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PAJAMA DAY RESULTS
 
NHMS was pleased to participate in CUSD’s annual Pajama Day this year.  Many students wore pajamas to school on Friday, and brought a NEW pair of pajamas for children in need. This event is benefitting PJ’s from Heaven, a non-profit organization started by a CUSD teacher. The website is pjsfromheaven.org. Thank you for your participation and or donation.  NHMS students brought in 278 pairs of pajamas.
 
SALVATION ARMY HOLIDAY ADOPT-A-FAMILY
 
NHMS has adopted several families that are in need of a wonderful holiday season. Several teachers and classes have adopted a family. Please send all gifts with your child by December 10th. Salvation Army will be picking up gifts on December 11th. Thank you for your support! Extra donations could be left in the front office.
 
8TH GRADE VISION AND HEARING SCREENING    
 
On Wednesday, December 10th we will screen all 8th grade students for Vision and Hearing during P.E.  All students should wear/bring their glasses and/or hearing device.
 
 
AMAZON HOLIDAY SHOPPING
 
WWW.SHOP4NHMS.COM (an Official Amazon link)
 
By doing all your Amazon holiday shopping online using this link (instead of Amazon.com), Niguel Hills Middle School Booster Club earns up to 15% of EVERY purchase made on Amazon year-round. There is absolutely NO COST TO YOU! Simply use this link to access our website, then click the Official Amazon logo banner to start shopping the full Amazon site. It’s that simple! Why shop Amazon without giving Niguel Hills some credit?
 
WWW.SHOP4NHMS.COM, or go to WWW.NHMSBOOSTERCLUB.ORG and click the Amazon Link!
 
 
 
UPCOMING DATES
                                                                                                                           
Friday, December 12                                                                                                          Holiday Dance 7th and 8th grade
Monday, December 22 through Friday, January 2                                                       Winter Recess – No School
 
Previously Announced
 
OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERSHIP ON DISTRICT LCAP PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
 
Applications Available Starting December 5, 2014
 
The Local Control Funding Formula, California’s school funding model, requires the development of a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that links spending to specific district goals for student achievement. Districts are held accountable to the specific ways in which they are spending money and how those decisions are improving student outcomes.
 
A key aspect of the LCAP process is the engagement of and consultation with parents/guardians to provide input. One way this is carried out is through the formation of a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The district LCAP PAC will meet bi-monthly between January-May 2015 to review sections of the LCAP and provide ongoing input into the monitoring and revision of the LCAP. Applications in English and Spanish for PAC membership are available December 5-19, 2014, at all CUSD schools, the Education Center reception desk, and on the district website, and are due no later than Friday, December 19, 2014. 
 
For more information, please contact Stacy Yogi, Executive Director, State and Federal Programs at (949) 234-9244 or syogi@capousd.org
 
FREE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP OTHERS WHILE SHOPPING AT ALBERTSONS
 
This holiday season, as you are dashing through the aisles at Albertsons, please help the Niguel Hills FREE PHILANTHROPY project.  Albertsons currently has a promotion where they offer free cookware when you collect their reward stickers (1 sticker for every $10 spent) and redeem them instore.  Since many of us are probably stocked up on this stuff, wouldn't it be nice to collect stickers and then donate the pots and pans to Human Options (an Orange County shelter that helps abused women, their families and our community break the cycle of domestic violence via emotional support and education) as well as military families through MOM (Military Outreach Ministries)?

Please hold on to your stickers (keep 'em in a baggy or envelope?) and bring them to the box in the administration office.    This promotion goes on through December 26th so we'd love to see how many we can collect as soon as possible. Any questions, please contact Natalie or Melissa Pearl via ausra@cox.net. Thank you kindly.
 
1ST QUARTER GRADES
 
All students’ 1st quarter grades are now posted on the Parent Portal.  As a reminder, Report Cards are no longer mailed home.
 
KEEP CLIPPING THOSE BOX TOPS!
 
Great job everyone!  Thanks to all the Box Tops you gathered and turned in, our school will be receiving $641.60! Mrs. Hartje's class was our top contributor with 903 box tops!  Our top 6th grade contributors were Sam Fagan, Bryce Allen, and Elise Ivory.  Way to go! We will be reaching out to the class and individual winners with information on their rewards soon.  Our goal for the year is $1000 and we are well on our way.  Please continue to clip and collect and remember that Thanksgiving is a perfect time to find Box Tops on the products you are using.  We will be having another contest in March, but you may send in your Box Tops at any time.  If you wish to be considered for the next contest, make sure your name and teacher are CLEARLY written on a baggie or envelope and turn them in to your 6th grade teacher or to our collection box in the office.  7th and 8th graders will also be eligible this time!  You can help our volunteers by excluding expired or torn box tops and by bundling them in groups of 10 or 50.  Thank you so much to our teachers, students, parents, and volunteers who made our first collection a success!
 
YMCA IS LOCATED RIGHT ON CAMPUS FOR BEFORE AND AFTERSCHOOL CARE!
 
Open for school breaks: The YMCA is open for full days for most school breaks from 7am-6pm! We are planning some great activities and field trips for Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. Weekly and Drop-in enrollment is available.
 
Teen Leadership: 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 Cooking, Building, and Service Learning Clubs! 
 
Financial assistance: Financial assistance is provided to parents/guardians who qualify.
To schedule a tour, contact Caprice Kavanaugh at (949) 360-9517 or ckavanaugh@ymcaoc.org.
 
 
Tim Reece
Principal
Niguel Hills Middle School