Parents‎ > ‎

Weekly Message

May 27, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Tuesday, May 29, on a B Day.  Enjoy your Memorial Day with no school tomorrow!   Daily schedules will be different this week due to testing, which begins for all students on Wednesday, although we will be completing our high school accelerated class testing on Tuesday with students in Math 1 completing their EOC.

Tips for Success on EOGs:

Please make sure that your student is at school on time each day for testing.  Testing begins right away at the beginning of the day.  It is important for every child to receive a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast, not just during testing but throughout the year.  However, students really rely on their energy during these exams, and they will benefit from being rested and fed before the tests begin.  They are not allowed to have a snack until the end of testing.  

Please also encourage your child to do his/her best, knowing that they have learned the curriculum and that they should know the content since they have been working on it all year.  We are proud of the work that our students have done this year, and we believe that if they work hard, they will do a great job on their EOGs!   

Please remember that students will not be allowed to check out during the tests for appointments.  Early checkout can only begin after testing has been completed and test materials have been collected.

All cellphones, cellphone watches, and other personal electronics will be collected from students and adults in each testing environment and kept in the office during testing.

Thank you for the quick response to Mr. Lawrence’s call for additional proctors!  We appreciate our community helping us out!  We are still in need of volunteers for proctoring the EOG tests. Even if you can only help for a couple of hours, we could still use you!  Please use the following link if available to assist as a test proctor during EOG testing that will take place May 30-June 4, or contact Mr. Lawrence or the school office directly.  Any questions please contact Mr. Lawrence, Testing Coordinator.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49afaa2ca5f49-2018 

Here is the testing calendar for this week:

May 29, Math 1 EOC (for students in 8th grade who took Math 1)
May 30, ELA EOG (Grades 6-8)
May 31, Math EOG (Grades 6-8)
June 1, Science EOG (Grade 8)/NCFE (Grades 6 and 7)
June 4, Social Studies NCFE (Grades 6-8)


The Pender Mobile Dental Clinic is  at Topsail Middle School.   If you would like to take advantage of the convenient, quality dental services provided, call the mobile clinic @ 910-471-3250 and leave us your child’s name and a phone number and we will make sure that a form is sent to your student.  You can also have your child pick up a form in the school office.  After completing the form please return it to your child’s teacher or the school nurse.  

Only a few more days left to order the yearbook on-line!  Don’t miss out!  Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00. Yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

Upcoming Dates:
June 4, Yearbook Distribution, 2:00 PM
June 6, 7th Grade Team Day
June 7, 7th Grade Awards, 9:00 AM
June 7, 6th Grade Rewards Day and Awards Ceremony, 11:30
June 7, 8th Grade Field Day
June 8, 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony, Awards at 9:30, Activities end at 12:30
June 8, Early Release Day/Last Day of School!  Students released at 12:30.
June 14-20, EOG Summer School for 5th and 8th Graders, TMS (by invitation)

PTO:  Please keep an eye out for information concerning next year’s PTO at TMS!  Also, consider becoming a part of the initial Parent Teacher organization at SCMS. Please reply to this message with your name, contact information, and the school you will be attending if you would like to be considered for next year’s opportunity!

Sports: The baseball team wrapped up their undefeated season Monday, winning the championship over Cape Fear. Great job, Pirates!

Good luck to all of our rising 9th graders as they continue their athletics at Topsail High. We just need baseball players and cheerleaders to turn their jerseys in. Thank you parents for supporting your kids in this very successful athletic year, and we look forward to more competition with Surf City Middle next year.

Clubs:
The last regular meeting of the Military Kids Club will be on Friday at 3:45!

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



May 20, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Monday, May 21, on an A Day.

We are still in need of volunteers for proctoring the EOG tests. Even if you can only help for a couple of hours, we could still use you!  Please use the following link if available to assist as a test proctor during EOG testing that will take place May 30-June 4, or contact Mr. Lawrence or the school office directly.  Any questions please contact Mr. Lawrence, Testing Coordinator.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49afaa2ca5f49-2018 

The Pender Mobile Dental Clinic is  at Topsail Middle School.   If you would like to take advantage of the convenient, quality dental services provided, call the mobile clinic @ 910-471-3250 and leave us your child’s name and a phone number and we will make sure that a form is sent to your student.  You can also have your child pick up a form in the school office.  After completing the form please return it to your child’s teacher or the school nurse.  

Only a few more days left to order the yearbook on-line!  Don’t miss out!  Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

Please review the Pender County Schools student dress code if you have questions about warm-weather clothing.  All shorts, skirts, and dresses must be at least mid-thigh in length.  In general, athletic shorts do not usually meet the criteria.  Tank tops and spaghetti straps are also not acceptable. The temperature in the classrooms can fluctuate, so most students bring a hoodie in case it gets cold.


This Week’s activities:
NJHS: This year’s Induction Ceremony will be held May 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym. All NJHS students who maintained the requirements for induction will participate. This is for 8th graders who were accepted into the society in the fall and were able to maintain all of the requirements throughout the school year.  7th graders who are interested in participating in NJHS as 8th graders, please refer to the TMS webpage for all of the requirements and information.

Upcoming Dates:
May 28, Memorial Day Holiday -- NO SCHOOL NEXT MONDAY
June 1, Military Kids Club Regular Meeting
June 4, Yearbook Distribution
June 7, 7th Grade Awards, 9:00 AM
June 7, 6th Grade Rewards Day and Awards Ceremony, 11:30-12:30
June 7, 8th Grade Field Day
June 8, 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony, 9:30-12:30
June 8, Early Release Day/Last Day of School
June 14-20, EOG Summer School for 5th and 8th Graders, TMS

Testing Dates:
May 25, English 1 EOC
May 29, Math 1 EOC
May 30, ELA EOG
May 31, Math EOG
June 1, Science EOG/NCFE
June 4, Social Studies NCFE


PTO:  Thank you, PTO parents and families, for the wonderful 8th Grade Formal dance on Saturday!  The decorations were amazing, the DJ was great with the kids, and everyone there had a great time!  The hard work put into it really paid off in an event that was a beautiful evening to remember!  

Sports: 
VOLLEYBALL:  Congratulations to the volleyball team for winning the county championship once again!  Great job Coach Pearsall and ladies! 
BASEBALL:  The baseball team goes for the championship Monday at 4:30, on the high school field, against Cape Fear.  
CHEERLEADING:  Girls interested in high school cheer need to pick up a packet and fill out all paperwork and have it ready for tryouts. The TMS cheerleaders need to turn in their uniforms ASAP. 
TRY-OUTS FOR NEXT YEAR:  Tryout information for sports next year will be posted soon on the TMS webpage, so stay tuned! 
PHYSICALS:  This Wednesday, at THS,  starting at 3:45, they will be doing sports physicals. It's only $10, and it's needed to try out for a sport. Please contact Coach Batts if you have any questions!

Clubs: The Builder’s Club meets on Monday at 3:45.

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



May 13, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start school on Monday, May 14, on an A Day.

End of year testing is right around the corner.  We need your help with volunteering with this endeavor.  Please use the following link if available to assist as a test proctor during EOG testing that will take place May 30-June 4.  Any questions please contact Mr. Lawrence, Testing Coordinator.


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49afaa2ca5f49-2018 


The Pender Mobile Dental Clinic is now at Topsail Middle School.  The clinic provides routine and basic dental treatment to ALL interested students, parents, and staff.  If you would like to take advantage of the convenient, quality dental services provided, call the mobile clinic @ 910-471-3250 and leave us your child’s name and a phone number and we will make sure that a form is sent to your student or have your child pick up a form in the school office.  After completing the form please return it to your child’s teacher or the school nurse.  Please be aware that we make every effort to treat your child during elective classes so they are not missing out on core class instruction.

Yearbook: Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

NJHS: This year’s Induction Ceremony will be held May 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym. All NJHS students who maintained the requirements for induction will participate.

This Week’s activities:

May 15, Spring Band Concert, 6-8 PM, THS
May 16, Teacher Workday, NO SCHOOL for students
May 17, PAC/PTO Meetings, 5:00 and 6:00
May 19, 8th Grade Formal, 6-9

Upcoming Dates:
May 22, NJHS Induction Ceremony, 6:00
May 28, Memorial Day Holiday -- NO SCHOOL
June 1, Military Kids Club Regular Meeting
June 7, 7th Grade Awards, 9:00 AM
June 8, 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony
June 8, Early Release Day/Last Day of School

Testing Dates:
May 25, English 1 EOC
May 29, Math 1 EOC
May 30, ELA EOG
May 31, Math EOG
June 1, Science EOG/NCFE
June 4, Social Studies NCFE


PTO: Thank you for the wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week sponsored by the PTO last week!  The staff enjoyed the treats!  Thank you so much!

The 8th Grade Formal Dance Committee is accepting candy donations in the Office. Dance permission slips have been distributed and tickets will continue to be sold this week.  Please read the permission slip thoroughly because THREE signatures (parent, cafeteria manager, and librarian) are required to purchase a ticket, and tickets will not be sold at the door.  ONLY current 8th grade students may attend on Saturday, May 19th from 6 - 9.

Sports: TMS Volleyball: The volleyball team finished their season as co-champs, and will lead off the tournament on Tuesday at 4:30 at Topsail High School. If they win the first game, they’ll play in the championship later on Tuesday
TMS Baseball: The baseball team finished undefeated as champs, and will play Monday at home, on the high school baseball field at 4:00. If they win, the championship will be Thursday at 4:30 on the high school field. 
THS Boys’ Soccer:  8th grade boys interested in playing high school soccer should plan on meeting with Coach Stanford Allen in the big gym Tuesday at 12:22, for paperwork and information.
THS Cheerleading: 8th grade girls who want to try out for high school cheerleading should stop by the office to pick up a packet and fill it out by the due date.

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



May 6, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Monday, May 7, on a B Day.

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books Team!  They competed at the State competition on Friday.  We are proud to announce that they were in 2nd place overall!  We are so proud of the coaches and students!

Please join me in celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week this week in thanks and appreciation for the hard work and dedication of all of our teachers!  I hope you can take a moment to thank your child’s teachers for everything they do!

To celebrate with our teachers, our Student Government Association has planned the following spirit days for this week:

May 7th- Team or Meme Day 
May 8th- Career Day 
May 9th- Tropical Day 
May 10- Teacher Student Swap Day 
May 11th- Topsail Spirit Wear Day 

Yearbook: Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

It is the beginning of the month!  Time to put some money into those cafeteria accounts!

Hard to believe but end of year testing is right around the corner.  We need your help with volunteering with this endeavor.  Please use the following link if available to assist as a test proctor during EOG testing that will take place May 30-June 4.  Any questions please contact Mr. Lawrence, Testing Coordinator.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49afaa2ca5f49-2018 


The Pender Mobile Dental Clinic is now at Topsail Middle School.  The clinic provides routine and basic dental treatment to ALL interested students, parents, and staff.  If you would like to take advantage of the convenient, quality dental services provided, call the mobile clinic @ 910-471-3250 and leave us your child’s name and a phone number and we will make sure that a form is sent to your student or have your child pick up a form in the school office.  After completing the form please return it to your child’s teacher or the school nurse.  Please be aware that we make every effort to treat your child during elective classes so they are not missing out on core class instruction.

This Week’s activities:
May 8, Interim Reports sent home with students
May 8, Spring Chorus Concert, 6:30-8:00, TMS
May 8, 9, 10, 6th Grade Field Trip to Old River Farms
May 10, Parent Meeting for Rising 6th Graders of TMS and SCMS, 6:30-7:30
May 11, 8th Grade Escape Day

Upcoming Dates:

May 15, Spring Band Concert, 6-8 PM, THS
May 17, PAC/PTO Meetings, 5:00 and 6:00
May 19, 8th Grade Formal, 6-9
May 22, NJHS Induction Ceremony, 6:00
May 25, Military Kids Club Regular Meeting
May 28, Memorial Day Holiday -- NO SCHOOL
June 7, 7th Grade Awards, 9:00 AM
June 8, 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony
June 8, Early Release Day/Last Day of School

Testing Dates:
May 25, English 1 EOC
May 29, Math 1 EOC
May 30, ELA EOG
May 31, Math EOG
June 1, Science EOG/NCFE
June 4, Social Studies NCFE

PTO: Staff Appreciation Week (May 7 - 11) is here this week!  Take a look at the sign up and take a peek at the plan. http://tinyurl.com/2018TMS
 
The 8th Grade Formal Dance Committee is accepting candy donations in the Office. Dance permission slips have been sent home. Please read the permission slip thoroughly because THREE signatures (parent, cafeteria manager, and librarian) are required to purchase a ticket.  ONLY current 8th grade students may attend on Saturday, May 19th from 6 - 9.

Sports: The baseball and volleyball teams head into the last week of the regular season undefeated. Both teams travel to Cape Fear Middle Monday. Baseball will also play Tuesday at West Pender at 4, and Thursday at home against Burgaw.  

Clubs:

The Builder’s Club meets on Mondays at 3:45.

NJHS: This year’s Induction Ceremony will be held May 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym. All NJHS students who maintained the requirements for induction will participate.

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



April 29, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Monday, April 30, on an A Day.

Congratulations to Mrs. Angie Schmitz and Mrs. Karin Wieland, who have been selected as our Teachers of the Year to represent us in the coming school year!

Please take a few minutes this week to reconcile your student’s cafeteria account.  As a school, TMS owes over $4500 in cafeteria charges. PCS does not believe that a student should go hungry because of forgotten lunch money and they allow for charges in emergencies.  It is not expected for anyone to have a balance over $20. If you have received a call or letter that you believe to be in error, please contact the nutrition services office for Pender County Schools.  It is important that these balances are paid off by the end of the school year. It costs roughly $50 per month if your child eats a lunch every day, and you’ll have to send extra for breakfast and a la carte items.  Thank you for your attention to this matter!

Yearbook: Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

End of year testing is right around the corner.  We need your help with volunteering with this endeavor.  Please use the following link if available to assist as a test proctor during EOG testing that will take place May 30-June 4.  Any questions please contact Mr. Lawrence, Testing Coordinator.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49afaa2ca5f49-2018

Our Student Government Association is holding a reverse penny drive to raise money for a rubber mat for the Ga-ga ball pit.  This is a competition between grade levels, where the grade level with the least amount “wins”. Students are encouraged to fill other grade level jars with extra change.  This is a student drive, but I wanted you to be aware of it in case your student has asked to bring extra change to school. The drive will conclude tomorrow, Monday, April 30.

Please keep our Battle of the Books Team in your thoughts as they travel to Raleigh for State Battle of the Books competition on Friday!  We wish them luck!

The Pender Mobile Dental Clinic is now at Topsail Middle School.  The clinic provides routine and basic dental treatment to ALL interested students, parents, and staff.  If you would like to take advantage of the convenient, quality dental services provided, call the mobile clinic @ 910-471-3250 and leave us your child’s name and a phone number and we will make sure that a form is sent to your student or have your child pick up a form in the school office.  After completing the form please return it to your child’s teacher or the school nurse. Please be aware that we make every effort to treat your child during elective classes so they are not missing out on core class instruction.

This week, TMS will host TES and STES for 6th Grade student orientation Wednesday, and then the band will travel to NTES on Thursday for rising 6th grade student orientation.

7th Grade Team Day will be held on May 4.

NJHS: This year’s Induction Ceremony will be held May 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym. All NJHS students who maintained the requirements for induction will participate.

Upcoming Dates:

May 7-11, Teacher Appreciation Week and Spirit Days
May 8, Interim Reports sent home
May 8, Spring Concert, 6:30-8:00
May 8, 9, 10 6th Grade Field Trip to Old River Farms
May 10, Parent Meeting for Rising 6th Graders, 6:30-7:30
May 11, 8th Grade Escape Day

May 19, 8th Grade Formal, 6-9

May 22, NJHS Induction Ceremony, 6:00

May 26, Military Kids Club Regular Meeting

PTO: Staff Appreciation Week (May 7 - 11) will be here before you know it.  Take a look at the sign up and take a peek at the plan. http://tinyurl.com/2018TMS

The 8th Grade Formal Dance Committee is accepting candy donations in the Office. Dance permission slips will be sent home this week. Please read it thoroughly because THREE signatures (parent, cafeteria manager, and librarian) are required to purchase a ticket.  ONLY current 8th grade students may attend on Saturday, May 19th from 6 - 9.

Sports: Both the volleyball and baseball teams remained undefeated on the season. Tuesday, baseball will travel to Burgaw for a 4:00 game, then Thursday, only volleyball plays, against West Pender, at home, at 4:00.

Clubs: Builder’s Club meets on Mondays at 3:45.

TMS HOSA will meet one last time on Thursday 5/3 in the cafeteria from 3:40-4:30. Parents if your student is interested in joining TMS HOSA for next year, please have him or her see Mrs. Kandabarow, our school nurse and HOSA advisor.

The very last First FCA Friday is this week! Join us on Friday, May 4th from 3:35- 4:35 in the auxiliary gym for pizza, soda, great music and dynamic speakers. If you can, please bring $1-$2 to help pay for snacks. Please make sure students are picked up in the back car lot no later than 4:45. You won't want to miss it!

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



April 22, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start our week on Monday, April 23, on a B Day.  

The Science Olympiad Team traveled to Raleigh over the weekend where they competed in the state tournament.  We had several individual medal winners.  They are: Julie Sydes, Cate Shepard, Jaxson Livings, Ava Dickerson, Sophia Manning, Kirsten Warrick, and Owen Sheehan.  Well done, Pirates!

Yearbook: Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

Hard to believe but end of year testing is right around the corner.  We need your help with volunteering with this endeavor.  Please use the following link if available to assist as a test proctor during EOG testing that will take place May 30-June 4.  Any questions please contact Mr. Lawrence, Testing Coordinator.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49afaa2ca5f49-2018 

Military Families: Are you an Active Duty parent with a unit interested in proctoring for EOG Testing? We are still in need for proctors on May 31st and June 1st. If available, your assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Mr. Lawrence will be available for proctor training on site in Jacksonville, if requested.

We are looking for candy donations for the 8th grade formal dance, which will be held this year on May 19 from 6-9 PM at TMS. A box will be in office on Monday.
Donations can be( but not limited to these items)
Hershey kisses
French kisses
Gum balls
Star bursts
Hershey minis
Junior mints
Skittles
M & M's
Small candy bars-(Twix, Snickers, milkyway)

The Pender Mobile Dental Clinic is now at Topsail Middle School.  The clinic provides routine and basic dental treatment to ALL interested students, parents, and staff.  If you would like to take advantage of the convenient, quality dental services provided, call the mobile clinic @ 910-471-3250 and leave us your child’s name and a phone number and we will make sure that a form is sent to your student or have your child pick up a form in the school office.  After completing the form please return it to your child’s teacher or the school nurse.  Please be aware that we make every effort to treat your child during elective classes so they are not missing out on core class instruction.


This Week’s activities:
 
Spring Benchmark testing will be this week during 1st Period each day.  Please make sure your child arrives at school on time ready to do his/her best on the benchmark test!

Please join us in celebrating Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday and saying thank you to Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Myrka, and Mrs. Luchansky, who do an amazing job in our front office!

NJHS will be taking a field trip to UNC Chapel Hill on Thursday.

Let’s wish our Special Olympians the best as they compete in the spring games at Heide Trask High School this Friday!

This Week, April 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th from 4:30-6:30pm, the Topsail High School Marching Band will be hosting auditions for color guard for fall 2018. Please meet at the high school band room (F110). Anyone is welcome to come, and please email Mr. Wentzek with any questions. 

Our Student Government Association is holding a reverse penny drive to raise money for a rubber mat for the Ga-ga ball pit.  This is a competition between grade levels, where the grade level with the least amount “wins”.  Students are encouraged to fill other grade level jars with extra change.  This is a student drive, but I wanted you to be aware of it in case your student has asked to bring extra change to school. The drive will continue through next Monday.

Upcoming Dates: 
May 2, TES and STES at TMS for 6th Grade Orientation
May 3, Band to NTES for 6th Grade Orientation
May 4, 7th Grade Team Day
May 7-11, Teacher Appreciation Week and Spirit Days
May 8, Interim Reports sent home
May 8, Spring Concert, 6:30-8:00
May 8, 9, 10 6th Grade Field Trip to Old River Farms
May 10, Parent Meeting for Rising 6th Graders, 6:30-7:30
May 11, 8th Grade Escape Day
May 19, 8th Grade Formal

Sports: Baseball and volleyball have continued their winning ways.  Monday, volleyball heads to Penderlea, while baseball will be at West Pender, playing against Penderlea. Wednesday, baseball will travel to Cape Fear Middle for a 4:00 game.  Thursday, we’ll have home games against Burgaw starting at 4. Attention 8th graders who want to try out for the high school cheer team-tryouts will be the week of May 21st. Packets should be available by May 1st for pickup.

Clubs: Builder’s Club meets on Monday at 3:45!

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



April 15, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Monday, April 16, on an A Day.

Congratulations to our cheerleaders who competed in their final cheer competition of the season.  They won first place in the middle school division, first place in the school division, and placed 3rd overall!  We are very proud of this team!

Please wish our Science Olympiad team the best as they travel to Raleigh for State competition this Friday!  We know they have worked hard and will represent us very well!

Yearbook: Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

We are looking for candy donations for the 8th grade formal dance, which will be held this year on May 19 from 6-9 PM at TMS. A box will be in office on Monday.
Donations can be( but not limited to these items)
Hershey kisses
French kisses
Gum balls
Star bursts
Hershey minis
Junior mints
Skittles
M & M's
Small candy bars-(Twix, Snickers, milkyway)

Attached to this email message please find the dress code and other information about the 8th grade formal dance.

Hard to believe but end of year testing is right around the corner.  We need your help with volunteering with this endeavor.  Please use the following link if available to assist as a test proctor during EOG testing that will take place May 30-June 4.  Any questions please contact Mr. Lawrence, Testing Coordinator.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49afaa2ca5f49-2018 

Kindergarten Registration is continuing!. In order to register, children must be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2018 and parents/guardians must provide proof of residency and the child’s certified birth certificate. Please let friends and neighbors know if they have a kindergartener ready to register!  We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2031 to Pender County Schools in 2018-19.

On April 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th from 4:30-6:30pm the Topsail High School Marching Band will be hosting auditions for color guard for fall 2018. Please meet at the high school band room (F110). Anyone is welcome to come, and please email Mr. Wentzek with any questions. 


This Week’s activities:
April 18, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
April 19, PAC Meeting, 5:00
April 19, PTO Meeting, 6:00

Upcoming Dates:

April 23-27, Benchmark and Algebra 1 Prognosis Tests
April 25, Administrative Professionals Day
April 26, NJHS Field Trip to UNC
April 27, Special Olympics Spring Games

PTO: We had a very successful spring Book Fair!  Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible!

Sports: Its a busy week for the baseball and volleyball teams this week.  Monday, volleyball plays at West Pender, and baseball will play at Burgaw.  Tuesday and Thursdaywill be home games against Penderlea then Cape Fear. Games start at 4, and cost $3.  There should be small concessions.

Clubs:TMS HOSA will meet in the cafeteria on Thursday. Please make sure you have your ride ready to pick you up at 4:30 in front circle.

Builder’s Club meets on Mondays immediately after school.

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!
Dress Code for the End of Year 8th Grade Dance, 2018.doc



April 8, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Monday, April 9, on a B Day.

Please look for report cards this Friday, April 13.

Hard to believe but end of year testing is right around the corner.  We need your help with volunteering with this endeavor.  Please use the following link if available to assist as a test proctor during EOG testing that will take place May 30-June 4.  Any questions please contact Mr. Lawrence, Testing Coordinator.


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49afaa2ca5f49-2018

The first ever Freedom Family Fest is taking place at Kiwanis park in Hampstead on Sunday, April 15th from 1-4pm!  This event is open to all, but the purpose is to surround our military kids and their families with the support of the community that they live in!  All profits will go to Operation Military Kids Club to help us accomplish our mission of providing a fun and safe place for our military kids to be encouraged, strengthened, and connected in their schools.  There will be bounce houses from AirPlay LLC, obstacle course from Coastal Fitness, food trucks, music from Freedom Sound and Lights, fun games, raffle prizes, face painting, touch tanks from EMA, and baked goods for sale from the American Legion!  Mark your calendars and come out to show your support for all our wonderful military families!

Yearbook: Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

Have lots of books on your shelves that you’ve already read? Want some new books without spending a penny? Join in for the 1st ever TMS Book Swap! Bring your used books, in good condition, to the media center and get a ticket for each one. In a few weeks you’ll be able to go in and use your tickets to “buy” new (to you) books.  The swap is April 25-26. Accepting books until the 24th.

The Scholastic Book fair is on now and runs thru this Thursday, April 12.  

On April 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th from 4:30-6:30pm the Topsail High School Marching Band will be hosting auditions for color guard for fall 2018. Please meet at the high school band room (F110). Anyone is welcome to come, and please email Mr. Wentzek with any questions. 

Attached to the email accompanying this message is a flyer for a fun event at THS this coming Saturday, April 14.  It is a Daddy-Daughter Dance sponsored by HOSA.  Please see the flyer for all of the information!

Upcoming Dates: 
April 18, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
April 19, PAC Meeting, 5:00
April 19, PTO Meeting, 6:00
April 23-27, Benchmark and Algebra 1 Prognosis Tests
April 25, Administrative Professionals Day
April 26, NJHS Field Trip to UNC
April 27, Special Olympics Spring Games

PTO: Thank you to all of the PTO volunteers who are helping make our Book Fair a success!

Sports: The baseball and volleyball teams get their season started tomorrow with away games at Burgaw tomorrow. The baseball team plays at the park across the street from BMS at 4, and the volleyball also starts at 4, at the school.  Wednesday, the baseball team travels to West Pender at 4 to take on the WPMS/PMS team. 

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!

Daddy Daughter Dance, April 2018.jpg 



April 1, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We begin this week on April 2, which is an A Day.

Welcome back from what I hope was a restful and enjoyable break with your families.  The beginning of the 4th quarter is this Wednesday, April 4, which means we just have 9 more weeks to go this year!  

Please restock items such as pencils, paper, and glue sticks for your child.

Also remember to add some money to those cafeteria accounts.  About $50 covers a month’s worth of lunches, but add more for breakfasts and a ala carte items.  Phone messages and letters will be sent to all students who owe any money.  If you have been receiving these messages and you believe these to be in error, please do not ignore them. Contact Pender County Schools Child Nutrition Services (910) 259-2187, to straighten things out.


Please congratulate the following students who represented TMS HOSA in State competition in Greensboro this past week for a job well done; Carlos Schein (prepared speaking); Diego Schein ( Nutrition), Olivia Hatcher & Kiley Wells( Extemporaneous health poster), Dylan Minor & Lexi Denning ( medical terminology), Jordan Rochford & Adriana Kandabarow ( Health Career Display).

Congratulations also to our MathCounts Team for representing us at State!  Liam Courtright and Daniel Li placed in the top 25, with Liam placing 20th and Daniel placing 22nd.  David Li and Colin Jaworowski helped bring our team in at 21st place in a field of 40.  Great job, Team!

Kindergarten Registration is continuing!. In order to register, children must be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2018 and parents/guardians must provide proof of residency and the child’s certified birth certificate. Please let friends and neighbors know if they have a kindergartener ready to register!  We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2031 to Pender County Schools in 2018-19.

Yearbook: Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

Upcoming Dates: April 9-11, THS Counselors at TMS for Registration of Rising Freshmen
April 13, Report Cards Go Home
April 18, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
April 19, PAC Meeting, 5:00
April 19, PTO Meeting, 6:00
April 23-27, Benchmark and Algebra 1 Prognosis Tests
April 25, Administrative Professionals Day
April 26, NJHS Field Trip to UNC
April 27, Special Olympics Spring Games

Sports:  Congratulations to the players who have made our spring sports teams, baseball and volleyball. Practices continue this week for both teams. The first game, originally scheduled for April 5th, has been changed to April 17th, so there are no games this week. Teams will have pictures on the 5th as planned. 

Clubs: HOSA  will meet after school in the cafeteria from 3:40-4:30. Please make sure your ride is ready to pick up in the front circle.

First FCA Friday is this week! Join us on Friday from 3:35- 4:35 in the auxiliary gym for pizza, soda and great music. If you can, please bring $1-$2 to help pay for snacks. Please make sure students are picked up in the back car lot no later than 4:45. You won't want to miss it! 


