearbook:  

    2019 is the first year that parents can buy an ad for the CMS yearbook! 1/8 page ads cost $50 and will be placed at the end of the 2019 yearbook. An ad is a great way to personalize your yearbook, show how much you care and congratulate your graduating eighth grader. There are only 16 ad spaces available and the last day to order an ad is March 25th. To order go to  www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder and click “Buy a Yearbook Ad”. There is a handy PDF guide as well as a video that shows step by step how to create an ad.


    News from CMS-PTO (Cupertino Middle School Parent Teacher Organization)

    We have a lot of upcoming events, so please update your calendars!

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019: CMS-PTO Meeting: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in the CMS Office Conference Room. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A NEW DATE FOR THE MARCH CMS-PTO MEETING.

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019: What the Future Holds for CUSD - a talk with Superintendent Dr. Craig Baker 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm in the CMS Library. Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-the-future-holds-for-cusd-a-talk-with-superintendent-dr-craig-baker-tickets-56145071420?fbclid=IwAR1U3Blt2zTbOtQng_S6A1o_YUQTrP83SG7tD-awAqfV5ndcjlS-na05aJ0

    April 3, 2019: CMS-PTO Election and Meeting

    Interested in being a CMS-PTO Officer for the 2019-20 school year? We will hold an election for the following officer positions on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the CMS office conference room.

    •       President
    •       Vice President, Communications (steps in for the President when he/she cannot attend meetings)
    •       Vice President, Fundraising
    •       Vice President, Community Programs (parent education seminars, community events, etc.)
    •       Secretary
    •       Treasurer
    •       Parliamentarian

    Many of the above positions may be co-led by two people, if desired, to lighten the workload on busy parents. You can read the job descriptions at Article 5.3 of the CMS-PTO bylaws. https://cms-pto.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/CMS-PTO_BYLAWS_10.03.18.pdf

    Learn more about CMS-PTO at www.cms-pto.org. Questions? Please contact May Bakken at president@cms-pto.org.

    April 5, 2019: Spring Fling 2019! Family Fun, Field Games, Fitness & Food!

    Join other CMS families on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm for an afternoon of family fun! Food trucks will be there so you can grab a snack or dinner. This is an event for the whole family! If you are interested in helping that day, please email Bernie Urbina Alonso at programs@cms-pto.org.

    Congratulations to the Oreizy/Hekmatnejad and Taragan families! They won Disneyland tickets in the CMS-PTO drawing of families who have donated to CMS-PTO this school year.

    Thank you to everyone who has donated to CMS-PTO this school year. There is still time to make a tax-deductible contribution. Go to https://cms-pto.org/donate/ and help support our students and staff.



    Bear Bulletin - February 2019

    Upcoming Events:

    Jan 25 -         Q2 Report Cards

    Jan 25 -        6th Grade WEB Movie Event, Event Center, 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

    Jan 29 -        Parent Info Night: Incoming New families (all grades) - Event Center, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Jan 30 -        CMS-PTO Talk: Anxiety and Depression in Tweens and Teens, CMS Library, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Feb 1 -          Dance, Quad area, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Feb 6 -          CMS-PTO Meeting: CMS Library, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Feb 18-22    Mid-Year Recess (no school)

    Feb 26 -       CUSD Town Hall Strategic Plan Meeting, Event Center, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    Feb 27 -       CMS-PTO Talk: Drugs, Alcohol, & Other Substances, CMS Library, 6:30 pm-7:00 pm


    A Message from the CMS Administrative Team:

    The second dance of the year has been rescheduled for February 1st, from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. Our hard-working leadership students are planning a space theme! Be sure your student arrives at 5:00 pm and you make arrangements for pick up at 7:00 pm. Students are not allowed to arrive late or leave early.  School dress code and phone policies apply. A coat check is available for checking backpacks and phones. Read below for instructions to purchase tickets.

    All parents of incoming NEW to CMS students are encouraged to attend the parent information night presentation on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm at the CMS Event Center. This event is for parents/guardians of incoming NEW to CMS students ONLY.  The Event Center is located on Helena Drive. Carpooling is highly encouraged.

    Mike, Jeanine, and Jean

    Go BEARS!


    2019 Scripps School Spelling Bee: Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2019 Scripps School Spelling Bee!  We salute your competitive spirit, intellectual curiosity, and desire to challenge yourselves! Congratulations to our school bee champion, Pranav J.! After 24 grueling rounds and a most worthy competitor, Alex S., Pranav was able to spell the championship word to win the 2019 Scripps School Spelling Bee!


    Private School Applications/Recommendations:

    Cupertino Middle School Guidelines

    If you are applying to a private school for next year, please follow these guidelines:

    Step 1:  Obtain an application from the admissions office of the private high school(s).

    Most of these applications are online. Remember to check application deadlines!

    Step 2:  Recommendation Forms: Talk to your teacher(s) prior to putting in his/her email

    information in the application. The high school(s) will send online recommendation forms directly to these teachers.

    Step 3:  Transcript and Testing Request Forms: Please complete the form and give it to

    your guidance counselor. For each private school you are applying to, please

    include a stamped envelope, which should be addressed to the private school

    with Cupertino Middle School’s address as the return address. Your counselor will

    mail these documents directly to the school.

    Please allow your teachers and counselors 3-4 weeks to process the forms.

    Helpful Hints: Consider giving the teacher(s) you’ve chosen to write your recommendation a “brag list” or student resume that names your extracurricular activities and interests.

    If you have any questions, please email your guidance counselor:

    ~ Ms. Fratus (Last Names A-L) fratus_jeanna@cusdk8.org

    ~ Ms. Vernazza (Last Names M-Z) vernazza_ashley@cusdk8.org


    Health News: Vision Screening:  For parents who have received a vision screening report for their child in the mail and have taken them to have their eyes examined, please return the completed yellow form to the school office. If parents have any questions regarding their child’s vision screening report, please leave a message for the School Nurse at:  baisie_dorothy@cusdk8.org.


    Incoming 9th Grade Information Meeting:  *January 30th, 8:15 A.M.-9:30 A.M.* Counseling representatives from Homestead and Fremont High Schools are presenting the high school transition information to students ONLY on January 30th from 8:15 am-9:30 am.  Topics will include course selection, elective choices, high school activity and more. This is the only presentation of this nature and the one opportunity for students to hear and ask questions of the high school guidance department.  All 8th grade students are highly encouraged to attend. This is during the late start time so that students will not have to miss instructional time in class to receive this information. Please plan ahead so that your student will not miss this important information. If your student is not going to Fremont or Homestead, they do not need to attend this presentation. Other information regarding residency check, electives night, and course selection can be found on the Fremont and Homestead respective websites.

    This is a WEDNESDAY morning.  8th grade students are expected to report to school by 8:15 A.M.. The Homestead High presentation will be in the Event Center and the Fremont High presentation will be in the Bernardo Gym.


    Yosemite: To all 8th grade families: Check your email regularly for communication regarding Yosemite.  You will be notified if you are missing any paperwork. There are a few medical forms awaiting pick up in the office.  If you are still planning to pay the fee, checks may be made out to Cupertino Middle School and dropped off in the office. Please contact RJ Iyengar (iyengar_rj@cusdk8.org) if you have any questions.

    Yosemite Chaperones are still needed! 8th grade parents (and other parents, too!) are invited to join the trip as chaperones. This is a volunteer experience. You must be available to attend the whole trip. (March 10-15). You should expect to be outside all week despite the weather, and be physically able to hike up to 5-7 miles per day. We are happy to have as many parents on the trip as we are able to accommodate! Please complete this form: https://sites.google.com/cusdk8.org/cms-yosemite/chaperones


    HOMESTEAD HIGH SCHOOL – UPCOMING 8TH GRADE EVENTS

    Online Registration (OLR) & Residency Verification

    Before completing Residency Verification, all 8th grade students must be registered using our new Online Registration (OLR) tool.  The OLR process must be completed before completing Residency Verification. In early January, parents/guardians will receive an email from the Fremont Union High School District with information and instructions on how to complete the process.  Completing the OLR process prior to the dates below is encouraged although there will be stations and assistance available at each session. Parents/guardians must attend one of the Residency Verification sessions below:

    •         Monday, January 28, 2019 from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm, in the Field House
    •         Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, in the Cafeteria

    NOTE:  We recommend you make and provide copies of your documents.  Bringing your own copies will make the process quicker. If you are unable, you will be asked to proceed to the Copy Room at the end of the process to complete your residency.  IMPORTANT:  you are still required to bring the originals with you.  Without the originals, we will not be able to complete your registration.

    8th Grade Information & Course Selection Night for Parents and Students for the Class of 2023 will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at 6:00pm in Homestead’s Large Gym. During the evening, students and parents will be visiting classrooms to learn about course offerings.  At the end of the evening, students will be selecting courses for the 2019-20 school year.

    NOTES:

    • Please be seated promptly at 6:00 pm
    • Students will not be registered for classes if Residency Verification has not already been completed.
    • If you are a parent/guardian of an 8th grade student currently attending a private school or a middle school that does not feed into Homestead, see the FUHSD district website for important residency/registration information.

    Yearbook:  

    2019 is the first year that parents can buy an ad for the CMS yearbook! 1/8 page ads cost $50 and will be placed at the end of the 2019 yearbook. An ad is a great way to personalize your yearbook, show how much you care and congratulate your graduating eighth grader. There are only 16 ad spaces available and the last day to order an ad is March 25th. To order go to  www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder and click “Buy a Yearbook Ad”. There is a handy PDF guide as well as a video that shows step by step how to create an ad.


    The CMS class of 2019 needs your help with the promotion party! Parents of current and future 8th graders are invited to help with the 8th grade graduation party.  Please fill a short interest form HERE to let us know in which areas you would like to be involved. If you can make it, please join us for a kick-off meeting on Thursday, January 31st at 8:30 am at the CMS office. Email woodell_jeanine@cusdk8.org with any questions.


    Space Dance: The second CMS dance of this school year will be on Friday, February 1st from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Quad area.  Tickets are on sale for $4 in the quad during brunch and lunch on Wednesday, January 30, Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1 or at the door for $5.

    Students must arrive at 5:00 pm. Doors close at 5:15 pm.
    Students must attend for the entire time (5:00 pm-7:00 pm) - students are not permitted to leave early and there are no "in and out" privileges.
    All students must present a CMS ID card. Replacement IDs can be obtained for $5 in the school office until 3:00 pm the day of the dance. All school rules, including use of cell phones, cameras, devices, and dress code apply. Please refer to the Student Handbook for detailed information about school rules.


    6th Grade WEB Movie Event: Friday, January 25th, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm in the Event Center. We will be watching Incredibles 2. Permission slips received via 7th period teachers.


    News from CMS-PTO (Cupertino Middle School Parent Teacher Organization)

    We have a lot of upcoming events, so mark your calendars!

    Jan. 30, 2019: CMS-PTO Talk: Anxiety & Depression in Tweens and Teens: Learn How to Recognize the Signs and What to Do When You See Them

    Today's tweens and teens can feel anxious about things such as school, friendships, puberty and growing up, and a lot more. Sometimes, anxiety can lead to feelings of depression. It's not always easy for our kids to share their feelings with us. In this CMS-PTO Talk, you will learn to recognize the signs of anxiety and depression in your children and how to help them cope. Learning these tips now may help you prevent your child from advancing to self-harming behaviors. 6:30pm-7:30pm in the CMS Library. Parents and guardians only, please.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cms-pto-talk-anxiety-depression-in-tweens-and-teens-tickets-54738798219?fbclid=IwAR1duzc5A62zW9Vfy8D7WKF0OJ4DjpWseA6sO4SW-xVWDDEyPlh0vDNk8Mk

    Feb. 5, 2019: Dine Out and Support CMS-PTO!

    Take a night off from cooking and support CMS-PTO! Go to Pizza My Heart on Tuesday, February 5th from 4:00 pm-9:00 pm. 30% of proceeds will go to CMS-PTO to support our students and staff. Valid only at the Pizza My Heart at 20530 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Cupertino. Please note that you must mention the CMS-PTO fundraiser while ordering and before you pay.

    Feb. 6, 2019: CMS-PTO Meeting

    Please join us for our monthly board meeting. 6:30 pm in the CMS Office Conference Room. All are welcome.

    Feb. 27, 2019: CMS-PTO Talk: Drugs, Alcohol, and Other Substances -

    How to Talk to Your Kids about Use and Abuse

    This presentation will enable parents to create an effective parent-teen conversation about drug and alcohol use. Parents will become familiar with the psychoactive nature of common substances, dosage range and risks. Communication guidelines will be demonstrated and discussed. At the end, time will be given to any additional questions or concerns. 6:30 pm-7:30 pm in the CMS Library. Parents and guardians only, please. RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cms-pto-talk-drugs-alcohol-and-other-substances-how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-use-and-abuse-tickets-55193378882

    April 3, 2019: CMS-PTO Election and Meeting

    Interested in being a CMS-PTO Officer for the 2019-20 school year? We will hold an election for the following officer positions on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the CMS office conference room.

    •        President
    •        Vice President, Communications (steps in for the President when he/she cannot attend meetings)
    •        Vice President, Fundraising
    •        Vice President, Community Programs (parent education seminars, community events, etc.)
    •         Secretary
    •         Treasurer
    •         Parliamentarian

    Many of the above positions may be co-led by two people, if desired, to lighten the workload on busy parents. You can read the job descriptions at Article 5.3 of the CMS-PTO bylaws. https://cms-pto.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/CMS-PTO_BYLAWS_10.03.18.pdf 

    Learn more about CMS-PTO at www.cms-pto.org. Questions? Please contact May Bakken at president@cms-pto.org.

    April 5, 2019: Spring Fling 2019! Family Fun, Field Games, Fitness & Food!

    Join other CMS families on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm for an afternoon of family fun! Food trucks will be there so you can grab a snack or dinner. This is an event for the whole family! If you are interested in helping that day, please email Bernie Urbina Alonso at programs@cms-pto.org.


    ~~Thank you to everyone who has donated to CMS-PTO this school year. There is still time to make a tax-deductible contribution. Go to https://cms-pto.org/donate/ and help support our students and staff.



    Bear Bulletin - January 2019 

    Upcoming Events:

    Dec 24   Winter Break begins

    Jan 4      Winter Break ends

    Jan 7      Students return to school

    Jan 11     Q2 ends

    Jan 18     Dance has been rescheduled for February 1, 5-7pm

    Jan 21      MLK Day, no school

    Jan 24      HHS/FHS Parent Info Night

    Jan 25      Q2 Report Cards sent home

                   CMS-PTO meeting


    A Message from the CMS Administrative Team:

    It is hard to believe another year has come and gone! On behalf of the Cupertino Middle School staff, we would like to extend warm wishes to all of our families for a very happy holiday season. Enjoy the time with family and friends. We wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing all of our students back at school, rested and ready to learn, on Monday, January 7th, 2019. 

