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PTA Friday Facts

Friday Facts is a weekly newsletter sent by email from our Principal and includes announcements, tips and community news from the PTA in the lower portion.

If you would like to submit a school related event or announcement, please contact Germaine Andruss at by Wednesday morning of each week using "Friday Facts" in the subject line.

Friday Facts

December 16, 2016

Curriculum Enrichment Programs Courtesy of the PTA!: ENGINEERS TEACHING ALGEBRA is back at Central MS for the 16th year in a row! ETA is a nationwide STEAM (science-technology-engineering-arts-math) program that brings an engineer into the classroom to lead students through an integrated, hands on problem solving experience. ETA believes that a wrong answer is better than no answer and that a pencil with a good eraser & persistence are lo-tech but valuable problem solving tools. All 8th graders will participate over three days-Dec 19, 20 & 21.

Support the PTA’s WishList this Holiday Season!: The CMS PTA has a Wish List program which grants wishes to the men and women who serve not only as our kids’ educators but their counselors, relationship interventionists, coaches, cheerleaders, therapists, personal tutors, motivational speakers, and occasionally their benevolent wardens. Please click HERE to read each teacher’s wish in their own words including a request from Principal Healy: There are 25 students in the 8th grade that qualify for financial assistance. The hope is to raise as much money as possible and share it among these students in the most equitable way. The total cost of the trip is $1,000 per student. Any amount donated will make it more feasible for these children to participate in the experience.

Contribute throughout the year by linking your Amazon account to AmazonSmile! When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the CMS PTA. Click HERE to select PTSA Connecticut Inc Central Middle School as your charity. Then, just remember to shop AmazonSmile is the same Amazon: same products, same prices, same service.

SHOP COUGAR SPIRITWEAR FOR GIFTS! New Merchandise includes CMS hats, baseball tees, sweatshirts and more! Check out the CMS PTA Store to purchase gifts and apparel. Questions? Contact Jamie Cahill at or Christine Dodaj at

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!: Save the date for the CMS Annual Spring Fundraiser this year on March 3, 2017! Additional details will be coming soon. If would like to make a donation for the auction or the event, please contact Stephanie Dunn Ashley at

District/Community News

CMS’ Grand Central to Perform at the Cos Cob Library: The Friends and Staff of the Cos Cob Library will host a Holiday Sing-a-Long Concert on Friday, December 16, 3:45-4:45pm, 5 Sinawoy Rd. featuring Grand Central, Central Middle School's a cappella group, led by Music Director, Rebecca Lipschutz. They will lead the crowd in a variety of holiday songs, as well as perform a few of their concert pieces.