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.

Friday Message

Welcome Back, Sutherland Sharks!

We have had a tremendous first week back to school.  As I have said many times already, the beginning of the school year is one of my favorite times of the year. We are all excited about the possibilities that exist with new beginnings.  I had a teacher come up to me on the first day of school and say, “You look as excited as the students!”.  I grinned and said, “I am! There is no better place to be than a middle school.”

I have been so impressed with how kind, polite, and respectful our students are. The transition from summer break back to school can sometimes be difficult, especially, when presented with change.  Whether you are a sixth grader entering our building for the first time or a seasoned eighth grader, it is a time of change and transition.  And, our students have handled themselves with grace and poise.  It has truly been impressive.

This week, we hosted a luncheon for our new to Albemarle County or Sutherland feeder pattern students.  They were able to meet their school counselors and spend time getting to know each other.    Please look at the calendar below to see major events for next week.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and finds time to rest after an extremely busy three days.

Take care,

Megan Wood, Principal

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, August 27th: Teal Day
8:00 AM – Jazz Band information meeting in Band Room

Tuesday, August 28th: Black Day
4:30 – 6:00 PM: Administration Meet and Greet # 1. Come on over to SMS to meet Mrs. Wood and Mr. Stow!

Wednesday, August 29th: Teal Day
8:00 AM – Jazz Band information meeting in Band Room

Thursday, August 30th: Black Day
9:15 – 10:15 AM: Administration Meet and Greet # 2. Come on over to SMS to meet Mrs. Wood and Mr. Stow!

Friday, August 31st: Teal Day

News from SMS:

  1. We are now on Instagram! Search out Sutherland_Middle (Sutherland Middle School) to see all the first week fun.
  2. 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

Schedules

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Just a note that schedules for 2018/2019 are now live through Parent Portal. A quick note again this year. In some cases, students do not get all of the electives they request and are placed in alternate spots as room allows. This is often due to other course requests blocking another course.

Each year, we ask for parents and students to be patient to see if spots free up in other classes once enrollment is set. This is typically done the second full week of school. We will continue with that process this year.

If you see a problem with a core class level placement, please reach out to either Lisa Wright (lwright@k12albemarle.org) last names A-K and Cabell Guy (cguy@k12albemarle.org) for last names L – Z. We will work on all core class level placements as a priority over the course of the next week.

Thank you!

2 elective changes

Happy Summer, Sharks!

No, not quite time for school, but we do have one note for rising 7th grade students. We have two electives that we are either adding or changing in case your child has interest. We are adding a Creative Writing 7th grade elective for 7th graders this year. It will only meet on BLACK Days, so we will not be able to accommodate every request, but if your child has an interest in the course, please see the link below.

One small change is that the French 7 course will now be a intro. to both French AND German rather than just one language. This course is only available on TEAL days, so like Creative Writing, we will not be able to make every course request change.

If your 7th grade student has an interest in either class, please use the attached form and submit it ASAP. We hope to have schedules go live tomorrow, so if you do request a change, we will have to make the schedule change AFTER schedules go live.

New Course Link

Thanks!

Cabell Guy and Lisa Wright

8th Grade Dance

Thanks to all of the Sutherland staff, 8th grade teachers, and 7th and 8th grade families that helped to make the 8th Grade Dance a success.

Our theme this year was “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” The SMS cafeteria was transformed to showcase destinations across the globe – New York, China, Italy, and Paris – and included food geared towards each destination. We were able to pull together a lovely variety of food and decorations due to donations of all sizes from our SMS parents and with the help of the following businesses:

Oriental Express, Chopsticks Express, Chick-Fil-A, Raising Canes, Chandlers Bakery, World Market, The Party Starts Here, The PhotoBooth and Camden Brown Orthodontics.  Whether the donation was monetary, free items, food or a discount on our purchase  — their support helped us to make this a spectacular evening for our 8th grade students.

Dinner, dessert, dancing, photo booth, and cornhole games were all part of this fun evening. Between donating food, and loaning lights, cords and ladders, to giving hours of their time to help transform the place where our students had eaten lunch for 3 years into a magical trip around the world – and helping to clean it all up afterwards! – it was truly heartwarming to see so many kind people all working together to pull this event off for our children. By the looks on their faces and from the many heartfelt “THANK YOUs!” we received, it seems that a good time was had by all of our 8th grade students and it was wonderful to see them having a great time together before moving on to AHS in the Fall!

A huge THANK YOU to Erin Swansiger and Lynette Sanford for the time they dedicated to making this celebration a success.

If you are interested the photos from the photobooth are available online:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=19lblGZZ76JGqfg_77VTnFYriAjHs-Ol5.

