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9-26-14
 
STUDENT PTSA STEAMS AHEAD
 
The PTSA is excited to kickoff Niguel Hills STEAMS Ahead program next Thursday October 2nd. Parents are welcome to attend!  It will be from 8:30 am to 9:30 am in the Blue Commons.  We have developed the lecture series with the Microsoft Corporation.  The first presentation will be on Game and App Design. Our special guest speaker will be Mr. Grant Earl.  He has been with Microsoft since 2010 and is currently their Productivity Solutions Technical Specialist.  He will demonstrate how to build fun interactive games and apps on your own touch devices (iPad, iPhone, Android, PC or Mac).  For more information, please contact Katherine Amoukhteh at kamouk8@gmail.com
 
UPCOMING DATES
                                                                                                                           
Friday, September 26                                                                                                         Fall CJSF Applications due to Steidle or Lynch
Wednesday, October 8                                                                                                       PTSA Meeting
Thursday, October 16                                                                                                         Fall GATE Parent Meeting
 
Previously Announced
 
FALL GATE PARENT MEETING
 
All parents of identified Niguel Hills Middle School Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students are invited to attend the Niguel Hills Middle School Fall GATE Parent Meeting. The meeting will be held at Niguel Hills Middle School on Thursday (Late Start Day), October 16, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in the Blue Commons (next to the Library). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the specific elements of our school's GATE program, provide GATE program updates, and share upcoming GATE conference and event information. Please Note:  If you are unable to attend the Niguel Hills Middle School GATE parent meeting, the PowerPoint presentation will be posted on our school’s website after the meeting.
 
ATTENTION ALL 8TH GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS – SPIRIT WEAR
 
Show your Niguel Hills Shark Pride.  This is a reminder that all 8th Grade Special Orders are due, no later than, October 10th.  Orders will arrive approximately the end of October, just in time for the Fall/Winter season.  Please drop your forms at the front office with checks made payable to NHMS PTSA.  Please make a note in the memo that states "Spirit Wear 8th Grade".  Thank you for supporting Niguel Hills. If you have any questions contact Gabi Malter @ gabimalter@gmail.com
 
ANNUAL MAGAZINE SALE FUNDRAISER – PLEASE HELP!
 
We have started our main fundraiser of the year and we need all of your help!  We are not only selling magazines and cookie dough this year but also personalized picture books, greeting cards and calendars as well!  There is something for everyone!
 
We are asking all students to sell at least 7 items to help us reach our school goal of $90,000!  This money goes towards all the fun events we do here at NHMS throughout the year!  School dances, assemblies, lunch time activities & student recognition just to name a few. 
 
You can order using the order form or you can also order online at www.gaschoolstore.com and just put in our school code of 236455.  Cookie dough can't be ordered online but the other items can!
 
Thanks in advance for your support!!!
 
PARKING LOT NOTES
 
Parents, please do NOT pick up your child when you are in a “pass through” lane in our parking lot.  The pass through lanes are the left-hand lanes, while the right hand lanes are for stopping and picking up children.  People are traveling through to the exit in the pass through lanes, and it is dangerous to stop and pick up your child while in that lane.  It also slows down the flow of traffic and makes for longer wait time for everyone in the lot.
 
Also, while you are waiting to pick up or drop off your child, please do not stop in front of our handicapped spaces.  It is against the law to block access to those spots. 
 
You should also know that the bus lane on Paseo Escuela is for buses only.  Please do not drive in the bus lane on Paseo Escuela.  You will risk getting a traffic ticket if you do.
 
INTRODUCING SHARK RADIO! GIVE US A HIGH FIVE!
 
Our new student web-based radio station is now being broadcast on the web.  In order to develop the station past this initial phase we are trying to get as many people as possible to donate $5.00 (a high five) by going to www.rally.org/sharkradio
 
We are asking for your support to make this the best station for our students and school community.
 
LISTEN:  Go to www.sharkradio.org, then select “Listen Now” and hear music, student talent and announcements about school news and activities.
 
PROMOTE:  Tell all your friends to listen!  Shark radio can be played on any device whether it is a phone, tablet or laptop.  Shark radio can be listened to on your morning walk, work commute or anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection.
 
SUPPORT:   Celebrate the launch of Shark Radio.  Join our “High Five” campaign by donating $5.00… or two…or three…at www.rally.org/sharkradio
 
 
FREE PHILANTHROPY OPPORTUNITY
 
 
Niguel Hills Middle School is offering you the opportunity to participate in a great philanthropic program that won't cost you a cent. Albertsons currently has a promotion where you get Cuisinart Cookware by collecting reward stickers (1 sticker for every $10 spent) and then redeeming them in-store.  Since most of us are probably stocked up on this stuff, wouldn't it be nice to collect stickers and then donate the cookware to Human Options (an Orange County shelter that helps battered women, their families and our community break the cycle of domestic violence via emotional support and education)?

Knowing that many of us shop at Albertson's - can't go in to the Marina Hills one without knowing at least one person  - why not, as long as you're already there and provided you don't need them for yourself, collect them.  This is a no-brainer easy thing, right?

Please hold on to your stickers (keep 'em in a baggy?) and bring them into the office where there is a designated collection box. Please contact Melissa Pearl (ausra@cox.net) with any questions.  This promotion goes on through December so we'd love to see how many we can collect before the holiday break.  You may also drop stickers Tuesday-Saturday at Parks Salon in the Marina Hills Shopping Center.  Thank you kindly.
 
P.S. For those who weren't involved in the last two go-rounds, in conjunction with George White Elementary School, we have collectively donated over 150 pots and pans as well as 700 pieces of dinnerware (a total retail value of over $10,000 with minimal out of pocket expense) to Human Options, Toby's House, Military Outreach Ministries, National Council for Jewish Women, and Operation Homefront.
YMCA IS LOCATED RIGHT ON CAMPUS FOR BEFORE AND AFTERSCHOOL CARE!
TLC: The Teen Leadership Club is comprised of teens in the YMCA program who want to design a better YMCA that will continue to be the place where teens want to go. The TLC team helps plan events, daily activities, and service learning projects. The TLC team also gives input on monthly snack, supplies, games, and electronic purchases. This is a great opportunity for your student to learn and practice leadership skills.
CLUBS: Besides offering quality programming before and after school, we also offer great clubs in the afternoons to get your teens involved.  The YMCA Teen Club offers these clubs two to three times a week!  We plan on adding new clubs like Service Learning and Sports Clubs! 
To schedule a tour, contact Caprice Kavanaugh at (949) 360-9517 or ckavanaugh@ymcaoc.org.
 
Confirm enrollment by August 31st and you're registration fee is waived for new participants. To schedule a tour contact Caprice Kavanaugh at (949) 233-0209 orckavanaugh@ymcaoc.org.
 
Caprice Kavanaugh
Teen Club Director
LAGUNA NIGUEL FAMILY YMCA
29831 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(Ph) 949-233-0209
                     
The Y: We're for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
 
 
 
Tim Reece
Principal
Niguel Hills Middle School