MAMS Monthly

December 2016

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A Message From the Principal's Office

MAMS Families,

With formal conferences behind us, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers with any questions or concerns. Our goal is to maintain a strong home-school connection. This is a critical piece to ensuring that our community is developing life-long learners and providing every student with a rigorous, well-rounded educational experience.

As the winter weather approaches I'd ask that everyone make sure their contact information is updated in Realtime Parent Portal. There are building and district messages that announce alterations to the school day due to inclement weather as well as important events and activities throughout the year.

All MARSD schools will be closed for Winter Recess from December 26-30. It's a great time to visit the local library, pick up a great book, and learn something new. Please encourage your child to ask their teachers or stop by our media center for recommendations.

From my family to yours, best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season.


Mr. Aaron S. Eyler


An Update from our PTSO Co-Presidents

The next PTSO meeting will be on December 20th at 10am.

The MAMS PTSO would like to thank Donna Paone and Sonia Rodriguez for running a very successful book fair. We would also like to thank Melanie Cregin for organizing the winter chill for the students. They all had a great time.

On behalf of the PTSO we want to wish all the MAMS families a wonderful holiday season.

2017 is going to be a great year!

Thank you,

Heather Piazza and Jennifer Tesi


Important Upcoming Dates & Events

By, Antonio Guarino (8th Grade)

Half day four hour session - December 23rd

No School - December 24th - January 2nd

Have a relaxing break!


MAMS Gets a Visit From "Little Angus"

Little Angus and Donny are our newest friends from Aberdeen, Scotland. The duo are a stuffed animal pair who are making their rounds through MAMS to show our town's connection with Aberdeens around the world. Little Angus and Donny, throughout the next few months, will be making their way through classrooms and to Husky activities and sporting events! The town of Aberdeen, Scotland is eager to see stories or poems written by our students about the duo, and they are interested in possibly inspiring our young artists to photograph, paint, draw or sculpt Little Angus and Donny!
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Faculty Crushes Students in Student-Faculty Basketball Game

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It was an intense back and forth at the Student-Faculty Basketball game on December 8th. Held from 7-9pm, students and faculty members faced off for a philanthropic basketball game. It started off strong with a quick defeat by the faculty. However, the students challenged that lead with multiple ties. The first team to finally conquer the faculty was Fire Ballin'. However, in the end, the faculty carried their strong 8-2 game lead to beat out the MAMS students.

Ms. Costello's Willow Tree Club hosted their annual student-faculty basketball game to support local charities during the holiday season. The entry to get into the game was a toy donation, which will be donated to the non-profit organization "180 Turning Lives Around" and families in our MAMS community. During a brief "intermission" students had the opportunity to raise additional funds by playing in a 3-point shot soda challenge. Winners took home a bottle of soda as their prize. Everyone had a great time and look forward to battling again next year!

MAMS Staff Promotes Academic Futures through College Wear

By, Christine Pattison (8th Grade)
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Once a month, you may spot teachers around the hallway wearing t-shirts with a college logo on them. You see them going about their regular day in their special apparel, wondering curiously about why every teacher randomly coordinated a special day to wear college t-shirts. However, their efforts to dress up once a month isn’t meant to simply look like they organized a day to look like they’re amazing planners. It’s meant to actually promote education. It sounds a bit odd, but every month all of the teachers wear a t-shirt from the college they went to to promote academic success. This is meant to remind students that all of the teachers here have gone through college to continue their career and ultimately become teachers. Thus, they are ingraining the helpful idea into a student’s mind to continue their career throughout school to become successful people. Hopefully, you’ll take their suggestion and follow through!

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15 Facts that will Enlighten your Mind

By, Christine Pattison (8th Grade)

  1. Our eyes are naturally drawn to movement. Whenever you walk into a classroom and everyone stares at you; it’s not you, it’s them.

  2. We are naturally born with the fear of falling and loud noises. Every other fear is a result of our culture and environment.

  3. Every time you remember something in the past, you’re remembering the last time you remembered it.

  4. While we dream, our body enters a state called sleep paralysis where our bodies are completely paralyzed. This takes place so we don’t act out our dreams.

  5. There is something called the “Spoiler Paradox”. It turns out, knowing the ending of a story doesn’t hurt your overall enjoyment of the story. You actually end up enjoying it more.

  6. Studies have discovered that ignorant people overestimate their intelligence while brilliant people underestimate their intelligence.

  7. Massages, hugs, and hand-holding reduce stress and boost the immune system. Humans actually crave and need physical touch to remain healthy.

  8. When a person falls in love with someone, his/her mannerisms and speech change to imitate the person s/he loves.

  9. Brilliant people have less friends that those of the average person. Your selectiveness over your friends increases along with your intelligence.

  10. The human mind can only have complete and utter trust once for each person. Once that trust is broken, it’s never the same.

  11. People who grow angry over silly, insignificant things subconsciously desire to be loved.

  12. Most of the problems in your life are due to two reasons. You either act without thinking or you think without acting.

  13. People with socially awkward personalities tend to be more loyal to friends and more faithful in a relationship.

  14. People who swear on a regular basis tend to be stronger emotionally.

  15. People with the best advice tend to have the most problems.

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A Selection of Holiday Jokes
Found by: Allyson Lombardo & Julia Collin (8th Grade)

Q: What do you call a bankrupt Santa Claus?

A: Saint Nickel-less

Q: What is a parent’s favorite Christmas carol?

A: Silent Night

Q: Why does everybody love Frosty the Snowman?

A: Because he’s cool

Q: What is Claustrophobia?

A: Fear of Santa Claus

Q: What did the hat say to the scarf?

A: You hang around while I’ll go on ahead

Entertaining Reasons to Enjoy Hanukkah

By, Julia Collin (8th Grade)

1- No roof damage from reindeer

2- Never a silent night when you’re among Jewish loved ones

3- If someone messes up their gift, there are seven more days to correct it

4- Betting Hanukkah gelt (the chocolate coins) on candle races

5- Spin-the-dreidel games

6- You can use your fireplace

7- Fun waxy buildup on the menorah

8- Cheer optional

9- No Irving Berlin songs

Inspirational Quotes of the Month

Found by: Alyssa Rodriguez (8th Grade)

¨You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way¨ ~Jennifer J. Freeman

¨Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it was stupid” ~Albert Einstein

¨I can and I will, watch me” ~Carrie Green

“It always seems impossible until it’s down” ~Nelson Mandela

“Outliers are those who have been given opportunities and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them” ~Malcolm Gladwell


By, Alyssa Rodriguez (8th Grade)
Amy Grant - Sleigh Ride


By, Christine Pattison (8th Grade)
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