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Merryman January 2018 Newsletter

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Dates to Remember

January 8 - FREE Breakfast for all students begins

January 8 - Seal-a-Smile

January 11 - PTO Meeting 6pm

January 22 - 4th Grade Swimming Starts

January 24 - End of 2nd Quarter

January 25 - PTO Math/Game Night 5:30-7:30

January 26 - NO School - Staff Professional Development Day

February 8 - PTO Meeting 6pm

February 12 - NO School - Staff Professional Development Day

February 19 - 3rd Grade Swimming

March 5-9 - NO School - Spring Break

From the Desk of Ms. Kostrova

Happy New Year! We are glad to see everyone back and ready to learn, and grow in the new year. Students will continue to work on the goals that they have set, and we will review our academic and behavioral expectations for all.

Please note that Chartwells will be introducing free breakfast for all students beginning January 8th. This program is explained in detail in the newsletter, and copies are coming home with your child. All students will have an opportunity to participate.


Students will grab a breakfast on their way into the school at 7:53 and then be able to eat breakfast in the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to bring leftovers home or consume them later in the day as the teacher permits. We look forward to your feedback as we develop this program at Merryman.


Our PTO/Staff is hosting a game/math night on January 25th from 5:30-7:30. We hope to see you all here for the fun! Families that attend will be able to bring home a goodie bag! Plan to join us for the fun at 5:30. Also, save the date for our Literacy night coming up on February, 26th!

Continue to talk to your child about PBIS and encourage positive behaviors! Please contact the school if you have questions.


We will be doing our midyear STAR universal screener for reading and math beginning January 8th, and January 24th is the end of the semester. I encourage you to check in with your child’s teacher to see what academic progress they are making. Call and schedule an appointment for a conference, or email to determine what support may be needed to help them be successful. As a way to keep our district moving towards paperless, report cards will only be available online in your Skyward Parent Access portal. If a paper copy is required, please contact your child's teacher or the Merryman Office.


Just a reminder that January 26th is a professional development day for staff, so no school for students.


Any questions, concerns or feedback please feel free to contact me at school 715-735-2500 or at: kkostrov@marinette.k12.wi.us


Your Partner in Education,


Ms. Kostrova

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We are reminding families that our building does not have student supervision available until 7:40am. When it is 10 degrees or colder, students will be invited inside at 7:40am. Please remind your child(ren) to dress appropriately as the frigid temperatures can cause skin damage. If you need help getting warm winter outerwear, please contact the Merryman office.
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2018 Water Safety & Swimming Lessons

Every year, Marinette School District teams up with the YMCA to provide water safety and swimming lessons to Merryman's 3rd & 4th grades. Please find the informational letter and schedule attached below. Happy swimming!
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Honesty

Honesty is the best policy in interpersonal relations, education, family, business, and labor because truth is the only thing that works and the only foundation on which lasting relations can build. (Ramsey Clark)


This month we are talking about honesty at Merryman. Please take some time at home to discuss honesty and explain what that means for your family.

Every STAR Deserves the Chance to Shine!

1st Grade Super-Stars!

The students enjoyed some hands-on STEM activities (Science Technology Engineering and Math). They built a shelf for an elf with play doh and popsicle sticks. They also built trees with marshmallows and toothpicks. These activities taught the students about teamwork and how to make adjustments when things don't work as planned.​

2nd Grade Super-Stars!

First and Second graders enjoyed traveling to different countries learning about different traditions as they celebrated Christmas Around the World!

3rd Grade Super-Stars!

The third grade students did an amazing job performing the concert songs they learned in music class. They certainly brightened the spirits of the residents at The Luther Home and spread some holiday cheer.

4th Grade Super-Stars!

December was a busy month in 4th grade. We continued to draft our fiction stories for Writer’s Workshop. In Language Arts, we read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and we discussed Mythology tales. We even presented some Reader’s Theater to teach our classmates the myth “Gluskabe and Old Man Winter”. In math, we finished our Long Division unit and spent the week before break working on a math project that demonstrates how you use math in real life.

Staff Super-Stars!

This month we are highlighting our magnificent 3rd & 4th grade teachers.

Ms. Judkins

How long have you been at Merryman?

I have been teaching at Merryman for 7 years.

Which University did you graduate from?

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

My favorite thing about being a teacher is the youthful feeling I get from spending time with my energetic students.

When not at work what do you do for fun?

When I am not at work I like to travel down to Madison to visit my daughter, cheer for the Packers, and read good mystery novels.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Green Bay.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose?

If I could be any animal in the world I would be a bird. I love to sing but if I were a bird it would sound much better.

Mrs. Romenesko

How long have you been at Merryman?

I have been teaching at Merryman for 9 years!

Which University did you graduate from?

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison...Go Badgers!!!

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

My favorite thing about being a teacher is the relationship that is formed with my students. I love being able to spark a child’s curiousity and then watch the learning that takes place.

When not at work what do you do for fun?

I love to spend time with my family. We like to spend time up north and traveling together. We have a long list of all the places in the world that we would like to explore.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Marinette. I actually went to elementary school at Merryman.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose?

I would probably choose a bird so that I could quickly get all over the world.

Mrs. Klimek

How long have you been at Merryman?

9 years.

Which University did you graduate from?

Lakeland College in Sheboygan

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

Building friendships with my students and helping them prepare for MMS.

When not at work what do you do for fun?

Run, anything outside with my 3 boys.

Where did you grow up?

Porterfield

If you could have any super power, what would you choose?

I would want to be an octopus because with 8 arms instead of 2, I could get things done waaaay FASTER!!!!

Mrs. Poquette

How long have you been at Merryman?

This is my 9th year at Merryman.

Which University did you graduate from?

I graduated from UW-GB.

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

I love seeing each student’s enthusiasm toward whatever they are passionate about inside or outside of school. They are such unique individuals!

When not at work what do you do for fun?

I coach gymnastics. I also enjoy Zumba, running (Sometimes :) and reading. Mostly I love to spend time with my family. We love family game nights in our home.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Marinette

If you could have any super power, what would you choose?

Dolphin because of their beauty, grace, and speed in the water, and their concern about the well being of their whole pod.

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