Here's What's Happening at Milan Elementary School

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September Students of the Month Are Good Listeners!

Established in 1996 as a collaboration between our school and the Milan American Legion Post, the Student of the Month Program has been a big success at Milan Elementary.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with this program, it gives recognition to students who put forth outstanding effort in targeted areas and encourages others to follow their good example. Students receive a certificate prepared for them by Legion Auxiliary Member Thelma Reese and presented to them by Post Commander Greg Taylor. They also have a group photo taken which appears in the local newspaper. Each month there is a different theme.

September’s theme was “Good Listener” and the following students were chosen as those who always listen attentively and politely and so are able to follow directions as given and act appropriately:

Kindergarten: Sophie Andrew, Makenna Hartman, Ryder Iles, Lily Arthur, Laynie Thompson. First Grade: Mason Baylor, Jaxson McKeown, Drayden Pindell, Robinson Lloyd. Second Grade: Madison Finn, Allison Stamper, Gavin Trenkamp, Craig Hatfield. Third Grade: Kayleigh Bearden, Miley Ellis, Kolbie Combs. Fourth Grade: Ben Knowlton, Lucian Cooper, Brianna Hatfield, Marissa Farrell.

Congratulations to these students and their families! Watch for their picture to appear soon in the Ripley County newspaper.


National Character Counts Week/Red Ribbon Week Observance - Wear Red Friday, Oct. 27

School Nurse, Tammy Jutzi and School Counselor, Brenda Schwering invite your family to participate in promoting National Character Counts Week and Red Ribbon Week by combining a CELEBRATION of wearing RED on Friday, October 27th. CARE enough to stay DRUG FREE!-- Your Future is Key so Stay Drug Free!


MES Students Will Attend "Virtual" School on Wednesday, November 1

Parents, please circle next Wednesday, November 1st, on your calendars. November 1 will be a corporation-wide eLearning day involving all Milan Schools. On eLearning days, students will be expected to attend “virtual” school. Students will not physically be in the building but expectations for completing the assigned work and submitting it on time are the same as if they were actually here at MES. The buildings will not be open to students that day, the buses will not run and no meals will be served.

Your child will complete and submit schoolwork to their teacher by using the electronic device, iPad or Chromebook, issued to them by the school. (Watch for more detailed information from your child's teacher about completing and submitting schoolwork that day.)

Teachers will be involved in staff training and professional development activities during most of the day. However, Teacher "Office Hours" have been set aside during which they will be available by email and/or school phone at 812-654-2922 for questions regarding assignments. Office hours for elementary teachers are 8-9:00 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., and 2:30-3:15 p.m.


Grade 4 Presents Our Veterans Day Music Programs - Friday, Nov. 10

Milan Elementary School is proud to honor veterans from all branches of the armed services at a very special music program on the morning of Friday, November 10. There will be two performances, 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Although veterans and auxiliary organization members are all welcome to attend either or both performances, the Milan American Legion will be actively participating in the 8:30 a.m. show. All attending veterans will be recognized during both programs that will feature patriotic songs and music performed by our fourth grade students.

Fourth Grade parents please note that this will be your child's public music performance for the year. You are also invited to attend either performance.


Important Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

If you must bring your child to school in the morning or pick him/her up after school, you are required to use only the side street leading to the drop-off/pick-up area near the pool area entrance. DO NOT USE THE PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL before 8:00 A.M. or from 2:30-3:00 P.M. This area is for bus drop off and pick up only during that time. Additional car traffic creates a serious danger for everyone. You may use the front parking lot between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. only.

To access the morning drop-off area, turn onto Lakeview Drive at the bottom of the hill and follow it to the side parking lot near the pool entrance. Students are to be dropped off in this area only. The side entrance door is open from 7:30-8:00 a.m. each morning for students being dropped off.

For afternoon pick-up you will also turn onto Lakeview Drive. At this time of the day, it is one-way only, with both lanes going up the hill. At the top of the hill turn left toward the railroad tracks, then make a right turn and go along the north end of the parking lot to the portable buildings and then turn right again to enter the parking lot and the student pick-up area. (This is opposite to what you do in the morning.)

Once their ride is stopped in the pick-up area, students will be released to enter the vehicle. When the student is safely seated and buckled into the vehicle, the driver should exit the parking lot by traveling in front of the Superintendent’s Office between the two rows of staff vehicles (see map below). Exiting car rider traffic will be stopped briefly when the buses are ready to leave the elementary lot.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation. Your child’s safety is our number one concern!

