Mustang Memo

News from Mint Valley Elementary School

November 2022, Issue 1

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Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars!


  • 11/1-4 - Rotary Book Giveaway (during library class)
  • 11/2 - Read-A-Thon ends (submit donation sheet and funds to teacher)
  • 11/2 - Early Release
  • 11/3 - Wear BLACK
  • 11/4 - Mustang of the Month assembly
  • 11/9 - Early Release
  • 11/10 - Wear BROWN
  • 11/10 - Veterans Day Assembly (by invitation only)
  • 11/10 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser ends
  • 11/11 - NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day Holiday)
  • 11/16 - Early Release
  • 11/17 - Wear WHITE
  • 11/17 - PTO Meeting - 3:45 pm - school library
  • 11/22 - Picture Re-Takes
  • 11/23 - 2 HOUR Early Release 1:30 pm
  • 11/24-25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • 11/30 - Early Release

Are you having attendance or tardiness issues?

Chronically tardy students are more likely to accept that absence altogether is tolerated, often leading to chronic absenteeism. This not only reflects poorly on the students and the school, but can affect their peers as well. Research has found that not only do students who are chronically tardy perform worse on their test scores, but so do their more prompt peers. The less time students spend in the classroom means the less they can contribute; often leading to class being disrupted, placing group and class projects on hold, and making less significant peer connections.

Good school attendance often starts with smaller steps, such as arriving and leaving on time. Some of the most important learning opportunities for students occur in the morning where they often participate in class huddles, morning announcements, and develop relationships with their peers.

If you are having a hard time getting your student to school on time, you are NOT alone! See below for some helpful hints:

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Submit absences on the Longview Schools App!

Whether your student is going to be absent for an appointment, vacation or sickness, you must notify the school as soon as possible. The district now has an phone app to make this process even easier! Please visit the site below to see how to download and use this helpful app.

Of course, you are always welcomed to call the school directly, as well, at (360) 575-7581.

FOR VACATION ABSENCES: The Mint Valley Elementary secretaries have a special form for families to use when they take their children out of school for vacation. It must be pre-approved (and with sufficient notice), by the principal and teacher so that homework is available and the absence has the least impact on the student's learning.

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Monthly Trait of the Month!

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teacher of the month

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Well, SOMEone is kind of a BIG DEAL!...

Our very own 5th grade teacher, Jesse Huff, was recognized as the Teacher of the Month by local radio station KUKN! He won $100 for his class, plus free teeth whitening from Dream Dentistry, a 60-minute massage from Elle’s Essential Massage, a $100 gift card from Grocery Outlet, flowers from The Flower Pot and a $25.00 gift card from The Backstage Café.

Congratulations, Mr. Huff! WELL DESERVED!

(Here he is surrounded by the other 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Kessler and Mrs. Hutton--what a team!)

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Join us in celebrating the latest Mustangs of the Week!

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Will you help our new kindergarteners learn their colors??

Each Thursday, the entire school (including bus drivers and staff!) are encouraged to wear ONE COLOR to help the kinders see the color of the week. Please join us by wearing a new color each Thursday!

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The first week in November is the annual Rotary Book Giveaway! Our community's Rotary club as well as local realtor, Betty Wyatt, from Sho'Me Real Estate, have teamed up to provide FREE books to every Mint Valley Elementary student. During their regularly scheduled library time, your student will get to select a book of their choice. Thanks to the Rotary members and Mrs. Wyatt for their generous gift of READING!
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Veterans Day Assembly - November 10, 2022

School will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2022, for Veterans Day.

To honor those who have served in our armed forces, we will have a special assembly on THURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th. This assembly is by invitation only for those who have been previously identified by families.


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Don't forgot that we have Early Release on most Wednesdays where the students are dismissed ONE HOUR earlier, but there a few dates with a TWO HOUR early release. Please check the district calendar below for all Early Release dates and times this year.
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Next PTO Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 3:45pm

School Library

Please join us at the next Mint Valley PTO! Each month we meet to discuss upcoming events and activities at the school and volunteer opportunities.
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Got any ideas?

The PTO has recently completed a few fundraisers and would like your input about how to best spend those funds. If you have any ideas, the PTO would LOVE to hear them! Please send any ideas or questions to our PTO President, Betsy Wyatt, at (360) 846-3008 or email her at

You can also bring your ideas to our next PTO meeting on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 3:45 pm, in the school library.

order any spirit wear?

Thanks to all who ordered Mint Valley Elementary spirit wear shirts and sweatshirts! The order was placed and the shipment should arrive around Thanksgiving week. Stay tuned!


The PTO is currently sponsoring an Otis Spunkmeyer fundraiser. Students were previously given the materials to sell the various products.

This fundraiser ends on NOVEMBER 10th!

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As of today, November 1, 2022, we do not need to collect COVID cards or exemptions forms for volunteers!! Wahooooooo!

If you have been wanting to volunteer, but the COVID vaccination requirement was preventing you from doing so, NOW IS THE TIME!

You can pick up a CHAMPS volunteer packet at the school or the district office and return it to the school secretaries. Usual turnaround time to approval is a few weeks. Remember, parents, guardians, grandparents and other adults are eligible to volunteer. Even older siblings can volunteer and their time goes to graduation volunteer hours.

Don't wait if you'd like to be on campus for those fun holiday crafts and parties!

Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Terri Troy, at (360) 575-7599 or if you have any questions about the application or volunteer opportunities.


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We are getting new playground equipment!!!!

Installation of these snazzy new structures will be in the later part of November into the early weeks of December. During this time, the bark chips section of the playground will be CLOSED for use so alternate areas of the school will be used for recesses.

Soooooo, who's excited?!

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Pick-up and Drop-off

Drop off and Pick up

  • School Starts at 9:00 am. Gates open at 8:45 am.
  • Morning drop-off gates are open from 8:40 AM – 9:00 AM.
  • Everyone dropping off students before school should be using the drive-thru gate area on the north end of campus.
  • Students arriving at school after 9:00 am need to check in at the office

  • End of the school day.
    • 3:30 pm on Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri.
    • 2:30 pm on Wed.

Drive-Thru Gates will be open

  • 3:15PM – 3:45PM ~ M T Th F
  • 2:15PM – 2:45PM ~ W


The back gate to the apartments will be open from 8:45 am to 9:00 am in the morning and from 3:30 pm to 3:45 pm in the afternoon.

All other walkers will exit campus at the gate near the main office. For everyone's safety, all students should use the sidewalk on 38th ave. when arriving and departing school. The crossing guards are there to help ensure everyone stays safe.

Mint Valley Elementary Pickup

Mint Valley Elementary School

Office Hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm