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SMS Newsletter 3.1.2019

Sharon Middle School

Parent Newsletter

3/1/2019



Monday, March 4 – Day 4

Tuesday,March 5 - Day 5

Wednesday, March 6 - Day 6

Thursday, March 7- Day 7

Friday, March 8 - Day 1



3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Monday March 4th is the halfway point of third quarter

Grades and comments will all be up to date by Friday 3/8.

 

SMS Science Fair - postponed to 3/9

Due to the inclement weather, the middle school science fair is postponed until next Saturday March 9th.

 

Mathcounts State Competition - cancelled for 3/2

Due to the inclement weather tomorrow - March 2 - SMS will not be attending the Mathcounts Competition.

 

Grease Tickets - On Sale Now!

Grease is coming to SMS on March 14, 15 & 17. We are so excited to be starting the sale of the tickets for the show.  Please note WE DO SELL OUT, especially this year with a large cast and crew. We cannot stress enough the importance of buying your tickets early.  The tickets are $10 for General Seating and $20 for Reserved Seating. We have 3 ways to get tickets:

  1. Children can buy them at lunch with cash or check made out to SMS (General Seating only)
  2. After rehearsals (General seating only )
  3. Online at QuickTix.org/Grease - a small convenience fee is charged (Reserved and General Seating)

We have had to turn people away in the past, so please make your arrangements.

 

SMS PTO Meeting Tuesday 3/ 5  7:00 pm

The Sharon middle School PTo will meet on Tuesday evening 7:00 pm in the middle school library.

 

8th Graders - Important - SHS Course Selection

On Tuesday, Grade 8 students learned about the course selection process for next year at Sharon High School.  The 2019-2020 Program of Studies, a video overview of the process, and some videos to complement the information contained within the Program of Studies, can be found by clicking here.  

The online course request process opens after school today (March 1). All student requests must be entered in PowerSchool by the end of the day on Sunday, March 10. (The process is NOT first-come, first-served.)

After viewing the videos on the SHS website, you should have all the information needed to assist students in completing the course request/selection process. If you need assistance logging into PowerSchool, please email PSQuestions@sharon.k12.ma.us.

 

No Robotics on Monday 3/4/19

Ms. Michard’s Robotics Club is cancelled for this coming Monday, 3/4/19.

 

SMS Cabaret

7X and 8X are holding a Cabaret to raise money for Liam’s Lunches of Love. We’d love if you could encourage your kids to sign-up and for you to support this charity by coming to see your kids and their friends perform on March 28th. All talents will be welcomed and appreciated. Signups are outside the cafeteria and auditions will be held after school on March 4th and 6th, with rehearsals after school on March 20th and 25th.  Thanks for your support!

 

Jr. District Festival

Music students involved in the Jr. District Festival will be leaving school on Friday, March 8th via school bus to the Festival Site at Attleboro High School after first Advisory. The bus will return to SMS by 5 PM for parent pick-up. On Saturday March 9th, the bus will leave SMS at 8 AM. Parents please pick up your child at Attleboro High School after the concert.

Lunch will be served at no cost to participating students.

More information is available on your child's Schoology ensemble page, and a letter will be sent home.

 

Help Wanted - METG Drama Festival at SHS on March 16

The Sharon High School Theatre Company is looking for adult volunteers and donations as they host the semi-finals for the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s Drama Festival on Saturday, March 16th. This is a great way to find out about the theatre company at SHS. To sign up to help or donate items, please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4faeac29a75-semi1

 

SMS Book Share Is Now Available

If you would like to borrow one of the following books by Peg Dawson, EdD and Richard Guare, PhD, please contact Amy Abrams at aabrams@sharonschools.net.  These books each have useful tips, tools and information on helping kids with deficits in executive skills to "reach their potential".

  • Smart but Scattered (2 copies available)
  • Smart but Scattered Teens (2 copies available)
  • The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success (2 copies available)

 

SHS Building Project Community Forum

There will be an SHS Building Project Community Forum on Wednesday, March 6th, 7-9:10pm in the library at Sharon High School. Please join us for the second community forum to learn more about this project. This is a time to learn about the MSBA requirements as well as about the project plan for an improved facility.   The agenda is available HERE and the flyer is HERE.

