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This week’s message from Ms. Gronau is coming tomorrow!
Thanks to everyone who came to Principal Gronau’s Coffee and Conversations on Thursday! If you weren’t able to make the ones last week, Principal Gronau will be hosting these informal sessions regularly. Keep on the lookout for the next one!
Another reminder that Volunteer and Fundraising needs for the HSA are ongoing. Please take a look at the many ways you can get involved and help with important school programming at the bottom of this eblast! For a quick link to donate --> Click here
Additionally, it is budget season and MMS needs our active voices and involved parents to ensure our MMS students’ needs are met. We have many issues facing MMS and would love to have our parents and guardians take an active role in getting our voices heard at the District level. All it takes is a phone call or email. Thanks in advance for your support!
Dates to Remember
- 10/24 6th Grade Social
- 10/24 BOE Candidates Night at Marshall School
- 10/24 Special Ed Back-to-School Night at the Columbia Cafeteria
- 10/26 BOE Candidates Forum at the Maplewood Library
- 10/28 Michael Healy Magic Show at MMS
Spirit Wear is HERE!
We are thrilled to announce that the 2017-2018 Spirit Wear is here! Choose from a variety of clothing options via our online store. Please visit:
to order!!! The online store will remain open until November 19. All purchases will be delivered 2-3 weeks after the close date.
6th Grade Social 10/24
The 6th grade Fall Social is always the best-attended event of the MMS school year and your 6th grader won’t want to miss it!
- Tuesday, October 24th, at 3:15 PM, right after school in the gym & cafeteria.
- $5 for admission, pizza and a drink. (NO student will be turned away for lack of funds; please make a note on your permission slip and see Ms. Giladi)
- Tickets will be on sale during lunch this Monday and Tuesday, and at the door. Permission slip and all details attached.
Please note all students must bring signed permission slip to attend. We will not be able to let any child in without this signed permission slip.
News for 8th Graders
Frog Bridge Permission slips have been distributed! Please click on the attached link for a copy of the Permission Slip.
Also, Ms. Dios and the Guidance department want to encourage parents to come to MMS in order to share their expertise with 8th graders who are exploring possible future careers. Please click on this link for their letter regarding the Career Explorations Program.
Course Selection Survey
The School District of South Orange and Maplewood is seeking parent input on the course selection process and available academic supports. This survey is for parents/guardians of students attending any of these schools:
- Maplewood Middle School
- South Orange Middle School
- Columbia High School
Box Tops Collection
Want to help support MMS students and teachers through the collection of Box Tops for Education? Now there's an even easier way to put your Box Tops to work through the Box Tops Bonus App. It's as simple as buy, scan, and earn! See the attached flyer for more info on how you can start earning cash for MMS today!
Tutoring Volunteer Opportunity For MMS Students
MMS Students can volunteer to help elementary or other middle school students with their school work! Volunteers can choose after school or weekend sessions. All tutoring takes place in our schools and is supervised by district staff. Additional information and online forms are available here. The next tutor training workshop is Wednesday, October 18th from 6:30-8 pm, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information and to RSVP. Thank you!
Magician Michael Healy 10/28
Onetime MMS Interim Assistant Principal (and longtime CHS Assistant Principal) will perform an amazing magic show at MMS on October 28 from 11am-1pm. The most magical thing about his act is that it is a fundraiser for MMS! Click here for more information. (https://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/cms/lib/NJ01001050/Centricity/Domain/261/Magic%20Flyer.pdf)
Flu Season Reminder
Nurse Porter sends along the reminder that the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.
For more information, please refer to:
- Your health care provider
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
- The attached flyer
A Reminder: Extended Enrichment Period (EEP) Available for MMS Students
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:email@example.com. (There is a fee for the program but scholarships are available if needed.)
District’s October Digital Backpack
The District Office published its October backpack. Click Here to see what’s happening around the District.
VOLUNTEER & HELP NEEDED!!
MMS Library Media Center
The Library Media Center needs parent volunteers to check out, stack books, and help students print out documents through-out the day. Note: All periods are open for parents to help out. But it would be most helpful to have a volunteer while MMS Investigates teacher, Evyn Diegnan, is leading classes.
Please visit the Google Sheet link for Sign-Up Schedule and consider signing up for a regular weekly time period(s) or any time you can spare.
Feel free to contact Tracey Clarke (HSA Special Projects) with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HSA Committee Chairs Needed!
We are still seeking chairs and committee members for School Store and Beautification. If you are interested please email MMSHSAinfo@gmail.com.
We Still Need Supplies for the school store!
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. $5-$10 gift cards to stores and restaurants in town are also great ideas! Our MMS Students can use their Cougar Cash rewards at the school store. You can donate directly from our Amazon Wishlist (https://amzn.com/w/2XWAR0OJ0D1H8) or pick up school supplies and 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
MMS Money Makers!
The first Money Maker fundraiser event of 2017 on Saturday Sept. 30th was a success. Now who will be the host of the next Money Maker? There is still plenty of time to organize your own MMS Money Maker event. To learn more, or to volunteer to host an event, please send Fundraising Chair Mel Rose a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can also help you come up with a great Fundraising idea!
Not interested in throwing a party, or attending one? Is writing a check more your style? We will take your donations, any way you want to support us. Click here, donate your $, it is that easy. Or send in a check or Ca$h, we will take it! (and Thanks!)
We are continuing our goal of supporting open lines of communication with the MMS Administration and the District. Check our website (www.mmshsa.org), sign up for our weekly e-blasts, and join the HSA and Maplewood Middle School Families Facebook pages to stay updated on everything going on around MMS!
Your MMS HSA Co-Presidents,
Sara Knutsen & Deb Holt