MED-O-GRAM MARCH 11, 2014
MEADOWS MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
Dear Meadows Families, I am a product of public education, and I have worked in public education for 26 years. I have been the proud principal of Madison Meadows Middle School for seven wonderful years. I have worked in three states, and throughout my educational career I have seen changes in school funding, initiatives, and expectations. Arizona currently has a number of House bills and Senate bills that – if passed – would drastically change the face of public education in our state. Many parents and community members in the Madison School District have formed an organization called Madison Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). They work tirelessly to ensure that they are informed regarding pending legislation, and they contact legislators regularly to voice their opinions and concerns. Made up of parents and community members, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) assesses legislative issues for their impact on public education, specifically as they pertain to Madison. One of their top priorities is securing realistic funding for Arizona’s public schools, currently ranked 47th in the nation in per pupil funding. Levels of involvement range from passing along legislative information to lobbying legislators. See more at: http://www.madisonaz.org/community/citizens-advisory-committee-cac/ #sthash.b0z5ctsC.dpuf If you or your families have benefited from public education and you believe that the voters should be heard, please contact Madison CAC to find out how you can get involved. A link can be found on the Madison School District website’s home page.
With Ram Pride, Susan Doyle, Meadows Principal
A"en%on: If your 5th , 6th or 7th grade student will not be returning next school year, please ﬁll out a withdrawal form located in the school oﬃce.
MADISON MEADOWS MIDDLE SCHOOL
225 W. OCOTILLO RD., PHOENIX, AZ 85013 (602) 664-7600
MARCH 15th DEADLINE
A Message from your PTM President Dear Meadows Parents, An amazing group of volunteers have been working hard to plan a great event for the parents & teachers of Meadows –The “Meadows Goes Country” Spring Social Fundraiser & Chili Cook Off set for March 29th (adults only)! If you have never gone to a PTM event before, please consider attending this one! Dress up (or not) in Country/Western Attire and enjoy casual dinner & drinks in a fun, relaxed atmosphere! Kick up your heels with corn hole, great music, great food & dancing! We will have an unprecedented number of raffle items this year! Raffle tickets start at $2 a piece & you can pre-buy online. Buy our “pre-event package special” today at www.meadowsptm.org – for $75 you get 2 event tickets (includes dinner & drinks) plus 20 raffle tickets and 1 50/50 raffle ticket (a $92 value). That’s a great price for a night out that ALSO benefits your school! Have a great chili recipe? Be sure to enter the cook off by March 15th (entries limited) -- $100 prize plus 2nd & 3rd place awards as well! More details of the event can be found on the PTM website. Sincerely, Chris Goodfarb 2013-14 PTM President firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Varsity and Varsity Cheer Squad Meadowâ€™s Cheer team celebrated with a banquet!
GO RAMS GO!
Photo Credits: Leah Dines
Congratulations to our Madison Meadows Spring inductees!
Aspen Burbank ★Tyler Carr ★Kyle Cook ★Garrett Cooper ★Adela Diaz ★Luc Duran ★Daisy Flitsch ★Margaret Fyan ★Archie Garcia ★Garrett Goodfarb ★Caleb Gurule ★Hannah Hausknecht-Buss ★Jackson Hickman ★Patrick Jackson ★Delilah Jaramillo ★Sarah Kanner ★McKenna Kellner ★Thomas Lee ★
John Mitchell ★Madison Motsenbocker ★Ava Pangborn ★Christopher Paul ★Jillian Peterson ★Iain Pettit ★Matthew Ramella ★Johnathan Ray ★Ashlee Sanchez ★Samuel Sawyer ★John Schantz ★Kelly Smith ★Allison Stenger ★Justin Stouffer ★Benjamin Wallace ★
NJHS SERVICE PROJECT
HEY 4th GRADERS!!!
SAVE THE DATE! WHO: ALL 4TH GRADE STUDENTS & PARENTS WHAT: RAM ROUND UP WHERE: MADISON MEADOWS CAFETERIA
Date: Thursday May 1, 5:30PM-7PM WHY: Future Meadows students will have an opportunity to visit the campus and hear about sports and clubs available at their new school. 1.
