Weekly Message for 1.31.2020
National School Counseling Celebration Week is February 3rd-7th. We encourage you to take time during the week to not only celebrate your school counselors but also to celebrate their dedication and work focused on promoting student success and improving outcomes for all students.
Our Student Council is sponsoring the City vs Country school dance on Friday, February 7. The dance is right after school and all rides should be at school by 4;30. As a reminder, students CANNOT leave campus after school and return to the dance. Students attending the dance are to go directly to the gym at dismissal to the dance. Tickets will be sold at lunch for $3 and at the door for $5. All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Pennies for Pasta is here! Keep your loose change ready, as our homerooms all throughout the month of February will be competing to donate the most to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fundraise for cancer research.
A correction to the Future Cities announcement from last week. Congratulations to our Future Cities students who participated in the Future City Competition on Saturday. Mr. Hunter took three teams to the reginal Competition at NCSU and took home the award for Most Innovative Smart City. Team members are:
Zachary Bowen Oso Cash Madeleine Clodfelter
Camryn Collins Emery Dean Linnea Debellis
Rocco Fox Stella Hallberg Cameron Johnson
Charlie Kearse Logan Moreau Brady Nguyen
Mrs. Skinner will be accepting books in the Media Center as donations for the WAKE Up and Read Annual Book Drive. These books should be new or gently used and not damaged by water, mold, or discoloration and age. For gently used donations, the covers, spines, and pages should be intact without rips or tears. Titles like Charlotte's Web, Curious George, and The Magic Treehouse series books are greatly appreciated!
All donations should be appropriate for children birth-age 12. WAKE Up and Read cannot accept coloring books or activity books.
Donations for the book drive will be accepted through February 15, 2020.
As we move through cold and flu season, families are reminded that students who show any sign of fever are to be kept home until they are fever free, without medication, for 24 hours. Please help us stop the spread of cold and flu!
Yearbooks are on sale now through February 16th for $40. Prices go up to $45 after February 16th. Order at jostens/yearbooks.com or call 1-877-767-5217.
8th grade parents, now is the time to purchase ads in the yearbook. These are a great way to celebrate your child and your child's growth over the years.
Go to jostensadservice.com to purchase and design your advertisement. This is only available for 8th graders. Deadline for ad submissions is 2/13/20.
We are still collecting caps for a spring art project. Keep sending in those clean caps/lids!
Class and Club News
All signed letters and permission slips for the 7th Grade Field Trip to Wilmington are due no later than Friday, February 28th. Payments for the 7th grade field trip are due no later than Friday, March 27th. Payments can be made online any day, or cash/check can be sent to school with your child on Thursdays only. Please email Ms. Cesari if you have any questions regarding the 7th grade field trip.
Spring sports tryouts for boys’ and girls’ track, softball, and boys’ soccer at Ligon will begin on February 12th from 2:30-4:30. Each student will need to have a current physical on file to tryout. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Scheck.
The Garden Club is collecting old markers of all types for the Crayola Color Cycle program. Crayola recycles all pens sent which keeps these items out of the landfill. The students are also collecting used glue stick containers. Our families are welcome to send these items in and can place them in Color Cycle collection boxes in their classrooms.
Students enrolled in Spanish 1 will take a field trip to The Carolina Theatre on April 23rd. The cost will be $24. Students will receive more information from Ms. Martinez in class.
FBLA meetings will now take place every Wednesday in February as we practice for the competitive events at the State Conference. All permission slip forms to attend due. Please return completed forms as soon as possible as your child cannot attend without them. Also, please adhere to the payment deadlines. You can find all the permission forms and other information on the FBLA website under the SLC webpage. See Mrs. Somerville for questions.
The following students will be representing Moore Square Middle School in the upcoming MathCounts competition on Saturday. Good luck! We know you will represent Moore Square well.
Attention 8th Graders: The final payment for the Washington DC trip is due of February 4th.
Attention Science Club Members: The dates for this semester’s meetings are as follows:
- February 7
- March 27
- April 3
- May 8
Spring CAM docents first meeting is Thursday, February 6th. We will meet in the art room right after school. Then, we'll walk together as a group from Moore Square to CAM, which is a 15 min and about 6 blocks. Our meeting ends at 5pm. Parents, please remember to pick up your student at CAM and not Moore Square. CAM meeting dates, times and other information is located on the Moore Square Visual Art web site.
Counseling and Student Services News
In order to help reinforce ROAR behaviors, we will select target behaviors to focus on for a week. For the week of February 3rd-7th, the focus will be on Respecting Everyone and Everything in all areas. Please make sure to work on being respectful to self, others and the building this week.
Parents we are hosting a Family Academy on Tuesday, February 4th from 6:00-7:30. Dinner will be served at 5:30 (slice of pizza, fruit side, and cookie). The purpose of the Family Academy program is to provide families with the necessary academic tools to support the success of their child’s education and to bring schools, parents/guardians, families, and community organizations together as equal partners. The topics are Transitioning to High School and Teaching Your Child How to Deal with Peer Pressure (2 separate topics). Please see the link for more information and to register to attend. https://bit.ly/3ahTWwg
Also, mark your calendars for our 4th Quarter Family Academy on March 31st. The topics are helping Your Child Reduce Test Stress and Preparing Your Child for the End of Grade (EOG) Tests
7th-grade parents: Seventh-grade students have received a letter regarding the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program. Mrs. Estes will present in Cesari's Science classes on Tuesday, February 4th and in Schultz's Science classes on Thursday, February 6th. The program provides suicide prevention training to students. Students will learn about depression and suicide and to help them recognize warning signs and concerns in themselves or their friends. For more information, you can go online to https://sossignsofsuicide.org
Attention 8th grade families: WCPSS high schools will be hosting Curriculum/Parent Nights this spring. We will update those nights in our message as we become aware. This week, curriculum nights are:
Apex High February 3rd
Leesville Road High February 5th
Wake Forest High February 6th
Would you like help out in the fight to end cancer? Moore Square's Student Council is rolling out our Pasta for Pennies competition for the entire month of February. Our goal is $3500, more than what we as a school have ever donated before.
But to fundraise for as much cancer research as possible, we need your help! We need chaperones, concession stand supervisors, friendly helpers, and refreshments and decor donations. See if you can assist here:
Enloe High School & their PTSA invite Moore Square parents to attend their upcoming presentation: Teen Mental Health 101, Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-8PM. Guest speakers, Dr. Jessica Tomasula (Wake Med) and Ms. Kelly Lister (WCPSS), will discuss some of the challenges facing today's teens.
Space is limited, so please reserve your spot in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-mental-health-101-tickets-89165860489.
The PTSA has begun our search for 2020-21 Board Members. Please let us know if you'd be interested in filling any of the following positions for next school year (for more information on these roles, please visit the Executive Board section of the PTSA website):
- First Vice President
- Spirit Wear Chair
- VP - Hospitality
- VP - Advocacy
- Family Engagement Chair
- VP - Programs
- Reflections Chair
- Teacher Grants Chair
- Nominating Chair
After School Activities for the Week
Monday Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball @ Martin
Wednesday Model UN
Realms of Myth
In Battle of the Books
Thursday Intramural Soccer
Be the Man
Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball vs Daniels
Friday NCSU Science Club
Saturday Math Counts