Middle School Parent's Association

What's Happening
January 13, 2020

Letter from the Presidents

Dear Parents,

January is so far off to a good start.  As we write this today it is almost 50 degrees and very spring like outside.  

The next MSPA Monthly Meeting is Tuesday, January 14, 8:30 am in the CEMS Conference Room across from the main office.  If you have never joined us at a meeting we look forward to meeting you.  Meetings last about 1 hour, we review our upcoming programs, volunteer needs, and vote on Teacher Mini-grants. This is also an opportunity to hear from you, what would you like the MSPA to do, how you think we can be most effective for our students and families?

Thursday, January 16th is the Hannaford Grocery Card Deadline.  Fill out this form and drop it off, along with your check, to the MS to the main office.

  • Spelling Bee: The CEMS school spelling bee will be held Thursday, January 16 at 3 pm in the LLC. 
  • CEMS Drama: Auditions for Mary Poppins Jr will take place after school Thursday, January 16th and Friday, January 17th.  If you have any questions please email the director Lisa Boucher Hartman at lboucherhartman@capeelizabethschools.org
Today, Monday is Day 5

Heather Reeves and Jennifer Pollick

What's Happening this month:
** MSPA Sponsored Events and Programs


14 - MSPA Monthly Meeting 8:30am**

15 - Variety Show - 2:30-4pm and 7-8pm

16 - Hannaford Gift Card deadline**

16 - Spelling Bee

16-17 - Auditions CEMS performance Mary Poppins

20 - No School, MLK Jr. Day

22 - Early Release day, dismissal 1:25

28 - Winter VEX IQ RObotics begins; 5/6th grade

To view the year in advance the MSPA 2019-2020 Calendar can be found here.  It is regularly updated, so save the link.

Check out your child's class progress

There are just three more weeks in the December / January CLYNK Challenge!  The amounts increased but the top four spots are still dominated by three 5th grade teams and Chase / Briggs taking first! 

6th grade team Chase / Briggs stayed on top with $53.40 while the three 5th grade teams stayed in the next three spots with Arbour / Newton moving into 2nd with $47.15, Doane / Geikie fell to 3rd with $42.65 and Karlonas / Whaley stayed in 4th with $35.35. 

Remember the CLYNK for Schools Recycling Challenge will begin January 21, 2020 and will run through March 20, 2020. For every $1 raised during the challenge period, our school will get an additional $.50 plus the opportunity to compete for additional cash prizes. Cape Elizabeth is hopeful to take one of the top spots again this year after just missing it last year. 

Thank you for your support! Sheri Bragg.
Please contact Sheri if you are interested in learning how the Clynk Program is run, she is looking for a Clynk Chair Shadow(s) for the remainder of this year as she prepares to move on to the HS.

Hannaford Grocery Card Fundraiser Update :  Just four months into the school year and we've already raised $940.00 - just by grocery shopping!   Fill out this form and drop it off, along with your check, to the MS or Pond Cove front office and get a Hannaford grocery card for the full amount of your check.   Hannaford gives our school 5% back of our monthly order - you choose the grade your 5% gets allocated to.  The money STAYS with that class for future outdoor programming.   You may also choose to send your 5% to teacher grants.   Next due date is January 16th!

For questions please email Laura Allen at allenlaura207@gmail.com.   
See here how your child's Chewonki fundraising is going.  

Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app and just scan your grocery receipt.

Get the app at: https://www.boxtops4education.com
We will still be collecting paper Box Tops and dimes all year! Next Collection Date, February 15.

Substitute Teachers/Nurses Needed

Cape Elizabeth School Department is in need of Substitute Teachers and Substitute Nurses.

Please apply online at https://hr.cape.k12.me.us/main-menu/learn-more/jobs 
Community Events and Programs
Thomas Memorial Library: Teen Services

Teen Takeover: Movie Night 
Friday, January 31st from 5:30-8:00pm
Ring in the new year at TML with a movie! Come hang out at the library after hours to watch "Detective Pikachu"; Pizza and other refreshments will be provided. Open to teens in grades 6-12. This is a REGISTERED event, so please make sure to visit our website to register!

Dungeons & Dragons RETURNS! *February 4 th and 6 th
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:00pm
Our teen D&D club is coming back! We will have 2 sessions after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for teens in grades 6-12.

Registration is required and space is limited, so please visit
our website at thomasmemoriallibrary.org for more information.
The 8th annual WinterFest is on Saturday, February 1, 2020
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth and the City of South Portland
WinterFest this year is a one day event, Saturday February 1, at various sites in South Portland.
WinterFest begins with a pancake breakfast at the South Portland Community Center from 8-10:30. This event is sponsored by the CE Lions Club.
At Hinckley Park, Lower Pond, on Highland Avenue, there will be kids' fishing derby, two sessions, 
9-11 am and 11-3pm. Pre-registration is required.
11am-3 pm at the South Portland Golf Course there will be showshoeing, fat tire bikes, cross country skiing. Geocaches will be hidden on the course for kids to find and be entered to win prizes.
At Millcreek Park there will be ice skating, music, play with the high school hockey team and coffee and hot cocoa trucks. This will take place from 11am-3pm.
At the Wainwright Recreation Complex, Gary Maietta Parkway off of Highland Avenue SP
from 11am-4pm there will be skating, games on the ice, Touch the Trucks, a sledding hill a cardboard sled contest, and horse drawn carriage rides followed by fireworks.
A complete schedule of events and the cardboard sled contest directions can be found on the South Portland WinterFest facebook page or southportlandme.myrec.com.
We hope Cape Elizabeth families will join in the fun.