Red Ribbon Week 2018

Red Ribbon Week is a nationwide alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention and awareness campaign. MMS students will be taking part October 29 – November 2.

In support of Red Ribbon Week, the PTA is hosting The Council of Recovery, “Choices” program to present to each individual grade level on Wednesday, October 31. Topics will include: alcohol, drugs, healthy relationships and appropriate texting.

Also, during Red Ribbon Week students will be encouraged to dress in theme each day to show support and awareness. The creative themes were decided on by the MMS Executive Student Council. Students who dress up and follow the theme will be entered in to a daily drawing. 3 lucky winners from each grade level will be announced each day of the week. Gift Card prizes include: Chick-Fil-A, Academy, Barnes and Noble, and Starbucks. Please encourage your child to dress up.

Mismatched Monday 10/29: Drugs are tacky, don’t be WACKY (crazy/mismatched socks, clothes, accessories)

Astros Tuesday 10/30: Say no way JOSE (Altuve) to drugs (Astros gears)

Halloween Wednesday 10/31: Say BOO to drugs (Halloween colors, clothes, accessories /No costumes)

Neon Thursday 11/1: Too BRIGHT for drugs (Neon clothes, accessories)

Freedom Friday 11/2: I PLEDGE to be drug free (Red, White and Blue, USA)

For more information please contact Caroline Bennett @ carolinehbennett@hotmail.com

Spooky Bookswap!!!!

The annual MMS Spooky Bookswap is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30th. Please send your child to school with an age appropriate book they are willing to swap with another student. Please contact Shanda Fraser at Shanda.fraser@springbranchisd.com with any questions.

Coat Drive Benefitting Landrum Middle School

High Scholl 101 Parent Night

Interest Meeting — All School Musical

It’s time to learn about Auditions for the all school musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.

We will be having an informational meeting for students during Activity period on Friday, Oct. 26th in the Auditorium. The musical is open to any 7th or 8th grader at MMS. 6th graders may audition if you are currently in Theatre or Choir. We hope to see your child there!

Note from the President

If you attended the Screenagers showing, you may have laughed when the daughter in the documentary gasped at her parents’ four-page cell phone contract. I laughed myself, because our contract is just as long.

When we decided to get my daughter a smart phone, I researched everything I could and pulled various paragraphs from different contracts I found online to make my own. My daughter’s now 16, my son 12, and the contract has evolved since the first version many years ago (the current version is attached). Whenever we update the contract, we have a family meeting and go through it. Yes, it’s painful and they’re “so bored,” but it’s the only way we can all be on the same page about what we and they should expect. The contract is negotiable during those meetings, but some obvious things can’t be changed. Let’s face it, if grownups can’t keep themselves out of trouble with social media and ridiculous selfies, how should I expect my kiddos to automatically know what to do in various situations? So, the contract is the starting point…the rest we figure out as technology evolves.

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2018_family_internet_safety_rules_and_usage_contract

Additionally – Please see the attachment below for more information following the viewing of Screenagers:

Apple 12 parent perimeters

Let’s keep an eye out for talks and conferences around our area and let each other know when you see an event that may help us all. We’re in it together!

Rhonda Hetman

Date Change for 8th Grade Peer Group Meeting

The 8th Grade Peer Group Meeting for parents has been moved from Wednesday, October 17, to Wednesday, October 24. Here is the new information:

Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: MMS Library

This is a parent meeting with both the 8th Grade Principal and Counselor, Hillary Hiler and Michelle Perkins. While there will be an extensive meeting on high school course selection in February, this is your time to ask any questions that are on your mind. If you’d like to submit your questions in advance so they can have answers for you at the meeting, please send them to mmseaglespta@gmail.com, with the subject line 8TH GR PEER GROUP QUESTION.

Feel free to bring your lunch and join us for an informative meeting.

Homework, Study Habits and Social Media

Please find these helpful documents regarding school assignments, good study habits and social media from our MMS Health Teacher, Kim Moore.

Breaking down school assignments

Homework and Study Habits

How to Develop Good Study Habits

Social Media Apps

Stressed Out – Free Online Book

A message from our Principal, Ellen Green: Please click on the link for a FREE online book entitled Stressed Out – Five Research-Based Methods to Help Teens Beat Stress & Anxiety 

Parents Advising in Special Education (PASE)

Memorial Middle School Representative – Teri DeFazio (teri.defazio@gmail.com)

Hello Special Ed Parents,

I have been selected to be a parent representative on a newly formed PASE Committee for the 2018-2019 school year. This committee has been created by the Director of Special Education, Joni Warren, and will meet four times per school year.

