Monroe Elementary Newsletter

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Trait of the Quarter - Only Kind

From the Principal:

Do you ever wonder what we do inside the walls of Monroe each day? Ever wonder what is going on in the classrooms? Well, let me share a little about what goes on each day. When you open the door to a classroom, you will see students learning how to be good learners-not just compliant students but learners. Kids are learning how to think at a high level, how to work together, how to solve problems independently, how to persevere when they are deep in the learning pit. They are learning to write with clarity and purpose and not only solve math equations but explain their thinking when solving the equation.

Kids are learning that working together on something takes effective communication and negotiation. They are realizing that sometimes the people on their team don't follow through or have the different ideas. They are figuring out that the one teacher in the classroom can't answer all of the questions everyone has all day long, so they are relying on the tools and strategies their teacher gave them to move forward. Our learners are working on discussion strategies, where ideas are listened to and questioned, while maintaining respect for everyone in the discussion. They are learning that they don't always have to be right, but can learn from mistakes as well. This learning takes time, hard work and commitment by your teachers and your children. If you find your kids exhausted or a bit cranky after school, please know that we are pushing your learner(s), but they are thriving with the challenge.

Our hope is that each night you take the time to talk with your kids about their learning. Focus on what was challenging in their learning. Use your child's weekly newsletter to dig deeper with specific content questions. This little step will help your child begin to recognize how important it is to struggle and persevere in their learning.

Happy Holidays!

Monroe Staff

From the Front Office:

Lost and Found will be donated during the holidays.

December 21 and 22 -- Early Release at 1:15 both days for K-6

Office will be closed at 2:00 on December 22 and open on January 9, 2023

Citizens of the Month - December

Let's congratulate our Citizens of the Month for the month of December. These students were all exhibiting the character trait of the month of Kindness.

Blake D.

Hank W.

Della B.

Julie J.

Jessica C.

Kash D.

Isabella B.

Leo W.

Mia L.

Sebastion F.

Monroe L.

Quinn P.

Good Citizen at Recess

Miss Roxanne, Mrs. Iverson and Miss A. didn't want to miss out on congratulating good students. We have picked a student for the month of November who always exemplifies how to behave at recess. Hyrum Swenson enjoyed himself a Krispy Kreme donut for always knowing how to behave at recess. Congratulations, Hyrum!

Open Enrollment

If your child is currently attending Monroe on an Open Enrollment now is the time to submit their Open Enrollment Continuation Application for the 2003-24 school year.

Please download the continuation form, fill out and return to me.

Have you ever heard of TREERING? From November 29th to December 31st, Treering will match up to 5 yearbook donations at your school. Gift these books to school staff or community members in need. Want more info on book donatons? Click the button below.

More about yearbook donations

*Treering will match your school donations up to and not exceeding 5 yearbooks. Books cannot be redeemed for cash or fundraiser. Books can be redeemed the following school year. Promotion ends at 11:59 pm PST on 12/31/22. Matched yearbooks will automatically be added to your account by 1/30/23.

From the Counselor:

Dear Parents,

I hope you’re enjoying this festive season and frigid weather! There’s a wonderful opportunity after winter break for a Love & Logic Parenting Class, taught by two of our district's wonderful social workers. Love & Logic is one of my favorite resources and the classes always teach me something new! Please visit the Parent Ed website to sign up and for more information.

As always, if you need support, just ask. There are holiday resources available using (for example, type in “holiday gift programs,” “gas vouchers,” “meals,” and so on).

From Ms. Shaw:

Elks National Hoop Shoot

Graham Spiegel and Gavin Hartman won the local Hoop Shoot Out. They will move on to the City competition. Good luck boys!

100 Mile Walkers

Paige walked 100 Johnson and Sierra Page have walked 100 miles this year!!! Along with many tokens they received along the way, they each received a "I walked 100 miles" T-shirt!

Good job girls! Let's see if we can get a few more members in the 100 mile club!

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From the Library:

Overdue Books

Keep your eye out for these purple reminder bands. If your child has an overdue book they will receive one to wear home. It will have the title of the book and when it was due. Please send books back as quickly as possible so others can enjoy them.

Idaho Battle of the Books

Our competitors should be well into their books by now. Please check with your child to see how they are doing.

There will be a meeting on December 13th at lunch in the library. Please remind your Bobcat to attend.

We will pass out information for ordering team t-shirts, and other IBOB information at the meeting.

Please email Ms. Camille/Mrs. Williams at with questions.

From the Health Office:

Stay safe and healthy over the HOLIDAYS!

From the Community:

Meridian Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate the season with holiday classics old and new with Conductor James Ogle. They will perform at Timberline High School on Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 PM. For more information, see

East Boise Youth Baseball and Softball

Attached please find a flyer for East Boise Youth Baseball and Softball.

Winter Events -- Mark Your Calendars!

December 13: PTO Meeting, 6:00 PM

December 16: Popcorn Sales

December 20: Formal Holiday Lunch for Students Only

December 21: 9:00-9:45 K, 1, 1/2 and 2 Music Concert

and 10:00-10:45--Grades 3, 3/4 and 4 Music Concert

December 21: Early Release (1:15 PM) K-6

December 22: Early Release (1:15 PM) K-6, End of Semester

December 23-January 6: No School, Winter Break

January 9: School Resumes

January 10: PTO Meeting, 6:00 PM

January 13: Popcorn Sales

January 16: No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day