STEWART MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

May 16, 2022

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In May We Observe and Honor:

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A Message from Assistant Principal Smith,

Greetings Stewart Families,

Can you believe that we have 17 school days left in the school year? This year, we thought returning to school would be a challenging transition, and our learners rocked it!

The past week held several extra special joys. First, our scholars are closed out the PSSA testing strong, and now we look forward to engaging them in the rest of the curriculum we have to offer in the coming few weeks.


Now that we are in May, we also celebrate the superheroes that show up in your child's life every day. These individuals put on their invisible capes and make the impossible possible! They are our Teachers and Building Staff!!! Please take a moment to reach out to your child's teacher and share your appreciation! We also celebrated Nurses and Administrative Assistant Appreciation Days. Our Nurse works very hard to ensure that we are healthy and safe! She has been on the front lines of managing our school’s health and safety protocols. Our front office is a friendly and inviting space due in large part to the efforts of our Secretary, and her dedication helps ensure our scholars, staff, and families are the priorities. Please let our SMS staff know how much you appreciate them!


As we move closer to the end of the school year, please pay special attention to the Talking Points, Smore Newsletters, and Connect Eds being sent home. In addition, we will be sharing essential information about the end-of-school activities, requirements, and information that will be helpful for the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.

For all of our 8th graders and families, it has been my honor and privilege to serve you, and I wish you much success as you transition into High School.


If you have any questions or concerns about your learner, please feel free to contact one of the Administrative Team.


TOGETHER, We Are Stewart!


Best Regards,

Kevin Smith

Warm Weather Dress Requirements

As the days begin to warm and this school year comes to a close, please remind your learner of the kinds of clothing that STILL are not permitted in school:


  • Loose-fitting pants/skirts/shorts must have a belt and may not be worn in a manner exposing underwear, gym shorts, items worn as underclothing, or bare skin

  • Jeans, pants, or tops with intentionally styled tears above the knee & pajama bottoms are not permitted

  • Shirts may not show any cleavage or any portion of undergarments, sports bras, or bralettes

  • Students are not permitted to wear any see-through clothing

  • Students may not wear open-toed shoes without a backstrap at any time

June 1st - Spring Family Meeting 2022

Please attend and share your voice and perspective, Wednesday, June 1st, 6:30 pm in the SMS Cafeteria. (Enter thru the Forrest Street parking lot)

We will review, and ask for suggestions on the proposed family activities for next year, the Title I School Plan, Family Engagement Policy, Parent-Teacher Compact, and hear your ideas on how to best use the Title I Family Engagement funds and the building allocation for 2022-23.

RSVP with your name and phone number by Friday, 5/27, and be entered into an end-of-year raffle. kaddisonwilliams@nasd.k12.pa.us


YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

PERSONAL ELECTRONICS/CELL PHONE DEVICES

Please partner with us and continuously reinforce the SMS Cell Phone protocol to your learner. Scholars are expected to keep their devices in off mode and away at all times. These protocols will be in place until the last day of school. If they should ever need to speak with a family member, the school secretary or counselor will provide them with access to a phone.


Since February 1, the protocol listed below has been implemented for the inappropriate use of personal electronic devices during the school day.

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Election Day Early Dismissal Procedures

May 17 is Election Day and is scheduled as an early dismissal day for all students grades K-12. It will be a regular day of in-person instruction with our normal early dismissal time of 11:50.


With regards to Food Service on early dismissal days, we only serve one meal and have traditionally served only lunch, as we are unable to turn around two meals in such a short period of time. Due to the fact that several schools will use their cafeteria/multi-purpose rooms for the election and the challenges we are having in general with foodservice staffing, all schools will only serve breakfast on May 17 this year.


