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Well that was fast! Looks like we went directly from winter to summer! A reminder to please be on the lookout for information regarding end-of-year activities, as this time of year is always busy!
It‘s allergy season and that means that hand sanitizer is in high demand. Please consider sending your student in with a box or package of hand sanitizer wipes! The teachers would certainly appreciate it.
Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Your MMS HSA has several fun things planned for the week! Please click here to donate to the Teacher Luncheon that will take place on Thursday, May 10 -- we need your help to make this a fabulous event for our amazing staff!!
DATES TO REMEMBER
5/11 MMS Idol / Start of Battle of the Classes
5/14 BOE Meeting 7:30 PM
5/16 Band Concert 7 PM
5/17 School in Action Night 7 PM
5/20 MMS Garden Day 11 AM
5/23 Orchestra Concert 7 PM
5/28 Memorial Day - No School
5/29 Choral Concert 7:30 PM
6th GRADE PARENTS
5/25 Field Trip to the Liberty Science Center
7th GRADE PARENTS
5/14 Field Trip to Turtle Back Zoo (Permission Slip due Monday, May 7, click here for a copy)
8th GRADE PARENTS
5/8- 5/11 PARCC TESTING
5/22- 5/23 NJSLA TESTING
6/13 Trip to Frog Bridge
6/19 8th grade Dinner Dance at Maplewood Country Club
6/21 Moving Up Ceremony at MMS (AM ceremony)
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK IS COMING! MAY 7-11
We are putting the finishing touches on the schedule for Teacher Appreciation Week. Thanks to all of the parents who stepped up to make this a great week for our teachers! There is a sign-up sheet for the luncheon. If you can’t get to the school but would like to donate an item or some $$, please contact Deb Holt at DebCatHolt@gmail.com or Sara Knutsen at email@example.com.
The schedule of events:
Monday - Massage Monday
Tuesday - “We are Lucky to Have You!”
Wednesday - “Salty & Sweet”
Thursday - Staff Luncheon - Click here to help!
Friday - Margaritas and chips!
“THE MMS MAKERSPACE PROJECT”
Help us give MMS students access to the newest tech tools for their school-work!
In partnership with the HSA, Dara Gronau, Evyn Degnan (the MMS Media Lab Leader) and several MMS parents, “The MMS MakerSpace Project” has put together a plan to open a new “MMS MakerSpace” in the Computer Lab adjacent to the MMS Media Center. We want to create a space that will allow students to create work driven by their MMS teachers, explore their curiosities and present their passions withmodern tech tools. As envisioned, the space will include state-of-the art video cameras, a new large presentation screen, computers with video/audio editing tools and other creative-suite programs, larger 3-D printers and large-scale printers, architecture/robotics kits, augmented reality tools and more allowing MMS students a hand-on experience with the tech tools of today and tomorrow.
In order for this to happen, we need financial support from MMS parents. Please consider donating to this very important effort. Click here for more information and to donate via PayPal. Or, please write a check, payable to: the MMS HSA with a note “For MMS MakerSpace” and have your child deliver to his/her homeroom teacher.
We’ll update you on our progress and hope to open the new MakerSpace at the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year!
The Final of MMS Idol will take place after school on Friday, May 11. Tickets are $5 per student but go down to $3 with the donation of two non-perishable food items. All items collected will be counted toward Battle of the Classes. See flyer here.
Clip and save your Box Tops and please send them in with your MMS Student! Each Box Top is worth $.10 for our school! Also, the Box Top donations are being tracked by grade to help each class win points for Battle of the Classes!! It’s a win-win!
Wednesday, May 16 is the Spring Band Concert. Children should arrive in white tops and black bottoms at 6:30 PM. Concert begins at 7. Please click on the flyer for more details.
Do you have a Green Thumb? Thank you to a few of the parents who have already expressed interest in helping with the MMS Garden. Students have decorated the rocks and the garden club has already planted seedlings, now we need help to prepare the garden beds. If you are free Sunday, May 20th at 11am we would love to have some hands to dig, prep and get the garden going. Sign up here ->www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080B44A9AC28A02-mmsgarden
BOE STUDENT RECOGNITION
We know there are more students to recognize, don’t be shy! Each month the Board of Education recognizes students at board meetings. If you know a student who deserves recognition - in or out of school - please contact Principal Gronau.
Our school store is always on the lookout for donations! If you’re making a Costco run, please consider picking up some extra items and donating them. The School Store is run by our wonderful Student Council and uses Cougar Cash for purchases. You can even help without leaving home! Click to order from the school store Amazon wish list!
MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY CLINIC
See attached flyer on a spring field hockey clinic for middle schoolers! Click here
CHS MARCHING BAND OPEN HOUSE
Come to the CHS Marching Band Open House! Thursday, May 3 starting at 6 PM.
Stations for each section of the marching band will be set up and students can meet with current marching band members -- and even try out some drums!
The CHS Cougar Marching Band is one of the most visible and respected performing ensembles at Columbia High School. “The Pride of Columbia” has a rich tradition of musical excellence, visual pageantry, dedication, and pride which is carried from generation to generation within the band.
For information and links, visit their Site!
VOLUNTEER & HELP NEEDED!!
MMS LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
The Media Center needs parent volunteers to shelve books, organize sections, check in/out books and help students throughout the day. This is a great opportunity to be at MMS beyond Back to School and School in Action Nights! Volunteer for as much or as little as you would like. Check out the Media Center Class Schedule and signup directly on the Google Sheet Click here! Feel free to contact Tracey Clarke (HSA Special Projects) with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check here for more information on what is happening in the MLC.
Your MMS HSA Co-Presidents,
Sara Knutsen & Deb Holt