Present a printed copy of your receipt and photo ID to the Christensen office to pick up your merchandise purchase.
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All school sites and the district office will be closed from Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 7th for spring break. School sites and offices will open back up on Monday, April 10th.
For our Rockin' Run-a-Thon this year, we're using an awesome web-based fundraising system called Pledgestar. It makes it much easier for you to request pledges from your family and friends and for them to make secure credit card donations online. People who use it typically raise twice as much as those who don't!
The Rockin' Run-a-Thon is Friday, April 14, 2017. Please REGISTER NOW to help our school raise funds to support our Classroom Discretionary Funds, Athletics, Band/Orchestra, the Library, STEM, and Honor Roll, as well as many other worthwhile programs. It is EASY, PEASY, LEMON, SQUEEZY:
• Go to https://pledgestar.com/cms/
When you finish, the system emails pledge requests to your family and friends and allows them to make secure credit card donations online. You are notified each time a pledge is made and you can track your pledge progress online. *Checks can be dropped off in the office should you collect donations that way as well. If you need help please call 1-888-598-7510.
This year our current 6th and 7th grade students will be selecting their 2017-2018 core and elective course choices online. The required courses for each student include English, Social Studies, Science, Math, Physical Education, and an elective.
Students viewed a presentation in their science class regarding the online course registration process. Please see the instructions on the back side of this letter. If you would like additional information, please view the PowerPoint presentation available on the CMS website under the Student Resources Quick Link.
Information provided by their current math teacher plus results from math placement tests will be used to place students in their math class.
Students will check their Core choice online. They may choose to be enrolled in regular grade level Core (English and Social Studies) or Honors Core (English Honors and Social Studies Honors). Honors Core is a more rigorous program that teaches the grade level curriculum at a more in depth level. These courses are not weighted.
Students will be offered one period of elective that will comprise of either one year-long course or three single trimester-long courses. Electives are subject to change due to budget constraints, staffing, availability and course enrollment. Some electives have prerequisites so please review the course descriptions at our website www.chms.schoolloop.com. Some students may be administratively placed in an academic support class in lieu of an elective. Students are asked to select their top 2 elective choices in the event we are not able to grant the student’s first choice.
Students interested in taking two year-long electives must select the “Two Elective = Zero Period P.E. Option.” Zero period P.E. meets five mornings each week from 7:30 to 8:20. This option is subject to change due to budget constraints, staffing, availability and course enrollment.
Students who do not complete the course registration process will have their courses chosen for them. Students will not be given the opportunity to change them.
If you do not have internet access, please contact the school. A computer will be made available to complete the online class registration process.
The online registration window will close on April 13, 2017.
Social media isn't going anywhere, so as parents we to need consider how it affects kids' developing minds and determine what role we want it to play in our children's lives.
Is your child disinterested in video games, television, and texting, but alarmingly enthralled by social media sites? Many children are: a recent Pew Research Center survey determined that 73 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds use Facebook, with smaller but significant percentages of kids who are active on Twitter and Instagram.
Why is social media so popular? Two primary reasons — for people of all ages — include a love of “sharing” (46 percent) and searching for “entertaining or funny” content (39 percent). Women also list “learning about ways to help others” (35 percent) and “receiving support from people in your network” (29 percent) as major excuses to log in.
These all sound like healthy reasons to use social media. Nothing to worry about, so… what are parents afraid of?
Being a good digital parent: what you’re up against
Let’s examine the scientific research to see what should be on parents’ list of things to guard against.
Social network sadness?
This finding was echoed by a 2013 University of Michigan study in which researchers report the more time participants spent on Facebook, “the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time.” The study noted that this negative effect didn’t happen from interacting with others in real life. On the surface, Facebook is an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.
Am I too fat?
An earlier study conducted by The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore reached the same conclusion, with these dismaying statistics: “32 percent of users feel sad when comparing Facebook photos of themselves to those of their friends… 37 percent feel they need to change specific parts of their body when comparing their photos to others’, and… 44 percent wish they had the same body or weight as a friend when looking at the photos.”
A 2012 poll conducted by The Global Research Company Ipsos showed even higher numbers: 12 percent of parents around the world reported that their child has been cyberbullied and 26 percent reported knowing a child in their community who has experienced cyberbullying. Of those, a majority (60 percent) said the harassment occurred on social networking sites like Facebook.
If your A+ child is on Facebook 15 minutes a day to learn about ways to help others, then congrats, you’re blessed with great fortune! If your child spends an additional 10 minutes each day online to eradicate famine, pandemics, or chinchilla ranching, you remain a parent to envy.
Unfortunately, pernicious preoccupations on Facebook are a bit more common. Is your teenage son cackling at photos of his drunken friends vomiting at parties? Is your daughter starving herself so her next half-naked “selfie” can match her stick-figured friend’s? Are your tween twins suddenly losing sleep due to cyber victimization? If you don’t know the answers, it’s time to ask — and well overdue to establish serious SNS rules. By limiting hours per day, monitoring content, and openly explaining how SNS habits can negatively impact their developing brains, you can be on your way to smart, and safe, digital parenting.
