Geometry students

Parents of Geometry Students

Your child was given a permission slip for a fieldtrip to Virginia Military Institute this past week.  Students will be taking the American Mathematics Contest 8, having lunch, and then going on a tour of the campus.  Details are in the letter sent home.  Interested students need to bring back signed permission slips by this Friday, October 12th.  If you have questions, please contact Diana McCullough at dmccullough@k12albemarle.org.

Friday Message

Friday Message 10/5/18

From Ms. Wood: This week was a great week at Sutherland.  We saw more than two days without rain and students enjoyed their time outside for recess!  We celebrated our August and September birthdays with cupcakes and popsicles.

In addition, several of our students have had opportunities to participate in attending field trips this week. Our entire 8th grade had the wonderful opportunity to see Kwame Alexander an award winning author of children’s literature and poetry.  Students visited Albemarle High School to listen to him speak and engage in a question and answer session.  Many of his titles are available in our library including The Crossover, Booked, Rebound and Out of Wonder, The Playbook, and Swing.  Additionally, we had some students visit Writer’s Eye and we had a smaller group of students who visited Northrop Grumman.

Also, we hosted our annual book fair last week and this week.  Several students have visited the library and we have used the proceeds to purchase over 24 new books for our library collections.  We are planning on using the remaining funds to create a student library council to make book recommendations and library programming suggestions.

I wanted to take the time to thank you all of the parents who helped support this our book fair and provided us dinner for parent conference night.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and is able to continue to enjoy the wonderful weather!

Sincerely,

Megan Wood, Principal

Coming Up @ Sutherland…
Monday, October 8th: Teal Day
5:00 PM: SMS Tennis v. Henley
Tuesday, October 9th: Black Day
Tech tour field trip
4:30 – 8:00 PM: Parent/Teacher Conferences (Round 2)
Wednesday, October 10th: Teal Day
8th grade AVID to JMU
5:00 PM: Boys Basketball v. Burley (home game)
5:00 PM: SMS Tennis v. Burley
Thursday, October 11th: Black Day
5:00 PM: Girls Basketball v. Burley (home game)
Friday, October 12th: Teal Day
Matriccino English 7 to UVA for Writer’s Eye
4:00 – 6:00 PM: Dance!

Announcements…

  1. Holiday season is coming soon. If you or your child is in need of assistance for either Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the holiday season, please contact your child’s counselor.
  2. We have a Fall Dance coming up on October 12th and need a few brave chaperones to help out in the gym and the cafeteria. Dance shoes not required. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4BAFAB2FA2F85-oct12th
  3. SMS Chess Club Volunteer Needed: Our chess club volunteer (a graduate student at UVA) will not be able to be with us this fall.  We are in need of a replacement.  If you are a chess player and would like to work with our students on Thursday mornings before school from 8:00-9:00, please contact Mrs. McCullough at dmccullough@k12albemarle.org  or 434-975-0599 ext. 53501. She can also answer any questions you may have.
  4. We need your books! Each year, Mrs. Benham’s homeroom does a book drive to help out the Toy Lift. Donated books need to be in good shape. All homerooms have a donation box where students may drop of their donations. Thanks!
  5. This Monday, October 8, join us for our first restaurant fundraiser: Timberwood Grill from 4:30pm-11:00pm! All you have to do is eat, drink, and be merry, and they will donate a portion of the total night’s profits to the PTO!
  6. Can you make soup or gluten-free soup? If so, we need just two more crock pots full for this Tuesday’s (October 9) teacher conference dinners! Sign up here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-sms1

  7. Get Your Attractions Coupon Books! We’re halfway to our goal, so please share the online links with friends and family!

*Purchase your books online: https://www.attractionsbook.com/ezpay/code/6652

*See the list of merchants/savings: https://www.attractionsbook.com/store/view/savings/p/3158/Charlottesville+2019

*Remember to use EZ code 6652 for Sutherland, and enter the student’s name so he/she can get a free book after selling 5!

8. BOX TOPS!  SCA needs your box tops. Please have your student bring in Box Tops to their Chomps. We are collecting until the 26th.

