Dear MMS Families:
Hope everyone had a lovely long weekend and for those of you who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we wish you a sweet and healthy New Year.
We think we are off to a great start this year and look forward to keeping the momentum going!
****THE PRINCIPAL’S CORNER****
Please click HERE for this week’s message from Ms. Gronau.
Notes for this week:
Picture day is coming up!
MMS Picture Day is scheduled for Friday, September 29. Please check your child’s backpack for the flyer and order form.
Didn't get the Flyer? See below for online link. Our code is 18-44MM if needed.
We are almost there! Immunization forms are still needed from about 100 6th graders. Please click here for a note from MMS School Nurse Julie Porter.
MMS Money Makers Fundraising Initiative
Are you ready to become a MMS Money Maker? This new fundraising initiative lets you decide how you want to raise money and where it goes.
Step # 1
Choose from a list submitted by teachers of projects/ideas they want to do for your kids but lack the funds to do so. For a complete list, please reach out to your Fundraising team or Co-Presidents.
Choose a Money Maker idea. This can be anything - cocktail party, Halloween contest, Bingo/game night, wine tasting event, bake sale, backyard movie, dog walking, poker party, bring a speaker into your home, chili cook-off, sell unwanted items online. The possibilities are endless!
Implement your Money Maker idea anytime between now and December 31, 2017.
To learn more about Money Makers or to volunteer to host an event, please send Fundraising Chair Mel Rose a message at email@example.com.
MMS Garage Sale! Benefitting the Money Maker Initiative
Mel Rose, Fundraising Co-Chair, will kick off MMS Money Makers with a huge yard sale on Saturday September 30th. She will be collecting items you no longer want but that someone else might. These include - home goods, kitchen items, toys, electronics, art, sports equipment, Halloween costumes. Anything but clothes. She is happy to pick up or you may drop off.
To arrange for a donation to the yard sale send Mel a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This past Spring Break, April 2017, Senor Peña organized a trip to Spain using Passports educational group travel company. Nineteen students from both South Orange and Maplewood Middle schools attended. The trip was an amazing learning experience for the students. After such success, Senor Peña has decided to plan another trip for our current 8th grade students which would take place during Spring Break 2018.
Please click on the attached flyer and photos for more information on what a fabulous experience this trip is!
Diwali Festival Coming Up At The Woodland!
Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the most widely celebrated South Asian holidays. For the first time, Diwali comes to Maplewood as a grand celebration of South Asian Arts and Cultural Festival. Free and open to the entire community, DiwaliFest NJ will be curated to offer a distinctive and authentic experience of South Asia that reflects the tremendous artistic and cultural diversity of the region.
Diwali Fest NJ takes places this Fall 2017 at:
60 Woodland Road, Maplewood NJ
October 22, 12:30-6:30 pmFor more information, visit http://diwalifestnj.org/
In case you missed last week’s email update:
Youth Net After School Clubs
Your child wants to do more at MMS? Sign up for a Youth Net Club! Youth Net Clubs are after school clubs that run for 6 weeks in the Fall, Winter, and Spring; each club ends at 4:15. Registration is $40 per session no matter how many clubs your child wants to participate in. First session begins in October and includes a wide array of offerings such as: Fitness, Model UN, Board Games, Gardening and so much more!
See attached flyers here for more details: Youth Net Details, and Youth Net Permission Slip
The Student Council would like to get the MMS School Store up and running so students can spend their Cougar Cash and we need YOUR help! Please consider donating snacks and other items (gift certificates, supplies, etc) to the MMS School Store. You can donate directly from our Amazon Wishlist (https://amzn.com/w/2XWAR0OJ0D1H8) or pick up extra snacks on your next trip to your favorite store! All donations can be left in the main office to the attention of Ms. O'Sullivan and/or the MMS School Store. Questions? Contact Ms. O'Sullivan - email@example.com
Extended Enrichment Period (EEP)
EEP is an after-school tutoring program that runs throughout the entire school year. Tutoring sessions are run by MMS teachers in the Library. Tutoring ends at 6:00 pm, but children don’t have to stay the entire time. All students enrolled receive a free snack and access to the gym for recreation also.
Additionally, students who take part in the EEP can sign up for YouthNet Clubs at no cost!
For more information and registration forms, please visit somayouthnet.org, or get the forms in the main office and bring to Mr. Degnan (in the library). If you have questions, please reach out to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (There is a fee for the program but scholarships are available if needed.)
The MMS Musical this year is Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella! The Musical Interest Meeting will take place on Monday 9/25, after school in the auditorium. Anyone who is interested in auditioning for cast or joining Art Crew or Stage Crew should attend this meeting. The dates for this year's musical are February 23, 24, 25 - 2018. Questions? Contact Ms. O'Sullivan - email@example.com
Interested in working on the MMS Musical as a Student Director? Do you have the time to commit to daily rehearsals? If so, attend the Student Director Interest Meeting in Ms. O'Sullivan's room (130 - across from the library) on Wednesday 9/27. Questions? Contact Ms. O'Sullivan - firstname.lastname@example.org
PowerSchool is a “real time” program that allows students and parents to track assignments, grades, etc. For any parents that are looking for PowerSchool login and password information please email Evyn Degnan – email@example.com
Parents have the ability to create their own profiles as long as they have their child’s login information. For further assistance on creating a parent profile please use the following information:
If you need your parent account to be reset please contact – Rosann Voorhees, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maplewood Middle School Parents Workshop via Conference Call
Social Media and Tips for Keeping Everyone’s Sanity with the Devices will be hosted by Principal Gronau on Tuesday, September 26 at 8 pm. The conference call will be lead by parenting coach and author Amillah Williamson; this is sure to be an informative evening! Please see the attached flyer for more information and log-in instructions.
Save the Date
The district will hold a middle school curriculum night held at SOMS on October 11 for both Middle Schools, all supervisors will be present.
HSA Communications: Your MMS HSA over the past few years has been working really hard to make sure communications among central office, school administration, faculty & staff, and families is clear and transparent and frequent. The best ways to stay informed are to make sure you’re receiving this eblast to your email, visit your HSA website at http://www.mmshsa.org/, and join our two Facebook pages: MMS HSA at https://www.facebook.com/MaplewoodMiddleHSA/ and Maplewood Middle School Families at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mmshsa/
That’s it from us for now. Thanks, all!
Your MMS HSA Co-Presidents,
Sara Knutsen & Deb Holt