The eScoop
September 22, 2017
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From Mr. Glasner
Hello Shaker families!
Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s Raider Rainbow Run! We had over 650 students, community members, staff and faculty members participate in this amazing event and—as of this writing—we raised nearly $37,000, which will go directly toward supporting and enriching our students’ learning experiences. We appreciate all of you! Congratulations to 8th grade Team Explorer and to 7th grade Teams Navigator and Pioneer for having the most run participants! Congratulations to 8th grade Team Epic and 7th grade Team Legend for raising the most funds! A special thank you also to Missy Sherwin and Heather Weingart for chairing this year’s event.

Many of our clubs and activities are getting underway and we encourage all of our students to get involved! Student government held its first meeting this past week. For students who are interested in joining, please speak to Ms. Farmer or Ms. Collier. Our 2017-2018 Robotics Club is also getting started. For students interested in joining this club, please see Ms. Popple or Ms. Warren. If you have any questions about any of our many clubs and activities, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school counselor.

I am also excited to announce that this week, we kicked off the first ever staff and faculty SMS Heart Healthy Challenge! This challenge encourages staff and faculty members to engage in and to make healthy living choices and is in line with our District’s emphasis on maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Over the next two months, you may hear about teachers and other staff members doing jumping jacks with their classes, sharing healthy recipes, and joining some of our sports team practices. Thank you to our PE department, District administration, PTO, and Shaker Schools Foundation for helping make this happen and for your support!
I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

From Your PTO Co-Presidents
Shaker Community—all we can say is WOW!!! So many of you contributed to making the Rainbow Run a record-breaking smashing success! There were over 650 participants in the Run—almost 200 more from the year before! The Run raised almost $37,000, far surpassing our fundraising budget of $30,000. You all were incredible in your enthusiasm and support for this event, and we could not be more thankful to the community for your support. A very special thank you goes to our Rainbow Run Co-Chairs Heather Weingart and Missy Sherwin , along with the Rainbow Run Committee members— Gerette Braunsdorf, Meredith Camp, Sarah Divakarla, Barb Horrigan, Jen Pethel, and Gretchen Witt . This Committee worked tirelessly throughout the summer to plan the Rainbow Run and to help make the Rainbow Run such an incredible success! We are so grateful to each of you.

A huge thanks also goes to the Middle School Administrators, support staff, teachers, and the custodial staff for all of your help. You were there every step of the way from pumping up the students to register, helping set up the course, throwing color on the runners, and even donating your own money to the participants! This Run could not have been such a success without each and every one of you! 

Thanks and see you next week!

SMS News & Events
Rainbow Wrap Up

As co-chairs of the Rainbow Run, we would like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing people who helped to make this year's event a huge success. We couldn't have done it without all of you. It takes a team to pull off this fundraiser and we need to let each of you know how unbelievably appreciative we are for all your hard work. 
Our committee was terrific and we worked for the better part of a year together to plan the Rainbow Run. Special thanks to all of our committee for their commitment, patience, and extraordinary effort.
Barb Horrigan • Gretchen Witt • Sarah Divakarla • Jen Pethel • Meredith Camp • Gerette Braunsdorf • Holly Carpenter • Keely O'Bryan • Betsy Potiker
We would also like to thank our volunteers that offered up their time and attention on the day of the Rainbow Run to help out with everything from registration to course management to clean up.
Elizabeth Roeder • Roxanne Jaber • Debby Downing • Lynn Lehmann • Sue Buddenbaum • Collete Hart • Marla Walker • Brittany Webb • Laurie Pogel • Jackie LeMay • Dominque Litmaath • Christine Alexander-Rager • Jennifer Hillman • Jonatha Gott • Eric Christian • Christine Harmon • Elinor Danford • Amy Nieman • Karen Nordstrom • Claire Brinkley • Alex Liston Dykema • Mity Flowler • Molly Ritts • Juliana Johnston Senturia
Of course we couldn’t have put this event together without the incredible support of our teachers, staff and administrators. Every day they came up with innovative ways to help promote, organize, and manage the Run. 
We would also like to thank all our corporate and color station sponsors who so generously supported the event. We have been able to count on so many of them since the beginning and were excited to welcome so many new sponsors.
We are thrilled with this year's outcome! Thank you for all your efforts!
Rainbow Run Co-chairs, 

Missy Sherwin & Heather Weingart
Calling all Shaker families, friends, and alumni: The WHOLE SHAKER COMMUNITY is invited to this weekend's Homecoming Festivities! 