    For the past month, Ms. Wang has been working at Miller MS and we were fortunate to have Anu Iyer working at CMS in her absence.  Mrs. Iyer was a supportive addition to our team and we truly thank her for being a BEAR for the past weeks!

    Mike, Jeanine, and Jean

    Go BEARS!


    Geography Bee Winners:  

    Congratulations to all our Geography Bee Winners!

    Third place:

    Humza Dalal

    Rajiv Venkatesh

    Daniel Ha

    Aagrim Hoysal

    Second Place:

    Arindam Kulkarni

    First place:

    Sanatan Mishra


     The CMS class of 2019 needs your help with the promotion party!

    Parents of current and future 8th graders are invited to help with the 8th grade graduation party.  Please fill a short interest form HERE to let us know in which areas you would like to be involved.

    If you can make it, please join us for a kick-off meeting on Thursday January 31 at 8:30 am at the CMS office. Email woodell_jeanine@cusdk8.org with any questions.


    Private School Applications/Recommendations:

    Cupertino Middle School Guidelines

    If you are applying to a private school for next year, please follow these guidelines:

    Step 1:  Obtain an application from the admissions office of the private high school(s).

    Most of these applications are online. Remember to check application deadlines!

    Step 2:  Recommendation Forms: Talk to your teacher(s) prior to putting in his/her email

    information in the application. The high school(s) will send online recommendation forms directly to these teachers.

    Step 3:  Transcript and Testing Request Forms: Please complete the form and give it to

    your guidance counselor. For each private school you are applying to, please

    include a stamped envelope, which should be addressed to the private school

    with Cupertino Middle School’s address as the return address. Your counselor will

    mail these documents directly to the school.

    Please allow your teachers and counselors 3-4 weeks to process the forms.

    Helpful Hints: Consider giving the teacher(s) you’ve chosen to write your recommendation a “brag list” or student resume that names your extracurricular activities and interests.

    If you have any questions, please email your guidance counselor:

    ~ Ms. Fratus (Last Names A-L) fratus_jeanna@cusdk8.org

    ~ Ms. Vernazza (Last Names M-Z) vernazza_ashley@cusdk8.org


    Elective Changes for Semester 2:

    The timeline counselors will be addressing schedule change requests for 2nd Semester:

    • Monday, January 14th - Counselors will only be accepting schedule requests that are scheduling errors. If a student has an error in their schedule, they will be sent to the office to have their schedule changed by a counselor. No elective change requests will be accepted on this day.
    • Wednesday, January 23rd and Thursday, January 24th - Counselors will be outside during brunch on both days for students to submit an Elective Change Request form. Elective changes will only be considered if the switch is during the period they have the elective or during their PE period. Please keep in mind that most elective classes are full, and most schedule changes will not be granted.  
    • Friday, January 24th - Electives Change Request forms will be looked at by counselors and if any schedules are changed, students will be notified by the end of the day.
    • No requests will be taken after Thursday, January 24th.

    Health News:

    Vision Screening:  For parents who have received a vision screening report for their child in the mail and have taken them to have their eyes examined, please return the completed yellow form to the school office. If parents have any questions regarding their child’s vision screening report, please leave a message for the School Nurse at:  baisie_dorothy@cusdk8.org.


    Yosemite:

    To all 8th grade families: Check your e-mail regularly for communication regarding Yosemite.  You will be notified if you are missing any paperwork. There are a few medical forms awaiting pick up in the office.  If you are still planning to pay the fee, checks may be made out to Cupertino Middle School and dropped off in the office.

    Please contact RJ Iyengar (iyengar_rj@cusdk8.org) if you have any questions. 

    Yosemite Chaperones are still needed! 8th grade parents (and other parents, too!) are invited to join the trip as chaperones.

    This is a volunteer experience. You must be available to attend the whole trip. (March 10-15). You should expect to be outside all week despite the weather, and be physically able to hike up to 5-7 miles per day. We are happy to have as many parents on the trip as we are able to accommodate! Please complete this form:

    https://sites.google.com/cusdk8.org/cms-yosemite/chaperones


    Notes from the Office:

    • Daily Announcements contains all the pertinent information happening on campus on a daily basis, including student activities, sports, and clubs.
    • Take a few moments to go over some important CMS policies and procedures as outlined in your student’s handbook which they received on the first day of school.
    • Parents, the parking lots are off limits for drop off and pick up. Students may be picked up along Bernardo and Helena in designated pick-up and drop-off spots.  Students may use cell phones once they are off campus to make contact with parents.
    • If you need to pick up your student during regular school hours for any pre-planned appointments, please send them to the office before school begins with a note stating student’s name, the time to be picked up, and the reason for leaving school.

    Parents of 8th Grade Students:

    Please save the dates!

    Thursday January 24, 2019 from 6-7pm Fremont and Homestead High Schools will be at the CMS Event Center to present to parents about high school for incoming freshman. This night is for parents only. Please plan to attend.

     

    On Wednesday January 30, 2019 from 8:15-9:30am Fremont and Homestead High Schools will be on campus to present to students. This is during the late start time so that students will not have to miss instructional time in class to receive this information. Please plan ahead so that your student will not miss this important information. If your student is not going to Fremont or Homestead, they do not need to attend this presentation.

     

    Other information regarding residency check, electives night, and course selection can be found on Fremont and Homestead’s respective websites. 

    HOMESTEAD HIGH SCHOOL – UPCOMING 8TH GRADE EVENTS

    Online Registration (OLR) & Residency Verification

    Before completing Residency Verification, all 8th grade students must be registered using our new Online Registration (OLR) tool.  The OLR process must be completed before completing Residency Verification. In early January, parents/guardians will receive an email from the Fremont Union High School District with information and instructions on how to complete the process.  Completing the OLR process prior to the dates below is encouraged although there will be stations and assistance available at each session. Parents/guardians must attend one of the Residency Verification sessions below:

    ·         Monday, January 28, 2019 from 7:30am – 3:00pm, in the Field House

    ·         Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, in the Cafeteria

    NOTE:  We recommend you make and provide copies of your documents.  Bringing your own copies will make the process quicker. If you are unable, we will ask you to proceed to our Copy Room at the end of the process to complete your residency.  IMPORTANT:  you are still required to bring the originals with you.  Without the originals, we will not be able to complete your registration.

     8th Grade Information & Course Selection Night for Parents and Students for the Class of 2023 will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at 6:00pm in Homestead’s Large Gym.   

    During the evening, students and parents will be visiting classrooms to learn about course offerings.  At the end of the evening, students will be selecting courses for the 2019-20 school year.

    NOTES:

    • Please be seated promptly at 6:00 p.m.
    • Students will not be registered for classes if Residency Verification has not already been completed.
    • If you are a parent/guardian of an 8th grade student currently attending a private school or a middle school that does not feed into Homestead, see the FUHSD district website for important residency/registration information.

     Student Council Fundraiser:  Join us at Panda Express on 01/15/2019.  

    20% of event sales will be donated to the CMS Student Council!


     CMS-PTO News:

    Thank you to all families who have contributed this school year to CMS-PTO. You will receive a tax deduction letter in early 2019. We appreciate your support of our students and staff.

     

    Every family who donates to CMS-PTO by December 31, 2018 will be entered in a drawing to win a set of 4 Disneyland 1-day Park Hopper tickets. If you have already donated this school year, don’t worry! All families who donate between August 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 will have a chance to win one of the two sets of tickets.

     

    Please visit https://cms-pto.org/donate today to contribute and invest in your child's education. Suggested donation is $250 per family - all donations welcome, no sum is too small. Please don't forget to submit for corporate matching of your contribution if possible.

     

    We hope you will join us on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 for our first board meeting of the new year. It starts at 6:30pm in the office conference room.

     

    Bear Bulletin - December 2018

    Upcoming Events:

    Nov 30 -               Q2 Progress Reports mailed

    Dec  5 -                 CMS-PTO Meeting, Library, 6:30 p.m.

    Dec 11 -                Choir Winter Performance, Event Center, 6:30-7:30 p.m.             

    Dec 12 -                Beginning and Blue & Gold Band Winter Concert, Event Center, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    Dec 13 -                6th Intermediate, Blue & Gold, A Band Winter Concert,   Event Center, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    Dec 21 -                All school music assembly - special schedule

    Dec 24 - Jan 4      Winter Break

    Jan 7 -                  Students return to school

    Jan 11 -                Q2 ends


    A Message from the CMS Administrative Team:

    We hope your Thanksgiving Break was filled with relaxation, good food, family, and friends.

    We are especially grateful for all the dedication our teachers and staff displayed as we managed the smoky days from the wildfires.  PE stepped up and made sure students were inside for instruction. Yard duty coverage helped usher students where they needed to be. Staff stepped up and stepped in for other staff who needed to tend to personal issues related to the fires and smoke.  A big thank you to all who opened their classrooms in an effort to offer space for our students to stay indoors at brunch and lunch all week. Their combined efforts make CMS a great place where our students are safe and supported.

    Mike, Jeanine, and Jean

    Go BEARS!


    Private School Applications/Recommendations:

    Cupertino Middle School Guidelines

    If you are applying to a private school for next year, please follow these guidelines:

    Step 1:  Obtain an application from the admissions office of the private high school(s). Most of these applications are online. Remember to check application deadlines!

    Step 2:  Recommendation Forms: Talk to your teacher(s) prior to putting in his/her email information in the application. The high school(s) will send online recommendation forms directly to these teachers.

    Step 3:  Transcript and Testing Request Forms: Please complete the form and give it to your guidance counselor. For each private school you are applying to, please include a stamped envelope, which should be addressed to the private school

    with Cupertino Middle School’s address as the return address. Your counselor will mail these documents directly to the school. Please allow your teachers and counselors 3-4 weeks to process the forms.

    Helpful Hints: Consider giving the teacher(s) you’ve chosen to write your recommendation a “brag list” or student resume that names your extracurricular activities and interests.

    If you have any questions, please email your guidance counselor:

    ~ Ms. Fratus (Last Names A-L) fratus_jeanna@cusdk8.org

    ~ Ms. Vernazza (Last Names M-Z) vernazza_ashley@cusdk8.org


    Health News: Vision Screening:  For parents who have received a vision screening report for their child in the mail and have taken them to have their eyes examined, please return the completed yellow form to the school office. If parents have any questions regarding their child’s vision screening report, please leave a message for the School Nurse at:  baisie_dorothy@cusdk8.org.


    Yosemite Chaperones are still needed!

    8th grade parents (and other parents, too!) are invited to join the trip as chaperones.

    This is a volunteer experience. You must be available to attend the whole trip. (March 10-15). You should expect to be outside all week despite the weather, and be physically able to hike up to 5-7 miles per day. We are happy to have as many parents on the trip as we are able to accommodate! Please complete this form:

    https://sites.google.com/cusdk8.org/cms-yosemite/chaperonesYosemite: To all 8th grade families: Check your e-mail regularly for communication regarding Yosemite.  You will be notified if you are missing any paperwork. There are a few medical forms awaiting pick up in the office.  If you are still planning to pay the fee, checks may be made out to Cupertino Middle School and dropped off in the office.

    Please contact RJ Iyengar (iyengar_rj@cusdk8.org) if you have any questions.

    Yosemite: To all 8th grade families: Check your e-mail regularly for communication regarding Yosemite.  You will be notified if you are missing any paperwork. There are a few medical forms awaiting pick up in the office.  If you are still planning to pay the fee, checks may be made out to Cupertino Middle School and dropped off in the office. Please contact RJ Iyengar (iyengar_rj@cusdk8.org) if you have any questions.


    Attendance & Picking up your Student for Appointments:

    Religious or Private School Shadowing:  All absences for religious reasons and private school shadowing must be submitted in writing at least 24 hours in advance in order to be excused. A form may be picked up from the front office or send an email to gross_terri@cusdk8.org.

    Partial School-day Absence: If your student has an appointment in the middle of the day or needs to leave school early, send them to the office before school begins with a written note explaining the reason. They will be given a pass to excuse them from class.

    5-10 Day Absence: If your student will be absent 5-10 days due to travel, an Independent Study packet may be requested by coming to the office at least 2 weeks  before the first day of absence.


    HOMESTEAD HIGH SCHOOL – UPCOMING 8TH GRADE EVENTS

    Online Registration (OLR) & Residency Verification

    Before completing Residency Verification, all 8th grade students must be registered using our new Online Registration (OLR) tool.  The OLR process must be completed before completing Residency Verification. In early January, parents/guardians will receive an email from the Fremont Union High School District with information and instructions on how to complete the process.  Completing the OLR process prior to the dates below is encouraged although there will be stations and assistance available at each session. Parents/guardians must attend one of the Residency Verification sessions below:

    •         Monday, January 28, 2019 from 7:30am – 3:00pm, in the Field House
    •         Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, in the Cafeteria

    NOTE:  We recommend you make and provide copies of your documents.  Bringing your own copies will make the process quicker. If you are unable, we will ask you to proceed to our Copy Room at the end of the process to complete your residency.  IMPORTANT:  you are still required to bring the originals with you.  Without the originals, we will not be able to complete your registration.

    8th Grade Information & Course Selection Night for Parents and Students for the Class of 2023 will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at 6:00pm in Homestead’s Large Gym.   

    During the evening, students and parents will be visiting classrooms to learn about course offerings.  At the end of the evening, students will be selecting courses for the 2019-20 school year.

    NOTES:

    • We ask that you are seated promptly at 6:00 p.m.
    • Students will not be registered for classes if Residency Verification has not already been completed.
    • If you are a parent/guardian of an 8th grade student currently attending a private school or a middle school that does not feed into Homestead, see the FUHSD district website for important residency/registration information.

     The AMC 10:  The AMC 10 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examination of high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.  It is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade.  The AMC 10A will be offered at Cupertino Middle School on Thursday, February 7th.  This contest will take place after school, location TBD.  

    Interested students may obtain a permission slip from Mrs. Holtzapple in room 31.  

    The registration deadline is Thursday, December 20 at 3:00 pm.


    CMS-PTO News:

    Parents, Guardians, Teachers, and Staff: You are all members of CMS-PTO. Learn more about CMS-PTO on our website (https://cms-pto.org) or join our Facebook page. Please join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30pm in the CMS library.

    Box Top  

    Box Top$ for Education Grade Level Competition Happening Now!

    Did you know that every Box Top submitted earns 10¢ for our school? Box Top$ are on many products that are probably already in your home - cereal, trash bags, snacks, tissues, and many other items. You can see all eligible items here: https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products    

    Cut out the Box Top$ from your products and have your student put them in their grade's labeled box in the school office. The grade that donates the most Box Top$ will win a sweet prize. Deadline for this collection period is December 7, 2018. Thank you for supporting our students and school.



