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November Newsletter

 

Main Office 324-2800

Attendance Line 324-2802

Office hours 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

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

Library hours 7:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m

Transportation 324-2100

 

Attendance Office phone number 324-2802

** Please let us know if any phone numbers, addresses, or e-mails have changed so we can keep in contact with you!

 

Important Dates

Nov. 2nd and 3rd Orchestra Informances

Nov. 3rd End of 1st Quarter

Nov. 7th & 8th Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 9th Winter Choral Concert – 6th, 7th, 8th grades & VOT

Nov. 22-24th Thanksgiving Break-No School

Nov. 30th HYO Winter Tour and Recital – 6 pm, Myrna Loy

Dec. 6th – 8th grade girls and boys basketball begins

Dec. 14th Chamber Orch. Informance 1 PM

Dec. 14th 8th Grade Band Concert 7 PM at CHS

Dec. 19th Orchestra – 6th at 6 pm and 7th at 7 pm

Dec. 21st 6th/7th Band Concert – 4:00 & 7:00 pm

Dec. 23rd -Jan. 3rd Holiday Break- No School


Early Release on Mondays!

Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m. each Monday, for professional development time for teachers. Busses will run their regular routes.

Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement.  Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:

  • Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
  • Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
  • Designing units of study
  • Writing common assessments
  • Analyzing the results of the common assessments
  • Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.

Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.

 

Notice to C.R. Anderson Families…

The 2017-18 school year is off to a great start as schedules are set, routines established, and the hard work is in progress. As you know, the beginning of the school year takes a great deal of planning and requires consideration of many factors. Over the years we have been able to accept parent requests in this process, but it has reached a point where we need to stop.  The number of requests (400-500) has made it more and more difficult to honor. Should you have a situation you would like to avoid, please email to let us know.

Thanks for your understanding,

Dave Thennis

Principal

 

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

http://cra.helenaschools.org/resources/

 

CRA Library Hours

7:30am-3:20pm

Students using the library at 7:30 need to use the NW entrance

(by the basketball hoops)

 

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 will be available at the main office, prior to the start of that particular sport.  Fees ($40 per activity) must be paid at the time of registration.

8th Grade Basketball (Girls/Boys)    Starts Dec. 12 – Jan. 26 – registration closes Nov. 29

Boys Basketball 6th/7th                      Starts Jan. 30 – March 9

Volleyball 6th/7th                                Starts March 13 – April 20

Track                                                  Starts April 24 – May 30

 

BOOK FAIR!

Friday, November 6th – Friday, November 10th

Open every day before school.

Open after school every day except Monday. (early release)

Open until 7:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday during PT Conferences.

Come check out the 100’s of great books!

All sales support your CRA Library!

Ordering available online too

 

 

Together We Can:

                                          …get more sleep!

Is your child one of the CRA students telling the school nurse they are tired, have insomnia, can’t go back to sleep?

How much sleep is necessary?

School age:  10+ hours nightly

Teens:  9-10 hours nightly

Why we need this much?

  • Bottom line: proper sleep improves our health overall
  • Key points for CRA’s students: adequate sleep is required for memory building and retention.
  • Key points for parents and children: lack of sleep contributes to bad decisions, riskier behavior, irritability, depression, anxiety, long term health conditions
  • Key points from the health room: poor sleep = more missed school days for illnesses, and more missed classes for mood crises

Take action!

– Commit to your sleep routine, this is the day to start, one day at a time

–  Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day

–  Avoid these distractions in the bedroom: noises, lights, TV, computers,                  tablets, phones

– Screen use in the bedroom? The blue light is found to be terrible for                        good sleep. Implement the rule that phones get turned over to parents                 at 9:00 and follow it yourself to improve your sleep too!

-Feel like the above suggestion is not possible? Do you relate to: Kids                       will throw a fit? They just got a social life, I can’t be the one that harms                   that? They use youtube to fall asleep!  My kid is finally quiet, I can get                      some peace!

-We understand! And we support you! CRA parents: you got this. One                      step at a time. One day at a time. Let us know if we can help you.

With health at heart,

Emily Rodway BSN, RN

C.R. Anderson School Nurse

324-2676, 437-2676

Looking for resources? Medline Plus has information for adults and children!

https://medlineplus.gov/healthysleep.html

https://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/electronics-the-bedroom

 

From the Lunch Counter:

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 https://www.mymealtime.com/signin.aspx. 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.

Paying for Lunches on Line:

All parents and/or guardians now have the opportunity to apply money to their student’s food service account through an on-line program called “Meal Time.” Just go to this site: http://www.mymealtime.com. Once you are there you will need to follow the prompts and set up an account that will allow you to keep track of all your students at the same time. With this program you will be able to see all activities on your student’s account. You will be able to see if they have had lunch or breakfast or if they ate A La Cart!  You can put money in their accounts by means of a credit card. You may continue using the online program to put lunch money on your student’s account.

This year there will be a fee for every Credit Card Transaction. That fee will be around 4.9%.

If you just want to check your students account balance, you may now do that on-line as well.

There is NO fee to look at balances or set up an account.

To use this system all you need to do is go to https://www.mymealtime.com, and set up a user account.  The Parent or Guardian will be the user, and you will need to know what your student’s ID# is in order to put money into that student’s lunch account. This process will take from 48-72 hours to complete. Questions please call 406-324-2512.

Free/Reduced Lunches:

TO ANY STUDENTS WHO QUALIFIED FOR FREE/REDUCED LUNCHES LAST YEAR (2016/17):  Please remember to re-submit a free/reduced application for this year (2017/18). The grace period for last year ends on October 10th.  Your student will revert back to full pay at that time, if you DO NOT re-apply.

All parents and/or guardians now have the opportunity to apply money to their student’s food service account through an on-line program called “Meal Time.” Just go to this site: http://www.mymealtime.com. Once you are there you will need to follow the prompts and set up an account that will allow you to keep track of all your students at the same time. With this program you will be able to see all activities on your student’s account. You will be able to see if they have had lunch or breakfast or if they ate A La Carte! You can put money in their accounts by means of a credit card. You may continue using the online program to put lunch money on your student’s account. There will be a fee for every Credit Card Transaction. That fee will be around 4.9%.  If you just want to check your students account balance, you may now do that on-line as well. There is NO fee to look at balances or set up an account. To use this system all you need to do is go to https://www.mymealtime.com, and set up a user account. The Parent or Guardian will be the user, and you will need to know what your students ID# is in order to put money into that student’s lunch money account.

This process will take from 48-72 hours to complete. Questions please call 406-324-2512.

 

Parent Council

Parents:  If you are looking for a way to keep in touch with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th at 12:00 noon.  We are looking forward to new ideas and energy and everyone is welcome.

 

CRA Food Drive

  • Which advisor can bring in the most food! (Canned food is the best)
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd!
  • The food drive will go from October 30th to November 20th.
  • Each week we will do a count and there will be a leader board up by the main office!

Why should we do a food drive?

Hunger is not just a World problem, it is a Montana problem and it is a Helena problem!

  • Approximately 1 in 8 Montanans struggle with Hunger including 45,000 children!
  • Look at your class and realize that 2 or 3 students in your class don’t eat every day!
  • What we do at CRA matters! We have over 1000 students and with the help of everyone we can make a huge difference for the families of Helena and your classmate that need help the most!
  • Our goal for the school is to bring in 25,000 can of food!  That is about 25 cans per student.  We can do it if we all pull together.
  • We all know that 1st place has already been claimed by Undefeated and the Unstoppable Mr. Wall Advisor, but with some hard work you can fight it out for 2nd place!

If you want to try to take 1st place away from us you will have to bring in more than 600 cans, for that is what we average.  😊


After-School Kids Academic Assistance Program

We are currently accepting applications for the after-school study program.  Applications are available in the main office. Return completed applications to the main office.

Mrs. Bisom will contact you prior to your child starting.

We will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00.

Students in this program receive assistance with their homework from teachers. The participants are expected to follow all school rules and come prepared to work during the study time. Attendance is expected unless there has been an excused absence for the school day. Enrollment is limited and a waiting list is kept for any overflow.

 

CRA Off-Campus Emergency Evacuation

Recently all students participated in our annual evacuation drill to our Off-Campus Emergency Evacuation Sites.  We practice this drill in case there would be a situation where our students can not stay in the building or need to leave the building due to an emergency.

The following are the locations our student would evacuate to:

6th grade and special needs:  Calvary Baptist Church-across the street from CRA

7th grade: Headwaters Covenant Church, 1030 Choteau St. (formerly Alliance Church)

8th grade: Alliance Church, 1400 Stuart St. (formerly Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church)

If CRA would need to evacuate the building and could not return we would put into use our all school In-Touch notification system.  This is the same system that is used for our attendance calling/emailing.  You would receive a call and/or email letting you know the situation and the location of the grade levels.  We will also post the locations on our reader board at CRA.

We hope to not use these Off-Campus sites, but if we need to, we are prepared and ready.

Thank you to the churches and their staff members for allowing our students into their buildings!

 

Help Host Students for the Student Council State Conference!

ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Hundreds of student leaders from around Montana are coming to Helena next Sunday through Tuesday.

One of the biggest challenges of this opportunity is finding homestay experiences for these students during their conference.

We still need about 100 beds for our young people. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to meet a student from another part of our state. To be fair, they aren’t around much, but it is still a great experience for both the students attending the conference and the families who take them in for a couple nights.

Host families will pick students up at the Civic Center Sunday evening and provide them a place to stay. In the morning, they will feed the students breakfast and deliver them to the Helena Civic Center. For those families wishing to drop their homestays off at CRA, we will have a bus that takes the students down to the Civic Center at 7:50 a.m. if that works easier for you! Monday night (10:30 is the official time, but middle school students often head home a bit earlier than that), students can be picked up at the Civic Center. They stay the night again, and Monday morning they should be fed breakfast and then dropped off at Helena Middle School before 8:00.  That’s all there is to it!

Please help us out. You can sign up to assist in just a few minutes using this link: http://www.tinyurl.com/MASChousing2017

THANK YOU for helping our community put on a quality leadership experience for young people from around our state!

Mr. Elder and Ms. O’Leary

 

The MET, Live at

C.R. Anderson Middle School!

The Helena School District is in its tenth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program.  The Live in Schools program provides tickets to as many as eight 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 next show fast approaching—The Exterminating Angel on Saturday, November 18—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 the opera you can still contact Mr. Cleary at 324-2816.  I hope to see you at the opera!

 

New York City 2018!

Do you know what you’re doing over spring break? Why not spend it in New York exploring the city’s rich music culture? The tour group that Mr. Cleary is leading in 2018 has made an exciting start to the planning phase of their travel experience, but they are excited to welcome new participants. With just five months until the plane leaves Helena, now is a great time to sign up!

You can visit http://www.efexploreamerica.com (our tour number is 1875567PC) to see the itinerary, get pricing information, and enroll. Please contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816 if you are interested in receiving email updates; we hope you will consider joining us for this amazing educational opportunity!

 

 

The 2017-2018 season for the Helena Youth Orchestra is moving along with great success; our diverse ensembles include students of all ages and ability levels who are exploring challenging symphonic literature with their peers every Friday after school.

If you are interested in learning more about the organization, or in obtaining an enrollment brochure, please visit our website (https://helenayouthorchestra.org/) or check out our Facebook page. You are also welcome to attend our Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30 pm in the Myrna Loy Center large theater. Talk with your music teacher or contact Mr. Cleary (kcleary@helenayouthorchestra.org) if you have any additional questions about HYO


September Newlsetter

Welcome Back to C.R. Anderson Middle School!

I would like to thank everybody for their support for a great first week at C.R. Anderson Middle School! Our Middle School activities programs will be up and running beginning September 12th. The schedule is included in the newsletter. Students will be participating in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Cross Country or 8th grade Girl’s Volleyball, beginning September 12th. Schedules will be posted on the website and each player will be given a game schedule.

The Open house for 6th graders at C.R. Anderson was held on August 31st. The Open House for 7th & 8th graders will be held on Tuesday, September 12th, with the 7th graders/parents at 6:00, and 8th graders/parents at 7:00. Picture day will be Thursday, September 14th, and retakes will be October 18th.

We have new bus lanes right behind the school – please do not drive or park in these lanes at any time, as we would like to keep them open for any busses throughout the day. In an attempt to clear some of the congestion in front of the school, along Knight Street, we are asking that 6th grade parents drop off/pick up on Knight Street, and 7th/8th grade parents drop off/pick up behind the school, along Allison Street. A great place to avoid traffic and pick up your student is to have them walk one block east down Choteau Street. There is little traffic and you can get in and out of the area quickly on those busy days. Please be safe & careful drivers when picking up and dropping off your student(s)!! We always appreciate your support!

Have a great September,
Dave Thennis
Principal

Staff Changes:

Dave Thennis – Principal
JJ Lamb – Assistant Principal
Linde Hennessy – School Counselor
Kellen Alger – 6th Grade Math
Darbi Linder – 6th Grade Science
Dana Swingley – Spanish
Emily Rodway – Nurse
Lindy Hale – Special Education

Important Dates:

9/4 No school – Labor Day
9/10 Carnival Classic-Memorial Park
9/12 Open House for 7th gr. @ 6:00, 8th gr. @ 7:00
9/12 Cross Country begins
9/12 8th grade volleyball begins
9/14 Picture Day
10/1 Angel Fund applications available at each school or on the Angel Fund website
(http://www.angelfundhelena.org/HowToApply)

 

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.

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

Parent, Student and Community Resources

Each team will be documenting assignments online. Your student can access their team assignment calendar at: www.tinyurl.com/cra-start

 

Please let us know if any phone numbers, addresses or e-mails have changed so we can keep in contact with you!

Early Release on Mondays!

Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m.
each Monday, for professional development time for teachers.
Busses will run their regular routes.
Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement. Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:
• Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
• Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
• Designing units of study
• Writing common assessments
• Analyzing the results of the common assessments
• Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.
Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.

2017 Fall Pictures will be
Thursday, September 14th

PICTURE RETAKES WILL BE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18th

CRA Library Hours
7:35am-3:20pm
Students using the library at 7:35 need to use the NW entrance
(by the basketball hoops)

After-School Kids Academic Assistance Program
We are currently accepting applications for the after-school study program. Applications are available in the main office. Return completed applications to the main office.
Mrs. Bisom will contact you prior to your child starting, which will be early October.
We will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00.
Students in this program receive assistance with their homework from teachers. The participants are expected to follow all school rules and come prepared to work during the study time. Attendance is expected unless there has been an excused absence for the school day. Enrollment is limited and a waiting list is kept for any overflow.

 

2017/18 Breakfast and lunch prices and information
Full Price                  Reduced Price
Breakfast                 Breakfast
$1.35                        $.30
Lunch                       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 https://www.mymealtime.com/signin.aspx. 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.

 

WEB – (Where Everyone Belongs)

Thank you to all WEB leaders who helped in welcoming the incoming sixth graders at the beginning of the school year! Thank you to the parents of the WEB leaders who helped in making sure their student made it to all of the trainings, activities, and obligations!
Our WEB leaders have done an awesome job, and we are so excited by their enthusiasm and dedication to continue in the WEB program for the remainder of the year.

Middle School Sports

CROSS COUNTRY Sept.12 to Oct. 18 Boys & Girls – Grades 6-8
VOLLEYBALL Sept. 12 to Oct. 18 Girls – Grade 8
BASKETBALL Oct. 24 to Dec.8 Girls – Grades 6 & 7
WRESTLING Oct. 24 to Dec. 8 Boys – Grades 6-8
BASKETBALL Dec. 12 to Jan 26 Boys & Girls – Grade 8
BASKETBALL Jan. 30 to March 9 Boys – Grades 6 & 7
VOLLEYBALL March 13 to Apr. 20 Girls – Grades 6 & 7
TRACK April 24 to May 30 Boys & Girls – Grades 6-8

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.

Parent Council

CR Anderson Families,
On behalf of the CR Anderson Parent Council, welcome to the 2017-18 school year. We hope the start of the school year has proven a smooth transition for your family. While our middle school students are maturing and becoming more independent, we feel it is still important for families to feel connected to the school community. To help with this effort, we would like to invite you to become involved in CR Anderson Parent Council activities.
Knowing how busy middle school families are during the evening hours, we hold our Parent Council meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from noon-1:00pm. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th, in Room 200 at CR Anderson. We will discuss our activities for the year. Please make plans to join us!
We have a wonderful student population and staff at CR Anderson. There are many activities and events throughout the year that you can be involved in. Check in with you student’s teachers, the office staff, or any parent council member. We are looking forward to a great school year at CRA.
CRA Parent Council Officers 2017-2018
President – Open
Treasurer — Tracy Witter 431-2262 rtmawitter@gmail.com
Secretary – Jodi Robertson 324-2756 jrobertson@helenaschools.org

C.R. ANDERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS

2017-18
CROSS COUNTRY Sept.12 to Oct. 18 Boys & Girls – Grades 6-8
VOLLEYBALL Sept. 12 to Oct. 18 Girls – Grade 8
BASKETBALL Oct. 24 to Dec.8 Girls – Grades 6 & 7
WRESTLING Oct. 24 to Dec. 8 Boys – Grades 6-8
BASKETBALL Dec. 12 to Jan 26 Boys & Girls – Grade 8
BASKETBALL Jan. 30 to March 9 Boys – Grades 6 & 7
VOLLEYBALL March 13 to Apr. 20 Girls – Grades 6 & 7
TRACK April 24 to May 30 Boys & Girls – Grades 6-8

 

News from the Nurse

Hi CRA families! I am your student’s new school nurse. Please contact me with any health concerns that may affect your student while at school. If you had a phone number programmed into your phones last year please update it with the new number below. Take some time to update yourselves on our health services and medication policy in the student handbook. Emergency medications may be kept with your student by providing a release to self-carry. All other medications need to be kept in the health room for all our student’s safety. I look forward to taking good care of your children this year.
Emily Rodway RN
Office: 324-2766
School Cell: 437-2676

 

Voices of Tomorrow (VOT)

Rehearsals are every Wednesday and Friday at 7:15 am in the Choir Room. Use entrance 20 near the basketball hoops. The first Rehearsal is Friday, September 8th. See Mr. Helseth for the informational note home.

New York City 2018!

The new school year is finally here, and that means you should be thinking about what you are doing over spring break! Why not spend it in New York? The tour group that Mr. Cleary is leading in 2018 continues to grow and has made an exciting start to the planning phase of their travel experience. With just seven months until the plane leaves Helena, now is a great time to sign up!
To help interested participants become familiar with our tour plans (and find answers to all travel questions), Mr. Cleary has scheduled an enrollment meeting on September 26 at 6:00 pm in the C.R.A. Orchestra Room (B5). We hope to see you there! You can visit http://www.efexploreamerica.com (our tour number is 1875567PC) to see the itinerary and get pricing information. Please contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816 if you are interested in receiving email updates; we hope you will consider joining us for this amazing educational opportunity!

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

The Helena School District is starting its tenth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program. It is once again shaping up to be a fantastic year! The Live in Schools program provides tickets to as many as eight 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.
This year’s season includes new productions of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma and Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, along with classic productions of W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller, and many more! Middle school students have attended and loved these shows for years, and we hope C.R. Anderson students will once again enjoy the world-class operas offered in this season. Visit https://metoperaeducation.org/school-district-pages/helena/ for a complete 2017-2018 calendar.
If you are interested in learning more about this nationwide program, or if you want to explore the resources available from the MET, please peruse the MET education webpage at http://www.metopera.org/Discover/Education/HD-Live-in-Schools/. If you are interested in getting more information about Live in Schools in Helena, or if you want to participate in the 2017-2018 season, please contact Mr. Cleary at 324-2816 (or at kcleary@helenaschools.org). I hope to see you at the opera!

The Helena Youth Orchestra is excited to announce the start of its 2017-2018 season! Our diverse ensembles welcome students of all ages and ability levels who want to explore challenging symphonic literature with their peers. We meet every Friday after school in the CRA Orchestra Room.
If you are interested in learning more about the organization, or in obtaining an enrollment brochure, please visit our website (https://helenayouthorchestra.org/). All ensembles welcome string players, but the Full Orchestra will explore literature this year that also requires brass, woodwind, and percussion players. Talk with your music teacher or contact Mr. Cleary (kcleary@helenayouthorchestra.org) if you are interested in joining HYO!


May Newsletter

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 1st-5th  

 

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

Congratulations to the following educators on their retirements coming up the end of this year:

Mrs. Selser and Ms. Peach.

(Mr. Campbell will also be retiring at the end of June.  As you may know he is a humble man and does not like to bring attention to himself, but we would like to let our school community know of his retirement.)

Thank you all for your dedication to our students!

Happy Retirement!

Incoming 6th graders will be coming in to tour CRA & register for next year’s classes.  There will be a parent meeting on May 2nd (Jim Darcy, Kessler, and Rossiter) and May 4th (Broadwater, Four Georgians and Hawthorne), at 6:30 pm in the CRA library.

Current 6th and 7th graders have registered for next year’s classes.

Current 8th graders will be going to Capital High School for the Activities Fair on May 24th.

Please do not have your student bring their skateboards or scooters to school.

A quick reminder to all drivers: please be extra careful around school grounds when dropping off and picking up students.  We would appreciate students using the appropriate crosswalks and drop-off areas.  Please do not park in the designated “no parking zones” and “loading zones” areas.    We appreciate your cooperation!

We say a heartfelt good-bye to fellow staff member Barb Cooper.  Barb passed away unexpectedly this past week.  Staff and students will miss her greatly.

Student report cards and any fines your student may owe will come home in the mail mid-June.

Bruce Campbell, Principal

C.R. Anderson Middle School

 

School Mail-in Election May 2nd  

Mail-in ballots must be received by 8:00 pm.

 

Important Dates:

5/1-5/5 Staff Appreciation Week

5/2 Incoming 6th grade parent night (Jim Darcy, Kessler, and Rossiter)–6:30 pm

5/2 School Election-ballots due by 8:00 pm

5/4 Incoming 6th grade parent night (Broadwater, 4G’s, and Hawthorne)-6:30 pm

5/10 Track Meet – 3:30 at HMS Vigilante Stadium

5/11 6th grade choir concert 6:00 at HMS

5/12 Vigilante Day – students dismissed at 11:00

5/17 Track meet – 3:30 at HMS Vigilante Stadium

5/18 Orchestra Concerts – 6:00/7:00/8:00 pm – HMS

5/23 HYO Recital-6:00 pm

5/24 8th gr to CHS for Activity Fair

5/25 Track meet – 3:30 at HMS Vigilante Stadium

5/26 7th grade musical 1:30 at HMS

5/29 No school-Memorial day

5/31 8th grade Popular Music Choir concert – 1:45 at HMS

6/1 All CRA Bands Concert at Civic Center 7:00 pm

6/6 Honors Ceremony – 6:00 pm at CRA

6/8 Last day of school-noon dismissal

 

 

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 at jrobertson@helenaschools.org.

 

 

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.

 

CRA Spring Band Concert

All CRA Band students will perform their Spring Concert on June 1st at the Helena Civic Center.  All Bands (6th grade, 7th grade, Jazz Band, Concert Band & 8th Grade) will be performing.  Our concert will begin at 7:00 pm sharp!  Students should wear the nicest clothes in their wardrobe.  Make sure to avoid shorts, flip-flops and other informal attire.  Students should arrive between 6:30 and 6:40 that evening for the 7:00 concert.  The Civic Center is air-conditioned and offers plenty of comfortable seating.  Students should not arrive prior to 6:30, please.  The concert is free and will conclude a little after 8:00PM.

 

Middle School Activities

Track

Track meet dates:  May 10th, May 17th, and May 25th – all meets start at 3:30 and go until finished.  They will be held at Vigilante Stadium, which is located at Helena Middle School.

