NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD 2023-24
3/7 (TUE) – ANNUAL ELECTION MEETING
Upcoming Annual Election Meeting – Tuesday March 7th
On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, the PTA will be holding a general association meeting, which will also serve as its annual election meeting. At the meeting, PTA members will be electing next year’s Executive Board.
Next week’s Newsletter will include the Executive Board candidate slate, as proposed by the PTA’s Nominating Committee.
8TH GRADE PARENTS
HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATIONAL EVENTS
SPHS Programming for the 2023-24 School Year
January 24th Recording of the SPHS Parent Night can be found on the SPHS Website here.
SPHS Electives and Extra Curriculars
January 26th Families Night information packet is available here: 2023 MS Families Night packet
SPHS Summer Opportunities Fair Forum
Date/Time: January 30 (MON) 7:15PM
Location: Online (RSVP for a zoom link here)
Learn about all the SPHS summer happenings.
RSVP for a Zoom link here
If you can’t make it, we will be recording it.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
INSTAGRAM & ONLINE ACCOUNTS
WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT
STARTS 1/27 (FRI) DURING LUNCH @SPMS
Mr. Lewis, Mrs. Williams and ASB are organizing a 9-on-9, Double Elimination Wiffle Ball Tournament that will start on 1/27! Please feel welcome to attend the games to watch your kids play (during lunch), and not just from outside the fence. Sign in at the main office and get a visitor pass. See weekly announcements for more details.
2/1 (WED) @SPMS
The PTA has teamed with ASB and the SPMS Music Boosters to bring the students a cultural assembly this week featuring m-pact, an acapella pop-jazz vocal group based in Los Angeles. m-pact has 5 albums and 2 greatest hits albums, They will perform for all students, and students in choir will receive a Master Class. This program was organized by our Choir teacher Reinman who hopes this will inspire students to make music together, whether it’s singing or playing an instrument.
6TH GRADE PARENT CHAPERONES NEEDED
2/2 (THU) 6:30PM ONLINE INFO MEETING
SIGN UP FOR MEETING HERE (Google Meet link in the sign up)
6th graders will be going to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Monday, May 1, 2023. If you are a 6th grade parent and interested in becoming a chaperone, attend the information meeting on 2/2 (Thursday). Sign up for the meeting here.
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EFFECTIVE SCHOOL SOLUTIONS (ESS)
DEPRESSION: MAYBE THE STUDENT IS NOT JUST MOODY
The 1/24 presentation by Jennifer Fightlin is available below to watch. You can follow along using the Participation Guide.
The goal of this workshop is to help caregivers support and work more effectively with a child suffering from depression. Participants receive an overview of child and adolescent depression, learn how depression can impact school performance, and develop an understanding of treatment options.
3/13 – Having Hope: Suicide Prevention for Parents
4/10 – The Language of Behaviors: Understanding Changing Behaviors
CALLING ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS
Enter the Family Follies! After a brief hiatus, the Follies are back! If you have a latent or current talent you are ready to show the world, sign up to perform and you will be the next big thing, probably. We are open to whatever act you can imagine! Please sign up here.
Rozanna Baranets – Sharing news from SP Public Library
The South Pasadena Public Library is now offering a new homework help resource that provides live real-time homework help, college prep resources, essay/writing assistance, and more. Beginning January 1, Brainfuse HelpNow will be replacing our current homework help resource Tutor.com. HelpNow is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.
LOTE4Kids is an online database of digital books in World Languages, that allows kids to enjoy the magic of books in LOTE (Languages Other Than English). Each book also comes with English translations to help kids learn languages. Some stories also have bilingual presentations as well as downloadable activity sheets. LOTE4Kids has over 2,000+ digital picture books in 50+ languages, with new books and languages released each month. A South Pasadena Public Library card is required to access this new online resource.
SPMS PTA AMAZON SMILE
AMAZON SMILE – Sign Up/Update Charity to South Pasadena Middle School PTA
Please note that BOTH the AmazonSmile App on your phone and smile.amazon.com via your Web Browser must both be set up individually to ensure that the donations are made to SPMS PTA. See here for detailed instructions on how to add South Pasadena Middle School PTA as your Amazon Smile Charity.
Intramurals (open to all 6th-8th graders): Dodgeball begins 1/18
Meet at the field @ 3:00-4:30pm Mon/Wed
Competitive: 7th & 8th Grade Boys and Girls Soccer. Games begin at the end of the month.