MMS Family Bulletin: December 17, 2017

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Dear MMS Families –

The Holiday Season is here and Winter Break is just around the corner. On behalf of the faculty and staff of Edward R. Martin Middle School, I am happy to extend warm wishes and good tidings to the wonderful families that make up our school community! Here are some notes about things happening at MMS.  

  • We have a new principal! Last week, William Black, an experienced and successful educator and a resident of East Providence, was named the new principal of MMS. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to tour Mr. Black’s school in order to observe teaching and learning. I was impressed with the quality of instruction, the organization of the school and Mr. Black’s positive outlook. In the coming weeks, Mr. Black will be introduced even more to our school community as we get ready for him to take over in early 2018!
  • The weather outside is frightful! Students should come to school dressed in layers and prepared for conditions inside and outside the school. Please remember that the doors to MMS open at 7:45 am, so student should be prepared for New England Winter conditions to, from, and at school.
  • In early January, students will take an i-Ready diagnostic test. i-Ready is a platform that helps us assess the progress of students in attaining English Language Arts and Math skills. In our efforts to promote student achievement, we are asking for the help of parents and guardians in motivating students to work as hard as they can on all assessments and tests. Thank you for having conversations with your children about hard work and perseverance!
  • The lost & found boxes at MMS will be emptied during vacation week. Parents are asked to please remind students to check boxes for missing items!
  • The East Providence Recreation Department has released their Winter and Spring programs. The Rec Department offers a variety of activities for youths and adults. You can find out more on their website and Facebook page
  • The Martin Theatre Company is preparing for the January 26 & 27 performance of the audience favorite, Peter Pan! Save the date and get ready for another outstanding MTC performance.
  • At MMS, we see the effects of social and new media on our students daily. As our students will soon be on vacation and many will have new devices, we ask parents to please be vigilant and to keep an eye on social media usage. Common Sense Media is a website that has a wealth of information for parents and students about the effects of media on children.
  • The MMS Chorus and Band performed at the Rhode Island State House last week and did an outstanding job of representing our community. An ‘inside source’ at the State House stated that the East Providence music program is regarded as the finest in the state and folks always make it a point to come out and listen to our students. Capitol TV has made available beautiful videos of the performances. You check them out here and here.
  • The MMS Student Council is sponsoring a canned food drive to support the Faith & Hope Charity. Students are asked to bring in canned food and place it in boxes in each House through the month of December.
  • Parents are asked to please play close attention to the traffic signs on Brown St.. Cars dropping students off on the side with the NO PARKING signs are potentially causing a safety issue. Also, there is no student drop off on the south driveway where busses exit. Parents dropping off students are asked to proceed down the driveway around the main office circle to the right and drop off students next to the curb at the main office area.
  • Assistant Superintendent Sandra Forand came to MMS to speak to the PTA about the East Providence High School Building Project. This project needs the support of our school community! Please check out the project website.
  • Thank you to our Family Involvement Committee and all of the families who came out to our first Gingerbread House Family Night. We drank hot cocoa, listened to holiday music, ate too much of the candy meant for the gingerbread houses, and enjoyed the company. See photos of the event of the MMS Facebook page.
  • Thank you to our 6th grade teachers for organizing a field trip for students to see the movie Wonder,  an adaption of the novel 6th graders have been reading.  Here is an article 5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After “Wonder”.
  • The East Providence Mowhawks, a community-based athletics organization is sponsoring a variety of clinics during the late fall and winter. This year, there will be basketball clinics for kids grades K-5 and and lacrosse clinics for K-8. Click here for a flyer

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December Events, Activities & Meetings

Monday, December 18 – Day 3
Gaming Club Unplugged – 2:30-3:30 PM
MMS wrestling at Warwick Vets 3:30 PM

Tuesday, December 19 – Day 4
MMS Boys Basketball vs. Scituate 3:30 PM
MMS Girls Basketball at Scituate 3:30 PM

Wednesday, December 20 – Day 5
MMS Chess Club 2:30 PM
Holiday Concert Assembly (students only)

Thursday, December 21 – Day 6
MMS Boys Basketball at UCAP 3:30 PM
MMS Girls Basketball vs. UCAP 3:30 PM

Friday, December 22 – January 1
Holiday Recess

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I am happy to extend best wishes to the entire MMS community during this joyous season. I hope that you all enjoy some well deserved time off with your families and loved ones as we look forward to coming back recharged for a productive and fun 2018!

Robert S. Perry
Acting Principal
Edward R. Martin Middle School

 
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