 

CRA is now collecting BOX TOPS!!                  

If you are not already sending your Box Tops to an Elementary School in our district, please send them to CRA.  We are now collecting Box Tops to help fund our printing & ink costs at the school.  There is a collection box located in the front foyer.  Thank you for helping us help our students and teachers here at CRA!!!

Keep cutting those BOX TOPS!!!

 

 

Career Dress Success Day will be May 31st, Wednesday.

Students will dress in the uniform of their chosen career choice or dressed for success in job interview outfits.

 


 Summer Classes for Incoming

Sixth Graders at

CRAMS!

 

Two Classes are offered:

ORGANIZATION AND STUDY SKILLS and

TRANSITION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL.

Students may take one or both classes. (most students take both)

Dates:  August 14, 15, 16, 17 (M-TH)

Cost:  $60 for both classes; or $35 per class

Registration starts May 5th at the CRA Office.  Classes are limited to 50 per session.  Sign up EARLY!

Organization and Study Skills for Middle School:  Start school with an edge!  Spend four days learning how to get organized for success in middle school.  Discover specific techniques for outlining, taking notes and studying for Math, English, Science, and Social Studies classes.  Learn smart test taking tips!

Choose 1:        Org AM:  9:00-10:30 (M-TH)  or  Org PM:  12:30-2:00 (M-TH) 

Transition to Middle School:  Are you nervous about a new school?  Join us for an introduction to your NEW school adventure.  Learn to organize yourself for bells, lockers, changing classes, and navigating the hallways.  Find out about clubs and activities offered at middle school.  Get to know other students; get your questions answered; take away some of the stress of the first day!

Choose 1:        Trans AM:  10:30-11:30 (M-TH) or Trans PM:  2:00-3:00 (M-TH)

 

 

Summer Classes for incoming Sixth Graders at CRAMS!                Please sign my child up for:

Registration Form                                                       ___ Org AM: 9:00-10:30        $35

Student’s Name_________________________________                ___ Trans AM: 10:30-11:30   $35

Address_______________________________________                 ___ Org PM:  12:30-2:00       $35

Parent’s Name__________________________________                ___ Trans PM: 2:00-3:00      $35

Phone #_______________ Work or Cell #____________

Method of Payment  ___Check   ___Cash   Amount $_______        Sign up for both and SAVE!

 

Signature/Date______________________________________        ***Cost for both $60***

 

Summer Sports Activity site

There are many sport camps available through the high school.  The following is one link.

 http://chs.helenaschools.org/extracurricular/summer-camp-information/

The YMCA also offers many summer activities for your student.  You can go to their web site at www.helenaymca.com.

 

SUMMER SCHOOL

C. R. Anderson Middle School is offering a summer school course for any student wanting to improve their math, reading, and writing skills. This course is open to 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 twelve 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. Graham at 324-2812.

Classes are scheduled for:

June 12-16

June 19-23

June 26-27

 

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

Students should bring a folder with notebook paper and a pencil each day.

Please fill out this bottom portion and return to the main office.

SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATION

Student Name ________________________________Grade Level 2016-2017____________

Parent Name_________________________________________

Best Phone Number to Contact You________________________ Wk  Hm  Cell   (circle one)

All library materials are due back to the library by May 22nd.

If your child has lost their book, please contact Jill Hanson or Nancy Peterson to arrange payment. 324 -2813.

 

ATTENTION:  6th Grade Parents

“Calling the Shots”

Montana Law states students must provide documentation of a tetanus bearing vaccine booster within the past five years.  Out of 320 6th graders, 120 still need Tdap!!

  • If your student has already received this immunization, please send documentation to the school nurse immediately.
  • Otherwise, please schedule this booster with your health care provider or take your child to the Lewis & Clark Health Department’s immunization clinic.  This walk-in clinic is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 AM to 4:30 PM at 1930 Ninth Ave.  (Phone:  457-8900)

I look forward to receiving all documentation before school is out in June.  Please call with questions or concerns.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Kendra Selser RN

CRA School Nurse

CRA Health Room:  324-2776

School Cell:  431-2406

 

All students, staff, and parents:

Please come cheer on our local Special Olympics Track and Field athletes from the tri-county area. It will be May 7th @ 12:30 pm Vigilante Stadium which is located at Helena Middle School.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

 

Last Chance (Summer) Music Camp!

The weather is warming up, so now is a great time to think ahead to all the exciting activities that summer will bring. Consider the Last Chance Music Camp as one of those activities! Musicians from orchestra, band, or choir (who have completed sixth grade) are invited to join the thrill of Helena’s own summer music day camp.

Please contact Mr. Cleary (kcleary@helenaschools.org; 324-2816) with your questions, check out the camp informational webpage, or encourage your child to pick up a brochure from any of the music teachers at C.R.A. We look forward to working with your child as part of the Last Chance Music Camp!

 

 

New York City 2018!

As school starts to wind down, students and families from CRA and HMS traveling to New York City next year are thinking about fundraising activities for those hot months of summer. Spring Break 2018 is less than a year away, but it’s never too late to save the money needed for this exciting experience.

EF Explore America is coordinating the details for our travel; you can check out pricing and a tentative itinerary at http://efexploreamerica.com (the tour number is 1875567PC). We will hold our next information and fundraising meeting at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. Anyone who wants to be a part of the 2018 tour or receive email updates may contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816.

I hope you will consider joining us for this amazing educational opportunity!

 

The MET, Live at

C.R. Anderson Middle School!

The Helena School District is in its ninth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program.  The Live in Schools program provides tickets to as many as eight 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 show fast approaching—Der Rosenkavalier on Saturday, May 13—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!

 


April Newsletter

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

As a reminder, all C.R. Anderson students will be taking the Smarter Balance Assessment during the fourth quarter:

  • 8th/7th/6th grade English testing – April 24th thru 28th
  • English make-ups – May 1st thru 5th
  • 8th/7th/6th grade Math testing – May 8th thru 12th
  • Math make-ups – May 15th thru 19th

We appreciate you making every effort to ensure that your student is present on the test days. If there is a conflict with one of the test days or times, please let us know through your school counselor as soon as possible.

Please remember to continue to drive safely around the school and especially be careful around the crosswalks and drop off areas.  Also, please make sure you are not parking in a NO PARKING ZONE or a DROP OFF AREA before, during or after school.  These are designated areas for loading and unloading only, not parking.  Please be considerate of others who need to use these areas for those specific purposes. We appreciate your cooperation!

Registration for the 2017-18 school year for the to-be 7th & 8th graders will begin the week of April 18th. We will be having the students do the registration process online in PowerSchool using their student login information.  If you have questions please call either Mr. Campbell or Mr. Thennis at 324-2800.

Our incoming 6th graders will be coming to CRA to visit a few classrooms & register for next year’s classes the week of May 1st-5th.

Parent Meetings will be in the CRA Library on the following days:

Tuesday, May 2nd 6:30 p.m.  Rossiter, Jim Darcy, Kessler

Thursday, May 4th 6:30 p.m.  Four Georgians, Hawthorne, and Broadwater

 

Bruce Campbell

Principal

C.R. Anderson Middle School

 

 

**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!

 

 

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 324-2802You may leave a message 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

 

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 at jrobertson@helenaschools.org.

 

 

Important Dates:

4/3     Start of 4th Quarter

4/7     6th & 7th grade Orchestra Festival

4/17     No School

4/18     Track begins

4/19     Parent Council meeting 12:00 noon

5/11     6th grade choir concert 6:00 pm

5/12     Vigilante Day-11:00 dismissal

5/18     Orchestra Performance – HMS 6:00/7:00/8:00

5/23     HYO Tour and Recital 6:00 pm at St. Paul’s Church

5/26    7th grade musical 1:30 pm at HMS (Helseth cast)

5/29    No school-Memorial Day

5/31     8th gr Popular Music Concert 1:45 pm at HMS

6/1       All Bands Concert 7:00 pm at the Civic Center

6/8      Last Day of School – Noon Release

 

Incoming 6th grade Parent Nights

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 will be the week of May 1st and the Parent Nights will be in the CRA Library on the following dates:

Tuesday, May 2nd 6:30 p.m.  Rossiter, Jim Darcy, Kessler

Thursday, May 4th 6:30 p.m.  Four Georgians, Hawthorne, and Broadwater

 

 

 

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) – registration and payment due April 14th and the season begins April 18th.

Registration forms are at the main office.

 

CRA is now collecting BOX TOPS!!

If you are not already sending your Box Tops to an Elementary School in our district, please send them to CRA.  We are now collecting Box Tops to help fund our printing & ink costs at the school.  There is a collection box located in the front foyer.  Thank you for helping us help our students and teachers here at CRA!!!

Keep cutting those BOX TOPS!!!

 

 

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

 

  TRAFFIC/DRIVERS EDUCATION

SUMMER 2016 REGISTRATION:  APRIL 3-7, 2017

Registration Forms & Class Schedules will ONLY be available during the dates listed above. Forms & Schedules can be picked up at the Main Office of Helena High, Capital High, & PAL. Forms are due back by Friday, April 7 @ 4pm. *Students that did not get into the previous session(s) will need to fill out a new registration form.

Program Information:

PAYMENT: $285 for ALL students.  *We no longer have a reduced rate. Payment is Not due until you receive a class confirmation email (1-2 weeks after registration). NO Refunds will be given after a class begins.

Age requirements:
Summer 2017 student has to turn 15 years old by: August 31, 2017
Fall 2017 student has to turn 15 years old by: December 31, 2017
Winter/Spring 2018 student has to turn 15 years old by: May 31, 2018

For further information, here is the link to their site:

http://helenaschools.org/departments/traffic-education/

 

Youth Connections

There is a lot going on in April for the Month of the Young Child, Military Child, Childhood Hunger Awareness, Alcohol Awareness Month, etc. for kids and families.

Stay connected to all activities on their blog.

 

 

Come join CRA’s Cheer Clinic

Who:     6-8th grade, girls and boys

What:  We will work on basic cheerleading skills, prepare for high school tryouts and learn a short routine to perform for parents.

When:  April 18th-21st

3:00 – 4:15

Where: CRA’s cafeteria

Why:     Cheerleading tryouts are coming up in a few weeks. This clinic will help athletes know what to expect.  Athletes will learn a short routine to perform for friends and family on Friday at 4:00.

 

Wear workout clothes and tennis shoes.  If interested, stop by room 130 or the office for a permission slip.

 

Last Chance (Summer) Music Camp!

With Spring Break behind us, now is a great time to think ahead to all the exciting activities that summer will bring. The music department is thrilled to once again offer the Last Chance Music Camp as one of those activities! Musicians from orchestra, band, or choir (who have completed sixth grade) are invited to join the thrill of Helena’s own summer music day camp.

 

Please contact Mr. Cleary (kcleary@helenaschools.org; 324-2816) with your questions, check out the camp informational webpage, or encourage your child to pick up a brochure from any of the music teachers at C.R.A. We look forward to working with your child as part of the Last Chance Music Camp!

 

 

 

The MET, Live at

C.R. Anderson Middle School!

 

The Helena School District is in its ninth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program.  The Live in Schools program provides tickets to as many as eight 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 show only a few weeks after Spring Break—Eugene Onegin on Saturday, April 22—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 2018!

Mr. Cleary and several families (from CRA and HMS) are hard at work planning the next music and art Spring Break tour to New York City! Although 2018 seems a long way off, planning early makes it easy to save the money needed for such an exciting experience.

EF Explore America has begun their scheduling process, and anyone can locate important details, including pricing and a tentative itinerary, at http://efexploreamerica.com (the tour number is 1875567PC). We will hold our next information and fundraising meeting on Thursday, April 20 at 6:00 pm in the CRA Orchestra Room.  Anyone who wants to be a part of the 2018 tour or receive email updates may contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816.

I hope you will consider joining us for this amazing educational opportunity!

 

 

 

CRA Belize/Guatemala Trip

 

Our third semi-annual international student experience over spring break was an incredible adventure. The first two trips had been to Costa Rica, but this year’s group wanted to branch out and try something new. Did we ever?? Eleven students from our school joined a group from the Bitterroot Valley for this exciting week of discovery.

From the Mayan Ruins of Caracol and Tikal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), canoeing underground caves and zip-lining to the Caribbean component learning of Belize’s history and snorkeling in the barrier reef ecosystem, CRA 7th and 8th graders had an amazing time in Belize and northern Guatemala.  The participants’ final thoughts/reflections are posted on this blog post.

https://keldermt.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/belizeguatemala-2017-final-reflections-by-the-group/

 

Educational Talent Search Looking for 6th Grade Students to Join Program:

Mission

Montana Tech’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program will provide academic, career, and financial counseling to our high school and middle school participants and encourage them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary school of their choice.

Talent Search is an outreach program supported by Montana Tech and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Talent Search provides services such as: career exploration, college planning and financial aid workshops, academic advising/career counseling, campus visitation, social/cultural programs, field trips, tutoring and much more!

Talent Search’s primary focus is, but is not limited to, helping low income and first generation students build the skills to succeed in post-secondary education.

 Services   provided:

  • Weekly meetings
  • Academic advising
  • Career and personal counseling
  • Time, money and stress management
  • Public service activities
  • Building of cultural awareness

Schools:

§  Butte High School

§  Anaconda High School

§  Powell County High School

§  Capital High School

§  Helena High School

§  East Middle School

§  Fred Moodry Middle School

§  E.F. Duvall Middle School

§  C.R. Anderson Middle School

§  Helena Middle School

§  East Valley Middle School

For more information, contact Marc McCauley, CRA 6th grade counselor, at 406-324-2762, or mmccauley@helenaschools.org, or Michelle Christianson from ETS at 406.439-2387

 

 

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March Newsletter

Daylight Saving Time begins March 12th

Spring forward an hour!!!!

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

Each year, C.R. Anderson students are assessed to measure their progress and give us a valuable tool to look at student achievement levels and our programs that serve students. All C.R. Anderson students will be taking the Smarter Balance Assessment during the fourth quarter:

  • 8th/7th/6th grade English/Math testing – April 24th thru May 19th

These tests are very valuable for both you and the school. We appreciate you making every effort to ensure that your student is present on the test days. If there is a conflict with one of the test days or times, please let us know through your student’s school counselor as soon as possible.  We would also like to offer a couple of suggestions so that students will have a chance to do their best on the test. It is always important that students get a good night of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast, but especially important when taking assessments. We would ask that you take a minute to talk to your student about the importance of doing his/her best on the tests.

These assessment tools will be used by the school, the state, and the Federal government to assess the effectiveness of our school programs.

Thank you in advance for your time and supporting the school and your student with the assessment process.

Bruce Campbell, Principal

C.R. Anderson Middle School

 

Important Dates

3/2 & 3 Orchestra Informances

3/8 7th grade Band Festival @ Civic Center 4:00 pm

3/9 8th grade Band Festival @ Civic Center 4:00 pm

3/15 Parent Council Meeting – 12:00 noon

3/21 8th grade Orchestra Festival – HMS – 1:30

3/23 VOT Spring Tour

3/24 Quarter 3 ends

3/27-31 No school – Spring Break

4/7 6th & 7th grade Orchestra Festival

4/17 No School

4/18 Track Begins

 

**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!

Spring Break Opportunity for Students

Are you interested in science and technology?  Well, during Spring Break the Capital High Science Club will be offering varied science camps for elementary and middle school students.  On Monday 3/27, Tuesday 3/28, and Wednesday 3/29, from 9 to 12 am, kids will have the opportunity to attend courses including Lego Robotics, Chemistry Crime Scene, and Biology Buddies. Instruction, materials, and snacks will be provided by Capital High staff and students.  Attendance costs are fifteen dollars per day per kid.  For more information and registration sheets, visit http://chs.helenaschools.org/teachers/surban/ or contact Caleb Noble at caboonie@gmail.com or (406) 443-2765.  So if you’re looking for a fun excuse to learn science over spring break, come to science camp!

Yearbook Information

Deadline: March 24, 2017

Yearbook order forms are available in the office or from Mrs. Anderson.  Completed order forms go to the office and must be turned in by 3:00 pm on March 24th.  If you want to order a yearbook online, please go to ybpay.lifetouch.com.  C. R. Anderson’s school code is 4980917.

ACT Aspire Parent Information Night

Wednesday, March 15th CHS Auditorium at 6:30 pm

ACT Aspire test results will be distributed and explained.  In addition, Greg Upham, assistant superintendent will discuss district academic goals.  Dana Meldrum, CHS Counselor will also discuss how to use these results to get the most out of your child’s time at CHS.

Any parent who cannot attend the meeting on March 15th can expect to receive their child’s results in the mail later that week.

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) –season begins April 18th

2017 Band Festival

The CRA 7th & 8th grade bands will attend their Spring Band Festival on March 8th & 9th, 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 cnevinski@helenaschools.org.  Thanks!

MathCounts

The CR Anderson Middle School Math Counts attended the North Central Math Counts Chapter Competition in Great Falls on February 8th.

Our Math Counts Team of Sarah Heller, Zach Boles, Nate Turner and Colin Sawyer took FIRST PLACE at the competition.  In addition, the rankings of those taking the test who scored in the top 25% from CRA were;  Zach Boles 6th Place, Nate Turner 3rd Place, Sarah Heller 2nd Place, and Colin Sawyer 1st Place.

Other competitors were Elisabeth Shockley, Henry Gross, Walker Bennett, Michael Barnes, and Ethan Johnson.  The MathCounts team is coached by Doug Dellwo and Caleb Noble.

CRA’s Team will attend the State Competition to be held in Butte at Montana Tech on March 9th. Those who will be competing at state are 8th Graders: Sarah Heller, Zach Boles, Nate Turner, and 7th Grader: Colin Sawyer.

Good Luck to our CRA competitors!

CRA Student Council Attends District Meeting

C.R. Anderson’s Student Council will be going to Helena Middle School Thursday afternoon for our annual district meeting. Students will be electing their district officers (high school positions) for the coming year.  While always an important election, it is especially relevant this year because Helena will be hosting the fall state conference in 2017!

 

CRA Student-Faculty Basketball Game Scheduled

Tuesday, March 7

7:30 p.m. (Tentative)

Capital High School Gymnasium

You are invited to join in this annual C.R.A. family fun night! The official number of times the students have played the faculty may not be known. We do know, however, that this may well be the last year Principal Bruce Campbell will volunteer as our honorary referee.

The tentative time is set for 7:30 p.m. Given the difficulty of scheduling into the high school gym, we are scheduling a later start than usual. Depending upon the outcome of this week’s Bruin basketball playoff games, we may be able to move up the start time. If that happens, we will Email you a special update regarding the game.

Any CRA students wishing to play in the game are invited to ‘sign-up’ for consideration. The link to sign-up may be found on the students’ sharepoint CRA Hub site. Students unsure of how to access the hub from home – which is the opening page on our Chromebooks in school – can use the following link: www.tinyurl.com/cra-start

With almost 1,000 students, all will not be able to play, but we will conduct a random draw and have at least 9 students from each grade level. The event is free to CR families, although student council will be voting on a charity they would like to support. That too will be coming in a follow-up Email.

Student Council joins with the CRA faculty in hoping to see you all there on Tuesday, March 7!

NO FRILLS FUNDRAISER

Burned out on school fundraisers? WE GET IT!

This year, the CRA Parent Council says NO!

*No Raffle

*No Cookie Dough

*No Wrapping Paper

*No Hitting Up Grandma & Grandpa

*No Hassle for Parents and Teachers

And best of all:

*No Middle-Man.

100% OF THE MONEY GOES TO CRA!

We’re simply asking for monetary donations of any size to help fund future teacher requests like those listed to the right.

Just cut on the dotted line below and return with your student, or mail to the CRA office at:

1200 Knight St., Helena MT 59601

 

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“Thank you CRA Parent Council for respecting my time and energy.

Please accept my donation of $__________ .”

Please return by March 24th, 2017 to help with our Spring funding request for teachers. Write checks to: CRA Parent Council (We accept cash too!)

New York City 2018!

Mr. Cleary and several families (from CRA and HMS) are hard at work planning the next music and art Spring Break tour to New York City! Although 2018 seems a long way off, planning early makes it easy to save the money needed for such an exciting experience.

EF Explore America has begun their scheduling process, and anyone can locate important details, including pricing and a tentative itinerary, at http://efexploreamerica.com (the tour number is 1875567PC). Anyone who wants to be a part of the 2018 tour or receive email updates may contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816.

I hope you will consider joining us for this amazing educational opportunity!

 

ATTENTION:  6th Grade Parents

“Calling the Shots”

Remember your 6th grade student will need a tetanus booster (Tdap) to enroll in 7th grade.  Out of our 330 current 6th graders here at CRA, only 100 have provided documentation of this tetanus booster.  Now is a great time to get this required (by the State of Montana) booster.

Thanks to the 100 parents who have taken care of this booster in a timely manner.

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

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

Kendra Selser R.N.

School Nurse

C.R. Anderson Middle School

Last Chance (Summer) Music Camp!

 

With snow and ice taking away all thoughts of spring, now is a great time to think about the warm activities that summer will bring. The music department is thrilled to offer the Last Chance Music Camp as one of those exciting activities! Musicians from orchestra, band, or choir (who have completed sixth grade) are invited to join the excitement of Helena’s own summer music day camp once again this year.

Please contact Mr. Cleary (kcleary@helenaschools.org; 324-2816) with your questions, check out the camp informational webpage, or encourage your child to pick up a brochure (they will be released later this week) from any of the music teachers at C.R.A. We look forward to working with your child as part of the Last Chance Music Camp!

 

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February Newsletter

 

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

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”.

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.

 

Important Dates:

2/2 8th Grade Parent Mtg/Re: H.S. Registration/CHS

2/8 Gold & Helmbrecht Team ski trip

2/10 Valentine’s Day Dance

2/13 Concert Band Concert – 7:00 pm – CHS

2/15 Parent Council Meeting – 12:00 p.m.

2/17 Sather Team ski trip

2/20 No School-President’s Day

2/22 Hagengruber Team ski trip

2/23 Choir Performance @ HMS 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00

3/1 BiCEP Team ski trip

3/2 & 3 Orchestra informances during class

3/8 7th grade Band Festival @ Civic Center – concert at 4:00 pm

3/9 8th grade Band Festival @ Civic Center – concert at 4:00 pm

 

 

Freshman Registration for 2017-2018

*January 30th incoming freshmen receive Registration Materials

*January 31stFebruary 1st  CHS Counselors at CRA Parent/Teacher Conferences

*February 1st 8th Grade Tour at CHS

*February 2nd Parent Meeting at CHS – 6:00 pm

*February 3rd collect all Registration Forms

 

Capital High School will be hosting an informational meeting in the CHS auditorium on Thursday, February 2nd at 6:00 pm concerning freshman scheduling.

This meeting will cover registration for all new 9th grade students who will be attending Capital High School in the fall of 2017.  The format of the meeting will be as follows:

  • Department presentations regarding the freshman classes and how students will be selected for such classes as Honors Earth Science, Honors Math, General Earth Science, Applied English, and JMG
  • Registration Process
  • College Entrance Requirements

The various Department Heads will answer questions that are related to the current Registration Guide and course selection for the next year.

All Parents Are Urged To Attend with Your Student!

 

 

 

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 8th Noble, Helseth, Hanson, Helmbrecht, West, Gunn

February 17th Cohn, Lane, Reed, Sather, Cleary, Sprott

February 22nd Hagengruber, McGinley, Heun

March 1st Bisom, Currier, Elder, K. Sheridan, Douglass, Molloy

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 ½ 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!

