Tiger Tidbits Newsletter – 04.14.24

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

ALL CITY TRACK MEET (ACTM)
4/19-20 (FRI-SAT) @ SPHS TRACK

It’s time for the ACTM, a beloved South Pasadena tradition since 1981! This year, the committee would like to invite the entire community to the ACTM Opening Ceremonies, kicking off the field events competition of our 2-day event where over 750 elementary athletes will compete in brightly colored t-shirts and over 250 parents will volunteer! Come cheer on your home elementary school and support ALL South Pas schools! See more info here.


 

PARENT EDUCATION
4/25 (THU) @ 6:30pm via Zoom (register here)

*Please note that last week’s newsletter contained an incorrect link to register for this event.  Please register using the link above.  Thank you and apologies for the inconvenience. 

 

Thursday April 25th, 6:30pm via Zoom
“Period Empowerment”
by R.E.D. & SPMS

 


 

PTA COFFEE
4/26 (FRI) @ 8:00am SPMS QUAD

 

Please join us for coffee to discuss all things middle school with incoming 6th grade parents.  Thank you to Charlie’s Coffee House for generously donating coffee!
 


 

SPMS SPRING PARENT SOCIAL
4/26 (FRI) @ 5:30-7:30PM BISTRO DE LA GARE

 

Let’s cheers to spring before the school year comes to an end. Stop by to meet & mingle with other SPMS parents. We hope to see you on the patio! This is an adult only, un-hosted PTA event.
 


 

POKER NIGHT
5/4 TENTATIVE NEW DATE

Tentative New Date – Saturday 5/4! The Athletic Boosters and DUDES apologize for the change and appreciate your understanding. We know this new date may conflict with some families’ plans, and the DUDES will offer refunds to attendees who cannot make the new date – please email southpasdudes@gmail.com. Thank you!
 


 

LET’S TALK ABOUT…
ROZANNA BARANETS, SPMS LIBRARIAN

“Can’t Shush This”
When I first started working at my middle school, I met with an educator friend of mine who knew the place well. She was the principal at one of our elementary schools and was curious about my new position as Library Assistant. “What is with the parakeets in your library? Who on earth thought screechy birds were a good idea?” I confessed I didn’t know. But a few days into my job, they made all the sense in the world.

Most Gen X-ers like me grew up being shushed in their school libraries. But at some point between my graduating high school and returning to the world of academia many years later, it seems schools decided libraries should be a little more welcoming. My new librarian boss was fully onboard with this new approach. She would sail around the room at recess (called “brunch” at our school) and lunch, chatting up the students in her regular teacher-volume voice, picking up Jenga pieces that had come crashing down earlier or chess pieces that had flown off the table during a particularly rowdy match, floating from group to group like a feather caught in a breeze, complimenting cosplayers on their outfits and telling the quiet kids they needed to speak up, she couldn’t hear their questions. continue reading >> 


 

LIBRARY CORNER
ROZANNA BARANETS, SPMS LIBRARIAN

See past articles here. Reminder that your student has access to free audiobooks! How to check out SPMS Library audiobooks slideshow
 

 


 

SPORTS
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS (WEBSITE)

INTRAMURALS: Your student can join anytime. Check the Athletic Boosters website for details.

COMPETITIVE: Track & Field. Check the Athletic Boosters website for details.

The Athletic Boosters will be running the snack shack for the All City Track Meet. Please volunteer here: Snack Shack Volunteer. If you’d like to make a monetary donation to purchase items to sell, please use this paypal link
 


 

MUSIC
MUSIC BOOSTERS (WEBSITE)

 

 Music Festival
Wednesday, May 29th 5:00pm
SPMS Quad

Enjoy performances from our 5th grade band, 6th grade band, choir, orchestra, intermediate band, jazz band, and advanced band. Doors open at 5pm, so bring your own lawn chair or blanket for seating, and don’t forget to indulge in delicious tacos, quesadillas, drinks, desserts, and snacks available for purchase or bring your own picnic for our last concert of the year!

Tuesday night’s choir concert was a beautiful evening filled with melodies, chimes, and enchanting voices. We extend our gratitude to the middle school and high school choir students, our talented accompanists, parents, volunteers, and staff whose dedication and support made this unforgettable evening possible.


 

HIGH SCHOOL INFO
FOR CURRENT 8TH GRADE FAMILIES

Summer Opportunities Forum (watch here)
From 1/29, hosted by SPHS PTSA. Learn about how South Pasadena High School students can stay busy over the summer with on campus activities, enrichment classes in the community or just plain fun!

Parent Programming Night (watch here)
From 1/23, SPHS counselors discuss bell schedule, academic requirements and pathways (Biomedical, Computer Sciences, Art), sports, etc. for high school.

Check out the Parent Tiger Guide
A comprehensive resource of frequently asked questions about the high school.

Instagram & Online Accounts (see list here)
Got an 8th Grader attending SPHS next year? Want to check out a game or an event at the High School? Get connected to SPHS groups.


