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SMS Newsletter 10.29.2018

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter



Monday, October 29 – Day 2

Tuesday, October 30 – Day 3

Wednesday, October 31 – Day 4

Thursday, November 1 – Day 5

Friday, November 2 – Day 6


Welcome to the colder days of fall! It was a great week at SMS. Some highlights:

  • On Wednesday, the SMS Band performed a musical rendition of "Three Billy Goats Gruff" for the Early Childhood Center.
  • Congratulations to the SMS Math Team who took first and second place at the math meet on Thursday. Three of our students had perfect scores!
  • Student Council has been continuing our SMS Core Values Recognitions – students and staff can highlight individuals who have displayed the core values of respect, honesty, responsibility, acceptance, and fun. Every week we share the recognitions for 2-3 three individuals.




  • If you received a letter from Ms. Nathan about your child’s 7th grade physical and immunizations, please call or email Ms. Nathan as soon as possible. Remember – a current physical can be dated 9/1/2017 through today.


  • 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 FLU forms here and complete the three forms that need to be filled in. If you are getting the flu shot at school, please have the paperwork sent to Ms. Nathan as soon as possible so that we can order the correct amount of vaccines. Please contact Ms. Nathan, with any questions at or 781-784-1560 x6005


  • Please send in Epi-pens and Inhalers with doctor’s orders asap.



Halloween at SMS

In celebration of Halloween, students are invited to dress up!  To embrace the SMS Core Value of fun, SMS will be celebrating Halloween on Wednesday, 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!


SMS Library

We celebrated Massachusetts STEM Week (October 22-26) in the library's MakerSpace. For pictures, follow us on twitter (@smsreads) and go to the library's webpage.


Need something good to read? Try one of our newer titles, Breakout by Kate Messner.

When two inmates escape from Wolf Creek's maximum-security prison, the usually sleepy town becomes the setting of a 16-day manhunt. The story unfolds in time-capsule entries. Press clippings, text messages, and voice recordings effectively convey the racism hiding in plain sight. The story is told from the point of view of three seventh-grade girls, whose individual perspectives and personalities are clearly reflected. A sensitive coming-of-age tale about waking up to injustice and where that knowledge can lead. (Booklist and Kirkus)


The SMS apparel orders are in! 

The PTO was at SMS at lunch time on Monday, 10/29 to distribute the apparel. Orders that weren’t picked up are in the school office.


PTO Meeting Thursday, November 8th

Please join us at the next PTO meeting - Thursday November 8th at 7:00pm in the SMS library.


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.


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. Click here for more information. 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


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. Southeastern's Open House is Saturday November 17, 2018. All interested must register in advance.

Meaghan Merrigan

ext. 6022


Grease Parent Meeting Date Change

There will be an important meeting for parents of the cast and crew of Grease on Tuesday, December 4, from 7 - 8 pm in the library. 


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


Massachusetts State Nutrition Program

Food insecurity continues to burden many families in the state. Unaddressed food insecurity can impact a child’s ability to concentrate and learn in school.

  • For information about WIC (Massachusetts Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program), click here.


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: .


Ms. Clark’s Remarks: The Family Edition


Hello SMS Families!

Resources You Can Use

You might be interested in this online series on parenting called The Revolutionary Parenting Show: Discover the Secrets of Unlocking Your Child's Greatest Potentials.


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Have a great, safe week!