Meridian Ranch Elementary

Home of the Bulldogs

Friday, April 21, 2023

School Hours 8:30AM - 3:40PM

Doors for Arrival Open at 8:15AM

*Doors for Breakfast Open at 8:10AM

Office Hours 8AM-4:30PM

Main Line (719) 494-2909

Upcoming Dates

Week of April 17 - CMAS Testing 5th Grade & Make-Ups

April 21 - 6PM Falcon Education Foundation Dinner

April 26 - 5-7P<< S.T.E.A.M. Family Night - Start the Arts Night

Week of May 1 - BOGO Book Fair

May 5 - Elementary Assessment Day - By Appointment

May 12- Professional Development Day- NO Students

May 15 - 5:30PM GT Expo Night

CMAS is Complete!

Thank you parents!

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have completed CMAS testing!! Today we celebrated with popsicles for the whole school. We are still working on a few make-ups and will pull students next week who were absent.

S.T.E.A.M Night Family Night Wednesday, April 26 5pm-7pm, Open house style

This is open to all MRES families. We ask that students attend with a parent/gradian. Arrive anytime between 5pm-7pm. Check out student art work through the halls, enjoy make and take projects in the classrooms, and a planetarium in the gym (every 15 mins for 50 people), and much MORE!
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PTA Needs Volunteers for S.T.E.A.M Night

Hello Bulldog Families!

PTA is seeking volunteers for the upcoming STEAM Night, this incorporates Start the Art night we have previously had! This event is Wednesday April 26th 5-7pm. We are looking for a few volunteers to help us run the event for 1 hour shifts, therefore giving the opportunity to still enjoy the event with your child(ren). We will also need volunteers for set up and breakdown before and after the event that night. Please view the sign up genius and sign up where you can. We are so grateful for all the volunteers who help make events like this a success. As a thank you, all volunteers and their families will receive a guaranteed slot to view the planetarium! See you all Wednesday!

2023 MRES Of the Year Employees

Congratulations to Mrs. Catherine Davis - 4th Grade Teacher - on her nomination for MRES Teacher of the Year 2023

Congratulations to Mrs. Gretchen King - Paraprofessional - on her nomination for MRES Support Start of the Year 2023

Health Jam Day April 28th

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5th Grade Parents from FMS Band Teacher

Hey y'all,

This is Mr. Smart, band and choir director at Falcon Middle School. Now is the time of year where we start looking ahead at having our new 6th graders joining the band program at FMS. Our band program has been steadily growing the past 3 years and we look forward to the continued growth this coming year. We welcome all students to join the band, whether you have band/musical experience or not! For a glimpse at the program, check out this video.

Students who are currently in a band program, make sure that you register for band this coming year. You will be leading out in playing, even helping with some teaching, at the beginning of the year as we start new students! You play an important role in the band, and we will keep you challenged. Please fill out this Google Form and let us know a little about your band/musical experience to help us plan for next year. For those wanting a more detailed look at the program, see our FMS Band Handbook. We look forward to having you with us!

Students who are not in band but would like to be, we welcome you to join us! Band takes work, but it is a lot of fun too! We play great music and you'll find new friends here. There are a few steps to join band and we'll walk through them with you. First, complete this Google Form. We will use that information to communicate with you over the summer and start planning for next year. Second, attend our "Instrument Test Drive" during registration before school starts in August; there we will help your student find the instrument they will find the most success and fun with! Third, when registering, select band as either your first or second choice.

There is currently no fee for band, however students/families are expected to rent or purchase a working instrument and the necessary supplies. A general supply list can be found here. For those wanting a more detailed look at the program, see our FMS Band Handbook.

Please email Mr. Smart if you have any questions

We can't wait to see you all next year!

J Braden Smart

FMS Band & Choir

Become a Volunteer!

Bulldog parents!

We would love to have you support our teachers and staff by volunteering at MRES! If you would like to become a volunteer in the classroom, field trips, PTA, parties, or Watch D.O.G Dad's we need you to complete the online application and background check. This needs to be done yearly. There is a $5 fee for the background check. Also, please make sure you fill out the forms COMPLETELY or they will be in a holding pattern and stay there until complete.

The submission process does take a few days, so I recommend doing this early and not the day before you are planning to volunteer. Please click the link below.

Changing Weather & Recess

As you are aware, Colorado weather conditions can change dramatically throughout the day. Recess is held outside unless the temperature (with wind chill) drops below 17 degrees. Coats, gloves, hats, scarves, long pants, layers, closed toed shoes are all highly encouraged during the late fall/winter months.

Cell Phones, Electronic Devices, and Personal items

If it is necessary to bring a cell phone to school, the phone should be turned off and in the student’s backpack, and only used before and after school, unless used for medical monitoring. Smart watches are also considered a device and should be powered off and stored in backpacks during the day, just like phones/personal devices. Students should keep all tablets at home as computers and iPADS (if needed) are available during school hours. If you need to get a message to your student during the day, please call the school office 719-494-2909.

