MEADOWLARK NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2018

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Happy Holidays!


Thank you so much for each families support of our many community outreach projects this past month. We were able to donate over 1200 non-perishable items to the Andover Food Bank. Additionally, due to your generosity, we had the opportunity to bless 18 Meadowlark families with gifts for 40 students as well as groceries for the families. It was so heartwarming to witness the fifth graders sorting, weighing, and stocking the food items at the food bank and to see pictures of fourth grade students shopping at Walmart for their fellow Meadowlark peers. Meadowlark is such a wonderful community!


  • Fourth Grade and First Grade were winners of our food drive and earned a Dunkin Donuts party!
  • Miss Hoopes and Mrs. Thompson's classes were our winners for the Holiday Giving Campaign and have earned a pizza party!
  • The entire school will have the opportunity to wear their pajamas and have hot cocoa at lunch on Friday, January 5th due to meeting our buildings goal for the holiday campaign.


While the month of December was full of many fun and festive activities, our students also finished the semester off strong academically. Our STAR benchmark assessments for second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students showed much improvement in both the area of reading and in the area of math. Reports cards for the second nine weeks will be coming home in early January.


I hope that 2018 brings your family many blessings. Thank you for your continued support of our Meadowlark children.


Mrs. Dana Matheny

JANUARY CALENDAR

January 1

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR
  • ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED

January 2

  • ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED

January 3

  • ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED

January 4

  • School Resumes for Second Semester
  • Archery for 4th & 5th Graders Begin in PE

January 5

  • Pajama & Hot Cocoa Day (during lunch)
  • 8:45 am - All Star Pep Rally

January 8

  • 3:45 pm - STUCO

January 9

  • 11:45 -12:15 pm - Pizza for Mrs. Thompson's Class (Giving Campaign Winner)
  • 8:35 am - Meadowlark Mart
  • 3:45 pm - Spanish Immersion Club Begins at Meadowlark
  • 6:30 pm - PTO Meeting

January 11

  • 8:35 am - Meadowlark Mart

January 12

  • Distribute 2nd Quarter Report Cards
  • 8:45 am - All Star Pep Rally

January 15

  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16

  • 8:35 am - Meadowlark Mart
  • 3:45 pm - Spanish Immersion Club

January 18

  • 8:35 am - Meadowlark Mart
  • 10:15 Resource Swim at YMCA
  • 1:45 pm - Spelling Bee

January 19

  • 8:45 am - All Star Pep Rally
  • 3:00 pm - Circle of Friends - Games

January 22

  • 10:00 am - 1st & 2nd Grade Music Program Rehearsal @ ACHS

January 23

  • 10:00 am - 1st & 2nd Grade Music Program Rehearsal & ACHS
  • 8:35 am - Meadowlark Mart
  • 3:45 pm - Spanish Immersion Club
  • 7:00 pm - 1st & 2nd Grade Music Program Performance @ ACHS

January 25

  • 8:35 am - Meadowlark Mart

January 29

  • KANSAS DAY
  • 11:30 am - January Birthday Lunch with Mrs. Matheny

January 30

  • 8:35 am - Meadowlark Mart
  • 3:45 pm - Spanish Immersion Club
  • 3:30 pm - District Site Council Meeting

January 31

  • Box Top Pick Up
  • 2:45 pm - All-Star Character Assembly - Caring/Kindness

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR STAFF!

JANUARY

1 - Allison Weide - 4th Grade Teacher

20 - Randi Smart - Paraprofessional

29 - Conolley August (2nd Grade Teacher)

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SPEND WINTER BREAK WITH THE THUNDER!

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ANDOVER HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

Helping with the Food Bank was a wonderful experience for the 5th graders of Meadowlark Elementary School.


First, we brought all the food from our school to the church across the street. Then, we checked the expiration date and for dents in can lids (dents on the side of the can were fine though). Next, we put the items by the right label. Then, we separated the items so that they would be with their own kind. For example, we separated the fruit into their own kind by putting the pineapple together, the oranges together and so on. Last, we took the different kinds of food and took it back to a room where they organize it by the different types of food. After all that work, we got a tour through the stockroom, the shopping room, and we got to learn more about the food bank.


It was adventurous!!!!!!


By: Bella K. and Bailey C.

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KINDERGARTEN MUSIC PROGRAM

The Meadowlark Kindergarten classes performed on Friday, December 8th in front of the entire school at the pep assembly. In addition to that, they performed for their families later that morning at 10:00 a.m. They went "Over the River and Through the Woods" and saw many friends along the way. They met Frosty, the Gingerbread Man, Suzy Snowflake and Rudolph to name a few. These students sang so well and looked very cute in their Santa hats and Reindeer shirts. A big thank you to the parent volunteers who helped get those painted. I am sure that was not an easy task but so worth it!


