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News from the Meramec Valley R-III School District

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Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center

There are some new faces at the Doris Hoffman Early Center this year. We are very excited to see what the future holds for the Little Indians!

New Staff:

Sharon Barker - Secretary

Jessica Graham - Nurse

Jessi Grant - Deaf Hard of Hearing Teacher

Micki Brehe - Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Sarah McDonald - Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Katie McDonald - Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Eyvonne Steinert - Paraprofessional

Kourtney Hess - Paraprofessional

Joan Knight - Teacher Assistant

Kelsey VanderPas - Teacher Assistant

Coleman Elementary

Coleman Warriors are off to a great start! Students and staff are acclimating to the new school year and still finding ways to share a loving and powerful learning environment, from a safe distance. New staff added to the Coleman team are making a big impact in a short time. They have all quickly attached to our beautiful kids and find joy in working with them each day, just like the rest of our team.


Mrs. Terri Eggers and Mrs. LeAnn Pechman have joined the office and have quickly made themselves a friend to all. We want all families, staff, and students to feel welcome and cared for, every day and all day. When we are made to feel good, we can pay it forward all day!


First Grade quote to start the year: After the teacher had spent some time going over safety protocols, Madison, a first-grade student in Mrs. Peirick’s class said, “You know at some point we are going to have to do some work.” You have to love these kids and their desire to learn!


We are also loving our virtual students from a distance. The Jones family shared a picture of their first day of learning at home on August 26 and are keeping us posted on their progress. Way to go, Conner, Kyleigh, and Chloe! We are so proud of all our Virtual Learning students.

Nike Elementary

Meramec Valley R-III School District is offering a Pre-Kindergarten class at Nike Elementary. One Pre-K class will be located at the school to serve students who live within the Nike Elementary and Robertsville Elementary boundaries. Katrina Hrastich teaches the class and has worked for the district for ten years. When asked why she went into education, Mrs. Hrastich said, "her second-grade teacher inspired her because she was energetic and cared for her students." Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling, and swimming. Natalie Harris is the paraprofessional in the classroom and has worked for the district for fourteen years. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for fifteen years. She chose this career because she loves everything about school and always has. Her hobbies include swimming, hiking, biking, and spending quality time with her daughter. The District is pleased with the interest in the Pre-K class. The class is currently full, with students on a waiting list. If you are interested in getting on the waitlist to attend the Pre-K class at Nike Elementary, please complete the following form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYd6z86ue0IiMjScKoDhTKIl26A18GXtDbtye5vwEX7BlC8g/viewform.
Welcome Back Robertsville Braves!

Robertsville Elementary

Students and families will find a newly remodeled and expanded Library at Robertsville. The area was updated with new flooring and a wall was removed to add open seating for students. Along with a newly remodeled space, Robertsville is happy to welcome Mr. Chris Krieger as the new Library Media Specialist. Mr. Krieger will serve the students at Robertsville and Coleman Schools. Other school improvements include a wellness room for staff and new playground equipment that is expected to be installed during the first quarter.
Truman Tribe Welcome 2020

Truman Elementary

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 was officially proclaimed as "Love Our School Day" for Truman Elementary. What does a “Love Our School Day” entail? A "Love Our School Day" is a dedicated day where staff volunteers their time and talents to beautify their school or focus on a big project. The school's big project was to focus on enriching the playground. PTO purchased two pavilions to be installed in the next month and old equipment was removed to allow room for games. The Pacific Jaycee’s donated funds to support the purchase of playground supplies.


"Love Our School Day" completed projects included: updated basketball hoops, new soccer nets, new obstacle asphalt art, deep cleaning of the equipment, and new items for the recess cart.

Truman could not be more excited and confident in the preparation to have the student Tribe back on campus. Virtual or seated, Truman values the time given to make connections and continues pushing forward.

Zitzman Elementary

Welcome to Zitzman Elementary! The Zitzman Chiefs would like to welcome three new teachers to the team. Mr. Schulz will be teaching music at Zitzman and Pacific Intermediate. He is a graduate of Missouri State University and is in his first year of teaching. Ms. Broeckelmann will be serving as the speech pathologist for Zitzman students. She is a recent graduate from Fontbonne University and is most excited to meet her students and plan engaging activities. Ms. Gower is a first-year teacher in Zitzman’s Special Education Department. She graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with a degree in elementary special education. Ms. Gower is most excited about having the opportunity to build relationships with students and families in the Pacific community.

Pacific Intermediate

Sixth grade students are getting the opportunity to perform in the band for the first time. While some students may have played an instrument prior to 6th grade, for many students this is the first time they have picked up an instrument. Instruments offered include: clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. Students are learning how to properly put their instruments together, have begun playing, and learning to read music. The band teachers for Pacific Intermediate are Mrs. Delmain (saxophone clarinet & flute), Mrs. Franzen (percussion), Mr. Johnson (trombone), and Mr. Schulz (trumpet). Students are encouraged to practice playing their instruments each week.

Riverbend Middle School

Students at Riverbend are beginning each day in a Tribe class, where students learn to work collaboratively with their peers. The emphasis of the class is based on the Every Monday Matters curriculum that highlights the District's 8 pillars of success. The engaging activities in the curriculum include hands-on social and emotional learning to help students internalize great habits while building positive relationships. Principals have already noticed the positive impact the Tribe class is making on the school.