Students check in at 5:30pm in the school cafeteria to •learn about the extra-curricular activities •eat pizza •enjoy fun and games! Parents/siblings check in at the school library for an informational meeting from 6:00-7:00PM Parents pick up child at 7:00PM in the school cafeteria. PLEASE RETURN BOTTOM PORTION TO YOUR TEACHER BY THURSDAY, APRIL 24th. A $10.00 dona@on would be appreciated to cover costs of a Meadows T-‐shirt & pizza. Please make check payable to Meadows PTM . Contact Deb with any ques@ons at email@example.com or 602-‐505-‐7337
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Check Enclosed: Y/N
Donation Amount $___________
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NEWS FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE -‐-‐ Nurse Sharon Immuniza7ons: Please remember to send in a copy of ANY shots your child receives so we can update the health record. Meningi=s and Tdap are due in the 6th grade. No=ces were sent home sta=ng the due date-‐ In order to remain in school-‐ your child needs these shots. Please call me with any ques=ons. Illness/Sickness: The ﬂu is going around and respiratory infec=ons are everywhere. If your child has diarrhea, vomi=ng or a temperature, they may not aEend school for 24 hours. Please keep your child home if they are sick. If you child has Strep. Throat-‐ they may return to school 24 hours aJer star=ng an an=bio=c as long as there is no fever. Extra rest, increasing ﬂuids and ea=ng right are 3 simple ways to help ward oﬀ illnesses. Allergies/Asthma: This is going to be a crazy year for allergies and allergies and colds can lead to asthma issues, so take allergy meds if symptoms are in abundance. If Students take allergy medica=on before school, that can help them get thru the day. Please remember all meds , such as inhalers MUST be brought to the Nurse with a label and signed permission from a parent. Item of the Month: In order to help oﬀ set the budget, the item of the month is Sani=zing Gel and Wipes.
GO RAMS! Meadows Athletics David Vibber Athletic Director
Athletic Fees: Parents, another friendly reminder...we need all winter sports Athletic Fees to be taken care of as soon as possible. Please pay your fee (Tax Credit) on line. See our website for the link. Also...help us get your son's and daughter's uniform turned in as soon as their season is complete. Thanks to all the parents that have contributed to make this another successful season for the Rams! Continue to support them as they advance through the VAC Playoffs! Madison Meadows requires all students that participate on an athletic team to pay an athletic fee of $100 to offset the cost of operating our athletic program. The fee pays for coaches, referees, conference dues, transportation, uniforms and equipment. The fee is “given back” in the way of a Tax Credit for the same amount.
Please pay the $100 athletic fee online: www.msd38.org • Click “Tax Credit” on the top right hand side. Scroll down and click “Donate Online”. • Forward the tax credit confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include player’s name and sport. • Credit card payments also accepted in the office. If a student/family is in need of a financial consideration; volunteer assistance to our school and/or athletic program may be considered. If the student meets all of the academic and behavioral requirements, then we will consider providing a waiver that will enable him/her to participate. Sincerely, David Vibber Meadows Athletic Director
IB Corner of the World Dear Parent, We are very appreciative of our wonderful PTM for purchasing Managebac software for our teachers. This month, staff will participate in online training from Managebac and will learn how to navigate through the program and how to access the unit planner template. Thank you, PTM, for this generous purchase for our school. Students at Meadows are learning about the IB attribute of the month of being a “risk-taker.”
Share with your child your personal experiences at being a risk-taker and how it affected you in the long-run Make sure to provide positive feedback when your child attempts to do something new.
The description from IB for risk-taker is… “We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.”
How parents can enforce the “risk-taker” in their children: Most importantly, make sure your child understands the difference between being a risk-taker by trying new things versus doing things that are dangerous Always try to encourage your child to play a new sport, try a new food when you go out to a restaurant; try a new instrument; and learning a new language Provide a safe place where you can talk about trying new activities and reflect upon how it felt to try something new
Students in Mrs. Lawton’s class are risk-takers as they practice speaking and writing in Spanish on the Smart Board.
