The Frontier

Week of November 11, 2019

Theme of the Week: Manners

This Week's Events

Mon: Veteran's Day / Art Club / Badminton / STEM Club / Science Olympiad / Basketball vs Madison 8-home & 7-away

Tues: Art Club / Student Council Mtg 7:15 AM / PTA Mtg 12:00 / STEM Club / Science Olympiad

Wed: Badminton / STEM Club / Basketball & Wrestling photos / Basketball vs Crone 8-home & 7-away/ 8th Grade Orchestra Night at Birkett Freshman Center 7:00 PM

Thur: Badminton / STEM Club / Basketball vs Lincoln 7-home & 8- away

Fri: STEM Club

News and Announcements

PTA Meeting Tuesday

Join us for our next PTA Meeting! Tuesday, November 12th, 12:00pm to 1:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

STEM Club Session 2

STEM CLUB is back and open to all 6th thru 8th grade students. The 2nd session is scheduled for December 2nd thru December 6th from 3:00-4:15. Permission Slips will be in the front office-please turn the slips in to the office by November 25th for the December session. STEM club is free this year! We hope to see you there!

Gift Mart Toy Collection

Gift Mart is an innovative program that provides under resourced families with a “hand up” during the holiday season. Gift Mart creates a shopping event with donated toys. Qualifying parents and guardians are given the dignity to purchase each of the toys they select in the Gift Mart for only $2.00 per toy. 100% of the proceeds made from the sale of each toy will be donated back to each participating school for their children’s programming. We will invite over 1000 under-resourced students from 7 local schools in the Naperville/Aurora/Oswego area. Fisher Middle School will be hosting our local students from Aurora/Naperville/Oswego.

While families are shopping, we do crafts with the children, and in addition we offer hospitality services, gift wrapping, etc.

Gregory Middle School will again be participating with the toy collection. Anyone may bring in a new, unwrapped toy valued between $18 - $20 between November 10 - December 6.

Sign up below to volunteer for many opportunities for December 13th set-up or December 14th for Gift Mart. If you want to sign up for Kids Team or Shepherds, please email

Link to Target

Link to Walmart

I can’t believe we won a tree, we have never had a Christmas tree. This is the only thing my son asked for this year. I just can’t stop from crying. These are tears of joy.”

“This Gift Mart brought us happiness in a time of hardship this year. Thank you for caring."

"I knew I was getting gifts. I knew about the gift wrap. What I didn't know was the love that I was going to experience while at Gift Mart. Thank you."

Parent Resources

GMS Survival Guide

Parents, Take a look at this great resource, the GMS Survival Guide, for help on a variety of middle school topics!

GMS Survival Guide & Glossary

Power of Choice PowerTalk

1 Minute PSA - from The Power of Choice

Take a minute to support your child in avoiding alcohol and other substance use through October’s 1 Minute PSA.

PowerTalk for Families: Our Family Portrait

Grab a snack, a healthy drink and settle in for a family chat using October’s PowerTalk for Families. This year, the theme for the Power of Choice is “I CAN.” We will be looking to develop and build resilience in our students as individuals and in their families. Resilience is the ability of an individual to overcome challenges of all kinds–trauma, tragedy, personal crises, ordinary life problems–and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful. You can use the skills you already have and find ways to use those skills more intentionally. Start this year of “I CAN” family activities with a picture of your family.

The Power of Choice is a collaborative project led by 360 Youth Services in District 204 and District 203 middle and high schools growing the number of students making healthy choices regarding substance use.

GMS Social Emotional Learning with Second Step - This Week's Lesson Home Connection

Lesson 8

Grade 6, 7 & 8 Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will think about his or her values and how he or she can use those values to help make good decisions.

Grade 6, Lesson 8 - Family Lesson Question: Ask your child about some of his or her values. Talk about how his or her values are similar to or different from yours.

Grade 7, Lesson 8 - Family Lesson Question: Ask your child about some of his or her values. Talk about how his or her values are similar to or different from yours.

Grade 8, Lesson 8 - Family Lesson Question: Ask your child, “What are some of your values?” Describe your own values, and talk about the ones you have in common and what they mean to each of you.

CHECK OUT PARENTEENCONNECT.ORG &, a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step Program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.