Superintendent Dormer

May & June calendar

May 17th Early Dismissal, No lunch served

May 19th SMS Musical Concert

May 27th Early Dismissal

May 30th No School Memorial Day


June 7th Early Dismissal

June 8th 8th Grade Move-Up Ceremony

June 9th Early Dismissal and LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

8th Grade Activities Schedule

As we approach the end of the 2021-2022 school year, we are proud and want to acknowledge the hard work and growth our 8th graders have put in this year. Their middle school careers were overshadowed by the unprecedented pandemic and learning challenges that previous groups of students did not have to face. We want to celebrate our students' successes in a number of ways that are listed below.

The $30 Activity Fee and Farm Park Permission Slip must be turned in to your child’s homeroom teacher by May 18, 2022.

1. Field Trip to the Norristown Farm Park

Thursday, May 26, 2022, 9:00 am-1:30 pm

2.8th Grade Social

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2022, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm

SMS Field

3. Move-Up Day Ceremony - (2 Guests Per Student)

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2022, 9:00 am

SMS Auditorium


You may access all of the details at :

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kpmRRBHl0DNkXhFF1_d--cM5hY7CH11h56pmaT46QFs/edit

Keystone, Aimsweb, & CDT Assessments

We still have a few tests to offer before the end of the school year. A small group of learners will be taking the Pennsylvania Algebra I Keystone on May 18 & 19 as a part of 12th-grade requirements. Nearly all learners will be given the Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) exams and many will take the Aimsweb tests. There are still a few important activities left in these last few weeks of school. Please reinforce the importance of sleep, nutrition, patience, and focus with your children.

You may read more about CDT exams at this link: CDT Information

Band, Chorus and Orchestra Concert- May 19th!

Please Make Plans! Our Spring Concert is Thursday, May 19th, at 7 PM in the Stewart Auditorium. The band, chorus, and orchestra will be performing. Families are welcomed and strongly encouraged to attend. We will have carnations and t-shirts available for purchase. We are so excited that our musicians will be performing for a live audience for the first time in 3 years for this spring concert. Let's make it great! Please come out and support our students!

Hope to see you there.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Attention 6th-grade Parents/Families:

If your child has not yet had their 6th-grade physical exam and received these two vaccinations, please schedule one immediately. You MUST show proof of TDAP and Meningitis vaccinations for your child BEFORE their first day of 7th grade. They will not be permitted to enter the building on August 29th without the nurse possessing proof of these shots.

Please get in touch with Nurse Fowler if you have any questions or concerns. If you have an appointment scheduled already, please let Ms. Fowler know the date. You may email or scan vaccination proof to sfowler@nasd.k12.pa.us.

Level Up Summer Program-Update

Due to the overwhelming demand for our summer programs, we are hiring additional teachers to bring the highest quality program to your children and accommodate as many students as possible.


We will be sending information home if your child is accepted into the program on the afternoon of Friday, May 20th.


Thank you

Norristown Area School District

2022-2023 Schoolyear Calendar

The Board of Directors recently approved the new calendar for the next school year. The first day of school for everyone is August 29th, before the Labor Day Holiday.


https://www.nasd.k12.pa.us/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=275&dataid=8312&FileName=2022-23%20Base%20Calendar.pdf
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LATINO PARENT MEETING


The next Latino parent meeting will take place at the Montgomery County Norristown Library on May 18, 2020 at 5:30 PM with a presentation by HUGS, a non-profit organization that focuses on personal growth, bringing hope and opportunities so that the Latino community can use new skills in their work and in their daily lives. They provide resources and emotional support to families.



Topic: How to OvercomeCulture Shock and Integrate Yourself into the United States:

Intercultural Adaptation and Integration Phases


When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 5:30 PM


Location: Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell Street, Norristown


Who: Parents of students in Kindergarten through grade 12


HUGS is a non-profit organization that focuses on personal growth, bringing

hope and opportunities so that the Latino community can use those skills in their

work and in their daily lives. We provide emotional support to families.

Childcare during the presentation and a light snack will be provided.


We hope to see you there!


For additional information, please call 484-270-2176