Tiger Tidbits Newsletter – 04.07.24

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

PARENT EDUCATION
3 UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday April 8, 6:30pm via Zoom
“Rewards, Discipline, and Consequences”
by Chinatown Service Center and SPHS
Register Here

 

Wednesday April 10, 7:00pm via Zoom or In-person
“Ready, Tech, Go!”
by Monterey Hills Elementary School
Register Here

 

Thursday April 25, 6:30pm via Zoom
“Period Empowerment”
by R.E.D. and SPMS
Register Here

 


 

THE FOLLIES
WATCH ON YOUTUBE

We raised OVER $6000 and have very exciting ideas for exactly how to spend it in service of mental health programs on campus. Stay tuned… For now, check out The Follies on YouTube!


 

HONORARY SERVICE AWARDS (HSA)
NOMINATIONS DUE 4/10 (WED)

The 2023-2024 Honorary Service Awards are here! Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond to make a positive impact at SPMS? Nominate them here!

Who is eligible? Any individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding service to the SPMS students and community during the 2023-2024 school year. Volunteers, caretakers, teachers, & administrative staff are all eligible!

When is the nomination deadline? April 10th…so nominate TODAY!

When will the awardees be honored? The awardees will be announced and honored at the SPMS HSA Luncheon on Friday, May 10th at 11:45 am.

Questions? Additional information located on the above flyer. Email HSA@spmspta.org with any questions.


 

POKER NIGHT
5/4 TENTATIVE NEW DATE

Tentative New Date – Saturday 5/4! The Athletic Boosters and DUDES apologize for the change and appreciate your understanding. We know this new date may conflict with some families’ plans, and the DUDES will offer refunds to attendees who cannot make the new date – please email southpasdudes@gmail.com. Thank you!


 

LET’S TALK ABOUT… 
ROZANNA BARANETS, SPMS LIBRARIAN

“Can’t Shush This”
When I first started working at my middle school, I met with an educator friend of mine who knew the place well. She was the principal at one of our elementary schools and was curious about my new position as Library Assistant. “What is with the parakeets in your library? Who on earth thought screechy birds were a good idea?” I confessed I didn’t know. But a few days into my job, they made all the sense in the world.

Most Gen X-ers like me grew up being shushed in their school libraries. But at some point between my graduating high school and returning to the world of academia many years later, it seems schools decided libraries should be a little more welcoming. My new librarian boss was fully onboard with this new approach. She would sail around the room at recess (called “brunch” at our school) and lunch, chatting up the students in her regular teacher-volume voice, picking up Jenga pieces that had come crashing down earlier or chess pieces that had flown off the table during a particularly rowdy match, floating from group to group like a feather caught in a breeze, complimenting cosplayers on their outfits and telling the quiet kids they needed to speak up, she couldn’t hear their questions. continue reading >> 


 

LIBRARY CORNER
ROZANNA BARANETS, SPMS LIBRARIAN

See past articles here. Reminder that your student has access to free audiobooks! How to check out SPMS Library audiobooks slideshow

 


 

SPORTS
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS (WEBSITE)

INTRAMURALS: Your student can join anytime. Check the Athletic Boosters website for details.

COMPETITIVE: Track & Field. Check the Athletic Boosters website for details.

The Athletic Boosters will be running the snack shack for the All City Track Meet. Please volunteer here: Snack Shack Volunteer. If you’d like to make a monetary donation to purchase items to sell, please use this paypal link


 

MUSIC
MUSIC BOOSTERS (WEBSITE)

 

*REMINDER*
SPMS Choir Concert THIS TUESDAY

Tuesday, April 9th 7:00pm
SPMS GYM

 

 

Join us for our beginning, intermediate, and advanced choir groups, as well as the captivating sounds of our chimes ensemble. Please consider volunteering here for a slot to help make this event a success.

 

Music Festival
Wednesday, May 29th 5:00pm
SPMS Quad

Enjoy spectacular performances from our 5th grade band, 6th grade band, choir, orchestra, intermediate band, jazz band, and advanced band. Doors open at 5pm, so bring your own lawn chair or blanket for seating, and don’t forget to indulge in delicious tacos, quesadillas, drinks, desserts, and snacks available for purchase or bring your own picnic for our last concert of the year!


 

HIGH SCHOOL INFO
FOR CURRENT 8TH GRADE FAMILIES

Summer Opportunities Forum (watch here)
From 1/29, hosted by SPHS PTSA. Learn about how South Pasadena High School students can stay busy over the summer with on campus activities, enrichment classes in the community or just plain fun!

Parent Programming Night (watch here)
From 1/23, SPHS counselors discuss bell schedule, academic requirements and pathways (Biomedical, Computer Sciences, Art), sports, etc. for high school.

Check out the Parent Tiger Guide
A comprehensive resource of frequently asked questions about the high school.

Instagram & Online Accounts (see list here)
Got an 8th Grader attending SPHS next year? Want to check out a game or an event at the High School? Get connected to SPHS groups.