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Saturday, December 8th at Ellington High School from 7:00pm to 9:30pm (approximately). It will be a great night of music, prizes, and fun for middle school students only. In order to accommodate as many teams as possible, spectator seating will be limited. Students should form their own seven person teams. Registration forms will be available beginning Wednesday, November 21st in Mr. Matroni’s room and should be returned to him by Wednesday, December 5th. Rise Above is a sub-group of the Council for Developing a Positive Youth Culture (formerly the Drug Abuse Prevention Council). If you have any questions, please contact our Rise Above chairperson, Gigi Rubino, at g.rubino@comcast.net or Deb Stauffer, Ellington Prevention Coordinator at 860-870-3130.

Seeking Rechargeable Battery Donations
The EMS Library is seeking donations of rechargeable AAA batteries. If you can donate two, four, or more it would be greatly appreciated.  We need a total of 80 AAA batteries to keep all of our audiobooks running.  Thank you in advance.

Lost & Found
We have a new location for lost and found right outside the main office. Please note that items will be removed more often than in the past due to sanitation and space. Please remind your child to check for items. Currently we have another full table of shorts, lunch boxes, sweatshirts, brand new sneakers, t-shirts, etc. Our next disposal date will be November 30. We also have in the office three pair of eyeglasses.

EMS Volunteers
A special thank you goes to Melissa Abbruzzese, Karen Mozzer, Gwen Unterstein, and Laura Parker for volunteering to keep everything on schedule for picture day. With their help we were able to process 428 students for pictures in a little over two hours! Outstanding, helpful volunteers!
EMS also extends sincere thanks to the following parents for their help in sorting 821 butter braids and manning the distribution tables after school hours: Toni Martucci, Tracey Kiff-Judson, Collette Aldrich, Diane DelPiano, Diane Sirois, Nancy Gresh, Kim Sherba, Naomi Walder, and Terry Barone. The students and staff here at Ellington Middle School are very fortunate to have your support!

Cash for Trash
The computer room is now collecting and recycling old cell phones in addition to empty ink jet and laser cartridges!  For each ink or laser toner cartridge collected, Hartford Toner will donate up to $14 to our school and Pace Butler will donate up to $100 for your unwanted cell phone!   To view a list of eligible cartridges, please visit www.hartfordtoner.com, and to check to for more information regarding your old cell phone visit: www.pacebutler.com .  The money earned will be used to purchase new technology equipment.  Please send your empty cartridges to Mrs. Nigro in the computer lab.

Safe Grad Pancake Breakfast with Santa


The Safe Grad Committee is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 15th from 8:00am to 10:30am at Ellington High School. Come support the Class of 2013 substance-free party, have some delicious pancakes, listen to some holiday music and say hi to Santa all at the same time! Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children age ten and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Trish Willis at 860-870-9684 or email her at tandrwillis@comcast.net or from Debbie Stauffer at 860-875-9148 or email DLStauff@aol.com. Tickets will also be on sale at Ellington Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way, or at the door the day of the breakfast if tickets are still available. For more information, contact Trish or Debbie.  

Student Council Collection
Three years ago EMS Student Council started a collection that is worth continuing this year. Student Council will again be collecting the PINK Yoplait yogurt foil tops from now until the holiday break, as well as many other General Mills products. For every lid collected, ten cents will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The collection begins immediately and collection buckets will be located in Mrs. Fuellhart’s room (18) and Mrs. Dio-Rand’s room (2). A few things to remember about the PINK lid collection:

  1. PLEASE thoroughly wash all lids!

  2. A lid can be slightly ripped, but any ripped in half can not be collected.

  3. Only PINK lids from Yoplait products are accepted.

For more information on all products included in the drive, please click on the link below:

Save Lids to Save Lives®
If you have any questions about the collection, please contact the school. Thanks for your help with this great cause!

Box Tops for Education
This is a reminder that Ellington Middle School participates in the Box Tops for Education program. Send your box tops in with your child, so that EMS can collect the money. This money funds programs that may be affected by budget cuts but are important to our school. The program runs all year long and accepts box tops from the partial list of products below. If you have any questions, please contact the school.
Betty Crocker Desserts

Nestle Juicy Juice

Pillsbury Refrigerated Products

Nature Valley Bars

Total Cereals

Ziploc Bags and Containers

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