Middle School News – March 29, 2018

While Spring is playing hide and seek with us, here’s some information from the middle school!

Grades: The bi-weekly update to grades in School Brain took place on March 27th. As a reminder, today, March 29th, is the last day for any Quarter 3 assignments to be turned in by the end of school. Grades will be finalized for the quarter on April 5th at 3pm. Please take the time to review grades with your middle schooler(s) as any student with two or more end of the year grades of “F” may not be eligible to move on to the next grade.

Project 351 Clothing Drive: Project 351 is a nonprofit organization whose main purpose is to serve others and to unite, act and lead.  Between March 22 and April 4th, we will be holding a clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization that provides children living in low income and homeless situations with the everyday essentials.  During this clothing drive, we have large donation boxes near the entrance to every grade wing. Cradles to Crayons is asking for donations of brand new or lightly worn children’s clothing, new socks, and toothbrushes. You or your child can donate, and make sure to tell your kids that if their grade collects the most clothes, they win a prize!

Book Fair: The Spring Book Fair will take place April 8th-11th.  We are still looking for Parent Volunteers to help out during the Fair. To volunteer please go to  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4faeaf29a4fa7-spring.  In addition, for easy purchasing, we encourage you to use the Book Fair eWallet.  To create an eWallet go to www.scholastic.com/bf/gdrms.

The GD Athletic Booster Phone-A-Thon has begun. For the next two weeks you’ll be receiving phone calls from high school students on Wednesday evenings asking for your support.   The Boosters serve athletics at all levels from Middle through High School. Last year the Boosters contributed $10,000 to the expansion and updating of the weight room at the High School benefitting every student and staff member. In addition, the Boosters awarded $8,000 in scholarships, funded $4,000  for turf time for fall and spring teams, offset additional Ice hockey fees by $1,2000, supported the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams winter game at the TD Garden, funded Volleyball coach training and provided range privileges for the Golf Team.   Through the years, the Boosters have been able to support just about every G-D team.  Visit their website at https://sites.google.com/site/gdboosters to learn more about specific grants made by the Boosters or to make a secure, tax-deductible donation. The Boosters are grateful for the continued generosity of their community.

Spring is certainly going to arrive and we ask parents to have conversations with their middle school child about proper attire to wear to school. We firmly believe in every student’s right to dress as an individual and make attire/accessory decisions that allow them to express their individuality. We are also, of course a community, so consideration needs to be given to spending so much time in each others’ presence! Perhaps thinking about a few of these ideas…and blaming me if that helps!

1. Attire needs to be safe, slippers, and flip flops are a tripping and falling hazard especially since students have to traverse multiple stairs and two buildings. Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon cannot be worn to school.

2. Attire should not reveal visible undergarments, stomach, chest, and/or buttocks.

3. Attire signage should be respectful, with no violent language/images, no images/language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity), no hate speech, profanity, or pornography, no images/language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment.

Thank you for considering the above ideas and for talking to your child about these choices!

Kathi McCollumn