Friday 9/28

Friday Message 9/28/18

Happy Friday, folks. Hard as it is to believe, September comes to an end this weekend. The sun is out (for now) and we are running on an ICA schedule for the day so students can take advantage of the weather. We have a ton of great activities planned starting at 3:00 PM today. ICA is always a great day, despite the chaos of a different schedule, because you get to see the grade levels mix together and interact with one another. Watching the 6th graders take on the 8th graders in basketball, kickball, and four square (a time honored tradition) is always a treat.

We had a lot of activity this week. Our 8th grade Band was able to head over to Burley Middle School on Wednesday for a mixed-school band performance. Mr. Gregg and his students always put on a terrific show, and Wednesday night was no exception as the two schools came together to raise money for The Salvation Army. We also had some awesome volunteers come in from UVA to help with Day of Caring projects. You cannot see all of their hard work as they spruced up our gardens around the back of the school in the grade level courtyards, but things look great back there. And, as if our Library wasn’t getting enough traffic, Ms. Cabarcas and a team of awesome volunteers have the SMS Book Fair up and running. More information on what is available can be found below in the Announcements. The Book Fair runs all week long, so come on out!

All of that and our ICA period has just started! Another reminder that if you pick up your child between now and 4 PM today, allow a bit of extra time as we will have students located all over campus. Have a terrific weekend, Sharks, and enjoy the sunshine!

Coming Up @ Sutherland…
Monday, October 1st: Black Day
Book Fair (All Day)
7:00 PM: Band Boosters meeting
Tuesday, October 2nd: Teal Day
Book Fair (All Day)
Wednesday, October 3rd: Black Day
Book Fair (All Day)
5:00 – 6:15: Tennis match v. Jouett
Thursday, October 4th: Teal Day
Book Fair (All Day)
4:30 – 8:00 PM: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, October 5th: Black Day
Book Fair (All Day)
10:30 AM – 1:45 PM: Writer’s Eye field trip
12:30 – 2:15 PM: 8th grade trip to AHS



Announcements…

  1. Join us for the second monthly PTO Meeting this Wednesday, October 3, 7pm-8pm, in the Library! We will discuss the status of fundraising efforts, upcoming activities, and more!
  2. Sutherland’s Book Fair runs from Thursday, September 27th through the evening of Thursday, October 4th.  The book fair is our only library fundraiser.  On Tuesday, students viewed some of the Scholastic fair highlights and received a book flyer to take home.  Each language arts class will have two opportunities to visit the fair.  You can also support the book fair through purchases made on our digital Scholastic Book Fair site: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/sutherlandmiddleschool

Published Homepage                www.scholastic.com

The Chairperson’s Guide to Book Fairs provides information on running, decorating, publicizing and building revenue. Featured books for preschool, elementary and middle school. Time Savers section for reproducible letters, signs, clip art, video clips, and forms.

Please note that these items ship to the school and do not come directly from the book fair inventory.  I welcome you to stop by on the evening of parent teacher conferences to shop as well.  Thank you for supporting our students!

  1. 8th Grade Busch Gardens Field Trip Update:
    *ALL money for the trip is due by Monday, October 1st at 4pm* If you find this timeline will cause a hardship with your family finances, please contact Gayle Rainey via phone (434-975-0599 ext#302) or email at grainey@k12albemarle.org

    If you signed up to be a chaperone, please remember to stop by the office with your driver’s license for validation purposes. (This is a County requirement for all chaperones on field trips.)

    Also, please note that all parent chaperones are required to pay an additional $80.00 for the trip, and must ride the bus to and from Busch Gardens in order to supervise their student group. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this request. Please contact Mrs. Rainey if you have any questions regarding this process.

    On Monday, October 22nd, the team will distribute via students, and an online post, a one page flyer with important information and reminders regarding the details of the trip. Please know that the 8th grade team greatly enjoys working with your students and is looking forward to taking them on this annual class field trip!

