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South Pasadena Middle School 

PTA Website!

The SPMS PTA is a partnership between our dedicated parents, teachers, administration, and staff. We all work together to enrich our children’s education and school experiences, and to unite our community. We do this inclusively, by having conversations, developing programs, activities, raising funds to implement these plans.

Your involvement, no matter how big or small,  is not only welcome, but also necessary for our students to thrive.

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March 20, 2020
 
Dear SPUSD Community,
 
Thank you for your support during this community emergency and time of uncertainty. Information from state and local authorities changes daily, and we appreciate your flexibility as South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) responds to guidance from health authorities and government officials. No one knows what the future holds, but the health and safety of students, families, and employees remain our top priority. 
 
Today’s update from the Los Angeles County Office of Education included the recommendation that districts extend school closure dates until May 5, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 emergency. SPUSD will be following this recommendation. For all employees, the expected return date is Monday, May 4. For students, the expected return date is Tuesday, May 5. Please note that these dates may be subject to change.
 
In light of these changes, we wanted to share additional updates about the schedule moving forward, including the expected launch of our Independent Study Distance Learning Program on April 6, 2020.
 
SPUSD REVISED SCHEDULE
  • March 16-20, 2020
    • Teachers began professional development to assist with the transition to online learning platforms for all students.
    • Food service staff provided more than 300 meals daily for students in need.
  • March 23-27, 2020
    • Teachers will continue professional development and will create online curriculum in order to launch the SPUSD Independent Study Distance Learning Program (ISDLP).
    • Parents will receive detailed information about the expected roll-out of ISDLP for students.
    • Parents will receive detailed information about SPUSD’s Chromebook distribution and at-home internet access for students in need.
    • Food service will continue for students in need.
    • Support staff will continue to provide essential services on school campuses.
  • March 30-April 3, 2020 (Spring Break)
    • Chromebooks will be distributed to students in need.
    • SPUSD staff will observe Spring Break vacation.
    • Students should rest and relax before expected ISDLP.
    • No food service will be provided.
  • April 6-April 10, 2020
    • SPUSD Independent Study Distance Learning Program is expected to begin on Monday, April 6, for all students.
    • Food service for students in need may resume.
  • April 13 – May 4, 2020
    • All SPUSD schools will remain closed, but the Independent Study Distance Learning Program will continue for all students.
    • SPUSD Extended Day Program will remain closed until school is back in session.
    • Food service will be determined at a later date.
This is a situation that none of us expected, even a few weeks ago. We understand how challenging these decisions are, and we appreciate your support and patience as we create the best possible scenario for our students and families. We are very proud of our teachers and staff who have been working around the clock under tremendous pressure to support each other and to support continued learning within our community. 
 
Regards,
Geoff Yantz, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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Maybe you’d like some guidance and support in these strange days. Click here:  STUDENT STRESS. 

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Community Helping Community
 
Hello, South Pasadena families and friends. ­­
 
There are many of our fellow neighbors in need of help and assistance during this COVID-19 shutdown and a group of community helpers has put together a website where they can go to receive help with shopping needs. SPEF wants our community to remain healthy and strong so please reach out to this website if you need help.
 
Also, if you would like to volunteer to shop you can sign up on the website as well.
 
We are sure that you are all tired of cooking right now as well! Support your local restaurants by picking up curbside delivery. Your local restaurants are still there for you as they have been there for our schools all these years. Eat out!
 
South Pasadena Strong!
 
Here is a partial list from the local South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce of restaurants and other eateries that are open. Be sure to call them as the hours and other information can change quickly.
 
 
Berry Opera
Café X2O
Cos & Pi
Fiore Market Cafe
Heirloom Bakery
Jones Coffee
Kaldi
Grassroots
Gus’ BBQ
La Fiesta Grande
La Monarca
Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza
Mike & Anne’s
Munch Co.
Teamorrow
Two Kids Coffee
 
Other South Pasadena eateries that are open:
 
Jersey Mike’s
Menchie’s
Oak Tree Inn
Shakers
Shiro
Simplee Boba
 
Please let the Chamber know if there are others – we will try to update the list periodically. Those businesses that are closed may still be accepting orders online.

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The SPMS PTA nominating committee met on Friday, November 22nd 2019 to consider all eligible candidates for the 2020-2021 term of office. On behalf of the nominating committee we present the following slate of officers for the associations consideration:
 
President – Grace Kung
Executive Vice President – Shang Hur
1st VP Ways and Means – Judy Woo
2nd VP Programs – Christina Hansen
3rd VP Membership – Vanessa Godson
Wish Night – Katrina Lowstutter and Sara Shaffer
Treasurer – Eboyne Zeno
Recording Secretary – Ingi Jennings
Auditor – Dana Thompson-Davis
Corresponding Secretary – Loren Platt
Parliamentarian – Kathy Baumann
Historian – Tammy Selden
Financial Secretary – Karin Burger
 
Thank you!
The 2019-20 Nominating Committee
Sara Shaffer
Kim Carlson
Judy Woo
Lauren Black
Stephanie Stein
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If you are new and/or need more information about South Pasadena Middle School, you can print your own information packet from the DOWNLOAD page. There you’ll find info about PTA 6th Grade Parent Orientation, PTA donation and membership, SPEF, and Boosters.

The full SPUSD calendar year can be found HERE

Questions or suggestions? Please contact PTA President Emily Cline at emilycline@sbcglobal.net.