Coat drive

Opus for P2P Coat Drive

OPUS for Person-to-Person Fall & Winter Coat DriveOPUS for Person-to-Person is pleased to announce our annual coat drive benefiting Person-to Person’s ‘Keep Norwalk Warm’ program. Beginning Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 25th, we will be collecting new and gently used coats in all sizes for adults and children.

Collection boxes are on display at local businesses around town including: Ring’s End, Palmer’s Market, Make-Modern, HAVYN, The Bar Method Darien, Dance on the DL, Lanphier Day Spa, Sipstirs, Nielsen’s Florist and Garden Shop, and Darien Butcher Shop. Donations are also being accepted at Person-to-Person headquarters at 1864 Post Rd. in Darien (behind St. Luke’s Church) during business hours from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday and 8am-12pm every other Saturday. The Person-to-Person HQ will also host a drive-through donation day on Saturday, October 10th from 9am-12pm, where volunteers stationed under an outdoor tent will provide a quick and contactless way to drop off coats.

Last year, Person-to-Person provided over 900 coats to Norwalk city residents within a matter of hours. There is a great need for these new and gently used coats in typical times, and we are anticipating an even larger turnout this year due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. For a complete list of drop-off locations/addresses and an Amazon wish list link for preferred coats and sizes, please visit opus4p2p.org.

Fundraising 2020

FUNDRAISING 2020-2021

MMS FUNDRAISING

While the MPA has decided to forego the direct appeal fundraising for this year, we are asking for your support in other, less burdening ways. Any money raised from these efforts goes towards activities such as enrichment, teacher appreciation, speakers for MPA meetings and student activities. 

It just takes a second! Please click here to register your Stop & Shop card to earn rewards for MMS. 
Go to Sign In -> Rewards & Programs -> A+ School programs. Enter our School ID #08521 and password: ones 
Start shopping from this landing page and 13% of your purchase will be donated back to the Middlesex Parent Association!
Go to smile.amazon.com and select “Middlesex Parents Association” as your supporting charitable organization. Anytime you shop from smile.amazon.com, a portion of your purchase will be donated to the MPA. Set it and forget it! 
Upcoming Efforts!
We will be collaborating with Minted once again for discounted holiday cards and the Darien Sport Shop for their charity days event with both benefiting the MPA. Stay tuned for details!

We’d Love You To Join Us in Middlesex Parents Association!

The MPA is seeking volunteers for next year’s slate to help support the many great initiatives offered to our students, teachers and MMS community.  

There are many ways to give back to your child’s school that do not require a significant time commitment and it’s a wonderful way to meet new parents and enhance your child’s MMS experience.  

If you are interested in any of the below positions, please contact the Nominating Co-Chairs  Liz Ezbiansky (lizezbiansky@gmail.com), Heather Walsh (heathergwalsh@yahoo.com) or Jen Hagen (jenbhagen@gmail.com) and they will be happy to discuss these open positions more with you!

OPEN POSITIONS

Directory (2 Chairs) 

  • Compiles and prints MMS address and phone directory using an on-line database. (Most of this work is done in the spring and the week preceding and following the opening of school in the fall.) 

Staff Appreciation (Seeking 3 committee members – we already have chairs in place for each event) 

  • Plans and provides food, beverages and paper products for Back-to-School Faculty Luncheon which is held in August before students return to school. Must be available to attend the luncheon.
  • Organizes and staffs Staff Holiday Luncheon in December
  • Organizes and staffs Teacher Appreciation Lunch or Breakfast in May

Open House Committee (Seeking 3 committee members – Chair Alex Eising confirmed)

  • Purchases refreshments including cups, water lemonade, tablecloths and napkins for Fall Open Houses
  • Available to help serve/staff the open house reception on a different night than their child’s open house
  • Coordinate food donations via signup genius before/beginning of school year or contact MPA regarding buying food.

