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    Dear Alden Middle School Families:

    This time of year, we often reflect upon all that we are thankful for in our lives. We are certainly blessed at Alden Middle School. It is a joy to work with all the wonderful children, parents, teachers and staff here at Alden Middle School. Thank you for all that you do.

    We have had a busy fall and our hope is that your child(ren) have shared much of what has happened over the last three months. In addition to these conversations, we will highlight many of our school and classroom activities within this newsletter.

    As a part of our continued efforts to promote positive character at Alden Middle School, we are continuing to teach and promote our monthly character traits. The month of December’s trait is “Generosity”. Throughout the month our students will be showing their generosity in the school and community. In December, we will raise money hosting a pajama day, selling candy canes during the Kindy Kane sale, and through other donations during the Holiday Follies week. All money raised will be donated to a charity chosen by our students. I would also like to thank the Alden community for their generosity with our Socktober drive. We collected around 575 items (socks, hats, gloves, soap) which were donated to the Buffalo City Mission. Thank you to Mrs. Laraba and ABC members for organizing this event.

    In an effort to spread some happiness during the Holiday Season, our 8th grade band and chorus will be performing for our students and staff, and then for the patients and residents at Greenfield’s on December 17th.  Students and staff will also participate in Spirit Week from December 17th - December 21st. On December 21st students and staff will enjoy our annual “Holiday Follies. We will participate in team building activities featuring several different events and races mixed with holiday flair.

    REMINDER: 6-8 grade report cards will no longer be mailed home unless requested. Parents and students will be able to view report cards and verify demographic/emergency medical forms on the Power School Parent Portal. Once a parent has filled out the verification form on the Portal, parents and students can access the report cards. 1st quarter report cards were posted to the Portal on 11/20/18. For information on the steps needed to create this account, please visit our site at www.aldenschools.org and select the Parent Portal link.  If you do not know the student access ID or password, please call the Middle School at 716-937-9116 ext. 2191.

    On an academic note, we had 83% of our students achieve Honor or Merit Roll status for the first marking period. I will have the privilege of having lunch with all of our Honor Roll students in December to celebrate their accomplishment. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to have casual conversations with their peers and staff that join them. 

    On behalf of our Alden Middle School faculty and staff I wish you and your family a very special holiday and healthy New Year.

    Season's Greetings!                                                                                                                 

    Steve Smith                                                  

    Middle School Principal