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Please click HERE for this week’s message from Ms. Gronau. In it please find important information on what you can do to ensure MMS is properly funded and staffed.
We hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! Now we are back to a full week of school, YAY!!
A reminder from last week: As you may be aware, 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
- 11/14 Club and 8th Grade Photo Picture Day
- 11/15 Makeup Day for School Pictures
- 11/19 Last Day to Order Spirit Wear
- 11/20 BOE Meeting
Spirit Wear is HERE Ordering ENDS November 19!
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. Right now we only have TWO parents who have responded.
- We are in desperate need of school store donations; specifically candy and items from Five Below!
- If families want to just donate gift cards to Five Below, Student Council will be happy to do the shopping!
- Families can also think about donating $5 - $10 gift cards to stores in the Maplewood Village and/or on Springfield Ave.
- Performance Agreement Forms are now LATE!
- Please have your cast member return their paperwork ASAP!
- The directors also need to know if your cast member decides not to continue!
- Please use the musical website for updated calendars and copies of all handouts: https://sites.google.com/site/mmsmusical/
November 19 WWI Remembrance at Durand-Hedden House
Please click here for information.
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/
District Digital Backpack
The District Office published its November backpack. Click 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. Feel free to contact Tracey Clarke (HSA Special Projects) with any questions: email@example.com .
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 .
MMS Money Makers!
Who will be the host of the next Money Maker? It could be you!. You get to choose where your fundraising efforts get utilized. To learn more, or to volunteer to host an event, please reach out to Fundraising Co Chairs Mel Rose firstname.lastname@example.org or Gabrielle Grazianogabriellept@aol.com. They can also help you come up with great Fundraising ideas.
This easy way to contribute to your school is still available. There is no expiration on this fundraiser. Not interested in throwing a party, or attending one? Click here, to donate, it is that simple. Or send in a check or Cash, we will take it!
Please mark your calendars and plan to join in the fun for our biggest fundraiser of the year! February 2, 2018 at The Woodland. Come and show off your knowledge of pointless useless information. There will be fabulous food and you are welcome to bring whatever your drink of choice will be for the evening. Keep your eyes peeled for when ticket sales begin. Tickets always go fast, the Woodland has limited capacity and you don't want to be left out in the cold. Question: What is celebrated on February 2nd and has been since 1887? Please don't be fooled...the questions for Trivia Night are always much more challenging than this one.
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