Tiger Tidbits Newsletter – 03.31.24

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SPMS PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD 2024-25

Congratulations to next year’s SPMS PTA Executive Board who were elected during the 3/26 General PTA Meeting:

    • 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 Chairs are appointed in the fall by next year’s PTA President. 


 

THE FOLLIES
UPDATE

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


 

MAIN EVENT POKER TOURNAMENT
POSTPONED

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!


 

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.  


 

LIBRARY CORNER
ROZANNA BARANETS, SPMS LIBRARIAN

The Best Things to Read in March

In honor of Women’s History Month, I’d like to suggest several books that both focus on the advocacy of women’s rights and help us fill in some of the knowledge gaps we may have on the subject.

The following are taken directly from the School Library Journal website, and curated to meet our middle school needs. SPMS students can go on to the library catalog directly from their Chromebook by going to the link in their English teacher’s Google Classroom to see if we have the title on our shelves. If we don’t, support your local bookstore by purchasing it at Vromans’ Bookstore in Pasadena! 



continue reading to see all recommendations >>

REMINDER! Free Audio Books are available to all students!

How to check out SPMS Library audiobooks slideshow

 

  


 

LET’S TALK ABOUT
ROZANNA BARANETS, SPMS LIBRARIAN
(See All Articles HERE)

 

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 >>


 

SPORTS
SPMS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS (WEBSITE)

Intramurals: Your student can join anytime! All students welcome. Please check Athletic Boosters for details.

Competitive: Track & Field. Please check Athletic Boosters 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
SPMS MUSIC BOOSTERS (WEBSITE)

 

Join us for an enchanting Choir Concert at the SPMS Gym on April 9th, 2024, at 7pm. Delight in performances from 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.

Mark your calendars for the last performances of the year during this year’s Music Festival on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024, in the 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 a delightful evening!

The Music Boosters would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone for making our band and orchestra concerts such a resounding success! Your dedication, talent, and support were instrumental in creating memorable performances that showcased our musical community’s excellence. We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. Thank you!


 

HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION
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.