Weekly Update

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

Weekly Update 1/14/18

posted Jan 13, 2018, 7:29 PM by Ryan Masciotra

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

Monday is a holiday and there is no school for staff or students.

On Tuesday, all read-a-thon forms are due.  Students wishing to be eligible for prizes, must turn in a reading log and any sponsor forms they may have received with all collected funds.  

On Wednesday, PTO is hosting Skate Night at Skate City.  It begins at 6pm.

Friday is the last day of the first semester and of the 2nd quarter grading period.  As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, the 22nd, as it is a teacher work day.

8th grade parents, a red flyer was sent home with your student this past week.  This flyer provided information about upcoming dates for important aspects of the 8th grade to high school transition.  Please check with your student regarding this information.

Finally, all students in grades 4-7 brought home a yellow letter of intent last week.  This letter is vital for all students and must be returned to the main office.  If you had not yet returned yours, please do so as soon as possible as it a vital part of your child’s continued enrollment for next year.  

All parents are invited to attend the No Bully parent workshop scheduled for Tuesday, January 23rd from 6pm until 7pm. At this workshop you will learn how to help your student solve social and emotional problems, learn how to become a bullying prevention coach to your child and find out what social and emotional skills are being taught to your student.   Child care and snacks will be available and each adult that attends will earn one volunteer hour.  Watch for the flyer that will be sent home with your student this week.  We hope you will plan to attend.

This concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.

Weekly Update 1/7/18

posted Jan 7, 2018, 9:12 AM by Ryan Masciotra

Weekly Update 1/7/18

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

Monday kicks off our first annual winter read-a-thon.  Students will be bringing home a sponsor form and a tracking bookmark.  Prizes will be awarded for the largest sponsorships collected and for highest amount read in elementary and middle school.  To kick off our read-a-thon, Monday will be a free silly/crazy sock day.

On Tuesday, we will hold our monthly PTO meeting at 6pm in the media center.

On Wednesday, we will host a blue out in honor of the read-a-thon.  We’ll be setting the school uniform aside to show our blue pride from head to toe.

On Thursday, we will host the CIMS MYP Spelling Bee for qualifying students.  

Friday is dress like a book character day.  6th grade arts forms are also due on Friday.  These forms will help us determine class placement for 2nd semester and one must be returned from every 6th grader. 

We have a number of important documents coming home with your students this week.  In addition to the read-a-thon forms, students in grades 4-7 will be bringing home a letter of intent.  This form is a vital part of the enrollment process for next school year.  If you plan to have your child stay at CIMS for the 2018-19 school year, you must declare your intent on this form and return it to the main office.  

Finally, the district choice window opens tomorrow, January 8th.  Students remaining at CIMS do not need to complete a choice application.  Parents of 8th graders, if your child is not attending his or her home high school, now is the time to complete a choice application for the appropriate high school.  

Coming later this month:  All parents are invited to attend the second NO Bully workshop for parents and guardians scheduled for Tuesday, January 23rd from 6pm to 7:30pm in the CIMS auditorium.  You will learn how to support your child's social and emotional development, build your own social and emotional intelligence, learn how to become a bullying prevention coach to your child and find out what social and emotional skills are being taught in your child's classroom.  

That concludes our weekly announcements.  Have a great evening.

Weekly Update 12/31/17

posted Dec 30, 2017, 1:35 PM by Ryan Masciotra

Weekly Update 12/31/17

Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.  We hope that you have had a restful holiday break and have a safe ending to the year.  

As a reminder, we do not have school on Monday or Tuesday, as those are district holidays.

On Wednesday, all students return to school.  Ms. Barger and Mr. Hutchins’ classes go to Beulah.  

On Thursday, Mrs. Galli and Mrs. Sweckard’s classes go to Beulah.

On Friday, we will hold our monthly student recognition breakfast in the library at 7:30am and it is our monthly jeans day for $1.  

Next week, we will be kicking off our first annual winter read-a-thon.  More information will go home with students on Monday.

We will be presenting the second No Bully training for parents on January 23rd from 6pm until 7:30pm.  Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  More details will be provided soon.

That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.

Weekly Update 12/10/17

posted Dec 10, 2017, 1:20 PM by Ryan Masciotra



Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.  We have a busy week leading to winter break.


The student council will be selling holiday candy grams for $1 during lunch.  Grams will be delivered on Thursday.


On Monday, Mrs. Sefcovic and Mrs. Weckx’ classes go to the planetarium.  The 7th grade girls in blue day PE will be performing their Harlem Globetrotter routines at 12:20pm in the gym and it is open to families.