 

PREPARING FOR THE 6th and 7th GRADE SKI TRIPS

Parents:  Please help your child prepare for their team ski trip so they have a positive, fun day at the Great Divide.  Here are a few tips for preparing:

 

  1. Make sure your student has made plans for lunch and a snack.  There are three options for lunch:
  • Bring a sack lunch from home
  • Order a sack lunch through the school lunch program
  • Bring money to purchase lunch at the Great Divide cafeteria – many options are available including a student special for $5.00 – hamburger, hot dog or pizza with a soda.
  1. Make sure your student has the proper clothing for a successful and enjoyable day. Multiple layers are the best so they are prepared for all types of weather:
  • Warm socks (see Mrs. Molloy or Mrs. Cleveland, prior to the day of the ski trip, if your child needs socks as the Base Camp has donated new socks for this purpose).
  • Three layers on the upper and lower body – the last layer should be waterproof (jacket and waterproof pants)  See Mrs. Molloy or Mrs. Cleveland, prior to the day of the ski trip, if your child needs waterproof pants
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens.
  1. Make sure your student is at school by 8:00 am the morning of their ski trip so they do not miss the bus!

 

We look forward to a great day at the Great Divide for your child.  Thank you in advance for making sure they are prepared!

 

The CRA PE Department

 

 

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 – jrobertson@helena.k12.mt.us.

 

 

This year was very successful for the annual 6th grade Hot Chocolate for Cancer. We raised over $1224 to help raise money to purchase Keurigs for our cancer patients and nurses at St. Pete’s Hospital. We are very grateful for all of the donations that we received. This fundraiser would not be possible without amazing parents and students! Thank you for all who participated and contributed!!

 

 

Report cards will be given out during Parent Teacher Conferences Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st.  All students should have received information to bring home to parents. If you/your student do not attend Parent Teacher Conferences, the report card will be given to your student during advisor class on Feb. 2nd.

 

 

2016-17 Yearbooks

Yearbooks will be on sale until March 24th!  Order forms can be picked up and turned in at the main office.

 

 

2017 Geography Bee

Harrison Lashway Wins C. R. Anderson Geography Bee!

A 6th grader, Harrison Lashway, won the school-level competition of the National Geography Bee, and a chance at a $25,000 scholarship.  The school-level Bee was the first round in the 25th annual National Geography Bee.

The 2nd place finisher was August Schneider, and 3rd place went to Auggie Tupper.  Congratulations to all participants!

 

 

2017 Spelling Bee!

Congratulations to the 38 participants who took part in this year’s CR Anderson Spelling Bee!  All the spellers did an outstanding job!  Here are the finalists and alternates that will represent CR Anderson at the Lewis and Clark County Bee.

The 7 Finalists are: tied for 4th-James Rencher, Hayden Wampler, Ashley Maloney and Michael Barnes; tied for 2nd-Erin Heaton and David Marshall; and, our school winner…..Sarah Heller!

Alternates are:  Charlie Michaletz, Nathan Turner, and Ally Jacobsen

Congratulations to all the Bee participants and good luck at the county bee!

 

 

The next Parent Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th, so, if you are looking for a way to keep in touch with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you!  We are looking forward to new ideas and energy and everyone is welcome.

 

 

ATTENTION:  6th Grade Parents

“Calling the Shots”

Remember your 6th grade student will need a tetanus booster (Tdap) to enroll in 7th grade.  Out of our 330 current 6th graders here at CRA, only 100 have provided documentation of this tetanus booster.  Now is a great time to get this required (by the State of Montana) booster.

Thanks to the 100 parents who have taken care of this booster in a timely manner.

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

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

 

Kendra Selser R.N.

School Nurse

C.R. Anderson Middle School

 

 

 

CRA is now collecting BOX TOPS!!  

If you are not already sending your Box Tops to an Elementary School in our district, please send them to CRA.  We are now collecting Box Tops to help fund our printing & ink costs at the school.  There is a collection box located in the front foyer.  Thank you for helping us help our students and teachers here at CRA!!!            Keep cutting those BOX TOPS!!!

 

 

 

THE FLU: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW TO KEEP KIDS HEALTHY

 What is the Flu?

  • The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the lungs, nose and throat
  • Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and sometimes, can lead to death
  • Each year in the United States:
    • 5-20 percent of Americans fall ill to the flu
    • Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu, and they frequently spread the virus to others
  • Young children are at the greatest risk for
    developing serious flu complications, as well as the elderly and those with certain health conditions

How Does Flu Spread?

  • There are two ways to get the flu. Usually flu is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Occasionally, people can get the flu from touching a germ-infested surface

What are the Common Symptoms
of Flu?

Often we get confused about the symptoms of the
flu and how they are different from a common cold.  Knowing the symptoms of the flu is important and will help you act quickly to get your child feeling better faster

  • Common symptoms of flu include: high fever, severe headache, muscle and body aches, exhaustion and dry cough
    • Children often have additional flu symptoms that
      are rare in adults, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

      • Symptoms of a common cold include: stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and hacking cough

Simple Steps for Keeping Your Child Healthy

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent your child from getting the flu is to take him/her to get a flu vaccine
  • You should talk to your child about practicing good health habits, such as:
    • Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
    • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and disposing of the tissue in a proper trash receptacle
    • Avoiding sharing drinks, water bottles or silverware with others
  • You can help prevent the flu from spreading at home by disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, toys and other commonly shared items
  • Also, if someone in your household gets the flu, a doctor can prescribe a medication – called an antiviral – that can actually prevent other members of the household from catching the flu
    • Studies show that some antiviral medications are up to 89 percent effective in preventing the flu when taken once daily for seven days

Don’t Take the Flu Lying Down

  • If you are concerned about your child’s flu symptoms, call your doctor early. Call your doctor immediately if your child has a chronic disease.  Some children may benefit from an antiviral medication, which can be prescribed by a physician and can help lessen the duration of the virus and reduce the risk of complications, such as pneumonia
    • To be effective, antiviral medication should be taken within 12-48 hours after flu symptoms begin
  • If your child has the flu, it is important for them to stay home from school, rest, and drink plenty of fluids
  • Additionally, notify the school nurse at your child’s school if your child has the flu. Monitoring flu incidence will help keep students, faculty and our community healthy.

 

~For Valentine’s Day, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers tips on ways parents can show love to their children..

  1. Use plenty of positive and encouraging words with your child. Try to avoid using sarcasm or mockery and get rid of put-downs from the words you use as a parent. Children often don’t understand your purpose, and if they do, these messages can create negative ways of talking and connecting with each other.
  2. Make an extra effort to set a good example about how to connect and talk with other people at home and in public. Use words like “I’m sorry,” “please,” and “thank you.”
  3. Respond promptly and lovingly to your child’s physical and emotional needs. Be available to listen to your child when he/she wants to talk with you even if it’s not the best time for you.  Ask your child “How was your day?”and listen to the answer.
  4. When your child is angry, grouchy or in a bad mood, give him a quick hug, cuddle, pat, secret nod or other sign of affection he responds to and then consider talking with him about the event when he’s feeling better.
  5. Use non-violent forms of discipline. Parents should start using both rewards and restrictions many years before adolescence to help establish ways to encourage strengths and address concerns during the teenage years. Allowing children of any age to constantly break important rules without being disciplined only encourages more rules to not be followed.
  6. Make plans to spend time alone with your young child or teen doing something she enjoys on a regular basis. Encourage your child to be active by going on walks, bicycle riding, or playing ball with your them  Consider sending a Valentine’s Day card to your older child or teen. Think about making Valentine’s Day cards together with your preschool or younger school age child.
  7. Mark family game nights on your calendar so the entire family can look forward to having ways to enjoy spending time together. Put a different family member’s name under each date, and have that person choose which game will be played that evening.
  8. Consider owning a pet if possible. Having a pet can help make some children, especially those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, feel better by increasing their physical activity, enhancing their overall positive feelings, and offering another way to connect with someone they care about.
  9. One of the best ways to have your child learn more about good food choices is to encourage him to cook with you. Let him get involved in the entire process, from planning the menus to shopping for ingredients to the actual food preparation and its serving. It is wonderful when families eat together as much as possible. Good food, good conversations.
  10. As your child grows up, she’ll spend most of her time improving upon a variety of skills and abilities that she gains in all areas of her life. You should help her as much as possible by encouraging her and providing the tools and teaching she needs. Start reading to your child beginning at six months. Avoid TV in the first two years, monitor and watch TV with your older children and use TV time as one topic for conversation time with your children. Limit computer and video games.
  11. Your child’s health depends a lot on the care and support you offer during his early years. By taking your child to the doctor regularly for well child or preventive health care visits, teaching him how to be safe from injuries, providing a healthy and nutritious diet, and encouraging good amounts of sleep, physical activity, and exercise throughout childhood, you help protect and strengthen his mind and body.
  12. Help your child foster positive relationships with friends, siblings and members of the community. Consider inviting friends or neighbors to spend time drinking tea, having a meal, playing a game, or helping others in need.  Encourage your child to play sports or be involved in activities that show teamwork.
  13. One of your most important gifts as a parent is to help your child develop self-esteem. Your child needs your steady support and help to discover his strengths. He needs you to believe in him as he learns to believe in himself. Loving him, spending time with him, listening to him and celebrating lessons learned from his mistakes and successes are all part of this process.
  14. Don’t forget to say “I love you” to children of all ages!

 

New York City 2018!

Mr. Cleary and several families (from CRA and HMS) are hard at work planning the next music and art Spring Break tour to New York City! Although 2018 seems a long way off, planning early makes it easy to save the money needed for such an exciting experience.

EF Explore America has begun their scheduling process, and anyone can locate important details, including pricing and a tentative itinerary, at http://efexploreamerica.com (the tour number is 1875567PC). Anyone who wants to be a part of the 2018 tour or receive email updates may contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816.

I hope you will consider joining us for this amazing educational opportunity!

The MET, Live at

C.R. Anderson Middle School!

The Helena School District is in its ninth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program.  The Live in Schools program provides tickets to up to eight 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 next show fast approaching—Rusalka on Saturday, February 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!


 

Educational Talent Search Looking for 6th Grade Students to Join Program:

Mission

Montana Tech’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program will provide academic, career, and financial counseling to our high school and middle school participants and encourage them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary school of their choice.

Talent Search is an outreach program supported by Montana Tech and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Talent Search provides services such as: career exploration, college planning and financial aid workshops, academic advising/career counseling, campus visitation, social/cultural programs, field trips, tutoring and much more!

Talent Search’s primary focus is, but is not limited to, helping low income and first generation students build the skills to succeed in post secondary education.

 Services   provided:

  • Weekly meetings
  • Academic advising
  • Career and personal counseling
  • Time, money and stress management
  • Public service activities
  • Building of cultural awareness

Schools:

§  Butte High School

§  Anaconda High School

§  Powell County High School

§  Capital High School

§  Helena High School

§  East Middle School

§  Fred Moodry Middle School

§  E.F. Duvall Middle School

§  C.R. Anderson Middle School

§  Helena Middle School

§  East Valley Middle School

For more information contact Marc McCauley, CRA 6th grade counselor, at 406-324-2762, or mmccauley@helenaschools.org,  or Michelle Christianson from ETS at 406.439-2387

 

 

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January Newsletter

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

Happy Holidays!!! The end of the semester is coming up on Thursday, January 19th and it seems like we just started the year! Our 6th and 7th grades will be skiing once again this year through their P.E. classes. We have our Parent Teacher Conferences Tuesday, January 31st and Wednesday, February 1st. The information for your scheduled conference time will be sent home with your student toward the end of January. Please be looking for this information from your student. We try to stick to the same day and time you had your fall conference. Please contact your student’s advisor for more information.
Please take a close look at the school district calendar for upcoming “no school” days and other district activities.
Christmas Break December 23rd-January 2nd!
School resumes Tuesday, January 3rd.
Our Administrative Buildings, May Butler Center and Front Street Learning Center, will be closed December 26-27, and January 2.

Important Dates:

12/23 – 1/2 Holiday vacation
1/3 School Resumes
1/16 Martin Luther King Day – No School
1/18 Parent Council Meeting – 12:00 noon
1/19 Geography Bee
1/19 Noon Release-end of 1st Semester/2nd quarter
1/20 No School
1/25 Wild Side Team ski trip
1/30 8th Grade High School Registration
1/31 & 2/1 Parent/Teacher Conferences
2/1 Peach Team ski trip
2/2 8th Grade Parent Mtg/Re: H.S. Registration/CHS
2/8 Gold/Helmbrecht Teams ski trip
2/10 BiCEP Team ski trip
2/10 Valentine’s Day dance 3:00-5:00
2/13 8th Grade Concert Band-CHS 7:00 PM
2/15 Parent Council Meeting – 12:00 noon
2/17 Sather Team ski trip
2/20 No School-President’s Day
2/22 Hagengruber Team ski trip
2/23 Chorus Concerts-HMS
2/15 Parent Council Meeting – 12:00 noon
If your student is to be absent from school due to sickness or an appointment or if your student is late to school, please let the school know by calling our attendance line at 324-2802.
The Final Competition of the Geography Bee will be held in the CRA library on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 8:05-11:00 a.m. Congratulations and good luck to all participants!
If you have had a change of address or phone number(s) 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.

Parent Council

The next Parent Council will be Wednesday, January 20th, at noon. If you are looking for a way to keep connected with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you!

WE NEED A FEW GOOD VOLUNTEERS!

Every year the CRA Parent Council holds a fundraiser to raise money for teacher and building requests. Last year we raised a record $22,000 through our raffle. Past requests have included water bottle filling stations, music equipment, computers and other technology, supplemental teaching materials, gym equipment, and much more.

We cannot do this fundraiser without a few good volunteers. If you can volunteer some daytime hours during the month of February, please email Shannon Brown at erikshannon@icloud.com.

CRA is now collecting BOX TOPS!!

If you are not already sending your Box Tops to an Elementary School in our district, please send them to CRA. We are now collecting Box Tops to help fund our printing & ink costs at the school. There is a collection box located in the front foyer. Thank you for helping us help our students and teachers here at CRA!!!
Keep cutting those BOX TOPS!!!

Driver’s Education

Registration for the Winter Session of Driver’s Education will be January 3-6th. Students must be 15 by May 31, 2017 to participate in this session. Click here for more info http://helenaschools.org/departments/traffic-education/.

Calling for Eighth Grade Baby Pictures!!

The CRA Yearbook staff would like to invite all eighth grade parents to send baby pictures into our yearbook account. All pictures received before January 15th will appear before the eighth grade pages in the 2016-2017 yearbook. Please send pictures, in jpeg form, to the following email:
crandersonyearbook@gmail.com

**PICTURES MUST BE SENT IN JPEG FORM. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THUMBNAIL
PICTURES. THEY LOOK BLURRY BECAUSE THE FILE SIZE IS NOT BIG ENOUGH.**

Freshman Registration for the 2017-18 School Year

• January 30th – Incoming Freshmen receive registration materials
• January 31st & February 1st – CHS counselors available at CRA Parent/Teacher conferences
• February 1st – Incoming Freshmen tour Capital High School
• February 2nd – parent meeting for incoming freshmen at CHS – 6:00 pm in the cafeteria
• February 3rd – collect all incoming freshmen registration forms

Capital High School will be hosting a scheduling information meeting in the CHS cafeteria on Thursday, February 4th, at 6:00 pm. This meeting will cover registration for all incoming freshmen students who will be attending CHS in the fall of 2017. The format of the meeting will be: department presentations regarding freshman classes and how students will be selected for classes such as Honors Earth Science, Honors Math, General Earth Science, and Applied English; the registration process; as well as college entrance requirements. The department heads will answer questions related to the current registration guide and course selection for the next year. All parents are urged to attend.

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.
January 25th Hunt, Dellwo, Boutilier, Wall, Madsen, Patterson
February 1st Richards, Peach, Troyer, McMahon, Nevinski, Pancich
February 8th Noble, Helseth, Hanson, Helmbrecht, West, Hall
February 17th Cohn, Lane, Reed, Sather, Cleary, Sprott
February 22nd Hagengruber, McGinley, Heun
March 1st Bisom, Currier, Elder, K. Sheridan, Douglass, Molloy

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 ½ 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!

ATTENTION: 6th Grade Parents
“Calling the Shots”

Remember your 6th grade student will need a tetanus booster (Tdap) to enroll in 7th grade. Out of our 333 current 6th graders here at CRA, only 113 have provided documentation of this tetanus booster. Now is a great time to get this required (by the State of Montana) booster.
Thanks to the 113 parents who have taken care of this booster in a timely manner.

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

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

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

Is it a cold or the flu?

Check your symptoms and ask your doctor for advice.
Remember, a flu shot is your best protection against the flu.
Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102°F in infants and small children Usually 102°, but can go up to 104°F and usually last 3 to 4 days
Headache Rare Sudden onset and can be severe
Muscle aches Mild Usual, and often severe
Tiredness and weakness Mild Can last 2 or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion Never Sudden onset and can be severe
Runny nose Often Sometimes
Sneezing Often Sometimes
Sore throat Often Sometimes
Cough Mild hacking cough Usual, and can become severe
If you have flu systems they will usually be mild or we may never know we have the flu virus. Many patients may not be tested for the flu because the test results usually do not change how you are treated and may take several days for the results.

New York City 2018!

Mr. Cleary and several families are hard at work planning the next music and art Spring Break tour to New York City! Although 2018 seems a long way off, planning early makes it easy to save the money needed for such an exciting experience.

EF Explore America has begun their scheduling process, and anyone can locate important details, including pricing and a tentative itinerary, at http://efexploreamerica.com (the tour number is 1875567PC). We will hold our next informational meeting (which will include fundraising discussions) on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm in the CRA Orchestra Room. Anyone who wants to be a part of the 2018 tour or receive email updates may contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816.

I hope you will consider joining us for this amazing educational opportunity!

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

The Helena School District is in its ninth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program. The Live in Schools program provides tickets to up to eight 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 next two shows fast approaching—Nabucco on Saturday, January 7 and Roméo et Juliette on Saturday, January 21—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 any of our next operas, contact Mr. Cleary at 324-2816. We hope to see you at the opera!

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November Newsletter

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

The year is flying by! I look forward to seeing parents at the upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences Nov. 15th and 16th.
Many exciting activities have been taking place here at CRA. We have successfully practiced with all grades evacuating the school in case of an emergency. Our Student Council members recently attended the state convention in Glasgow. We have concluded cross country and 8th grade volleyball. Wrestling and 6th/7th grade girls basketball are going on now, and 8th grade girls and boys basketball will be beginning in December.
Our Science Olympiad Team will be attending the state competition at the end of November in Bozeman. Best of luck to them!
Once again the holidays are fast approaching. Please take the time to see one of our upcoming Holiday concerts! There is a choir concert November 8th, Orchestra & 8th grade band performances December 15th, and a 6th & 7th grade band concert December 21st.
It has been a great fall season here are CRA. I look forward to the rest of the school year.
Bruce Campbell
CRA Principal
Please let us know if any phone numbers, addresses or e-mails have changed so we can keep in contact with you!

Important Dates

Nov. 3rd & 4th Orchestra Informances
Nov. 4th End of 1st quarter
Nov. 7th Start of 2nd quarter
Nov. 8th Winter Choir Concert – 6th, 7th, and 8th grades
Nov. 15th & 16th Parent Teacher Conferences
Nov. 16th Parent Council Meeting 12:00 noon
Nov. 23-25th Thanksgiving Break-No School
Dec. 1st HYO Winter Tour
Dec. 6th – 8th grade girls and boys basketball begins
Dec. 8th VOT Winter Tour
Dec. 15th 8th Grade Band/Concert Band/Jazz Band Concert – CHS 7:00 pm
Dec. 15th Orchestra at HMS, 6:30 pm
Dec. 21st 6th/7th Band Concert – 4:00 & 6:30 pm
Dec. 23rd -Jan. 3rd Holiday Break- No School

Early Release on Mondays!

Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m.
each Monday, for professional development time for teachers.
Busses will run their regular routes.
Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement. Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:
 Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
 Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
 Designing units of study
 Writing common assessments
 Analyzing the results of the common assessments
 Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.
Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.

CRA Library Hours
7:30am-3:20pm
Students using the library at 7:30 need to use the NW entrance
(By the basketball hoops)

Attention 6th Grade Parents

THANK YOU to the 85+ sixth grade parents who have already turned in updated immunization records. This means their child has received the booster of tetanus required by the state of Montana to enter seventh grade.
Please get this state mandated update of tetanus (Tdap) and turn in the documentation of this immunization to CRA as soon as possible.
We appreciate you taking care of this booster early in the sixth grade year!

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 will be available at the main office, prior to the start of that particular sport. Fees ($40) must be paid at the time of registration.
Girls/Boys Basketball 8th Starts Dec. 6 – Jan. 18 – registration closes Nov. 22
Boys Basketball 6th/7th Starts Jan. 24 – March 3
Volleyball 6th/7th Starts March 7 – April 21
Track Starts April 18 – May 26

Parent Council

Parents: If you are looking for a way to keep in touch with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th at 12:00 noon. Past meeting minutes are located on the C.R. Anderson website. We are looking forward to new ideas and energy and everyone is welcome!
WE NEED A FEW GOOD VOLUNTEERS!
Every year the CRA Parent Council holds a fundraiser to raise money for teacher and building requests. Last year we raised a record $22,000 through our raffle. Past requests have included water bottle filling stations, music equipment, computers and other technology, supplemental teaching materials, gym equipment, and much more.
We cannot do this fundraiser without a few good volunteers. If you can volunteer some daytime hours during the month of February, please email Shannon Brown at erikshannon@icloud.com.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid fire thumbs and six-second attention span?
SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
November 3rd at 7pm
St. Paul’s Methodist Church
512 Logan St. Helena, MT
Visit screenagersmovie.com for more information and resources.

After-School Kids Academic Assistance Program

We are currently accepting applications for the after-school study program. Applications are available in the main office. Return completed applications to the main office.
Mrs. Bisom will contact you prior to your child starting.
We will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00.
Students in this program receive assistance with their homework from teachers. The participants are expected to follow all school rules and come prepared to work during the study time. Attendance is expected unless there has been an excused absence for the school day. Enrollment is limited and a waiting list is kept for any overflow.
7th Grade Student Support Group: Mr. McCauley, C.R. Anderson 7th grade counselor, will be offering a support group for 7th grade students whose parents are divorced, separated, or going through the divorce process. For more information or to sign your child up, please email Mr. McCauley at mmccauley@helenaschools.org or call 324-2762.

MATH COUNTS

6th grade MATH COUNTS meets every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3-4 pm. This is led by a senior at Capital High and Mr. Dellwo is the faculty advisor. We meet in room 103. We have room for more kids who want an added math challenge and love to solve math word problems.

CRA Off-Campus Emergency Evacuation

Recently all students participated in our annual evacuation drill to our Off-Campus Emergency Evacuation Sites. We practice this drill in case there would be a situation where our students can not stay in the building or need to leave the building due to an emergency.
The following are the locations our student would evacuate to:
6th grade and special needs: Calvary Baptist Church-across the street from CRA
7th grade: Headwaters Covenant Church, 1030 Choteau St. (formerly Alliance Church)
8th grade: Alliance Church, 1400 Stuart St. (formerly Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church)
If CRA would need to evacuate the building and could not return we would put into use our all school In-Touch notification system. This is the same system that is used for our attendance calling/emailing. You would receive a call and/or email letting you know the situation and the location of the grade levels. We will also post the locations on our reader board at CRA.
We hope to not use these Off-Campus sites, but if we need to, we are prepared and ready.
Thank you to the churches and their staff members for allowing our students into their buildings!

BOOK FAIR!

