The MSE Roaring Report
*Please remember Early Dismissal is EVERY Wednesday at 2:30
- "Love Your Library" Book Drive--all month
- 4th--Kindergarten Field Trip to the Magic House in St. Louis
- 8th--Six Flags Book Logs Due
- 12th--All Yearbook Orders Due
- 12th--Valentine Parties (schedule below)
- 15th-- Make Up Day, School In Session
- 18th-- 2nd Grade Presidents Day Concert, 6 p.m.
- 19th--Movie Night at MSE, 6-8 p.m.
- 26th--Spring Fundraiser Kick off
- 28th--Harlem Wizards at TBHS, 2-6:30 p.m.
- 29th--Spring Food Drive
March 11--Mother Son Fun Night, 5-7pm
March 14-18--Spring Book Fair
March 17--First Grade Music Program, 6:00 pm
March 21-28--Spring Break
~~What's on the Menu~~
K REGISTRATION MARCH 8-10
Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year will be held March 8 and 9 (with the 10th as an inclement weather make-up day if needed) in the Powell Conference Room, which is located in the lower level of the Central Office building at 951 W. College Street in Troy.
Students must be five years of age by July 31, 2016, to register for kindergarten. Registration hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on both days. To register your child, you will need to bring the following:
- child’s birth certificate
- immunization record
- two current (within 30 days) forms of proof of residency (i.e. lease, rental or purchase contract, utility bill, medical bill, deposit receipt, payroll check stub, driver’s license/state ID, voter ID card, bank statement)
- Court documents, if applicable (proof of guardianship, divorce decree, DFS placement papers, foster care, etc.).
It is not necessary to bring your child with you at the time of registration. If you have any questions, you may contact the Registrar’s Office at 636.462.4930 x50401.
REMINDER: A volunteer form and background check MUST be filled out and turned into the office PRIOR to attending a field trip with your student. Forms are not carried over from the previous school year.
A MESSAGE FROM MRS. HOLTHAUS
I am new to the area, but I have been told more than once that if you don’t like the weather in Missouri just wait a couple of hours. I have found that to be very true. Some days it is very cold in the morning, and shirt sleeve weather by the afternoon. Other days it is warm in the morning and bitter cold by the afternoon. Please help your child to dress appropriately for the changing Missouri weather. Please be sure that they have a coat or jacket with them every day.
When students come to school without a coat they often get caught by a change in the weather. Some students experience a day like we had on Saturday and immediately think it is time to wear shorts and flip flops. Summer clothes will not keep the students comfortably dressed for the weather for most of the spring. Please help your child make appropriate clothing choices.
The other issue that increases at this time of year is the amount of lost coats and gloves. As the day gets warmer the students often take these off outside and leave them behind. Please have a discussion with your child about being responsible for their things. However, we all know that kids are kids. The best thing that you can do to help your child is to clearly mark the items with their name. If the item is labeled it is much more likely to be returned. If your child is missing a jacket, coat, gloves, scarf, or a hat please ask them to check the lost and found area at school. The maintenance people have installed hooks to display these items in the hall near the cafeteria. This makes it easier to find and identify lost items.
School is a place to learn, not only about math and reading, but also about relationships. Children learn about friendship and social problem solving at school and from you at home. It can be difficult to know what to say to a child who is upset about a disagreement with a friend.
Try the following suggestions to turn hurt feelings into a learning experience about friendship:
- · Although your first instinct may be to protect your child and intervene, helping them solve their own problems is a responsible and respectful way that will teach them to be a peaceful problem solver and great friend.
- · Remember, there is always more than one side to a story. Ask your child what their friend might say if we asked them what happened. By putting themselves in their friend’s shoes, your child may gain understanding and be in a better position to brainstorm solutions that will work for all members.
- · Encourage your child to talk to their friends about their feelings. Ask how they can solve the problem without hurting someone else. Encourage them to take action to resolve the conflict.
- · Most importantly, teach by example. When your child sees you being a good friend, they will learn about what a good friend does. Each time you call to check on a friend, take a meal to someone who is not feeling well, or lend a helping hand, you are showing your child what it means to care for others. Take it a step further, and encourage your child to do some of these things for a friend in need. Making a simple card, inviting someone to play, or just calling to say, “Hello,” are things you can do together to be a good friend to someone else.
- Random Acts of Kindness
*Thank someone for the work they do. *Make a card for someone.
*Invite a new person to play or sit with you at lunch. *Help someone.
*Be kind to one of your less than favorite people! *Share a smile.
*Donate a food item during our FOOD DRIVE- February 29th – March 4th!!
