The Wildcat Report

The Newsletter of Marcellus Elementary - September 2019

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Dear Marcellus Families,

The school year is off to a great start! Thank you in advance for your help, support, and cooperation with each of us here at Marcellus Elementary. Our staff has enjoyed getting to know our students and we look forward to a great year of learning during this school year.

I want to assure all our parents that the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and families is a top priority. Over the summer, new security measures were put in place on all school doors. The front doors of the school will lock automatically at 8:15 every morning. To gain access to the building, you will need to press the buzz/doorbell on the right side of the door. The office staff will then "buzz" you into the building.

One goal we have at the elementary level is to help our students become more independent. If you traditionally walk your child to their classroom in the morning, I am requesting that you work on a plan to help your child become more independent and allow them to walk themselves to their classroom. It is my goal that all students are walking themselves to class by the beginning of October.

If you would like to volunteer at our school, please contact the office for a volunteer form. All volunteer must go through a screening process to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

If you would like to receive newsletter updates directly in your email, please follow this newsletter. Thank you for your support and I look forward to a great school year!

Mrs. Spaulding


Have you heard the great news?! Not only do we offer free breakfast to all elementary students, we now offer free lunch to all students. If your child brings a lunch and wants a milk, they must take a vegetable & fruit to get the milk for free. If they do not take a vegetable & fruit, there is a charge of $0.40.

Another concern parents typically have in the early part of the school year is whether their child is actually eating. It is typical at the beginning of the school year for our students to want to chat more and eat less. Trust me, no one is going to whither away from lack of nutrition. Once the students get adjusted to the school schedule, they will eat. If you child is a cold lunch student and they bring home a majority of their lunch, trust me, they will eat when they are ready.


Attendance has been tied to student achievement. We monitor student attendance on a weekly basis. The data will be shared on a regular basis.

Research shows that missing 10% of the school, or about 18 days of school, negatively affects a student's academic performance. That's just two days a month and that's known as chronic absence. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances of graduating.

Please help your student by helping them get to school on time and have regular attendance.

BOX TOP$ for Education

We participate in the BOX TOP$ for Education Program. BOX TOP$ is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online.

What does this mean to you:

  • Download the Box Top$ for education app
  • No more clipping Boxtops to send to school
  • Scan your store receipt within 14 days of making a purchase
  • School earnings are automatically update

For more information you can go to:

Calendar Updates

September 16th - Picture Day

September 16th - Preschool Classrooms Start

Coming in October:

Wild Cat Walk

Halloween Celebration

K-Wings Hockey field trip - 4th - 6th Grade