GMS PTA News & Daily Announcements - Wednesday February 27, 2019


Winter Warm Up

This is a PTA sponsored event. We need other parents to help keep watch over our wonderful children. Please sign up on our signup genius to help.Volunteers needed for our Winter Warm up on February 28th from 3 pm to 5 pm.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea9a722a5ff2-volunteers

If you are having trouble accessing our sign up genius you may call, text or email if you would like to volunteer: Sam Coleman 202-437-3350, gmspta3@gmail.com

As of now we only have three volunteers. Thank you to those who have volunteered to help. We need more volunteers to make this a success. We sold many tickets yesterday during their lunch shifts and our/your kids are very excited about Thursday's dance.

I will be at school in the cafeteria selling tickets TODAY during all three lunch shifts if you would like to stop by and help.

Tickets are $3.00 and include two slices of pizza and a bottle of water. Candy and sodas will be on sale for $1.00

Our tickets are pre-sold for this dance during each lunch shift. Please provide $3.00 for your child to purchase a ticket during lunch Wednesday and Thursday. Over 800 kids have attended each of the last two years.  

Students who take the late bus will leave the dance at 4:15pm. Everyone else will leave when the dance ends at 5pm.


Sandwich Making

The Minority Scholars will hold a sandwich making party on Thursday, March 7th. The sandwiches will go towards feeding local families in need. We are asking for donations of wheat bread, peanut butter and grape or strawberry jelly. Please drop off your donations in the designated box in the main office by March 5th. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!


GMS International Night Is Back!

International Night at Gaithersburg Middle School is back! With your help, it will be better than ever!  Friday April 5!  Please support this amazing evening by sharing your Country of origin or ancestry with others.  Families and individuals are ask to show and share something with others...culture,dress, food, maps, flags. Tables will be set up for each county. Want to share a table with someone?  No worries,  grab a friend and be paired at the same table (please indicate on sign up you want to share and with who if possible). Go to the Sign Up Genius and start planning!


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

The SMOB Nominating convention will be rescheduled for next Wednesday, February 27th. All students that have turned in their permission slip will be attending. Please see Ms.Mesina for any questions.


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.

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, March 20, 2019, 7:30-9 pm - NEW DATE

The Arc Montgomery County

11600 Nebel Street, Rockville, MD 20852

Registration is required; online registration opens one month prior to each meeting at www.TheArcMontgomeryCounty.org/connect/agency-calendar

Thank you for sharing this information with others!


Weekly Calendar

Monday, February 25, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 4


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 5

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

4:20 pm Activity Bus


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

10:40-11:10 am GMStrong!

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

Mr. Stouffer is sponsoring a Business Challenge program after school that will start February 27th and last until the end of May.

4:20 pm Activity Bus


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Grade 6 Outdoor Education Permission slips and money due

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


Friday, March 1, 2019

12:30 pm Early Release

Interims due


Upcoming Events

March 4, 2019

Grade 8 Grande Concours

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 6


March 5, 2019

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

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 7

4:20 pm Activity Bus


March 6, 2019

8:00 am-noon Staff Complete MSDE Survey

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 1

1:00-4:00 pm Invent the Future Challenge Meeting-KID Museum Ms. Pantella

4:20 pm Activity Bus


March 7, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 2

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

4:20 pm Activity Bus


March 8, 2019

10:40-11:10 am Viking Time 3

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

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