Eighth Grade Promotion/Graduation (Seeking 1 committee member with 6th or 7th grade children – Co-Chairs Luli Burke and Adrienne Kelly confirmed)

  • Plans & organizes the events, held on the last day of school, surrounding the promotion ceremony
  • Recruits committee members
  • Works closely with the Assistant Principal

Eighth Grade Party Committee ( Seeking 5-6 committee members – Chairs Natalie Alini and Julie McCormick confirmed)

  • Oversees the party in June, working closely with the Assistant Principal and Student Council

Career Day (Seeking 3 committee members/ Cara Gately and Adrienne Kelly confirmed as Co-Chairs)  

  • Organizes the spring Eighth Grade Career Day, including obtaining speakers that represent a cross-section of industries

All About E-Learning at MMS

A parent’s guide to E-Learning Tips & Tricks

  1. Steps to find a DOC

Team homework websites (linked below) are now new and improved! They now include classwork and homework, broken down by day and subject. Hint: most teachers will put “  “ around the exact name of the doc/slide/form/video in google classroom. 

Orange Team

Red Team 

Silver Team

Yellow Team 

Aqua Team 

Blue Team 

Gold Team 

Purple Team 

Green Team 

Maroon Team 

Navy Team 

Teal Team 

Teachers are posting in their google classrooms daily. If the missed assignment was from a previous day it will be attached under that specific date. 

If for some reason you still cannot locate the document needed, please have your student reach out to the teacher via email for help. 

2. How to email a teacher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuzKN7fO8Is

Start with your greeting:

(Dear/Hello/Hi)  Mr. or Mrs. _________,

Body:

This is where you would explain the problem you are having or ask a question. (If you are asking them for help remember your please and thank you) 

End with a closing:

(Thank you/sincerely/ hope you are well), 

Add your name

Check your email!

It’s important that you check your email daily, no matter what grade your in. Sometimes, things can get lost in your inbox – here are some ways to keep track of it. 

Click here for how to use Focused/Other Tabs in your Outlook for the Web email.

When should I contact my counselors? 

~ You feel overwhelmed with your workload.

~ You need some help with time management/study skills.

~ You are looking for some ideas about how to unwind/de-stress.

~ You have a question/concern and you do not know who to ask/talk with about it..

Resources for Parents and Students

MMS    NATIONAL EXEMPLARY SCHOOL

204 Hollow Tree Ridge Road Ms. Shelley Somers, Principal

Darien, Connecticut 06820 Ms. Mary Scalise, Assistant Principal

Telephone (203) 655-2518 Ms. Dana Giannattasio,  Assistant Principal

FAX             (203) 655-1627  

Web Site     http://www.darienps.org/middlesex/

March 12, 2020

Dear Parents,

We understand that this period of uncertainty could cause your child to feel particularly stressed. Since school will not be in session for the next two weeks, we want to make you aware of some resources that you could access if you feel your child may require mental health support when school is not in session. Below are contacts that could be of help during this period. 

Resources for students and parents when school is not in session in the event of the need for mental health support.

Mobile CrisisIntervention ServicesProvides in-home behavioral or mental health crisis services for children and youthDial 2-1-1 in Connecticut
uwc.211ct.org/mental-health-crisis-intervention-services-connecticut  
Open Access Clinic of Child Guidance Center of Southern CTImmediate intake and triage of mental health concerns (walk-in) – M, W, F from 8:30-10:30am. Open other times by appointment.203-324-6127
childguidancect.org/services
Family Centers – Center for Hope (Darien Location)Individual and group counseling services203-655-4693
www.familycenters.org
Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield CountyOutpatient mental health services for children and families203-299-1315
www.childguidancemfct.org
Crisis Text Line: 74174124/7 text line providing crisis support from trained counselorsText HOME to 741741
www.crisistextline.org
Trevor Lifeline24/7 hot line providing crisis support from LGBTQ-sensitive trained counselors1-866-488-7386
www.thetrevorproject.org
Local Emergency Rooms and/or 911Life-threatening medical emergency or imminent concerns about safety for self or others

Easy Set-and-Forget Fundraiser Links

There are many ways you can help MMS just by doing your everyday shopping.

Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards

A+ School Rewards are points that you can earn with each purchase made using your Stop & Shop Card.  You can support up to TWO schools to benefit their A+ School Rewards. The program runs September 6, 2019 – March 14, 2020.  You can register your Stop & Shop Card to be part of the A+ School Rewards program online, it’s simple.  Login to your account and go to My Account to manage schools for A+ program.

AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support MMS at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price to MMS.  To shop, simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and choose “Middlesex Parents Association” as your charity.  You can use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile.