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GMS PTA News & Daily Announcements - Thursday December 6, 2018


Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Time: 6pm

Location: Media Center

We will be hearing information about the Signs of Suicide training the kids received last week and Principal Dolan will be sharing information about the MD State Report Card and the scores for GMS. This is a brand new rating for schools.

Every member of the GMS community is welcome to attend PTA meetings, even if you are not a member. Look forward to see you there!

Thursday After School Clubs:

  • Queer Society

  • Drama Club

  • ESOL Homework Club

  • Forensics Club

  • Boys Choir

  • Soccer w/ Identity

  • Integrative Wellness


We are conducting a food drive until December 15th. Canned foods should be dropped off at the main office or counseling office. Types of Food Needed: Rice, black and red beans (bag not canned), lentils (bag not canned), juice, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, fruit cups, pudding, flavored oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, bread, granola bars, canola oil, and canned corn.

Project Change Pajama Drive

The GMS Project Change Service Club will be sponsoring a Pajama Drive for Comfort Cases (serving children in foster care) beginning Monday Dec. 3 through Friday Dec. 14.

We will be Collecting New Pajamas in all sizes! We hope you can help!

Donations should be brought to the main office.

Instrumental Program Fundraiser

The Instrumental Music program at GMS will hold a fundraiser during the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 12, from 5:45 pm to 9 pm. Baked goods, snacks, pizza and water will be sold. A seating area will be set up near the gym.

Donations of baked goods, snacks and bottles of water are needed, as well as volunteers to staff the concession table.

All the funds raised will support much-needed repairs of school-owned instruments and the purchase of new instruments, so that more students are able to borrow instruments and showcase their amazing talents. Did you know that it costs between $100 and $300 to repair one clarinet or clean a brass instrument, and that many of the school's instruments need new cases? The addition of an instrument such as a vibraphone or a marimba would also widen the scope of the music students can practice and perform year-round. A vibraphone costs $3,000! Every dollar counts!!!

Weekly Calendar

Monday, December 3

Viking Time 1-Student Service Learning Presentation

Tuesday, December 4

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 2-6th grade GMStrong Peer Leader Meeting

10:40-11:10 am Grade 6 Straight A and Honor Roll Celebration Cafeteria

3:20 pm GMS 7th and 8th grade Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts

All medical forms need to be turned in by December 4th prior to trying out.

Boys coaches: Mr. Zimmerman and Mr. Miller

Girls coaches: Ms. Brown and Ms. Schultze

4:20 pm Activity Bus

Wednesday, December 5

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 3

10:40-11:10 am Grade 7 Straight A and Honor Roll Celebration Cafeteria

4:20 pm Activity Bus

6:00-8:00 pm African American Student Achievement Action Group Community Forum at Argyle MS (see flyer for more information)

Thursday, December 6

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 4-8th grade GMStrong Peer Leader Meeting

10:40-11:10 am Grade 8 Straight A and Honor Roll Celebration Cafeteria

4:20 pm Activity Bus

Friday, December 7

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 5

10:40-11:10 am Group Picture Straight A and Honor Roll Gym

11:10 am-1:30 pm Straight A Pizza Luncheon Room 703

Giant A+ Rewards-Gaithersburg Middle School ID# 00795

Our school is participating in the Giant A+ School Rewards Program, a great school fundraising program that runs from September 7, 2018–March 16, 2019. This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time you, your family members and friends shop at any Giant Food Store. Please help our school and register your Giant Card to our SCHOOL ID# 00795.

* Visit Follow the prompts to create your online account. You'll need your 12-digit Giant Card number and the School ID #.


REMEMBER...if you supported our school last year, you DO NOT need to register your card again!

Shop at Amazon

Our school is participating in the Amazon Smile Program. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Shop on AmazonSmile and designate Gaithersburg Middle School PTA as your charity to help support the PTA with every purchase -

--additional information :

Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

Select a new charitable organization to support.

Upcoming Events

December 10, 2018

French Immersion 8th grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon-Ms. Ursu

December 11, 2018

6:00 pm PTA Meeting-Media Center

7:00 pm Winter Chorus Concert-Gym

December 12, 2018

3:30 pm Math Team Competition

3:00 pm Interims Due

6:00 pm Band and Orchestra Pizza and Bake Sale

6:30 pm French Exchange Parent Meeting-Media Center

7:00 pm Winter Band and Orchestra Concert-Gym

December 13, 2018

3:00 pm GEMS Field Trip

December 14, 2018

French Field Trip to Alliance Francaise-Ms. Ursu

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