A special thank you to Principal Matheny, Mrs. Allison, Mrs. Finney, Mrs. Crusinberry, Mrs. Russo, Mrs. Harvey, Mrs. Huffman, Mr. Fred, Grandma Martha, Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Kear. We truly can't express how much we are thankful for all the teamwork that goes on to make these special events possible.

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ART NEWS

December was a creative month for our Allstars! Third grade went to City Arts and we explored different processes of art-making like weaving, printmaking, mosaics, and plaster casting! The students were excited to apply what they learned on the trip and try it again in the Art room!


Cardboard has become a hot commodity in the art room! We are learning how to build and refine our projects. This medium is great for our 3D thinkers! As students are working with the material, they are learning a variety of ways to assemble and bring their visions to life!


"Inspiration is everywhere and is often in unexpected places; you just have to keep your eyes open." -Unknown

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CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

Circle of Friends Buddies and Mentors gather to bring Christmas cheer to Meadowlark Elementary. The group went to each class in the building and sang Christmas carols to the teacher and students. The group even asked for special music requests from the classroom and got all the students to sing along.

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HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD

Holidays Around the World Open House was a huge success in fourth grade! The students worked really hard on projects that showed how countries around the world celebrated different holidays. The students baked goodies, made crafts, and brought in decorations that were special to their country. They researched facts about the holiday and created a presentation. They then shared their presentation with parents, teachers, and students. The students learned a lot throughout the project and really enjoyed sharing it with everyone!

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SANTA VISIT

Tuesday, December 19th, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students were very pleasantly surprised when the "Jolly 'ol Man" himself showed up to read them the story "The Night Before Christmas". Santa gave each student a candy cane and took time to pose with each kindergarten student for a picture.

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WALMART SHOPPING

On Tuesday, December 19th, fourth grade took the donations from the Giving Project and went shopping at WalMart to help some of our families here at Meadowlark. The kids were given a budget and shopping list to buy gifts and/or groceries and get as much as they can. The class had a wonderful time shopping and enjoyed the experience of helping others by making their holiday season a little brighter. A special thanks goes out to our 4th grade parents who helped with the shopping and were able to bring our gifts and groceries back to school.
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ALL-STAR CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAM

Tuesday, December 5 - Character Education Assembly - Responsibility

Wednesday, January 31 - Character Education Assembly - Caring/Kindness

Friday, March 2 - Character Education Assembly - Fairness

Friday, April 13 - Character Education Assembly - Citizenship

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These students were all recognized for showing the Character trait RESPONSIBILTY.

TURN YOUR GROCERY RECEIPTS INTO CASH FOR OUR SCHOOL!

Earn even more cash to help Meadowlark get what it needs through the Box Tops for Education Bonus App. Turn your everyday receipts into cash for our school. It's free and as easy as 1-2-3. Here's how it works:

New Features

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  • Edit the school you're supporting

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Try it for yourself! You can earn Bonus Box Tops in the Box Tops Bonus App in Combination with the on-pack Box Tops clip and any other coupon, discount, store program or promotion.


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Amber Kear

thekears@cox.net


Jessica Cicora

jlcicora@gmail.com

DILLON'S COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM

Dillon's makes fundraising easy---all you have to do is shop at Dillon's and swipe your Plus Shopper's Card! Go to Dillons.com and sign in or create an account to enroll. This enrollment does not have to be updated every year. Once signed in, select your Community Rewards under your Account Settings. Search for Meadowlark to earn extra $$$ for our school!


We currently have 66 households signed up! They shopped at Dillon's between 7.1.2017 and 9.30.2017. Meadowlark received a check for $716.43!

SHOPAROO

Every photo of a grocery receipt earns money for our school! Free to download, free to use. Nothing to buy or sell. Help us raise thousands of dollars a year!


  1. Download the Free Shoparoo App in the App Store & Play Store http://www.shoparoo.com/
  2. Select Meadowlark
  3. Take pictures of Receipts!
  4. Watch Meadowlark earn money!

PEACHJAR

Peachjar is simple and fun to use. Once signed up you'll start to receive emails with flyers in them!


You never have to log in! But you can to manage your account preferences. Login information is sent to you. You will regularly receive emails with the latest flyers. They can also be viewed on the Meadowlark website. Simply look for the Peachjar logo! If you aren't receiving emails, create an account.

2017-2018 DISTRICT CALENDAR

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Meadowlark Calendar

Keep up with daily events!

Miss Hoopes 5th Grade class won the most Box Tops collected for the month of October!

Congratulations!