Morello Park Elementary

January 2019

Happy New Year

Welcome Back to School! We hope everyone had a safe, happy and joyous break! This new year is a great time to talk with your children about making resolutions individually and as a family. It is wonderful to reflect on the past year including the happy and sad times. Consider talking about how you felt, how you handled situations and consider all of those experiences as you plan for the new year. A new year means a fresh start. Even more, you can create a vision board by cutting out pictures of things you want to do, things you want to see and personal goals for yourself.

We look forward to this next semester of teaching your child and watching your child grow. Together, we will make the learning journey one to remember in 2019!

Kookaburra's Christmas Down Under"

In December, our second grade students participated in a musical called, "Kookaburra's Christmas Down Under- A Joyous Holiday Fantasy" by Teresa Jennings and directed by our music teacher Mr. Gouveia. The musical highlighted customs from around the world during this holiday season. Students sang songs and the room was filled with smiles and cheers. Thank you staff for supporting this meaningful musical and families for coming. We especially thank our music teacher (Mr. G) for his time and dedication to our school.

Mrs. Lusk's Library Corner

At the beginning of the year I was invited to the Kiwanis Club of Martinez for their annual luncheon. During the luncheon the members graciously donated two hundred dollars to our school library. This donation has funded the purchase of five books nominated for the California Young Reader Medal. Over the school year thus far I have had the pleasure of reading the nominated books to the entire student body of Morello Park Elementary. Once all the books were read to each class the students voted individually for their favorite book. Last week I tallied the votes and the results are as follows;

Winner- If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School Don't!- Elise Parsley

2nd- The Bear and the Piano.-David Litchfield

3rd- I Don't Want to be a Frog!-Devorah Petty

4th- Samson in the Snow.-Philip C. Stead

5th- Mother Goose Bruce.-Ryan T. Higgins

P.S. If you are still looking for a Winter break surprise, I would love to recommend last year’s winner The Book With no Pictures-B. J. Novak. To date I have yet to put this book on the shelf due to the extremely long request list.

Finally A reminder to your student(s) the best place to keep your Library book is in your backpack unless you are reading it. This way you will know exactly where your book is after the two week winter break.

Sending wishes for a Peaceful and Happy New Year.

Mrs. Lusk

Come Join Our PTA

On behalf of our Morello family, we want to thank our PTA for all they contribute to make our school a great place for children. We will be having our first Parent Teacher Association meeting on Tuesday, January 15th @ 7:00 p.m. in our MU. We will be talking about our goals, upcoming events and ways to support our school. All are welcome!

Report Cards

Report Cards will be sent home on Friday, January 25th. Please check your child's backpack, sign the envelope and return. If you have any questions regarding your child's progress, please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher.

Perfect Attendance

Students will be receiving certificates in their classrooms in January for having perfect attendance. Perfect attendance means the student has NO absences, no independent studies, no more than three excused tardies and no more than three excused pick-ups during the semester. Thank you for making sure your child is at school each day.

California Society, Sons of the American Revolution

Morello has been recognized by, "The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)" for our exemplary display of patriotism as a school. We were commended for displaying our flag and received a nice certificate for our school.

Character Counts: Fairness

Last month, we honored 102 students for being shining examples of our focus trait, "Responsibility." This month, we are focused on the trait, "Fairness." What does it mean to be fair? It means:

1. Play by the rules

2. Take turns and share

3. Listen and be open-minded

4. Don't blame carelessly and assume positive intent

5. Don't take advantage of people's mistakes or weaknesses

We will be teaching lessons to demonstrate the trait and will be honoring children once a week to receive a special certificate and prize.

Morello Park Website

Stay Connected! Our calendar is updated frequently and displays numerous events and activities happening at our school. Our teachers put class trips and presentations on the Morello Park calendar for parents to see.

Safety Reminders

Let's work together to make Morello Park as safe as it can be. Here are some reminders to start off the new year:

1) Talk with your children about stranger danger.

2) Talk with your children about the drills we have at school to practice safety routines

3) Make sure your emergency contact list is up to date (Did any numbers change? New job?)

4) Make sure to follow the safety rules during drop-off and pick-up

5) Always use the crosswalk

6) If you have important paperwork regarding lack of custody, parent-guardianship, restraining orders or anything that would be essential for the school to know, please bring a copy to the office.

7) We encourage ALL parents to not let their children play at the park next door after school is out. There is NO supervision. If you are choosing to let your children play at the park, you are assuming the risk. Because it is an open park, any adults could be lingering and also other children could bother your children. Thank you for your careful consideration.

Pick Up and Drop Off

Getting dropped off or picked up by an adult: Students must stay in that designated area in front of the school until they are picked up unless they are walking home. Do not walk through the parking lot at drop off or pick up time. Stay in the designated crosswalks. Students must be picked up promptly at dismissal time. We do not have after school supervision. If students have not been picked up immediately after school is dismissed, students must come to the school office and our staff will call parents. Students must wait in the school office if not picked up promptly at dismissal time. ALL CARS MUST have the child’s name displayed in the front window. This makes the pick up go much faster!