  2. Holiday season is coming soon. If you or your child is in need of assistance for either Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the holiday season, please contact your child’s counselor.
  3. Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up-October 4th & 9th! The PTO would like to provide dinner both nights. Please see the SUG below for the OCTOBER 4th-PIZZA NIGHT signup. Thank you!!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-october1

  1. We need your yummy soup for our 2nd night of conferences dinner on October 9th-SOUP & SALAD. The PTO will provide the salads, but we need your help on the soups! Please see the SUG below to signup! The teachers appreciate you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-sms1
    Also, we could still use some donations for our PIZZA Night dinner on October 4th-see the signup below.
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-october1
  2. Last, but not least, don’t forget to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. The link can be found on the SMS website.

Book Fair

 

Sutherland’s Book Fair runs from Thursday, September 27th through the evening of Thursday, October 4th.  The book fair is our only library fundraiser.  On Tuesday, students viewed some of the Scholastic fair highlights and received a book flyer to take home.  Each language arts class will have two opportunities to visit the fair.  You can also support the book fair through purchases made on our digital Scholastic Book Fair site:

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/sutherlandmiddleschool

Published Homepage

www.scholastic.com

The Chairperson’s Guide to Book Fairs provides information on running, decorating, publicizing and building revenue. Featured books for preschool, elementary and middle school. Time Savers section for reproducible letters, signs, clip art, video clips, and forms.

Please note that these items ship to the school and do not come directly from the book fair inventory.  I welcome you to stop by on the evening of parent teacher conferences to shop as well.  Thank you for supporting our students!

Thursday Message

Friday Thursday Message 9/20/18

Happy Thursday, folks! No school for the students tomorrow, so we celebrate this afternoon with the first dance of the year! There has been a lot of excitement today as the students…specifically the 6th graders…get ready to experience their first dance. Just a friendly reminder that students need to have a ride at 6:00 PM. Those who normally walk to school are allowed to walk home after the dance, but we do not allow students to stay after the dance to play basketball to ensure everyone is accounted for.

We are, believe it or not, approaching the mid-point of the first quarter. The first interim period comes on Wednesday next week. Roughly a week after that, teacher grade books should be updated so you can see the most recent scores on Parent Portal.  We have a few special events next week listed below, including two class field trips, our first ICA Day, and the start of the SMS book fair. Lots of assorted announcements are below as well, including some much-needed help for Parent/Teacher Conferences, the DI deadline, lacrosse, and Writer’s Eye opportunities.

One final plea…We are only around 40% participation for parent updates for the Student Verification Process through Parent Portal. Once you log on, it can be found at the bottom of the left menu. We need updated addresses, phone numbers, e-mails, etc. for emergency purposes, but also student permissions for things such as the yearbook. Please make sure you take a look and update that section if you have not done so already. It takes about 3 minutes to knock out.

Don’t forget to check the SMS website to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Phew. That’s all, folks! Enjoy the time together this weekend!

Coming Up @ Sutherland…

Friday, September 21st:
No school for students

Monday, September 24th: Teal Day
Tuesday, September 25th: Black Day
8th Grade ELT field trip
Wednesday, September 26th: Teal Day
End of first Interim period
8th grade band trip
Thursday, September 27th: Black Day
Friday, September 28th: Teal Day
Book Fair begins
ICA Day + ICA Schedule

Announcements…

  1. The Writer’s Eye fieldtrip for interested sixth and eighth graders will be on October 5th.  Any student interested in creative writing is encouraged to participate in this event.

Every year the UVA Art Museum holds a writing competition open to students and adults.  They pre-select works of art from their current exhibit and provide tours for interested participants.  Students attending the fieldtrip will go on a docent led tour of the museum where they will select a particular work of art as inspiration for a story or poem.  Guidelines are given to the students for how to go about this during the tour. Your child submits their writing entry online by November 28th or turns a paper copy in to me by 9:00 AM November 30th.  I make sure these entries get to the museum by the 5:00 PM deadline.  For more information please see

https://uvafralinartmuseum.virginia.edu/program/writers-eye

If your child is interested in participating in this event, they need to stop by room E-1 and pick up a permission form.  The completed form and $4.50 bus fee are due to me by September 28th. If you have any questions about this event, contact Diana McCullough at dmccullough@k12albemarle.org

