Maeser Updates: Winterfest 2024 Edition

In This Edition

Message from Administration: Winterfest 2024, Winterim Used Uniform Sale TONIGHT, Applications for New Students Closing Wednesday, Brighton Ski/Snowboard Program, Volunteer Help Needed (Making Maeser Even Better! Winterfest Information Table, Winterim Used Uniform Sale, Protein Powder and Blender Bottles for Weight Lifting Class, Gift Cards for Teachers, Lunch Volunteers, Teacher Appreciation Donations, Report Your Volunteer Hours, Questions About Volunteer Hours), Sports Announcements (Spring Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals), Counseling Announcements (Counseling Donations), Can We Reach You In Case Of Emergency? (Opt In For School Text Messages, Update Your Contact Information)

Front Office Hours This Week

7:30am-4:00pm Mon-Thurs
8:30am-12:30pm Fri

**PARENTS: Please remember to check in at the front office when visiting the school during school hours, including Fridays. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe!**

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

TODAY! Thursday, January 25
4:30pm Winterfest!

Friday, January 26
School & Office CLOSED – Teacher Work Day

Monday, January 29
First Day of Semester 2 (Full Dress)

Friday, February 2
Required In-Person Advisory Friday

Lunch Options This Week

Lunch orders will resume on January 29th.

On days that the school uses the preorder forms, please let your child know they will have 10 minutes to get their lunch and after 10 minutes we will start selling the extras to students who did not preorder.

Tuesday: Gandalfo’s Sandwich & Chips – $6
Use the link to pre-order for this day. The link will close at 12pm on Monday.
Gandolfo’s Sandwich Pre-Orders

Wednesday: Pizza – $2/slice
No pre-order is required for pizza.

Thursday Yummy’s Korean Barbecue – $6
Use the link to pre-order for this day. The link will close at 12pm on Wednesday.
Yummy’s Korean Barbecue Pre-Orders

Microwaves are available in the lunchroom for students who bring lunch from home. Please note: we do NOT have refrigerator facilities for student use.

Message From Administration: Winterfest 2024!!

Winterim is one of the most unique and exciting things that Maeser does, so we’re excited to host Winterfest 2024 on Thursday, January 25th, from 4:30-7pm here at the school. High school students are required to attend and should be in their full dress uniform, and we invite middle school students, families, friends, and community members to come and see all the exciting things our high school students have been doing during Winterim.

Students will have their projects on display in their respective Winterim classrooms and in the gym, so feel free to wander and explore the different Winterim classes.

WHEN: Thursday, January 25 from 4:30-7:00pm
WHERE: Maeser

Each Winterim class will be showcasing what they’ve learned and created during Winterim this year!

Here’s a small taste of what you can look forward to at Winterfest…

  • The Music Dance Theater Winterim will be presenting a blackbox showcase at 6pm on the Stage – everyone is invited to attend! The students will present individual pieces as well as group pieces to showcase what they have learned during Winterim in terms of music dance theater.
  • The Dungeons and Dragons Winterim was focused on creating a unique experience for our seventh grade MSI groups. We studied (and played) the game every day, learning how to create new mechanics, worthwhile motivations for the adventures, and much more. Come by room 210 to see some of our class’ modules and talk to the students about their design process.
  • The Physics of Roller Coasters Winterim invites you to come see our amazing coasters! Our students have designed and built six different coasters for you to come and play with. Ask our students to name the elements in their coaster and describe the forces you would feel on their coaster. Then, step inside room #151 to hear all about our trip to California as we teach you a little about roller coaster engineering and design.

We’re excited to welcome you to campus this afternoon to explore Winterfest!

Winterim Used Uniform Sale TONIGHT!

The Uniform Committee is sponsoring a Used Uniform Sale during Winterfest, from 4:30-7:00pm.

Many students have had a HUGE growth spurt over the past semester and lengths of pants and skirts are getting shorter — so this is the perfect time to pull out those uniform items that no longer fit your student and size up at the Winterfest Used Uniform Sale, in time for Semester 2.

If you don’t have items to sell or buy, stop by to see samples from our new upcoming vendor, Tommy Hilfiger!

Volunteer Help Needed!

The used uniform exchange is a parent-sponsored and run opportunity to allow parents to resell their students’ uniforms and for parents to purchase needed uniforms in good condition at a low cost. We need your help to make these events happen! Volunteering for the sale is a great way to meet other parents and get in some service hours. For more details and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Maeser Winterfest Used Uniform Sale.

To Sell Uniforms

  1. Launder all uniform items. Make sure there are no holes, stains, or excessive wear on the clothing.
  2. On an envelope clearly indicate:
    • Your name
    • Article of clothing for sale
    • Size/gender
    • Price
    • Payment method (cash or Venmo account) — if using Venmo, please include your name and Venmo username (with QR code or last 4 digits of the phone number)
  3. Safety pin the envelope to the uniform
  4. Drop off items to sell at Maeser on Thursday, January 25 between 8:30-9:30am in the lunchroom or 1:30-2:30pm amd 3:30-4:30pm in front of the library (the uniform committee would appreciate an earlier drop-off so they have time to set up the sale).
    • The front office cannot take items for the uniform exchange. Please drop off uniforms to be sold ONLY at the designated times.
  5. Sign the Uniform Exchange Waiver (available at drop-off)

**The uniform committee reserves the right to turn away any uniform items that are not in good condition or that do not meet the Uniform Code.

**At the end of the sale, YOU are responsible to pick up any unsold items. You will be required to show a picture ID to pick up your envelopes with money from sold items.