Parenting in the age of technology
In the end, it’s vital to remember that your kids are watching you. The old adage “Do as I say, not as I do” just doesn’t work when it comes to technology. If your face is pasted to an electronic screen most of the time, your impressionable offspring will consider that normal — and do the same. Shut off all gizmos regularly and enjoy face-to-face conversation. Take your children outside, without digital toys, and enjoy the wind, sunshine, trees, and flowers. Growing brains need the kind of nourishment that technology — no matter how sophisticated and bewitching — can never supply.
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Help support the CMS PTA by purchasing tickets to see the Oakland A’s play the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, May 20, at 1:05 p.m. A portion of the $35 ticket price will be donated back to our PTA to support school programs such as instrumental music, athletics, computer/Chromebook labs and many other areas of educational need.
For additional ordering information, please see the attached flyer. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 18.
Attention Christensen 7th Graders: Are you interested in traveling to Yotsukaido, Japan, with other Livermore 8th graders and chaperones in the fall of 2017? If you are currently in the 7th grade, this opportunity could be a reality! This trip is brought to you by the Livermore/Yotsukaido Sister City Organization (LYSCO).
LYSCO would like to invite current 7th grade students to consider participating in the annual program this October. Students from Livermore will travel to Japan as guests of the city of Yotsukaido. They will live with host families during the 8-10 day period, attend school in Yotsukaido with the students of their host families, and participate in many cultural experiences.
A mandatory informational meeting for current LVJUSD 7th graders interested in going to Japan in Fall of 2017 will take place on March 28, 2017, 7:30 pm, at the East Avenue Middle School library. Students who are interested must attend this meeting with a parent or guardian. For additional information, please contact Livermore Yotsukaido Sister City Organization (LYSCO) President / Student Program Coordinator, Keith Jess at Lysco2014@gmail.com.
The Livermore Valley Education Foundation is calling on elementary and middle students to participate in the LVEF Harlem Wizards Writing Contest (Grades K-5: Poetry and Grades 4-8: Expository Writing). The winners of the contests will have his or her poem or essay printed inside the program for our 2nd annual fundraiser games with the Harlem Wizards. LVEF contest winners also win 4 General Admission Tickets to either Thursday or Friday night’s game.
The Harlem Wizards are a professional entertainment basketball organization who has toured the world with teams comprised of players with illustrious college and professional basketball careers. These events are scheduled for April 27th and April 28th at LHS and GHS, respectively.
Entries will be judged by a panel comprised of LVEF board members. Please include student name, grade, school, and teacher on all submissions.
Kindergarten – 5th Grade (Poetry)
Write a poem, in any form, about your experience at the Harlem Wizards game last year. If you did not attend last year’s game, then write a poem about what you imagine the game might be like.
4th Grade – 8th Grade (Expository Writing) (1-2 pages in length)
Responding to the prompt: How do organizations like The Harlem Wizards help local communities?
Please submit your entries to your core teacher or Mr. Fahnhorst by March 28.
For additional contest information or ticket ordering information, please see the attached documents below.
Thank you for your support and participation in this exciting event!
Please check your student’s hair every few days during break for the presence of lice. Sleepovers, dress-up clothes, shared hair ties and brushes, etc., are all great ways to spread these pesky critters!!
Here are a few facts regarding lice…
Lice usually do not live past one day without feeding from a scalp, and eggs do not survive if they are not incubated at the temperature near the scalp. Therefore, the chance of lice surviving on household items is small.
Head lice crawl, but they cannot jump or fly. Most often transmission of a head louse from one person to another is by direct contact. Therefore, transmission is most often within a family or among children who have close contact at play.
Indirect transmission is not likely, but lice may spread from one person to another by items such as:
Indirect transfer also could occur among items of clothing stored together. F or example, hats or scarves hung on the same hook could serve as vehicles for transmitting lice.
As a precaution, if you discover lice, you may clean items that the affected person has used in the last two days. Cleaning recommendations include the following:
THE LIVERMORE VALLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION IS BRINGING THE HARLEM WIZARDS FOR TWO NIGHTS OF FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN!
Mr. Jake Fahnhorst will represent CMS at the Livermore Valley Education Foundation's fundraiser--Harlem Wizards vs. Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District at Livermore High School on Thursday, April 27, 2017!
Guaranteed FAMILY fun, this is a must-see game! Kids of all ages will enjoy "Trick Hoops & Alley Oops." Click HERE to purchase tickets online before they're SOLD out! Questions? Drop us a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Reserved Seating: Sit close to the action, includes free color team poster.
These events will sellout! Click here to get your tickets online.
LCAP Advisory Committee Meeting
LVJUSD Welcomes New Principal
Special Education "Make A Difference" Awards
Calendar of Events
Call In Your Child's Absence
Please remember to call in an absence to the attendance line, 925-606-4702, ext. 2.
Students who have perfect attendance (no absences and no tardies) will receive a perfect attendance award at the end of the school year.
Introducing School Loop
School Loop is an exciting tool for communicating with all members of the learning community. It is a web-based service that provides a direct link to published class assignments, students’ grades, and other school information. If you have not already done so, please register. All registered members will receive periodic emails providing them with specific information relating to their student and the school.