Middle School Parent's Association

What's Happening
January 20, 2020

Letter from the Presidents

Dear Parents,

Keep an eye on the school emails.  There are plenty of school activities happening.  We do our best to get them into our newsletter, but we may miss a few.  

January 31st is the 7th/8th grade dance.  The Student Council has asked us to help find 4 chaperones.  The chaperoning duties are to collect the admissions and stamp hands of all students entering, and to prevent students from wondering about the school.  It's a very easy evening, grab a couple of friends, enjoy the music. Parents are not allowed inside the cafetorium during the dance, as you are needed to keep on eye on the surrounding hallways and doors.  Both Heather and Jen have chaperoned and it can be a blast. If you are interested in helping that evening, please reach out to Jen Pollick or Heather Reeves.

The Basketball Bonanza is coming right around the corner.  There are a couple of key volunteer positions needed.  If you'd like to take on these positions please contact Basketball Bonanza Diane Woods.
1.  Concessions:  This is run by the 6th grade parents for fundraising for Chewonki - It's the last big push of fundraising for this anticipated trip.
2. Raffle:  This is run by the 5th grade parents.  A fundraiser for the Freedom Trail trip.

  • Early Dismissal on Wednesday 1/22/2020 - 1:25 pm
  • 23 - Deadline for students to sign-up for Indoor Track and Swimming
Today, Monday is Day 

Heather Reeves and Jennifer Pollick

What's Happening this month:
** MSPA Sponsored Events and Programs


22 - Early Release day, dismissal 1:25

28 - Winter VEX IQ Robotics begins; 5/6th grade

31 - 7th/8th grade dance


5 - Early Release day, dismissal 1:25

11 - MSPA Monthly Meeting 6:30pm**

13 - Hannaford Gift Card deadline**

15 - BoxTops Collection Date **

17 - 21 - No School, Winter Break

28-29 - So ME Honors Festival (7th and 8th grade)

To view the year in advance the MSPA 2019-2020 Calendar can be found here.  It is regularly updated, so save the link.

What's on the Menu this Week?


Tuesday: Baked Beans, Hot Dog on a Bun, Salad Bar, Fruit Bar, Milk Variety. Alternatives: Deli Bar, Assorted Bagels, Chicken Patty on a Bun, Veggie Burger, Ham & Cheese Croissant, Pancake & Sausage Stick.

Wednesday:  Macaroni and Cheese, Salad Bar, Fruit Bar, Milk Variety.  Alternatives: Deli Bar, Assorted Bagels, Spicy Chicken Patty on a Bun, English Muffin Pizzas, Chicken Fries, Soup Kelly's Choice.

Thursday:  Chicken or Vegetable Lo Mein, Egg Roll, Salad Bar, Fruit Bar, Milk Variety. Alternatives: Deli Bar, Assorted Bagels, Chicken Patty on a Bun, Steak and Cheese on a Hoagie, Mac & Cheese w/ Hot Dogs, Soup Kelly's Choice.

Friday:  Fish Sticks, Potato Puffs, Salad Bar, Fruit Bar, Milk Variety.  Alternatives: Deli Bar, Kelly's Choice.

Check out your child's class progress

Remember the CLYNK for Schools Recycling Challenge will begin January 21, 2020 and will run through March 20, 2020. For every $1 raised during the challenge period, our school will get an additional $.50 plus the opportunity to compete for additional cash prizes. Cape Elizabeth is hopeful to take one of the top spots again this year after just missing it last year. 

Thank you for your support! Sheri Bragg.
Please contact Sheri if you are interested in learning how the Clynk Program is run, she is looking for a Clynk Chair Shadow(s) for the remainder of this year as she prepares to move on to the HS.

Hannaford Grocery Card Fundraiser Update :  Fill out this form and drop it off, along with your check, to the MS or Pond Cove front office and get a Hannaford grocery card for the full amount of your check.   Hannaford gives our school 5% back of our monthly order - you choose the grade your 5% gets allocated to.  The money STAYS with that class for future outdoor programming.   You may also choose to send your 5% to teacher grants.   Next due date is February 13!