Friday, November 11th – Friday, November 18th
Open every day before school.
Open after school every day except Monday. (early release)
Open until 7:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday during PT Conferences.
Come check out the 100’s of great books!
All sales support your CRA Library!
Ordering available online too!
WHAT: 7th Grade Chess Club
WHEN: Tuesdays during 7th grade lunch
WHERE: Room 103
Bring your lunch to room 103 and play a game of chess. We are a chess playing club and we will help those who are just learning to play as we play!!! Hope to see you here.

CRA Music 2016 Pledge Drive

Thank you all for your generous contributions to the C.R. Anderson Music Department’s annual “Pledge Drive!” This C.R. Anderson Music Department fundraiser that seeks to raise awareness about middle school music and its importance in our community while raising money to support our unique activities. The annual C.R.A. Music Pledge Drive will support each music program’s financial needs over the course of the year in a simple and easy way while teaching students how to share with others all that music has to offer.
Your student brought home information at the start of the month explaining the details of the C.R.A. Music Pledge Drive, but we invite you to talk with your child’s music teacher if you still have any questions or concerns. Pledge drive materials are also available on Mr. Cleary’s District Webpage (http://cra.helenaschools.org/staff/kcleary) if you need to view or print them at any time. Thank you all for your continued support of music in our schools!
Sincerely,
Chris Nevinski   Chris Helseth          Jillian Newton            Kevin Cleary
Band                    Choir                      Choir/Music Tech      Orchestra/Music Tech
324-2822             324-2821                  324-2823                 324-2816

New York City 2018!

Mr. Cleary and several families are now hard at work planning the next Spring Break tour to New York City! Because Mr. Elder is organizing an international tour in spring 2017, the next music and art tour to New York will happen in spring 2018. While that seems a long way off, planning early makes it easy to save the money needed for such an exciting experience.
EF Explore America has begun their initial scheduling process, and anyone can locate important details, including a pricing and a tentative itinerary, at http://efexploreamerica.com (the tour number is 1875567PC). Although we held our first informational meeting last month, there will be more as the year progresses. Anyone interested in being a part of the 2018 tour may contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816; he provides email updates and is happy to answer questions about this amazing educational opportunity!

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October Newsletter

Attendance Office phone number 324-2802

Picture Retakes will be October 18th  8:05 am-10:15 am

If you are getting retakes please bring your picture form and give it to the photographer.  If you are getting more pictures or pictures for the first time please stop at the office and get an order form.

 

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

Our school year has started out great thanks to our staff, students and parents.  Cross country and 8th grade volleyball will come to an end in the next couple weeks with wrestling starting Tuesday, October 18th and, also, our 6th/7th grade girls’ basketball program getting under way Oct. 18th as well.  We have so many students participating and making another connection to our school.

Please have your student(s) have their Student ID cards with them at school each day. The staff will continue to encourage each student to have them for meal accounts, library book check out and identification purposes.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

We are at the mid point of the first quarter.  You can check your child’s grades on PowerSchool.  If you need help or information about passwords, etc., please contact us.  The 1st quarter will end November 4th.

Just a reminder: School will not be in session October 20-21st, due to MEA Teacher Conventions.  Also, Parent/Teacher conferences will be coming up Nov. 15th and 16th.  Information will be coming out the middle of October.

Mr. Campbell

 

Important Dates

Oct. 18th Picture Retakes

Oct. 18th  6th/7th grade girls’ basketball begins

Oct. 18th  Wrestling begins

Oct. 19th  Parent Council Meeting 12:00 noon

Oct. 20th & 21st No School – MEA Teacher Conferences

Oct. 28th  Halloween Dance 3:00-5:00 pm

Nov. 3rd and 4th Orchestra Informances

Nov. 4th End of 1st Quarter

Nov. 8th  Winter Choral Concert – 6th, 7th, 8th grades & VOT

Nov. 15th & 16th ACT Aspire Test – (Makeups on the 17th)

Nov. 15th & 16th Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 23-25th Thanksgiving Break-No School

 

Early Release on Mondays!

Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m.

each Monday, for professional development time for teachers.

Busses will run their regular routes.

Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement.  Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:

  • Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
  • Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
  • Designing units of study
  • Writing common assessments
  • Analyzing the results of the common assessments
  • Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.

Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.

 

CRA Library Hours

7:30am-3:20pm

Students using the library at 7:30 need to use the NW entrance

(by the basketball hoops)

Please let us know if any phone numbers, addresses, or e-mails have changed so we can keep in contact with you!

 

After-School Kids Academic Assistance Program

We are currently accepting applications for the after-school study program.  Applications are available in the main office. Return completed applications to the main office.

Mrs. Bisom will contact you prior to your child starting.

We will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00.

Students in this program receive assistance with their homework from teachers. The participants are expected to follow all school rules and come prepared to work during the study time. Attendance is expected unless there has been an excused absence for the school day. Enrollment is limited and a waiting list is kept for any overflow.

A/B Day Schedule

You may go to the following link to access the A/B Day schedule:

AB 2016-17 Calendar

 

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 will be available at the main office, prior to the start of that particular sport.  Fees ($40 per activity) must be paid at the time of registration.

 

Girls Basketball 6th/7th                      Starts Oct. 18 – Dec. 2 – registration closes Oct. 5

Wrestling 6th/7th/8th Boys                  Starts Oct. 18 – Dec. 2 – registration closes Oct. 12

Girls/Boys Basketball 8th                  Starts Dec. 6 – Jan. 18 – registration closes Nov. 18

Boys Basketball 6th/7th                      Starts Jan. 24 – March 3 – registration closes Jan. 11

Volleyball 6th/7th                                Starts March 7 – April 21 – registration closes Feb. 22

Track                                                  Starts April 18 – May 26 – registration closes April 14

Parent Council

Parents:  If you are looking for a way to keep in touch with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19th  at 12:00 noon.  We are looking forward to new ideas and energy and everyone is welcome.

 

7th Grade Student Support Group:

Mr. McCauley, C.R. Anderson 7th grade counselor, will be offering a support group for 7th grade students whose parents are divorced, separated, or going through the divorce process.  For more information or to sign your child up, please email Mr. McCauley at mmccauley@helenaschools.org or call 324-2762.

 

From the Lunch Counter:

Paying for Lunches on Line:

All parents and/or guardians now have the opportunity to apply money to their student’s food service account through an on-line program called “Meal Time.”  Just go to this site: http://www.mymealtime.com. Once you are there you will need to follow the prompts and set up an account that will allow you to keep track of all your students at the same time.   With this program you will be able to see all activities on your student’s account.  You will be able to see if they have had lunch or breakfast or if they ate A La Cart!  You can put money in their accounts by means of a credit card. You may continue using the online program to put lunch money on your student’s account.

This year there will be a fee for every Credit Card Transaction.

That fee will be around 4.9%.

If you just want to check your students account balance, you may now do that on-line as well.

There is NO fee to look at balances or set up an account.

To use this system all you need to do is go to https://www.mymealtime.com, and set up a user account.  The Parent or Guardian will be the user, and you will need to know what your students ID# is in order to put money into that students lunch money account.This process will take from 48-72 hours to complete.

Questions please call 406-324-2512.

Free/Reduced Lunches:

TO ANY STUDENTS WHO QUALIFIED FOR FREE/REDUCED LUNCHES LAST YEAR (2015/16):  Please remember to re-submit a free/reduced application for this year (2016/17). The grace period for last year ends on October 10th.  Your student will revert back to full pay at that time, if you DO NOT re-apply.

 

Is it a cold or the flu?

Check your symptoms and ask your doctor for advice.

Remember, a flu shot is your best protection against the flu.

Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102°F in infants and small children Usually 102°, but can go up to 104°F and usually last 3 to 4 days
Headache Rare Sudden onset and can be severe
Muscle aches Mild Usual, and often severe
Tiredness and weakness Mild Can last 2 or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion Never Sudden onset and can be severe
Runny nose Often Sometimes
Sneezing Often Sometimes
Sore throat Often Sometimes
Cough Mild hacking cough Usual, and can become severe

If you have flu systems they will usually be mild or we may never know we have the flu virus.  Many patients may not be tested for the flu because the test results usually do not change how you are treated and may take several days for the results.

 

MATH COUNTS

6th grade MATH COUNTS meets every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3-4 pm. This is led by a senior at Capital High and Mr. Dellwo is the faculty advisor. We meet in room 103. We have room for more kids who want an added math challenge and love to solve math word problems.

 

Happenings from Mr. Elder and Student Council….

CRA Magazine Drive. Final collection will be next THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6. Please help us to raise funds for CRA’s student council activities!  Attached is a copy of the ‘prize form’ for our drive this year. Every student selling just one (1) magazine is invited to attend a magic show in December! It would be excellent if every student sold one magazine during the drive! During the year, our students provide faculty appreciation recognition, donate generously to local and statewide charities like the “Montana Make a Wish Foundation,” provide Holiday cheer for fellow students in our school, and participate in community and statewide leadership camps/trainings. Supporting this drive is an excellent way to help empower our student council to do good things!

Belize 2017.  There are still a couple openings if any 7th or 8th graders would like to join the CRA group experiencing the Mayan Ruins in Tikal (Northern Guatemala, a UNESCO Heritage Centre) and learning about marine ecosystems off the coast of Belize!  Contact Mr. Elder for more information. Deadline to join is October 7 (next Friday).

Student Council elections. The 6th grade will be electing its representatives in October. Students wishing to run for one of the two representative positions may pick up an application in Mr. Elder’s room (202). Candidates will have to give a speech to the entire 6th grade prior to voting. If that sounds daunting, students are encouraged to talk to their advisor teacher about becoming a team rep or an advisor rep for 2016-17. All students in middle school are welcome to participate. If none of these options appeals, students may also pick up an application at the front office to be an Associate Member of CRA’s student council. No speech is required!  Student Council meets Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in Mr. Elder’s room.

Helena Schools Mid-Level Student Council Retreat a success! Twenty student leaders from both CRA and Helena Middle School met for a leadership retreat over this past weekend at YMCA Camp Child. This was the first of what we hope becomes an annual tradition that helps build relationships between students from both sides of town. We’ll also hope to include EVMS (East Helena) in next fall’s leadership retreat!

Bottle fillers have saved 3000 plastic bottles so far this year!  Thank you to Parent Council for the water bottle filler stations! Students and staff report drinking more water than ever before. Some other wings have suggested they too would like to fill water bottles in their hallways. We’ll see how the magazine sale goes and then we’ll know what we can do.

Helena Dynamos Youth Mountain Biking Club. The Dynamos final fall ride is today Friday, September 30. Students wishing to join the Dynamos next spring are encouraged to do so – you need a bike, a helmet, and a water bottle!  Our organizational meeting for the 2017 season will be next spring! More information will be in this newsletter next February or March.

 

The MET, Live at

C.R. Anderson Middle School!

The Helena School District is starting its ninth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program.  It is once again shaping up to be a fantastic year!  The Live in Schools program provides tickets to as many as eight 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.

This year’s season includes new productions of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Kaiji Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, and Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, along with classic productions of W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco, Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier.  Middle school students attended and loved last year’s shows, and we hope C.R. Anderson students will once again enjoy the world-class operas offered in this season.

If you are interested in learning more about this nationwide program, or if you want to explore the resources available from the MET, please peruse the MET education webpage at http://www.metopera.org/Discover/Education/HD-Live-in-Schools/.  If you are interested in getting more information about Live in Schools in Helena, or if you want to participate in the 2016-2017 season, please contact Mr. Cleary at 324-2816 (or at kcleary@helenaschools.org).

With our first shows fast approaching—Tristan und Isolde on Saturday, October 8 and Don Giovanni on Saturday October 22—we want to remind C.R. Anderson students that everyone is welcome to be a part of the Live in Schools program.  We hope to see you at the opera!

 

New York City 2018!

Now that the school year is under way, Mr. Cleary is looking ahead to his next Spring Break tour to New York City!  Because Mr. Elder is organizing an international tour in spring 2017, the next music and art tour to New York will happen in spring 2018.  While that seems a long way off, planning early makes it easy to save the money needed for such an exciting experience.

To get the planning process started, Mr. Cleary has been working with EF Explore America to begin scheduling a 2018 tour. You can locate important details, including a pricing and a tentative itinerary, at http://efexploreamerica.com (the tour number is 1875567PC).  Although we just concluded our first informational meeting this week, there will be more as the year progresses.  Anyone interested in being a part of the 2018 tour may contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816; he provides email updates and is happy to answer questions about this amazing educational opportunity!

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September Newsletter

I would like to thank everybody for their support for a great first week at C.R. Anderson Middle School.  Our Middle School activities programs will be up and running next week.  The schedule is included in the newsletter.  Students will be participating in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Cross Country or 8th grade Girl’s Volleyball beginning next week.  Schedules will be posted on the website and each player will be given a game schedule.

Picture day will be Tuesday, September 13th, and retakes will be late October.

The Open house at C.R. Anderson will be held on Thursday, September 8th, with the schedule as follows:              6th graders/parents – 6:00;

7th graders/parents – 7:00;

8th graders/parents – 8:00.

Please do not park and wait for your students in the bus parking areas on Allison Street.  Anywhere there is a yellow curb it is a no parking area. These areas are to help with traffic flow and bus pick up.  A great place to avoid traffic and pick up your student is to have them walk one block east down Choteau Street.  There is little traffic and you can get in and out of the area quickly on those busy days.  Please be safe & careful drivers when picking up and dropping off your student(s)!!

We always appreciate your support!

 

Main Office        324-2800       

Attendance         324-2802

Fax                      324-2801

Bus-Transportation  

                            324-2100

Bus Delay           324-2057

 

Have a great September,

 

Important Dates:

9/5   No school – Labor Day

9/6    8th grade volleyball begins

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

9/11   Carnival Classic-Memorial Park

9/13   Picture Day

9/13   Cross Country begins

9/28   Cross Country meet – 3:30 Northwest Park

10/3   Angel Fund applications available at each school or on the Angel Fund website                                                                     (http://www.angelfundhelena.org/HowToApply)

 

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.   

Please let us know if any phone numbers, addresses or    e-mails have changed so we can keep in contact with you!

 

The C. R. Anderson Open House will be on

Thursday, September 8th

6th Grade – 6:00 p.m.

7th Grade – 7:00 p.m.

8th Grade – 8:00 p.m.

 

 

A/B Day Schedule

You may go to the following link to access the A/B Day schedule:

AB 2016-17 Calendar

 

Early Release on Mondays!

Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m.

each Monday, for professional development time for teachers.

Busses will run their regular routes.

Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement.  Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:

  • Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
  • Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
  • Designing units of study
  • Writing common assessments
  • Analyzing the results of the common assessments
  • Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.

Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.

 

PICTURE DAY IS SEPTEMBER 13th.

More info will be coming home next week.

PICTURE RETAKES WILL BE LATE OCTOBER

 

 

After-School Kids Academic Assistance Program

We are currently accepting applications for the after-school study program.  Applications are available in the main office. Return completed applications to the main office.

Mrs. Bisom will contact you prior to your child starting.

 we will meet Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:00 to 4:30.

Students in this program receive assistance with their homework from teachers. The participants are expected to follow all school rules and come prepared to work during the study time. Attendance is expected unless there has been an excused absence for the school day. Enrollment is limited and a waiting list is kept for any overflow.

 

WEB – (Where Everyone Belongs)

Thank you to all WEB leaders who helped in welcoming the incoming sixth graders at the beginning of the school year! Thank you to the parents of the WEB leaders who helped in making sure their student made it to all of the trainings, activities, and obligations!

Our WEB leaders have done an awesome job, and we are so excited by their enthusiasm and dedication to continue in the WEB program for the remainder of the year.

 

Parent Council

CR Anderson Families,

On behalf of the CR Anderson Parent Council, welcome to the 2016-17 school year.  We hope the start of the school year has proven a smooth transition for your family.  While our middle school students are maturing and becoming more independent, we feel it is still important for families to feel connected to the school community.  To help with this effort, we would like to invite you to become involved in CR Anderson Parent Council activities.

Knowing how busy middle school families are during the evening hours, we hold our Parent Council meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from noon-1:00pm.  The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st, in Room 200 at CR Anderson.  We will discuss our activities for the year.  Please make plans to join us!

September is a very busy month and we do have a few activities that take place before our first meeting.

Thursday, September 8th – CR Anderson Open House – Parent Council will sell t-shirts and sweatshirts embellished with the school logo throughout the evening.  Stop by and get your Cub Wear!

Sunday, September 11th – Helena Education Foundation Carnival Classic – CRA’s Cub Companions along with Parent Council will host a western obstacle course during this event held at Memorial Park from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Please make plans to attend this great event!  It is tons of fun for the whole family.

We have a wonderful student population and staff at CR Anderson.  There are many activities and events throughout the year that you can be involved in.  Check in with you student’s teachers, the office staff, or any parent council member.  We are looking forward to a great school year at CRA.

CRA Parent Council Officers 2016-2017

Shannon Brown – President          439-8486       erikshannon@icloud.com

Lori Michelotti – Pres.  Elect           431-5565       jolomic@hotmail.com

Tracy Witter – Treasurer                  431-2262       rtmawitter@gmail.com

Jodi Robertson – Secretary            324-2756       jrobertson@helenaschools.org

Make sure to check out our new Water Bottle Filling Stations!  The new water fountains were installed late this Summer and paid for by money from the C.R. Anderson Parent Council Spring fundraiser.  

Be on the lookout for more information regarding the annual PTO fundraiser in upcoming newsletters.

 

 

 “Calling The Shots”

Attention:  6th grade parents

If your sixth grader received any immunizations over the past summer, please send us a copy so that we can update your child’s record here at school.  Thanks to those who have already sent us information.

Kendra Selser R.N.

CRA School Nurse

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August 2016 Cub Newsletter

 

Main Office 324-2800          Attendance Office 324-2802

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

School Year Office Hours 7:30a.m.-4:00p.m.

Monday School day hours 8:05a.m.-2:15p.m.

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

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

Transportation 324-2100

Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year

Welcome to all students and parents who will be a part of the C. R. Anderson community.  We are excited to begin another great school year! Please make sure your student’s contact information is up to date in PowerSchool.  This includes home address, mailing address, contact phone numbers, email address, and emergency contact information.

We have included the names of the new staff members and are excited about the quality of our new teachers and staff and know they will be a great addition to our school and community.

Again this year, the district will continue with early-release day each Monday, to use for Staff In-service, in which case the students will be dismissed from school at 2:15 p.m. Busses will run at this time.

We have moved our attendance office to the main office area, so when your student needs to check in or out or if you need to check your student out this will now be done at the main office.

Schedule pick up for 7th and 8th graders will begin August 17th.  Seventh grade students must have documentation of their Tdap booster.  Sixth graders will receive their schedules on August 30th as part of the WEB day orientation.  Students will meet in the court yard 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.

Supply lists for each grade level can be found on our school webpage, which can be accessed through the C. R. Anderson website, or you can pick them up at the stores around town and can also be picked up when the class schedules are available beginning August 17th or on WEB Day August 30th.

We hope each parent will take the opportunity to get involved in the C. R. Anderson school community and think about joining the Parent Council, or volunteering through the district.  You can get more information about these opportunities by calling the school at 324-2800.

Please remember to continue to drive safely around the school and especially be careful around the crosswalks and drop off areas.  Because we have had many close calls, be diligent in watching for students during the morning drop off and afternoon pick up.  Also, please make sure you are not parking in a NO PARKING ZONE or a DROP OFF AREA before, during or after school.  These are designated areas for loading and unloading only, not parking.  Please be considerate of others who need to use these areas for those specific purposes.   When parking within the neighborhood, please do not park in front of mailboxes or walkways to houses.  Courtesy to our neighbors is greatly appreciated.  We appreciate your cooperation!

We hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer and we are looking forward to another school year at C. R. Anderson Middle School.

Bruce Campbell                                          Dave Thennis

C. R. Anderson Principal                           C. R. Anderson Assistant Principal

Schedule Pickup:

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

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

 

New Staff Members:

Amanda Hall                FLS Classroom

Katie O’Leary               8th grade Math and Science

Jillian Newton              Part-time Music

Candice Koch               Attendance Secretary

Elizabeth Swenson      FLS Classroom

John Jenkins                Speech Therapist                                                         

Kelley Edwards            BLC/Literacy Coach

Important Dates:

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

8/29 Stuff the Bus supplies available 4-6 pm by the main office

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

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

9/1    8th grade volleyball begins

9/1    Cross Country begins

9/5    No school- Labor Day

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

9/11   Carnival Classic-Memorial Park

9/13   Picture Day

10/3   Angel Fund applications available at each school or on the Angel Fund website(http://www.angelfundhelena.org/HowToApply)

6th Grade – WEB DAY

The first day for 6th graders is Tuesday, 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 please wait out in the field until they come get you. Students should wear comfortable clothes because they will be doing a lot of fun activities that will involve sitting on the floor and moving around.

6th 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 $2.45, 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.

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 call the Drivers Ed office at 324-2117 or go to the District Website at http://helenaschools.org/departments/traffic-education/.

CRA Open House September 8th
2016 Fall Pictures will be Tuesday, September 13th
 2016/17 Breakfast and lunch prices and information
Full Price Reduced Price
Breakfast $1.15 $.30
Lunch $2.45 $.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 https://www.mymealtime.com/signin.aspx. 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 ACTIVITY SCHEDULE 2016-17

 

8TH VOLLEYBALL                                           SEPT. 1st – OCT. 14th

CROSS COUNTRY                                          SEPT. 1st – OCT. 14th

WRESTLING                                                    OCT. 18th – DEC. 2nd

6th/7th GRADE GIRLS BB                              OCT. 18th – DEC. 2nd

8TH GRADE GIRLS/BOYS BB                          DEC. 6th – JAN. 18TH

6th/7th GRADE BOYS BB                                JAN. 24th-MARCH 3rd

6TH/7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL          MARCH 7th – APRIL 21st

TRACK                                                             APRIL 18TH – MAY 26th

 

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.

 

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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.

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 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 2016-17 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 29th from 4-6 pm.   Angel Fund applications will be available October 3rd 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 324-2800.

 

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June News

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

As the end of another school year has come, I would like to reflect on a great year. Thank you to the many volunteers we had in our building this year. We could not be the school we are without the many people who are willing to volunteer many hours of their time. We hope you will consider helping again next year.
I would like to recognize our retiring staff: Susan Gunn, Karen McLean, Karen Rillahan, and Susan Weller. We thank you for your years of commitment to the education of our youth!
We would like to encourage our students to get involved this summer. Whether it is making a weekly trip to our local library to check out a book to read, participating in a summer camp or activity, or going to the city pool and water park at Memorial Park, stay active and connected.
I look forward to seeing my students out and around Helena this summer. Have a safe and relaxing break!
Bruce Campbell
Principal
C.R. Anderson Middle School

CRA Summer Office Hours
Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
(Office Closed Monday & Tuesday, July 4 & 5)
Important Dates:

August 17 7th and 8th graders pick up schedules
August 30 First day of school for 6th graders
August 31 First day of school for 7th and 8th graders
September 5 No School
September 8 CRA Open House 6th grade at 6:00 pm, 7th at 7:00, 8th at 8:00
September 11 Carnival Classic – Memorial Park
September 13 Picture Day

Yearbooks

If you did not pre-order a yearbook this year but would still like one, there are still a few left for sale, at the main office. The cost is $22 for a hard cover yearbook (cash only).

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.

 

Incoming 6th graders

The Transition to Middle School and Brush Up on Your Study Skills Classes are still open for enrollment (afternoon classes only). Registration forms are available at the main office at C.R. Anderson. Class size is limited.

SUMMER SCHOOL

C. R. Anderson Middle School is offering a summer school course for any student wanting to improve their math, reading, and writing skills. This course is open to 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 one-hour sessions for the fifteen days offered.
You may pick up an application at the main office. If you have any questions please call Ms. Peach at 324-2781.
Classes are scheduled for:
June 13-17
June 20-24
June 27-28
Class will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p. m. each day.
Students should bring a folder with notebook paper and a pencil each day.

