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Commemorating Memorial Day with Kids

First established as Decoration Day after the Civil War, the holiday was set aside for families and friends to visit and decorate the graves of troops lost in the conflict. As time went on, the observance instead became known as "Memorial Day," until 1971, when Congress declared it an official holiday set to fall annually on the last Monday in May.


During a normal year, cities all around the U.S. would hold their own celebrations to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country. Teaching the meaning of Memorial Day to your children can be a challenge.


To many Americans, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and is a time to get out and barbeque and go camping, but to military families, the meaning runs much deeper than a casual barbeque. We want children to understand why Memorial Day is a holiday and what it means to our country's history and our military families.


The simplest thing you can do to explain and honor this holiday with your children is to spend time talking to them about what Memorial Day means to you. Take the day to talk and reflect on those who have protected our country and given their lives in military service.

PBS LEARNING MEDIA | Memorial Day | PBS KIDS

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Important Reminders

  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th - No Remote Learning, no food delivery


  • Tuesday, May 26th - Food pick up curbside at the high school from 11:30 to 12:30.


  • Pre-K and Kindergarten registration is happening now. Call Jill or Christine at the school for more information - 539-4456. Share this information with anyone you know that has a child entering school in the fall.


  • If you still have RIF - Reading Is Fundamental, Read-a-thon money that you need to turn in to the school, please contact Jill or Christine to arrange a time to drop it off -539-4456


  • Last day of Remote Learning - Friday, June 12th.


  • As always, if you need assistance with anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.