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					               MIDDLE RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL P.T.S.A. EVENTS &
             INFOR.                                                                                          Issue # 1 2011
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        PARENTS: THE PTSA NEEDS YOU

                          OMG LOL CAN U BELIEVE OUR HIGH TECH WORLD
                          FROM HAND WRITTEN LETTERS, SNAIL MAIL AND LANDLINE PHONE CALLS TO
                          EMAILS, TEXTING, MOBILE PHONES AND SOCIAL NETWORKS. OUR ABILITY TO
                          COMMUNNICATE WITH EACH OTHER IN RECORD TIME STILL AMAZES ME FROM
                                                                                                             MIDDLE RIVER
                          HOW FAST SOCIETY HAS DIGITALTIZED OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS OR SO. IT
                          REALLY DOES MAKE COMMUNNICATING A WHOLE LOT EASIER AND FASTER.
                          PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR PTSA PAGES AND BE KEPT UP TO DATE TO CURRENT
                                                                                                                   MIDDLE
                          EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS AT OUR SCHOOL.
                          WWW.FACEBOOK.COM (TYPE IN: MIDDLE RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL MARKET DAY
                                                                                                                  SCHOOL
                          PROGRAM
                          WWW.FACEBOOK.COM (TYPE IN: MIDDLE RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL- PTSA)                           P.T.S.A.
                          WWW.EDLINE.NET/PAGES/MIDDLE_RIVER_MIDDLE_SCHOOL
                                                                                                                EVENTS &
                                                                                                                   INFOR.
MMJJJ JJ JNNNNNE FF




                M.R.M.S. PTSA: WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
                      Dear M.R.M.S. Parents,                     thinking how can an hour or two make        Kathy Bauer(Vice Pres.)
                                                                 that much of a difference. Believe me, it
                      Happy 2011! Out with the old & in with     does. We are still in in need of any help   Kbauer5092@comcast.net
                      the new. We made it through our first      you can spare, an hour here or an hour
                      year as Middle River’s new P.T.S.A.        there. Anything you can do, any time
                      Despite all our obstacles & challenges     you can give would make a huge impact
                      that faced us every step we climbed, we
                      stuck together and found ways to
                                                                 on all of the kids. With over 900
                                                                 students, and 3 parents on board, we
                                                                                                                       Issue Date
                      conquer and move forward leaving the       could honestly use a few more for sure.
                      past behind us and the future to come.     If you are interested in helping or
                      Our biggest challenge this past year was   joining our PTSA board, please contact
                      getting parents on board to support and    either:
                      help us in making changes that provide
                      a wealth of benefits to our kids.          Jen Schleupner (PTSA pres.) at
                      Parents, believe me when I say that as a   middleriverptsa@comcast.net
                      PTSA board member, a parent of 2 kids
                      in 2 different schools and a business      Lynette Moore (Tres.) at
                      owner, I can relate and understand how     Lynettemoore07@comcast.net
                      busy hectic schedules can leave you
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   I KNOW YOU ARE THINKING, “WHAT DOES THE PTSA PROVIDE OUR STUDENTS & SCHOOL WITH”…..
  WELL HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY THINGS WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE:




       STUDENT PLANNERS                                                 REFRESHMENTS & PRIZE DRAWINGS FOR PARENTS
                                                                          AND STUDENTS WHO ATTEND THE P.T.S.A.
       6 GR CHORUS T-SHIRTS                                              GENERAL MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
       EQUIPMENT FOR CLASSROOMS
                                                                         REQUIRED FEE’S IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN CURRENT
       INCENTIVES, AWARDS &                                              & “IN GOOD STANDING” STATUS FOR EXPENSES
        PARTIES                                                           SUCH AS INSURANCE & INCORPORATION, &
                                                                          NATIONAL, STATE & COUNTY DUES.
       8TH GR END OF THE YR
        ACTIVITIES
                                                                         TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH (HELD IN
       MONETARY DONATIONS                                                MAY)
        TOWARD TRIPS
                                                                         BEVERAGES FOR THE STUDENTS FOR ACTIVITIES
       DONATION TO THE DARE
                                                                          SUCH AS OUR “TECH” WALK.
        PROGRAM TO PURCHASE
        NEEDED SUPPLIES
                                                                         FOLDERS, LABELS & SUPPLIES FOR THE PTSA
       WORKING TOWARDS                                                   DISPLAY BOARD IN THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL TO
        PURCHASING A NEW MARQUEE                                          KEEP PARENTS & STUDENTS AWARE OF UPCOMING
        SIGN FOR OUT FRONT OF THE                                         EVENTS.
        SCHOOL. (SEE BELOW FOR
        MORE DETAILS)                                                    6TH GR. ORIENTATION (MEET & GREET)
                                                                          REFRESHMENTS, FOLDERS & INFORMATION
       DONATIONS TO TEACHERS FOR
        SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR
        STUDENTS



