Eagles' Notes

Madras News: Sept. 25, 2017, Lorraine Johnson, Principal

Parent Letter Archives

All parent letters that are sent home with students are archived on Eagles Notes for your convenience.

Bus Update Letter (8-4-17)

Family Connections (8-4-17)

Safety Letter (8-7-17)

Open House Letter (8-7-17)

Solar Eclipse Letter (8-10-17)

Student Services Letter (8-15-17)

Solar Eclipse Letter (8-16-17)

Madras Eclipse Letter (8-17-17)

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Community Conversations through September 28th

If you missed last week's Community Conversations, it's not too late! Everyone is welcome to attend any of the sessions listed below.
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Madras Eagle High Fives

A BIG Eagle High Five to ...

  • Mrs. Walton's choral program, who received a special invitation to perform this December at the Governor's Mansion.
  • Mrs. Clarke, 8th grade math teacher, who was awarded one of nine Ruckus Grants. Her classroom will receive innovative classroom furniture to help transform the traditional learning setting. The collection includes innovative seating, cantilevered desks and more!
  • Madras Parent Volunteers who assisted with Fall Picture Day and who are helping in the media center and school store each week. We couldn't do it without you!

Club and Activity Announcements

Club announcements and meeting dates are announced every morning on the intercom and are updated on the school's calendar (on website) as they become available. Please check Eagles' Notes and the MMS web site regularly for updates and changes. If you haven't subscribed to Eagles' Notes, you can have weekly announcements emailed to you by emailing MadrasNews@cowetaschools.net to subscribe. The following is a list of recent club announcements. Refer to the full list of club dates on our calendar as they are scheduled.

  • Pet Lovers Club meets the first Monday of the month beginning Monday, October 2nd in the Technology Room from 3:45-4:30 for students who have turned their signed parental permission form available in front office. Students should return forms to the front office, to Mrs. Hayes, Rm 407 on the 6th grade hall or to Dr. Whittington, Rm 313 on the 7th grade hall. Students' rides should pick them up in front of the school promptly at 4:30 if attending Pet Lovers Club meetings.
  • Eagles Elite Force Male Step Team: Any 7th or 8th grade male interested in auditioning for Madras’s new all-male step team should see Mrs. Tracey Pitts on the 8th grade hall or stop by the front office for an application. The deadline to turn in an application is September 29, 2017. Applications can be returned to the front office or to Mrs. Pitts.
  • Eagles Extraordinaire Club: If students are interested in liturgical dance, mime, sign language or puppetry arts, they should see Mrs. Mallet (6th grade hall) or the front office for an application. The deadline to turn in an application is September 29, 2017.
  • Girls of Faith will meet Thursday, Sept. 28th from 3:30-4:30. Members should continue to check Google Classroom. New members are welcome at any time.
  • Lady Eagles Step Team: All interested participants for the MMS girls' step team should stop by the front office to pick up Step Team forms. The first practice is Friday, September 27th (3:30 - 5:00). Girls will report to Ms. Rosser’s room and should wear comfortable practice attire (close toe shoes only). Pick up is on the track behind the school at 5:00 pm.
  • Flute Rehearsal: Due to the football game, there will be no Madras Flute Ensemble practice on 9/25. Flutes will meet again next Monday.
  • Future Georgia Educators (FGE): All Future GA Educators Club members need to come by Mrs. Farmer’s room to pick up the field trip form for Read for the Record.
  • Boys' and Girls' Soccer Tryouts: Any 7th or 8th grader interested in trying out for the boys' or girls' soccer teams will need to turn in all paperwork, including physical, to the front office no later than Tuesday, October 10th before trying out. These athletic packets can be picked up from the front office or downloaded from the Madras web site. See Coach Strickland (girls) or Coach Haselwood (boys) for more information and to sign up. Tryouts begin Oct. 10th.
  • Golf Club: Attention Golf Club members - the Golf Club will be meeting at Canongate Country Club Tuesday, September 26th from 4:30-5:30. If students have already turned in a signed form to Mr. Mitchell, they don’t have to have another one signed. Forms can be picked up from the sponsor, Mr. Mitchell. Please bring golf clubs if you have your own clubs. This meeting is not mandatory.

Media Notes

by Karen Pitts, Media Specialist

We are excited to begin our MMS Book Club this week! Our first meeting of the year will be on Friday, September 29 @7:45 am in the library media center. Interested readers will meet approximately once a month for a light breakfast snack and/or drink and to discuss a particular book. Please stop by the library media center to sign up and obtain a permission slip. This month we will meet and discuss Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. This book is also on our Battle of the Books list for this year. More information about Battle of the Books will be coming soon!

7 Ways Parents Can Get Their Kids Excited About Writing

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Attendance matters from the first day to the last. The following are tips for parents from AttendanceWorks.org and serve as reminders for a successful school year.

Getting your child to school on-time, every day, unless he/she is sick, is something that you can do to ensure your child has a chance to succeed in school. While others can help, you are the bottom line. You can promote good attendance when you:

  • Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.
  • Talk to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator or after school provider to get them excited about going to school.
  • Come up with back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
  • Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child’s teacher, administrators, social worker, school nurse, after school providers or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.
  • If your child is absent, work with teachers to make sure she or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.

You can read more at http://www.attendanceworks.org.

Upcoming Madras Parent Volunteer Training

We love and appreciate Madras parents and are grateful for the many things they do for us throughout the year. If you are a parent who plans to volunteer at the school or at a school event during the upcoming school year, please plan to attend one of our volunteer training sessions (approximately 20-30 minutes). These will be held throughout the year at different times in the MMS media center or conference room for your convenience. (Sign in at the front office and our secretary can direct you.) If we can answer any questions about the training, please feel free to contact Donna Eskut via email or phone (770-254-2744).

