Cub Newsletters

Posted on August 18, 2015

Back to School!  Get some headphones or earbuds!!

Posted on April 14, 2015

**Parents – please keep in mind that the bell does not ring and there is no adult supervision in the morning until 7:45 a.m. If you need to drop your student off at school before then, they may be in the cafeteria or the library, but they need to use those entrances. Thank you!


Important Dates:

3/28-4/6 Spring/Easter Break – No School
4/7 School Resumes
4/14 Track begins
4/15 Parent Council meeting 12:00 noon
4/29 Spring Pictures
5/1 Vigilante Day-students released at 11:00
5/12 HYO Spring Tour
5/12 6th grade musical 1:15 pm at HMS
5/13 7th grade musical 1:15 pm at HMS (Helseth cast)
5/14 7th grade musical 1:15 pm at HMS (Cleary cast)
5/14 HYO Recital – St. Paul’s 6:00
5/25 No school-Memorial Day
5/26 Orchestra Performance – HMS 6:00/7:00/8:00
5/28 8th grade choir concert 1:45 pm at HMS
6/4 All Bands Concert 7:00 pm – Civic Center


Incoming 6th Grade Information

This year, incoming 6th graders will be visiting C.R.A. for a tour and to register online for next year’s classes. Parents will still be able to review student registration on PowerSchool and make any changes they feel appropriate.

The school visitation & parent meeting schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 4th Four Georgians and Broadwater Schools
Tuesday, May 5th Jim Darcy and Broadwater Schools
Wednesday, May 6th Hawthorne School
Thursday, May 7th Kessler School
Thursday, May 7th CRA Parent Night (Jim Darcy, Broadwater, Rossiter) 6:30 PM
Monday, May 11th Rossiter School
Tuesday, May 12th CRA Parent Night (4 Gs, Hawthorne, Kessler) 6:30 PM

Youth Electrum Art Show

The Youth Electrum art show will be going on at the Holter Museum of Art, beginning on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30 and run until May 16th. Students and staff are encouraged to come and enjoy our student’s artwork!

Spring Pictures will take place Wednesday, April 29th
More information will be sent home with your student at a later date.

Student Cell Phone Use
Students are permitted to use cellular telephones outside the building before school. After school students are permitted to use their cell phones so long as they are moving toward the exits. We ask students to refrain from using cellular phones during lunch both inside and outside the building. Any other use requires specific permission from school personnel. Texting, taking photos, or recording video inside or outside the school building during the school day is not allowed.
If parents need to contact their student during the day please call the school office.

Middle School Activities

The C.R. Anderson Sports Program is to provide equal and safe opportunities for all students to participate. Our focus is to foster competition, sportsmanship, teamwork, and individual improvement.

Track (6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls) -closes April 9th – season begins April 14th. Registration forms are at the main office.


Parent Council
A huge Hooray & Thank You to all the CR Anderson families for making our Elliot’s Cookie Dough sale such a success! The Parent Council profited just over $12,000!! This money will be used to fund teacher requests this Spring & next Fall. Some of the money will also be used to fund the “Caring Cub” fund.
THANK you to those parents who baked cookies, collected orders, reconciled $, & helped with the delivery!!

The next Parent Council meeting will be held April 15th, at 12:00 noon.


ATTENTION: 6th Grade Parents
“Calling the Shots”

This is a reminder that quite a few of our sixth grade students still need a booster of tetanus containing vaccine before they can enter school next fall. The Montana law states students entering the 7th grade must provide documentation of a tetanus bearing vaccine booster within the past 5 years.
Please call your health care provider to schedule this tetanus booster, or take your child to the Lewis & Clark Health Department’s:
• Walk-in immunization clinic every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the County Health Department, 1930 Ninth Avenue. 443-2584

We would encourage you to obtain these vaccines at your earliest convenience before school is out in June. Please send documentation to school as soon as these immunizations are received.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s need for this booster please call me at 431-2406 or 324-2766.

Kendra Selser R.N.
School Nurse
C.R. Anderson Middle School


CHS Bruins license plates now available!

