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10-14-14
 
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS THIS WEEK!
 
The Fair is being held in Room 217, which is located in the back of the school, accessed via the black top.  
Parents are invited to visit and shop any time during the Fair's open hours.   Most students will visit with their English classes.  Others will need to visit during their lunch break.  Don't forget to send money with your child if they plan to visit the fair.
 
Book Fair dates are Monday, October 13th - Friday, October 17th during the following hours:
 
Monday        10:44 - 3:25
Tuesday         8:30 -3:25
Wednesday   8:30 - 3:25
Thursday       9:30 - 3:25
Friday             8:30 - 1:30 (closing after lunch)
 
SHOP ONLINE!
 
Can't make it to Book Fair?  Our Online Book Fair is open NOW!
Visit the Book Fair Homepage at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/niguelhills and click on the "Shop Now" button. Online shopping is available until 10/24/14
 
Remember, you can place orders online where book selection is even better!  Titles are organized by grade level and genre for your convenience.  You can even search for popular series and watch video clips for many of the popular titles.  Have your student read about titles before visiting the fair so they know what to look for once there.  It's a great resource for both parents and students.  And, FREE shipping directly to our school and orders will be sent home with your child.  Note, all orders ship at one time so expect delivery by November 1st.
 
If you have any questions, please contact chairs: Debbie Van Hoomissen at vanhoomissen@cox.net  or Julie Wagener at wagenerfam@gmail.com
 
DANCE THIS FRIDAY FOR 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS
 
There is a dance this Friday, October 17, 2014, for 7th and 8th grade students.  Permission slips will be sent home on Wednesday, and will be posted on school loop.  More information to follow.
 
AFTER SCHOOL HOMEWORK CLUB
 
After school Homework Club will begin on Oct 20th and will be held in the library on Mon, Tues, Wed and Thursday of each week from 3:30 to 4:30. Permission Forms are available on School Loop and in the front office. There is limited room, so it will be on a first come basis.
 
‘THE OTHER SIDE’ – PTSA SPONSORED PARENT NIGHT
 
DRUG FREE PLEDGE NIGHT AT NIGUEL HILLS
Tuesday, October 28th and Wednesday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Commons
 
You’ve been hearing about it all summer and reading about it in the news!!  Students and Parents are invited to join us for this revolutionary event – Pick from two family nights (10/28/14 or 10/29/14)
 
Dinner provided from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.!
 
Fantastic raffle prizes!!
 
A showing of the 15 minute documentary, ‘The Other Side’ (appropriate for all ages) from the producers of ‘Overtaken’
 
Guest Speakers include Emergency Room Doctors, Superior Court Judges, Drug Abuse Prevention Advocates and high school peers.
 
A step by step plan and pledge program to help your child navigate their teen years drug free
 
“We work ever y day to reduce teen substance abuse by inspiring young people to make positive decisions to stay healthy and avoid drugs and alcohol.”
 
 
UPCOMING DATES
                                                                                                                           
Thursday, October 16                                                                                                         Fall GATE Parent Meeting
Tuesday, October 28                                                                                                          “The Other Side” Evening Presentation 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29                                                                                                     “The Other Side” Evening Presentation 6:30 p.m.
 
Previously Announced
 
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS NEXT WEEK! - UPDATED
 
The Fair is being held in Room 217, which is located in the back of the school, accessed via the black top.  
Parents are invited to visit and shop any time during the Fair's open hours.   Most students will visit with their English classes.  Others will need to visit during their lunch break.  Don't forget to send money with your child if they plan to visit the fair.
 
Book Fair dates are Monday, October 13th - Friday, October 17th during the following hours:
 
Monday        10:44 - 3:25
Tuesday         8:30 -3:25
Wednesday   8:30 - 3:25
Thursday       9:30 - 3:25
Friday             8:30 - 1:30 (closing after lunch)
 
SHOP ONLINE!
 
Can't make it to Book Fair?  Our Online Book Fair is open NOW!
Visit the Book Fair Homepage at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/niguelhills and click on the "Shop Now" button. Online shopping is available until 10/24/14
 
Remember, you can place orders online where book selection is even better!  Titles are organized by grade level and genre for your convenience.  You can even search for popular series and watch video clips for many of the popular titles.  Have your student read about titles before visiting the fair so they know what to look for once there.  It's a great resource for both parents and students.
 
Benefits of Online Shopping:
  • Expanded selection for ALL ages—preschool to adult 
  • Send a wish list to invite family and friends to shop 
  • Search for books by category, grade, age & price
  • FREE shipping directly to our school and orders will be sent home with your child.  Note, all orders ship at one time so expect delivery by November 1st.
 
SHARK PRIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
 
Moulton Elementary is looking for volunteers to help out in "Boo Blast" Halloween fundraising carnival that takes place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10AM-4PM. We are looking for students who can work a minimum of a two-hour shift in our game booths, food concessions, rides and other attractions. Volunteer students will receive community service hours to fulfill school service awards and/or community service graduation requirements.
 
Here is the link to sign up for Boo Blast
 
Please sign up for Boo Blast! 

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/8FKBcN 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
 
Any questions, please contact Ann Nguyen at annplai@yahoo.com or 949-413-4466.
 
PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM 2014
 
Express yourself through the ARTS by participating in PTA's Reflections program this year!  
 
This year's theme is “The World Would be a Better Place if..." and entries can be created within any of the following six categories:  visual arts, photography, literature, film/video production, musical composition or dance choreography.  
All entries are due October 13th and will be displayed at a special art gallery evening hosted at Moulton Elementary School on the evening of October 15th from 6 - 7:30.  
Niguel Hills will be sponsoring the dessert/drink table at this event, so we are asking for baked good donations in exchange for shark pride.  All donations need to be delivered to the front office by noon on October 15th.  
 
For more information, including student entry forms and rules/guidelines for each art category, visit cucptsa.com.  Entry forms will also be available at the front office.  
Contact Emi McCarter at emimccarter@gmail.com for additional questions.
 
 
PARKING LOT
 
Please make sure that you do not block bus lanes outside of the school parking lot when dropping off/picking up your children at Niguel Hills.  The buses need to be able to get into the lot and drop off the students in a timely fashion.  If you are in the bus lanes on Paseo de Escuela, you could receive a ticket from law enforcement. 
 
Also, please do not block the intersections where cars are trying to get in or out of the neighborhoods.  The residents need to be able to access these intersections at all times.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
 
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
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