Messages from Memorial

Memorial Elementary School Newsletter - January 2019

Happy New Year!

“The time is always right to do what is right” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Save the Date (s):


7 School Resumes today

11 2nd grading period report cards available on Skyward

11 Limo Ride and PIzza from Major Saver

16 Little Caesars Pizza Kits order form and payments due

16 PTO Meeting at 3:30 p.m.

17 Discovery Fair, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

21 MLK Day - No School

23 Science Bowl Competition

25 Little Caesars Pizza Kits Pickup at 3:30


9 Robotics Competition at MMEL

13 PTO Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

14 Valentine's Parties at School

15-18 No School for Winter Break

21 Math Bowl


15 School in Session Today - make up day for December's Snow Day

Discovery Fair

The Discovery Fair is being held Thursday, January 17. Students may bring in their projects starting at 7:45 a.m. in the Market Place. You are welcome to help them get set up before the 8:30 bell rings. There will be an open house in the evening for parents and guests, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Students should wear their Discovery Fair t-shirts on Thursday to school. The students will take home their projects the same day, after the open house.

We hope you can come see the creative and interesting projects!

January's Habit for Happy Kids and Highly Successful People is Habit #5 "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood."

Stephen Covey's Habit #5 is "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood." This habit is about listening before talking. It stresses the important skill of being a good active listener using ears, eyes, brains and hearts to really understand what is being said. You can find out more about Habit #5 on Stephen Covey's website.

Please Plan Ahead for ILEARN - New and Coming this spring!

The Indiana Department of Education has changed the state assessment for students in Grades 3 -5 from ISTEP+ to the new ILEARN assessment. This assessment will be given during just one test window, April 22 - May 17. Students will test on multiple days during this window. As you are scheduling spring appointments, it will benefit your child if the appointments are outside of school hours on these dates. Students do better on assessments when they test with their class.
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Calling All Parents to Portage High, January 8. Learn how to be proactive to keep your child safe.

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Winter Recess

Please note that we value student recreation and play. We know that movement helps with focus and learning. Our goal is to have students go outside as much as possible. Indoor recess will be held if the temperature is under 0° (with the wind chill factor) or if it is too wet. Please send your child to school with snow boots and pants, hats and gloves. If you need help getting these items, please let the Memorial staff know. Additionally, we would gladly accept your school-age sized extra snow boots and pants to pass on to others.

Attendance Matters

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. Teachers plan many lessons and activities that just can't be made up or recreated as make-up work. Additionally, classwork is progressive and each day of learning builds on the day before. Absences from school cause gaps in that progression. More effort is needed to catch up than to keep up. Research shows that students who chronically miss school fall behind academically.

We recognize there are times when missing school cannot be avoided, such as in cases of illness or for a funeral. When this is the case, please contact the school as soon as possible the morning of the absence. Teachers will prepare make-up work and you may pick it up and work on it at home when your child starts feeling better. If you cannot pick up the make-up work, another possibility would be for the school to send work home with a student who lives close to you. Your child will benefit by having as much of the make-up work done as possible when he/she returns to school.

Some things that can be done to increase student attendance and limit time out of class are scheduling doctor appointments during off school days/hours and scheduling family vacations around school holidays. Additionally some students miss school because they are having anxiety about something at school. We would like to help you with that. Please call us so we can work together to help make your child feel more comfortable about coming to school.

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Looking for Highlights of Memorial Students Making A Mark on the Community

Please help us highlight your child's out of school accomplishments. We are dedicating a bulletin board in the front lobby of the school to post pictures and news about Memorial students and staff. You are invited to send in your child's accomplishments to the school office to be posted. This may include a picture of an award, a news article, an upcoming special program or sports schedules. Please label your news with names and dates.

Background Checks

Please note that a background check is required to be a visitor or volunteer in the school during the school day. If you do not have a background check on file, you will not be allowed past the office during the school day. The forms can be picked up in the school office, can be sent home with your child and found on the Memorial website. If you would like one sent home, please let your child's teacher know or call the office. We will be asking parents to sign up in advance for classroom parties so that we are able to verify the background checks in advance.

Additionally, each visit to the school will require a state issued I.D. card or Driver's License. It will be scanned and you will be given a visitor's badge for your visit.


  • Because many of our buses are full, students will only be allowed to ride a bus that is not their own, in an emergency situation.
  • Please send a note, or email Mrs. Remijan, in the morning with all changes in transportation. When calls are made during the busy school day, there is a chance that the message may get delayed and/or not delivered. If you have an emergency during the day, which merits a change in transportation, the best way to send the message is to Mrs. Remijan's email:
  • If you are sending a note to the school about transportation, please include your child's last name.
  • Students may not carry medicine with them throughout the school day, this includes Inhalers. Please talk to on of the school nurses, Mrs. Scott or Mrs. Keenan, about your child's medical needs.
  • If your child is late to school (after the 8:45 bell) please walk them into the office and sign them in.
  • If you need a copy of the School Wellness Policy, please ask in the office. There is a list of acceptable birthday/classroom treats.
  • If you need a sign for your car for the Pick-Up Line, please call the office.

General Dismissal Procedures

For the safety of all students, please do not use either parking lot during dismissal time as a pick up spot for your child. If you need to get your child out quickly for an after school appointment, please arrive early and come into the school to sign them out. It is our goal to NOT have any moving cars in the lots during general student dismissal.

All students who are car riders should leave the building out the east door (Door C) and wait along the curb on Milton Street. The students should enter the car along the curb as directed by the staff.

Students who are walkers should proceed out the front door and follow the sidewalks along Park and Milton. If you are generally a walker, but plan to drive during the cold winter months, please send in a note and your child can become a car rider.

If you park on Park Avenue to pick up your child who is a walker, please be mindful of the cars that travel down Center Street and leave plenty of room for them to pass through.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping dismissal safe!

PTO News

You can find the Memorial PTO News at:

This year's PTO officers:

President - Debra Krieg Lewis

Vice President - Stephanie Edwards

Secretary - Leslee Davies

Treasurer - Trish VanTornhout

Nurse Notes

Dear Memorial Families,

We want to be sure we keep Memorial healthy!. Here are some helpful tips.

Please remember, in accordance with the VCS policy , children should be kept at home if they have the following:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or over
  • Eye infections with discharge
  • Cough associated with fever or continuous unrelieved cough
  • Cold symptoms associated with other signs of illness
  • Communicable diseases (chicken pox, scabies, impetigo, ringworm, head lice - until treated appropriately)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Undiagnosed skin eruptions or rashes

*We ask students to be on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours or fever free 24 hours without an analgesic (Tylenol, Motrin) before returning to school.

For more information, please contact our School Nurse

Copyright 1999 Dr. William P. Sawyer