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!

Technology Tip

If you are having issues connecting to Zoom classes, please follow these steps:

1. Restart the chromebook – logging your child into the chromebook again will log your child into Zoom. If your child was successful in attending a morning meeting, you still may have to restart the chromebook to log back in to Zoom for an afternoon meeting. 

2. If you are still unsuccessful connecting to a Zoom class after restarting, please contact your teacher to confirm that the link for the meeting is correct.

(from the Darien Public Schools IT Dept.)

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..