Happy Holidays from your MMS HSA! The week is full and we have a few new reminders for families this week. YouthNet classes for Winter have been announced and fliers should have come home - there are some returning favorites and a few new exciting classes. There is a link below if you need it.
MMS Musical Tickets are on sale! Buy Now!
It’s also Battle Time!! MMS Battle of the Classes has begun and Spirit Week is in full swing, details below but special note tomorrow is Pajama Day!!
Lastly, tomorrow we will also be celebrating our amazing staff on with our annual Staff Holiday Luncheon. Our event team has been busy preparing for the event, but if you have time to help out or can donate something yummy, your efforts would be truly appreciated! Please see details below for more information. We could still use your generous support! Click Here
A Few Key Dates:
- December 10 - Jan 4 - Youthnet signups, Classes begin Jan 7, 2019
- December 17-21 Spirit Week, Battle of the Classes!
- Mon. 12/17: Pajama day
- Dress in your comfiest pajamas
- Tues 12/18: Character day
- Dress as your favorite character from movies, tv, sports or books
- Wed. 12/19: Future day
- Dress as your future self or as if you're from the future
- Thurs. 12/20: Sports day
- Represent your favorite local or national team
- Friday 12/21: Colors
- Dress in your grade’s colors:
- 6th grade- white
- 7th grade- black
- 8th grade- red
- Dress in your grade’s colors:
- Mon. 12/17: Pajama day
- December 17 - Staff Luncheon (see details below)
- December 17 - BOE Meeting 7:30, 525 Academy Street
- December 21 - 4-hour day, Winter Break begins
- December 24 - 31, Winter Break
- January 1 - Winter Break
- January 2 - School resumes
- January 22- Orchestra Concert 7pm
- January 23 - Band Concert 7pm
- February 1 - Trivia Night - save the date!
YouthNet registration for Winter 2019 has opened and students can register through Jan 4, 2019. Most classes begin Jan 7th, unless noted. Forms should have come home with your student, but you can also get detailed information online here. http://www.somayouthnet.org/middle-school-clubs.html
Battle of the Classes!
The MMS Battle of the Classes has begun! The winter battle where students band together as a grade and battle for pennies, box tops, canned goods, good behavior points and overall bragging rights. Culminating on a final day where kids get to be kids - rising to full Cougar pride in the Battle of the Classes. Yes, the Fun has begun, read below for all the ways your student can help earn points for their class. With the official battle on 12/21!
- Canned Food Drive - As part of the ongoing commitment to MAPSO Cares Food Pantry collection, MMS is the host school for December. We are collecting Non Perishable Food Items. Bring in to your 1st period teacher for 1 pt towards Battle of the Classes.For more information on MAPSO Cares, contact the MAPSO Project Coordinator @ Sophieb626@gmail.com! *Please check expiration dates on donated items!*
- Box tops - Student Council is collecting Box Tops. Please bring in for battle points. These can be given to your Team leaders.
- Pennies, Pennies, Pennies. The Penny Wars have begun. Look for your grade collection containers in the cafeteria thru 12/19
- Spirit Week begins 12/17 and the Official Battle is 12/21. Students will battle to the finish for bragging rights, who will win? 6th? 7th? 8th?
Friday was an all casts and crew meeting, Directors gave out info about the January & February calendars, playbill ads, and costumes. For most info visit the musical webpage, https://sites.google.com/site/mmsmusical/
MMS Musical tickets are now on sale! You can purchase your tickets online at https://sites.google.com/site/mmsmusical/ or fill out a paper order form that will be sent home with your students on Tuesday 12/18 and return to the main office.
Hard to believe, but it’s time to order yearbooks! The Yearbook Club advisors no longer accept paper order forms, checks, or cash for pre ordered yearbooks. Please mail this form with payment to the address highlighted on the order form. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please see the attached forms with information on ordering the 2018-2019 yearbook.
Yearbook Order Form
Well Wishers Info
Special Ed Update
- Special Siblings Dec 17 (drop off grades 5-8) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
- ADD/ADHD Parent Group, December 19, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Tissues and School Store Need Supplies
Tissues are always in demand! Please consider sending your sniffling child back to school in the new year with a new box for their homeroom. Also, The student council also 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
From Ms. Laing: Can you please mention to HSA that Hair Care is a YouthNet Club that will be launching Thursday, January 10th.
From Ms. Amaral: I want to make sure my students have the materials and experiences they need to succeed, so I just created a request for my classroom at DonorsChoose.org: Flex Our Brains With Flexible Seating. If you chip in to help my students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks. Thanks so much, Aggie Amaral, 6th Grade Mathematics
Achieve - Calling all Hosts!
It's not too early to think about hosting a party in March for the Achieve Foundation's largest annual fundraiser, Nights of 100 Dinners. You create the guest list, and Achieve sends invitations on your behalf. Instead of bringing a hostess gift or bottle of wine, guests make a donation to the organization. Since its inception in 2005, the Nights of 100 Dinners has raised more than $500,000 to fund Achieve’s programs and benefit all ten schools in the district. Register as a host at tinyurl.com/nhd2019 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
No Frills and Fundraising - Still Time to Donate!
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.
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
Deb Holt & Sara Knutsen
MMS HSA Co-Presidents 2018-2019