Weekly Update

Below is a transcript of each weekly update message for the 2017-18 school year.

Weekly Update 11/12/17

posted Nov 12, 2017, 11:09 AM by Ryan Masciotra



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

Thank you for a great return from fall intersession.  And, thank you for the great participation on Friday’s jeans day.  We raised over $600 for the East High School Key Club.  

Our canned food drive continues through the end of this week.  The class that brings in the most items will earn a treat.  

On Friday, our 5th graders will perform their Fairy Tales in their final performance.  And, our 6th graders will be on a field trip, seeing a special screening tied to one of their first units.  

We also wanted to remind parents that there are a variety of parent volunteer opportunities in Parent Booker for upcoming events and activities, including this year’s science fair on Saturday, December 9th from 8am to 11am.  We greatly appreciate the time, energy, and support involved in these elements.  

To Parents of 6th grade students: This week your student will be given the results of the Cognitive Abilities Test they took in October. A letter will be attached with information on what may happen next. Please contact Mrs. Bratina if you have questions or need additional information.

Are you planning to ride the Riverwalk boat this holiday season?  If so, purchase your tickets through CIMS and you’ll also receive a hot chocolate on your ride.  Proceeds will go towards the CIMS Park and Play Yard Initiative.  More information is attached the email version of this message.

We would like to recognize McPherson, Breyfogle, Daveline and Goodrich for their Silver Level Sponsorship and Rampart Supply, Knudsen family, and Dr. Rickland Likes and family for their Gold Level Sponsorships of the Park and Play Yard Initiative.  We are in the process of raising just over $27,000 in order to qualify for an upcoming grant and we appreciate the support of the CIMS community to make this happen.  If you or someone you know would like to donate, please see the sponsor form in the email version of this message.

Finally, just a reminder that we are on a holiday break from November 20th to November 24th and will return to school on Monday, November 27th.

Thank you and have a great evening.

Weekly Update 11/5/17

posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:24 PM by Ryan Masciotra



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


We hope that everyone enjoyed the fall break and is rested for a busy return into November.  We also hope that all families remembered to fall back their clocks this weekend.


Students will return tomorrow, Monday, and it will be a blue day for middle school students.  Monday also kicks off our annual food drive to  benefit Tom and Louis Cupboard through November 16th. A reward will be given to the grade level that brings in the most food. Thank you in advance for your generous participation.


On Tuesday, November 7th, our PTO meeting will take place at 6pm in the media center.  This is a great way to get involved in our school and receive volunteer hours.


On Thursday, November 9th, we will have make-up pictures for students.  Order forms can be picked up in the main office.


On Friday, we will host our October Student Recognition Breakfast in the media center at 7:30am.  It is also the November jeans day.  Students may wear jeans for $1.  All proceeds support PTO.  On Friday, we will also host a fall assembly to recognize students for their accomplishments.  


Just a reminder to all parents and students of our uniform guidelines are we return from fall break. Shorts are not to be worn. If girls choose to wear skirts, tights must be worn underneath. Boots may be worn as long as the pant leg can go over and cover the boot. Joggers, leggings, tight/skinny pants are not allowed. We appreciate your help in ensuring students are in uniform compliance.


6th graders are reminded to bring their ticket order form and $6.00 for the field trip to see Wonder on Friday, November 17th.  All tickets must be purchased in advance.  A permission slip will be sent home on Monday.


Are you planning to ride the Riverwalk boat this holiday season?  If so, purchase your tickets through CIMS and you’ll also receive a hot chocolate on your ride.  Proceeds will go towards the CIMS Park and Play Yard Initiative.  More information is attached the email version of this message.


Finally, we would like to recognize Southern Colorado Radiologists and Fekete Homes for their Silver Level Sponsorship and Turner Roofing, State Farm Insurance - Melissa DeAngelo, and Flow Right Plumbing and Heating for their Gold Level Sponsorships of the Park and Play Yard Initiative.  We are in the process of raising just over $27,000 in order to qualify for an upcoming grant and we appreciate the support of the CIMS community to make this happen.  If you or someone you know would like to donate, please see the sponsor form in the email version of this message.


Thank you and have a great evening.


