Weekly Update

Below is a transcript of each weekly update message for the 2018-19 school year.

CIMS Weekly Update, 3/24/19

posted by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 3/24/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

I hope that everyone had a restful and enjoyable spring break.  As we return for the final quarter of the year, things are kicking into full gear.

This week, the Scholastic Book Fair continues.  All proceeds support our school library.  Also this week, we will hold all spring conferences.  Students will receive 3rd quarter report cards at their conference.  Conferences will take place during the school day, so please plan to come during your student’s dedicated time.

Elementary student conferences are scheduled by classroom teachers.

6th grade conferences are on Tuesday from 3:15-4:15pm.
7th grade conferences are on Wednesday from 3:15-4:15pm.
8th grade conferences are on Thursday from 3:15-4:15pm.

Beginning this week, students can wear shorts as part of the uniform.  Please keep in mind that they must be no shorter than two inches above the knee and use discretion in regards to the weather.  The building temperature often fluctuates as does the weather, so shorts may not always be appropriate.

Finally, a reminder to all families that state testing begins next week and will run for eight days for all grade levels.  We’d like to encourage all students to maintain excellent attendance during this time and we’d also like to remind everyone that devices are not permitted during state testing, so cell phones and smart watches will be collected during this time.  We will send more reminders next week as we begin testing.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 3/10/19

posted Mar 10, 2019, 9:50 AM by Ryan Masciotra

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.  

The Scholastic Book Fair is Back!  Our Online Fair will be open for purchases March 11th and will run until March 31st.  Our Onsite Fair will run this week and the week after Spring Break.  All proceeds go towards supporting our School Library. 

On Monday, we will hold our monthly student of the month breakfast at 8am.  Monday is also our monthly jeans day.  Students can wear jeans with no holes or tears for $1.  All proceeds will support the CIMS Relay for Life team, the Charlie’s Angels.

Shout out to the 5th graders for their wonderful performance of We The People Wednesday night and congratulations to the FIMS/CIMS Destination Imagination team for placing first in engineering at the regional competition.

This week, 7th grade Monday/Wednesday drama class will present, Box by Lindsay Price on Tuesday at 6pm in the auditorium. Students need to be at the school by 5:30 sharp! 

On Wednesday evening, join us for Get Fit Night!  We will be doing Zumba, yoga and challenging staff members with our athletic and fitness abilities.  Healthy activities, booths, and snacks will be available from 5:30 to 7pm.

We still have room on the 2019 Washington DC trip. Please contact Mrs. Hutchins for further information!

Fountain International Magnet School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to create solutions to real-world problems and build critical 21st-century skills while rotating through several high-energy, hands-on modules. The week begins on June 10, 2019 with Nicole Soto serving as Director of the ALL-NEW 2019 program, Supercharged! Please see the attached flyer for further details if you are interested. 

Finally, as we head into spring break, we’d like to remind families that spring conferences are coming.  Please note the dates and times located on our website, on our Facebook page, and on fliers sent home.  Elementary conferences are scheduled with each teacher and middle school conferences are scheduled for specific days.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.

That concludes our announcements.  Make sure your clocks sprang forward this morning and have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 3/3/19

posted Mar 3, 2019, 12:13 PM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 3/3/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

A huge shout out goes to 4th grade for their wonderful performance of Salute to Colorado. 

On Monday, Ms. Nichols and Ms. Barger’s classes go to Beulah.  Weather is permitting, of course.

On Tuesday, Mr. Hutchins and Mrs. Jackson-Medrano’s classes go to Beulah.

On Tuesday evening, we will hold a parent meeting for all 5th grade families regarding the upcoming 5th Grade Exhibition at 5pm in the auditorium.  We encourage all families to attend.  Then, PTO will meet in the media center at 6pm.

Any 6th through 8th Grade student interested in participating in soccer, there will be practice at Corwin in the gym on Tuesdays from 6:30PM to 8:30PM.

