Happy December! It’s hard to believe that this year is almost over!
We will be celebrating our amazing staff on Monday, December 17 with our annual Staff Holiday Luncheon. If you have time to help out or can donate something yummy, your efforts would be truly appreciated! Please see details below for more information.
Thanks to everyone who donated to your MMS HSA on Giving Tuesday! We still need your support to reach our goals and we enhance the Cultural Arts offerings that we want to bring to our students. Please see the link below to make a donation.
A Few Key Dates:
December 11 - 4-hour day, Staff Development
December 17 - Staff Luncheon (see details below)
December 17 - BOE Meeting 7:30, 525 Academy Street
December 21 - 4-hour day, Winter Break begins
December 24 - 31, Winter Break
January 1 - Winter Break
January 2 - School resumes
February 1 - Trivia Night - save the date!
HSA eBlast update
Our mailing list is now complete with all families' email information as provided by the District. If you need to update your information please follow the MailChimp links below.
Hard to believe, but it’s time to order yearbooks!
The Yearbook Club advisors no longer accept paper order forms, checks, or cash for pre-ordered yearbooks. Please mail this form with payment to the address highlighted on the order form. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Please see the attached forms with information on ordering the 2018-2019 yearbook.
Yearbook Order Form
Well Wishers Info
Staff Holiday Luncheon
The annual MMS Teacher and Staff Appreciation Holiday lunch will be held on December 17th. Please consider making a donation or volunteering your time. See details on attached sign up genius here:
6th Grade Update :
If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the survey, please take a moment to do so. This survey is being distributed to collect information on student attendance for a potential field trip for to Ellis Island Thursday, December 20th. Please take a moment to fill out the Google form linked below to help us plan accordingly. Thank you.
Special Ed Update
This Monday, with our own Mr. Stoudermire & Nurse Porter: Navigating the Middle School Years- Cliques, Squads , Bullying & More, Dec 3, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, Parenting Center (BOE Building, 525 Academy St).
Parents will discuss and practice with the School Social Worker and School Nurse how to take care of their children, themselves, and each other as they parent teens in Middle School. We’ll explore strategies on how to support, guide, and direct children to succeed in Middle School - to be ready to face the day and have enough resilience to get through it. Questions? Please contact Eric Stoudemire, MMS School Social Workerestoudem@somsd.k12.nj.us or Julie Porter, MMS School Nursejporter@somsd.k12.nj.us Meetings will be held 7:30 - 9:00 pm on the first Monday of each month.
Also on Monday:
Calming Anxiety and Building Self Esteem for your child: Monday, December 3 from 7:30-8:30pm at the Maplewood Memorial Library.
For Parents & Caregivers - Come join Beth Cosentino, a NJ Parent Fellow from Understood, as she explains the ins-and-outs of anxiety and stress, what to look for in your own child and how to help. We'll also delve into how to boost self esteem for every student, with or without learning and attention issues. Plus, there will be plenty of time for sharing and discussion. Registration recommended but not required https://bit.ly/2DkBwNa
Family Support Groups at the Parenting Center (BOE Building, 525 Academy St) in December:
Navigating the Middle School Years- Cliques, Squads , Bullying & More Dec 3, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
2E (Twice Exceptional) Parent Support Group, December 5, 9:30 am
Special Siblings Dec 17 (drop off grades 5-8) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
ADD/ADHD Parent Group, December 19, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
December SEPAC meeting will be a social event for families, details coming
Letters From Anne and Martin
A dramatic presentation of kindred spirits from parallel worlds - Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. at CHS on December 4. For more information and to buy tickets, please click here
No Frills and Fundraising - Still Time to Donate!
MMS HSA raises funds through an ongoing No Frills fundraiser, Money Maker (Host your own, seed your own) initiatives, Adults only Trivia Night, and other grade specific events during the school year. Without the support of families, we would not be able to provide the supplemental support to the students and staff. To donate now Click Here.
Visiting Mentor Program
Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with Rachel Fisher! The MMS HSA is compiling a list of Visiting Mentors: individuals who will talk to middle school students about their work and/or how they apply math, science, language arts and fine arts skills in their professions. We are creating a list that will be available to MMS teachers so they can invite community members into their classrooms to share their stories and expertise. If your work involves math, science, language arts skills and/or the arts – or an interesting combination of these areas - and you can imagine turning that work into a lesson or speaking with middle schoolers about it, please contact us at MMSHSAinfo@gmail.com!
Let us know your name, profession or skill, what classes you see yourself working with (math, science, social studies, music, etc), cell phone number and email. We will add you to the spreadsheet and then you may hear from an MMS teacher! This is a first-time effort, so let’s make ourselves available to our community’s kids and see what happens! Thank you MMS Families.
MMS Library Volunteers needed!
I know you all are wondering what goes not over in the mysterious land of MMS...well here is your chance to get a little sneak peek into middle school. You will not be working in your child's class like in the elementary schools but just helping out in the library in general. Mr. Degnan needs the most help during his MMS investigates class (highlighted in blue on the schedule). This is a cool class that he teaches and would love a parent to be there to do some projects, filing, man the desk and just be an extra set of eyes and hands. He would love whatever time whenever you can give it but if you can make the MMS Investigates class time that would even be better! Just type in your name in the spot that you can volunteer. Please do not delete anyone's name that is already there. Library signup https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/170PmsHyDvQG9S2c0e0YJB1y4IMTWJmWplKnPRzvcSV8/edit#gid=1195897959
Questions? Contact Ms. O'Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org). For most info visit the musical webpage,https://sites.google.com/site/mmsmusical/
You should have received an email from the district Friday detailing the process for the Superintendent Search. For more information please click here
Tissues and School Store
We mentioned on our News on Waffles segment to be on the lookout for TISSUES. It’s already been a busy season of allergies and colds. If you are at the store and can pick up some extra boxes, the MMS staff would greatly appreciate it! The student council runs a school store and accepts donations, please make sure to send in food allergy compliant snacks. They even have an Amazon Wishlist if getting to the store is too hectic.Click Here for MMS School Store’s Amazon Wishlist
Discover innovative products for a healthy home & earn money for Maplewood Middle School!
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The most popular membership is the MightyFix. For $10/month you'll receive one amazing product each month that helps your family live healthier and greener while earning $1 each month for our school. The product is always worth more than $10 retail, ships free and you also get free shipping on anything else you add to your MightyFix.
- Get your first month of the MightyFix for only $5 when you use promo code SCHOOLFIX5
- New members who signup for the annual MightyFix subscription earn an extra $8 for our school during the first year, for a total of $20 to our school! If you use the promo code SCHOOLFIX5 you can get a bonus two months free with an annual subscription.
- Our school must earn $100 by May 31st to earn our payout check, so the sooner you sign up, the better for our school!
Deb Holt & Sara Knutsen
MMS HSA Co-Presidents 2018-2019