Weekly Update 10/15/17

posted Oct 13, 2017, 7:48 PM by Ryan Masciotra

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

On Monday, it is a teacher work day and there is no school for students.  

Tuesday is parent teacher conference day and there is also no school for students.  Conferences for elementary students have been scheduled by classroom teachers.  Conferences for middle school students will be held from 12:30 to 7pm.  Please pick a time that works in your schedule to pick up report cards and other items and meet with teachers regarding your child's first quarter progress.

Wednesday and Thursday are regular school days for students.

Friday, is a staff professional development day and there is no school for students.

In other announcements:  
-As part of the "Harvest of Families Extravaganza" event scheduled for November 4th at Central High School from 9am - 12:30, we have the opportunity to participate in a coat drive. Parents are able to log parent volunteer hours for the time it takes to purchase and deliver the coats to the CIMS office. Thank you for your participation.
-If you are interested in being a team manager for a Destination Imagination team this year, it is important that you attend the training at PCC on Saturday, October 21st. Notes were sent home with your student last week. Please contact Mrs. Bratina at 719-549-7406 for more information.
-A reminder to parents of 8th grade students. If you are interested in having your student take the SAT on December 2nd, the deadline to apply on-line is October 19th. Information packets are still available in the office.

Finally, the office will be closed for intersession next week and will reopen on Monday, October 30th.  If your child is attending intersession, please register by the 18th.

Thank you and have a great night.

Weekly Update 10/8/17

posted Oct 8, 2017, 9:56 AM by Ryan Masciotra



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

We would like to thank students and families for participating in service activities over the weekend and for contributing to Penny Wars over the last several weeks.  We had great competition and winners will be announced tomorrow. 

On Friday, students received a flier for fall intersession, information regarding parent volunteer hours, and overdue letters from the library if applicable.  Intersession registration forms can be filled out in the main office.   Additionally, please be aware that we have high use on popular texts in the library and students are accruing late fees for each day that overdue items are not turned in.

On Tuesday, we will hold our daytime sports camps ran by Antwon Burton.  We are extending the deadline for permission slips to Monday, October 6th.  Students who are participating can wear a sports-related shirt or jersey and should wear shorts and athletic shoes for the day.  Students that are not participating can still wear a sports jersey for $1, but will be in a study hall during the camp.

On Tuesday evening, we will hold an important community informational night for the CIMS playground initiative.  We encourage all families and community members to join us as we share details about the playground initiative, show concept designs, give opportunities to vote on favorite features, and raffle some great items.  

On Friday, we will host a movie night for PYP students from 6:30-8:30pm.  Students can come wearing comfortable clothing and Halloween attire and enjoy Goosebumps or Hocus Pocus with friends and families.  Concessions, including meal deals, will be available.

The Scholastic Book Fair is Back!
Beginning October 9th until October 19th, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open during school hours and during parent teacher conferences.  The Scholastic Book Fair is here to support the students reading and the funds will go to increase selection in the school’s Media Center.  We hope to see you there!

Good luck to the CIMS athletes in playoffs this week!  We hope everyone has a great night!

Weekly Update 10/1/17

posted Sep 30, 2017, 10:12 AM by Ryan Masciotra

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

Penny Wars continues!  This week, October 2nd through October 6th, pennies will be collected during advisory to increase the class goal, while silver coins can be used to count against another classes goal. The class who has the most pennies remaining in each grade will win a prize.  All proceed will go towards furniture and books for the Media Center. 

On Monday, Mrs. Galli and Mrs. Sweckard’s classes are going to Beulah.

On Tuesday, Ms. Barger and Mr. Hutchins’ classes are going to Beulah.  There will be a meeting for students interested in or already registered to travel to Washington DC on Tuesday, October 3rd at 5 pm in room 113. We will discuss the upcoming opportunities for fund raising, any other ideas for fundraising and answer questions for parents or students who are interested in traveling but have not signed up yet.  Our monthly PTO meeting will also be held on Tuesday at 6pm.  

On Wednesday, all 6th grade students will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test. This test is to help identify students who may qualify for the Gifted and Talented program. A letter will be sent home with your student on Monday giving you more information.

On Thursday, October 7th, we will be hosting an induction ceremony for 8th graders joining National Junior Honor Society.