 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



March 18, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on March 19 on a B Day. I wish everyone a safe and happy Spring Break next week!  Spring Break will begin Monday, March 26. We will return to school on Monday, April 2, with the end of the third quarter on Wednesday, April 4.

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books team who took 1st Place in Region 2 competition!  They will be representing our region in early May!

TMS HOSA students are going to the NC State Leadership Conference in Greensboro on 3/21-3/24. Our students will compete in Medical Terminology, Prepared Speaking, Nutrition, Health Career Display and Extemporaneous Health Poster. Please wish them well!

Yearbook: Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

PTO:  Thank you to all who helped with the St. Patty’s Day Dance on Friday!  It was a great time for our students and volunteers!

Sports:Clubs:

Builders Club will meet Monday March 19th at 3:45 to 4:30 in room 602.  Parents please pick your student up at the front of the school at 4:30.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




March 11, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Dr. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Monday, March 12, on an A Day.

It was a great week to be a Pirate! Congratulations to our basketball teams, both of which were regular season and tournament champs!

Congratulations to our TMS Science Olympiad Team and their coaches!  They took 6th place overall at Regionals on Saturday, and will travel to the State Championship in Raleigh April 20-21. We wish them the best of luck!

We wish our Battle of the Books team the best of luck as they travel to regional competition this Friday.  We will have a Spirit Day for them on Thursday; please wear tie-dye to support this team!

Kindergarten Registration has started and continues through March 23. In order to register, children must be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2018 and parents/guardians must provide proof of residency and the child’s certified birth certificate. Please let friends and neighbors know if they have a kindergartener ready to register!  We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2031 to Pender County Schools in 2018-19.

Yearbook: Please visit www.strawbridge.net to purchase this year’s yearbook. The online purchase code is 106963. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. Don’t miss out as available quantities are limited.

This Week’s activities:  We have a busy week this week:

Tuesday: March 13, Spring Pictures (pre-pay only)
Thursday:  March 15, PAC 5:00 PM
            PTO 6:00 PM
       March 15, Tie-Dye Spirit Day for Battle of the Books
Friday:  March 16 Saint Patrick’s Day dance 4-6


Upcoming Dates:March 21, School Improvement Team Meeting
            March 24-April 1, Spring Break
            April 2, First Day back after Spring Break


PTO: PTO is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Dance on Friday March 16, 2018 from 4-6 in the main gym. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday March 14th for $5.00. Must have Permission slips signed to buy your ticket. Permission slips went home March 9th. Question or want to volunteer? Contact Rachel Joye~910-620-4343 or Rjoyed@gmail.com 

Sports:  Congratulations to both the boys and girls basketball teams for repeating as champions for the county. Both teams defeated Burgaw in the finals. Thank you parents and coaches for your time and support for our athletes, as we prepare them for high school athletics. 

       
Volleyball tryouts are continuing this week, and baseball tryouts for 7th and 8th graders will be held on Tuesday, with 6th grade tryouts on Wednesday.  There will be no baseball tryouts on Monday due to the predicted rain.  Tryouts will be on the TMS baseball field, which is between Topsail Elementary and High School. Students can leave their equipment in the sports locker room, then change and walk over after school. Tryouts will be over by 5:45 or 6.  Please do not wear your spikes to walk on the gym floor after changing. 


Clubs: TMS HOSA will meet in the cafeteria after school on Thursday.We are preparing to represent TMS at State competition on March 21-24 in Greensboro. Pick up in the front circle by 4:30.

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



March 4, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Monday, March 5, on a B day.

It is the beginning of the month!  Please put money into your child's cafeteria account this week!

Join us this week for two entertaining evenings of music!  The Chorus will present their annual Pops Concert on Tuesday at 6:00 in the Auxiliary gym.  Then our band will present their Mid-Winter Concert this Thursday beginning at 6:30 in the Auxiliary Gym.  Please come out and enjoy our talented musicians!

Please join me in wishing our students good luck for the Science Olympiad tournament this Saturday, March 10th at UNCW starting at 7:15 AM all day until 5:30.  Our teams and coaches have worked hard for this competition!

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour this coming Sunday at 2:00 AM (or before you go to bed on Saturday) for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

As a reminder, this is the Pender County School’s Attendance Policy.

 4400 Attendance Policy
When a student misses school, the student or parent, guardian or custodian must present the principal with a written excuse signed by a parent, guardian or custodian citing the reason for the absence. Absences shall be recorded as unexcused until the note is presented. The note should be presented within three days of the student’s return to school. The principal may require additional documentation deemed necessary to verify the reason for the absence.


Please make sure to send notes in within 3 days of returning to school.

Attendance Letters will be sent home next week.  Thank you for helping us stay on top of absences and tardies. If they’re not here, we can’t teach them!

Yearbook: Please visit the school’s website to purchase this year’s yearbook. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year.

Upcoming Dates:
            March 13, Spring Pictures
            March 15, PAC/PTO Meetings
            March 16th Saint Patrick’s Day dance 4-6
            March 21, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
            March 24-April 1, Spring Break
            April 2, First Day back after Spring Break


PTO: PTO is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Dance on Friday March 16, 2018 from 4-6 in the main gym. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday March 14th for $5.00. Must have Permission slips signed to buy your ticket. Permission slips will go home March 9th. Question or want to volunteer? Contact Rachel Joye~910-620-4343 or Rjoyed@gmail.com 

Sports: The basketball teams will attempt to defend their title this week in the tournament. The girls team plays Monday at 4 at Pender High, the the boys team plays at 4 Wednesday at Pender High for the semifinals.  If both teams win, they’ll play in the championship games, which start at 5, Thursday at Trask High School.  Good luck Pirates!

Baseball and volleyball tryouts will be starting soon, so be sure to get your physicals in if you need to. 6th and 7th grade volleyball tryouts will be March 6-8th, in the high school gym, after school until 6, with 8th grade tryouts on March 9th and 12th. Girls trying out can leave their bags in the sports locker room if they want. After school, get changed, and Coach Batts is planning on walking players up to the high school gym.  7th and 8th grade baseball tryouts will start on March 12th. 6th grade will tryout March 14th. There is a sign up sheet outside the office and on Mr. Chase's door for baseball for all 3 grades. There is also a sheet to take home with ideas for preparing for tryouts.

Clubs:

Builders Club will meet Monday March 5th and March 19th at 3:45 to 4:30 in room 602.  Parents please pick your student up at the front of the school at 4:30
 
 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



February 25, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Monday, February 26, on an A Day.

We want to congratulate our Battle of the Books Team for winning the Pender County competition on Friday.  They will compete at the regional competition on March 16.  Great job, team!

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Walter Padgett as our AP!  Mr. Padgett will be working for us in the position left by Ms. Kristy Walter earlier this month.  He is looking forward to getting to know you and your families!  He will start full time on Monday!

Spring is in the air, and with the hotter weather we all have to take another look at the student dress code policy in the Student Code of Conduct.  Thank you for reminding your adolescents to dress appropriately for school.  Please keep in mind that most athletic shorts do not adhere to the policy; they can be changed into for gym, but they should not be worn to classes throughout the day.

Yearbook: Please visit the school’s website to purchase this year’s yearbook. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. 

Upcoming Dates: 
March 11, Spring Ahead!  Set clocks one hour ahead at 2:00 AM
March 13, Spring Pictures
            March 15, PAC/PTO Meetings
            March 21, School Improvement Team Meeting
            March 24-April 1, Spring Break
            April 2, First Day back after Spring Break


PTO: On behalf of the staff at TMS, I would like to thank our PTO for breakfast on Friday for the staff!  It was much appreciated!  Thank you to all of our parents for your continued support!

Sports: Both basketball teams went undefeated for the regular season, earning the #1 seed for the tournament, which will start March 5th.  Great job guys! Volleyball and baseball tryouts will begin soon, so be sure to have your physical turned in.  6th and 7th grade tryouts will be March 6-8 in the THS gym, after school until 6. 8th grade tryouts will be March 9th and 12th.  Baseball tryouts will start Monday March 12th for 8th graders. Details on location and times will be coming soon. 

Clubs:

The Chess and Rubik’s Cube club will meet tomorrow from 3:35 till 4:30 in the library.

All FCA Leaders need to meet in Mrs. Wieland's room after school on Tuesday from 3:35-4:30 to get ready for this week's FCA meeting. Please let her know if you will be unable to attend.

It's March Madness at FCA Friday this week.  We will meet on Friday, March 2nd,  in the auxiliary gym from 3:35-4:35.  This week, to celebrate March Madness, we will have a half court shot contest for students and staff.  Winners will receive a great  prize.  You won't want to miss it!  Parents need to pick up students no later than 4:45 in the back lot.  See you there!

Let's have a great week at TMS!



February 18, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements. We will start this week on Monday, February 19, on a B Day.  President’s Day is not a school holiday for us.

I want to thank the members of my Parent Advisory Council for their input and discussion on Thursday regarding school safety.  It was an emotional meeting dealing with something that is a parent’s worst nightmare.   I realize that we are all still reeling from the senseless violence in schools, and my heart breaks for the families and friends of the 17 students and adults who lost their lives in Parkland, Florida. I know that you join me as a community offering our sincerest  condolences and thoughts of healing for this school community.

Congratulations to our MathCounts team who represented TMS this weekend.  The team came in 3rd overall out of 19 teams, and they are eligible for a possible wild-card berth at State competition.  Individually, our students did very well.  6th Grader Daniel Li placed 21st out of over 100 participants, and 6th grader David Li placed 15th.  Brendan Lyons finished in the Top Ten, with a 9th place win.  Congratulations to Liam Courtrright, who finished 4th overall, giving him eligibility to compete at the State level!  We are very proud of this team!

Eighth Grade Students interested in attending Pender Early College HS can  pick up an Application from the counselor or print one from the PECHS website.  Completed forms are to be turned in to Mrs. Cowan this week by Feb. 23.

Remember that February 21 is now a full day of school; this change was approved by the School Board last week.  

We wish our Battle of the Books Team the best of luck as they attend the PCS competition this Friday. The winner of this event will go on to represent PCS in further competition.  Let’s show our support by having a tie-dye spirit day for students and staff this Thursday, the day before the competition, so they can feel our support!

Yearbook: Please visit the school’s website to purchase this year’s yearbook. Yearbooks are $32.00, and as a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year.

This Week’s activities:

February 19, 8th grade to THS for pre-high school assembly, 10:30

February 21, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM

February 21, THS Registration and Curriculum Night, 5:30-7:30

      (Rising Freshman General Meeting 5:30-6:00, THS Auditorium)

February 22, Tie-Dye Spirit Day to support Battle of the Books

February 23,  PECHS Applications due to Mrs. Cowan

February 23, Battle of the Books Competition

February 23, Interim Reports go home.

Upcoming Dates: March 13, Spring Pictures

March 15, PAC/PTO Meetings

March 21, School Improvement Team Meeting

March 24-April 1, Spring Break

April 2, First Day back after Spring Break

Sports: Both basketball teams are 5-0 on the season, and have a full slate of away games this week.  Monday the teams play at Trask High, against Cape Fear, Tuesday games are at West Pender, and Thursday they wrap up the regular season at Pender High, against Burgaw.

      Volleyball tryouts are planned now. 6th and 7th grade tryouts will be Tuesday, March 6 through Thursday March 8, in the main gym at Topsail HIGH School, after school. 8th grade tryouts are scheduled for Friday March 9 and Monday March 12th at THS after school. Baseball tryout location is still being determined, but plan on the week starting March 12th.  All students need a physical on file before trying out.

Clubs:

TMS boys' tennis club season is from Feb. 19- April 13th.  Boys in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade of any ability are welcome to play. Practices are at the TMS tennis courts.  Parents need to register their child before Feb.19th in order for the tennis coach to email you with a schedule of practices and matches.  Go to:  http://wilmingtontennis.com/event/boys-middle-school-tennis/

The Chess and Rubik’s Cube club will meet tomorrow from 3:35 till 4:30 in the library.

The new TMS Builder’s Club will meet on Tuesday from 3:35 till 4:30 in the library.  If you are interested in joining, please see Mrs. Bosch.

The Military Kids’ Club meets this Friday at 3:45!

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



February 11, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will begin this week on Monday, February 12, on an A Day.

Please join the staff in wishing Assistant Principal Ms. Kristy Walter the best as she moves to Kansas this week for new opportunities!  She will be missed at TMS.  We appreciate her hard work and her excellent staff, student, and community relationships.  Ms. Walter’s last day will be Friday, February 16.

Eighth Grade Students interested in applying to attend Pender Early College HS should pick up an Application from Mrs. Cowan or print one from their website.  Parents can learn more about this opportunity by attending PECHS Parent Night in the TMS Media Center this Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm.  

This week we will have a Pep Rally on February 13 to prepare for our home game against Burgaw.  Our last home game will be on February 15.  We would like to have TMS spirit days on February 13 and February 15.  Please encourage your child to wear TMS spirit wear or black and gold on Tuesday and Thursday!

Make sure you make plans NOW to attend the games! The girls will start things off at 4:00, followed by the boys' game around 5. Remember, once you enter the gym, you must stay to watch the game.  There is no wandering around campus during home games, and it would cost another $3 to reenter the gym.  We also have our last home game Thursday against West Pender.

This week is Love the Bus week!  Please take a few minutes to thank your bus drivers for helping with safely getting our kids back and forth between home and school!

6th Grade classes will be going by team on field trips this week on TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday.  You should have received information regarding these trips.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Please join us for our Parent Advisory Council and PTO meetings this week.  You do not have to be a member to attend.  Parent Advisory Council meets at 5 and PTO meets at 6 on Thursday, February 15.

Please visit the school’s website to  purchase this year’s yearbook. Yearbooks are  $28.00 until tomorrowMonday, February 12when the price will change to $32.00. Don’t miss out on the early order pricing! As a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. 

Upcoming Dates:
February 21, THS Registration and Curriculum Night, 5:30-7:30     (Rising Freshman General Meeting 5:30-6:00, THS Auditorium)
February 23, Interim Reports go home


Sports: Both basketball teams are 3-0 so far in the young season. This week, we have two home games, on Tuesday, vs. Burgaw, and Thursday, against West Pender. Tuesday and Thursday will also be a spirit day with a pep rally on Tuesday, so wear your black and gold and cheer on the Pirates! 


Clubs:  TMS boys' tennis club season is from Feb. 19- April 13th.  Boys in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade of any ability are welcome to play. Practices are at the TMS tennis courts.  Parents need to register their child before Feb.19th in order for the tennis coach to email you with a schedule of practices and matches.  Go to:  http://wilmingtontennis.com/event/boys-middle-school-tennis/

The Chess and Rubik’s Cube club meeting will be canceled tomorrow.  They will resume their meetings next week and each Monday from 3:35 till 4:30.  


 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



February 4, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start our week on Monday, February 5, on a B Day.

Thank you for your quick response to my request for picking up and dropping off only in the back lot.  We have increased the number of teachers assisting with car pick up and we appreciate you following the guidance of our teachers on duty who are working to keep your children safe.  The parking lot can be difficult to maneuver, and we just all have to increase our patience and kindness for the safety of our students. If anyone would like to provide additional support by volunteering in the morning or afternoon, please let me know!

Our nurse, Mrs. Kandabarow, was kept busy last week with students who were sick with the flu.  Please continue to follow the guidelines sent out in a message this week and keep your child home for the recommended amount of time.  We are taking precautions in the classroom with the use of disinfectant wipes on the computers and surfaces and by spraying the desks and hard surfaces with alcohol between classes.  We have the school thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each night.  We’re hoping that everyone starts to feel better soon! 

8th grade parents, please look for a separate email with specific dates related to transition to high school that will be sent out early this week.

It’s the beginning of the month and time to pay for this month’s lunch accounts.  Remember that $50 should get you a lunch on most days for a month.  As a rule, students should not carry a balance over $20 if they have to charge a lunch.  Charging a meal should be reserved for students who have forgotten their lunch or money. The school district does not provide for students to continuously have a negative balance in their account.  You should be receiving reminders of the balance due; if you have questions, please do not hesitate to call our cafeteria manager at the school number.

Please visit the school’s website to purchase this year’s yearbook. Yearbooks are  $28.00 until February 12 when the price will change to $32.00. Don’t miss out on the early order pricing! Just one more week to purchase the yearbooks at this price. As a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. 

This Week’s activities:     February 6, 7 7th Grade Field Trip
                           February 6, Parent Meeting for Accelerated Classes and NJHS criteria, 6:00 PM, Media Center (for parents of current 6th and 7th graders)    
                February 9, Grades 6, 7, and 8 Team Rewards Days
                
Upcoming Dates: 
February 12-16, Love the Bus Week                    
February 13, 14, 15, 6th Grade Field Trip (by team)
                                 February 15, PAC and PTO Meetings, 5:00 and 6:00
            February 21, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
            
Sports:  Our home basketball game on Feb. 5th against Burgaw is moved to Tuesday, Feb. 13th, so there are no games this week.

Clubs:  TMS boys' tennis club season is from Feb. 19- April 13th.  Boys in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade of any ability are welcome to play. Practices are at the TMS tennis courts.  Parents need to register their child before Feb.19th in order for the tennis coach to email you with a schedule of practices and matches.  Go to:  http://wilmingtontennis.com/event/boys-middle-school-tennis/

The Chess and Rubik’s Cube club will resume their meetings tomorrow and each Monday from 3:35 till 4:30.  Please make sure to make arrangements to pick your child up from school at 4:30.


 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



January 28, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Monday, January 29, on an A Day.

We are in the middle of cold and flu season, so please review the letter from school nurses that is on the Pender County Schools website (or click on this link). https://sites.google.com/a/pender.k12.nc.us/pcs-community/news/aletterfrompcsnurses
It is important to safeguard your child’s health and the health of the students and staff.  If in doubt, please call and talk to the school nurse.  If your child is diagnosed with the flu, please contact the school nurse and inform her as well.  Remind your children to wash their hands frequently and refrain from sharing items that could be infected with a virus.  Make sure they get enough rest each night.

A reminder again that the tennis court lot is not open for parent pick up.  Students may not be able to safely cross the street to this area, and they are at risk if this is where they are expecting to be picked up.  All drop off and pick up should be in the back lot.  Please help keep our kids safe!

Yearbook: Please visit the school’s website to purchase this year’s yearbook. Yearbooks are  $28.00 until February 12 when the price will change to $32.00. Don’t miss out on the early order pricing! As a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. There will be no order forms sent out or collected by the school.


This Week’s activities:  Our Battle of the Books Team will play against TMS Teachers for a practice competition on Monday at 3:45.  May the best readers win!

Report Cards go home this Thursday!
        
Upcoming Dates:
                              February 6, Parent Meeting for Accelerated Classes and NJHS, 6:00 (for parents of current 6th and 7th graders)
                February 6, 7, 7th Grade Field Trip (by team)
                              February 9, 6th Grade Reward Day
                              February 9, 7th Grade Team Day
                February 9, 8th Grade Team Reward Day
                February 13, 14, 15, 6th Grade Field Trip (by team)
                              February 15, PAC and PTO Meetings
                             
Sports: Both basketball teams began their seasons in the right direction, winning over Penderlea. Next up is a home game this Thursday against Cape Fear, followed by a home game next Monday, Feb. 5th, against Burgaw. 


Clubs:  First FCA Friday is this week! Join us on Friday from 3:35- 4:35 in the auxiliary gym for pizza, soda and great music. We will be hosting the Turnbridge Band this week for a mini-concert. Turnbridge Band is an Indie Christian Rock band from Surf City, North Carolina. You won't want to miss it! If you can, please bring $1-$2 to help pay for the snacks. Please make sure students are picked up in the back car lot no later than 4:45.
Any students interested in becoming an FCA Leader for the 2018-2019 school year need to see Mrs. Wieland in room 717 for an application. All applications need to be completed and returned to Mrs. Wieland no later than Friday, February 2nd. Any applications returned after this date, will not be considered.

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!




January 21, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Monday, January 22, with a B day.  It is also the beginning of the 2nd semester!  Congratulations to all of our students who worked hard and were successful in the first half of the year!  Thank you, teachers, for your continuing dedication! Students will receive new Encore classes in homeroom on Monday morning.

We want to congratulate Jocelyn Billings & Abygail Mowery and

Emma Soderman & Penelope Rosenburg for placing at PCS Science Fair.  They will be representing our county at the regional science fair.  We wish them luck!

I wanted to share a concern about afternoon pick up.  There are a number of parents parking in the High School tennis lot to wait for their children after school.  We do not offer supervision to this parking lot, and there is no established crosswalk there.  Students are darting into traffic to get to their cars.  Please do not use this lot to pick up your children.  All students should be picked up in the back lot, either through the pick up line or by parking and allowing staff members to safely help your students across to your cars.  Thank you for following the instructions of staff who are on duty to help make this safe.  Most students have been picked up and the parking lot is usually clear by 3:45.

I also want to remind the community that our campus is a tobacco and smoke-free campus at all times. This includes the parking lot, the areas outside of the gym, and the playing fields.  The restriction includes the use of electronic cigarettes.  Thank you for your help! Our pick up lot is also the area where our students enjoy PA, and we want to keep this lot clean.

Please visit the school’s website to purchase this year’s yearbook. Yearbooks are  $28.00 until February 12 when the price will change to $32.00. Don’t miss out on the early order pricing! As a reminder, yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year.

Upcoming Dates: January 26, Military Kids Club, 3:45

                             February 1, Report Cards

                             February 6, Parent Meeting for Accelerated Classes and NJHS

                             February 6, 7, 7th Grade Field Trip

                             February 9, 6th Grade Reward Day

                             February 9, 7th Grade Team Day

                             February 15, PAC and PTO Meetings

                             February 21, Early Release for Students, 12:30

                          

Sports: The basketball season is kicking off this week.  At 5 on Monday there will be a parent meeting for all basketball players in the gym.  Then Thursday we’ll have our first home game, against Penderlea, with the girls game starting at 4 and the boys following.  It costs just $3 to get in, and the PTO will be selling drinks and snacks for concessions. Good luck Pirates!

Clubs:  Military Kids Club meets this Friday3:45.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




Jan 15, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements. 

We will start this week on Tuesday, January 16, on an A Day.  We have completed Benchmark testing, so we will be back on our regular schedule.  Enjoy your Monday holiday tomorrow in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

Changes to the school calendar due to snow days are as follows:
Saturday, January 20, is a full school day. It is the last day of the first semester.
Monday, January 22, is now a school day, not a teacher work day. It is the beginning of the second semester.

Congratulations to Brendan Lyons, Jasmine Randel, Aidan Gulliksen, Emily Kittlaus, Katherine Bullard, Jace Grogan and Ethan Dinkins, who represented TMS at All-District Band auditions yesterday.  Brendan, Jasmine, Aidan, and Emily will represent our school in the All-District Band, and Katherine Bullard, who received the spot of 1st Chair in mallets in All-District Band, is also eligible to compete for the All-State Band. Great job, Mr. Norem and band students! 

Yearbook: Please visit the school’s website to purchase this year’s yearbook. Yearbooks are  $28.00 until February 12 when the price will change. Yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. 

This Week’s activities: 
January 15, NO SCHOOL. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. HOLIDAY
           January 17, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
           January 18, PAC Meeting, 5:00, Media Center
           January 18, PTO Meeting, 6:00 Media Center
           January 20Saturday School Makeup Day, Last Day of the First Semester

Upcoming Dates: January 22, School Day for Students and Teachers
            January 26, Military Kids Club, 3:45
            February 1, Report Cards          
PTO:  We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting this Thursday night!

Sports: We appreciate the students who tried out for boys and girls basketball teams!  Congratulations to the the student athletes who are on the teams.  Please see your coaches for information about practices. We are looking forward to our first home game on January 25 against Cape Fear Middle School!

Clubs: HOSA will meet after school on Thursday.

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



January 7, 2018

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Tuesday on a B day.  Tomorrow is a staff workday, with no school for students, due to weather conditions.  Remember that next week is also a 4-day week since Monday, January 15, is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Welcome back!  Let’s hope this week is less weather-filled than last week!  Please remember the following procedures to keep all of our kids safe:  There is NO parent drop-off or pick-up in the front circle from 8:00-8:30, and from 3:35-4:00.  Parents, please do not park in the front circle at the end of the school day to wait for your child to come to the car.  The visitor spots are reserved for parents who have meetings in the school during that time.  All drop-off and pick-up goes through the back parking lot.  All students in the back lot are required to use the crosswalk; please encourage your child to cross safely.  Students should not be dropped off before 8:00; there is no warm area for students to wait until then.  Also, please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather.

Yearbook: Please visit the school’s website to purchase this year’s yearbook. Yearbooks are  $28.00 until February 12 when the price will change. Yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year. 

Please put some money in those lunch accounts!  $50 is usually enough for a student who eats lunch every day for one month.  You will be receiving calls and letters if your child owes money in the cafeteria.  If you feel you have received this notice in error, please contact our cafeteria manager at our main school number, (910) 270-2612.

This Week’s activities: Students will be taking their benchmark tests this week in Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science. This means that we have modified the bell schedule for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Please make sure that your child is ready for testing this week!  Encourage best work in every student!

Upcoming Dates:
January 15 -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday  NO SCHOOL
            January 17 -- School Improvement Team, 7:45 AM
                   January 18 -- PAC Meeting, 5:00 PM, Media Center
                        January 18 -- PTO Meeting, 6:00 PM, Media Center
            January 19 -- End of the First Semester
            January 22 -- Staff Workday, NO SCHOOL

Sports:  Tryouts for the girls basketball team begins Tuesday after school, and will continue Wednesday.  Tryouts will be in the big gym from 3:45-5:10, and are closed to parents. Athletes may store their bags in the sports locker rooms in the gym.   

Boys basketball tryouts will begin Tuesday after school, continuing on Wednesday, and will begin at 5:10. Any boys who remain at school to wait for tryouts will be required to complete work or read in the back room behind the gym before their tryouts start.  Please make these arrangements ahead of time, as well as making arrangements for pick-up after tryouts.

If there are any changes to this schedule, an announcement will be made to students and parents.  Keep in mind: Athletes will not be permitted to try out unless they have a physical form turned in before trying out.


Clubs:  Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will meet this week on Friday, January 12th from 3:35-4:35.  We will have pizza, soda, music, games and a speaker from our area FCA leadership.  Please bring $1-$2 to help pay for pizza, if you can.  Please make sure to pick up your student in the back parking lot no later than 4:45pm.  

Rubik’s Cube and Chess Club will resume on February 5.

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



December 10, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will begin this week on Monday, December 11, on an A Day.

Join us this Tuesday for our Band’s Holiday concert.  It will be held at THS auditorium beginning at 6:00 in the evening.  

Please visit the school’s website to purchase this year’s yearbook. Yearbooks are  $28.00 until February 12 when the price will change. Yearbooks are only available to purchase online this year.

I wanted to send out a couple of reminders as the weather gets colder. First of all, we have MANY jackets and hoodies in our lost and found in the cafeteria.  Please encourage your child to check to see if a missing jacket or hoodie is there.  

Second, we provide supervision for students at 8:00.  There are some students who are being dropped off at 7:30, and we do not have supervision or an indoor area for them to wait.  Please do not drop students off before 8:00.  All pick-up and drop-off is in the back lot of the school, not the front circle.

Our toy drive at TMS will continue through Wednesday, Dec. 13th.  Students are encouraged to bring in an unwrapped gift for a girl or boy their age to add to their classroom gift box.  The class with the most gifts in each grade level will earn a holiday treat. Thank you to all who have participated!

We are still in need of Volunteers to assist with the Community Holiday Assistance Program (CHAP).  Please contact Mrs. Cowan if you are interested in helping make Christmas special for others.  Please consider taking part in this community initiative.  

Upcoming Dates:  December 21-January 2, Christmas Break
        January 3, first day back in 2018!

PTO:  We wish to thank the community for a wonderful job supporting and enjoying WinterFest this past Friday!  Thank you for making the night such a success!

Sports: 

Good luck to our soccer teams as they battle for the county championship this week! The girls’ semi-final will be played on Monday at 4:15pm at our stadium! The boys will play afterwards at 5, and both teams play Penderlea. The finals will be held on Thursday! Come out to support your teams and help them keep the championship title here! Good luck Pirates!

Open gym for boys interested in trying out for the basketball team will be Monday after school until 5:30.  Girls will have open gyms on Tuesday and Wednesday until 5. Be sure to get physicals turned in before official tryouts, which will be Jan. 3rd or 4th. Also, baseball and volleyball tryouts will be in mid-March.