Attention CRA parents and students! Did you know that Capital High Bruins license plates are now available for purchase? The new plates were designed by the Capital High Booster Club. Proceeds from the plates will go directly to the Booster Club, which in turn provides financial support to all CHS athletic, academic, music, drama, and other clubs and activities. Cost for the plates is $25 and can be purchased at your local courthouse. For more information and to view an image of the new plates, go to


Registration will take place April 20-24th. The student has to turn 15 years old by August 31, 2015 to be eligible to submit a registration form. The registration form will appear on the traffic ed webpage at 8:15 a.m. on April 20th. Print the registration form out and the legal parent or guardian of the student will fill out the form and sign it. Turn the completed form only into one of the main offices at Capital High School, Helena High School, CR Anderson Middle School, or Helena Middle School during office hours ending April 24th. Completed forms will not be accepted after April 24th. Please DO NOT call any of these schools and ask if you can fax or scan the completed registration form to them. Classes will be formed by date of birth with the older students having preference. A waiting list will be formed for those not getting into a summer class and they will have first choice in selecting a fall class that may fit into their schedule.
The parents of the 90 students on the winter waiting list will be contacted after March 18th to see if a summer class will work for their student and they will be placed in a class before summer registration opens on April 20th. The schedule of classes can be found below.
Summer2015Driver.pdf (109.8 KB)




C. R. Anderson Middle School is offering a summer school course for any student wa

nting to improve their math, reading, and writing skills. This course is open t

o any current sixth to eighth grader. The cost is free to students who have failed math or communication arts and the enrollment is limited. The only requirements are: a commitment by the student to participate; to cooperate; and to attend all three hour sessions for the fifteen days offered.
You may pick up an application at the main office. A SIGNATURE BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN IS REQUIRED. If you have any questions please call Ms. Peach at 324-2781.

Classes are scheduled for:
June 15-19
June 22-26
June 29-30 and July 1-3

Class will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p. m. each day.
Students shou

ld bring a folder with notebook paper and a pencil each day.
Please fill out this bottom portion and return to the main office.

Student Name___________________________________Grade Level 2014-2015____________
Parent Name_________________________________________
Best Phone Number to Contact You________________________Wk Hm Cell (circle one)


The MET, Live at
C.R. Anderson Middle School!

The Helena School District is in its seventh year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program. The Live in Schools program provides tickets to four operas each season to introduce students to this incredible art form. Each opera is streamed live to our local movie theater, and the MET provides rich and detailed educator guides that help teachers and students learn about each show.

With our final shows approaching—the double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci on Saturday, April 25—we want to remind C.R. Anderson students that everyone is welcome to be a part of the Live in Schools program. If you want to get involved with our next opera, contact Mr. Cleary at 324-2816. I hope to see you at the opera!

New York City 2016!

Spring break 2015 is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to think about what you are doing next year for spring break! Why not spend it in New York? The tour group that Mr. Cleary is leading in 2016 has grown substantially, so they are beginning the planning phase of their travel experience. Now is the perfect time to join the fun!

Mr. Cleary will hold another enrollment meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 5:30 pm in the C.R.A. Orchestra Room (B5). This meeting is for students and parents thinking about joining the tour; we will talk about basic information and answer your questions. A tour meeting will immediately follow the enrollment meeting (about 6:00 pm)—it is intended for those people already enrolled and wanting to contribute to decisions about the itinerary. Anyone who is still interested in being a part of the 2016 tour may contact Mr. Cleary at or 324-2816 to receive email updates. Feel free to also write or call if you have questions about this amazing educational opportunity!
Families needed to host Japanese youth for one month this summer through the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development. Program dates are from July 24-August 18, 2015. Host families should have children ages 10-16, the desire for an in-depth cultural experience and fun! Japanese delegates come with spending money and health insurance and are here to experience everyday life in an American family. For application materials, contact Stephanie Davison at 994-3502.





Posted on March 9, 2015

2015 Band Festival

The CRA 7th & 8th grade bands will attend their Spring Band Festival on March 11th & 12th, respectively. These festivals are all-day events at the Helena Civic Center.

Each day ends with a concert at 4:00 PM.

The concert is free and open to the public. Presently, we are looking for parent volunteers to help with lunch and snacks. Parents who are interested in volunteering for all or part of the day should contact Chris Nevinski at Thanks!

Posted on March 9, 2015

Middle School Activities

The C.R. Anderson Sports Program is to provide equal and safe opportunities for all students to participate. Our focus is to foster competition, sportsmanship, teamwork, and individual improvement.

Registration forms are available at the main office. Fees must be paid at the time of registration.

Track (6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys/girls) – registration closes April 9th – season begins April 14th.

Posted on March 9, 2015

Annual Cookie Dough Sales

Once again our Parent Council sponsored the Cookie Dough fundraiser. Thank you to all students who got out there and sold cookie dough for our school! Please mark your calendars on March 19th as delivery day.

If anyone would like to help with the cookie dough delivery day, please contact Sarah Sullivan at

Posted on February 26, 2015

Mr. Campbell’s Corner – February

Student Safety Concerns

I would like to bring up a concern about traffic safety before and after school. Our primary concerns are the students’ safety. If we take extra time and precautions around the school then we can prevent a tragedy. Here are a few basic reminders for parents:

  • Slow Down, when driving around the school, be aware of the posted speed limit.
  • Be perceptive, students aren’t always aware of their surroundings. Follow all traffic rules;
    please be especially aware of crosswalks.

And for the students:

  • Cross the streets only at cross walks, follow pedestrian’s rules. Be aware of your surroundings, watch for cars.

We are all busy, but please take the time to make sure that your child and other students are safe around the school. We can make this a safer environment and our goal is that no one is injured. Also, please be aware of the parking areas and our handicapped zones. Many times vehicles are parked in the loading zone and handicapped zones which are clearly marked “No Parking”.
Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for February 3rd and 4th.

Thank you,
Bruce Campbell
CRA Principal
Reminder to all: LATEX BALLOONS are NOT allowed in any district building due to latex allergies of students and staff.

If your student is to be absent from school due to sickness, an appointment or any other reason, please let the school know by calling our attendance line at 324-2802. You may leave a message 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Posted on February 26, 2015

Important Dates

  • 2/2 8th Grade High School Registration
  • 2/3-4 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 2/5 8th Grade Parent Mtg/Re: H.S. Registration/CHS 2/9 Spelling Bee
  • 2/13 Valentine’s Day Dance
  • 2/16 No School-President’s Day
  • 2/18 Parent Council Meeting – 12:00 p.m.
  • 2/19 Choir Performance @ HMS 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00
  • 2/23 Concert Band Concert – 7:00 pm – CHS
  • 2/25 Rieley Team ski trip
  • 2/26 Sather Team ski trip
  • 3/5 & 6 Orchestra informances during class
  • 3/11 PEWTer Team ski trip
  • 3/11 7th grade Band Festival @ Civic Center
  • 3/12 BiCEP Team ski trip
  • 3/12 8th grade Band Festival @ Civic Center
  • 3/13 Hagengruber/McGinley Team ski trip
  • 3/18 Gold/Helmbrecht Teams ski trip
  • 3/24 8th Grade Orchestra Festival – 2:00pm concert at HMS 3/27 6th &
  • 7th grade Orchestra Festival
Posted on February 26, 2015

Change of Address, Phone, or Email

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 can update your info on PowerSchool, or you may call 324-2800 or email Jodi Robertson –

Posted on February 26, 2015

6th and 7th Grade Ski Trips to Great Divide

Our 6th and 7th graders will have the opportunity to ski at Great Divide through our Physical Education classes. The following are the dates and the team or Advisor classes that are going that day.

  • February 25th Peterson, Dellwo, Rieley, Wall, Madsen, Cleveland
  • February 26th K. Cohn, Lane, Rillahan, Sather, Cleary, Sprott
  • March 11th Richards, Peach, Troyer, Weller, Nevinski, Pancich
  • March 12th Bisom, Currier, Elder, K. Sheridan, Douglass, Molloy
  • March 13th Hagengruber, McGinley, Heun, Gunn, Patterson
  • March 18th Noble, Helseth, Hanson, Helmbrecht

For more information please contact your student’s physical education teacher. All forms need to be turned into the physical education teacher on time.

All students must ride the bus to the hill and back. The lift ticket used with the school will not be valid after 1:30 pm – when we need to be off the hill. If a parent wants to stay on the hill with their child after this, you will need to purchase a 1⁄2 day ticket for themselves and their child, in which case, these arrangements must be made with Mr. Campbell PRIOR to the ski trip day. Mr. Campbell will then inform the PE teacher that these arrangements have been made. There will be NO ARRANGEMENTS made up at the hill the day of the trip to allow students to stay with their parents. Thank you for your cooperation!

Posted on February 26, 2015

Spring Pictures

Spring Pictures will take place Wednesday, April 29th

More information will be sent home with your student at a later date.