            FUNDS + RAISING = BENEFITS FOR OUR KIDS!!!
                                         WON’T YOU HELP SUPPORT OUR GREAT CAUSE!!



             Middle River Middle School will be conducting several fundraisers throughout the upcoming 2011-2012 school
             year and are hoping that you as parents, guardians and caregivers will help support us in our efforts to make
             them successful. Believe me when we say that from 1 parent to another that we know how easy it is to say, “I
             don’t do fundraisers. Or, there are enough other students in the school to make up for my child not
             participating.” We all have been there and said that at some point in our child’s school years. We know that
             sometimes you are bombarded with 1 fundraiser after another. Between schools (and if you have more than 1
             child it can really become overwhelming), extracurricular clubs and after school and church activities all
             wanting to do the same thing and raise money that will benefit our kids and the programs they are in.

             With that being said, the PTA is asking that you please try and support some of the fundraisers we have
             planned. We would love nothing more than for your support for all of them however as parents we understand
             that in today’s economy that can be a challenge. Any support you can give and any volunteer help you can
             provide will be greatly appreciated it. We are desperately in need of volunteers in order to keep our
             fundraisers running smoothly so if you have any time available we could use the help.

               The money raised will be used for many projects and activities that occur at the school. We are once again
             striving to raise enough money to purchase a new Marquee sign for out front of the school. The one that is
             there now is old and poorly visible. We wanted to get something not only nicer to look at but large enough to
             fit important information that will be visible to you as parents and guardians.
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 The days of relying on our kids to bring home information that we needed yesterday are long gone. Our new and improved
 line of communication will allow you to know all the information that our kids forgot to tell us or didn’t want to share with us.
 Our kids may think they are ahead of the game, but let’s remind them who it was that invented it.



                                                         One of our upcoming fundraisers to help us raise funds to
                                                         purchase our new Marquee will be the “Marquee March”.
                                                         A school based walk-a-thon that is a fun and fit activity for
                                                         all grades, teachers and staff to participate in together. The
                                                         walk will take place during school and on school grounds.
                                                         Look for more information along with sponsor pledge sheets
                                                         to be sent home in the near future.


   UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS (LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION TO COME HOME SOON)

          FALL MARKET DAY FUNDRAISER (BEGINS SEPT. 1) A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
          MONTHLY MARKET DAY PROGRAM (SEE ENCLOSED FLYER WITH INFORMATION & DATES)
          MARKET DAY PIE & COOKIE DOUGH FUNDRAISERS (DATES T.B.A.)
          SCRIPT GIFT CARDS FUNDRAISER (TENATIVE DATE SCHEDULED FOR NOV
          MIXED BAG DESIGNS (A “GO GREEN” FUNDRAISER CONSISTING OF ECO CHIC REUSABLE BAGS) DATE T.B.A.
          RITA’S ITALIAN ICE, CHIC FILET AND OTHER RESTERAUNT/FAST FOOD NIGHTS (PROCEEDS EARNED THROUGH
           PURCHASES)

           THESE ARE JUST A FEW IDEAS WE HAVE IN STORE SO PLEASE CHECK OUR NEWSLETTERS, EDLINE, WEBSITE,
           FACEBOOKS OR MARQUEE SIGN FOR MORE INFORMATION SO YOU WONT MISS OUT. THANKS IN ADVANCE
           FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT.
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                                    IT OUT: HERE ARE SOME
                                   OTHER IDEAS WE HOPE TO
                                        GET MOVING ON:
          MIDDLE RIVER M.S.- SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR & ACCESSORIES

          WALMART’S TEACHER REWARD PROGRAM ( A PROGRAM THAT WALMART SPONSORS EVERY YEAR TO AWARD
           TEACHERS $100 TEACHER AWARD CARDS TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES TO USE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS.)