Clubs: Due to competing obligations during this holiday season, Rubik’s Cube and Chess club will not be held this Monday or next.  They will resume on their regular Mondayschedule in the New Year.

A shout-out and congratulations to the Topsail Junior Pirates co-ed cheer team that just received first place in National competition.  They will advance to global competition in January.  While this is not a TMS team or club, many of our students belong to this team, and we want to congratulate them on a job well-done!

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



Dec 3, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will begin this week on Monday, December 5, with a B day.

It's the beginning of the month and time to put some money in those cafeteria accounts!  $50 should just cover lunches for a month.  If you have received a letter with a balance, please send that money in as soon as you can so the balance doesn't become overwhelming. PCS understands that sometimes a student may have to charge a meal, but there should not be any balances over $20.  The lunch program is designed to be a pay-as-you-go program, and lunch balances should be paid off in full as soon as possible.  At this time, our community owes a total over $3,200 in cafeteria charges.  If you want to submit a free/reduced lunch form, you may do so at any time during the year.  Just request one from the cafeteria manager.

'Tis the Season for giving!  There will be opportunities for giving of our time and/or gifts during the next few weeks.  We all have something to offer!   Please consider taking part in this community initiative.  

Our toy drive at TMS will begin on Monday, Dec. 4th and end Dec. 13th.  Students are encouraged to bring in an unwrapped gift for a girl or boy their age to add to their classroom gift box.  The class with the most gifts in each grade level will earn a holiday treat.  We will also have a box at our Winter festival for Toy Donations.

Applications for holiday assistance must be turned in  by Friday, Dec. 8th.   If your family is in need of these services, please contact School Counselor, Mrs. Tami Cowan at 270-2612 or stop by the school to complete a form.  She can also help those wanting to volunteer.


Interim reports will be sent home on Friday, December 8.

Upcoming Dates:
 December 12, Band Winter Concert, 6-8 PM
               December 21-January 2, Christmas Break
        January 3, first day back in 2018!


PTO: Winterfest is Friday December 8th at 6pm. Vendor applications, event flyers, and bake off entry forms went home last week.  If you have a home business, we want you as a vendor! Wristbands will be sold during lunch shifts this week for $10 each.
 
This is the perfect time for our families to do a little shopping and check out our raffles while the kids play games.  PTs, Kona Ice and Dubs Donuts will be at TMS as well.  We also need your help.  
 
Donations needed.  New, unused items - ANYTHING! We will put items together into raffle baskets for Winterfest.  Such as Candles, scarves, kitchen utensils, household decor, school supplies, office items, socks, board games, LEGO’s, nerf, ANYTHING.  Donations can be dropped off in the office labeled PTO or Winterfest.
 
If you would like to be a corporate sponsor, we’d love to send you a tax deductible receipt.  Email shehla.korff@gmail.com for more information.  We are raising money for a sound system to be installed at TMS.
 
Check out our Facebook page for more detailed PTO news  https://m.facebook.com/groups/1475357342746858
 
If you do not use Facebook and would like to be put on our e-mailing list please send an email to pto4tms@gmail.com


Sports: Our soccer teams will travel to West Pender on Monday and Penderlea on Wednesday. Athletes will miss 6th period both days and they are responsible for getting their make-up work! 

All soccer fans are welcome to come out Tuesday and Thursday for our last, regular season home games, versus Burgaw and Cape Fear Middle school! Games start at 4:15in the high school stadium. Entry is only $3 for students, let’s fill the stands and support our teams! Thank you for all of your support so far this year!!

Basketball tryouts will begin in January, but we are having open gyms this week.  The boys open gym date is Wednesday Dec. 6.  It is open to all 3 grades, and will be the only open gym for the guys. It will be from after school until 5:30. There will be girls’ open gyms on both Monday and Thursday, after school until 5. 

Clubs: Great job to all cross country runners on a fantastic season! REMINDER there are no more cross country practices. Thank you to all the amazing parents who helped make this season a great success! 

Chess Club and Rubik’s Cube Club will be held tomorrow from 3:45-4:30.  Please make sure to have a ride in the front circle by 4:30!

Military Kids Club will meet this Friday at 3:45.

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



November 26, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  Welcome back from the long weekend!  I hope you had a restful and joyful Thanksgiving!  We will begin our week this week on Monday, November 27, with an A Day.

Holiday assistance referrals for Christmas are still being accepted.  If your family is in need of help please contact School Counselor, Mrs. Tami Cowan at 270-2612 or stop by the school for a form.    Volunteers are needed to assist with the CHAPS Program.  Please contact Mrs. Cowan if you are interested in helping make Christmas special for others.

Parents and guardians of 7th grade students. Hampstead Lions club will be here assisting school nurse Mrs. Kandabarow with mass vision screening for all 7th grade students this Wednesday, November 29. Please make sure your student brings glasses or wears corrective lenses if s/he has them.

Please join us this week for our Chorus Concert on Thursday, from 6-8 PM, in the auxiliary gym!

Upcoming Dates:

       December 8, Interim Reports

       December 8, WinterFest, 6-8 PM

        December 12, Band Winter Concert, 6-8 PM

           December 21-January 2, Christmas Break

PTO: Winterfest is Friday December 8th at 6pm.  Vendor applications, event flyers, and bake off entry forms are coming home this week.  If you have a have a home business, we want you as a vendor! This is the perfect time for our families to do a little shopping while the kids play games.  PTs, Kona Ice and Dubs Donuts will be at TMS as well.  We also need your help.  If you would like to be a corporate sponsor, we’d love to send you a tax deductible receipt.  Email shehla.korff@gmail.com for more information.  We are raising money for a sound system to be installed at TMS.

Sports: Come out TUESDAY to support your soccer teams as they play home versus Penderlea! The boys’ game will start at 4:15pm, followed by the girls’ game. Entry is only $3 for students!! On Wednesday the girls’ soccer team will travel to Trask Middle School to take on New Hanover County’s best! Good luck girls!

Soccer team pictures will be held on Thursday before practice. Managers are expected to be a part of the team picture!

Monday and Wednesday of this week will be open gyms for girls interested in playing basketball for the school. It will be after school until 5 in the big gym.  Once we schedule open gyms for the boys, we will let you know.

Clubs:  Cross Country Club will have our last practices this week, we will meet on both Monday and Wednesday. Our final race of the season is the Dashing thru the Glow run THIS Saturday December 2nd! This event is run at night in the RiverLights community along the Cape Fear River. For more information and the link to register (with a discount code) please see the Cross Country website through the school website under athletics. This race is open to the community and it is a lot of fun!

Chess Club and Rubik’s Cube Club will be held tomorrow from 3:45-4:30.  Please make sure to have a ride in the front circle by 4:30!

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




November 19, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements. We will begin our week on Monday, November 20, with an A Day.

We hope you and your family have a relaxing and joyful Thanksgiving!  Thank you for being such a great school community!  We will be out of school on WednesdayThursday, and Friday of this week.  We will return on Monday, November 27.

Holiday assistance referrals for Christmas are still being accepted.  If your family is in need of help please contact School Counselor, Mrs. Tami Cowan at 270-2612 or stop by the school for a form.    Volunteers are needed to assist with the CHAPS Program.  Please contact Mrs. Cowan if you are interested in helping make Christmas special for others.

Congratulations to our HOSA team, led by our school nurse, Mrs. Kandabarow!  They attended regional competition this weekend, and we wish to give a shout out to the following students:  Carlos Schein -- Gold Medal, Diego Schein -- Gold Medal, Olivia Hatcher -- Gold Medal, Owen Sheehan -- Gold Medal, Adriana Kandabarow and Jordan Rochford -- Gold Medal, Kiley Wells -- Silver Medal, Lexi Denning -- Silver Medal, Caroline Sheehan -- Bronze Medal, Dylan Minor -- 4th Place.  Our HOSA team has qualified for State Competition!  

Upcoming Dates:   November 30, 6-8 PM, TMS Chorus Concert

       December 8, Interim Reports

       December 8, WinterFest, 6-8 PM

        December 12, Band Winter Concert, 6-8 PM

           December 21-January 2, Christmas Break

PTO:  Please mark your calendars to join us for WinterFest on December 8!  It should be a fun time for the whole family!

Sports: Boys’ and Girls’ soccer will travel to Burgaw on Monday. Athletes will miss their 6th period class and are responsible for getting their make up work. We will practice on Tuesday.

Soccer shirts should arrive to school on Tuesday. Players should stop by Ms. Bafunno’s room before the end of the day Tuesday to pick up their shirts!

Basketball tryouts will begin after Christmas break.  Be sure to schedule your physical, or turn it in to the office before tryouts. On Monday, November 27th, the day we get back from break, there will be an open gym for girls interested in trying out.  It will be in the big gym, from 3:45-5:00.  If you have questions, please email Coach Ramsey.

Clubs: GREAT job to all runners who participated in the Hampstead turkey trot yesterday! What a great day to see so many pirates! Cross Country Club will meet on Monday this week. Our final race of the season is the Dashing thru the Glow run on Saturday December 2nd! This event is open to the community and is run at night in the RiverLights community along the Cape Fear River. For more information and the link to register (with a discount code) please see the Cross Country website through the school website under athletics. This event will mark the END of our fantastic cross country season. That means our last practice will be Wednesday November 29th.

Chess Club and Rubiks Cube Club are canceled for tomorrow afternoon. We should be back on schedule on Monday, November 27.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



November 12., 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start our week on Monday, November 13, on a B day.

I hope that you had a restful 3-day weekend.  I want to thank our military for their service.   I had the opportunity to visit Washington DC this Veteran’s Day weekend and had the pleasure of attending several heartfelt and powerful ceremonies in honor of our veterans. I appreciate very much the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families in service to our country.  Thank you!

I want to share a concern that has been brought to my attention by several parents.  First,  a reminder that the front circle is closed to parent drop-off after 8:00 AM and after 3:15 PM.  All parent drop-off and pick up takes place in the back lot.  Please help with parent pick up in the afternoon by following the directions of the adults out in the parking lot and making sure to drive slowly and purposefully.  Students and vehicles moving in the same space at the same time can be dangerous if we’re all not careful.  We would like to have anyone who is parking to park in a marked parking space, and then move carefully out into the flow of traffic.  The outside lane (1 line) is continuously moving forward.  If you park in that lane, for example, under the basketball goals, it affects the whole line, causing cars to have to swerve around you.  The teachers on duty will make sure that your children cross only at the crosswalk.  Please help us by insisting on this as well.  This is the procedure we have established to keep your kids safe.  If you ask them to look for you and then walk straight out between several cars, not at the crosswalk, they will be at risk because the teachers and other cars will not be expecting them there.  Above all, thank you for being patient with the process.  We usually have everyone out by 3:45, even on the slowest days, and we rely on you to help keep our kids safe.  We would really appreciate having a couple of volunteers from the community to help us with the pick-up lot.  Please contact me if you would be willing to assist, and thank you!

Holiday assistance referrals for Christmas are still being accepted.  If your family is in need of help please contact School Counselor, Mrs. Tami Cowan at 270-2612 or stop by the school for a form.   Volunteers are needed to assist with the CHAPS Program.  Please contact Mrs. Cowan if you are interested in helping make Christmas special for others.

This Week’s activities:  

November 13, Report Cards Come Home

Nov. 13-17,  Graduation Awareness Week.  We have the following Spirit Days for this week:

Monday        Pirate Pride Day              Wear School shirts or Black and Gold

Tuesday       Crazy Hat / Hair Day            Donate item to Food Drive for Hat Privilege today

Wednesday College Spirit Day            Students and staff in Jeans / College gear

Thursday      Career Gear Day             Dress for a Specific Career or Dress to Impress

                                                                           (Picture Make up Day)                

Friday           Twin Day                      Team up with a friend to dress like twins!

Thursday, November 16, is picture make-up day.  There are several students whose pictures were not printed due to camera error.  This day will be for any students who want a retake, who were absent from school on the first picture day, or who didn’t receive pictures after the first picture day.  We do want a picture for every student for our yearbook, so please make sure to plan on taking pictures on Thursday if you need to!

Thursday evening, the Parent Advisory Council will meet at 5 in the media center, followed by the PTO meeting at 6.  You may join us for one or both!  You do not have to be a member of PTO to attend.

Also on Thursday evening, our students will participate in the Pender County Schools All-County Band concert.  Please join us at 6:30 in the THS auditorium.

Upcoming Dates:  November 22-24, Thanksgiving Holiday

       November 30, 6-8 PM, TMS Chorus Concert

       December 8, Interim Reports

       December 8, WinterFest, 6-8 PM

        December 12, Band Winter Concert, 6-8 PM

           December 21-January 2, Christmas Break

PTO:  Our next meeting is this Thursday November 16th at 6pm in the media center.  We will be focusing on finalizing Winterfest details.  On the 21st, we will be delivering Pies for Staff as a thank you for all of their support during this first quarter.  Please sign up to donate here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054aa5af2ea6f49-2ndannual

Check out our Facebook page for more detailed PTO news  https://m.facebook.com/groups/147535734274685

If you do not use Facebook and would like to be put on our e-mailing list please send an email to pto4tms@gmail.com

Sports: Our FIRST home soccer game will be played this week on Wednesday! The girls will play first at 4:15, followed by the boys. Plan on parking in the high school lot, and using that gate. There are new locks on the gate by the baseball field, and we don’t have a key yet. Students can come watch the games for only $3! Come show your support for your pirates! Both teams will also play away on Thursday at our bitter rival, Cape Fear Middle School. Athletes will miss their 6th period class to travel for the game. Reminder that athletes are responsible for getting their make-up work.

Clubs: Cross Country Club will meet on both Monday and Wednesday this week until 5:00pm. We are participating in the Hampstead Turkey Trot this Saturday, November 18th! Runners can choose either the 8k race or the 2 mile race. For more information and links to register, please check out the cross country club page through the school website. This race is open to all members of the Hampstead community!

TMS HOSA Club will meet this Thursday in the cafeteria from 3:40-4:30.

Chess Club and Rubik's Cube Club run on Mondays in the media center after school until 4:30. Join us to play chess and/or solve Rubik's cubes. Beginners to experts are welcome! Please be sure your student has a ride at 4:30 in the front circle.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



November 5

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will begin our week on Monday, November 6, with a B Day.

I would like  to invite all members of our school community to join us for the Pender County Schools "Celebrate Success" Event on Wednesday, November 8.  The event will be held in the Heide Trask High School Main Gym from 6:00-8:00pm.  All 16 Pender County schools will be showcasing  and celebrating achievements and successes from the 2016-17 school year, as well as work that is underway for the 2017-18 school year.  We strongly encourage all members of our school community to join us to learn more about the great accomplishments of our students and staff. We are very excited to share our work with the community!

Please join us this Thursday, November 9, for our Talent Show, from 6-8, in the Auxiliary Gym!  We have some talented students

The Book Fair runs through Thursday Nov. 9th and  provides a great opportunity to get a jump on holiday shopping! There is also a link to the on-line Book Fair on the school web page. Books may be ordered on-line with no shipping charges, and they will be delivered to your student at school once they arrive. In particular, we are unable to re-stock Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz which many students have requested. It is available through the on-line Book Fair for $5.99. Thanks so much for supporting our Book Fair!

The test for the Battle of the Books team will be given this week. If your student plans to try out for the team, they need to see Ms. Tobin by Tuesday.

Remember that Friday, November 10, is Veteran’s Day, and there is no school for this holiday.  Enjoy your 3-day weekend

Holiday assistance referrals for Christmas are still being accepted.  If your family is in need of help please contact School Counselor, Mrs. Tami Cowan at 270-2612 or stop by the school for a form.    Volunteers are needed to assist with the CHAPS Program.  Please contact Mrs. Cowan if you are interested in helping make Christmas special for others.

Upcoming Dates:  

Nov. 13-17,  Graduation Awareness Week

November 13, Report Cards Sent Home

November 15, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM

November 16, Picture Make Ups

November 16, PAC and PTO Meetings

November 22-24, NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Holiday

PTO: Spiritwear orders due by Monday.  We are sorry, but no late orders can be accepted.  Please visit the Book Fair.  Hours are 8-4 except on Thursday November 9th when we are open until 6!  Check your email for information on helping with the Winterfest.  

Check out our Facebook page for more detailed PTO news  https://m.facebook.com/groups/1475357342746858

If you do not use Facebook and would like to be put on our e-mailing list please send an email to pto4tms@gmail.com

Sports:

The soccer teams will have their first game this Thursday at Pender High School versus Penderlea. Both boys’ and girls’ teams will travel by bus to the game, missing their 6th period class. Athletes are responsible for getting their make-up work. We will practice MondayTuesday, and Wednesday until 5:00pm.

Clubs:

CONGRATULATIONS to the girls’ cross country team for finishing first place in the middle school championship meet last Sunday! The girls were led by Kaitlyn Obremski, Olivia Bufalini, Grace Deitz, and Lexie Dawson who all finished in the top 10!

Cross Country club will meet on both Monday and Wednesday this week until 5:00pm. Please check the school website for our upcoming races, how to register, and discount codes! Members of the community are encouraged to participate in the upcoming races!

Members of our cross country club are participating in the Hampstead Turkey Trot Saturday, November 18th! Runners can choose either the 8k race or the 2 mile race. For more information and links to register, please check out the cross country club page through the school website. This race is open to all members of the Hampstead community!

Chess Club and Rubik's Cube Club start tomorrow and will run on Mondays in the media center after school until 4:30. Join us to play chess and/or solve Rubik's cubes. Beginners to experts are welcome! Please be sure your student has a ride at 4:30 in the front circle.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




October 29, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  

We will begin our week this week on Monday, October 30, with an A Day.

During the school year we will conduct a number of safety drills with the students, such as fire drills, bus evacuation drills, and code red drills.  We conducted a code red drill on Wednesday, and your children did a great job of understanding, reacting appropriately, and taking it seriously.  Thank you for encouraging them to continue helping us keep everyone safe!

We had a great Pep Rally on Tuesday afternoon!  Topsail Middle School Pirates Rock! We had a record number of spectators at the football game, and school spirit was alive and well!

As a reminder, we do not allow students to wear costumes to school unless it is a day that has been announced as a spirit day.  Halloween is not a spirit day, and we expect students to be dressed appropriately on that day.  We will have some spirit days coming up for Graduation Awareness week, and we will share that with the students as we get closer to the date.

Holiday assistance referrals for Christmas are still being accepted.  If your family is in need of help please contact School Counselor, Mrs. Tami Cowan at 270-2612 or stop by the school for a form.    Volunteers are needed to assist with the CHAPS Program.  Please contact Mrs. Cowan if you are interested in helping make Christmas special for others.

Please put money in your lunch accounts!  As a school, we owe over $2500 in cafeteria charges!  While Pender County Schools understands that there are times a student must charge a lunch, the policy does not provide for repeated lunch or breakfast charges.  If you receive a letter or phone call and you think it is in error, or if you have any questions, please call Rita Head at the Child Nutrition Office in Burgaw at (910) 259-0131.

Please join the Pender County Schools community at Heide Trask High School on November 8 for a celebration of success as we showcase each of our schools.  The event is from 6-8 PM.  Hope to see everyone there!

Upcoming Dates:

November 8, Pender County Schools Showcase, Heide Trask High School, 6-8 PM

November 9, Talent Show, Auxiliary Gym, 6-8

November 10, NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day Holiday

Nov. 13-17,  Graduation Awareness Week

November 13, Report Cards Sent Home

November 15, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM

November 16, Picture Make Ups

November 16, PAC and PTO Meetings

November 22-24, NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Holiday

PTO: Spirit wear order forms went home with all of the students last week and orders are due Friday, November 3. You may also purchase the items at www.tms.cwspiritwear.com All Spirit Wear will be delivered two - three weeks after the orders are processed.  

Get ready for the book fair which runs from noon on November 1 until Thursday, November 9 at 6 PM. Check out our Facebook page for more detailed PTO news  https://m.facebook.com/groups/1475357342746858

If you do not use Facebook and would like to be put on our e-mailing list please send an email to pto4tms@gmail.com

Sports:

Congratulations to those who made the boys and girls soccer teams. Practices will be held this week Monday through Thursday for the girls. Boys finish their tryouts Monday afternoon. No practice Tuesday for the boys-it will get started up on Wednesday. We will hold a parent meeting after school on Wednesday November 1st on the field immediately following practice.

Congratulations to the softball and football teams for strong finishes on their season.  The softball team finished in 2nd place, while the footballers ended in first place at 6-1.  The cheerleaders did a great job helping lead the pep rally before the final games last week!

Clubs:

Congratulations to our Cross Country Club for their participation in the Son Run yesterday at Wrightsville Beach Park. Detailed results will be announced posted on the website later this week!  Cross Country Club will meet both Monday and Wednesday this week.

TMS HOSA Club meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in the cafeteria from 3:40-4:30.  They will meet this Thursday.

First FCA Friday is this week! Students will meet in the auxiliary gym on Friday, November 3rd, after school from 3:35-4:35 for pizza, games, and fun. If you like skateboarding, come out to meet a professional skateboarder from the Hampstead area, Mike Steincamp. Don't miss it! Students should be picked up in the parking lot behind the school no later than 4:45.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



October 22, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

We will start this week on Monday, October 23, with a B Day.

We have been working with Strawbridge studios as it appeared that a number of pictures had not been returned.  They discovered that one of their cameras was not working and students who were photographed with that camera did not receive pictures.  If your child did not receive pictures, please plan on having him/her take a new picture on November 16, our picture retake day.  This is also the day for students to retake unsatisfactory pictures as well as for students who were absent on the first picture day.  Strawbridge is sorry for the inconvenience, and appreciates your patience!

This is Red Ribbon Week!  We will be sending our athletes off on Tuesday to their first round of playoff games with a pep rally in the gym at the end of the day.  Please help us celebrate our athletic teams by having your child dress in TMS Spirit wear or in black and gold on Tuesday! Please come out and cheer on our Football team in their last home game!

Holiday assistance referrals for Thanksgiving and Christmas are still being accepted.  If your family is in need of help please contact School Counselor, Mrs. Tami Cowan at 270-2612 or stop by the school for a form.  Thanksgiving requests must be in this week.

Upcoming Dates:

October 31, End of First Quarter

November 9, Talent Show, Auxiliary Gym, 6-8

November 10, NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day Holiday

Nov. 13-17,  Graduation Awareness Week

November 13, Report Cards Sent Home

November 16, Picture Make Ups

November 16, PAC and PTO Meetings

November 22-24, NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Holiday

PTO:  In PTO news, TMS Spirit Wear is now on sale!  Order forms are available on the Facebook page, and students were given forms to take home.  Please let us know if you’d like another one!  You can order on-line at:  www.tms.cwspiritwear.com

Sports:

The softball team will play for the championship Tuesday against Cape Fear Middle at 5:00 at CFMS. They beat Burgaw in the semifinals to move on.  Go get them ladies!  The football team plays their last game at home on Tuesday 10/24 after the pep rally. The 5th quarter starts at 4:30, with the game starting about 5, against Leland Middle.

Girls Soccer tryouts begin this week from 3:45-5:30pm on the field located by Topsail Elementary. 6th grade girls only will try-out Monday the 23rd.  Tuesday October 24th will be reserved for 6th graders who make the 1st cut and all 7th and 8th graders. We will start in the cafeteria each day before walking to the field. YOU MUST BE ON TIME! Please see the website for more detailed information!

Boys soccer tryouts have been rescheduled and will now begin on Wednesday, October 25th, and will be from 3:45-5:15 on the field by TES. 6th grade boys only will try out Wednesday the 25thThursday the 26th will be reserved for 6th graders who make the 1st cut, and all 7th and 8th graders. Tryouts will continue on Friday for all who have made the second cut.

Remember, all athletes must have a physical form turned in before trying out or participating in the sport.

Clubs:

Cross Country Club will meet both Monday and Wednesday this week. Don’t forget about the Son Run and Wrightsville Beach Park this coming Saturday afternoon!

TMS HOSA CLUB meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. This Thursday HOSA will participate in District 2 Fall Leadership Conference in Clinton NC. Please wish us well.

Our Military Kids Club will meet on Friday for their regular monthly meeting this week.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




October 15, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  

We begin our week this week on Monday, October 16, with an A Day.

A couple of procedural reminders:  

Students are not allowed to wear running shorts to school that are not finger tip length. This is part of our student dress code and we ask that you assist us in addressing this with your child.

Please do not drop your student off in the morning before 7:45am. There is not anyone available to monitor your child. This is a safety issue. We have buses that they can ride in the morning if you need assistance. Please contact the school for more information.  

This Week’s activities: Please join us for our PTO Meeting on Thursday at 6 in the Media Center, our first PAC meeting at 5, or our School Improvement Team meeting on Wednesday at 7:45 AM.

Please remember that Wednesday is a regular day of school.  It is not an Early Release Day.

Upcoming Dates:

October 23-27, Red Ribbon Week

October 31, End of First Quarter

November 10, NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day Holiday

November 13, Report Cards Sent Home

November 16, Picture Make Ups

November 16, PAC and PTO Meetings

November 22-24, NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Holiday

PTO: The first PTO meeting will be held immediately after the PAC meeting on October 19th at 6pm in the media center. Topics covered will include upcoming projects(i.e. Spirit wear, Book fair, Winter fest, Concessions @ talent show, Bingo), membership numbers, attractions book sales totals, and completed staff requests. This meeting is open to everyone.

Spirit wear order forms are here!!! They will be delivered to home room teachers on Monday so check Tuesday or Wednesday for the form. If you want to order online, you may go ahead and place your order at www.tms.cwspiritwear.com.

Sports:

Girls Soccer Tryouts will begin Monday, October 23rd and end Friday, October 27th from 3:45-5:30pm on the field located by Topsail Elementary. 6th grade girls only will try-out Monday the 23rd.  Tuesday October 24th will be reserved for 6th graders who make the 1st cut and all 7th and 8th graders. Wednesday Thursday and Friday will be reserved for those players who make 2nd and 3rd cuts. All cuts will be made after try-out and posted outside the main gym. Please check the athletics page on our school website for more information.

Boys soccer tryouts begin on Monday, October 23rd thru Thursday Oct. 26th, from 3:45-5:15 on the field beside TES.  Monday, October 23rd is for 6th graders only.  Tuesday October 24th is reserved for 6th graders who make the 1st cut, and all 7th and 8th graders.  Wed and Thursday is reserved for players making the cut each day.  There is not a sign up list for boys players, but you will sign in at tryouts when you show up to the field.

Softball will play Tuesday at 4 at the park in Burgaw against Penderlea to wrap up their regular season.  They stand in 2nd place right now, with the tournament starting Thursday at Cape Fear Middle, and game time is TBA.

Football is 3-1, tied for 1st place, and will play Thursday at Cape Fear Middle against the Grizzlies at 4:15. They have one more game remaining, a home game on October 24th at 4:30.

Clubs:

Cross Country Club will only meet on Monday this week. Our next race is the Son Run at Wrightsville Beach Park Saturday October 28th! This is a public race and we encourage members of the community to wear their Topsail gear and participate in the 5k! More information and the link to sign-up can be found on our website.

TMS HOSA Club meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month in cafeteria from 3:40-4:30.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




October 8, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  

We will start our week on October 9 with a B Day.

Expect your school pictures to come home on Monday!  You will receive the actual packet of pictures.  You may purchase the entire packet, or you may purchase what you would like.  Please send payment as directed on the packet to your homeroom teacher.  Send any pictures you do not wish to keep back to your homeroom teacher.  The deadline for returned pictures and payment is October 23.

Upcoming Dates:

October 18 is a full day for students, not an early release day.  Please mark your calendars.

October 18, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM

October 19, PAC Meeting, 5:00 PM, Media Center

October 19, PTO Meeting, 6:00 PM, Auxiliary Gym

October 23-27, Red Ribbon Week

November 10, NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day Holiday

PTO:  The first PTO meeting will be held immediately after the PAC meeting on October 19th at 6pm.  The PAC meeting is at 5.  Both meetings are open to everyone.  

Sports:

All those interested in trying-out for Girls Soccer may sign-up outside room 603 beginning this week. Tryouts will begin Monday October 23rd. All players must have a physical turned into the office before tryouts begin. Please check the athletics page on our school website for more information. Boys soccer tryouts will also begin on October 23rd. Softball and football players can try out after their season is over.