    Bear Bulletin - October, 2018

    Upcoming Events:

    Oct 26         CMS Annual Book Fair! Last day

    Oct 30         CMS-PTO - Chipotle Fundraiser 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Nov 2          Report Cards handed out in 7th period

    Nov 2          CMS Fall Family Night 4:00pm - 7:00pm

    Nov 7          CMS-PTO meeting

    Nov 12        Veterans Day observed - no school

    Nov 19-23   Thanksgiving Break - no school

    Nov 26        School-wide Geography Bee in Core

    Nov 30        Q2 Progress Reports mailed


    Message from the CMS Administrative Team:

    We have all made it to the end of the first quarter of the school year and can’t believe November is here.  A big thank you to the parents and our library media clerk, Robyn Erskine, for all the hard work that went into our Scholastic Book Fair!  Special thanks to all the parents who pitched in to organize and supervise the book fair, especially Maya Bronicki, Mari Vargas, Karen Perez, and Roopa Krishnan who spearheaded the effort!

    We appreciate the commitment to CMS and the willingness of all the parents who put in the time and care to host an event of that scale for our students. CMS kids were happy to continue the tradition of having a book fair at school and to be able to contribute to the CMS library and classrooms.

    Reports Cards will be coming home with your student on November 2.  The report card is used regularly to inform parents of their student’s progress.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, work with your student’s teachers and/or academic counselors.

    CMS has two parking lots, one by the Front Office and one by the Bernardo Gym.  Please keep the Front Office parking lot free for staff parking, buses, and guest visitors.  Please keep the Bernardo Gym parking lot free from student drop offs in the morning and student pick ups at dismissal time.  Please also keep the Bernardo Gym parking lot free as a parent waiting area as vehicles entering the parking lot impacts the safety of student pedestrians and cyclists coming and leaving school.  

    Parents and carpools are to pick up students at the designated passenger loading and unloading sidewalks for morning drop off and afternoon pick up located on both Helena and Bernardo.

    We are looking forward to seeing you at the CMS Fall Family Night next Friday afternoon 4 - 7 pm @ CMS Rally Quad. Thank you to CMS-PTO for organizing this community event.

    Go Bears!

    Mike, Jean, and Jeanine


    CMS Annual Book Fair! - The last day: October 26th, 7:45am - 1:00pm

    Parents, drop by the Book Fair to enjoy a little treat and kid-free shopping. We’ll have some wonderful adult titles and it’s a great time to do some early holiday shopping!

    *This is a parent only event. CMS is a closed campus and siblings are not allowed on campus during school hours. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you!

    Feel free to contact Roopa Krishnan at roops14@gmail.com with any questions.


    Private School Applications/Recommendations:

    Cupertino Middle School Guidelines

    If you are applying to a private school for next year, please follow these guidelines:

    Step 1:  Obtain an application from the admissions office of the private high school(s). Most of these applications are online. Remember to check application deadlines!

    Step 2:  Recommendation Forms: Talk to your teacher(s) prior to putting in his/her email information in the application. The high school(s) will send online recommendation forms directly to these teachers.

    Step 3:  Transcript and Testing Request Forms: Please complete the form and give it to your guidance counselor. For each private school you are applying to, please include a stamped envelope, which should be addressed to the private school with Cupertino Middle School’s address as the return address. Your counselor will mail these documents directly to the school.

    Please allow your teachers and counselors 3-4 weeks to process the forms.

    Helpful Hints: Consider giving the teacher(s) you’ve chosen to write your recommendation a “brag list” or student resume that names your extracurricular activities and interests.

    If you have any questions, please email your guidance counselor:

    ~ Ms. Fratus (Last Names A-L) fratus_jeanna@cusdk8.org

    ~ Ms. Vernazza (Last Names M-Z) vernazza_ashley@cusdk8.org


    Health News: Vision Screening:  For parents who have received a vision screening report for their child in the mail and have taken them to have their eyes examined, please return the completed form to the school office. If parents have any questions regarding their child’s vision screening report, please leave a message for the School Nurse at:  baisie_dorothy@cusdk8.org.


    Yosemite: To all 8th grade families: Check your e-mail regularly for communication regarding Yosemite.  You will be notified if you are missing any paperwork. There are a few medical forms awaiting pick up in the office.  If you are still planning to pay the fee, checks may be made out to Cupertino Middle School and dropped off in the office.

    Please contact RJ Iyengar (iyengar_rj@cusdk8.org) if you have any questions.


    Attendance & Picking up your student for appointments: All absences for religious reasons and private school shadowing must be submitted in writing at least 24 hours in advance in order to be excused. A form can be picked up from the front office or send an email to gross_terri@cusdk8.org.

    If your student has an appointment in the middle of the day, send them to the office before school begins with a written note explaining the reason. They will be given a pass to excuse them from class.


    The Little Mermaid: Come see your fellow CMS students perform in this year's musical theater production of Disney's: The Little Mermaid Jr.  Performances are November 8th-10th at Fremont High School. Tickets are on sale now at spotlightyouth.org


    CMS-PTO News:

    Mark your calendars! CMS-PTO has some great events coming soon!

    Chipotle Fundraiser: Don’t let last-minute Halloween prep foil your plans for a fun, family dinner. On Tuesday, October 30, 5:00pm-9:00pm eat at Chipotle and they’ll donate money to CMS-PTO! Visit the location at 20688 Homestead Road in Cupertino and mention CMS-PTO at checkout. It’s that easy! Your family will get a great meal and CMS-PTO will get 33% of the proceeds. We look forward to seeing you. Thank you for supporting our students, staff, and school.

    Fall Family Night: On Friday, November 2, join us from 4pm-7pm in the CMS Quad for our annual Fall Family Night. This multicultural event showcases food, music, dance, arts, and crafts from around the globe. Sample foods, learn words in a new language, or try some dance steps. Come see our own CMS A-Band perform. Be sure to check out the Thankful Tree - an art project to which all CMS students contributed. Take home some pumpkins to enhance your own fall decorating! We'll have them available for a suggested donation of only $5. We can still use some helping hands for this event. Please look at our openings and sign up here:  here.

    We need your Box Tops! You've seen the little pink rectangles on some of your favorite products, such as Cheerios, Ziploc, and Yoplait. Please cut them out and send them to school with your child. Each grade has a labeled box in the office. Your student should put their Box Tops in their grade's box. The grade that collects the most Box Tops will win a yummy treat for all students in that grade!

    CMS-PTO wants to hear from you! Remember, all parents and guardians, along with all teachers and staff, are automatically members of CMS-PTO. The CMS-PTO Board invites you to join us at our next meeting. It's Wednesday, November 7 from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the CMS library. We hope to see you there!

    Volunteers Needed!

    Do you know a lot about Brazil, Nigeria, Canada, or any other country? Want to share your culture with the CMS community? If yes, CMS-PTO needs your help for our annual Fall Family Night. This multicultural event showcases food, music, dance, arts, and crafts from around the globe.

    We are looking for parent and student volunteers to host a booth representing their own or any country. You can prepare bite-size food for sampling (a crowd favorite!), lead a craft activity, teach some basic greetings in your native language, teach a few dance steps, show art, or share other aspects of your culture!

    CMS-PTO will provide tables, chairs, and reimburse up to $100 in expenses for each booth. If you need additional people to assist in your booth, we’ll find you help or help you ourselves!

    When: Friday, November 2nd, 2018; 4pm - 7pm

    Where: Cupertino Middle School Rally Quad

    If you would like to volunteer please sign up here.

    Please email programs@cms-pto.org if you have any questions.



    September 2018

    Upcoming Events:

    Sep 28 -     Parent Engagement Session 8.15-9.15 am @ Library

                        Make up picture day

    Oct 2 & 3 - Bear Wear distribution - Lunch time @ Quad

    Oct 3 -        Make-up meeting for mandatory Yosemite meeting - 8 am @ Event Center

    Oct 3 -        CMS - PTO meeting - 6.30-7.30 pm @ Library

    Oct 5 -        Dance - 5-7 pm

    Oct 10-       CMS-PTO Parent Talk: Tech Savvy Parenting  - 6.30-8 pm @ Library

    Oct 18 -      School Site Council Meeting- 3-4 pm @ Office Conf. Room

    Oct 19-       Advanced Band Performance @ Homestead High School

                        Book Fair Parent Preview - 1.15 pm -2.45 pm @ Library

    Oct 22-       Choir Performance @ Mountain View High School

    Oct 22-26   CMS Book Fair @ Library


    Principal’s Message:

    With warm wishes, we say farewell to Julie Banks who is retiring at the end of this month. First as a CMS parent and then for over 15 years as the main secretary in the CMS office, Julie Banks has graciously served at Cupertino Middle School.

    Julie has been the cornerstone of managing the day to day operations of our school site. She has coordinated not only the tasks of our front office, but with meticulous attention to detail, she has also helped us coordinate school-wide events, assist with the needs of teachers, respond to student and family concerns, and communicate with staff and reach out to the community.

    You all know Julie as that friendly face in the office who says, “If I don’t know the answer, I will point you in the direction of the person who does.”  Julie has been an invaluable source of support and organization to CMS. We will miss her and wish her the best in her future endeavors!

    Make it a great day Cupertino, Go Bears!

    Mike, Jean, and Jeanine


    Yosemite:  

    To all 8th grade families: Thank you to those of you who made it to our mandatory Yosemite parent meeting last Thursday. For those of you who were unable to attend, you will need to attend a make-up session on Wednesday October 3rd at 8:00am in the Event Center. This meeting will go over the same information and you will need to pick up your child's medical forms at the meeting. If you already attended the first information session, you do not need to come to this meeting.

    Please send me an email (iyengar_rj@cusdk8.org) if you have any questions.


    Dance:

    The first CMS dance of this school year will be on Friday October 5 from 5-7 pm in the Quad area.
    Students must arrive at 5:00. Doors close at 5:15.
    Students must attend for the entire time (5:00-7:00) - students are not permitted to leave early and there are no "in and out" privileges.

    Tickets are on sale on campus for $4 on WednesdayThursday, and Friday at brunch and lunch or at the door for $5

    All students must present a CMS ID card. Replacement ID's can be obtained in the school office until 3:00 pm the day of the dance. Replacement ID's cost $5.00.

    All school rules, including use of cell phones, cameras, devices, and dress code apply.

    Bear Wear:

    Thank you for supporting the CMS band program by purchasing CMS spirit wear. All orders will be distributed to students on Tuesday October 2nd and Wednesday October 3rd during lunch in the CMS quad area. Make sure to remind your students to pick up their orders during those two days


    Attendance & Picking up your student for appointments:

    All absences for religious reasons and private school shadowing must be submitted in writing at least 24 hours in advance in order to be excused. A form can be picked up from the front office or send an email to gross_terri@cusdk8.org.

    If your student has an appointment in the middle of the day, send them to the office before school begins with a written note explaining the reason. They will be given a pass to excuse them from class.


    Parent Engagement Session:  

    CUSD Strategic Plan Timeline - Friday, September 28, 2018, CMS Library @ 8:15 - 9:15 am

    This CMS engagement session will start to develop a long-range strategic plan that clarifies our vision for students and goals and priorities for CUSD.  We will engage our CMS stakeholders in developing a plan that articulates the community’s aspirations for all students. Mike Cellini, Jean Wang, and Jeanine Woodell look forward to working with all interested parents/guardians.


    Mark your calendars to volunteer and visit the CMS Annual Book Fair! October 22-26th, 2018

    Parent Preview Shopping Event!

    Friday, October 19th 1:15pm-2:45pm

    Parents, drop by the Book Fair to enjoy a little treat and kid-free shopping. We’ll have some wonderful adult titles and it’s a great time to do some early holiday shopping!

    The fair is also open every day 10/22-26 before, during, and after school so please come and visit!

    *This is a parent only event. CMS is a closed campus and siblings are not allowed on campus during school hours.Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you!

    We need YOU all week long!

    Our Book Fair will only be successful with your help. Please consider signing up generously for multiple days and slots. Volunteers are needed for setup Thursday, Oct 18th, during the week of the fair Oct. 22-26, and packing up. No special training or knowledge is needed!  Sign up at http://signup.com/login/entry/1265152064098.

    Here's how to sign up in 3 easy steps:

    1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/1265152064098
    2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
    3. Sign up! Choose your spots

    Volunteering at a Book Fair is one of the most fun and rewarding ways to get involved and help students become better readers. This is also a great opportunity to see the CMS students and teachers, as well as meet other committed parents.

    Feel free to contact Roopa Krishnan at roops14@gmail.com with any questions.

    NOTE : CMS is a closed campus and siblings are not allowed on campus during school hours. Please make alternate arrangements for siblings and younger children based on your time slots. Thank you for your understanding.


    CMS-PTO News & Events:

    Tech Savvy Parenting

    Have you ever wondered how much screen time is healthy for kids or when you should get your child a phone? Are you worried that social media use can damage your teen’s self esteem? Managing media use in your family, especially by your kids, is one of the biggest challenges of 21st-century parenting. Join us as Dr. Leena Khanzode answers these questions and discusses larger issues such as how to avoid letting technology and media weaken the bonds in your family. Parents and guardians only, please. This is a FREE event.

    Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Time: 6:30pm

    Location: Cupertino Middle School Library, 1650 S. Bernardo Ave., Sunnyvale, CA

    Dr. Leena Khanzode is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who has a practice in Los Altos. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the Child Psychiatry Department at Stanford and a co-founder of the Taarika Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to create awareness of mental health in children and teens.

    RSVP here:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-savvy-parenting-tickets-50106483842

    Questions? Email programs@cms-pto.org

    Volunteers Needed!

    Do you know a lot about Brazil, Nigeria, Canada, or any other country? Want to share your culture with the CMS community? If yes, CMS-PTO needs your help for our annual Fall Family Night. This multicultural event showcases food, music, dance, arts, and crafts from around the globe.

    We are looking for parent and student volunteers to host a booth representing their own or any country. You can prepare bite-size food for sampling (a crowd favorite!), lead a craft activity, teach some basic greetings in your native language, teach a few dance steps, show art, or share other aspects of your culture!

    CMS-PTO will provide tables, chairs, and reimburse up to $100 in expenses for each booth. If you need additional people to assist in your booth, we’ll find you help or help you ourselves!

    When: Friday, November 2nd, 2018; 4pm - 7pm

    Where: Cupertino Middle School Rally Quad

    If you would like to volunteer please sign up here.

    Please email programs@cms-pto.org if you have any questions.


    Fall Bike Fest and Pedal for the Planet Family Bike Ride

    The City of Cupertino and Cupertino’s Bicycle Pedestrian Commission are co-hosting the fourth annual Fall Bike Fest.  There will be bike tune-ups and a bike rodeo followed by two bike rides. Choose one: a 6-mile family bike ride or a faster, 10.6-mile ride.  Flyer attached. Details:

    When: 9:30 am – 12 pm on Saturday, October 27th

    Where: 10350 Torre Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014

    Routes: Family, 6-mile  Ride and Long, 10.6-mile ride



    August 2018

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    August 25         CEEF 5K Run

    August 30         Back to School Night - 6.30 pm

    September 3     Labor Day - No School

    September 21   Staff Learning Day - No School for Students


    Principal’s Message:

    The new school year is off to a great start at CMS! It was wonderful to see many familiar and new faces during the Welcome Back Bash on August 14.  Thank you to CMS-PTO for supporting this event. The dedicated CMS staff has been working hard to create a welcoming and supportive learning community where all students can thrive.