Upcoming Dates to Remember
February 19th-MSE FAMILY Movie Night
February 29th – March 4th: MSE Spring Food Drive
Habits at Home
Habit 6 – Synergize
Synergize is when two or more people work together to create a better solution than either would have thought of alone. It’s not your way or my way, but a better way. Talk about the equation: 1+1=3 (or more). How is that possible? 1 person + another person = 2 ideas + many more than either of them would have thought of alone. Synergize is taking good ideas and making them better by working together. Discussions can focus on other examples of synergy in nature, history, literature, and personal experiences. For example, synergy happens in nature when a flock of geese heads south for the winter. They fly in a V formation because due to the updraft, the entire flock can fly farther than if each bird flew alone.
Activities for All Ages
1. With your children, choose a problem you may have (like curfew or completing tasks). Use the Synergy Action Plan to summarize your child’s solution and your solution: (1) Define the problem. (2) Share your views. (3) Think of solutions. (4) Choose the best solution together. See if you can reach a better solution (the High Way) than either of you would have come up with alone.
2. Institute a “15-minute program” where everyone drops what they are doing and pitches in to work as a team to clean the kitchen, pull weeds in the garden, wash the dishes, sweep the front porch, etc. Cutting out a small block of time where everyone helps makes the work go quicker.
3. If your child has siblings, ask each to identify what they think their brother or sister is really good at, then share the lists with each other and discuss how they could Synergize on homework, chores, playing games, sports, etc. If your child does not have siblings, you can do the same exercise using his or her best friends—or you.
Family Movie Night at MSE
Friday, Feb. 19th, 6-8pm
51 Main Street
Friday, February 19th from 6-8pm.
What to Bring:
- Blankets/lawn chairs
Candy will also be available for purchase for $1.00 each
What to Wear:
- Come in your PJ's ready to relax with friends and a good movie.
*Keep a lookout for an RSVP flyer to come home on February 12. It will have the movies that will be shown listed.
Art Room News
Square 1 Art
We are working on our Square 1 Art projects this month. You can expect to receive their order forms around the 17th of March and they will be due by April 1st. You will receive your products around April 22nd, just in time for Mother’s day!
You can look at what kind of products they have at www.square1art.com
February Music Notes
The second grade program is coming up fast! It will be held in the MSE gym at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 18th. The second grade students have been practicing, and if you are the family of a second grader, we hope to see you there!
Also, the first grade will be singing at the literacy fair night on March 17th. If you have a first grade student, please mark this date on your calendar!
Fifth grade students will be bringing home letters about recorders in February. Please read over this with your 5th grade student if you have one, and be sure to return the form to Mrs. Easley. We will need to get the recorders ordered on time to begin playing in March.
Thank you for supporting music at MSE!
February is Jump Rope for Heart Month
February is always a great month because that's when we do Jump Rope for Heart. I will send home information and envelopes starting the week of February 8th. The kids love to jump rope and really do have fun during this unit! Please make sure and send your child in comfortable clothes and tennis shoes on PE days.
A healthy school environment requires the cooperation and effort of us all working together. During this time of year we tend to see a higher incidence of strep throat, respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses.
PLEASE DO NOT send your child to school if they are sick.(Fever, vomiting, or Diarrhea). They must be fever free/vomit free/diarrhea free for 24 hours without medicine to return to school. I would like to remind everyone that they can help to protect themselves and their families from many of these airborne illnesses. Follow the Habits for Good Health listed below recommended by the Center for Disease Control.
Habits for Good Health
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze—throw the tissue away after you use it. If you do not have a tissue, cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol based hand cleaner.
• Stay away as much as you can from people who are sick.
• If you or your child gets the flu, stay home from work or school. Do not go
near other people so that you don’t make them sick too.
• Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs often spread this way.
• Dress for the weather. Come to school dressed for the winter. Wear layers of loose fitting clothing. Wear mittens and gloves. Wear a hat. Remember, the air that is trapped inside your clothing, warmed by your body heat, is the best protection from the cold.
Health and Care Items:
Students are allowed to bring items to school that may help them to feel better if they are only slightly ill. Non-medicated cough drops are allowed, as well as lip balm. The students are NOT allowed to distribute any of the above to their friends or other students. Cough drops must be kept in the nurses office. Please send in lip balm if your child gets severely chapped lips in the winter so that he/she does not miss class time coming to see the nurse for chapped lips. Lip Balm may be kept at their desk or in their book bag. Also, please label all items sent to school with your child’s name.
MSE Science Fair
Earth and Environmental Science-Silver, Claire Foster
Physical Science Silver, Landon Ruether & Applied Science Gold, Jacob Bischel
Appied Consumer Science, Silver, Helen Orf
We have recently started utilizing a new program called Moby Max. This free program allows students to practice a variety of skills to improve their understanding in Science, Math, Reading and Language Arts. Students may practice at home as they wish, and teachers will be assigning work for them to work on in class. The program is available through the web and works on mobile devices as well. The link and the school code for the Moby Max program is located below. I hope you find it a good resource for your students continued success!
School Code: mo1269