Messages from Memorial

Memorial Elementary School Newsletter - March 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

“To help our children gain responsibility we must offer them opportunities to be responsible, rather than order them to do what we think is responsible. “Rules” ― Jim Fay, from Parenting with Love and Logic

Save the Date (s):


March

6 School Bus Evacuation Drills

9 Saturday Night Live (gr. 4 & 5) at YMCA

13 PTO meets at 3:30 p.m.

15 Snow make-up day - school in session

18-29 IREAD3

17 Happy St. Patrick's Day

19 Spring Picture Day

20 Memorial PTO Family Night at 5 Guys

20 - 22 5th Graders go to Challenger Learning Center

25 - 29 Spring Break


April

1 eLearning Day -(make up day)

3 Orchestra Demonstrations for grade 4 at VHS at 10:30 a.m.

4 Band Demonstrations for grade 5 at VHS at 10:30 a.m.

10 PTO Meeting

11 Kindergarten Round-up at Memorial (click here for more information)

13 PTO's Masquerade Night - tickets on sale now

30 - May 4 TV Turn-off Week

Attention Third Grade Parents - IREAD3 Takes Place in March!

All third grade students in the state of Indiana will take IREAD3 during the testing window of March 18 -29. Since we are on spring break during the second week, Memorial students will be tested during the week of March 18. Please plan on making sure your third grader is set up for their best success. This includes getting good sleep, a healthy protein-filled breakfast, and being to school on time. Students generally do better when they test with their class, so please schedule all appointments outside of school hours. The Indiana Department of Education has just released the following:


IREAD-3 Short Video for Families and Educators

This three-minute video provides important information for families and educators regarding the purpose of and preparation for IREAD-3.


Please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Misecko if you have any questions.

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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.

Congratulations to the 2019 Math Bowl Team for a Job Well Done! 1st Place in Valparaiso and 11th in Indiana

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Congratulations to the Memorial Robotics Team - 1st Place finish at the Memorial Robotics Competition and Now Heading State

Memorial 5th Grade Social Media Interns implemented a Twitter Takeover to celebrate Digital Learning Day

Common Sense Media Resource

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help your child navigate safely through media and technology, please check out the Common Sense Media website. It is very parent and teacher friendly with an abundance of resources. The Common Sense mission, as stated on the website, is:


"Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today -- especially our children’s. Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn. Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant."

Kindergarten Round -Up

Kindergarten Round-Up will be April 11 at Memorial. If you are coming to register a new kindergarten student please come between 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. or from 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. For more information please go to the VCS webpage: Kindergarten Roundup.

Congrats to Miss Martinek - Recognized by the Kenneth Allen Law Group as a Teacher of Excellence in February

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March's Habit - Habit #7 - Sharpen the Saw

This month Memorial will focus on Stephen Covey's Habit #7 which is "To Sharpen the Saw." Stephen Covey states, "Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual." More information can be found on Stephen Covey's website.

PTO News

You can find the Memorial PTO News at: http://www.memorialelementarypto.com/


This year's PTO officers:

President - Debra Krieg Lewis

Vice President - Stephanie Edwards

Secretary - Leslee Davies

Treasurer - Trish VanTornhout


If you have questions about school safety, please attend the March PTO meeting. Mrs. Misecko will share safety information at that time.

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Looking for help with our Memorial auction project

Mrs. Millies’ 5th grade class is creating an auction project with lots of small toys. Some examples are: an odd Barbie shoe, plastic army men, Matchbox cars even with a missing wheel or 2, puzzle or game pieces, plastic insects, Lego odds and ends, small action figures, plastic coins, and Happy Meal toys.

It’s really just the stuff at the bottom of toy boxes and drawers that might be tossed in a spring cleaning. Your cleaning and sorting efforts would be ever so appreciated! Please send any donations in a plastic bag to Mrs. Millies class. Thank you for your time and small toy donations.

Here’s to clean toy boxes and toy inspired art!


NOTES & REMINDERS:


  • 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: lremijan@valpo.k12.in.us
  • 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 the school nurse, Mrs. Scott, 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 have not completed a Background Check this school year, please do so ASAP. This needs to be done for all visitors and volunteers that are coming to school during the school day.
  • 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!

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Student Council Sponsors Competition

The Memorial Student Council is sponsoring a competition between classes to see which class can collect the most Pop Tops (aluminum ones) by May 10. These will all be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The top three classes will be winning a prize from Student Council. You may send them in any time.Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Reminders from Mrs. Keenan and Mrs. Scott

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