What a wonderful week of students sharing their gifts! Thanks for all who came out to see Macbeth and to join the fun at the Academic Fair.
It's the SCOOP for February 13, 2020
Your weekly news from Santa Barbara Middle School
Your child’s enrollment contract for 2020-21 is now available in the  HUB .
Please login and click on the hyperlink at the top of your Parent Profile to accept the contract.
Contracts are due by FEBRUARY 21, 2020. 

Tips and Tricks:
  • You can move around within the contract by selecting the tabs on the top ribbon of the contract.
  • If awarded Financial Aid, you can find your Financial Aid amount on the Tuition & Fees tab.
  • You will be asked to input your payment information two separate times. The first time is for your tuition payments that will happen later in the year. The second time you will enter your bank information for the $1,000 non-refundable deposit.
  • You must complete all steps in the process before your contract is complete. (Both parents must sign and deposit must be received.)
  • Once you have signed your contract and paid your deposit, you can access your Smart Tuition account via the home page of the Hub by scrolling down to the Smart Tuition tile.
  • See FAQ's for Smart Tuition here.

If you have any questions regarding your contract or deposit, please email Brandi at  brandi@sbms.org .

Thank you to Lauren David for chairing Songfest 2020! You don’t want to miss this event. If you are interested in being on the committee,  please come to the first meeting, Tuesday, March 3, 2:45pm at the picnic tables outside of the Deli. 

Please check Dorkage for your lost clothing items, food containers, and/or jackets. The closet is starting to overflow and we would love for you to be reunited with your clothing. Thank you!

Friday, Feb. 14 - Monday, Feb. 17
President's Holiday Weekend - No School

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Classes Resume

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Thursday, Feb. 20

Friday, Feb. 21
6:45am Sunrise Swim

Tuesday, February 18 @ 3:45pm

  • Boys JV Volleyball vs. Marymount at Marymount

  • Boys Varsity Blue Volleyball vs. Marymount at Marymount

  • Boys Varsity Gold Volleyball at SBMS vs. Providence

Thursday, February 20 @ 3:45pm

  • Boys Varsity Blue Volleyball at SBMS vs. Providence

  • Boys Varsity Gold Volleyball at SBMS vs. Laguna

  • Girls Varsity Basketball at SBMS vs. Ojai Valley
Friday, February 14

Sign Up to be an upcoming Donut or Coffee Angel here .
Tuesday, April 7, 7pm - 8:15pm
Alex Zemeckis, MA, SBMS alum and CEO/Founder of The Grounds Recovery Center, where he is at the forefront of addiction and substance abuse in young adults ( see more here ) , will provide insight on the social, emotional and physiological reasons teens use and abuse drugs and alcohol. We're collecting anonymous questions about vaping, drugs and alcohol use in young adults ahead of time   HERE   so that Alex Zemeckis can cover your questions during his session. Alex will be presenting to our 8th and 9th grade students during Life Skills class earlier in the day. Questions? Contact   Kelly .

Our next book club meeting will be on Thursday, March 5, at 8:30am in the Library. We're reading The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani and would love for you to join us!

Introducing Greenspot Farming ! A local business committed to reducing food waste and making our underutilized greenspaces more beautiful and productive. Have too much fruit on your trees at home? Greenspot offers fruit tree harvesting to ensure your excess fruit makes its way to someone’s table. Have extra greenspace? Greenspot will provide and plant new fruit trees to our partners. With the fruit tree hosting service, you can reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy fresh fruit along the way! All services provided free of charge.

Work with us to change the way we think of farming and move toward a more sustainable local food system. Keep an eye out for Greenspot fruit trees on the SBMS campus, coming soon!

Mountain Air Sports is offering a special 10% discount to SBMS students as you prepare for mid-year expeditions. Shop locally and be sure to put your name on everything so it does not end up in Dorkage. Thank you for planning ahead!

I read an interesting  blog post  this morning from Montrose School that resonated with me and my training in the  Character Counts program . The author was describing a quote she heard from Toni Morrison during an interview with Oprah. Toni Morrison was saying that fussing over her children's clothes was how she used to show she cared. She realized, however, that a better indicator was asking yourself, "Does your face light up when your kid enters the room?" The author of the blog goes on to correct that the quote is about when any kid enters the room, but raises some significant points about how our body language and facial expressions can mean so much to our kids. Here are some key quotes from the post:
  • "Parenting remains beautifully messy work."
  • "We...fiddle with each other's most vulnerable buttons."
  • "The emotions they hold in at school come roaring out at home. And sometimes the emotions I hold in at work do, too."
  • "When they come home from school, my face can be a safe landing place. And when they go to bed at night, I can muster up a final “I love you,” even if the evening went awry."
  • " 'Let your face speak what’s in your heart. It’s just as small as that.'"
  • "Children and teens are great anthropologists.”
  • "[The] kids are watching my face in the grocery line. They are watching how I greet the woman in a hijab in front of us and the man in a wheelchair behind us. They are watching how I greet their friends on the playground and how I interact with a stranger who stops to ask for directions in halting English. They watch my comfort -- or discomfort -- in interacting with children with disabilities, visible and invisible. They are looking for clues. Does my face light up, still?"
  • "When children and adolescents are very upset, literally just the presence of a loving person helps to de-escalate and creates the space where calm is invited in."

Read more of Bianca's Blurbs here .

Thank you to Lauren David for chairing Songfest 2020! You don’t want to miss this event. If you are interested in being on the committee,  please come to the first meeting, Tuesday, March 3, 2:45pm at the picnic tables outside of the deli. 
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 10 at 8:30am . Debra Kessler will be talking to us about “Starting those difficult conversations with your teen." Click here to see minutes from the February PA Meeting.

Next parking lot coffee will be Thursday, March 12 from 8:30-9:30am . Stop by for a cup of coffee and some morning treats and socialize with other Middle School parents. Bring your own mug to help keep us green. 
Happy Valentine's Day!
Debbie Popovich
PA Chair
Thursday, March, 5: Book Club at 8:30am in the Library
Tuesday, March 10: 6pm 8th Grade Humanities Night
Thursday, March 12: PA Parking Lot Coffee
Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20: March Expeditions (9th Grade Leaves on Sunday)
Monday, March 23 - Friday, April 3: Spring Break
Monday, April 6: Classes Resume!
Tuesday, April 7: 7pm Parent Info Session: Alex Zemeckis
Saturday, April 25: Songfest
Saturday, May 2: Spring Auction
Friday, May 8 - Saturday, May 9: Drama Performance
Friday, June 12: Rites of Passage
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