Messages from Memorial

February 2022

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THE INDIANA STATE RUNNER UP TEAM FOR 2022 SCIENCE BOWL

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to thank you for your continued generosity. Because of you, PTO was able to purchase some new stools for students working in small intervention groups and new benches for the front of the school. PTO is also helping buy paint supplies for our visiting artist coming in February. This artist will be working will all the students and preparing a mural for the Memorial hallway. I will share pictures via Class Dojo as the project is installed.


As we move toward March, please be mindful of the testing windows for IREAD3 and ILEARN. Students typically do better when they test with their classmates. The test windows are March 7-18 for IREAD3, for third graders, and April 18 - May 13, for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Please schedule travel and appointments outside of these dates or after school, if possible.


It looks like winter has arrived. Please make sure that your child is appropriately dressed for outdoor recess. We go outside each day unless it is 0 degrees or lower, with wind chill, or unless it is too wet. Hats, mittens, snow pants, and boots are required to play in the snow. If you need assistance with any of those items, please contact Mrs. Seip.


With Great Respect,

Mrs. Debra Misecko

Dates to Remember

February

1-8 Smart Heart Sales

9 - PTO Meeting at 3:30

9 - PTO Little Caesers Pizza Kit orders due today (see flyer below)

14 - Happy Valentines Day

17 - Smart Heart Delivery

18 - No School for Mid - Winter Break/Snow Make-Up Day (eLearning if needed)

21 - No School for Mid - Winter Break

23 - Memorial PTO Family Day at Shoe's Pizza (11 a.m. - 9 p.m.) - a flyer will be coming soon

23 & 24 - Visiting Artist

28 - Little Caesers Pizza Kit Pick Up


March

9 - PTO Meets at 3:30

11- End of 3rd grading period

21 - 25 - Spring Break - No school

28 - School Resumes

31 - Family STEM Night at Memorial


FYI - IMPORTANT DATES TO BE IN SCHOOL:

Grade 3 - IREAD 3 - March 7 - 18

Grades 3, 4, & 5- ILEARN - April 18 - May 13

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SMARTHEARTS ON SALE NOW

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Dismissal Help is Needed

In the interest of student safety and to maintain an effective learning environment, we would appreciate your help keeping your child's dismissal plans as consistent as possible. The number of calls and emails for daily dismissal changes are increasing. This tends to confuse students and interrupt classroom instruction. If you have an urgent need to change dismissal plans, please send in a note with your child in the morning or email Mrs Remijan and your child's teacher before 10 a.m. To make sure your request is able to be fulfilled, both the office and your child's teacher need to have advance notice.

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Reminders from Memorial

  • Please make sure your child has the appropriate outdoor wear for the weather. We will go outside everyday unless it is 0 degrees, with wind chill, or if it is too wet.
  • Please make sure that you are screening for COVID 19 symptoms before sending your child to school. If anyone in the home is being tested, because of symptoms, please wait for a negative result before sending you child to school. If you are unsure of what to do, please keep your child home and call the Memorial nurse for assistance.
  • Follow this link to the VCS COVID 19 Information websites.
  • Morning supervision and breakfast begin at 8:20. Please drop off your child after 8:20. If they would like to eat breakfast we will send them right in. All other students will be let in the building at 8:30 a.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:45.
  • Pick up and drop off should only be done along the school on the curb on Milton Street. Students should not be dropped off or picked up in the school parking lots. The parking lots are not supervised for safety.
  • Please consider putting a spare mask in your child's backpack. Some students are experiencing mask malfunctions and losses during the school day.
  • Water bottles are important each day, as we only have filling stations available to students.

Habit #6 - Synergize

Memorial continues to focus on sharing The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey. We will talk about one of the 7 Habits each month. The February Habit is Habit #6 - "Synergize." The most important part of habit 6 is "Together is Better." For more information please read more from Dr. Stephen Covey's website.

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A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS - LOVE AND LOGIC

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Job Opening at Memorial

Memorial is in need of an additional part-time (2 days of week) instructional assistant at Memorial. The job title is Utility Personnel and the application can be found on the VCS Website at this link. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Misecko.

Digital/Cyber Safety

A December presentation on Cyber Safety for Parents, from Ms. Shelby Milner, Indiana State Police Community Educator, was very informative and helpful. Did you know there are fake Apps used to hide files and photos? That was news to me and the other parents who attended.


Some of the other things she shared were:


Specific Apps Parents Should Worry About:


  • Tiktok, Snapchat, Google Hangouts, Whisper, and Omegle



Helpful Tips for parents:


  • Use monitoring software
  • Do not ignore age restrictions
  • Check Privacy Settings
  • Review account history
  • Make realistic rules and consequences
  • Know your child's online world



And Resources for more information:


MEMORIAL PTO

We are so excited to announce the PTO Executive Board for the 2021-2022 school year and greatly appreciate their willingness to work in these valued positions.


President - Kristen Elinkowski

Vice President - Rose Gutshall

Treasurer - Megan Taylor

Secretary - Rae Smedley


Stay tuned for more information coming about 21-22 PTO events. They will be shared in the Memorial Newsletter, on the Memorial Elementary PTO Facebook page, and the Memorial PTO Website.

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Box Tops for Education Continues

The Memorial PTO will continue to participate in the Box Tops for Education program. It is now as simple as scanning grocery reciepts using the Box Tops for Education App. Please use the link below for more information on how you can use your regular purchases to support the Memorial PTO.
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