The Falcon Flyer

January 2016

After-school program at MES for 2016-2017 school year?

We are still in the initial stages of gathering information to see if:

1) There is a need for an after-school program at MES

2) How much interest there would be in developing one


We would appreciate you taking the time to complete a short survey to help us gather this information. Thank you to those who responded to our survey in December. For those who did not, there is still time to respond.


The survey can be accessed by clicking in the link below or by completing the paper survey (sent home along with the Falcon Flyer) and returning to the school. Please complete just one survey per household.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12fu3BtoCAlDbplZetprGJWKHjWL0vl1SAUk1Mi4mNKg/viewform


Thank you for your assistance!

MES Science Fair - January 28th

Levels of Competition

Elementary ... Grades 1-4

Middle School ... Grade 5


Kindergarten projects will be judged separately and winners will receive school wide recognition. They will not, however, be eligible for participation int he regional science fair.


Science Fair projects should be brought to school the morning of Thursday, January 28th. Students should take their projects with them to class. All projects will be judged after school and winners will be announced that evening at the Math-Science Family Night.


Science Fair boards will be on sale through the school for $2. Students should turn money into their homeroom teacher.


For additional information, please visit the link below...

http://www.spartanburg2.k12.sc.us/mes/ScienceFair.pdf


Reminders...

  • No repeat projects allowed
  • No live animals can be used in the science fair
  • It is not necessary to bring the actual experiment to the fair. Pictures can be used and displayed on your science fail board.
  • Pictures should not show student's face.
  • Participation is encouraged, but optional for all students
  • Projects should be picked up at the conclusion of Math-Science Family Night or on Friday, January 29th.

Congratulations to our December Terrific Kids!

Terrific Kids, sponsored by the Boiling Springs Kiwanis Club, is a student-recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance. “Terrific” is an acronym for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable.


Congratulations to our December Terrific Kids ...

Garrett Williams, Madison Handy, Kohen Orr, Peyton Lawter, Dylan Jolley, Drake Price, Kyle Cozby, Creighton Rentz, Landon Cochran, Analai Ruiz, Abbigail Brown, Cutler Wilson, Desirae Wilbanks, Miranda Rolison, Camden Hembree, Bentlee Bishop!

2nd Quarter Awards Program

Please join us on Thursday, January 21st in the MES Cafeteria for our 2nd Quarter Awards Program. Students will be recognized for Perfect Attendance, "A" Honor Roll and "A-B" Honor Roll. Programs times are as follows:


8am - Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade

9am - 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade

Congratulations - MES Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to Laikyn Westmoreland our 2015-2016 Spelling Bee Champion! Lakyn will represent MES at the 2015-2016 Regional Spelling Bee on March 19, 2016 at USC Upstate Performing Arts Center. Way to go, Laikyn!!

Math/Science Family Night and Science Fair

Please join us from 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Thursday, January 28th for our Math-Science Family Night and Science Fair.


5:30pm - Science Fair project viewing (gym) and Estimation Stations (lobby)

6:00pm - Awards for Science Fair winners (cafeteria)

6:30pm - STEM activity in each classroom

7:00pm - Ice Cream Sundaes, Homework Passes, and Free Book (cafeteria) and Estimation Stations (lobby)


We hope you will join us for this fun and exciting night!

A New Calendar Year is a Time to Review, Make Adjustments ...

It’s the beginning of a new calendar year—and nearly the halfway point in the school year. So it’s a good time to take stock of your child’s habits and make needed adjustments. Spend some time talking with your child about how the school year is going. If the two of you set learning goals at the start of the year, review those goals now. Is he making progress? How can he make the rest of the school year even better?



Then make some learning resolutions. Here are three to consider:

  1. Restore beginning-of-school routines. Has your child’s bedtime begun to slip? Are mornings more rushed? Is his regular study time now not quite so regular? Sleep and study routines make life easier—and help kids do better in school.
  2. Spend time reading. There is no skill that will help your child more in school. And reading ability, like other skills, gets better with practice. Encourage your child to read. Let him read about anything, from sports to his favorite movie character.
  3. Reduce screen time. Talk about the amount of time your child spends in front of a screen. How much time does he spend watching TV? Playing video games? Browsing the Internet? A new study found that 45% of eight-year-olds exceed the recommended two hours or less of screen time per day—and 80% of 16-year-olds exceed that limit. It’s time to set and enforce limits.


Reprinted with permission from the January 2016 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2016 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Source: S. Houghton and others, “Virtually impossible: limiting Australian children and adolescents daily screen based media use,” BMC Public Health, niswc.com/elem_screenstudy.

Remind for MES Families

Remind is a free, safe, and simple messaging tool that helps us share important updates and reminders with students & parents. To receive messages via text, text @mesfam to 81010. If you have trouble using 81010, text @mesfam to (864) 469-5639.

KEEPING YOU IN THE KNOW ...

Tuesday, January 5th - School resumes for Students and Staff

Thursday, January 7th - Science Fair Parent Information meeting - 2:30pm

Friday, January 8th - Spirit Day


Monday, January 11th - Terrific Kid Program - 8:00am

Friday, January 15th - Spirit Day


Monday, January 18th - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Holiday

Tuesday, January 19th - Report Cards Issued

Thursday, January 21st - 2nd Quarter Awards

Friday, January 22nd - Spirit Day


Thursday, January 28th - Science Fair Projects due - 8am

Thursday, January 28th - Math/Science Family Night and Science Fair - 6:00pm

Friday, January 29th - Spirit Day / Hat Day

Spirit Day

MES Spirit Day is every Friday. Students are encouraged to wear a school shirt or our school colors - red and black! We will also have "Hat Day" once a month. Students may pay $1 on these days to wear a hat of their choice during the day. What a great way to show our school spirit!