March 11, 2011
Crestdale Middle School
940 Sam Newell Road, Matthews, NC 28105
Rhonda Houston, Principal
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DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, March 16
8th Grade Interdisciplinary Project Meeting for Parents, Media Center, 5:30 PM
Thursday, March 17
“High School 411,” Butler High School, 6-8 PM
Friday, March 18
NO SCHOOL, Teacher Workday
Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
Wednesday, March 23
CMS Budget Meeting, Providence Spring Elementary, 7-8:30 PM
Thursday, March 24
Butler HS 9th Grade Open House, 5:30-7 PM
Rocky River HS 9th Grade Open House, 5:30-7 PM
Saturday, March 26
CMS Budget Meeting, Providence HS, 10 AM-Noon
Thursday, March 31
End of 3rd Quarter
High School Information Night, Crestdale MS, 6-7 PM
Providence HS 9th Grade Open House, 6:30-8:30 PM
Friday, April 1
NO SCHOOL, Teacher Workday
Monday, April 11
Crestdale Open House for Rising 6th Graders, 6-7:30 PM
Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22
NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
Tuesday, May 10
Spring Band Concert, 7:00 PM
Monday, May 16
6th-7th Grade Science Summative Exams
Monday, May 16 – Thursday, May 19
Reading/Math/Science EOG Exams
Friday, May 20
6th-8th Grade Social Studies Summative Exams
Wednesday, June 1 – Thursday, June 2
Algebra/Geometry/Foreign Language EOC Exams
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Crestdale Middle Families:
To help calculate student growth and provide data needed to execute CMS Strategic Plan 2014, the
CMS middle schools will administer and pilot science and social studies summative tests in May
2011. A summative test is designed to test student learning at the end of the course of study. All
subject areas taught in CMS will be tested in the 2011-2012 school year through EOG’s, EOC’s and
summative tests. A social studies summative will be given to 3rd-8th grade students. Students in 3rd-
7th grades will also take a science summative. These tests will allow schools to adjust their
instruction for the 2011-2012 school year.
Instructional time is valuable at Crestdale Middle School. Students are expected to be in their first
block and ready for instruction to begin at 8:00. Please monitor your child’s arrival time so that your
child reaches first block before the tardy bell. If a student is tardy to school 10 minutes every day,
that equals 50 missed instructional minutes a week. In essence, practically one entire block of
instruction is lost. If your student is consistently tardy for school, he/she is in violation of the school
tardy policy and will be required to recover missed instructional time and school work during after-
Another reminder, if your child has an early dismissal note, it must be taken to student services upon
your child’s entrance to school. Your child, with a blue slip from Ms. Howell, will be waiting for you in
Student Services at the designated early dismissal time. If your child does not bring an early
dismissal note from you, he/she will not be called to the office. Student announcements are made at
9:20, 10:37 and again at 1:40. This school procedure is explained in your child’s agenda. As always,
we appreciate your cooperation and support of uninterrupted instructional time for all students.
Next week, we’ll begin our fourth quarter bell schedule. Academic Enrichment will be removed from
the daily schedule; thus creating longer instructional periods.
Thank you for your continued support of our school vision.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS
6th Grade Coca-Cola “Give it Back” Challenge
Each sixth grade homeroom will compete against one another to collect as many recycling pledge
cards as they can between Monday, March 14 and Friday, March 25. They will have a chance to
sign a pledge card themselves and then have 9 other pledge cards signed by any other individual in
the community (other than their fellow 6th grade students). The classroom that collects the most
completed pledge cards within two weeks wins a $25 Walgreens Gift Card. If there is a tie, each
winning class will win a $25 Walgreens gift card. This is a great way for all sixth graders to show their
support of recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles in an effort to clean up our community!!
If you have any questions, please contact Miss Dittman at email@example.com.
(Submitted by Kate Dittman, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Classroom Supplies Needed!
Attention Parents! Our favorite time of the year is fast approaching…TEACHER APPRECIATION!
During the week of March 21-25, the PTO, parents, and students will be thanking our staff for all they
do for making Crestdale such a great school!
This year, the teachers have suggested that we forgo treating them as we have in the past – instead,
they want to be treated with supplies for their classrooms! Please help by sending in supplies
from the list below. All donations are appreciated!
Printer paper – white and neon colors
Dry erase markers
Monetary donations, for the PTO to purchase supplies
Please drop off supplies at the collection area at the Welcome Desk – do not take supplies
directly to the teachers. Thank you for all your help!
(Submitted by Jeannie Hardin, Jeannie@4hardins.com)
Book Fair Volunteers Needed March 21 – 25!!!
Please let us know when you would like to volunteer for the Spring Book Fair. Click on this link
http://crestdalepto.cmswiki.wikispaces.net to view the Book Fair Schedule. Contact Sondra Hopmeier
@ email@example.com if you are able to volunteer for any amount of time. Thank you for your
(Submitted Sondra Hopmeier, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Attention Parents of Girls!
