NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PANDA EXPRESS DINE OUT
2/22 (WED) 9:30AM – 9:30PM
ORDER ONLINE ONLY AND ENTER CODE 913269
Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, February 22, support SPMS Music Boosters by dining out at Panda Express! You must order online and enter code 913269 in the Fundraiser Code box at online checkout or via App.
Check out the Music Boosters Website for the latest news and events.
2/24 (FRI) & 3/17 5:30PM – 8:00PM @ MAMMA’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA
THIS FRIDAY 2/24!
All SPMS Parents are welcome to attend our Happy Hour Parent Social at Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza (Back Patio) on Friday 2/24 and 3/17. Come on one or both days! This is a casual and fun event to meet other parents and chat about life at SPMS and beyond.
GENERAL ASSOCIATION PTA MEETING
3/7 (TUE) 7:00PM – PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS
VIRTUAL MEETING: JOIN VIA ZOOM
Annual SMPS PTA Executive Board Election – Tuesday, March 7th
On Tuesday, March 7th, at the SPMS General Association PTA Meeting, the election of the 2023-24 PTA Executive Board will take place. The Nominating Committee will present the following slate of candidates, and nominations from the floor will be taken. PTA members in good standing for 30 days will be eligible to vote. The nominees for each elected office are as follows:
President – Megan Gardner
Executive Vice President – Tony Chen
1st VP (Ways & Means) – Jennifer Wang
2nd VP (Programs) – Phoenix Rodman
3rd VP (Membership) – Ingi Jennings
Recording Secretary – Patti Urzua
Treasurer – Teresa Wong
Financial Secretary – Linda Kao
Auditor (Financial Reviewer) – Gina Loyonnet
Historian – Crystal Arceo
Motion to Amend Standing Rules
Additionally, those PTA members in good standing who are in attendance will also be asked to vote on a motion to amend a number of the PTA’s Standing Rules. These amendments concern the following rules:
(1) changing the General Association meeting dates so that is now the last Tuesday in September, November, March, and May;
(2) raising the cumulative amount that the Executive Board is authorized to spend when paying bills for unbudgeted expenditures between General Association meetings from $750 to $1,000;
(3) generally adopting job descriptions that are set forth on the online CAPTA Toolkit (https://capta.org/pta-leaders/run-your-pta/job-descriptions/) for our applicable Executive Board positions;
(4) amending the Wish Night Chair’s duties and setting forth guidelines as to how Wish Night funds may be spent; and
(5) amending and reorganizing the names and descriptions of the numerous PTA committees and PTA delegates/liaisons.
MAIN EVENT POKER TOURNAMENT
3/11 (SAT) 6:30PM @ WAR MEMORIAL BUILDING
LET’S TALK ABOUT
“DON’T ASK ME, GO LOOK IT UP”
BY ROZANNA BARANETS, SPMS LIBRARIAN
There is one book in the library that I will never get rid of.
A painful part of every library worker’s job is to go through this process called “weeding” – the systematic culling of books from our collection that are obsolete, falling apart or otherwise haven’t been checked out in years. In order to make way for new material, the old stuff’s gotta go. No one likes making those decisions and we usually put them off as long as possible. Who wants to kick books out of a library?
But the 1993 Webster’s Third New International Dictionary is not going anywhere.
Donated in 2015 by two South Pas residents Missy and Dr. B.A. Finsted, …
BOOK PICKS & RECOMMENDATIONS
BY ROZANNA BARANETS, SPMS LIBRARIAN
Welcome to the first of what is hopefully many months of Book Picks and Recommendations lovingly selected by me, your SPMS librarian Ms. Baranets.
I say lovingly because this month’s suggestions are all about what we love most about February – love. My aides and I put out a selection of books about love and romance earlier this month. At first I was reluctant to do so, knowing full well that I’d be isolating about 50% of our student population. (Sorry, but boys really don’t come asking if I can suggest any good steamy romances.) Sadly, I was right. But! I did get a surprisingly large group of girls standing around the table like office staff at the water cooler telling their friends which ones they’d read and chatting about which ones looked good. Several were checked out, so – success!
My suggestions for this month come straight from the School Library Journal’s booklist of “Short and Sweet Love Stories.” School Library Journal is a deeply respected source of library news and information, and my favorite place to go see what’s what in the school library world.
Kids can come up to the library and see if any of these titles are in our catalog. If they’re not here, buying them at our favorite local bookstore Vromans, or on the PTA’s ongoing Amazon Smile fundraising page is the best way to go.
A big thank you is due to the library’s regular, tried and true shelvers Kirstie Field, Jean Yu and Corinna Leung. Our shelvers are the No. 1 reason why the circulation desk works as smoothly as it does! An extra kudos goes out to Jean who took on the monumental task of shifting our entire fiction section from A to Z to fit the shelves a little more cleanly. Major “To-Do List” item checked off!!
WISH LIST ITEMS
Please look through the wishlist created by the SPMS Wellness Center. All donations may be delivered to SPMS Front Office, Attention: Natasha Stebbins. Thank you!
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.
Questions? Contact Christian Schrader
SPMS MUSIC BOOSTERS
Check out the Music Boosters Website for the latest news.
SPMS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS
Check out the Athletic Boosters Website for game schedules and information about intramurals.
Intramurals (open to all 6th-8th graders): Basketball begins 2/13
Competitive: 7th & 8th Grade Boys and Girls Soccer.
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.
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