The football team is 3-1, and travels to Trask High School Tuesday, to play Cape Fear Middle at 4:15. There’s no 5th quarter for this game.  Softball won last week 9-7 over Penderlea.  The girls play a doubleheader Tuesday at home against Burgaw, then travel to Cape Fear Middle on Thursday.  

Clubs:

Congratulations to our Cross Country Club for their participation in the ECU Pirate Invitational yesterday in Greenville, NC. Detailed results will be announced posted on the website later this week! We will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 3:45-5:oopm.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



October 1, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  

Please join us on Thursday for our Back to School Curriculum Night!  We begin with a general meeting at 5:00 in the Auxiliary gym, then you may visit grade-level teams to learn more about the curriculum and expectations.  This is not an evening for one-to-one conferences with teachers, but there will be time for general questions and answers in each 30-minute presentation.  For your convenience, we will have 3 rotations, beginning at 5:30, so if you have children in each grade level, you will have an opportunity to visit with each one.  Encore teachers will also be available during these rotations.  The evening will wrap up at 7:00 PM.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

It’s the beginning of the month!  Please take a few minutes to put some money in those lunch accounts on-line or send a check with your child.  $50/month should cover the cost of lunches if your child eats everyday.  Please put in more for breakfasts and occasional a la carte items.  We already owe over $1,000 in cafeteria charges due to students purchasing lunches or breakfasts without having money in their accounts.  If you have received a notice that you owe lunch money, we appreciate your taking care of it immediately.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Rich, our cafeteria manager, by calling the main school number.

Federal Aid Cards are due tomorrow!  Please make sure you’ve sent yours in.  If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to call the office and speak to me, (910) 270-2612.

It is time to start preparing for the Community Holiday Assistance Program (CHAP).  This program works to address the needs of families living in the Topsail communities.  Last year approximately 250 families received food baskets and/or toys and clothing.  We anticipate that the need will be the same this year.  Watch for information about opportunities to make donations and/or volunteer in the upcoming weeks. Topsail Middle School will help in this effort in several different ways, including serving as a Referral site.

If your family is in need of assistance this year, the application process begins this Monday, October 2.  You can print the Referral Form and Letter that is attached to this message or request a copy at the school.  The completed form must be returned to the school counselor, by Friday, October 13 for Thanksgiving assistance and Christmas assistance.  Please contact Mrs. Cowan if you have questions.

Upcoming Dates:  

October 5, Back-to-School Curriculum Night, 5-7 (Starts with a general meeting at 5 in Aux Gym)

October 18 is now a full day for students, not an early release day.  Please mark your calendars.

October 18, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM

October 19, PAC Meeting

October 19, PTO Meeting

PTO: Thank you for your support with the membership drive, the Attraction Books fundraiser and an AMAZING back to school dance.  Over 400 Pirates showed up Friday afternoon!  Many families have expressed interest in purchasing Spirit Wear so we are sending an order form home next week.  The first PTO meeting will be held immediately after the PAC meeting on October 19th at 6pm.  This is open to everyone.  

Sports: The softball team plays 3 away games this week.  They’ll have a doubleheader Tuesday at Burgaw, then a game Thursdayagainst Penderlea, in Burgaw.  The football team plays at home Wednesday at 4:30 against Cedar Grove.  The team is 2-1 after shutting out Burgaw last week.

Clubs:

Cross Country Club will meet on both Monday and Wednesday from 3:45-5:00pm. We have our second competitive race on Saturday October 7th in Greenville, NC for The ECU Pirate Invitational.  The race is set to start at 9:30am, please arrive to the race at least by 8am so we may stretch and warm-up as a team.

HOSA meeting on Thursday, October 5.

First Friday FCA is this week!! Students will meet in the auxiliary gym on Friday, after school from 3:35- 4:35 for pizza, games, and fun.  Don't miss it!!   Students should be picked up in the parking lot behind the school no later than 4:45.  

Let’s have a great week at TMS!CHAPS Form 2017-18.pdf ​​​



Sept. 23, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  

We will start our week on September 25 with a B Day.

General:  Parent Portal will be open on Monday, September 25.  If you are in need of the web access letter, please see Mrs. Luchansky in the front office.  Be prepared to show your ID.

The Federally Connected Survey Cards are going home on Monday.  Please fill out and send back to school as soon as possible. We are looking for 100% participation this year! If you have questions concerning this card, please contact the front office.

The Parent Advisory Council, PAC, acts as the liaison with parents, administration, and the School Board.  The PAC advises the school on issues concerning the community and the schools, as well as finding solutions to make our school the best it can be!  If you would like to be a member of this important committee, please send your name, email, home/mailing address, and phone number (s) to me through email or send a note with your student by this Friday, September 29.  The School Board will approve our council, and then we will hold our first meeting on October 19, 2017, from 5-6.  The PAC meets regularly on the third Thursday of the month, prior to the PTO meetings, which are scheduled on the same dates from 6-7:30.  If you have any questions, please call!

This Week’s activities: Our first school dance of the year will be this Friday, from 4-6.  Students will have to have a permission slip to purchase tickets in advance.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

Interim reports will be going home on Thursday, September 28.

Upcoming Dates:

October 5, Back-to-School Curriculum Night, 5-7 (Starts with a general meeting at 5 in Aux Gym)

October 18 is now a full day for students, not an early release day.  Please mark your calendars.

October 19, PAC Meeting

October 19, PTO Meeting

PTO: The Back-to-School dance is this Friday September 29th from 4-6.  The cost is $5 and permission slips will come home over the next two days.  Students turn these in to the PTO volunteers during their lunch shift.  We will be set up outside of the cafeteria for their convenience.  Tickets will be delivered to the students last period on the Friday of the Dance.  Food will be available for purchase during the dance.  All proceeds benefit the physical education department.  Thank you for your support with the membership drive and the Attraction Books fundraiser.   The first PTO meeting will be held immediately after the PAC meeting on October 19 at 6:00pm.  This is open to everyone.

Sports: The sports schedule is in full swing this week, as the football team plays at home Tuesday against Burgaw, with the 5th quarter starting at 4:30.  

The softball team is away Tuesday at Cape Fear Middle, then plays a double header at the park in Burgaw on Thursday.  ​​​​​​​

Soccer tryouts are scheduled to begin October 23rd, so be sure to get those physicals turned in if you are interested in trying out.

Clubs:

Congratulations to our Cross Country Club for their participation in the Bo Run yesterday in Greenville, NC. Detailed results will be announced posted on the website later this week! We will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 3:45-5:00pm. Our next race is the ECU Pirate Invitational on Saturday October 7th!

On Tuesday and Friday of this week, our Tennis Team plays at home.

TMS HOSA meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:40-4:30 in the cafeteria.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



Sept. 17, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  

We will begin this week on Monday, September 18, with an A Day.  Benchmark tests will be taken every afternoon this week from Tuesday through Friday.  It will be difficult to release students early from benchmark testing, so please let us know ahead of time if it will be necessary for your child to be pulled out early.  Students will follow a modified bell schedule, so lunch times will change for each grade for this week only.

School picture day is tomorrow, Monday, September 18.  All students will take pictures since these will be used for the yearbook.  We will send packets home with the pictures in a few weeks.  If you choose to buy some or all of the pictures, please send payment in the envelope that will be provided and return any unpurchased pictures.  If you choose not to purchase the pictures, just send the whole package back. We will let you know when we have sent the pictures home so that you can look in your child’s bookbag if necessary.

Just a general reminder that our first bell rings at 8:20, and the tardy bell rings at 8:25. Students should be in their seats by 8:25.  

We provide supervision for students in the cafeteria and in the gym at 8:00 AM.  There is no supervision for students before this time, and should not be dropped off before then.  If a student has an appointment for tutoring with a teacher, please have your student follow the teacher’s directions for how to meet with him/her for tutoring before school.  Students are expected to wait for the bell in the gym, with 7th and 8th grade students waiting in the main gym, and 6th graders waiting in the auxiliary gym.  Teachers are there to provide supervision at 8:00.  Thank you for helping us keep your kids safe!

We appreciate parents’ support of our Pender County Schools cell phone policy.  We expect that phones will be turned off, not used, not visible and not displayed during the school day.  All of the students have been made aware of this policy by teachers and administrators.  This does mean that they are not able to check text messages or call parents during the day from their own cell phones.  We encourage all students to come to the office to use the office phone if necessary and to ask to see the nurse if they are sick.  We also want to encourage parents to call the office if necessary, or to get in touch with us through the generic email address:  tms@pender.k12.nc.us

If someone other than a parent or guardian is going to pick up your student, please send a note into school stating who the person is and about what time.  A call will be placed to confirm this pick up.  They will also need to show id to the front office staff.  TMS does not have an “approved pick up list”.  

On Tuesday, September 19th, an informational meeting about Duke TIP opportunities will be offered in the TMS Media Center at 6 p.m.  7th grade students who received a nomination letter last week in their homerooms are encouraged to attend with their parents.  

If your student is absent from school, please send a note to their Homeroom teacher within 3 days.  Please reference page 50 and 51 in the Code of Conduct for a list of excused absences.

On Monday, September 25th, the Parent Portal will be open.  Please come to the office if you need your access letter.  You will need to provide identification to the office staff.

Upcoming Dates:

September 23, Spot Festival

September 25, Parent Portal opens on PowerSchool

September 28, Interim Reports go home

September 29, School Dance, 4-6

October 5, Back-to-School Curriculum Night, 5-7 (Starts with a general meeting at 5 in Aux Gym)

October 18 is now a full day for students, not an early release day.  Please mark your calendars.

PTO: We are hosting a back to school dance on Friday September 29th from 4-6.  The cost is $5 and permission slips will be available the week of the dance.  Food will be available for purchase during the dance.  All proceeds benefit the physical education department.  Thank you for your support with the membership drive and the Attraction Books fundraiser.   This week is the final week to purchase your coupon book and the membership drive will continue until December.

Sports: The softball team has two home games this week, on Tuesday and Thursday, at 4:15. The football team travels to South Brunswick HS, to play against South Brunswick Middle, at 4 on Tuesday. Make plans to come to the first dance of the year on Friday September 29th in the gym!  

Clubs:

Cross Country Club will meet on both Monday and Wednesday from 3:45-5:00 pm. We have our first competitive race on Saturday, September 23rd, in Greenville, NC for The Bo Run.  The race is set to start at 9 am, please arrive to the race at least by 8 am so we may stretch and warm-up as a team.

TMS HOSA

HOSA club meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:40-4:30 in the cafeteria. If your student has expressed interest in health occupation, engineering or science, please have them attend the meeting. TMS HOSA focuses on education, school and community involvement that is service oriented as well as leadership development and exploring interests through the competitive events model used by National HOSA. This will be done to prepare students to be successful health care providers in the future and to develop lifelong leadership abilities and core friendship. Parents are also encouraged to attend on Thursday. For more information, call our school nurse, Mrs. Kandabarow, AND log on  nchosa.org.  

The Military Kids Club will have its first meeting this Friday, September 22, after school, and will have a regular meeting the 3rd Friday of each month unless we communicate otherwise.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



September 10, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  

We begin this week on Monday, September 11, with a B Day.

Parents /guardians of 7th grade students need to provide proof of Tdap and Meningitis immunization to Mrs. Kandabarow our school nurse by Sept 26th or the student will not be allowed to attend school . Immunizations can be given at your student’s doctor or you can go to Pender County Health Department Hampstead Annex located across from McDonald’s . The Immunization clinic is open every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 12-4 pm. Their number is 910-270-5000.

Please put some money in those lunch accounts!  $50 is enough to buy a school lunch for a month.  Send more if your child eats breakfast, or if s/he wants to buy a la carte items.  You can send money in with your child or visit the PCS webpage and the Child Nutrition Services site for payment options.

This Week’s activities:  School pictures have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Upcoming Dates:

September 18-22, Benchmark Testing (RESCHEDULED)
September 23, Spot Festival
September 28, Interim Reports go home
September 29, School Dance, 4-6
October 5, Back-to-School Curriculum Night, 5-7 (Starts with a general meeting at 5 in Aux Gym)


PTO:  Thank you for the response to our membership drive and for the response to the Attractions Books fundraiser.   Please review the back of the envelope for instructions.  If using EZPAY, please write your confirmation codes on your envelope.  Thank you for a great start to this 2017-18 school year.  Join our Facebook page (PTO of TMS) for updated information.

Sports: As a reminder, all middle school sports have a $3 admission cost for students and adults.  This helps pay for officials and equipment. The football team begins their action this week, travelling to Holly Shelter Middle Monday for a scrimmage game at 4:00.  Then Wednesdaythey travel to Shallotte Middle for a 4:00 game. Softball won 12-1 over Penderlea Thursday, and this week they travel to Cape Fear MS Tuesday, then to the park in Burgaw Thursday, for 4:00 games.
 
The first middle school dance will be Friday, September 29, after school until 6, in the gym.  Mark your calendars!   It costs $5, and the PTO will be selling pizza, drinks and candy as well. Students should receive a permission slip at the beginning of that week. 

Clubs:
Cross Country Club will meet on both Monday and Wednesday from 3:45-5:00 pm. We have our first competitive race on Saturday, September 23, in Greenville, NC for The Bo Run.  The race is set to start at 9am, please arrive to the race at least by 8am so we may stretch and warm-up as a team. 

 Let’s have a great week at TMS!



September 3, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We will start this week on Tuesday, September 5, with a B day.  Please enjoy the Labor Day Holiday on Monday with NO SCHOOL on September 4.

Thank you for taking our drop-off and pick-up procedures seriously and especially for having patience as we welcome and release our students to you.  Even the first day of school went relatively smoothly, thanks to this wonderful community!  As a reminder, there is no drop-off or pick-up in the front circle.

Our students seem to enjoy our cafeteria, and they are hungry by the time they get to lunch!  Several of them had to charge a lunch this past week when they forgot money or a lunch box.  Pender County Schools policy allows for occasional charges, but an individual child should not ever owe more than $20.  Please check with your student to see if money needs to be added to a lunch account.  If you receive a phone call or letter regarding a cafeteria charge, please take care of it as soon as possible before the amount is too much to handle.  You may send money with your child or visit the Child Nutrition Services page on the Pender County Schools website to explore options for paying on-line.  Free/reduced lunch forms were sent home this week for all students.  If you didn’t receive one, have your child request one from the cafeteria manager or the front office.

Parents /guardians of 7th grade students need to provide proof of Tdap and Meningitis immunization to Mrs. Kandabarow our school nurse by Sept 26th or the student will not be allowed to attend school . Immunizations can be given at your student’s doctor or you can go to Pender County Health Department Hampstead Annex located across from McDonald’s . The Immunization clinic is open every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 12-4 pm. Their number is 910-270-5000.

Feel free to call the TMS main office number, (910) 270-2612, if you have any questions.  If you wish to make a change in transportation, please send a note to the main office with your child at the beginning of the day.  Another option is to send an email to the generic email address, tms@pender.k12.nc.us.  Email for changes in transportation must be received by 2:30 for that day, and no early student check-out is allowed after 3:00.  You can use this email address for answers to general school questions as well.

Upcoming Dates:

September 11-15, Benchmark Testing

September 12, Fall Pictures

September 23, Spot Festival

September 28, Interim Reports go home

PTO:  Thank you for the response to our membership drive and for the response to the Attractions Books fundraiser.   Please review the back of the envelope for instructions.  If using EZPAY, please write your confirmation codes on your envelope.  Thank you for a great start to this 2017-18 school year.  Join our Facebook page (PTO of TMS) for updated information.

Sports: Congratulations to everyone that has made the softball, cheer, and football teams. The football scrimmage game scheduled for Tuesday Sept. 5th is moved to Monday Sept. 11th. Softball is scheduled to go to Penderlea on Thursday Sept. 7thfor their first game.

Clubs:

Cross Country Club will meet on Wednesday from 3:45-5:00 pm. Please be changed into running gear and ready on the track by 3:45. Don’t forget to bring your own water and eat a healthy lunch! Also, check the Cross Country website to order your t-shirt!!

Students interested in applying for a Yearbook Staff position should pick up an application in the front office. Yearbook meets as a year-long Think Lab class and is open to students in all grades. Application are due in the front office by Friday, September 8.

TMS HOSA club meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in the cafeteria from 3:35-4:15 . Students have to have arrangements for pick up in advance. Pick up is always in the front circle.If your student is interested in joining the club, please have him /her stop by in the nurse's office and speak with Mrs. Kandabarow.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



August 27, 2017


Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements and some very specific instructions for tomorrow,  the first day of school, and to serve as a reminder of our general procedures:


  1. Please be patient in drop-off and pick-up lines.  We have worked with DOT to adjust the traffic light to allow for a longer left arrow, but there will be a lot of traffic the first week of school.  We have over 1,000 students enrolled, so your help and patience is really appreciated!

  2. We do not allow drop-off or pick-up in the front circle.  Stay in the right hand lane so that you can drive past the tennis courts to the drop-off area in the back lot.  There are some parking places in the back lot for use during drop-off and pick-up, but most cars follow the line around the back and drop the students off.  All cars must be moved from that area at the beginning of the school day.

  3. All students, whether they are car riders or bus riders, must go to the gyms (6th grade in the auxiliary gym and 7th/8th grades in the main gym) when they come to campus in the morning, unless they will be eating breakfast in the cafeteria.

  4. The bell will ring at 8:25.  At that time all students should proceed to their Homeroom, where they received their schedule at Open House.  If you did not attend Open House or if you recently enrolled, please instruct your child to come to the office when the bell rings and we’ll provide a Homeroom teacher.  Homeroom teachers have schedules to give to students, including schedules that needed to be changed or fixed.  

  5. The final bell rings at 3:35.  At that time, students will proceed to the bus lot or to the pick-up lot at the back of the school.

  6. Your students will bring a number of important forms and informative papers for you tomorrow afternoon.  Thank you for helping out by filling them out and sending them back the next day!



Upcoming Dates:


September 4, Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

September 11-15, Benchmark Testing

September 12, Fall Pictures

September 23, Spot Festival

September 28, Interim Reports go home


PTO: The Attractions Books fundraiser will begin this week!  Each student will receive a book and an envelope and instructions for this important PTO fundraiser.  Thank you for your support!


Sports:  

Cheerleading tryouts will be Tuesday thru Thursday, in the auxilliary gym after school until 6pm. Girls may leave their bags in the sports locker room in the back of the gym, which will be locked during the day.  You may turn in physicals to Coach Silver, Coach Batts, or the office.


Softball tryouts will begin Tuesday, August 28th, after school on the softball field near the track. Players may leave their bags in the sports locker room, which will be locked all day. You may turn in physicals to Coach McLean, Coach Batts, or the office.


Clubs:

Cross Country Club will begin the second week of school. Participation Forms will be collected FRIDAY September 1st AFTER MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS. See the school website under athletics for more information.


Let’s have a great week at TMS!



August 13, 2017

Good evening, Topsail Middle School families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with a few messages and reminders to start the new school year!

Open House will be held on Thursday, August 24, from 4-7 PM.  Students will find out their schedules and will have the opportunity to meet their teachers. School begins on Monday, August 28.  There will be an informational meeting for parents new to the community during Open House at 5:30 in the Auxiliary Gym.  Students who are unable to attend Open House will receive their schedules on Monday, August 28.

Please do not hesitate to call the office if you have any questions or concerns.  Also, please access the TMS website for information.

PTO:  Please consider joining our PTO and consider a leadership position. We have over 1,000 students in our school and we need you to be an active PTO for our children!  There will be a table set up at Open House to answer any questions, or call the office and we’ll help you get in touch with the right person.

Sports:  

Official football tryouts start on Aug 214-6pm, all week. All students must have a physical turned into the office before trying out. Physical forms can be found on the school website, under the athletics tab.

Cheerleading will hold try-outs beginning August 29th after school in the auxiliary gym.

Softball will hold try-outs beginning August 29th after school on the softball field behind the school.

Clubs:
Cross Country Club will begin the second week of school. This club is limited to 50 members due to supervision. Participation Forms are available on Cross Country website, through our athletics page. Forms will be collected FRIDAY September 1st AFTER MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS. Students will form a line outside the front office with their completed form. The first 50 forms will be accepted. Because this is a club, physicals are not required.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Open House!  Have a great evening!



July 23, 2017

Good evening, TMS families!

I realize that there will be some school shopping happening in the next few weeks, so we have published the updated supply lists and dress code on the Parent tab on the TMS website.  I have also attached the updated dress code on the email attached to this phone message.

Open House will be at TMS on Thursday, August 24, from 4-7 PM.  Final schedules will be released at that time.  It has come to my attention that students have somehow figured out how to find their schedules.  Please discourage this; those schedules are highly subject to change between now and the beginning of the year.  No schedules are final and any changes made between now and the beginning of the year will be considered final.  No changes will be made at the Open House because the "new" schedule differs from the schedule that your student has found on-line at this time. 

The first day of school is August 28.

I hope you're having a great summer!  Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions!

Thank you! 4316 STUDENT DRESS CODE.doc 


June 4, 2017
 
Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with the last of this school year’s weekly announcements! All of us at TMS are so grateful to be a part of your kid’s lives and this community!  Have a wonderful summer!
 
We are starting this week with an A day. Except for Monday, which is still an EOG test day, and Friday, which is an early release day, classes will be on a regular bell schedule this week.  CTE tests will be given during class time on their regular class days.
 
Please make sure that your son/daughter understand that the regular dress code will still be in force for the remainder of the school year.  8th Grade Awards Ceremony dress expectations have been sent out to parents of 8th graders through a separate message. 
 
Please send money to pay for cafeteria charges.  Our school owes in excess of $3,500 in cafeteria charges.  Some are as low as $0.25, and others exceed $100.  We have sent reminders, made phone calls, and let your kids know that they owe money, and this is my final plea.  All accounts must be current by the end of the year.  It might be helpful to send each child to school with a few dollars this week to pay up any cafeteria charges if you are not sure.  If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Rich, our cafeteria manager, at 270-2612.  If you feel that you have received notices in error, make sure you clear it up with the cafeteria manager before the end of the year.
 
Several students still have overdue books out.  If they have lost the books, they will have to pay for them.  Ask your child if you suspect there is an overdue book out there, and have them return it ASAP!
 
Yearbooks will be handed out on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  Students will have some time to have others sign their books.  If you ordered a yearbook, ask your child if s/he received it.
 
Report cards will be sent home on Friday.  Students who have qualified for high school classes will receive a letter with their report card.  Parents must sign and return the letter by the date indicated so we can create our classes. 
 
Encourage your child to participate in our Summer Reading Program!  Information is available in the Media Center!
 
We will be sending home information about the EOG test scores and summer school by the middle of the week so that you can make plans.  
 
This week:
June 5, 8th Grade Science EOG, 6,7th grade Science Final Exams, 7th Grade Earth/Environmental EOC (High School class only)
June 6, 7, CTE Testing
 
June 5-9, Make-up tests for students who missed regular testing
 
6th Grade awards are as follows:
June 6,  Schmitz Team Awards,  9:00 AM
June 6,  Mcguire Team Awards,  1:30 PM
June 7, Botkin Team Awards,  9:00 AM
June 7, Ennis Team Awards,  1:30 PM
 
June 7, 7th Grade Team Day, AM
June 8, 7th Grade Awards, 9-11
June 8, 6th Grade 4th Quarter Rewards Day
June 8, 8th Grade Field Day
June 9, 8th Grade Awards, 9:30, Main Gym
June 9, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  EARLY RELEASE at 12:35.
 
Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions about awards, team days, or anything concerning the end of the year.
Looking ahead dates:
 
June 14-23, EOG Summer School, Grades 6-8
 
Open House for TMS:  Tentatively scheduled for August 24.  Exact dates and times will be published on the Pender County Schools Website as plans are finalized.
First Day of School: August 28
 
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION for THS. Monday, August 7th for Student Last Names A-L and Marching Band. Tuesday, August 8th for Student Last Names M-Z. Orientation begins at 8:00 a.m.and lasts until 12:00 p.m. Upcoming freshmen and new students will receive their schedule at orientation days. Orientation days are for students only. Location: Topsail High School Auditorium. 
 
Let’s have a great week at TMS!



May 28, 2017
 
Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.
 
Remember that tomorrow, Monday, there is NO SCHOOL as we celebrate Memorial Day!  School will resume on Tuesday, May 30.We will begin this week with an A day.  
 
We will run a modified testing schedule this week beginning Wednesday, which is the first day of school-wide testing.  Lunch schedules will be modified, and regular class schedules will also be modified.
 
Please consider volunteering as a proctor for our year-end tests.  We have a Sign-up Genius on the website and at the link attached to the email on this message.  Please encourage family and friends,neighbors, retirees, social groups, parents, college students, or others who may want to volunteer for this very important task to sign up!  Thank you in advance!
 
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aadab29a6f85-endofgrade1
 
Please make sure that your students eat a good breakfast and get a good night’s sleep before testing this week and next.  All students need to be at school on time for the 8:25 bell. Call the school immediately if your child is not going to be in attendance for that day’s test.  If your child wears glasses, these would be good days to remember them.  
 
Heightened anticipation before a test is expected, but too much anxiety is not.  Reassure your child that the teachers have prepared their classes well and that there is nothing on the test that they haven’t studied.  Give them the test-taking strategies that have worked for you, and let them know that doing their best for the entire testing time is what is expected and appreciated.  The tests are not hard, they are just long.  The two longest tests will be Math and ELA, and those will be given on Wednesday and Thursday.
 
During EOG testing, students will not be allowed to have their phones with them in the classrooms.  They will be collected at the beginning of the test and returned at the end of testing.  We will be unable to retrieve students from any classroom where students are still testing, and we will not be able to make intercom announcements to classrooms.  For this reason, we will not be able to have early check-outs from school until 2:30 on test days.  This is the time when most students have completed the tests and we can more reasonably collect students from classrooms.  Please check your schedules for these dates:  May 31June 1June 2, and June 5.  These are the four days that all students will be testing in our school, and we will only be able to release students on a limited basis for early check out.  Thank you so much for adhering to these guidelines!
 
Don’t forget that the Pender County Health Department Mobile Dental clinic along with Dr. Kathy Barnes and staff are at Topsail Middle School.  They can provide services during school and after school hours.  If you would like for your child to be seen, please fill out the form that is available in the front office, then return the completed form to Mrs. Kandabarow, our school nurse.  If you have questions, please call (910) 471-3250.
 
National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony will take place this Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym
 
Just 9 days left of the school year. If you haven’t paid off your cafeteria balance, please do so as soon as possible.  If your child will be eating lunch the rest of the school year, $25 should cover lunches and a couple of a la carte items.  Any money left in the account will carry over to next year, even if your child goes to the high school.
 
This week:
 
May 30, English 1 End of Course Test
May 31, Math EOG, Grades 6-8
June 1, ELA EOG, Grades 6-8
June 1, NJHS Induction Ceremony, 6:00, Auxiliary Gym
June 2, Social Studies Final Exams, Grades 6-8
 
Looking ahead dates: 
 
June 5, 8th Grade Science EOG, 6,7th grade Science Final Exams, 7th Grade Earth/Environmental EOC (High School class only)
June 6, 7, CTE Testing
June 6,  Schmitz Team Awards,  9:00 AM
June 6,  Mcguire Team Awards,  1:30 PM
June 7, Botkin Team Awards,  9:00 AM
June 7, Ennis Team Awards,  1:30 PM
June 7, 7th Grade Team Day, AM
June 8, 7th Grade Awards, 9-11
June 8, 6th Grade 4th Quarter Rewards Day
June 8, 8th Grade Field Day
June 9, 8th Grade Awards, 9:30, Main Gym
June 9, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  EARLY RELEASE!
June 14-23, EOG Summer School, Grades 6-8
 
PTO News:  TMS would like to thank the PTO for their wonderful service this year, and we are looking forward to a great partnership next year! 
 
Sports: Congratulations to the volleyball team for sweeping their way through an undefeated season. They won in the finals over a hungry Penderlea team.  The baseball team finished runners up in the championship game after an undefeated regular season. 
 
  It was another banner year for Topsail Middle in sports, winning 6 championships! Go, Pirates!
 
Remember, Tuesday, bring your physical forms and $10 if you want to get your physical done at the high school.
 
Let's have a great week at TMS!



May 21, 2017

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

 We will begin this week with a B day.

