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Weekly Message for 8.2.19

Hello, Moore Square families! What a wonderful first full week of the school year! Students and teachers continued to build community in their classrooms during the week and is diving into the curriculum. Additionally, our students and programs were front and center in the news this week. The arts program was featured in the News and Observer, highlighting the positive impact student participation in the arts has on student engagement and achievement. We are lucky to have such an amazing visual and performing arts program and teaching staff. Have you been to the new and improved Moore Square Park? Members of the 8th grade were invited to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning. The students represented the school in a positive way. Please consider supporting Square Burger, a new café at the park. Square Burger will donate ALL their profits for the month of August to the Moore Square Backpack Buddies Program.


Thank you to all carpool families for your patience in dropping off and picking up students. The speed of carpool in both the morning and afternoon improved significantly last week. As a reminder, carpoolers and walkers are dismissed at 2:18pm. To allow the bus system can run smoothly, busses need to be able to leave school by 2:25pm. Please do not block busses in on Martin Street. Carpool typically ends by 2:35/2:40pm. To avoid the longest part of the line, consider delaying your arrival to carpool until 2:25pm. We do have a crossing guard at Person and Martin Streets who will manage students walking towards City Market however, we have students who walk in multiple directions. Please be on the lookout for students crossing the street. Parents of walkers, remind your student to cross at intersections, looking both ways. Safety is our top priority!


All parents are encouraged to register as a volunteer. It only takes a few minutes at school and registration is required for parents to attend field trips and volunteer in classrooms, the media center and the office. Before too long, teachers will be asking for support to deliver the robust programs that Moore Square has for students. As a reminder, volunteer registration must be done each year and you can connect your name to more than one school. So, the next time you are at school, ask Ms. Scott at the front office about registering.


Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? We are planning now for our September 27th Career Day and are seeking volunteers to participate and share their experiences with our students. Please contact our CDC, Wendy Gressett at or by calling the main office at 919.664.5737. Additional information can be found by visiting our website.


Be the Man returns next week Thursday, August 8th at 2:30pm in Mr. Anderson's room. Be the Man invites our young male students to participate in character development, physical activity, and community service while also providing a free, healthy meal for each child. Please see Mr. Anderson or Mr. Wray for more information.


Attention 7th Grade Parents:

North Carolina law requires that all 7th grade students must have the Tdap and Meningococcal immunizations within the first 30 days of the school year.  Your child can receive these immunizations at their regular doctor or at your local Wake County Human Services location.  Please bring a printed record to the school as proof that your student received these vaccinations.  If you have any questions, please call the school.


Moore Square is seeking new mentors for students this year. The mentoring program connects adults with students to support not just academic development but navigating the challenges of early adolescence and social/emotional learning. Mentors meet with mentees on a weekly or every other week basis for 30-45 minutes during the school day. If interested in mentoring a Moore Square student, please contact Marla Mondora at 919.664.5737 or No experience is necessary.


Future Moore Square Art Project--Collecting Materials Now: We are planning for another mosaic--this time using plastic bottle caps. In preparation for this, we are asking families to collect plastic bottle caps and send them to school with your child. Examples of what to send are water and juice bottle caps, milk jug caps, or any flat plastic caps. Caps can be up to several inches in diameter, but smaller caps are preferable. We anticipate the need for a variety of colors, though a design for the mosaic has not been determined. Students are encouraged to place their bottle caps in bins in the cafeteria as well, and in the lobby. Students may bring bottle caps to Ms. Hardy, Magnet Coordinator in room 1123. 



Moore Square has a school-wide strategy for helping all students achieve important social, behavioral, and learning goals. Tier 1 Supports formerly Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is implemented at Moore Square to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence.

As part of the program, we have established several clear rules for the behaviors we expect in all areas of our school. We have explicitly taught and will continue to reteach those expectations to the students and reward them frequently with ROAR Tickets, positive notes, and privileges for their great behavior. The expectations for all student behavior will be clear throughout our building and cafeteria, gymnasium, and classrooms. You will be able to ask your child, “What are the rules in your school?” “How do you follow those rules?” “What happens when a teacher sees you following the rules?” 

The acronym, ROAR, is used to convey these expectations. The letters stand for Respect Everyone and Everything, Own Your Actions, Achieve Your Goals, and Remain Safe. 

The approach to managing behaviors is also a positive one. Students are acknowledged for exhibiting the behaviors that we expect by receiving a ROAR Ticket. They can redeem the ROAR Tickets for various privileges and for items in their classrooms. We will apply consistent consequences and positive reinforcement for all kids. By detailing every expected behavior and teaching to kids in a positive way, we will provide a common language for everyone in our building, including students and staff.

Please take this opportunity to talk to your child about the expectations at school and the importance of continuing to demonstrate ROAR behaviors. With your continued support and involvement, Moore Square Middle School will remain a school where students can excel. In order to help reinforce ROAR behaviors, we will select target behaviors to focus on for a week. For the week of August 5th-9th, the focus will be on Respecting Everyone and Everything in all areas. So make sure you showcase your best Respectful behavior.


Auditions for the fall musical, Footloose, are right around the corner! Students interested in joining the cast and crew should check out the details linked here.


We will host our Open House on Thursday, August 8th, at 6pm. This is a great opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and learn what to expect this year.


Fall pictures will be taken on Tuesday, August 13th. All students will have their pictures taken as they will appear in the yearbook. Pictures can be purchased online or in person on the day of pictures. Please do not send money or checks to the school prior to picture day. Picture proofs will be given to all students who do not prepay to allow for ordering after the pictures are taken. We are looking for volunteers to help with school pictures. Those who are interested in donating some time on August 13th are asked to contact Germain Sundin at 919.664.5737 or by email at Those who do help will receive a discount on school pictures.


PTSA News:

Please sign up for MemberHub!  The PTSA will occasionally send out updates, and the only way to receive those is by joining MemberHub.

While you are at it, please make sure to join your student’s grade level Hub, so that we can communicate grade specific information to only those families.

    • Class of 2020 = 8th Grade
    • Class of 2021 = 7th Grade
    • Class of 2022 = 6th Grade

We also invite you to JOIN THE PTSA for the 2019-20 School Year!  Joining the PTSA is the easiest way to support the many wonderful programs provided to our students by the PTSA.  Examples include Cultural Arts, Artists/Writers-in-Residence, Technology, Teacher Grants and Professional Development, and much, much more!  (Additional donations welcome & accepted, as well as Teacher/Staff PTSA Membership Sponsorships!)

We are accepting Spirit Wear online orders now through Aug. 16, with these orders to be delivered to your student in early September.

Lastly, we need your help!  If you’d like to get involved with the PTSA this year, please complete the following volunteer interest form, and someone will be in touch, thank you!


This Week’s After School Activities:

Monday           Footloose Auditions

Tuesday           Footloose Auditions

Wednesday     Garden Club

Thursday         Be the Man