It appears we have a full week of school ahead for the students at MMS and two concerts. Amazingly, our MMS Trivia Night is Sold Out, so use this as a lesson and please don’t miss the opportunity to see our amazing musical show! There are still tickets available.
As always, your financial support of the MMS HSA is also appreciated. We are just half way to our $12k No Frills Fundraising Goal, there is still time to contribute to MMS. Click here to donate or send a check (made out to MMS HSA) or cash via your child’s backpack to: MMS HSA Treasurer Mary Ellen Dawkins.
Thanks to the entire MMS community for your continued and valuable support!!
Dates to Remember
1/22 Board of Education Meeting, 7 PM BOE Building
1/23 Orchestra Concert, 7 PM at MMS
1/23 Special Ed PTO, 7 PM BOE Building
1/24 Band Concert 7 PM at MMS
1/24 Parenting Center’s Growing up in the Digital Age, 7:30 PM Tuscan
2/1 8th grade mixer with MMS-SOMS, 7 PM CHS
2/2 Trivia Night
2/5 Half Day
2/16, 2/19 School closed
2/23 MMS Musical 7:30 PM
2/24 MMS Musical 7:30 PM
2/25 MMS Musical 2 PM
ORCHESTRA AND BAND CONCERTS
This week our orchestra and band students perform at MMS. Orchestra performs Tuesday, 1/23, and Band Wednesday, 1/24. Both concerts begin promptly at 7 PM. If your student is performing and you need more details, see below for information from the teacher. Your MMS HSA will be collecting donations for the Fine Arts department, please bring $$ if you can. Suggested donation $5, but we will take more!
Orchestra – Click Here
Band – Click Here
Trivia Night has sold out! Thank you to all the amazing families and staff who signed up to attend. If you didn’t buy your tickets in time, we hope you will look for other ways to support the HSA. Interested in helping with the event? The organizers could use your help with set-up and clean-up! Click here to Sign up.
8TH GRADE MMS/SOMS MIXER
Attention 8th grade families: Our MMS/SOMS 8th grade mixer is coming up! The event is Thursday, February 1st from 7 PM to 9 PM in the CHS cafeteria. Your kids will be bringing home permission slips, or click HERE to print at home. HSA volunteers will be collecting permission slips + $5 cash during 8th grade lunch on 1/30, 1/31, and 2/1. Please encourage your kids to show up! This mixer is a tradition between the two middle schools and is always extremely well-attended. It's going to be a lot of fun, with a DJ, dancing, photo booth, snacks, and prizes. But we need your help to make it all happen! Please see this Sign Up Genius HERE to contribute items, your time, or funds to the event. Thank you!
2018 MMS MUSICAL – Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version)
Please Save the Dates for the 2018 MMS Musical, it is not to be missed. Show dates are 2/23, 2/24, 2/25
Tickets are on sale now – don’t miss out. Click here to buy Tickets.
Questions on all things MMS Musical – please visit the Musical Website: https://sites.google.com/site/mmsmusical
SPECIAL ED PTO MEETING
Tuesday, January 23rd, 7:30-9 pm at BOE building, 525 Academy, Maplewood. Hear from our school liaisons and SPED PTO executive board members about their personal experiences and share your own with others who can relate and have similar questions and concerns. Special guest will outline the transition from PreK to Kindergarten. Outstanding opportunity to network with other parents. ALL ARE WELCOME! Meeting will include an update by SEPAC on their recent advocacy efforts on behalf of the Special Education community.
The Achieve Foundation awarded more than $64,000 to teachers for grants this year! Because Achieve receives so many extraordinary proposals, some grants are partially funded. Now you can contribute to these eligible projects through Achieve’s Direct Grant Funding campaign. Please consider donating DIRECTLY to one or more of these MMS projects of your choice.
- Please click HERE to donate to the teachers at MMS.
Michael Berezny Creators of YouTube ($3124), 2018 Poetry Grammys! ($2200), Bored in Class? Need Help in Math? There's a Flocab for That! ($500)
Kelli Dios Saturday Academy Adventures ($1060)
John Faherty iPads for Inquiry ($10,471), Audio Out ($140)
Meredith Hansen Model UN ($3520)
Anna Herstatt Principal’s Breakfast ($1445)
Debra Hwang MM Science Fair ($925)
Maureen O’Sullivan Current Events in the Classroom ($250), Aesthetics Abound ($2472), Let’s Wake Up Waffles! ($2290)
Melissa Parks IPads & Digital Books for ELL ($2184)
Michele Reisman Expression Through Woodworking ($6961)
Elizabeth Schwartz Shared Technology Solution ($834)
Samantha Selikoff Everyone Can Invent ($1872), Middle Schoolers Rock ($3900)
Debra Silva “We Rock!” ($979)
Lorraine Sudol Inspire Us ($722)
Melissa Tavares Flexible Seating Project ($557)
Ryann Varney MMS Moves Minds ($900)
Heather Vorona Let’s Take A Seat ($2290)
(Please note: The amounts represent the total needed to fully fund the grant proposals. Staff members can begin implementing their programs with partial funding. Any and all donations will be appreciated and are fully tax-deductible)!
For a list of all of the Achieve grants awarded this year, please click HERE. Thank you!
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!!
Interested in helping get the MMS word out? MMS HSA is looking for assistance managing the weekly eblast. If interested, please contact Thea at: email@example.com
MMS LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
he Media Center needs parent volunteers to shelve books, organize sections, check in/out books and help students throughout the day. This is a great opportunity to be at MMS beyond Back to School and School in Action Nights! Volunteer for as much or as little as you would like. Check out the Media Center Class Schedule and signup directly on the Google Sheet Click here! Feel free to contact Tracey Clarke (HSA Special Projects) with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRING FAIR Chairpeople Needed!
MMS will host its first-ever Spring Fair this year in conjunction with the South Mountain YMCA. It promises to be a great day of fun for our MMS community!
Go No Frills OR Host an MMS Money Maker! You choose how you want to raise the money and how it will be spent! Please reach out to Fundraising Co Chairs Mel Rose email@example.com or Gabrielle Graziano at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also help you come up with great Fundraising ideas.
Your MMS HSA Co-Presidents,
Sara Knutsen & Deb Holt