Weekly Update

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

CIMS Weekly Update, 11/11/18

posted Nov 11, 2018, 11:13 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 11/11/18


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


Thank you for all of the donations for the annual food drive.  Winning classrooms will be announced this week.


On Monday, we will hold our monthly Student of the Month breakfast at 8am in the media center.  Monday is also our monthly jeans day for $1. Students can wear fall colored shirts with their jeans this month.  All proceeds will benefit a CIMS student and the Tafoya family as they have lost two family members in a matter of days.


On Monday night, several CIMS groups will be performing at the Pride and Patriotism celebration at Memorial Hall at 6pm.  Skate Night at Skate City also starts at 6pm.


On Thursday, there will be an Interact Club meeting in room 129 after school.  All students are invited to join this service club. The first service project will be Saturday, 11/17, with Rake Up Pueblo.  Contact Mrs. Richards for more information.


As a general reminder for everyone that utilizes the loop, be only stop in the right lane so that cars in the left lane can move quickly and safely through to the exit.


Finally, there is no school next week for Thanksgiving break.  We hope that you all have an enjoyable holiday.


That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.


6th Grade Unit Newsletter:

https://www.smore.com/3f516


7th Grade Unit Newsletter:

https://www.smore.com/nfue4


8th Grade Unit Newsletter:

https://www.smore.com/bgvmh


CIMS Weekly Update, 11/4/18

posted Nov 4, 2018, 1:36 PM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 11/4/18

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

We have many events in the next two weeks as we approach our first holiday break.  First, we’d like to remind families that we are well into second quarter and we encourage you to review your child’s ATL sheet each week in order to stay up to date on your student’s progress.  

All week, we will continue collecting items for the annual food drive with Tom and Louie’s cupboard.  Our goal is two tons of food, which is roughly five pounds per student.  Please send in your items no later than Wednesday, November 7th.

On Tuesday, there will be a School Accountability Meeting at 5pm and a PTO meeting at 6pm in the Media Center.

6th grade informances are on Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 in the auditorium.

Volleyball players who have not turned in their uniforms will be charged if not turned in by Wednesday, November 7th. 

Thursday is picture retake day.  And, on Thursday night, we will hold our PYP Movie Night from 6-8pm.  All elementary students and families are welcome to attend.  Movies are free and concessions will be open.  

There is still room for 6th grade students to go to Washington DC in June. We have lots of opportunities for fundraising to help with students travel. Please contact Mrs. Hutchins for more information.

Finally, there are several important announcements for upcoming drama performances.

4th grade parents, several of the Greek Myth plays will be performed at the FIMS International Festival on Friday, November 9th. Students who are in the plays were given a permission form with the time of the play. Students need to be in the Gym in costume 15 minutes before their performance time. Please sign and return the forms with your students on Monday. 

Drama Troupe students will perform The Legend of Sleepy Hollow a 5:15 in the gym of Fountain International Magnet School. All troupe members need to attend. They may come for their performance or they may stay and enjoy the activities with parental supervision for the full time. Students need to be in costume, in the gym at 5:00. 

Drama Parents, the drama students will participate with the music department and student council in the Parade of Lights on November 24th. Drama will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, November 7th at 5:00 in the drama room for parents who want additional information. Parent volunteer hours can be gained for helping with this event. 

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

CIMS Weekly Update, 10-28-18

posted Oct 28, 2018, 7:35 AM by Ryan Masciotra



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


We would like to thank PTO, parent volunteers, staff and students from CIMS and FIMS for making the first annual CIMSTober Fest a huge success.  We look forward to more events in the future.


The fall book fair is still open all week from 7:30am to 4:30pm in the Media Center.  


Wednesday is Halloween.  It will be a free jeans and Halloween shirt day for staff and students; however, it will be a regular instructional day.  Specific grade levels may be holding Very Special Activities on this day, but costumes, hair, face and other accessories are not permitted.  


There is still time to bring in gently used coats and socks for our October drives.  Additionally, we are now accepting non-perishable items for our annual food drive, in conjunction with East High School and Tom and Louie’s Cupboard.  Student council will be giving prizes to the classes who the collect the most items. All items are due next Thursday, November 8th.


We have a few announcements specific to elementary students as well:  


PYP parents we are looking for 40 students who would like to participate in the Pride and Patriotism Concert at Memorial Hall on November 12th. Please refer to the flyer sent home with your student this week for further details.


Several 4th grade students have been invited to perform their Greek Myths at the FIMS International Festival on November 9th. Please watch for more information on this next week from your 4th grader.


Finally, save the date for CIMS PYP 2nd annual movie night on Thursday  Nov. 8 from 6-8 pm. 2 movies will be shown. Admission will be free with concessions available. Look for more information to come home this week.


That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.


CIMS Weekly Update, 10/21/18

posted Oct 21, 2018, 8:56 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 10/17/18

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

This week begins the second quarter of the school year.  

