NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
2/9 (THU) 3:30-5:00PM @ SPMS
SPMS Athletic Boosters & SPMS PTA has organized Community Day to help families find out about activities at SPMS and meet others in the community. The PTA is hosting this event for elementary schools, but middle school families are also encouraged to attend. Join us on the SPMS Athletic Field on Bank Street.
EFFECTIVE SCHOOL SOLUTIONS (ESS) & TYB
2/13 (MON) 7:00-8:30PM
VIRTUAL MEETING: JOIN VIA ZOOM
Raising a child is probably the most gratifying job any of us will ever have, and also one of the toughest. In large part, this is because times have changed. We live in an increasingly complex world that challenges us every day with a wide range of disturbing issues that are difficult for children to understand and for adults to explain. Today’s children are part of the iGen or Gen Z generation, the generation born in the age of smartphones and tablets. Presented by Jennifer Fightlin.
GENERAL ASSOCIATION PTA MEETING
3/7 (TUE) 7:00PM – PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS
VIRTUAL MEETING: JOIN VIA ZOOM
Annual SMPS PTA Executive Board Election – Tuesday March 7th
On Tuesday, March 7th, at the SPMS General Association PTA Meeting, the election of the 2023-24 PTA Executive Board will take place. The Nominating Committee will present to those in attendance the following slate of candidates, and nominations from the floor will be taken. PTA members in good standing for 30 days will be eligible to vote. The nominees for each elected office are as follows:
President – Megan Gardner
Executive Vice President – Tony Chen
1st VP (Ways & Means) – Jennifer Wang
2nd VP (Programs) – Phoenix Rodman
3rd VP (Membership) – Ingi Jennings
Recording Secretary – Patti Urzua
Corresponding Secretary – Esther Wong
Treasurer – Teresa Wong
Financial Secretary – Linda Kao
Auditor (Financial Reviewer) – Gina Loyonnet
Historian – Crystal Arceo
BY MARTY FREEMAN (REFLECTIONS CHAIR)
Congratulations to Noel English and Mateo Salas for being awarded 2nd place in their respective fields of artistry at this year’s First District PTA Reflections competition 2022-2023.
Noel received an Award of Excellence in music composition for composing and performing her piece, Broken Loudspeaker (listen to the song here). The song with amazing vocals, presentation and interpretation expressed the theme of “Show Your Voice”, by sharing the importance of speaking your opinion even in the struggle that individuals may have doing so.
Mateo received an Award of Excellence in Photography for his piece, Out of Time. The photograph showed a Joshua Tree scorched by wildfires provoking the thought, ‘will our generation be a solution to environmental concerns?’’ What should we do now to “Show Our Voice” and change before it is too late.
MPACT PERFORMANCE RECAP
BY GINA LOYONNET (MUSIC BOOSTERS)
Students were treated to a unique cultural assembly held last Wednesday featuring m-pact, an acapella pop-jazz vocal group based in Los Angeles. M-pact held a masterclass with the Advanced Choir students who sang some of their repertoire and received positive feedback and training on vocal technique.
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 attended the performance. M-pact conveyed a message to students to pursue something that you love. For the M-pact singers, they had a life changing experience where they saw music as a vital part of their lives and a cool way to use music to make a living. SPMS Choir teacher Wylder Reinman organized the assembly with the support of SPMS PTA, ASB and Music Boosters, and encourages students to express themselves through singing. For information on SPMS choir classes, contact Reinman at email@example.com
WISH LIST ITEMS
Please look through the wishlist created by the SPMS Wellness Center. All donations may be delivered to SPMS Front Office, Attention: Natasha Stebbins. Thank you!
8TH GRADE PARENTS
SP HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATIONAL EVENTS (recordings & resources)
SPHS Programming for the 2023-24 School Year
January 24th recording of the SPHS Parent Night can be found on the SPHS Website here.
SPHS Electives and Extra Curriculars
January 26th Families Night information packet is available here: 2023 MS Families Night packet
SPHS Summer Opportunities Fair Forum
SPHS summer happenings
January 30th recording is available to watch here. Information packet is available here.
CALLING ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS
Enter the Family Follies! After a brief hiatus, the Follies are back! If you have a latent or current talent you are ready to show the world, sign up to perform and you will be the next big thing, probably. We are open to whatever act you can imagine! Please sign up here.
Questions? Contact Christian Schrader
SPMS MUSIC BOOSTERS
Check out the Music Boosters Website for the latest news and events.
SPMS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS
Check out the Athletic Boosters Website for game schedules and information about intramurals.
Intramurals (open to all 6th-8th graders): Dodgeball
Meet at the field @ 3:00-4:30pm Mon/Wed
Competitive: 7th & 8th Grade Boys and Girls Soccer
SPMS PTA AMAZON SMILE
AMAZON SMILE – Sign Up/Update Charity to South Pasadena Middle School PTA
Please note that BOTH the AmazonSmile App on your phone and smile.amazon.com via your Web Browser must both be set up individually to ensure that the donations are made to SPMS PTA. See here for detailed instructions on how to add South Pasadena Middle School PTA as your Amazon Smile Charity.
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