CALLING ALL GHOULS… Are you ready for a frightening good time?

The PTSA is hosting a Halloween Spook-tacular Bash on Friday, October 25th, from 6-8 pm in the cafeteria.  Festivities will include a DJ, photo booth ($4 for multiple pictures), pizza, concessions & drinks.   We will have a costume contest and prizes will be awarded for the scariest, funniest and most original costumes.  There will also be 2 drawings at the end of the night to win a spook-tacular goody basket.  To qualify, you MUST bring your dance ticket and put it in the pumpkin bucket for the drawings, no exceptions!!
Dance tickets are $5 and will be on sale during lunch all next week (Oct. 21 – 25, Monday through Friday).  There will be a limited number of tickets sold and NO tickets will be sold at the door.  Student ID’s are a must!!  Please remember, students with outstanding monetary obligations and those students who have 1’s in conduct will NOT be allowed to attend the dance!
PTSA is in need of volunteers for the following days next week:
* Monday, Oct. 21 – ticket sales, 11 am to 1 pm,  3 people
* Tuesday, Oct. 22 – ticket sales, 11 am to 1 pm,  3 people
* Wednesday, Oct. 23 – ticket sales, 11 am to 1 pm,  3 people
* Thursday, Oct. 24 – ticket sales, 11 am to 1 pm,  3 people
* Friday, Oct. 25 – ticket sales, 11 am to 1 pm,  3 people
* Friday, Oct. 25 – dance set up beginning at 4 pm
* Friday, Oct. 25 – dance chaperones from 6 pm to 8 pm
* Friday, Oct. 25 – dance clean up from 8 pm to 8:30 pm
If you are willing and able to help, please respond to our new email address:


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PTSA’S Halloween Spook-tacular Bash is set for Friday, October 25th.   An informational flyer is going home with the students on Wednesday, Oct. 16th.   Check their backpacks and stay tuned for more information in the coming days.  We will be asking for volunteer help with ticket sales, dance set up, chaperoning and clean-up.  Get ready to get your ghoul on!!!!

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Box Tops for Education Contest

Just a reminder that the PTSA’s Fall Box Tops for Education contest will end on Tuesday, October 15th.  The 1st period class with the most eligible Box Tops turned in by Tuesday, October 15th, will earn a Dunkin Donuts party and the teacher will also receive a $20 Cinemark Movie gift certificate.  Place your Box Tops in a Ziploc bag marked with your student’s 1st period teacher & PTSA.  All Box Tops expiration date must be visible.  Expired Box Tops will be disqualified. Bonus Box Tops will be accepted as face value.

Help CMMS earn cash for our school by clipping 10¢ Box Tops from hundreds of products.  For those who like to shop online, there are now more than 300 online retailers so you can earn eBoxTops® for CMMS when you shop.  Parents need to sign on to:  Select the “earn online” option at the top and follow the prompts.  Our zip code is 33472, select our school (CMMS) and again follow the prompts.  It’s that easy…  

Get those box tops turned in today :)

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New Email Address!!!

The CMMS PTSA Board has a brand new email address:   [email protected]

Please keep your eyes open for emails and communications coming from this address.   Check your junk mail filters, too, so that you can be kept in the loop on what’s happening this year at  CMMS!!

Thanks for your continued support!!




Join PTSA and your student’s class (Day 2, Period 2) could win a pizza party!  Our PTSA membership drive continues as we work towards increasing our membership this year!   This contest will continue through October 11, 2013.  If you haven’t already, please join today!!

PTSA membership is only $8.00 and you receive a school activities calendar for free!!!




CMMS Spirit Shirts…are still available for sale!!  If your child is looking to wear something other than the required “collared” shirt on Friday, than this post is for YOU!  Spirit shirts are only $12 and come in an assortment of sizes. Contact the PTSA to place your order. We will get your order filled and returned to your child in no time at all. And remember…Challengers SOAR!!!




By the end of the week you may get a notice that your son/daughter is on the “Obligation List” and you may not know what that means. As your kids go through school, there are numerous financial obligations that come along. Some examples are lost textbooks, money owed in the cafeteria, replacement ID cards, or unpaid fees in the afterschool program. Obligations also carry over from school to school. So, money that was owed in elementary school now becomes part of our obligation list and still must be paid. When money is owed, the student’s name gets placed on the obligation list and the parent is responsible for paying whatever is owed.

What some parents don’t know is that when there are unpaid obligations, those funds must then come from the school budget to make up the difference. For example, at Christa, we are currently in debt for over $2000 in lost textbooks and this money must be paid to the District out of our school funds. This is money that would otherwise go towards equipment, supplies, and instructional materials.

When a student is on the obligation list, they are not permitted to participate in extracurricular activities until that debt is paid. An example is our upcoming Halloween Dance that the PTSA is sponsoring. Unfortunately, students that are on the obligation list will not be able to attend this event. Interestingly, in many cases, the amount that is owed is usually a very small amount, such as $5 for a replacement ID.

We will be sending out reminders to parents that are on the list so that you have time to take care of these obligations. If you have financial hardships that are causing this to be an issue, we are more than willing to work with you on a payment plan or other arrangements can be made.

Please contact Kelly Michel (561-374-6610) if you have any questions about this.



October 7th – 16th – It’s time again for the Scholastic Book Fair and many Volunteers needed. If you can help out, many shifts are available mornings from 9:00- 12:15  and afternoons from 12:15 – 3:50. October 10th is a half day and no volunteers needed that day.
Please reply directly to Ms. White at [email protected] or call direct to 374-6608. Please include your telephone number with your reply.
Thank you to all of our Volunteers who helped out at Picture Day and Scoliosis Screening. Your help was much appreciated!!

Lynn White
Student Services
Volunteer Coordinator
Christa McAuliffe MS
374-6608 / PX 46608



Office Depot Rewards Program

Did you know…
Robert Curcio, our school’s Business Partnership Coordinator, would like to remind all Challengers that CMMS also participates in the Office Depot rewards program.  If anyone buys anything from Office Depot and indicates that they are part of Christa McAuliffe Middle School rewards program, our school gets a percentage back.  This rewards program is good anywhere in the United States or online!  So…shop today and mention CMMS – – every little bit helps :)



CONGRATULATIONS  to the following students who are the big sellers for this year’s ETC Fundraiser:

Kelly Benjamin (tops with 17 books sold!), Alicia Hanson, Austin Theriault, Samantha Theriault, Samantha Migliore, Marissa Brodsky and Parker Hodges.  These 7 students each earned a$50 cash prize.  A big shout out also goes to:  Ashlyn McCallum, Caleb Pressley, Patrick O’Sullivan, Alanna Hurley and Riley DeMello.  These students each received a $10 Cinemark gift card for selling 10+ books.

PTSA would like to thank everybody for their support.  Every book sold benefits CMMS and it’s students throughout the school year.  Job well done :)

And, just a reminder to those of you who haven’t returned your  unsold books… please return them to the school ASAP so the cost of the book will not be added to your “Obligations List”.  PTSA is responsible for returning every single unsold book back to the vendor.  The price of any missing books will need to be paid for out of our profits.  Parents, please check your student’s backpack one last time.  Teachers, please take one last look around your classroom.  As always, your help & support is much appreciated!!