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FINAL CALL FOR BOX TOPS!
We will once again be collecting BOX TOPS from January 26th-February 6th for our final contest.  Our goal for the year is $1000 and we are well on our way at $641.60!  If you wish to be considered for the contest, make sure your name and teacher's name 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 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 are helping to make our Box Tops program a success!  If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Ashbach at jashbach@gmail.com.
HELP DANA HILLS GIRLS TENNIS! CLOTHES FOR THE CAUSE!
 
Hello Everyone, The Dana Hills Girls Tennis Program is working with Clothes for the Cause to raise money for their team! (SEE ATTACHED FLYER) With the holidays behind us, this it is a great time for families to clean their closets! Clothes for the Cause is a company that collects unwanted clothing, textiles and shoes and turns them into cash for our group.  Instead of becoming trash, these items are re-worn, reused or recycled both here in the US and abroad. "Clothes for the Cause" accepts ALL HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES including clothing, shoes, sheets, towels, gloves, hats, purses, curtains, pillows, suitcases, stuffed animals etc. 
(NO Electronics, sorry!)  Store in plastic trash bags and drop them off at our collection day, Saturday, January 31st in the parking lot of Laguna Niguel Racquet Club (Clubhouse Dr and Crown Valley Pkwy) between 10:30-Noon.   Spread the word to your family, friends and co-workers.  Forward this email to anyone you feel may wish to participate and help DHHS Girls Tennis.  This is a tax-deductible donation.  For donation questions, or if you wish to drop your items off sooner, please contact: Caroline Swift at 949-573-5373 or carolineswift@me.com for more information on early drop-off locations.
 
HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION IN MARCH – STUDENT PORTAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED
 
All of the High Schools in the district are transitioning to the electronic class registration process. All current 8th grade students will need to register for a Student Portal Account. 8th grade students will be coming home with an instructional letter on Monday, January 26. This letter will explain the Student Portal Account process. High school registration will be in March.
 
WHOOPING COUGH VACCINATION
 
Attention 6th grade parents--before your child enters 7th grade you will need to show proof of the Whooping Cough booster.
 
Please bring your child’s “shot record” to the office for verification. 
 
Does the vaccine abbreviation or trade name on the student’s record meet the Tdap requirement?
 
 
YES
Tdap
Adacel®          Given on or after the
Boostrix®         7th birthday
DTaP or DTP
 
MEET THE REQUIREMENT
 
 
NO
 
Td
DECAVAC®
TENIVAC®
DT
DTaP or DTP given before the 7th birthday
History of pertussis disease
 
 
DO NOT MEET THE
REQUIREMENT
 
 
UPCOMING DATES
                                                                                                                           
Wednesday, January 28                                                                                    ELAC Meeting – Room P14
Friday, January 30                                                                                              Teacher Work Day – No School for secondary students
Wednesday, February 11                                                                                   Math University for Parents – Blue Commons
Friday, February 13                                                                                            Lincoln’s Birthday Holiday – No School
Monday, February 16                                                                                        Washington’s Birthday Holiday – No School
Friday, February 20                                                                                            7th and 8th Grade Dance
Tuesday, February 24                                                                                        PTSA Meeting – Blue Commons, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25                                                                                   Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night
 
Previously Announced
 
2015 - 2016 NIGUEL HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA ELECTED OFFICERS
The NHMS PTSA Nominating Committee is currently seeking candidates for its slate of nominees for its elected officer positions for the 2015-2016 school year.  The positions are:  President, Executive Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor, and Historian.  If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Betsy Besanceney, betsybesanceney@gmail.com, by Friday January 30, 2015.  Interest form are also available in the NHMS front office.
 
SMARTER BALANCED PRACTICE TESTS
 
Please see the letter below regarding the Smarter Balanced practice tests available online:
 
January 12, 2015
 
Dear Parents and Guardians:
We are pleased to announce the online availability of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Practice and Training Tests. SBAC is the system of academic tests that replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program tests in English/Language Arts and math. SBAC tests, based on the state standards (Common Core) will be administered in April and May.
 
SBAC tests will be taken on computers, and the Practice and Training Tests provide examples of these new tests. SBAC practice tests are available to the public athttp://caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html. Practice tests and answer keys are available for grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 in both English/Language Arts and math. The tests are accessed by clicking on the Student Interface Practice and Training Tests tab.  The answer keys are found by clicking on the Test Administrator Resources tab.
 
