Moreau Heights Principal Newsletter

October 2018

Message from the Principal

Charger Families,

We have 6 weeks of the school year under our belts. There have been numerous celebrations and challenges across our school, signs that we are growing and learning.

One area we have noticed of particular need among our students this year is USING KIND WORDS AND ACTIONS. We are making this a focus in our classrooms and other school settings.

We ask that each parent please talk to their child as well. The talking points we are using are:

1. If what you are saying isn't helpful, don't say it.

2. If someone says something unkind to you, remember that you have control of YOU. How will YOU respond in a way that is helpful.

3. We use Stop, Walk, Talk.

- tell the student to stop.

- if the student doesn't stop, we walk away.

- if the student follows or continues, we talk to an adult for help.

We will be looking for ways to recognize students for their use of kind words and actions, as well as dealing with those who are not making the choices we would expect. Thank you for supporting our efforts through conversations at home.

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Shakespeare's Pizza Orders Due

Shakespeare's Pizza Orders are due! Remember the funds raised through our pizza sales will go DIRECTLY to you child's classroom for materials to enhance his/her learning.

Thank you for supporting our PTO!

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 3

*Pizza Orders due

Monday, October 8

*Columbus Day

*No School for students

Wednesday, October 10

*Picture retakes

Thursday, October 18

*Dental visits for those with permission (forms were due previously)

Friday, October 19

*PBS Assemblies

- 8:30 - grades 3-5

- 9:40 - grades k-2

*Fall Celebrations (grade levels done across the day)

Monday, October 22

*Student flu shots given

Wednesday, October 24

*Parent-Teacher Conferences 4 - 7:30

Thursday, October 25

* Kids Sight vision testing for grades 1, 3, 5

*Parent-Teacher Conferences 4 - 7:30

Friday, October 26

*No School

PTO Events and Activities

THANK YOU for your support of the PTO Pumpkin and Mums sale! It was a success again this year!

Fall Carnival - October 12

Come to enjoy a night of fun with the family! Entry and games are FREE for Moreau Heights students! Bounce houses open to all through generous donation from Landmark Bank.

- We will have face painting available for purchase.

- We will have a food court area in the cafeteria with some delicious dinner options!

Come join the fun!

- Parent supervision required.

Fall Classroom Celebration - October 19

We are scheduling our Fall Classroom Celebrations differently this year. On Friday, October 19th, each grade level will have a special celebration time to play some games, enjoy a snack and to decorate a pumpkin.

If you are interested in helping with either activity, please email to see how you can get involved!

Positive Behavior Supports

At Moreau Heights, we believe that we not only teach reading, writing and math, but also teach students appropriate social and behavioral skills. We do this through direct teaching, positive feedback, modeling, and reteaching.

When we see a child struggling to demonstrated the expected behaviors, we provide additional support (student conversations, more teaching, family/school conversations, behavior plans).

Our goal is that EVERY child is successful, academically and social/behaviorally. Thank you for your support of your child or children and our staff as we focus on this goal together!

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Important Information

  • Please follow our procedures for morning drop-off and pick-up that have been created to keep our students safe. We use the lower driveway, of off Carol Street. Staff will be present to help with unloading and loading cars.

  • If you need to change transportation plans for the day, please contact the office, 659-3180, by 2:15.

  • We believe in supporting our students as a COMMUNITY, which means we value working with families to see that students are successful.

  • Feel free to join your child for lunch any day! Talk to your child's teacher about specific lunch times.

Attendance Matters!

Our goal is to have students at school every day, ready to learn. Please support our efforts by:

  • Having students at school by 8:10
  • Scheduling appointments around school hours (8:15 - 3:15) when possible
  • Making on time arrival at school a priority by having a morning routine
  • Seeing that students are getting to bed at a reasonable time and are allowed a restful night of sleep

Thank you for your help by letting your child know that school is important to you!

Picture Retake Day!

We have picture retakes on Wednesday, October 10th. If your child missed the fall pictures in September OR if you were not happy with your fall picture, your child's picture will be retaken. If you wish to order: Click here to order
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Music with Musselman

Hello, Charger family! The month of October is a busy and exciting month in music. First up to the plate is what I call “mallet madness” (a hands on look at all kinds of percussion instruments). We’ll learn some names, explore sounds, play some rhythms, delve into pitched/non-pitched instruments, and play some simple melodies. After mallet madness we move on to spookier subjects.

One item of interest is the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra’s concert entitled “Symphony Spooktacular.” It is a children’s concert on Tuesday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m. performed at Mitchell Auditorium on the Lincoln University campus. Highlights include Danse Macabre (featuring Dancers’ Alley), Night on Bald Mountain, Phantom of the Opera, Thriller, Monster Mash, and the opportunity to see me play some percussion! Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. They are available online, at Capital Music or Will West Music, and at the door. For more information and the full concert list, head over to This is a great opportunity, and I hope to see you there!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at

Wishing you well,

Matt Musselman

Physical Education Reminder from Coach Roedel

Information for 5th grade basketball will be coming out soon! See Coach Roedel is interested.

Focus on Parenting - Technology

What’s your answer to the following question?

Has my parenting caught up with technology, or am I stuck in the

“Middle Ages” when people used phones hooked to cords and web addresses were inhabited by arachnids?

While the basics of parenting remain the same, issues involving technology have left many parents wondering what limits are appropriate, how to hold their children accountable for misuse of technology, and how to help kids learn the decision-making skills required to make healthy technology choices when they leave home.

There’s good news! While these modern issues are definitely challenging, we can achieve success by applying some age-old parenting truths:

• Kids need limits.

• Limits are best set through actions instead of hollow threats.

• When kids make poor decisions, they need to experience natural or logical consequences.

• Consequences are always more effective when provided with loving empathy.

• Our kids will learn how to live their lives by watching us.

Listed below are a few examples of essential limits:

You may have your tablet as long as there is no arguing when I ask you to shut it off.

Feel free to have a cell phone when you can pay for the entire cost.

We allow kids to have their internet-connectable devices as long as they check them in with us each night. We’ll return them in the morning as long as there are no problems.

I’ve met plenty of good people who’ve ended up doing bad things on the internet. That’s why your mom has all of my passwords and is free to see my history. You may have this device as long as you do the same. Everyone needs someone to hold them accountable.

I’m shutting my phone off so that I can give you 100% of my attention. Thanks for doing the same.