Moreau Heights Principal Newsletter

November 2018

Message from the Principal

Charger Families,

We are already into the second quarter and seeing students make some amazing academic strides!

As we head into the next week, students will be taking the iReady assessment for reading to track growth with this tool.

Thank you for your continued support at home, seeing that your child is coming to school ready to learn each day!

Sue Haugen

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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 15

*Parent Event - Focus on Behaviors

Friday, November 16

*PBS Assemblies

- grades 3-5 at 8:30

- grades k-2 at 9:40

*Mid-terms go home

Wednesday, November 21 - Friday, November 23

*No School - Thanksgiving Break

PTO Events and Activities

The next PTO meeting will take place at the "Focus on Behavior" Parent Event on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 in the Moreau Heights gym.

For our Winter Celebrations we will be taking students to the movies! Please be on the look-out for permission forms for your child to participate in the special event. Details including times and movie will be send home soon!

Important Information

  • Please follow our procedures for morning drop-off and pick-up that have been created to keep our students safe. We use the lower driveway, of off Carol Street. Staff will be present to help with unloading and loading cars.

  • If you need to change transportation plans for the day, please contact the office, 659-3180, by 2:15.

  • We believe in supporting our students as a COMMUNITY, which means we value working with families to see that students are successful.

  • Feel free to join your child for lunch any day! Talk to your child's teacher about specific lunch times.

Attendance Matters!

Our goal is to have students at school every day, ready to learn. Please support our efforts by:

  • Having students at school by 8:10
  • Scheduling appointments around school hours (8:15 - 3:15) when possible
  • Making on time arrival at school a priority by having a morning routine
  • Seeing that students are getting to bed at a reasonable time and are allowed a restful night of sleep

Thank you for your help by letting your child know that school is important to you!

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Music with Musselman

Hello, Chargers! The month of November is full of festive spirit. Across various grade levels, we explore: songs from Native Americans, Thanksgiving tunes, a sampling of other December holiday tunes from differing traditions, and some folk dances! We will also do a quick review of patriotic tunes around Veterans Day. This is also a time where we look at the form of music (how songs are structured).

Hope you have a turkey filled November!

Matt Musselman

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at

Focus on Parenting - Building an "I Can" Attitude in Our Children

Have you ever seen a kid just crumble at the first hint of difficulty? More teachers are noticing this and are pointing out the tremendous need for their students to develop resiliency and determination.

I recently watched a mom at a park, hovering near her toddler who was attempting to climb a short flight of steps to a slide. As soon as the little guy paused and struggled to get his foot up to the bottom step (which was designed for toddlers), Mom swooped over and lifted him to the top of the steps. Then she waited at the bottom, reassuring him all the while. Fortunately, Mom was soon distracted by one of her other kids “needing help” and before she realized it, the boy was ascending the steps and sliding down like a pro. Good news for that little boy’s resilience development.

We know kids are going to go through some struggle in life and that is a good thing. We also know there won’t always be someone there to solve all their problems or verbally coddle them.

The abilities to 1) manage unfavorable events and to 2) continue with challenging tasks are top predictors of success in many areas (including academics and relationships). We must not rob kids of the gift of struggle – a crucial ingredient in the resiliency formula.

One of the easiest ways to begin developing resiliency with children is simply asking them how they are going to handle problems. Resisting our urge to quickly solve the problem for them or tell them what to do, we can make a soft, empathetic sound and ask, “Hmm, what do you think you’regoing to do?”

Just the act of thinking about solutions begins the powerful process of owning and solving problems. We want kids to believe solutions don’t have to come from an outside source, but can come from inside. Whether they come up with great solutions or not, just the act of wrestling with the problem will begin to strengthen their “resiliency muscles.”

We encourage you to run this simple experiment any time you see your child encounter a minor problem or struggle. See if you notice a difference in their willingness to solve problems and attack challenges. We would love to hear your results.