August Newsletter

Cub Newsletter

August 2017

Main Office 324-2800          Attendance Line 324-2802

Summer office hours 7:30a.m.-3:00p.m.

School day hours 8:05a.m.-2:50p.m.

School Year Office Hours 7:30am-4:00pm

School year Library hours 7:30a.m.-3:20p.m

Transportation 324-2100


Welcome Back to C.R. Anderson Middle School!

Welcome Back! We hope your summer has been relaxing and restful and are excited for your kids to return to C.R. Anderson. As your new principal, I am excited to continue working with your children as they navigate through sometimes difficult middle school years. As you are aware, this is a critical time in student’s development as they seek independence but have a great need for adult guidance. Our goal is to partner with you to help students grow through their experiences. Please communicate with myself, Mr. Lamb, counselors, and teachers should your child need help.


Below are a few items to consider before school begins.


  1. To effectively communicate, please update your PowerSchool information including home address, mailing address, contact phone numbers, email address, and emergency contact information.
  2. Supply lists are available online at
  3. Schedules can be picked up beginning August 17th (7th and 8th graders only)
  4. Stuff the bus supplies may be picked up from 3:30pm – 6pm on August 29th in the C.R. Anderson cafeteria.
  5. Seventh grade students must have documentation of their Tdap booster


Staff Changes


Dave Thennis – Principal

JJ Lamb – Assistant Principal

Linde Hennessey – School Counselor

Kellen Alger – 6th Grade Math

Darbi Linder – 6th Grade Science

Dana Swingley – Spanish

Emily Rodway – Nurse

TBD – Special Education

TBD – School Psychologist

Campus Updates


For the safety of our students, we have added bus lanes in the back of the school. This change will move most, if not all, busses off streets surrounding CRA. We hope this will eliminate congestions during drop off and pick up times. Please continue to be cautious when you pick up and drop off students as they are not always aware of the traffic around them.

Because busses will enter and exit the bus lanes from Allison Street and Cleveland Street we ask that you consider the following drop off and pick up locations for your student:

  • 6th Grade Drop Off / Pick up – please drop and pick up 6th graders in front of the school on Knight Street
  • 7th / 8th Grade Drop Off/ Pick up – please drop and pick up 7th / 8th grade students on Cannon Street.


1st Day of School for 6th Graders – Web Day

Sixth graders will receive their schedules on August 30th as part of the WEB (Welcome Everybody) day orientation.  During this day, students will participate in several fun activities and have help finding classes, lockers, and receiving some important information about CRA.

Students will meet in the court yard/lower field area at 8:05 am and be done at 2:50 pm.  Students may bring backpacks or school supplies, or they may bring those on August 31st.  All students will report to their advisor first thing in the morning on August 31st.  More information regarding WEB Day is contained later in this newsletter. OPEN HOUSE FOR 6TH GRADE PARENTS WILL BE AUGUST 30TH STARTING AT 6:00 PM.

1st Day of School for 7th and 8th Graders is August 31st.

We hope you are ready for a great school year. We encourage our students to be involved in clubs, activities, or events. This will only improve their school experience.

Last, we encourage parents to be involved too. If you are interested in participating in our Parent Council, or volunteering throughout the district please contact the main office at 324-2800.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.


Dave Thennis                                                                 JJ Lamb

Principal                                                                        Assistant Principal


Transportation Information for all students to ride bus the 2017-18 School Year

Bus Registration for the 2017-18 school year is available online.  Students are required to register for the bus every school year.  The online form will be available on the Transportation page at

Please Note: The bus stop schedule for 2017-18 will be available sometime during August 2017, at which point we will send out another notification.


Drew VanFossen

Router Specialist


Schedule Pickup:

7th and 8th Graders: Class Schedule pick up begins August 17th

6th Graders:  Class Schedule handed out on WEB Day August 30th



Important Dates:

8/17 7th and 8th grade class schedule pick-up begins

8/29 Stuff the Bus supplies available 3:30-6 pm by the main office

8/30 6th graders 1st day of school (WEB) 8:05 am -2:50 pm

6th Grade Open House 6:00 PM

8/31 7th and 8th grade 1st day of school

9/4    No school- Labor Day

9/7    CRA Open House 7th gr. @ 6:00, 8th gr. @ 7:00

9/10   Carnival Classic-Memorial Park

9/12    8th grade volleyball begins

9/12    Cross Country begins

9/14   Picture Day

10/2   Angel Fund applications available at each school or on the Angel Fund website



6th Grade – WEB DAY

The first day for 6th grade is Wednesday, August 30th. Students meet in the field behind the school (north side). The WEB Leaders will bring the 6th graders in at 8:05, so students please wait out in the field until they come get you. Students should wear comfortable clothing.  They will be doing many fun activities that will involve sitting on the floor and moving around, walking to their classes and throughout the building.

Sixth graders will get their assigned locker this day, so they may bring their backpack with supplies such as a pencil and binder or spiral notebook, if they want.  Please do not bring more than one bag. Lunch will be available for $2.70, or you can bring your own. We will be finished at 2:50 that afternoon.

Busses run their normal routes morning and afternoon.


Important reminder for parents of

7th graders:

Your student will not get their schedule or be able to start classes unless we have documentation they have had a tetanus booster shot, as well as two doses of the varicella vaccine.  Montana State Law requires these boosters. You can contact our school nurse, Emily Rodway, at 324-2766 with any questions.


Student Attendance

If your student is to be absent from school due to sickness, an appointment or any other reason, please call the school attendance line at 324-2802, or you may send a signed note to school with your student, or you may come into the building to check your student out.  The attendance line is available 24 hours a day seven days a week.    


Drivers Education Registration

Fall Registration August 28-September 1, 2017

For information on the fall classes please call the Drivers Ed office at 324-2123, email or go to their website.


CRA Open House

6th Grade Aug. 30 @ 6:00 pm

7th Grade Sept. 7 @ 6:00 pm

8th Grade Sept. 7 @ 7:00 pm


2017 Fall Pictures will be

Thursday, September 14th


2017/18 Breakfast and lunch prices and information

Full Price Reduced Price
Breakfast $1.35 $.30
Lunch $2.70 $.40

Procedure for putting money onto a student’s meal account is as follows:

  1. You may go on-line to the meal account program and use your credit/debit card to put an amount on to your student’s account Funds will not be available for 48 hours.
  2. You may send a check or cash to school with your student and they may bring it to the main office before school. If sending a check to school, please put the student’s first and last name along with their student ID number on the memo line.

We are not able to take credit/debit cards at the school.



Middle School Sports

Each sport must be paid for before your student may participate!

Registration forms will be available at the main office before each sport begins.

We will not be registering students for activities on-line.  We are unable to take credit/debit cards for payment.



If you have had a change of address, phone number(s), or email please let us know so we can keep our contact information up to date.  You may call 324-2800 or email Jodi Robertson – , or you may go onto Power School and make the changes yourself.


The 2017-18 District Calendar and the A/B Day Calendar are posted on our website.


Stuff the Bus/Angel Fund Information

If you are looking for information regarding the Angel Fund applications, Stuff the Bus and the Race for MT Youth please go to the following address:  Supplies will be available for CRA students at CRA August 29th from 3:30-6 pm.   Angel Fund applications will be available October 2nd at the main office, through the grade level counselor or on the Angel Fund website above.  If you are not able to come on the 29th please contact Mary Anderson at