  1. Destination Imagination Deadline: This is a reminder that any student interested in being on a Destination Imagination team this year needs to turn in their completed form to Diana McCullough by this coming Monday, September 24th.  Forms require a parent signature. If you have questions, please email Diana McCullough at dmccullough@k12albemarle.org
  2. Seminole Lacrosse offering Spring Middle School Lacrosse and various activities during the year. For more information, visit org or contact brian@seminolelax.org
  3. We could really use some volunteers to help sell snacks at the beginning of the ICA period next Friday, September 28th. Please consider volunteering if you’re able to help, it’s quick and easy! (usually about 45 minutes or less.) Please click here if you’d like to sign up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fafaa2c7-20182019

    Once a month, SMS has an ICA Day when the kids can sign up to do fun activities for the last hour of the day. Next week it will be on Friday, 9/28/2018. At the start of the ICA period, concessions are sold from snack carts in each grade’s hallway. Each item is $1.50 and the kids will need to bring money if they would like to purchase snacks. This fundraiser helps purchase supplies needed for ICA crafts and activities. If you have any questions please contact Mandy Strider at strider2012@comcast.net or Miriam Mallow at gmmallow@gmail.com.  Thanks!

  4. Sutherland’s Book Fair needs you! The book fair is the only library fundraiser for the year. We have a variety of volunteering opportunities from September 26th-October 4th, including setting up, restocking, and selling. If you’ve never done this before, please do not worry. There’s a very easy cash register that you can learn in about 10 minutes. It’s fun to see the kids aglow with books in their hands.  This year, sign-up will be through SignUp Genius:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a5a72ca64-smsbook6

If you’re not comfortable creating an account or signing up through the SignUp Genius webpage, you can email smsbookfair@yahoo.com with the shift(s) you’d like and I’ll be happy to sign you up.

  1. Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up-October 4th & 9th! The PTO would like to provide dinner both nights. Please see the SUG below for the OCTOBER 4th-PIZZA NIGHT signup. Thank you!!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-october1

We also need your yummy soup for our second night of conferences dinner on October 9th-SOUP & SALAD. The PTO will provide the salads, but we need your help on the soups! Please see the SUG below to signup! The teachers appreciate you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-sms1

Friday Message

Friday Message 9/14/18

Happy Friday, Sharks! The weather graced us with just a light drizzle thus far today, so hopefully that will stay the same for the rest of the weekend as the hurricane wraps around us. It has been an outstanding week here at Sutherland as we come close to ending the first month of school. I have been thoroughly impressed by the hard work and the adaptability of our students. The rain this week meant a lot of indoor time as recess was just too wet most days, but the students did a great job with the time indoors. We had to juggle a few items just in case the weather-folks were wrong about the storm. The dance should be a big hit next Thursday, and students get the day off on Friday, so it does look like a fun week. We also have school picture day next week on Wednesday. Forms went home this week in CHOMP, so hopefully you have seen them come your way.

One important note for all parents: The online sign-ups for Parent Teacher Conferences are now on the website. Your fastest way to find them will be to follow this link to the administration blog. Conferences are short…roughly 6 minutes with each teacher, so if you find that you might need extra time, it may be best to call and/or email the teacher directly for a separate meeting. I am posting all of the links below the announcements as well, in case that format is easier. Please sign up for each teacher by last name. Directions are below in the announcements (item #7) or on this link.

