December 2, 2019, Principal Lorraine Johnson
Karen Pitts, Media Specialist
Week of December 2nd
Our Feelin' Groovy: Peace, Love and Books Book Fair was a success! We sold over $6,700 and were able to keep cash, books and other items for our Library Media Center. I especially want to thank all of my wonderful parent volunteers for helping us out all week. A big thank you to Ms. Zwick and Ms. Dover for helping set up and take down the Book Fair. All of our parent volunteers are so amazing!
Congratulations to our grand prize winners:
- Adalynn Jordan - Costume Contest Winner
- James Coyne - Guess the Candy Jar Winner
- Mollie Monk - Grand Prize Scooby Doo Basket Winner
Thank you so much for supporting literacy at Madras! Mark your calendars for our next Scholastic Book Fair which will be held March 27 - April 3.
Important Tech News You Need
Georgette Cooper, Madras Tech Specialist
Blocksi at home:
Coweta County School System has adopted a new program for monitoring student chromebooks named Blocksi. One feature provided by Blocksi is that parents can manage student Chromebooks in the evening and other times when students are not in class.Parents will be able to set a bedtime after which the chromebook will be locked. A record of every site the student has accessed during and out of school will be available to parents and sites can be blocked at home. When the Chromebook is at school, the school settings will override parent settings. You can access directions to set up an account and manage and monitor your student's usage at the link below.
The Flu Season: What You Should Know
It is currently influenza (‘flu”) season and Georgia and the United States is currently experience low but increasing influenza activity. Influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. To ensure the safety and health of students, parents and faculty, the Georgia Department of Public Health encourages everyone to know the signs and symptoms of influenza and the necessary steps to reduce the spread of illness.
The symptoms of flu can include:
- Fever (although not everyone with flu has a fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
To limit the spread of influenza or other respiratory diseases:
- Flu vaccines are encouraged. The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each fluseason. If influenza is circulating, it is a good time to get vaccinated!
- Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, orcough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Students should stay at home if they are ill.Those who get flu-like symptoms should stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
- Clean and disinfect regularly and correctly during influenza season. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.
Affidavits of Residence Due December 20th
The completed forms must be notarized, and all schools employ Notaries Public for parents' convenience. If you have any questions, please call us, and our office staff will be happy to assist you.
Yearbooks on Sale Now
Yearbooks for the 2019-2020 school year are on sale and can be purchased at the link below. Prices are as indicated, and eighth grade recognition ads can also be purchased through January 20, 2020 once you are logged in by creating an account. If you have any questions, please contact bookkeeper Henry Dawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Yearbooks are given out the last week of school.
- $45.00 – September 27 – January 31
- $50.00 – February 1 – April 20
- Eighth Grade Recognition Ads on sale through Janurary 20, 2020
Madras Parent Volunteer Training
- December 2, 8:30 or 3:00
- January 13, 8:30 or 3:00
- February 10, 8:30 or 3:00
- March 9, 8:30 or 3:00
- April 13, 8:30 or 3:00
Reminder: Dropping Off Items for Your Child During the School Day
Dropping off Lunches or Medication: If a student forgets a lunch at home, parents may drop it off at the front office, and students will be called to pick up their lunch at the beginning of their scheduled lunch time. If a student needs medication, it can be dropped off at any time for the school nurse.
Dropping off Other Items:
Any other item dropped off for students during the school day may be picked up after school. Instruction will not be interrupted for students to pick up items during class. This includes forgotten homework, Chromebooks, shoes for PE, projects, etc. Students are responsible for bringing needed materials to class daily. If these items are brought to school during the day, we are happy to make an announcement at the end of the day for your child to pick them up in the front office.
Phone Use: Students are permitted to use a phone in the front office during school hours for emergencies or for illness. Calling home for homework, a school project, or to make arrangements to attend an after school event that wasn't previously arranged ties up phone lines and is not permitted. Students may call home if:
- There is a transportation issue,
- Lunch or lunch money is needed,
- Equipment is needed for after school athletics or activity.
- There is a dress code issue.
- The student is sick or needs medication (must call from the clinic under the nurse's supervision).
We appreciate your help in keeping interruptions to a minimum.
CCSS Inclement Weather Procedures (Reminders)
(Please check school calendar for a full list of all club meetings.)