For questions please email Laura Allen at allenlaura207@gmail.com  

Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app and just scan your grocery receipt.

Get the app at: https://www.boxtops4education.com
We will still be collecting paper Box Tops and dimes all year! Next Collection Date, February 15.


On February 2, the Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Boosters are running a program-wide “Shoot-A-Thon” fundraiser. You can support the basketball programs by sponsoring our high school players or by competing yourself against other adults. Read more about the upcoming fundraiser on the Boys' Basketball Boosters Facebook page

Our basketball programs need and appreciate your support!


Sign-ups for middle school indoor track and swimming is going to be open until January 23rd.  Indoor track and swimming is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  If interested in participating in one of these sports, please make sure all health forms are up to date with the school nurse and the $70.00 athletic fee (once yearly) has been paid.  Please keep in mind that middle school sports require a full commitment.
6th, 7th & 8th grade swimming sign-ups
​6th, 7th & 8th grade indoor track sign-ups​
CEMS Athletic Fee Letter 19-20.pdf
CEMS Athletics Checklist 2019.pdf
Physical Exam.pdf
2020 Track Participation Rules.pdf

Substitute Teachers Needed

The process to become a substitute teacher has been made easier for district parents.  Being a substitute in the district is a great way to "be in the know" of the district happenings.  You don't have to sub in your child's classroom or grade.  Assignments can be chosen the week or day before or even as late as the morning of.  Some assignments are half days (mornings or afternoons).  If you are interested in learning more you can check the link below or contact any of our district principals.  The Middle School is in particular need for substitute teachers, with only a few on sight staff members on any given day to cover absent teachers, it is imperative that the district build it's base of subs.  This is not a volunteer position, you get paid!

Please apply online at https://www.cape.k12.me.us/o/cesd/page/job-openings--105
Community Events and Programs
Travel Lacrosse Registration

Grades 3/4 and 5/6 Travel Lacrosse registration Deadline is February 28th.  Call CECS to Register  799-2868
Thomas Memorial Library: Teen Services

Teen Takeover: Movie Night 
Friday, January 31st from 5:30-8:00pm
Ring in the new year at TML with a movie! Come hang out at the library after hours to watch "Detective Pikachu"; Pizza and other refreshments will be provided. Open to teens in grades 6-12. This is a REGISTERED event, so please make sure to visit our website to register!

Dungeons & Dragons RETURNS! *February 4 th and 6 th
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:00pm
Our teen D&D club is coming back! We will have 2 sessions after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for teens in grades 6-12.

Registration is required and space is limited, so please visit
our website at thomasmemoriallibrary.org for more information.
The 8th annual WinterFest is on Saturday, February 1, 2020
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth and the City of South Portland
WinterFest this year is a one day event, Saturday February 1, at various sites in South Portland.
WinterFest begins with a pancake breakfast at the South Portland Community Center from 8-10:30. This event is sponsored by the CE Lions Club.
At Hinckley Park, Lower Pond, on Highland Avenue, there will be kids' fishing derby, two sessions, 
9-11 am and 11-3pm. Pre-registration is required.
11am-3 pm at the South Portland Golf Course there will be showshoeing, fat tire bikes, cross country skiing. Geocaches will be hidden on the course for kids to find and be entered to win prizes.
At Millcreek Park there will be ice skating, music, play with the high school hockey team and coffee and hot cocoa trucks. This will take place from 11am-3pm.
At the Wainwright Recreation Complex, Gary Maietta Parkway off of Highland Avenue SP
from 11am-4pm there will be skating, games on the ice, Touch the Trucks, a sledding hill a cardboard sled contest, and horse drawn carriage rides followed by fireworks.
A complete schedule of events and the cardboard sled contest directions can be found on the South Portland WinterFest facebook page or southportlandme.myrec.com.
We hope Cape Elizabeth families will join in the fun.
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