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Donations Needed for Early Release Luncheon October 21st

The PTA will be providing a Salad Bar for the next Early Release Luncheon on October 21st. Please check out the Signup below to see how you can help make their lunch a success! Thanks so much for all you do to show appreciation to our wonderful Staff at Salem Middle!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4AABAC2FA0FA7-early1



SPIRIT WEAR

New Arrivals Are Everywhere! We have two brand new Spirit Wear items available this year. Our 50" x 60" Navy Sweatshirt Fleece Blanket with Spartan logo in the corner is perfect to keep you warm during those chilly fall nights for a cool $20. And for those times you need to recharge your devices on the go, we have a Spartan Power Charger for $10. Visit our website to print out an order form: http://salemmiddlepta.weebly.com/spirit-wear.html

3rd Annual Military Appreciation Night

Our 3rd Annual Salem Military Appreciation Night is planned for Tuesday, October 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 in our cafeteria.

Our NJROTC and Blue Notes students will be a part of the program along with guest speaker Army Major Danielle Vazquez. MAJ Vazquez was recently selected for the Army Medical Department’s Long-Term Health Education Training program and is full-time candidate attending NC State University to receive her MBA in Supply Chain Management.

MAJ Vazquez’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Navy Achievement Medal (1GS), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the German parachutist badge, the Irish parachutist badge, the Thai parachutist badge, and the Senior Parachutist Badge.


REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST

2016-2017

REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM

The Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. It has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. Each year, students in Grades Pre-K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

THE THEME FOR 2016-2017:

“What Is Your Story?”

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

If your child is interested in participating, e-mail Theresa Mersch (tlcmersch@gmail.com ) with the following information:

  • Student's name
  • Grade
  • Track
  • Teacher's/Team name
  • Your e-mail
  • Specify Category of Interest: (Students can enter in more than one category.)

(You will be e-mailed back an entry form, consent form, and official rules)

DUE DATE:

Original work and entry forms due by Friday November 4, 2016

in the Front Office

  • Judging will be before the holiday break and the winning art will be sent to the next level of competition.
  • Direct all questions to the PTA Reflections Chair: Theresa Mersch
Volunteers Needed!!!

Hello Wonderful SMS Volunteers!

Thanks so much for your past generosity in helping make our Early Release Luncheons a special treat for our teachers. They enjoy being able to eat together on those days before they head off to training & meetings.

The remaining ER dates are October 21, December 2, January 20, February 10, and March 24

We are asking for volunteers to organize any or all of these remaining luncheon dates. This would involve planning a menu, setting up a signup genius, and setting up/cleaning up on those days. The PTA does have a limited budget that can be used to purchase food, and, as you know, our hospitality list is great about sending items in!

Please consider whether you (And a few friends!) could commit to one or more of these dates.

Please contact Karen Dellamaestra at kdellamaestra@gmail.com if you are willing to help with one of these dates.

2017 Salem Middle School Club Baseball

Middle school baseball is not supported by Wake County Public Schools. The Salem Middle School Club Baseball Program is run by volunteers and provides an opportunity for students at Salem Middle to play competitive baseball in a league comprised of middle schools from all over Wake County. Please read below to find out how you can register.

"Registration is now open for the fall workouts and tryouts for the 2017 Salem Middle School Club Baseball Teams. The teams play in the Wake County Club Baseball League. Information about the league can be found at www.wakecountyclubbaseball.com. All students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are eligible to play. There are two levels of play: The Junior Varsity division is open to 6th and 7th graders, and the Varsity division is open to 7th and 8th graders. 6th graders must play at the JV level, and 8th graders must play at the varsity level. 7th graders can play at either level, depending on ability. We will conduct a series of workouts in early mid October, followed by tryouts for the 2017 teams in late October. Official practice begins in February, and the season begins in March. We will make accommodations for students that are unable to attend the tryouts, or for students who may compete on other Salem sports teams. For more information, and to register, please visit the club's website at salembaseball.webs.com."

If you have any questions or need additional information, let me know.

