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Please click HERE for this week’s message from Ms. Gronau.
Battle of the Classes is finally here! This week is the final FULL week and packed with fun events for the iconic MMS Spirit Week. Student Council is also currently collecting non-perishable items, Box Tops for Education and change for Penny Wars in the cafeteria. All nonperishable items are donated to MapSo Cares, through our CHS representative, and then distributed to local food banks as needed. Help MMS continue the tradition!
- Monday 6/11 - Meme Monday - Represent your favorite meme, past or present!
- Tuesday 6/12 - Tuesday 'toons - Dress as/or to match your favorite cartoon character!
- Wednesday 6/13 - Wacky Wednesday - Mix, match and wear your hair wild!
- Thursday 6/14 - Throwback Thursday - Rock a style from the past!
- Friday 6/15- BATTLE!- Wear your grade level color!
- Weds. June 13, 7:30pm - SOMS — 70 North Ridgewood Road, SO
- Thurs. June 14, 11:00am - Board Office — 525 Academy St, Mplwood
DATES TO REMEMBER
6/11 Battle of the Classes/Spirit Week BEGINS!
6/13 Community Forum Event at SOMS 7:30pm
6/14 Board of Education Meeting 7:30
6/15 Battle of the Classes & Poetry Grammys
6/18 Ice Cream Social
6/19 4-hour Day, & 7th grade pool party
6/20 4-hour Day, LAST DAY grades 6 & 7; and 6th grade pool party
6/21 4-hour Day, LAST DAY grade 8
8th GRADE PARENTS
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 graders go to Frog Bridge this week! The students received the attached reminder form at a meeting last week. Click here for the Reminders!
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 - HONOR YOUR TEACHER CAMPAIGN ACHIEVE
The deadline has passed, but there is one final push for the Achieve Annual Honor Your Teachers Campaign. Click here for information.
HELP WITH 8th GRADE MOVING UP
The 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony is Thursday, June 21. We need everyone's help to make the Reception special while our 8th graders and their families celebrate together. Please sign up to contribute food, money, or your time to help give our 8th graders & their families a really special day! We encourage our 6th & 7th grade families to donate & help at the reception to allow our 8th grade families time to enjoy the day. Thank you so much!!
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!!
POOL PARTY - 6th AND 7th GRADE
Permission slips are due for both 6th and 7th grade pool parties. If your student’s form didn’t make it home, no worries, your MMS HSA Is here to save the day!
Click here for 6th Grade Permission Slip
Click here for 7th Grade Permission Slip
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!
SUMMER LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE
As part of the New Jersey Association of Student Councils MMS participates in a summer Leadership Training Conference. This is a three night overnight camp in July at the College of New Jersey. This is an opportunity available for current Student Council members or current MMS students that might want to explore joining Student Council next year. This is also a great opportunity for current graduating 8th graders to attend and join their CHS peers, who often serve as counselors for the camp.
If your student is interested please visit this site for more information -- http://www.ltcnj.org/index.html
The sign up and registration for the camp can be found here --https://njasc.wufoo.com/forms/z59s68m0bbqlzi/
Students or families with questions can contact Ms. O'Sullivan.
*Student Council does offer a few partial scholarships to help defray costs; please reach out to Ms. O'Sullivan!
FUTURE POLICE ACADEMY
The Maplewood Township Police Department is seeking applicants to participate in the future Police Academy. For more details click here.
“THE MMS MAKERSPACE PROJECT” (UPDATE!)
You have heard us talking about the MMS MakerSpace Project and we have been asking for your support. Thank you to all that have already contributed to help us give MMS students access to the newest tech tools for their school-work! Your MMS HSA is contributing $5,000 to the fund in preparation for the upcoming school year. This contribution will allow the project team to get moving over the summer on the next phase of the initiative. We’ll update you on our progress and hope to open the new MakerSpace at the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year!
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. 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.
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!
SPECIAL ED LIAISON UPDATE
New! Special Siblings, a youth-led support group, along with Laura Reichgut, LCSW, for siblings (grades 5-8) of people with special needs. The first meeting is this Tuesday, June 12, 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm, in the Parenting Center Meeting Room, 3rd Floor at 525 Academy Street (behind CHS). Snacks will be provided.
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