Pacific High School

Over the spring and summer, PHS had some building renovations that will improve the flow of services to students. This month the spotlight is on the new weight room. The old commons, also known as the old cafeteria, was transformed into an amazing new weight room/training facility.


One of our new physical education teachers at the high school, Mr. Paul Day had this to say, “The weight room has everything we could ever need to become stronger, more athletic students & athletes. The weight room itself is incredible and the turf area allows us an area to work change of direction as well as core no matter what kind of weather we are having. We are very fortunate to have such a great facility.”


With the ever-increasing focus on the health and fitness of all students, the new weight/training room is a great addition. The reaction from students has been extremely positive. The new facility is bright and sophomore Izach Reeder says, “It is a much more inviting place to come work out.” Photos submitted by Kim Fleming

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Food Service Announcements

Free Breakfast for All Students

The District was granted a waiver to offer FREE breakfast to all students for the 2020-2021 school year. Grab and Go breakfast bags are available at the start of each school day.


Free & Reduced Applications

We encourage each family to complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application to qualify for Free/Reduced meals for the school year. Accurate reporting of these applications will help us continue to offer free breakfast for the future. Families that qualified in the past need to complete a new form each year. Paper copies of the application will be sent home with all students. Parents that have questions regarding their meal status may contact Michelle Dawson at (636) 271-1428 or email - mdawson@mvr3.k12.mo.us.

Parents may use the following link to download the application form.

https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/742890/FNS-AttachmentD-E-Instruction_and_Application_June_2020.pdf

PHS Activity Spectator Guidelines

As the District prepares for 2020 Fall Sports and Activities, we want to inform our families and community of the Activity Spectator Guidelines. The Four Rivers Conference as a whole has made the following guidelines and recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that all 8 schools will follow regarding athletics for the 2020 Fall Sports season.

Guidelines

  • Practices/Scrimmages/Jamborees are closed to the general public.
  • Masks are required for all athletes and coaches or as determined by sport-specific guidelines.
  • Masks are required for spectators attending all indoor events.
  • Spectators are asked to sit in family/household clusters and keep 6 feet distance from any other groups.
  • The wearing of masks by spectators is highly recommended at outdoor sports, especially in times when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible.
  • We ask for cooperation in maintaining social distancing of 6 feet.
  • Face coverings will be required by spectators indoors at MVR-III.
  • Students 8th grade and under will not be admitted without being accompanied by a parent.
***Families of student-athletes as well as the student body will have first priority for available tickets.

***Any tickets not spoken for will be available to the public at the gate.

***Capacity of each venue is to be determined by each local school district and city fire codes.

***Vouchers reserve your ability to purchase a ticket to enter the event.

At any time these recommendations may change as needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The schools of the Four Rivers Conference ask that you respect these guidelines and recommendations which we feel will provide our student-athletes with the safest environment possible. Our goal is to protect the structure of our season and allow our athletes the best opportunity to reach the natural conclusion to the fall sports season. Use the following link to access sport-specific guidelines: https://www.mvr3.k12.mo.us/article/292484?org=phs

Virtual Learning Tips

  1. Set up a routine
  2. Make space for learning
  3. Charge your device
  4. Maintain motivation and focus
  5. Take a digital recess when you have a break
  6. Your effort will impact your grade & progress
  7. Communicate with teachers regularly
  8. Students in grades 7-12, email your teacher for assistance
  9. When joining via Zoom, students must use their real name (no nicknames)

Rember that you're not alone in this journey. Check-in with your teacher(s) if you need assistance. It is important that we all work together as a community to help each student succeed.

Bus Drivers

Meramec Valley bus drivers have a strong commitment to safely transporting students to school. Besides safety, MVR-III drivers build relationships with the students they serve. Bus drivers are the one consistent district employee that may stay with a student from kindergarten up through a student's senior year in high school. Robin Stout recently shared her story with Yahoo Life on what it means to be a bus driver during a pandemic. Read the full story by using the following link: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/how-school-bus-drivers-are-facing-fear-and-uncertainty-during-the-pandemic-we-get-put-on-the-back-burner-a-lot-211840589.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=fb.


We are proud of Ms. Robin and the entire Transportation Department for their commitment to our students and families.

Little League Boys Basketball

The PHS Basketball Program is once again sponsoring the boy's basketball league for students in grades 4-6 starting on Wednesday, September 9th at Pacific High School. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the league starting at 6 p.m. Please bring the attached registration paperwork to the Sept. 9th sign up event held in the Pacific High School gym.

Items to Bring:

- Mask

- Completed Entry Form & Payment

- Signed Waiver Form

- Basketball Gear (Shoes, etc.)

- Water Bottle

- Towel (If desired)

- Please DO NOT bring your own ball, one will be provided while we play.

*****Cost: $40 which includes a reversible jersey. Please make checks payable to PHS Basketball.*****

League

** If you are playing another sport we would like to see you still come and play as much as possible. Just let us know when you sign up so we can make sure we have enough players on each team.**

******* We select our 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade Traveling Teams from this league!!!!!!*******

*****If you have any questions, please contact Coach Bradfisch via email at cbradfisch@mvr3.k12.mo.us or via phone at (314) 626-4479.*****


Registration paperwork found here:

League Information-https://core-https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/893636/Little_League_BB_2.JPG

Little League Registration Form- https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/893637/Little_League_BB_1.JPG

Athletic Waiver-https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/893641/COVID_Waiver.pdf

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