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November 2019
South Middle Calendar
November Highlights
Online Spirit Wear Sales
PTO Game Night, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Pavilion
No School - Records/Professional Development Day
Veterans' Day Celebration, 2:00-3:15 p.m., South Middle
South Area Band Concert for 7th and 8th Grades, 7:00 p.m., South High (rehearsal during the day at South High)
PACCD Meeting, 7:00-9:00 p.m., South Middle Library
Parkway Board of Education Meeting, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Central Middle
American Education Week
Late Start - School Starts at 10:20 a.m.
December Newsletter Articles Due
No After School Activities
6th and 8th Grade Orchestra Festival, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Southwest Middle
No School - Thanksgiving Break

December Highlights
PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m., South Middle
December Newsletter Launched
Winter Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion
Civic Leadership Institute, Jefferson City
Winter Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion
Parkway Board of Education Meeting, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Central Middle
7th and 8th Grade Winter Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion
6th Grade WEB Carnival, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Pavilion
Elementary School Music Tour
January Newsletter Articles Due
 Student and Staff Basketball Games
Early Dismissal, 12:20 p.m., Teacher Initiated Workday in Afternoon
Winter Break

School resumes for staff on January 2, 2020 and for students on January 6, 2020.
Message from Amy Branson, Principal
Hello South Middle Families,

Let’s start with a celebration--as you saw in a recent email, South Middle reached our 1,000 can goal for our Parkway Food Pantry! This is just one more example of South Middle’s demonstration of empathy. The teachers are also contributing to the District’s “Stuff the Turkey” event with gift cards for our families in need. If we reach our school goal, you just might see some photos of three administrators dressed as turkeys. :)

I’d also like to remind you that on Monday, we will be honoring our veterans with cookies, lemonade, and an assembly! If you did not receive the email or have not yet RSVP’d (Monday, November 11, 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.) and you are still planning to invite a veteran or to attend our celebration yourself, please email Jo Catalano (

I hope you have a restful and joyful Thanksgiving break.

With Patriot Pride,

Amy Branson
October Patriot Students of the Month
Congratulations to our October Patriot Students of the Month
who demonstrated our three R’s:
Respect, Responsibility, and Reaching for their best.

Chloe Ariston - Creating Theatre Artists

Corinne Bale - Family & Consumer Science Exploration

Nicholas Carver - Team 6-Red

Sophia Chadakhtzian - Math 7

Katherine Cowan - Math 6

Reece Ehlermann - Team 6-Blue

Noelle Fillingham - Engineering Innovators

Megan Gifford - Team 8-Red

Camilla Hegerstroem - Visual Arts Exploration

Dylan Jeffers - Team 8-Blue

Ali Kaveer - Visual Arts Focus

Maura Korte - French B

Sophia Kraujalis - French A

Bella Leary - Mosaics

Daniel Lee, Jr. - Theatre Production

Adelaide Lester-Boal - Physical Education

Victrail Mora - Engineering Challenge

Jessica Raj - Introduction to Family & Consumer Science

Margaret Rhodes - Engineering Endeavor

Cathryn Sato - Math 8

Miles Sax - Exploring Theatre

Isabelle Schjenken - Spanish B

Nylah Smith - Counseling

Luke Staroba - Family & Consumer Science Skills

Juliya Tabaka - Visual Arts Discovery

Jake Thompson - Team 7-Blue

Carley VanEssendelft - Health

Samuel Visintine - Spanish A

Nolan Wright - Team 7-Red
Veterans' Day Celebration
First, if you are or know a veteran, please save Monday, November 11, from 2:00-3:15 p.m. to join us for our Veterans’ Day Celebration. We will have cookies and lemonade in the pavilion beginning at 2:00 p.m., and then we will gather in our gymnasium to honor our veterans! Please RSVP to Josephine Catalano ( with the names of people who will be joining us for the celebration and with whom they are connected at South Middle. When responding, please also indicate if someone in your party may have a difficult time navigating stairs.

Please remember to bring your driver’s license or other state identification card and check in with our front office before joining our celebration.

Secondly, we would like to showcase pictures of our veterans at the assembly. Please send pictures of your veterans to Amy Branson ( and include their name, rank, branch of service, and the person they are connected to at South Middle. We would love it if the picture is of the veteran with the person to whom they are connected!

If you have any questions, please call Jo Catalano, at 314-415-7202.
Principal’s Coffees – Hosted by our PTO
Parents and guardians, you are invited to enjoy coffee and conversation with our Principal, Amy Branson!

We hold several Principal’s Coffees throughout the school year. At these casual get-togethers, Amy Branson will meet with parents/guardians in an informal setting for about an hour. She welcomes your questions, comments, and ideas.

Please mark your calendars and join us when you can. The dates are:
Tuesday, March 3 – 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 6 – 9:30 a.m.

RSVP by calling or e-mailing Jo Catalano

We look forward to seeing you!
Family Assistance Fund
The South Middle counseling department has a family assistance fund which is used to help families in need. We are able to provide a variety of support and assistance with the money in this fund. The last few months of the year can be especially challenging for families. If you are in need, please reach out to either counselor. If you would like to help support our South Middle community, you can make a donation at the school store for our fund. Contact us anytime with questions.