                   WITH A+ SCHOOL REWARDS, POINTS ACCRUE WITH EACH PURCHASE THAT USES THE GIANT CARD.
           IT EVEN WORKS WITH PURCHASES MADE ONLINE WITH PEAPOD BY GIANT. AT THE END OF EACH MONTH,
           THESE POINTS DETERMINE YOUR SCHOOL'S CASH TOTAL WHICH IS AUTOMATICALLY CREDITED TO ITS
           ACCOUNT AND SCHOOL TOTALS UPDATED EACH MONTH

          MCDONALD’S MCTEACHER’S NIGHT®, WHICH INVITES TEACHERS TO GO BEHIND THE COUNTER AT
           MCDONALD’S TO EARN A PERCENTAGE OF THE PROFITS FOR THEIR SCHOOLS.
      
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   FREE MONEY
               FREE MONEY
                                                                                      SEE THE ENCLOSED FLYER
                                                                                      FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON
HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL WAYS                                                         HELPING OUR SCHOOL
TO HELP MIDDLE RIVER MIDDLE                                                           EARN THESE REWARDS!!
EARN FREE MONEY. DON’T WE ALL
LOVE THOSE NO BRAINERS!!



  WE'VE DISCOVERED A TERRIFIC WAY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR SCHOOL. IT'S SUPER-EASY, AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO
  IS USE YOUR TARGET CREDIT CARD®, TARGET DEBIT CARD® OR TARGET® VISA® CREDIT CARD. WE WILL RECEIVE A
  PERCENTAGE OF THE AMOUNT OF EACH PURCHASE IN THE FORM OF AN ANNUAL CHECK FROM TARGET THROUGH THE
  TAKE CHARGE OF EDUCATION® PROGRAM.

  TO DESIGNATE OUR SCHOOL, JUST VISIT TARGET.COM/TCOE, OR CALL 1-800-316-6142.


        FIND OUT HOW MUCH MONEY OUR SCHOOL HAS ALREADY RECEIVED AT TARGET.COM/TCOE.
        GRANDPARENTS, ALUMNI, NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS CAN TAKE PART, TOO.


       AROUND TOWN

                                      LAST YEAR AFTER GETTING OFF TO A SLOW START WE SAT DOWN AND BEGAN
                P.T.S.A.              BRAINSTORMING WAYS TO GET PARENTS AND STUDENTS MORE INVOLVED
                                      CONCERNING IMPORTANT TOPICS SUCH AS INTERNET SAFETY AND CYBER-
                                      BULLYING. AT ONE OF OUR GENERAL PTSA MEETINGS WE HAD A REMARKABLE
         UPCOMING
  P.T.S.A.                            AND VERY KNOWLEDGABLE GUEST SPEAKER COME IN WHO PUT ON A VERY
                                      EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION ON THESE 2 VERY IMPORTANT REALISTIC TOPICS.
               EVENTS                 THE GUEST SPEAKER IS A BALTIMORE COUNTY POLICE OFFICER WHO IS ALSO A
                                      RESOURCE OFFICER AT EASTERN TECH HIGH SCHOOL. THE INFORMATION HE
                                      SHARED WITH THOSE WHO ATTENDED WAS SO KNOWLEDABLE AND
                                      UNBELEIVABLE THAT EVEN THOSE THAT THOUGHT THEY KNEW EVERYTHING THAT
                                      GOES ON IN THEIR CHILDS LIVES LEFT RETHINKING THAT STATEMENT. WE ARE
                                      STARTING TO SEE IN TODAYS SOCIETY WITH THIS EVER SO DIGITAL WORLD WE
                                      LIVE IN THAT THINGS SUCH AS CYBER BULLYING, SOCIAL NETWORKS,
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED:                INAPPROPIATE CHAT ROOMS, ONLINE PREDATORS, SEXTING, WEBCAMS AND SO
                                      MUCH MORE HAS BECOME MORE THEN A TRENDY TEENAGE SOCIAL LIFE, ITS
        INTERNET SAFETY & CYBER-     BECOME THE WAY OUR KIDS HAVE LEARNED TO LIVE AND SURVIVE.
         BULLYING NIGHT
                                      AS PARENTS WHO GREW UP WITH OUT ALL THE DIGITAL MEDIA, IT’S OUR
                                      RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP OUR KIDS WHO ARE MORE NAÏVE THEN THEY WANT TO
        COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR
                                      BELIEVE, SAFE FROM ALL THE DANGERS NOT SO MUCH LURKING IN THE DARK,
                                      BUT LITTERALY IN THE PALM OF THEIR HANDS. I SAY THIS FROM 1 PARENT TO
        HEALTHY LIVING & LEARNING
                                      ANOTHER; THIS WILL BE 1 EVENT YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS. IF THERE IS 1 TIME
         NIGHT
                                      YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE ATTENDING A PTA MEETING, PLEASE DON’T MAKE IT THIS
                                      TIME. THE INFORMATION YOU WILL LEAVE WITH WILL BE WORTH THE SAFETY YOU
        BACK 2 SCHOOL 2011 NIGHT
                                      GIVE TO YOUR KIDS.
        TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING:       THE DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN SET BUT LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION TO COME
         ARE YOU SMARTER THEN YOUR    HOME IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.
         MIDDLE SCHOOLER
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  MEET ANYBODY WHO’S FRIENDS WITH EVERYBODY;
  OR AT LEAST SOMEBODY; WE HOPE………..