We will start the EOG testing this week with the Math 1 test on Friday.  This test is for 8th graders in the Math 1 high school class. EOGs in Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science will begin next week.  Please consider volunteering as a proctor for our year-end tests.  We have a Sign-up Genius on the website and at the link attached to the email on this message.  Please encourage family and friends,neighbors, retirees, social groups, parents, college students, or others who may want to volunteer for this very important task to sign up!  Thank you in advance!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aadab29a6f85-endofgrade1

During EOG testing, students will not be allowed to have their phones with them in the classrooms.  They will be collected at the beginning of the test and returned at the end of testing.  We will be unable to retrieve students from any classroom where students are still testing, and we will not be able to make intercom announcements to classrooms.  For this reason, we will not be able to have early check-outs from school until 2:30 on test days.  This is the time when most students have completed the tests and we can more reasonably collect students from classrooms.  Please check your schedules for these dates:  May 31June 1June 2, and June 5.  These are the four days that all students will be testing in our school, and we will only be able to release students on a limited basis for early check out.  Thank you so much for adhering to these guidelines!

Don’t forget that the Pender County Health Department Mobile Dental clinic along with Dr. Kathy Barnes and staff are at Topsail Middle School.  They can provide services during school and after school hours.  If you would like for your child to be seen, please fill out the form that is available in the front office, then return the completed form to Mrs. Kandabarow, our school nurse.  If you have questions, please call (910) 471-3250.

Current NJHS students and parents, mark your calendars for the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony which will take place Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym.  This ceremony is for current NJHS students.  Rising 8th grade students will learn more about the National Junior Honor Society at the beginning of school next year.

Awards ceremonies have been scheduled for each grade level. If you have any questions, please ask your homeroom teacher.  More information will be coming from the grade level teams.

Looking ahead dates:

May 29, Memorial Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL
May 30, English 1 End of Course Test
May 31, Math EOG, Grades 6-8
June 1, ELA EOG, Grades 6-8
June 1, NJHS Induction Ceremony, 6:00, Auxiliary Gym
June 2, Social Studies Final Exams, Grades 6-8
June 5, 8th Grade Science EOG, 6,7th grade Science Final Exams, 7th Grade Earth/Environmental EOC (High School class only)
June 6, CTE Testing
June 6,  Schmitz Team Awards,  9:00 AM
June 6th McGuire Team Awards,  1:30 PM
June 7th Botkin Team Awards,  9:00 AM
June 7th Ennis Team Awards,  1:30 PM
June 8, 7th Grade Awards, 9-11
June 8, 6th Grade 4th Quarter Rewards Day
June 8, 8th Grade Field Day
June 9, 8th Grade Awards, 9:30, Main Gym
June 9, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  EARLY RELEASE!
June 14-23, EOG Summer School, Grades 6-8

PTO news: Thank you to all of you that attended our last PTO meeting Thursday. We welcome our new board members:  Patty Creech as co- president, Shelley Fletcher as secretary and Stacey Ouellette as treasurer. We will continue looking for a co-president and a vice president. Thank you so much for your support this past year and we are excited to pass the torch to these wonderful ladies. Thank you ladies for stepping up to help make a difference at TMS!


Sports: It’s tournament time for our spring sports! Baseball plays Burgaw Middle at home, Monday at 4:30.  If we win, we’ll play Wednesday at home for the championship. 

The volleyball team will travel to West Pender for the tournament Thursday, and play at 4.  If they win, they’ll play the winner of the 2 vs. 3 game afterwards. 

And remember physicals will be given at THS for $10, after school on Tuesday May 30th. Have the first page filled out and signed by a parent.

Let's have a great week at TMS!



May 14, 2017

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

 We will begin this week with an A day.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms and all those who mother our kids! Thank you for letting us enjoy being with your children each day!

This past week was School Nurse’s Week!  We want to thank our own School Nurse, Mrs. Kandabarow, for all she does for staff, students, and families at TMS!

We are so excited to announce that the Pender County Health Department Mobile Dental clinic along with Dr. Kathy Barnes and staff are at Topsail Middle School.  They can provide services during school and after school hours.  If you would like for your child to be seen, please fill out the form that is available in the front office, then return the completed form to Mrs. Kandabarow, our school nurse.  If you have questions, please call (910) 471-3250.

NJHS Members, mark your calendars for The National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony, which will take place Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym.

This week: 

May 16, Spring Band Concert, THS Auditorium, 6th Grade 6:15, 7th and 8th Grade, 
7:00
May 17, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
May 18, PTO Meeting, 6:00, Media Center
May 19, EC Prom at Heide Trask High School

Looking ahead dates:
May 26, Math 1 End of Course Test
May 29, Memorial Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL
May 30, English 1 End of Course Test
May 31, Math EOG, Grades 6-8
June 1, ELA EOG, Grades 6-8
June 1, NJHS Induction Ceremony, 6:00, Auxiliary Gym
June 2, Social Studies Final Exams, Grades 6-8
June 5, 8th Grade Science EOG, 6,7th grade Science Final Exams, 7th Grade Earth/Environmental EOC (High School class only)
June 6, CTE Testing
June 6,  Schmitz Team Awards,  9:00 AM
June 6th Mcguire Team Awards,  1:30 PM
June 7th Botkin Team Awards,  9:00 AM
June 7th Ennis Team Awards,  1:30 PM
June 8, 7th Grade Awards, 9-11
June 8, 6th Grade 4th Quarter Rewards Day
June 8, 8th Grade Field Day
June 9, 8th Grade Awards, 9:30, Main Gym
June 9, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  EARLY RELEASE!
June 14-23, EOG Summer School, Grades 6-8

PTO news: Please plan to attend our last PTO meeting for this school year this Thursday, May 18th, at 6:00. We have received a few nominations for next year's board members but it is not too late to get your nomination in. PTO has done some great things this year and we would love to see them continue on. You can really make a difference. We have enjoyed being your board members this year and are excited to pass things on to some new wonderful people! We thank you for all your support.

Please consider helping with proctoring this year for end of grade testing. Even if you can only help one day it will be appreciated. This is the sign up genius, or just call the office, or contact PTO on Facebook or email, PTO4TMS@gmail.com

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aadab29a6f85-endofgrade1


Sports: Monday, Volleyball will travel to West Pender Middle School, and Baseball will travel to Burgaw Middle School.  Both teams play at home against Cape Fear Middle School this Thursday.  Please come out and support these super teams!

Clubs: HOSA Club will meet this Thursday.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



May 7, 2017

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

 We will begin this week with a B day.

Thank you to all parents who worked patiently with the traffic last week during the Golf Tournament.  We appreciate your flexibility and patience!  

I want to share some serious information about the safety of your children when they stay after school for games, such as volleyball and baseball.  I’ve been told that some students stay after school for the games, then they leave the games to walk unsupervised through the woods, around the library, and across the street to go to Taco Bell and other stores in the Lowe’s Foods shopping center.  Crossing Highway 17 on foot is a dangerous practice as there is no crosswalk and no pedestrian light.   Not all students understand how to cross at a traffic light, and the cars go very fast on this highway.  My understanding is that the students do not always have their parent’s permission to do this.  Students who stay after school for the games are under the direct supervision of staff as long as they stay at the game.  The safest place for middle school students who stay after school for events is at the event.  They should be picked up in the back parking lot at the end of the game rather than other places on school campus.  Doing this will help eliminate students walking where parents are not alert to pedestrian traffic. Please help us keep your kids safe!

We are so excited to announce that the Pender County Health Department Mobile Dental clinic along with Dr. Kathy Barnes and staff are at Topsail Middle School.  They can provide services during school and after school hours.  If you would like for your child to be seen, please fill out the form that is available in the front office, then return the completed form to Mrs. Kandabarow, our school nurse.  If you have questions, please call (910) 471-3250.

Please look for rising 7th and 8th grade Scheduling Cards to come home this week.  Please review with your student, sign and return to your Homeroom teacher no later than Monday, May 15th.

Attendance letters will be sent home this week too.  Please make any changes in attendance on this letter and return to the student’s Homeroom Teacher.

Cafeteria charge letters have been sent out every other week.  If you have received one, please pay the charges at this time.  If you have any questions about the charges, you may call our cafeteria manager, Mrs. Rich, at (910) 270-2612.

We are facing the end of the year and End of Grade Tests. The year has just flown by!  Please consider volunteering as a proctor for our year-end tests.  We have a Sign-up Genius on the website and at the link attached to the email on this message.  Please encourage family and friends,neighbors, retirees, social groups, parents, college students, or others who may want to volunteer for this very important task to sign up!  Thank you in advance!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aadab29a6f85-endofgrade1

This week:
May 9, Spring Choir Concert, 6:30 Auxiliary Gym
May 9, 10, 6th Grade to Old River Farms
May 11, Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting (Current 5th Graders), 6:00-7:00, Auxiliary Gym

Looking ahead dates:

May 16, Spring Band Concert
May 17, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
May 18, PTO Meeting, 6:00
May 19, EC Prom, Heide Trask High School
May 26, Math 1 End of Course Test
May 29, Memorial Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL
May 30, English 1 End of Course Test
May 31, Math EOG, Grades 6-8
June 1, ELA EOG, Grades 6-8
June 2, Social Studies Final Exams, Grades 6-8
June 5, 8th Grade Science EOG, 6,7th grade Science Final Exams, 7th Grade Earth/Environmental EOC (High School class only)
June 6, CTE Testing
June 8, 7th Grade Awards, 9-11
June 9, 8th Grade Awards, 9:30, Main Gym
June 9, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  EARLY RELEASE!
June 14-23, EOG Summer School, Grades 6-8

PTO news: It was a busy week for PTO last week!  Thank you so much to all the parents that helped with teacher's appreciation last week. Thank you  Shehla for coordinating all of this. The teachers and staff really appreciated the wonderful gifts, cards, and positive vibes!

Also thank you to everyone that helped with the 8th grade dance.  PTO parents did a great job decorating, serving, and cleaning up afterwards!  Students had a wonderful time, and the hard work of setting up and taking down was made easier by the volunteers who worked long hours to make the event so special!

We have had a wonderful school year and were able to accomplish many things with your help. Thanks for all your support!

We are still accepting nominations for all positions of the PTO board for next year. Please consider taking one of these positions and helping make a difference at TMS.  Plan on attending the final PTO meeting on May 18!  You do not have to be a current member of PTO to attend the meeting!

Thank you again for all you do to make TMS a great school!

Sports: 

Both the volleyball and baseball teams continued their winning ways this week, and both sit at 5-0, atop the standings. Monday, the volleyball team travels to Burgaw Middle for a 4:00 game, for their only game of the week. Baseball plays at Cape Fear Wednesday at 4, then turns around for a home game Thursday at 4:30 against Penderlea. 

Let's have a great week at TMS!



April 30, 2017

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

 We will begin this week with an A day.

This is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Please make sure to thank the teachers for their dedication and work on your child’s behalf!  I am amazed daily by our teachers!  They make TMS the great place it is!

The Wells Fargo Golf Tournament will be held in Wilmington this week.  Because there are a number of places in the area being used for parking and shuttle service (the Spot Festival field will be one) to and from the venue, this may severely impact our bus routes as well as regular parent drop off and pick up.  Until we know the full effect of this event, please make plans to leave a little earlier to pick up and drop off.  We will work to keep the buses running on schedule, but there may be issues with transportation that we will have to work around.  Thank you for your flexibility.

Yearbook sales end Friday, May 5th. The cost is $32.00 and may be purchased online through Strawbridge Studios at http://www.strawbridge.net/yearbooks/. The online purchase code is 106963. We have only about a 30 books remaining to sell, so please don’t delay in ordering!

It is the beginning of the month! Time to put some money into those lunch accounts.  Phone calls will be made this week to inform parents of negative balances in cafeteria accounts.  Please call Mrs. Abbey Rich, (910) 270-2612, if you have any questions.  All accounts must be paid in full by the last day of school.

Please consider being a proctor for us during testing at the end of the year.  Contact Ms. Walter at (910) 270-2612, sign up on the link on the school website,  or call the office.  Thank you so much for volunteering for this very important opportunity!  Testing starts this year with the Math 1 exam on May 26.  The full testing schedule is on the school website.

This week:

May 1-5, Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3, 9, 10, 6th Grade Field Trip to Burgaw
May 4, Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting (Current 6th Graders), 6:00-7:00, Auxiliary 
Gym
May 5, Interim Reports
May 5-6, All-State Band, UNCG
May 6, Springfest in Burgaw
May 6, 8th Grade Dance, “Red Carpet Hollywood,” 6-9 PM

If you have not sent in money for the 6th grade field trip, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.  The first group will be going this Wednesday, May 3.

Looking ahead dates:
May 9, Spring Choir Concert
May 11, Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting (Current 5th Graders), 6:00
May 16, Spring Band Concert
May 17, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
May 18, PTO Meeting, 6:00
May 19, EC Prom, Heide Trask High School
May 29, Memorial Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL

PTO news: First, we wanted to say thank you for everyone's support this year. We could not have achieved so much without you. We have just a few more things we are working on to finish out the year. All teachers and all staff appreciation days are coming up in the next weeks. If you would like to help out and you have not been contacted please email us at PTO4TMS@gmail.com or you can text Becky at 910-233-0800. We have many exciting events going on.

We also have the 8th grade formal next Saturday. To keep the price of tickets down we are asking for the help of all 8th grade parents. If you can help and have not been contacted please email us at PTO4TMS@gmail.com or you can text Becky at 910-233-0800. Tickets will be sold this week during lunch. If you haven't gotten a permission slip yet they should be sent home Monday. We do need help selling tickets during the week and 7th grade parents to help serve at the formal. Please let us know if you can help.

All of our board members this year will be moving to the high school next year. We will be taking nominations for all positions now until our last PTO meeting on the 18th of May. Please let us know if you are interested in a position or know someone that would be!

Thank you for all of your support and please continue to follow our facebook page.

Sports: Monday 5/1 the baseball and volleyball teams travel to Cape Fear Middle to play the Grizzlies at 4:00.  Then Thursday 5/4, both teams have home games against Penderlea at 4:30.  Cheer tryouts will be during the first week of school in the fall.

Let's have a great week at TMS!




April 23

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

We will begin this week with a B day.

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Melissa Gallagher, our new Teacher of the Year!  Melissa was chosen by staff to represent TMS at the district level.  Congratulations and good luck in the next level of competition!

We also want to celebrate Chris Suhr, an 8th grader at our school, who competed in the 31st Annual Southeastern Region Mathematics Competition on April 6.  He is among the top 10%  in our region, coming in at 6th place overall!  Chris will be competing at the state level on May 4 at Fayetteville State University. Congratulations and good luck, Chris!

On April 24, 25, and 26 from 4:30-7pm the Topsail High School Marching Band will be hosting auditions for color guard for fall 2017. Please meet at the high school band room (F110). Anyone is welcome to come, and please email Mr. Wentzek with any questions.

The TMS Yearbook is still on sale! The cost is $32.00 and may be purchased online through Strawbridge Studios at http://www.strawbridge.net/yearbooks/. The online purchase code is 106963. Books are selling quickly with fewer than 50 still available for purchase.

This Week:

Monday, April 24, 8th Grade Field Trip to Raleigh (8th grade parents will be receiving a separate message tonight regarding the field trip)

April 26, Administrative Professionals Day (Front Office Staff)

April 27, Rising 8th Grade Parent Meeting (Current 7th Graders), 6:00 PM, Auxiliary Gym

April 28, Spring Special Olympics, Heide Trask High School.  Please come out during the day to support our special olympians and their hard work!  Good luck to our athletes!

Looking ahead dates:

May 1-5, Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3, 9, 10, 6th Grade Field Trip to Burgaw

May 4, Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting (Current 6th Graders), 6:00

May 5, Interim Reports

May 5-6, All-State Band, UNCG

May 6, Springfest in Burgaw

May 6, 8th Grade Dance, “Red Carpet Hollywood,” 6-9 PM

May 9, Spring Choir Concert

May 11, Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting (Current 5th Graders), 6:00

May 16, Spring Band Concert

May 17, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM

May 19, EC Prom, Heide Trask High School

May 29, Memorial Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL

Attached to the email is our final EOG test schedule.  It will also be on the school website.

PTO news: Thank you to everyone that attended our last PTO meeting. Mr. Mark Council shared some very great information about career paths at CFCC for all students in our community.

We are looking for some help with volleyball concessions.  If you can help please contact us at pto4tms@gmail.com.

Please watch for more information about appreciation days for TMS staff coming soon.

Thank you for all of your support and please continue to follow our facebook page for important information. You do not have to be a member to follow us but it is not too late to join our PTO

Sports:  Both the volleyball and baseball teams are 2-0.  They have home games Thursday 4/27 at 4:30.  Volleyball plays West Pender, and baseball plays Burgaw.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




April 16
Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements. Welcome back for the last few weeks of school!  We hope that you had a relaxing break!

As we start our last few weeks of school, please help us maintain the safety and security of our students by following the drop off and pick-up processes that are already in place.  With approximately 1,050 students, drop-off and pick-up can only be as efficient and effective as the procedures that are in place.  We are at the mercy of the traffic lights and heavy traffic on Highway 17 in the morning and afternoons, and we also have to respond to the various needs of our many children.  It is not a quick process because of the number of students we release at one time, but it can work very smoothly as long as everyone understands the procedures and faces the mornings and afternoons with patience and good humor. Parent vehicles should not be parked anywhere else except for the back paved parking lot.  Parking on the school grounds anywhere else in order to make a quick exit after school creates a safety hazard for your children as we do not have supervision in these areas and moving vehicles are not prepared for students walking or running in these areas.  It only takes a second for a young person to dart out in front of a moving vehicle!  Drop-off and pick-up is allowed only in the back lot.  If you have a parking pass for the front circle, this is allowed for individual health-related or other circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please see Deputy Kittlaus if you need a pass for the front circle.  The visitor spaces in front of the school are for parents and visitors who have business inside the building, and should be reserved for this purpose.  Parking there to wait for the bell to pick up your child at the end of the day eliminates parking for visitors who have after-school meetings or other business in the school. I want to thank all of the parents who do follow these procedures and understand that we are here for our children and their safety.  

Mark your calendars for Parent Meetings regarding next year’s classes.  All meetings will be held in the Auxiliary Gym, and they will be from 6:00-7:00.  They are specific to the grade levels, but if you have multiple students, just attending one should be sufficient.  Here are the dates: Rising 8th graders (current 7th graders) on April 27, Rising 7th graders (current 6th graders) on May 4, and Rising 6th Graders (current 5th graders) on May 11.


On April 24, 25, and 26 from 4:30-7pm the Topsail High School Marching Band will be hosting auditions for color guard for Fall 2017. Please meet at the high school band room (F110). Anyone is welcome to come, and please email Mr. Wentzek with any questions.

The TMS Yearbook is still on sale! The cost is $32.00 and may be purchased online through Strawbridge Studios at http://www.strawbridge.net/yearbooks/. The online purchase code is 106963. Books are selling quickly, so don't delay!  Order a yearbook for your child  today!

This week at TMS:

Tuesday-Friday, April 18-21: Benchmark Testing for all students in the afternoons.  Please try not to pick your students up early on these days as they will be involved in benchmark testing. We will run a modified bell schedule that day to prepare for a testing session in the afternoon, but students will still be in school until the regular time.

April 19, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
April 20, PAC Meeting, 5:00
April 20, PTO Meeting, 6:00
April 21, NJHS Field Trip to Rocky Point Elementary

Looking ahead dates are in the email attached to this voice message:
April 24, 8th Grade Field Trip to Raleigh
April 26, Administrative Professionals Day (Front Office Staff)
April 27, Rising 8th Grade Parent Meeting (Current 7th Graders), 6:00
April 28, Spring Special Olympics, Heide Trask High School
May 3, 9, 10, 6th Grade Field Trip to Burgaw
May 4, Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting (Current 6th Graders), 6:00
May 5, Interim Reports
May 5-6, All-State Band, UNCG
May 6, Springfest in Burgaw
May 6, 8th Grade Dance, “Red Carpet Hollywood,” 6-9 PM
May 9, Spring Choir Concert
May 11, Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting (Current 5th Graders), 6:00
May 16, Spring Band Concert
May 17, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
May 19, EC Prom, Heide Trask High School
May 29, Memorial Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL


PTO news: Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make this book fair successful! It has been really hard with two of our board members out with medical issues. Thank you for all of your help.

Thank you to all the eighth grade students for voting for the theme of the eighth grade dance. The theme for this year's dance is Red Carpet Hollywood. Our next meeting will be coming soon. If you're interested in helping with the dance please contact us by e-mail at PTO4TMS@gmail.com

Please make plans to attend our next PTO meeting on April the 20th. The Dean for Vocational and Technical Education at CFCC will be speaking. He wants wants to inform us on possible careers and education solutions for our students.

Thank you so much for all of your support this year. Please continue to follow our Facebook page.

Sports: The baseball and volleyball seasons are kicking off this week! The teams play Penderlea Wednesday, April 19, for their first game.  The baseball game will be at Pender Park in Burgaw at 4, because the baseball field at PMS is under construction. Thursday, both teams have home games against Burgaw, starting at 4:30.  Games cost $3 to attend.  Team pictures are scheduled for Friday right after school.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

We will start this week on Monday, April 3, which is a B Day.

I hope that you and your family enjoy a warm and wonderful Spring Break, beginning this Saturday, April 8, and continuing until Sunday, April 16.  We will come back to school on Monday, April 17.  In the spirit of the Spring season, we would like to celebrate with the colors of spring, and we encourage students and staff to participate in the following spirit days for this week:

Monday:   Any shade of blue for the rain and the blue skies
Tuesday:  Yellow or Orange for the sun
Wednesday: Green for all of the plants and trees
Thursday:  Pink or purple for all of the flowers
Friday:  Hawaiian/island/floral day to celebrate a spring vacation

Congratulations to our HOSA club, who competed at the state level this past week.  They won first place in many of their events, and we are very proud of them and Mrs. Kandabarow, their coach.  You represented TMS very well!

We are facing the end of the year and End of Grade Tests. The year has just flown by!  Please consider volunteering as a proctor for our year-end tests.  We have a Sign-up Genius on the website and at the link attached to the email on this message.  Please encourage family and friends,neighbors, retirees, social groups, parents, college students, or others who may want to volunteer for this very important task to sign up!  Thank you in advance!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aadab29a6f85-endofgrade1

The TMS Yearbook is still on sale! The cost is $32.00 and may be purchased online through Strawbridge Studios at http://www.strawbridge.net/yearbooks/. The online purchase code is 106963. Books are selling quickly, so don't delay!  Order a yearbook for your child  today!

Mark your calendars for Parent Meetings regarding next year’s classes.  All meetings will be held in the Auxiliary Gym, and they will be from 6:00-7:00.  They are specific to the grade levels, but if you have multiple students, just attending one should be sufficient.  Here are the dates: Rising 8th graders (current 7th graders) on April 27, Rising 7th graders (current 6th graders) on May 4, and Rising 6th Graders (current 5th graders) on May 11.

A quick reminder that it is the beginning of the month, and you probably have to refresh your child’s cafeteria account.  Remember, $50 should cover a month’s worth of lunches with the occasional treat or breakfast.  Please contact our cafeteria manager, Mrs. Rich, if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday, April 3-7, Spring Book Fair Continues
Tuesday, April 4, Spring Sports Parent Meeting, 5:30, gym
Wednesday, April 5, 7th Grade Field Trip, leaving well before school and returning late that evening.
Friday, April 7, Report cards will come home.
Friday, April 7, 6th Grade Rewards Day (rescheduled)

Looking ahead dates:
April 8-16 Spring Break
April 19, SIT Meeting
April 20, PAC Meeting, 5:00
April 20, PTO Meeting, 6:00
April 21, NJHS to Rocky Point Elementary
April 24, 8th Grade Field Trip to Raleigh
April 27, Rising 8th Grade Parent Meeting, 6:00
April 28, Spring Special Olympics, Heide Trask High School
May 6, 8th Grade Formal, 6-9 PM

PTO news: We really appreciate everyone's help with the Book Fair so far. We still need help for these last few days. If you can help please contact us on e-mail at PTO4TMS@gmail.com or text Becky at (910) 233-0800. Thank you for all of your support and please continue to follow on Facebook.

Sports:  The spring sports parent meeting for baseball and volleyball will be Tuesday April 4th at 5:30 in the gym.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



March 26

Good evening, TMS families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements!

We will start this week with an A day on Monday.

Pender County Schools is currently registering all incoming kindergarten students.  Please encourage family and friends who have a student who is eligible for kindergarten to go to their local school to register this week!

Just a reminder that our first bell rings at 8:20 and students are considered tardy after the 8:25 bell.  This is a change from previous years, but it has not changed this school year.

Thank you to all parents who took the Stakeholder Survey and those who attempted to but technology didn’t work for them.  Also, if you took a paper copy of the survey, please return the answer document to the front office by the end of the day tomorrow!

Attendance Letters will be coming home.  Please check the dates and send the letter back signed with any changes that need to be made.

The TMS Yearbook is still on sale! The cost is $32.00 and may be purchased online through Strawbridge Studios at http://www.strawbridge.net/yearbooks/. The online purchase code is 106963. Books are selling quickly, so don't delay!  Order a yearbook for your child  today!

Monday, March 27 through Thursday, March 30, THS counselors will be at TMS to register incoming 9th graders for classes.  Parents, please sign and return the schedule form once your child has registered for classes.

Tuesday, March 28, is the last day of the 3rd Quarter.

Wednesday, March 29, our HOSA students will be attending a conference in Greensboro.

Wednesday, March 29 - Friday, April 7 is the Spring Book Fair.

Friday, March 31 will be both 6th Grade Awards Day and 7th Grade Team Day.

Friday, March 31, NJHS students will travel to UNCW.

Looking ahead dates:

April 4, Spring Sports Parent Meeting, 5:30

April 5, 7th Grade Field Trip (Rescheduled) to Raleigh

April 7, Report Cards

April 8-16 Spring Break

April 21, NJHS to Rocky Point Elementary

April 24, 8th Grade Field Trip to Raleigh

April 28, Spring Special Olympics, Heide Trask High School

PTO news: Thank you to everyone that showed up at the 8th grade formal meeting. It is not too late to help. If you are interested in helping please contact us through e-mail at pto4tms@gmail.com or on our facebook page.

We still need help for the Spring Book Fair. Thank you so much to those who have already signed up. If you cannot access our signup genius you can text Becky at 910-233-0800.

Thank you again for all your support.  Please continue to follow our facebook page. You do not have to be a PTO member to follow us and we could still use your help in these last few months!

Sports: Congratulations to our new Baseball and Volleyball teams!  The Spring Sports Parent Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4, at 5:30 in the gym.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



March 12

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

In an effort to improve school and system practices, Pender County Schools is conducting a Parent Survey.  The online survey window will be available March 13th at 7:00 am and will continue until Friday, March 24th at 5:00 pm. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

In order to complete the survey, please go to http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/0426820

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest opinion is appreciated.

Print copies of the parent survey are available in both English and Spanish in the main office.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Congratulations to both the boys and girls basketball teams for winning the county championships Thursday.  The girls beat Burgaw, and the boys were victorious over Penderlea.  Thank you Coaches Ramsey and London for leading our kids.  

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books team on their win in the county competition!  They will be competing in the regional competition in New Hanover County on March 21. Great job, Mrs. Tobin, Mrs. Schmitz,  and students!

Please remind your child to check the lost and found this week.  We have 4 pairs of eyeglasses in the front office that need to find an owner, and we have many coats and lunchboxes in the cafeteria.

The TMS Yearbook is still on sale! The cost is $32.00 and may be purchased online through Strawbridge Studios at http://www.strawbridge.net/yearbooks/. The online purchase code is 106963. Books are selling quickly, so don't delay!  Order a yearbook for your child  today!

We are in the process of enrolling students for Kindergarten next year.  Please encourage your friends and family to enroll their upcoming kindergarten students this week at their local elementary school.

Spring Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, March 14.  

On Tuesday at 6:30 PM, please join our choir as they perform their annual POPS concert in our Auxiliary Gym

March 15 our School Improvement Team will meet at 7:45 in the Media Center.

The 7th grade field trip to Raleigh will be on Wednesday, March 15, and they will be leaving well before school in the morning.  Please contact your homeroom teachers if you have any questions.

Our Parent Advisory Council will be meeting on Thursday, March 16, at 5:00.  There will be NO PTO meeting this week.

