Scarborough Middle School

Family Newsletter for 12-17-2021

Hello Scarborough Middle School Families,


During the school day, middle school students will occasionally need to visit the school clinic for a change of clothing. It has recently come to our attention the clinic closet of available clothing items is nearly empty. To replenish the clinic closet, our nurses are looking for donations of gently used clothing items, specific needs are pants, t-shirts, and sweatshirts in adult and larger youth sizes. If families have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our school nurses.


On another note, with a shortened week ahead of us, there will not be a newsletter next week. We want to take the opportunity now to extend our wishes that you are all able to enjoy the upcoming winter break from school with your families.


Respectfully,

Kathy Tirrell, Principal

David Currier, Assistant Principal

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES


December 23 through January 2

  • NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
  • Last full day of school before Winter Break is Wednesday, December 22nd
  • Students return to school from Winter Break on Monday, January 3rd

January 12 - Wednesday

  • Early Release - 12:55pm

January 17 - Monday

  • NO SCHOOL - - Martin Luther King Day

January, 21, 2022

  • End of Quarter 2/Semester 1


Our SMS Daily rotation of A, B, C, D days can be found on our webpage: SMS Monthly Calendar. The District Monthly Calendar has additional information on upcoming events district-wide along with the District School Year Calendar (PDF).

POOLED TESTING

During the week before Winter Break, December 20-22, the state will not be conducting pooled testing in any Maine schools.


If close contacts who are enrolled in weekly pool testing are identified from a school exposure during this period, there is a plan in place that involves rapid-antigen testing to keep these students in school and will be communicated more in depth if that situation arises. We will resume pooled testing the Tuesday (January 5) following Winter Break.

SMS STUDENT COUNCIL SPONSORED - SPIRIT WEEK

SMS THEATER IS BACK!

Is your student interested in joining our Theater Program? Auditions for The Little Mermaid Jr. will be held on Tuesday, January 4 & Wednesday, January 5. Registration for the program can be made through FamilyID.


Please contact Deb Doherty at OHPdirector@scarboroughschools.org for additional details.


We would love to have YOUR STUDENT!

LOST AND FOUND

We currently have a number of items in our lost and found. Please be sure to have your student check the SMS Lost and Found for their lost items as these items will be donated over the winter break.

YEARBOOK PREORDER


  • Order online through Lifetouch. School ID Code is 12904722.
  • Only limited extras are available at the end of the year so make sure to order ahead of time!


More information on our SMS Yearbook can be found online on the SMS Yearbook Website. For questions about the SMS Yearbook, please contact Will Cabana, Yearbook Advisor at wcabana@scarboroughschools.org.

8TH GRADE BABY PICTURES

Due: Monday, January 17, 2022


  • Families are encouraged to send in a baby picture of their 8th grader to be included in the Yearbook!

  • No charge to submit baby picture

  • Recommend age: newborn to 3 years old

  • How to submit your picture:

  • If possible, the file should be a .jpg or .png image and the file name should in the following format: FirstName LastName (no comma)

  • Pictures will be included in a collage of all baby pictures with name included.

  • Email Mr. Cabana for assistance if needed.

SMS ATHLETICS

Winter Sports 2 Registration is OPEN (For Grades 7 & 8)

Scarborough Middle School Athletic Families,


Registration for Winter 2 Sport 2021-2022 at the Middle School is now open and accepting registrations through FamilyID. The registration form may be found on the homepage at Scarboroughredstorm.org, at FamilyID.com or by clicking here and must be completed by a Parent/Guardian. It is important that you make sure you register your child as soon as possible so that the department has sufficient time to look over all registration prior to the start of the season. Registering your child late may hinder their ability to participate on the first day and may result in not getting further communication regarding your child's sport(s).


Sports Start Dates:

  • Swim, Wrestling & Indoor Track - Monday, February 7, 2022


*Schedule for sports games and practices, when activated, may be found here ⇢ these schedules can always be found at this link.


More information on SMS Winter 2 Sports can be found here.

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AFTER SCHOOL SPECTATORS NOTICE


Scarborough Middle School Families,


We would like to, first, applaud our middle school student body for their attendance and support for the middle school basketball teams thus far in the season. For our first two home basketball contests we have had a good number of students come out to cheer on their school counterparts, this shows great school pride.


As you may know Scarborough Public Schools has a masking policy in which any individual (regardless of vaccination status) must be masked at all times inside any SPS building. While in attendance at after school events, our student body has been good about following this policy, with the exception of bringing food items into the gym. We have noticed that students who have been without their masks for any particular amount of time have done so because of consuming these food items.


To further allow student spectators at these events and to continue to offer a safe environment, this is something we must remedy. Moving forward, we will not be allowing food or drink inside the middle school gym. Exception to this policy is for student-athletes to drink water as needed during activity by lowering their mask briefly.


In an effort to continue to create a safe environment for after school events with spectators and to continue to allow students to support, show school pride and grow school spirit we ask that you share the above information with your child if they plan on attending an after school event. These guidelines should be closely followed by your child.


We appreciate your help and support as we move forward! As always GO STORM🌩!!


~SPS Athletics & Activities

SMS BOOK FAIR!


Dear Parents and Families:


We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our staff, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.


After missing out on many beloved traditions, our fall Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from December 14 to December 20 at Scarborough Middle School.


  • Our Book Fair offers a cash-free payment option called eWallet. It’s a convenient digital account that your child can use for shopping at our Fair. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute, too!

  • If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.


Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/scarboroughmiddle


We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing your child there!


Happy reading,

Kathy Tirrell,

Principal

STUDENT ABSENCE REPORTING


Families should report their middle school student's absence from school by calling the SMS main office at 207-730-4800 or by email at msoffice@scarboroughschools.org. A reason for the absence must be stated, otherwise SMS office staff will reach out to determine the reason for the absence.


Excusable reasons for an absence:


  • illness
  • appointment
  • religious holiday
  • family emergency
  • planned absence


For Planned Absences (a day out of school which is not illness or medical appointment related), families should fill out the Scarborough Middle School Planned Absence form, which is found here.


For questions about attendance, please contact the Scarborough Middle School main office at 207-730-4800 or email us at msoffice@scarboroughschools.org

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