Please fill out this bottom portion and return to the main office.
SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATION
Student Name___________________________________Grade Level 2015-2016____________
Parent Name_________________________________________
Best Phone Number to Contact You________________________Wk Hm Cell (circle one)

Thank you from the Parent Council!

The CRA Parent Council would like to thank all those who supported CRA this year. Whether you supplied food items for parent/teacher conferences or helped out with our raffle fundraiser, we really appreciate the contributions!! The Parent Council was able to help a number of families in need this year, as well as fulfilling the following teacher requests:

• Marc McCauley, Cub Companion funds
• 6th Grade English Teachers – Grammar Punk
• Shannin Preshinger, 8th grade English teacher – Redcat Audio System
• Jake West, FLS teacher – classroom kits
• Bob Tipton, math teacher – Smart Podium
• Chris Helseth, choir teacher- electric keyboard
• Chris Nevinski, band teacher – iPad Air 2
• Kevin Cleary, orchestra/music tech teacher – Mac mini memory
• Kevin Cleary, orchestra/music tech teacher – patches/brunch
• Leslie Hagengruber/Jared Hunt, 7th grade science teachers – refrigerator
• Jodi Robertson, office staff – 4.0 bumper stickers

ATTENTION: 6th Grade Parents

We still have 190 of our 323 6th graders that need a tetanus booster before they can enroll in 7th grade. 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 4:00 p.m. at the County Health Department
1930 Ninth Ave. 443-2584.
Please send documentation of this immunization booster to the school nurThank you for your prompt attention to this matter. And thank you to those families who have brought in the updated shot records. Call 324-2766 for questions.
Kendra Selser RN
CRA School Nurse

5 Tips for a Healthy, Well-Rounded Summer Vacation

Summer break is a great time to recharge before the upcoming school year, but can also cause some problems if it isn’t approached with a plan in mind. Research has found that kids gain weight twice as quickly during the summer than the school year, and some academic regression can also take place while on that blissful summer break.
Planning activities such as exercising, to keep your kids physically, mentally and emotionally sharp over summer break will make those months that much more enjoyable for your family, and will really make a positive difference when the school year comes back around.
Here are a few ways to have your most active, fulfilling summer break yet:
• Hit up the local library. Summer is the best time of the year to visit your neighborhood library and take advantage of its many free resources. In addition to summer reading programs, libraries usually plan special activities for kids who are out of school. Some libraries even offer low-cost or completely free kids’ fitness classes too.
• Take a daily walk. The cooler weather in the evening coupled with longer hours of sunlight provide the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the neighborhood. Make a habit of heading out into the community as soon as the dinner dishes are washed—and continue it for as long as the weather permits.
• Train for an event. There is no shortage of active events that take place in the summer months, from 5k road races to family fun days with classics like three-legged and potato sack races. Find an event or two in your area and then prepare by training as a family!
• Volunteer. Use some of your family free time for good by spending some of it with a local organization. Look for a charity or non-profit with values that are important to your family, and explain the importance of what you are doing to your kids. You can even allow each kid to pick out the charity of their choice and then go as a family to volunteer.
• Keep learning. The “summer slide” refers to the regression kids experience when they have too much time away from school. Whether you print off worksheets from your computer, enroll them in a science-centric camp or simply read together each day, find simple ways to keep the learning process moving forward in the summer months.

Summer Sports Activity site

There are many sport camps available through the high school. The following is one link.

Summer Camp Information


The YMCA also offers many summer activities for your student. You can go to their web site at www.helenaymca.com.

2016/17 7th and 8th graders

may pick up their class schedules beginning Wednesday, August 17th. The incoming 6th graders will receive their schedules on the first day, Tuesday, August 30th, which will be WEB day.

August 30th First day of school for 6th graders

August 31st First day of school for 7th and 8th graders

2016/17 Fall Pictures will be Tuesday, September 13th

 

CRA is now collecting BOX TOPS!!

If you are not already sending your Box Tops to an Elementary School in our district, please send them to CRA. We are now collecting Box Tops to help fund our printing & ink costs at the school. There is a collection box located in the front foyer. Thank you for helping us help our students and teachers here at CRA!!!
Keep cutting those BOX TOPS!!!

 

7th Grade chess club finished their chess tournament. This year’s winners were: First place Megan Lund, second place Sarah Heller, third place Zach Boles and fourth place Tim Cron. We had 22 signup for the tournament which went through May every Tuesday.

Carnival Classic

Get ready to have some fun at the Helena Education Foundation’s fifteenth annual Carnival Classic! There will be activities, games, food, and great entertainment on the stage that can be seen and heard from all over Memorial Park. Helena elementary schools, middle schools and many of the high school clubs and sports teams sponsor dozens of booths and all of the proceeds go directly to those groups. Carnival Classic will be on Sunday, September 11st, from 11am to 3pm in Memorial Park. There is something for everyone, so come and join the fun!
Check the Helena Education Foundation website www.hefmt.org for details or contact HEF at hef@mt.net or (406)443-2545 for more information.
Registration for summer 2017 STEM learning camps is open at Montana Learning Center on beautiful Canyon Ferry Lake.

Each of our instructors are well-known and award-winning teachers from around Montana. Our instructors and counselors are also CPR/First-Aid certified.

We offer summer STEM learning camps for kids entering grades 1st thru 9th:

Camp Innovations is a six-day overnight camp for students entering grades 7-9. Students arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave on Friday after lunch. They are involved in STEM activities and recreation. Campers also take excursions to remote locations in the MLC area. Each camp this summer will visit Boeing-Helena for a behind-the-scenes tour of their facility. The cost of the camp is $475 for all six days.

– July 10th – 15th – Fuel Cells – ** Enrollment Full **
– July 17th – 22nd – Motorized Toy Car (New)
– July 24th – 29th – Fuel Cells – ** Enrollment Full **
– July 31st – August 5th – Motorized Toy Car (New)

See www.montanalearning.org/student-programs for more details.

How Can I Protect My Children From The Sun?

Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
• Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened.
• Cover up. When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor.
• Get a hat. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don’t protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
• Wear sunglasses. They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
• Apply sunscreen. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.
Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to waterproof and water-resistant products as well.
Follow the directions on the package for using a sunscreen product on babies less than 6 months old. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your or your child’s skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor. Your baby’s best defense against sunburn is avoiding the sun or staying in the shade.
Keep in mind, sunscreen is not meant to allow kids to spend more time in the sun than they would otherwise. Try combining sunscreen with other options to prevent UV damage.
Too Much Sun Hurts

Turning pink? Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. So, if your child’s skin looks “a little pink” today, it may be burned tomorrow morning. To prevent further burning, get your child out of the sun.
Tan? There’s no other way to say it—tanned skin is damaged skin. Any change in the color of your child’s skin after time outside—whether sunburn or suntan—indicates damage from UV rays.
Cool and cloudy? Children still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage. Clouds do not block UV rays, they filter them—and sometimes only slightly.
Oops! Kids often get sunburned when they are outdoors unprotected for longer than expected. Remember to plan ahead, and keep sun protection handy—in your car, bag, or child’s backpack.


April News

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

As a reminder, all C.R. Anderson students will be taking the Smarter Balance Assessment during the fourth quarter:

• 8th/7th/6th grade English testing – April 25th thru 29th
• English make-ups – May 2nd thru 6th
• 8th/7th/6th grade Math testing – May 9th thru 13th
• Math make-ups – May 16th thru 20th

We appreciate you making every effort to ensure that your student is present on the test days. If there is a conflict with one of the test days or times, please let us know through your school counselor as soon as possible.

Please remember to continue to drive safely around the school and especially be careful around the crosswalks and drop off areas. Also, please make sure you are not parking in a NO PARKING ZONE or a DROP OFF AREA before, during or after school. These are designated areas for loading and unloading only, not parking. Please be considerate of others who need to use these areas for those specific purposes. We appreciate your cooperation!

Registration for the 2016-17 school year for the to-be 7th & 8th graders will begin April 11-15th. We will be having the students do the registration process online in PowerSchool using their student log-in information. This will take place during math classes. If you have questions please call either Mr. Campbell or Mr. Thennis at 324-2800.

Our incoming 6th graders will be coming to CRA to visit a few classrooms & register for next year’s classes. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 25th Hawthorne/Broadwater Schools
Tuesday, April 26th Kessler School
Wednesday, April 27th Jim Darcy School
Thursday, April 28th Rossiter School
Friday, April 29th Four Georgians School

The Parent Meetings for the incoming 6th grade parents will be held on Thursday, April 28th (Jim Darcy, Broadwater, Hawthorne, and Kessler) and Monday, May 2nd (4 G’s and Rossiter). The meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. in the library and we will have people there to answer any questions about next year and the registration process.

Bruce Campbell
Principal
C.R. Anderson Middle School

 

**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:

3/26-4/3 Spring/Easter Break – No School
4/4 School Resumes
4/8 6th & 7th grade Orchestra Festival
4/12 Track begins
4/20 Parent Council meeting 12:00 noon
4/20 Spring Pictures
4/28 HYO Spring Tour
5/5 HYO Recital 6:30
5/6 Vigilante Day-students released at 11:00
5/12 6th grade choir concert 6:00 pm
5/17 Orchestra Performance – HMS 6:00/7:00/8:00
5/18 7th grade musical 1:15 pm at HMS (Helseth cast)
5/19 7th grade musical 1:15 pm at HMS (Cleary cast)
5/30 No school-Memorial Day
6/2 All Bands Concert 7:00 pm – Civic Center
6/8 Last Day of School – Noon Release

In-coming 6th grade registration

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, April 25th Hawthorne and Broadwater Schools
Tuesday, April 26th Kessler School
Wednesday, April 27th Jim Darcy School
Thursday, April 28th Rossiter School
Thursday, April 28th CRA Parent Night (Jim Darcy, Broadwater, Hawthorne, Jim
Darcy) 6:30 PM
Friday, April 29th Four Georgians School
Monday, May 2nd CRA Parent Night (Four Georgians and Rossiter) 6:30 PM

Spring Pictures

will take place Wednesday, April 20th
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) – season begins April 12th. Registration forms are at the main office.

 

2016 CR Anderson Tennis Camp

Grades: ALL
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 24, 26, 31 and June 2 from 3:30-4:30pm
Where: Capital High School Tennis Courts
Students will be grouped accordingly (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Register on line at http://montanatennis.org/helena-youth-tennis/

Parent Council

A huge Hooray & Thank You to all the CR Anderson families for making our Raffle Fundraiser such a success! The Parent Council profited just over $18,000!! 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.

The next Parent Council meeting will be held
April 20th, at 12:00 noon.

 

CRA is now collecting BOX TOPS!!

If you are not already sending your Box Tops to an Elementary School in our district, please send them to CRA. We are now collecting Box Tops to help fund our printing & ink costs at the school. There is a collection box located in the front foyer. Thank you for helping us help our students and teachers here at CRA!!!
Keep cutting those BOX TOPS!!!

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

 

TRAFFIC/DRIVERS EDUCATION

SUMMER 2016 REGISTRATION: APRIL 11-15, 2016
Schedules & Registration forms will only be available on the dates listed. They can be picked-up and returned to CHS and HHS during that time frame. We will also have a link on our website for you to print the forms off.
REMINDER: Effective Summer 2016 the cost will be changing from $315 to $285 for ALL students. We will no longer have a reduced rate for the students that are on the free and reduced HSD #1 program.
All classes will be formed in Date of Birth order with older students having class preference.
We will do all communication through email at: trafficedhelena@gmail.com
The class locations are either at Capital High School or Helena High School.

SUMMER SCHOOL

Summer school will be offered this summer for three weeks for those students who have done poorly through the year in the areas of math and English. Summer school is a free program that runs from 9:00 A. M. until noon. Students will need their own rides as bus service is not available. More information is available through our school counselors or get in touch with Ms. Peach, at 324-2781 or email at ppeach@hsd1.org.

 

Youth Connections

Youth Connections, Helena College, Lewis & Clark Public Health and St. Peter’s Hospital are hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking, April 11th at 5:30 in the Helena College Lecture Hall. A light meal will be served.

A panel of local experts will discuss the health, academic, and legal consequences of underage drinking for adults providing the alcohol and minors drinking it. A Q&A will follow.

Our 8th, 10th, and 12th graders report binge drinking at higher rates than the state and the nation. In addition, the average age of first drink is 13.03 years and average age of regular drinking is 14.16 years of age. Come find out where they’re getting it as well as how to keep your kids safe and ensure they can be as successful as they can be.

6th Annual Helena Area High School Physicals

For Sports coming up for the new school year, please see attached flyer for Helena Area High School Physicals costing only $20 per person.
6th Annual Helena Area High School Physicals Flyer 2016

Families needed to host Japanese youth for one month this summer. This is a 4-H program and dates are from July 21-August 18. 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 Linda Stewart at 406-837-5091 or at mtncows@montanasky.net or Stephanie Davison at sdavison@montana.edu.

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

The Helena School District is in its eighth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program. The Live in Schools program provides tickets to up to eight 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.

Our next show is right around the corner—Madama Butterfly on Saturday, April 2—and there are still tickets available for interested students and parents. Email Mr. Cleary (kcleary@helenaschools.org) right away if you want to attend!

Our final show of the season is also fast approaching—Elektra on Saturday, April 30. Although this opera contains mature content, all C.R. Anderson students are welcome to be a part of this Live in Schools production. If you want to get involved with any opera (this season or next), contact Mr. Cleary by email or at 324-2816. I hope to see you at the opera!

Last Chance (Summer) Music Camp!

With spring feeling as though it has officially arrived, now is a great time to start thinking about plans for the summer. The music department is thrilled to announce that the Last Chance Orchestra Camp is now the Last Chance Music Camp. This means that musicians from orchestra, band, or choir (who have completed sixth grade) are invited to join the excitement of Helena’s own summer music day camp!

Please contact Mr. Cleary (kcleary@helenaschools.org; 324-2816) with your questions, check out the camp informational webpage, or encourage your child to pick up a brochure from any of the music teachers at C.R.A. We look forward to working with your child as part of the Last Chance Music Camp!

Educational Talent Search

Looking for 6th Grade Students to Join Program:

Mission
Montana Tech’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program will provide academic, career, and financial counseling to our high school and middle school participants and encourage them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary school of their choice.
Talent Search is an outreach program supported by Montana Tech and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Talent Search provides services such as: career exploration, college planning and financial aid workshops, academic advising/career counseling, campus visitation, social/cultural programs, field trips, tutoring and much more!
Talent Search’s primary focus is, but is not limited to, helping low income and first generation students build the skills to succeed in post secondary education.
Services provided:
 Weekly meetings
 Academic advising
 Career and personal counseling
 Time, money and stress management
 Public service activities
 Building of cultural awareness
Schools:
 Butte High School
 Anaconda High School
 Powell County High School
 Capital High School
 Helena High School
 East Middle School
 Fred Moodry Middle School
 E.F. Duvall Middle School
 C.R. Anderson Middle School
 Helena Middle School
 East Valley Middle School

For more information contact Marc McCauley, CRA 6th grade counselor, at 406-324-2762, or mmccauley@helenaschools.org, or Michelle Christianson from ETS at 406.439-2387


March Newsletter

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

Each year, C.R. Anderson students are assessed to measure their progress and give us a valuable tool to look at student achievement levels and our programs that serve students. All C.R. Anderson students will be taking the Smarter Balance Assessment during the fourth quarter:
• 8th/7th/6th grade English testing – April 25th thru 29th
• English make-ups – May 2nd thru 6th
• 8th/7th/6th grade Math testing – May 9th thru 13th
• Math make-ups – May 16th thru 20th

These tests are very valuable for both you and the school. We appreciate you making every effort to ensure that your student is present on the test days. If there is a conflict with one of the test days or times, please let us know through your school counselor as soon as possible. We would also like to offer a couple of suggestions so that students will have a chance to do their best on the test. It is always important that students get a good night of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast but especially important when taking assessments. We would ask that you take a minute to talk to your student about the importance of doing his/her best on the tests.
These assessment tools will be used by the school, the state, and the Federal government to assess the effectiveness of our school programs.

Thank you in advance for your time and supporting us and our students with the assessment process.

Bruce Campbell, Principal
C.R. Anderson Middle School

Important Dates

3/3-4 Orchestra Informances
3/9 7th grade Band Festival @ Civic Center 4:00 pm
3/10 8th grade Band Festival @ Civic Center 4:00 pm
3/16 Parent Council Meeting – 12:00 noon
3/22 8th grade Orchestra Festival – HMS – 2:00
3/25 Quarter 3 ends
3/28-4/1 No school – Spring Break
4/8 Track Registration Closes
4/8 6th & 7th grade Orchestra Festival
4/12 Track Begins
4/20 Spring Pictures
4/22 No School
4/28 HYO Spring Tour

**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!

2015-16 Yearbooks

Last day to order yearbooks will be Friday, March 25th! Order forms can be picked up and turned in at the main office.

 

Spring Pictures

will take place Wednesday, April 20th
More information will be sent home with your student at a later date.

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 8th – season begins April 12th.

 

2016 Band Festival

The CRA 7th & 8th grade bands will attend their Spring Band Festival on March 9th & 10th, 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 cnevinski@helenaschools.org. Thanks!

 

VFW Patriots’ Pen Awards!

Once again we have some winners for our annual Patriot’s Pen this year! Students wrote essays about “What Freedom Means to Me.” This year we took 1st, 2nd and 3rd for our district. Winners were awarded not only money but a nice plaque and dinner (with cheesecake) on February 20th to recognize their excellent writing. Please recognize and congratulate the following students:
Ryan Yeske 1st place for our district and 2nd for the state
Mariah Olson 2nd place for our district
Zach Pullin 3rd Place for our district
Congratulations to all of the winners!!

 

It is time for our CRA Parent Council Fundraiser!!
CRA Parent Council is doing a brand new school Fundraiser this year! It is a Raffle Drawing! This is something brand new that CRA has not done before and we are very excited to be trying something new with great possibilities!!! The items that will be raffled off for our fundraiser are…1st place an Apple MacBook Air, 2nd place a family vacation package to Silverwood which includes a 2 night stay at the Holiday Inn, 4 tickets to Silverwood, a $400 car rental from Hertz, & a $100 gas card, and 3rd place an inflatable paddleboard w/paddle. The raffle tickets are $5 a ticket or a book of 5 tickets for $20. Participation in this fundraiser is optional but we would really appreciate your support in helping your student(s) sell at least 10 tickets. Students that check out a fundraiser packet will be responsible for those 10 tickets including turning in the money and any unsold tickets by the turn in date.
The CRA Parent Council launched our annual Fundraiser Event Wednesday, February 24th. All of the incentive prizes that the students could win are on display in the front showcase of the school. Ticket stubs and money can be turned in each day during advisor. The sales will continue through Friday, March 11th. All money and unsold tickets must be turned in by the end of the school day on Friday, March 11th. The raffle drawing along with the student incentive prize drawing will be held at CRA on Friday, March 18th. Thank you for your support of C.R. Anderson!!
The next Parent Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16th, so, if you are looking for a way to keep in touch with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you! We are looking forward to new ideas and energy and everyone is welcome.

CRA is now collecting BOX TOPS!!

If you are not already sending your Box Tops to an Elementary School in our district, please send them to CRA. We are now collecting Box Tops to help fund our printing & ink costs at the school. There is a collection box located in the front foyer. Thank you for helping us help our students and teachers here at CRA!!! Keep cutting those BOX TOPS!!!

 

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

The Helena School District is in its eighth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program. The Live in Schools program provides tickets to up to eight 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 next show one month away—Madama Butterfly on Saturday, April 2—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!

The tour group that Mr. Cleary is leading is making its final preparations to leave for New York! Their departure date is March 26 and their return date is March 30; we want to thank the entire C.R.A. community for their support leading up to tour, and we would like to invite everyone to follow our activities on tour using the C.R. Anderson Middle School Orchestra Facebook page. Mr. Cleary will post updates and pictures from our travels to keep in touch with everyone enjoying spring break in Helena.

Enrolled participants have their final, mandatory tour meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:00 pm in the C.R.A. Orchestra Room (B5). At that time we will discuss our final itinerary and receive tour backpacks and hoodies (the latter of which are now ordered and on the way). It will be a busy March leading up to tour, but the experience will be magical!

Last Chance (Summer) Music Camp!

With spring feeling as though it has officially arrived, now is a great time to start thinking about plans for the summer. The music department is thrilled to announce that the Last Chance Orchestra Camp is now the Last Chance Music Camp. This means that musicians from orchestra, band, or choir (who have completed sixth grade) are invited to join the excitement of Helena’s own summer music day camp!

Please contact Mr. Cleary (324-2816) with your questions, check out the camp informational webpage, or encourage your child to pick up a brochure from any of the music teachers at C.R.A. We look forward to working with your child as part of the Last Chance Music Camp!

 

Educational Talent Search

Looking for 6th Grade Students to Join Program:

Mission
Montana Tech’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program will provide academic, career, and financial counseling to our high school and middle school participants and encourage them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary school of their choice.
Talent Search is an outreach program supported by Montana Tech and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Talent Search provides services such as: career exploration, college planning and financial aid workshops, academic advising/career counseling, campus visitation, social/cultural programs, field trips, tutoring and much more!
Talent Search’s primary focus is, but is not limited to, helping low income and first generation students build the skills to succeed in post secondary education.
Services provided:
 Weekly meetings
 Academic advising
 Career and personal counseling
 Time, money and stress management
 Public service activities
 Building of cultural awareness
Schools:
 Butte High School
 Anaconda High School
 Powell County High School
 Capital High School
 Helena High School
 East Middle School
 Fred Moodry Middle School
 E.F. Duvall Middle School
 C.R. Anderson Middle School
 Helena Middle School
 East Valley Middle School

For more information contact Marc McCauley, CRA 6th grade counselor, at 406-324-2762, or mmccauley@helenaschools.org, or Michelle Christianson from ETS at 406.439-2387

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February 2016 Newsletter

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

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 school zonetheir 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 2nd and 3rd.
Thank you,
Bruce Campbell
CRA Principal

Reminder to all:no-balloons-for-you

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.

Important Dates:

2/1 8th Grade High School Registration
2/2-3 Parent Teacher Conferences
2/3 Wildside Team ski trip
2/4 Peach Team ski trip
2/4 8th Grade Parent Mtg/Re: H.S. Registration/CHS
2/10 BiCEP Team ski trip
2/11 Sather Team ski trip
2/12 Valentine’s Day Dance
2/15 No School-President’s Day
2/17 Hagengruber Team ski trip
2/17 Parent Council Meeting – 12:00 p.m.
2/18 Gold & Helmbrecht/West/Gunn Team ski trip
2/18 Choir Performance @ HMS 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00
2/22 Concert Band Concert – 7:00 pm – CHS
3/3 & 4 Orchestra informances during class
3/9 7th grade Band Festival @ Civic Center – concert at 4:00 pm
3/10 8th grade Band Festival @ Civic Center – concert at 4:00 pm
3/22 8th Grade Orchestra Festival – 2:00pm concert at HMS

Freshman Registration for 2016-2017

*February 1st incoming freshmen receive Registration Materials
*February 2nd & 3rd CHS Counselors at CRA Parent/Teacher Conferences
*February 3rd 8th Grade Tour at CHS
*February 4th Parent Meeting at CHS – 6:00 pm
*February 5th collect all Registration Forms

Capital High School will be hosting an informational meeting in the CHS auditorium on Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 pm concerning freshman scheduling.
This meeting will cover registration for all new 9th grade students who will be attending Capital High School in the fall of 2016. The format of the meeting will be as follows:
• Department presentations regarding the freshman classes and how students will be selected for such classes as Honors Earth Science, Honors Math, General Earth Science, Applied English, and JMG
• Registration Process
• College Entrance Requirements
The various Department Heads will answer questions that are related to the current Registration Guide and course selection for the next year.
All Parents Are Urged To Attend with Your Student!