Looking ahead dates:

March 20 – 21 Vball Tryouts, TMS Gym -- 7th grade

March 22-23 Volleyball Tryouts, TMS Gym -- 8th

March 23, 8th grade students to THS for Registration Assembly, Time TBD in the morning

March 24, Girls in Technology Seminar at UNCW

March 27, THS counselors at TMS to register 8th graders for classes

March 28, End of the 3rd Quarter

March 29, 7th Grade Team Day

March 31, 6th Grade Reward Day

March 31, National Junior Honor Society Field Trip to UNCW

April 19, First Baseball Game

PTO news:

We do apologize to everyone for having to cancel our monthly PTO meeting this month. Two of our board members will be having surgery in the next few weeks.

If you have not joined our facebook page please do so. You can take a look at the things the PTO has been working on these last few months. Also what we will be working on the last few months of school. Please let us know if you are interested in helping with any of these events.

We are still looking for someone to help chair the spring book fair. If you or anyone you know is interested please let us know.

Thank you so much for all of your support so far this year. We could still use your help. Please consider joining our PTO.

Sports:

Baseball tryouts begin Monday on the field by TES and THS, after school until about 5:30. You might want to bring bug spray, and wear a shirt or jersey with a number on the back. Monday will be for pitchers and catchers only.  Tuesday is just 7th grade tryouts.  Wednesday is for 8th graders only.  Thursday and Friday will complete tryouts.

Volleyball tryouts start next week.  Be sure to have physicals turned in to Coach Batts or the office.

Clubs: HOSA Club, Thursday, March 16, 3:45

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



March 5

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

We will start this week on Monday, March 6, which is a B day.

We would like to congratulate our Science Olympians on their competitions this weekend at UNCW!  Thank you to our coaches, parents, and students. They came in 4th overall in JV, and 7th overall in Varsity.  Individual medals will be confirmed this week.

Under Mr. Norem’s direction, two of our 8th graders advanced to All-State band auditions.  Adela Zhang and Sam Beasley auditioned and competed this weekend for a position in the All-State Band.  Our very own Sam Beasley was chosen first chair Tenor Saxophone and had the second highest score of all of the students who auditioned.  He will be performing with the All-State Band in early May.  Adela was very close to making the band, and we appreciate her hard work! We are very proud of Sam, Adela, and Mr. Norem!

Just a reminder that Kindergarten registration has started for our county.  We encourage all families with upcoming Kindergartners to visit their local elementary to register this month.  Please let your neighbors and friends know!

The TMS Yearbook is still on sale! The cost is $32.00 and may be purchased online through Strawbridge Studios at http://www.strawbridge.net/yearbooks/. The online purchase code is 106963. Books are selling quickly, so don't delay!  Order a yearbook for your child  today!

It’s the beginning of the month!  Please refresh your child’s cafeteria account.  $50 is enough for the month if your child eats lunch every day in the cafeteria.  It also allows for one or two a la carte treats.  If your child has been charging breakfast or lunch, you will receive a phone call or letter with this information.  Please do not ignore the information; if you feel it is in error, call Mrs. Abby Rich, our Cafeteria manager, at the main school number, (910) 270-2612.

We’ve noticed that students have been bringing more sugary snacks and drinks to school.  We notice a change in behavior in our students after they have had a lot of sugar.  We would like to encourage you to send plain water bottles and non-sugary snacks with your child as much as possible.  As we face the last few weeks of school, we need our students to focus more than ever on their schoolwork.  Thank you for partnering with us in this endeavor!

We have a busy week this week!

Monday, March 6, is the Boy’s Basketball Semi-finals at 6 at HTHS.
Tuesday, March 7,  please join us for our Talent Show, at 6:30, in the TMS Auxiliary Gym.
Wednesday, March 8, is an Early Release Day. The dismissal bell will ring at 12:35.  Please make sure that your child knows after school arrangements, especially if there is a change in transportation.  Also make sure to prepare us for a change in transportation by sending  a note or email that morning. If you send a note, let your child know to bring it to the office first thing.
Thursday morning, March 9, our 8th grade band students travel to their MPA competition.  We wish them them best of luck! Thursday evening is the Final Basketball tournament at Topsail High School.  Our girls will be playing Burgaw for the championship at 5, and our boys may be playing at 6, depending on their game on Monday.
Friday, March 10, we wish our Battle of the Books team the best as they compete against other Pender County Schools.

A quick reminder that next Saturday, March 11, you should change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time, which starts at 2:00 AM on Sunday.  Remember to Spring Ahead!

Looking ahead dates:

March 13, Baseball Tryouts, TES field --pitchers and catchers only
March 14-7th graders only
Wed March 15-8th graders only
Thurs and Fri will be for those who made it after each day.  Friday 
should be final cuts (weather dependent)
March 14, POPS Concert (Chorus), TMS Auxiliary Gym
March 15, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
March 15, 7th Grade Field Trip
March 16, 5:00 PAC Meeting
March 16, 6:00 PTO Meeting

March 20 – 21 Vball Tryouts, TMS Gym -- 7th grade
March 22-23 Volleyball Tryouts, TMS Gym -- 8th
March 23, 8th grade students to THS for Registration Assembly, Time TBD in the morning
March 24, Girls in Technology Seminar at UNCW
March 27, THS counselors at TMS to register 8th graders for classes
March 28, End of the 3rd Quarter
March 29, 7th Grade Team Day
March 31, National Junior Honor Society Field Trip to UNCW
April 19, First Baseball Game

PTO news: Hope everyone has received their spirit wear orders this time. Thank you Shehla Korff for organizing this. If there are any issues or questions about spirit wear please contact Shehla at shehla.korff@gmail.com. Thank you to all that helped and all that ordered.
 
Please continue to follow us on Facebook. It is not too late to join the PTO. We can still use your help!
 
The eighth grade formal meeting will be rescheduled soon. Sorry about the cancellation. 
Thanks for all your support!
 
Sports: The girls basketball team won their semifinal game on Thursday, so they’ll play for the championship against Burgaw Thursday at Topsail High at 5:00.  The boys team plays Monday at 4:00 at Trask, and if they win, they’ll play at 6 in the finals at THS Thursday.  

Athletes wanting to tryout for volleyball and baseball need to get their physicals in.  Baseball tryouts are as follows:  Monday 3/13 for pitchers and catchers, Tuesday 3/14 for 7th grade, Wednesday 3/15 for 8th grade, and Thursday and Friday will be for final cuts.  Volleyball tryouts for 7th grade will be on 3/20 and 3/21, and 8th grade will be 3/22 and 3/23, after school in the gym.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



February 26

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

Our week will begin with an A Day on Monday, February 27.

Please join us this week at Heide Trask High School to enjoy our 8th Grade band as they prepare for MPA competition!  The concert will be Thursday, March 2, at 6:00, at Heide Trask High School.

Good luck to our Science Olympiad teams as they compete this Saturday, March 4, at UNCW!

The TMS Yearbook is still on sale! The cost is $32.00 and may be purchased online through Strawbridge Studios at http://www.strawbridge.net/yearbooks/. The online purchase code is 106963. Books are selling quickly, so don't delay!  Order a yearbook for your child  today!

Looking ahead dates:

March 7, Talent Show, 6:30, Topsail Middle School Auxiliary Gym
March 8, Early Release Day for PCS
March 9, 8th Grade Band to MPA in Jacksonville
March 10, Battle of the Books
March 12, Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2:00 AM, “Spring Ahead!”
March 13, Baseball Tryouts, TES field --pitchers and catchers only
March 14-7th graders only
Wed March 15-8th graders only
Thurs and Fri will be for those who made it after each day.  Friday should be 
final cuts (weather dependent)
March 14, POPS Concert (Chorus), TMS Auxiliary Gym
March 15, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
March 15, 7th Grade Field Trip
March 20 – 21 Vball Tryouts, TMS Gym -- 7th grade
March 22-23 Volleyball Tryouts, TMS Gym -- 8th
March 23, 8th grade students to THS for Registration Assembly, Time TBD in the morning
March 24, Girls in Technology Seminar at UNCW
March 27, THS counselors at TMS to register 8th graders for classes
March 28, End of the 3rd Quarter
March 29, 7th Grade Team Day
March 31, National Junior Honor Society Field Trip to UNCW
April 19, First Baseball Game


PTO news: Thank you to all that supported our pancake breakfast on Saturday and to the National Junior Honor Society for volunteering. And a special shout out to Mark at the Village Cafe for graciously helping with this fundraiser!
 
 We will have a meeting at 4:30 on Thursday, March 2nd in the Cafeteria for anyone wanting to help out with the 8th grade formal. 
 
We are looking for someone that might be interested in chairing the Spring Book Fair. If you or anyone you know is interested please let us know by email pto4tms@gmail.com or by contacting the school.
 
Please continue to send in your box-tops.
 
Thank you all so much for your support and continue to follow us on Facebook.

Sports: The girls basketball team finished the regular season tied for first place, and will next play on Thursday in the semifinals against Cape Fear Middle at Pender High, at about 5:00.  The boys team went undefeated, and will not play until next Monday, 3/6, at Trask High.  

Volleyball tryouts for 7th graders will start Mon March 20 after school in the main gym.  8th grade tryouts will start Wed March 22 in the main gym.

Baseball tryouts have been set!  Tryouts will start Monday 3/13 and be on the baseball field, which is between TES and THS. Monday 3/13 will be for anyone interested in pitching and catching, ONLY.  Tues, 3/14 will be 7th grade tryouts.  Wed, 3/15, will be 8th grade tryouts.  For the players who make 1st cuts, tryouts will continue on Thursday and Friday.  Good luck gentlemen!  

Also, there are optional pitcher/catcher workouts that you can attend.  This will be this week, TuesdayWednesday, and Friday, on the baseball field, after school until about 5:30.  If you have questions, ask or email Coach Batts.  

Clubs: March 2, HOSA, 3:45

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




February 19

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

We will start this week on a B Day on Monday.

We are right in the middle of flu season, and we have had a number of cases of flu, strep, stomach viruses, and colds.  Please keep in mind the following guidelines that are provided to keep everyone healthy:

Remember to keep a child who has a fever greater than 100 degrees at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours without having had fever-reducing medicine. We also recommend that your child stay home from school if they have any of the following symptoms:

·          Vomiting (even once)
·          Diarrhea
·          Chills
·          General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
·          Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
·          Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
 
To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:
·          Wash hands frequently
·          Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
·          Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
·          Avoid close contact with people who are sick
                                                                                                                                                                
Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring them to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.  If you have any questions, please call nurse Anita @ 910-270-2612.

Parents of 8th graders are strongly encouraged to attend the THS Registration Meeting on February 22 at THS.  There will be a general session beginning promptly at 5:15, so please get there by 5:00.  The general session will be followed by a number of break-out sessions which should answer many of your questions for next year.  Please plan to attend this informative meeting.  

 The 8th grade will be sending home permission slips on Friday for the upcoming field trip.  Please look for a permission slip with the interim reports.  

Interim reports will be sent home on Friday with all students.

Looking ahead dates:

March 2, 8th Grade Band Concert, Trask High School, 6:00 PM
March 7, Talent Show, 6:30, Topsail Middle School Auxiliary Gym
March 8, Early Release Day for PCS
March 14, POPS Concert (Chorus), TMS Auxiliary Gym

PTO news: Thank you so much to everyone that helped to make our Carnation and Candy sale a success. Thank you to those that helped sell, deliver and purchase flowers and candies. 

Please don't forget to purchase your tickets for our pancake breakfast on February 25th at the Village Cafe. It will be from 8am until 10am. The cost will be $5 per person.

Thank you to everyone that helped to make our bus drivers feel appreciated last week during Bus Driver Appreciation Week.

Please continue to send in your box tops, and continue to follow us on Facebook. You do not have to be a PTO member to join our Facebook page, but it is not too late to join the PTO. We could use your help!

Thanks for all your support.

Sports: Monday the basketball teams play at home vs. Burgaw.  Both teams are playing to keep first place, so come cheer on the Pirates in their big game.  Thursday, both teams head to Penderlea to play, starting with the girls at 4:00.  The tournament will start next week. 

Volleyball and baseball tryouts start next month, so schedule your physicals if you need one. Both teams are hoping to defend their championships from last year.  Progress reports go out Fri 2/24, and players cannot be failing more than one class, or have an overall average below a 70 from this date, for tryouts. 

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



Feb 16

Good afternoon, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with some information about wildlife on our campus today.  Students and staff saw a fox on the outside of the fence by the track in the stadium.  The staff immediately called the office, and we called for Pender County Animal Control.  Staff and students stayed away from the animal, and our teachers monitored the situation until Pender County Animal Control was able to remove the animal.  We appreciate the quick response from Animal Control.  We want to assure you that student safety was our priority; our staff and students acted appropriately in the situation.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at (910) 270-2612.  If you become aware of anyone who had direct physical contact with the animal, please let us know!  Thank you!



February 12

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

This week’s schedule starts with an A Day on Monday.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  We want to wish a special thank you to our school counselors, Dr. Jenny Toren and Mrs. Tami Cowan, as we celebrated National School Counselor Appreciation Week last week!  Thank you for all you do!  We also want to wish all of our bus drivers, substitute bus drivers, and bus monitors a happy Bus Driver Appreciation Week!  Thanks also to Mr. Jake Lawrence for taking care of buses and bus issues so well!

As we head into spring, we also have a number of competitions and events for our students.  We want to say great job to our Special Olympians as they competed on February 3 at the PCS Special Olympics.  Congratulations to students who attended All-District Band last weekend!  Best of luck to our MathCounts students this weekend!  

MondayTuesday, and Wednesday of this week we will be taking 6th Graders to the Ingram Planetarium.

Our regular School Improvement Team Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 7:45 in the morning.

Our Principals Advisory Council will be meeting at 5:00 on Thursday, February 16, followed by our monthly PTO meeting at 6:00.

Looking ahead dates:

February 22, Topsail High School Information for Registration, Parent Meeting, 5:00
February 24, Progress Reports go home
February 25, Village Cafe PTO Pancake Breakfast
March 2, 8th Grade Band Concert, Trask High School, 6:00 PM
March 7, Talent Show, 6:30, Topsail Middle School Auxiliary Gym
March 8, Early Release Day for PCS
March 14, POPS Concert (Chorus), TMS Auxiliary Gym

PTO news:

Thank you to everyone that helped make this last dance such a success. A big shout out to Debbie Gutch for all her hard work organizing everything. I hope all of your students had a great time. 
Please join us this week with showing our bus drivers how much we appreciate them! A lot of times they go unnoticed but they do play a big part in the safety of our students. Maybe have your student make a card or just a short letter telling them how appreciated they are. We do have a sign up going around for cakes to be delivered on Thursday to the bus drivers. Any questions or if you can help please e-mail us at PTO4TMS@gmail.com
This week we will be hosting a fundraiser for the seventh grade. We will be selling carnations, assorted colors, for $2 each, boxes of candy hearts for .50 cents, and small heart lollipops for .25 cents in honor of Valentines Day. These can be purchased at your student's lunch or we will be sending order forms home on Tuesday. These will be delivered to your student's 6th period class on Friday
Don't forget our PTO meeting this Thursday night. We will meet at 6 in the library. Please join us!
On the 25th we will be having a breakfast fundraiser at Village Cafe. 
Thanks again for all your support so far this year!

Sports: The basketball teams have an away game Monday at West Pender.  Thursday, they’ll be home against nearby rival Cape Fear Middle. Volleyball tryouts begin March 20th for 7th graders, and March 22nd for 8th graders.  Baseball tryouts will begin around March 15.  Be sure to have your physicals turned in to Coach Batts if you haven’t yet. 

Club: HOSA, Thursday, February 16

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



February 5

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

General Info:

This week starts off with a B Day on Monday, February 6.

It’s the beginning of a new month!  Please take some time to add money to your child’s lunch account on line or send cash or check to the cafeteria to cover this month’s lunch purchases.  Please check with your child about his/her lunch and breakfast purchases; students have been reminded if they owe money and also know if they have charged meals recently.  Pender County Schools policy makes sure that students have a lunch if they need it, but they limit the amount of charges to $20.  Some students owe more than that in the cafeteria.  If you have any questions, feel free to call Mrs. Abby Rich, our cafeteria manager, at the main school number, (910) 270-2612.

Parents of 6th and 7th grade students interested in learning about advanced classes offered at TMS, please mark your calendars for an informational meeting this coming Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 in the band room.  We will share information about criteria and answer questions about the process and expectations.  

The TMS Yearbook is on sale! The cost is $27.00 and may be purchased at school by cash or check or online through Strawbridge Studios. The online purchase code is 106963.  After February 10th, the price increases to $32.00 and becomes available for purchase online only. Please send the order form to school through your child's homeroom teacher. Don't delay, order your yearbook today!

Don’t forget about our Valentine’s Dance this Friday, February 10, from 4-6.  Students will need a signed permission slip to purchase a ticket.  Tickets will be sold this week.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  We look forward to this fun event!

Mark your calendars for next week, which has been set aside as Bus Driver Appreciation week!  Please thank your bus drivers for transporting our students safely each day!

Looking ahead dates:

February 13-17, NC Love the Bus Week/Bus Driver Appreciation Week
February 13-15, 6th Grade Field Trip to Ingram Planetarium
February 15, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
February 16, PAC Meeting, 5:00
February 16, PTO Meeting, 6:00
February 22, Topsail High School Information for Registration for next year, Parent Meeting, 5:00, THS Auditorium
February 24, Progress Reports go home

PTO news:

We would like to say thank you to everyone for your patience in dealing with our previous spirit wear orders. Everything should be cleared up now; we are  looking forward to success with our new spirit wear company. Thank you to all that placed orders. 
Please help support our 6th grade team by attending the school dance on February the 10th. On the permission slip it says this will be a PTO and 6th grade fundraiser, but actually all proceeds will go to 6th grade. Permission slips will go out on Monday and we will be pre-selling tickets starting Tuesday. The permission slip says the deadline for buying your ticket is Wednesday, but because of the delay in getting out the permission slip we will continue to pre-sell tickets until Friday.
We will be back on track for our PTO meeting this month. We will be meeting February 16th at 6:00pm in the school library.
Thank you so much for all of your support. Please continue to check our Facebook page and email us at PTO4TMS@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next PTO meeting. 

Sports: The basketball teams have home games Monday against Penderlea Middle, starting at 4 with the girls. The cheer team just completed its competition at Ashley High against other schools and did very well this weekend.  Great job ladies!  Volleyball tryouts for 7th graders is scheduled for Monday, March 20th, and 8th grade, for Wednesday March 22nd. Baseball tryouts will begin around March 15th. Be sure to get your physicals turned in to Coach Batts if it has expired.

Let's have a great week at TMS!




January 29

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

Tomorrow, Monday, January 30, is an A Day.

General Info: 

Parents of 8th graders who are interested in learning more about Pender Early College High School, please attend an informational meeting tomorrow, Monday, January 30, at 7:00 in the TMS Media Center.

Parents of 6th and 7th grade students interested in learning about advanced classes offered at TMS, please mark your calendars for an informational meeting next Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 in the band room.  We will share information about criteria and answer questions about the process and expectations.  

First semester report cards will be sent home on Thursday, February 2.  Please keep an eye out for them!

The TMS Yearbook is on sale! The cost is $27.00 and may be purchased at school by cash or check or online through Strawbridge Studios. The online purchase code is 106963.  After February 10th, the price increases to $32.00 and becomes available for purchase online only. Please send the order form to school through your child's homeroom teacher. Don't delay, order your yearbook today!

Thank you for your support for our TMS HOSA club as they raise awareness of certain medical condition​s by holding a spirit week!  Tomorrow please support us by wearing Green for Mental Illness Awareness.

 This is our National HOSA project.  If you look around our school, you will see several flyers with a few facts about our topics.

Monday is our last day of our fundraiser -"Clean your car console"-bring in all the loose change you have in the car.   Members of HOSA with the help of our PTO members will help to collect the loose change at the car pick up/drop off line. Or your child can bring any donations to the front office.

Thank you so very much for helping this group of students and making a difference in their lives each and every day.  Our students will be participating in State competitions in March and then in June we will compete in Nationals! 

Looking ahead dates:
February 9, Informational Meeting about Advanced Classes, 7:00, TMS Band Room
February 10, Valentine’s Dance, 4:00-6:00
February 13-15, 6th Grade Field Trip to Ingram Planetarium
February 15, School Improvement Team Meeting
February 16, PAC Meeting, 5:00
February 16, PTO Meeting, 6:00
February 22, Topsail High School Information for Registration, Parent Meeting, 5:15

PTO news: Thank you to all volunteers and all the ones that contributed to the HOSA fundraiser. 
We are still working on the link for the online ordering for spirit wear. Please be patient and we will make sure all orders are taken care of. If you still have a problem with the last spirit wear order please let us know as soon as possible. We have extended the ordering window, and we would like to close out this order by February the 3rd. We will do our best to get the problems resolved. 
There will be a school dance on February 10th. Proceeds will go to the sixth grade for items they need for their classrooms.
Please continue to send in your box tops. If you have not joined our PTO facebook page please do so. We post a lot of information on this page that can be useful to all. Also it is not too late to join our PTO. We could still use your help for the last half of the year. 

Sports: The basketball teams both won their first games over West Pender last week. This week, they have two away games. Monday, they travel to Cape Fear Middle. Wednesday, they travel to Burgaw Middle. This game was originally scheduled for Thursday

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




January 22

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We welcome everyone back for the second half of the school year!  Now is a good time to restock some of those school supplies, work on getting the routine back together after our break, and reorganize to start the second semester!

As we continue to experience growth in the community and in our school, it is so important to know and follow our expectations for student pick up and drop off.  Student pick up and drop off is in the back of the school only. Parents who park in the back lot before and after school should not park in the back row as this impedes traffic flow.  Please find a place to park in the middle of the parking lot.

Tomorrow is a teacher workday, so no school for students on Monday.  We will begin the second semester on Tuesday, January 24, on an A Day.

This Friday, 8th graders will participate in a presentation by Pender Early College High School.  A parent night for interested students will be held next Monday evening at 7:00 in the Topsail Middle School Media Center.

TMS HOSA will be raising awareness of certain medical condition​s all next week and we would love for teachers and staff to partake by following the dress code :

On  Tuesday, please wear ORANGE to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis
       Wednesday- RED for Heart Disease
       Thursday- PINK for Breast Cancer 
       Friday- PURPLE  for Cystic Fibrosis

The following MONDAY-Green for Mental Illness Awareness (NAMI)

 This is our National HOSA project.  If you look around our school, you will see several flyers with a few facts about our topics.

All next week we will also be having our first fundraiser -"Clean your car console"-bring in all the loose change you have in the car. 

Members of HOSA with the help of our PTO members will help to collect the loose change at the car pick up/drop off line.

Thank you so very much for helping this group of students and making a difference in their lives each and every day.  Our students will be participating in State competitions in March and then in June we will compete in Nationals! 

The TMS Yearbook is on sale! The cost is $27.00 and may be purchased at school by cash or check or online through Strawbridge Studios. The online purchase code is 106963.  After February 10th, the price increases to $32.00 and becomes available for purchase online only. Please send the order form to school through your child's homeroom teacher. Don't delay, order your yearbook today!

Looking ahead dates: 
January 30, Pender Early College Parent Information Night, TMS Media Center, 7:00
February 2, Report Cards go home
February 13-15, 6th Grade Field Trip to Ingram Planetarium
February 15, School Improvement Team Meeting, 7:45 AM
February 22, Topsail High School Information for Registration, Parent Meeting, 5:15, Topsail High School Auditorium

PTO news:

Sorry for all the confusion with our PTO meeting this month. We will be back on track next month with our meetings.
Please help us support our HOSA club this week with "clean out your dashboard." They will be collecting any spare change you have in your car at the pick up and drop off line for their first fundraiser. 
Thanks for the e-mails about your spirit wear orders. We will be working on getting the rest of the orders straight this week. And don't forget a new order form will be coming soon.
The PTO and the NJHS will be helping with concessions during our home basketball games. Please help us cheer on our young men and women at their first home game on January 26th!
We thank you for all your support. Don't forget to join our PTO facebook page. You don't have to be a member to join, but it is not too late to join the PTO. We can still use your help.

Sports: The first home basketball games will be Thursday, January 26 against West Pender.  The girls start at 4, followed by the boys.  Admission is $3, and the concession stand will be open. As a reminder to the players, team and individual pictures will be taken on Tuesday.

Heart & Sole registration is now open through February 1st.
Application/Registration forms are in the office!
Practices will begin February 14th, 2017 and will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays until 5pm.
The 5K race will be Saturday April 29th!
There is only room for 15 spots!
Contact Mrs. Frye or Ms. Bafunno with any questions!

Clubs: National Junior Honor Society will meet after school on Thursday in the cafeteria until 4:30

HOSA will hold its regular meeting on Thursday from 3:30-4:30. They meet the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Let's have a great week at TMS!



January 19, 2017

Good evening, Parents,

This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer calling with an important message from the Health Department:

Dear Parents, Guardians: 
To prevent widespread illnesses in the school, we recommend that you keep your child home from school until they are free from symptoms such as those listed below.  This also applies to any illness that may spread to others.  Seek medical attention as necessary and report any of these symptoms or a flu diagnosis to your child's School Nurse.

A child who has a fever greater than 100.4 degrees should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours without having had fever-reducing medicine. We also recommend that your child stay home from school if they have any of the following symptoms:
•    Vomiting (even once) 
•    Diarrhea 
•    Chills 
•    General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches 
•    Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough 
•    Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose 

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits: 
•    Wash hands frequently 
•    Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth 
•    Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away
          and then wash hands 
•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
                                                                                                                                                                   Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to take him or her to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom. 

The Pender County Health Department recommends adults and children get vaccinated against the flu annually. The flu shot is one of the best ways to prevent illness from the seasonal influenza virus. For more information about flu prevention, please call the Health Department at 910-259-1230 or visit www.cdc.gov/flu or www.flu.gov or call 800-CDC-INFO.



January 15

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

Remember that tomorrow, Monday, January 16, school is closed for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Tuesday, January 17, the 7th grade will be going on a field trip to UNCW.

Thursday, January 19, the Principal’s Advisory Council will meet at 5:00 in the Media Center.

Friday, January 20 is the last day of the first semester.

Monday, January 23, is a mandatory workday for staff, no school for students.

Report Cards go home on February 2.

We will start school this week, on Tuesday, January 17, on an A Day.

Sports: The first home basketball game will be January 26.  The girls play at 4, followed by the boys.  It costs $3, plus the PTO will be running the concession stand, so plan to cheer on the Pirates as they start their season!

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




January 8

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

Please make sure your children are dressed for the cold.  Even though they may not go outside for PA because of the cold, most students do have to walk outside at some point to change classes during the day.  I am posting this message to the SchoolMessenger website early in the afternoon on Sunday and scheduling it to be read at 6:30 PM as usual, so there may or may not be additional information sent out by the county about the cold weather before you receive this message.  Please make sure to monitor the media and the county website for any schedule changes that may be made due to the frigid temperatures that are expected.  Have your children dress accordingly.

 The TMS Yearbook is on sale! The cost is $27.00 and may be purchased at school by cash or check or online through Strawbridge Studios. The online purchase code is 106963.  After February 10th, the price increases to $32.00 and becomes available for purchase online only. Please send the order form to school through your child's homeroom teacher. Don't delay, order your yearbook today!

If you have moved recently, please send in a copy of a utility bill, lease agreement, homeowner insurance etc.  so we can update your address!

We will start our week this week on a B Day.
 
Looking ahead dates:

January 14, rescheduled date for All-County Band Auditions
January 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 17, 7th Grade Field Trip to UNCW
January 20, Last Day of the Semester
January 23, Staff Workday -- NO SCHOOL for students
February 2, Report Cards Go Home

PTO news:  Happy New Year to all families from PTO!  
We hope all of the past spirit wear orders are all cleared up. If your order has not been fixed please contact the PTO through PTO4TMS@gmail.com or contact the school office and leave a message for us. Look for a new order form from a new company coming home sometime this month. 
We are still looking for one or two people to help chair the concession stand for TMS home basketball and volleyball games. If you are interested or know someone that is please let us know as soon as possible. 
Please continue sending in your box-tops. Thank you Mrs. Marshburn for all of your hard work on these. 
Please continue to follow us on our Facebook page. You do not have to be a member to follow us but it is not to late to join our PTO. We can still use your help!
We thank you for all of your help so far this year!

