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LET IT SNOW!!
We hope everyone is enjoying the snow and staying safe out there! A reminder that tomorrow, Monday, December 11 is a four-hour day. Also, a gentle reminder to be careful when dropping off and picking up your children at school as traffic can be hazardous in the snow.
Please take a moment to read through this email for important information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and special fundraisers for our school. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!!
Dates to Remember
12/11 4-hour day
12/11 MMS Choir Concert
12/14 Holiday Teacher Luncheon hosted by the HSA
12/18 BOE Meeting
12/22 Battle of the Classes
12/25 – 1/1 Holiday Recess
MMS CHORUS CONCERT
The MMS Winter Chorus Concert is Monday, December 11 at 7 p.m in the auditorium at MMS. We will again be collecting a suggested donation of $5 at the door. All donations will go towards our MMS Fine Arts Department.
A Note From Ms. Bradshaw:
Ms. Bradshaw needs chaperones for the Winter Choral Concert on Monday, December 11th.
The concert will features the Sixth Grade Chorus, the Seventh and Eighth Grade Full Chorus, and the Select Chorus. The students will arrive at 6:30 PM. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM and end by 8:00 PM.
Chaperones for the 6th grade will sit in the balcony with the Sixth Grade Chorus to help maintain appropriate audience etiquette while the other groups are performing.
Chaperones for the 7th and 8th grade will be with the Seventh and Eighth Grade students in the band room or room 20 during the other groups' performance watching the concert on a SMART board. They will then go to the auditorium and watch the Seventh and Eighth Grade Chorus perform.
If you are interested in chaperoning, please contact Ms. Bradshaw at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tis' the season to order an MMS yearbook!
School Code: 6667
MMS STUDENT NEWSPAPER
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the school newspaper, please take a moment to do so! It’s student produced with direction from Mr. O’Dell
It's time to show how much we appreciate our teachers and staff at the annual Holiday Luncheon to be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Please consider making a cash, food/food item contribution or even volunteer your time. Even the Grinch would want to make our teachers and staff feel special! Any questions? Please email Maureen Griffis, email@example.com or Gabrielle Graziano,firstname.lastname@example.org .
We still need hot entrees, side dishes, salads, desserts and volunteers to help the luncheon run smoothly! To sign up click HERE.
If you would like to order non-perishables online (ie. Costco, Amazon) and ship directly to school, please send to our attention at Maplewood Middle School, 7 Burnett Street, Maplewood NJ 07040. Please make sure that deliveries arrive during school days and not on weekends.
The following MMS teachers applied for, and received, Achieve grants this year! Congrats on these very exciting ideas!!
Michael Berezny-Bored in Class? Need Help in Math? There’s Flocab for That!
Kelli Dios-Saturday Academy Adventures
John Faherty-Audio Out
Suzanne Fein-Read Naturally Live
Meredith Hansen-Model UN
Deb Hwang-MM Science Fair
Maureen O’Sullivan-Let’s Wake up Waffles!
Maureen O’Sullivan-Current Events in the Classroom
Amy Pitucco-Managing Anxiety
Michele Reisman-Expression Through Woodworking
Nataly Riera-Blended Learning for Math
Samantha Selikoff-Students and Teachers Dare to Dream
Samantha Selikoff-Everyone Can Invent
Deb Silva-Help our Garden Grow!
Deb Silva-“We Rock!”
Lorraine Sudol-Inspire Us
Glen Wright-Replacing Classroom Chalkboards/Corkboards
BATTLE OF THE CLASSES IS COMING!!!
Schedule for Spirit Week:
Monday - 12/18 - Monochromatic Monday
Pick one color, only one!
Tuesday - 12/19 - Twinning Tuesday
Dress to match other people!
Wednesday - 12/20 - Idol Wednesday
Dress or represent your favorite character (from a TV show, movie, book, musical) or real life person!
Thursday - 12/21 - Lazy Day
Wear an outfit that's comfortable and lazy!
Friday - 12/22 - Battle of the Classes! (Class Color Day)
Wear red, white and black to represent MMS!
Want to represent a specific grade? 6th = white, 7th = black, 8th = red
- Each teacher that participates earns six (6 points) for their grade!
- Related Arts teachers or other multi-grade teachers can split their points between the three grades as they wish.
Spirit Week Teacher Raffle courtesy of HSA:
- Each day that you participate in Spirit Week you will need to come to the main office and write your name and the grade that gets your points on a raffle ticket.
- Each day (all five!) teachers that participate and enter in the raffle will have a chance to win a $20 gift card!
- On Friday all teachers who participated all week will be entered to win a grand prize!
Other Opportunities for Spirit Week:
Each class that donates the most of the following items will receive extra points towards Spirit Week! Please do what you can to support your kids and these services!
--Canned Goods & Nonperishable Items -- Local Pantries rely on our end of year collection; please support if you can! Each first period teacher will be collecting goods and
--Box Tops -- Send them in labeled for what grade; they can be put in the main office, handed to your first period teacher or given to Ms. O'Sullivan (room 130).
--Penny Wars -- Bring in your spare change to lunch to defeat the other grades!
PARENTING CENTER TOY DRIVE ENDS TOMORROW
Please donate toys for the needy children within the South Orange Maplewood School District. Please drop off an unwrapped toy for children ages: infant – 16 years in the donation bin at MMS> Donations accepted through Monday, December 11. See flyer here.
WINTER YOUTH NET COMING SOON!
The Winter Youth Net flyer will be coming out next week and registration will begin, and continue through the first week in January, 2018. Be on the lookout for some NEW offerings! Clubs will begin the second week in January, 2018.
VINTAGE BOOK SALE AT MAPLEWOOD MERCANTILE
Book lovers take note! Stop by Maplewood Mercantile 12/2 – 12/23 and support the MMS HSA Special Project at the Library Media Center. Deirdre Bell, MMS Library volunteer, has organized a Vintage book sale compiled of some of the best books being taken out of circulation from the MMS Library. Maplewood Mercantile is open 10-5 on weekends, closed Mondays, and open 11-6 weekdays. Please click here for the flyer.
Choose Kind: MMS Cares-Supporting our Maplewood Senior Citizens
MMS has begun a partnership with the township to connect our students to seniors in the community. This might include spending time with them, helping them learn a bit about technology, or helping with tasks around their homes. Parent/guardian permission will be required and students will only be permitted to go in groups of 3-4. More information is forthcoming.
VOLUNTEER & HELP NEEDED!!
SPRING FAIR – Chairperson Needed!
We are in the process of planning a school-wide Spring Fair at MMS and are looking for a chairperson to spearhead this new and exciting event! Please contact Deb or Sara if interested.
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: Please email Tracey: email@example.com or check out the signup.
SAVE THE DATE! 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.
Just in time for the holidays! Purchase any item on the Mighty Nest site and MMS will receive 15% of all purchases! Mighty Nest features housewares, water bottles, lunch gear, cleaning products and more. All items are sourced to make it easier for families to create a healthy home; each product has been thoroughly researched to be free of concerning chemicals and hand-picked for its quality and design.
Click here to shop & donate!
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 Graziano email@example.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!
Your MMS HSA Co-Presidents,
Sara Knutsen & Deb Holt