Thank the Teacher Appreciation Committee provided teacher’s dinner from Taco Atoyac for parent /teacher conferences. They also provided a grab and go snack. -Kari Blakley
Spread the word...only 19 parents have registered their VIP card to earn donations for our school. Charitable Acts Committee News Need community service hours?
Volunteer Growing Garden on 1st street and Glendale Avenue from 3-‐5PM on TCT days email@example.com | Britton Sanchez
Meadows has adopted a planting bed at the "Growing Together Garden" located on the corner of 1st St. & Glendale Ave. Meadows students & parents have been working hard planting, harvesting, composting, weeding, & more! Help support this wonderful place so they can receive a $5,000
donation from Our Hope
Phoenix: http://ourhopephoenix.org/?page_id=7 VOTE ONCE PER DAY! Charitable Acts Committee
Thank you Meadows families for serving our community. ~ Britton Sanchez CAC Chair
Please keep clipping Box Tops. This is easy money for our school. Due date is
The class with the most Box Tops wins snack shack coupons and the teacher gets a night out. Let's earn as many as we can! Thanks,
The Meadows Snack Shack is open after school and during RAMMS sporting events on campus (some nights & Saturdays). Groups on campus can “sponsor” the snack shack for the month and proceeds for that month will help your group! Parents (with student helpers) are needed to staff the
snack shack. Student helpers gain community service time. Fun and easy! Check out the online schedule and submit your time on line. Contact Snack Shack Coordinator Theresa atMeadowsSnackShack@yahoo.co m to learn more!
WE LOVE VOLUNTEERS
SPECIAL ALERT! FRY’s Shoppers can sign up for a FREE rewards program. https://www.frysfood.com/topic/newcommunity-rewards-program
Psst...it’s not too late to order your YEARBOOK! Yearbooks still available! The 2013-14 Meadows’ yearbook is $40 and is still available for purchase online http://meadowsptm.org/ptm_home/shop/yearbook/
You can also s%ll order a book through school, either at the oﬃce or directly through Mr. Murphy. Make checks payable to Meadows PTM. The artwork of Ms. Cohen’s 1st period social studies class
will be displayed at The Madison Bash on Saturday, April 5th! Come see some amazing works of art in Wassily Kandinsky’s abstract style. A big thank you to Mrs. Sue Abbass for being the inspirational art masterpiece guide in this class. Ask your child how they like the program and who they have studied so far! Other artists our 5th & 6th graders will learn about this year include: • Jean-‐Baptiste Simeon Chardin • Vincent Van Gogh • Winslow Homer • Alexander Calder • Maurice Prendergast • Goya • Nicholas Hillyard • Frida Kahlo • Diego Rivera • El Greco • Hendrik Avercamp • Vigee-‐LeBrun • Duane Hanson • Marc Chagall • Edward Hicks • Paul Klee • Roy Lichtenstein •
A BIG Thank you to all the volunteer parent guides who make this program possible!
Here’s hoping you have a wonderful Spring Break and if you’re looking for something to do, check out the Dale Chihuly exhibition at the Desert Botanical Gardens now through May 18! You will not be disappointed! http://www.dbg.org/events-‐exhibitions/ chihuly
Discovery and surprise await you on the Garden trails. Artist Dale Chihuly returns to the Desert Botanical Garden this fall with a stunning exhibition of his extraordinary and vibrant works of art. Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions includeChihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), Garden Cycle (2001– present),and displays at the de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2011) and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond (2012). Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012. Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012.
Nancy Stouﬀer Art Masterpiece Chair nbstouﬀer@cox.net 602-‐770-‐8724 cel
MORE INFORMATION TO COME!
