NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
SPMS BOOK FAIR WEEK
3/20-26 @ VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE
THIS WEEK! You can shop in person or online at Vroman’s Bookstore. SPMS will receive 20% of the proceeds from your purchase – including books, games, toys, gift items, jewelry, etc! View Teacher/Staff Wishlists Here.
SHOP ONLINE: www.vromansbookstore.com/south-pasadena-ms-fundraiser
Please type “SPMS” in the coupon code section before checking out on the Vroman’s website.
SHOP IN PERSON: Paper voucher required. Please print and present the paper voucher at the Vroman’s register. Paper vouchers will also be sent home with your student. Print voucher here: Vroman’s Voucher
695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
3729 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
THE FOLLIES & BBQ BONANZA
4/14 (FRI) 5:00PM BBQ/ 7:00PM FOLLIES
BUY TICKETS HERE
Join us for a BBQ & variety show for the whole family featuring South Pasadena parents, teacher, and more! This event is a fundraiser supporting SPMS PTA.
4/7 (FRI) 8:00AM @ SPMS QUAD
Join us and drink coffee, chat with friends, and discuss all things middle school! Also, find out about The Follies and enter to win tickets!
PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE
4/23-5/21: VOLUNTEER FORM HERE
SPMS Athletic Boosters & Music Boosters are working together to recruit volunteers for the Pasadena Showcase House. The Athletic Boosters and Music Boosters will receive a $40 donation for each shift completed by each volunteer. Volunteers will earn one free House Tour ticket for every two shifts they complete. Volunteers will direct traffic from different assigned parts of the ouse.
We would like to gauge how many parents would be interest in volunteering. The Volunteer Form provides more info and gives interested parents the opportunity to sign up for the event.
Thank you for your support!
Kristin Wingard and Crystal Tees, SPMS Athletic Boosters
Tammy Cheng Selden and Lihong Shen, SPMS Music Boosters
Pasadena Showcase House Volunteer Group Liaisons
LIBRARY CORNER – MARCH BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
ROZANNA BARANETS, SPMS LIBRARIAN
Recently I spent a dream afternoon purchasing a large number of manga and graphic novels with a SPEF Grant awarded to the library this year. While I was shopping, I came across a few graphic novel titles that I think are worth mentioning for this month’s book recommendations.
But first, I’m often asked about whether or not graphic novels should be considered “real books.” The short answer is, absolutely. This excerpt from a 2020 Washington Post article written by children and teen services coordinator Karen MacPherson sums it up nicely:
As librarians, we see how so many kids readily connect to comics and how this connection to books is helping to create lifelong readers….We know that [graphic novels] are especially beneficial to struggling or reluctant readers, as well as English-language learners. These books also offer all readers a way to practice important reading skills such as building vocabulary, understanding a sequence of events, discerning the plot of a story and making inferences. And [they] give young readers training in visual literacy — helping them read and interpret images — an essential skill in our highly visual world.
So when letting your student choose their own books to read, don’t make the mistake of telling them to stay away from comics. You may be doing them a disservice!
continue reading here for recommended book links/summary >>
SPMS MUSIC BOOSTERS
Check out the Music Boosters Website for the latest news.
THIS TUESDAY! Everyone is invited to the 3/21 Band Spring Concert in the SPMS Auditorium @ 6:00PM.
More upcoming events:
- Wed 4/12 Orchestra Concert 6:30pm
- Wed 5/17 Choir Concert 6:30pm
- Wed 5/24 Outdoor Music Festival in Quad (Doors open 5pm, Concert 6pm)
SPMS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS
Check out the Athletic Boosters Website for game schedules and information about intramurals.
INTRAMURALS (open to all 6th-8th graders): Ultimate Frisbee (3/13 – 4/12)
COMPETITIVE: Boys Volleyball and Co-Ed Track & Field
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