Maltby Messenger

October 24th Edition

~A message from the Principal~

A Message From The Principal~

It has been amazing to see many of you at conferences this week. The fact that you made the time to come to your child’s school sends a powerful message about the importance you place on education and the things children learn while at Maltby. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to sit down and talk more in depth with you about your child. Thank-you for your commitment and support of your children. We love to partner with our community.

As we move into the cooler months, please encourage your children to dress for the weather. We do go outside and enjoy our recess time outside. Also, if you could put your name on your child’s coats, we can make sure they are returned if they are left outside. We have many coats that are not identified or claimed each quarter.

Please remember if you are waiting for a student in car pick up, you turn your car off. We are a no idle zone, which means our cars need to be off while waiting. The classrooms on that side of the school take in the exhaust through the HVAC system and it can be overpowering. We appreciate your help with this.

Is our information in the office up to date? Please let us know if you have changed phone numbers, emergency contact numbers or street addresses. We want to be able to contact you.

Fall Ball is tomorrow! Come and enjoy a family festive event! Next week we kick off the Boosterthon. This is an all school event to help raise money for classrooms. Students are invited to have family and friends pledge money on line. The goal is $10,000. Our assembly for this event will be October 28th , the hour prior to dismissal.


Bonnie McKerney


Idle Free Schools

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Maltby Elementary has instituted a vehicle idling policy at the school. All persons operating vehicles at the school should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • When waiting for students to be picked up, all engines should be shut off.
  • All drivers should turn off engines when they arrive at school and when they expect to be parked for more than 10 seconds.
  • If idling is necessary for temperature control, please restrict it to no more than 5 minutes.

We are implementing this policy to reduce the students' exposure to air toxins emitted in the exhaust of idling vehicles.

We encourage you to eliminate unnecessary idling not only at our school but anywhere you are waiting for more than 10 seconds. This simple change will improve the air our children breathe, as well as the air quality in our neighborhoods.

Thank you for your support...TURN YOUR KEY, BE IDLE FREE!!

PE Class Schedule

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences continue through tomorrow. Students will be dismissed at 12:55 PM. If the early dismissal time will cause your child's after school arrangements to change, please call the school prior to 11 AM or send a note with your student. All children will eat lunch during the school day, so please provide a sack lunch or lunch money for your students. Please call the office if you have any questions. Thank you!

Fall Ball

10/25 | 6-8 PM

Come one, Come all...Don't miss the Ball. Join us for a night of dancing, costumes, treats and fun. This is a family event held at Maltby Elementary in the gym. Pizza, drinks, snacks and candy will be available for purchase. Entrance fee is $2 at the door or bring your Mustang card if you prepaid for PTO events.

Fun Run Fundraiser


Parents and Families—this year’s main fundraiser is the Fun Run! It’s a two-week program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on October 28th. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps) at the Fun Run, which will happen on November 7th. This year our goal is to raise $10,000 for Classroom Improvements, and we need your help! We’ve asked the experts at Booster to power our fundraiser to make it easier, more profitable, and more fun.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, MINDSPARK: WILD WEST! Booster’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M. skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they're teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to save Dr. Shock, our students will learn five character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.

Donations will go toward Classroom Improvements and the entire two-week experience. So please help our school by getting pledges from family and friends and entering them on FUNRUN.COM. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on our students at the Fun Run. Thanks so much for your support!

Halloween Happenings


Halloween is right around the corner and while we do want our students to enjoy themselves, there are a few guidelines when sending them in costumes:

  • Avoid scary costumes, toy weapons or things that resemble a weapon.
  • Be sure costume allows child to see fully/move comfortably not only at school but on the bus as well; NO masks will be allowed.
  • Please don't send child in delicate or expensive costumes as they play hard and can possibly be ruined.
  • For younger students, please make sure they can button/unbutton the costume (without help) for bathroom visits.

Please check with your individual teachers and their newsletters for classroom events that may be occurring on October 31st. Many classrooms are having Halloween/Harvest parties, so if you are contributing food items to a celebration, remember food prepared by a commercial source (store-bought items) is preferred. Any candy should be individually wrapped. Thanks in advance for all your cooperation and support!!

Student Hearing Screening


All Maltby students EXCEPT 4th grade will be screened for hearing at school. We have scheduled the screening on November 4th & 18th. Please contact our school health room at (360)804-3532, if you have any questions. Thank you!!

PTO Meeting

11/5 | 7-8 PM

Please join us for our monthly PTO meeting in the school library. All are welcome to attend. We would love to hear your ideas and appreciate your involvement. Thank you!

Picture Retakes


Student pictures were handed out to teachers and will be sent home with students this week. If you decide re-takes are needed for your child, they will take place on Wednesday, November 6th. Students who were absent on picture day, enrolled after picture day, or if you just aren't happy with your child's original pictures can choose to re-take on this day. All students purchasing a picture package will need to have a new picture envelope with payment OR hand in their original picture package on re-take day. Additional picture envelopes are currently available in the office or you can order online using the information below. If you have any questions, please call the office at (360)804-3500.
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PTO Staff Appreciation Lunch SIGN-UPS


PTO Staff Appreciation Lunch is scheduled for November 6th. Please click on the link below for more information. PTO thanks you for your support.

