OUR MISSION: TO MAKE EVERY STUDENT'S POTENTIAL A REALITY BY ENGAGING AND EMPOWERING OUR FAMILIES, EDUCATORS AND COMMUNITY TO ADVOCATE FOR ALL STUDENTS.
Cougar Cares -Bean Bag & Used Clothing Drive for "Songer's Kids"
Do you have a gently used, larger bean bag chair you're ready to part with? Ms. Songer and Ms. Colson's class would love it! "Songer's Kids" are Carmel's most intensive-need students, and they would love a place to lounge comfortably in the classroom. The chair can be dropped at the front desk or directly at the Songer/Colson EC classroom.
We are also seeking used comfy pants and shorts (ex: sweatpants and basketball shorts) in girl and boy youth sizes 10-14 and adult sizes XS-L. Please drop washed items at the front desk in a bag labeled "Cougar Cares." Feel free to reach out to Kelda Rericha with questions: email@example.com.
Daily Attendance Matters
Consistent student attendance is critical to their learning. We are making a concentrated effort this school year to encourage our students to be present every day. Please take a few minutes to look at the attached “How Sick is Too Sick for School?” document. This may help you to decide if you should keep your child home due to an illness. Please remember to contact Ms. Royston, our attendance secretary, whenever your child is out of school. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Carmel MIDDLE SCHOOL FaLL PHOTOS
Your pictures will be online in the next few days! Click the link to pre-register to view your proofs:
Your student’s access code is “22 dash (-) student id number” (For example 22-123456). Once you pre-register, you will be notified when your pictures are online and available to view!
If your student missed the first picture day, make-up photos will be taken Monday, October 10th.
EVOLV Body Scanners
Many of our parents and students are likely aware that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has installed safety scanners at each of our CMS Middle Schools to ensure a safe school environment. Beginning September 27th, a portion of our staff/students will begin implementing the safety scanner process. By Friday, September 30th we aim to have 100% of students go through the new scanners. All students will be required to pass through the safety scanners prior to entering the building. Students will be shown a tutorial video which explains to them how best to prepare for the scanning process. Parents, please go through your child’s backpack to ensure that all items in the backpack are appropriate for school. The scanners may alert when a student passes through with a normal everyday item. In this case, students will quickly be screened by a team and will then be sent to class. We thank you in advance for your cooperation to make our school even safer. **Common items that may cause an alert: Chromebook, metal water bottle, large 3-ring binders. These items should be taken out of bookbags, and students hold them in their hands as they walk through the scanners.
ADHD, Anxiety, and/or Depression Parent Workshop - 10/13/22, 10:00am
Dr. Alexandra Dean of Family First will present: "How Parents Can Support Children With Mental Illness (Especially ADHD, Anxiety, and/or Depression)" to Carmel families. Any parent/guardian interested can arrive to Carmel by 10:00am on October 13th. This presentation will take place in the Media Center.
Carmel Invest for Success - Join the Pride!
Thank you to those families that have already donated to our annual Invest Fund! We are more than 30% to our goal of $40,000. If you have not donated, please join the PRIDE today and send in your tax deductible donation via cash or check (with this form) or online. Your donations this school year will help to provide:
Carmel Fine Arts Boosters
Calling all parents of students in Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Theater and Visual Arts. Carmel Arts Boosters works to ensure our students receive an enhanced educational and creative experience at Carmel!
Buy a coupon book and support the arts! Your child should have come home with a coupon book and information about our fundraising campaign. We are collecting money and distributing books every Thursday and Friday during arts classes. All sales are due October 12th! You can also purchase your GoPlaySave book online and create a digital link for your student by visiting Carmel GoPlaySave Page.
Funds support instrument rentals for those who can't afford it, digital software to help students excel in their musical knowledge, drawing boards for art students to experience "outdoor classes", theatre lighting for productions and much more. Remember, the Carmel Arts are supported 100% by the generosity of donors. Thank you for your support!
You can learn more about Carmel Arts and contact the Boosters at www.carmelartsboosters.com.