Art Club Meeting: Monday, December 2nd, 3:30-4:30
Pet Lovers Club: will meet Monday, December 3rd, 3:30-4:15
Science Olympiad Meeting: Tuesday, December 3rd from 3:30-5:00 and Thursday, November 21st from 8:00-8:50 am.
Pep Squad Practice: Wednesday, December 4th, from 3:30 to 5:00.
Academic Bowl Practice, Wednesday, December 4th from 3:30-4:15
Eagle News Network: will meet Thursday, December 5th, 3:30-4:30
Running Club: will meet Thursday, December 5th, from 3:30-4:30. Pick up is on the track at 4:30.
Drama Club: will meet Thursday, December 5th from 3:30-4:30
Girls of Faith: will meet Thursday, November 21st from 3:30-4:45.
Guitar Holiday Concert Information for Guitar Students and Parents
- What day? Saturday, December 14, 2019
- Where? Nixon Center on Lower Fayetteville Road
- What time? Performance begins at 2pm
- When should my student(s) arrive? No later than 1:15pm
- What should my student wear? Madras Guitar polo and khaki pants. Shirts MUST be tucked in. No shorts, blue jeans or flip flops will be permitted on stage.
- Food/Drinks: No gum, food, or drinks in the facility prior to, or during, the concert.
- What if my child cannot attend? He/she will be required to make a video recording of their concert repertoire and email it to Mrs. Randolph for concert credit. Please remember… the performance counts as the final exam for this course. Recordings must be submitted before 3:30 pm on December 18, 2019
Questions? Email Mrs. Randolph at email@example.com
Basketball Tryouts: December 2-5
Boys' and Girls basektball tryouts begin the week of December 2nd. All students must meet academic requirements and must have completed athletic paperwork submitted to the front office before participating.
- Monday, 12/2, Boys (3:30-5:00); Girls (4:45-6:00)
- Tuesday, 12/3, Boys (3:30-5:00); Girls (4:45-6:00)
- Wednesday, 12/4, Boys (4:45-6:00; Girls (3:30-5:00)
- Thursday, 12/5, Boys (4:45-6:00; Girls (3:30-5:00)
Email the coaches with any questions.
Girls' Coach: Johanna Wessells (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Boys' Coach: Matt Nash (email@example.com)
PTO: Join the Team!
Amy Brandon, PTO President
PTSO: Come Join our Team!
Welcome to Madras! The Mission of the Madras PTSO is to enrich the education of students at MMS by sponsoring and organizing fundraising and school events and by fostering relationships among the school, parents and students.
We have many opportunities to volunteer and get involved at Madras. Here are some examples:
Hospitality Committee - Teachers' Luncheons and Special Events
Box Tops/Coke Rewards/Amazon Smile
School Store - helping in the store 8:00-8:30 AM on a rotational basis
Snack n Chat (monthly)
Media Center (1-2 hrs per week)
Battle of the Books
Book Fair - Fall and Spring
Scoliosis Screening - one time event
Lamination/Copies for teachers
Special Event Assistance
This year our major focus is purchasing MimioFrame Touch Boards for the classrooms. We are planning for these to be installed during the first half of the school year!
We hope you will consider joining our team! You can join and pay directly online by clicking the ONLINE MEMBERSHIP (Or you can print the FORM and send it and your donation to your child’s homeroom teacher or to the front office. Checks should be made payable to Madras PTSO.)
At MMS, THE MADRAS FUND replaces fundraising. Please consider donating to the MADRAS FUND. MMS PTSO did not need extra fundraising for the last several years thanks to everyone’s support, but every family is needed to participate for continued success!
Suggested donation is $10 per student. Remember, PTSO is doing this so other major forms of fundraising will not be necessary throughout the school year. These donations can be made along with your membership!
If you have any questions, please contact the PTSO Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance for your support!
Parent Letter Archives
- (8-5-19) Principal's Letter
- (8-5-19) Allergy Letter
- (8-7-19) Safety Lesson Letter
- (8-7-19) CCSS Safety Information for Parents
- (9-3-19) CCSS Letter to Parents Regarding E-Cigarettes
- (9-4-19) Letter to Parents Regarding Chromebooks
- (9-30-19) Career Day Letter
- (10-15-19) Affidavit of Residency Letter
- (10-15-19) Affidavit of Residency Letter (Español)
- (11-22-19) Letter to Parents
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