Messages from Memorial

Memorial Elementary School Newsletter - February 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

"Synergy is better than my way or your way. It's our way." - Stephen Covey

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DISCOVERY FAIR 2019

Save the Date (s):


February

9 Robotics Competition at Memorial

4-18 Chili's Restaraunt Fundraiser

13 PTO Meeting at 3:30

20 Memorial Skate Night at Central Park Plaza ( 6-9 pm)

14 Valentine's Day Parties at School

15 eLearning Day

18 No School for Winter Break

21 Math Bowl - competition starts at 6 p.m.


March

9 State Robotics Competition in Indy

9 Saturday Night LIve at the YMCA 4 & 5

18 - 22 IREAD3

13 PTO Meeting at 3:30

14 End of Third Grading Period

25 - 29 Spring Break

Kindergarten Round - Up will be April 11 at Memorial. More information will be coming in the March Newsletter.

Report Cards

Please note that the second quarter report cards became available on the Skyward Parent Portal on Friday, January 11. We are over half way through the year and students should have mastered half of their grade level's standards. Please review them and discuss your child's progress with him/her. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions about the report card or your child's progress. To find the report card in Skyward, you should click on "Portfolio" and "Attachments." If you need help with your Skyward login, please contact the office.

February's Habit - Habit #6 - To Synergize

This month Memorial will focus on Stephen Covey's Habit #6 which is "To Synergize." Stephen Covey states, "To put it simply, synergy means "two heads are better than one." Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems." This infomation and more is from https://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits-habit6.php.
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Please Plan Ahead for 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.

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."

LOST AND FOUND ITEMS - please send your child to claim what may belong to him/her.

https://youtu.be/_rjbiMM4rG0

Any items unclaimed by February 15 will be donated to a charitable organization.

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Looking for Highlights of Memorial Students Making A Mark on the Community

Please help us highlight your child's out of school accomplishments. We are dedicating a bulletin board in the front lobby of the school to post pictures and news about Memorial students and staff. You are invited to send in your child's accomplishments to the school office to be posted. This may include a picture of an award, a news article, an upcoming special program or sports schedules. Please label your news with names and dates.
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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.

Recess

Please note that we value student recreation and play. We know that movement helps with focus and learning. Our goal is to have students go outside as much as possible. Indoor recess will be held if the temperature is under 0° (with the wind chill factor) or if it is too wet. Please send your child to school with snow boots and pants, hats and gloves. If you need help getting these items, please let the Memorial staff know. Additionally, we would gladly accept your school-age sized extra snow boots and pants to pass on to others.

Background Checks

Please note that a background check is required to be a visitor or volunteer in the school during the school day. If you do not have a background check on file, you will not be allowed past the office during the school day. The forms can be picked up in the school office, can be sent home with your child and found on the Memorial website. If you would like one sent home, please let your child's teacher know or call the office. We will be asking parents to sign up in advance for classroom parties so that we are able to verify the background checks in advance.


Additionally, each visit to the school will require a state issued I.D. card or Driver's License. It will be scanned and you will be given a visitor's badge for your visit.

Attendance Matters

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. Teachers plan many lessons and activities that just can't be made up or recreated as make-up work. Additionally, classwork is progressive and each day of learning builds on the day before. Absences from school cause gaps in that progression. More effort is needed to catch up than to keep up. Research shows that students who chronically miss school fall behind academically.


We recognize there are times when missing school cannot be avoided, such as in cases of illness or for a funeral. When this is the case, please contact the school as soon as possible the morning of the absence. Teachers will prepare make-up work and you may pick it up and work on it at home when your child starts feeling better. If you cannot pick up the make-up work, another possibility would be for the school to send work home with a student who lives close to you. Your child will benefit by having as much of the make-up work done as possible when he/she returns to school.


Some things that can be done to increase student attendance and limit time out of class are scheduling doctor appointments during off school days/hours and scheduling family vacations around school holidays. Additionally some students miss school because they are having anxiety about something at school. We would like to help you with that. Please call us so we can work together to help make your child feel more comfortable about coming to school.

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!

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

Reminders from Mrs. Keenan and Mrs. Scott

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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 on of the school nurses, Mrs. Keenan or 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.