Thanks,
Jeff Wotus
Program Director, Salem Middle School Club Baseball
jwotus@nc.rr.com

Spirit Rock

The Salem Middle PTA is proud to offer the opportunity to rent the spirit rock for a week. For the price of $35 a week you can rent the rock to express Salem pride, wish someone a happy birthday or mark a special occasion. Use this link to sign up for the week you want. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4faca8238-salem2.

SHOPPING FUNDRAISERS


Amazon Smile
Raise money for Salem each time you make a purchase on Amazon! Learn more

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter will donate 2% of your Private Label purchases when you use your VIC card. This is such an easy way to raise funds for Salem Middle School. To link your card: Lowes Foods
Lowes Foods Cart To Class is a school donation program where Lowes Foods will give back to Salem Middle when they purchase store brands of products. These include Lowes Foods, Full Circle, World Classics Trading Company, Academix, Domestix, Electrix, Better Value, Top Care and Paws Premium. You can register up to three schools. Register your card online at https://rewards.lowesfoods.com. Click on Enroll in Cart to Class.

Target
If you have a Target credit card, go online and register your card to help Salem Middle School receive up to 1% of your Target Card purchases.

Office Depot & PostNet in Apex
Link your customer savings cards for Office Depot and PostNet in Apex for a painless way to contribute to your child’s school. After you link your card, funds will automatically be sent to Salem Middle School. This income is a great supplement for the PTA programs we offer!

Kroger (Kroger Plus Card for Education)
Each time registered supporters shop at a Kroger store and use their Kroger Plus Card, they earn points for our school- points we redeem for educational supplies. Please register with our School Bar Code (see below) with a Kroger Cashier and have it scanned or go to the Customer Service desk and have scanned. Note that cards cannot be linked until September.




Thank you to our families who take the time to link their rewards cards to help the PTA raise funds with your everyday purchases. Last year the school received over $3,000 in funds and products. If you have any questions about these programs, please contact the PTA Vice President of Ways and Means, Laurie Singh at lauriesingh3@gmail.com


Publix Grocery
Do you shop at PUBLIX and want to help raise money for Salem Middle School too? Please stop by the front office at the school and pick up a key-ring card linked to our SMS account. Every time this card is scanned at check-out, SMS earns $$$ for our school.

Please continue to turn in your Harris Teeter VIC card link-up forms (purple paper from your start-up packets) or email your last name, VIC card number, and associated phone number with that account to: lauriesingh3@gmail.com and we'll add you to our school's database .These are easy ways to support SMS PTA! Thank you for helping to raise funds for our school.


PTA Membership

Did you know that the only way to get a directory from the school is by joining the PTA? Have you joined yet? It’s not too late, click here to download a form and send it in today! It’s only $9 for a family and $6 for an individual!

Suggestions for Improving Communications?

Email the PTA at kim.trezona @gmail.com if you have any constructive suggestions for improving communications.

The Principal latest Phone Message

If you missed Ms. Hofmann latest message from October 13th or your answering machine cut it short, you can read to it here .

Follow Your Principal on Twitter to see why we are #SALEMPROUD.


Click here to check out Principal Hofmann's tweets.

Check out the latest National PTA Bulletin
Calender Notes

October 18th

3rd Annual Military Appreciation Night 6:00-7:30

October 19th
Girls' Soccer and Volleyball @ Reedy Creek 4:00-5:00

October 20th
Mock Trial Meeting 3:00-4:30
CS First Coding Club 3:15-4:30
JROTC Meeting 3:15-4:15
Football vs. Reedy Creek MS 4:00

October 21st
Track 3 last day
Early Release 12:30
Fall Dance 6:00-8:00pm

October 24th
Track 4 Tracks In

October 25th
Salem Cafe Series 6:30pm-7:30pm Parent Night

October 26th
Girls' Soccer and Volleyball vs. West Cary 4:00-5:00

October 27th
Mock Trial Meeting 3:00-4:30
Football @ West Cary MS 4:00



School Counselors

Mr. Jerry Decker 6th Grade jdecker@wcpss.net 367-2463

Ms. Katie Catlett 7th Grade kcatlett@wcpss.net 367-2462

Mrs. Kerri Bridges 8th Grade kbridges@wcpss.net 367-2469

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