"What's Happening" Weekly Update

Cape Elizabeth Middle School

October 22, 2018

Oct 24   Southern Maine MS Honors Festival Auditions

Oct 25   CEMS Early Release for Conferences @ 11:30am

Oct 26   CEMS Conferences - No School

Oct 31   Picture Re-Take - 8:00am - 12:00pm

Nov 6   Election Day and Staff Day - No School for Students


The following is a message from the Middle School Parents Association:

Hello MSPA Families - 

It was a whirlwind first few months of the school year for the MSPA. There were many fundraising projects such as MPSA dues, the Closebuy and Genevieve catalog sales, and the book fair. We also continued to boost our ongoing CLYNK, Hannaford Gift card, and Boxtop fundraisers. After writing, what feels like check after check, you may be wondering where all of this money goes. The MSPA has spent the past few months approving grants that have touched every student at CEMS in one way or another. The number of grant requests changes from year to year and this year our teachers and staff are energized to plan for new programs that enhance the curriculum and confidence in existing ones to see those through too. Since mid-August, the MSPA has granted $4,450 to CEMS.

  • In September all students were able to meet visiting author Dan Gemeinhart.
  • We continue to fund Smartmusic scholarships and the 8th grade's transportation to Preble Street Shelter each month. 
  • Just this week we approved funds for the printing of this year's first edition of the student CEMS newspaper.
  • Books focusing on the lives of refugees for the 7th grade.
  • Hanging herb gardens for a 6th grade team for year long observation in a cross-curriculum project.
  • Partial tuition for some 7th graders' participation in The Spirit Series, culminating in a presentation called "Galileo's Crime" to parents a few weeks ago.
  • In the coming months we'll look to approve our yearly grant to partially fund the 5th grade's trip to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston which will take us over and above the $4,450 already granted to the school.

Thank you Rebecca Barbieri and Amy Lombardo, our grant co-chairs, for spending time researching each grant and asking thoughtful questions to make sure we are fulfilling the mission of the MSPA's grant program. Thank you to all the families that have participated in our fundraisers - with both time and money. Municipal and school budgets are tight. They will likely continue to be tight and scrutinized by the public. The teachers and staff look to organizations like ours for funds to provide programs that go above and beyond what the town's school budget allows and to help make Cape Elizabeth stand out among other districts. 

Our next big fundraiser is the Tri-parent craft fair on Saturday December 1st. In the next few newsletters we'll be asking for volunteers to lead smaller portions of the event (i.e. bake and snack sale) as well as volunteer the night before and the day of the event.

Thank you for supporting the MSPA!

Have a great week.
Emily Garvin and Julie Halter
MSPA Co-presidents 


CLYNK News Update

This was a HUGE week for CLYNK!  Shoutouts to Roberts/ Price, Moniz/ Filieo, Chase/ Briggs, Kerr/ Caruso, Rohner/ Ramsbotham and Arbour/ Newton! These teams increased their totals from the previous week by over 40%! We raised $56.20 this week which is one of our biggest increases ever.  

This weeks leaders are Newton/ Arbour with $42.10. The Doane/ Geikie team are in 2nd place with $36.60 and Kerr/ Caruso keep their spot at #3 with $26.60.  

We have just over one week left for the September / October challenge. Remember the winning team will receive an Outdoor Experience of their choice and the teachers will receive a Hannaford gift card.  Have your student grab bags from their classroom, fill them and drop them at any Hannaford location with a CLYNK kiosk!


Hannaford Grocery Card Fundraiser

The October Hannaford fundraiser brought in $362.50 for our outdoor educational programs.  21 Cape families took part and we had many new participants! Thank you!! It is so easy - just send in a check with your filled out form to the MS or Pond Cove front office and you will receive a Hannaford grocery card for the full amount of your check.  Hannaford gives back 5% of every dollar loaded onto your card. You decide to which grade's outdoor fund your 5% gets allocated - the money STAYS with the class of your choice for future outdoor programming!   You may also choose to allocate funds to teacher grants. Next due date is November 8th! 

See here how your child's Chewonki fundraising is going. 
For questions please email Laura Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


10/30/18: Next Box Top Collection Date - student submitting the most valid number will win an iTunes Gift Card!