On Wednesday, Mr. Fillmore and Ms. Stilson would like to invite you to your child's dance performance for Physical Education. Monday and Wednesday PE classes will perform their routines on Wednesday March 6th during their normal class time. Tuesday and Thursday PE classes will perform their routines on Thursday March 7th during their normal class time. 

Also on Wednesday, 8th graders will be completing high school scheduling with high school counselors.  Specific information went home with students.

The 5th grade play, "We the People" is on Wednesday at 6pm. Students were given information on Thursday regarding costumes and times. All 5th graders need to be in the media center at 5:45 and doors will be opened to the auditorium at 5:30. 

There will be a meeting on Thursday evening at 6pm for 6th and 7th grade Drama and Music students interested in traveling to New York Spring 2020. Come hear about the wonderful possibilities!  We still have room on the 2019 Washington, DC trip. Please contact Mrs. Hutchins for further information!

The Scholastic Book Fair is on its way!  Our Online Fair will be open for purchases March 11th and will run until March 31st.  Our Onsite Fair will run the week before and after Spring Break, March 11th through the 14th and again on March 25th through 28th. All proceeds go towards supporting our School Library. 

Finally, an important message to all parents: On Monday all student will be given a letter on bright orange paper. The letter is asking permission for your student to take a short survey about bullying in our school. It is crucial that you sign giving permission and return the letter back to school on Tuesday and no later than Wednesday. We need a certain percentage returned in order to conduct the survey which is scheduled for Monday, March 11th. The information gathered from the survey is vital to the success of our No Bully program.  We are asking parents to take the same survey. The link to this survey is on the Corwin web page. The link will be open Monday, and will be open only through March 11th. The code for PYP parents is 854596. The code for MYP parents is 965514. These codes are also included in the orange letter.  Those codes again are: for PYP parents 854596 and for MYP parents 965514.  The letter is also attached to the email version of this message.  Thank you so much for your help as together we continue our journey to support a positive culture at CIMS.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 2/24/19

posted Feb 24, 2019, 8:03 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 2/24/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

On Monday, we wish the best of luck to the CIMS wrestlers participating in the city/county wrestling meeting.

On Wednesday, the 4th grade performance of "Salute to Colorado" is at 6:30 in the auditorium. Students need to be at school no later than 6:15. Doors to the auditorium will open at 6.

As the quarter begins to wind down, we’d like to remind all families of some important components heading into spring break.  The third quarter is ending a just a few weeks - so monitoring your child’s ATL sheet each week is an important weekly conversation to help support student success.  Additionally, there are ongoing parent volunteer opportunities available in Parent Booker.  Please be sure to monitor these as all 18 hours are due by the end of the school year. 

Finally, 8th grade parents - important communication is coming home regarding your student’s future high school and scheduling.  And, congratulations to a number of Corwin International students who placed in the District Science Fair.  More information will be shared soon.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 2-17-19

posted Feb 17, 2019, 9:05 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 2-17-19


Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.  


Thank you for your contributions to our annual Pink Out day.  We raised over $1700 for pancreatic cancer!


On Tuesday, there are several extracurricular events.  Our NAL team will compete in the championship round at Central Lower Media at 5pm.  Our wrestling compete at CIMS beginning at 5pm and a basket will be raffled to all students in attendance.  Come out and support our students. Also on Tuesday evening, there will be a meeting for students who are interested in traveling to Washington DC in June 2020 at 6:00 pm in Mrs. Hutchins Room. 5th grade students will receive invitations and packets this week. Please join us with all of your questions.


On Thursday, there will be two daytime Talent Show performances for students.  Tickets are $1 and will be sold throughout the week. Concessions will also be available for $1.  An evening performance will take place at 6pm as well. Tickets and concessions are also $1.


There will also be a meeting for parents of students who are already registered and working to travel this June 2019 on Thursday, Feb 21st at 6:00 pm in Mrs. Hutchins Room.


