Maneuvering the Middle
Weekly Updates from SMS- May 5
Hello Scranton Families,
What a week of royal treatment! Thank you to our families and the Scranton PTO for providing treats, kind notes, and prizes throughout the week to celebrate teacher appreciation. Your thoughtfulness and generosity haven't gone unnoticed and are appreciated.
Next week is another big week at Scranton, with our 8th graders traveling to Washington D.C., bright and early on Tuesday. We have some other fun things planned for all staying put too. Be sure to check the rest of the newsletter for those updates!
Enjoy the weekend,
Mr. Borg and Mr. Renner
Reminders About Washington D.C. Trip - TUESDAY!
- Arrive at Scranton on Tuesday at 5:15 AM.
- Busses leave at 6 AM Sharp!
- Bus numbers and chaperones are posted on the media center windows.
- Money is required for the first meal of the day. All other meals are covered.
- Dress code will be enforced. Check your student's bag prior to leaving.
- We are staying at Hilton Dulles, Herndon Virginia.
- Buses will arrive home Friday about 11:00 pm. Text messages and emails will be sent 30 minutes prior to arrival home.
8th Graders Not Going to Washington D.C.
All students who are not attending the Washington DC Trip were given information and permission slips for the activities that we have planned for that week. We will have various activities from guest speakers, service projects and trips to The Henry Ford and MJR Brighton.
For those choosing not to attend the field trip, those students will remain back at school.
For those not choosing to attend school, it will be indicated as an unexcused absence.
Next Week is Spirit Week @ Scranton
Believe in Brighton Day!
Brighton Area Schools is supporting the downtown Brighton businesses by having a "Believe In Brighton" Spirit Day on Thursday June 1st. Order your shirt by May 19th to receive it in time for the event!
“Buy, Build, Believe In Brighton" was a marketing campaign started by Brighton businesses in 1927. "Believe In Brighton" is a recreation of that campaign to promote downtown. Businesses on Main Street are going through a tough spot with construction and need your help. It’s time to give back to the businesses that continuously support the schools & community through donations, programs, or sponsorships of events year after year. All proceeds from apparel purchased for the Believe In Brighton Spirit Day will go back to the marketing efforts to drive traffic to downtown businesses throughout the summer of 2023. Believe In Brighton is a project organized by the volunteer Board of Directors of the Taste of Brighton non-profit.
Order your shirt here: https://www.ivoryvines.com/collections/believe-in-brighton
What is Advisory?
Our daily Advisory time is a fifteen-minute touchpoint scheduled after the second hour. The SMS staff will provide activities for our students that focus on fostering connections, student wellness, and growing our positive building and district culture.
Advisory is set in advance on a month-to-month basis with the activities sent out by Mr. Renner and Mr. Borg. In addition, Advisory is where we will do our daily announcements and building/district-wide community service projects, as well as structured activities such as grade checks and goal setting.
Advisory Schedule for week of May 8
Monday - Muscle Memory Game
Tuesday - Team Marker Connector
Wednesday - Team Marker Day 2
Thursday - Time to check grades.
Friday - Locker Clean Out Day!
This presentation is focused for adults, not students.
Children's Entrepreneurship Fair in downtown Brighton
Calling all K-8th grade entrepreneurs! Sign up for your FREE spot at The Children's Entrepreneurship Fair in downtown Brighton! Kids – Create a product or service, design your booth, set your pricing, and then sell to real customers at this one-day public fair on Saturday, June 3, 10am - noon. Sign up your budding entrepreneur for their free booth at www.KidFair.biz
Deadline to Register is May 19th!
7th grade Detroit Princess Riverboat Cruise
The 7th grade Detroit Princess Riverboat Cruise will be on Tuesday, June 13th. This 7th grade end of year celebration includes a lunch buffet and DJ entertainment. We will be providing transportation from SMS during the day and then returning in time for students to either take the bus home or be picked up by a parent at 2:45 p.m. The cost of the trip is $50 per student, which includes the cruise, lunch and transportation.
You can prepay for this event on Parent Connect. Sign on to your account and select your student. Select “Accounts” on the left side of the screen. This will take you to the section where you can select “Online SBA Payments” on the right side of the screen. From there you can select your student again and the “Item” to pay for. If you have any questions you can call Scranton School Office at 810-299-3700.
The permission forms for this event is linked here: https://forms.gle/YyqfEA4HRY47tEjW6
Quick Quotes for Students...
The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.
Generosity "Time, Talents, Treasures" Elementary Video HERE Secondary Video HERE This week's lessons looked at Generosity and how it can impact the overall well-being of ourselves and others. Being present, passionate, and vulnerable can help us to look for opportunities to share our ti...
Mental Health and Wellness
As a district we are increasing our efforts to support the Mental Health and Wellness of our students, families and the community by focusing on Relationships, Student Wellness, and Increasing a Mindset for Learning and Growth. Each week we will share a Tip/Resource.
Additional resources and information can be found on BAS Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on our BAS Wellness & Mental Health website.
BAS Parenting Supports
The county launched a program to offer free parent coaching through the Cook Foundation. As we all navigate the daunting but amazing role of being a parent, this is a resource that we could lean on for support and/or advice. If you are at all interested, this link will remain on the district's main page through the remainder of the school year. Parent Coaching Sign-up Link
Scranton's Handbook Highlights
Money, Valuables and Band Instruments
It is advised that students do not carry more money to school than necessary. Items such as rings and watches should be carefully guarded when worn. It is advised that valuable rings and watches not be worn to school, especially when classes (physical education, etc.) necessitate leaving them behind. Storage for musical instruments is provided as a convenience for students. The security of instruments cannot be guaranteed. Parents are free to drop off items on the cart located in the vestibule. Items are collected by office staff and students are called down to pick items up in between classes.
Other Helpful Information
Please mark your calendars to join us for our Scranton PTO meetings this year. They will be held at Scranton on the following Friday - 9:00 am: (Please note day change for the next meeting Thursday 5/11).
If you cannot attend meetings or would like to find out additional ways to become involved, please email email@example.com.
President: Deanne Ferrell
Vice President: Lin Miller
Treasurer: Cay Pinchen
Secretary: Bill Rockwell