Mac El Weekly News

Message from the Principal - Week of May 13

What happened this week...

Fifth graders took a hike through the woods on the Lost Sister Trail, stopping at stations along the way for science and nature lessons. They survived the heat and in the words of one was great because we didn't have school work! Even the chaperones were dressed and prepared for the day (see pics)!

Fourth graders ended the week at Pioneer Day learning and experiencing life skills utilized by Pioneers including candle making, churning butter, animal care, games, sawing logs, tin punch, making popcorn, sewing, and more! Thank you to all the staff and volunteers that made this happen!


5th Grade Lost Sister Trail

4th Grade Pioneer Day

Upcoming events ...

May 14: Young Champions Kickball game (9:30 am - Mac El kickball field)

May 18: Cereal Box Domino Challenge

May 19: 3rd grade Field Trip (Ft. Wayne Children's Zoo)

May 23: Senior Walk

May 24: Talent Show

May 25: Field Day (2nd - 4th grade); All Day Track Meet (5th grade)

May 26: Mac 500 (4th grade)

May 27: Last student day

June 1 - 3: Summer IREAD retake

Crushing It For Young Champions

We are partnering with Young Champions striving to become a Unified Champions School that promotes positive relationships between students with and without disabilities. There will be a Kickball game on Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 am at the Mac El Kickball field. Come cheer on our Young Champions!

Starting Monday, May 16, there will be another week of "Crushing it for Young Champions" raising money for Special Olympics by selling Orange Crush cans for $1.00 each morning until May 20 or supplies run out.

Thank you for your support and generosity. This is a program that will continue to grow throughout the years and we look forward to becoming a Unified Champions school!

Cereal Box Domino Challenge

Mrs. Walsh and the Mac El Student Council are collecting boxes of cereal to create a domino-chain reaction throughout the school. The more boxes collected, the longer the chain. Please send in a box of cereal, by May 18 to add to the chain! All cereal boxes will be donated to Helping Hands. Thank you for your generosity!


As the weather has improved and students are able to be outside for PE, recess, and the many events we have planned. Please be sure to encourage your child to put on sunscreen. They are allowed to bring a non-aerosol sunscreen with them to school and apply it themselves before going outside. Students should not share sunscreen with other students as there could be allergic reactions to various sunscreens.

Water Bottles

Students are encouraged to bring their water bottles to school daily. There are water bottle filling stations to refill.

Appropriate Dress

It was nice to have some warmer days this week and kids playing outside. Reminder please that with the warm weather, students still need to follow the dress code. Please refer to p. 21 in the student handbook for specific guidelines. Some things we have been seeing are crop tops with bare midriffs. That is current fashion and just needs a cami underneath. Also, we have been reminding students to keep their hoods off.

Talent Show

We are so proud of our students and their talent, it is so hard to choose the acts! Students who have been chosen for the talent show will be notified next week. Due to limited seating, students in the talent show will be given 4 tickets per family to attend.

Guidance Update

This has been a busy week dealing with individual students' emotional needs as well as providing classroom SEL lessons. Lessons are identifying triggers and reviewing the different tools and strategies they can use to calm down before they explode. Students are given the example they are like pop cans with their emotions as the “pop”. If they keep all of their emotions bottled up - positive or negative - they can explode in unhealthy ways.

BRAVE Star Tickets

Students exhibiting BRAVE characteristics by following school expectations can earn a BRAVE Star Ticket from any staff member. Tickets are put in a bucket for a weekly drawing. Then students are able to come to the office to choose a prize! Students will also have an opportunity to qualify for Terrific Tuesdays by following classroom expectations. We hope to see so many students able to participate by making great choices and demonstrating BRAVE behavior!


Second graders learned to code a robot to compete in a maze!

Third Grade made concrete fossils!

From the Nurse

ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS: Immunizations are required for 6th grade.

Now is a good time to schedule these with your doctor or the health department.

Your doctor and or the health department will be able to view CHIRP and see what your child needs. This normally includes a Tdap, and Meningitis vaccine, HPV is optional.

(For those parents who have already done this, your child does not require anything else at this time.)

Runners Camp

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Swim Lesson Information

If you are interested in signing your child up for summer swim lessons, see the information below as well as on the Maconaquah Elementary Home Page.

Substitute Teachers - We need them!

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, even for next year, see the flyers below and go to the website listed to start the process.
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Threat and Bullying Reporting Information

Below is the link to the Threat and Bullying Report Form. This form is also accessible on the Maconaquah School Corporation Website under Safe School Zone.



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ILEARN Information for Families

Please click on the link below for ILEARN information from the Indiana Department of Education. (English and Spanish versions)

Computer Stylus

If your student has lost their stylus, it is $20 to replace. Students can purchase one in the Minion Office.

Bus / Pick up Changes

If you need to change your child's bus going home or that they are being picked up, parents MUST speak to a person. DO NOT LEAVE A MESSAGE as the staff member may not hear their messages before the end of the school day.

School Drop Off/Pick up

8:10am - Doors open for student drop off. Parents may drive up to door 19E to drop off. PLEASE DO NOT drop off your student before the doors open. This is a safety concern as staff will not be present until 8:10am.