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MMS TRIVIA NIGHT: We’re only down to a few empty tables left. So if you’ve been putting off buying your tickets and forming your teams, no time like the present! It’s Friday, February 3rd at 7pm at The Woodland. Click HERE to buy tickets. Don’t miss a chance to be a part of our biggest fundraiser of the year!
MMS MUSICAL ALL-CAST MEETING: Every student involved in the MMS Musical should attend the all-cast meeting after school tomorrow, Monday, January 23rd.
MUSICAL REHEARSAL 1/25: Students who have rehearsal for the MMS Musical on Wednesday, January 25th and who are also participating in the band concert that evening will be dismissed early from rehearsal that afternoon at 4:45pm.
ORCHESTRA & BAND CONCERTS THIS WEEK: At this week’s concerts (see info below) your HSA will be collecting suggested donations, the funds from which go to support the many needs of our fine arts department at MMS. Your HSA will also have a pop-up Spirit Wear shop at the concerts. So bring a little extra cash to the concerts and help support all of the amazing programming at MMS! Thank you!
WINTER ORCHESTRA CONCERT: The MMS Winter Orchestra Concert is Tuesday, January 24th at 7pm. Ms. Chilimintris provided the following information: participating students should be at school by 6:30pm and 6th graders should be there by 6:20pm. Concert attire is as follows: black pants/skirt and white shirt/blouse. Black shoes/socks are preferred. Parents, if your daughter decides to wear a dress or skirt, please, an appropriate length is required. Expect a follow-up email with more details. Any questions or concerns, please reach out to Ms. Chilimintris at email@example.com. Encourage our young musicians to practice! Preparedness helps to boost confidence, which helps us all play better in performances.
WINTER BAND CONCERT: The MMS Winter Band Concert is Wednesday, January 25th at 7pm in the MMS Gymnasium. Mr. Balas provided the following information: all participating students should arrive in the bandroom in concert attire no later than 6:30pm. Concert attire is white shirt or blouse, black pants or skirts, black shoes and socks (no jeans or sneakers!). Please contact Mr. Balas at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
8TH GRADE MIXER WITH SOMS: MMS 8th graders are invited to a MMS/SOMS mixer at CHS on Thursday, February 2nd. Make sure your 8th graders know about this great event to help them meet the kids who will be in their Freshman class next year! This mixer is a tradition and is always attended by nearly 100% of both 8th grade classes, so please click HERE for the permission slip and info -- your student will not want to miss the fun! And parents, are you able to help out? Please click HERE for the Sign Up Genius to donate snacks or your time. Thank you!
TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT: The Phys. Ed Department and the 8th Grade are teaming up to host a table tennis tournament on Friday, February 3rd from 1:45pm-3:05pm in the gym. Students in all three grades are practicing their skills at the tables and the 8th grade is ready for a showdown with the faculty! We hope that both the 6th and 7th grade teams cheer on the 8th grade to make this a very successful event, not only for this year but in the years to come. This is a fundraiser for the 8th grade end of the year field trip. So please tell your students to bring money for soft pretzels and drinks that will be sold at this stadium style event. Also, in the spirit of Black History Month, we will be highlighting important African-American athletes who have made history with their talents, courage, and perseverance.
MMS WORLD: Check out our excellent student online newspaper, mentored by Mr. O’Dell! www.mmsworld.weebly.comwww.mmsworld.weebly.com.
MMS MUSICAL TICKETS: Tickets sales for the MMS Musical are ongoing. There will be three performances: Friday, February 24th at 7:30pm; Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm; and Sunday, February 26th at 2pm. Check out the Musical website HERE for all the info on the show, to purchase tickets via Pay Pal, or to print a paper order form. Additional paper order forms are available in the Main Office. Any questions? Please reach out to Ms. O’Sullivan at email@example.com.
MMS YEARBOOKS: The MMS Yearbook sale is ongoing. The yearbook is organized by MMS teachers Ms. Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ms. Varney (email@example.com), who can be contacted with any questions. The flyer outlining how to order online or in school can be found HERE. And information on purchasing a “Well Wisher” for an 8th grade student to include in the yearbook can be found HERE.
13th DOCUMENTARY: The South Orange/Maplewood School District invites all SOMA students, parents, and guardians to a special screening of the acclaimed documentary 13th. 13th is a groundbreaking documentary from Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, about the creation of the 13th Amendment and its impact on mass incarceration, specifically its devastating consequences on the African-American community. The screening is Tuesday, January 31st from 6:45pm-9:30pm in the SOMS auditorium. For more information please see the flyer HERE.
GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY: Is your child in need of dental care? Give Kids A Smile Day is designed to offer dental care to children who otherwise do not see a dentist. Dentists across New Jersey are opening their doors to children on Friday, February 3rd. Parents should call to schedule an appointment. Please click HERE for all of the information.
Have a great week,
Kathleen Bailie & Alan Stephenson
your MMS HSA Co-Presidents