October 8

October 8

All Grades:  Picture Retake Day
Picture retake day is Tuesday, October 19.  To order pictures please visit Lifetouch.  The picture day ID is: EVTMV8ZWK.

All Grades:  SMS Book Fair
The Scholastic book fair is Tuesday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 19 during parent-teacher conferences.  Online shopping is also available through the Scholastic website 

**Book Fair Volunteer Opportunity!  If you would like to volunteer at the Scholastic book fair -  October 12 and October 19 during parent-teacher conferences - please sign up for a time slot using this link.

All Grades:  Parent-Teacher Conferences
Sartell Middle School parent-teacher conferences are Tuesday, October 12 from 4-8 pm and Tuesday, October 19 from 4-8 pm.  Please schedule a conference with only your child’s Student Advisory (SA) teacher at this time.   We are offering only SA conferences at this time.  

How to Schedule a Conference in Skyward
1. Login to Skyward
2. Select Conferences from the left side menu
3. Select All Conferences
4. Select your child’s Student Advisor and click on Select a Time
5. Choose a time and click Select

***A few teachers are conferencing on different nights due to schedule conflicts.  If you need assistance or have questions, please call 320-656-3710. 

All Grades:  Quiet Oaks Hospice Food Drive
SMS Student Council is hosting the 6th ANNUAL QUIET OAKS HOSPICE FOOD DRIVE October 11th - 20th.  This is a contest between Student Advisories.  Each SA receives a BINGO card and when filled it can be turned in for a bag of candy. The SA who fills the most BINGO cards is treated to morning treats. There will be a grocery cart in the front entry to SMS if community members would like to donate items.  
Items requested by Quiet Oaks include:
Food

  • Canned Chicken or Canned Tuna
  • Baked Beans 
  • Tomato soup
  • Oatmeal/Quick Oats
  • Canned fruit
  • Chicken Broth and Beef Broth
  • Ketchup/Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Individual pudding cups
    • Chocolate, Vanilla, & Butterscotch
  • Salad dressings
    • Ranch, French, Italian, & Blue cheese
  • Mayo/Miracle Whip
  • Baking Chips - Chocolate
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Brownie Mix
  • Peanut Butter

 Household Items

  • Paper Towels
  • Kleenex
  • Dish Washer Soap
  • Laundry Detergent 
  • Gallon size freezer bags
  • 13 gallon tall kitchen can bags
  • 50 gallon garbage bags 

SMS Annual Veterans Day Recognition Event
In honor of VETERANS DAY a Wall of Honor will be on display throughout the month of November. If you have family members who are active military or veterans, you are invited to bring in NON returnable photos to be displayed on the Wall of Honor.
Please label the photos with: Name of Military member, branch of the military served, student name, grade and relation to person.
Pictures can be dropped off to Mrs. Dornburg in room B110 by October 29.

All Grades: Knowledge Bowl
Any student in grades 6-8 interested in being a part of Knowledge Bowl this year should sign up with Ms. Lauer in room C114.  The season runs from late October to the beginning of December.  Please contact Sarah Lauer with questions.
Knowledge Bowl (KB) is an interdisciplinary academic competition that promotes academic achievement and rewards academic excellence. During a KB meet, teams of students work cooperatively to solve oral and written questions. No team is eliminated during a meet and every team participates in every round. Questions are related to all areas of learning corresponding to grade level.

All Grades:  Comedy Club
NO AUDITION NECESSARY! Comedy club is SMS's after-school fall theater offering for ALL GRADES. We will learn all about comedy and have a hilarious showcase perfomance. WE ALSO NEED TECH!  Rehearsals start MONDAY, OCTOBER 18! Sign up outside Ms G's room - A112/115.  
Rehearsal time:  3:45 to 5:45 Mondays through Thursdays in the PAC. 
Performances in SMS PAC:  Thursday, 11/18 at 7p (call time 6p); Friday, 11/19 at 7p (call time 6p); Saturday, 11/20 at 2p (call time 1p).  For questions contact Gretchen Grunzke email.

All Grades:  SMS Fishing Picture Contest  
Bring in a picture of your summer catch for a chance to win!  Click on this link for more information. 

All Grades:  SMS Student Council
Any student in grades 6-8 interested in being a part of Student Council this year should pick up an application from Mrs. Dornburg, Mrs. Theisen or Mrs. Lewis. Student Council is open to any student interested in helping to plan, organize, and carry out various activities throughout the school year.  Click here for more information.  

All Grades:  Student Poetry Contest
Student Poetry Contest over $5000 in prizes.  Submission deadline November 10, 2021.  Click here for more details.

All Grades:  VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest
The VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on this years patriotic theme: "How Can I Be A Good American "  Click here for more details.  Entry deadline - October 27.

All Grades:  Planners
Planners are on sale in the office for $5.00 payable by cash (exact amount) or check made out to SMS.  

Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligible households can enroll directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application. To learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, visit www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit or call 833.511.0311.