Lots of announcements below, including a few sign-up genius chances, Destination Imagination, and ICA information. Have a terrific weekend folks and stay dry!   ~ Mr. Guy

Coming Up @ Sutherland…
Monday, September 17th: Teal Day
Tuesday, September 18th: Black Day

Wednesday, September 19th: Teal Day
School picture day
Thursday, September 20th: Black Day
AVID 8 field trip
4:00 – 6:00 PM: Dance!
Friday, September 21st:
No school for students. Teacher work day

Announcements…

  1. Parents and Guardians, please make sure you take a moment to sign on to ParentPortal to complete the student verification process. Our ability to reach you by phone or by e-mail depends on updated information.
  2. Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up-October 4th & 9th! The PTO would like to provide dinner both nights. Please see the SUG below for the OCTOBER 4th-PIZZA NIGHT signup. Thank you!!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafab2fa2f85-october1
  3. Today’s dance has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 20th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Tickets will be on sale for $5.00 the day of the dance at lunch and at the door. Students must have a ride home at 6 PM. We have a new SUG for chaperones due to the date change. Please help if you can. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4BAFAB2FA2F85-sutherland
  4. The first ICA will be September 28th. ICA period is held monthly and allows students the chance to sign up for different clubs and activities offered that day. We run a shortened class schedule to allow for an ICA period from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. During that time, students will be all over campus doing crafts, outdoor sports, computer games, fishing, hiking, etc. If you know you are picking your child up early on ICA days between 3:00 and 4:00 PM, make sure to allow extra time as some clubs/activities meet further away from the Main Office than normal.
  5. Destination Imagination: We are forming Destination Imagination teams here at Sutherland.  If your child is interested in being on a team, they need to stop by room E-1 on the main hallway to pick up an application.  Applications are due to Mrs. McCullough by Monday, September 24th.    Students are being given this information via morning announcements and posters.

    DI is a creative, problem solving, team-building competition.  Students love it, as well as some adults who continue to volunteer year after year as a coach.  In short, students work on a team using creativity and problem-solving skills to accomplish a challenge chosen by the team members.  They spend a good deal of time working between now and the competition (early spring) to prepare their solution for the judges.  It very often involves a skit or some type of improvisation.  It is a very exciting activity for kids of all ages.

    At Sutherland, I try to find interested students early in the year so we can work on forming teams.  A team is limited to 7 members and it depends on how many interested students and parent volunteer coaches we have as to how many teams we can have.  This is a serious time commitment.  Students meet before or after school hours usually at school or a team member’s home.

    To learn more, visit either of the following websites.  jrdiva.org www.idodi.org. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email Diana McCullough at dmccullough@k12albemarle.org

  6. Sutherland PTO will be selling Attraction coupon books again this year to raise funds to support our teachers and school.  Envelopes should be coming home today….be sure to ask your student for the envelope and send your orders in or order online at https://www.attractionsbook.com/ezpay/code/6652. Make sure to use the Sutherland code 6652 so SMS gets credit for the sale.  Each book is $25 and can save your family an average of $373.60.  The sale will end on Friday, November 2nd.

    Orders will be filled weekly with books being placed in teacher’s mailboxes on Monday mornings. If you prefer that your purchased book be left at the office for you to pick up, please contact Karla at karla803@gmail.com or 434-882-0854.  Questions or concerns…..just contact Karla.  If your purchased book doesn’t come home on Monday, please be sure to ask your student. Many a books have been found in lockers weeks later. Thank you in advance for your support!

  7. We will be hosting Parent Conferences this year on Thursday, October 4 and Tuesday, October 9 from 4:30 – 8:00 pm.These conferences are intended to be “check-ins” with your student’s teachers.  They are scheduled for six minutes each. If you feel like you need a more in depth conversation regarding your student’s needs, we ask that you call the counseling department and schedule a longer parent conference at another time.  Below is list of links to Sign-Up Genius organized by teacher last name.  Please click on the appropriate links to schedule a conference with your student’s teachers at a time that is convenient for you.
Date Teacher Last Names
10/4 A – C D – H J – M O – R S – T W – Y Lamm Briesemeister
10/9 A – C D – H J – M O – R S – T W – Y Lamm Briesemeister

Also, Mr. Stow and I will be hosting parent forums to solicit feedback regarding your experiences at Sutherland Middle School.  We will host forums on three separate evenings: September 18, October 4, and October 9. The forums will be structured conversations to guide our discussion surrounding the needs of our school and students.  They will be 30 minutes long and limited to a total of 25 spaces to help promote equity of voice.  Below is a list of Sign Up Genius links for the parent forums. Please select a forum time that is convenient for you.

