Morello Park Spring Newsletter

Mrs. Joslin, Principal

Education Rocks & Fifty Nifty United States

Congratulations to our third grade students for performing a well liked musical called, "Education Rocks!" Congratulations to our fifth graders for performing, "Fifty, Nifty United States." We had a full house of parents enjoying their children's talents and our students worked hard to prepare for these musicals. Thank you Mr. G for your dedication to our music program.

STEM Fair Thank You!

We wish to thank Matt and Wendy Diaz along with Sally Poston for the excellent coordination of the STEM Fair at Morello. We had close to forty student projects on display and our junior scientists shared their hard work with those who attended. We are grateful to all of the parents who volunteered to make this event so meaningful for our children. Additionally, we would like to thank the following organizations:

* Shell *UCSF Prosthesis *MESA from DVC *Girl Scouts *Chevron *Brickspace

*New Leaf Collaborative *Bot Bash *Central Sanitation *Community Service Workshop

*Bot Bash *PTA Parents *Morello's Student Green Team

Professional Development Day March 11, 2019

We had a productive day of professional development as leading learners. Primary grades had the opportunity to visit the Pleasanton School District and watch our new phonics program in action. Teachers in grades 2-5 learned about our new IO reporting system and had the opportunity to work together around Units of Study. (Language Arts program) The afternoon was full of collaboration around best practices and making teaching tools for classrooms that would support student learning.

Upcoming Events (Please Always Check Our Website Calendar For Changes/ Additions)


18: No School

20: Eaglet's Book Club

22: Pajama Day

25: Talent Show Packets Available/ MUSD Board Meeting

26: 2nd grade "Kids for the Bay" (Hartman and Machado)

27: Kenn Adams Adventure Theater Assembly/ Student Council Meeting

28: OPEN HOUSE (Picnic @ 5:00 with food trucks/ Open House: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

29: MINIMUM DAY (Dismissal 12:00 pm Grades 1-5/ School Office Closes at 12:15pm)

Fourth Grade Music Program 11:30 am

Spring Break Begins Through April 7th


8: School Resumes/ Harvest of the Month Week

9: District AAPAC Meeting 5:30 pm/ PTA Meeting 7pm

10: LCAP Community Meeting #3 6pm/ Student Council

11: First Grade Music Concourse/ Academy of Sciences

12: Disney Day/ Talent Show Permission Slips Due

15: Student Council Bake Sale All Week

18: 5th grade Panoramic Photo

19: Talent Show Auditions

22: MUSD Board Meeting

24: Administrative Assistants Professional Day

26: Coffee with the Principal

*** Our website has the most recent dates and times of events. Please check with your child's teacher for specific classroom events. ***

Open House is COMING SOON!

Join us for our annual, "Open House" on Thursday, March 28th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to see your child's classroom and have your child showcase his/ her successes. Please note there was a typo on the district calendar. Our time is NOT 6:30pm to 7:30 pm.

The correct times for this very special night will be as follows:

5:00pm - 6:00 pm: Morello Picnic with food trucks available or bring your own

6:00 pm-7:00 pm: Classrooms open for you to enjoy

SBAC Testing COMING in APRIL! "Keep Calm and Believe in Yourself! You've Got This!"

Morello Park will be administering the state SBAC test beginning April 22nd through May 10th. Students in grades 3-5 will be testing in Math and Language Arts. Fifth graders will test in Science in addition to Math and Language Arts. Classes are testing several days during the testing window and all tests will start promptly after the 8:15 am bell. We will not be interrupting classes after the bell so we encourage all children to be at school on-time. If your child is late, your child will have quiet activities to work on in the office until recess and will have to make-up the missed test. If your child is absent, we will have make-up testing with another teacher who will administer the test.

We do get very valuable feedback from this test that helps us create our school goals to meet the needs of our student population. We do recognize this is just one measure of your child's learning. We will do everything possible to reduce any testing anxiety and create a positive climate for completing the test.

We want all of our children to have a positive testing experience so we recommend that parents can help the following:

*Make sure your child has a good night's sleep

*Make sure your child has a healthy breakfast (avoid sugars)

*Make sure your child is dressed comfortably as they will be sitting for a longer period of time

*Keep the morning calm and try to arrive early to avoid any rushing

*Write your child little notes of encouragement and give them positive verbal affirmations

*Check in daily and allow a safe space for your child to talk about the tests. Encourage your child to breath and just do their best. If your child is feeling an unhealthy stress, please notify your child's teacher.

If you have concerns about your child, please reach out to your child's teacher before testing.

Also, your child's teacher has a testing schedule and will notify you in advance so you can schedule appointments around the schedule.

Lastly, our theme is, "Keep Calm and Believe in Yourself! You've Got this!" We encourage you to use this slogan at home too. Posters will go up all over campus when we return from Spring Break with this positive message.

Supplemental Information

The intent of our staff is to create balanced classes at Morello. We strive to place each child in a learning environment where he/ she can be successful. If you have supplemental information that you would like the staff to consider when creating class placements for next year, forms will be available in the office for you to complete. The guidelines are listed on the forms and in order to create balanced classes, they do include that we do not accept specific teacher requests. Please turn in your supplemental information on the form no later than April 19th.