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 will be available at the main office, prior to the start of that particular sport. Fees must be paid at the time of registration.
6th & 7th Grade Girls Volleyball    February 23-April 8 – registration closes 2/10
Track                                                  April 12 – May 27 – registration closes 4/4

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 3rd Hunt, Dellwo, Boutilier, Wall, Madsen, Cleveland
February 4th Richards, Peach, Troyer, McMahon, Nevinski, Pancich
February 10th Bisom, Currier, Elder, K. Sheridan, Douglass, Molloy
February 11th Cohn, Lane, Rillahan, Sather, Cleary, Sprott
February 17th Hagengruber, McGinley, Heun
February 18th Noble, Helseth, Hanson, Helmbrecht, West, Gunn
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 ½ 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!

PREPARING FOR THE 6th and 7th GRADE SKI TRIPS
Parents: Please help your child prepare for their team ski trip so they have a positive, fun day at the Great Divide. Here are a few tips for preparing:

1. Make sure your student has made plans for lunch and a snack. There are three options for lunch:
• Bring a sack lunch from home
• Order a sack lunch through the school lunch program
• Bring money to purchase lunch at the Great Divide cafeteria – many options are available including a student special for $5.00 – hamburger, hot dog or pizza with a soda.
2. Make sure your student has the proper clothing for a successful and enjoyable day. Multiple layers are the best so they are prepared for all types of weather:
• Warm socks (see Mrs. Molloy or Mrs. Cleveland, prior to the day of the ski trip, if your child needs socks as the Base Camp has donated new socks for this purpose).
• Three layers on the upper and lower body – the last layer should be waterproof (jacket and waterproof pants) See Mrs. Molloy or Mrs. Cleveland, prior to the day of the ski trip, if your child needs waterproof pants
• Waterproof gloves or mittens.
3. Make sure your student is at school by 8:00 am the morning of their ski trip so they do not miss the bus!

We look forward to a great day at the Great Divide for your child. Thank you in advance for making sure they are prepared!

The CRA PE Department

 

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 – jrobertson@helena.k12.mt.us.

 

Our 6th graders had a very successful “Hot Chocolate for Cancer” fundraiser this year! They raised over $1164 selling hot chocolate and hot cider! Great job 6th graders and a huge thank you to all of our parents who helped with donations. Without our parent support this never would have been possible. All of the money went to St. Pete’s Oncology Department to help purchase decorations that are up to fire code. We are excited to help keep this money local and also brighten the lives of everyone who enters into St. Pete’s Oncology Department.

 

Spring Pictspring picturesures will take place Wednesday, April 28th
More information will be sent home with your student at a later date.
Report cards will be given out during Parent Teacher Conferences Feb. 2nd and 3rd. All students should have received information to bring home to parents. If you/your student do not attend Parent Teacher Conferences, the report card will be given to your student during advisor class on Feb. 4th.

2015-16 Yearbooks

Yearbooks will be on sale until March 28th! Order forms can be picked up and turned in at the main office.

2016 Geography Bee

August Schneider Wins C. R. Anderson Geography Bee!
A 7th grader, August Schneider, won the school-level competition of the National Geography Bee, and a chance at a $25,000 scholarship. The school-level Bee was the first round in the 25th annual National Geography Bee.
The 2nd place finisher was Nathan Turner, 3rd place went to Calvin Dinh, and Libby Linder took 4th place. Congratulations to all participants!

spelling bee winnerSpelling Bee

The CR Anderson Spelling Bee was held on January 25th. 42 students from grades 6-8 made it through the classroom elimination rounds and were eligible to compete in the school-wide bee. All 42 students did an outstanding job! CR Anderson can send 6 participants and 3 alternates to the Lewis and Clark County Spelling Bee. The alternates are Melody Perry, Tristin Soule, and Mekhi Davis. The 6 finalists are: Beatrice Pujol, Nick Bubb, Celina Lee, Christian Zehr, Lane Antonick, and Colin Sawyer. Our school winner was Colin Sawyer!
Congratulations to all bee participants!
The Lewis and Clark County Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 17th, at Helena Middle School at 9:00 a.m.

Parent Council

It is time for our CRA Parent Council Fundraiser!!
CRA Parent Council is doing a brand new school Fundraiser this year! It is a Raffle Drawing! This is something parent council rafflebrand new that CRA has not done before and we are very excited to be trying something new with great possibilities!!! The items that will be raffled off for our fundraiser are…1st place an Apple MacBook Air, 2nd place a family vacation package to Silverwood which includes a 2 night stay at the Holiday Inn, 4 tickets to Silverwood, a $400 car rental from Hertz, & a $100 gas card, and 3rd place a paddleboard w/paddle. The raffle tickets are $5 a ticket or a book of 5 tickets for $20. Participation in this fundraiser is optional but we would really appreciate your support in helping your student(s) sell at least 10 tickets. Students that check out a fundraiser packet will be responsible for those 10 tickets including turning in the money and any unsold tickets by the turn in date.
The CRA Parent Council will be launching our annual Fundraiser Event Wednesday, February 24th. During Advisor period, students will attend grade-wide assemblies to learn more about the fundraiser, the projects we fund, and the fabulous incentive prizes being offered this year. All of the incentive prizes that the students could win will be revealed in the front showcase of the school on Tuesday, February 23rd! The packets will be handed out to the students that wish to participate during their advisor period on Thursday, February 25th. The sales will continue through Friday, March 11th. All money and unsold tickets must be turned in by the end of the school day on Friday, March 11th. The raffle drawing along with the student incentive prize drawing will be held at CRA on Friday, March 18th. Watch your email for all the details of this Fundraiser Event the week of Kickoff!!!

The next Parent Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17th, so, if you are looking for a way to keep in touch with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you! We are looking forward to new ideas and energy and everyone is welcome.

 

Join Us!
Belize and Guatemala International Learning Experience!
Spring Break 2017
Information & Sign-Up Meeting
Monday, February 8, 6:00 p.m.
Mr. Elder’s Room (202)
$3,110 includes our airfare from Montana to Belize City, all bus transfers, most meals, accommodations, and other costs. Join us to learn about trip activities: The ATM Cave Hike, the Mayan Ruins of Tikal, the marine-life of the Cays along the coast of Belize. This adventure will be open to all students who are 7th or 8th graders next year (2016-17).

Student Council Activities

Before the winter break, student council solicited teachers and other adults in the building for the names of students who probably weren’t going to have the brightest of holidays. Over 100 student names were submitted, and student council members signed generic holiday cards and included a $10 gift card to Cinemark as a holiday surprise. A special thanks to counselors Mary Anderson and Collette Ozburn for their work in getting the cards mailed off before the break to our students!
Student Council also purchased over $1,000 of presents for Helena’s Toys-4-Tots program. We appreciated Target stores once again giving CRA a 10% discount on their Toys-4-Tots spending!
Finally, Student Council is excited about the Student-Faculty Basketball Game – coming our way in the next couple months. Watch for more information on this exciting evening in the March Newsletter!

flu-shot-kids-18585707ATTENTION: 6th Grade Parents
“Calling the Shots”

Remember your 6th grade student will need a tetanus booster (Tdap) to enroll in 7th grade. Out of our 330 current 6th graders here at CRA, only 100 have provided documentation of this tetanus booster. Now is a great time to get this required (by the State of Montana) booster.
Thanks to the 100 parents who have taken care of this booster in a timely manner.

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

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

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

THfluE FLU: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW TO KEEP KIDS HEALTHY

WHAT IS THE FLU?

• The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the lungs, nose and throat
• Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and sometimes, can lead to death
• Each year in the United States:
o 5-20 percent of Americans fall ill to the flu
o Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu, and they frequently spread the virus to others
• Young children are at the greatest risk for
developing serious flu complications, as well as the elderly and those with certain health conditions

HOW DOES FLU SPREAD?

• There are two ways to get the flu. Usually flu is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Occasionally, people can get the flu from touching a germ-infested surface

WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS
OF FLU?

Often we get confused about the symptoms of the
flu and how they are different from a common cold. Knowing the symptoms of the flu is important and will help you act quickly to get your child feeling better faster
• Common symptoms of flu include: high fever, severe headache, muscle and body aches, exhaustion and dry cough
o Children often have additional flu symptoms that
are rare in adults, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
• Symptoms of a common cold include: stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and hacking cough

SIMPLE STEPS FOR KEEPING YOUR CHILD HEALTHY
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent your child from getting the flu is to take him/her to get a flu vaccine
• You should talk to your child about practicing good health habits, such as:
o Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
o Covering mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and disposing of the tissue in a proper trash receptacle
o Avoiding sharing drinks, water bottles or silverware with others
• You can help prevent the flu from spreading at home by disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, toys and other commonly shared items
• Also, if someone in your household gets the flu, a doctor can prescribe a medication – called an antiviral – that can actually prevent other members of the household from catching the flu
o Studies show that some antiviral medications are up to 89 percent effective in preventing the flu when taken once daily for seven days

DON’T TAKE THE FLU LYING DOWN

• If you are concerned about your child’s flu symptoms, call your doctor early. Call your doctor immediately if your child has a chronic disease. Some children may benefit from an antiviral medication, which can be prescribed by a physician and can help lessen the duration of the virus and reduce the risk of complications, such as pneumonia
o To be effective, antiviral medication should be taken within 12-48 hours after flu symptoms begin
• If your child has the flu, it is important for them to stay home from school, rest, and drink plenty of fluids
• Additionally, notify the school nurse at your child’s school if your child has the flu. Monitoring flu incidence will help keep students, faculty and our community healthy.

book heart~For Valentine’s Day,

the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers tips on ways parents can show love to their children..
1. Use plenty of positive and encouraging words with your child. Try to avoid using sarcasm or mockery and get rid of put-downs from the words you use as a parent. Children often don’t understand your purpose, and if they do, these messages can create negative ways of talking and connecting with each other.
2. Make an extra effort to set a good example about how to connect and talk with other people at home and in public. Use words like “I’m sorry,” “please,” and “thank you.”
3. Respond promptly and lovingly to your child’s physical and emotional needs. Be available to listen to your child when he/she wants to talk with you even if it’s not the best time for you. Ask your child “How was your day?”and listen to the answer.
4. When your child is angry, grouchy or in a bad mood, give him a quick hug, cuddle, pat, secret nod or other sign of affection he responds to and then consider talking with him about the event when he’s feeling better.
5. Use non-violent forms of discipline. Parents should start using both rewards and restrictions many years before adolescence to help establish ways to encourage strengths and address concerns during the teenage years. Allowing children of any age to constantly break important rules without being disciplined only encourages more rules to not be followed.
6. Make plans to spend time alone with your young child or teen doing something she enjoys on a regular basis. Encourage your child to be active by going on walks, bicycle riding, or playing ball with your them Consider sending a Valentine’s Day card to your older child or teen. Think about making Valentine’s Day cards together with your preschool or younger school age child.
7. Mark family game nights on your calendar so the entire family can look forward to having ways to enjoy spending time together. Put a different family member’s name under each date, and have that person choose which game will be played that evening.
8. Consider owning a pet if possible. Having a pet can help make some children, especially those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, feel better by increasing their physical activity, enhancing their overall positive feelings, and offering another way to connect with someone they care about.
9. One of the best ways to have your child learn more about good food choices is to encourage him to cook with you. Let him get involved in the entire process, from planning the menus to shopping for ingredients to the actual food preparation and its serving. It is wonderful when families eat together as much as possible. Good food, good conversations.
10. As your child grows up, she’ll spend most of her time improving upon a variety of skills and abilities that she gains in all areas of her life. You should help her as much as possible by encouraging her and providing the tools and teaching she needs. Start reading to your child beginning at six months. Avoid TV in the first two years, monitor and watch TV with your older children and use TV time as one topic for conversation time with your children. Limit computer and video games.
11. Your child’s health depends a lot on the care and support you offer during his early years. By taking your child to the doctor regularly for well child or preventive health care visits, teaching him how to be safe from injuries, providing a healthy and nutritious diet, and encouraging good amounts of sleep, physical activity, and exercise throughout childhood, you help protect and strengthen his mind and body.
12. Help your child foster positive relationships with friends, siblings and members of the community. Consider inviting friends or neighbors to spend time drinking tea, having a meal, playing a game, or helping others in need. Encourage your child to play sports or be involved in activities that show teamwork.
13. One of your most important gifts as a parent is to help your child develop self-esteem. Your child needs your steady support and help to discover his strengths. He needs you to believe in him as he learns to believe in himself. Loving him, spending time with him, listening to him and celebrating lessons learned from his mistakes and successes are all part of this process.
14. Don’t forget to say “I love you” to children of all ages!

CRA is now collecting BOX TOPS!!

If you are not already sending your Box Tops to an Elementary School in our district, please send them to CRA. We are now collecting Box box topTops to help fund our printing & ink costs at the school. There is a collection box located in the front foyer. Thank you for helping us help our students and teachers here at CRA!!! Keep cutting those BOX TOPS!!!

Early Release on Mondays!

Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m.
each Monday, for professional development time for teachers.
Busses will run their regular routes.

Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement. Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:

• Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
• Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
• Designing units of study
• Writing common assessments
• Analyzing the results of the common assessments
• Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.
Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.

 

Educational Talent Search Looking for 6th Grade Students to Join Program:

Mission
Montana Tech’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program will provide academic, career, and financial counseling to our high school and middle school participants and encourage them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary school of their choice.
Talent Search is an outreach program supported by Montana Tech and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Talent Search provides services such as: career exploration, college planning and financial aid workshops, academic advising/career counseling, campus visitation, social/cultural programs, field trips, tutoring and much more!
Talent Search’s primary focus is, but is not limited to, helping low income and first generation students build the skills to succeed in post secondary education.
Services provided:
• Weekly meetings
• Academic advising
•Career and personal counseling
•Time, money and stress management
•Public service activities
•Building of cultural awareness
Schools:
•Butte High School
•Anaconda High School
•Powell County High School
•Capital High School
•Helena High School
•East Middle School
•Fred Moodry Middle School
•E.F. Duvall Middle School
•C.R. Anderson Middle School
•Helena Middle School
•East Valley Middle School

For more information contact Marc McCauley, CRA 6th grade counselor, at 406-324-2762, or mmccauley@helenaschools.org, or Michelle Christianson from ETS at 406.439-2387


 

January 2016 Newsletter

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

Happy New Year!!! The end of the semester is coming up on Friday, January 22nd and it seems like we just started the year! Our 6th and 7th grades will be skiing once again this year through their P.E. classes. We have our Parent Teacher Conferences Tuesday, February 2nd and Wednesday, February 3rd. The information for your scheduled conference time will be sent home with your student toward the end of January. Please be looking for this information from your student. We try to stick to the same day and time you had your fall conference. Please contact your student’s advisor for more information.
Please take a close look at the school district calendar for upcoming “no school” days and other district activities.
Important Dates:
1/4-8 Law Enforcement Appreciation Week!
1/8 Geography Bee
1/18 Martin Luther King Day – No School
1/20 Parent Council Meeting – 12:00 noon
1/21 Noon Release-end of 1st Semester/2nd quarter
1/22 No School
1/25 Spelling Bee
2/1 8th Grade High School Registration
2/2-3 Parent/Teacher Conferences
2/3 Wild Side Team ski trip
2/4 Peach Team ski trip
2/4 8th Grade Parent Mtg/Re: H.S. Registration/CHS
2/10 BiCEP Team ski trip
2/11 Sather Team ski trip
2/12 Valentine’s Day Dance
2/15 No School-President’s Day
2/17 Hagengruber Team ski trip
2/17 Parent Council Meeting – 12:00 noon
2/18 Gold/Helmbrecht Teams ski trip
2/18 Chorus Concerts-HMS
2/22 8th Grade Concert Band-CHS 7:00 PM

 

If your student is to be absent from school due to sickness or an appointment or if your student is late to school, please let the school know by calling our attendance line at 324-2802.

 

The Final Competition of the Geography Bee will be held in the CRA library on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Congratulations and good luck to all participants!
If you have had a change of address or phone number(s) please let us know so we can keep our contact information up to date. You may call 324-2800 or email Jodi Robertson – jrobertson@helena.k12.mt.us.

 

2015-16 Yearbooks
Yearbooks will be on sale until March 28th! Order forms are available at the main office.
Parent Council
The next Parent Council will be Wednesday, January 20th, at noon. If you are looking for a way to keep connected with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you!

 

The Annual CRA Spelling Bee will take place on Monday, January 25th at 8:05 a.m. in the library. Students will be selected based upon classroom bee competitions to take place later this month. More information will be coming regarding the Lewis and Clark County Spelling Bee.

 

 

Freshman Registration for the 2016-17 School Year

• February 1st – Incoming Freshmen receive registration materials
• February 2nd & 3rd – CHS counselors available at CRA Parent/Teacher conferences
• February 3rd – Incoming Freshmen tour Capital High School
• February 4th – parent meeting for incoming freshmen at CHS – 6:00 pm in the cafeteria
• February 5th – collect all incoming freshmen registration forms

Capital High School will be hosting a scheduling information meeting in the CHS cafeteria on Thursday, February 4th, at 6:00 pm. This meeting will cover registration for all incoming freshmen students who will be attending CHS in the fall of 2016. The format of the meeting will be: department presentations regarding freshman classes and how students will be selected for classes such as Honors Earth Science, Honors Math, General Earth Science, and Applied English; the registration process; as well as college entrance requirements. The department heads will answer questions related to the current registration guide and course selection for the next year. All parents are urged to attend.

 

 

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 3rd Hunt, Dellwo, Boutilier, Wall, Madsen, Cleveland
February 4th Richards, Peach, Troyer, McMahon, Nevinski, Pancich
February 10th Bisom, Currier, Elder, K. Sheridan, Douglass, Molloy
February 11th Cohn, Lane, Rillahan, Sather, Cleary Sprott
February 17th Hagengruber, McGinley, Heun, Gunn, West
February 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 ½ 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!
ATTENTION: 6th Grade Parents
“Calling the Shots”

Remember your 6th grade student will need a tetanus booster (Tdap) to enroll in 7th grade. Out of our 313 current 6th graders here at CRA, only 113 have provided documentation of this tetanus booster. Now is a great time to get this required (by the State of Montana) booster.
Thanks to the 113 parents who have taken care of this booster in a timely manner.

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

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

Kendra Selser R.N.
School Nurse
C.R. Anderson Middle School
Is it a cold or the flu?
Check your symptoms and ask your doctor for advice.
Remember, a flu shot is your best protection against the flu.
Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102°F in infants and small children Usually 102°, but can go up to 104°F and usually last 3 to 4 days
Headache Rare Sudden onset and can be severe
Muscle aches Mild Usual, and often severe
Tiredness and weakness Mild Can last 2 or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion Never Sudden onset and can be severe
Runny nose Often Sometimes
Sneezing Often Sometimes
Sore throat Often Sometimes
Cough Mild hacking cough Usual, and can become severe
If you have flu systems they will usually be mild or we may never know we have the flu virus. Many patients may not be tested for the flu because the test results usually do not change how you are treated and may take several days for the results.
The MET, Live at
C.R. Anderson Middle School!

The Helena School District is in its eighth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program. The Live in Schools program provides tickets for up to eight 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 next show fast approaching—Turandot on Saturday, January 30—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!

 

 

Early Release on Mondays!

Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m.
each Monday, for professional development time for teachers.
Busses will run their regular routes.

Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement. Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:

• Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
• Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
• Designing units of study
• Writing common assessments
• Analyzing the results of the common assessments
• Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.
Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.


 

December Newsletter

Mr. Campbell’s Corner
I want to take this time to invite everyone to the winter concerts. The 6th/7th/8th grade chorus concerts took place on Nov. 19th. The orchestra performances will take place December 15th at HMS with 6th grade and ECO at 6:30 pm and 7th and 8th grade at 7:30 pm. The 8th grade band/jazz band concerts will be December 10th at CHS at 7:00, and 6th/7th grade bands here at CRA on December 17th with the 6th grade at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm for the 7th grade. Come and enjoy some wonderful music!
As we continue the 2015-16 school year, I urge you to make attendance a priority for your child. It is one of the best investments that you can make to ensure that your child grows up to live a long, happy, and productive life.
For students, being in school is the first requirement for learning. Teachers can’t teach an empty chair. A good education increases the likelihood of getting and keeping a good paying job and enjoying good relationships with family!

Have a great Christmas Break!

Mr. Campbell

Christmas Break December 19th-January 3rd!
School resumes Monday, January 4th.
Our Administrative Buildings, May Butler Center and Front Street Learning Center, will be closed December 24-25, and January 1.
Important Dates:
Dec. 3 HYO Winter Tour
Dec. 8 VOT Tour
Dec. 10 8th Grade/Jazz Band Concerts, CHS Auditorium – 7:00 pm
Dec. 11 Christmas Dance 3:00-5:00 pm – $2 admission
Dec. 15 Orchestra Concert at HMS
Dec. 17 6th/7th Grade Band Concerts, 4 pm and 7pm
Dec. 19-Jan. 3 Christmas Break
Jan. 4 School Resumes
Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Day – No School
Jan. 21 End of Semester/Noon Release
Jan. 22 No School
If you have had a change of address or phone number(s) please let us know so we can keep our contact information up to date. You may call 324-2800 or email Jodi Robertson at jrobertson@helenaschools.org.
THANK YOU to all of you who brought food for the teachers at Parent/Teacher Conferences – very much appreciated!!

Our 6th grade English/Language Arts students are raising money for St. Pete’s Oncology Department. They are selling hot chocolate for $1.00 during their English classes. Donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you to all of our parents who have already helped to make this a successful fundraiser!
2015-16 Yearbooks
Yearbooks will be on sale until March 28th! There are a number of options to choose from again this year. Orders forms can be picked up/turned in at the main office.
Driver’s Education
Registration for the Winter Session of Driver’s Education will be January 4-8th. Students must be 15 by May 31, 2016 to participate in this session. Click here for more info http://helenaschools.org/departments/traffic-education/.

Parent Council
Parents: If you are looking for a way to keep in touch with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th at 12:00 noon. Past meeting minutes are located on the C.R. Anderson website. We are looking forward to new ideas and energy and everyone is welcome!
A/B Day Schedule
You may go to the following link to access the A/B Day schedule:
AB 2015-2016
Please not there may be changes in the calendar since the beginning of school.
CRA in Belize 2017 – Spring Break Educational Experience
Registration packets are available from Mr. Elder
Open Enrollment period runs through February 2
Questions?
Contact Mr. Elder (kelder@helenaschools.org)
Is it a cold or the flu?
Check your symptoms and ask your doctor for advice.
Remember, a flu shot is your best protection against the flu.
Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102°F in infants and small children Usually 102°, but can go up to 104°F and usually last 3 to 4 days
Headache Rare Sudden onset and can be severe
Muscle aches Mild Usual, and often severe
Tiredness and weakness Mild Can last 2 or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion Never Sudden onset and can be severe
Runny nose Often Sometimes
Sneezing Often Sometimes
Sore throat Often Sometimes
Cough Mild hacking cough Usual, and can become severe
If you have flu systems they will usually be mild or we may never know we have the flu virus. Many patients may not be tested for the flu because the test results usually do not change how you are treated and may take several days for the results.

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

The Helena School District is in its eighth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program. The Live in Schools program provides tickets to up to eight 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 next show fast approaching—The Magic Flute on Saturday, December 12—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!
6th Grade Student Support Group:
Mr. McCauley, C.R. Anderson 6th grade counselor, will be offering a support group for 6th grade students whose parents are divorced, separated, or going through the divorce process. For more information or to sign your child up, please email Mr. McCauley at mmccauley@helenaschools.org or call 324-2762.

