January 29, 2017
As we conclude the month of January later this week, I am grateful for such an outstanding month at Mona Shores Middle School! Our teachers continue to deliver engaging, quality lessons to our students, challenging them to reach their personal best in every situation. Our students continue to achieve high levels of academic and behavioral success. I am proud of both of their efforts! The shared commitment to being the absolute best that we can be, every day, in every situation is evident at MSMS. We are truly striving to build the highest level of character and success within each of our students and in ourselves!
This month, MSMS will be focused on Compassion. While there are many different definitions of compassion, the one that jumps out to me is one that is used as an adjective, “sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” As we move into our Month of Caring at MSMS, we challenge and remind ourselves, and our students, what it means to feel concern for others...for their situations, circumstances, experiences, and challenges that they are faced with. At Mona Shores Middle School, we want our students to not only recognize this, but to truly feel that sense of compassion and to take action to alleviate or support. I believe this quote captures that sense of compassion, “Learn to love without condition. Talk without bad intention. Give without any reason. And most of all, care for people without any expectation.” As our students move through the month of February, our Month of Caring, please have conversations at home about what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to be a compassionate, caring individual, encouraging them to positively impact their school, community, and world through a compassionate spirit.
Here are just a few reminders for the week, along with a photo I came across on Twitter that is perfect for caring and impacting.
SAILOR CELEBRATION -- Our second Sailor Celebration was Friday night, and it was an amazing success! Our students were extremely well behaved, were having a great time, and maximized all of the different activities that were available. A special thank you to all of our outstanding parent volunteers and our Student Congress for an outstanding Sailor Celebration!
TRAFFIC FLOW -- Thank you to all of our parents that listened to our message last week, pulled forward into our Drop Zone, and did not drop off or pick up students in the middle lane! When everyone works together and pulls forward, we can maximize the safety and efficiency of our parking lot. I did receive phone calls from homeowners on Reneer and the NSPD asking our parents not to block driveways as they park down the road. I assured them that our parents would be courteous and make some adjustments.
CONFERENCES -- From 4-7 on Wednesday evening, we will be having PTCs by focused invites only. If you feel a need to connect with a specific teacher, please feel free to contact them via email or phone at any time.
MONTH OF CARING -- the MSMS Month of Caring has been a major success the past four years, raising more than $15,000, donating hundreds of books, and supporting local organizations within our own community - this includes The American Cancer Society, Every Woman's Place/Webster House, The Kids Food Basket. This year our MMLI students are again focused on positively impacting the needs within our community. All of the books and money raised this year during our Month of Caring will stay local. MMLI is challenging students, parents, and staff members to show others that they care during Month of Caring. Please see the weekly event calendar details of this weeks Spirit Week.
February 1 -- Month of Caring Kickoff
Week 1 -- Kids Belong and Spirit Week
Week 2 -- Teacher Challenges, Bake Sales, Kids Food Basket
Week 3 -- Hoops for Heart and Rock, Paper, Scissors Competition
Week 4 -- Book Drive and Student vs. Staff Basketball Game
I am encouraged by the partnership between MSMS, our parents, and community as we continue our focus on academic success, high quality character, and serving others. I hope you all have a great week and a wonderful month of February.
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Doug Ammeraal | Principal
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