May 10, 2016

Textile Recycling Day 5/22/2016

Sunday, May 22nd from 11-3 at Oak Middle School

NO CHARGE for dropping off textiles. What we are accepting:
For every ton collected, the SMS PTO receives $200! All items should be dry and odor-free.

Kids & Adult clothing(holes, rips ok), shoes& boots, belts, purses, backpacks, blankets, sheets and towels.
Items will be cleaned and reused by Bag2School,

For more information contact Missy Hollenback 508/284-7314 or Sorry no styrofoam or electronics or scrap metal will be accepted at this event, it is textiles only.

March 28, 2016

Call for Volunteers – Oak’s Got Talent! 2016

The SMS PTO is pleased to announce that our popular student talent show returns on Saturday, April 9th at 7pm – 9pm in theOak MS Auditorium. We are currently looking for high-school age students who would like to get involved in the production in the following capacities: stage management, crew, sound, lights, program, publicity (see flyer HERE for more information).

March 7, 2016



Celebrate the end of the school year with the Boston Red Sox, your middle school friends and family. Tickets are now available for Shrewsbury Middle Schools Night at Fenway Park on Wednesday, June 22nd. Two ticket options are available: bleacher and upper bleacher. All seats have backs and arms and are located in centerfield. 

To purchase tickets, print and complete this SMS Red Sox Night order form and return it to your homeroom teacher with cash or a check made payable to the Shrewsbury Middle School PTOThere will be a $10 charge for returned checks. Orders must be placed by April 7th. Orders are non-refundable, subject to availability and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Groups that would like to be seated together should submit one order form. Tickets will be sent home with students a few weeks after the end of the sale period. 

Please contact with questions. 

SMS Red Sox Night order form

March 4, 2016

Students travel the world during Google visit to Sherwood

Sherwood students visited the Galapagos islands this week. Others checked out elephants in Kenya and some even took a trip to the rainforests of Brazil. They did this all from their chairs in the classroom, because the trips were virtual. Every journey was a virtual field trip made possible with a virtual reality technology known as Google Cardboard.

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality headset, and, as the name indicates, it is made out of cardboard. It looks a lot like the old viewfinder toys parents may remember from their own childhood. The device houses a smartphone, which is placed in a slot in back of the eye screen. The phone delivers a VR experience, which includes 360° photo spheres, 3D images, video and ambient sounds – and users are transported into a virtual environment where they often feel like they are right there.  VR experiences can include anything from a tour of Mars to a ride on a roller coaster.


Carol Virzi, 5th grade ELE/Social Studies teacher at Sherwood Middle School, applied and was selected by Google for a site visit that allowed the students to have this experience. Google, through their Expeditions Pioneer Program, provided the tools and the kits to make it happen, including VRs for each student to use for the day.

“It gives them a real-world view that they never would be able to experience with a lecture,” said Virzi.


Through the program, 20 Sherwood teachers were able to choose from over 400 expeditions. Virzi chose several, including a trip to historic Philadelphia, which helps to support her class’ lessons this year on the American Revolution.

Going forward, Sherwood teachers will be able to continue to use Google Cardboard to augment learning because the school now has several of the devices for check out from the media center. More virtual field trips, as well as career expeditions, are planned for students in the future.


“The career expeditions allow them to see what it’s like to be in a certain profession.”

Careers like marine biology, veterinary medicine and computer science are some of the professions included in the expeditions.

More information about Google Expeditions can be found at:


January 17, 2016

Shrewsbury Middle School Spirit Wear is here!

Spirit Wear is Back until February 5th!


Get in the school spirit with short/long-sleeve shirts, hoodies, flannel pants (youth & adult sizes available) & beanies!


To order, use the attached order form below or this link:

Sale proceeds benefit the Middle Schools’ PTO.  For questions, contact Polly at


Order Form

November 24, 2015

Order gift cards with Scrip and benefit SMS PTO!

Want a way to shop for the holidays AND donate to SMS PTO at NO EXTRA cost to you? Scrip Gift Card orders are the perfect way to do it! See the order form below that allows you to order gift cards at face value from Scrip – and a percentage of your purchase will come back to SMS PTO at no additional cost to you! Many major retailers are included!

To get started, print this ScripZone Order Form, fill it out and return it to school with a check made out to Shrewsbury Middle School PTO.

Gift cards will be mailed directly to your address!

