Dear Middle School Families,
It was great to see so many of you at Dr. Englander’s presentation last night. She spoke with faculty and staff in advance of her parent presentation. We found her research and the practical application of that work to be informative and very useful in our work with your children. We were not able to record the parent presentation; instead, we’ll provide some key take-aways in a separate message.
This afternoon we held an assembly in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State Senator Walter Timilty and State Representative Bill Driscoll, Jr. spoke to the Middle School about the life and legacy of Dr. King, urging students to do good deeds in honor of MLK Jr. Day. We also enjoyed a performance by master storytellers Sumner and Linda McClain. The students will be following up on the messages of our speakers and performers by writing letters to state legislators about how they are inspired by them and Dr. King’s work. Additional activities and follow-up will take place over the course of the next few weeks.
In this week’s Middle School Newsletter, you will find a wonderful “Faculty Voice” column by Grade 8 social studies teacher Sharon Mathieu, information about our upcoming Geography Bee, a reminder about the the School-wide MLK Jr. Brunch, and details about the week ahead.
Have a good weekend,
As we wind down from the holidays and settle in for a long winter, my hope is that we don’t lose the spirit of the holiday season and the act of giving to and serving others. Reflecting on the season of giving, the first thing that comes to mind for me is my most recent trip to Haiti.
As Thanksgiving approaches, while I get ready for hosting, preparing the menu, watching football and of course, cleaning, I am always reminded of the meaning of the season. As a family, we volunteer at a local homeless shelter to give back in a small way. I began to think about what more could we could do to serve others in need. The first thing that came to mind was Hurricane Matthew.
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti. It was the strongest hurricane since 1964 to hit the already devastated country, which continues to recover from the deadly 2010 earthquake. Strong winds and heavy rainfall ravaged the country, leaving survivors to pick up the pieces and, for many, start their lives from scratch. Families were left with nothing and were unprotected from the elements as homes were washed away and roofs blew off buildings.
News and Announcements
Middle School Winter Athletic Team Photos, Friday January 20––All teams will be photographed prior to their games next Friday. Players should be in uniform. Photos are $19 each, and students can order them when the picture is taken. Student IA accounts will be charged for any photos ordered by the students. Please speak with your child before January 20 so that your account is not erroneously charged.
Geography Bee, Thursday, January 26, 4–6 p.m., Thacher––The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Each year, thousands of schools across the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee, competing for college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion. Students in Grades 4 through 8 are eligible to compete in the Geography Bee. Click here to complete the permission form.
Middle School Student of Color Conference, Saturday, February 4, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Boston College High School––The theme of this year’s conference is Using My Difference to Make a Difference. A variety of workshops are available, from “Be Proud of Who You Are” to “Hip Hop: The Story of the Struggle” to “How Nelson Mandela Taught Us to Look at the Big Picture.” Click here if your child is interested in attending.
Share Contact Information for Lower and Middle School Grandfriends’ Day, Friday May 12––In late March, invitations will be mailed to our students’ grandparents and intergenerational friends. To confirm that we have the correct addresses on file, or to share the names and addresses of those whom you’d like invited, click here. Please complete this form by February 15.
A Message from the Nurses––Winter is here and so are colds and other illnesses. You don’t want your child to miss school; but neither do you want to send a sick child to school to endanger him/her or infect others. When should your child stay home? Here are a few guidelines for you to follow:
- Students may return to School once they have been fever-free for 24 hours, without any fever-reducing medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc).
- For students with stomach bugs, there is no 24 hour clearance needed. Students may return to school once they are able to resume a normal diet and level of activity.
- When indicating that your child will be absent from school due to illness, also email the nurses at Diane_Holland@milton.edu or Annmarie_Martens@milton.edu with the nature of your child’s illness. The Health Center tracks illnesses across campus, and the information you provide is helpful to them.
- Remind your children to wash their hands well and frequently and to drink plenty of fluids. Vitamin C drops, zinc drops and Emergen-C are also helpful in combatting the germs in the air.
