Reminder for BTS Activities for this week

Weds. Aug. 24th – Media Center – 7:30am-8:30am – Meet and Greet our New Principal Mr. Taylor.  Join us for a brief presentation and Q & A with Mr. Taylor.

Thursday, Aug 25th – 8:15am – 12pm – Mini -day for all 6th grade students and 7th and 8th grade students new to CJMS will follow schedules to visit classes and meet teachers.  Transportation will be provided. ( All Special Education students may not be provided transportation on this day, but parents are welcome to bring their child to school to participate in orientation activities.


Thursday, Aug 25th – Media Center – 8:15am-9:30amPTSA Meet and Greet – Join us for at 8:15am for a brief school presentation featuring important info for new parents. Plus learn about the CJMS PTSA.

*Don’t forget to check out BTS info HERE from CJMS and click here to see info from PTSA:  CJMS PTSA Membership Form 2016-2017

Important Dates:

Weds. Aug. 24th – Media Center – 7:30am-8:30am – Meet and Greet our New Principal – Mr. Taylor.  Join us for a brief presentation and Q & A with Mr. Taylor.

Thursday, Aug 25th – 8:15am – 11:30am – Mini -day for 6th graders and new students More info here.

Thursday, Aug 25th – Media Center – 8:15am-9:30am – PTSA Meet and Greet – Join us for at 8:15am for a brief school presentation featuring important info for new parents. Plus learn about the CJMS PTSA.

Monday, Aug. 29th – First Day of School

Thursday, Sept 8th – Cafeteria and all school –  6-8:30pm – PTSA Social. 6-6:45pm, PTSA and School welcome, 7-8:30pm – Back to School Night; Follow your child’s schedule to hear brief presentations from your child’s teachers. *BRING A COPY OF YOUR CHILD’S CLASS SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Sept. 13th – CJMS Tennis courts and Black tops – Back to School Picnic

Monday, Sept 19,  Individual Student Photographs. Photos will be taken during all P.E. classes

Friday, Sept 30th – All summer SSL forms due to Mrs. Swift in room 2109
Monday, October 10 –   8:15 – 11:00 AM, MCPS Open House Day

Join the PTSA NOW; PTSA Plans for the School Year

Join the PTSA NOW by completing this form CJMS PTSA Membership Form 2016-2017 and dropping off or mailing payment to CJMS or joining on-line HERE
Cabin John Middles School
10701 Gainsborough Road
Potomac, Maryland 20854

Dues are $40 for a family, $10 per child. We are asking for a $75 donation to fund activities and staff and teacher wish lists.

Read more about where your donations go and PTSA plans for the school year here: PresLetter20162017Final




PTSA Volunteers needed – It takes a village!

Window Box chairperson – Are you artsy- can you help us get the school PTSA window box ready for the new school year? Just an hour of your time and talent would have us ready and looking good for next week!

Box top chairperson – Are you organized? This is good job for a working parent who wants to help. Collect and tabulate box top coupons a few times a year.

Community Service – Please help us to organize a couple all school community service activities for the students

Wootton Rep – Will your child matriculate to Wootton? If so help us be in touch with the Wootton community. Attend a few meetings a year, stay connected to the Wootton community and help liaison to the CJMS PTSA.

And there are MORE opportunities to help! Please check them all out HERE )

If you don’t see something that interests you or if you have questions please contact Mandy Lemar at

Meet and Greet with our New Principal – Mr. John Taylor – 7:30AM in the morning

Come and meet CJMS new principal – Mr. John Taylor. The PTSA is very excited to host 2 meet and greets this summer in the media center. Please stop by and say hello!

Session #2 – Join us on  Weds. Aug. 24th from 7:30-8:30am (this is an early morning session to attend before you head into work!) We will have coffee and snacks. Mr. Taylor will present briefly at 7:30am and then answer questions.

Click HERE for some welcome info on Mr. Taylor.

MCPS Proposes Earlier Start Date for 2017-2018 School Year – let your opinions be heard!

MCPS is proposing an earlier start date for the 2017–2018 school year. The recommended date, Aug. 21, 2017, would be two weeks prior to Labor Day and one week prior to the traditional start of the school year for MCPS. The proposed start date would allow for an additional week of instruction prior to end-of-year assessments, such as Advanced Placement exams and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments, thereby maximizing instructional time. This proposed change would also put MCPS’ start date in alignment with 11 other school districts around the state that will be starting school the week of Aug. 22, including Frederick, Baltimore, and Prince George’s counties. The recommended changes to the calendar are based on the input of various stakeholder groups, including parents, principals, teachers, and district administrators. The Board of Education will adopt the 2017-2018 school year calendar in November. You can view the proposed calendar, read more about the calendaring process, and provide feedback on the proposed calendar at:

Important Dates

Sign up to help in the School Store this SPRING  Tuesdays/Thursdays. Click HERE . *NEW SPRIN SIGN UP.

Today, June 16th – 8th grade promotion cruise.

Mon, June 20, Last Day of School, Early dismissal – *LAST DAY TEACHERS LUNCH – We need volunteers

Last Day Teacher Luncheon – Please Sign Up to Help

We need YOU one last time this year. The PTSA is providing a last teachers lunch for our wonderful CJMS Staff on the last day of school (Monday, June 20).  This luncheon will also celebrate Dr. Smith, Dr. Morgan and Ms. Neighbors who are all retiring this year. Sandwiches will be served but we need side dishes, dessert and drink donations. Please help us thank our staff for a great year by signing up to bring something. Either send it to school with your child or deliver by 11:00am on June 20th to the front office.

As always, we thank you for your support!  Have a fantastic summer!

Thank You!!

Thank you for an awesome PTSA year. Thanks to the 2015-2016 Executive board and to all the chair people and volunteers who helped make this year possible.

And to the Staff and teachers and Admin team who supported the PTSA and our projects this year. We can’t do it without you!

Our Cougar Clips will be less frequent over the summer but we will use this communication tool to keep the community connected over the summer and we will be back regularly in August with announcements for back to school.


Book Fair, International night and MORE! We can’t do it without VOLUNTEERS!

Looking for a Book Fair Chair for Nov. 2016 – Work with our fantastic media Center team to throw a BRAND NEW FIRST TIME AT CJMS book fair! Proceeds will benefit the media center and PTSA. Did you help or chair a book fair at your ES? Even if you did not, the Scholastic Program makes it very turn-key. This is short term project that could have BIG results!

First Annual CJMS International Night– We want to start an international night at CJMS next year! We have an experienced ES International night chairperson but she is looking for a co-chair! Contact us and we will put you in touch. We are hoping to have this night in May 2017.

Are you a Stone Mill ES or Cold Spring Parent? Do you want to be more involved in child’s education and help CJMS be better represented in Wootton cluster meetings?  We are looking for a Wootton Rep who can help us attend a few meetings a year and make sure our needs are communicated to the Wootton cluster and like-wise bring important info back to our PTSA for disbursement. Most meetings are evenings so it could be great position for a working parent.

Do you LOVE Facebook? Can you help us manage timely PTSA based posts next school year? Can you help us manage our CJMS FB page?

Take a look HERE at which positions are OPEN for 2016-2017.

If you don’t see something that interests you LET US KNOW! We can work with your availability and skills to find a good fit or match you with a partner so it’s less work. We cannot offer these programs without your help.

Any questions or to volunteer please contact current PTSA President Mandy Lemar :

Welcome to the Cabin John Middle School PTSA