 

Date Session Times
9/18 5:30 – 6:00 6:15 – 6:45 7:00 – 7:30
10/4 4:30 – 5:00 5:15 – 5:45 6:15 – 6:45 7:00 – 7:30
10/9 4:30 – 5:00 5:15 – 5:45 6:15 – 6:45 7:00 – 7:30

2 Tuesday items

Happy Tuesday, folks: Two quick items…

  1. The 7th grade team needs help with this Friday’s dance. If you are able to chaperone and relive all the glory of a middle school dance, we would love to have you. Here is the link for chaperones: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4BAFAB2FA2F85-first
    Should school or after-school events get canceled on Friday (depending on storm’s track), the dance will be moved to Thursday, September 20th.
  2. Visit the SMS PTO website at https://sites.google.com/site/sutherlandpto/ to purchase spirit wear from our new online store, order Attractions Books online, get the form to “Feed the Shark,” find out about volunteer opportunities, and more! Thanks for helping make this a great start to the school year!

Friday Message 9/7/19

Friday Message 9/7/18

From Mrs. Wood…

Although this week was only a 4 day week, I feel like we have accomplished enough for it to count as a 5 day week!  We successfully conducted our first lock down drill of the year, our second fire drill, and our bus evacuations.  6th graders heard from the school counselors during their Language Arts classes to learn more about the counseling department. In addition, we hosted our first PTO meeting and Back to School Night.

One of the things I have noticed about this year for me is even though it’s my seventeenth year in education, it doesn’t feel like it at all.  The overwhelming support and welcome I have felt this year from staff, students, and parents is incredible and humbling.  I was talking to someone the other day and mentioned how much fun this year has been because it is a whole new year of firsts for me.  Change can be stressful but I think one of the benefits of change that can often be overlooked is the new perspective it can bring.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets an opportunity to relax!

Coming Up @ Sutherland…
Monday, September 10th: Black Day
     7:00 PM: Band Boosters Meeting
Tuesday, September 11th: Teal Day

Wednesday, September 12th: Black Day
Thursday, September 13th: Teal Day
Friday, September 14th: Black Day
     ELT 8 class field trip to Richmond
4:00 – 6:00 PM: Dance!

(A lot of) Announcements
* Note from Mr. Guy…I try to highlight topics in bold so you can find those that pertain to you. Sorry for the length!

  1. Parents and Guardians, please make sure you take a moment to sign on to ParentPortal to complete the student verification process. Our ability to reach you by phone or by e-mail depends on updated information.
  2. Sutherland PTO will be selling Attraction coupon books again this year to raise funds to support our teachers and school.  Envelopes should be coming home today….be sure to ask your student for the envelope and send your orders in or order online at https://www.attractionsbook.com/ezpay/code/6652. Make sure to use the Sutherland code 6652 so SMS gets credit for the sale.  Each book is $25 and can save your family an average of $373.60.  The sale will end on Friday, November 2nd.

    Orders will be filled weekly with books being placed in teacher’s mailboxes on Monday mornings. If you prefer that your purchased book be left at the office for you to pick up, please contact Karla at karla803@gmail.com or 434-882-0854.  Questions or concerns…..just contact Karla.  If your purchased book doesn’t come home on Monday, please be sure to ask your student. Many a books have been found in lockers weeks later. Thank you in advance for your support!

  3. Please Save Items for the SMS PTO Yard Sale in Mid-November! We know lots of folks clean out their closets to get a fresh start for the school year, and we ask that you hold onto those items a bit longer! All items not sold at the yard sale will be donated to AmVets and the holiday book drive, so you can help all three worthy organizations! We will accept gently used clothing, books, household items, toys and games, furniture, sports equipment, electronics, yard items, and more. Thank you!
  1. Sutherland’s Book Fair needs you! The book fair is the only library fundraiser for the year. We have a variety of volunteering opportunities from September 26th-October 4th, including setting up, restocking, and selling. If you’ve never done this before, please do not worry. There’s a very easy cash register that you can learn in about 10 minutes. It’s fun to see the kids aglow with books in their hands.  This year, sign-up will be through SignUp Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a5a72ca64-smsbook6. If you’re not comfortable creating an account or signing up through the SignUp Genius web page, you can email smsbookfair@yahoo.com with the shift(s) you’d like and I’ll be happy to sign you up.
  2. 8th Grade Parent: Busch Gardens update: The 8th grade teachers would like to thank our parents for their promptness in returning the blue permission forms during the past few weeks! We are finalizing our head count to ensure that we have bus seats for everyone going on the trip. If you were not able to get the form in today, please email Mrs. Rainey so that she can secure a seat for your student. Please note that the money is not due until September 27th.