Friday, October 6th is our September student recognition breakfast and dollar jeans day.  

On Saturday, October 7th, we would like to invite all families to join us at the Community Peace Summit. The event will run from 10am until 1pm at the Southwest Motors Event Center, Colorado State Fair grounds. Look to our Facebook page for more information. We hope to see you there!

As the weather begins to change we want to remind everyone to dress appropriately for the cooler temperatures and also remind about our uniform policy. Students are to be in dress pants or skirts. If skirts or dresses are worn, girls must wear tights underneath. Sweaters may be worn but they must be black or blue and have the school crest. Sweatshirts, pullovers, Joggers, Skinny/tight jeans are not part of the CIMS dress code. Boots may be worn as long as the uniform pants are over them.

Finally, Steel City Theater Company begins their presentation of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” on Friday, October 6th at 7:30. This show will play for two weeks with both evening and matinee performances. Steel City is offering a discount to CIMS students of $3.00. This brings the cost of student tickets to $5.00 per student. Just mention you are a CIMS student when contacting the box office to purchase your tickets. Let’s get out and support our local artists!

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great week.

Weekly Update 9/24/17

posted Sep 24, 2017, 8:52 AM by Ryan Masciotra

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

We’d like to give a shout out to CIMS 8th grade, Madison Tatinski, for being the guest speaker at the FIMS Peace Summit this past week.

Also, last Friday, students participated in a photo survey to give feedback to our design concept for the playground initiative.  Thank you to the families and businesses that have contributed as sponsors.  If you would like to be involved in the planner and/or as a sponsor of our playground initiative, please contact the main office.

On Monday, September 25th, all unsold chocolate and collected money from all students are due.  All items can be brought to the cafeteria beginning at 7:30am.  Once all money and collection envelopes have been tallied, individual prizes and school-wide prizes will be announced.  Thank you for making this a great sale!

Penny Wars!  Starting Monday, September 25th until October 6th we will be hosting the 2nd annual Penny Wars here at Corwin!  This week September 25th through September 29th, pennies will be collect during advisory.  The class who collects the most in each grade will win a prize!  All proceed will go towards furniture and books for the Media Center. 

To all parents of 8th grade students, if you would like for your student to take the the official SAT, please contact Mrs. Bratina at 549-7406 or have your student pick up information from her office. Application deadline for the December 2nd test is October 19th.

The Interact Club (formerly known as Key Club) is still collecting pop tabs to deliver to the Ronald McDonald House to help them provide lodging and meals for families who come from remote areas of our state to be near while their loved one is in the hospital at Children's Memorial. Please turn your pop tabs into the media center. Thanks.

Please remember to go to cims.parentbooker.com to set up your account for volunteer opportunities. At CIMS, we do ask parents to complete 18 hours of volunteer time per year per family. Parent Booker is the system we are now using to post volunteer activities as well as track your volunteer hours. Please go in and set up your account this week. 

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great week!

Weekly Update 9/17/17

posted Sep 17, 2017, 10:54 AM by Ryan Masciotra

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


Wednesday, September 20th is our first Skate Night.  We hope to see you there at 6pm!


On Thursday, we will be celebrating Peace Day by putting pinwheels on our fence that lines Lakeview.  Please feel free to take a pinwheel and pass the message on in our community.


We are half way through our World’s Finest Chocolate sales and we have sold over 300 boxes!  Don’t forget that incentives are given for selling a single box, selling three boxes, selling six boxes and to the class that sells the most!  All boxes and money must be returned by Monday, September 26th.


Half of the spirit shirts were distributed on Friday, but the other half will not be delivered until the week of September 26th.  If your student did not receive their order yet, it will be coming soon.  If you still want to order spirit shirts, please pick up a form in the office.  Orders and payments must be received by Wednesday, September 20th.  No late orders will be accepted.


The School Store is now open!

Starting Monday, September 18th, the school store will be open for all grades every day after school.

We will have snacks that will be purchasable with regular cash to help support the school store and items in the counter that can be purchased with Corwin Cash or Regular Cash.

We hope to see you there!


