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Please click HERE for this week’s message from Ms. Gronau.
Traffic Flow & Battle of the Classes!!
We are sure you heard this message already, but the holidays can be so hectic, please remember tomorrow starts the new traffic pattern at MMS. The details are in Principal Gronau’s weekly message and shown in a graphic here (courtesy of MMS community member Jamaine Cripe, via FB post). We know everyone will agree, the safety of our children is well worth the rerouting. As we gear up to the holiday break, this week is sure to be fun for the students! It is Battle of the Classes, the MMS version of Spirit Week. Please encourage your students to participate, and to also look for the ways to give back to the community at the same time. A quick thank you to Maureen Griffis and Gabrielle Graziano, who chaired the Staff & Faculty Holiday Luncheon, it was a wonderful celebration.
Please take a moment to read through this email. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday break. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!!
Dates to Remember
12/18 BOE Meeting
12/18 – 12/22 Battle of the Classes
12/25 – 1/1 Holiday Recess
BATTLE OF THE CLASSES IS HERE!!!
Battle of the Classes is finally here. There are fun ways to participate, both in spirit and with good will. Please see below for how the students can participate, and even a few opportunities for the adults too!
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
Kids love the Battle each year and a great way to capture their enthusiasm is with a Battle of the Classes grade level t-shirt. This year the students worked directly on the design! The HSA will be selling shirts during the lunches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The shirts are $12 and not only feed the fun of the Battle of the Classes, but raise money for the HSA! It's a win-win! Quantities are limited so send your student to school with $12 cash or a check payable to MMS-HSA. Want to get in on the fun too? Volunteer to help sell the shirts! Click here to access the sign up genius for the shirt sales!
More ways to Battle
In addition to the food drive and box tops, Student Council and the Social Work team are partnering to bring gifts to some local families! Student Council delivered boxes to each team leader's room. Each team leader received a note-card with the focus for gifts requests and the age of the recipients. See the note cards for Gift Requests HERE. If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. O'Sullivan or the social work interns. Gifts Due December 20!
Thanks for helping our community enjoy the holidays! -MMS Student Council
WINTER YOUTH NET REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
The Winter Youth Net flyer is out and registration is open through the first week in January (after break). Be on the lookout for some NEW offerings! Clubs will begin the second week in January.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or Gabrielle Graziano firstname.lastname@example.org. 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