Weekly Update

Weekly Update 3/15/2019
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Weekly Update 26

Newspaper Club: The next meeting of Newspaper Club will take place on Tuesday, 3/26, after school in Room 125. Questions? Contact Ms. Ramsdell at lramsdell@orcsd.org

Friendship Walk: This year’s Best Buddies Friendship Walk will take place on Saturday, May 11th at the State House grounds in Concord at 10 a.m. (check-in at 9 a.m.) The ORMS Best Buddies Chapter has put together a walking team known as the Bobcat Buddies and is looking for people to join us in this fundraising opportunity! For those that don’t already know, Best Buddies is an awesome organization that focuses on fostering friendships between peers. It can be very hard for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to make connections on their own, so Best Buddies serves as a catalyst to create new friendships for students. The Friendship Walk is an opportunity for us to raise awareness and funds to support these inclusion efforts. The cool thing about this event is that it is open to ALL ORMS STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, even if you are not involved in Best Buddies! If you would like to join the BOBCAT BUDDIES team, please register by visiting https://www.bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/newhampshire/register/ Last year, the ORMS team raised about $2,000 for this event. Our goal this year is $2,500. If walking isn’t for you, but you would like to support our cause, donations can be made by visiting https://www.bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/newhampshire/donate-to-a-team/ If you have any questions about this event or Best Buddies itself, please contact Laurenne Ramsdell (lramsdell@orcsd.org) or Alex Grout (agrout@orcsd.org)

Girls in Science:  There will be no girls in science next week due to the opportunity to attend the New England League of Middle Schools conference, so the next girls in science meeting will be Thursday March 28th. I’ll try to make up the missed one later in the spring.

Boys Baseball try-outs for 7th and 8th grade will be held Monday March 25 3:15-4:30, Wednesday March 27 4:30-5:45 and Tuesday April 2 3:15-4:30 in the gym.  Bring your sneakers, baseball pants, glove and bat if you have one.  Team bats will be provided as well.  See Coach Grove in Room 203 with any questions.

STEC is meeting March 18, 25 and April 1, 8, 15. We are working on plans for Earth Week. Please join us! We meet in Mr. Flood's room after school on Mondays. Questions to aflood@orcsd.org or jbruhn@orcsd.org.

 5th and 6th Graders: Come to our next Outing Club adventure -- Orienteering Skills! Learn some basic map-reading, navigation, and team-building skills as you make your way through a course around the UNH campus. Come with us on Wednesday, March 20, from 3:05-5:00 pm. Permission slips (attached) are due on Wednesday, March 19th to Mr. Sadana (Room 232) or Mr. Hall. Space is limited, so be sure to turn in your slips ASAP.ORMS Outing Club Permission Slip-Orienteering 2019.pdf 

 Spring Etchibles Fundraiser on Artsonia  Help us earn funds to support the art program at ORMS! Oyster River Middle School Art is participating in  the "Etchibles  Spring Fundraiser" at www.artsonia.com. High quality gifts may be purchased with your child's unique and beautiful high contrast artwork etched into great products such as glass, tumblers, cutting boards, candy jars and other great products. Artwork  can be purchased  through April 15th ,( perfect for Mother's Day gifts !) , and will earn the art department 20% on every purchase . Please contact Mr. Boucher will any questions at jboucher@orcsd.org.

PTO NEWS:The ORMS PTO is currently looking for volunteers to fill the positions of President, Vice President and Treasurer for the 2019-2020 school year.  These positions are being vacated by volunteers whose children are aging out of the middle school.  The Secretary will stay on for 1 more year and will help the new volunteers transition.  This is a great way to become involved with your child's school, stay connected to what's happening, connect with other parents, teachers and administrators and have some fun while doing it.   Find a friend and be co-chairs!  This is not a big time commitment but the PTO does a lot of great things for our school and with a new middle school on the horizon, it's really important we have a PTO in place.  Please contact us at ormsptodurham@gmail.com if you are interested or would like more information.   Find us on facebook @ormspto.  

If you have any questions or concerns, never hesitate to contact Principal Jay Richard or Assistant Principal Bill Sullivan at jrichard@orcsd.org bsullivan@orcsd.org






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