Finally, the 4th grade performance of "Salute to Colorado" will be Wednesday, February 27th at 6:30 in the auditorium. Students need to be at school no later than 6:15. Doors to the auditorium will open at 6. Parents should come early to get seats. Students will be dropped off at the Media Center.  A letter with all of the details went home with your student on Thursday.


That concludes our announcements.  Have a great week.


CIMS Weekly Update, 2/10/19

posted Feb 10, 2019, 11:21 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 2/10/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

On Monday, we will hold our monthly student of the month breakfast at 8am in the media center.  We will also hold our monthly jeans day for $1.  The money raised for this month will be donated on behalf of CIMS and the CIMS Interact Club to Pueblo West Rotary to bring sustainable clean water, sanitation, and health education to a small community of 200 people in Terrabona, Nicaragua. Thank you for supporting this project by adding to the grant, one drop at a time!

On Monday evening, we invite all 4th and 5th grade families to join us for Family Nature Night from 5-7pm.  Bring your family to discover the great outdoors with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  Free pizza dinner will be provided and a free raffle will take place at 6pm.

On Wednesday, select 4th graders will be taking part in NAEP testing during the school day.  You received a letter from your student if your child is participating.  

On Thursday, National Junior Honor Society and CIMS Student Council are sponsoring the CIMS Annual Pink Out for Valentine’s Day! For $5, you are allowed to wear pink shirts and jeans. This year, we will also add the color purple as we will be donating all funds raised to Pancreatic Cancer Research in loving memory of Sr. Dan Lujan who sponsored NJHS and our annual Pink Out for many years.  While elementary classrooms may be having celebrations on this day, middle school students will not.  Please refrain from sending deliveries such as flowers or balloons and keep in mind that students downstairs will not be permitted to distribute items throughout the day.  

Talent Show auditions will be held February 11-14th after school from 4:30-6:00.  We are still in need for concessions for the talent show, parent volunteers are also are needed.  Talent show will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6:00 PM in the CIMS auditorium.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 2/3/19

posted Feb 3, 2019, 1:10 PM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 2/3/19


Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.


We’d like to thank staff, students, and families for the support during all of our activities this past week.  


As we head into February, we’d like to remind families and students that third quarter is well under way and in addition to returning to regular uniforms all week, we want to encourage you to pay close attention to ATL sheets and school communication.  Staying on top of assignments and assessments and arriving on time and ready to learn are essential components to success and we are nearing the halfway point in the new grading period.


Come and join us for the Tuesday/Thursday 7th grade Drama Classes performance of "Snow Show" Tuesday evening at 6 in the CIMS auditorium. Please note the day change, as this is to accommodate several students who are in after school events on Wednesday. Come and enjoy a fun evening of frozen frenzy!


On Thursday, students took home order forms for Valentine grams from PTO.  Gram orders will be accepted beginning tomorrow, through next week, and should be given to first hour teachers.  


Finally, we’d like to wish good luck to our athletes this week and to the National Academic League as they head into the playoffs.


That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.


CIMS Weekly Update, 1/27/19

posted Jan 27, 2019, 9:35 AM by Ryan Masciotra


Good evening, Corwin International families. This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update. We have a very busy week, so please refer to this message in your email, on Facebook, or on our website for specifics throughout the week.

This week, we will have a spirit week for the great kindness challenge and the grand opening of our playground. While we are looking forward to staff and student personal expression this week, we are asking for your cooperation to ensure that student dress maintains within the district dress code and does not interfere with learning through the week. Jeans and non-uniform shoes are allowed this week. Students will not be permitted to wear clothing that is too tight fitting, clothing that is too revealing or has a hood, shoes that do not fully cover feet, and items on face, hair, and head. We appreciate your support.

On Monday, we will kick off the great kindness challenge with positive message shirts.

On Tuesday, it is twin/matching day. On Tuesday night, PTO will host our first Art Night at 5:30pm. Come and see performances from FIMS, CIMS, Dragon Dojo, and more and bid on artwork created by CIMS students and more! Concessions will be open and student vendors will be selling items as well.

