Hello MMS Families!
We hope you enjoyed the lovely weather this weekend! It was nice to have a full week of school too!
We would like to hear from you!
Do you have a positive story about MMS or the Principal and staff? We’d love to hear them and post on our Facebook page. We are so excited with all of the terrific feedback we’ve been hearing since school started and thought it would be fun to share some of the stories with the rest of the MMS community! Please send to Deb or Sara at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far for our MMS Bathroom Inspiration Project! We are still looking for a person to chair the Project though. If you are interested in chairing this committee or to volunteer, please let us know!
We are in full outreach for our Membership Drive and No Frills Fundraiser, please consider joining and donating if you have not already. To learn more about your MMS HSA, how to get involved, or to donate, PLEASE click here!
A Few Key Dates:
10/8 Cultural Arts Assembly - All Grades
10/9 4-Hour Day - Staff Development
10/9 Superintendent Search Forum 7:30 - 10:00 at MMS
10/10 Board of Education Candidates Debate - 7:30 pm BOE Admin Bldg., 525 Academy Street. Click here for more information.
10/11 HSA General Meeting - All are welcome to join us in the Library at 7 pm
10/15 BOE Meeting 7:30 - 525 Academy Street.
10/18 Title 1 Info Meeting @Seth Boyden (Evening, time TBA)
10/20 Day in Band
11/6 No School - Staff development
11/8 No school - NJEA Convention
11/9 No school - NJEA Convention
Bathroom Inspiration Project - Chair and Committee needed
As a result of our co-President’s Money Maker Fundraiser last year, we have decided to direct the $1500 raised to promote an atmosphere of daily positivity. Beautifying the bathrooms at MMS. If you are interested in leading this, or just helping out, please let us know via email. We encourage families and students to get involved.
This year we will once again hold our Money Maker events. If you have a funding initiative you believe important, consider holding an event! Last year we raised $7500 with three amazing events.
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.
You should have received an email from the district Friday detailing the process for the Superintendent Search. For more information please click here
Tissues and School Store
We mentioned on our News on Waffles segment to be on the lookout for TISSUES. It’s already been a busy season of allergies and colds. If you are at the store and can pick up some extra boxes, the MMS staff would greatly appreciate it! The student council 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
No Frills and Fundraising
The 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.
YouthNet at MMS
The following YouthNet clubs begin this week!
Monday: MMS Gardening, Social Justice, Adventurers, MMS Fitness
Wednesday: Creative Writing, Genius Bar, Dance Revolution, Model UN
Thursday: Real Talk, Girls Who Code, Stay Late and Create
Friday: Origami, Spectrum, Marvel/DC Comics, SAVE
Please see the attached brochure for clubs beginning at a later date. If you child was unable to get the permission slip in, YouthNet will be accepting permission slips through Friday, October 5. Click here for permission slip.
Emily Witkowski is the teen librarian at Maplewood Memorial Library and the Hilton Branch Library. There are several programs targeted to Middle School families throughout the year.
10/4: Homework Battles: Strategies to help your child is being offered on Thursday October 4th, from 7:30-8:30 at the Maplewood Main Library. Click Here for details and registration information.
Day in the Band (CHS)
7th and 8th grade musicians wanted! Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 20 for A Day in the Band, including practice, drill, and lunch with the Columbia High School Cougar Marching Band! This exciting free event is open to all SOMA 7th and 8th graders including musicians, non-players who want to march, future color guard, and kids who just want to be part of the Pride of Columbia (we will train). Sign up here, details to come. GO BAND! https://www.somsd.k12.nj.us/Page/2936
Varsity Orchestras through the South Orange Maplewood Adult School!
Don’t miss this chance for your young musician to make music with their peers in an encouraging, inclusive and inspiring environment, led by talented and engaging instructors who have deep experience working with children. Designed to augment the school music instruction, our orchestras allow young musicians to develop their musical talent, experience being part of an ensemble, learn about music theory, grow friendships with other young musicians, and perform at our twice-yearly concerts. Orchestras meet one evening a week at Columbia High School. Register online at the SOMAS website.
Deb Holt & Sara Knutsen
MMS HSA Co-Presidents 2018-2019