On Monday, boys basketball tryouts begin.  An active physical must be on file in the main office in order to try out. 

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is here! We will be open Monday, October 22nd until Thursday, November 1st during school days and during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  All Proceeds will go toward benefiting our school library. We hope to see you there!  And alongside our onsite fair we have the online fair which is open for purchases until November 1st.  All books ordered ship free to the school at the end of the fair and the proceeds benefit the onsite book fair. Visit Scholastic.com/Bookfairs to find our fair!

On Friday, we will host fall conferences from 8:30am to 12:30pm.  Elementary conferences are scheduled by teacher and middle school are scheduled using the links on our website or Facebook page.  

Also on Friday night, we will the first annual CIMSTober Fest starting at CIMS at 5:30pm.  We’ll have a haunted house, Halloween skits, a cake walk, dinner, a costume runway, and more!  There is free admission and all food and activities require a punch card, which will be sold for $10 during conferences and at the entrance.  We hope to see you there.

Finally, we’d like to remind families that we will celebrate Halloween next week with a free jeans and Halloween shirt day; however, it will be a regular instructional day for students.  Specific grade levels may be holding Very Special Activities on this day, but we will be limiting costumes and parties in order to main focus through the beginning of the new quarter.  We appreciate your understanding.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening. 

CIMS Weekly Update, 10-14-18

posted Oct 14, 2018, 8:52 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 10-14-18


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


Thanks to Penny Wars, we earned over $1000 for the CIMS Media Center!  The winners is each grade are Schwager in 4th, Barger in 5th, Humphrey in 6th, Frost in 7th and Rivera in 8th.  


As the weather changes have quickly taken place, we’d like to remind all students and families that on red flag days, students will remain indoors for morning line-up and sometimes again for recess, depending on the weather.  After breakfast, middle school students should report to the auxiliary gym and elementary students should report to the auditorium. Red flag days are identified with red signs on the fence near the loop and on each of the exterior entrance doors.  Also, students will not be permitted to wear shorts after this week.


Thursday is the last day of first quarter.  Report cards will be distributed at conferences next week.  If you still need to schedule a time, please refer to your child’s teacher in elementary or the links on our website for middle school.  


All Corwin families are invited to attend the community Peace Summit scheduled for Saturday, October 20 from 10am until 1pm at the Southwest Motors event center Colorado State Fair grounds.  We hope to see you there!


The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is on its way! And to get us started we have the online fair which will be open for purchases starting October 12th until November 1st.  All books ordered ship free to the school at the end of the fair and the proceeds benefit the onsite book fair. Visit Scholastic.com/Bookfairs to find our fair!


We are still collecting coats and socks for the month of October.  


Finally, save the date for Friday, October 26th!  We hope to see you all at the first annual CIMSTober Fest from 5:30 to 7:30pm at CIMS.  We’ll have a haunted house, costume contest and more. If you’re interested in entering the costume contest, a sign up form will be going home this week.


That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.


CIMS Weekly Update, 10/7/18

posted Oct 7, 2018, 8:56 AM by Ryan Masciotra



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


On Monday, we will host our student of the month breakfast for students recognized in September for being thinkers.  Also on Monday, we will hold our monthly jeans day for $1. For maintaining good attendance, students and staff can wear shirts with animated characters as well.


As the temperatures drop and the season changes, we’d like to remind families and students that jackets and hoodies are not permitted in classrooms.  Please dress appropriately for the cooler weather.


Middle school boys basketball begins on October 22nd.  Any boy interested in trying out must have an active physical on file prior to that date.  


Fall conferences are coming.  They will be held on Friday, October 26th.  Communication will come directly with elementary teachers for students in grades 4 and 5.  For middle school students, please watch for an email this week with links to sign up for a time.  The links will also be posted on our website and on our Facebook page.


We have several other information pieces for this week:


For the month of October, we will continue collecting socks for the Pueblo Charter Lions Club.  Pueblo City Schools is also sponsoring a coat drive for the month of October. Bring in a gently used coat and receive parent volunteer credit. See parent booker for details. All families are invited to attend the Harvest of Families Extravaganza on November 3rd at Central High School. If your family is in need of coats, you will be able to choose coats at this event.


Our 8th grade students have the opportunity to take the SAT this year. The test date is December 1st and the online registration deadline is October 19th. If you would like your 8th grade student to take the SAT this year, please contact Mrs. Bratina for more information.


We are now in our 2nd week of the Penny Wars ! Each class will be competing with other classes in their grades to see who can collect the most coins and win a prize! All proceeds will go toward purchasing new books for the CIMS Media Center!


The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is on its way! And to get us started we have the online fair which will be open for purchases starting October 12th until November 1st. All books ordered ship free to the school at the end of the fair and the proceeds benefit the onsite book fair. Visit Scholastic.com/Bookfairs to find our fair!


