Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year at CRA

Welcome Back to C.R. Anderson Middle School! 


The start of a new school year brings excitement and opportunity.  As we get closer to the first day of school, excitement builds with thoughts of reconnecting with old friends, meeting new teachers, and even making some new friends. With the excitement of starting a new school year comes an opportunity for a new beginning. It is a chance to improve, learn something new, or develop new positive habits.  We are excited for students to return and look forward to building on the successes of the past.  Our goal is to partner with you to help students grow positively through their experiences. Please communicate with me, Mr. Lamb, counselors, and teachers should your child need help. We look forward another great school year.  


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.  
  1. Supply lists are available online at http://cra.helenaschools.org/ 
  1. Schedules will be available through PowerSchool on August 10th. You can also pick up a copy for your son or daughter’s schedule in the office.   
  1. Stuff the bus supplies may be picked up from 4pm – 6pm on August 27th in the C.R. Anderson cafeteria.  
  1. Seventh grade students must have documentation of their Tdap booster or have contacted the school nurse. This must be done prior to beginning school.  


Staff Changes  


Cori Krick – 8th Grade English-406 team  

Dick McMahon – 8th Grade Math 

Kylie Pancich – 6th Grade Social Studies-Platinum Team  

Jake West – 6th Grade Art 

Lindsey Orem – Special Education  

Paul Connolly – 8th Grade English-Vigilante Team  

Lauren Miller – 7th Grade English-Wildside Team  

Beth Douglass – 6th Grade Math-Gold Team/Computer Applications  

Sarah Hogan – English/Computer Applications  

Ben Dudek – 6th Grade Science-Gold Team, 7th Grade Geography-Meadowlark  

Erin Hunt – Building Learning Coordinator and Literacy Coach 

Cara Heath – School Psychologist 

Lori Braese-Speech 

Sarah Kelley – ½ Special Education  



Campus Updates – Thank you! 


  1. Safety and Security Bond Updates 


  1. New keyless entry doors continue to be installed at many entrances 
  1. Upgraded communication systems in office and classrooms 



Pick up and Drop Off 


Please continue to be cautious when you pick up and drop off students as they are not always aware of the traffic around them. 


  • 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.  


~6th Grade Orientation Day – Where Everybody Belongs~ 

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 

Student Orientation:  We are excited to see all 6th graders on their first day of school – WEB day – Wednesday, August 29th!  On this day, you will participate in lots of activities, meet new people, tour the school, get your lockers, and run through your class schedules.  Bring your backpack, school supplies, lunch or lunch money, and lock to your locker.  Wear comfortable clothes and good shoes that allow you to be active and sit on the floor. 

Students will meet in the rear of the school (northside) near the bus lanes, courtyard, and recess field.  Arrive in plenty of time to say hi to friends you haven’t seen all summer.  At 8:05, we will open the doors to begin our fun day.   You will eat lunch at school (school-made for $2.75 or lunch brought from home).  The day will end at 2:50. Buses will run as normal on this day. 

Parent Orientation:  New this year is a morning orientation for parents – starting promptly at 8:05 and lasting about 45 minutes to an hour.  Drop your middle schooler off behind the school, then head to the front of the school (southside).  Through the main doors, you’ll find the upper gym where we will hold an orientation for parents/guardians.  Here you will learn about the ins and outs of middle school at CRA and get important information about lunch money, PowerSchool, activities, and more.   

We will also host a parent orientation in the evening of August 29th at 6:00 p.m.  You may choose to attend whichever orientation fits best in your schedule.  You do not need to come to both. 

~We can’t wait to welcome in our next class of CR Anderson Cubs!~ 

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


1st Day of School for 7th and 8th Graders is August 30th 

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  




Important Dates 


8/27 Stuff the Bus supplies available 4-6 pm by the main office 

8/29 6th graders 1st day of school (WEB) 8:05 am -2:50 pm 

6th gr Open House @ 6:00 

8/30 7th and 8th grade 1st day of school 

9/3   No school- Labor Day 

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

9/9   Carnival Classic-Memorial Park 

9/11   8th grade volleyball begins 

9/11   Cross Country begins 

9/13   Picture Day 

10/1   Angel Fund applications available at each school or on the Angel Fund website 




2018 Fall Pictures will be  Tuesday, September 4th 


Important reminder for parents of  

7th graders: 

Montana State Law requires Tdap boosters! If your child has not completed a Tdap booster please call the school nurse asap. This needs to be on file prior to the start of school.  


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 

For information on the fall classes please visit the district site at https://helenaschools.org/departments/traffic-education/ , call the Drivers Ed office at 324-2123 or email trafficeducation@helenaschools.org. 


2018/19 Breakfast and lunch prices and information 

  Full Price  Reduced Price 
Breakfast  $1.40  $.40 
Lunch  $2.75  $.40 


NEW this year….You may APPLY ONLINE/FILL OUT THE FORM for the free/reduced program at www.mymealtime.com.   

The site will be ready for applications midAugust. 

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 https://www.mymealtime.com/signin.aspx.  Funds will not be available for 48 hours. 
  1. 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. 



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 – jrobertson@helenaschools.org or you may go onto Power School and make the changes yourself. 




8TH VOLLEYBALL             SEPT. 11 – OCT. 17   

CROSS COUNTRY              SEPT. 11 – OCT. 17  

WRESTLING                        OCT. 23 – DEC. 6 

6th/7th GRADE GIRLS BB            OCT. 23 – DEC. 6          

8TH GRADE GIRLS/BOYS BB        DEC. 11 – JAN. 24  

6th/7th GRADE BOYS BB                  JAN. 29 -MARCH 7 

6TH/7TH GRADE GIRLS VB                MARCH 12 – APRIL 18

TRACK                     APRIL 23 – MAY 30  


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. 



Locker Locks 

We are always in need of new or used combination locks for our students’ lockers.  Many times during the year students need a new lock for their locker and our replacement stock of locker locks has diminished. 

Please consider bringing in old or new combination locks you may have.   

Thank you! 


The 2018-19 District Calendar can be found 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:  www.angelfundhelena.org.  Supplies will be available for CRA students at CRA August 27th from 4-6 pm.   Angel Fund applications will be available October 1st 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 27th please contact Mary Anderson at 324-2800.