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MVMS Weekly Parent Update

December 1, 2017

MVMS representatives from or Student Voice group will be presenting at Monday night’s School Board meeting at MVHS.  Our students will share some of the climate and culture work addressed last year, what they are working on this year, and their visions for the future.  The students should arrive between 7:00 and 7:10 and the Board Meeting starts promptly at 7:15.


Seventh Grade ELA teachers, Ms. Stack and Mrs. Ciarametaro, are planning a whole grade Dinner Theater based on the book, Touching Spirit Bear.  This fun and entertaining event will be held on 12/20 from 5:30-7:30 in our MS Cafeteria.  See the attached flyer for details and donations!


Random Acts of Kindness:

Random Acts of Kindness is up and running.  Students are encouraged to recognize one another for acts of kindness.  Staff can recognize one another, as well as students.  There are three “leaf stations” - the library, student services and the main office.  Let’s meet our goal of 1,000 acts of kindness!  We have an exciting surprise guest coming if we meet our 1,000 goal!  Let’s go MVMS students!!  More green is added each day - exciting to watch it grow!


Our Geography Bee finalists have been determined.  Congratulations to Caitlin Habel,Alyssa Ishii, Connor Jackson, Dylan Brien, Marshall Carey-Matthews, Seth Baylus, Garrett Wyman, Cleon Leonard, Molly Bentley, Gabe Carr.  The Geography Bee will be held on December 13.


Ski/Boarding Club is coming!! Ski/Boarding Club is coming!!  Many of our students enjoy engaging in the school sponsored skiing at Pat’s Peak with their friends.  Students can sign up (online at Pat's Peak ) for "free ski" and/or lessons.  Season's pass holders are welcome to join us, as well. Flyers are also available at school.

  • Thursdays -  2/15, 2/22, 3/8, 3/15 & 3/22  

  • We depart immediately after school and return by 8:15.

  • Students may ride on the bus ($30 fee for all sessions) or parents may provide transportation.

  • Register at https://www.patspeak.com/Shop/School-Group.aspx with the access code "mvms2018"

  • Contact Mrs. Jordan-Foote with questions at  ljordan-foote@mvsdpride.org


  • Please remember, as with any school sponsored event, students’ actions and behaviors impact their opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities.  We need to be assured that we can trust our students to make smart decisions and be a positive representative of MVMS.  Misconduct at school can result in the loss of this opportunity, and refunds will not be provided.

Student Council will be meeting more regularly over the next few weeks in preparation for the Spirit Rally and School Spirit week.  One exciting decision made by the group at last week’s meeting was to have a MVMS school mascot.  The idea was presented by 7th grader, Iain McCurry, and our Student Council liked and acted on the idea.  The upcoming meetings for December will be:

        Tuesday 12/12

Tuesday 12/19


Our lost and found is overflowing!! Items will  be donated after December 13th.  Jackets, sweatshirts, gym clothes, water bottles… the list goes on!  Students need to stop by and look for their missing clothes!


After School Activities Update:

AAP is open to all students for academic support every Monday - Wednesday.

The BRAND NEW!! Hot Chocolate Running Club has started, and will run every Monday through the winter, weather permitting.

Vocal Ensemble meets Mondays.

Destination Imagination meets Tuesdays.

Robotics Club continue to meet on Mondays.

NJHS meets on Wednesdays.

Jazz Band meets on Wednesdays.

Spanish Club (for students IN Spanish class) meets on Wednesdays.


PTO Update:

  • We will be collecting BoxTops for Education again this year, so please save them and send them in.  The first competition is wrapped up, but keep saving!  Another challenge round will be coming!


Library Media Center:

  • Hope our readers in the Marathon are running strong!  I am trying hard to make my 26 book challenge.

  • Check out the latest Newsletter!  Lots of great information.

  • Students can always swing by the library to work on a puzzle, do some relaxing coloring, or enjoy a book in a comfy chair.


Attendance/Tardies:

Arriving on time for school and attending school consistently are very important components to academic success.  For every five (5) UNEXECUSED tardies to school, a student will have to serve an office detention until 4:00.


Band and Chorus Schedule:

  • Band and Chorus meet during PRIDE Block.  Lessons are scheduled throughout the week.

  • Grade 6: Band Days 1 & 3, Chorus Days 2 & 4

  • Grade 7 & 8: Band Days 2 & 4, Chorus Days 1 & 3


Other Items:

8th graders should be looking for baby pictures for this year’s MVMS Yearbook!   Look for notices coming home!

Yearbooks are still on sale for $25.

Student council is planning a Spirit Week beginning 12/18-12/22 with a culminating Pep Rally on Friday afternoon.  Flyers are around the building announcing the daily theme, and will also be on our website calendar.


Upcoming Dates:

12/11 - MS Choral Concert at MVHS, 7:00

12/11 - School Board Meeting at MVHS, 7:15

12/13 - Geography Bee

12/19 - MS Band Concert at MVHS, 7:00

12/22 - Spirit Rally

12/25-1/1/18 - Holiday Break


Please email or call Mrs. Lamontagne or Mr. Lynch with any questions!  We are here to help and keep the communication door open!


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Regards, Kara








Suggestions for Success
In pursuit of our mission of teaching students to be active learners, critical thinkers and responsible citizens we encourage students to exemplify 10 learner profile characteristics: Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open Minded, Caring, Risk-Taker, Balanced and Reflective. It is our belief that achieving these goals are possible with a strong partnership between home and school. We ask that parents establish a routine of engaging their students in conversations about their learning experiences. Positive expectations are powerful motivators! Each student will be provided with a planner that includes the school handbook and assignment calendar. We ask students to use these to plan out long-term assignments, manage their time and record homework. Please review these with your students regularly, this will help keep you informed as to their learning and allow you to assist them in their organization. In addition to regularly accessing our website, we encourage you to track your student’s learning progress on Web2School, a link is available on our webpage. 

Reminders
Please remember that NH statute and MVSD policy requires MVMS students be current on their immunizations. Prior to entering 6th grade students need to have received both the varicella #2 vaccine as well as the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular, pertussis) vaccine. Documentation of these immunizations needs to be given to Ms. Marie Jones, the school nurse, and any questions that you have may also be directed to her at mjones@mvsdpride.org.

The school dress code is included in the student handbook and can also be viewed on the school website. We ask that students wear shorts with at least a 5 inch inseam and skirts that extend to mid thigh while sitting and standing. If students opt to wear spandex under shorts or skirts then those must extend to mid thigh. Leggings must be accompanied by appropriate outwear including long shirts, skirts or shorts. Tank tops must have straps that are at least 2 inches thick. We appreciate your help in reminding students of this before they head out the door in the morning.

In order to decrease learning distraction student are asked to power off their electronic devices during school hours and leave them in their locked locker. If you need to communicate with your student during the school day please contact the main office and we will get a message to your student. Thank you in advance for your support with this policy.

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Kara Lamontagne,
Dec 10, 2017, 5:35 AM