THE CHATEAU SPONSORED FUNDRAISER

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EATING OUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

MSMS PTO Fundraiser on Nov 28th!

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the MSMS PTO is sponsoring a fundraiser at The Chateau (Burlington location only). Please see below to see how the MSMS PTO can receive 20% of your pre-tax order.



Here’s How it Works: No Tickets Needed!

On November 28th, 2018, visit the Chateau Restaurant Burlington for lunch, dinner or take-out and let your server or phone representative know that you are participating in the fundraiser and to FLAG YOUR CHECK. FOR ONLINE USE CODE: FUNDRAISER

When paying your bill, double check that the word “FUNDRAISER” is noted on your check to ensure your check is being included with the fundraiser. For online orders, double-check that the fundraiser code has been added to the order.

Hope you can join in the fun!

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News from Marshall Simonds Middle School- November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018
Principal, Cari Perchase


 

Thanksgiving Break
As we approach the Thanksgiving break, We wanted to take a moment to wish all members of the Marshall Simonds Middle School community a happy holiday!  We hope that you are all able to enjoy a restful weekend with family and friends. Students will be dismissed at 10:15 am on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 for the Thanksgiving break.

 

Grade 8 Assembly
On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, our 8th grade students will participate in the traditional Thanksgiving Assembly.  Each of the three teams will compete in a series of games that will require students to work together. We are looking forward to a show of MSMS P.R.I.D.E. as we enter into the Thanksgiving Break!

 

Congratulations to the MSMS Robotics Team!
On Saturday, November 17th MSMS Robotics Team competed in theFirst Lego League Robotics Competition.  We are still waiting for the official results, but every member of the team should be extremely proud of their hard work!  So much MSMS PRIDE!

 

Student Drop-off
Thank you for continuing to follow the established drop-off procedures in the mornings.  On mornings with inclement weather, we do see an increase in volume and your help is required to keep traffic from backing up onto Peach Orchard Road.  Please make sure that you are pulling all the way forward in the loop before dropping off your child.  Students should not arrive to school before 7:15 am, as there is no guarantee that adequate supervision will be in place.  Students who arrive past 7:35 am, will be marked tardy and should be dropped off at the main entrance. In order to get to school on time and reduce the morning traffic volume, students are encouraged to ride their assigned bus, rain or shine.

 

After School Activities Pick-up
It is exciting to see so many students participate in after school activities at MSMS!  Just a reminder that there are late busses available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The buses leave MSMS at approximately  3:15pm and, depending on how many students are riding, can take up to an hour to complete their routes. If you are picking up your child, please do not enter the front bus loop until after the late busses leave at 3:15 pm.  Peach Orchard Road should be used for pick-up before 3:15pm.

 

MSMS PTO
The Marshall Simonds Middle School Parent Teacher Organization is an incredible resource that supports the students and teachers of MSMS!  The MSMS PTO relies solely on the donations of our families to support programming, including transportation for field trips, in-school performances, and funding for the end of the year activities for our 8th grade students.  If you have not already made your tax-deductible donation, please visit the MSMS PTO Blog at https://msmsburlpto.wordpress.com/pto-donations/.  Thank you for your continued support!

 

Amazon Smile
You can now support the MSMS PTO when you make purchases on Amazon!  Please follow this link and every time you shop on Amazon, MSMS PTO and our students will benefit.

 

Box Tops Contest
It’s contest time!! Send your box tops in during the month of November and the homeroom that collects the most will win a pizza party to celebrate their success!  Box Tops can be found on lots of products you already buy and every one is worth $.10. It’s free money for the school that can be put to good use supporting your children.  The contest will run from November 1 to the 30th, but don’t stop then! Box tops can be sent it to school at any time during the year.

 

New Website
If you have not already done so, please visit and subscribe to our new website athttps://www.burlingtonpublicschools.org/schools/marshall-simonds-middle-school.  While we will continue to email these updates to you, in addition to posting them on the Principal’s Blog.  There will be times that we will send out reminders only through the website.

 

He Named Me Malala screening- Save the Date
On November 27, 2018, Girl Up, would like to invite all members of the community to attend a screening of He Named Me Malala.  This event will take place at Burlington High School beginning at 6:30 pm.  Donations for the Malala Fund will be accepted that evening.

 

Upcoming School Calendar
There are a number of “no school” for student days in November, including conferences, Veteran’s Day, Professional Development, and the Thanksgiving Break.  

11/21 – Half Day of School (MSMS Dismisses at 10:15 am )*

11/22 – No School Thanksgiving Break

11/23 – No School Thanksgiving Break

11/29 –  No School Professional Development BHS & MSMS

Parent Conferences Elementary

Support MSMS PTO by Shopping at AmazonSmile.

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Just in time for the Holidays! 

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Use the link to connect your purchases! https://amzn.to/2PEu3Qw

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

Don’t Forget!

 

PTO MEETING, Thursday, November 8th!

Our general meetings are open to all MSMS Parents and will be held in the Library beginning at 7PM. Please join us!

