Sweetwater Middle School News
November 2021 Edition/ Native American Heritage Month
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A Message from Principal Johnson
I hope everyone is keeping your spirits up and staying safe. SMS has been making strides to keep improving our students' social, emotional, and academic needs. There are a lot of societal things that are great influences on our students, like social media. I continue to ask that you talk with your child about making positive choices. With the uptick in social media challenges, students continue to be persuaded into trying them at school. We have been able to counteract the social media challenges with swift discipline behaviors and my morning chats on the SMS News. However, it will take all of us working together to keep our students focused on achieving success and staying emotionally healthy. I ask that you continue to support our school-wide initiatives, clubs, volunteering, and sponsored activities.
As we get ready for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I want to wish everyone a festive time with family and friends. If you are traveling out of town or just resting at home, may you find peace and comfort.
Make sure to join us at our next "Evenings with Principal Johnson" on November 18th at 6:30 PM. This is when I get a chance to share with you (parents) the wonderful things happening in our school and encourage you to participate in some round-robin conversations.
Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
SMS Students having fun during October Spirit Week!!
THE GWINNETT SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY LOTTERY REGISTRATION PROCESS
GSMST is now accepting registration applications for the 2022-2023 freshman class. The registration deadline is January 21, 2022.
Detailed information and the registration forms are available on the school’s website: http://www.gsmst.org/
Click on Admissions Informational Meetings will be held at GSMST at 7:00 PM on:
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 for the: Archer Cluster, Brookwood Cluster, Dacula Cluster, Grayson Cluster, Mill Creek Cluster, Mountain View Cluster, Parkview Cluster, Shiloh Cluster, South Gwinnett Cluster
Thursday, December 2, 2021 for the: Berkmar Cluster, Central Gwinnett Cluster, Collins Hill Cluster, Discovery Cluster, Duluth Cluster, Lanier Cluster, Meadowcreek Cluster, Norcross Cluster, North Gwinnett Cluster, Peachtree Ridge Cluster •
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 will be a make-up meeting date.
SMS Counselors' Corner/SMS Rincón de Los Consejeros
This month’s theme is “Attitude of Gratitude.” Giving thanks and expressing gratitude is one of the oldest concepts in society. It is especially important during a pandemic like COVID-19 when the world around us is unpredictable and sometimes even dangerous. Learning to practice gratitude every day can help bring some stability to your life by getting you to focus on what is good rather than what is uncertain or unpredictable. In addition, research shows that positive emotions like gratitude are closely connected to health and wellness. Some ways you can cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” include writing a thank-you note to someone, sending a text, or an email. Tell someone you appreciate them. Start a Gratitude Journal in which you write the things you’re grateful for each day. Ultimately, developing an attitude of gratitude makes you feel happier and more positive.
El tema de este mes es "Actitud de gratitud". Dar gracias y expresar gratitud es uno de los conceptos más antiguos de la sociedad. Es especialmente importante durante una pandemia como COVID-19 cuando el mundo que nos rodea es impredecible y, a veces, incluso peligroso. Aprender a practicar la gratitud todos los días puede ayudar a traer algo de estabilidad a su vida al hacer que se concentre en lo que es bueno en lugar de lo que es incierto o impredecible. Además, las investigaciones muestran que las emociones positivas como la gratitud están estrechamente relacionadas con la salud y el bienestar. Algunas formas en las que puede cultivar una "actitud de gratitud" incluyen escribir una nota de agradecimiento a alguien, enviar un mensaje de texto o un correo electrónico. Dile a alguien que lo aprecias. Inicie un Diario de gratitud en el que escriba las cosas por las que está agradecido cada día. En última instancia, desarrollar una actitud de gratitud te hace sentir más feliz y positivo.
The Parent Center
1) November 6th - Our fantastic JLC team will be performing in the Veteran's Day Parade downtown Atlanta
2) November 9th - A Digital Learning Day
3) November 9th - Zoom Academy - 6PM for English Speaking Parents, 7PM for Spanish Speaking Parents - Location - SMS Cafeteria
4) November 10th - Girl Scouts Meeting - 4:15 PM
5) November 12th - Local School Council Meeting via Zoom - 8AM
6) November 18th - Evenings with Mrs. Johnson - via Zoom - 6PM
7) November 20th - 28th - Thanksgiving Break
The following organizations will be assisting families with food during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Click on the organization's link to find out more information and requirements regarding their event.
Berean Christian Church Gwinnett
1465 Highpoint Road, Snellville, GA 30078
November 23, 2021
Families must register
Christ the King Dacula
Thanksgiving Food Drive
258 Rabbit Hill Rd, Dacula, GA 30019
Gwinnett County Public Library-Drive Through Food Distribution
4817 Church St NW, Lilburn, GA 30047
November 23, 2021
Starting by 10:00 a.m. (until supplies run out)
Thanksgiving Gathering & Mobile Food Pantry
1770 Cedars Rd SE, Lawrenceville, GA 30045
November 20, 2021
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Family must register
Transforming You Inc & Bridge The G.A.P. of GA
Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
55 Buford Highway NE, Suwanee, GA 30024
November 25, 2021
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Reminder our Drive-Thru Food Pantry is December 10th at 9:30 AM in the Bus Lanes. Get your box of food for Christmas!