Here's What's Happening At Milan Elementary School!

November Students of the Month are Respectful

Respectful - Respect Yourself, Others, and Property” was the featured character trait during November and teachers chose those students who were outstanding in treating others the way they, themselves, would want to be treated.

These students also are respectful of themselves, our staff and our school and of the property of others:

Kindergarten: Kaydience Stahle, Parker Cunningham, Nevaeh Yorn, Ella Labazzo, Lane Smith.

First Grade: Waylon Hunter, Jesse Weaver, Dakoda Mockbee, Zackery Hartman.

Second Grade: Eric Wilson, Luciana Cipriani, Aiden Arthur.

Third Grade: Shara Bishop, Ryan Betz, Wyatt Marsh, Braesyn Livingston.

Fourth Grade: Landon Stanley, Jasmine Smith, Krystal Huff, Carson Betz.

Fifth Grade: Parley Hartwell, Braelen McCleary, Jadyn Johnson, Mikaily Sizemore.

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December Students of the Month are Responsible

During the month of December, teachers were watching for students who could be counted on to do what was asked of them and could be relied on to act sensibly in carrying out directions and assignments.

The following students were identified as being very responsible:

Kindergarten: Arhip Atamaniuk, Josselyn White, Kameron Laws, Ella Mills, Emma Burdette.

Grade 1: Gracelynn Wilson, Brooklyn Sheckler, Mallory Hunter, Kayleigh McIntosh.

Grade 2: Grant Langferman, Payton Collins, Kolbie Combs.

Grade 3: Micah Norman, Wyatt Phelps, Ethan Clark, Grace Bedel.

Grade 4: Alex Getz, Taytum Barker, Rose Steigerwald, Alexis Curry.

Grade 5: Kaitlyn Carpenter, DeAnn Egbert, Ellana Jutzi, Mason Johnson.

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MES Annual Christmas Candlelight Dinner, Thursday, December 15

Our annual Christmas Dinner for the students is coming up soon. This is a day we set aside for the children to come to school dressed in their “Sunday best” and listen to some beautiful Christmas music while they enjoy a delicious candlelight dinner. It has become an MES tradition that students as well as staff look forward to each year. This year we will have our celebration on Thursday, December 15.

We’d like to stress that this day is for our students. Although you’re always welcome to visit school for lunch on days that are special to you and your child, we ask that you avoid coming for lunch on this day. This special meal takes quite a bit of extra preparation on the part of our kitchen staff and makes it difficult to accommodate guests while making sure all the students receive the meal promised without substitutions. Also, many of our staff members take this opportunity to lunch in the cafeteria with the students. All of this makes the lunchroom more crowded than usual and it is difficult to arrange extra tables to seat visitors safely.

We thank you sincerely for your understanding and cooperation in helping us make this day a special one for our students and we wish you all a happy and peaceful holiday season.


Kindergartners Learn about “Bucket Filling”

Our Kindergartners learned about bucket filling during their recent monthly classroom guidance lesson from School Counselor Mrs. Schwering. Bucket filling is saying or doing nice things that make others feel good. During the lesson the students practiced ways to "fill buckets" after listening to the story, Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud. Our kindergartners have all agreed to join our MES family in choosing to be bucket fillers!

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Chieftains Present a Reader's Theater

The Chieftains, a 5th grade leadership group, presented a Reader's Theater on the Kathryn Otoshi book, One, to kindergarten, first, and second grade students. The Chieftains did a great job organizing and preparing for this program, and they sent a wonderful message to our younger students. The students used this story to act out the importance of being "Up-Standers" (students who stand up for others) when mean teasing or bullying is happening.

Pictured above are:

Front row: Ellana Jutzi, Kayla Walke, Alyssa Phelps, Makalee Rivera, Collin O'Brien, Mason Johnson. Back row: Ava Honnert, Grady Sinclair, Margot Keller, Caden Baker, Jaleigh Haffey, and Emma Jutzi.


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Congratulations Shelby!

MES is proud to announce that 4th Grader Shelby Williams was a first place winner in the Napoleon Central House's Bicentennial Coloring Contest.

Mrs. Jane Link visited MES recently to speak with the fourth graders about the history of the Napoleon Central House and invited them to enter the contest. Out of several very nice entries from our school, Shelby's was chosen as the most outstanding and Mrs. Link presented her with a $25 Wal-Mart gift card for her efforts. Congratulations Shelby!


Winter is Here! Be Prepared for Emergency Dismissals!

A reminder to parents about the “Emergency Early Dismissal Plan” form that you filled out on line way back in August that gave instructions for your child in the event school would be dismissed early due to bad weather, heating problems or an electrical outage. This would be a good time to review that plan with your child and make sure s/he understands what to do and where to go if school lets out early. If you find your plan needs updating, please send a note to your child’s teacher right away. Please remember, the plan should not involve the student or the teacher calling home.

Again, we ask your help in limiting phone calls to school during inclement weather so the lines are kept free for outgoing emergency communication. The local media is notified immediately if a decision is made to release students early and it is posted on the school website in addition to the automated school notification call system. These sources will always be your best choice for information.


Thank You Dr. Wilson!

We would like to extend a big, warm Milan Elementary THANK YOU! To Dr. Wilson and his assistant for providing vision screenings for our entire kindergarten class as well as some of our other students during their visit on November 16. This is a free service they provide for our students each year!


It's Swim Race Time for Grades 2 – 5!

To add more fun to all the holiday excitement at this time of year we also have our end-of-semester swim races to look forward to. The friendly competition between classrooms gives students the chance to show off their improved swimming skills and adds some excitement to the spectators’ enjoyment. The races begin on Friday, December 16 with Grade 5 competing at 9:00 a.m. and Grade 3 at 12:45 p.m. They continue on Monday, December 19 with Grade 4 at 9:00 a.m. and Grade 2 at 1:00 p.m. Family members welcome to watch!


Parents, Please Check Our LOST & FOUND!

Our lost and found box is overflowing! There are some very nice coats, sweatshirts, and other cold weather gear in there in addition to some swimsuits/towels, shoes, etc. If you visit for your child’s swim meet, please plan to stop by the tables in the cafeteria where we’ll have our “found” items spread out and claim anything you might find that belongs to your household.


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For Your Calendar:


15: Annual MES Christmas “Dress-Up” Dinner for students; Mrs. Schutte’s Class Program

16: Swim Races: Grade 5 @ 9:00 a.m.; Grade 3 @ 12:45 p.m.

19: Swim Races: Grade 3 @ 9:00 a.m.; Grade 2 @1:00 p.m.

20: Winter Parties; End Quarter 2/Semester 1

21: No school. Christmas break begins


3: School resumes. Quarter 3/Semester 2 begins

5: Report Cards issued

6: Yearbook Pictures

11: PTO meets at 5:30