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Please click HERE for this week’s message from Ms. Gronau.
We hope you are as dry as you can possibly be on this rainy Sunday and as October and the marking period come to a close, we hope you agree with us - It has been an amazing two months at MMS! The 6thgrade social was better than expected and we continue to have an amazing turnout of volunteer and fundraising support. Thank you to the many families who have donated. If you have not yet, don’t worry, we take any funds you want to give, when you want to give them.
Additionally, it is budget season in the district 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. We need Guidance support and we need a STEM teacher, we also need Facilities support! Our school is beautiful but old. All it takes is a phone call or email, they listen to Parents! Please put this on your list to do this week, it will help.
School District of South Orange and Maplewood
525 Academy St., Maplewood, NJ 07040
Dr. Thomas Ficarra
Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Kevin Walston
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Mr. Paul Roth
Assistant Superintendent for Administration
Thanks in advance for your support!
Dates to Remember
- 11/7 No School – District Professional Development Day
- 11/9 - 11/10 No School – NJEA Teacher Convention
- 11/14 Club and 8th Grade Photo Picture Day
- 11/15 Makeup Day for School Pictures
- 11/19 Last Day to Order Spirit Wear
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.
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.
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!
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/
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:firstname.lastname@example.org. (There is a fee for the program but scholarships are available if needed.)
District Digital Backpack
The District Office published its October backpack. Click Here to see what’s happening around the District.
The November Digital Backpack is coming soon!
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: email@example.com.
HSA Committee Chairs STILL Needed!
We are still seeking chairs and committee members for School Store and Beautification. If you are interested please email MMSHSAinfo@gmail.com.
We 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
MMS Money Makers!
Who will be the host of the next Money Maker? It could be you! 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 email@example.com. 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