Wednesday is dress for success day. Students are encouraged to dress in their best as we celebrate accomplishments from first semester. The 4th grade awards assembly is at 8:45am. The 5th grade awards assembly is at 9:45am. The 8th grade awards assembly is at 10:45am. The 6th grade awards assembly is at 12:30pm. The 7th grade awards assembly is at 1:15pm. At 2:30pm on Wednesday, we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for our playground. We invite you to join us for these events.

Thursday is sports attire day - leading up to Super Bowl weekend.

The Great Kindness Challenge is the week of January 28th-31st. We want all families to participate. Your students will be participating through school with spirit days, student checklists, and other activities, but you can get your family involved too! Pick up or have your student pick up a family version of the Great Kindness Challenge Checklist from the office and complete the challenge together! Students can submit their completed checklists into the office on Monday, February 4th for student recognition. This week is inspiration for all of us to choose kind all year round.

Finally, newsletters for our MYP grades are attached to the email version of this message.

That concludes our announcements. Have a great evening.

6th Grade Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/v0hwd
7th Grade Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/u6st4
8th Grade Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/mz1r

CIMS Weekly Update, 1/20/19

posted Jan 20, 2019, 11:51 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 1/20/19


Good evening Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.  


Thank you to the Science department, parents, and students for their time and efforts in the MYP Science Fair.  


The district’s choice window is now open.  On Monday, all students in grades 4-7 will be bringing home a Letter of Intent.  This letter informs us of your intent for your child to return for the 2019-20 school year and is the only way for you to maintain your enrollment slot at CIMS.  A Letter of Intent must be returned for every student by Thursday and the school choice application is not necessary. For 8th grade parents, we recommend attending the 8th grade parent nights for each high school to help you inform your decision.  Students planning to attend a high school not in his or her attendance area should complete the choice application through Infinite Campus.


On Tuesday, we will host Skate Night at Skate City.  Baskets will be raffled to students in attendance.


On Thursday afternoon, PYP students participating in Science Fair will be presenting in the Media Center at 3:30pm.


Outside of school help has begun! If your student needs extra help, extra time or just a quiet place to get homework done, join us on Monday and Wednesday mornings and/or Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the media center with Mrs. Hutchins. Mornings begin at 7:15 and afternoons are from 4:30 to 5:30. Tutoring and support available. Sign up in the office $25.00 gets unlimited use until Spring Break. See you Monday!!!!


4th and 5th grade students have had scripts and parts for their plays since before break, all 4th and 5th grade students must be scriptless  (no scripts on stage) next week January 22nd. For 4th grade songs and additional scripts, please visit the "classroom links and files" on Mrs. Hutchins’ website under the Corwin Facility tab.


That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.


CIMS Weekly Update, 1/13/19

posted Jan 13, 2019, 12:27 PM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 1/13/19

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.

On Monday, we will hold our monthly student of the month breakfast in the library at 8am.  Monday is also our monthly jeans day for $1.  This jeans day is in support of the CIMS My Life group, raising money for CASA and El Centro de los Pobres.  

On Thursday, 4th graders will be on the History Colorado field trip in Denver.  Also on Thursday, report cards for 2nd quarter will be going home.  Awards will be given at the end of the month and your student will receive a note with specific times.

Parents, science fair is right around the corner on Saturday, January 19th in CIMS gymnasium from 8:00-11:00. Times for judging - 6th grade from 8:00-9:00, 7th grade from 9:00-10:00 and 8th grade from 10:00-11:00. Remember, students need to be in CIMS uniform as they are judged for their projects. Please check in with your student on progress for science fair as all MYP students are required to have a project and participate. In the event you have two or more children in MYP, you are only required to come to one time slot to ease your burden. 

Finally, we’d like to congratulate the CIMS National Academic League team for maintaining an undefeated season as they head into the last few weeks.  And, good luck to the winter athletes, including wrestling and girls basketball.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

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