- If you haven’t yet gotten your child a flu shot, it isn’t too late!
The Week Ahead
No classes in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Brunch, Monday, January 16, 10 a.m., Wigg Hall—Join us to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. Everyone is invited. Click here to RSVP.
Classes Resume, Tuesday Schedule. Tuesday, January 17.
Speech Practice Party, Thursday, January 19, 4 p.m., Ware Hall––Students planning to attend Sunday’s Speech Tournament at Sherwood Middle School in Shrewsbury should plan to attend.
Speech Tournament, Sunday, January 20, Sherwood Middle School in Shrewsbury—The bus will leave Ware Loop at 6:45 a.m. and will return at approximately 6 p.m.
Add These Dates to Your Calendar
January 26––Geography Bee
February 2––Second Semester Begins
February 2––Maria Trozzi Parent Presentation
February 5––Speech Tournament at Sacred Heart School
February 10––Student Social
February 15––Grade 8 Parent Meeting: Course Planning for Upper School; Spring Trip
February 17––Student Socials
February 20––No Classes in Observance of Presidents’ Day
February 21––Play Production Week
February 23––Middle School Musical Wonka Opening Night
February 24––Winter Season Nobles Day
March 2––Dr. Richard Ginsburg, author of Whose Game Is It Anyway? parent presentation
Contact: Jacqui Pennini at 617-898-1798
Hours: Monday-Friday, dismissal-5:45 p.m.
Mustangs of the Week
Calvin has shown an exemplary work ethic in both practices and games. He has been a tremendous teammate, always demonstrating a very positive attitude and leading by example. He often encourages other teammates in drills or helps them to improve in a particular skill that he feels confident with. At every single practice, Calvin shows an eagerness and desire to learn and grow as a basketball player. He never gives up or lets up, always demanding a lot of himself and his teammates. Congratulations, Calvin!
Sam shows up every day on time, ready to work hard with a great attitude, which is infectious within our locker room. Sam was elected one of our captains this week by her fellow teammates and received both coaches’ votes. She’s been a leader on and off the ice since the very first practice. At times it’s as if we have three coaches on the ice because of the way Sam carries herself and mentors others. A very skilled player, she has helped build our very young program by leading by example every day in practice and during our first game. Sam has a true team-first attitude, and has no problem where coaches slot her in the lineup—she’ll even volunteer to play defense when we are short on numbers, which is a position she doesn’t normally play. Her hard work and determination will no doubt lead our team to success!
PA News and Notes
Middle School Lunch
Click here to access our Middle School lunch menu.
Robbins Rink Skating Scheule
Click Skating Schedule 16-17 to see a schedule of open skate times at the Robbins Rink in the ACC.
Check back soon for a message from the Milton Fund.
Community News Links
On February 4, Class I students will present their student talent show, Senior Showcase. The evening itself is geared to Upper School students, but as part of the festivities, a number great prizes are raffled off. Raffle tickets are available for online purchase through February 4; proceeds offset prom ticket prices. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, click here. Your child’s IA account will be charged with your purchase.
Sample of 2017 SENIOR SHOWCASE RAFFLE PRIZES: Four Red Sox vs. Yankee Tickets (Value: $600); iPhone 7 – 32 GB (Value: $650); Two Bruins Tickets to 2016-2017 season game; Lunch with Headmaster (Value: Priceless); Parking spot in Ware Loop & $100 Gas Card (Value: Priceless); Two Celtics Tickets to March 31 Game vs. Orlando Magic (Value: $400); Four Patriots Pre Season Tickets – August/September 2017 (Value: $200); $350 Gift Certificates to Local Restaurants; Authentic Home-cooked Persian Dinner for Four (Value: Priceless); $500 Apple Store Gift Card; Two Tickets to Coldplay Concert (Value: $200) – August 4, 2017 at Gillette Stadium, and much more!