Eagles' Notes

Madras News: Week of November 17. 2014

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Fall Book Fair Continues through November 20th

Our Fall Book Fair is off to a tremendous start and runs through November 20th. Purchases can also be made online on the front page of our website or by visiting this link. All proceeds go to fund new books for our Madras media center. Huge thanks to all of our wonderful parents who have graciously volunteered to help work the fair with Mrs. Knight. We are grateful for your support and could not do it without you.
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING from all of us at Madras Middle School. As we approach the week of Thanksgiving Break, we all have much to be thankful for this year. We are thankful for our hardworking students, our wonderful staff, and our supportive parents, and we wish all of our families a very blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Letter to Parents from Dr. Doug Moore, Director of Operations and Safety

November 17, 2014

Dear Parents,

As we experience the first of this year's winter weather, we want to remind you of our school

system's inclement weather procedures.

Parents of bus riders should be aware that extremely cold morning temperatures can cause

delays on morning routes. A severe storm watch may also cause delays. Our transportation

department works to pick up students as quickly as possible during these conditions. Steps you

can take include ensuring your children are dressed as warmly as possible during the winter

months and remaining with your children until they are picked up when extreme weather

conditions exist.

During severe weather watches or warnings, our school system works with local authorities to

monitor conditions and proceeds with arrival and dismissal based upon known conditions.

Adjustments are made as needed. In the case of tornado warnings, we re-route buses to the

nearest school sites and shelter in place. We also utilize fire stations if needed. Once a tornado

warning has been lifted and conditions are safe, we will resume bus service.

In the event that schools are delayed, closed, or released early, there are a variety of ways we notify parents.

It is important that your child's school has your current emergency contact information,

including home and work phone numbers for our calling system. Please take the time to

update that information with your child's school if needed.

Thank you for helping us as we work to keep all of our student safe.

Douglas Moore, Ed.D.

Director of Operations and Safety

P. 0. Drawer 280 * Newnan, Georgia 30264 * (770) 254-2801


Just in Time for Cold Weather: New Selection of Madras Beanies and Toboggans

Check out our school store for the newest selection of spirit wear including Madras PJ bottoms ($25) and knit beanies and toboggans ($15). These also make perfect Christmas gifts. If you are purchasing an item as a gift, please contact Kyna Stanley or Johanna Wessells in our front office during school hours, and they will be happy to assist you.

A Letter from Madras PTSO

Dear Madras Parents,

Thanks to the dedication and support of our parents, teachers, staff and students, Madras Middle School has been very successful in every area. Our teachers have compiled a “wish list.” This list includes digital balances for the Science Department, approximately 10 Memeo Boards and repairs to our Madras sign at the front entrance. MMS PTSO will offer two ways you can help contribute to the purchase of these needed items.

In the past, parents have expressed an interest in making a simple donation in lieu of a fundraiser (in which only a percentage of profits go to the school). To accommodate this request, the MMS PTSO would like to offer the opportunity for families to make a simple monetary donation. We hope you will consider donating a minimum of $10.00 per student. This would take us to our $10,000.00 goal, enabling us to purchase several educational resources. Any amount you choose to donate would be greatly appreciated. The priority of the PTSO is to fund the basic academic needs of MMS that are not covered by the state/local budget.

For our parents who would like to order magazines, we are still promoting the yearly magazine sales online. The name of the company is Great American Fundraising. The link to promote is www.gaschoolstore.com. Our school code is 2521599. This fundraising is all year long and you can order any time. The site has more than magazines and Madras will receive 40% profit from anything ordered.

Please take time to seriously consider making a difference at MMS. With your support, the PTSO will be able to provide the students with the tools they need in order to be successful in the world today. We hope this simple form of fundraising will help each of you. We greatly appreciate your support as we strive to help Madras achieve these goals.

We would like to have this fundraiser completed by November 15, 2014. We are hoping to have our goals met at this point. Remember we are doing this so other major forms of fundraising will not be necessary throughout the school year.

Please go online for magazine sales and/or return the form (download this form at the link below) to Madras PTSO with your donation to our school. Please feel free to share with anyone who would like to contribute to our success at Madras Middle School. Madras PTSO appreciates your support!

Any questions/concerns, please contact a MMS Board Member.


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Madras Alumnus Cody Ford Speaks at Veterans Day Program

Cody W. Ford

Born to an Air Force service member in July of 1994, Cody W. Ford began his life in Italy while his father was stationed near Milan. Once moving to the United States, he found home in Durham, North Carolina but continued to move along the east coast before finally settling in Newnan, Georgia. Between 2006-2009, Cody attended Madras Middle School. He then went on to graduate from Newnan High School in May of 2013. In August of 2013, Cody matriculated to The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina and continues to pursue a bachelors degree in Political Science with a minor in International and Military Affairs. Following the completion of his degree, Cody plans on accepting a Commission with the United States Army and training to become an Infantry Officer. His ultimate goal is to seek a diplomatic position with the state department working in foreign relations with other nations.


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