A reminder to send in those Box Tops collected; the Box Tops do not need to be neatly trimmed, just include the full future expiration date and display the product code.  The student who submits the most valid Box Tops by the collection deadline will win an iTunes Gift Card.
Also, there is a Box Tops Bonus App that would be great for people to use, for added convenience and to also decrease the costs of postage for this program, thus increasing the net monies for the MSPA! It's fun and easy to use!
Checkout more about how to get the Box Tops Bonus App here at: btfe.com/bonusapp

The next 2017-18 collection dates are 10/30/18, 12/20/18, 2/27/2019, 4/30/2019 and the Last Day of School. Thanks for your support!





SEE YOU AT THE GAMES!!! Let's go Cape!!!!



Cape Elizabeth Football Booster's First Annual Masquerade Ball

Saturday, October 27th from 7:30pm-11:30pm
Grab a mask (no costume required, but a mask is highly encouraged!) and join us for an evening of dancing and fun at the picturesque
Sprague Farm Barn & Property at Rams Island Farm
Cash Bar onsite with light appetizers provided
Attendees must be 21 years or older  
Tickets - $25

Proceeds benefit Cape Elizabeth youth, middle and high school football programs 
Fireside seating, music and dancing!!!
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Children's Digital Media Specialist to Meet with Students, Parents on Nov. 1st

As part of Cape Elizabeth School District's Mental Health Awareness Initiative, we are pleased to announce an educational opportunity for our community on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

Dr. Yalda Uhls, a faculty member and senior researcher at the Children's Digital Media Center at the UCLA campus and the Regional Director for the national non-profit, Common Sense Media will be joining our community for the day. She will spend the day meeting with students at the Middle School and High School, and at 6 p.m. at the High School library will present to parents of students in grades K-12.

This event is made possible through a generous grant donation
by the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation.

Questions? Please contact: Erin Taylor, Pond Cove School Nurse (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ 207-799-7339)



Ongoing now through DECEMBER 18th
DOORS OPEN 9:00 AM—12:00 PM

Carve out some time for creativity, conversation, connection and community.
Open Studio Tuesdays are an opportunity for art-making, without instruction while working alongside, and getting to know aspiring, emerging and professional artists.
Bring your own chosen project and art materials and enjoy a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
All visual art mediums welcome... block printing, watercolor, acrylic or oil painting, collage, drawing, coloring... your choice!
All skill levels and abilities are welcome!
Register for 10 weeks @ $20 or drop-in for $3
Program # 92-184 CECE 799-2868


Volunteer Registration and Orientation Sessions


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It's the time of year when opportunities to volunteer during the school day increase. If you are planning on volunteering this year, please review the registration procedures for school volunteers. 

A list of scheduled volunteer orientations (required for new volunteers only) can be found here

All volunteers, including returning volunteers, are required to complete sections 2 and 3 of the powerschool volunteer forms annually. Please complete the form for your youngest child only and the data will catch up. 

When completing sections 2 and 3, PLEASE respond to each question or box in both sections to as it makes processing forms much more efficient:
Section 2- "agree"
Sections 3- 3 yes/no questions and "agree"

Section 4- Criminal Record Check
We now require Criminal Record Checks at the beginning of volunteer service and every 5 years after. If this box does not have a date, please complete the section with all names, former names, and/or aliases and birthdate, and permission to run the check.

Thank you for the time your able to volunteer in our schools.
John Holdridge- Volunteer and ELO Coordinator




The new MakerSpace at CEMS WELCOMES donations of materials for our most popular areas.

* Tape of any kind (clear, packing, masking, duct, electrical, etc.)

* Flattened cardboard boxes (any size or shape)

* Old machinery with mechanical parts (clocks, typewriters, etc.)

* Old electronics with circuit boards (radios, old laptops or CPUs, etc.)

* Fabric/yarn, similar crafting items (anything JoAnn Fabric would carry)

* Paper of any kind (origami, copy paper, posterboard, fancy, etc.)

* LEGOs (the more the better for our VERY popular LegoSpace)

* Hot glue guns and hot glue refills + Elmer’s or any other glue

* Wood scraps of any kind + tools to build with them

* Tile or china shards for mosaics (don’t worry, we wear gloves!)

* Any unusual items you might pick up at the Swap Shop

Thanks in advance for your help. And we’d love to have you come by and visit us during Parent Conferences if you have a free moment of down time!


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Cape Elizabeth Middle School
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(207) 799-8176

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Cape Elizabeth Middle School
14 Scott Dyer Road
(207) 799-8176

Troy Eastman, Principal
Kyle Morey, Assistant Principal
Kim Sturgeon, School Counselor
Stephanie Royal, School Counselor
Jill Young, Nurse
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