The Wildcat Report

The Newsletter of Marcellus Elementary - November 2019

Calendar Updates

November 1st - End of 1st Marking Period

November 4th - Picture Retakes

November 7th - Early Release, 11:07

November 7th - Parent/Teacher Conference - 12:00 - 3:00, 5:00 - 8:00

November 8th - Staff Professional Development - No Students

November 11th - Veteran's Day Performance - 1:30 in the new gym

November 12th - Early Dismissal, 11:07

November 27th - 29th - Thanksgiving Break


We will have a new face at Marcellus Elementary starting in November. Andrew Rajzer is the new Lewis Cass ISD Mental Health Specialist. He will work with select students from our building one day per week.

Andrew is from Decatur and has experience working with school-aged children Kindergarten through 6th grade at Spring Valley Elementary in Parchment. Andrew has previously worked in foster care with Bethany Christian Services in the refugee independent living program. This experience was aimed at students in their late teens from over 10 different countries. Andrew lives on a small farm, has 4 siblings, 20 chickens and is interested in writing music.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that assisted with WildCat Walk 2019. We had a great day on the track and your support of the event is greatly appreciated. Students may still turn in funds for the walk through next week.

Dismissal Changes

In order to improve our end of the day procedures, we need your assistance! If you need to make a change to how your child is going home, please notify the office no later than 1:30 PM. We are continuing to develop and improve the process and hope that earlier notification will help. We understand that emergencies do happen and late notification may be necessary. The office is extremely busy at the end of the day and we can not deliver any changes after 2:30. Thank you for your understanding.

I apologize for errors that have occurred this year and I will continue to improve the communication between parents, the office & the classroom.

Over the Counter Medicine

The district administrative team has been reviewing our board policies on a weekly basis. Our recent review included medication distribution during the school day, both prescription and over the counter medication.

After advising with our legal counsel, we will no longer be able to supply/provide over the counter meds. These meds include, but are not limited to: Tums, Tylenol, cough drops, anti-itch cream, and Neosporin. Even though we have signatures on enrollment cards to distribute OTC medicines to students, we cannot directly provide/purchase the medicines. Doing so violates state law and board policy.

Beginning immediately, we will not provide OTC medications to our students. If you need your child to take an OTC at school, you must provide the medicine, labeled with your child's name, dosage and complete a form for the office to keep on hand.

I appreciate your understanding as we make this change to comply with policies and law.

M.C.L. 380.1178, 380.1178a, 380.1179

Marcellus Community Schools Board Policy 5330

Parent/Teacher Conferenecs

November is here and with that comes the end of the first marking period of school. Conferences are being held on Thursday, November 7th from 12 - 3 and 5-8. Our goal is 100% parent participation in conferences. It is important for teachers and parents to have this time to discuss the progress of each of our students.

If you have not yet scheduled your conference with your DK-4th grade teacher, please contact them to set up a time. Our 5th & 6th grade teachers do not schedule conferences, but instead, you may arrive during the conference window and meet with only the teachers that you need to see.