 


PTO Donations are Still Needed! 

It’s not too late to get your PTO donations in! This PTO Donation Drive is our ONE and ONLY fundraiser of the year (with your help!) Making a donation is easy, low cost & tax deductible! For just $25 you can show your support for our school.

Head over to https://marshallsimonds.com and click on the ‘Buy Now’ yellow button, top right. Or send your donation into school with your student!

 


It’s Contest Time!

It’s contest time!! Send your box tops in during the month of November and the homeroom that collects the most will win a pizza party to celebrate their success! Box Tops can be found on lots of products you already buy and everyone is worth $.10. It’s free money for the school that can be put to good use supporting your children. The contest will run from November 1 to the 30th, but don’t stop there! Box tops can be sent into school at any time during the year.

MSMS Box Tops Contest!!!

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NOV 6 2018

Hey, MSMS!

It’s contest time!! Send your box tops in during the month of November and the homeroom that collects the most will win a pizza party to celebrate their success! Box Tops can be found on lots of products you already buy and every one is worth $.10. It’s free money for the school that can be put to good use supporting your children.

The contest will run from November 1 to the 30th, but don’t stop there!

Box Tops can be sent in to school at any time during the year.

YOUR PTO DONATIONS IN ACTION

Happy Friday!

Every year your generous donations to the MSMS PTO provides resources that enrich the learning experience for our middle school students and support the staff and parent community. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation of at least $25 or more.

The funds raised help to defray the cost of buses for field trips, scholarships, items for the 8th-grade promotion ceremony and so much more!  This year we would like to work on bringing in guest speakers for the kids and parents to talk about the important issues they face today, building a makers space at the school where kids can combine their imagination and STEM, BUT we can’t do any of it without your help.

You can pay easily with PayPal on the MSMS blog or send via check in with your child in an envelope labeled PTO Donation. Or, try this link to bypass the MSMS blog.

 

Without your support, we can not make these important contributions. Please consider making this one, very important donation to our school to help carry on the programs and enrichment opportunities for our students.

downloadPlease also check out our facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/marshallsimondsmiddleschoolpto/Opens a New Window. and come to our next meeting on November 8th at 7pm we’d love to see you!

 

Thank you for your support! 

MSMS PTO Donations

Welcome back to school, parents! Week one is in the books. Hopefully your students have transitioned easily from the lazy days of summer right back into the swing of a full-time schedule.

The PTO is in the planning stages and getting ramped up for the school year. Lots of new and exciting things await our children.  In order to do our part, we ask that all parents consider making a donation to the PTO.

This PTO Donation Drive is our ONE and ONLY fundraiser of the year. Making a donation is easy, low cost & tax deductible!

For just $25 you can show your support for our school. No commitment or expectations required, you’re just simply showing your support for our great students, school, and staff.

You can pay easily with PayPal on the MSMS blog or send via check in with your child in an envelope labeled PTO Donation.

As always, 100% of the donations go towards student activities for every grade as well as supplies to supplement their learning that is not covered by the standard school budget.

Donations have helped provide students with :

  • Provide buses for field trips
  • Provide music and light show for the Spring Fling for 8th graders
  • Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Holiday Assembly – live music for all grades
  • Microscopes for the science rooms

Without your support, we can not make these important contributions. Please consider making this one, very important donation to our school to help carry on the programs and enrichment opportunities for our students.

Thank you for your support! 

Parents, don’t forget!

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Tonight the MSMS building will be open to you and students from 5:00-6:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., Principal Perchase will invite grade 6 families and any family new to MSMS to the auditorium for an introductory presentation. Students are welcome to attend with their families.


 

Due Your Part! 😉

The PTO will have a table set up in the auditorium lobby at tonight’s Open House! Please stop by and say hello.

We are always in search of parents looking to get involved so come by and see how you can help out.

Also, we will be collecting PTO donations/dues. The PTO requests support from every family because every family benefits from the PTO’s activities and events. The suggested amount is $25 per family. We understand that not every family will give at this level but encourage you to give what is financially comfortable for you.

Historically, there has been no fundraising at MSMS, we only ask for dues. If everyone does their part, there is no need to fundraise beyond this collection. With these contributions we can budget for activities and events for the students through the year.  

If you want to learn more about the PTO and where the donations go, please visit our blog at: https://msmsburlpto.wordpress.com/about/

Thank you in advance for your support!
Here’s to a great year!

News from Marshall Simonds Middle School

August 16, 2018

We hope that you are enjoying the summer with family and friends.  Although the school building is quiet during the summer months, our custodial staff has been busy getting the building ready for our students’ return.  Mr. Murphy and I are excited to see the school come alive on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 4, 2018!  

The following communication is meant to provide you with important information about the upcoming school year.  You can expect similar updates about every two weeks and more often in the beginning and end of the school year.

