September 3, 2018

Posted by Piper Boston on 9/3/2018

September 3, 2018

Dear South Families,

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful long holiday weekend, albeit, a wet one! 

District 25 E-Flyers-

This District 25 E-Flyers link features communications, activities, and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.

 

PTA President’s Message-

7th & 8th Grade Families: Stop by the PTA Table Display on Curriculum Night for a FREE GIFT & for paper Membership Forms, SpiritWear Order Forms, & More. Membership includes access to online DirectorySpot (COMING SOON) and one (1) Yearbook, as well as discounts on additional yearbooks.

Take the Stress Out of Yearbook Ordering and Join PTA! Questions or to confirm your membership?  Email: southptamembership@gmail.com 

Online Membership Purchase Option:  https://sd25.revtrak.net/PTA/SMS-PTA/#/list

SpiritWear On Sale Now! https://www.cheershoppe.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=573

Mark Your Calendars!

  • PTA Meeting: Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00pm in the large conference room.  Please see posted Budget on PTA bulletin board.
  • 6th Grade Activity Night: Friday, September 28th from 7:00-9:00pm at South.  More information coming soon!
  • 7th Grade Activity Night: Friday, October 12th from 7:00-9:00pm at Mt. Prospect Central Community Center.

Follow/Like South PTA On Facebook: (South Middle School PTA) & Twitter (@SouthPTA).  South PTA Website: www.southpta.orgQuestions? Email sms.pta.presidents@gmail.com

 

Curriculum Nights-

We enjoyed meeting so many of our sixth grade parents last Wednesday. Our Seventh/Eighth Grade Curriculum Night is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 5th at 6:30 PM. Parents will experience a “walk” in their child’s shoes. Here are some important notes for those attending:

  • All parents should come knowing their child’s Homebase section (7W-1), Teacher’s Name, and Classroom Number.
  • Please plan to be at your child’s Homebase classroom by 6:30 PM. **We suggest arriving early for a parking spot as this night is always well attended. Our doors will open at 6:15 PM. 
  • Here is a link to the general schedule of the evening. However, your children are working on personalized schedules for you this week that will be provided during your “first period” Homebase on Wednesday night!

 

South Technology-

At our 6/7/8 Curriculum Nights, parents received or will be receiving hard copies of the following:

  • Letter overview (link) of our different technology and home-school communication tools. 
  • Schoology parent login information (Parents can use your same parent account as last year. We are sending out new personalized information due to the high number of parents who do not have accounts.)
  • PowerSchool parent login/account information (We are providing information for new parents only. Parents can use their accounts from last school year.)

Sixth grade parents received this Chromebook Take-Home form on Curriculum Night. On Friday, all seventh and eighth grade students received hard copies of this packet to bring home to their parents. 

Families have the option of students bringing their Chromebooks to/from school or keeping them here in school full time. If students want to take their Chromebooks to/from school, they need to submit a signed Take-Home form by this Friday, September 7th. Please review everything with your children carefully so you both understand the added responsibility of being issued a Chromebook. 

Chromebooks can begin going home on Monday, September 10th with students who return their signed forms. 

 

Special Services Think Tank-

Interested in helping connect families with students with special needs – with each other & with their school community?  Join a group of parents and educators to brainstorm ways we can foster more relationships through district programs, staff development, education of all families, and community partnerships.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 5th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Administration Center.  Our topic for this month is “speakers/programs we can offer” so come ready to share ideas.  Future meetings include October 5 (10:30 am), November 5 (6:30 pm), and December 5 (10:30 am).

Feel free to contact Dr. Lori Bein with questions at lbein@sd25.org.

 

Message Regarding Bringing Your Dog to School-

Many of us love pets of all kinds! Ms. Boston and Ms. Rosen have cherished pet dogs. Mr. Perkins and Dr. Bein have had dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, chameleons, and more. Bringing pets onto school property, however, can cause some concerns.  We do have students who are allergic to some pets.  We, also, have students who are very afraid of dogs.  If you do need to bring a pet with you to pick up your students or to view an outside sporting event, please keep your pet leashed and please clean up after it.  Also, please know that some children are very anxious seeing a dog on school grounds.  Thank you for helping our students feel safe at school.  

 

South Extracurricular Clubs-

We will soon advertise a list of all South clubs and sponsors for the 2018-2019 school year. Students can also complete a form in the office to propose a club and seek help finding a staff sponsor. If clubs are beginning sooner than our advertised list, students and parents will know through our daily announcements page. 

 

Other South Happenings-

Students and parents can check out our announcements page to know different South happenings and student opportunities. You can also click on our @South Twitter and @ahsd25 Twitter pages for highlights and updates around South and Arlington Heights School District 25. 

We look forward to seeing many of our seventh and eighth grade parents this coming week. Wishing all a great week ahead!

Sincerely,

Piper Boston, Principal 

Steve Perkins, Associate Principal

Sheri Rosen, Associate Principal

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