SMS PTO

Final Friday Message

Happy Friday, SMSers!

OK, so we have officially had more days off this year for things that were not snow; floods, ice, false snow…etc. If you just came to Virginia this year, welcome to our crazy weather. We sent out an e-mail yesterday, which hopefully everyone received as we have juggled a bunch of items due to yesterday’s closure and today’s delay. Highlights…

  • Film Festival today at 11:10
  • Computer check in and collection today
  • Field Day now Monday (rain or shine)
  • 6:30 PM Monday night – Drama 7 and 8 performance
  • WWII Tree dedication Tuesday @ 11:00
  • May/June birthday celebration: Tuesday @ 3:45

From this week, we have a few items to brag on. First and foremost, the 6th grade drama students put on two shows Wednesday evening. The students did an amazing job acting out a play about what mannequins do when people aren’t around and then a Disney version of Law and Order. The plays were fantastic, and it was great to see so many talents on display throughout the evening. We did get through most, but not all, of the exams this week prior to yesterday. A few teachers have e-mailed students if a reschedule was needed. The SMS Film Festival this morning was terrific, as always. The 8th grade students involved in the films put a lot of energy and time into making these pieces, and the hard work was evident during the films.

We also had the results of our SCA election this week. Lots of hard work from those who ran for office, so all who were brave enough to go for it deserve a lot of credit. A huge shout out to our new officers for 2018/2019…

  • President: Charlie M.
  • Vice-President: Maggie L.
  • Secretary: Savannah M.
  • Social Director: Brenna S.

We look forward to your leadership next year as you take the reins for the SCA.

Don’t forget the Band Lock-In is tonight! Have fun!

If you have any of your child’s medications left in the clinic an adult may pick up medication any time during school office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through June 8th. .  Any medication left at the school after this date will be discarded.  County school policy does not permit the storage of medication for the next school year.

As this is the final Friday Message of the year, let me just say it has been great to work with you all this year as the temporary AP. I do not have to do a long good-bye as I will still be over in Guidance next year. Thank you all for making this a terrific experience for me. The final week is upon us, so hold on tight. Have a wonderful weekend and stay dry! Here is the daily breakdown…

Next Final Week @ SMS:

Monday, June 4th: Teal Day
Field Day
6:30 PM: 7th and 8th grade drama performance

Tuesday, June 5th: Black Day
8th Grade class practice for ceremony
11:00: Brill/Briesemeister class trip
11:00: WWII Tree Dedication
3:45 PM: May/June birthday celebration

Wednesday, June 6th: Teal Day
10:00: 6th grade pool party
10:00 AM: 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony (information below)
12:00: 7th grade pool party

Thursday, June 7th: Black Day
1:05 dismissal for students
End of Q4/S2
Have a great summer!

Friday, June 8th: Teacher Work-Day

                           8th Grade ‘Moving On’ Ceremony Reminders

Next Tuesday, June 5th, the 8th graders will practice for the ceremony itself in the morning.  On the following day, all students will need to come to school dressed in their planned outfit. Shortly after the morning announcements, we will begin lining them up for the processional to the gym area for the ceremony. Please review the following guidelines so that this can be a meaningful occasion for our students and their families.

  1. A prompt arrival is appreciated as the ceremony is slated to start at 10:00am. Please plan to arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time to find both a parking spot and a seat for the ceremony. Although teachers park on the blacktop to allow parents all available parking places, the logistics ensure that people be flexible, and understand that some people will most likely be walking from a side street.
  1. As you know, the graduation is a momentous occasion for our departing students and many of them have elderly relatives who will be in attendance for this event. Since the graduation is in the gym with bleacher seating, we kindly ask you to give these guests priority seating on the last several rows of chairs located on center part of the gymnasium floor. Thank you in advance for this courtesy.

  2. In addition to the graduation certificate given to each student during the ceremony, we have numerous well-deserving students who will be recognized for a variety of awards. In order to conduct the ceremony in a timely fashion, we kindly ask that you hold your applause until all names have been read aloud during instances where more than one student is receiving an award. We greatly appreciate your cooperation with this request.
  3. We will be reading the individual names of students at a moderate pace, and appreciate your respect for each one of them crossing the stage. After the ceremony itself, we will recess the students first, starting with the back row. Please wait until all the 8th graders have left the gym before following them. Everyone should plan on meeting his, or her student out on the grassy area in front of the school so that we can avoid bottleneck at the exits from the gym.

*Most of our 8th grade teachers will be out there, as well, to say our fond farewells to our 8th grade students as they transition to the high school setting. We wish them all the best of luck and happiness!