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We hope that you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Back to school this week and counting down to the end of the year! There is a lot of information in this email, please make sure to read everything.
We trust everyone received the email from the district where SOMSD invited you to attend a community meeting to discuss the long range facilities & integration plan. Click Here for flyer.
Community Forum Dates*
- Wed. May 30, 7:30pm - Seth Boyden—274 Boyden Ave., Mplw
- Thurs. May 31 7:30pm - Marshall—262 Grove Road, SO
- Wed. June 6, 7:30pm - Board Office — 525 Academy St, Mplw
- Thurs. June 7, 7:30pm - Clinton — 27 Berkshire Road, Mplw
- Weds. June 13, 7:30pm - SOMS — 70 North Ridgewood Road, SO
- Thurs. June 14, 11:00am - Board Office — 525 Academy St, Mplw
DATES TO REMEMBER
5/28 Memorial Day - No School
5/29 Choral Concert 7 PM
6/3 MMS Garden Day 11am-2pm
8th GRADE PARENTS
5/30 Tours of CHS, 6-8:30 pm
6/1 8th grade ADULT Fundraiser
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)
8th GRADE FUNDRAISER
Liz Hochberg and Mike Schloff have generously offered to host a fundraising party at their home for all MMS 8th grade parents/guardians (adults only). The event has a suggested donation of $20/person and all funds raised will go toward costs for the dinner dance. Please join us for some cocktails and light food as we celebrate the end of middle school for our 8th graders!
8th GRADE CONDUCT REMINDER
Please review the attached Conduct Reminder for your 8th Grade student. If you have a current 8th grader, please sign and return the attached form by tomorrow, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Click here for the letter/form.
8th GRADE DINNER DANCE CHAPERONES
In order to have a successful 8th grade Dinner Dance we need your help! The planning committee is looking for several parent chaperones to make sure everything runs smoothly. 6th and 7th grade parents preferred but if you are the parent of and 8th grader and he/she is OK with you chaperoning, that is fine too. Please see the attached Sign Up Genius: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F48A8AC2BA2F85-parents
8th GRADE DINNER DANCE ATTIRE DONATIONS
Let’s make sure all of our 8th graders feel great at the Dinner Dance! We are looking for dresses, shirts, shoes, polos, shoes, etc. If you have something to donate please bring it to the Guidance office next week. All donations are appreciated!!
7th GRADE BRACELETS
7th Grade MMS bracelets are still available!
Battle of the Classes is coming soon. There is still time to get "Be afraid, here comes 7th grade” bracelets to wear to the battle or to wear in support of your 7th grader, black slogan on a black bracelet, $1 each from any of the team leaders! All profits go back to the 7th grade for trips and The Poetry Grammys. Please have your 7th grader see Mrs. Tavares, Ms. Schlatmann or Mr. O’Dell to purchase one for themselves or for you. Thank you!
TOURS OF CHS, Wed. 5/30, 6 - 8:30 PM
CHS invites students and their parents/guardians to join members of our CHS student body on this Wednesday, May 30 for tours of our building. These tours are designed for small groups of students and their parents/guardians to walk our building with current students, hear first hand some of our 'tips and tricks' for a smooth transition, and ask any questions they may have to our current students.
MMS GARDEN DAY 6/3
Garden day has been rescheduled to Sunday, June 3. Please join Ms.Silva and the MMS garden club, they can use as many hands as possible. The garden bed and MMS rocks could use some extra TLC. A special thanks to the Achieve Foundation for supporting this initiative.
CHS POP UP SHOP
CHS Has asked for us to forward the following information. Volunteers and donations are needed to help senior students find their perfect look at the free CHS prom pop up shop! Clothing donations (new or gently used dresses, suits, shoes, accessories etc) can be dropped off at Gleasons Cleaners, 7 West Parker Avenue in Maplewood. Please click HERE to donate or lend items such as curtains, racks and hangers to make the shop pop! Please click HERE to assist with alterations or as "sales" assistants or stylists (no current senior parents or any students please)! Or please click HERE for information about how to contribute to the CHS senior fund!
FUTURE POLICE ACADEMY
The Maplewood Township Police Department is seeking applicants to participate in the future Police Academy. For more details click here.
PARENTING THE FORTNITE ADDICT
Every so often a game comes along that conquers the hearts, minds and thumbs of gamers everywhere. Fortnite: Battle Royale is the latest victor in this category. Thanks to Principal Gronau for sharing this article.
“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!
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!
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
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