On Tuesday, Ms. Holcomb and Mrs. Schwager’s classes go to the planetarium.  The 7th grade girls in white day PE will be performing their Harlem Globetrotter routines at 12:20pm in the gym and it is open to families.


On Wednesday, Mr. Hutchins and Ms. Barger’s classes to go the planetarium.  On Wednesday, CIMS will host a Community Impact fundraiser at Pizza Ranch.  A percentage of all sales will come back to CIMS, so stop by and grab some dinner.


On Thursday, we will have a free jeans and ugly sweater day.  Mrs. Galli and Mrs. Sweckard’s classes go to the planetarium, elementary classrooms will host their winter holiday parties and, the MYP dance will be held after school until 5pm.  Tickets should be purchased in advance during lunch.


Friday, December 15th is an assessment day and it is not a regular school day  for students.  If your child is required to attend an appointment slot, you will receive communication from the school and/or your child’s teacher.


Finally, we would like to recognize all of the families and businesses who have made contributions to the CIMS Park and Play Yard Initiative.  We will be updating our list of sponsors on our website and Facebook and sharing some very exciting news soon.  There are still Riverwalk boat ride tickets available for buy one get one free in the office as well.


That concludes our announcements.  Have a great evening.


Weekly Update 12/3/17

posted Dec 2, 2017, 1:57 PM by Ryan Masciotra

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

Thank you to the CIMS community for your support of the 2nd annual PTO Holiday Market.  We had a great number of vendors and shoppers.  

This week, we are collecting new, unwrapped toys for a toy drive in conjunction with East High School.  We are also collecting unopened hygiene products, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, etc.  These items will be donated to those in need for the holiday season.

On Tuesday, we will have our monthly PTO meeting in the library at 6pm.  Immediately following that meeting, we will a community meeting to give an update to our play yard initiative.

On Wednesday, there is a band and string orchestra performance at 6pm in the auditorium.  All are welcome.  Performers need to report to room 125, at 5:30 PM.  Formal Uniform Required, no sweater vests.

7th and 8th grade Drama students that are going on the Junior Thespian Field trip to Denver need to be on the bus by 7am on Thursday, December 7th. Students may wear jeans and club shirts and should dress appropriate for any weather. Students need to bring a lunch or money for lunch. We will return around 5:30. Feel free to contact Mrs Hutchins with further questions.

On Saturday, CIMS will host the annual Science Fair for all middle school students.  Students should arrive at their scheduled time for judging with school uniforms.  

This Saturday, December 9th is the annual book fair and gift wrapping at Barnes and Noblel from 9am to 9pm. Several groups of students will be performing throughout the day, so bring friends and family to enjoy the amazing work of our students, have a treat from the cafe and get some shopping done while supporting our 6th grade Travelers for their Washington DC trip. The DC Travelers will provide gift wrapping for a small donation. 10 % of any purchases using the Corwin code come back to the travelers to help pay for their trip. We look forward to seeing you there.  For any 6th graders interested in traveling to Washington DC in June, there is still time to register for our trip. Please contact Mrs. Hutchins if you are interested in going with us.

Just a reminder that all Girl softball players need to turn in their uniforms. Fines will be assessed for any Softball uniforms not turned in by Friday December 8th.

We would like to recognize Tameler Law Firm, Turner Family, and Pace 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 call the main office.

Thank you and have a great evening.

Weekly Update 11/26/17

posted Nov 26, 2017, 12:04 PM by Ryan Masciotra



Good evening, Corwin International families.  This is Mrs. Masciotra with the weekly update.  We hope you all had a restful week off.  We have a busy few weeks leading up to our next holiday break.

We want to thank all of the 6th grade parents who were able to attend the Wonder field trip.  We appreciate your help in supervising this event. Thank you to the 6th graders for their stellar behavior.  We are thankful that we were able to enjoy this excellent movie together.  6th graders and their parents and their teachers ROCK!

On Tuesday, students in select grades will participate in vision and hearing screening.  

On Friday, we will host our November student recognition breakfast in the media center and we will have our December jeans day for $1.  

On Saturday, our PTO will host the second annual Holiday Market at CIMS.  Please join us for a great craft and vendor fair featuring local small businesses and student creators.  Concessions will be open and it is a great way to do some holiday shopping.  We hope to see you from 9am to 4pm at CIMS on Saturday!

There are still Riverwalk boat ride tickets available as well.  You can purchase them for $8 in the main office.

We would like to recognize Spangler’s Home Fashions, Twin Rivers Dental, and All Phase Environmental Consultants 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 call the main office.

Thank you and have a great evening.

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!

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