    We understand that family finances may be tight during the current economy and may prevent some students from attending the trip. We urge parents with this concern to consider requesting a scholarship for their student by filling in the bottom of the form. These students will bring home the information related to the scholarships next Monday, September 10th. Please contact Mrs. Rainey if you have any questions regarding this process. (975-0599 ext#310, or grainey@k12albemarle.org).

  1. Students who have signed up for the Debate Club will be meeting on Mondays after school (room TBD) from 4:10 to 5:15.  The first meeting is this coming Monday, September 10th.  Please plan to pick up your child at 5:15 out in front of the school.
  2. Chess Club will also be starting next week on Thursday, September 13th.  This club will meet every Thursday before school from 8:00 to 8:57.  There is no sign-up sheet or previous experience required.  Upon arrival, interested students will sign in at the front office and then head down to room D-2.    The club will be run by a second-year volunteer, Brandon Adams.  If you have any questions about either of these activities (Debate or Chess), please contact Mrs. McCullough at dmccullough@k12albemarle.org.
  3. Dance help needed! The 7th grade team is looking for a few parents to help chaperone our first dance of the year on Friday, September 14th. If interested, please follow the link… https://bit.ly/2Qd1eHl
  4. SUTHERLAND PARKS AND REC SPORTS info:
    Students who have already signed up for boys basketball are reminded that practice begins Monday Sept 10th after school until 5:45. Girls basketball begins on Tuesday Sept 11th until 5:45.   Physicals for basketball must be turned in before the first practice in order to participate.

Students who have signed up for tennis are reminded that tennis begins Monday Sept 10th and please bring a water bottle.   Tennis rackets and equipment will be provide for students.   Pick up time for tennis is 5:30 at the picnic tables.

Cross County members will meet on Monday and Thursday after school in Mr. Collier’s room, B4 to start.  Pick up time 5:45.  Please bring a water bottle.

For all programs, if your child walks home from practice-please send a note to the coach giving permission to walk home each day.

  1. We are still looking for a few 7th grade girls who may be interested in joining YWLP (Young Woman Leaders Program). If interested, please contact Mrs. Lisa Wright in Guidance.

Friday Message 8/31/18

Friday Message 8/31/18

From Mrs. Wood…
Our first full week of the 2018 -2019 school year has been completed!  It was a great week with a lot classroom visits, fun with students, and engaging conversations with staff members.  Mr. Stow and I were invited into Mx. Holmes and Mr. Wamsley’s classes to test out the design and functionality of student created cardboard chairs.  We were highly impressed by their creative designs and functionality! Our SCA leadership team also visited the office this week to discuss their ideas for upcoming events at Sutherland. It was a great conversation and made me look forward all the exciting opportunities that our students will have throughout the year to give back to our community. The service oriented component of our Student Council is admirable and makes be proud of them.

We held two of our “Meet and Greets” this week and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more of our parents and the conversations.  We consider ourselves very lucky to be part of the Sutherland community and want to thank everyone for how welcoming you have been to us both. We look forward to a busy week next week by hosting another “Meet and Greet” on the Wednesday, September 5 before our first PTO meeting.  In addition, we will be hosting Back to School Night on Thursday, September 6. Please be on the lookout for a separate communication regarding Back to School Night information.

