Last week was certainly an interesting one. Between Thursday’s snowstorm and no school Friday, we imagine everyone is looking forward to school tomorrow. The week is a short one - two full days and ½ day Wednesday. Thursday and Friday the district is closed for Thanksgiving break. All families should have received an email from Dr. Ficarra this weekend. It is an important time in our district as we move forward. We have copied it at the bottom of this eblast below for those who have not received it. Lastly, we wanted to take this time to say thank you to all our amazing families, students and MMS Staff. It is truly a pleasure to be a part of the MMS community.
A Few Key Dates:
11/19 BOE Meeting @ 7:30pm
11/21 7th Grade Block Party
11/21 4 Hr Day - Thanksgiving Break Begins
11/22 No School - Thanksgiving Break
11/23 No School - Thanksgiving Break
HSA eBlast update
Our mailing list is now complete with all families' email information as provided by the District. If you need to update your information please follow the MailChimp links below.
7th Grade Block Party
The 7th graders are having a Block Party on Wednesday, November 21 with games/activities and snacks! We are looking for volunteer chaperones to help the teachers to organize students and move them through the various stations, donated snacks and/or monetary donations (donate via PayPal: click here). The SignUp can be accessed here:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084AA5A82DA46-7thgrade
6th Grade Update
Please see this note from the 6th grade team leaders. This survey is being distributed to collect information on student attendance for a potential field trip for to Ellis Island Thursday, December 20th. Please take a moment to fill out the Google form linked below to help us plan accordingly. Thank you.
6th Grade Team Leaders
Special Ed Update
November Family Support Group meetings at the BOE Building:
Special Siblings Youth Led Support Group (with Laura Reichgut LCSW), Nov 19, 4-5:30 pm. BOE Building, 525 Academy, Parenting Center Meeting Room, 3rd floor
For Siblings of People with Special Needs, a free, safe space to talk to other kids who are in the same situation. Grades 5-8, drop off, snack are provided.
Other upcoming Family Support Group meetings at the BOE Building:
Selective Mutism, Nov 20, 7PM
ADD/ADHD, Nov 21, 7:30 PM
SEPAC Nov 27, 7:30-9: The Special Education Experience: PreK and Elementary grades, as well as all newcomers to Special Education!
An interactive discussion on issues of importance, including how to know what your child needs, advocate for appropriate supports and navigate transition points, will be moderated and informed by SEPAC’s knowledgeable PreK and Elementary School special education liaisons. Dr. Laura Morana, Director of Special Services, is also scheduled to participate.
Letters From Anne and Martin
A dramatic presentation of kindred spirits from parallel worlds - Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. at CHS on December 4. For more information and to buy tickets, please click here.
Visiting Mentor Program
Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with Rachel Fisher! The MMS HSA is compiling a list of Visiting Mentors: individuals who will talk to middle school students about their work and/or how they apply math, science, language arts and fine arts skills in their professions. We are creating a list that will be available to MMS teachers so they can invite community members into their classrooms to share their stories and expertise. If your work involves math, science, language arts skills and/or the arts – or an interesting combination of these areas - and you can imagine turning that work into a lesson or speaking with middle schoolers about it, please contact us at MMSHSAinfo@gmail.com!
Let us know your name, profession or skill, what classes you see yourself working with (math, science, social studies, music, etc), cell phone number and email. We will add you to the spreadsheet and then you may hear from an MMS teacher! This is a first-time effort, so let’s make ourselves available to our community’s kids and see what happens! Thank you MMS Families.
MMS Library Volunteers needed!
I know you all are wondering what goes not over in the mysterious land of MMS...well here is your chance to get a little sneak peek into middle school. You will not be working in your child's class like in the elementary schools but just helping out in the library in general. Mr. Degnan needs the most help during his MMS investigates class (highlighted in blue on the schedule). This is a cool class that he teaches and would love a parent to be there to do some projects, filing, man the desk and just be an extra set of eyes and hands. He would love whatever time whenever you can give it but if you can make the MMS Investigates class time that would even be better! Just type in your name in the spot that you can volunteer. Please do not delete anyone's name that is already there. Library signup https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/170PmsHyDvQG9S2c0e0YJB1y4IMTWJmWplKnPRzvcSV8/edit#gid=1195897959
Questions? Contact Ms. O'Sullivan (email@example.com). For most info visit the musical webpage,https://sites.google.com/site/mmsmusical/Community Backpack
Click here for the November 2018 flyers!
You should have received an email from the district Friday detailing the process for the Superintendent Search. For more information please click here
No Frills and Fundraising
MMS HSA raises funds through an ongoing No Frills fundraiser, Money Maker (Host your own, seed your own) initiatives, Adults only Trivia Night, and other grade specific events during the school year. Without the support of families, we would not be able to provide the supplemental support to the students and staff. To donate now Click Here.
Tissues and School Store
We mentioned on our News on Waffles segment to be on the lookout for TISSUES. It’s already been a busy season of allergies and colds. If you are at the store and can pick up some extra boxes, the MMS staff would greatly appreciate it! The student council runs a school store and accepts donations, please make sure to send in food allergy compliant snacks. They even have an Amazon Wishlist if getting to the store is too hectic.Click Here for MMS School Store’s Amazon Wishlist
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Dr. Ficarra Weekend Email
Dear SOMSD Community,
At their meeting on Monday, November 19, 2018, the Board of Education will vote on the Superintendent’s recommendations for the Long Range Facilities Plan. The agenda is available here. You can attend the meeting, or watch it via livestream.
Part of the plan includes expansion to meet our growing enrollment, and to replace the classrooms which will be lost when we remove the decaying portables from our elementary schools. During the development process, the District has considered a number of different possible configurations, weighing the educational benefits of each as well as the feasibility and cost given our existing buildings. We also solicited input from the community and staff during several months of interacting with the community to explain the initial plan and collect feedback at small and large meetings. The Board of Education held several sessions with the Board of School Estimate, which has the taxing authority for to discuss the plan as it was being developed as well. Extensive community feedback factored in to the Superintendent’s final recommendations to the Board, which were presented at the October 15, 2018, meeting, and discussed further at a special session on November 7, 2018.
The Superintendent is recommending the following:
- $93.1M in Health and Safety Renovations
- $38.8M for Expansion, with a K-5/6-8/9-12 configuration
In addition to the Superintendent's recommendations for $93.1M in health and safety renovations and $38.8M for K-5/6-8/9-12 facility expansion, the Board will also be asked to vote on the options listed below at Monday's meeting. The vote is to authorize the architect to submit the projects to the Department for Education for review and approval. The Board will make a final decision to request funding for these projects at a later date after the Department of Education reviews the projects.
- $93.1M in Health and Safety Renovations
- $38.8M for Expansion, with a K-5/6-8/9-12 configuration
- $3.6M to Expand Pre-School
- $15.2M to Add A/C to Schools
- $1.2M to Replace Turf at Underhill Field
- $0.6M on Observatory/Planetarium
- $2.4M to Reinforce Slate Roofs for Solar Panel Installation
- $20.6M to Reinforce Flat Roofs for Solar Panel Installation
South Orange Maplewood School District
Deb Holt & Sara Knutsen
MMS HSA Co-Presidents 2018-2019