Tiger Tidbits Newsletter – 10.08.2023




2023-24 Theme: I am Hopeful Because

All SPMS students can enter! Each year the National PTA Reflections Program provides students an opportunity to express their artistic side through visual and performing arts, film production and music. Learn more here.  


10/19 (THU) 6PM @ SPMS Library or virtual

Please Join us for our first SPMS Parent Ed talk of the school year in honor of ADHD Awareness Month!

Flipping The Script on ADHD:
How to identify strengths in children with ADHD
to facilitate healthy development and academic success

Thursday, October 19 @ 6pm
In-Person – SPMS Library
Virtually – Link will be emailed


Dr. Oren Boxer is a South Pasadena parent and a highly regarded clinical neuropsychologist known for his expertise in evaluating cognitive functioning and enhancing it across different age groups. With a strong commitment to improving the lives of his clients, Dr. Boxer’s career is marked by comprehensive assessments, innovative treatment approaches, and a dedication to advancing the field of neuropsychology.

He holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. He completed additional post-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at UCLA. In addition to seeing clients in his private practice, Dr. Boxer also serves as a clinical faculty member at the UCLA Semel Institute.

Dr. Boxer excels in diagnosing conditions including neurodevelopmental disorders, learning difficulties, attention problems, cognitive impairments, and emotional/behavioral issues, utilizing clear communication to convey results effectively. He is especially skilled in working with children, establishing trust and rapport to provide tailored interventions.

Dr. Boxer’s research contributions have been published in esteemed journals and presented at numerous conferences, universities, and international symposia, showcasing his dedication to advancing the understanding of brain-behavior relationships. His compassionate approach, combined with his leadership and influence in the field, underscores his mission to bring positive change to his patients and their families.


10/20 (FRI) 8AM @ SPMS Quad

Please join us after drop off for our SPMS PTA Coffee.  Hear what we have planned for Mental Health Week 10/24 – 27. 



We Need a Nominating Committee!

Every PTA elects a Nominating Committee in the fall.  This committee is responsible for creating a slate of candidates for next year’s PTA Executive Board, which will be voted on at our General Association meeting in March 2024.  In terms of commitment, committee members have an introductory meeting and then start reaching out to current board members and other parents in the community to see who would be interested and a good fit on next year’s PTA Executive Board, before ultimately “nominating” a slate of candidates.  (These candidates may include those serving on the committee.)  We will be electing our Nominating Committee at the next General Association meeting in November.  Please email info@spmspta.org if you are interested.  Thank you!



All students are invited to enter the Tiny Tales of Terror Contest. Write an original horror story in 50 words of less and win a prize!

Stop by the library for contest rules and details. Entries are due by Friday, October 27th.


October is ADHD Awareness Month and thanks to the increasing societal emphasis on representation in print and media, there are a great number of fictional titles that feature kids with this superpower. Some already live in the SPMS library, some will be added soon. Click here for book recommendations >>

Would you like to follow what’s going on in the SPMS library?
Follow the library on Instagram @spmstigers



If you have any of the items listed below laying around unused, the PTA will happily take them off your hands. Please drop off your items in the SPMS main office or reach out to info@spmspta.org to arrange pick-up. Contain loose items in a bag or box and label “PTA”. We will pay it forward if we do not keep your item. Thank you!

    • Platters, bowls and baskets of all sizes (reusable plastic ok if it’s in good condition)
    • Serving utensils, salad hands, etc.
    • Metal forks and spoons for individual use

MONDAYS After School 

As you may know, the Athletic Boosters and the PTA are teaming up to sell ice cream after school to fundraise for school sports & 8th grade activities. We need volunteers to make this effort successful! Please click on this SIGN UP link to choose from the current available dates and times. In addition, we are looking for a few people who can volunteer on a more regular schedule to establish an Ice Cream Committee to help train new volunteers throughout the year. Please email fundraising@spmsathleticboosters.org to get the full scoop!



Did you know that the SPMS Athletic Boosters Club is the PRIMARY source of funding for the SPMS intramural and competitive athletics programs? Please join the Athletic Boosters today and support school sports at spmsathleticboosters.org/join

Fall Competitive Sports: See website for dates/times.
Grades 7-8: Coed Flag Football and Girls Volleyball
Grades 6-8: Coed Cross Country

Intramurals: See website for dates/times.
Grades 6-8: Coed Outdoor Basketball
Grades 6-8: Girls Lacrosse



Music Boosters supports our music programs for Band, Choir, Orchestra and 5th Grade Band. Your donation is essential for new instruments, instrument repairs, sheet music, concert attire, teaching specialists and much more.  Donate here

Chipotle Fundraiser
This Wednesday, 10/11 4-8pm

order online for pick up with code VJ72EF9
or show flyer in restaurant



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