Parents, this week your student will be bringing home a letter outlining the new Second Step program. Please review it with your student and plan to join the second step organization using the code listed at the bottom. There will be great resources available to you at this location. Thank you for supporting our efforts in improving the climate and culture of our school.


Penny Wars!

Staring Monday, September 25th until October 6th we will be hosting the 2nd annual Penny Wars here at Corwin!  The class who collects the most in each grade will win a prize!  All proceed will go towards furniture and books for the Media Center.


Finally, we are still looking for sponsors for our playground initiative.  More information was sent home with your child on Friday.


That concludes our announcements for the week.  Have a great night.


Weekly Update 9/3/17

posted Sep 3, 2017, 1:28 PM by Ryan Masciotra



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

We hope that everyone is enjoying this beautiful weekend.  We have a variety of activities happening this week.  

On Monday, September 4th, there is no school.

On Tuesday, September 5th, we will have our general PTO meeting in the library at 6pm.  We encourage all families to come out and get involved.  You can earn one hour of volunteering for each family member that attends.

Thursday, September 7th is picture day for all students.  Should should wear their regular formal uniform and bring order forms with them to order photos.  You can also order electronically.  Information went home with your child last week and is on our Facebook page.

Friday, September 8th is our first student recognition breakfast.  Students from each classroom were selected and will be recognized at a special breakfast before school.  Friday is also our first jeans day of the year.  Students can wear blue or black jeans or jean shorts for $1.  This month, all proceeds will go to the relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.  The class that brings in the most money will also receive some special recognition.

Friday is also distribution day for our World’s Finest Chocolate sale.  Boxes will be distributed to students at the end of the day.  It is not too late to get your box and join in.  Boxes will be distributed daily from September 8th to September 22nd.  There are a ton of exciting prices and the class that sells the most gets a huge reward too!  Thank you for helping us reach our goal of 400 boxes.

As we enter the beginning of September, we want to also remind families about the parent volunteer requirement of 18 hours.  If you have not already done so, please remember to set up your volunteer account at cims.parentbooker.com. We will begin communicating with families soon regarding accounts and hours recorded.

Good luck to all of the student athletes this week.  Please come out and watch our teams show off their skills!

The text of this message is available on the CIMS website and on the CIMS Facebook page.  Have a great week!

Weekly Update, 8/27/17

posted Aug 27, 2017, 8:34 AM by Ryan Masciotra



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


This week, we will be sending home information regarding a school-wide PTO fundraiser with World’s Finest Chocolates.  Students can win exciting prizes for participating in this fundraiser and all proceeds will go towards school needs such as furniture and other resources.  Distribution of chocolates will begin on Friday, September 8th and we hope that all students will participate.  More details will be shared next week as we approach distribution day.


We would like to remind families that although we are on a modified schedule on Thursday, we do have school all week.  We are utilizing Thursday and Friday in classrooms with students and their attendance and participation is vital to the work that will take place.  Thursday, August 31st is an early release day.  Students will release at 1:25pm and buses will be on Friday route times.  Friday, September 1st is a regular Friday schedule.


As we enter the end of August, we want to also remind families about the parent volunteer requirement of 18 hours.  If you have not already done so, please remember to set up your volunteer account at cims.parentbooker.com. We will begin communicating with families soon regarding accounts and hours recorded.


If your students rides the orange bus, #9, transportation is modifying the morning pick up times in order to better meet the schedules and get students to CIMS on time.  Please see an updated version on the district website, the CIMS website, or the CIMS Facebook page.


We’d like to give a shout out to all students who performed in Colorado State Fair activities over the weekend and wish good luck to all student athletes as they begin regular seasons.


The text version of this message is available on the CIMS website and Facebook page.  Have a great evening!

Thursday ATL Reminder

posted Aug 24, 2017, 8:30 PM by Ryan Masciotra

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with an important reminder.  Each Thursday, your child will be participating is self-reflection and monitoring of his or her progress.  Today was the first Thursday that this has been facilitated by teachers.  Starting tonight, your child will bring home an ATL sheet that shows his or her progress in classes as of now.  We ask that you sign this sheet and send it back to school with your child tomorrow.  This will continue to be a weekly occurrence and is a great way to stay up to date on your child's progress in classes.

Thank you for helping your student.  Have a great evening!

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