 

6th Grade Assembly - Improbable Players

On Thursday, March 7,  6th graders will have an assembly featuring the Improbable Players about drug and alcohol prevention. The assembly will also include a discussion after the performance.

 

SHS Help Desk Internship for 8th Graders

8th grade students can apply for a Help Desk internship at Sharon High School. There will be an info session at 2:45pm on Monday, March 4 in the SHS library. All interested students should attend.

 

Intramurals Participants

The final day of the winter season will be Wednesday, 3/13.

 

SAVE THE DATE - SMS Goes to Bertucci's on 3/20

The 7th grade students and teachers invite you to join SMS for dinner at Bertucci's (Cobb Corner) on March 20th. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the Thompson Island Scholarship Fund. Details to follow.

 

Poetry Slam

Preparations are underway for the SMS Poetry Slam taking place after school on Wednesday, April 3. Winners will move on to the district-wide main event on April 25 ( Sharon High School, 6:30-8:30 pm). Interested students must sign-up in advance in the library, or students may request access to the Poetry Slam group in Schoology. Click here for information.  

 

8B Parent/Guardian Volunteers Needed

Team 8B is looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help support our efforts to raise awareness and funds for Journey Forward. Please contact Mrs. Belcher via email at jbelcher@sharon.k12.ma.us if you are interested in helping. Team 8B is organizing two fund raising efforts through bake sales and used book sales.

 

Help Wanted - Cottage Street School Fun Fair

Sunday, March 31st 10am-4pm

Calling Middle School student volunteers to assist with the Cottage Street School Fun Fair.  Please consider signing up for at least one shift in the various SignUpGenius signups, as Middle School student volunteers are critical to the success of Fun Fair.  The signups can be found by visiting https://cottagepto.org/?p=2268

The signups include: Cake Room, Cake Walk, Clean Up, Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos, Photo Booth, Pretzels & Slush, Prize Room, and Set Up.  There are Adult Volunteer slots and slots reserved for High School students and Middle School students, so please be mindful and only sign up for Middle/High School Volunteer slots. If all shifts are full at your time of availability, please contact Betsy Strauss (strauss.betsy@gmail.com), Candice Gopin (safrica80@yahoo.com), or Shanna Belenky  (sbelenky@gmail.com) for additional opportunities. We would be happy to answer any questions as well.

 

TEAM 7A PARENT/GUARDIANS: Mass Bird of Prey Fundraiser

Team 7A is now collecting the donations students gathered from the sale of their bird feeders.  Please send in check donations made payable to: Mass Bird of Prey. We appreciate your support for this worthy cause.

 

Notes from the Nurse

The Health Office and the Grade 6 Health teachers is doing a CATCH My Breath Youth E-cigarette and JUUL Prevention Program through the end of the year. Please click here and here for an introduction letter and parent handout from CATCH.org. For more information or to opt your children out, please contact our nurse, Mary Alice Nathan at m_nathan@sharon.k12.ma.us.

 

SMS Yearbook

The SMS 2019 Yearbook is now on sale!  Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com or click on the link on the SMS homepage with the Yearbook ID code 11804619 to order your 2019 Yearbook.

 

Autism Awareness T-shirts

In preparation for Autism Awareness month (April), you can order a t-shirt for your child to wear to school on April 2nd. The message on this shirt is powerful and positive and many staff members will be wearing this shirt on that day. https://www.workplacepro.com/S-WBKA

 

Youth Running Program

The Youth Running Program is beginning its 6th season on May 19th.  The program is designed to introduce participants to the sport of distance running and have fun at the same time.  While learning proper stretching and warm-up methods, gradually developing endurance, and understanding how to pace, young athletes will form friendships with one another and their high school leaders. Current SHS track team members hope to encourage not only interest in the sport for the future health of the team but also confidence, goal-setting, and overall well-being in the youth of the community. Each year, the program has grown, averaging about 70 runners per season. The runners need to be in 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in order to register and participate. Registration is open to other surrounding towns as well.  For more information or to register, please check the Sharon Recreation Department website, or check our our new website at: https://sharonyrp.weebly.com/