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.
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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.
 
MSMS PTO
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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: https://marshallsimonds.com/ and click the button in the upper right to make your online donation. 

The next PTO meeting will be January 31, 2018 at 6:45 p.m.

The middle school Parent Teachers Organization will meet next Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. After a brief business meeting, School Resource Officer Keith Sheppard and members of the school administration will lead a discussion on vaping.  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 given background information on the topic and have the opportunity to raise questions related to school policies.

Mark your calendar! The next PTO meeting will be January 31, 2018 at 6:45 p.m.

Vaping Discussion with Officer Keith Sheppard will begin at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

 


*Reminder*
Make -Up Picture Day is Wednesday, January 24. If you plan on having a retake make sure you bring in your unwanted photos.

The next MSMS PTO meeting will be January 31, 2018, at 6:45 p.m.

The next MSMS PTO meeting will be January 24, 2018, at 6:45 p.m. in the school library.

vapingOfficer Keith Sheppard will be attendance to address and educate families on the emergence of Vaping. Please join us for this informative night! All are welcome to attend.

Now is the time to make your tax-deductible year-end donation to MSMS PTO. Donations can be made by check and sent to the office, or online via PayPal (or credit card) on MSMS blog: https://marshallsimonds.com/
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=L2TL5BNPJ5YZJ.   Any donation received prior to December 31, 2017, is eligible to be claimed on your 2017 tax return as the PTO is a charitable organization (Tax ID: 743-262-303).
We wish you a happy holiday season!

 

Marshall Simonds Middle School Newsletter – 11/20/17

Important Dates:

*SCHOOL PICTURES AT MSMS NOVEMBER 28 AND 29*
(Picture envelopes will be going home in backpacks on 11/21)
November 22 ~ Half day dismissal approximately 10:45 a.m.
November 23 ~ Happy Thanksgiving ~ No School
November 24 ~ No school


 

Screenagers (Students):  
Our appreciation is extended to the MSMS PTO and the Burlington Education Foundation for providing parents with the opportunity to view Screenagers, a film about the challenges of parenting in the digital world.  Last week all students in grades 6, 7 and 8 attended separate assemblies to watch Screenagers.

Screenagers (Parents):  
For those of you who were able to attend the Screenagers event – Thank You!  We’d love your feedback!  Please complete the brief survey so we can improve future events.

For those of you who couldn’t attend – please feel free to complete the brief survey where you can still offer topic suggestions for future events or provide feedback on why the date/time/location was not convenient.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YDK87D7


 

Community News:

The LABBB Collaborative helps students with special needs reach their full potential through high-quality programs that integrate academic, social, recreational and vocational services and enable participation in the least restrictive environment. Their Burlington classrooms are located in BHS, Memorial, Fox Hill, and Francis Wyman. On December 2, 2017, the LABBB Best Buddies are holding their 9th Annual Craft fair to support various programs and activities.

 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Noreen Abati

 

 

 

 

Screenagers Survey

For those of you who were able to attend the Screenagers event – Thank You!  We’d love your feedback!  Please complete the brief survey so we can improve future events.
For those of you who couldn’t attend – please feel free to complete the brief survey where you can still offer topic suggestions for future events or provide feedback on why the date/time/location was not convenient.

Marshall Simonds Middle School Newsletter

November 3, 2017

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Report Cards
First-term Report Cards will be distributed to all students on next Monday, November 6th.

 



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Parent conferences will be held on next Tuesday evening November 7th and throughout the day on Thursday, November 9th.  Please return your conference appointment forms to homeroom teachers.



elementary school students with smartphonesScreenagers is coming!

Please reserve the evening of Wednesday, November 15 to attend the showing of the movie Screenagers in the MSMS auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  After a 45 minute film that highlights internet safety, online connections and tips and insights on how parents can offer guidance to students about social media, a panel of educators including Superintendent of School Eric Conti and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Patrick Larkin will respond to parent questions. This free event is brought to you by Burlington Education Foundation and the Marshall Simonds Middle School P.T.O. and sponsored by Lahey Health.


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Shawsheen – Shawsheen Valley Technical High School

100 Cook Street, Billerica MA is holding its Community Open House on Sunday, November 5th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information call 878.671.3611.

 



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No School

There will be no school for students on Thursday, November 9 and on Veterans Day, Friday, November 10.

 



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School Pictures
November 28 and 29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screenagers Screening & Panel Discussion Wednesday 11/15 in MSMS Auditorium, 7:00-8:30pm

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If this sounds like the conversation in your house, we have a solution:

Come and see Screenagers, a film about the challenges of parenting in the digital world. After the movie, we’ll have a lively panel discussion with:

Panelists:
Colleen Jenkins, M.S.CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist for BHS

Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent of BPS

Kim Lynch, Grade 5 Teacher, Francis Wyman Elementary School

Barbara Oliver, Lahey Health Behavioral Services

Moderator:
Dr. Eric Conti,
Superintendent of BPS


This FREE EVENT is brought to you by the Burlington Education Foundation and the Marshall Simonds Middle School PTO.

Join us, Wednesday, November 15th, 7:00-8:30pm in the MSMS Auditorium. 

 

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