Tiger Tidbits Newsletter – 05.12.24

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK
THANK YOU

Thank you to our co-chairs Adrienne Shanley and Kristen Kuhlman for organizing the week and to all of the volunteers that donated items and time to help make the week possible!  


 

HONORARY SERVICE AWARDS (HSA)
CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU

Congratulations to all of our HSA recipients! And big thank you to our co-chairs Heidi Mayne and Tony Chen, and all of the volunteers that helped make the day a success! 

Certificate of Appreciation:
Stephen Lewis
Ashley Diggs
Jessica Arthur
Fabio Bachemin
Heidi Mayne
Cristen Zeisler

Honorary Service Award: 
Brian Mahler
Gina Loyonnet

 


 

2025 WASHINGTON DC TRIP MEETING
5/22 (WED) @6PM via Zoom (RSVP HERE)

ATTN Families of Incoming 8th graders. Please join this meeting to find out information about the 2025 Washington DC trip.  There is limited space on this trip and spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for this session is mandatory to help organize the meeting, and a parent or guardian must attend. Can’t make it? Choose “No, but send info” so you don’t miss out. This is not a SPMS or SPUSD sponsored event. 


 

GENERAL PTA MEETING
5/28 (TUE) @7PM via Zoom (JOIN HERE)

Please mark your calendars and join us for the last PTA meeting of the school year. The agenda includes the following:

  • 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.
  • Approving the Preliminary Budget for 2024-25 school year
  • Installing the 2024-25 Executive Board

 


 

 LIBRARY CORNER
ROZANNA BARANETS, SPMS LIBRARIAN (see all articles here)

 

Children’s book author Ann Wang visited the library Quiet Room on May 8 to get kids excited about storytelling and the story writing process. Ann is a former SPMS parent and recently published a book called The House Before Falling Into the Sea about a young girl’s experience during the Korean War. Her 45 minute writer’s workshop focused on writing techniques and how to be a good storyteller. Around 26 SPMS students attended the workshop. Thanks to the PTA for supporting this author visit! 
During the textbook return season, SPMS will not accept textbooks brought to the office or dropped off by parents. Students are to personally bring their own books to the library during their history class on their designated day. Exceptions can be made for students with mobility issues, but you must inform rbaranets@spusd.net beforehand. The office will not accept any drop offs that were not pre-approved. 

Mice Sitter Needed!

Mice sitter needed to take care of library mice over summer break. Would you like to take care of the library mice for a portion of the summer? Our three charming little white mice come complete with habitat, food, extra bedding and adorableness. Don’t need to commit to the entire summer, just a portion. Please let Ms. Baranets know ASAP. And thank you! rbaranets@spusd.net 

 


 

SPORTS
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS (WEBSITE)

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

COMPETITIVE: Check the Athletic Boosters website for details.


 

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!


 

HIGH SCHOOL INFO
FOR CURRENT 8TH GRADE FAMILIES

SPHS PTSA Coffee (watch here)
From 5/8, hosted by SPHS PTSA for parents of incoming freshman. 

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.

 


 

PARENT EDUCATION
WATCH PAST EVENTS BELOW

 

01/18/24: Learning About Communication Styles
02/08/24: Children Change Even If We Don’t Want Them To
03/18/24: Does My Child Need Therapy?
04/08/24: Rewards, Consequences, Discipline
04/25/24: RED Period Power