TONIGHT , join us for our adult party featuring a beer-garden style evening of live music, beverages, and food trucks from 7pm-11pm at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road.

On Saturday, it's the Pre-Game Festival from 11am-1pm at the High School North Fields with TONS of family-friendly activities, including the Rocket Car, Dr. U R Awesome Bubble Man, food, and a bus tour of the Shaker city sights.

At 1pm cheer on Shaker vs Medina at the football game (tickets $6, on sale Friday night and Saturday starting at 11am).

See details and register for the free Friday night party and free Saturday bus ride at . SEE YOU THERE!
Google Services in the SMS Classroom

The 2017-18 school year marks the second year Shaker students have been provided access to Google services such as Google Drive, Docs, and Classroom. Over this time, students in kindergarten through 8th grade were provided a Shaker Google account after a signed permission slip was returned indicating parent/guardian consent.

As the district evolves and grows in its use of Google services in the classroom, it has become more important than ever for students to have access early in the school year. As a result, Shaker Schools will move to an "opt out" approach for parent/guardian student Google account consent. With this new approach, Shaker students will be provided a Shaker Google account, with access to grade level appropriate Google services (see table below), beginning October 2, 2017. At any time prior to or after this date, parents/guardians may opt their student(s) out of having a Google account by contacting the main office of their student’s school. If a parent/guardian opts their student out of Google services, the district will adjust account settings to prohibit access accordingly.

Please refer to the table below for a summary of Google services available to students.
Gmail Restrictions
As noted in the table above, Gmail services for grades 4-8 are available with restrictions. Students may access Gmail using their Shaker Google account and are restricted to only exchanging email with other Shaker accounts. This is a precautionary step in order to begin exposing students to the use of electronic communication while preventing anyone who is not a part of Shaker Schools from communicating with students via email. 

Thank You
For parents/guardians who have already provided a signed student Google permission form, thank you. You do not need to do anything further. Your student’s Google account is available or not based on how you previously completed the form.    
Parent/Teacher Conferences Coming Up in October

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held at Shaker Middle School on Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17. Conferences will be held from 8am to 4pm (no conferences are scheduled from 12pm-1pm). The last conferences of the day are scheduled at 3:45pm. In order to accommodate a maximum number of parents, please select only one day for your conference. Students will not attend school on these two days.
For your convenience we have an online scheduling system for you to use to set up conferences.  Click here to schedule your parent conference. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Burdine in the Main Office at 295-4106.
Introducing Shaker CommUnity Markets

In collaboration with the Shaker Heights Schools Center for Family and Community Engagement (FACE), Shaker Heights City Schools PTO, the City of Shaker Heights, the Shaker Heights Library, and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Shaker Schools PTO Council CommUnity Builders is piloting the Shaker CommUnity Market . We invite you to share our community’s space, resources, talents, and knowledge at this zero-cost event. Click here for complete information.

Come for the line-dancing and giant lawn games shared by the Shaker Library. Stay for the school and city information fair, connect to area opportunities, enjoy cooking demos by local chefs and access to fresh produce.* Of course, no community gathering would be complete without music and entertainment, so bring your fun side. Getting together as a community is always a cause for celebration! 

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 5pm–7pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 4pm–6pm .

Onaway/Woodbury shared parking lot & blacktop
(rain location: Onaway gymnasium)

* Minors must be accompanied by an adult with a valid ID to receive fresh produce from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Fall Sports Pictures

Did your middle school or high school athlete have their fall sports picture taken? Click here to view and order their sports photos. 

Upcoming SMS Sports picture dates:
  • October 4: Football & Boys Soccer A Team
  • October 5: Boys Soccer B Team & Field Hockey

After these picture dates, you can order pictures, by clicking here
Box Tops

Welcome back! SMS has been very fortunate to have amazing parents and students who are diligent about collecting Box Tops. If you have a stash of Box Tops that you have been collecting over the summer, please send them into the office. Each Box Top collected earns the school 10 cents. That adds up quickly! 
Heinen's Teaming Up for Education

Don't forget: when you use your Tasteful Rewards Card throughout the school year, Heinen's will donate 1% to Shaker Middle School. Be sure to select SMS as your preferred school this year, either online at or in-store at the Customer Service Desk.
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