If you are interested in managing a team for Destination Imagination and have experience, please contact Mrs. Bratina for more information. This is a great way participate in an extracurricular activity with your student and earn parent volunteer hours for the school year. First training is October 13th at PCC from 8 to noon.


Finally, save the date for Friday, October 26th.  CIMS PTO will be hosting the CIMSTober fest - featuring a haunted house, face painting, food, activities and more!


That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.


Weekly Update, 9-30-18

posted Sep 30, 2018, 9:45 AM by Ryan Masciotra

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

On Tuesday, we will be conducting vision and hearing screening for 5th graders and 7th graders.  

On Wednesday, all 6th graders will begin their second arts rotation.  Students can see their second rotations in Infinite Campus.

Penny Wars is back October 1st until the 11th! Each class will be competing with other classes in their grades to see who can collect the most coins and win a prize!  All proceeds will go toward purchasing new books for the CIMS Media Center!

For the month of October, we are partnering with the Pueblo Charter Lions Club for the 3rd annual sock drive.  Beginning on Wednesday, we will have collection boxes near the main office for new packages of socks.  All socks will be donated to local agencies in need.

Our 8th grade students have the opportunity to take the SAT this year. The test date is December 1st and the online registration deadline is October 19th. If you would like your 8th grade student to take the SAT this year, please contact Mrs. Bratina for more information.

Finally, save the date for Friday, October 26th.  CIMS PTO will be hosting the CIMSTober fest - featuring a haunted house, face painting, food, activities and more!

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

Weekly Update, 9/23/18

posted Sep 23, 2018, 10:08 AM by Ryan Masciotra

CIMS Weekly Update, 9/23/18


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


We’d like to thank students, families, and teachers for the support during the annual chocolate sale.  Students who earned prizes will be receiving them this week. Also, we’d like to thank the entire CIMS community for participation in our Peace Summit and kick-off to our Second Step lessons.  


As part of the No Bully program, Second Step will be implemented in all grades this week. Family letters will also be sent home. An access code is provided for the program to get information about what your student is learning. Please watch for weekly family activities as homework.  The first family letters are also attached to the email version of this message.


Our 8th grade students have the opportunity to take the SAT this year. The test date is December 1st and the online registration deadline is October 19th. If you would like your 8th grade student to take the SAT this year, please contact Mrs. Bratina for more information.


Finally, we’d like to remind all students and families that we are at the midpoint of the first quarter and procedures, routines, and classroom assessments are well underway.  Please be sure to be asking your students for their weekly ATL sheets and signing them. Along with checking the IC Parent Portal, this is one of the best ways to help your child reflect on progress, advocate for support, and grow as an independent learner.  


Let’s end this last week of September with a 95% or better attendance rate.  


That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.


Weekly Update, 9/16/18

posted Sep 16, 2018, 8:22 AM by Ryan Masciotra



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

The annual PTO chocolate sales ends this weekend.  All fully unsold boxes and money is due tomorrow morning no later than 8:30am.  Keep in mind that partially sold boxes cannot be returned.  We will hold an assembly soon to recognize the top sellers. 

Throughout the next week, we will be taking a peace pledge. Each student will receive a commitment bracelet, which was designed by CIMS student William Page and we will also be sharing our positive message with the community.  Be on the lookout for more information regarding the lessons and commitments we’re making as a school. 

We’d like to remind all families that we are continuing to shoot for our goal of 95% attendance or better for each month of the school year.  Currently, students in 4th, 5th, and 7th graders are above the 95% average.  Let’s work through the next two weeks to meet the goal in all grades.

And, finally, with the chocolate sale winding down, we’d like to share with CIMS families that we are supporting our sister school FIMS and their 10th annual Lions Roar 5k on Saturday, October 6th.  The class at CIMS with the most registrations will earn a pizza party.  Registration information will be sent home with students and is also attached to the email version of this message. 

We have a variety of athletic events taking place this week.  We wish all of the athletics the best of luck in their events.  

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.   

Weekly Update - 9/9/18

posted Sep 8, 2018, 1:48 PM by Ryan Masciotra

Weekly Update - 9/9/18

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

On Monday, we will hold our first jeans day of the year.  Students can wear blue or black jeans or jean shorts for $1.  Please keep in mind that jeans should not have holes or tears.  Also on Monday, all grades and staff can wear a tie dye shirt as a reward for meeting the 95% attendance goal for August.  The proceeds from this jeans day will support the PTO and student-driven initiatives.

On Wednesday, CIMS will have the first Skate Night of the year at Skate City.  A raffle will take place and the event begins at 6pm.  

A variety of athletic events are taking place this week.  Please refer to the CIMS calendar on the our website for specific details.  

The PTO chocolate sale continues this week.  Students can bring in money before school and pick up new boxes after school.  Keep in mind that all chocolate bars are sold for $1 and should not be sold at school.  PTO would also like to remind families to keep collecting Box Tops.  There will be a drawing in October, so send them in with your child’s name and teacher.  They go in the collection box near the front door or in the main office.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

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