Veteran's Day Assembly


CALLING all Veterans!! We would like to extend an invitation to all veteran's, past and present, of any military branch to join us for our Veteran's Day Assembly, which is scheduled for Friday, November 8th at 1:25 PM. Students are encouraged to dress in RED, WHITE and BLUE for this day of honoring our veterans. In addition, school will be closed on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veteran's Day.

FroYo Night

11/12 | 5-8 PM

Come have frozen yogurt with your family at YoForit in Monroe (19030 Lenton Pl SE, Monroe) and Maltby Elementary PTO will earn back a percentage of money from all sales.

Lost & Found

Our lost and found is overflowing. Please come by and take a look if you are missing any items. Also, it is very helpful if parents write their student's name on their coats and lunch boxes. Items found with names on them will be returned if found.

Pajama Drive

You can help children in need!! As bedtime approaches each night, many children in our county have no bed to call their own, let alone pajamas to change into, or books to escape into. Maltby Elementary School is partnering with Scholastic Book Clubs Pajama Program to give pajamas and books to children in our community who live in shelters, group homes, foster care, or other similar circumstances.

Here's what we need:

  • Brand-new pajamas in all sizes, from newborn to adult.
  • Pajamas must be complete sets - a top and bottom, or an appropriate nightgown.
  • Pajamas for all seasons, but especially for the winter months.
  • Pajamas can be sent to school with your child/dropped off in the school office.
  • Pajama drive ends in November

Here's what Scholastic Books will do:

For each pair of pajamas, Scholastic will deliver a book to a child in need. They have pledged to donate 100,000 books. Let's help them reach that goal!

Maltby Mentors of Great Students

In lieu of the WATCH DOG program, Maltby has oped to do a program called, "The Maltby Mentors of Great Students." We want you to sign up to be a Maltby Mentor here at Maltby Elementary. This will provide you the opportunity to get involved in your child's school and be a mentor to other children. All sign-ups are done through Sign-up Genius. If you are interested, click on the link below to sign up on the calendar.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Amazon Smiles

Do you shop at Amazon? Did you know that you can help our school by shopping through AmazonSmile?

We have an account that each time you purchase on the site, our school will earn 0.5% of funds back on your purchase!

Charity Name: Maltby Parent Teacher Organization

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.


Does your company partner with Benevity to give back? Did you know that you can choose our school to receive funds?

Search for MALTBY PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION , our unique ID # 911126130

Important Upcoming Dates!

10/21-25 ~ Conference Week (Early Dismissal @ 12:55 PM)

10/25 ~ Fall Ball (6-8 PM)

10/28 ~ PTO Fun Run Pep Rally

10/31 ~ Halloween

11/4 ~ Student Hearing Screening

11/5 ~ PTO Meeting @ 7 PM

11/6 ~ Picture RETAKES

11/7 ~ PTO Fun Run

11/8 ~ Veteran's Day Assembly

11/11 ~ Veteran's Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

11/12~ PTO Yoforit 5-8 PM

11/18 ~ Student Hearing Screening

11/27 ~ Early Dismissal @ 12:55 PM

11/28-29 ~ Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

Volunteer Application

We require all volunteers, including field trip chaperones, to submit a volunteer application packet and be approved in order to spend time on campus. Volunteer application packets must be submitted annually.


We are so excited to be using Smore for our school newsletter this year! Our newsletter will be delivered directly to your email inbox and can be translated to any language in three easy steps:

  1. When you receive the school newsletter in your email inbox, open the email and click on the title in the newsletter to open it in Smore.

  2. Once in Smore, scroll to the very bottom of the newsletter. Above the red word ‘Report’ you will see the word ‘Translate’. Click ‘Translate’.

  3. Next, select your preferred language in the drop-down menu and the newsletter will automatically translate to the language you chose.

About Us


Bonnie McKerney

Assistant Principal

Jennifer Murphy


Gail Gronwall

Office Manager

Junelle Lewis

Office Support

Jamie Porter

Health Room

HR Assistant

Becky Urstad


Joy Good


Family Engagement Liaison

Kathy Jackson

Fax ~ 360-804-3599

Health Room ~ 360-804-3532

Attendance Hotline ~ 360-804-3501

Bus Delay Information ~ 360-804-2951

Transportation Office ~ 360-804-2650

School Hours: 8:55 am-3:25 pm (Monday-Thursday)

8:55 am-2:25 pm (Fridays)

MSD Notice of Non-Discrimination

Monroe School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Joanne Dickinson and Title IX Coordinator, 360-804-2539,; and 504 Coordinator: David Paratore, 360-804-2609, Address: 200 E Fremont St., Monroe, WA 98272.