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!


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:

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,,  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 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.

Thank You!

Thank you to all who contributed to the Staff Appreciation Brunch!

The staff was so appreciative, so thank you for helping us make the morning a success! Also, big thanks to all who have sent in money to go toward a parting gift for the MSMS administration.

If you would still like to contribute, it’s not too late. Head on over to the MSMS school blog and click the PTO dues button (top right) to donate or send money/check in with your student in a marked envelope marked PTO.


Have a great weekend!

Let’s Show Our Appreciation for Mr. Connors and Mrs. Abati!!!

Thanks to all who generously donated items for Friday’s staff appreciation brunch, we couldn’t do it without you!

For those of you who weren’t able to sign up in time but want to contribute, we are also getting a small token of our appreciation for Mr. Connors and Mrs. Abati who are retiring and who generously donated so much of their time to every PTO meeting for many years. Any additional funds will be set aside for 2018 end of the year student activities and/or 2019.

You can donate via the PTO/PayPal button (top right) or send in cash/check with your student in a labeled envelope for MSMS PTO. Don’t forget, all contributions are tax-deductible too!

Thanks again!
(button will say for dues but that’s okay!)

Annual – PTO staff appreciation brunch – May 18th, 2018

it’s that time of year again where we thank the MSMS staff for all their hard work. 
We’d be extremely grateful if you could volunteer to bring in some of the refreshments we provide.   Please see the attached google drive list.
Thanks in advance for your support!

PTO Meeting Minutes – March 28th, 2018

Treasurer review/Membership review :

  • We have approximately $3500 left in our account and have approximately $4400 worth of expenses left that we would classify as standard recurring field trips/grade activities.
  • Mr. Connors is going to get a more accurate quote on what the buses cost for 6th grade Christa McAuliffe field trip
  • We should send out another reminder for folks to pay their dues to see if we can close the gap.
  • The board would like to use all remaining funds in the spirit of being a non-profit and knowing there is always an influx of dues at the beginning of the school year.  Mr. Connors had raised the issue  – should we leave some money behind for the next principal/PTO board?  we should use the funds for kids who’s parent paid to support current activities but we’ll evaluate as we get closer to the end of the year.
  • Box tops brought in around $350 this year!  Joe will put a simple flier together educating families on what items have the box top logo.

Staff Appreciation Day. – May 11th or 18th – Beth will set up the sign google sign up sheet for parents to donate food.   Need to finalize the date.

Vaping Educational Session – April – request to repeat Vaping educational session that Keith Sheppard delivered in February.  Beth contacted Keith -he agreed to repeat.  Beth working with BHS Principal Mark Sullivan on a date and location.  It was mentioned that there could be a lot of interest at the high school level as well – we’d like to join the MSMS and BHS groups to reach a wider audience.  looking at Thursday, May 3rd at BHS – Principal Sullivan confirmed – we can use the cafeteria and he will help advertise.
Principal Update
  • MCAS prep and MCAS session for grades 6-8 were conducted  ELA in April, 8th grade Science in May
  • Spring Open House coming up for parents and students

Technology Session Dennis Vilano and John Carroll

  • Presentation shared with the group on websites to monitor social media, education on software/app’s social media for home.  We will post on the blog for families.
  • Commonsense media, Smart Social and Social Sentinel – Apple Families also have a new site that helps you use a setting on your devices to manage social media – courses, seminars, and webinars.
  • Xfinity allows you to pause the wifi signal to get your families attention
  • BPSedtech has a school webpage with helpful education.  shows how kids can get certified in cybersecurity and use it in their application for colleges.  Also, social media apps that allow you to look at your social media profile and work to build a positive identity.
  • Social Sentinel – looks for keywords like suicide and will search Instagram to see if your child is viewing these types of messages
  • Seesaw – some lower level grades are using this tool to post kids portfolio online.
  • This Fall Dennis’s team will try to start up “Parent’s Night” to educate parents on technology.
Next PTO meeting likely May.

Vaping Educational Session May 3rd BHS Cafe

Due to popular demand, School Resource Officer Keith Sheppard will lead a repeat discussion on vaping Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM at the High School Cafeteria.

High schools and middle schools throughout the state have seen an increase in the use of vape pens during the school day.
Parents will be provided:
  • Samples of vaping equipment for viewing so you know what you’re looking for today
  • Reference material
  • A brief presentation with videos on why it’s so appealing to kids
  • Opportunity to raise questions related to school policies.

Don’t miss this great session!

MSMS families – your help is needed!

MSMS Families who haven’t donated to the PTO this year –  we need your help!   
We are drastically below our target for providing funds for the school activities (field trip bus fees, final fling) this year.   On an average year, we raise around $10k.  Currently, our outstanding activities fund has a deficit balance of $4100 in order to fund the balance of the 2018 school year.   For those of you who haven’t sent PTO tax-deductible funds of $25 per family, we are asking you to donate whatever you can so that each class benefits from the subsidized activities.   It is very likely that next year we’ll go back to regular fundraising activities – selling candles and wrapping paper, etc. because we haven’t been successfully raising the money with straight up donations.   
We truly appreciate the families that have contributed and continue to help each year.  As a community, we need to find a solution that works for everyone.
We truly appreciate everyone’s support.

To make a tax-deductible donation, you can choose to:

1. Send in your donation with your student – be sure to label the envelope ‘PTO Dues’ along with your student’s name and homeroom #2. 
2. Or, visit: and click the button in the upper right to make your online donation.