SMS Newsletter 10.19.2018
Sharon Middle School
Monday, October 22 – 4
Tuesday, October 23 – Day 5
Wednesday, October 24 – Day 6
Thursday, October 25– Day 7
Friday, October 26 – Day 1
Ms. Clark’s Remarks: The Family Edition
Hello SMS Families!
I hope that this catapult into fall has not sent you in a tailspin! Autumn’s color changes and the crisp cool of the air can also signify shifts that we need to make or reminders of the inevitable process of change. The school year has settled in and students and teachers are into much more of a groove. Because of that, we sometimes see an uptick in behaviors, both positive and otherwise, that we should seek to understand while acknowledging that this is completely normal. I’ve noticed it already in my own children! I was talking to a teacher recently who commented that she enjoys New England rather than the West Coast because we have the seasons and varying weather patterns. While I am not a lover of the blustery winters, I do enjoy the changes that come with the seasons, as they are reminders that we can look forward to something new every day. So enjoy the opportunities for renewal that autumn brings.
Progress Reports have recently been made available to you. I want to encourage you to review those with your children and to be in touch with your child’s teachers for any clarifications or concerns that you might have about your child academically or socially. The guidance staff can also be helpful is facilitating this if need be. If you haven’t send back the sign off form, please do so asap – it is attached.
Resources You Can Use
I came across this quick article titled Parent Tips: 8 Steps For Surviving Middle School that you might find as a helpful reminder of ways to navigate this time. Additionally, an SMS parent recommended this book which I am looking forward to reading is titled A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman, MSW who was a speaker sponsored by our PTO in the past. Again, If you have topics, suggestions, or comments to share, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Have a wonderful week!
7th Grade Dress Code Policy Reminder
This past Tuesday 10/16 we did assemble the 7th grade to review this policy. Please talk to your seventh graders about this. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Celebratory clothing worn collectively by a group of people invited to a particular social event is strongly discouraged because it has a negative impact on our school culture and climate, and by its nature excludes students. It includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc. that are given out at social events outside of school.
Photo retake day – November 6th
Lifetouch will be at Sharon Middle School on November 6th to take photos of children who were not in school for photo day last month, or if children need their photos taken again. Students should pick up a new photo form in the office – forms need to be returned on November 6th with payment enclosed.
Grade 7 Band In-School Performance
The SMS Grade 7 Band will be performing the fable "Three Billy Goats Gruff", with narration and performance, for the Early Childhood Center during Advisory and period 6 on Wednesday, October 24th. Students are aware that any missed work must be made-up, and student lists will be sent to teachers.
Soccer Tournament Champions
Student Council would like to congratulate our Soccer Tournament champions, the Zappers for 6th grade and A-A-S-H for 7th grade. Thank you to all the students who participated, as well as those who came by to cheer on their friends.
Mathcounts is a national program that provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. Practices are on Mondays (10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17) and Wednesdays (10/24, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28, 12/12. 12/19) from 2:30-3:30. There will be a school wide competition sometime in January. For more information, visit www.mathcounts.org. Please email Mrs. Chin at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Halloween at SMS
In celebration of Halloween (Wednesday, October 31st), students are invited to dress up! To embrace the SMS Core Value of fun, SMS will be celebrating Halloween on Tuesday, October 31st with a door decorating contest and inviting interested students and staff to come in costume. We do have many students who do not dress up and that is just fine too. Dressing up is not a requirement - we want students to know that we welcome and support them whether or not they decide to come in costume.
Students with some of the most creative costumes may even be highlighted at an end-of-the-day slide show! Here are some friendly reminders about costumes:
- Costume weapons, toy weapons, or anything that could be mistaken for a weapon is strictly prohibited
- Masks and face paint are not allowed
- Costumes that are culturally insensitive or insulting are not allowed
- Please make sure all costumes are school-appropriate
If students are not sure about what might be appropriate, we encourage them to ask their teachers.
Halloween Bake Sale!
Are you hungry after a long day of school? Craving something sweet? Then stop by the Student Council Bake Sale this Halloween, Wednesday, October 31st after school near the main office or the gym. All items will be Halloween-themed and only $1, so be sure to bring money!
Auditions for Griffin Players
Auditions for Ms. Sammons' plays, Interstellar Science Fair and They Were Roommates, will be held on Tuesday, November 6th after school in the auditorium. For more information, please see Ms. Sammons in room 105.
8th Grade Washington DC Trip
The 8th grade trip to Washington, DC is scheduled for Monday, June 10th – Friday, June 14th. Information was sent home to students this week and is attached here as well. Please be sure to enroll in the trip by November 30th. We understand that the trip begins on a Jewish holiday – we will be able to accommodate students who are observing the holiday so that they can join the group on Tuesday. Please contact Mr. O’Rourke if you have any questions or concerns. If parents would like to request financial assistance, please email email@example.com
8th Grade School Counselor News
If your family is considering a private high school or one of the two regional public high schools (Norfolk County Agricultural High School & Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School) please have your child check in with Ms. Merrigan, School Counselor, about the process at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeastern's Open House is Saturday November 17, 2018. All interested must register in advance. Southeastern will also have a presentation for 8th graders during Advisory on October 23rd.
Flu Clinic for SMS students and staff – November 6th
The Sharon Department of public health is offering a flu clinic here Nov. 6, 2018. If you would like your child to get a flu shot, please download the four attached FLU forms and complete the three forms that need to be filled in.
Please contact our nurse, Ms. Nathan, with any questions at email@example.com or 781-784-1560 x6005
GSA Club Meeting – Thursday, Oct 25
Mark your calendars: the first GSA club meeting of the year is here! We will meet Thursday, October 25th, a Day 7 in Room 402! In case you don’t know, the GSA is a student led group that focuses on LGBTQ+ issues. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!
Grease - Stage Crew
Any student interested in being a part of the stage crew for Grease should stop by room 222 and pick up an application from Mr. Szczepanski. Applications are due back by Friday, October 26.
Human Trafficking Awareness Club at Sharon High School
Human beings are not for sale. Buy a sweatshirt to help human trafficking victims, victims of modern slavery. Sweatshirts can be customized in size, style, and color. All proceeds go to Thorn, an organization which helps locate and protect human trafficking victims by bettering technology. Change starts today, but the SHS Human Trafficking Awareness Club needs your help! Stop the sale. Unlock their chains. https://www.bonfire.com/unlock-their-chains-campaign/
Join the SMS PTO
PTO Sponsorship Form
PTO Paypal link
For more information, contact David Bates, SMS PTO Chair 2018-19, c: 617-413-6345 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Sharon Coalition Green Team
Reminder: It’s Plastic Free October
A month of free events to address plastic pollution and plastic recycling.
There is a series of ~Free~ events with fun games, raffles, and prizes that will take place in Sharon throughout October. For the overview of the themed month and all of the activities: http://sustainablesharon.org/2018/09/sscs-plastic-free-october/ .
NOTES FROM THE NURSE
- Please send in Epi-pens and Inhalers with doctor’s orders asap.
- Immunizations and physicals for 7th graders should be sent in to the nurse’s office asap.
To reach Ms. Nathan: 781-784-1560 x6005
781-793-5139 (Dedicated Fax)