  • October 16, 9:00 a.m.
  • October 16, 2:45 p.m.

PTSO: Join the Team!

Sign up for Madras PTSO texts by:

  1. Text the number 81010
  2. Enter @MadrasPTSO

Amy Brandon, PTSO President

Welcome to Madras! The purpose of our PTSO is to help improve our school by combining the efforts of parents, students, and teachers. We invite you to join PTSO to help make our school a better place to work and learn! Our fundraising efforts have benefited a variety of projects in the past including school building improvements, teacher instructional requests, equipment for the fine arts department, instructional technology purchases, and athletic programs. This year, our goal is to raise enough funds to purchase an electronic sign in front of the school to replace the old signage. We hope to reach this goal by the end of the school year. We ask that each family join PTSO with a $12.00 contribution. (Checks should be made payable to Madras PTSO.)

We also need your volunteer time! If you are interested in assisting with any of the areas below, please print the form below linked beneath, and indicate in the appropriate section. Return the form to the MMS front office or to your child's homeroom teacher. You will be contacted as the events take place.

There are many opportunities to serve through PTSO:

  • Snack n Chat (Monthly)
  • School Store (rotational schedule
  • Teacher Luncheons
  • Media Center Weekly Help
  • Veterans Day Program
  • Black History Month Program Reception
  • Decoration for Receptions/Luncheons
  • Book Fairs (Fall and Spring)
  • Battle of the Books
  • School Pictures (Fall)
  • Scoliosis Screening (One time event)
  • Landscaping and Beautification

MMS PTSO Annual Project: Electronic Sign in Front of the School

If you wish to make a donation to this, please send it in with your child address to the MMS PTSO. Contact Amy Brandon at amysbrandon97@gmail.com, if you are interested in joining our team!

Thanks in advance for your support!


Box Tops Needed, and You Can Help!

By Gina Johnson, PTSO Box Top Coordinator

My name is Gina Johnson and I’m excited to serve as Madras's Box Tops for Education™ Coordinator.

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink BoxTops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school.

Last school year, we earned $1,067 for our school from Box Tops and used the money for our teachers. This school year, our goal is to earn $1,500. For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com. Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons, bonus offers and even a Box Topsapp.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help make our school’s Box Tops for Education™ program a huge success this year.

Thanks for your help!

Gina Johnson

Email: johnsongina9@gmail.com

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Inside Eagle Classrooms and Around Campus

Congrats to Newly Elected MMS Student Council Representatives!

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(Dates are added or revised as information becomes available.)

Monday, September 25

  • Cancelled: Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Academic Bowl Meet, Charter Academy
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • School Council Training 3 pm and 4 pm at Werz
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs AMS (H), 4:30

Tuesday, September 26

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Golf Club, 4:30-5:30 at Canongate Country Club
  • Football vs AMS (H), 5:00
  • School Council Training 4 pm and 5 pm at Werz
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Wednesday, September 27

  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20 (Meet at the Flagpole)
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Thursday, September 28

  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Girls of Faith, 3:30-4:30
  • Outsiders Greasers/Socs Day
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs ECMS (H), 4:30

Friday, September 29

  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Book Club Meeting, 7:45 am
  • Snack 'n Chat
  • Club Advisement
  • Eagle Pride Awards

Monday, October 2

  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Pet Lovers Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • 9 Weeks Exams
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs ECMS (A), 4:30

Tuesday, October 3

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • District Honor Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-5:00
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Playoffs (first round) TBA, 5:00
  • 9 Weeks Exams
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Wednesday, October 4

  • District Honor Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-5:00
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • 9 Weeks Exams
  • Volleyball Playoffs (first round), SRMS, 4:30

Thursday, October 5

  • Fall 6th Grade Band Concert, 6 pm, MMS gym
  • District Honor Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-5:00
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • Fall Pep Rally
  • Vision Screening, 7th Grade
  • Volleyball Semifinals, SRMS, 4:30

Friday, October 6

  • Teacher Workday
Monday, October 9
  • Holiday; Schools Closed
Tuesday, October 10
  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • CCSS Board Meeting
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • Soccer Tryouts Begin

Wednesday, October 11

  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Football Playoffs (semifinals) TBA, 5:00
Thursday, October 12
  • District 6 Honors Chorus
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Grade Level Meetings
  • Volleyball Championship, SRMS, 5:30
Friday, October 13
  • District 6 Honors Chorus
Monday, October 16
  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Jr. ROTC Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • MMS Chick-fil-A Spirit Night, 5-8
Tuesday, October 17
  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Championship TBA, 5:00
  • Report Cards Issued
Wednesday, October 18
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
Thursday, October 19
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Read for the Record
Friday, October 20
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
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Lady Eagles Host Arnall and East Coweta This Week

The undefeated Madras Lady Eagles will host two schools this week beginning with the Knights of Arnall Middle School on Monday, 9/25 beginning at 4:30 p.m. It's a "black-out" so wear black or your favorite Madras shirt! The second home game is Thursday, 9/28 versus the East Coweta Indians. Students can stay after school until the game starts and will be supervised. Concessions will be sold including drinks, snacks, and pizza. Cost of admission is $5.00. Parents should pick up their students behind the school at the gym no later than 6:00 pm. (No pick-ups in front of the school.) Let's cheer our Lady Eagles on to a victory!

Home Football Game Tuesday vs Arnall Knights

Your undefeated Madras Eagles will play East Coweta this Tuesday afternoon (September 26th) at Madras beginning at 5:00 p.m. Students can stay after school until the game starts and will be supervised. Concessions will be sold including drinks, snacks, and pizza. Cost of admission is $5.00. Parents should pick up their students behind the school at the football field by 6:30. (No pick-ups in front of the school.) Let's cheer our Eagles on to a victory!
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