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Interested in Volunteering?

Mrs. Brenda Schwering, School Counselor is looking for TLC (Tender Loving Care) Mentors who are interested in volunteering on a weekly basis to help students with reading and math skills during the school day. Please reach out to her with questions or for signing up through her e-mail at or by calling the school at 812-654-2922.

You do not have to have a child or grandchild in our school to volunteer to give support to a child. Past volunteers have included retired senior citizens, members of the local clergy, and former teachers. The only qualification is the desire to help a child grow and learn.


SAVE the DATE ~~ November 15th Family Night at the Reservation

Moving MES Forward Foundation is hosting once again this very popular fun filled evening for our MES School family! Come support your school and enjoy a delicious dinner, fun activities, and visiting with your teachers and staff members as they help waitress and clear tables.

A big THANKS to Greg and Jeff Holt for donating 10% of the day’s proceeds to Milan Elementary! You won’t want to miss it!


Quarter 1 Honor Roll Students

Abigail Carpenter, Payton Collins*, Danica Gill, Hunter Haugh, Kiera Havlin, Liam Johnson*, Madelyn Kohrman*, Brycin Osborne, Tom Poole*, Brianna Sams, Alaina Bennett, Logan Bruns, Kloee Callahan, Luciana Cipriani, Miley Ellis, Kaitlynn Hicks, Grant Langferman*, Alana Lows-Feller, J.J. Mutz*, Josie Prifogle*, Zane Richardson, Grayla Sinclair, Austin Smith, Brionna Thomas, Nicholas Voss, Brooklyn Bledsoe, Baylee Boggs, Kolbie Combs, Hunter Dickman, Madison Disney, Ryleigh Goodlett, Jayden Graham*, Jesse Hampton, Molly Knecht*, Alexis Marshall, Carly Martin, Stevi Peak*, Kynadee Bode, Ruby Brown, Mallory Eaglin, Wyatt Marsh, Avah Rapier, Hunter Stevens, Matthew Baylor, Levi Brown, Nevaeh Carpenter, Gabriel Caseltine*, Cameron Goslin*, Wyatt Phelps, Kayla Roell, Gina Annis, Grace Bedel, Ryan Betz, Ethan Clark, Caleb Dixon*, Carson Haffey, Logan Messerschmidt, Micah Norman*, Hailey Pippin, Tryniti Reed, Violet Thome, Emma Voss*, Brady Alcorn*, Hailey Bushorn, Noah Leedy, Braesyn Livingston, Elly Potts, Opal Shook, Riley Sullivan. (*Denotes all A’s)


Ambassadors Chosen To Welcome New Students

Each year the classroom teacher chooses a boy and a girl to assume the role of student “ambassador” and serve as the official “meeters and greeters” for the class. Their job is to welcome visitors and escort them to and from the classroom or show them around our school. They also welcome new students to the classroom and help them get acquainted with our school and introduce them to their new classmates.

This year's Ambassadors include: Mason Baylor, Makiah Stamper, Emma Burdette, Lane Smith, Kaydience Stahle, Drayden Pindell, Liberty Ratledge, Colt Morling, Mattie White, Conner Chirstenberry, Cassidy Derico, Carson Ellis, Kiara Meyers, Craig Hatfield, Abigail Carpenter, Brycin Osborne, Aubrey Young, Nicholas Voss, Baylee Boggs, Aiden Arhtur, Kaylee York, Landon Ratliff, Allison Williams, Ben Knowlton, Hailey Pippin, Brayden Parsons, and Grace Deffinger.

We thank them for representing our school!


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Important Dates:


1 - Corporation eLearning Day - students work from home; open swim, 5-7:00

3 - School Picture Retake Day

6 - MES Annual Food Drive begins

8 - 2:25 dismissal; open swim, 5-7:00

10 - Veterans Day Programs: 8:30 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.

11 - Girls on the Run 5K Race

13 - Book Fair, 4-7:30 p.m.

14 - Book Fair, 8-11:00 a.m. (students only)

14 - Flu Shot Clinic

15 - 2:25 dismissal, no open swim; Family Night at the Reservation Restaurant

16 - Mid-Term Reports issued

22 - Thanksgiving Break begins; no open swim

27 - School resumes

29 - 2:25 dismissal; open swim, 5-7:00

30 - Children's Theater Performance compliments of MES PTO