Or, if you prefer to order online, please visit Use SMS ID code  508841SMS when placing your order.



November 16, 2015

Sherwood students talk tech at Gillette

A group of sixth-grad students were recently presenters at the fall MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) and M.A.S.S. (Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents) annual Technology Conference Oct 21and 22 at Gillette Stadium.

The students, Dylan LeMay, Vidyut Veedgav, Madeline Duke, Kate Hitchcock, Megan Albertson, Ann Titus, Aishwarya Narayanan and Zaineb Irfan were eight out of just 20 selected to be part of the showcase. Accompanied by Carol Virzi, fifth-grade educator at Sherwood and Litza Rivera, an instructional technology support specialist, the students all made presentations about tech projects.

Read more about their projects and experience at Gillette in the Community Advocate this week at the following link:



Sherwood students Dylan LeMay, Vidyut Veedgav, Madeline Duke, Kate Hitchcock, Megan Albertson, Ann Titus, Aishwarya Narayanan and Zaineb Irfan recently made tech presentations at an event at Gillette Stadium.

November 9, 2015

SMS PTO Magazine Drive Instructions/Update

The Magazine Drive is the Shrewsbury Middle Schools PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Our teachers and students count on the money we raise to fund field trips, enrichment experiences and materials for the classrooms and media center.

Ordering is EASY and can be done online or on paper order forms. 

 Online Orders

1.      1.  Go to to access the online ordering system.

2.      2.  Click on the SHOP NOW button.

3.       3. Enter 2514289 for Sherwood or 2550200 for Oak.

4.       4. Enter the name of the student you are supporting.

5.       5. Search by product code or keyword, or use the navigation bar on the left side of the page to select categories. There are traditional magazines and digital magazines. Don’t miss out on the Entertainment App, which is just $20 and uses your Smartphone and GPS to know where you are and provide you with many local deals. Consider purchasing one for your family and one as a gift! The code for the Entertainment App is #E6523.

6.       6. Complete your order and follow the instructions for check out. PTO volunteers receive a print out of online orders each day, so your student will be able to collect their prizes at school without a delay during lunch.


Paper Orders

1.     1.   Inside the selling packet that your student brought home you will find a catalog and order forms.

2.       2. Browse through the catalog for titles that interest you. Each title has a code number for ordering. There are traditional magazines and digital magazines.

3.      3.  There is a separate insert for the Entertainment App, which is just $20 and uses your Smartphone and GPS to know where you are and provide you with many local deals. Consider purchasing one for your family and one as a gift! The code for the Entertainment App is #E6523.

4.       4. Complete the order form- there are 6 included with your packet and more available at school. Include cash or a check for the items ordered, payable to Shrewsbury Middle School PTO.

5.       5. Have your child bring the orders back to school, and they will be able to collect their prizes during lunch.  



November 4, 2015

Magazine drive fundraiser is underway!

Our annual PTO magazine drive is underway starting Wednesday, November 4th and runs through November 17th!

The middle schools’ magazine drive is the PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Without the funds raised during this drive it would be impossible to fund field trips like the 7th grade Heifer Farm trip or enrichment experiences like the 6th grade Mock Dig and trip to the Christa McAuliffe Center. We count on your support!

For those not interested in magazines, this year we are offering the Entertainment Book App for just $20! No more clunky book- use your smartphone and GPS technology to save wherever you go. Makes a great gift for family and friends throughout the US and Canada. Just enter your zip code and take advantage of great deals wherever life takes you! Use code E6523 when ordering. 

For more information, look for the insert in your child’s fundraising packet that will be coming home today!  Also, check out this video to learn more:


November 4, 2015

Meeting minutes from SMS PTO Meeting on 10.26.15

Shrewsbury Middle School PTO


Meeting Agenda & Minutes – 10/26/15

7:00 PM, October 26, 2015 | Location: Oak Middle School Media Center



Jane O. Lizotte, Ann M. Jones, Matthew Amdur, Kerrie Cutting, Erin Ryan, Polly Mertzanis, Pam Gold, Erin B. Arrell, Norma Mendilian, Bretta Karp, Kim Beers, Kathleen Keohane, Martha Pierson, LeAnne Benavides, Kofi Asumeng, Beth Casavant, Danielle Wolfus