Early Release on Mondays!
Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m.
each Monday, for professional development time for teachers.
Busses will run their regular routes.

Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement. Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:

• Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
• Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
• Designing units of study
• Writing common assessments
• Analyzing the results of the common assessments
• Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.
Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.

November Newsletter

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

The year is flying by! I look forward to seeing parents at the upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences Nov. 10th and 11th.
Many exciting activities have been taking place here at CRA. We have successfully practiced with all grades evacuating the school in case of an emergency. Our Student Council members recently attended the state convention in Great Falls. We have concluded cross country and 8th grade volleyball. Wrestling and 6th/7th grade girls basketball are going on now, and 8th grade girls and boys basketball will be beginning next week.
Our Science Olympiad Team will be attending the state competition at the end of November in Bozeman. Best of luck to them!
Just a reminder/suggestion if your student brings their Iphone/Ipod to school with them. There is a Find My Iphone/Ipod app that allows us to trace their device if it is lost.
Once again the holidays are fast approaching. Please take the time to see one of our upcoming Holiday concerts!
It has been a great fall season here are CRA. I look forward to the rest of the school year.
Bruce Campbell
CRA Principal

Important Dates

Nov. 2nd start of 2nd quarter
Nov. 9-20th Canned Food Drive – any donations may be sent to your student’s advisor (feel free to bring in during Parent/Teacher conferences)
Nov. 10th 8th grade girls and boys basketball begins
Nov. 10th & 11th Parent Teacher Conferences
Nov. 18th Parent Council Meeting 12:00 noon
Nov. 19th Winter Choir Concert – 6th, 7th, and 8th grades
Nov. 25-27th Thanksgiving Break-No School
Dec. 3th HYO Winter Tour
Dec. 10th 8th Grade Band/Concert Band/Jazz Band Concert – CHS 7:00 pm
Dec. 15th Orchestra at HMS, 7:30 pm
Dec. 17th 6th/7th Band Concert – 4:00 & 7:00 pm
Dec. 19th-Jan. 3rd Holiday Break- No School

Early Release on Mondays!

Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m.
each Monday, for professional development time for teachers.
Busses will run their regular routes.
Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement. Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:
 Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
 Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
 Designing units of study
 Writing common assessments
 Analyzing the results of the common assessments
 Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.
Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.
Please let us know if any phone numbers, addresses or e-mails have changed so we can keep in contact with you!

Parent Council

Parents: If you are looking for a way to keep in touch with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th at 12:00 noon. Past meeting minutes are located on the C.R. Anderson website. We are looking forward to new ideas and energy and everyone is welcome!
2015-16 Officers:
Co-Chairs: Charmaine Barker (charmaineabarker@gmail.com) and Shannon Brown (erikshannon@icloud.com).
Treasurer: Tracy Witter (rtmawitter@gmail.com)
Secretary: Jodi Robertson (jrobertson@helenaschools.org)
Parent Advisory Council Representative: Charmaine Barker

MEETERS AND GREETERS:

If you are interested in joining the meeters and greeters program, contact Mrs. Robertson at jrobertson@helenaschools.org. We could really use some adults in the morning to greet our students as they come in the building!

Special Olympics!

Come show your support of over 1,000 Special Olympics athletes (including our very own CR Anderson athletes) from all over Montana as they convene in Helena for this year’s state basketball tournament. They will be playing all day on Friday November 13th and half day on Saturday the 14th. All of the following schools will be hosting games: 4 Georgians Elementary School, CR Anderson Middle School, Helena Middle School, Capital High School, Helena High School, Salvation Army, Montana City School, and Clancy School. Stop by and watch these incredible athletes compete for the championship! Opening ceremonies will take place Thursday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. The games are free and open to the public. Please visit www.somt.org or call (800) 242-6876 for more information and show your support as a fan or volunteer!

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 will be available at the main office, prior to the start of that particular sport. Fees ($40) must be paid at the time of registration.
Girls/Boys Basketball 8th Starts Nov. 10 – Dec. 18
Boys Basketball 6th/7th Starts Jan. 5 – Feb. 12 – registration closes Dec. 11
Volleyball 6th/7th Starts Feb. 16 – March 25 – registration closes Feb. 3
Track Starts April 5 – May 20 – registration closes March 23

CRA Library Hours

7:30am-3:20pm
Students using the library at 7:30 need to use the NW entrance
(By the basketball hoops)

HEF Awards Great Educators to CRA Staff Member

We are pleased to announce that Suzy Fabian was surprised last week by the Helena Education Foundation as a “Great Educator.” The HEF gives out these awards each fall and invites them as special guests to the Great Conversation event on Wednesday, November 18th. The foundation selected seven teachers this year.

Attention 6th Grade Parents

THANK YOU to the 85+ sixth grade parents who have already turned in updated immunization records. This means their child has received the booster of tetanus required by the state of Montana to enter seventh grade.
Please get this state mandated update of tetanus (Tdap) and turn in the documentation of this immunization to CRA as soon as possible.
We appreciate you taking care of this booster early in the sixth grade year!

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

The Helena School District is in its eighth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program. The Live in Schools program provides tickets to up to eight 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 next show fast approaching—Lulu on Saturday, November 21—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. (Please note that this particular show contains mature content.) I hope to see you at the opera!

CRA Off-Campus Emergency Evacuation

Recently all students participated in our annual evacuation drill to our Off-Campus Emergency Evacuation Sites. We practice this drill in case there would be a situation where our students can not stay in the building or need to leave the building due to an emergency.
The following are the locations our student would evacuate to:
6th grade and special needs: Calvary Baptist Church-across the street from CRA
7th grade: Headwaters Covenant Church, 1030 Choteau St. (formerly Alliance Church)
8th grade: Alliance Church, 1400 Stuart St. (formerly Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church)
If CRA would need to evacuate the building and could not return we would put into use our all school In-Touch notification system. This is the same system that is used for our attendance calling/emailing. You would receive a call and/or email letting you know the situation and the location of the grade levels. We will also post the locations on our reader board at CRA.
We hope to not use these Off-Campus sites, but if we need to, we are prepared and ready.
Thank you to the churches and their staff members for allowing our students into their buildings!
We greatly appreciate it!

New York City 2016!

The tour group that Mr. Cleary is leading in 2016 continues to grow and plan their amazing travel experience. Although the tour price has gone up a little, there are still five months until the plane leaves Helena. That means there is plenty of time to enroll!
Parents spearheading our fundraising efforts have scheduled a“Crunch for a Cause” evening with Taco John’s on Thursday, November 19 (from 5:00-7:00 pm). The coupon is included below and we hope everyone will consider getting some tacos to support those students already signed up to travel.
Families already enrolled will have a mandatory tour meeting on Thursday, January 28 at 6:00 pm in the C.R.A. Orchestra Room (B5). More details are coming soon!
Families not yet enrolled need can visit http://www.efexploreamerica.com (our tour number is 1584419DF) to see the itinerary and get pricing information. EF has set an enrollment deadline of November 30, so make sure to talk with Mr. Cleary if this will present a problem or if you have questions. You may also contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816 if you are interested in receiving email updates; we hope you will join us for this excellent educational opportunity!

The Book Fair is Coming!

The annual CR Anderson Book Fair will be held November 9-13. We will be open in the library before and after school in addition to during parent teacher conferences. Please see our complete schedule below and come on in to find your next favorite book! Click here to check out an online preview of some of the books that will be available. New this year! Online Shopping! Free Shipping! This year, we are also offering an Online Book Fair from Nov. 1-Nov. 17. Books for all ages, PreK- adult, are available online, as are any items that may have sold out during the regular Book Fair. All books will ship free to CRA. And remember, all purchases benefit our school!

Book Fair Hours:

 Monday: 7:45-8:05, closed after school

 Tuesday: 7:45-8:05, 2:50-7:00

 Wednesday: 7:45-8:05, 2:50-7:00

 Thursday: 7:45-8:05, 2:50-3:20

 Friday: 7:45-8:05

 Or…shop online/anytime from Nov. 1-Nov. 17 by clicking the link above or visiting scholastic.com/fair.

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October Newsletter

 

Attendance Office phone number 324-2802
Picture Retakes will be October 27th 8:05 am-10:30 am
If you are getting retakes please bring your picture packet and give it to the photographer. If you are getting more pictures or pictures for the first time please stop at the office and get an order packet.

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

Our school year has started out great thanks to our staff, students and parents. Cross country and 8th grade volleyball will come to an end next week with wrestling starting Tuesday, October 6th and, also, our 6th/7th grade girls basketball program getting under way Oct. 6th as well. We have so many students participating and making another connection to our school.
Please have your student(s) have their Student ID cards with them at school each day. The staff will continue to encourage each student to have them for meal accounts, library book check out and identification purposes. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
We are at the mid point of the first quarter. You can check your child’s grades on PowerSchool. If you need help or information about passwords, etc., please contact us. The 1st quarter will end October 30th.
Just a reminder: School will not be in session October 15-16th, due to MEA Teacher Conventions. Also, Parent/Teacher conferences will be coming up Nov. 10th and 11th. Information will be coming out the middle of October.

Mr. Campbell

Important Dates

Oct. 6th 6th/7th grade girls’ basketball begins – informational meeting in library
Oct. 6th Wrestling begins
Oct. 13th After-School Kids Program begins
Oct. 15th & 16th No School – MEA Teacher Conferences
Oct. 21st Parent Council Meeting 12:00 noon
Oct. 23rd Halloween Dance 3:00-5:00 pm
Oct. 27th Picture Retakes
Oct. 29th and 30th Orchestra Informances
Oct. 30th End of 1st Quarter
Nov. 10th & 11th Parent Teacher Conferences
Nov. 19th Winter Choral Concert – 6th, 7th, 8th grades & VOT (change from A/B calendar)
Nov. 25-27th Thanksgiving Break-No School

Early Release on Mondays!

Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m.
each Monday, for professional development time for teachers.
Busses will run their regular routes.

Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement. Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:

• Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
• Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
• Designing units of study
• Writing common assessments
• Analyzing the results of the common assessments
• Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.
Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.

Cross Country

The last Cross Country meet is as follows:
Wednesday, October 7th at 3:30 PM – Northwest Park.

CRA Library Hours

7:30am-3:20pm
Students using the library at 7:30 need to use the NW entrance
(by the basketball hoops)

Please let us know if any phone numbers, addresses or e-mails have changed so we can keep in contact with you!
After-School Kids Academic Assistance Program

We are currently accepting applications for the after-school study program. Applications are available in the main office. Return completed applications to the main office.
Mrs. Bisom will contact you prior to your child starting.
We will meet Tuesday, and Thursday’s from 3:00 to 4:30.Students in this program receive assistance with their homework from teachers. The participants are expected to follow all school rules and come prepared to work during the study time. Attendance is expected unless there has been an excused absence for the school day. Enrollment is limited and a waiting list is kept for any overflow.

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 will be available at the main office, prior to the start of that particular sport. Fees ($40 per activity) must be paid at the time of registration.

Girls/Boys Basketball 8th Starts Nov. 10 – Dec. 18 – registration closes Oct. 28

Boys Basketball 6th/7th Starts Jan. 5 – Feb. 12 – registration closes Dec. 9

Volleyball 6th/7th Starts Feb. 16 – March 25 – registration closes Feb. 3

Track Starts April 5 – May 20 – registration closes April 5

Parent Council

Parents: If you are looking for a way to keep in touch with your child’s school – CRA Parent Council would like to meet you. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21st at 12:00 noon. We are looking forward to new ideas and energy and everyone is welcome.

Youth Connections

is hosting a Rx Drug Forum on October 6 at
St. Peter’s Hospital. We will have two sessions:
1-4p will be a training with 2 national speakers and is $20/$25 at the door.
6-8p is free and will have the 2 speakers as well as a panel of local experts talking about the Rx Drug problem and how we can keep our kids safe.

All the information is available at: http://www.reducerxabuse.com/

From the Lunch Counter:

Paying for Lunches on Line:
All parents and/or guardians now have the opportunity to apply money to their student’s food service account through an on-line program called “Meal Time.” Just go to this site: http://www.mymealtime.com. Once you are there you will need to follow the prompts and set up an account that will allow you to keep track of all your students at the same time. With this program you will be able to see all activities on your student’s account. You will be able to see if they have had lunch or breakfast or if they ate A La Cart! You can put money in their accounts by means of a credit card. You may continue using the online program to put lunch money on your student’s account.

This year there will be a fee for every Credit Card Transaction.
That fee will be around 4.9%.

If you just want to check your students account balance, you may now do that on-line as well.

There is NO fee to look at balances or set up an account.

To use this system all you need to do is go to https://www.mymealtime.com, and set up a user account. The Parent or Guardian will be the user, and you will need to know what your students ID# is in order to put money into that students
lunch money account.

This process will take from 48-72 hours to complete.
Questions please call 406-324-2512.

Free/Reduced Lunches:

TO ANY STUDENTS WHO QUALIFIED FOR FREE/REDUCED LUNCHES LAST YEAR (2014/15): Please remember to re-submit a free/reduced application for this year (2015/16). The grace period for last year ends on October 9th. Your student will revert back to full pay at that time, if you DO NOT re-apply.

All parents and/or guardians now have the opportunity to apply money to their student’s food service account through an on-line program called “Meal Time.” Just go to this site: http://www.mymealtime.com. Once you are there you will need to follow the prompts and set up an account that will allow you to keep track of all your students at the same time. With this program you will be able to see all activities on your student’s account. You will be able to see if they have had lunch or breakfast or if they ate A La Cart! You can put money in their accounts by means of a credit card. You may continue using the online program to put lunch money on your student’s account. There will be a fee for every Credit Card Transaction. That fee will be around 4.9%. If you just want to check your students account balance, you may now do that on-line as well. There is NO fee to look at balances or set up an account. To use this system all you need to do is go to https://www.mymealtime.com, and set up a user account. The Parent or Guardian will be the user, and you will need to know what your students ID# is in order to put money into that students lunch money account.
This process will take from 48-72 hours to complete.
Questions please call 406-324-2512.

CRA Off-Campus Emergency Evacuation

Recently all students participated in our annual evacuation drill to our Off-Campus Emergency Evacuation Sites. We practice this drill in case there would be a situation where our students can not stay in the building or need to leave the building due to an emergency.
The following are the locations our student would evacuate to:
6th grade and special needs: Calvary Baptist Church-across the street from CRA
7th grade: Headwaters Covenant Church, 1030 Choteau St. (formerly Alliance Church)
8th grade: Alliance Church, 1400 Stuart St. (formerly Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church)
If CRA would need to evacuate the building and could not return we would put into use our all school In-Touch notification system. This is the same system that is used for our attendance calling/emailing. You would receive a call and/or email letting you know the situation and the location of the grade levels. We will also post the locations on our reader board at CRA.
We hope to not use these Off-Campus sites, but if we need to, we are prepared and ready.
Thank you to the churches and their staff members for allowing our students into their buildings!

Grade Student Support Group:

Mr. McCauley, C.R. Anderson 6th grade counselor, will be offering a support group for 6th grade students whose parents are divorced, separated, or going through the divorce process. For more information or to sign your child up, please email Mr. McCauley at mmccauley@helenaschools.org or call 324-2762.

Music Department

It is time once again for the C.R. Anderson Music Department’s annual “Pledge Drive!” For those unfamiliar with the pledge drive, it is the C.R. Anderson Music Department fundraiser that seeks to raise awareness about middle school music and its importance in our community while raising money to support our unique activities. The annual C.R.A. Music Pledge Drive will support each music program’s financial needs in a simple and easy way while teaching students how to share with others all that music has to offer.

Your student will be bringing home information at the start of October explaining the details of the C.R.A. Music Pledge Drive, and we invite you to talk with your child’s music teacher if you have any questions or concerns. We will also put pledge drive materials on Mr. Cleary’s District Webpage (http://cra.helenaschools.org/staff/kcleary) if you need to view or print them at any time. Thank you all for your continued support of music in our schools!

Sincerely,
Chris Nevinski Karen McLean Chris Helseth Kevin Cleary
Band Band/Choir Choir Orchestra/Music Tech
324-2822 324-2823 324-2821 324-2816

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

The Helena School District is in its eighth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program. The Live in Schools program provides tickets to as many as eight 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 first show fast approaching—Otello on Saturday, October 17—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 the opera you can still contact Mr. Cleary at 324-2816, or your child may request a permission slip from his or her music teacher. I hope to see you at the opera!

New York City 2016!

The tour group that Mr. Cleary is leading in 2016 continues to grow and plan their amazing travel experience. Although the tour price has gone up a little (now that we are in October), there are still six months until the plane leaves Helena. That means there is plenty of time to enroll!

Parents spearheading our fundraising efforts have scheduled a “Crunch for a Cause” evening with Taco John’s on Thursday, November 19 (from 5:00-7:00 pm). The coupon is included below and we hope everyone will consider getting some tacos to support those students already signed up to travel.

Because our last enrollment meeting (on a Monday) didn’t work well for a number of people, Mr. Cleary has scheduled another enrollment meeting on October 22 at 5:30 pm in the C.R.A. Orchestra Room (B5). We hope to see you there! You can visit http://www.efexploreamerica.com (our tour number is 1584419DF) to see the itinerary and get pricing information. Please contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816 if you are interested in receiving email updates; we hope you will consider joining us for this excellent educational opportunity!


 

 

September Newsletter

Mr. Campbell’s Corner

I would like to thank everybody for their support for a great first week at C.R. Anderson Middle School. Our Middle School activities programs will be up and running this week. The schedule is included in the newsletter. Students will be participating in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Cross Country or 8th grade Girl’s Volleyball beginning this week. Schedules will be posted on the website and each player will be given a game schedule.
Picture day will be Wednesday, September 2nd, and retakes will be October 27th.
The Open house at C.R. Anderson will be held on Tuesday, September 8th, with the schedule as follows:

6th graders/parents – 6:00;
7th graders/parents – 7:00;
8th graders/parents – 8:00.
Please do not park and wait for your students in the bus parking areas on Allison Street. Anywhere there is a yellow curb it is a no parking area. These areas are to help with traffic flow and bus pick up. A great place to avoid traffic and pick up your student is to have them walk one block east down Choteau Street. There is little traffic and you can get in and out of the area quickly on those busy days. Please be safe & careful drivers when picking up and dropping off your student(s)!!
If you would like to volunteer at CRA or within the district please give us a call and we will point you in the right direction. We always appreciate your support!
Have a great September,
Bruce Campbell
Principal
Cub Newsletter

 

At CR Anderson, our mission is to provide a positive environment where staff, parents and the community
work together to prepare students to be lifelong learners and contributing members of society.

The C. R. Anderson Open House will be on
Tuesday, September 8th.
6th Grade – 6:00 p.m.
7th Grade – 7:00 p.m.
8th Grade – 8:00 p.m.

Early Release on Mondays!

Students will be released from classes at 2:15 p.m.
each Monday, for professional development time for teachers.
Busses will run their regular routes.
Our district is very appreciative of our community for supporting our efforts to schedule professional development time that is directly related to student achievement. Teachers and support staff will be using the early release time to work together to improve their professional practice in an effort to ensure more students learn more. Our work will include:
 Studying and clarifying the meaning of the MT State Standards and The Career and Technology Education industry standards
 Developing an understanding of what the standard looks like in student work
 Designing units of study
 Writing common assessments
 Analyzing the results of the common assessments
 Planning additional, time, support and extension for students.
Our goal is simply to have more students learning more.
Please let us know if any phone numbers, addresses or e-mails have changed so we can keep in contact with you!

A/B Day Schedule

You may go to the following link to access the A/B Day schedule:

AB 2015-2016

PICTURE RETAKES WILL BE OCT. 27th

After-School Kids Academic Assistance Program

We are currently accepting applications for the after-school study program. Applications are available in the main office. Return completed applications to the main office.
Mrs. Bisom will contact you prior to your child starting.
We will meet Tuesday, and Thursday’s from 3:00 to 4:30.
Students in this program receive assistance with their homework from teachers. The participants are expected to follow all school rules and come prepared to work during the study time. Attendance is expected unless there has been an excused absence for the school day. Enrollment is limited and a waiting list is kept for any overflow.

CRA Library Hours

7:35am-3:20pm
Students using the library at 7:35 need to use the NW entrance
(by the basketball hoops)

Pay for Lunches on Line

All parents and/or guardians now have the opportunity to apply money to their student’s food service account through an on-line program called “Meal Time.” Just go to this site: http://www.mymealtime.com. Once you are there you will need to follow the prompts and set up an account that will allow you to keep track of all your students at the same time. With this program you will be able to see all activities on your student’s account. You will be able to see if they have had lunch or breakfast or if they ate A La Cart! You can put money in their accounts by means of a credit card. You may continue using the online program to put lunch money on your student’s account.
This year there will be a fee for every Credit Card Transaction.
That fee will be around 4.9%.
If you just want to check your students account balance, you may now do that on-line as well.
There is NO fee to look at balances or set up an account.
To use this system all you need to do is go to https://www.mymealtime.com, and set up a user account. The Parent or Guardian will be the user, and you will need to know what your students ID# is in order to put money into that students
lunch money account.
This process will take from 48-72 hours to complete.
Questions please call 406-324-2512.

Middle School Activities Schedule

8th Grade Volleyball Sept. 1 – Oct. 9
Cross Country Sept. 1 – Oct. 9
Wrestling Oct. 6 – Nov. 13
6th/7th Grade Girls Basketball Oct. 6 – Nov. 13
8th Grade Girls/Boys Basketball Nov. 10 – Dec. 18
6th/7th Grade Boys Basketball Jan. 5 – Feb. 12
6th/7th Grade Volleyball Feb. 16 – March 25
Track April 5 – May 20
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.
The activity fee is $40 per activity, and must be paid at the time of registration for each activity.

WEB – (Where Everyone Belongs)

Thank you to all WEB leaders who helped in welcoming the incoming sixth graders at the beginning of the school year! Thank you to the parents of the WEB leaders who helped in making sure their student made it to all of the trainings, activities, and obligations!
Our WEB leaders have done an awesome job, and we are so excited by their enthusiasm and dedication to continue in the WEB program for the remainder of the year.

“Calling The Shots”
Attention: 6th grade parents

If your sixth grader received any immunizations over the past summer, please send us a copy so that we can update your child’s record here at school. Thanks to those who have already sent us information.
Kendra Selser R.N.
CRA School Nurse

MATH COUNTS

MATH COUNTS is began on August 31st at lunch. All interested students, please see Mr. Dellwo in Room 103 after school for more info.
Math Counts is a student math club that competes on the district, state, and national levels.

New York City 2016!

The new school year is finally here, and that means you should be thinking about what you are doing over spring break! Why not spend it in New York? The tour group that Mr. Cleary is leading in 2016 continues to grow and has made an exciting start to the planning phase of their travel experience. With just seven months until the plane leaves Helena, now is a great time to sign up!
To help interested participants become familiar with our tour plans (and find answers to all travel questions), Mr. Cleary has scheduled an enrollment meeting on September 21 at 6:00 pm in the C.R.A. Orchestra Room (B5). We hope to see you there! You can visit http://www.efexploreamerica.com (our tour number is 1584419DF) to see the itinerary and get pricing information. Please contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816 if you are interested in receiving email updates; we hope you will consider joining us for this amazing educational opportunity!

