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SMS Newsletter 11.2.18

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter



Monday, November 5 – Day 7

Tuesday, November 6 – Day 1

Wednesday, November 7 – Day 2

Thursday, November 8 – Day 3   EARLY RELEASE DAY – 11:10am

Friday, November 9 – Day 4




Thursday, 11/8 is an EARLY RELEASE DAY. Students will be dismissed at 11:10am


Responding to Pittsburgh

Following the deadly attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last weekend, the SMS faculty wanted to make sure that students had the time and space to think about, process, and ask questions about the event.  Guidance counselors and school psychologists have been available to students as needed.  Many teachers, using resources from Teaching Tolerance, the Anti-Defamation League, and Facing History and Ourselves, interrupted their planned lessons to give students a safe place to grapple with this and other difficult news.  We discovered that many students who do not watch or listen to the news had already heard about this event through friends, family, and social media, so we did not want to ignore it, as ignoring it sends the message that events like this are normal and not worth noting.  If you're wondering how to talk with your child about this or other traumatic events, this resource from the ADL is helpful:

We are committed to making sure SMS is a safe and welcoming space for all of our students, and we will continue to work together to make sure that everyone in our community knows that they belong.

-Laura C. Smolcha - Grade 7 Social Studies Teacher/GLI Club Co-Advisor


SMS Weekly Highlights:

  • On Wednesday, SMS celebrated Halloween in style. Check out our Instagram page for some pics – The winners of our door decoration contest were: 6th grade – Ms. Miller’s advisory, 7th grade – Ms. Herbstzuber’s advisory, 8th grade – Ms. Hadden’s advisory. Great work everyone!
  • Also on Wednesday, Team 6B spent an amazing day at Treetop Adventures to make up for the rained out day in September. Students climbed, ziplined, balanced and bonded for a great time.


Drop-off/Pick-up Etiquette

When dropping your children off at school, please do not drop them off on Mountain Street. It is very dangerous for students who are walking to school, as well as for traffic. Also during drop-off and pick-up, please pull up as far as you can in the line. If the car ahead of you isn’t ready to leave yet, you may go around them on the left, but please do so with extreme caution – watch for pedestrians in the crosswalks.


Backpacks at School

Just a reminder that students should not be carrying their backpacks around school during the day, including the last period. Backpacks should be kept in lockers until dismissal time.


Photo retake day – Tuesday, 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.



  • 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. Please send the paperwork 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


  • 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.


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


Attention: Strings Students

6th, 7th, and 8th grade strings students will have their group yearbook photo taken at the start of advisory on Monday, November 5th in the auditorium.


GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) Meeting on Wednesday

The next GSA meeting will be Wednesday, November 7th from 2:30pm to 3:30pm and students will be able to take a late bus home if needed.


SMS Library:

We're continuing to add even more graphic books to our collection. It's impossible to keep them on the shelves! To see some of the newest titles, follow us on twitter (@smsreads) and visit the library's webpage.

Need something to read? Try this student recommended title:

Amulet: Supernova, book 8 by Kazu Kibuishi

Don't miss our newest acquisition of the popular graphic fantasy series, Amulet.

While Emily is imprisoned in the Void plotting an escape, her brother, Navin, is on the space station Lighthouse One where the Resistance is preparing to battle Shadow forces who want to drain the planet Alledia of all its resources. (catalog summary)


Sharon High School Theatre Company – Beauty and the Beast

Don’t miss Beauty and the Beast on November 15, 16, 17 & 18. Tickets are on sale now.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


PTO Meeting & Directories

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

PTO Directories were given out at lunch today. If you’re a PTO member and your children didn’t bring home a directory yet, please check with them again on Monday.


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. Reminder:  Please fill out the parent volunteer form and return to Mr. S. via your cast/crew member.


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


Imagine Sharon – DIY Meeting Kits

You can host your own Imagine Sharon meeting. The DIY Kit comes in an envelope, available for download at

or you can email a request for a hard copy:  There is a regular DIY Kit and a Teen/Youth DIY Kit.


Have a great weekend! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to sl