UNCC will be holding its second annual JULIA ROBINSON Math Festival on Saturday, March 26.
Girls are given the opportunity to explore math through games and centers. There is a nominal
charge ($5) to cover the cost of lunch in the college cafeteria. The day runs from 9 AM – 3 PM. For
more information please consult the website,
http://education.uncc.edu/oeo/jrmf/parentregistration.html or your daughter's math teacher.
(Submitted by Rhonda Houston, Rhonda.email@example.com)
FREE Chick-fil-A for a Food Donation!
A big THANK YOU goes to everyone who donated food during January and February to the
Matthews Help Center (MHC). It was greatly appreciated, especially since a record-breaking
number of families requested assistance.
AT THIS TIME, ALL FOOD ITEMS ARE NEEDED, BUT ESPECIALLY CANNED SOUPS AND
As usual, you can send your donation in with your child. Just ask him/her to place the item into the
food basket by the Welcome Desk in the lobby. You will receive a coupon for a free 8-count Chick-fil-
A nuggets pack. If no coupon is available, you can email me (see below). I will be happy to mail you
The Matthews HELP Center (MHC), located at 119 N. Ames St. in historic downtown Matthews, is a
non-profit organization supported by its thrift shop, donations, and grants. Its mission is to help
families in crisis.
(Submitted by Lisa Brownstein, firstname.lastname@example.org)
HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
Important High School Information for 8th Graders
Upcoming events for High School Registration
Butler High School registration cards will be distributed on Tuesday, March 22. They will
need to be returned to Crestdale by Wednesday, March 30.
Rocky River High School registration cards will be distributed on Tuesday, March 22. They
will need to be returned to Crestdale by Wednesday, March 30.
Providence High School registration cards will be distributed on Tuesday, March 29. They
will need to be returned to Crestdale by Wednesday, April 6.
Open Houses/Curriculum Night at Various High Schools
Butler High School “Premier of the Dog” March 24, 5:30-7 PM
Rocky River High School Home of the Ravens March 24, 5:30-7 PM
Providence High School “Panthers on the Prowl” March 31, 6:30-8:30 PM
Parent University presents “High School 411” at Butler High School on March 17, from 6-8
PM. It is designed to help parents and students to smoothly transition from middle to high
school. It is open to any CMS parent with a rising 9th through 12th grade student. Students
are welcome to attend as well.
A High School Informational Night will be conducted at Crestdale Middle School on
Thursday, March 31, from 6-7 PM for all 8th grade parents. This session is designed to give
parents an overview of the high school experience as well as having some general questions
answered concerning high school. Our presenter will be Mrs. Cynthia Shepard, Chairperson of
the Student Services department at Butler High School. She will be presenting pertinent
information. Subsequently, this is the same night that Providence High School will hold their
curriculum night. It will be more advantageous for Providence students and parents to attend
the program at Providence so that any specific questions may be addressed.
Please check back weekly for additional updates!!!!
(Submitted by Suzanne Keever, email@example.com)
Attention Rising 9th Graders – Butler High School Open House – March 24
Butler High School will host their Open House for rising 9th graders and their parents on Thursday,
March 24, from 5:30-7 PM. Please take the time to join BHS Department Chairpersons as they
explain the course sequencing offered at BHS for the 2011-2012 School Year. We will begin
promptly at 5:45 PM in the auditorium. Department Chairpersons will be available for questions
immediately following the presentation.
For more information, please visit the Butler High School website:
Attention Rising 9th Graders – Rocky River High School Open House – March 24
Rocky River High School will host an open house for rising 9 th graders and their parents on
Thursday, March 24, from 5:30-7 PM. At this event, you will:
Meet the English, Math, Science, History, Foreign Language, Fine Arts and CTE Teachers
Meet the Administrative Team
Meet the Counseling Team
Sign up for Sports and Clubs
Get PTO and Booster Club Information
For more information, please visit the Rocky River High School website:
Attention Rising 9th Graders – Providence High School Open House – March 31
Providence High School will host "Panthers on the Prowl" for rising 9th graders and their parents on
Thursday, March 31, from 6:30-8:30 PM in the PHS auditorium. "Panthers on the Prowl" is an
orientation to Providence which will provide information about the differences between middle school
and high school, specific curriculum highlights for 9th graders, a look at electives that students may
want to consider as upper classmen, as well as an opportunity to explore clubs, sports, and fine arts
extra-curricular options. The program will begin promptly at 6:30pm with a meeting in the auditorium.
Please arrive a few minutes early so you can park and be in the auditorium by 6:30pm. The event will
conclude at 8:30pm. This is the first opportunity to begin the exciting transition to Providence High
School. You don't want to miss it!
For more information, please visit the Providence High School website:
Providence High School Football Information Meeting – April 7
When: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 6:00 PM
Where: PHS Chorus Room
What: Meeting for Parents and Boys interested in playing PHS Football in 2011. They will
cover the spring/summer schedule, expectations, forms/documents, volunteer opportunities,
Questions??? Please contact Erin Yates (704)771-8927 or email below.
