Mark your calendar for the 9th Grade Shakespeare Performance (Monday night at 7pm) and 6th/7th Grade Academic Fair (Tuesday night at 6pm)
It's the SCOOP for February 6, 2020
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On February 10 , from 7pm-9pm , the 9th grade will be putting on their production of William Shakespeare's 
Macbeth .

On February 11 , from 6pm-8pm , the 6th and 7th grade will be hosting their Academic Fair. What will you get to see? In the photo to the right, students are working on Kiva Loan recipient slide shows to share with you!

Your contracts for the 2020-21 School Year are now available on the HUB. Click through these links for frequently asked questions and options for cash payments. For any questions regarding your account, please contact Smart Tuition at (888)868-8828. 

This is a new resource for SBMS and we want to hear feedback from you about your experience with it. As always, we are here to help - please email the Business Office with any feedback you may have for us. Here are a few useful hints when signing your contracts:

  • While signing your contract, you will be asked twice to enter a payment method: first, on the Payment Plan tab to enter a payment method for your ongoing tuition payments and second, on the Deposit tab to enter a payment method for paying your deposit. This enables you to choose different payment methods or you can simply enter the same payment method for both.
  • While signing your contract, you will see a blue banner, giving an option to split the payments of the account equally between two individuals. If the preference is a different percentage between the two payers, this can be corrected in your Smart Tuition Account after signing the contract and paying the deposit. Note that the first person signing the contract will be responsible for paying the deposit.
  • If you have two students enrolled and wish to have different payment schedules (rare), please select the longer of the two payment installment plans and we will correct it in your Smart Tuition account.

Just as we do for fires, earthquakes and other events, we prepare our students with intruder training. Today students watched a video about the "RUN, HIDE, FIGHT" protocol and discussed it with their teachers and classmates. We understand that this can be a difficult subject so teachers, as always, approached the topic with sensitivity.

6th grade Friday trip prep is on campus this week and pick-up will be at 3:30pm.

Monday, Feb. 10
7pm 9th Grade Shakespeare Performance

Tuesday, Feb. 11
6pm 6th & 7th Grade Academic Fair

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Thursday, Feb. 13
No School / In-Service Day

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

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Classes Resume

Tuesday, February 11 @ 3:45

  • Boys JV Volleyball vs. Crane at SBMS

  • Boys Varsity Blue Volleyball at Laguna vs. Laguna

  • Boys Varsity Gold Volleyball at SBMS vs. Crane

  • Girls Varsity Basketball at SBMS vs. Crane

Friday, February 7 at 6:45am
We need your help! Please volunteer to pick up coffee or donuts in the link below:
Thank you to our coffee and donut angel Michael Payne and Cat Vallance!
Temperature: 64 °

Water Temperature: 59°

Wind: SSW 6 mph

Weather: Sunny
We have a wonderful policy of students borrowing guitars - even taking them home if they are actively involved in a guitar class. Whit's Martin guitar sits in the stand inside her office and was borrowed before the Winter Break. A different guitar was returned - the Silvercreek.
Whit is hoping families could check at home and see if her Martin found its way to your house - possibly hitchhiking in a case that it found around school. No problem if it turns up in your home - can you please send it back to Whit's office where she'll have a talk with it about leaving home and not leaving a note as to where it's going. Thanks so much.

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!

As you buy trip gear for March Expeditions, please be sure to put your name on it so it does not end up in Dorkage. Thank you for planning ahead!
On Monday I attended a presentation by Dr. Kelly Jameson about raising resilient kids in affluent families. Her presentation coupled with Dr. Steve Smith's talk on pressure cooker lives of teenagers left me swirling with some important points about how to raise resilient kids with lower rates of anxiety and depression... Here are some key points from Dr. Jameson and Dr. Smith's presentations to ponder:
  • What is affluence? It's not the money, it's a value system that is often part of having advantages in life. It's an expectation to be treated and served in a certain way.
  • Historically, high status has been shown through houses, cars, and jewelry. Now, we use our children as our status markers. Academy acceptance, college acceptance, AP classes, and extracurriculars are this generation of parents' new indicators of status.
  • Historically, families told kids they "can't" pay for [insert expensive activity or object here]. Now, in affluent families parents struggle to say they "won't." Teenagers are showing an increased difficulty in tolerating frustration and being told, NO. (Read The Power of No for more on this topic).
  • Oftentimes, for affluent kids, failure is not an option. There is an underlying obligation to do well because mom and dad spent so much money on ____ or because there's so much pressure to perform and have the right outcome/level of achievement as a result. This often results in "burn out" or "opt out" (self-sabotage) scenarios. 
  • As a result of well-meaning, but misguided parents, teens have higher rates of anxiety and depression. 
  • Nearly 1 in 3 adolescents will meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder by the age of 18.
  • By 7th grade, affluent girls are 2x more likely to be depressed than non-affluent girls. In high school, 3x more likely (Read The Price of Privilege for more on this topic)

Ponder further interesting points here .

Thank you to Lauren David for chairing Songfest 2020! You don’t want to miss this event. We will be starting to plan very soon. If you are interested in being on the committee, please contact me ( ) or Lauren David ( ).
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." Join us for a lovely morning of learning, coffee and treats.
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. 
With Gratitude,
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!
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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