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Please click HERE for this week’s message from Ms. Gronau.
Congrats to the Trivia Night Team and our Fundraising Chairs for a wildly successful Trivia Night Fundraiser! A reminder that tomorrow, Monday, February 5 is a 4-hour day; students will be dismissed at12:30.
Even though Spring seems far away, there are several fun events planned for the MMS community and we will need your help making sure they are successful. Partnering with the South Mountain YMCA, MMS is planning it’s first-ever Field Day, scheduled for this June – please be on the lookout for ways you can get involved and help make this day amazing for our kids! Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up too – May 7-11, and the HSA will need chairs for each day, Monday-Friday, to ensure this is a spectacular week of celebration for our terrific staff. Finally, the HUB is planning "Haitian Flag Day and African Diaspora Celebration", a celebration of Haitian heritage and culture, for the evening of May 18.
Also a reminder that the Library Media Center has big plans – your support of this initiative is greatly appreciated. Please reach out to LMC Special Projects Chair Tracey Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org for ways to get involved. If you missed it last week, please take a moment to view her video on the project.
And as always, thanks to the entire MMS community for your continued and valuable support!!
Dates to Remember
2/5 Half Day (12:30 Dismissal)
2/16 No School - Winter break
2/19 No School - Winter break
2/23 MMS Musical 7:30 PM
2/24 MMS Musical 7:30 PM
2/25 MMS Musical 2 PM
2/26 Board of Ed Meeting 7:30 pm
TRIVIA NIGHT!! A Heartfelt Thank You from Alix Clyburn:
My first thought when I woke up this morning was how grateful I am to all of you. Thank you for coming to Trivia Night--YOU make the night so fantastic.
* First of all, and most importantly, you raised a TON of money for MMS. You guys are generous and good-hearted souls. We are sorting out the financials now but it's considerable. Thank you!
* Then there's just your fabulous spirit. Your game willingness to subject yourself to this absurd competition. I mean, honestly, who CARES that Nokia was first to market with an internet phone?! Thanks for playing!
* We love you for being the type of guests who clean up after yourselves, who pitch in and help when we face last-second technical glitches (Evan, Katie, Alex), and who politely put up with all our charming snafus along the way.
* We also love all the local people/businesses that donated time, money, and service to us:
- Robert Northfield for his amazing generosity!
- Laura Himmelein who donated all her magic and red balloons while also putting on other events--that room was thanks to her talent,
- Dara Gronau for being such a fabulous emcee (and MMS principal),
- The MW Police, for keeping the inter-team hostility at bay,
- Parkwood and Sutagao for the yumminess,
- Janine Kavner and Joe Territo for the screen,
- Wine Barrel, for donating a percent of their sales to MMS this week,
- All the gift basket donors: Able Baker, East Side Fitness, Open Table, Staynd, NJPAC, and especially D&I!
* Finally I personally want to thank the team. Jeff and I might write the Qs and be onstage, but Amy Jo Curran, Gabrielle Graziano, Mel Rose, Kathleen Bailie, and Laura Himmelein are the ones who--with all of you--make it a party.
And if we are truly living in a world where our president was once in a movie with Bo Derek called Ghosts Can't Do It, we need all the parties we can get.
2018 MMS MUSICAL – Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version)
Coming soon is the 2018 MMS Musical and it is not to be missed! Show dates are 2/23, 2/24, 2/25
Tickets are on sale now – don’t miss out. Click here to buy - https://sites.google.com/site/mmsmusical
MMS Musical families - Make sure your performer comes to ALL February rehearsals.
Also, we are still in need of:
--Volunteers to help with painting and set work (*Contact Mr. Palmgren (email@example.com)
--Help chaperoning the Full-cast rehearsals (Click for the sign-up genius here)
--Talented (or at least capable) sewers to help with the Leads' costumes (*Please reach out to Ms. O'Sullivan ASAP! firstname.lastname@example.org)
Questions on all things MMS Musical – please visit the Musical Website. Click here - (https://sites.google.com/site/mmsmusical)
If you would like to help complete the Achieve Grants for our teachers that were only partially-funded,tomorrow, Feb 5 is the DEADLINE! Please take a look at the outstanding grants. Your MMS Teachers thank you!
Spotlight on Ms. Reisman’s Expresssion Through Woodworking… See this article. So amazing!
See link here: http://njmakersday.org/index.php/2017/12/26/featuredmaker-mikeschloff/
- Please click HERE to donate to the teachers at MMS.
Michael Berezny Creators of YouTube ($3124), 2018 Poetry Grammys! ($2200), Bored in Class? Need Help in Math? There's a Flocab for That! ($500)
Kelli Dios Saturday Academy Adventures ($1060)
John Faherty iPads for Inquiry ($10,471), Audio Out ($140)
Meredith Hansen Model UN ($3520)
Anna Herstatt Principal’s Breakfast ($1445)
Debra Hwang MM Science Fair ($925)
Maureen O’Sullivan Current Events in the Classroom ($250), Aesthetics Abound ($2472), Let’s Wake Up Waffles! ($2290)
Melissa Parks IPads & Digital Books for ELL ($2184)
Michele Reisman Expression Through Woodworking ($6961)
Elizabeth Schwartz Shared Technology Solution ($834)
Samantha Selikoff Everyone Can Invent ($1872), Middle Schoolers Rock ($3900)
Debra Silva “We Rock!” ($979)
Lorraine Sudol Inspire Us ($722)
Melissa Tavares Flexible Seating Project ($557)
Ryann Varney MMS Moves Minds ($900)
Heather Vorona Let’s Take A Seat ($2290)
(Please note: The amounts represent the total needed to fully fund the grant proposals. Staff members can begin implementing their programs with partial funding. Any and all donations will be appreciated and are fully tax-deductible)!
For a list of all of the Achieve grants awarded this year, please click HERE. Thank you!
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.
Bottles of water: (a very popular item)
Gatorade: (a huge hit at Snack Attack, so it'd be great to be able to offer it to kids for Cougar Cash who can't afford Snack Attack)
Chips and popcorn - any and all kinds: cheezits, goldfish, smartfood: (pretzels don't seem to sell that well)
Nutrigrain type Bars: (and/or other similar snack bars)
Rice Krispie Treats
Candy (any and all kinds): (this is another big hit at Snack Attack, so it'd be great to be able to offer it to kids for Cougar Cash who can't afford Snack Attack)
Small Boxes of Cereal : (a huge hit)
Chocolate Milk Boxes: (sells out every time!)
You can even help without leaving home! Click to order from the school store Amazon wish list!
VOLUNTEER & HELP NEEDED!!
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
Want to knock the socks off our teachers with gratitude? Please consider chairing one day during the week of May 7-11. We would like to come up with a special program for each day, for example: MassageMonday, Treats Tuesday, etc. Please contact Sara Knutsen at: email@example.com if you’d like to get involved!
FIELD DAY Chairpeople Needed!
MMS will host it’s first-ever Field Day this year in conjunction with the South Mountain YMCA. It promises to be a great day of fun for our MMS community but we will need help planning it. Please contact Deb Holt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sara Knutsen (email@example.com) if you’d like to volunteer.
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.
Go No Frills OR Host an MMS Money Maker! You choose how you want to raise the money and how it will be spent! Please reach out to Fundraising Co Chairs Mel Rose email@example.com or Gabrielle Graziano at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also help you come up with great Fundraising ideas.
Your MMS HSA Co-Presidents,
Sara Knutsen & Deb Holt