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SMS Newsletter 11.30.2018

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter



Monday, December 3 – Day 2

Tuesday, December 4 – Day 3

Wednesday, December 5 – Day 4

Thursday, December 6 – Day 5

Friday, December 7 – Day 6


SMS Weekly Highlights

On Friday, SMS wore their favorite Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, or Revolution gear to show their New England Sports pride. Spirit Days are wonderful for creating a positive community in our school.


First Quarter Report Cards Sign-offs Due NOW

Report Cards were sent home with students on Friday, November 16. Report cards can also be viewed online by clicking here for Powerschool. Please return the sign-off form that came home with the report card ASAP to confirm that you have seen the report card and discussed it with your child. If you need another sign-off form, click here.


“Grease” Cast and Crew Important Parent Meeting Tuesday, December 4th

There will be a 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.


SMS Winter Choir Concert -Thursday, December 6 at 6:30-7:15pm

The Sharon Middle School Choir Winter Concert is coming up on Thursday, December 6 in the SMS auditorium.  Doors open at 6:10pm and the concert begins at 6:30pm. Seating is limited. Performing at this concert are the SMS 6th grade choir, 7th grade choir, 8th grade choir and the Select Women’s Choir. We look forward to sharing our music with you!

Call Time for students: 5:30pm. All choir members need to be in their assigned seat, wearing white tops and black bottoms.  No t-shirts with drawings, lettering or logos are allowed on stage.  In addition, no sandals or sneakers are allowed on stage.  Students should aim to dress formally. Please do not apply any heavily-scented deodorant or lotions as these can make breathing on stage more challenging and can also cause those around you to unnecessarily sneeze, cough, etc. during the performance.

Choir Concert Parent Volunteers Needed:

For more details, please contact Mr. Votolato at


Sharon Middle School Showcase Open House Tuesday December 11

On Tuesday 12/11 6:00 – 8:30 pm,                                                                                  we welcome all parents and students to come to a showcase of music, art, technology, PE and health, and more. Our PTO will have the Book Fair open that evening. Musical performances will take place throughout the evening in the SMS auditorium.


The PTO presents the Scholastic Book Fair 

The book fair will be open December 10-14 in the Fitness Room next to the Library.  It will also be open during the Specialist Showcase and Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 11, 6-8:30pm. If you would like your child to purchase books during their class visit, please send in money. All book fair profits will go toward in-school programs funded by the PTO. At the book fair, please consider helping us help homeless children by purchasing a book for middle-schoolers served by School on Wheels, a local charity educating children impacted by homelessness ( If you have any questions, contact the Scholastic Book Fair Co-Chairs: Kerri Madden, 781-727-5783, and Rui Zhang, 262-443-9014,

For a preview of the books at the book fair, see

 Volunteers are needed for setup on Friday, December 7, 12pm-2pm and breakdown on Friday, December 14, 12pm-2pm.  Please help make the book fair a success by signing up to volunteer at


Debate Club – date changes for December

Debate Club will meet for the next two weeks on Mondays – Dec 3 & 10, and then again on Wednesday, Dec 19. For any questions, please contact Mrs. Belcher in room 301. Debate club is an exciting opportunity for students to use writing and public speaking skills against their peers. At this time, we are at capacity with 40 enthusiastic students attending.


Cross Country Uniforms - please return asap

Students who still have their cross country uniforms should return them to Ms. Kaplan in room 310 as soon as possible. Please include a note with the name of the student. Thank you.


SMS Science Fair

The Sharon High School National Honor Society is excited to present the second installment of the middle school science fair. Thinking creatively by completing an original experiment on a subject that the students enjoy shows them the ins-and-outs of scientific design, and could spark their inspiration in the growing STEM field. The 2019 middle school fair will be held in early February. An information session for the students was held during advisory on November 27th. An information session hosted for the parents will be held on a date that has yet to be determined. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mr. O’Rourke or Ms. Burke, the Science Coordinator for Gr. 6-12, at We look forward to seeing your child’s ideas come to life.

Learn more about the SMS Science Fair here:

This link is to sign up:


Dry Eye Student Survey

We have two eighth graders conducting a survey about dry eye for the student body here at SMS. While researching about dry eye, they found out that dry eye is becoming more common in adolescence. In addition, few surveys have been conducted on kids from ages 11-14. They are doing this because they believe that with the data that is collected, they can determine whether, as a whole, their peers experience dry eye. A few things that you should know about the survey -it is completely optional and anonymous for each student and there will be no personal information collected from your child except for their birth date, their gender, and their ethnicity. We hope you are supportive of the research. Thank you!


IMPORTANT - Pick-up Line Procedures

When getting in the car line to pick up your child at the end of the day, please stay to the right in the circle so that emergency vehicles are able to pass. Thank you.


Use of Phones

Please do not text your children or ask them to text you during the school day. Students are not allowed to have their phones on. We will take the phone away. Please see the SMS Handbook for details of our electronics policies.


From the SMS Handbook 2018-2019

First offense: Item confiscated and returned to student at the end of the school day.

Second offense: Item confiscated and parent/guardian is required to retrieve the item.


8th Grade Washington DC Trip – LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER

The 8th grade trip to Washington, DC is scheduled for Monday, June 10th – Friday, June 14th. Click here for more information. If you miss the November 30th deadline, please contact Mr. O’Rourke. If parents would like to request financial assistance, please email



IMPORTANT – 7th grade Immunization Reports are due Monday, December 3.

We’re still waiting for physicals from some 7th graders. Please send in physicals NOW.

School nurse, Mary Alice Nathan - Dedicated fax: 781-793-5139


PTO Teacher Appreciation Holiday Treat Bags

The PTO is planning to make Holiday Treat Bags for our teachers and staff to show them how much we appreciate all they do for our students!  We're collecting donations of the items to put in the treat bags and hope that you will consider donating one of the listed items. Items can be dropped off at Amy Clayman's house, 42 Old Wolomolopoag St., on Friday, December 14th or Saturday, December 15th, in the cooler on the front steps.  To donate an item, please sign up on SignUp Genius

No time to shop? You can make a monetary donation and we'll buy supplies on your behalf.  To make a donation, send a check payable to SMS PTO to the school office in an envelope marked "PTO Holiday Treats" or you can pay by PayPal.  Questions?  Contact Amy Clayman at


Follow Sharon Education Foundation on Social Media

Instagram:  @Sharoneducationfoundation

Twitter:        @sef02067

Facebook:   @SharonEducationFoundation


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