May 2017 Newsletter
Dates to Remember
May 3 STAR Assessment Begins
May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5 Fourth Grade to MS Visit
May 9 PTO Meeting 6:00
May 11 PALS Assessment 1st Grade
May 12 In-Service Day
May 13 Shrek at MS
May 19 Safety Cadet Picnic
May 23 Third Grade Field Trip
Fourth Grade Field Trip
May 24 Early Release Day
May 25 Junior Olympics Grades 3 and 4
First Grade Field Trip
May 26 Second Grade Field Trip
Junior Olympics (Rain Date)
May 30 Memorial Day - No School
May 31 PBIS Ice Cream Sundaes
June 2 Fourth Grade Recognition
June 3 Last Day of School
Students Dismiss at Noon
From the Desk of Ms. Kostrova
REMINDER to sign-up for the District’s Summer Learning Program! Register online or stop by school for help! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have fun and learn something new! New this year is the YMCA after school Camp! Check it Out!
Reminder that if you would like to request a teacher for next year you will need to contact me in writing before May 10th. Please make sure to address the educational reasons for your request.
Ask your child’s teacher about the progress he/she has made on the STAR reading and math this year. This assessment is just one tool to help us determine what strategies we need to work on with your child both now and in the future to be academically successful.
PBIS! Just a reminder for 4th quarter. Any student who doesn’t receive a Major (discipline form) during the 4th quarter will be treated to a build your own ice cream sundae on May 31st! Remind your child to follow the expected behaviors at school!
End of Year Field Trips are coming up quickly. Please remember that these field trips are earned and not a right. Students are expected to follow the school expectations of being respectful, responsible, and safe at school. This includes both academics and behaviors. We need to ensure that students are able to be successful in the school setting before we can take them on a field trip in a less structured setting. Any questions please feel free to contact me, or your child’s teacher.
Please note that the last day of school will be June 9th. This will be a half day for students. Dismissal will be at 11:30am. The PTO will be providing bouncy houses (weather permitting) for students.
Merryman Literacy Event
Merryman Literacy Event
Tom Pease, May 1
Day and Evening Program
Along with Marinette School District and the generous donation from Waupaca Foundry and Ficantieri Marinette Marine, Merryman Elementary was able to bring the infectious sense of fun, literacy and community building of Tom Pease. Tom connects and inspires literacy through his music and sense of humor, leaving audiences laughing and singing. Our goal is to get books in the hands of all of our students and with the generosity of Waupaca Foundry and Marinette Marine, every student at Merryman will receive a book of their own.
Summer Learning Registration
Spinning a Web of Readers
Ms. Nemmers Counseling Notes
Character Word of the Month of May - Growth Mindset
A growth mindset is a belief that we can get smarter through hard work and practice. This means that struggling with something difficult doesn’t mean you’re not smart. It’s a chance to grow your intelligence. Growth mindset is all about trying hard, using good strategies, and getting the help you need.
Having a growth mindset is a popular notion in the field of education right now, however it is commonly misunderstood. It might seem like growth mindset implies that everyone has exactly the same potential in every domain, but that’s not quite true. Instead, growth mindset means that everyone’s intellectual ability can always be further developed. A benefit of a growth mindset is that it helps you stay motivated to stick it out when things are difficult, but telling students not to quit won’t do that alone. You have to truthfully convince kids that their efforts will result in increased ability ( because ability can grow!) and remind them that they’re learning when something is hard for them to do.
Research shows that a growth mindset is critical to school success and linked to the character grit or perseverance. A growth mindset predicts increased academic achievement and can help narrow achievement gaps. Having a growth mindset means understanding that intelligence can be developed. In others words, we can grow and learn from our mistakes.