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Parent/Guardian Newsletter November 15-30

In This Issue....

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events
  • School Spirit Week
  • Weekend Food
  • The Closet
  • Order Your Yearbook Today
  • Absences & Appointments - What To Do
  • Moving or Attending Another School
  • Mustang Clothing
  • Volunteer Coordinator Column
  • Community Engagement Opportunities

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UPCOMING DATES

  • A LOOK AHEAD
  • November 14-18 - School Spirit Week
  • November 24-25 - N0 SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30 - 8th Grade Band Concert 7 PM
  • December 2 - NO SCHOOL - Mark Reporting
  • December 5 - Tri II Begins
  • December 8 - 8th Grade Choir Concert with MGSH 7 PM
  • December 14 - 8th Grade Orchestra Concert at MGSH 7 PM
  • December 15 - Jazz Band Concert 7 PM

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School Spirit Week is November 14-18

School Spirit Week is this week. Below is a schedule for the week:


  • Monday is comfy/college apparel day
  • Tuesday is twin/squad day (come dressed as your best friend or group)
  • Wednesday is color day - 6th grade wears blue, 7th grade wears grey/white, 8th grade wears black
  • Thursday is Zoom day (fancy on top and comfy on the bottom)
  • Friday dress like a kindergartner (mismatched, lots of color, messy hair)


Gratitude Grams will also be sold during lunches this week, November 14-18. There are candy options your student can choose from with a special message included. They can send them to their friends, teachers, or other staff members. They will be distributed in Advisory class on November 23.


Please see the attached file for more information.

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Weekend Food

Maple Grove Middle School partners with Every Meal to provide weekend meal bags for families. Families may choose from three options structured around the USDA MyPlate standards. All bag types contain 4-5 pounds of nutritious, non-perishable food, including a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, and soups/entrees. Click here to enroll your student.


MGMS Counseling Department

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THE CLOSET

With winter weather is upon us, MGMS has a closet with winter jackets, hats, and gloves in addition to clothing in a variety of sizes, hygiene items, school supplies and even some food for those families in need. These items are all donated by family's and friends of Maple Grove Middle. Please connect with your student's counselor if you need assistance. Their names are listed below.

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Order Your 2022-23 Yearbook Today

Capture your student's school memories by ordering a 2022-23 yearbook. It is a hardcover yearbook in full color. The price is $30 if you order by April 7th. To order, visit ybpay.com and enter the yearbook ID code: 10405523 or click the link below.

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WHAT TO DO...

ABSENCES

If your child is going to be late or absent from school, please call the school with the reason for the absence. The telephone call eliminates the need to send a note with your student when he/she returns to school. Excused absences consist of illness, medical appointments, and family emergency situations such as a funeral. Oversleeping, missing the bus, or skipping school are not excused and are considered truancy.


MGMS 24 Hour Attendance Line: 763-315-7603.


ATTENDANCE -

If you received a call saying your child was absent one or more periods, please check your ParentVue account for the period your student was absent. Have your child talk to the teacher for the class that they were marked absent. The teacher will then communicate with our attendance person.



APPOINTMENTS/EARLY RELEASE - HERE IS WHAT YOU DO

1. Send a note with your student in the morning

2. When the student gets to school they go to Student Services to get a white pass

3. At the stated time on the pass, your student leaves class and comes to the office with the white pass and signs out in the main office

4. The person picking up can wait in the car (very helpful on cold winter days)


If you didn't send a note, you will need to come in with your driver's license and we will call your student down when you arrive.


This procedure is in place to ensure student safety.

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Moving or Going to Another School

If you are moving or going to withdraw your student to attend another school, please notify the school office at 763-315-7600.


Thank you.

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MGMS CLOTHING

Show your school pride with MGMS branded apparel available for purchase from our third-party vendor.


https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/minnesota/maplegrove/maple-grove-middle-school

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Notes from Volunteer Coordinator, Andrea Dorn

PACT (Parents and Community Together) What is PACT? Parents/guardians and staff who are working to ensure that MGMS is a great place for students and their families!! Please join us for the PACT meeting on Monday, January 23, 7:00-8:30pm in the Media Center. You also can join online by clicking the link below.

https://mgms.district279.org/families/pact.


Be a Volunteer at MGMS!!

Whether you can commit to a weekly volunteer opportunity, or occasionally, we appreciate your presence at school. Complete a volunteer application online (see links below) and receive emails on all the different opportunities MGMS has for you. I look forward to working with all our parents throughout the year.

ENGLISH APPLICATION:

https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/Nzg0OmVuLVVT

SPANISH APPLICATION:

https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/Nzg0OmVzLVVT


Please feel free to reach out to me at dorna@district279.org with any questions you may have regarding volunteering at Maple Grove Middle School.

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Family & Community Engagement Department

The district's Family and Community Engagement department has three opportunities for families to get involved with or gain information. The opportunities are:

  • Mental Health Series
  • Rise Committee (Radically Investing In Scholars' Excellence)
  • Navigating Osseo Area Schools - What you need to know to set you and your scholar up for success

Please see the link below for meeting dates and times.

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WHO TO CONTACT

School Phone: 763-315-7600...............................Website: https://mgms.district279.org/

Attendance: 763-315-7603………………………………..Transportation: 763-391-7244


6th Grade

Jason Olson, Assistant Principal……..Email: Olsonj@district279.org

Katie Gerdts, Counselor 6th Grade......Email: GerdtsK@district279.org


7th Grade

Patrick Smith, Principal………………….Email: SmithPatrick@district279.org

Megan Woods, Counselor 7th Grade...Email: :WoodsM@district279.org


8th Grade

Jennifer Hinker, Assistant Principal.....Email: HinkerJ@district279.org

Kaia Paquin, Counselor 8th Grade.......Email: PaquinK@district279.org


Student Management Specialists Assist With All Grades

Nathanial Davies (Grade 7 & 8 A-L) – Email: DaviesN@district279.org

Levy Jones (Grade 6 & 8 M-Z) - Email: JonesL@district279.org


District Tip Line.........763-391-8660