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Memorial Elementary School Newsletter - March 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

“To help our children gain responsibility we must offer them opportunities to be responsible, rather than order them to do what we think is responsible." ― Jim Fay, from Parenting with Love and Logic

Save the Date (s):


9 Firefighter Phil teaches fire safety to grades K - 4

11 PTO Meeting at 3:30

12 Spring Picture Day

12 End of Third Grading Period

13 Make-up Day of School

17 Grade 2 and 3 Spring Music Program at Memorial

18 PTO Family Night at Buffalo Wild Wings

20 Third Quarter Report Cards available on the Skyward Parent Portal

16 - April 3 IREAD3

25 - 29 Spring Break

30 - April 17 NWEA Window


8 PTO Meeting at 3:30

9 Kindergarten Round-up at Memorial (click here for more information)

14 Math Bowl at 5 p.m.

16 Grade 4 and 5 Music Performance at Memorial

22 & 23 Grade 5 goes to Challenger Learning Center

20 - May 22 ILEARN Test Window

School Handbook Policy for Cell Phones and Smart Watches

At school, we are having repeated difficulties with students not following the school rules regarding electronics, which include cell phones and smart watches. Unfortunately, there are some bad decisions being made. It seems as though elementary students need much guidance in using these powerful tools in a responsible manner. I am attaching the Electronics section from the VCS Elementary Handbook for you to review with your child. I would also recommend referring to the Common Sense Media Website for some more information on how to protect your child with media and technology.


Students are discouraged from bringing electronic devices such as cell phones, camera phones, smart watches, radios, digital cameras, video cameras, etc. to school. The school will NOT be responsible for these lost or stolen items. Students must leave these items in their book bags and NOT carry them on their person. If these devices are used or visible during school hours or disrupt the educational process, the student may face disciplinary consequences. Violation of this policy can result in discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion, and notification of law enforcement authorities. In addition, if a student violates this policy, his/her cellular telephone or electronic device may be confiscated. Under such circumstances, the cellular telephone or electronic device will be released/returned to the student’s parent/guardian after the student complies with any other disciplinary consequence that is imposed. There is to be no unauthorized videotaping or photographing of any part of the building, grounds, students, and staff without the prior written consent of the Valparaiso Community Schools. This section is not intended to prevent parents or other interested parties from videotaping extracurricular activities.

Attention Third Grade Parents - IREAD3 Takes Place in March!

All third grade students in the state of Indiana will take IREAD3 during the testing window of March 16- April 4. Since we are on spring break during the second week, Memorial students will be tested March 18 and 19. Please plan on making sure your third grader is set up for their best success. This includes getting good sleep, a healthy protein-filled breakfast, and being to school on time. Students generally do better when they test with their class, so please schedule all appointments outside of school hours. The Indiana Department of Education has just released the following:

Please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Misecko if you have any questions.

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The ILEARN assessment is coming soon. This assessment will be given during just one test window, April 20 - May 22. Students will test on multiple days during this window. As you are scheduling spring appointments, it will benefit your child if the appointments are outside of school hours on these dates. Students do better on assessments when they test with their class. Your child's teacher will share the exact test dates and times with you. Please make sure your child is at school on those days and times.

Are you looking for a part-time job?

If you work well on your own and are seeking part-time employment, a job as a custodial substitute might be a good fit for your lifestyle needs. Custodial substitutes frequently work on an as needed basis.

Substitute custodians take on janitorial responsibilities when full-time custodians aren't on duty. These are generally part-time positions. The job objective is to ensure that the facility is tidy, sanitary, presentable and secure for all of the people who frequent the schools. If interested, please apply on Valparaiso Community Schools website.

Kindergarten Round -Up

Kindergarten Round-Up will be April 9 at Memorial. If you are coming to register a new kindergarten student please come between 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. or from 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. For more information please go to the VCS webpage: Kindergarten Roundup.

March's Habit - Habit #7 - Sharpen the Saw

This month Memorial will focus on Stephen Covey's Habit #7 which is "To Sharpen the Saw." Stephen Covey states, "Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual." More information can be found on Stephen Covey's website.

PTO News

You can find the Memorial PTO News at:

This year's PTO officers:

President - Debra Krieg Lewis

Vice President - Rose Gutshall

Secretary - Rae Smedley

Treasurer - Trish VanTornhout

Parents Night Out is cancelled

Please note that due to low ticket sales, Parents Night Out has been cancelled. In its place, a movie night at Memorial will be held for students and parents. The silent auction items, which were already collected for Parents Night Out, will be auctioned on the movie night. Save the date for April 23! More details will be shared at a later date!


  • Because many of our buses are full, students will only be allowed to ride a bus that is not their own, in an emergency situation.
  • Please send a note, or email Mrs. Remijan, in the morning with all changes in transportation. When calls are made during the busy school day, there is a chance that the message may get delayed and/or not delivered. If you have an emergency during the day, which merits a change in transportation, the best way to send the message is to Mrs. Remijan's email:
  • If you are sending a note to the school about transportation, please include your child's last name.
  • Students may not carry medicine with them throughout the school day, this includes Inhalers. Please talk to the school nurse, Mrs. Scott or Mrs. Keenan, about your child's medical needs.
  • If your child is late to school (after the 8:45 bell) please walk them into the office and sign them in.
  • If you need a copy of the School Wellness Policy, please ask in the office. There is a list of acceptable birthday/classroom treats.
  • If you have not completed a Background Check this school year, please do so ASAP. This needs to be done for all visitors and volunteers that are coming to school during the school day.
  • If you need a sign for your car for the Pick-Up Line, please call the office.

General Dismissal Procedures

For the safety of all students, please do not use either parking lot during dismissal time as a pick up spot for your child. If you need to get your child out quickly for an after school appointment, please arrive early and come into the school to sign them out. It is our goal to NOT have any moving cars in the lots during general student dismissal.

All students who are car riders should leave the building out the east door (Door C) and wait along the curb on Milton Street. The students should enter the car along the curb as directed by the staff.

Students who are walkers should proceed out the front door and follow the sidewalks along Park and Milton. If you are generally a walker, but plan to drive during the cold winter months, please send in a note and your child can become a car rider.

If you park on Park Avenue to pick up your child who is a walker, please be mindful of the cars that travel down Center Street and leave plenty of room for them to pass through.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping dismissal safe!

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Student Council Sponsors Competition

The Memorial Student Council is sponsoring a competition between classes to see which class can collect the most Pop Tops (aluminum ones) by May 8. These will all be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The top three classes will be winning a prize from Student Council. You may send them in any time.Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Reminders from Mrs. Keenan and Mrs. Scott

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