    I am looking forward to seeing you during Back to School Night on Thursday August 30th. This will be a great time for you to meet your child’s teachers and get an overview of what they will be learning through the school year.

    Go Bears!

    Mike Cellini


    Bear Pride:

    At Cupertino Middle School we value the whole child. The social and emotional well-being of students is essential to their learning success. CMS has adopted the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) approach to supporting student success in school. This program focuses on the development and implementation of proactive procedures to teach appropriate behavior and improve overall school climate.

    Our main Bear Pride expectations for all students are:

    Be Safe

    Be Responsible

    Be Respectful

    We are educating our students and implementing these expectations in classrooms and all around our campus. Consistent reinforcement of these expectations both inside and outside the school environment will help with overall student success and create a caring community. Have conversations with your child about these school-wide expectations and how they are working towards achieving them. Look for ways your child is being safe, responsible, and respectful at home and reinforce that, sharing the message that these are three qualities that are important in every aspect of life, not just school.


    Back to School Night: Thursday August 30 - 6.30-8 pm:

    Mark your calendars for our Back to School Night. This is a parent only event and will give you a chance to meet your student’s teachers, learn about the curriculum, classroom expectations, and grading policies. Your student will bring home a copy of their schedule along with the school map on the day of the event.


    Stay Informed:

    The best way to stay in touch with all that’s happening at CMS is to visit our school website regularly. It is constantly updated with information about clubs, athletics, and school-wide events, to name a few. You can also find a directory of staff members, their contact information and teacher websites.

    Your student was given a handbook on the first day of school. Take a few minutes to look through the handbook for valuable information on student body activities, academics, school policies and procedures including attendance, pick-up and drop-off, behavior expectations, dress code, and more.


    Spirit Wear:

    Every Friday is a School Spirit Day! Students (& parents) can wear any CMS gear to show their Bear Pride.

    You can purchase Cupertino Bears’ Spirit Wear online at www.CMSBearWear.org! This is different from PE uniforms. Paper orders can be dropped off in the office by Tuesday, September 4. All orders will be fulfilled by late September and handed over directly to the students.


    Yearbook:

    Sales begin September 1, 2017. The introductory cost is $45, but that will go up to $50 after October 31.  You can add Nameplates ($5), a World Yearbook ($5) or extra Autograph pages ($2). We completely SOLD OUT last year, so order yours today at this link: www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder


    Volunteers:

    Thanks to the many parent volunteers who helped with preparing the August mailer and handing out schedules during the Welcome Back Bash. We could not have pulled it off without your help!


    Cupertino Middle School Parent Teacher Organization News:

    The CMS-PTO thanks all families who have made the requested financial donation that we have asked for. Your contributions will help fund key educational programs, community-building activities, and extras for the school and students that are not attainable with current school and district finances. If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible donation at https://cms-pto.org/donate/   Don’t forget to ask your employer about corporate matching; it’s an easy way to double your donation!

    FALL FAMILY NIGHT is coming and CMS-PTO needs VOLUNTEERS to make this event a success! Do you know a lot about Brazil, Nigeria, Canada, or any other country? Want to share your culture with the CMS community? If yes, CMS-PTO needs your help at Fall Family Night, our annual multicultural event.

    We are looking for parent volunteers to host a booth representing their own or any country. You can prepare bite-size food for sampling (a crowd favorite!), lead a craft activity, teach some basic greetings in your native language, teach a few dance steps, show art, or share other aspects of your culture!

    CMS-PTO will provide tables, chairs, and reimburse up to $100 in expenses for each booth. If you need additional people to assist in your booth, we’ll find you help or help you ourselves!  

    When: Friday, November 2nd, 2018; 4:00pm-7:00pm  

    Where: Cupertino Middle School Quad

    If you would like to volunteer for Fall Family Night, please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lem86xCsOWqJW-3GAd56t4dbb7JD4BxHAlu_StHV-tM/edit   If your company would like to co-sponsor the event or if you have any questions, please email programs@cms-pto.org.

    CMS-PTO meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of every month, from 6:30pm-7:30pm, in the library. The next meeting is on Sept. 5. All CMS parents are invited to attend. Everyone Belongs. We all need to work together to provide our students with the best educational experience possible!

    JOIN CMS-PTO ONLINE! Visit our website at www.cms-pto.org and join the CMS-PTO Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CupertinoMiddleSchoolPTO/    


    Parking Lots:

    For your safety and the safety of all students, the parking lots are off limits for pick up and drop off. Students may be picked up along Bernardo and Helena in designated pick-up and drop-off spots.  Students may use cell phones once they are off campus to make contact with parents.


    Safety Tips:

    CMS will share tips and information about pedestrian, bicycling, and driving safety that are California law or ordinances of the Cities of Sunnyvale, Los Altos, and Cupertino.  Other tips are intended to be ideas for consideration that have been helpful to all commuters around CMS. We understand that every family has their own needs, priorities, and challenges.  Our goal is for you to use the ideas that best serve the needs of your family.

    The first tip of the year is that there are many benefits to walking or rolling to school.

    • Great exercise - it physically feels good to get moving in the morning
    • Enhances Student Safety - reduces drop off and pick up traffic around school improves safety for everyone
    • Save Time - reduces “sitting in traffic”
    • Teaches Middle Schoolers - gives middle schoolers opportunities to be more independent, time manage, planning ahead, and being aware of surroundings
    • Helps Environment - improves air quality because there are fewer cars and less traffic

    CUPERTINO MIDDLE SCHOOL EMERGENCY PLAN

    Cupertino Middle School has a preparedness plan in the event of any emergency.  The primary responsibilities of CMS Staff in any emergency is the health, well-being, and safety of your child(ren).  We have in place processes to address first aid, rescue, sanitation, food/water, and other supports in emergency situations.  CMS Staff includes personnel certified in CPR and First Aid. The purpose is to care for your child(ren) until you or your authorized emergency contact is able to pick them up.

    Both students and staff have opportunities throughout the school year to practice different emergency drills.  The goals of these practices are to improve how CMS responds in an emergency situation as well as our ability to protect children.  

    Our first two drills are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5th: the Drop-Cover-Hold and Evacuation (Fire) Drill.  Between now and Sept. 4th, your child’s 4th period teachers will be reviewing the Drop-Cover-Hold and Evacuation (Fire) Drill.  Be sure to check with your child on Sept 4th. what they have learned!


    Paws Applause:

    8th grader Sohum P. won first prize for his photograph in Youth category of the first Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District contest. Kudos Sohum!

    Here’s the picture he clicked at Rancho San Antonio preserve:

    Contest Winner



     May 2018

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    May 17               School Site Council – 3.00 pm @ Office Conf. Room

    May 18               No School for Students – Staff Learning Day

    May 22               Spring Concert - Beginning & 6th grade Intermediate Bands – 6.30 pm @ Event Center

    May 23               Spring Concert – All Blue & Gold Bands & Advanced Band – 6.30 pm @ Fremont High School

    May 28               No School – Memorial Day Holiday

    May 30               Volunteer Appreciation Brunch – 10.55 am

                             SEARCH Showcase – 5.30 pm @ Library

                             Spring Concert - Bear Chorale & Dynamics, Advanced Choir- 6.30 pm @ Event Center

    June 4                Athletics Awards – 3 pm @ Event Center

                              Spring Art Show – 5.30 pm @ Room 51

    June 6                Minimum Day – School Dismisses at 11.40 am

                             8th grade Graduation Party – 7-10 pm @ Quad

    June 7                4th Quarter Report Cards sent home

                             Minimum Day – School Dismisses at 11.40 am       

                             8th grade Graduation Ceremony – 4 pm @ CMS Field     

    **********Paws Applause**********

    Congratulations to CMS! All three winners of the Lucretia Van Horn Memorial Art Award contest are from CMS!

    1st Place - Nikki Liu - 8th grade

    2nd Place - Eunjin Choi - 8th grade

    3rd Place - Jennifer Ren - 6th grade

    The winners will be recognized at the May 22 CUSD Board meeting.


    Bell Schedules for the last week of school:

    Monday, June 4 – regular schedule

    Tuesday, June 5 – regular schedule

    Wednesday, June 6 – Minimum Day – NO LATE START

    Thursday, June 7– Minimum Day, Graduation at 4pm


    Wednesday , June 6 & Thursday, June 7

    Period 1     8:10-8:33            Brunch       9:52-10:22

    Period 2     8:36-8:59            Period 5     10:25-10:48

    Period 3     9:02-9:26            Period 6     10:51-11:14

    Period 4     9:29-9:52            Period 7     11:17-11:40   

    Report cards distributed in 7th period


    Not returning to CMS next year?

    If your current 6th or 7th grade student will NOT be returning to CMS in the fall, please contact our attendance secretary Terri Gross (gross_terri@cusdk8.org). If you are an 8th grader and won’t be attending Homestead or Fremont High Schools, please let the high school district know about it.


    Class of 2018 Graduation Party

    June 6, 2018 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Appropriate school attire is required for the party. Students must have their school ID with them or they will not be allowed into the party. If they have lost their ID, they can purchase a new one in the office for $5. There will be a coat checkroom open throughout the party. Students should not bring valuables (yearbooks, cell phones, cameras, money, etc.).  Cell phones will not be allowed in the party area.  No money is needed for the party, everything was paid for with your generous contributions.

    From the Grad Party Organizers:

    To have a wonderful and successful celebration, we will need volunteers to help with setup, operation supervision and cleanup. Please sign up if you can help - Volunteer for CMS Graduation Party 2018

    Contributions to the Class of 2018 Graduation Party are still welcome. Voluntary contributions cover the cost of the music, games, food, decorations, etc. We are asking for a contribution of $40 per student, though any amount is gratefully accepted. If you hadn't already, please make your contribution by May 25 at the CMS office. We accept cash or checks made to “CMSF”.

    • Arrive at the party no later than 7:30 pmas there will not be someone to attend the gate after this point.
    • Eat dinner before coming to the party. Party foods will consist of only snacks and dessert.  All party food is nut free, if your child has any other food allergies there will some gluten and dairy free snacks, but you can bring a special treat that will be kept at the special foods table for your student.

    Grad Party Pick up10:00 p.m. please be prompt in picking up your student. Our volunteers and chaperones will be ready to return home to their families after hosting an exciting evening with your children.  Like every other school dance, students cannot leave earlier than 10pm.  Please plan accordingly.

    The last song plays at 9:45pm to give students time to say goodbye, and will be followed by a raffle. Please pick up your student promptly at 10:00pm even if they ask for a later pick up.

    Many thanks to the Parents and Families of CMS for their efforts in making the Graduation Party an extra special celebration!

    Thank you all for supporting the CMS class of 2018!


    GRADUATION CEREMONY THURSDAY JUNE 7 4:00PM

    Dress Code: Students are encouraged to wear clothing appropriate to the occasion. The graduation dress code is meant to be simple and not require parents to make additional purchases. Students are encouraged to wear slacks, a dress shirt with a tie, dresses, skirts and blouses and dress shoes that are in accordance with the school dress code. Strapless dresses are not permitted.  All shoes should be shoes that are flat or with low heels, as students will walk on the grass during the ceremony. 

    Graduates line up3:15 p.m. All graduates should be on campus in appropriate attire.

    Graduation Ceremony:   Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. There is limited seating; however, there will be plenty of standing room. The seating area will not be open until 3:30 pm. Seats cannot be held. Anything placed on the chairs will be removed. The weather may be hot so please bring water and hats as a precaution.  If you are attending graduation and need handicapped seating and/or parking, please contact banks_julie@cusdk8.org.

    The graduation ceremony is a respectful event. Family and friends should listen quietly to all student speeches, and refrain from shouting as student names are called. Please be respectful of the all students and their families. Each family wants to hear the name of their child as he or she walks the stage.

    For guests seated in chairs, we request no umbrellas that block people behind you who are watching the ceremony. If you plan to take pictures or video, be respectful of people behind you. Please do not block their view. The aisles must be kept clear during the ceremony and no one may approach the stage per fire code. Lastly, please silence all noise making electronic devices during the ceremony.

    Diploma Pick-Up: Students will pick up their diplomas at the conclusion of graduation. If students are not attending the ceremony, they can pick up their diploma in the front office between 8:00-3:00 the next day.

    Graduation Leis: The CMS Student Council is selling leis for graduation. Kukui Nut leis cost $20-25 and floral leis are $25-35. They are absolutely beautiful and a wonderful way to show your love and help support CMS Student Council. You can view and order here. The deadline to order is June 2.  It's super easy! You will pick up your leis at graduation. Thank you for your support of CMS Student Council. 

    Photography at Graduation: Lifetouch will provide the photography during the ceremony. A link will be sent soon.


    Shoe Drive - CMS is still collecting used, gently worn, and new shoes that are in good condition - soles intact, no holes, dry and clean, and still have some life left in them.  These shoes will help support the Funds2Orgs program to help others out of poverty. Bring your gently used shoes for a great cause.  The last day for the shoe drive is Thursday, May 17!!  


    Note from the Nurse:

    Please click here for the end of year newsletter from the Health Office. Contact our nurses Dorothy Baisie (baise_dorothy@cusdk8.org) and Margaret Torcuato (torcuato_margaret@cusdk8.org)

    Don’t forget to pick up your child’s medication from the health office on the last day of school!  Any medication not picked up by June 7 will be discarded. 


    Library News

    All CMS Library Books due Wednesday May 23

    It's that time of the year again. Please check inside backpacks, under beds, on desks and bookshelves for our books.  They are clearly marked on the inside cover with a stamp and barcode that says “Cupertino Middle School”. Our comic books also have a large, colorful sign on the front cover reminding students that the books belong to our library. Books are EZ to return to the Library at Brunch and Lunch.

    We do not charge late fines, however lost books must be replaced or paid for. Yearbooks will be withheld for students with over due library books.

    Any questions? Contact our librarian.    E-mail: erskine_robyn@cusdk8.org


     Update on CMSF, CMS-PTO, and Announcement of New Board Officers for 2018-19

    At our last CMSF Meeting on Wednesday, 5/2/2018, at 6:30pm, we had a great turn out of CMS Parents and eager candidates running for next year’s parent-teacher board. All the candidates, who were present, gave their 2-minute pitches.  Voting was done by paper ballots. Thanks to Scott Hung for helping to tally the votes.  

