MMS HSA News
First Week of School! MAPLEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!
The MMS Home and School Alliance (HSA) would like to welcome all students and families to Maplewood Middle School!! Live and in person! The HSA is here to partner with families, teachers and administrators with the common goal of promoting the education and well-being of all students at MMS.
The HSA has been working with Principal Gronau and MMS administrators over the summer to prepare for a year that will hopefully contain a great deal of normalcy but also continue to navigate the on-going challenges of Covid-19. It is our hope to strengthen a sense of community at MMS and create avenues for families to be involved and to have input into their children’s middle school education and experience.
The HSA is responsible for funding and organizing student activities throughout the year, including ice cream socials, field trips, guest speakers, and eighth grade graduation events. We also fund teacher appreciation events and various teacher projects as well as support fine arts and cultural programming. This year we hope to also raise money for school beautification projects so that the MMS facility is the school that our diverse student body deserves. Finally we serve as a mechanism for parent feedback to the district leaders and we welcome your input and advocacy on behalf of our students.
We encourage you to become a member of the MMS HSA to show your support for student and teacher activities. You can go to mmshsa.org to register for membership. We also encourage you to sign up on the website for the weekly newsletter to keep you apprised of MMS HSA activities and important dates.
HSA meetings are typically the third Thursday of the month at 7pm-8:30pm. If you would like to attend a meeting or have an issue you’d like to add to the agenda, please email firstname.lastname@example.org If you have any questions or suggestions in general, you can also email us at the same address.
Hope your children have a wonderful school year and here’s hoping it’s as normal as possible!
MMS HSA President
We had a great day welcoming almost 200 6th graders on Friday and look forward to welcoming back all of our students on Monday! I can't tell you what a joy it was to hear and see our students today.
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How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Maplewood Middle School Home & School Association" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
We’ll be back in-person at 9AM on September 25, 2021!
For 18 years, the Newstead 5K race has kicked off the new school year in South Orange-Maplewood, attracting hundreds of enthusiastic runners and walkers for a morning of healthy activity, connection and fundraising. After a virtual “INstead 5K” last fall, we’re thrilled to be able to run together again this September. Of course, if you’re not around that morning, you can still participate by running or walking when and where you’d like.
The race will begin at the South Mountain Annex at 9:00 AM on September 25th, with chip-timing provided by CompuScore. Race registration is here. Entry is only $25 per person until September 18; after that the registration fee will increase to $35. Participants will get our popular race T-shirts (while supplies last).
We are most grateful to the 47 local businesses and families who sponsored last year’s INstead 5K! In addition to being featured on Achieve’s website and monthly newsletter, sponsors receive community exposure by getting their names or logos on the popular race T-shirts.
Email email@example.com to learn about sponsoring this year’s race.
Registration is now OPEN! - Spread the word!
Maplewood Girls Lacrosse Club Clinic is returning to Friday Night! Our program is custom designed for MGLC and delivered by experienced coaches from the DEWLAX organization. This clinic is open to all girls of all skill levels in grades 1-8. It is an outstanding opportunity for all levels of play! Returning players will increase their skills and new players will come out and experience the fastest growing sport in the USA.
To register, go to https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/284769
Dates: September 17, 24 October 1, 8, 15, 22 Rain Date October 29 Time: Session 1 (Grades 1-4): 6:00-7:30 Session 2 (Grades 5-8): 7:30-9:00 Location: New Waterlands Park, 3rd Street, South Orange Cost: $125.00 Required Gear: Players will need to bring their own lacrosse stick, goggles, mouth guard, water/ The safety and health of our players and coaches are top priority. We will follow established COVID-19 safety protocols.
To register for The MGLC Fall Clinic, your child must be a member of US Lacrosse for insurance purposes. The membership fee is $30.00 and is good for one year. Go to www.uslacrosse.org