Tiger Tidbits Newsletter – 03.10.24



3/18 (MON) @6:30 PM via Zoom – “Does My Child Need Therapy?”

Hosted by SPUSD and our local PTAs, the Chinatown Service Center’s Behavioral Health Department presents the Family Matters Workshop Series.  Session 3: Monday, March 18, 2024  – Does My Child Need Therapy?  Please register for the zoom meeting here.  



In partnership with the South Pasadena DUDES, the SPMS Athletic Booster Club will soon be holding its largest fundraiser of the year. The 9th Annual South Pasadena Main Event Poker Tournament will take place in two weeks – on Saturday night March 23rd, at the War Memorial Building.

We will be playing Texas Hold’Em Poker, and we will also have tacos, desserts, beverages, music, and more for everyone there. Beginners and experienced players alike are welcome, so long as you are 21+.

Poker entry tickets are limited and going fast, and can be purchased at https://www.southpasdudes.com/poker. And sign up by Fri. 3/9 to receive $500 in extra chips. We hope to see you there!


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 >>

3/26 (TUE) General PTA Meeting

March 26th – Voting on Next Year’s Executive Board and Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Our next PTA general association meeting on March 26th is (1) our Annual Election meeting and (2) our Proposed Amended Bylaws meeting.

(1) As for the annual election, we will be electing PTA members to next year’s (2024-25) SPMS PTA Executive Board. Nominations from the floor will be taken. PTA members in good standing for at least 30 days will be eligible to vote. The PTA’s Nominating Committee has nominated the following slate of candidates for those positions that are elected:

    • President – Kelly Kwan
    • Vice President – Erik Gammell
    • 1st VP, Ways & Means – Stella Jang
    • 2nd VP, Programs – Phoenix Rodman
    • 3rd VP, Membership – Megan Gardner
    • Recording Secretary – Cindy Shin
    • Treasurer – Jenn Koca
    • Financial Secretary – Teresa Wong
    • Financial Reviewer – Maddie Chu
    • Historian – Janice Chow-Ng

Please note the positions Corresponding Secretary, Parliamentarian and Wish Night Committee Chair are appointed by next year’s PTA President subject to the ratification of next year’s Executive Board.

(2) As for the proposed amended bylaws, the PTA’s Bylaws Committee will propose a few amendments to our current bylaws and standing rules that generally concern logistical matters. We will be voting upon those proposals.

For Current 8th Grade Families


SPHS Summer Opportunities Forum, Watch Recording 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 Recording 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.



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.



Intramurals 6th – 8th Grade: KICKBALL 3/11-3/29.  Mon/Wed 3:00 – 4:00pm. Your student can join any time!  All students are welcome.

Competitive Sports: Track & Field begins on March 18th. Please check the Athletic Boosters Website for details.


We invite you to dine out for a great cause at Twohey’s Restaurant and support the South Pasadena Middle School Music Boosters. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 13, and get ready to indulge in delicious food for a purpose!

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Time: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location: Twohey’s Restaurant 424 Fair Oaks Avenue South Pasadena, CA 91030
Special Instructions: Take Out & Dine-In Only

How to Contribute: Bring this flyer to the restaurant or show the server this image on your phone, and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the South Pasadena Music Boosters.

🎵 Announcing our Spring Concert Series! Mark your calendars for our exciting Spring Concert Series taking place in March at the South Pasadena Middle School auditorium. The Band Concert is set for March 26th, followed by the Orchestra Concert on March 27th. Keep an eye out for more details about upcoming High School and Choir Concerts slated for May. Let’s celebrate the joy of music together! 🎵


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