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

The Helena School District is starting its eighth year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program. It is once again shaping up to be a fantastic year! The Live in Schools program provides tickets to as many as eight 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.
This year’s season includes new productions of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, Alban Berg’s Lulu, and Richard Strauss’s Elektra, along with classic productions of W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, and Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Middle school students attended and loved last year’s shows, and we hope C.R. Anderson students will once again enjoy the world-class operas offered in this season.
If you are interested in learning more about this nationwide program, or if you want to explore the resources available from the MET, please peruse the MET education webpage at http://www.metopera.org/Discover/Education/HD-Live-in-Schools/. If you are interested in getting more information about Live in Schools in Helena, or if you want to participate in the 2015-2016 season, please contact Mr. Cleary at 324-2816 (or at kcleary@helenaschools.org). I hope to see you at the opera!

Parent Council

CR Anderson Families,
On behalf of the CR Anderson Parent Council, welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. We hope the start of the school year has proven to be a smooth transition for your family. While our middle school students are maturing and becoming more independent, we feel it is still important for families to feel connected to the school community. To help with this effort, we would like to invite you to become involved in the CR Anderson Parent Council activities.
Knowing how busy middle school families are during the evening hours, we are holding our Parent Council meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from noon – 1:00 pm. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th, in Room 200 at CR Anderson. We will be discussing our activities for the year. Please make plans to join us!
September is a very busy month & we do have a couple of activities to note that take place before our 1st meeting:
Tuesday, September 8 – CR Anderson Open House – Parent Council will be selling t-shirts, sweatshirts and drawstring bags embellished with the school logo throughout the evening. Stop by and get your Cub Wear!
Sunday, September 13 – Helena Education Foundation Carnival Classic – CRA’s Web Leaders along with Parent Council will be hosting a western obstacle course during this event held at Memorial Park from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please make plans to attend this great event! It is tons of fun for the whole family!
We have a wonderful student population and staff at CR Anderson. There are many activities & events throughout the year that you can be involved in. Check in with your student’s teachers, the office staff, or any parent council member. We are looking forward to a great school year at CRA.
CRA Parent Council Officers 2015-2016
Charmaine Barker – President 202-1729 charmaineabarker@gmail.om
Shannon Brown – President Elect 439-8486 erikshannon@icoud.com
Tracy Witter – Treasurer 431-2262 rtmawitter@gmail.com
Jodi Robertson – Secretary 324-2756 jrobertson@helenaschools.org


 

August Newsletter

Welcome to all students and parents who will be a part of the C. R. Anderson community. We are excited to begin another great school year!
We have included the names of the new staff members and are excited about the quality of our new teachers and staff and know they will be a great addition to our school and community.
Again this year, the district will continue with early-release day each Monday, to use for Staff In-service, in which case the students will be dismissed from school at 2:15 p.m.
Schedule pick up for 7th and 8th graders will begin August 19th. Seventh grade students must have documentation of their Tdap booster and, due to new Montana State law, two varicella vaccines before getting their schedule or beginning classes. The office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sixth graders will receive their schedules on August 26th as part of the WEB day orientation. You will meet in the court yard 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 27th. All students will report to their advisor first thing in the morning on August 27th.
Supply lists for each grade level can be found on our school webpage, which can be accessed through the C. R. Anderson website, or you can pick them up at the stores around town and can also be picked up when the class schedules are picked up beginning August 19th.
We hope each parent will take the opportunity to get involved in the C. R. Anderson school community and think about joining the Parent Council, or volunteering through the district. You can get more information about these opportunities by calling the school at 324-2800.
Please remember to continue to drive safely around the school and especially be careful around the crosswalks and drop off areas. Because we have had many close calls, be diligent in watching for students during the morning drop off and afternoon pick up. Also, please make sure you are not parking in a NO PARKING ZONE or a DROP OFF AREA before, during or after school. These are designated areas for loading and unloading only, not parking. Please be considerate of others who need to use these areas for those specific purposes. When parking within the neighborhood, please do not park in front of mailboxes or walkways to houses. Courtesy to our neighbors is greatly appreciated. We appreciate your cooperation!
We hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer and we are looking forward to another school year at C. R. Anderson Middle School.

Bruce Campbell
C. R. Anderson Principal


 

New Staff Members:
Jake West FLS Classroom
Sarah Vulk-Kelly FLS Para
Nancy Peterson Full-Time Librarian
Jenny Wade Reading
Jared Hunt Life Science

Important Dates:
8/19 7th and 8th grade class schedule pick up begins
8/24 Stuff the Bus supplies available for students 3:30-5:30 pm by main office
8/26 6th graders 1st day of school (WEB) 8:05 am -2:50 pm
8/27 7th and 8th grade 1st day of school
9/1 8th grade volleyball begins
9/1 Cross Country begins
9/2 Fall Pictures
9/7 No school- Labor Day
9/8 CRA Open House 6th gr. @ 6:00, 7th gr. @ 7:00, 8th gr. @ 8:00
10/1 Angel Fund applications available at each school

6th Grade – WEB DAY
The first day for 6th graders is Wednesday, August 26th. Meet in the field behind the school (north side). The WEB Leaders will bring the 6th graders in at 8:05, so please wait out in the field until they come get you. Students should wear comfortable clothes because they will be doing a lot of fun activities that will involve sitting on the floor and moving around.
6th graders will get their assigned locker that 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 $2.45, 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 on 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 by October 1st. Montana State Law requires these boosters.
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 call the Drivers Ed office at 324-2117 or stop by the Front Street Learning Center, 815 Front Street.

CRA Open House September 8th
2015 Fall Pictures will be
Wednesday, September 2th
Retakes will be October 27th

2015/16 Breakfast and lunch prices and information
Full Price Reduced Price
Breakfast $1.15 $.30
Lunch $2.45 $.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 https://www.mymealtime.com/signin.aspx. 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 ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
2015-16

8TH VOLLEYBALL SEPT. 1st – OCT. 9th

CROSS COUNTRY SEPT. 1st – OCT. 9th

WRESTLING OCT. 6th – NOV. 13th

6th/7th GRADE GIRLS BB OCT. 6th – NOV. 13th

8TH GRADE GIRLS/BOYS BB NOV. 10TH – DEC. 18TH

6th/7th GRADE BOYS BB JAN. 5th-FEB. 12th

6TH/7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL FEB. 16TH – MARCH 25th

TRACK APRIL 5TH – MAY 20th

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 – jrobertson@helena.k


 

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 2015-16 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 24th from 3:30-5:30 pm. Angel Fund applications will be available October 1st at the main office or through the grade level counselor.


 

Helena Public Schools
New Law Changes Student Immunization Requirements
Notice of Immunizations Needed: 2015 School Law Update

The 2015 Montana Legislature revised school immunization requirements for school attendance through the passage of House Bill (HB) 158. The law, signed by the governor and effective October 1, 2015 requires students attending school be vaccinated against varicella disease (chickenpox) and receive a booster of pertussis vaccine at 7th grade.

• Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will need to have two doses of varicella vaccine. If a child had chickenpox, in lieu of receiving the varicella vaccine a student or parent can use any of the following evidence of immunity to varicella:
1. Laboratory evidence of immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease
2. Diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella disease(chickenpox) or herpes zoster (shingles) by a health-care provider (MD, DO, NP, PA)

• Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) will be required for students prior to attending 7th grade. Students currently in grades 8th-12th who have not received their Tdap will require a single dose.
Since the duration of immunity as a result of pertussis disease is not clearly established, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice do not encourage the use of history of illness as an exemption for pertussis vaccination. Montana’s rules will be consistent with this recommendation.

• You may have your child’s immunization history assessed and needed vaccines administered at your child’s healthcare provider or at the local county health department. Additional information and varicella history documentation forms have been provided to local healthcare offices.

• The changes to the law were made to bring Montana’s immunization requirements more in line with the most current immunization recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). Of note, Montana was the only state that did not require the varicella series and one of five not requiring a pertussis booster at middle school for attendance.

• Additionally, the new requirements are intended to reduce the incidence of diseases like chickenpox and whooping cough both in school settings and in the community. Montana’s rates for both of these diseases are typically higher than any other state in the region
Please submit immunization documentation at the start of the 2015-2016 school year to the School Nurse at your child’s school.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


Important Dates:

August 19 & 20 7th and 8th graders pick up schedules
August 26 First day of school for 6th graders
August 27 First day of school for 7th and 8th graders
September 2 Fall pictures
September 8 CRA Open House 6th grade at 6:00 pm, 7th at 7:00, 8th at 8:00
September 20 Carnival Classic – Memorial Park


Incoming 6th graders

The Transition to Middle School and Brush Up on Your Study Skills Classes are still open for enrollment (afternoon classes only). Registration forms are available at the main office at C.R. Anderson. Class size is limited.


 

Thank you from the Parent Council!

The CRA Parent Council would like to thank all those who supported CRA this year. Whether you supplied food items for parent/teacher conferences or helped out with our cookie dough fundraiser, we really appreciate the contributions!! The Parent Council was able to help a number of families in need this year, as well as fulfilling the following teacher requests:

• Tara Patterson – FLS classroom supplies
• Doug Dellwo – Smart projector/setup
• PE teachers – elliptical
• Shannin Preshinger/Suzy Fabian – set of novels
• Kevin Cleary – camera tripods and stabilizers
• Casey Lyndes – (2) welding helmets
• Leslie Hagengruber – classroom set of novels
• Krista Boutilier – classroom set of novels and colored printer paper
• Mike McGinley – audio speakers
• Karen Rillahan – 2 cases of earbuds
• 6th grade English teachers – Flocabulary subscription


 

ATTENTION: 6th Grade Parents

We still have 190 of our 343 6th graders that need a tetanus booster before they can enroll in 7th grade. 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 4:00 p.m. at the County Health Department
1930 Ninth Ave. 443-2584.
Please send documentation of this immunization booster to the school nurse before school is out in June. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. And thank you to those families who have brought in the updated shot records. Call 324-2766 for questions.
Kendra Selser RN
CRA School Nurse


5 Tips for a Healthy, Well-Rounded Summer Vacation

Summer break is a great time to recharge before the upcoming school year, but can also cause some problems if it isn’t approached with a plan in mind. Research has found that kids gain weight twice as quickly during the summer than the school year, and some academic regression can also take place while on that blissful summer break.
Planning activities such as exercising, to keep your kids physically, mentally and emotionally sharp over summer break will make those months that much more enjoyable for your family, and will really make a positive difference when the school year comes back around.
Here are a few ways to have your most active, fulfilling summer break yet:
• Hit up the local library. Summer is the best time of the year to visit your neighborhood library and take advantage of its many free resources. In addition to summer reading programs, libraries usually plan special activities for kids who are out of school. Some libraries even offer low-cost or completely free kids’ fitness classes too.
• Take a daily walk. The cooler weather in the evening coupled with longer hours of sunlight provide the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the neighborhood. Make a habit of heading out into the community as soon as the dinner dishes are washed—and continue it for as long as the weather permits.
• Train for an event. There is no shortage of active events that take place in the summer months, from 5k road races to family fun days with classics like three-legged and potato sack races. Find an event or two in your area and then prepare by training as a family!
• Volunteer. Use some of your family free time for good by spending some of it with a local organization. Look for a charity or non-profit with values that are important to your family, and explain the importance of what you are doing to your kids. You can even allow each kid to pick out the charity of their choice and then go as a family to volunteer.
• Keep learning. The “summer slide” refers to the regression kids experience when they have too much time away from school. Whether you print off worksheets from your computer, enroll them in a science-centric camp or simply read together each day, find simple ways to keep the learning process moving forward in the summer months.


Summer Sports Activity site

There are many sport camps available through the high school. The following is one link.

Summer Camp Information


The YMCA also offers many summer activities for your student. You can go to their web site at www.helenaymca.com.


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 https://dojmt.gov/driving/plate-designs-and-fees/education/#


2015/16 7th and 8th graders may pick up their class schedules Wednesday, August 19th and Thursday, August 20th.

The incoming 6th graders will receive their schedules on the first day, Wednesday, August 26th, which will be WEB day.

August 26th First day of school for 6th graders

August 27th First day of school for 7th and 8th graders


2015/16 Fall Pictures will be Wednesday, September 2nd

Retakes will be Tuesday, October 27th

Teacher Appreciation Week teacher week
May 4th-8th

 

voteSchool Election May 5th

Mail-in ballots must be received at the May Butler Center by 8:00 pm.

 

Important Dates:

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5/1 Vigilante Day – students dismissed at 11:00
5/4-8 Staff Appreciation Week
5/5 School Election-ballots due by 8:00 pm
5/6 Track Meet – 3:30 at HMS Vigilante Stadium
5/7 Incoming 6th grade parent night (Jim Darcy, Broadwater, Rossiter) – 6:30 pm
5/12 Incoming 6th grade parent night (Four Gs, Hawthorne, Kessler)– 6:30 pm
5/12 HYO Tour
5/12 6th grade choir musical 6:00 at HMS
5/13 7th grade musical 1:15 at HMS (Mr. Helseth’s classes)
5/13 Track meet – 3:30 at HMS Vigilante Stadium
5/14 HYO Recital – St. Paul’s 6:00 pm
5/14 7th grade musical 1:15 at HMS (Mr. Cleary’s classes)
5/25 No school-Memorial day
5/26 Orchestra Concerts – 6:00/7:00/8:00 pm – HMS
5/28 8th grade choir concert – 1:45 at HMS
6/2 Honors Ceremony – 6:00 pm at CRA
6/4 Band Concert 6th,7th and 8th grade at Civic Center 7:00 pm
6/10 Last day of school-noon dismissal

 

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 at jrobertson@helena.k12.mt.us.
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         Broadwater and Four Georgians 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
Tuesday, May 12th CRA Parent Night (Hawthorne, Kessler, 4 G’s) 6:30 PM

 

2015/16 Fall Pictures will be Wednesday, September 2nd

 

  music note CRA Spring Band Concert

All CRA Band students will perform their Spring Concert on June 4th at the Helena Civic Center. All Bands (6th grade, 7th grade, Jazz Band, Concert Band & 8th Grade) will be performing. Our concert will begin at 7:00 pm sharp! Students should wear the nicest clothes in their wardrobe. Make sure to avoid shorts, flip-flops and other informal attire. Students should arrive between 6:30 and 6:40 that evening for the 7:00 concert. The Civic Center is air conditioned and offers plenty of comfortable seating. Students should not arrive prior to 6:30, please. The concert is free and will conclude a little after 8:00PM.

Middle School Activities

track-runner-hiTrack

Track meet dates: April 29th, May 6th, and May 13th – all meets start at 3:30 and go until finished. They will be held at Vigilante Stadium, which is located at Helena Middle School.

 

2015 USTA INTERMOUNTAIN MONTANA YOUTH TENNIS CAMP

C. R. Anderson Middle School
Intermediate Camp
May 19, 21, 26, 28
Capital High School Tennis Courts 3:30- 4:30

USTA-Montana is a not-for profit organization that operates to promote and develop tennis in the state of Montana. The youth tennis camps provide young players the chance to learn basic fundamentals, teamwork, and sportsmanship from qualified tennis instructors. Using smaller racquets, nets, and court sizes, Quick Start tennis gives kids the opportunity to learn and start to play right away. This popular nationwide program teaches life skills, tennis and teamwork in a fun environment that allows your students to stay active while learning the fastest growing lifetime sport in the country.
Participants in the afterschool camp get (4) focused 1-hour lessons that meet once a week after school in the gym or multipurpose room. The cost is $25,which includes a camp T-shirt. There are a number of scholarships available per camp. Space is limited to the first 24 participants.

Each session focuses on a specific shot taught in the Quick Start method. The sessions are broken down into an intro activity, fitness component, lesson focus, and games. The camp uses stations to ensure that kids are moving the whole time and are not standing in line.
All Instructors and Site Directors have attended a Quick Start Tennis training session and have submitted to a background check prior to starting work.
Registration forms will be available at the main office at C. R. Anderson School and online registration is available at www.montanatennis.org (click on Youth Tennis).

Dynamos Mountain Bike Club

The Dynamos Youth Mountain Biking Club had their first ride in April. There is no ride today on account of Vigilante Day. Mr. Peterson at CRA joins Mr. Elder in offering Friday afternoon student rides. On the other side of town, Mr. Stergar and Mr. Roberts are coordinating the HMS riders. Our first session involved skill building activities at Memorial Park. Our next ride, Friday, May 8, will probablybe to venture out on the South Hills trails. CR students meet in front of the school just after 3:00 p.m. on Friday. We finish riding about 5:00, and parents arrange the pick-up with their child, many meeting kids at the Scout trailhead (where the pavement turns to dirt as you go south of town on Davis). Others opt to meet their children in the parking lot of HMS (next to Vigilante Stadium).

To join the rides, students need:
• A mountain bike with functioning gears and brakes
• A helmet
• Water bottle or means of keeping hydrated
• Clothing for the elements. We will not ride if it is below 50˚ or if it is raining/snowing!

Any students wishing to join the group may see Mr. Elder (room 202) for a sign-up form.

Student Council Happenings

Student Council Spring Activities, Motivational Speaker and District Meeting
Student Council’s community service activity this spring was to help serve food in March at God’s Love. The CR students donated about 230 volunteer labor hours while serving at our community’s homeless shelter. It was an excellent experience – one that may become an annual affair.
Then, on April 28, a group of 55 CRA student leaders traveled to the HMS auditorium for some morning teambuilding/leadership activities. 7th graders were unable to attend this year on account of testing, so a larger group of 6th graders came with the 8th graders for a couple morning workshops. The first activities of the morning were facilitated by Mr. Elder followed by national speaker Mr. Russ Peak’s (www.russpeak.com) workshop. After enjoying pizzaand fruit on a beautiful day, the 6th graders bussed back to CRA while the rest of student council stayed for an afternoon Keynote presentation by Mr. Peak and the annual spring meeting.

Student Council Appreciates CRA Staff

Two events this spring mark students’ appreciation for the adults at C.R. Anderson. In April, the students helped support CRA staff shirts, and in May, the student council is working with parent council to provide a faculty appreciation luncheon here at school.

Spring 2015 Spirit Week a Big Success at CRA!

As many parents undoubtedly know, record numbers of students got into the spirit of things this week at CRA. If you have any pictures of your kids in their spirit week 2015Spirit Week Costumes, we invite you to send them our way: photos@cra-school.org. If your child is posting appropriate photos on Instagram, they may tag the photos #CRAspr15 and we’ll put them on our Cubvision TV in the CRA front lobby!
Things kicked off on Monday with Superhero Day – Superman and WonderWomen ran rampant, but there were also a number of quite creative Superheros that came out of the woodwork. Tuesday was Neon Day, and the afternoon found a ton of neon flowing over the field at Vigilante Stadium for the practice track meet! Wednesday, 6th graders came in blue, 7th in gray, and 8th in white for Class Colors Day! We had a living history museum in the halls Thursday with “Decades Day.” Poodle skirts were everywhere, and there were any number of 70s one piece suits with a random assortment of leg-warmers.

Finally, as we run through our abbreviated schedule this morning in preparation for the Vigilante Day Parade, much of the school is trapesing around in their Western Day best! Congratulations to all of the students and faculty for their participation this week – you have helped make the week a huge success with your enthusiasm! CRA salutes our student council members for organizing and promoting this event too – well done!

*** Summer Classes for Incoming Sixth Graders at CRAMS!***

Two Classes are offered: BRUSH UP YOUR STUDY SKILLS and TRANSITION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL. Students may take one or both classes.
Date: August 10, 11, 12, 13 (M-TH)
Cost: $60 for both classes; or $35 per class

Registration starts May 13th at the CRA Office. Classes are limited to 45 per session. Sign up EARLY!

Organization and Study Skills for Middle School: Start school with an edge!

Spend four days learning how to get organized for success in middle school. Discover specific techniques for outlining, taking notes and studying for Math, English, Science, and Social Studies classes. Learn smart test taking tips!

Choose 1: OS AM: 9:00-10:30 (M-TH) or OS PM: 12:30-2:00 (M-TH)

TRANSITION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL: Are you nervous about a new school? Join us for an introduction to your NEW school adventure. Learn to organize yourself for bells, lockers, changing classes, and navigating the hallways. Find out about clubs and activities offered at middle school. Get to know other students; get your questions answered; take away some of the stress of the first day!

Choose 1: TM AM: 10:30-11:30 (M-TH) or TM PM: 2:00-3:00 (M-TH)

Summer Classes for incoming Sixth Graders at CRAMS! Please sign my child up for:
Registration Form ___ OS AM: 9:00-10:30 $35
Student’s Name_________________________________ ___ TM AM: 10:30-11:30 $35
Address_______________________________________ ___ OS PM: 12:30-2:00 $35
Parent’s Name__________________________________ ___ TM PM: 2:00-3:00 $35
Phone #_______________ Work or Cell #____________
Method of Payment ___Check ___Cash Amount $_______ Sign up for both and SAVE!

Signature/Date______________________________________ ***Cost for both $60***

Summer Sports Activity site

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There are many sport camps available through the high school. The following is one link.
http://www.chs.helena.k12.mt.us/faculty/bpilgeram/CHS_Sports_Camps.htm
The YMCA also offers many summer activities for your student. You can go to their web site at www.helenaymca.com.

 

 

summer schoolSUMMER SCHOOL

C. R. Anderson Middle School is offering a summer school course for any student wanting to improve their math, reading, and writing skills. This course is open to 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 PARENTOR 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 should bring a folder with notebook paper and a pencil each day.
Please fill out this bottom portion and return to the main office.

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

 

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 https://dojmt.gov/driving/plate-designs-and-fees/education/#

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ATTENTION: 6th Grade Parents

“Calling the Shots”

Montana Law states students must provide documentation of a tetanus bearing vaccine booster within the past five years. Out of 331 6th graders, 200 still need Tdap!!

• If your student has already received this immunization, please send documentation to the school nurse immediately.

• Otherwise, please schedule this booster with your health care provider or take your child to the Lewis & Clark Health Department’s immunization clinic. This walk-in clinic is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 AM to 4:30 PM at 1930 Ninth Ave. (Phone: 443-2584)
I look forward to receiving all documentation before school is out in June. Please call with questions or concerns.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Kendra Selser RN
CRA School Nurse
CRA Health Room: 324-2776
School Cell: 431-2406

 

 

New York City 2016!

Spring break 2015 has finally passed us by, so you definitely need 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 continues to grow and has made an exciting start to the planning phase of their travel experience. Now is the perfect time to join the fun!

The tour and enrollment meetings at the start of April were a great opportunity to explore what we want from this tour and examine available options. The next meetings will be held in September, at the start of a new school year, and we hope to see you there! Anyone who is still interested in being a part of the 2016 tour may contact Mr. Cleary at kcleary@helenaschools.org or 324-2816 to receive email updates. You can also visit http://www.efexploreamerica.com (our tour number is 1584419DF) to see the itinerary and get pricing information. Feel free to call or email if you have questions about this amazing educational opportunity!

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

 

MET Opera

The Helena School District just concluded its seventh year partnering with the Metropolitan Opera Company (the MET) for the Live in Schools program! It has been a fantastic season of great opera, and the program coordinators appreciate Helena’s wonderful student and parent support of all our operatic experiences.

To celebrate the end of the season, the whole community is invited to the May 30 celebration brunch advertised in the attached poster. If you want to attend or get involved next year, contact Mr. Cleary at 324-2816 or kcleary@helenaschools.org.

 

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 sdavison@montana.edu 994-3502.

Posted on August 18, 2015

Welcome to Computer Applications!

Get some headphones or earbuds!!

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 https://dojmt.gov/driving/plate-designs-and-fees/education/#


TRAFFIC/DRIVERS EDUCATION

SUMMER 2015
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)


 

 

SUMMER SCHOOL

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.

SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATION
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 kcleary@hsd1.org 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 sdavison@montana.edu 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 cnevinski@helena.k12.mt.us. 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 sarahbennettsullivan@gmail.com.

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 – jrobertson@helena.k12.mt.us.

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!