NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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! We are open to whatever act you can imagine! Please sign up here.
Questions? Contact Christian Schrader
SPMS PTA Executive Board Nominees
Are You Interested in Being a Nominee for Next Year’s Executive Board?
In early March 2023, the PTA general association will be electing next year’s executive board. The PTA nominating committee is currently compiling a slate of candidates for that election. If you have interest in being a nominee, please email the committee chair Patti Urzua at email@example.com.
LET’S TALK ABOUT…
Featuring Ms. Rozanna Baranets – SPMS Library Technician
Our lovely SPMS Librararian, Ms. Baranets, wrote a really interesting essay about the “Power of the Deep Read.”
One of the many topics I find myself mulling over more than most involves digital versus printed books. Recently, my largely un-scientific hunches got a boost of validation when I listened to UCLA Education Professor and children’s literacy advocate Maryanne Wolf share her thoughts on the matter in an Ezra Klein podcast about The Power of the Deep Read.
It was news to me that, according to Wolf, the human brain was never meant to read. Reading is an entirely “unnatural” human invention that engages parts of the brain that were originally meant for other purposes, and adapts them to this thing called reading.
We always encourage you to check out books from the SPMS or local library, or our favorite local bookseller, Vroman’s.
You can support SPMS PTA by purchasing a recommendation via one of the links below, or any purchase made using AmazonSmile (South Pasadena Middle School PTA).
And if you’re looking for further ideas, check out this list from School Library Journal, SLJ Best Middle Grade Books of 2022.
Ms. Rozanna Baranets – SPMS Library Technician
December in the library is a sparkly, snowy affair! Please enjoy all these handmade stars and paper trees brought to you by our brunch/lunch artists. Anyone is welcome to come up and try their hand at our different paper crafts!
SPMS PTA AMAZON SMILE
AmazonSmile – Please Sign Up/Update the Charity to South Pasadena Middle School PTA
See below step by step for an easy way to help our PTA raise money. 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.
UDPATE FROM THE BUILDERS CLUB
8TH GRADE GRAD NIGHT
1/13/23 – Ticket Purchase Deadline
TICKET PURCHASE DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 13, 2023!
On May 19, 2023, SPMS 8th graders are invited to celebrate their promotion by sharing a night of fun and excitement with all of their 8th Grade friends at Universal Studios Hollywood! Please note this event will be in place of the traditional end of the year 8th Grade Promotion Party.
8TH GRADE WINTER FORMAL
1/27/23 6:00PM @ SPHS
ATHLETIC BOOSTERS Website
Check out the Athletic Boosters Web site for game schedules and information about intramurals.
Intramurals (open to all 6th-8th graders):
Meet at the field @ 3:00-4:30pm Mon/Wed
Competitive: 7th & 8th Grade Boys and Girls Soccer tryouts are beginning.
Boys 12/19 & 12/20. Girls 1/9 & 1/10