    We are happy to present the Board Officers for 2018-19 school year:
    President:   May Bakken
    VP of Communications:  Betsy Slattery
    VP of Fundraising:  Maia Elder-Kadar & Michal Lapede will co-lead
    VP of Community Programs:  Mamta Kochara & Maria Urbina Alonso will co-lead
    Treasurer:  Jackie Grappa & Helen Mah will co-lead
    Secretary:  Debby Hall & Heather Marklein will co-lead
    Parliamentarian:  Julie Crane
    Quick update on our progress toward a new parent teacher organization.  In order to create a smooth transition, the Cupertino Middle School Foundation will stay intact for the remainder of this school year. During the summer, we will be finalizing on the new parent teacher organization called Cupertino Middle School Parent Teacher Organization, or CMS-PTO for short. On the backend, the tax id will stay the same so that Corporate Matching funds won’t be disrupted.

    We are looking forward to more programs and fundraising events in the next school year and beyond. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the new organization -- whether you would like to occasionally volunteer, help plan future events, or even lead a committee!

    CALL to ACTION:  Please fill out this form if you’re interested in leading a committee for fundraising or community program, volunteer, or have an idea.

    https://goo.gl/forms/wNltaHtw7vqUbnKr1

    Remember, it is all for our kids and let’s all have fun working together!

    If you have any questions, please email May Bakken (may.bakken@gmail.com).

     

     



    April 2018

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    April 12-15          Band and Choir Trip to Anaheim

    April 16-20          No School – Spring Break

    April 23-May 4    CAASPP Testing

    April 26               School Site Council – 3.00 pm @ Office Conf. Room

    May 2                 CMSF Meeting – 6.30 pm @ Office Conf. Room

                              CMS-PTO Officer Election   

    May 4                 4th Quarter Progress Reports Mailed

                              School Dance – 4.30-6.30 pm @ Quad

    May 17               School Site Council – 3.00 pm @ Office Conf. Room

    May 18               No School for Students – Staff Learning Day

    PAWS APPLAUSE

    Our 2017-2018 CMS Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Alexis Sharpe! Alexis currently teaches 6th grade Language Arts and Reading, and is one of our WEB advisors among others.  She is instrumental in making 6th graders feel welcome on our campus.

    Words and expressions used to describe Alexis are: caring, always smiling, helpful, and loves teaching. Alexis has an extraordinary presence and rapport with students of all grades, as well as with the staff. She is helpful and kind to her colleagues, and goes above and beyond in looking for new ways for students to feel connected here at school. Toward that goal, Alexis is championing our new PBIS program to promote positive behavior and co-chairs WEB (Where Everybody Belongs). WEB  introduces incoming 6th graders to CMS and trains 8th graders to help make our new students feel welcome and valued. Her involvement in PBIS shows her concern for kids' social and emotional well-being; kids say they feel safe with her. After school, Alexis works with struggling students as a Success, Inc. teacher.  In the spring, Alexis helps with the cross-country training and this year, she is the host of the Harry Potter Club, which the students love!  In addition to all that,  Alexis is on the master schedule committee and the tech committee, as well as in the Administrative Intern Program at the district level. Alexis’s positive impact on students, her vision, and dedication to all that she does makes her our Teacher of the Year!               

    Congratulations Mrs. Sharpe!


    8th Grade Yosemite Trip

    Over 400 CMS 8th graders enjoyed a great week at Yosemite in March. With the help of some very dedicated staff and almost 25 parent volunteers, this trip was a memorable experience for the students. Here are some testimonials from the 8th graders after their return:

    What was your most favorite part of the trip?

    -Being in a beautiful environment

    -connecting with nature

    -singing songs in the cabin

    -playing in the snow and having snowball fights

    What was your most memorable part of the trip?

    -Going through the Spider Caves in complete darkness, only relying on what the person ahead had to say, while at the same time guiding the person behind.


    Multicultural Family Night Update:

    On behalf of Cupertino Middle School, we would like to give a big shout-out to May Bakken and her crew of extremely dedicated CMS parents and community members who planned and hosted the Bridging Communities

    Multicultural family night.  CMS students and their families shared food, fun, and games from over 20 countries.  CMS opened its doors to families and community members to gain an appreciation of the many cultures that make us special. May has been working tirelessly over the last few months to recruit volunteers, schedule events, find donors, and coordinate with parents, students, and teachers to pull off a major extravaganza!  

    Thank you to teachers, Jacob Taberna and Grace Hynes, who coordinated student efforts and the school-day event which transitioned into the evening event.  During the school day, over 80 students hosted booths which presented information, games, and activities from 20 countries. All CMS Students were invited to attend throughout the day.

    We would also like to thank and recognize the many CMS parents and volunteers who put in planning hours behind the scenes–

    Isabelle Auvigne          Pam Bhattacharya       Julie Crane                Cindy Cui

    Sandra Fujii                 Jackie Grapa               Anasua Gupta             Yugal Hada

    Anat Hendler               Hanako Iimura             Nanette Jackson          Anna Jeon

    June Jingyi                  Annie Klymenko           Galyna Klymenko        Michal Lapede

    Jing Liu                        Nidhi Pandey               Jie Qian                       Mandy Shen

    Pallavi Singh                Bernie Urbina              Jiayan Wang               

    Nancy Widmeyer                  Sherry Yu                    Sandy Yun

    This event could not have been possible without the assistance of donors including: Andy Wong Real Estate, WinMax, Subdream Studios, The CORE group, E.A.C.H Center Evergreen Acupuncture, Hema Lakham (Alain Pinel Realtor), and savemysunnysky.org


    Java Joe - Fundraiser - open to all CMS families

    Treat family and friends while supporting the 8th grade Class of 2018 Graduation Party!

    We have set up an account at Java Joes Fundraising where you can order freshly roasted coffee, delicious cookie mixes and gourmet fudge! You can place your orders before May 6th at the link   https://fund.school/cuper

    Java Joes is donating a portion of the sales to the 8th grade class graduation party fund. Items ordered can be shipped to your house at additional cost, or distributed to you for free via our organizer.

    Note: All orders will be processed after the ordering window closes on May 6th. This fundraiser is organized by the 8th grade graduation party committee ONLY. Please contact Fundraising Lead with any questions.

    Class of 2018 Graduation Party

    June 6, 2018 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Our 8th graders will be graduating from CMS on June 7, 2018! A committee of parents is planning a memorable, fun-filled graduation party for the Class of 2018. The students will enjoy dancing, food, and many fun activities. The party for students only is planned for the evening before the graduation ceremony - June 6th, 7-10 pm at the school.

    We rely completely on donations from our 8th grade families to make the Graduation Party possible and make it a success. The donations will cover the cost of the games, food, decorations, etc. We are asking for a donation of $40 per student, though any amount will be gratefully accepted. Donations to the graduation party should be turned into the CMS main office. We accept cash or checks made to "CMSF". Thank you for your support! If you have questions or suggestions please reach out to maya@bronicki.net


    Art Contest:  It  is time for the District-wide Lucretia Van Horne Memorial Art contest. This year's theme is "VOYAGES"

     First prize: $250                   Second prize: $100                       Third prize: $50

     Pick up an entry form in the front office or Room 51.

    Last year a CMS student won first place!

    ALL ENTRIES DUE FRIDAY May 4th to Mrs. Jablonski Clark in Room 51.

    More information can be found on this website.


    CAASPP Testing

    Students will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress the next two weeks after spring break. Headphones are required for the English Language Arts portion of the test. For ease and comfort, please bring your own headphones or earbuds. They should be wired with a 3.5 mm connector. Bluetooth is not allowed.  If you are unable to provide your own, the school will make them available. Bring a non-electronic book to read when you are finished with your test.

    Student Practice Tests

    Practice tests are available and include items and performance tasks for each grade level. The practice tests provide a preview of the item types included in the Smarter Balanced assessments. Click here to access the Practice and Training Tests for the online tests and Sign In (as a Guest).

    Headphones are required for the ELA and Math portions of the test. For ease and comfort, please have your child bring in his or her own headphones or earbuds. They should be wired with a 3.5 mm connector. Bluetooth is not allowed. If your child is unable to provide their own, the school will make them available.

    The testing schedule is below for your reference:

    •       ELA:  Week of 4/23/2018 (all week)
    •       Math:  Week of 4/30/2017 (all week)

     Robyn Erskine, erksine_robyn@cusdk8.org, Testing Coordinator


    2017-18 Yearbooks:

    CMS Yearbooks are now on sale for $50.  You can add Nameplates ($5), a World Yearbook ($5) or extra Autograph pages ($2).  We completely SOLD OUT last year, so order yours today at this link:

    www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder


    New Parent-Teacher Organization at CMS


    On Wednesday, April 4, the CMS PTA voted 34 to 10 in favor of disbanding the CMS PTA, in order that its functions and those of the CMS Foundation can merge, and we can develop one, new Parent Teacher Organization, tentatively named CMS-PTO.

    Having one parent-teacher organization (versus two) will allow us to have stronger parent participation at the leadership level, and will reduce the confusion felt by a lot of parents as to why there were two organizations with the same basic mission. The new organization will be locally managed, and every parent—regardless of contribution amount—will have a vote on how funds are spent for CMS and its students.


    Now that the CMS PTA has been disbanded, the former PTA executive board and the current CMS Foundation board are working together to develop the new CMS-PTO.

    We are very excited about launching this new organization, and would love help from current and incoming parents and teachers! Here are a few ways you can get involved:

    1. Run for office.

    We will hold an election for the following officer positions on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30pm in the CMS office.

    •       President
    •       Vice President (steps in for President when President can’t attend meetings; responsible for Marketing and Communications)
    •       Vice President, Fundraising
    •       Vice President, Community Programs (Parent education seminars, community events, etc.)
    •       Secretary
    •       Treasurer
    •       Parliamentarian
    •       Teacher representatives (from 6th, 7th, 8th grades, Physical Education, and Electives)

    Many of the above positions may be co-led by two people, if desired, to lighten the workload on busy parents and teachers. We are in the process of finalizing the job descriptions for each position and will share them with any interested candidates upon request. Parents of incoming 6th graders are welcome to apply, as well. Please contact May or Andu (see below) for details.

    2. Attend the meeting on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30pm in the CMS office conference room to elect the new officers and to give input on the new organization. We need at least 9 non-board members of the CMS Foundation to attend, in order to elect the new officers.


    1. Volunteer to help as needed – we need assistance with our web site, Facebook page, developing and ordering marketing materials, reaching out to incoming 6th grade parents, volunteering at the Food Truck Frenzy and Open House, and more!

      Please email May Bakken (current CMS Foundation President) at may.bakken@gmail.comand/or Andu Tefera (former CMS PTA President) at andu.tefera@sbcglobal.netfor more details.

      We are incredibly excited about beginning this new organization at CMS, and hope you will join us in making it a success. Thank you for your support!

      The CMS Foundation & former CMS PTA Executive Officers

    High School News:

    Are you looking for a Summer school program for your graduating 8th grader? Consider the Allies program at Fremont & Homestead High School

    The Allies program is designed for students who are interested getting a head start in high school by meeting new friends, learning with one of their 9th grade teachers, studying how the human brain works, building English and Math skills known to promote success in high school and earning 5 elective credits towards graduation upon completion of the course.

    This program is open to any applicants free of charge. During this course, students will :
    ·       Make new friends while working on a variety of challenging tasks in small teams
    ·       Learn how the human brain can grow over time and develop strategies to get smarter in things like organization,   memory, problem solving, writing, and public speaking.
    ·       Study ancient Mayan culture in a narrative-based educational adventure.
    ·       Develop a positive self-identity through effort, persistence, collaboration, and risk‐taking.

    If selected, you would attend Allies during the following dates and times:

    Dates: June 11 – June 29  Time: 8:30 – 12:50 p.m.

    Location:           Fremont High School  or Homestead High school (depending on which school you will be attending for the regular school year.

    There is a video about Allies<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgY4S3-AP9M


    Attention 8th Grade Dancers!

    Homestead Equestriettes will hold auditions for the 2018-2019 dance team April 10th - 12th.  If you will be attending Homestead and would like to kick-start your high school experience, consider auditioning for one of the most visible teams on campus. For more information, see the Equestriettes website at: Homestead High School: Equestriettes Dance Team.  For a tryout packet, or for any other questions, please contact Coach Sara Frausto, at:  HomesteadDanceCoach@gmail.com.


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    March 2018

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    March 7              Incoming New Students Parent Info Night @ Old Gym 6-7 pm for 6th grade 7-8 pm for 7th & 8th grades

                             Pops Concert - Beginning, Blue & Gold (2) & A Bands – 6.30 pm @ Event Center

                             PTA & CMSF Meetings – 6.30 pm @ Office Conf. Room

    March 8              Pops Concert – 6th Gr Intermediate, Blue & Gold (1-3) Bands 6.30 pm @ Event Center

    March 11-16       8th Grade Yosemite Trip

    March 15            School Site Council – 3.15 pm @ Office Conf. Room

    March 23            Multicultural Family Night – 4 – 8.30 pm @ CMS

                             

    PAWS APPLAUSE

    10 CMS students participated in the Silicon Valley Chapter Math Counts competition last weekend. The team of Harshil, Archish, Aryan, and William placed 8th out of 43 teams. Harshil won a close tie breaker and qualified for the state level contest in March. Good luck to Harshil & kudos to all of you!

    Congrats to 7th grader Arindam for qualifying to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee to be held on April 6! Go Bears!

    6th grader Ved Kamishetty won first place among all 6th graders nationwide who participated in NASA Langley Research Center’s Centennial Art Contest titled ‘The Next 100 Years’. Keep up the good work, Ved!

    Multicultural Family Night:

    Mark your calendars! Join us for our first annual "Bridging Communities" Multicultural Family Night on Friday, March. 23, 2018 from 4 – 8.30 pm at CMS.

    Great Food, Wonderful Talent & Amazing Company! All 6th, 7th & 8th grade families & friends are invited. This is an opportunity for you to share your cultural heritage with the families of Cupertino Middle School. We would love to see the diversity of our school represented at this year’s Multicultural Night. We’re also working hard with our school leadership & staff to plan some fun and exciting cultural activities throughout the night.

    • Sample free food from places like: México, China, Japan, India, Israel, Ukraine, France, Nepal and more!
    • See live entertainment from around the world like Lion Dancers from China, Hula, among others.
    • There will be a shaved ice truck, cotton candy, popcorn.
    • Experience arts and crafts from different countries.
    • Play bingo and win cool prizes! 
    • Dance to the cool beats of DJ Donovan!
    • Be entertained by talented CMS students performing live! Singing, dancing, and more! 

    If you would like to help in any way, we welcome your participation! 

    Contact: May Bakken at cms.multiculturalnight@gmail.com

    Class of 2018 Graduation Party June 6, 2018 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM:

    Our 8th graders will be graduating from CMS on June 7, 2018! A committee of parents is planning a memorable, fun-filled graduation party for the Class of 2018. The students will enjoy dancing, food, and many fun activities. The party for students only is planned for the evening before the graduation ceremony - June 6th, 7-10 pm at the school.