Reserve the spirit rock for your special day (birthdays or any celebrations). Reserve a date using this link (donation suggested goes to PTA fundraising) and then paint the day before! There is a rock in the carpool parking lot and also one in the HAC/bus lot - make sure to reserve the right one. There are also companies/individuals who will paint for you if you aren't creatively inclined! The rock date reservation form is found on the PTSA website under Spirit Rock and the $5 optional donation can also be paid on the PTSA website through Pay4SchoolStuff ($5.41 with online fee). You can also drop a check or cash in an envelope in the school office addressed to the PTSA. Make sure to include "spirit rock" and your name. Thank you!
Family Fun Night
Save the Date: FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Food + Fun + Games
Cheer on the Cougars when they take on AG!
At A Glance
Wednesday, October 5th - No School (Teacher Workday)
Monday, October 10th - Make-up Picture Day
Tuesday, October 11th - Curriculum Night
Thursday, October 13th - ADHD, Anxiety, and/or Depression Parent Workshop (10:00am, Carmel Media Center)
Thursday, October 13th - Dining Night Out - Jersey Mike's Colony Place
Wednesday, October 19th, 4:30pm - 7:30pm - Carmel Family Fun Night
Friday, October 21st - Last Day Accepting Q1 Student Work
October 24th-28th - Spirit Week, Sponsored by Student Council
Wednesday, October 26th - Early Release Day
Monday, October 31st - No School (Teacher Workday)
Grade Level Updates
Carmel Chess Club
The Carmel Chess Club meets every Friday mornings at 8am. There are no sign-ups and no costs. At 8am, go to the main doors of the school to be let in. Contact Mr. Plunkett for more details or questions. email@example.com
Cougar Cares Program Update & Shout-Out
We would like to thank the generous Carmel families who stocked the Cougar Cares closet with snacks, toiletries, backpacks, and other essentials. And a huge shout out to Hope Community Church in Olde Providence for their donation and ongoing support.
Cougar Cares is a school-run program that provides extra support to the underserved students in our Carmel community. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to be contacted with at-once needs, please reach out to Kelda Rericha, firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 757-1728. We will also periodically share opportunities to support Cougar Cares in this newsletter.
The Welcome Desk at Carmel Middle School is ready for you! We hope you will volunteer your time and smile. This is a great opportunity to help out the front office staff so please considering signing up. Training is available for new volunteers. Questions can be sent to Sara Leighton or 704-706-5958. Please signup at Carmel Middle School Welcome Desk Signup.
It's time to re-link to Harris Teeter's Together in Education! The program runs August 1st - May 31st. This can be done online or at the store. The school number for Carmel Middle is 1576. Did you know that you can link more than one school? Link all of your children's schools and clubs!
Box Tops for Education
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Hawthorne's Read A Slice, Have A Slice Challenge
We are so excited to announce Carmel Middle School’s partnership with Hawthorne’s New York Pizza this school year. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Hawthorne’s Read a Slice, Eat a Slice Challenge. This is a monthly reading challenge to get students excited about reading books that peak their interest. When students meet the requirements by reading their monthly page goal, showing their comprehension of the text, and designing a book review bookmark, they will earn a free Hawthorne’s large pizza at the Carmel Road or Rea Road location. Parents will get involved by discussing their child's reading selections and signing their book reviews. Student book reviews will then be displayed in the school to spark the interest of their classmates as well. To get all of the details, please check out the video here. A big thank you to Hawthorne’s Pizza for providing our students with this opportunity!
AG Boys Lacrosse Club
Are you an athlete looking for a new challenge? Try Lacrosse! Experienced and new players from Carmel are welcome to participate in the AG Boys Lacrosse Club program. Come out and try lacrosse at our fall workouts!
Fall practices will be held Thursdays, 9/29, 10/6 & 10/13 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm on the field behind Park Road Montessori. There is NO COST or registration required for fall workouts. We encourage you to attend as many sessions as you are able. The official season operates from February - May. Additional information can be found in this attached document. Questions? Contact Wade Knutson at email@example.com or 612-237-6551.