Sedgefield Middle School PTO
Important Dates

Friday, August 30: SMS Parent Coffee, 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. in the media center

Monday, September 2: Labor Day - No School

Friday, September 6: Summer assignments due

September 16-27: Student backpack drive

Monday, September 30: Conclusion of Empowering Extraordinary campaign
News
Upcoming PTO Events
SMS Parent Coffee: Friday, August 30, 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
We invite all SMS families to join us in the media center for coffee and conversation on August 30. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents, members of our administration and the PTO Board of Directors. Margaret Marshall, our CMS Board of Education representative, will be there to show her support for our school.
Summer Assignments Due September 6
Scholars in all grades have until Friday, September 6 to complete their summer enrichment assignments. Assignments will be used as a project grade during the first quarter.

Volunteers Needed: SMS Audit Committee
Do you have a finance or accounting background? If so, we need you! SMS PTO is forming an audit committee for the 2019-20 school year. Members of this committee are responsible for the audits and financial reviews of the PTO. The audit committee will regularly review the PTO’s bank statements and supporting documents to ensure expenditures are consistent with the approved budget. The audit committee also conducts an annual financial review of the organization’s spending. Interested? Contact Lindsay Jones .
ParentSquare School Communications
Throughout the school year, SMS administration will communicate school updates, news and special events through the ParentSquare app. If you have not received an invitation to join ParentSquare, please contact our SMS ParentSquare coordinator, Catherine Eldridge, at  Catherine.eldridge@cms.k12.nc.us , or Dr. Tornfelt at eric.tornfelt@cms.k12.nc.us.  
Empowering Extraordinary at SMS
The Sedgefield PTO is excited about the 2019-20 school year. Our school calendar is full of enriching activities and programming for our students, but we need your help! The Empowering Extraordinary Fundraising Campaign is our annual campaign that kicked off in Spring of 2019 to provide support for our school’s PTO, staff and administration.  

We have an aggressive goal of raising $100,000 . Currently, we have received $63,000 in donations and sponsorships. We know that we can make our goal.

For many of us, this is a new school community that promises an exceptional experience for our sixth graders. For seventh and eighth grade families, this is an exciting new year as your child continues to grow as a Spartan. We are asking you to consider a donation that is meaningful to you and your family as you consider the future of our new neighborhood school.

Campaign contributions will fund two, key areas that have been identified in partnership with Principal Turner:

  • PTO operating budget to support student academics and enrichment: educational subscriptions, advanced teaching tools, after-school clubs, field trip scholarships, staff appreciation and student recognition
  • Capital needs for the school: outdoor learning areas, hands-on science materials, an updated novel room, facility enhancements and more

These items are not funded by CMS and will enhance the curriculum and educational experience of our students.

The campaign concludes September 30, so please give today. We would like to see broad participation from all grades. All gifts are appreciated.   

Are you ready to Empower Extraordinary? Contributions can be made online or by check. Visit  smspto.org/fundraising and pay via PayPal. Or, pay by check made out to: SMS PTO mailed to Sedgefield Middle School, Attn. PTO, 2700 Dorchester Place; Charlotte, NC 28209.  
Calling All Volunteers!
SMS has many opportunities for volunteer engagement. If you haven't already, sign up for these rewarding opportunities. Many positions can be handled from home, while others provide an opportunity to connect directly with parents, teachers, students and staff.

Hoplite Athletic Booster Club
Named for the brave and determined Hoplite citizen-soldiers of ancient Greece, the Hoplite Athletic Booster Club promotes and fosters character and skill development among scholar athletes through sports and other extra-curricular activities. 

Thanks to our community partnerships and donations, the Hoplite Athletic Booster Club has accomplished much in just the second year of existence and exciting things are planned for the year ahead! If you are interested in supporting our scholar athletes through your time, talents and resources, we want to hear from you. The Hoplite Athletic Booster Club is looking for volunteer support and always welcomes donations and community partnerships. Interested? Please contact Hoplite Athletic Booster Club Chairman Chris Moeller at chrism@oriongrowth.com, or 704-577-9803. 

Learn more about the Hoplite Athletic Booster Club by visiting smspto.org/hoplite-club .

Go Spartans!
Link Your Harris Teeter VIC Card
Through Harris Teeter's Together in Education program, SMS has the opportunity to earn funding when you link your Harris Teeter VIC card. Cards must be linked yearly to benefit our school. Linking your VIC card is easy, quick and doesn't cost you a thing.

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