Welcome to McAuliffe Elementary

November 2021

About Us

Attendance Line: 651-480-7391
Health Office (Nurse): 651-480-7395
Kids' Campus: 651-480-7423
Hastings Bus Company: 651-437-1888

Thank you for attending fall conferences. We appreciate getting to know our parents and your help in collaborating a learning plan to help our students be successful.

DATES TO REMEMBER

NOVEMBER

7 - Daylight Savings (fall back)

16 - PTC Meeting @6pm

Zoom Link, Meeting ID: 814 8529 4085, Passcode: 991582

25, 26 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

29 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development


DECEMBER

1 - 10 - 10 Days of Giving Food Drive

23 - Jan 2 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

RAIDER UPDATE

Click here to view the most recent Raider Update!

PEACHJAR FLYERS

No more paper flyers!! Click here for the most recent flyers about events in our community.

MCAULIFFE PRIDE TICKETS

Last week, teachers and staff started implementing our McAuliffe PRIDE tickets. Our goals for using the tickets are to provide concrete symbols of the skills in use, show students & staff that “people do positive things”, and help all people respond in positive ways to meet our school-wide expectations.


We will be on the “lookout” for people using these previously taught skills in action. The power of the tickets increases when we recognize both the skill and the child’s use of it. It takes effort to learn and apply newly acquired skills. We look to apply these skills with intentionality in our school setting. Some of our past lessons focused on Personal responsibility, Respect, Integrity, Demonstrating safety, and Empathy.


We look forward to acknowledging and reinforcing the positive interactions students have! If your child receives a ticket, please ask them “why” they received it. Our hope is that if they can name why, they will then replicate the skill use again.

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Each week, students who receive a PRIDE ticket will go into a drawing. One student from each grade level will be drawn to choose a prize for showing their McAuliffe PRIDE. Pictured here are the drawing winners from October 29th.

DID YOUR STUDENT MISS BOTH PICTURE DAYS?

Cahill Photo Studios had a few parents contact them directly because their students missed both picture days. Partnering with Dan Rother gives us the opportunity to provide parents an option for those students who missed both picture days. Parents can contact Dan directly to set up an appointment to go to his studio in Hastings to get their picture taken and we will process their image and order here at our office.


Dan Rother Photography

651-437-8828

10 DAYS OF GIVING FOOD DRIVE

December 1st through December 10th

More info to come soon!

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

As the weather begins to cool, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for playing outside. Students spend twenty minutes outside for noon recess.


When the temperatures start to dip into the 40’s and 50’s, we do require students to wear a light jacket or sweatshirt outside. When winter arrives, winter clothing will be required.

DON'T WAIT UNTIL WINTER...PREPARE FOR A "SNOW DAY”

It is important that you have accurate phone numbers on file for your student with the school district. Although we are using a calling system to contact families in case of inclement weather, the district will still continue to post school delays or closings in the following ways:


Official school closing announcements will be made on Hastings KDWA Radio 1460, WCCO-Channel 4, KSTP-Channel 5, KMSP-Channel 9 and KARE-Channel 11 television and Hastings Public School Website.


Click HERE for instructions on how to update contact information in Infinite Campus Parent Portal

ATTENDANCE

Throughout the year, there may be times that your child may be sick, need to go to medical appointments, etc. If your child is absent, please call the attendance line by 8:50 am at 651-480-7391.


Being on time to school is very important. If you are late to school, please check your student in at the main office.

MESSAGE FROM THE NURSE

Please continue to monitor your child every morning for symptoms of COVID-19 that could indicate that they are not well. If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms or they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please keep them home and call the attendance line. Symptoms of COVID-19*


● Fever or chills (T = 100.4 or higher)

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Fatigue

● Muscle or body aches

● Headache

● New loss of taste or smell

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea


*This list does not include all possible symptoms (see Symptoms of Coronavirus for more information).

We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to update and share information with us. As our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 evolves, this guidance may change.


During the school day if your child develops illness symptoms we, the school, will notify you and help you and your family take needed actions. Students who develop illness symptoms during the school day will be sent home.

SCHOOL LUNCH UPDATES

FREE Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all students for the 2021-22 school year.


**NOTE** Students will be charged for second meals, a la carte items, and milk if they bring their own meal.


More information about lunch accounts can be found here

MY PAYMENTS PLUS

Online Lunch Payments

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Just a reminder that if your child is having a birthday party and would like to invite their friends from school, we are not able to give out names, phone numbers or addresses of the students. While we know it is exciting for children to have a birthday party and invite their school friends, we ask that you do not send invitations to school as it can cause hurt feelings for those students who did not get invited to the party.


TREATS AT SCHOOL

The district has adopted a wellness policy. We are still celebrating student birthdays; we are just not doing so with birthday treats. We ask that students not bring any treats in honor of their birthday.

BRING YOUR ID

We have updated our student sign in/out system and will need to re-scan all driver's licenses when students are picked up early.


Please bring your driver's license with you when you are checking out your student.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR DAYCARE

If during the school year your address or daycare changes and this requires a change in transportation, please contact the school, not the bus company. If you give us the information we will work with the bus company to make the changes. The only changes that can be made are those that are permanent or for an extended length of time. It is very difficult for the bus company to make brief or sudden changes in the routes. If you need to update your address, please complete this form to turn into the office. Thank you for your help in this matter.

KIDS CAMPUS EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

If the Hastings Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather conditions, the Kids Campus Program will also be closed. If school is delayed two hours in opening, Kids Campus will be open at the regular time (6:30 am).


If school closes two hours early, then Kids Campus sites will close two hours early

(4:00 pm). Parents will be called and notified by Kids Campus staff to pick up their child.


Please pick up your child by 4:00 pm or authorize someone else to pick up your child by that time. Please listen to the radio and TV for school closing announcements.

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Community Education Recreational Opportunities

TO REGISTER: Call 651-480-7670 or register online at www.HastingsCommunityEd.com