Students should not bring toys or other personal items to school. Items will be confiscated if they cause problems or distractions and disrupt the overall educational process. These items will be held by the teacher, or sent to the main office, until picked up by a parent.

MRES has a New Facebook Page!

MRES has a new Facebook page!

Please go ahead and view - then "like" the page to see all of the latest news from the school

MRES Drop Off & Pick Up

Meridian Ranch Elementary Families,

Please be sure to review MRES Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures. Your help is needed to ensure all drivers know and understand the drop off and pick up expectations at Meridian Ranch Elementary. ***Look for new signs when we return from October Break.

  • Kiss-N-Go Lanes are only for drop off and pick up.
  • Please do not park or exit your vehicle while in Kiss-N-Go.
  • Pull forward in Kiss-N-Go Lanes to keep the flow of traffic.
  • Student car riders need to wait on Bulldog Island for their car to be called.
  • Walkers or bike riders may leave once their grade level is dismissed.
  • The front lobby is designated for sibling(s) to meet one another. If their sibling is a kindergartner, they need to go the kindergarten gate in front to meet.
  • If you need to park and walk up, please park in one of the parking lots and not along Rainbow Bridge.

Health Information

If your student has a rescue medication (inhalers, epi-pens) they can be sent in along with their orders/action plans in a plastic bag labeled for the health room when you drop off your child's school supplies. Our Health Room staff will be available for medication drop off for students needing controlled, daily medication to be kept/given at school. A physician's note must accompany all medication students may/will need at school. That form is linked here.

More information can be found here - D49 Nursing Services.

Birthday Celebrations

We love to celebrate student birthdays! Teachers will celebrate students in classrooms, and parents are welcome to send in non-food items (preferred) or healthy prepackaged food (individually wrapped is helpful) and follows D49 Wellness Guidelines. Please talk to your child’s teacher in advance to let the teacher know what you plan to send in or drop off.

We have been recognized for our Health and Wellness efforts by the state of Colorado. Part of those efforts are aligning our practices to our district wellness policy and ensuring that we maintain a healthy school environment for students and staff. For more information go to Meridian Ranch Elementary School Wellness.

Another way to Celebrate!

MRES PTA would like to start a new program to celebrate student birthdays! To celebrate your student's birthday, we encourage donating a book to the MRES school library in their honor! The book could be a new copy of one of their favorites, a very gently used book that they've enjoyed, or a book from the library's wish list on Amazon.

Amazon wish list link:

Have your child bring their donation book to Mrs. Stanfield in the library. The book will get a "donated by" sticker with your student's name, and they'll get a shout out soon after on the morning announcements!

Visitors During Lunch

This school year we have a new "Bulldog Family Bistro Table," which has space for a total of four. If you would like to come to school and have lunch with your child during their lunch time, please contact the front office at 719-494-2909 to make a reservation. We can accommodate one family per grade level lunch daily. If you plan on purchasing school lunch, please indicate when making a reservation. Children not enrolled at Meridian Ranch Elementary may not visit the school unless accompanied by an adult. All visitors to the school must check in at the office with a valid ID before going to out lunchroom area and wear their “visitor or volunteer badge” at all times.

Grade Level Lunch Times:

Kindergarten 10:40-11:00AM

First Grade 11:05-11:25AM

Second Grade. 11:30-11:50AM

Third Grade 11:55-12:15PM

Fourth Grade 12:20-40PM

Fifth Grade 12:45-12:1:05PM

Nutrition Services

Meridian Ranch Elementary School offers breakfast and hot, school lunch each day. You can view more information from D49 Nutrition Services linked here.

Lunch Prices:

  • Elementary:
    • Breakfast $2.50
    • Lunch $4.00
  • Secondary:
    • Breakfast $2.75
    • Lunch $4.35
  • Adult (without milk):
    • Breakfast $3.00
    • Lunch $ 4.75

Federal regulations play a direct role in setting the price of school meals and D49 is required to match government meal reimbursement rates by charging for meals. Updating our rates this year is a difficult, but necessary adjustment to continue providing meals in our challenging economy.

Lost & Found

To help with our Lost & Found accumulation throughout the year, we are asking that you please label your child's belongings with First and Last name. Coats, water bottles, lunch boxes, hats, gloves. This will help return belongings to the correct child and decrease the amount of lost items.

Thank you!

Click Below for the District 49 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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MRES Contacts

Principal: Sheehan Freeman-Todd

Assistant Principal: Jennifer Palazzolo

Dean of Students: John Webb

Counselor: Tara McLaughlin

Registrar/Attendance Assistant: Cassie Donatell

Administrative Assistant: Shari Gaesser

CMAS is Here!!

3rd grade - 5th grade Parents,

Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and a nutritious breakfast each morning. We are excited for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to put all their hard work into action. They have been working hard and will ROCK CMAS testing. Our awesome families have been bringing in snacks all week to reward students after each test. If you signed up to bring in a snack, please bring it to the office first thing Monday morning.