Dear Parents, We will be using the convenient services of SchoolKidz, Inc. and their Teacher Tailored® back-‐to-‐school supply kit program. Why ﬁght long lines trying to ﬁnd every single requested item on your child’s supply list? Let us do the shopping for you! SchoolKidz, Inc. oﬀers brand name items, chosen by the teachers and is exactly what is on your child’s supply list. Names such as Crayola®, Fiskars® and Elmers®, and their own brand Teacher’sBest™. Best of all, the entire package comes in a reusable personalized kit. This program will save you time, making “back-‐to-‐school time” less hectic and more enjoyable for both students and parents. We believe you will ﬁnd the pricing to be very reasonable. All kits will be delivered to the school and we will let you know the exact date for pick up. Order forms will be available soon. If you have any questions, please contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL SPIRIT WATER BOTTLES only $5 Pu r cha Me se yo ur Sch ado w ool s S pir 27 t o unc (BP e A Sp o Fre r ts e Bot ) tle! Proceeds benefit Charitable Acts Committee (CAC)
Pick one up at the snack shack, or order your cup today! Itâ€™s easy to shop online: http://meadowsptm.org/ptm_home/shop/meadows-spirit-water-bottle/
Support Class of 2014!
8th Grade Graduation!
Designate your tax credit dollars toward Meadows 8th Grade Graduation. Allocate $400 (couples filing jointly) or $200 (individual) tax credit dollars. Tell Grandparents, friends, and relatives about the way to donate.
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Public Notice for Destruction of Records
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Following the microfilming of these records, all original permanent cumulative records of students born in 1997 who have withdrawn from the Madison School District will be destroyed. In addition, all permanent cumulative records of students who promoted out of Madison schools in 2011 will be destroyed. Before any records are destroyed, parents have the right to review and obtain copies of their child’s records. Please contact Madison School District, Student Records Department at 602-664-7958 before May 16th, 2014.
Aviso Público para la Destrucción de Expedientes Todos los expedientes originales y permanentes de los estudiantes nacidos en 1997 que se trasladaron fuera de las escuelas de Madison y todos los expedientes permanentes de los estudiantes que se graduaron de las escuelas Madison en el 2011, serán destruidos después de ser archivados en microfilm. Antes de que cualquier expediente sea destruido los padres tienen el derecho de revisar los expedientes y obtener copias. Por favor contactar al el Departamento de Expedientes del Distrito Escolar Madison al 602-664-7958 antes del 16 de Mayo del 2014.
Information Regarding Homeless Students Students are considered homeless if they are: • In a shelter, motel vehicle, or campground • On the street • In an abandoned building, trailer or other inadequate accommodations • Doubled up with friends or relatives because they cannot find or afford housing If children are homeless they have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. These protections include the right to: • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long you have lived there • Be enrolled immediately without birth certificates, immunizations or school records • Attend school while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other required documents • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot delay enrollment. • Continue in the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school they last attended • Receive transportation to and from the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school they last attended, if requested. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your local school office. Información con respecto a Estudiantes sin vivienda Los estudiantes son considerados sin vivienda si ellos están: · En refugios, vehiculo de motel o en campamentos · En las calles · En un edificio abandonado, remolque u otro hospedaje inadecuado · Viviendo con amistades o parientes porque no pueden encontrar o no puede pagar vivienda. Si los niños no tienen donde vivir, ellos tienen ciertos derechos o protecciones bajo el Acto de Asistencia Educativa de estudiantes sin vivienda McKinney-Vento. Estas protecciones incluyen el derecho a: · Ir a la escuela, sin importar donde viven o por cuanto tiempo han vivido allí · Matricularse inmediatamente sin certificado de nacimiento, cartilla de vacunas o documentos escolares. · Asistir a la escuela mientras la escuela hace los arreglos de traspaso de escuela y documentos de vacunas o cualquier otro documento requerido · Matricularse en la escuela sin dar una dirección permanente. Las escuelas no pueden demorar la matriculación. · Continuar en la escuela que asistieron antes de quedarse sin vivienda o a la última escuela a la que asistieron. · Recibir transporte hacia y de la escuela que asistieron antes de quedarse sin vivienda o a la última escuela a la que asistieron, si lo solicitan. Si tiene preguntas o comentarios, por favor comuníquese a la oficina de su escuela local.
Med-O-Gram Madison Meadows March 2014