MERMS Weekly Newsletter: 12.14.15

December 14, 2015

Please Join Us: Hour Of Code - Wednesday, 12/16 from 4-6pm @ MERMS was founded in 2013 with the mission to provide access to computer science coding and programming to students of all background. The Hour of Code was created as a worldwide event to encourage all students across the world to engage in just one hour of code - to help inspire and spread access to computer science programming.

MERMS will participate in this event - and we ask for you to join us!

MERMS' Hour of Code will take place this Wednesday, 12/16/15 from 4-6pm. All are welcome! We invite students, parents/guardians, siblings, friends, community members, and more! It is an open house for all to attend and free of charge. Please bring your device; we will also have devices on hand for use if you do not have one. If you can only come for part of the time, that is ok!

Please RSVP to attend the #HourOfCode here: MERMS 2015 Hour of Code RSVP

Hour of Code 2015 - WORLDWIDE

Christmas in the City: Donations and Volunteers This Week

As you know, students at MERMS pledged to adopt 46 homeless kids in Boston this holiday season - who would otherwise have no holiday celebration. For each homeless child adopted, MERMS students need to raise $50 to purchase a gift from the child's wishlist.

We are looking for help, donations and volunteers in the following areas this week:

  • Deadline for Christmas in the City donations is Wednesday, 12/16. Students should bring donations to their H Block advisor.
  • We will have a brief H Block on Monday, 12/14 for students to check in with their group.
  • We are looking for students and adults to help with shopping for wish list items on Thursday, 12/17 from 5:30-7:00pm at Target in Danvers, MA (at Liberty Tree Mall).
  • We will also need help with parents/guardians volunteering to drop off and pick up students at Target in Danvers on Thursday, 12/17 (drop off students at 5:30pm, pick up at 7:00pm).
  • There will be a wrapping party after school on Friday, 12/18 from 2:30-3:30pm at MERMS. All are welcome.
  • We are looking for help driving wrapped gifts on Friday afternoon, 12/18 to the Seaport Hotel in Boston.
  • We are looking for financial donations to purchase gifts and wrapping supplies. Any additional funds will be donated directly to Christmas in the City.

If you are able to help with any of these items, please do! Simply RSVP here:

MERMS Christmas in the City Assistance 2015

Christmas In The City a blessing for families in need

8th Grade Field Trip: North Shore Music Theatre 12/16

On Wednesday, 12/16/15, the 8th grade will visit North Shore Music Theatre to view Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The cost is $30, which includes transportation and a ticket. Afterwards, we will stop at the rest area on 128N for lunch. Students may buy a lunch there, or bring a bag lunch on the bus in the morning. Students may arrive at the regular time, and will return before the end of the school day, in time for the regular after school buses home.

All students must fill out a permission slip (located here and also distributed in class) by Thursday, 12/10/15. Checks should be made out to MERMS. If the cost presents a hardship, please confidentially contact Mr. Guditus at or 978-526-2022 x1104 for partial or full financial assistance. If you have any questions about this field trip, please contact Mrs. Plante at

Green Card Prizes

Did you know? We have a positive behavioral intervention program in our school, tied to our core values: perseverance, exploration, responsibility, community and kindness. Students who are "caught" doing the right thing and embodying our core values earn a green card from a staff member. At the end of the month, a student in sixth, seventh and eighth grade will each have their name pulled from the green cards that were distributed for the month, and will earn a prize.

In the past, students have earned milkshakes from Richdales, ice cream from Captain Dusty's, Dunkin' Donuts giftcards, Surfari gift cards, and iTunes gift certificates. We are looking for donations in the form of prizes or gift cards in small values ($5, $10 or $15) as prizes for our monthly drawing.

If you are able to make a green card prize donation, please drop it off with Mrs. Hunt in the main office, labeled with "Green Card Prizes." Thank you for your consideration!

Wednesday, 12/23/15: Early Release at 11:00am

Ugly Sweater Contest: Wednesday, 12/23/15! Please participate!

Thank You For Wish List Items

A big heartfelt thank you from our MERMS staff to all the parents/guardians who have donated to the PTO's wish list. Your generosity is so appreciated as we work to make our students' learning experience a great one!

It's not too late - you can still donate to the PMEMS Teacher Wish List by going to:

News from the Health Room

This is the time of year when illness starts to pop up in the school. GI illness, allergies and the common cold have been seen the last few months. More recently, pneumonia has been reported. If you notice that your child has a continued cough, fever and respiratory illness, please call your child’s physician. It is important to contact health services if your child is diagnosed with an illness requiring antibiotics or has been diagnosed with the flu.

Knowing what illness is in the school may help with early detection of others. If your child has a fever of 100 or higher they must be fever free for 24 hours before they return to school.

Thank you,

Cyndi Aldrich, RN, BSN, M.Ed. HNB-BC

Manchester Essex Middle/High School

Board Certified, Holistic Nurse



High School Application: New Process

Is your child considering attending a high school other than Manchester-Essex Regional High School? If so, we are shifting our MERMS process to support your child in the process. This year, all application materials will go directly to Mr. O'Maley, MERMS Guidance Counselor, in the middle school main office. This includes any recommendation requests, transcript requests, and other items.

The first step in this process is to fill out the following online form:

MERMS High School Application Process - this is also available on our school website.

Once you fill this out (once per school application), please supply all application materials directly to Mr. O'Maley in the main office - this includes recommendation requests, transcript requests, self-addressed stamped envelopes, releases for information, required postage, and any other application specific information.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. O'Maley at

Please register: 8th Grade Trip to Washington, DC

The 8th Grade will visit Washington, DC as a class trip this May, 2016. Please register as soon as possible! Go directly to our Washington, DC Trip Page for more information: - this page includes information including:

  • Parent/Guardian Info Presentation from October 21
  • Individual Fundraising Ideas
  • Financial Assistance Application
  • Link to registration

If you have any questions about the trip, please contact the Trip Coordinator, Mr. Thomas, at

Clubs and Activities

Manchester-Essex Apparel Sale

Check out our Manchester-Essex School Spirit Store. A percentage of the cost is donated back to our PTO, Parents of Manchester-Essex Middle School (PMEMS). Items ship directly to your home with a flat $8 shipping rate. To order, you can go directly to:

MERMS Day Calendar

The middle school day calendar, which lists what day of our six day cycle it is, has been published. This was revised on 9.21.15. You may access it here:

2015-2016 Middle School Day Calendar

Pictures from MERMS This Week

Upcoming Events

8th Grade Field Trip to North Shore Music Theater

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 8am-2pm

62 Dunham Road

Beverly, MA

Students will view Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the North Shore Music Theatre.

Early Release

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 11:30am

36 Lincoln Street

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

MERMS Hour of Code - Open House for All!

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 4-6pm

36 Lincoln Street

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Please bring your device if you have one, and devices will also be available for your use. All are welcome: students, parents/guardians, community members, siblings, grandparents, and neighbors!

Light snacks will be served.

For more information:

Winter Recess Begins

Wednesday, Dec. 23rd, 11am

36 Lincoln Street

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Middle School Concert

Thursday, Jan. 21st 2016 at 7pm

36 Lincoln Street

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA