Chariho Middle News

October 22, 2021

Dear CMS Community,

Important Dates: 

-November 1- District PD day-Students are asynchronous learning, no students in-person.

-November 3- School Improvement Team Meeting- 3:30-4:30 CMS library. 

-November 3- PTO-7:00 pm CMS Library

-November 11- School closed.

-November 17- Early Release-CMS students dismissed at 12:45 pm.

-November 24-26-School closed.


-Positive COVID-19 Cases- Parents if you have a CMS student who test positive for COVID-19 can you please email Julia Phelan and Gregory Zenion at or call the clinic at 315-2822. Please contact school as soon as possible regardless of whether or not RIDOH says they will notify the school. The sooner we know about a positive case the sooner we can act to make sure we are keeping the building safe.

-CMS Color Wars- Are you ready for “Color Wars”? CMS Student Council is sponsoring “Color Wars”  on Friday, October 29th just in time for Halloween!  It's a day where the whole school can come together and have some fun. Show your spirit by wearing the following colors. 

Grade 8 - black

Grade 7 - orange

Grade 6 - green

Grade 5 - purple

Please make sure that everything you wear follows the CMS dress code, and have some fun with it. We are looking forward to seeing everyone participate and fill our school hallways with Halloween colors on Friday!

-The Fall Book Fair is coming! Help to support the Chariho Middle School library by purchasing at the Fall Book Fair from October 25-29. Check out our book fair webpage for more information: 

-CMS National Junior Honor Society- The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) was established in 1929 by the Association for Secondary School Principals to recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy.  The Chariho Middle School Chapter of the NJHS recognizes these characteristics and pillars of the NJHS, scholarship (92.5 GPA without rounding up), service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Our chapter includes year 1 (grade 7 or 8) and year 2 (grade 8) memberships. Year 1 students (Grades 7 and 8) will be invited for membership in February by maintaining a 92.5 or higher GPA without rounding up. After a student’s intent of membership, the student must demonstrate the five pillars of scholarship (92.5 GPA without rounding up), service, leadership, character, and citizenship.  After successfully completing demonstrated Pillars, students will be invited to participate in the Induction ceremony held in June.  Year 2 students who were inducted into membership in grade 7 may continue year two by maintaining all requirements, including 92.5 GPA, without rounding up.  Year 2 students have been notified, by email, of this year’s requirements. Membership in NJHS is both an honor and a commitment.  Members of the Chariho Middle School chapter of the NJHS must demonstrate the pillars of scholarship (92.5 GPA without rounding up), service, leadership, character, and citizenship.  For more information, please see the NJHS CMS Chapter By-Laws posted on the CMS website or contact Mrs. Florenz, Assistant Principal.

-A reminder from our school nurse, Julia Phelan:

  • Parents of 7th graders please be sure you have submitted your student's most recent Physical Exam with proof of required immunizations (Tdap, Meningitis and HPV- 1 dose)
  • Parents of 8th graders please be sure you have submitted your student's proof of 2 doses of HPV vaccine.
  • FLU VACCINES- Now is the time to get vaccinated for the flu. If you missed our flu clinic you can go online to find another school clinic near you, or you can call your primary care provider or pharmacy to schedule an appointment.
  • COVID VACCINES- COVID-19 vaccines help protect against the Delta variant of COVID-19, which spreads more easily and quickly than other variants. To have the safest return to school possible, the state is asking everyone who is eligible ( over age 12 years) to be fully vaccinated. TO BOOK A COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT ELSEWHERE GO ONLINE TO 


-CMS PTO- Boon Supply is extending our 40% earning through October 30th! Did you get your order and wish you had ordered something else? Or forgot to order but still want to help the PTO? Now is your time! CMS PTO will earn 40% of every sale through October 30th.  All sales are online and shipped directly to you. Ordering info are online here: Any questions please feel free to contact Shellie Callahan:

-COVID Testing- Please see important information to consent to student COVID-19 testing in the school. You only need to resgister/consent once, you do not have to complete each week. Any student who wishes to be tested must have parental consent. All middle school athletes are required to be tested weekly to participate in middle school sports.  Please see this consent letter to register your student to participate in COVID testing. Our next test date is Monday, October 25. Athletes’ parents must have completed the consent form in order to test.  Any athlete that is not signed up with the completed consent form will have to schedule their own PCR test and send the results to the School Nurse, Secretary and Athletic Director by Thursday, October 14th in order to be eligible for athletics on Friday, October 15th. For those students who are scheduling their own PCR test send PCR test results to Julia Phelan, and .


-Hopkinton Rec Programs & Events- Arts & Crafts at the Village Place Studio & Gallery in Hope Valley begins October 30th for Kids 5-9 yrs. old and on November 6th for kids 10 yrs. old and up; Holiday Art, Cultural Themes, One-Dimension, Mask Making and more! Family Concert Series-Folk & Old Time Music at the Langworthy Field Pavilion -1PM on Saturday, October 30th   Registration is open for the Youth Basketball League for all children ages 4-17.  Open Gyms will run in November & December.  The season begins January 8, 2022. Library Community Day is Saturday, November 6th.  Ashaway Free Library celebrates 150 years.  Food Trucks, Obstacle Course and Live Music at Crandall Field.  Activities start at 11AM.

For more info and to register, go to  or call (401) 377-775.  Like us on Facebook


Thank you, enjoy the weekend,

Greg and Mary Beth

"CMS will teach, target, and transform our school community”

-Parent pick-up- CMS requires all parents picking up students to have a school-issued placard displayed in the front window of the vehicle. Placards are issued from the main office. Students this year will be radioed from the gym when you pull up. Students will be organized in the gym by their placard numbers so please make sure your child has their placard number memorized. Dismissal will be at 2:10 pm.

-Mask wearing- When students are outside and spaced six feet or more, they do not have to wear a mask. Many students are choosing to continue to wear their mask outside and stay within 6 feet so they can socialize.  Teachers will not mandate that students remove their mask while outside. Please discuss this with your child and encourage them to remove their mask when they are more than six feet apart while outside, if this is what you want.

 -CMS is 100% Peanut/Tree Nut Free school- Below is our process for address any issues:

Peanut/Tree Nut Free

  • If a student brings in a peanut/tree nut product and it has not been opened, we will request that the student bring the product to the main office to be picked up at the end of the day.
  • If the student has opened the product during snack or lunch, we will request that the student either go to the main office break room or throw the product out. If student throws the product out a school snack/lunch will be given to them.    
  • All CMS staff will monitor food to ensure peanut/tree nut free contents.   
  • Restricted items include any food that may have been produced in a factory that may not be peanut/tree nut-free. 
  • Due to allergies, we ask that you reinforce with your students that no one should share food items. 

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