AUGUST 6, 2016; 9:30AM-11:30AM
Join us at the Tuscan playground. Incoming kindergarteners and their caregivers can meet up before the start of school. PTA members will be there to answer questions. Please remember to bring water and that there is no access to the building for bathrooms.
Hi MMS Peeps -
I know there is a lot of anxiety out there due to the recent loss of faculty, administrators and district employees. Please know that we have been working with the district on your behalf, and that they’ve been transparent and forthcoming with us at ever juncture.
I’ve seen a lot of speculative FB posts and received many emails asking why so many people are leaving our district. While it may seem like a lot of folks have jumped ship, when you count the ones who were recruited/poached by other districts, educators who are retiring, and a group that represents a pretty normal rate of attrition for various reasons, only a handful are left. I don’t think that small number reflects a trend or shared lack of belief in the direction of our district.
For example, our beloved Mr. Gold was recruited by a school closer to home that provides a better fit for his particular personal career path. He was not looking for another job, but someone who had worked with him before poached him from us. This will come as no surprise to anyone who’s worked with him, as Mr. Gold is a real treasure. His service and dedication to our children is appreciated and will be missed by all.
As for the Principal’s position, the district has such a strong candidate pool from which to draw, that second round interviews are scheduled for the week of August 22. I participated in the first round interview process, along with administrators and teachers, and was suitably impressed with the candidates. The district wisely wants to hire a Principal before replacing Mr. Gold (who will be at MMS through mid-September) so our new leader can participate in selecting his/her assistant.
Meanwhile, the ever-capable Mr. Louis Brown, Assistant Principal, will serve as our Acting Principal, which he has done before. Mr. Brown and Mr. Gold continue to work through the summer on scheduling and other matters to insure a smooth MMS opening in the fall.
So, for any Henny Penny’s you might see at your next neighborhood bar-b-q or picnic, please assure them that our sky is not falling, and that we will continue to keep parents informed. In return, we only ask for your support during the year to insure our students have an exceptional educational experience this coming year!
Alan Stephenson and Kathleen Bailie
Your MMS-HSA Co-Presidents
Tuscan's Third Annual Spanish Language and Culture Fiesta, led by Señor Carberry
Wednesday, May 4 6:30 - 8:00 pm
An evening of food and fun for Tuscan's Spanish language students (Grades 3-5) and their families.
Enjoy Spanish dining, dancing, performances and lots of fun activities.
Please sign up via the link below
Party's over. Spring break is done. Time to make lunches again... sorry.
Save the Date - 4th & 5th Grade Spring Concert, May 17, 7pm, Maplewood Middle School.
The Spring Concert will feature 4th & 5th grade chorus, 5th grade band & 5th grade orchestra. (I don't know about you all but I'm gonna start looking for that chorus shirt now...)
OMG! IT'S finally ENRICHMENT WEEK! After-school enrichment classes begin Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22.
The payment deadline is Monday, April 18 by check or by PayPal.
Students will go to the auditorium for attendance at 3:15. (Don't worry, we pick up kindergarten and ASP students!)
You'll pick them up from their enrichment classrooms at 4:30 on the dot! We'll have volunteers to help you find that room.
- If you are sending a sitter or caregiver to pick your child up, let them know which class your child is taking.
- Every child must be signed out.
- If your child is going to be absent for enrichment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we don't call you and your emergency contact, trying to find your child.
We're still looking for enrichment volunteers. Volunteers earn a free $100 tuition! Email us! email@example.com
We're looking forward to a fun and exciting session for everyone!
SAVE THE DATE - May 7 is the TUSCAN FAIR.
New entertainment, crafts, rides, food and more!
We will need your help to make it a great event.
Contact Mel Rose for info on volunteering.
Study Buddies Program
Is your child struggling with homework? Study Buddies - Columbia High School students - will work one-on-one with Middle School and Elementary aged students that struggle with homework completion. Although the CHS Study Buddies are not tutors, they can help students with time management and organization, project planning, staying on task, and taking appropriate breaks when needed. Study Buddies will bring their own homework to the student's house to model excellent homework completion behavior, and eventually will wean the student from the need for supervision. The fee for this program is $15 per hour. Families who are interested should fill out this form and email it to Alison Steiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Email or call Alison Steiner at 973-378-2772 X2012.
Parenting Workshop: "Connected Kids: Cyber-bulling & Media Parenting" Thursday, April 21, 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Speaker: Ms. Alissa Sklar, Ph D., who runs risk-within-reason.com, a consultancy project focused on kids, technology, and risky behaviors.
Our children are digital natives, growing up in a wired world we could never have imagined during our school years. The Internet places an incredibly powerful set of resources at their fingertips, allowing them to communicate, entertain and inform themselves at all times and in all locations. Laptops, iPads, and smartphones have fundamentally altered the way kids socialize with friends, do their schoolwork, learn about the world and communicate with others. The vast opportunities offered by these technologies come with distinct challenges and responsibilities.
Jefferson Auditorium, 518 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood
RSVP to PTA President @ email@example.com, if planning to attend the workshop to ensure sufficient speaker handouts.
Childcare will be available and provided by Parents and Girl Scout Cadette Troop (7th Graders with Red Cross Certification for babysitting) at $10 per child. Check in starts at 7:00pm. MUST RSVP to Troop20718@gmail.com, if childcare is required. Light snack provided by troop.
Monday: Hats off to Dr. Seuss! Wear your favorite hat.
Tuesday: Crazy Fox in Sox! Show off your crazy or mismatched socks.
Wednesday: Thing On and Thing Two says... Wear lots of stripes today.
Thursday: Cozy Up With a Good Book! Wear comfy pajamas or sweatpants.
Friday: Reading is Fun! Wear a Tuscan shirt or blue & gold
In addition Ms. Popp is looking to have every class have guest readers on Wednesday. Classes that have library that day will participate in library while some Kindergarten and 2nd Grade classes will have CHS students come into the classrooms and read to the students. We will need additional guest readers, so be on the look out for an email about that soon.
Camp sessions are full and not taking any more campers at this time. I will take 5 names for a waiting list and campers will be notified in May if there are any openings.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the the list.
For the 8th year, the Tuscan P.T.A. is sponsoring Tuscan Summer Art
Session I: June 27 – July 8
Session II: July 11 -22
Classes are approximately 12 students and meet every day of the week.
Ms. Petronzi and an assistant teacher along with 4 counselors and several interns insure a funfilled, creative summer experience in art for each child.
Tuscan Summer Art is exclusively for students of Tuscan School, grades KG through 5th. (Even if they just graduated 5th).
In addition to the following classes, we have a tradition of some fun activities such as Bar-b-que Breakfast, Counselor Improv, Ice Cream Sundae Wednesday, Pie in the Face Race, and of course, Color Wars!
To reserve a space and for more information, dowload the flyer here
and mail it to -
Tuscan Summer Art at 23 Rutgers Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040 along with a 50% deposit.
Please make out your check to: Petronzi Art & Design, LLC.
Please check off the session and the class or classes you wish to take.
Students that attend for a full day will have a supervised lunch. Also, students who take both Ceramics and Printmaking classes may stay for lunch. Cost is per session and includes all materials.
Any questions contact: email@example.com
See our calendar for more events.
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