    AS A SMALL P.T.A. IN A LARGE SCHOOL WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN ASSIST
    US WITH ANY KIND OF DONATIONS IN EITHER SUPPLIES FOR TEACHERS OR STUDENTS, GIFTS OR
    ITEMS TO BE USED FOR PRIZES FOR STUDENT DRAWINGS AND CONTESTS, FOOD AND HOSPITALITY
    ITEMS TO BE SUPPLIED AT OUR PTSA SPONSORED EVENTS FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS AND
    TEACHERS OR MAYBE YOU HAVE A UNIQUE TALENT OR SERVICE THAT YOU OR YOUR COMPANY
    COULD DONATE TO OUR SCHOOL TO HELP US MAKE ANY IMPROVEMENTS THAT THE SHORT FALL IN
    THE SCHOOL BUDGET OR LACK IN PTA FUNDS CAN’T PROVIDE.

    IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW SMALL IT IS, WE CAN USE AND APPRECIATE ANYTHING YOU CAN OFFER. IF
    YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION PLEASE CONTACT EITHER JEN, LYNETTE OR KATHY.
    OUR INFORMATION IS LISTED ON THE 1ST PAGE OR YOU CAN ALWAYS CALL THE SCHOOL AND MRS.
    WOLF WOULD BE HAPPY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US. WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE ANYTHING.

    PLEASE BE THAT SOMEBODY!!!

    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR EVERYTHING!!!




                                             ANYBODY   KNOWS     SOMEBODY THAT KNOWS EVERYBODY




  WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNNITY NOW TO THANK YOU FOR READING OUR BACK TO SCHOOL
  PTSA NEWSLETTER AND HOPE WE HAVE NOT OVERWHELMED YOU WITH ALL THIS VERY IMPORTANT
  INFORMATION. TO SOME OF YOU WHO HAVE HAD OR STILL HAVE KIDS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL THIS IS
  PROBABLY ALL TOO FAMILIAR. HOWEVER TO THOSE PARENTS AND GUARDIANS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING
  MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME, THESE ARE THE YEARS THAT CAN PROVE TO BE THE MOST
  CHALLENGING. THE LACK OF COMMUNICATION FROM THE SCHOOL TO THE CHILD TO THE PARENT WILL BE
  LITTLE TO NONE. THE REASON BEHIND THIS IS BECAUSE THE DAYS OF YOUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGED
  CHILD EAGERLY THROWING PAPER AFTER PAPER AT YOU WAS SO YESTERDAY. WELCOME TO THE WORLD
  OF TECHNOLOGY. IT’S THE NEW CHILD OF COMMUNICATION. THIS WILL BE THE MEANS FOR YOU TO BE IN
  THE “KNOW” WITH WHATS GOING ON. SO PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE
  PTSA’S WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, EMAIL ADDRESSES AND EDLINE. BELIEVE US WHEN WE TELL YOU THAT IT
  WILL BE YOUR SAVING GRACE IN KNOWING WHATS GOING ON BEFORE YOUR KIDS STEP IN THE HOUSE
  FROM THEIR BUSY SCHOOL DAY.

  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST SO WE CAN EMAIL YOU IMPORTANT INFORMATION, PLEASE
  SEND AN EMAIL TO EITHER KATHY, LYNETTE OR JEN AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO ADD YOU TO IT.

				
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