My role as PASE representative for Memorial Middle is to:

A) serve as liaison between the Central Special Education Department and parents of students with special needs;

B) work directly with the Director of Special Education to gain relevant information regarding all students in Special Education;

C) serve as point of contact for families of students with special needs at Memorial Middle and to direct parents to appropriate personnel when concerns arise;

D) work to establish a sense of community and facilitate communication and collaboration between the Special Education department and parents of special needs students at Memorial Middle.

You will find additional information regarding SBISD’s Special Education programs and other helpful resources at www.springbranchisd.com (“students & family”; “special education”).

Joni Warren, Director of Special Education for SBISD, has recently provided the members of the PASE committee with a link to the Parent Coordination Network. The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist in making informed choices in their children’s education. Below is a link to the parent newsletter to share with parents of students with disabilities.

https://www.smore.com/9crs6

Please feel free to email me anytime with questions or concerns. I will do my best to provide answers or locate appropriate people to assist you.

 

Become an MMS Library Volunteer!

 

The library is looking for volunteers! It is a busy place, and our volunteers help us keep our Library in good working order. Opportunities include helping with special events (book clubs, book fairs, etc.) and bi-weekly library duties and tasks. If you are interested, please click the link to find a day/time that works for you.

http://signup.com/go/qQJYWAJ

It’s Time to Turn in Box Tops!

Order the 8th Grade Panoramic Picture

Missed out on purchasing the 8th grade panoramic picture? Want a second copy? You can order both the formal one and the fun one online from Loudermilk Panoramics. Click HERE for the link. Don’t miss out on this keepsake!

Library Makerspace

Our very own MMS Library is now offering Makerspace time in the library after school on Wednesdays until 4:15 PM and before school on Thursdays. This is a great time for kids to use their imaginations and create projects. Each month the Makespace will have a themed project. September it is a Lego wall challenge and October it is Origami. If you have any lego pieces that you are willing to part with, please consider donating them to the library. Also, we could always use old computers, tech equipment, VCRs/ DVD that the kids can take a part. Please do not send anything with glass such as tube TV’s, Mac computers, etc.

There is no need to sign up. Just show up and have fun! If you have questions, please contact the librarian, Shanda Fraser.

Heroes Around Me 2018-2019 Reflections Program – October 31st deadline

Click HERE for information regarding this year’s Reflections program, with the theme “Heroes Around Me”

 

Please Support SBEF!

ATTEND THE REDNECK RIVIERA UNGALA – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH

SBEF Ungala Raffle Tickets
Ungala raffle tickets are on sale now and are likely to sell out before the event. The winner will be drawn that evening, BUT you DO NOT need to be present to win! It’s a great way to support the event and SBEF if you can’t attend!
 
The lucky winner gets to choose one of these three awesome trips:

NASCAR Driver for a Day – 2-night stay with airfare for 2
Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway – Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe 3-night stay with airfare for 2, lift tickets
Southern Charm – Savannah 3-night stay with airfare for 2, culinary walking tour, private horse drawn carriage ride

Contact Susan Marks to purchase at sgmarks@comcast.net or 713-248-1294. 

2018-2019 Gifted and Talented Identification Process/Referral Information

Spring Branch ISD provides a comprehensive continuum of services (K-12) that is responsive to the needs, interests, and abilities of gifted and talented students. The Gifted and Talented Program identifies and serves the special educational needs of students with advanced learning abilities in language arts/social studies, and/or mathematics/science. In middle and high school, GT students are offered services through Pre-AP and AP classes. Parents who would like to refer their child for screening must provide permission for assessment and complete the on-line Parent Referral Form.

Referral Forms are available beginning September 19th on-line at https://sbgifted.schoolmint.net. These forms must be completed by Monday, October 22th.

Want to learn more? Please click HERE for upcoming district meetings and HERE  for additional details.

Please note that no late referrals can be accepted due to timeline constraints.

Change in Date for 8th grade Washington, D.C. Trip

The dates for the 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip have changed to February 15th-18th, 2019.

If you previously signed up for the trip and these dates no longer work for your child, please go to schooltoursofamerica.com and cancel so you will be credited for your deposit.

We have a waiting list as of 9/12/2018.

If you have questions, please contact Cindy Balderach.

SBISD Volunteer Sign Up Reminder

If you plan on attending a PTA meeting, chaperoning a field trip, helping with a science experiment, volunteering at staff appreciation luncheons, etc., you MUST be in the SBISD computer system.

English: https://volunteer.springbranchisd.com/
Spanish: https://volunteer.springbranchisd.com/?spanish=true

Gift Card Request Scam Alert

Please watch for emails from me or anyone from MMS PTA asking you to purchase gift cards. This is a scam seen as recently as this week. The email asks that you purchase gift cards, scratch off the pin codes, and send photos of the gift card codes by email.

If you receive an email like this, please let me know.

Thank you,

Rhonda Hetman
MMS PTA President 2018-2019
mmseaglespta@gmail.com