– Cari Perchase, Marshall Simonds Middle School Principal

 


Welcome Night- Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Students often have mixed feelings about returning to school in the fall.  On the one hand, they are excited to return to the structure of the school day and their friends.  On the other hand, students may feel anxious or apprehensive about the new school year.  We are excited to provide all students and their families the opportunity to visit the building on Wednesday, August 29th.  The hope is that providing students the chance to see where their classrooms, the cafeteria, the learning commons, the gymnasium, and the auditorium are located will reduce some of the anxiety a student may be feeling.

I know Mr. Murphy and I are looking forward to meeting some of our students before the first day of school!

The building will be open to students and parents from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  At 6:00 p.m., we invite our grade 6 families and any family new to MSMS to the auditorium for an introductory presentation.  Students are welcome to attend with their families.

***Attention 8th Grade Students***
As our oldest students and leaders in the school, we were hoping that you would be able to assist us with our “Welcome Night”.  We are looking for volunteers to assist students new to MSMS by providing tours.  If you are available to help, please email Ms. Perchase, cperchase@bpsk12.org,  by August 29, 2018 at noon.  We will be asking you to meet at the main office at 4:45 pm.  Thank you!


Summer Reading

It is our hope to develop a love of reading in our learners!  In addition to fostering a love of reading, reading over the summer is known to provide students opportunity to practice their reading skills and prevent regression.  At the end of the year, information regarding summer reading was sent home with students.  Please use the grade level specific link below for the summer reading list and expectations for your child.

Incoming Grade 6 Summer Reading

Incoming Grade 7 Summer Reading

Incoming Grade 8 Summer Reading

 


Back to School Nights- Save the Dates

We are excited to provide families the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and learn about the curricular program that Marshall Simonds Middle School offers all students.  As has been the practice, we have scheduled two Back to School Nights for early this fall.  Please mark your calendars.  More information about the format of the evening will be provided as we approach the dates.

Grade 6 Back to School Night              Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Grade 7 & 8 Back to School Night        Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

 


Picture Day

Picture day has been scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, September 12, 2018.  More information about ordering will be shared with families once it is received from the photography  company, Geskus.

 


School Calendar and School Hours

Regular and punctual school attendance is essential for school success.  While school work due to absence can be made up, it is difficult to replicate the learning experiences in the classroom  The Burlington Public Schools School Committee has established an attendance procedure policy (File #JH) that states, “The administration and faculty of Burlington Public Schools believe that attendance by students at school is vitally important to a successful education”.

The 2018-2019 school calendar, approved by the School Committee, can be found here.

The Marshall Simonds Middle School day begins at 7:35 am and ends at 1:55 pm.  Students are expected to be in homeroom by 7:35 am.  Students who are not in homeroom by 7:35 am are considered tardy and must sign in at the main office to receive a pass to class. Students who are to be dismissed from school should bring a note signed by a parent or guardian to the office prior to the start of school and will receive a dismissal slip.   Students must be picked up from the main office by a parent, guardian, or other adult who has been given permission, in writing, to pick up the child.

In the event that a student is absent from school, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform the school of the absence.  Parents/guardians must call (781) 270-1781 ext. 1 prior to 8:00 a.m. to report a student absence.  In the event that the school is not contacted by the parent/guardian about a child’s absence, the school will contact the family to confirm the child’s absence.


NEW- After School Program

There is a brand new club style after school program starting September 2018 at Marshall Simonds Middle School. The program is designed for students in grades 6, 7 and 8th, bridging the gap between school and home while supporting students both socially and educationally.  Our tween friendly club format allows students to make choices, giving them more control of their afternoon. There will be daily homework time with staff support as well as enriching activities, like cooking, crafts, sports and more!

The Middle School Program supports working families by running from school dismissal until 6:00pm Monday through Friday during the regular school year and from 7:30am to 6:00pm school vacation weeks.  Choose the day or days, that work best for you, with flexible enrollment options.

For more information or to sign up for the program contact Donna Sullivan at dosullivan@bpsk12.org or call the After School Program Office at 781-270-1708.

 


NEW- Cross Country, 2018

Marshall Simonds Middle School is excited to offer students the opportunity to participate in cross country after school this fall.  Thanks to the hard work and support of Mr. Shaun Hart, Burlington High School’s Athletic Director, students will have the chance to practice with other MSMS students and compete with other schools.  Please see below for additional information.

Practice Schedule: Monday through Friday 2:35- 4pm, beginning Tuesday, September 12, 2018.  If there is a half-day or no school, there is no practice.

Every athlete should attempt to be at every practice. The more you train, the better your results will be! With that being said, it is requested that those wishing to join cross country make at least 3 practices a week. If there are any schedule conflicts, please bring them to the coach’s attention as soon as possible.  Arrangements must be made to pick up your child at the end of every practice.

Registration: Every athlete must be registered before attending. This will be done during the first week of school.  Details will follow.

Physical: Each runner must have an updated physical on file with the school nurse (dated 8/4/17 or after).

Meet Schedule: Team will participate in 3-4 meets.  Dates will be announced once they are finalized.