MMS Principal Newsletter

June 11, 2018 @MMSCougarPride

Greetings and Updates from Ms. Gronau

MMS Families,

At MMS we believe that representation matters. The ELA department is very hard at work to add to the classroom library collections of our MMS ELA classrooms. We want to have texts by and about people who reflect the diversity of the families in our community and the world at large. Young Adult literature doesn't always do a great job of telling stories from diverse perspectives. If you have titles that you'd like to recommend, please email me and your child's ELA teacher. This is a matter of priority to us! Thank you in advance!

Reminder: We are still accepting donations for semi formal dresses, slacks, polos, and dress shirts to ensure that all of our 8th graders look and feel their best at the dinner dance. Please be sure items have been laundered. Drop them off in the MMS Guidance office!

8th grade families: 8th grade dinner dance and Moving Up Ceremony letters went out via school messenger last week.

Don't forget that this week is Battle of the Classes:

Monday 6/11 - Meme Monday - Represent your favorite meme, past or present!
Tuesday 6/12 - Tuesday 'toons - Dress as/or to match your favorite cartoon character!
Wednesday 6/13 - Wacky Wednesday - Mix, match and wear your hair wild!
Thursday 6/14 - Throwback Thursday - Rock a style from the past!
Friday 6/15- Battle - Wear your grade level color!

Thank you student council for making this a fun-filled and service-oriented event!


Ms. Gronau

MMS Principal

The 5 Keys to Middle School Child Resilience and Success

The 5 Keys to Middle School Child Resilience and Success

The MMS faculty and staff ask that you support our work with your child in the following ways:

1) Encourage a Growth Mindset-Having a growth mindset fosters resilience. Use the language of yet. I don’t understand this “yet.” Emphasize the importance of hard work as opposed to innate intelligence. “I did well because of my effort. I’ll do better next time.”

2) Encourage 1-2 Good Peer Relationships-Friends should be a source of support. Often our middle schoolers try to maintain large groups of close friends and that is challenging for anyone of any age! Encourage your child to have 1-2 solid and supportive peer friendships and keep it light and simple with the larger groups.

3) Ensure 9-11 Hours of Sleep Please! Sleep is the best way to foster resilience. Research shows that kiddos this age need 9-11 hours to be at their best. When your child is well-rested, everything is better. Technology is the #1 enemy of sleep! As a school community, we recommend that you keep technology out of your child’s bedroom at night to encourage healthy and consistent sleep.

4) Encourage Coping Strategies-Coping is personal. Everyone does it differently. Encourage your child to think about healthy ways to relax and give them permission to do it!

5) Facilitate Time/Connection with a non-familial adult-Good connections with non-familial adults are very important for your child. They hear things differently from non-familial adults. Encourage your child to participate in a club or activity. Children need our perspective. They are always changing and growing. As adults we can attach a growth mindset to their personality development and their peer interactions.

Maplewood Middle School Remind App Code @k92d29

The MMS Principal has added a school-wide "Remind App" as another way to communicate with families. Many of your child's teachers will share Remind class codes for you and your child to stay up to date about class events and assignments. As needed, the MMS Principal will periodically use the Remind App to share important info with our school community. Our Maplewood Middle School school-wide code Remind code is listed above (@k92d29). The link below explains how to begin getting notifications. It's a simple way to stay in touch. Join us!

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