Coming Up @ Sutherland…
Monday, September 3rd: Labor Day (Schools are closed)
Tuesday, September 4th: Black Day
     8:15 AM: Morning Study Hall begins in the cafeteria
Wednesday, September 5th: Teal Day
     8:00 AM: Jazz Band Auditions
6th grade introduction to counselors through Language Arts classes
     6:15 – 7:00 PM: Come out and meet the new administration team!
7:00 – 8:30 PM: PTO meeting
Thursday, September 6th: Black Day
     6:30 – 8:30 PM: Back to School Night
Friday, September 7th: Teal Day

Announcements…

  1. A reminder that all schools are closed on Monday. Throughout next week, we will be practicing our various drills (fire, lock down, bus evacuations). Teachers and staff will review the procedures with students prior to each drill.
  2. Parents and Guardians, please make sure you take a moment to sign on to ParentPortal to complete the student verification process. Our ability to reach you by phone or by e-mail depends on updated information.
  3. Hello SMS Parents, The Sutherland Debate Team will begin meeting on Monday, September 10.  We are lucky enough to have UVA students that are members of the Charlottesville Debate League work with our team.  This is a club open to all Sutherland students.  Your child will develop skills in research, writing, public speaking, teamwork, and argumentation.  Debate builds confidence and promotes a passion for learning and commitment to civic engagement.  Students will meet weekly on Mondays after school and will be invited to several debate tournaments held throughout the year.  I hope your child decides to participate.

    The location is yet to be determined as I’m not sure how many students will want to attend.  Therefore, I am asking students to stop by room E-1 and add their name to the sign-up sheet that is located on a desk outside of the room.  If your child comes home and tells you they couldn’t find the room, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

    The deadline for signing up is Friday, September 7.  Please send any questions you may have to dmccullough@k12albemarle.org.

  4. Back to School Night is on Thursday, September 6th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Mrs. McCullough will meet with parents from 6:00 – 6:30 PM for those with students receiving gifted services. More information to come regarding Thursday evening’s schedule!
  5. We are excited to invite you to share a free opportunity with K-8 girls and their parents to join the upcoming 2018 ESTEAM for Girls Summit. This Saturday program planned and presented by a diverse group of women and community partners is designed to help build a better future for our girls and young women interested in Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  K-8 girls join the Summit on Saturday, September 22, 2018!  Come to Albemarle High School from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (K thru 4 students and their parents) and 9am to 2:30 pm (5-8 with lunch included). Visit our website, http://www.esteamforyouth.org/ to register, and check out last year’s highlight!

    NEW this year for Professional Women! Join us for “ShESTEAM Meet and Greet” Friday, Sept. 21st, 6:00pm-7:30pm Featuring the Discussion “Mentoring and Leadership at the Intersection” Get involved with this year’s activities with a financial contribution; facilitate a session; volunteer; and/or showcase your organization in our exhibit area.

    Contact us! Please visit our website, http://www.esteamforyouth.org/ to register, check out last year’s highlights, or email us at estemforgirls@gmail.com. Many thanks, and we look forward to your support and participation!

    ESTEAM for Youth
    Alexis Mason, Heather Arquitt, Zoë Padrón, Joyce Ivory, and Sara Nitcher estemforgirls@gmail.com

6. FRENCH FOOD and GAMES? Oui, Oui!
Come learn French in a fun and exciting atmosphere at SMS!

Students will “Build a French City”, exploring le marché while purchasing their veggies and fruits with Euros, eating in a café français, playing Pétanque in le parc, staying in l’hôtel, buying bread and pastries at la boulangerie, sending letters from la poste, and more! Thursday mornings in the Art Room, from 8-8:55. Cost is $15/class, with all fees included. Must enroll for all 10 classes. Checks payable to SMS for $150 – turn in to the office by Friday, Sept. 7th. Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 12th. No French experience required. If you are already taking French at SMS, this is a fun way to learn more and to practice! Classes will be taught by Michelle Katstra, director of School Programs for the Alliance Française of C’ville and a mom of 3 kids who all attended SMS! Questions? mkatstra@gmail.com. Forms can be found in the Main Office and on the Parks and Rec. table near the cafeteria.