Sports:  We want to congratulate both of our soccer teams who had perfect winning records this year and came in first place!  The  tournament was canceled because of weather, so we were declared first place based on our record.  Great job, coaches and players!
There will be no games this week as we get ready for basketball season.  The Parent Meeting for Basketball parents will be on January 11 at 5:00 in the gym.  Please attend if you have a player on the team.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



January 1

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  Happy New Year from all of us at TMS!   We hope the holidays were joyful and relaxing for each one of you!  School is back in session tomorrow, Monday, January 2, with regular school hours.

A quick reminder to everyone to put some money into those lunch accounts!  $50 should be enough for your child to purchase lunch each day for the month.  Additional funds are needed for a la carte items and snacks.  Please remember that Pender County Schools does not want any child to go hungry, but lunch and breakfast charges should be reserved for emergencies only, and should not total more than $20.  Please make sure to keep your child’s cafeteria account current!  If you have any questions about your child’s lunch account, do not hesitate to contact our cafeteria manager, Mrs. Abbey Rich, by calling the main school number.

Looking ahead dates:

January 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 20, Last Day of the Semester
January 23, Staff Workday

Sports:  Basketball tryouts are starting!  Girls tryouts are Tuesday Jan. 3rd and Wed. Jan 4th, after school until 5:10.  7th grade boys have tryouts Mon. Jan 2nd from 4:30 to 6:30.  8th grade boys have tryouts Wed. Jan. 4th from 5:10 to 6:30.  Tryouts continue on Thursday
 
The soccer tournament is scheduled to start Tuesday, with all games here at TMS.  The girls play at 4:00 on Tuesday.  The boys play at 4:00 on Wednesday.  The girls finals begin at 4:00 on Thursday, followed by the boys.

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



December 11


Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with the last weekly announcement of 2016! We have 7 school days left until Christmas break. I wish you and your families a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year!


We invite our students to join in and dress for our Holiday Spirit week as follows:


Monday: Red and Green Day


Tuesday: Wacky Who-ville Day (from the Grinch book and movie)


Wednesday: Santa/Elf Hat Day


Thursday: Christmas Tree Day


Friday:  Holiday Sweater Day


Please join us on Tuesday night at 6:15 at the THS auditorium for our holiday band concert!


Thursday, our PAC will meet at 5:00 in the Media Center followed by our PTO at 6:00.  You do not have to be a member to attend.


School will be in session next Monday and Tuesday, December 19 and 20, regular school hours.  Our break will start on Wednesday, December 21, and we’ll be back in school on Monday, January 2.


Looking ahead dates:


December 21-January 1, Christmas Break
January 2, First Day back at School in the New Year
January 3, Basketball Tryouts:  Girls, 3:45-5:10, Boys, 5:10-6:30
January 16, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 20, Last Day of the Semester
January 23, Staff Workday


PTO news:
Thank you so much to everyone that brought in candy and cards for our military. It will be great for them to have something special since they are away from their families during the holidays.
 
I want to thank everyone for supporting our PTO this year. It has been an exciting year so far and we are looking forward to the second half of the school year to be just as exciting. 
 
We are still working on spirit wear orders so please continue to be patient. We are hoping to have all the confusion cleared up next week. 
 
Please continue to send in your boxtops. This money goes directly back to our school.
 
It is not to late to join our PTO. If you need a form please let someone know and we will get one to you. You do not have to be a member to join our facebook page, PTO of TMS. This page has a lot of great information!
 
Thank you again for all your support.


Sports:  Both boys and girls soccer teams finished the regular season undefeated.  Now it’s time for the tournament.  All of the tournament games will be here at TMS.  The girls semifinals is on Monday, the boys semifinals are Tuesday.  Both teams will play at 4.  The championships will be Thursday, with the girls starting at 4.


Open gyms for girls basketball players will be Tuesday and Thursday until 4:45.  Boys will have open gyms Monday and Wednesday until 5:30.  Tryouts will start Tuesday, Jan. 3.  Girls is after school until 5:10.  Boys tryouts will be from 5:10 until 6:30.  Be sure to turn in physicals before tryouts.


Let’s have a great week at TMS!



December 4


Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.


To make it easier to contact the school, we now have a generic email address for general questions and changes in transportation.  This email will be monitored and requests answered between the hours of 9 and 2 each day.  We hope this helps!  The email address is:  tms@pender.k12.nc.us


In order to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer and spread the word about the WE CAN-CER VIVE fundraiser on December 10th, we are having a childhood cancer awareness spirit week this week! Each day was picked in honor of a child affected by cancer in Hampstead. While we know they are not the only students who have been affected, they were the students or families contacted by the THS Senior who created this event to bring awareness to the community.  Monday you can wear crazy socks or tie dye in remembrance of Emma Dibiase.  Tuesday is Superhero day picked by Reino Hendrickson at South Topsail Elementary. Wednesday is Orange Day picked by Tyler Smith at Topsail High School. Thursday is Crazy Hat Day picked by Lexi Denning at Topsail Middle School.  And Friday is Gold Day because the gold ribbon represents childhood cancer awareness, and it is in honor of all young people affected by cancer. Please plan on attending the Fundraiser in the THS parking lot on December 10, open to the families of all of our schools!


The school dress code specifically says that hats are not allowed at school.  In the spirit of the holiday season, we will allow students to wear Christmas or Santa hats the last week before break (beginning December 12).  Since we have our spirit week going on this week, we expect that students will enjoy dressing for the theme for that day.  Hats will be allowed to be worn for crazy hat day this Thursday.


The Elfinator is returning on Monday! Students and staff can come to the library and get their Elf name! For your chance to spin and get your Elf name, please bring in a canned good for our food drive or candy for our troops. That will be your ticket to spin and you'll help others too.
 
Please join us on Tuesday, December 6, for the Winter Chorus Concert, in our auxiliary gym starting at 6:30.  Singers should report at 6:00.


Students will bring home interim progress reports this Thursday. If you haven’t yet received your parent portal information, please stop by the front office for your user code and password.  This is a powerful tool to stay up to date with your student’s grades on a weekly basis.


It’s the beginning of the month!  Please put money into your child’s lunch account.  Remember that lunches can only be charged in an emergency, and charging lunch should not be a regular practice.  Many times students charge lunches and their parents may not know.I am constantly surprised by how much some of our students eat, and some of them do actually eat two lunches.  Please ask about your child’s lunch habits and send in money if needed. $55 a month covers most lunches and an occasional a la carte item. 


Looking ahead dates:


December 13, Winter Band Concert
December 15, PAC Meeting and PTO Meeting
December 21-January 1, Christmas Break
January 2, First Day back at School in the New Year


PTO news: Thank you so much for everyone that helped with Winter Fest. We hope everyone had a wonderful time. There are a few unclaimed raffle items.  Phone calls will be made this week.


We still have a few of our winter flowers left to sell if you are interested. If you are interested please send us a message PTO4TMS@gmail.com. Also they are posted on our facebook page. You do not have to be a member to join our facebook page.


We know there are a few problems with our spirit wear order. These came prepackaged from the company and all we did was pass them out. If you have a problem with your order please send back the entire order with a contact and we will work on getting them straight. We apologize for the inconvenience.


We will continue to collect cards and candy for the servicemen and women that are deployed from their families during the holidays until Wednesday. We really need some more cards. If you have some cards that you can jot a little message in and return to the school that would be wonderful. Please don't seal the envelopes though.

Please help us support the SGA with their food drive. They will be collecting donations of can goods through this week. There is a competition going on between the grades so help support your child's grade level.


Thank you again for all your support.


Sports:  There will be home soccer games Monday against West Pender, with the boys game starting at 4, followed by the girls.  Thursday, both teams finish the regular season at Cape Fear Middle, with the girls playing first at 3:30.  


Open gyms for basketball players continue this week.  Boys are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday, after school until 5:30.  Girls are scheduled Tuesday and Thursday until 5.  These may change though, due to weather, if the soccer teams need to practice inside.  


Prospective basketball players need to have their physicals turned in before tryouts, in January. 


Let’s have a great week at TMS!



November 27


Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements. Welcome back from a nice break!  I hope you had a restful and memorable Thanksgiving!


To make it easier to contact the school, we now have a generic email address for general questions and changes in transportation.  This email will be monitored and requests answered between the hours of 9 and 2 each day.  We hope this helps!  The email address is:  tms@pender.k12.nc.us


We have a busy week ahead!


The North Carolina School of Science and Math will be hosting presentations for Pender County Schools this week.  We open these meetings for students and families in both high school and middle school.  This is a great opportunity for our families and students to learn more about the residential and online student programs.  The presentations will held as follows:


Monday, November 28 Heide Trask HS, 5:30-6:30 in the media center
Tuesday, November 29, Pender HS, 5:30-6:30 in the media center
Wednesday, November 30, Topsail HS, 5:30-6:30, in the media center


The TMS talent show auditions are this week; Tuesday, November 29th in Mrs. Kittlaus' room.  Students that wish to audition should have picked up an audition packet from Mrs. Kittlaus and received an audition time by email.  Please note that all students participating will need to provide their own transportation home after their assigned audition time.  The talent show performance will be January 26th, 2017 at 7:00 in the TMS multi-purpose gymnasium.  Don’t miss it!


We hope to see everyone on Friday for our first ever Winter Fest!  


Don’t forget the Surf City Christmas Parade this Saturday!


Looking ahead dates:


December 6, Winter Chorus Concert, TMS Auxiliary Gym
December 13, Winter Band Concert
December 15, PAC Meeting and PTO Meeting
December 21-January 1, Christmas Break
January 2, First Day back at School in the New Year
 
PTO news: We hope everyone had a nice relaxing Thanksgiving break. 


Thank you to all that attended our Winter Fest kick off at the Ice House. It looked like we had a lot of happy skaters. 


Spirit wear orders will be in this week and will go home with your student. Please remember to check their book bag. They will be passed out during your student's lunch.


Last week the information on the cookie bake-off and the vendor booths went home with your student. Please take a moment and fill out one or both of these if you are interested. There will be a $50 gift card to the winner in the cookie bake-off. If you did not receive these please contact us through the office or by e-mail PTO4TMS@gmail.com.


 This week you will receive more information about arm bands and tickets which we will pre-sale during lunch. Arm bands will be $10 which will include all games except pie throwing. Tickets will be $1.00 each. 


What can you do to help? We will be needing cakes for the cake walk and books for the book walk. These books do not all have to be children's books. These books can be adult book just make sure they are school appropriate. No fifty shades of grey please. Please send us a message if you can help with books or cakes. 


Through this week we are still accepting donations of candy and cards for our military. There is a box in the office to drop these, These will be sent to our military men and women that are away from their families this holiday season. 


Don't forget to check those book bags this week for spirit wear and information on Winter fest. Mark your calendars for December 2nd. Come have some fun, eat dinner and do some shopping.
  
TMS PTO really appreciates all your support!


Sports: The soccer teams have just one game this week, Monday, at Penderlea.  Basketball tryouts begin in January, be sure to have a copy of your physical turned in before tryouts.


Let’s have a great week at TMS!



November 20


Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  This week marks the beginning of the holiday season! In the spirit of Thanksgiving,  I want to thank you for allowing us the awesome responsibility of teaching and caring for your children every day.  We are thankful for our community!


A few reminders as we start the second quarter:


All student pick-up and drop-off should be in the back of the school.  The front circle of the school is closed for pick-up and drop-off between the hours of 8:00-8:30, and 3:30-4:00.  Please respect this procedure, which has been developed for the safety and security of our students.  Please do not have your children wait for you by the rock, the tennis courts, or the south side of the elementary school.  These areas are not monitored by staff, making them unsafe for students.  If you have a need for a pass to allow you to pick up and drop off in the front circle, please contact a member of administration.


Unfortunately, we have students are being dropped off as early as 7:20 am. This is a safety issue, because there is not anyone available to supervise them until 8:00am. In addition, with the weather changing, these students are standing outside in the cold until the building opens at 8:00 am. Your child should not be dropped off until closer to 8:00.


All changes in transportation must be made in writing.  With the number of students we have, we simply cannot take changes in transportation over the phone.  A note, signed and dated with a phone number of the parent, or an email or fax are all acceptable for changes in transportation.  Please make sure that all changes are sent in by 2:00 to guarantee that we get the information to your child.


To make it easier to contact the school, we now have a generic email address for general questions and changes in transportation.  This email will be monitored and requests answered between the hours of 9 and 2 each day.  We hope this helps!  The email address is:  tms@pender.k12.nc.us


We are still missing Military Cards from our Military Families.  Please take a moment and fill this card out and send back to the school.


Please return pictures or money as soon as possible.  Thank you for helping us complete this process before December 1.


The North Carolina School of Science and Math will be hosting presentations for Pender County Schools in November.  We open these meetings for students and families in both high school and middle school.  This is a great opportunity for our families and students to learn more about the residential and online student programs.  The presentations will held as follows:


Monday, November 28 Heide Trask HS, 5:30-6:30 in the media center
Tuesday, November 29, Pender HS, 5:30-6:30 in the media center
Wednesday, November 30, Topsail HS, 5:30-6:30, in the media center


The TMS talent show auditions had to be re-scheduled.  Auditions will now be November 29th in Mrs. Kittlaus' room.  Students interested in auditioning should pick up an audition packet from Mrs. Kittlaus if they have not done so already.  When the completed packet is returned with a parent/guardian signature, an audition time will be assigned.


Coming up this week:


Report Cards go home tomorrow with the students.  Please check your address printed on the report card.  Any changes require proof of address; lease, utility bill, homeowners's insurance, etc. 


Come kick the Winter Festival off with us with some ice skating fun at the Ice House in Wilmington this Tuesday, November 22! 7201 Ogden Business Ln, Wilmington, NC 2841, from 6 pm until 8 pm.  $10 per person regardless of age since this is a PTO  fundraiser.  Please let them know you are with TMS!


Wednesday is a regular day of school, a make-up day for Hurricane Matthew.


Thursday, November 24-Sunday, November 27 is our Thanksgiving Holiday and school will be closed.
 
Looking ahead dates:


December 2, Winter Fest
December 3, Surf City Christmas Parade
December 6, Winter Chorus Concert
December 13, Winter Band Concert
December 15, PAC Meeting and PTO Meeting
December 21-January 1, Christmas Break
January 2, First Day back at School in the New Year


PTO news:


 Thank you for coming to our monthly meeting on Thursday night and give a warm welcome to our new Vice President and Secretary Lisa Stevens-Harbour and Jennifer Pagans, respectively.  Thank you Ms. Cowan for your presentation on graduation awareness.


Winter Festival is December 2nd starting at 5pm.  This will be a fun filled family night with vendors, games and food. It is a new event to our school community and we’d love to see everyone come join us on that evening!  You do not have to be a PTO member to attend!  Vendors $25 to reserve your table and electrical outlet.  Bake off $10 entry fee coming home this week.  PT's Grill and Dub's Donuts will have food for purchase.  PTO4TMS@gmail.com to request any forms. 


Spirit wear will be delivered to your student around November 28th


We are still trying to go green and use less paper so please join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTOofTMS/


Sports: The soccer teams have a home game tomorrow against Burgaw.  It’s going to be cold, so dress warmly.  The girls play at 4, followed by the boys.  Both teams are undefeated halfway through the season.  


Basketball tryouts will begin after Christmas break.  Players wanting to tryout need to turn their physicals in before tryouts.


Let’s have a great week at TMS!




 November 13, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.


I hope you had a restful 3-day weekend.  I wish to take a minute to honor and thank all of our military for their heroic efforts in keeping our world safe. Our community appreciates your selfless dedication to our country!


This is Graduation Awareness Week! We have spirit days to encourage our students as follows:


Monday--       School/community Spirit day-- show your colors and bring in a canned good

to support our food drive  

Tuesday--       College shirt & cap day--  Students and staff in Jeans / college gear

Wednesday--  Dress for an Interview day

Thursday--      Dress to represent a specific Career day

                      *Presentation to PTO on HS and Graduation Readiness

Friday--           Team Spirit day-- School, college or pro sport logos


Our School Improvement Team will be meeting on Wednesday, November 16, at 7:45 AM in the conference room.


Our school cafeteria will be serving a Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, at $5 for adults and regular lunch price for students.  The menu consists of roasted turkey, dressing, roll, sweet potatoes, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, apples, oranges, water (for adults), and a chocolate chip cookie.


Please come to our PTO Meeting this Thursday, November 17, at 6:00, immediately following our Parent Advisory Council meeting at 5:00.  


The North Carolina School of Science and Math will be hosting presentations for Pender County Schools in November.  We open these meetings for students and families in both high school and middle school.  This is a great opportunity for our families and students to learn more about the residential and online student programs.  The presentations will held as follows:


Monday, November 28 Heide Trask HS, 5:30-6:30 in the media center

Tuesday, November 29, Pender HS, 5:30-6:30 in the media center

Wednesday, November 30, Topsail HS, 5:30-6:30, in the media center


Looking ahead dates:


November 21 -- Report Cards Sent Home

November 23 -- Make up day -- no longer a holiday

November 24-27 -- Thanksgiving Holiday

December 2, Winter Fest

December 6, Winter Chorus Concert


PTO news: Thank you for supporting the book fair. All money raised goes to our library for Ms. Tobin to provide enrichment for all TMS students.


Next PTO meeting is November 17th @ 6pm in library.  Agenda includes voting for Vice President/Secretary and  Ms. Cowan will be sharing information about Graduation Awareness. Please join us for this fun and informative session!  You do not have to be a member to attend!


Winter Festival is December 2nd starting at 5pm.   We NEED your help (volunteers & vendors) to make this a successful event. E-mail us at PTO4TMS@gmail.com or leave a message at the school office. This will be a fun filled family night with vendors, games and food. PT's Grill will have their food truck here selling burgers, hotdogs and other things


Spirit wear will be delivered to your student around November 28th.


Continue sending in your PTO memberships & BoxTops!  Thank you.


Sports:  The soccer teams have 2 away games this week, Monday at West Pender, starting at 3:30, and Tuesday at Burgaw, starting at 4:00.  Then on Thursday the 17th, its a home game vs. Cape Fear at 4.  


Girls basketball will have two open gyms this week, on Tuesday and Thursday, from 3:45 to 5 in the main gym.  This is open to 7th and 8th grade girls.


Clubs: Acapella Club on Monday


Attention ALL runners! Check the Cross Country Club website under Athletics for information on the Hampstead Kiwanis race on November 19th. Let’s represent TMS!


Let’s have a great week at TMS!




November 6, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  


Thank you to all who were able to make it to school on Saturday.  We had a good number of students attending school, and it was a productive day for those who came.  I want to thank the staff for their attendance and hard work on Saturday.  Almost every teacher and staff member was in attendance, and this made the day very effective!


As we begin the second quarter, I want to remind the school community that we hold a number of different types of drills each year with our students.  If an event ever occurs that will affect your children or families, such as a fire or other safety issue, you will be notified by the school district as soon as possible with instructions and information.  The drills that we have are for the safety of your children and help us practice the essential skills we would need for a variety of situations.  They are designed to minimize loss of instructional time while also providing a sense of security to the students and staff. You will certainly be notified after a drill or event if there is something that we need to share with the community.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Romero-Lehrer, Mr. Lawrence, or Ms. Walter. 


We have an interesting week ahead!


Tuesday, November 8, there will be NO SCHOOL for Students.  It is a mandatory staff workday.
Friday, November 11, there will be NO SCHOOL for Students and Staff.  Schools are closed for Veteran’s Day.


We hope you enjoy your 3 day weekend!


Looking ahead dates:


November 14-18 -- Graduation Awareness Week
November 17, PTO Meeting, Tentatively Scheduled
November 21 -- Report Cards Sent Home
November 23 -- Make up day -- no longer a holiday
November 24-27 -- Thanksgiving Holiday
December 2, Winter Fest


PTO news: Thank you to all who have volunteered and/or shopped at our Book Fair already. We will be open until Wednesday of this week, so if you have not had a chance to check out the selection of great books this time please come out.
 
We still have a few Attraction books out so if you still have one please send in the money or book as soon as possible.
 
We are still taking nominations for Vice President and Secretary. You can e-mail your nomination to PTO4TMS@gmail.com or drop it off in the office. We would really appreciate your help this year.
 
Please continue to get your spirit wear orders in.
 
Winter Fest is fast approaching. Please check out our Facebook page for more details and ways you can help.
 
 
If you haven't had the opportunity to join the PTO yet, please do so now,  new members are welcomed throughout the year! Use your voice, be heard and take the opportunity to be involved. 
Please continue to send in any Box Tops you have collected.
 
Please continue to participate in our Facebook page. Any friends who have not yet joined PTO, please encourage them to do so!
 
Keep in mind.....:
To contact us directly via email: PTO4TMS@gmail.com
and please join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTOofTMS/


Sports: Good luck to our soccer teams as they have their first home game on Wednesday vs. Penderlea. Games are $3 to enter and students are encouraged to come support their teams! Soccer team pictures will be taken before the game on Wednesday November 9th. 


Clubs: 


Acapella Club is on Monday.


Attention ALL runners! Check the Cross Country Club website under Athletics for information on the Hampstead Kiwanis race on November 19th. Let’s represent TMS!

Let's have a great week at TMS!




October 30, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.
 
We are pleased to announce an upgrade to our communication system for parents of students who are riding buses at both Topsail Middle and Topsail High School. The Remind app will be used if there are any issues with bus services.  Sign up for this service, called “Topsail Bus,” either through text message or email, whichever you prefer.  These are the instructions:


Sign up for a text message about bus notifications;
*Enter this number:  81010
*Text this message: @topsailbus
 
Sign up for an email message about bus notifications:
*Send an email to:  topsailbus@mail.remind.com
 
If you have any questions please feel free to let Mr. Lawrence know.


Thank you for the great response to our collection of Military Cards! We have a few people left who have not returned theirs. We are still collecting them; please send them in!


Tomorrow is “Dress Like a Book Character” Spirit Day!  Our students have to read a lot of books, and we know there are some favorites out there!  All character dress must be school appropriate, and props that are not appropriate to school must not be brought.  


We welcome our annual school Book Fair starting this Tuesday, November 2, and ending November 9


Friday, November 4, is the end of the first quarter!  


Please wear your school colors, black and gold, or Topsail T-shirts or sportswear for Spirit Day this Friday, and every Friday!


This Saturday, November 5, is a make-up day; it will be a full school day, 8:25-3:35, with normal transportation, class,  and lunch schedule.  


It’s the end of the month!  Time to put some money in those lunch accounts. I have heard recently from parents who are surprised to find that they are packing a lunch for their children, only to learn that the lunch is being eaten as a snack and their child is charging a school lunch.  Please take a few minutes to discuss your child’s lunch purchasing habits with him/her.  If you need to find out if your child has an outstanding balance, please feel free to call Mrs. Rich in the cafeteria, (910) 270-2612.


Looking ahead dates:


November 8 -- NO SCHOOL for students, Teacher Workday, Election Day
November 11 -- NO SCHOOL for students and Staff, Veteran’s Day Holiday
November 14-18 -- Graduation Awareness Week
November 21 -- Report Cards Sent Home
November 23 -- Make up day -- no longer a holiday
November 24-27 -- Thanksgiving Holiday


PTO news:


Thank you to all of our members that were able to attend our meeting Thursday night. Thanks to Dr. Toren and Mrs. Cowan we received some very important information on drugs and drug abuse.

We have 2 positions on our PTO board that we are looking to fill as soon as possible. We will be taking nominations for Vice President and a Secretary. Unfortunately we have lost 2 of our members due to personal reasons. We will be taking nominations until November 11th. You can send your nominations in to the school office or to our PTO4TMS@gmail account.

We will be having a winter festival meeting this Thursday at 6 pm in the cafeteria for anyone wanting to help. We need lots of help with this event.

There are still around 40 attraction books out. Please send in your book or money as soon as possible if you still have them.
We are still looking for volunteers for the book fair. The book fair will run from November 2nd - 9th. Please let us know if you can help. You may leave a message with the office, on our facebook page or e-mail.

Please continue to send in your spirit wear orders. Don't forget every Friday will be spirit day. Show your school spirit by wearing your school colors.

Thank you to all of our members for helping to make TMS a great school for our students and staff!
If you haven't had the opportunity to join the PTO yet, please do so now,  new members are welcomed throughout the year! Use your voice, be heard and take the opportunity to be involved. 

Please continue to send in any Box Tops you have collected.
 
Please continue to participate in our Facebook page. Any friends who have not yet joined PTO, please encourage them to do so!
 
Keep in mind.....:
To contact us directly via email: PTO4TMS@gmail.com
and please join us: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/PTOofTMS/

Sports: Both Soccer teams will have a parent meeting after practice on Wednesday November 2nd at 5:00 pm on the practice field. The game scheduled for Thursday at Burgaw has been moved to Tues Nov. 15th, because they haven’t had their tryouts yet. The football team plays their last game of the season Tuesday at 4 at home, vs Cape Fear Middle.  There is no 5th quarter, due to CFMS not having enough players.  


Let's have a great week at TMS!




October 23, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

We appreciate the community’s response towards helping our families and friends who have lost so much due to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  The compassion and kindness shown to others was very much noticed and welcomed!  Thank you!

General Info:  Pictures have been sent home, and they should be sent back as soon as possible unless you are purchasing them.  Please send money or pictures in this week!

Thank you for the great response to our collection of Military Cards! We have a few people left who have not returned theirs. We are still collecting them; please send them in!

Tuesday, October 25 is Picture Makeup Day for students who did not take their pictures the first time or want to re-take their pictures.  Picture packages must be returned before new pictures will be taken.

This week is Red Ribbon Week!  The following is a list of activities for the week, which is a tradition that celebrates a drug-free life for our students!

October 24 – October 28

MONDAY:
Wear Red Day -- show your support against drugs.

TUESDAY:
Team up against Drugs

Wear your favorite college or professional Sports Team; or, TMS shirt

WEDNESDAY:
Sock it to Drugs -- wear your craziest, most colorful, wackiest socks!

THURSDAY:
Put a Cap on Drugs

Wear your funniest, craziest, or favorite hat to support being drug free.

FRIDAY:
Say BOO to Drugs & Turn your Back on Drugs
.

Say Boo to Drugs – Students & teachers decorate their Homeroom Doors Friday morning
with a Halloween & Drug free theme to support being drug free and

Turn your Back on Drugs... Show your support – wear your shirts BACKWARD!

Looking ahead dates:
October 31, 2016 -- Dress Like a Book Character Day.  (Only school appropriate outfits and props may be used)  Dress like your favorite book character!
November 2-9 -- Book Fair
November 4 -- End of First Quarter
November 5 -- Saturday School Make-up Day
November 8 -- NO SCHOOL for students, Teacher Workday, Election Day
November 11 -- NO SCHOOL for students and Staff, Veteran’s Day Holiday
November 14-18 -- Graduation Awareness Week
November 21 -- Report Cards Sent Home
November 23 -- Make up day -- no longer a holiday
November 24-27 -- Thanksgiving Holiday

Fridays are Spirit Wear Days!  We would love to see all students and staff celebrate TMS each Friday with school shirts or sporting our school colors, black and gold!

PTO news: 

We invite you all to join us for our October PTO meeting, in the LIBRARY this coming Thursday, Oct. 27. from 6- 7:15 or 7:30.  We are a little flexible with our end time, and will continue to be due to the fact that we intend to continue to present our informational series from our School Counselors, (Mrs. Cowan and Dr. Toren) and Deputy Kittlaus. Whether you were able to join us at our last meeting or not, this is pertinent information which we have no doubt you will find useful as a Topsail Pirate Parent! Please do what you can to join us, and spread the word. The PTO meeting will bring and keep you up to date on what is happening in terms of activities planned, and the presentation will provide valuable information. Hope to see you there!! If you have any questions, please reach out to any PTO Board member, or through the Facebook page.

If you have not sent in your attraction book or money please do so as soon as possible.
 
Thanks to Kerry Rush and Misty LaPointe our spirit wear website is up and running. Order forms will also be going home next week. 

Book Fair scheduled November 2-9 and we could use your help. There is a way to sign up on-line through Doodle and there is a link on our facebook page. If you are interested in helping and cannot access our page please call TMS and leave a message and someone will get back with you.

Winterfest is scheduled for December 2. For those of you that would like to help with this exciting event we will have a meeting on Tuesday the 25th at 4:00 in the cafeteria.
 