Robin Avery

Erin Phoenix

Parkway Food Pantry
The Parkway food pantry is available to all members of the Parkway community. There are two ways parents and students can let the pantry know they would like food; they can contact their Parkway area social worker, or they can contact the food pantry directly. The pantry is always taking donations in the form of monetary donations, food items, and personal care products.

Parkway Food Pantry - Northeast Middle School
181 Coeur De Ville Dr.
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Gloria Diggs
South Area social worker

Order Your 2020 South Middle Yearbook
Buy your 2020 SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL Yearbook!

Order ONLINE or by PHONE with your credit card or check.
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*Price increases to $25 AFTER JANUARY 1

To order online:
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To order by phone, call 1-866-287-3096.
Online Spirit Wear Sales
The online store for Parkway South Middle School Spirit Wear is open now and will run through November 11, 2019. You can see the wide variety of colors, sizes, and styles at Don’t miss the opportunity to show your school pride!
Band Notes
It was a Spook-tacular night on October 29 as all of the beginning band students held their first concert at South Middle School. Band members dressed in costumes including characters from Stranger Things, Harry Potter, Bob Ross and some lifeguards. It was a fun evening where the beginning band showcased what they have been working on in class. The evening ended with the song Scooby Doo, Where Are You? The students were amazing and should be extremely proud of themselves. The concert also hosted a Trick or Eat table to help the school collect food for the local pantry. One hundred and twenty-one canned items were donated. Thank you to all who participated.

Congratulations to Haley Parks, Eric Walk and Sophie Kraujalis who auditioned for and made All-Suburban Band on October 28. These students will perform with other students from the All-Suburban District in January. Congrats on your hard work!

Sophia Kraujalis                                       Haley Parks and Eric Walk

An incredible night of music and football happened on October 4 at Parkway South High School. The 8th grade band members from South Middle School and Southwest Middle School joined the Parkway South High School Marching Band to perform the pregame show to kick off the game. High school students helped the middle school students with marching and playing prior to the performance, and a huge thank you to the PSHS Band Boosters for providing dinner for all of the musicians.

November 12 will be the Parkway South Band Summit at Parkway South High School. All 7th and 8th grade band students have field trip forms and should get them turned in by November 6. The concert will be at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at the high school. They will leave South Middle at 1:45 p.m. to spend the rest of the afternoon with the high school band and their directors. Please see the forms in your student's band folder for more details.
New Online Payment System
Parents will soon have access to a new online payment system, a convenient way to view and pay selected school fees, without the hassle of writing a check or paying with cash. The new online payment system is accessible through Infinite Campus. Learn more.
Helpful School Information
Arrival and Dismissal
School begins at 8:20 a.m. The door at the main entrance is unlocked at 7:45 a.m., and students may enter at that time and wait in the pavilion until they are allowed to go to their classes.

Our dismissal time is 3:15 p.m. If your child needs to leave school early, please follow these steps:

Send a note to school with your child explaining the reason for early dismissal, the time, and the name of the person who will be picking up your child. Please date and sign the note. Your child should bring the note to the front office before school in order to obtain an “Early Dismissal Pass.”

By following this procedure, your child can be dismissed from class (with the pass) and be in the office ready to go. In addition, we will not have to call into the classroom and request your child for dismissal. Calling into a class is very disruptive to the educational process.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation with this system.

Bus Passes
Parkway Buses
To ride a different Parkway bus or to get off the bus at a different stop, a student must present a note signed by a parent or guardian to the secretary in the front office before school. Students may pick up bus passes at lunch, and these passes must be given to the bus driver. Drivers will honor only school-issued bus passes. Some buses may be so crowded that no passes will be issued.

Missouri Central Buses (Students Who Reside in the City of St. Louis)
To ride a bus other than the one to which a student is assigned or to get off the bus at a different stop, a student needs two notes--one from the parent/guardian of the child who needs a bus pass, and one from the parent/guardian of the student with whom the child will be going home. Please present both these notes to the secretary in the front office before school. Students may pick up bus passes at lunch, and these passes must be given to the driver. Drivers will only honor school-issued bus passes. Some buses may be so crowded that no passes will be issued.

Visitor Management System
In the interest of student and staff safety, Parkway has added visitor check-in systems in all schools. Visitors need to show a government issued photo ID when they come to school, and then they will receive printed visitor badges with their names on them. Thank you in advance for helping us improve safety for all students and staff!

Lost and Found

If your student is missing a jacket, coat, lunch box or water bottle, it might be in our LOST AND FOUND area outside the Nurse's office.

Please stop in the front office to get a name badge if you would like to look for your student's lost item!
PTO Late Start Snack Day
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, is a Late Start Snack Day. Students can purchase pretzel sticks from Philly Pretzel during their lunchtime on Wednesday for $1.00 each. Students will need to pay with cash, as they can’t use their lunch accounts. The money earned from pretzel sales benefits our P.T.O.
Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed Programs
Give Your 8th Grader the Gift of an Experience this Holiday Season

Your child can connect learning in the classroom to the outside world through adventure, exploration, and self-discovery with trips through Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed. It's the perfect holiday gift!

• STEM in the Smokies - An all new spring break trip exclusively for Parkway eighth grade students. Learn more and register today.

• Atlantic Coastal Quest - Summer 2020 for students who will be in grades 9-12 during 2020-21 school year. Learn more and register today.

• 2021 Presidential Inauguration Trip - January 2021 for students who will be in grades 9-12. Learn more and register today.
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