In case you missed it last week, we have several fun events planned for the MMS community this spring: partnering with the South Mountain YMCA, MMS is planning it’s first-ever Field Day, scheduled for this June; Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up too – May 7-11; and finally, the HUB is planning a celebration of the African Diaspora and Haitian Flag Day for the evening of May 18. Please see descriptions below and ways to get involved!!
Also a reminder that the Library Media Center has big plans – your support of this initiative is greatly appreciated. Please reach out to LMC Special Projects Chair Tracey Clarke at email@example.com for ways to get involved. If you missed it last week, please take a moment to view her video on the project.
And as always, thanks to the entire MMS community for your continued and valuable support!! Enjoy the coming long weekend! Winter break takes place Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19; school resumes on Tuesday, February 20.
Dates to Remember
2/16 No School - Winter break
2/19 No School - Winter break
2/20 Board of Ed Meeting 7:30 pm
2/23 MMS Musical 7:30 PM
2/24 MMS Musical 7:30 PM
2/25 MMS Musical 2 PM
2/27 Special Ed PTO Meeting
Please take a moment to respond to the parent/guardian survey (link below). The goal is to hear from at least 40% of our families. We want to hear from you!
VALENTINE’S DAY “WOOT WOOT” CART!
Every so often Your MMS HSA takes a “Woot Woot!” cart filled with snacks and drinks around the halls of MMS and offers refreshments and light snacks to our hard-working MMS staff! We are planning a very special “Woot Woot” cart for this coming Tuesday, February 13, and hope that you can help us!
Instead of bags of chips and granola bars, we would like to bring special home-baked (or store-bought) treats to our staff in honor Valentine’s Day. So if you are baking in the next couple of days, please consider making a few extra cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc so we can make Tuesday’s cart awesome!
If you’d like to donate, please contact Sara Knutsen at: firstname.lastname@example.org. She will be collecting the baked goods at her house and bringing them to the school on Tuesday. If it is easier to send items in with your child, they can be dropped in the front office to Ms. Beatty.
To sign up, click here!
Thanks so much in advance for making this a great day for our teachers!!
2018 MMS MUSICAL – Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version)
Coming soon is the 2018 MMS Musical and 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 - https://sites.google.com/site/mmsmusical
MMS Musical families - Make sure your performer comes to ALL February rehearsals.
Also, we are still in need of:
--Volunteers to help with painting and set work (*Contact Mr. Palmgren (email@example.com)
--Help chaperoning the Full-cast rehearsals (Click for the sign-up genius here)
--Talented (or at least capable) sewers to help with the Leads' costumes (*Please reach out to Ms. O'Sullivan ASAP! firstname.lastname@example.org)
Questions on all things MMS Musical – please visit the Musical Website. Click here - (https://sites.google.com/site/mmsmusical)
SPED PTO MEETING - SECONDARY EDUCATION
ATTENTION, Middle School and High School grade level parents and guardians (and 4th & 5th grade parents who are looking ahead!)
Is SPED PTO’s next meeting on Tuesday, February 27th, 7:30-9 pm, at the BOE building, 525 Academy, Maplewood, on your calendar? IT SHOULD BE! The featured topic is the Special Education Experience: Secondary Grades and the target audience is YOU!
Hear from our seasoned school liaisons, SPED PTO executive board members and SEPAC leadership about their personal experiences and share your own with others who can relate and have similar questions and concerns. District guest likely to attend. Outstanding opportunity to network with other parents. (New people are showing up at every SPED PTO/SEPAC meeting!)
ALL ARE WELCOME.
Our school store is always on the lookout for donations! If you’re making a Costco run, please consider picking up some extra items and donating them. The School Store is run by our wonderful Student Council and uses Cougar Cash for purchases.
Bottles of water: (a very popular item)
Gatorade: (a huge hit at Snack Attack, so it'd be great to be able to offer it to kids for Cougar Cash who can't afford Snack Attack)
Chips and popcorn - any and all kinds: cheezits, goldfish, smartfood: (pretzels don't seem to sell that well)
Nutrigrain type Bars: (and/or other similar snack bars)
Rice Krispie Treats
Candy (any and all kinds): (this is another big hit at Snack Attack, so it'd be great to be able to offer it to kids for Cougar Cash who can't afford Snack Attack)
Small Boxes of Cereal : (a huge hit)
Chocolate Milk Boxes: (sells out every time!)
You can even help without leaving home! Click to order from the school store Amazon wish list!
VOLUNTEER & HELP NEEDED!!
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
Want to knock the socks off our teachers with gratitude? Please consider chairing one day during the week of May 7-11. We would like to come up with a special program for each day, for example: Massage Monday, Treats Tuesday, etc. Please contact Sara Knutsen at: email@example.com if you’d like to get involved!
WANT TO JOIN THE MMS HSA EXECUTIVE BOARD?!? IT’S FUN!!!
We are in the process of putting together the slate for next year’s HSA Executive Board and would love to have YOU join! We have two opportunities: 1) you can join the Board or 2) serve on this year’s Nominating Committee.
If you are interested in being on the board or serving on the Committee, please e-mail Deb Holt firstname.lastname@example.org or Sara Knutsen at email@example.com.
Interested in helping get the MMS word out? The HSA is looking for assistance managing the weekly eblast. If interested, please contact Thea at: firstname.lastname@example.org
FIELD DAY Chairpeople Needed!
MMS will host it’s first-ever Field Day this year in conjunction with the South Mountain YMCA. It promises to be a great day of fun for our MMS community but we will need help planning it. Please contact Deb Holt (email@example.com) or Sara Knutsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to volunteer.
MMS LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
The 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: email@example.com
Check here for more information on what is happening in the MLC.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Gabrielle Graziano at email@example.com. They can also help you come up with great Fundraising ideas.
Your MMS HSA Co-Presidents,
Sara Knutsen & Deb Holt