We hope everyone had a relaxing and happy Mother’s Day weekend. A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped plan and pull off an amazing Teacher Appreciation week. From massages and sweet treats to a tremendous luncheon, the perfect ending was concluding the week with margaritas (virgin of course). Our MMS teachers definitely felt the love.
Please take the chance to read the HSA email as there are so many dates that we are sure you don’t want to miss!
Lastly, the Superintendent will be unveiling the District’s Long Range Facilities Plan at the Board of Education Meeting on Monday, May 14th. This will be an introduction to the plan, including what the district proposes to do to relieve overcrowding, integrate all of our schools, and repair and upgrade our facilities to enhance our learning spaces. You should have received an email today from the district. Here is a portion of the email to the SOMSD community: “The Board of Education meeting agenda is available here, and the meeting starts at 7:30pm. The entire meeting, including the presentation on the Long Range Facilities Plan, will be available to watch via livestream, and will be posted on our website by Thursday, May 17, 2018.”
DATES TO REMEMBER
5/14 BOE Meeting 7:30 PM
5/16 Band Concert 7 PM
5/17 School in Action Night 7 PM
½ day dismissal 12:30pm
5/20 MMS Garden Day 11am
5/23 Orchestra Concert 7pm
5/28 Memorial Day - No School
5/29 Choral Concert 7 PM
6th GRADE PARENTS
5/25 Field Trip to the Liberty Science Center
7th GRADE PARENTS
5/14 Field Trip to Turtle Back Zoo (Don't forget to pack lunches, water and sunscreen!)
8th GRADE PARENTS
5/22- 5/23 NJSLA TESTING
6/1 8th grade ADULT Fundraiser
6/13 Trip to Frog Bridge
6/19 8th grade Dinner Dance at Maplewood Country Club
6/21 Moving Up Ceremony at MMS (AM ceremony)
SCHOOL IN ACTION
MMS would like to see you and your children at MMS at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018! The evening will begin with a musical performance from our Select Choir. Please circulate this flyer to any incoming 6th grade families. They are invited as well!
**IMPORTANT - This day, Thursday, May 17, is a HALF DAY for MMS STUDENTS. The school day ends at 12:30pm. Breakfast will be served but lunch will not be served.
8th GRADE FUNDRAISER
The Schloff family has generously offered to host a fundraising party at their home for all MMS 8th grade parents/guardians (adults only). The event has a suggested donation of $20/person and all funds raised will go toward costs for the dinner dance. Please join us for some cocktails and light food as we celebrate the end of middle school for our 8th graders! [You may Purchase tickets/DONATE and/or RSVP]
PARENTING THE FORTNITE ADDICT
Every so often a game comes along that conquers the hearts, minds and thumbs of gamers everywhere. Fortnite: Battle Royale is the latest victor in this category. Thanks to Principal Gronau for sharing this article.
“THE MMS MAKERSPACE PROJECT”
Help us give MMS students access to the newest tech tools for their school-work!
In partnership with the HSA, Dara Gronau, Evyn Degnan (the MMS Media Lab Leader) and several MMS parents, “The MMS MakerSpace Project” has put together a plan to open a new “MMS MakerSpace” in the Computer Lab adjacent to the MMS Media Center. We want to create a space that will allow students to create work driven by their MMS teachers, explore their curiosities and present their passions with modern tech tools. As envisioned, the space will include state-of-the art video cameras, a new large presentation screen, computers with video/audio editing tools and other creative-suite programs, larger 3-D printers and large-scale printers, architecture/robotics kits, augmented reality tools and more allowing MMS students a hand-on experience with the tech tools of today and tomorrow.
In order for this to happen, we need financial support from MMS parents. Please consider donating to this very important effort. Click here for more information and to donate via PayPal. Or, please write a check, payable to: the MMS HSA with a note “For MMS MakerSpace” and have your child deliver to his/her homeroom teacher.
We’ll update you on our progress and hope to open the new MakerSpace at the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year!
Clip and save your Box Tops and please send them in with your MMS Student! Each Box Top is worth $.10 for our school! Also, the Box Top donations are being tracked by grade to help each class win points for Battle of the Classes!! It’s a win-win!
Wednesday, May 16 is the Spring Band Concert. Children should arrive in white tops and black bottoms at 6:30 PM. Concert begins at 7. Please click on the flyer for more details.
Do you have a Green Thumb? Thank you to a few of the parents who have already expressed interest in helping with the MMS Garden. Students have decorated the rocks and the garden club has already planted seedlings, now we need help to prepare the garden beds. If you are free Sunday, May 20th at 11am we would love to have some hands to dig, prep and get the garden going. Sign up here ->www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080B44A9AC28A02-mmsgarden
BOE STUDENT RECOGNITION
We know there are more students to recognize, don’t be shy! Each month the Board of Education recognizes students at board meetings. If you know a student who deserves recognition - in or out of school - please contact Principal Gronau.
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. You can even help without leaving home! Click to order from the school store Amazon wish list!
MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY CLINIC
See attached flyer on a spring field hockey clinic for middle schoolers! Click here
VOLUNTEER & HELP NEEDED!!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check here for more information on what is happening in the MLC.
Your MMS HSA Co-Presidents,
Sara Knutsen & Deb Holt