(Submitted by Erin Yates, firstname.lastname@example.org)
CMS BUDGET UPDATES
CMS Budget Meeting at Providence Spring Elementary, March 23
In cooperation with MeckEd, the Providence Spring PTA is hosting a forum which will include specific
CMS budget information, as well as ample time for questions and answers, and dialogue with elected
local leaders. Parents will leave this session armed with better information, empowered to be more
effective advocates for our students, and committed to making a difference in our community. The
forum will take place on Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at Providence Spring
Elementary, 10045 Providence Church Lane, Charlotte.
Featured speakers include Bill Anderson, Executive Director of MeckEd, Mecklenburg Citizens for
Public Education; Tim Morgan, Board of Education representative for District 6; and Jennifer Roberts,
Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
For questions or more information contact: Jamie Pittman, Providence Spring Elementary PTA
President, email@example.com or Stacey Schuler, Providence Spring Elementary PTA President-Elect,
(Submitted by Patti Colucciello, firstname.lastname@example.org)
CMS Budget Meeting with State Representatives at Providence High School,
On Saturday, March 26, 10 AM - Noon, Providence High School is hosting the "Mecklenburg
Delegation," our state representatives in Raleigh's General Assembly, for an open forum meeting in
the PHS auditorium. This meeting is about state public education funding, with an emphasis on how
the state legislative process works, how budgets are reconciled, and what this may mean for CMS's
D6 schools in 2011-12.
Featured speakers include State Senator Bob Rucho, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, and State
Representatives Ric Killian and Bill Brawley. We are very fortunate that at this critical and busy time,
these state representatives will be in one place for a question-and-answer on issues of great concern
to all D6 families. We want a big turnout of Crestdale and D6 parents, with the common goal of
communicating our concerns about preserving resources and staff for our schools!
(Submitted by Rachel Kocher, email@example.com)
Congratulations, Battle of the Books Team!
Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team for a second place win in the CMS Battle of the
Books contest on March 4. Our students are true champions, with this competition earning them 2nd
place in the CMS district. They are so excited and are already planning ahead for next year!
Our team members are Lee-Lee Alford, Aimee Allen, Molly Bridges, Bryce Clapp, Mindy Dunn, Paige
Jacky, Emily Monroe, Erin Murphy, Emma Nussman, Bailey Patterson, David Safir, and Hudson
Stevens, with alternates, Daksh Desai and Remy Lucien. Our team has worked hard since
November, reading and studying 27 books. Their coaches, Synthia DiIorio and Peggy Lepsig, are so
very proud of their hard work and dedication!
(Submitted by Peggy Lepsig, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Congratulations, MATHCOUNTS Team!
Congratulations to Steve Park, Bradley England, Evan Richards, Mark Schachner, Haley Gregory,
Kristen Gardner, Jed Higdon, David Balaj, Krishna Chopra, and Austen Schindler who competed with
Crestdale's MATHCOUNTS team on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at UNCC. Crestdale earned 7th
place out of 23 teams in the Charlotte area! That is the best a Crestdale team has ever done!! Our
top four scorers, Steve Park, Bradley England, Evan Richards, and Mark Schachner, will be traveling
to Durham for the State Competition on Friday, March 18, 2011 with Miss Dittman. GOOD LUCK!!
(Submitted by Kate Dittman, email@example.com)
TALENT DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
As we approach the impending end-of-grade testing and all the stress that can come with it, it is also
important to remember and recognize that children sometimes require different types of motivation in
order to continue to develop higher levels of reading comprehension. All children move through
phases of high and lower levels of learning, and as parents and educators, we need to fulfill the role
of an advocate.
I found a list entitled “20 Tips for Nurturing Gifted Children” and thought I would share a few with you
as we move into the end of the school year and then transition into a less (hopefully!) hectic summer:
1. Assure your child that being different is okay! Help your child appreciate not only his/her
differences, but others’.
2. Understand and appreciate the “whole” child in various scenarios and over a period of time.
3. Emphasize and celebrate what is learned rather than always on a grade. Encourage and
develop a lifelong passion to learn.
4. Talk “up” to your child! Use higher level vocabulary and higher level concepts in discussions.
5. Follow your child’s interests and learning situations and allow them the opportunity to “lead”
the discussions and learning opportunity.
6. Promote and create real-life learning situations for various subjects: shop together with a list
and budget, plan and build home improvement projects together, read news articles together
and discuss, etc.
7. Remember, gifted children need to question and respond critically, but make sure they learn to
do so with respect.
8. Last – inject humor as much as possible.
Also, please check out some of the websites below for more information on how to help your child
reach his/her potential academically, socially, and emotionally:
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/pages/ed.gifted.html (Great resource for even more websites –
many are actual ERIC documents)
(Submitted by Debra E. Miller, Academic Facilitator, firstname.lastname@example.org)