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March 2021

As I type this letter, I cannot believe that we are already into the month of March. This school year seems to be flying by! I hope your children have had an enjoyable school year and that you have noticed their academic progress and growth. The staff at Mentone is privileged to work with your children, as we thank you for your continued support.

Randy Dahms, Principal Mentone Elementary

Kindergarten Readiness Classes

Mentone Elementary will be holding our kindergarten readiness registration on Thursday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the gym at Mentone Elementary. This is our Tippecanoe Valley sponsored preschool class. A thirty-minute presentation will be made by Mentone staff sharing specific details about the program, everything that is offered to participants, and the necessary behavioral attributes that children need to have to be successful in this program. Registration forms will be on hand for parents to fill out. Please call Mentone Elementary at (574) 598-2590 if you have any questions.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Please make sure you have filled out a parent teacher conference form for our upcoming spring parent teacher conferences. These conferences at Mentone will be held the week of March 8th. It is my hope that by having a number of potential days to meet with your child’s teacher during the course of a week, you have a time that is convenient for your schedule. Parents, if you have internet access we would prefer that these conferences are virtual. If your access is limited, we understand and will do a phone conference if necessary. As a reminder, school will not be in session on Friday, March 12th as that will be a teacher workday.

Kindergarten Round-up at Mentone Elementary

Parents, I am excited about Mentone Elementary’s upcoming Kindergarten Round-up on Tuesday, March 2nd and Thursday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m. We will have a terrific night planned for you this evening as our kindergarten team and office staff has a lot of important information to share with you about enrollment and the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Our school is proud of the many opportunities and school experiences that we are able to offer our students. We look forward to seeing you and your incoming child. Please note that we do ask that you wear a mask upon entering the building and any time you are up out of your seat.

Mentone Student Council

March 1-March 5 is Read Across America Week. Mentone School will be celebrating with a spirit week.

Monday-Pajama or Comfy Clothes Day

Tuesday-Green Day

Wednesday Day-Wacky Wednesday (wear clothes backwards, mismatched etc.)

Thursday-Hat Day

Friday-Crazy Socks Day


Student Council will be selling shirts that promote our Bulldog pledge. More information will be coming soon.

March 22-March 26 Riley Coin Wars

Student Council will be collecting money for Riley Children’s Hospital. This year there will be a grade level competition. Pennies and bills add to a grade level total and nickels, dimes, and quarters subtract. More information will be coming home.

“It’s Not About Us, It’s About You”-Mentone Student Council led a campaign for the whole school to recognize our local frontline workers. Students made cards, banners, and posters to place in hospitals, fire stations, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices. Individual cards were sent to the frontline workers featured in our showcase. Thank you to all frontline workers who have worked so hard during the pandemic.

Spring Book Fair

Over the next two weeks, a spring Mentone Elementary book fair will be taking place. Next week, students will have an opportunity to look at the different items & books that are being sold. The following week, students will have an opportunity to purchase these materials. Unfortunately, due to COIVD, we continue to have limited access. Parents, if you would like to go online and purchase materials for your children you can do that if you log on to the website below. All money earned from this book fair will go right back into the Mentone Elementary library. Thank you for your continued support!!


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Yearbooks are on sale now. Orders are due March 19, 2021. Order at www.inter-state.com/yearbook and use code 53762B.
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Future Events

Tuesday, March 2nd & Thursday, March 4th- Kindergarten Round-up at 6:30 p.m.

Week of March 8th- Parent Teacher Conferences throughout the week

Friday, March 12th- Teacher workday- Students are not in school on this date

Thursday, March 18th- Kindergarten Readiness Open House at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 19th- Yearbook orders are due

Wednesday, March 24th-Bulldog Shirt orders due

Monday, March 22nd-Friday, March 26th- Riley Coin Wars

Friday, April 2nd- Students are off school for Good Friday

Week of April 5th- Students are off school for Spring Break