The eScoop
September 8, 2017
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SMS Weekly Calendar

September 16 | Red Raider Day SHHS Football Game Kick Off, 3pm
September 18 | PTO Council Meeting, 7pm (Boulevard Elementary)
September 19 | 8th Grade Washington, DC Trip Parent Information Meeting, 7pm
September 21 | Schools Closed for Rosh Hashanah

Visit the  Online Calendar  and filter by Shaker Heights Middle School for more upcoming events.
From Mr. Glasner
Hello Shaker families!
Bring your Rainbow Raider spirit! I am encouraging all of our students and families to join us at next week’s Annual Rainbow Run which is taking place next Friday, September 15, after school.  Registration is open and we are looking forward to fantastic participation. In addition to being a major fundraiser for the Middle School, this event is an opportunity for us to celebrate being part of our wonderful community. Thanks in advance for your support and involvement!

All parents and guardians are invited to our first coffee with the principal next Thursday, September 14 at 9am. I look forward to seeing many of you there!
Also, all 8th grade parents are invited to attend an information session about our annual trip to Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 19 at 7pm. The trip will take place from May 2-4 and all 8th grade students are encouraged to attend. Scholarships are available to assist with the cost of the trip. Please contact Mr. Sears or a school counselor for more information.
This is a reminder that by state law, all 7th grade students are required to have proof of TDAP and meningococcal vaccines on record at the Middle School by September 13, or they will be excluded from school. If you have not yet provided this immunization information to Iris Micochero, our school nurse, please do so ASAP. You may either bring the paperwork in, fax it to our office at 216-295-4129, or email it to Ms. Michochero. Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

From Your PTO Co-Presidents
Hi everyone! Next week is a HUGE week at Shaker Middle School! Our largest event of the year, the Rainbow Run, takes place after school on Friday the 15th ! PLEASE register your children to run if you haven’t already done! We need your help in meeting our ambitious fundraising goals so please encourage your kids to ask family, friends and neighbors for donations to the Rainbow Run. The kids receive incentives for fundraising, and all of the funds raised directly benefit your kids' Middle School experience! We need your help to make this event a success! 

In addition to the Rainbow Run on the 15th, we also want to make sure you mark your calendars for all the exciting and informative events coming up next week! See the calendar above for more information.

Thanks and see you next week!

SMS News & Events
The Shaker Heights Middle School Raider Rainbow Run is NEXT FRIDAY!

We are half way to our fundraising goal but we need YOUR help to get there! REGISTER TODAY & start fundraising. You must register before Monday to guarantee your official 2017 Rainbow Run t-shirt.

We still need more volunteers to keep our runners safe & help us break fundraising records! To volunteer, contact  Jen Pethel .

For other questions, contact co-chairs Heather Weingart or Missy Sherwin .

And keep an eye on Twitter: the PE staff will be tweeting information on the Run over the next week from their Twitter account, @shakerpeliveon .
Red Raider Day is THIS Saturday, September 16

All Shaker families are invited to attend the varsity football game at the High School for Red Raider Day at 3pm on Saturday, September 16. Come with family and friends and enjoy the football game with the world-traveled, award-winning 350+ member Shaker Heights Marching Band, Middle School Band and Raiderettes!

Prepaid tickets are available: $2/adult and $1/Shaker student. Pre-Sale ticket deadline is Wednesday, September 13. Click Here for the Ticket Order Form and send with back with your student to his/her first period teacher. Tickets will be given out on Friday, September 15. New families may see the game at no cost: simply return your ticket order form indicating your “new” status.

Show your Shaker Pride and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment with your family and friends. Go Red Raiders!!

We are also looking for volunteers to help sell tickets during lunch at the Middle School. Click here to sign up. Contact Sharee Thornton with questions.
Life Act Presentation

At some point during the first two weeks of October, all SMS students will attend a presentation from Life Act during their PE/Health or Design class period. Each class will attend the presentation for two days. Life Act is an organization that is 25 years old and is focused on "recognizing depression and preventing suicide." UROK, the middle school program, specifically focuses on the unique situations and changes that may induce stress for this age group. Students are taught to identify stress and recognize healthy and unhealthy responses to it. They are also taught when they should ask for help and how to request help from a trusted adult.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of the following: Beth Casey, Health Educator; Kelly Anderson, Chamaine Abrams, or Kristina Longino, school counselors; or Emily Geier, Student Assistance Professional.

Feel free to learn more about this program at
Counselor Coffees

Based on parent feedback, the Guidance Department will discuss the following topics this year at the Counselor Coffee events:
October 13, 2017 Cyber-Safety & Social Media 
January 26, 2018 Organization Skills & Study Habits
March 23, 2018 Anger Management/Self-regulation

The events will be held at 8:15am for 1 hour in the Shaker Middle School library.
SMS Band Boosters

8th Grade Band Perform with the High School Band for Red​ ​Raider​ ​Day
Join​ ​the​ ​Shaker​ ​Community​ ​for​ ​Red​ ​Raider​ ​Day/Mass​ ​Bands​ ​Day,​ ​September​ ​16​​, at​ ​3pm​ ​at​ ​the​ ​High​ ​School​ ​football​ ​field,​ ​to​ ​watch​ ​the​ ​8​th​​ ​grade​ ​band​ ​march​ ​with​ ​the​ ​High​ ​School Marching​ ​Band.​ ​​ ​There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​over​ ​550​ ​performers​ ​on​ ​the​ ​field​—what​ ​a​ ​great​ ​half-time​ ​show​ ​it​ ​will be!​​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​wonderful​ ​way​ ​to​ ​see​ ​what​ ​fun​ ​and​ ​camaraderie​ ​lies​ ​ahead​ ​for​ ​your​ ​student​ ​musicians​ ​at​ ​the High​ ​School.​

Upcoming Dates
Mark these in your calendars. All take place at the SMS Auditorium except Mass Band. All concerts are at 7pm unless otherwise indicated.
September 16
Mass Band (for 8th grade only—see above)

November 15                   
  7th Grade Concert Winds                      
  7th Grade Symphonic Band                              
  8th Grade Symphonic Winds                   

November 16
7th Grade Concert Band
8th Grade Concert Band
8th Grade Concert Winds

January 18
Jazz Invitational

January 24                              
 7th Grade Concert Winds                      
 7th Grade Symphonic Band                             
 8th Grade Symphonic Winds                   

January 25
7th Grade Concert Band
8th Grade Concert Band
8th Grade Concert Winds

April 12
Evening of Jazz

April 18                              
 7th Grade Concert Winds                      
 7th Grade Symphonic Band                              
 8th Grade Symphonic Winds                   

April 19
7th Grade Concert Band
8th Grade Concert Band
8th Grade Concert Winds

Concert Attire
Dress is the same for SMS as for Woodbury. Black skirt or pants, solid white blouse or button down shirt, black socks, (belts) and shoes. Dark neck tie for boys. Check to see if your clothing still fits. We have a limited amount of clothing to borrow at SMS.

Enjoy the music,

Seeking parents to teach a Design Class at SMS!

As you may have heard on Curriculum Night, the Design Classrooms are seeking parents who apply design in their careers and are willing to share that with Shaker Middle School Students. We have had a range of parents for "Design Days" in the past from architects, financial planners (how to design your investment portfolio), engineers, physicians, graphic designers and computer scientists. Come be part of this fabulous program where the real world is applied to the design curriculum. This fall, students are studying Digitial Citizenship, Robotics, Architecture, Bridge Building and designing and marketing a Healthy Snack. The first Design Days are Oct 18-20. Please contact Mity Fowler or Sarah Divakarla if interested.
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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