101-5-19 Daily Bulletin

Valley Middle School

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

Kindness Starts With One


Band – Lessons for today are as follows:

Period 3 - Xi'an

Period 5 - Yonkers  

Period 6 - Umm Qusar

Period 7 - Group V

Period 8 - Group W

* A reminder that there will be the first LAUNCH PAD BAND rehearsal today, for 6th Grade Band Members from 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Choir - All members of show choir will rehearse today during period 2 in the cafetorium.  All sopranos in choir will rehearse today during period 8 in the cafetorium. Show Choir permission slips and all choir shirt orders need to be submitted as soon as possible.


Attention all 7th and 8th graders interested in trying out for cheerleading or basketball.  Health history forms are due as soon as possible and physical forms are due by October 25th.  If you have not gotten forms, they are in the main office.  If you have any questions, please see Mr. Myones.


Bowling - Let the Good Times Roll… The bowling club will meet Thursday from 3-4:15 at the newly renovated Holiday Bowl. Permission slips are on the club bulletin board. See Ms. Marion or Mr. Messina with any questions. Stay tuned for our very first mystery bowler. 


The School Store will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays during homeroom. Check in with your homeroom teacher and come shop with us.


Tennis Club - meet today, Thursday, and Friday until 3:45 ... weather permitting.


The chocolate club - still has openings for sessions 2 and 3. Check out the club bulletin board for permission slips and see Mrs. Steng or Mrs. Connolly for further club information.


Attention to those who wish to have their picture retaken - You must return your picture package to the main office by Friday, 10/25, in order to schedule for Picture Retake Day on Wednesday, 10/30.


Step-up Club will meet on Wednesday until 3:30Permission Slips are located on the club bulletin board.  Please see Ms. Mihovics or Ms. Mastrofilipo if you have any questions.


Attention all readers! Book club with Ms. Cumberton and Miss Schussler will have its first meeting on Wednesday until 3:45. Come join the fun as we read and discuss together! You must turn in a signed permission slip to attend. Permission slips can be found on the club bulletin board, but you can also get one from Miss Schussler or Ms. Cumberton.


The Step-Up Club is beginning their annual activity to help provide food packages for seniors who may be homebound during inclement weather.  We welcome shoeboxes or any individual food packets such as packets of hot oatmeal, granola bars, juice boxes, apple sauce containers, cans of tuna or soup, tea bags or hot chocolate.  Please leave any donations in our box designated for this by the front office.  


Cupcake Club – Session 2 will meet until 4:00 today and Thursday.


Chocolate Club – will meet on Wednesday until 4:00.


The Hiking and Ecology Club - Explore nature with the Hiking and Ecology Club! Join us for a nature walk at the Wildlife Center in Wyckoff tomorrow. See snakes, turtles, frogs and other cool animals.  Permission slips and sign up are required.  


Cross Country – The Challengers will be back in action today when they kick off their Championship portion of their schedule. They will travel to Allendale for the North Divisional Championships. Sweatshirts are in! Athletes may pick them up today in room 207 or before the meet tomorrow."


Chess Club

Q: Where did the chess player sleep?
A: In a KING size bed.

The Chess club will be meeting Wednesday after school from 2:45-3:30 in room 202. If you enjoy the game of Chess or want to learn how to play, then Chess club is for you! See Mr. Hausch for a permission slip today to attend or for any questions you may have. No one will be permitted to attend without a signed permission slip.


Soccer – The rivalry with FAMS continued with an incredibly hard fought back and forth game yesterday.  FAMS opened up the scoring in the 2nd half after a scoreless defensive first half.  Once the second half started the game opened up a little.  The persistent pressure by the Lady Challengers led to a dramatic finish. A series of crisp passes led to a clever  finish in the back of the net to tie the score at 1 which is where the game finished.  The Lady Challengers continue their pursuit of an undefeated season against Allendale on Thursday. The girls will not practice today or tomorrow.


The boys Challengers - The boys challengers traveled to neighboring Franklin lakes yesterday in their final match against them this season. The Challengers caught some bad luck to begin the game in losing the coin flip and being forced to battle a strong glare for the entire first half of the game. 

Despite the difficulties seeing the ball, our goalie did a masterful job in supporting his defense as he was forced to come out of the box on multiple occasions to help clear the ball up the field. The challengers were also able to work the ball deep into the Franklin Lakes end of the field on multiple occasions, but couldn’t quite break through their defense. The Challengers considered the two goals deficit at halftime a minor victory considering their inability to see half the time. The Challengers were able to pull to within one goal. After a hard fought battle in the second half the challengers would eventually give up two more goals and suffer a loss to Franklin Lakes, 4-1. 


Attention 8th graders interested in applying to the University Programs at Indian Hills or Ramapo High Schools.  There will be an open house specifically about these programs at Indian Hills High School on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 pm.  Please see Ms. Mihovics if you have any questions about the University Programs.  


Attention 8th graders interested in applying to Bergen Academies - The student online application opens today.  Please check the Bergen Academies website early for more information and so that you do not miss any deadlines.  


Attention 8th Graders - The Cooperative Admissions test required for admission into various Catholic high schools in northern New Jersey is scheduled for Friday, November 8th, 2019. Google "Coop Admissions test" for more information on how to register for the test.  


Attention 8th Graders - Anyone considering applying to one of the Bergen County technical schools, three open houses are upcoming in the high school in Paramus.  The website www.bergen.org is now open to sign up so you can visit during one of their three open houses.  



Attention Parents! - Reminder that the $25.00 Chromebook insurance is due.  Instructions:  Go to the Oakland Public School Website, select Valley Middle School and click on PaySchools Central tab on the bottom right corner to sign in.


Attention Parents - SAO Classes are now open for registration. We are offering Science, Art, Track and Total Wellness 4 a Stress Free Student classes. The link to register is: https://www.oakland-nj.org/sports-association-oakland-sao/pages/sao-classes


Attention Parents!  - The VMS PTO uses an online management system. PTO Members pay annual dues of $10 per family and support the many activities and events of the PTO. PTO members have access to the online directory and below items:
- Email notifications on important PTO and school events.  
- Member of the VMS Facebook page
- Committee and Volunteer information
- App for Iphone and Android

Please use the link below and join the VMS PTO!