Tiger Tidbits Newsletter – 9.18.2022


September Cookie Bar

Thank you to our Staff Appreciation Chair, Rebecca Bertolina, for organizing the cookie bar for the staff! Thank you to all of the parents that brought in cookies and milk! If you would like to be on the sign up list to donate food/items for these monthly treats, please go the volunteer form and choose “staff appreciation” and/or “hospitality.”

8TH GRADE DC TRIP (March 2023)
9/21/22 WED –  Registration Deadline

If you missed the 9/7 8th Grade DC trip parent information meeting, please click here to see the meeting slides.  For any questions, please contact Katy Chen at kchendctrip@gmail.com.  Please note the Trip ID is: 204869.  More info available below in the flyer section. 

*This trip is not a school or district sponsored trip. 8th graders will attend with the WorldStrides program. For trip dates, pricing, more info, click here.

A Different Take on Anxiety

TAKE TWO (link to article has been updated)
SPMS PTA is excited to introduce “Let’s Talk About…,” a new regular newsletter column addressing all things middle school parenting related.  First up, SPMS “Train Your Brain” counselor Natasha Stebbins discusses a different take on anxiety. 

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9/27 TUE, 6:00-7:00pm (virtual)  – Join via Zoom here

What is Train Your Brain? Please join us for a virtual Parent Ed event featuring SPMS Train Your Brain (TYB) counselor Natasha Stebbins sharing information education and insight.  Q&A session to follow.  

Update from Ms. Baranets

September 18 – 24 is National Banned Books Week when book and writing communities across the country celebrate an individual’s right to read freely.  
Book banning is when private individuals, governments, or organizations remove books from libraries or bookstores because they object to their content, ideas or themes.  The American Library Association has seen book challenges across the country more than double what they were last year.  
The SPMS library is celebrating by putting up an interactive display of historically challenged middle school books and making them available to check out.  Students and teachers can write what they think of the book and put their thoughts up on the wall for their peers to see.


9/29 THU – Fundraiser Ends

Thank you SPMS Families for supporting our Step It Up student fundraiser hosted by ASB. If your child is interested in participating, please assist with their online registration. We appreciate you sending emails to friends and family who might be willing to participate and support our programs. Rest assured that the fundraising program is only in effect during our fundraiser. It will send several automated reminders during our event so please alert family and friends that they are coming. ASB funds are used for assemblies, student activities, transportation, student recognition and dances. We really appreciate your support but know that if a student chooses not to participate they still benefit from the funds raised by the students as a whole. Thank you for your support!

* ASB and PTA do not fund the same events.  ASB funds are used for student activities and expenses that the students decide on.

Emily Williams
ASB Advisor

10/13 THU – Entries Due

All students are welcome to participate! Print out entry forms or pick up from the front office.  Please submit your entry form as soon as you know what you will be creating, before art is completed.  More info here.

11/8 TUE – Vote – https://SouthPasYesOnLL.com

Renew local funding for the South Pasadena Library. On November 8th, voters will be asked to renew Measure LL.  Please visit here to endorse, donate, or request a lawn sign.  The SPMS PTA supports Measure LL. 

Ongoing – https://spmspta.org/fall/

Our goal is for all SPMS families to fill out Fall Forms.  You will be connected to the PTA Newsletter, see volunteer opportunities, join the PTA, donate to the school, etc.  There is no obligation to donate or join, so please complete the Fall Forms for your student.  Thank you!




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