Morgan January Newsletter

January 2016


Thank you to all who helped make the Salvation Army Angel Tree such a GREAT success! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Winter Weather Guide Lines

Winter Weather is upon us. Please make sure your child is dressed warmly for cold winter temperatures. Hats, gloves, and heavy coats should be worn to school and marked with your child's name. So many articles of clothing are left at school each day! We will be going out for recess unless temperatures reach 20 degrees, inclusive of wind child.

Assistant Elementary Secretary Opening at Morgan

Shelly Reusser, our Assistant Secretary, has taken another position at Hutchinson Community College. She will be missed greatly and we wish her luck in this new endeavor and continued success!

If you or someone you know is interested, apply online at under the Career Link.

Elementary Secretary: Morgan Elementary has an opening for a Assistant Secretary/Food Service, 7 hours per day. Performs nutrition services duties at the school building level. Relieves officials of clerical work and minor administrative and business detail. Starting salary is $9.61 per hour but commensurate with education and experience.

Boundaries for 2016-2017 Approved

At the December Board of Education Meeting, new boundaries were approved for elementary schools for the 2016-2017. More information and a map of the new attendance center boundaries can be found at under the Elementary Boundary Study link.

Knowing this transition will be hard for many families and students, district administration including building prinicipals are currently planning to make the transition smooth. We are working to let in district transfers as well as out of district students know as soon as possible about acceptance at their attendance center for 2016-2017. Keep in mind that district purpose for the new boundaries is to keep class sizes more equitable across the district. Input from families are welcome and encouraged.

Please email Mrs. Wiedeman, Morgan principal, with your ideas and suggestions for a smoother transition process at


Parents who wish to have breakfast or lunch with a student may do so. Parents who wish a meal for themselves should contact the building secretary at least 24 hours in advance so that adequate food can be prepared. Special holiday meals may have different deadlines, guidelines and limitations and such information shall be made available to parents and patrons. Visitors are responsible for paying the cost of their meals at the district’s current published adult meal rate ($3.45 each).


USD308 is required by federal regulations to have a student wellness policy. The following information is located in the student wellness policy and may be of particular interest to parents and students.

  • Meals purchased at fast food outlet to be consumed at school must not be brought to school in their original containers. This includes but is not limited to fast foods, commercial pizza, and restaurant to-go meals.
    • Sack lunches from home are permitted as long as they do not contain restaurant brand food item in their original containers
  • Carbonated beverages (pop) and energy drink are prohibited in the cafeteria.
  • Foods and beverages for classroom rewards, parties and celebrations will not be provided within 1 hour before or after the last lunch period. (example pizza parties, etc)


Morgan Birthday Luncheon Schedule (3rd Tuesday of the Month)

January Birthdays: January 19

February Birthdays: February 16

March Birthdays: March 15

April Birthdays: April 19

May/June Birthdays: May 17

Daily Lunch Schedule:

Kindergarten 11:05

1st Grade 11:15

6th Grade 11:25

2nd Grade 11:35

3rd Grade 11:45

4th Grade 11:55

5th Grade 12:05

Early Release Dates

Students are released at 1:00 on these dates. Remember that the Boys and Girls club do not run a bus on these dates. Please make other arrangements for your student pick up on these dates.

January 15th & 29th
February 19th
March 18th
April 8th & 29th
May 13th


5th and 6th grade will have notes going home soon on Life Cycle. So please watch out for the information.

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Thank you for all the box tops. Please remember to check the expiration dates on the box tops. Anything past the expiration date has to be thrown away. Thank you again for all that you collect for Morgan Elementary.


FREE Dental Treatments

  • Sealants
  • Fluoride
  • Cleanings

**Reminder** Dental Treatments by Prairie Star will be January 11th, 2016 @ Morgan Elementary. This is a free service offered. To sign up for this service download the form at:

Please return completed form to the school nurse.

7 mistakes parents make with their kids’ teeth

In fact, 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had cavities in their baby teeth. And 21 percent of children ages 6 to 11 have had them in their permanent teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Here, find out the biggest mistakes dentists say parents are making and learn what you can do to keep your children’s teeth healthy throughout their lifetime.

1. Letting kids brush alone

2. Putting baby to bed with a bottle

3. Making the first dentist appointment too late

4. Offering “healthy” foods

5. Thinking cavities are no big deal

6. Not using fluoride

7. Loading up on sports drinks

Read the entire article here…

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Site Council

Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2016 at 7-7:45pm

Morgan Elementary School Library

Interested in giving directions to the principal??? Then the Morgan SITE COUNCIL is for you! Every month after our PTO meeting, the Site Council meets; meeting time is limited to around 45 minutes. The Site Council is an advisory council for the principal, where input and ideas are given. Community members, parents, and teachers make up the Site Council and discuss building topics, such as curriculum, budget, and building improvement ideas.

Contact Mrs. Wiedeman at 620-615-5200 if you are interested in becoming a member of the Morgan Site Council.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


PTO Meetings

PTO meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Morgan Media Center (use the northeast doors to access the Media Center). This month's meeting will be held on January 5th, with subsequent meetings being held on Feb. 2nd, March 1st, April 5th and May 3rd (mark your calendars )! Please join us - it's a fantastic way to connect with other parents, to learn the details of what goes on at Morgan Elementary and to discover what role you can play in making our school even more awesome! Hope to see you all there!

Papa John's Night

Let Papa John's make your dinner on Tuesday, January 5th. It's an easy fundraiser: 20% of sales (minus tax and delivery) will be donated back to Morgan PTO. Please make sure to tell Papa John's (when you are ordering) that it is for Morgan Elementary and the name of your child's classroom teacher. This year, instead of the winning class earning a pizza party, every child in the winning class will receive a coupon for a free small pizza! How awesome is that?!?!?! An order form for Papa John's will be sent home in your child's book bag on Tuesday. For planning purposes, Papa John's pizza night will always be held on the first Tuesday of each month. It works out great - dinner is covered for your family while you attend the PTO meetings!

Skating Party

Our third skating party will be held on Friday, January 29th (EARLY RELEASE day) from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at Skateland. Cost is $4.50 and the class with the largest number of skaters will win a FREE pizza party!

Please "like" our Morgan PTO Facebook Page! Our facebook page is a wonderful source for current, up-to-date information and is the easiest and most economical way to address the largest amount of people in the shortest amount of time. We post general information, volunteer opportunities, pictures, lots of helpful reminders and so much more! Once you've "liked" the page, please make sure you "like" or comment on the posts every so often in order for the information to keep showing up on your general feed. If you have any questions about Morgan PTO or would like to get more involved, feel free to contact Bethany Krafels (President) at 620-474-2209 or or Julie Hamedl (Vice President) at 620-314-8800 or