**Maeser WILL NOT be taking donations of unsold uniform items.

Suggested Pricing for Used Uniforms
Blazers $25
Cardigans $10
Maeser Hoodies/Sweatshirts $10
Polos $5
Shorts $5
HS Plaid Skirts $10 -$15
Skirts $5
Pants $5
Ties $ 5
P.E. uniforms $5

To Buy Uniforms

CASH: Bring lots of small bills (ones and fives).
VENMO: If a seller accepts Venmo, you may pay using your Venmo account. You will need to show the uniform committee proof of your Venmo payment before you will be allowed to take the uniform items.

If you are selling items at the Uniform Exchange you can pick up your envelopes of sold items AND your unsold items between 7:00-7:30pm.

**The front desk CANNOT keep envelopes with money in them for pick up at a later time. If you do not pick up your money at the end of the sale, the money will be donated to Maeser’s Uniform Fund.

Applications for New Students Close Wednesday, January 31

If you would like your current student’s sibling(s) to attend Maeser next year, you must submit an application by January 31, 2024 for each sibling here:

New student applications are completed in our Maeser Enrollment Portal (MAP)–the link above will take you there–which is a different system from your PowerSchool parent portal that is used to re-enroll your current student(s). If you have not used our MAP system before, please create an account. If you have used the system before and can’t remember your password, please click on “Forgot Password?”. If you can’t remember the email you used to set up your account, please email for help.

Tell your friends & neighbors that they can submit an application on our website, too! If they apply by January 31, 2024, their student(s) will be in the lottery.

Brighton Ski/Snowboard Program

Would you and your student like to ski or snowboard with Maeser? Come to Brighton Ski/Snowboard for family and friends of Maeser. It is $200 for 5 Friday nights, Feb 23 – Mar 22, and includes a 2 hour group lesson and the lift pass for the rest of the night. Plan on being there at 4 pm because the classes leave at 4:15 sharp. This price doesn’t include rentals. Maeser students, family members, and faculty/staff and their families of all ages 8 and older are welcome. The link to sign up is:

Signups will close two weeks before the first class or whenever the slots are full, whichever comes first. Maeser is not sponsoring this. This is a service provided by Brighton for the Maeser community. If you have questions, email Laralee Ireland at

Volunteer Opportunities

Making Maeser Even Better! Winterfest Information Table

Exciting things are happening at Maeser. An Advancement Committee has been put together to improve our school. Need some volunteer hours? Come help share information at a table during Winterfest. We will be presenting our plans for the future as well as talking about some of the steps we have taken already to make our school even better. All information will be provided. Please visit our Sign Up Genius to sign up: Making Maeser Even Better!

Winterim Used Uniform Sale

Volunteering for the sale is a great way to meet other parents and get in some service hours! For more details and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Maeser Winterfest Used Uniform Sale.

Protein Powder and Blender Bottles for Weight Lifting Class

Our weight training class is hoping for your help again this 2nd semester! They need protein powder and blender bottles to help promote student wellness and recovery after their workouts. For more details and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Protein Powder and Blender Bottles for Weight Lifting Class. Thank you!

Gift Cards for Teachers

Thank you for your support this year. Your generosity with bringing in food and helping with various needs has been overwhelming. Thank you!

At this time, we are asking for gift cards to give to teachers when they want to purchase items (including food) for various class activities, and for the administration to give to teachers for a pat on the back and a token of appreciation. If you’re inclined please review the available slots and click on the button to sign up: Gift Cards for Teachers.

Lunch Volunteers

Do you need to get your volunteer hours? We need help selling and serving lunch every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:15-12:00pm. To sign up to help please email Jared Norris at

Teacher Appreciation Donations

Thank you to those who have donated treats and goodies the past few months. We would like to resupply the faculty lounge with a variety of treats/drinks. The following link has an updated signupgenius that has a variety of items listed that are popular with the staff, but is not limited to those items only. If you can help, please visit the following link to sign up (can be used for volunteer hours!): Help Provide Teacher Treats. Thank you for your generosity!

Report Your Volunteer Hours

DON’T FORGET! Report your volunteer hours once you’ve dropped off your donation: Report Parent Service Hours. Each $5 spent for donations counts as one hour of volunteer service!

Questions About Volunteer Hours?

Contact us at

Sports Announcements

Spring Sports Academic Eligibility

Eligibility for participation in spring sports/activities will be determined by 2nd and 3rd term grades. All students (middle and high school) must have earned a 2.7 GPA with no Fs. In addition, high school students cannot have any Fs/NGs/Incompletes from previous high school terms. All Fs/NGs must be made up by the last day of term.

Sports Physicals

All students, middle school and high school, who will be playing sports this year (2023-24) need a physical in order to play. Physicals completed on or after March 10, 2023 are good until July 15, 2024. Any physicals completed before March 10 of this year will not be accepted (per UHSAA policy) for the upcoming school year.

Here is a link to the UHSAA form which Maeser uses for ALL athletes: UHSAA Physical Form

Counseling Announcements

Counseling Donations

The Middle School Counseling team is in need of large bags of individual sized candy. You can use this towards your volunteer hours!

Kind: an assortment- chocolate, hard candy like jolly ranchers, tootsie pops or rolls, whatever comes in the assorted bags is fine. We would like some non-chocolate as well.

Amount: 4-5 bags/month

Can We Reach You In Case Of Emergency?

It’s important to keep your contact information up to date and opt-in to receive text messages from Maeser — in case of an emergency, this is how we notify parents! In addition, we use your contact information to notify you about important school events and school fees deadlines.

Here’s how to make sure you’re getting all of our important announcements and information:

Opt In For School Text Messages

Our school utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts, student fees, and more. We will only use text messaging for urgent and important information.

You can participate in this service by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587.

You can also opt out of text messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.

Update Your Contact Information

If any of your contact information has changed – email address, mailing address, phone number – please let us know asap so we can be sure you’re getting school and teacher communications.

Thank you for helping us keep in contact with your family!