Middle School Parent's Association

What's Happening
January 27, 2020

Letter from the Presidents

Dear Parents,

January 31st is the 7th/8th grade dance.  The need volunteer chaperones. Chaperoning duties include collecting the admissions and stamping hands of all students entering, also preventing students from wondering about the school.  Dance starts at 6:00, Chaperones are asked to arrive by 5:45 and usually done by 8:30. If you are interested in helping that evening, please reach out to Jen Pollick or Heather Reeves.  Recruit a friend to join you and have double the fun!

The Basketball Bonanza will be March 2, 2020 from 5:00-8:30pm.  There are a couple of key volunteer positions needed.  If you'd like to take on these positions please contact Basketball Bonanza Diane Woods.
1.  Concessions:  This is run by the 6th grade parents for fundraising for Chewonki - It's the last big push of fundraising for this anticipated trip.
2. Raffle:  This is run by the 5th grade parents.  A fundraiser for the Freedom Trail trip.

Don't forget to drop by the HS this morning and grab a Holy Donut - a Fundraiser for Project Graduation.

What's Happening at school this week!
  • Wednesday 29th - 8th Grade French/Spanish Written Assessments
  • Friday 31st - 7/8th Grade Dance 
Today, Monday is Day 1

Heather Reeves and Jennifer Pollick

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


28 - Winter VEX IQ Robotics begins; 5/6th grade
31 - 7th/8th grade dance


3 & 4 - 8am-2:30 pm, 7/8th Gr French/Spanish Interviews (Snow Date: Feb 6th)

5 - Early Release day, dismissal 1:25

11 - MSPA Monthly Meeting 6:30pm**

13 - Hannaford Gift Card deadline**

15 - BoxTops Collection Date **

17 - 21 - No School, Winter Break

28-29 - So ME Honors Festival (7th and 8th grade)

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

What's on the Menu this Week?

Cheeseburger on a Bun, Corn on the Cob, Salad Bar, Fruit Bar, Milk Variety. Alternatives: Deli Bar, Assorted Bagels, Chicken Patty on a Bun, Bosco Sticks, Chicken Fajitas

Tuesday: Breakfast Bowl, Salad Bar, Fruit Bar, Milk Variety. Alternatives: Deli Bar, Assorted Bagels, Spicy Chicken Patty on a Bun, Tortellini, Double Cheeseburgers, Soup Kelly's Choice.

Wednesday:  Turkey Tetrazzini, Salad Bar, Fruit Bar, Milk Variety. Alternatives: Deli Bar, Assorted Bagels, Chicken Patty on a Bun, Soft Pretzel, Turkey Melt on Sourdough, Soup Kelly's Choice.

Thursday:  Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese, Salad Bar, Fruit Bar, Milk Variety. Alternatives: Deli Bar, Assorted Bagels, Spicy Chicken Patty on a Bun, Ham Broccoli Potato Casserole, Soup Kelly's Choice.

Friday:  Homemade Cheesy Bread, Salad Bar, Fruit Bar, Milk Variety. Alternatives: Deli Bar, Haddock Sandwich, Kelly's Choice.

Check out your child's class progress

In this final week of the December / January Challenge, the results stay the same but with third place within cents of second. Chase/Briggs continue on top with $64.30 while Arbor/Newton brought in $53.90 and Doane/Geikie right on their heels with $53.20. Anything is possible in this final week. 
It's time for the 9th Annual CLYNK for Schools  Recycling Challenge!

January 21 - March 20, 2020

What’s the Challenge?

CLYNK encourages schools like yours to raise funds by collecting redeemable bottles and cans year-round and CLYNKing at participating Hannaford Supermarkets. During the annual Recycling Challenge, schools get even more change for their efforts. For every $1.00 raised in the Challenge period, you receive a bonus $.50 match from Hannaford Supermarkets, plus the opportunity to compete for other cash prizes provided by CLYNK. Last year’s winners raised an average of $1,500 per school.

What’s the prize?

The Challenge is offered in both Maine and New York, and schools will only compete against schools in their state. First ($1,500) and second ($1,000) prize will be awarded per state for schools that collect the most funds. Third place ($500) will be awarded per state for schools that put forth an extraordinary effort, as identified by CLYNK. Cash prizes are awarded in addition to the redemption funds and bonus match. Official contest rules can be found at www.clynk.com.

CLYNK for Schools Recycling Challenge is a way for schools to raise awareness around the environmental benefits of recycling while working together as one team to raise funds for school discretionary use. 

Hannaford Grocery Card Fundraiser Update :  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 February 13!

For questions please email Laura Allen at allenlaura207@gmail.com.   

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.


On February 2, the Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Boosters are running a program-wide “Shoot-A-Thon” fundraiser. You can support the basketball programs by sponsoring our high school players or by competing yourself against other adults. Read more about the upcoming fundraiser on the Boys' Basketball Boosters Facebook page

Our basketball programs need and appreciate your support!

Substitute Teachers Needed

The process to become a substitute teacher has been made easier for district parents.  Being a substitute in the district is a great way to "be in the know" of the district happenings.  You don't have to sub in your child's classroom or grade.  Assignments can be chosen the week or day before or even as late as the morning of.  Some assignments are half days (mornings or afternoons).  If you are interested in learning more you can check the link below or contact any of our district principals.  The Middle School is in particular need for substitute teachers, with only a few on sight staff members on any given day to cover absent teachers, it is imperative that the district build it's base of subs.  This is not a volunteer position, you get paid!

Please apply online at https://www.cape.k12.me.us/o/cesd/page/job-openings--105
Community Events and Programs
Travel Lacrosse Registration

Grades 3/4 and 5/6 Travel Lacrosse registration Deadline is February 28th.  Call CECS to Register  799-2868
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.