The Medford Elementary Newsletter

Summer Edition 2021-22

At Medford Elementary we believe that:

Every Student Counts and Every Moment Matters

#Safe

#Respectful

#Responsible

Who are the Medford Elementary Teachers This Year?

Preschool: Angie Bierlen

Kindergarten: Brittany Miller, Nicole Padgett, Danielle Jensen

First Grade: Cierra Meixner (new teacher), Meghan Laughlin, Mikayla Hoff

Second Grade: Sara Markham, Chrysandra Simek (new teacher), Malia Norton

Third Grade: Jennifer Lohrmann, Sara Milewski, Brandi Trapp

Fourth Grade: Ellen Hansen, Becky Peterson, Cindy Schmidt

Fifth Grade: Christine Bangs, Amy Hanzlicek, Jill Walker

Sixth Grade: Jennifer Lebrun, Melanie Feldhake, Anna Drake

Intervention: Kristi Hiatt, Jennifer Werk

English Learners: Bonnie Ramirez

Speech: Jordyn Shanks

Special Education: Bridget Aldrich, Keshia Reuvers, Mary Unsworth

Phy Ed: Chris Haakonson, Madison Field

Art: Pamela Schmidt

Music: Brian Gustafson & Ben Beaupre

Technology: Jenny Kellen

Social Worker: Peggy Wetmore

Just a reminder to sign up for your 2021-22 School Readiness Time!

School Readiness Days take place on Aug. 30-31 for Grades 1-6 and Aug. 30-Sep. 2 for Kindergarten. Be sure to sign your child(ren) up if you haven't done so already. The link below will bring you directly to the sign up page. Call the office with any questions. (214.6310)


At this time, masks will not be required while inside the school building. All COVID safety protocols will be followed as determined by the MInnesota Department of Health. More information to follow as the school year gets closer.



Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUps on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/RvkdMhW

2) Review the SignUps listed and choose the one(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.


Dear Parents/Guardians,


Greetings from Medford Elementary! Hopefully your summer has been enjoyable and relaxing. Medford Elementary will be having School Readiness Days for the 2021-22 school year. The directions on how to access the site are below. Once you have entered the site, please choose your child's assigned teacher to sign up for an assessment time.


School Readiness Days will take place on Aug. 30-31 for Grades 1-6 and Aug. 30-Sep. 2 for Kindergarten. Be sure to sign your child(ren) up. The link below will bring you directly to the sign up page. Call the office with any questions. (507.214.6310)


At this time, masks will not be required while inside the school building. All COVID safety protocols will be followed as determined by the MInnesota Department of Health. More information to follow as the school year gets closer.


Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUps on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/RvkdMhW

2) Review the SignUps listed and choose the one(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.


Estimados padres / tutores:


Los días de preparación escolar se llevan a cabo del 30 al 31 de Agosto para los grados 1 al 6 y del 30 de Agosto a Septiembre 2 para jardín de infantes. Asegúrese de inscribir a sus hijos si aún no lo ha hecho. El enlace a continuación lo llevará directamente a la página de registro. Llame a la oficina si tiene alguna pregunta. (214,6310)


En este momento, no se requerirán máscaras dentro del edificio de la escuela. Se seguirán todos los protocolos de seguridad de COVID según lo determine el Departamento de Salud de Minnesota. Más información a seguir a medida que se acerca el año escolar.


Así es como funciona en 3 sencillos pasos:

1) Haga clic en este enlace para ver nuestros SignUps en SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/RvkdMhW

2) Revise los SignUps enumerados y elija el que más le guste.

3) ¡Regístrate! Es fácil: NO necesitará registrar una cuenta o mantener una contraseña en SignUp.com.

WHAT DATES DO FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW IN PREPARATION FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR?

August 25: Open House from 5:00-7:00 (Families with last names starting with A-L should come from 5:00-6:00, and families with last names starting with M-Z should come from 6:00-7:00)


August 30: First Day of Classes for Grades 7-12


August 30 & 31: School Readiness Days (Grades 1-6)


Aug. 30-Sept. 2: School Readiness Days (Kindergarten)


September 1: First Day of Classes for Grades 1-6


September 3: First Day of Classes for Kindergarten

When will back to school photos be taken?

Monday - August 30 (7:30-3:00)

Tuesday - August 31 (7:30-3:00)

Friday - September 10 (8:00-12:00)

Monday (Retakes) - September 27 (10:00-2:00)

What will morning arrival look like?

The school start (8:12) and end time (3:01) will remain the same for the 2021-22 school year. (We will continue to ask that families do their best to have their child arrive as close to 8:00 as possible in the mornings). We will also continue to have morning "zones" outside for the students to be in, as all students will remain outside in the morning until they are allowed to enter the building. (unless they are eating breakfast)


With this continued practice, we are asking families to do their best to have their child arrive as close to 8:00 as students WILL NOT be allowed to enter the building until after 8:00 unless eating breakfast. Breakfast will begin around 7:35. Students who will be eating breakfast, will have a designated spot to line up outside of the elementary building and a staff member will escort them in at approximately 7:35.


*Students will line up by class in front of their designated spot each morning which will be labeled with the appropriate signage.


*If the weather does not allow us to be outside, the students will enter the building and go to the commons. (lunchroom)


Thank you for your understanding.

What are the after school pick-up expectations for this school year?

We will continue to ask that all Pre-K through 6 parents/guardians wait outside of the building when picking up your child(ren). We will continue with implementing this practice for the safety of our students first and foremost. This will also allow our hallways to become less congested as well as keeping the noise level down which will benefit the learning of our students.

What to do if your child is absent/running late to school?

Students are expected to be in their classrooms at 8:12 a.m.

-Parents are required to come in and sign their child in if arriving late to school-

Please call the Elementary Attendance Line at 507-214-6378/ High School Attendance Line at 507-214-6353 if your child will be absent or tardy to school. Phone line is available 24 hours. Leave a message including the following information:

  • Caller’s name

  • Student’s name

  • Student’s teacher

  • A reason for your child’s absence or tardy

Parking Lot Reminders

We ask that when dropping your child(ren) off in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon that use the lanes for their intended purpose. If you are simply wanting to drop your child off in the morning and not walk up to the school with them, please use the outside lane (the one without the arrows) If you are wanting to drop your child(ren) off and exit your vehicle and walk them up to the school, we ask that you park in the parking lot. The lane with arrows (black line in the pictures) is meant for drive through traffic only.


Thank you in advance for following these procedures and keeping our students safe.

Important Dates on the Horizon:

Sept. 6: Labor Day (No School)

Oct. 14: K-12 Conferences (4:00pm - 7:30pm)

Oct. 19: K-12 Conferences (4:00pm - 7:30pm)

Oct. 21-22: Education MN Convention (No School)

Nov. 4: End of Quarter #1

Nov. 5: 1/2 Staff Development Day 1/2 Workday (No School for Students)

Nov. 25-26: Thanksgiving (No School)