Danielle Wolfus


  • Introduction of the PTO Board
    • Beth Casavant – Co-President (Oak Middle School)
    • Kim Beers – Co-President (Sherwood Middle School)
    • Norma Mendilian – Treasurer
    • Danielle Wolfus – Secretary (Sherwood Middle School)
    • Polyxane Mertzanis – Secretary (Oak Middle School)
    • Pamela Gold – Volunteer Coordinator
    • Erin Ryan – School Council Liaison (Sherwood Middle School)
    • Bretta Karp – School Council Liaison (Oak Middle School)
  • Voting in 2015 Shrewsbury Middle School Board – all in favor.
  • Presentation of Revised PTO Bylaws
    • changes reflect current PTO membership and attendance.
    • only legal necessary board members are President, Vice President, and Secretary
    • volunteer coordinator is an employee of Morgan Stanley and  must be designated as a board member to receive $2,500 yearly grant from Morgan Stanley.
  • Completed Events
    • Welcome Back Luncheon – the luncheon went very well.
    • Fall Recycling Fundraiser – the recycling fundraiser went very well and raised $2,775.
    • Uno’s Dine Out Night – this event was not well attended.  Three nights are planned for the school year and Uno’s will allow them to be cumulative.
    • SkyZone Flight Night Fundraiser – this event was not well attended and we did not meet the minimum number of jumpers required to receive a donation.  The winter jump date is on hold pending further discussion.
    • Direct Donations – $469 in direct donations have been received so far this school year.  Another notice regarding direct donations will be distributed on Giving Tuesday, December 1, with a reminder regarding tax deductions and company matching gifts.
  • Upcoming Events
    • Sherwood Fall Dance – this event is scheduled for Friday, October 30 from 6:30-8:30.  Tickets will be sold at lunches on October 28, 29, and 30.  Ticket price is $6.  There are enough volunteers.  Additional food and beverage donations are needed.
    • Magazine Drive – this event is scheduled to run from November 4 – November 17.  The signup genius for volunteer help will be announced soon.  There has been a decreasing trend in sales in recent years.  A new option this year is the Entertainment Book app which uses GPS technology and can be used in over 100 cities in the US and Canada.  This app will be sold for $20 and may help increase overall magazine drive sales.
    • Danielson’s Wreath Sale Fundraiser – Principal Lizotte authorized pick up of merchandise at Sherwood Middle School.
    • Regal Cinemas and Filmraiser Fundraiser – Filmraiser promotes new movies by offering schools 10% of sales when students use a promotional code while purchasing tickets.  This fundraiser will be paired with The Peanuts Movie.  The fundraiser will be promoted in the Community Bulletin as well as on the Shrewsbury Middle School website.
    • Celtics Night – This event will take place on March 4, 2016 at 7 pm.  Tickets will be sold for $30 and $10 will be retained by the PTO for each ticket sold.
    • Oak’s Got Talent – Dates for this yearly fundraiser have been finalized.  Auditions will be held on March 8, 2016 from 3-6:30 in the Oak Middle School cafeteria.  Rehearsals will be held on March 15 and March 22 from 2:30-5:30.  Dress rehearsal will be held on April 4.  The performance will be on April 8.  Communications regarding this fundraiser will be distributed in January 2016.
  • Treasurer’s Report
    • Budget – A budget was prepared at an earlier meeting based on analysis of expenditures and revenues of previous years.
    • All were in favor of voting in 2015/2016 budget.
    • Projected revenues are $40,897 and projected expenditures are $49,338.  The $8,441 will need to be taken from the PTO savings account which has approximately $34,000.
  • Updates from the Principals
    • Dr. Jones
      • After School Activities Program – the after school activities are experiencing record attendance.
    • Dr. Lizotte
      • After School Activities Program – the Sherwood programs are well attended.
      • Dr. Lizotte reported that the current faculty is engaged, enthusiastic, and appreciated.
  • Possible New Fundraisers
    • Direct Donations will be promoted on Giving Tuesday, December 1.
    • Spirit Committee Movie Night Proposal – Matthew Amdur (7 White ELA teacher) proposed an Oak Movie Night in conjunction with the PTO and the spirit committee.  This was received positively and is pending further discussion.
    • Spirit Wear – spirit wear ordering through Spectrum Printing was discussed.  Apparel must be preordered to get special pricing.  Colors and lettering were discussed.  This fundraiser is pending further discussion.


Future Meeting Dates



November 30

January 11

February 22

April 4

May 16



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