    We rely completely on donations from our 8th grade families to make the Graduation Party possible and make it a success. The donations will cover the cost of the games, food, decorations, etc. We are asking for a donation of $40 per student. Donations to the graduation party should be turned into the CMS main office by the end of the month. We accept cash or checks made to "CMSF". Thank you for your support! If you have questions or suggestions please reach out to maya@bronicki.net

    Essay Contest 

    The Asian American Parent Association (AAPA) in coordination with Cupertino Union School District is hosting an essay contest for all 8th graders.  An essay contest winner from each middle school will receive a $100 scholarship award.  Please complete and submit the form to AAPA with your essay attached by 3-30-18 to hungweichien@gmail.com.  The form can be picked up from the office. The Scholarship Committee will review all submissions and present the winners at the annual AAPA Spring Luncheon on Saturday, April 7th.

    Photography Contests:

    Cupertino Library is hosting a teen photography contest for those in 7th to 12th grade. Express your creativity through photographing three subjects in your community! Please go to https://goo.gl/Rruvgt to sign up and learn more about the training workshops offered. The contest will take place on March 24 at the Cupertino Library. 

    Cupertino is hosting round 3 of our “Energized by Art” Utility Box Contest. K-12 students that live in Cupertino or go to school in Cupertino can submit designs in response to the theme: 

    How do you get around Cupertino in the greenest, safest way possible for you? (i.e. public transit, carpooling, walking, biking, alternative fuel vehicles)

    Winning designs will be on utility boxes around Cupertino. Go to www.cupertino.org/artbox for details and entry forms. They can also be picked up from the office. 

    6th grade Parents: The school immunization law requires all students entering 7th through 12th grades in California to be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap. We hope this early notice will allow you plenty of time to schedule an appointment to receive the shot. 

    For more information go to www.shotsforschool.org  
    After your child receives the Tdap booster shot, please provide proof to the school’s office. You can mail the proof to the office, e-mail it to banks_julie@cusdk8.org, send a copy with your student and direct them to drop it off in the office, or fax it to 408-732-4152. The proof may be an updated immunization card, or a special Tdap form from the doctor’s office.

    CMS Yearbooks are now on sale for $50.  You can add Nameplates ($5), a World Yearbook ($5) or extra Autograph pages ($2).  We completely SOLD OUT last year, so order yours today at this link:

    www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder

    Chipotle Fundraiser:

    The Chipotle Dine-in Fundraiser to support the CMS Student Council raised almost $1000! Thanks to all the families and community members who participated in the event and made it so successful!  

    News You Can Use: 

    • Daily Announcements contains all the pertinent information happening on campus on a daily basis, including student activities, sports, and clubs.
    • Do take a few moments to go over some important CMS policies and procedures as outlined in your student’s handbook that they received on the first day of school.
    • Parents, the parking lots are off limits for pick up and drop off. Students may be picked up along Bernardo and Helena in designated pick-up and drop-off spots.  Students may use cell phones once they are off campus to make contact with parents. 
    • If you need to pick up your student during regular school hours for any pre-planned appointments, please send them into the office with a note in the morning.

    New Parent-Teacher Organization to be Formed at CMS:

    The CMS PTA and Foundation plan to merge to create one, new organization that will support CMS students, teachers and families. Both CMS PTA and CMS Foundation boards support this effort and are working diligently to form the new group and have it fully functional beginning this August 2018.

    More details and information about how you can get involved in developing and supporting the new organization will be shared in the coming months.

    As part of the merger plan, a vote will be held on whether to disband the CMS PTA. All members are welcome to attend this 15-minute meeting:

    Wed., April 4, 2018
    6:30-6:45pm
    CMS Office Conference Room

    If you have any questions about this process, and/or would like to get involved with the new organization, please contact Andu Tefera (PTA President) at andu.tefera@sbcglobal.net, or May Bakken (Foundation President) at may.bakken@gmail.com.

    8th Grade Yosemite Trip

    Remember, this is a large trip, accommodating over 400 students.  Please limit your e-mail requests to critical questions that cannot be answered on the website.

    Information:  Do not expect e-mail as the main source of trip information. Most information is distributed to your student at the Tuesday lunch meetings or can be found on the CMS Yosemite website (https://sites.google.com/a/cusdk8.org/yosemite---cms/home).  
    Before e-mailing Ms. Nolan, please check the website and ask your student.

    Arrival/Departure:  

    • March 11- departure from CMS - all students need to be at the school at 9.45 am. There will be no adult supervision prior to that time. 
    • March 16- Arrival back at CMS after 6:30 pm depending on weather.
    • Arrival departure information will be communicated via twitter @yotrip :https://twitter.com/yotrip

    Equipment: Please check the equipment list posted here: CLICK HERE

    Cupertino Middle School Seeks After School Sports Coaches

    We are looking for motivated individuals that have a passion for sports and love to coach. In addition, they should enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and love of fitness with our youth. Joining our team is a great opportunity to improve your coaching skills and work with the CMS students.

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    A Coaching position is available for our Track & Field Team. The track & field season is scheduled from April 2nd through the week of May 14th. Practices officially begin on April 9th with the first meet on April 24th. Coach(s) will prepare and execute a program full of fun, skill-based activities for our athletes. Coach(s) display and encourage positive sportsmanship and facilitate skill progression in the given sport.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS

    Cupertino Middle School is looking for sports-oriented individuals who are highly motivated, energetic people that enjoy working with youth. Applicants must be First Aid and CPR certified. Finger printing is mandatory and is provided through the School District. Coaches must be at least 18 years old to apply.

    AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRAM HOURS

    Afternoon programs begin at 3:00pm. Practices are from 3:00pm – 4:30pm and may not be held on Friday’s unless a meet is cancelled during the week. There is a maximum of 4 games/practices combined on a weekly basis

    COACH STIPEND per season

    CUSD Employees ~ $925.00 and Off Campus Coaches ~ $850.00

    HOW TO APPLY

    If you are interested in providing our youth with sports opportunities, please contact our Athletic Director ~ Jina Button via email at button_jeannine@cusdk8.org.

     

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    With District and Community News


     January 2018

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    January 15              No School – Martin Luther King Day

    January 17              Homestead & Fremont High Incoming Freshman Parent Guidance Info Night - 6.30 pm @ Event Center

    January 18              School Site Council – 3.00 pm @ Office Conf. Room

    January 25              A-Band ensemble concert – 3.00 pm @ Band Room

                                  2nd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home

    January 26              No School for students – Staff Learning Day

    February 7              PTA & CMSF meetings - 6.30 pm @ Office

    February 13            Student Council Fundraiser - 4-8 pm @ Chipotle    


    PAWS APPLAUSE

    14 CMS students were accepted into the California All-State Honor Band for 2018. About 3000 middle school students audition from across the state to participate in this prestigious group! This is a record number of students from CMS who made All-State Band. Go Bears!

     

    JHS Symphonic Band:

       

    Ajay

    Josyula

    Trumpet

    Allison

    Park

    Bb Clarinet

    Ayaka

    Fujita

    Alto Saxophone

    Bryson

    Chen

    Trumpet

    Ellen

    Cheng

    Flute

    Irene

    Lin

    Percussion

    Kayura

    Narayanan

    Bb Clarinet

    Leo

    Kunjan

    Tuba

    Trevor

    Woo

    Bb Clarinet

    Virginia

    Anderson

    Trumpet

    JHS Concert Band:

       

    Grace

    Iimura

    Euphonium

    Liana

    Sheridan

    Bb Bass Clarinet

    Sophie

    Lin

    Percussion

    William

    Yang

    Bb Bass Clarinet


    The following choir students have been selected to participate in the CMEA Bay Section Honor Choir.

    Landon Barnes

    Libby Brill

    Negar Morshedian

    Joshua Pacis

    Richard Zhang

    Kudos to all of you!


     Notes from the Office:

    • Daily Announcements contains all the pertinent information happening on campus on a daily basis, including student activities, sports, and clubs.
    • Do take a few moments to go over some important CMS policies and procedures as outlined in your student’s handbook that they received on the first day of school.
    • Parents, the parking lots are off limits for pick up and drop off. Students may be picked up along Bernardo and Helena in designated pick-up and drop-off spots.  Students may use cell phones once they are off campus to make contact with parents. 
    • If you need to pick up your student during regular school hours for any pre-planned appointments, please send them into the office with a note in the morning.

     


    Mark your calendars! Join us for our first annual "Bridging Communities" Multicultural Family Night which will take place on Friday, March. 23, 2018. This event will be at Cupertino Middle School. 

    Great Food, Wonderful Talent & Amazing Company! All 6th, 7th & 8th grade families & friends are invited. This is an opportunity for you to share your cultural heritage with the families of Cupertino Middle School. We would love to see the diversity of our school represented at this year’s Multicultural Night. 

    We’re also working hard with our school leadership & staff to plan some fun and exciting cultural activities throughout the night. Stay tuned for more information!   

    If you would like to help in any way, we welcome your participation! 

    Contact: May Bakken at cms.multiculturalnight@gmail.com


    Student Council: Support the CMS Student Council by dining out at Chipotle on Homestead Road from 4-8 pm on Tuesday February 13. 50% of proceeds go towards the Student Council!

    Chipotle Fundraiser


    6th grade Parents: The school immunization law requires all students entering 7th through 12th grades in California to be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap. We hope this early notice will allow you plenty of time to schedule an appointment to receive the shot. 

    For more information go to www.shotsforschool.org  
    After your child receives the Tdap booster shot, please provide proof to the school’s office. You can mail the proof to the office, e-mail it to banks_julie@cusdk8.org, send a copy with your student and direct them to drop it off in the office, or fax it to 408-732-4152. The proof may be an updated immunization card, or a special Tdap form from the doctor’s office.


    Yearbooks: CMS Yearbooks are now on sale for $50.  You can add Nameplates ($5), a World Yearbook ($5) or extra Autograph pages ($2).  We completely SOLD OUT last year, so order yours today at this link: www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder


    PTA News: The PTA executive board is hosting a meeting for all interested CMS PTA members (parents and staff) to discuss the future of the CMS PTA. We are considering whether to continue the PTA "as is," or whether to merge the CMS PTA and CMS Foundation groups and create a new organization that captures the missions of both groups and creates one, united group of parents and staff to support CMS. At the meeting, we will discuss both options and listen to any feedback you have regarding the future of the PTA at CMS.

    When: February 7 at 6:30pm
    Where: CMS office 
    Topic: Discuss the future of the CMS PTA

    Thank you,

    CMS PTA Executive Board
    (Andu Tefara, Max Hassan, Heather Marklein, Jackie Grapa, David Korn, Charlie Yang, Galen Zheng)


    8th Grade Yosemite Trip

    Remember, this is a large trip, accommodating over 400 students.  Please limit your e-mail requests to critical questions that cannot be answered on the website.

    Information:  Do not expect e-mail as the main source of trip information.  Most information will be distributed to your student at the Tuesday lunch meetings or can be found on the CMS Yosemite website (https://sites.google.com/a/cusdk8.org/yosemite---cms/home).  
    Before e-mailing Ms. Nolan, please check the website and ask your student.

    Tuesday Student Pre-Trip Meetings:   These meetings are mandatory. Students are expected to attend informational meetings every Tuesday at lunch in the Event Center.  This is our primary method for going over critical information with the students, including trip guidelines, safety and behavior expectations, equipment checks, and go over questions and answers.  Students are responsible for the information covered at the meeting and on website.  Failure to make a meeting could result in missed opportunities including cabin requests and bus assignments. Informational handouts will be distributed at these meetings.  If a student is absent from school that day and misses the meeting, he/she must check in with Mrs. Mattier, Mrs. Heinke, or Ms. Nolan to get the information they missed.  

    Arrival/Departure:  

    • March 11- departure from CMS approximately 9:00 am (Exact time TBA). 
    • March 16- Arrival back at CMS after 6:30 pm depending on weather.
    • Arrival departure information will be communicated via twitter @yotrip :https://twitter.com/yotrip

    Equipment:

    Please check the equipment list posted here: CLICK HERE

    If the weather looks challenging, having good waterproof equipment (including boots and shoes) will be a critical issue.  Purchasing equipment can be costly.  Think of friends and families and neighbors who may be able to loan equipment.  

    There is a limited amount of rain/snow gear available for checkout.  This will be available in mid-February.  Stay tuned for more information. 

    Parent help needed:
    Chaperones - at this time, we have enough chaperones.  If you would like to be considered as a backup chaperone, please email Ms. Nolan at nolan_rachel@cusdk8.org. Chaperones should have received a separate e-mail informing you of the chaperone orientation meeting next week.

    Equipment check out - 1-2 parents are needed to assist teachers in the process of checking out equipment at lunch time, including helping to organize the items and collect them back after the trip.  Let Ms. Nolan know by e-mail if you are interested in helping with this task.


    8th Grade Incoming Freshman Information

    Next Wednesday, January 17, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Fremont and Homestead High Schools will present a Guidance Information Night.  This event will be held in the CMS Event Center/New Gym, which is located on Helena Ave.

    CMS will post dates for high school events relevant for families with 8th grade students on our website calendar and in our newsletter.   These dates are published as a courtesy and are our best understanding.  Please always consult the FHS or HHS websites for the most up to date information.

     

    Fremont High School

    Homestead High School

    Residency Verification

    1/27/18

    8:00-3

    1/29/18        7:30-3

    1/31/18        4-7pm

    8th grade info night for parents and students

    2/27/18

    6:45-8:45pm

    2/15/18

    6-7:45pm

    8th grade course selection

    A-L     3/6/18

    7:00-8:15pm

    M-Z    3/7/18

    7:00-8:15pm

    A-Li        2/27/18

    5:30-6:30pm

    Lj-Z        2/28/18

    5:30-6:30pm


    Cupertino Middle School Seeks After School Sports Coaches

    We are looking for motivated individuals that have a passion for sports and love to coach. In addition, they should enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and love of fitness with our youth. Joining our team is a great opportunity to improve your coaching skills and work with the CMS students.

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    A Coaching position is available for our Track & Field Team. The track & field season is scheduled from April 2nd through the week of May 14th. Practices officially begin on April 9th with the first meet on April 24th. Coach(s) will prepare and execute a program full of fun, skill-based activities for our athletes. 

    An additional coaching position is available. Our 6/7 boys soccer team is in need of a coach. The season runs 2/5/18 - 3/29/18. Practices are 2 days a week and games are 2 days a week.  The stipend is $925 for a CUSD employee or $850 for a non-CUSD employee.  All coaches must be 18 years of age or older. If you are interested in the soccer position or the track and field position, please contact our Athletic Director, Jina Button, button_jeannine@cusdk8.org for the application process or to learn more.

    Coach(s) display and encourage positive sportsmanship and facilitate skill progression in the given sport.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS

    Cupertino Middle School is looking for sports-oriented individuals who are highly motivated, energetic people that enjoy working with youth. Applicants must be First Aid and CPR certified. Finger printing is mandatory and is provided through the School District. Coaches must be at least 18 years old to apply.

    AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRAM HOURS

    Afternoon programs begin at 3:00pm. Practices are from 3:00pm – 4:30pm and may not be held on Friday’s unless a meet is cancelled during the week. There is a maximum of 4 games/practices combined on a weekly basis

    COACH STIPEND per season

    CUSD Employees ~ $925.00 and Off Campus Coaches ~ $850.00

    HOW TO APPLY

    If you are interested in providing our youth with sports opportunities, please contact our Athletic Director ~ Jina Button via email at button_jeannine@cusdk8.org.


    ROBOTICS WORKSHOP

    The buildabot workshop- open to all middle schoolers interested in getting started with hardware development, electrical engineering, and coding in C++. It will be held January 20th, at Cupertino High School.
    The workshop will be led by robotics students who will personally work with the kids. 
    Ultimately, kids will learn how to take base hardware components, visualize a design with them,  take those parts and build a car-based robot according to said design, and coding this robot to do what they wish with it. Sign up @ tinyurl.com/buildabotws
    Email cupertinorobotics@gmail.com with any questions. 

    District News: Click on the link below for news from the Cupertino Union School District office. 
     

    With District and Community News



    December 2017

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    December 18-Jan 1     No School – Winter Recess

    January 3                    PTA Board Meeting- 6.30 pm @ Office

                                        CMSF Meeting – 6.30 pm @ Office

    January 9                    Art Showcase – 5.30-9 pm@ Room 51 

    January 12                   Second Quarter Ends

    January 18                  School Site Council – 3.15 pm @ Office Conf. Room

    January 19                   No School – Martin Luther King Day

                                     

    PAWS APPLAUSE

    The First Lego League Team from CMS, the Aquabots, competed in a Qualifier on November 18th. They won the Core Values award, demonstrating excellent teamwork, and respect for each other and all other tournament participants. The Aquabots will be advancing to the Peninsula Championships to be held in February. Kudos to Shrida Bhat, Andrew Cho, Agrim Hoysal, Pranav Joshi, Yash Saswade, and Guha Sriram.

    7th grader Arindam Kulkarni is the school-wide Geography Bee winner.  Arindam answered some very difficult questions and now gets to advance to the next level and try and qualify for the state championship. Of note, our second place winner is 8th grader Harshil Garg. And tied for 3rd place are Kaylee Gallagher, Nir Reiter, Andrew Borjigin, and Aditya Patwardhan.

    Congrats to 6th grader Sania Khanzode, who received a honorable mention in the Visual Arts category, and 8th grader Adarsh Bhandari, who received a honorable mention in the Literature category in the PTA Reflections contest held in October.

    News for Students 

    The CEF "You Be The Chemist Challenge" is coming to CMS! There will be a qualifying test given after school on January 11th in the library. For more information and study materials, see the chemed.org website, or email Ms. Nolan @ Nolan_rachel@cusdk8.org

    The AMC10A will be offered to all interested students after school on Wednesday, February 7.  If you would like to participate in this competition, please pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Holtzapple in room 31.  Signed permission slips must be returned no later than Friday, January 5. No exceptions.

    CMS Yearbooks are now on sale for $50.  You can add Nameplates ($5), a World Yearbook ($5) or extra Autograph pages ($2).  We completely SOLD OUT last year, so order yours today at this link: www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder

    Community Event at CMS! 

    Mark your calendars! Join us for our first annual "Bridging Communities" Multicultural Family Night which will take place on Friday, March. 23, 2018. This event will be at Cupertino Middle School. 

    Great Food, Wonderful Talent & Amazing Company! All 6th, 7th & 8th grade families & friends are invited. This is an opportunity for you to share your cultural heritage with the families of Cupertino Middle School. We would love to see the diversity of our school represented at this year’s Multicultural Night. 

    We’re also working hard with our school leadership & staff to plan some fun and exciting cultural activities throughout the night. Stay tuned for more information!  If you would like to help in any way, we welcome your participation! Contact: May Bakken at cms.multiculturalnight@gmail.com

    6th grade Parents: The school immunization law requires all students entering 7th through 12th grades in California to be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap. We hope this early notice will allow you plenty of time to schedule an appointment to receive the shot.  Further information is available at www.shotsforschool.org  
    After your child receives the Tdap booster shot, please provide proof to the school’s office. You can mail the proof to the office, e-mail it to banks_julie@cusdk8.org, send a copy with your student and direct them to drop it off in the office, or fax it to 408-732-4152. The proof may be an updated immunization card, or a special Tdap form from the doctor’s office.

     

    Notes from the Office: 

    • Daily Announcements contains all the pertinent information happening on campus on a daily basis, including student activities, sports, and clubs.
    • Do take a few moments to go over some important CMS policies and procedures as outlined in your student’s handbook that they received on the first day of school.
    • Parents, the parking lots are off limits for pick up and drop off. Students may be picked up along Bernardo and Helena in designated pick-up and drop-off spots.  Students may use cell phones once they are off campus to make contact with parents. 
    • If you need to pick up your student during regular school hours for any pre-planned appointments, please send them into the office with a note in the morning.

    Bear Bravos!

    Have you noticed a student, a CMS staff or another adult performing acts of kindness around campus? Now you can recognize the great things, big and small, happening at CMS everyday! Use the new form on our website called ‘Bear Bravos’ to show your appreciation. The form can be found both under the 'For Students' and the ‘For Families’ tabs.

    8th Grade Yosemite Trip

    All forms should now be completed and turned in. If you still have medical forms that were sent back for corrections, please have your student turn them in to room 4 as soon as possible. 

    With the school breaks & holiday sales coming up, this might be a good time to start shopping for supplies and clothing for the Yosemite trip. You can find an equipment list on the CMS Yosemite website, which can be found under the "For Students" tab on the CMS school homepage.

    The District is still looking to fill the funding gap. If you are considering making an additional contribution to close this gap, you can make donations online through the district Yosemite website here.

    District News

     

    With District and Community News

     


    November 2017

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    November 16              School Site Council – 3-4.15 pm @ Office Conf. Room

    November 20-24         No School – Thanksgiving Recess

    November 29              PTA Board Meeting- 6.30 pm @ Office Conf. Room

                                     CMSF Meeting – 7 pm @ Office Conf. Room

    December 1                Dance – 6-8 pm @ Old Gym        

    December 6                Winter Band Concerts 6.30-8.30 pm @ Event Center

                                     Beginning Band, Blue & Gold Band – Group 1

    December 7                Winter Band Concerts 6.30-8.30 pm @ Event Center

                                     6th Gr. Intermediate, Blue & Gold – Grp 2, and A-Band

    Paws Applause

    The Optimist Club of Cupertino that recognizes efforts of leadership and compassion in the community.  This year, two CMS students were recipients of the Youth Optimist Award for their outstanding service to CMS and beyond.  Their efforts at bringing a positive change to our campus and the community are greatly appreciated by students and staff.  Congratulations to Jazlin Chen and Aditya Pandian.  CMS is proud of you! Go Bears!

    A Heartfelt Thank You to our Volunteers!

    CMS is lucky to have dedicated parent volunteers who help out in many ways.

    Here’s a special shout out to the amazing volunteers who organized the annual CMS Book Fair that our students enjoyed last month. Countless hours and many hands went into making the fair run smoothly in the absence of a librarian. Thank you dear volunteers for making the Book Fair a success!

    Project Cornerstone is back on!

    Our experienced Project Cornerstone parent volunteers are working with all 6th graders in their reading classes to help build a caring school community. We appreciate their dedication towards CMS and all the students. Thank you!

    To learn more about this program visit this website.

    Language Arts Simulation

    Over the last month, Mrs. Brzozowski’s 7th Grade LA/SS and Mrs. Sharpe’s 6th Grade LA/Reading classes participated in the Global Read Aloud (GRA) by reading ‘A Long Walk to Water.’ As a final project, the classes did a simulation of the book. Many parents donated items and volunteered their time to help with this unique project. Curious to know more about this simulation unit? Click here for details.  Thank you to all the parents and staff that helped join these classes on their own “Long Walk to Water.”

    Library News:

    Thank you to all the parents who worked tirelessly (and continue to do so) to help our new librarian Ms. Kristina Bass set up the library for all students to enjoy after the break! Here’s a message from Ms. Bass.

    Hi Bears!

    I'm Ms. Bass (pronounced like the fish) and I'm so excited to be your new librarian!  I enjoy reading non-fiction books about politics and history.  I have a BA in International Relations from CSU, Chico and love the beautiful diversity of the students at CMS.    Come visit the library during brunch and lunch and introduce yourselves!  Library will be open for students after the Thanksgiving holiday.  

    Movember:

    All through the month of November, several of our male staff members grew mustaches to raise awareness regarding men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. The Movember Foundation is the only global charity that is focused solely on men’s health issues. Learn more about this organization here.

    Yearbook:        

    CMS Yearbooks are now on sale for $50.  You can add Nameplates ($5), a World Yearbook ($5) or extra Autograph pages ($2).  We completely SOLD OUT last year, so order yours today at this link:

    www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder

     News You Can Use:

    • Please book mark our NEW website: Cupertino Middle School. It is updated regularly with school and district wide news, upcoming events and more!
    • Daily Announcements contains all the pertinent information happening on campus on a daily basis, including student activities, sports, and clubs.
    • This newsletter, published once a month is online only, and can be found our website under Bear Bulletin.
    • Do take a few moments to go over some important CMS policies and procedures as outlined in your student’s handbook that they received on the first day of school.
    • Parents, the parking lots are off limits for pick up and drop off. Students may be picked up along Bernardo and Helena in designated pick-up and drop-off spots.  Students may use cell phones once they are off campus to make contact with parents. 
    • If you need to pick up your student during regular school hours for any pre-planned appointments, please send them into the office with a note in the morning.

    Keep in mind that CMS is not responsible for lost or stolen items inside the bike rack, including bicycles.  The bike racks are locked during the school day and opened at the end of the day.  Bicycle need to be secured with a lock and retrieved at the end of the day.  Do not leave bicycles overnight or over the weekend as they may be at risk for being stolen.  Report stolen bicycles to the office and the Sunnyvale police.

    Bear Bravos!

    Have you noticed a student, a CMS staff or another adult performing acts of kindness around campus? Now you can recognize the great things, big and small, happening at CMS everyday! Use the new form on our website called ‘Bear Bravos’ to show your appreciation. The form can be found both under the 'For Students' and the ‘For Families’ tabs.

    8th Grade Yosemite Trip

    Medical packets are due to your student's science teacher by December 1st. Students who turn in their packets late may be moved to the wait list. If you have any questions about the medical packets, email Rachel Nolan nolan_rachel@cusdk8.org.

    With the school breaks & holiday sales coming up, this might be a good time to start shopping for supplies and clothing for the Yosemite trip. You can find an equipment list on the CMS Yosemite website, which can be found under the "For Students" tab on the CMS school homepage.

    The District is still looking to fill the funding gap of about $200,000. If you are considering making an additional contribution to close this gap, you can make donations online through the district Yosemite website here.

    District News

     

    With District and Community News


    October 2017

    Upcoming Events:

    October 9-13      Book Fair @ Library

    October 11         Superintendent visit- 9.30-10 am - Library

    October 16         No School – Staff Learning Day

    October 19         PTA Board Meeting- 7 pm @ Office Conference Room

    October 23         CMS Choir- 7-9 pm @ Mountain View High School

    October 25         CMSF Board Meeting- 6.30 pm @ Office Conference Room

    November 3        Blue & Gold Band- Pep Band Concert 4 pm @ Fremont High

    November 10      No School – Veteran’s Day

    News You Can Use     

    • Please book mark our NEW website: Cupertino Middle School. It is updated regularly with school and district wide news, upcoming events and more!
    • Daily Announcementscontains all the pertinent information happening on campus on a daily basis, including student activities, sports, and clubs.
    • This newsletter, published once a month is online only, and can be found our website under Bear Bulletin.
    • Do take a few moments to go over some important CMS policies and procedures as outlined in your student’s handbook that they received on the first day of school.

    Drop off and Pick up

    Parents, the parking lots are off limits for pick up and drop off. Students may be picked up along Bernardo and Helena in designated pick-up and drop-off spots.  Students may use cell phones once they are off campus to make contact with parents. 

    Student Pick-up during school hours

    If you need to pick up your student during regular school hours for any pre-planned appointments, please send them into the office with a note in the morning.

    About those wheels

    Keep in mind that CMS is not responsible for lost or stolen items inside the bike rack, including bicycles.  The bike racks are locked during the school day and opened at the end of the day.  Bicycle need to be secured with a lock and retrieved at the end of the day.  Do not leave bicycles overnight or over the weekend as they may be at risk for being stolen.  Report stolen bicycles to the office and the Sunnyvale police.

    Yearbook  

    Sales begin September 1, 2017. The introductory cost is $45, but that will go up to $50 after October 31.  You can add Nameplates ($5), a World Yearbook ($5) or extra Autograph pages ($2).  We completely SOLD OUT last year, so order yours today at this link: www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder

    Bear Bravos!

    Have you noticed a student, a CMS staff or another adult performing acts of kindness around campus? Now you can recognize the great things, big and small, happening at CMS everyday! Use the new form on our website called ‘Bear Bravos’ to show your appreciation. The form can be found both under the 'For Students' and the ‘For Families’ tabs.

    AMC 8 Math Contest:

    The AMC8 math competition will be offered to interested students after school on Tuesday, November 14.  Students who wish to participate in this optional after school activity will need to turn in a permission slip to their math teacher by this Thursday, October 12.  Permission slips can be picked up from any math teacher or from Mrs. Holtzapple in Room P5.

    8th Grade Yosemite Trip:

    As of now, the district is still short of the needed funds for the Yosemite program.  We will continue to accept donations this week as the district evaluates if the program is sustainable. Please consider donating to the program if you have not already donated. We are currently at 70% of our district funding goal, and 98% of funding comes from family donations. No checks will be deposited until we have enough funding, and the trip will be canceled if funds are not sufficient.  You can track progress to the goal here.

    Book Fair:

    The CMS Book Fair is going on NOW! The fair will be open before and after school this week Mon-Thu, and till noon on Friday. You can also visit the fair before and after the Superintendent’s Meet and Greet event on Wednesday. Hope to see you there!

    We cannot make it a successful fair without you, our awesome volunteers. Please consider helping out as this is a great opportunity to see the CMS students and teachers, as well as meet other parents. No special knowledge or training is required!  Please signup here to volunteer.   

    Yearbook:

    Sales begin September 1, 2017. The introductory cost is $45, but that will go up to $50 after October 31.  You can add Nameplates ($5), a World Yearbook ($5) or extra Autograph pages ($2).  We completely SOLD OUT last year, so order yours today at this link:

    www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder

    District News:

    Stay Connected with Community and District News

     



     

    September 2017


    Upcoming Events:

    September 26     6th Gr. iPad Parent info meeting - 6pm @ Event Center

    September 28     CMSF meeting – 6.30 pm @ Office Conference room

    October 3 & 4     Bear Wear distributed to students during lunch

    October 5           8th Gr. Yosemite Parent info meeting - 6.30 pm @ Event Center     

    October 6           Make up Picture day brunch & lunch @ Event Center Stage

    October 9-13      Book Fair @ Library

    October 19         PTA Meeting 7 pm @ Office Conference Room

    News You Can Use     

    • Please book mark our NEW website: Cupertino Middle School. It is updated regularly with school and district wide news, upcoming events and more!
    • Daily Announcements contains all the pertinent information happening on campus on a daily basis, including student activities, sports, and clubs.
    • This newsletter, published once a month is online only, and can be found our website under Bear Bulletin.
    • Do take a few moments to go over some important CMS policies and procedures as outlined in your student’s handbook that they received on the first day of school.

