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GMS PTA News & Daily Announcements - Tuesday February 19, 2019

8th Grade Fundraiser at Chipotle

The 8th-grade team will be sponsoring a fundraiser at Chipotle on Monday, February 25th from 4 to 8. Please come to the Chipotle at 564 N. Frederick Ave. and tell them you’re there to support the 8th graders at Gaithersburg Middle School. Your contribution will go towards helping GMS 8th graders enjoy and participate at the end of year activities. If you have any questions please ask Mr. Padilla or Mrs. Larcamp. Thank you for your help.

Swimming Classes

  • The final swimming unit of the 2018-2019 school year begins on Tuesday, 2/18/19.

  • If your child has registered for the class, please sign the permission form and return it if you haven’t already done so. If your child needs an extra copy of the form, they are available on the school website.

  • All registered students should be ready to enter the water in a bathing suit or appropriate swimwear on Tuesday during their physical education class.

  • Please contact Ms. Becker or Mrs. Evans with any questions.

AM and PM Student Drop-off Expectations

  • Please pull forward in the drop off loop when bringing your child in the morning. The traffic has been backing up onto Teachers Way and causing congestion.

  • Do not drop off students on Teachers Way or in the staff parking lot near the cafeteria. This is dangerous for our students and we want to ensure their safety.

  • Please be sure your child to ready to exit the vehicle when you arrive at GMS.

Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Nominating Convention

All candidates going to the SMOB Nominating convention on Wednesday, February 20th, please stop by and see Ms..Mesina at some point today in room 101.

Anti-Bullying Awareness Day-February 21

  • The city of Gaithersburg is recognizing February 21 as an Anti-Bullying Awareness Day.

  • We at GMS, in support of our community are wearing blue on February 21st to show our commitment to end bullying.

  • We hope all students and staff will join together to show support for all those impacted by bullying.

GMStrong Talent Show

  • "Got talent? Create a solo or group act and audition for GMStrong's 4th annual Talent Show!

  • Sign up in the main office to audition after school on Tuesday, February 26th or Wednesday, February 27th. Come to auditions prepared with your props, music, scripts, or anything else your act needs!"

  • The show goes on Thursday, April 4th at 6:00 PM in the GMS Gym.

6th grade Outdoor Education Information

  • Outdoor Education for our 6th graders is quickly approaching.

  • The MCPS 6thGrade Outdoor Education program is an exciting three-day, two-night outdoor learning experience at the Smith Center. Students received their permission slips on 1/15/19 and Outdoor Education packet through their Science classes.

  • All paperwork and money/checks $80.00should be returned to their Science teacher. If financial assistance is needed, please indicate this on the GMS paperwork. Checks should be made out to Gaithersburg Middle School.

  • All forms and money are due by February 28th.

GMS Soccer-Boys

  • Attention all boys interested in trying out for the soccer team. Forms are outside Ms. Larcamp’s room (809).

  • There will be an interest meeting sometime next week.

  • Please see Ms. Larcamp with any questions.

  • Try-outs are Wednesday, March 6th.

GMS Soccer-Girl’s

  • Attention all girls interested in trying out for the soccer team. See Mr. Britton in the gym for forms.

  • There will be an interest meeting sometime next week.

  • Please see Mr. Britton with any questions.

  • Try-outs are Thursday, March 7h.

Garden Club

Garden Club will start meeting again on Thursday, February 21st in the Greenhouse after school from 3:10-4:15 PM. This club will work to keep our garden growing and support student’s love for plants and nature. Talia hopes to see you there!

Minority Scholars

  • Applications for Minority Scholars are due ASAP.

  • If you need an application or have any questions, please see Mr. Padilla, Ms. Mesina or Ms. Hunsberger.

Business Challenge Program

  • Do you want to challenge yourself? Do you want real-world experience for your resume? Are you interested in solving a local problem? Do you wish to start a business someday?

  • Mr. Stouffer is sponsoring a Business Challenge program that will start February 27th and last until the end of May. If so, please stop by Mr. Stouffer’s classroom to pick-up a flyer.

Demystifying DORS (Division of Rehabilitation Services) - Workshop

Featuring Marcia Rohrer, Program Manager I, Maryland State Department of Education,

Division of Rehabilitation Services

This meeting is open to all who want to learn about DORS. Families, teachers, or others who work with Middle School age students and older students/youth and adults may benefit from all the information Marcia will share. Please register for this meeting, so we can be prepared to welcome you.

  • Unlock the mystery of the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

  • Understand the difference between Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

  • Explore the partnership between DORS and DDA

  • Learn how to connect with DORS Supported Employment

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 7:30-9 pm

The Arc Montgomery County

11600 Nebel Street, Rockville, MD 20852

Registration is required; online registration opens one month prior to each meeting at

Thank you for sharing this information with others!

Special Education Workshop

For Parents and Guardians. Receive information from a panel of experts/guardians, teachers and principals. Interpretation is available upon request. Please register online: Richard Montgomery High School

250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD 20852. Wednesday February 20, 2019. 7pm - 8:30pm

Attend a Breakout session:

  • Secondary Transition Services

  • Supporting a Student on the Alternate Learning Outcomes

  • Strategies for Supporting a Student with Anxiety

  • Strategies for Being Safe in the Community

  • Universal Design for Learning

  • Special Education Eligibility

Weekly Calendar

Monday, February 18, 2019

HOLIDAY-President’s Day-No School

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 7

4:20 pm Activity Bus

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 1- On a Roll Student Celebration (improving grades)

4:20 pm Activity Bus

Thursday, February 21, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 2

4:20 pm Activity Bus

Friday, February 22, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 3-Safety Scenarios Presentation and Discussion-All grades

11:14 am-1:20 pm Library Lunch Activity Day-All Lunch Periods-Media Center

Upcoming Events

February 25, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 4

February 26-28

4:20 pm Activity Bus

February 26, 2019

8:30-9:30 am Students Complete MSDE Survey

3:15 pm Auditions for GMStrong! Talent Show-Gym

4:20 pm Activity Bus

February 27, 2019

8:00 am-noon Staff Complete MSDE Survey

10:40-11:10 am GMStrong!

3:15 pm Auditions for GMStrong! Talent Show-Gym

4:20 pm Activity Bus

February 28, 2019


10:40-11:10 am GMStrong!

11:14 am-1:20 pm Book Wars Meeting-All Lunch Periods Media Center

3:20-5:00 pm Winter Warm-up Cafeteria

4:20 pm Activity Bus

March 1-31

Women’s History Month

March 1, 2019

12:30 pm Early Release

Interims due

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