Your child is receiving instruction and practice on the types of questions that will be part of the SBAC test, as well as on the format of the tests. There are four major types of questions that your child may see: multiple choice, multiple response, short answer, and performance assessments. I encourage you to explore the practice tests with your child and discuss them.
 
When California began the STAR Program in the 90’s, we saw an initial drop in test scores, as staff and students experienced the format of a new test.  Therefore, it is critical your child have opportunities to try out these new assessment questions to prepare for the spring SBAC.
 
If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher(s).
 
Sincerely,
Tim Reece
Principal, Niguel Hills Middle School
 
 
PLEASE RESPECT OUR NEIGHBORS
 
It has recently been reported that nearby residents have been experiencing some problems with our students on their property while leaving school and waiting to be picked up.  Students have been standing or sitting in people’s front yards or on their walls, and leaving trash as they go.  Please ask your kids to wait on sidewalks and other PUBLIC areas, so that they are not invading private space.  We at Niguel Hills want to be good neighbors to the surrounding community.
 
We have also heard that some parents are parked and waiting for their kids in front of some driveways, blocking residents from getting their cars out.  Please make sure not to block any driveways.  Residents MUST have access to their homes.
 
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
 
STUDENT PTSA SERRA COOKIE RUN
 
The NHMS student PTSA is sponsoring a weekly (Friday) cookie run to Serra HS.  Serra HS is continuation high school located in San Juan Capistrano.  They currently have over 200 students enrolled but do not have their own PTA to support them.  We are asking NHMS students to sign up for 2 dozen HOME baked goods to be donated.  These cookies are awarded to Serra students who have good attendance for the week. This qualifies for Shark Pride credit. Just bring the home baked cookies to the front office by 8:30 am on Friday and it will be delivered to Serra HS.  Please contact Amy Gibson at amygibson112@gmail.com to sign up.
 
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
 
Family Resource Center
Class:   Effective Parenting for Parents of Teens
Dates:  Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28 & February 4 and 11
Time:  4:30 pm – 6:00  pm
Location:  RH Dana elementary School, MPR
Fee:   $10.00
 
YMCA NEWS
 
YMCA IS LOCATED RIGHT ON CAMPUS FOR BEFORE AND AFTERSCHOOL CARE!
 
Overnighter: HEY! All you super heroes! It is time for the Super Hero Sleepover with the Y! Come one, come all! Invite your friends and neighbors! In 2014, the YMCA of Orange County distributed $18,000 in scholarships to those in need in our very own community. The Y helped families pay for childcare, sports programs, gym memberships and much more! All proceeds from the Super Hero Sleepover will be donated to help our community!
Where: Laguna Niguel Family YMCA Gym (29831 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677)
When: February 20th to February 21st
Time: 7pm - 8am
What to bring: Wear your pj's and bring your sleeping bag and pillow.
Cost: Minimum campaign donation of $50 for the first child and $75 for a family, which includes dinner and breakfast! Activities include: Rockwall climbing, dance part, glitter tattoos, face painting, arts and crafts. Must register by February 12th at the Teen Club site located on campus. Space is limited!
 
Flexible Schedules: We have multiple enrollment options to best suit your needs. These include before school or afterschool only. We even have a Thursday morning only option for the late start days! The YMCA is open for full days for most school breaks from 7am-6pm! We are planning some great activities and a field trips for our full days and Spring Break. Weekly and Drop-in enrollment is available.
 
Summer at the Y: For our summer program, we will be opening up all three of our local YMCA Teen Club locations. We are starting to plan on a great summer program full of field trips and on site curriculum and outside games. Our field trips include Knott's Berry Farm, bowling, walking to local town centers, and more! We are currently making an interest list. For more information, contact Caprice Kavanaugh, ckavanaugh@ymcaoc.org, or Yadira Delgado, ydelgado@ymcaoc.org, at (949) 244-1279!
 
Financial assistance: Financial assistance is provided to parents/guardians who qualify. Aliso Viejo residents are also eligible to receive additional discounts on our fees through a partnership with the city of Aliso Viejo.
The YMCA Teen Club provides a structured program with choices for our independent teens. To schedule a tour, contact Caprice Kavanaugh at (949) 244-1279 orckavanaugh@ymcaoc.org.
 
Caprice Kavanaugh
Teen Club Director
LAGUNA NIGUEL FAMILY YMCA
29831 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(Ph-AVMS) 949-233-0209
(Ph-DJAMS) 949-360-9517
(Ph-NHMS) 949-244-1279
(E) ckavanaugh@ymcaoc.org (W) ymcaoc.org
 
 
 
Tim Reece
Principal
Niguel Hills Middle School