    Drop off and Pick up

    Parents, the parking lots are off limits for pick up and drop off. Students may be picked up along Bernardo and Helena in designated pick-up and drop-off spots.  Students may use cell phones once they are off campus to make contact with parents. 

    Student Pick-up during school hours

    If you need to pick up your student during regular school hours for any pre-planned appointments, please send them into the office with a note in the morning.

    About those wheels

    Keep in mind that CMS is not responsible for lost or stolen items inside the bike rack, including bicycles.  The bike racks are locked during the school day and opened at the end of the day.  Bicycle need to be secured with a lock and retrieved at the end of the day.  Do not leave bicycles overnight or over the weekend as they may be at risk for being stolen.  Report stolen bicycles to the office and the Sunnyvale police.

    CMS Book Fair

    The CMS Book Fair is coming up soon! We cannot make it a successful fair without you, our awesome volunteers. Please consider helping out as this is a great opportunity to see the CMS students and teachers, as well as meet other parents. No special knowledge or training is required!  Book Fair dates are October 9-13. Please signup here to volunteer.   

     Yearbook  

    Sales begin September 1, 2017. The introductory cost is $45, but that will go up to $50 after October 31.  You can add Nameplates ($5), a World Yearbook ($5) or extra Autograph pages ($2).  We completely SOLD OUT last year, so order yours today at this link: www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder

    Bear Bravos!

    Have you noticed a student, a CMS staff or another adult performing acts of kindness around campus? Now you can recognize the great things, big and small, happening at CMS everyday! Use the new form on our website called ‘Bear Bravos’ to show your appreciation. The form can be found both under the 'For Students' and the ‘For Families’ tabs.

    8th Grade Yosemite Trip

    Planning for the Yosemite trip is already well underway. Hopefully by now, interested parents have filled out the three required forms on Chalk Schools, which were emailed out on 9/8. These forms are due on 9/22. We are currently accepting donations for the trip in the school office. The recommended donation is $770 per student, and donations are due by October 6th. If your child is attending the trip, please attend the mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, October 5th at 6:30 pm in the CMS event center. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Mrs. Mattier at mattier_balbina@cusdk8.org

    Spirit Wear

    Thank you for supporting the CMS band program by purchasing spirit wear. All orders will be distributed to students on October 3rd and 4th during lunch in the CMS quad area. Make sure to remind your students to pick up their orders.

     A message from our attendance secretary

    Religious Holidays

    Student absence for religious instruction or participation in religious exercises may be considered excused. In order to receive an excused absence for participation in a religious exercise or holiday, a written request by the parent/guardian must be submitted to the school site at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to provide the advanced written request will result in your child receiving an unexcused absence. You can send a note to the office through your student or email our attendance secretary Terri Gross @ gross_terri@cusdk8.org.

    Be Involved - Stay Connected 

    There are many ways for parents to be involved at CMS. The School Site Council, PTA, and CMS Foundation, are some great avenues for you to stay in the know and make an impact.

    CMS Foundation: FORGOT TO GIVE to the CMS Foundation? It's never too late! We offer (2) options to give - either drop off your form & check at the School office or pay online: http://www.cmsforg.com/.  The suggested donation is $200/family. Contact May Bakken, CMSF President at may.bakken@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

    PTA: Mark your calendars for the first PTA general association meeting on November 16 at 7 pm in the CMS office conference room. It is not too late to become a member. You can pick up a form from the office and turn in your memberships. If you are interested in being a part of the board, we still have two open positions - Parliamentarian and Historian. Email ptapresidentcms@gmail.com

    Message from the school nurse:

    If it is necessary for your child to receive medication during the school day, either prescription or over-the ­­­­counter, please fill out the district-required Medication Authorization form. Both the doctor and the parent must sign the form.  When completed, bring the Medication Administration form and the medication (in the original container) to the school office. The medication will be kept in the office. In addition, a Self-Medication Authorization must be completed if the student will be carrying the medication on school grounds.

    These forms can be found on the District Office website (Medication Authorization Form and Self-Administration Medication Form) or picked up at the school office.

    District News

    CEEF 5K Run Recap

    Thanks to our sponsors and more than 1,100 amazing runners and walkers from age 1 to 101, we raised more than $40,000 to support music for grade TK-8 in CUSD! You can still donate gently used instruments to CEEF for use by CUSD students or make a donation at www.ceefcares.org

     Check out all of our amazing photos at: https://cupertinorotary.smugmug.com/CEEF-2017-08-26/n-VGmh2Q/

    Congratulations to the winners and participants!

    Thank you to our sponsors, including MolexApple Inc.California Water ServiceChargePointKT UrbanStar One Credit UnionAedis ArchitectsAsian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA)Best Brains of CupertinoCanon MusicManu Real EstateNisha Sharma Homes - Intero Real Estate ServicesMary Tan Realty TeamSouth Bay Kids DentistryWalk-Bike Cupertino, and Alameda Family Funeral & Cremation! See you all next year!!

     Save the Date:

    March 3, 2018 - Annual CEEF Gala to Honor CUSD Teachers of the Year

     15th Annual Bay Area Diwali – Festival of Lights

    Saturday, September 30, 2017 * Memorial Park, Cupertino * 11am - 6pm

    The fifteen Annual Bay Area Diwali-Festival of Lights will be held at Memorial Park in Cupertino on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. 

    Organized by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and its Asian American Business Council (AABC), festivities include a wonderful feast of food, business and craft booths, music and dance including a traditional Rangoli display.  Admission and parking are free!

    Diwali is a traditional Indian festival of Thanksgiving  – it celebrates the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, and good over evil.  Celebrated throughout the world, typical Diwali traditions include family and friends gathering to light lamps, exchanging gifts, new clothes, meeting new and old friends, and offering traditional sweets.

    This year the festival stage opens at 11am with the grand opening ceremony at 12 noon. There will be a special fashion show featuring the sarees of India, in addition to classical dances from the various regions of India and popular Bollywood dances. You will have the opportunity to learn a Bollywood number.   

    The elaborate and exciting Kids Zone is packed throughout the day with children visiting the magic show, petting zoo, pony rides, jump houses, face painting, Diwali storytelling time and opportunity to take pictures with Hanuman & Raavan.

    The AABC promotes, strengthens and enhances the inter-ethnic business environment in the Cupertino and neighboring communities.  For 15 years, the Diwali Festival has proven an excellent way to build connections among all the businesses and residents of Cupertino.

    For more information about the festival or membership in the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and the Asian American Business Council, please contact the Chamber in Cupertino at 408-252-7054 or visit the Chamber’s website http://www.cupertino-chamber.org/Diwali.

     CUSD Encourages All Families to Review the Attached Safety Tips

     Please take a minute to review the attached document which lists key safety tips for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.  It is important to review this information with your children as well. By incorporating these safety tips into your daily routines, your children will learn safe habits that will last a lifetime. You can also help us improve safety and reduce congestion along the school commute routes by choosing alternatives to commuting by vehicle alone whenever possible. Biking and walking to school provides a healthy alternative for the family. Carpooling with a neighbor also helps the reduction of traffic in and around the schools.  Check at your child's school to see what Safe Routes to School programs and Initiatives are currently in place at your school and consider volunteering to support!



    August, 2017

    Principal's Message 

    Dear CMS Families and Community,

    I hope all of your 6th, 7th, and 8th graders had a great first two weeks of school! I know the staff was so excited to meet all their new students and touch base with returning students. Hope you had a wonderful Back to School night meeting teachers and hearing about what your students will learn this year.

    Enjoy the upcoming long weekend!

    News You Can Use     

    • Please book mark our NEW website: Cupertino Middle School. It is updated regularly with school and district wide news, upcoming events and more!
    • Daily Announcements contains all the pertinent information happening on campus on a daily basis, including student activities, sports, and clubs.
    • This newsletter, published once a month is online only, and can be found our website under Bear Bulletin.
    • Do take a few moments to go over some important CMS policies and procedures as outlined in your student’s handbook that they received on the first day of school.

    Drop off and Pick up

    Parents, the parking lots are off limits for pick up and drop off. Students may be picked up along Bernardo and Helena in designated pick-up and drop-off spots.  Students may use cell phones once they are off campus to make contact with parents. 

    Student Pick-up during school hours

    If you need to pick up your student during regular school hours for any pre-planned appointments, please send them into the office with a note in the morning.

    Yearbook  

    Sales begin September 1, 2017. The introductory cost is $45, but that will go up to $50 after October 31.  You can add Nameplates ($5), a World Yearbook ($5) or extra Autograph pages ($2).  We completely SOLD OUT last year, so order yours today at this link:

    www.tinyurl.com/CMSyearbookorder

    Spirit Wear

    Show your school spirit by purchasing Cupertino Bears’ Spirit Wear. This is different from PE uniforms. Orders can be dropped off in the office by Friday September 1. Please be sure of sizes as all orders are final. For questions, use the contact information included in the order form here. All proceeds benefit the CMS Band Programs.

    Bear Bravos!

    Have you noticed a student, a CMS staff or another adult performing acts of kindness around campus? Now you can recognize the great things, big and small, happening at CMS everyday! Use the new form on our website called ‘Bear Bravos’ to show your appreciation. The form can be found both under the 'For Students' and the ‘For Families’ tabs.

    A message from our attendance secretary

    Religious Holidays

    Student absence for religious instruction or participation in religious exercises may be considered excused. In order to receive an excused absence for participation in a religious exercise or holiday, a written request by the parent/guardian must be submitted to the school site at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to provide the advanced written request will result in your child receiving an unexcused absence. You can send a note to the office through your student or email our attendance secretary Terri Gross @ gross_terri@cusdk8.org.

    Be Involved - Stay Connected 

    There are many ways for parents to be involved at CMS. The School Site Council, PTA, and CMS Foundation, are some great avenues for you to stay in the know and make an impact.

    School Site Council:  We are in the process of forming our School Site Council.  The CMS School Site Council is a representative group of stakeholders that provide input into the development of the School Plan and make suggestions about how to spend the money according to the plan.   If you are interested in being part of CMS School Site Council please complete the site council application form and indicate your interest in School Site Council.

    CMS Foundation: FORGOT TO GIVE to the CMS Foundation? It's never too late! We offer (2) options to give - either drop off your form & check at the School office or pay online: http://www.cmsforg.com/.  The suggested donation is $200/family. Contact May Bakken, CMSF President at may.bakken@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

    PTA: The CMS PTA is looking for parents to serve on it’s executive board. Positions are open for President and Treasurer. Email ptapresidentcms@gmail.com if you are interested or have questions about these positions, including the kind of support you will receive as a board member. Programs such as the student art contest ‘Reflections’ & the volunteer recognition event ‘Honorary Service Awards’ cannot happen at CMS without an active PTA. 

    Message from the school nurse:

    If it is necessary for your child to receive medication during the school day, either prescription or over-the ­­­­counter, please fill out the district-required Medication Authorization form. Both the doctor and the parent must sign the form.  When completed, bring the Medication Administration form and the medication (in the original container) to the school office. The medication will be kept in the office. In addition, a Self-Medication Authorization must be completed if the student will be carrying the medication on school grounds.

    These forms can be found on the District Office website (Medication Authorization Form and Self-Administration Medication Form) or picked up at the school office.

    District News

    CEEF 5K Run Recap

    Thanks to our sponsors and more than 1,100 amazing runners and walkers from age 1 to 101, we raised more than $40,000 to support music for grade TK-8 in CUSD! You can still donate gently used instruments to CEEF for use by CUSD students or make a donation at www.ceefcares.org

    Check out all of our amazing photos at: https://cupertinorotary.smugmug.com/CEEF-2017-08-26/n-VGmh2Q/

    Congratulations to the winners and participants!

    Thank you to our sponsors, including MolexApple Inc.California Water ServiceChargePointKT UrbanStar One Credit UnionAedis ArchitectsAsian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA)Best Brains of CupertinoCanon MusicManu Real EstateNisha Sharma Homes - Intero Real Estate ServicesMary Tan Realty TeamSouth Bay Kids DentistryWalk-Bike Cupertino, and Alameda Family Funeral & Cremation! See you all next year!!

    Save the Date:

    March 3, 2018 - Annual CEEF Gala to Honor CUSD Teachers of the Year

    15th Annual Bay Area Diwali – Festival of Lights

    Saturday, September 30, 2017 * Memorial Park, Cupertino * 11am - 6pm

    The fifteen Annual Bay Area Diwali-Festival of Lights will be held at Memorial Park in Cupertino on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. 

    Organized by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and its Asian American Business Council (AABC), festivities include a wonderful feast of food, business and craft booths, music and dance including a traditional Rangoli display.  Admission and parking are free!

    Diwali is a traditional Indian festival of Thanksgiving  – it celebrates the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, and good over evil.  Celebrated throughout the world, typical Diwali traditions include family and friends gathering to light lamps, exchanging gifts, new clothes, meeting new and old friends, and offering traditional sweets.

    This year the festival stage opens at 11am with the grand opening ceremony at 12 noon. There will be a special fashion show featuring the sarees of India, in addition to classical dances from the various regions of India and popular Bollywood dances. You will have the opportunity to learn a Bollywood number.   

    The elaborate and exciting Kids Zone is packed throughout the day with children visiting the magic show, petting zoo, pony rides, jump houses, face painting, Diwali storytelling time and opportunity to take pictures with Hanuman & Raavan.

    The AABC promotes, strengthens and enhances the inter-ethnic business environment in the Cupertino and neighboring communities.  For 15 years, the Diwali Festival has proven an excellent way to build connections among all the businesses and residents of Cupertino.

    For more information about the festival or membership in the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and the Asian American Business Council, please contact the Chamber in Cupertino at 408-252-7054 or visit the Chamber’s website http://www.cupertino-chamber.org/Diwali.

    CUSD Encourages All Families to Review the Attached Safety Tips

    Please take a minute to review the attached document which lists key safety tips for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.  It is important to review this information with your children as well. By incorporating these safety tips into your daily routines, your children will learn safe habits that will last a lifetime. You can also help us improve safety and reduce congestion along the school commute routes by choosing alternatives to commuting by vehicle alone whenever possible. Biking and walking to school provides a healthy alternative for the family. Carpooling with a neighbor also helps the reduction of traffic in and around the schools.  Check at your child's school to see what Safe Routes to School programs and Initiatives are currently in place at your school and consider volunteering to support!