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CMS K-8 VISION STATEMENT
CMS is committed to educational excellence where the learning experience combines traditional academics with an individualized approach to learning based on the child’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs.
CMS K-8 MISSION STATEMENT
The CMS K-8 Mission is to develop passionate, lifelong learners who strive for academic excellence by cultivating their creativity and imagination through hands-on, interdisciplinary social studies-based units and vibrant arts infusion. We foster the academic, social and emotional development of each child while building a caring and ethical community that celebrates diversity and encourages strength of character.
The information below is a quick reference
for our day-to-day school procedures.
SCHOOL HOURS FOR THE 2021/22 SCHOOL YEAR:
Office Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm
Doors Open: 9:00am
School Hours: 9:15am-3:50pm
Main Office: (203) 899-2840
Fax: (203) 899-2844
Address: 46 Concord Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
OFFICE CONTACT INFORMATION:
Principal: Medard Thomas email@example.com
Curriculum & Instruction
Site Director: Jennifer Scanlan firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrator Assistant: Susan Mathews email@example.com
School Nurse: Breege O’Reilly firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Worker: Elisa Campisi email@example.com
Coordinator: Juliana Nunez-Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications/Lottery: Terry Lakin email@example.com
Complete List of CMS Staff Contact Information: MEET OUR TEAM
As per Norwalk Public Schools Policy, if your child is going to be absent from school, you are required to contact the Main Office or your classroom teacher. If we don’t hear from you, your child will be marked with an “unexcused absence” and you will receive a phone call. When your child returns to school he/she must bring a note explaining the reason for the absence.
Students arriving at school after 9:20am will be listed as tardy and must be signed in at the front desk. Frequent unexcused absences or tardiness will result in further investigation by administration. Please remember that attendance and punctuality directly correlate to your child’s success in school.
There are two main entrances to CMS. All entrances are monitored by video surveillance and are locked during school hours. All other external doors are for the use of staff or in the case of emergency only.
All visitors, including parents who are volunteering at the school, must enter through the Front Door and sign in at the front desk. All visitors are required to present ID and wear a visitor’s badge while in the school building.
There are marked “Visitor” parking spots in the Chestnut Street parking lot. All remaining parking spaces are reserved for CMS staff and other Norwalk Public School employees. Additional parking is available in the basketball court/lot located behind the school yard and adjacent to Arthur J. Perschino Way. This alternate lot may be accessed by continuing down Chestnut Street (passing CMS on right) and turning right on Merritt Place and driving behind the King Kennedy Apartments to the adjacent basketball court/lot.
Communications emailed from the school office to all CMS families are generated through the PowerSchool program. These communications may include Principal’s messages, school delay/closure information, reminders of important dates, and the weekly Thursday Notice (see below). To receive these communications, please make sure your contact information in PowerSchool is correct and up to date.
Bilingual Parent Coordinator
CMS K-8 has a Bilingual Parent Outreach Coordinator on staff to assist our staff and PTA with communicating with our Spanish speaking families. In addition, all important school/classroom communications are translated into Spanish.
CMS publishes a weekly newsletter containing important information on current happenings, upcoming school activities, and NPS and community events. This digital communication is emailed to all CMS families on Thursdays.
Messages regarding a student’s absence, change of plans, or other classroom-related information should be directed to the classroom teacher. Your teacher will let you know the best means of communication. Each classroom has its own phone extension which corresponds to the classroom number. Phone calls to the classrooms will automatically be put through to voicemail.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS/DELAYED OPENINGS/EARLY DISMISSALS:
ARRIVAL, DEPARTURE & TRANSPORTATION
Arrival Procedures for Student Drop-Off:
Dismissal Procedures for Student Pick-Up:
Dismissal Procedures for Students Leaving School Early:
Change in After-School Plans:
Parents must inform the school or classroom teacher if there is a change in their child’s after-school plans either by written note, email, or voicemail message. Please note that messages regarding students’ change of after-school plans must be left before 3:00pm.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE:
Before and after-school child care is offered at CMS through the YMCA of Norwalk/Wilton School Age Child Care (SACC) program. The SACC program is designed to meet the needs of the children and their parents. Parents can be assured that their children are being cared for in an enriching environment where the top priorities are safety, supervision and fun! Registration forms are available by contacting a representative at (203) 762-8384 x213 or online at:
♦ SACC parents should only use the Rain Door. Please ring the bell for admittance.
♦ If school is dismissed early due to inclement weather, the SACC program is also cancelled.
SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST:
Free Breakfast and Lunch will be offered to all Norwalk Public School students through June, 2022.
Breakfast and lunch are available to all students through the Chartwell’s Food Service Program. A monthly menu is published so that parents/students can select the dates that they wish to order breakfast and/or lunch. Each meal is completely balanced and nutritious. Students may opt to bring a packed lunch from home if they prefer.
Parents may also view lunch menus and payment procedures on the CMS homepage at cms.norwalkps.org and click on the “Lunch Menus” Quick Link.