If you haven't had the opportunity to join the PTO yet, please do so now,  new members are welcomed throughout the year! Use your voice, be heard and take the opportunity to be involved.  

Please continue to send in any Box Tops you have collected. 

 To contact us directly via email: PTO4TMS@gmail.com and please join us: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/PTOofTMS/

Sports: Girls Soccer try-outs will begin tomorrow, Monday, October 24th. In order to try-out students must be in the 7th or 8th grade AND have a physical form turned into Coach Batts BEFORE trying out. Make sure your students bring the proper equipment and a full water bottle!       

Football team is off this week, but their game will be at home on Tues 11/1 vs CFMS at 4:00.  There won’t be a 5th quarter.  The softball team will travel to Trask High Monday for the semifinals for the tournament.  Game time will either be at 4 or 6, depending on seeding.  If they win, the finals will be Thursday at Pender High, at 5pm.  Go Pirates!

Clubs: Monday, Acapella Club

Cross Country and Tennis Clubs have finished their season. Thank you to Coach Bafunno and Coach Jaeckel!

Let’s have a great week at TMS!



October 16, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  Thank you so much for your patience and flexibility with the uncertainties of the weather.  I hope that you have all fared well through the storm and the resulting aftermath. Tomorrow, Monday, October 17, will be a two-hour delay for students.  It is a B day. This Wednesday, originally scheduled as an early release day, will now be a full day of school.  This coming Saturday, October 22, will be a make up day and school will be in session.  The rest of the week will be a regular week, unless you hear otherwise through PCS.  More information about other makeup days will be shared through PCS website and phone messages later this week.  Meetings scheduled for last week will have to be rescheduled.  Please help us reschedule any parent meetings this week by contacting the teachers directly.

Now that school is back in session, the Transportation Department of PCS plans to resume bus service on its regular schedule.  Please understand that road conditions and closures prevent buses from following their normal routes causing delays, rerouting and the inability to drive where we normally travel.  In some cases rerouting may cause an increase in ride times for students.  PCS buses are not allowed to go past closed roads barriers, meaning that if you live on a road that has been closed and has not been reopened, parents must bring their children to the barrier or the next available stop for pick up.  Please wait with your child until the bus arrives and they are safely on their way to school and be there in the afternoon for drop off.  Normal bus service will resume as soon as road conditions allow.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation.  We should have minimal issues with buses at TMS, but please remain flexible and watchful as our bus drivers keep our students safe.

The School Improvement Team will meet at 7:45 AM on Wednesday, October 19, in the conference room.

General Info:If you haven't had a chance to fill out your Military Card please do so!!  It is important to return them even if you ARE NOT connected to the military. Please fill them out tonight if you have not done so already and have your child bring them to school on Monday. Thank you!!!

Looking ahead dates:

October 24-28, Red Ribbon Week
October 25, Picture Make-Ups
October 27, PTO Meeting, 6:00-7:15 or 7:30 PM
November 2-9, Book Fair

PTO news: We invite you all to join us for our October PTO meeting, in the LIBRARY onThursday, Oct. 27. from 6- 7:15 or 7:30.  We are a little flexible with our end time, and will continue to be because of the fact that we intend to continue to present our informational series from our School Counselors, (Mrs. Cowen and Dr. Toren) and Deputy Kittlaus. Whether you were able to join us at our last meeting or not, this is pertinent information which we have no doubt you will find useful as a Topsail Pirate Parent! Please do what you can to join us, and spread the word. The PTO meeting will bring and keep you up to date on what is happening in terms of activities planned, and the presentation will provide valuable information. Hope to see you there!! If you have any questions, please reach out to any PTO Board member, or through the Facebook page.  More details regarding the presentations will follow next week.

Keep on the lookout for SPIRIT WEAR!! Sales of items to begin next week! Thanks to Kerry Rush and Misty LaPointe!

The School Book Fair is scheduled November 2-9.

Winterfest scheduled for December 2.

** Keep on the lookout for emails from Sign-Up Genius

If you haven't had the opportunity to join the PTO yet, please do so now, new members are welcomed throughout the year! Use your voice, be heard and take the opportunity to be involved. 

Please continue to send in any Box Tops you have collected.

Please continue to participate in our Facebook page. Any friends who have not yet joined PTO, please encourage them to do so!

Keep in mind:
To contact us directly via email: PTO4TMS@gmail.com and please join us:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTOofTMS/


Sports:

Boys soccer tryouts for 7th graders will be this Monday and Tuesday (17th and 18th), on the practice field (beside TES), until 5:00.  Players should bring water, soccer gear, bug spray,a ball if you can, and try to wear a shirt with a number on it.  8th grade boys’ tryouts will be Thursdayand Friday until 5 on that field.

 Girls’ soccer try-outs will begin next Monday, October 24th. In order to try-out students must be in the 7th or 8th grade AND have a physical form turned into Coach Batts BEFORE trying out. Make sure your students listen to the announcements and check the website for more information.  

Softball has a home game Monday at 4 vs. CFMS, and an away game Thursday at Penderlea.  The game Thursday has not been confirmed yet, due to flooding.  Football has an away game at Trask HS Tuesday at 4:30, with the 5th quarter starting around 4:00.

Clubs: Cross Country club will continue practices this week. We have two races this upcoming weekend! We have a 4 mile trail run on Saturday at 10am (which may change due to Saturdayschool), and a 5k road race Sunday at 1 PM. PLEASE check the Cross Country Club web-page under Athletics for more information!! All members of the Topsail Community are welcome to participate in the races!

Our Tennis Club Season is wrapping up this week, with practice on Monday, and a home match against Noble on Tuesday.  The final celebration will be held on Friday after school!

Acapella Club will meet on Monday at 3:45.

Let's have a great week at TMS!




October 9, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  I hope that everyone stayed safe and secure during this weekend’s hurricane.  There will be no school on Monday, October 10, due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew on the area.  Information about making up this day will be communicated as soon as possible from Pender County Schools.

Students who are interested in NC School of Science and Math, there will be a  presentation meeting on October 12 at THS in the media center at 5:30.  Interested parents and students are encouraged to attend.

If you haven't had a chance to fill out your Military Card please do so!!  It is important to return them even if you ARE NOT connected to the military. Please fill them out tonight if you have not done so already and have your child bring them to school on Tuesday. Thank you!!!

Looking ahead dates: October 19, School Improvement Team meeting, 7:45 AM
October 19, Early Release, 12:30
October 24-28, Red Ribbon Week
October 25, Picture Make-Ups
October 27, PTO Meeting, 6:00-7:15 or 7:30 PM
November 2-9, Book Fair

PTO news: We invite you all to join us for our October PTO meeting, in the LIBRARY on Thursday, Oct. 27. from 6- 7:15 or 7:30.  We are a little flexible with our end time, and will continue to be due to the fact that we intend to continue to present our informational series from our School Counselors, (Mrs. Cowen and Dr. Toren) and Deputy Kittlaus. Whether you were able to join us at our last meeting or not, this is pertinent information which we have no doubt you will find useful as a Topsail Pirate Parent! Please do what you can to join us, and spread the word. The PTO meeting will bring and keep you up to date on what is happening in terms of activities planned, and the presentation will provide valuable information. Hope to see you there!! If you have any questions, please reach out to any PTO Board member, or through the Facebook page.  More details regarding the presentations will follow next week.

Keep on the lookout for SPIRIT WEAR!! Sales of items to begin next week! Thanks to Kerry Rush and Misty LaPointe!

The School Book Fair is scheduled November 2-9.

Winterfest scheduled for December 2.

** Keep on the lookout for emails from Sign-Up Genius

If you haven't had the opportunity to join the PTO yet, please do so now, new members are welcomed throughout the year! Use your voice, be heard and take the opportunity to be involved. 

Please continue to send in any Box Tops you have collected.

Please continue to participate in our Facebook page. Any friends who have not yet joined PTO, please encourage them to do so!

Keep in mind:
To contact us directly via email: PTO4TMS@gmail.com and please join us:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTOofTMS/

Sports:  Softball had an away game at Burgaw scheduled for Monday, weather permitting, but it will be rescheduled. 

The next football game is Tuesday 10/18 at Trask HS, vs. Cape Fear MS at 4:30.  

Boys’ soccer tryouts for 7th graders will be Oct 17 and 18th, after school until 5, and for 8th graders, Oct 20 and 21st, after school until 5.  It will be on the practice soccer/baseball field by Topsail Elementary.  Players should bring water, a soccer ball, and preferably wear a jersey with a number on it. 

Clubs:
Cross Country club will continue this week on Wednesday. Students should meet in Ms. Bafunno’s room after school. Parents should pick  up their runners in the front circle of the school at 5:00. Please remember to bring water and eat a good lunch!

The Tennis Club will host St. Mark’s for a match on Tuesday, and they will travel to Empie Park on Wednesday for a match against Roland Grise.  There will be tennis practice on Thursday. Matches and practices start at 4!

Let’s have a great week at TMS!




Oct. 2, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

General Info: 

Thank you to parents and the community for your patience in the last few weeks as we have had to deal with the weather!  Please make sure that your children have access to weather gear as most have to walk outside to get to and from classes during the day.  Keep an eye on the news stations and be alert for any calls from Pender County Schools regarding delays and/or closures.  The decision to close or delay school is not easily made and it sometimes has to be made very quickly, so there are times when it appears to be very short notice.  As we continue through hurricane season, keep an eye on the sky and make preparations ahead of time for possible early school closure or late starts.  Pender County Schools will send out a message to all families, post it on their facebook page, and post it on the PCS Website: http://www.pendercountyschools.net/home

We have had several incidents ​of sickness at school this past week.   A child who has a fever greater than 100 degrees needs to remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours without having had fever-reducing medicine. We also recommend that your child stay home from school if they have any of the following symptoms:
·                     Vomiting (even once)
·                     Diarrhea
·                     Chills
·                     General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
·                     Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
·                     Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of the nose
To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:
·                     Wash hands frequently
·                     Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
·                     Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
·                     Avoid close contact with people who are sick                                                                                                                                                            
Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring them to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.  If you have any questions, please call nurse Anita @ 910-270-2612.

Please put some more money into your child’s cafeteria account.  As a school, TMS students owe over $790 at this time.  It’s possible that your child may be charging a breakfast or lunch and then forgetting to tell you about it, and that’s how these accounts start to add up.  We do tell the students when they owe money, so please ask.  As a parent, I also have made it a habit for myself to pay $50 into my own child’s account at the end of each month, which takes care of most of the month’s lunches.  Please talk to your child about his/her cafeteria habits, and thank you for taking care of this in a timely manner!  If you have questions about your child’s account, please call Mrs. Rich, our kitchen manager, at (910) 270-2612.

Looking ahead dates:  October 19, Early Release for students
October 19, School Improvement Team meeting, 7:45 AM
October 24-28, Red Ribbon Week
October 25, Picture Make-Ups

PTO news: The Attractions Books Fundraiser is CLOSING on MONDAY. Any who have not yet returned, or paid for the Attractions Books please send either book(s) or payment to school with your student Monday.  We thank you.
Coming up in November: Book Fair, Movie Night and more! More information coming soon. Invitations to volunteer for things you've selected on your membership form will be sent to your email via "Sign Up Genius." Please be on the lookout for these and respond in order to get involved! If you didn't specify anything yet, but would like to, or if we don't have your email address on file, please reach out. We welcome and appreciate all volunteers!
If you haven't had the opportunity to join the PTO yet, please do so now, new members are welcomed throughout the year! Use your voice, be heard and take the opportunity to be involved.  
Please continue to send in any Box Tops you have collected. 
Please continue to participate in our Facebook page. Any friends who have not yet joined PTO, please encourage them to do so! 
Keep in mind:
To contact us directly via email: PTO4TMS@gmail.com
and please join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTOofTMS/

Sports: The softball team has 2 home games scheduled this week, Monday against Cape Fear, and Thursday against Penderlea.  Both games start at 4.  Football travels to Pender High School Wednesday to play Burgaw/West Pender/Penderlea Schools at 4:30.  Soccer tryouts will start in a few weeks, so get those physicals turned in.

Clubs: Cross Country club will continue this week on Monday and Wednesday. Students should meet in Ms. Bafunno’s room after school. Parents should pick  up their runners in the front circle of the school at 5:00. Please remember to bring water and eat a good lunch!

Tennis: Tennis practice will be held on MondayWednesday, and FridayOn Tuesday, TMS hosts WCA in a match that starts at 4:00.

Acapella Club will meet on Monday.

Let's have a great week at TMS!



Sept. 25, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

Our band and chorus students, under the direction of Mr. Norem and Mrs. Kittlaus, performed beautifully at the Spot Festival on Saturday to start the festivities.  Great job to our musicians!  Thanks also to all who volunteered at this community event!

General Info:
Look for 2 new forms being sent home this week.  The Federally Connected Cards and the ASW form.  Both of these forms need to be filled out and returned to the school.  We are looking for 100%!!

Interim Reports will go home on Thursday, September 29.  Remember that you can also keep up with your child’s grades by utilizing the Parent Portal, which gives you access to plenty of information to help us partner with you in keeping your child on track.  If you need your password and instructions, you can pick them up in the office with an ID.

Looking ahead dates: October 19, Early Release

PTO news: Thank you to all TMS Families for your help in making our Attractions Books Fundraiser a success. To all who may not have yet returned, or paid for the Attractions Books, please send either book(s) or payment to school with your student on Monday. This fundraiser is wrapping up and we must have all accounted for this week. Thank you so much!
 
The PTO meeting was a success in spite of the downpour. A BIG thank you to all who attended and to our guest speakers Deputy Kittlaus and Dr. Toren for their dynamic presentations of very interesting and pertinent information. We look forward to the next installment from both of them at our next meetings. Come and join us!
  
Coming up in November: Book Fair, Movie Night and more! More information forthcoming soon. Invitations to volunteer for things you've selected on your membership form will be sent to your email via "Sign Up Genius" Please be on the lookout for these and respond in order to get involved! If you didn't specify anything yet, but would like to, or if we don't have your email address on file, please reach out. We welcome and appreciate all volunteers!
 
Keep in mind that if you haven't yet joined the PTO, there is no deadline, and new members are welcomed throughout the year.

If you haven't yet linked your VIC card, please do so for TMS. Please collect all BoxTops and send them in, it is worth it!!
 
Every now and again we post information about events/contests offered by companies through which we have an opportunity to win prizes or funds for the school. If you see these on the FB page, please consider entering!
 
Keep in mind.....:
To contact us directly via email: PTO4TMS@gmail.com
and please join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTOofTMS/

Sports: Just a reminder for the softball, football and cheer teams that you will have picturesMonday after school.  

The football team plays South Brunswick at home Wednesday.  The 5th quarter starts about4:00.  

The softball has their first home game Thursday vs. Burgaw Middle at 4:00

 Students wanting to try out for soccer need to get their physicals turned in before tryouts begin. 

Clubs:

Cross Country club will continue this week on Monday and Wednesday. Students should meet in Ms. Bafunno’s room after school. Parents should pick up their runners in the front circle of the school at 5:00. Please remember to bring water and eat a good lunch!

In Tennis, the A Group practice has been moved to Wednesday this week.  B group will practiceon Friday.  We will have a home match against Roland Grise on Thursday, September 28.  Practice is from 4-5:30, and our matches are from 4-6.  Good luck to our tennis players this week!

Acapella Club meets on Monday, and Honors Chorus meets on Tuesday.  Both are after school.

Let's have a great week at TMS!




Sept 18, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

General Info: It was wonderful to visit with parents at our Curriculum Night!  I want to extend my appreciation to our staff for spending some extra time with our community!  Thank you also to the parent volunteers and staff who helped make our first school dance such a success!

Thank you for the patience and understanding in the car line at drop off and pick up.  A reminder that the front circle is not for regular car drop off or pick up.  Also, areas around the building are not open for parent parking.  The areas reserved for parent parking are the back lot for regular car pick up and the visitor spaces up front for parents who have to walk into the building before or after school.  There is no parking allowed in the fire lane in the front circle at any time. 

Time to put some money into those cafeteria accounts!  Please talk to your child about his/her lunch and breakfast purchases.  Pender County understands that at times a child may need a breakfast or lunch and doesn’t have the money, but it limits charges to $20 or less.  You can pay on-line by visiting the Pender County Schools website and accessing the child nutrition site, or you can send money with your child each day or pre-pay for a few weeks.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the cafeteria manager, Mrs. Abby Rich, at (910) 270-2612.

We have Parent Portal passwords and information in the front office.  Please bring an ID to sign out the information for your student.  If you have been successful with it in the past, there is no change and you do not have to get a new one.

Our School Improvement Team will meet this Wednesday at 7:45 AM in the conference room.

Please join us at our first PTO meeting on Thursday6:00 PM, in the auxiliary gym.  

The Spot Festival is this weekend, September 24 and 25.  Looking forward to seeing the community there!  Our band and chorus students will be performing at the beginning of the Festival on Saturday Morning.

Looking ahead dates: September 29, Interim Reports go out.
               October 19, Early Release
PTO news:

Please Keep in mind: Next week is the last week of our ongoing Attractions Book fundraiser. Please be advised that by the end of the week, anyone who has not turned in their books will be asked to pay for them. Thank you!
 
A huge THANK YOU all of the wonderful volunteers who helped with the Attractions Books.
 
The Fall Dance was a great success and much fun was had by all; a resounding THANK YOU! to all who volunteered to make this happen. 
 
 We hope to see all at our first monthly PTO meeting- Thursday the 22nd, at 6:00 in the Auxiliary Gym.  We look forward to kicking off the new year with a great turn out and are pleased to have Deputy Kittlaus and Dr. Toren as guest speakers. The meeting is expected to go no later than 7:15 or 7:30
 
Coming up in November: Book Fair, Movie Night and more! More information forthcoming soon. 
 
Keep in mind that if you haven't yet joined the PTO, there is no deadline, and new members are welcomed throughout the year. 
 
If you haven't yet linked your VIC card, please do so for TMS, please collect all BoxTops and send them in, it is worth it!! 
 
Every now and again we post information about events/contests offered by companies through which we have an opportunity to win prizes or funds for the school, if you see these on the FB page, please consider entering! 
 
Keep in mind.....: 
To contact us directly via email: PTO4TMS@gmail.com
and please join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTOofTMS/

Sports:
The softball team has a game Monday against Burgaw Middle, which will be played at the park across from Burgaw Middle School, at 4:00.  Thursday, the softball team travels to Cape Fear Middle for a 4:00 game.  

Monday the football team plays at home as they take on the Pirates from Swansboro.  The game starts at 4:30, the game costs $3, and the concession stand will be open.  Park in the high school parking lot to be closest to the stadium.  

Soccer tryouts will begin around Oct. 17 for the boys, and Oct 24 for the girls, so be sure to get your physicals turned in to the office or Coach Batts before then.

Clubs: Cross Country club will continue this week on Monday and Wednesday. Students should meet in Ms. Bafunno’s room after school. Parents should pick  up their runners in the front circle of the school at 5:00. Please remember to bring water and eat a good lunch!

Acapella Club meets on Monday, and Honors Chorus meets on Tuesday after school!

Let’s have a great week at TMS!


 Sept 11, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.  We have a busy week ahead!

General Info: 

Please join us for Curriculum Night this Thursday, September 15,  from 5 to 7.  It will start with a general meeting in the auxiliary gym at 5:00, and then there will be half-hour sessions with the grade level and encore teams.  This is not an evening to meet about your child personally, but it is a time to learn more about the curriculum and expectations.  We will have only one curriculum night this year as an opportunity for parents with students at multiple grade levels to attend just one time.

School pictures are happening this Wednesday, September 14.

Our fall dance will be this Friday from 4-6.  

Parent Portal Info is now available in the front office.  Please bring your ID to sign out your student’s info. 

A reminder to parents of 7th graders that we need proof of your child’s Tdap and Meningitis immunization!

Looking ahead dates: September 21, School Improvement Meeting, 7:45 AM
             September 22, PTO Meeting, 6:00 PM, Auxiliary Gym
            September 24-25, Spot Festival (TMS Music will perform!)

PTO news: 
Our annual "ATTRACTIONS" book fundraiser continues! 
These make wonderful gifts for the upcoming Holiday Season. At only $25 each they are an amazing value, and provide much needed funds to be used all year toward events and benefits for our students!   Attraction Books are full of useful coupons good through December 31, 2017.   Order yours today... And remember, if you order 5 online, you get the sixth FREE!  We will have some Attraction Books available at the Curriculum night, feel free to see us there!

Please continue to send in your Box Tops! This is an ongoing effort, we will be collecting them throughout the year. 

Please join us for our first  PTO meeting on September 22nd beginning at  6:00 pm in the auxiliary gym. Come and meet or reconnect with friends and parents from our school community!  ALL ARE WELCOME!  We will feature guest speakers Counselor Dr. Toren and Deputy Kittlaus.  We hope to see you there! 

Keep in mind.....
 **Log in to https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTOofTMS/ for fast and easy updates, and information! 

 **As always, feel free to contact us directly via email, at PTO4TMS@gmail.com

Sports:  Softball will have two home games this week.  Monday 9/12 we play Cape Fear, and Thurs 9/15, we play Penderlea.  Games start at4:00, cost $3 per person, and people should park in the car pick up lot.  Football has a home game Tues 9/13 vs Leland Middle School.  The 5th quarter starts at 4, with the scored game starting about 4:30.  It costs $3, and the concession stand will be open!   

Friday 9/16 is the first school dance.  Its $5, and there will be plenty of pizza, drinks, snacks and fun.  The money raised benefits the PTO and the athletic department.  The dance is after school until 6pm.  Students should turn in their permission slips and buy a ticket during lunch.  They will receive their tickets Friday during 6th period.

Clubs: Cross Country club will continue this week on Monday and Wednesday. Students should meet in Ms. Bafunno’s room after school. Parents should pick  up their runners in the front circle of the school at 5:00. Please remember to bring water and eat a good lunch!

Our first HOSA meeting will be this Thursday, September 15, at 3:45 in the cafeteria.

Acapella Chorus will meet on Monday after school.

The TMS choirs are already getting ready for our Spot Fest performance!  Please ask your singer for more details or refer to the Chorus Website.  We are also getting ready for the North Carolina Honors Chorus auditions.  Practice for that audition will be every Tuesday after school in the chorus room until 4:30.  See Mrs. Kittlaus for more information.

Let's have a great week at TMS!



August 28, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements.

General Info:  It was a pleasure to welcome all of you to last Thursday’s Open House!  Welcome back to school tomorrow, Monday, August 29!  We’re looking forward to an excellent year together!  Thank you in advance for your patience the first few days as we work through the transportation issues that always accompany the first few days of school. The buses may be a little early or a little late picking up and dropping off as they adjust to their schedules, and the lines for drop-off and pick-up will be a little longer.  Please remember that drop-off and pick-up are only allowed in the back circle unless you have a pass from the office for special circumstances. 

Keep an eye on the weather and make sure that your child is prepared for the elements. Students travel from building to building and they get wet when it's raining.  A dollar-store rain poncho is perfect because it can go over the student and the book bag, and then it can be refolded and returned to the bookbag when it’s dry for use next time.  Many students also pack umbrellas in their bookbags. 

If your child is in 7th grade, you need to provide proof of immunization for Tdap and meningitis.  Please contact our nurse, Anita Kandabarow, for more information.

Next week is Labor Day!  We will not have school on Monday, September 5.

Looking ahead dates: September 14, School Pictures
            September 15, Curriculum Back to School Night
            September 16, School Dance

PTO news: Please refer to the PTO Facebook page for updates and information, or contact them directly by email:  PTO4TMS@gmail.com Thanks to all of you who signed up on Thursday night! Attractions books will be coming home with your students on the first day of school.

Sports: Softball Tryouts start on Monday, August 29. Please refer to the website for all sports schedules.

Clubs: Cross Country forms will not be available until the first day of school. At that time they'll be available in the office and online under the Cross Country Club page. Students are NOT to turn them in to the office until Tuesday AFTER announcements, and all teachers have been made aware of this. This is so it's fair to all students, especially the bus riders who can't get here early. We have limited space due to the ability to safely monitor all runners along the Cross Country course. The first practice will be Wednesday September 7th

Let’s have a great week at Topsail Middle School!



August 21, 2016

Good evening, TMS Families!  This is Mrs. Romero-Lehrer with your weekly announcements. Welcome back to TMS!  We are very excited to start the year! The first day back for students is next Monday, August 29.  These weekly announcements will be the primary method of keeping parents and families updated.  Sometimes they get a bit lengthy, but rest assured that you will also receive the same information in an email if you can’t listen to the whole message.  The announcements are made every Sunday evening at 6:30; you will not receive any other messages throughout the week from school unless there is information that can’t wait, your child owes money in the cafeteria, or if there is a bus issue.  If you are not receiving the email that accompanies this phone message and you would like to, please send a note to our Data Manager, Sarah Luchansky.

We continue to grow, and we want to welcome many new families to our community!  Along with growth come challenges.  One of those challenges is the pick-up and drop-off area. We have been working on this issue through our Parent Advisory Council and will continue to try to find solutions to make our pick-up and drop-off safer.  I need your help.  First of all, if there is anyone who would volunteer to help with traffic flow in the front of the school, we could really use you!  There is no drop-off or pick-up in the front circle.  I know that it is so much faster and easier to use this area.  However, the front circle is reserved for buses, staff and visitor parking.  Please do not use the front circle for pick-up or drop-off.  Students must be picked up and dropped off in the back parking lot to the right as you face the school.  This is where I need everyone’s help and patience.  It takes a long time to get through there, especially in the first few days as families may choose to bring their students to school on the first day, and traffic may back up as we are helping students out of cars and keeping them safe.  Please leave early enough that you will not be stressed and impatient waiting in the car line.  Spend those last precious moments of the morning having a last-minute encouraging conversation with your child and getting him/her prepared for the day! At the end of the day, we will repeat the process.  It may take 15 minutes to clear the parking lot.  Plan accordingly. We do have staff members at the building to guide traffic and assist your child.  Please follow the directions of the school staff in entering and leaving the parking lot.  Because a number of parents park in the back lot, we have to be very careful about allowing our students to walk across to the building, and we can’t have cars making their own pathways around traffic.  Slow and steady is safe!

Thursday, August 25, is our Open House, starting at 4 and ending at 7.  At 5:00 there will be an informational meeting for parents who are new to the community in the Auxiliary Gym.  When you arrive for Open House, your child needs to find his/her name on the list outside of the front office to find his/her homeroom.  The homeroom teacher will give your child a schedule.  Please feel free to go to each of your child’s classes that evening and meet the teachers.  We have worked very hard to make sure that all schedules have 4 core classes and 2 encore classes.  Class changes will only be made for students who do not have a full schedule or are in the wrong grade level.  We cannot make class changes for teacher choice, friends in the class, or time of day that the class meets.  

Don’t forget that state law requires all 7th graders to receive both Tdap and meningitis vaccines before school starts.  Please send proof of this immunization to our school nurse, Anita Kandabarow.  If you have an appointment scheduled soon for your child for this purpose, let the Mrs. Kandabarow know.

Looking ahead dates: September 5, NO SCHOOL for Labor Day
            September 14, School Pictures
            September 16, School Dance

PTO news: Your PTO has been busy preparing for a great year… To get started, we’d like to invite all parents  of Topsail Middle School students to join our Facebook Group  at:https://www.facebook.com/groups/PTOofTMS/
To contact us directly via email: PTO4TMS@gmail.com
Meet your PTO Board :
Wendy Hall, President
Becky Waters, Co-President
Kim Karach, Treasurer
Shehla Korff, Secretary
Susanne Lankford, Board Member-at-large
Jodi Crumpler, Board Member-at-large
Keep in mind.....
**Now is the time to re-link your VIC cards. Please be sure to select Topsail Middle School as your school!
***The much anticipated “Attractions” books will be coming home with your student(s) the first day of school.
****Please remember to collect any ‘box tops’ you may have. Feel free to send them in with your student whenever you have some! This is a great fundraising opportunity that directly benefits our kids.

Sports:
Cross Country:  Interested students need to get a form and bring it back to the office, filled in, the next day AFTER the morning announcements (Tuesday 8/30). This way it is fair to those students riding the bus. There will be a cap of 25 students allowed to participate. Once 25 completed forms have been turned in, the club will be closed. We apologize for this limit but it is necessary for safety of the participants.
Football Tryouts start August 23.
Softball Tryouts start August 29.


Have a great week at TMS!



Comments