The Mustang Message

October Edition

Monthly Update

It is October! Whew! The first part of the school year has flown by! I would like to start this newsletter by thanking all parents and community members for all the amazing support, patience, and understanding you have provided Melba Elementary this year. It is appreciated so much. Together we are going to make this a positive and successful year. We love our community, parents, and students. We are Mustang proud!!

Teachers and students have been working hard on learning our new routines and procedures for this school year. Just when we thought we had them mastered, the smoky air threw a little wrench in the system, but students adjusted perfectly! Plus teachers made it an entire week with indoor recess. Thank goodness for our wonderful teachers!

Students have now completed our state and district formal assessments. For students in Kindergarten through Third Grade, you should have received a report regarding your child's score on the Idaho Reading Indicator. This assessment will be conducted monthly throughout the year. Teachers will be providing updates on how your child is progressing.

Students in Kindergarten through Sixth grade also participated in our fall reading and math diagnostic assessment in i-Ready. The data gathered from this assessment provides teachers and students with a starting point to guide instruction, a way to monitor student achievement progress over the course of the school year, and a way to identify the individual supports and interventions each student will need.

We will continue to give our best to each one of our students. The work for this school year has begun!

Halloween Parties and Parade

Halloween Details!

On Thursday, October 29th, each classroom will participate in their classroom Halloween parties. Students will be given the opportunity to change into their Halloween costume during the party time. Please DO NOT send your child to school with their costume on. We ask that you send their costume in a backpack or a separate bag.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year, parents will not be able to attend the classroom parties. We will also not be able to allow parents into the building to help their child prepare or get their costume on. Teachers and staff members will be around to help students. We ask that parents keep costumes simple this year. Students are not permitted to wear face paint. We also do not permit any weapons of any kind or any toys that simulate a weapon.

We do still want to include our parents and community, so we will continue our traditional Halloween parade! It will look a little different this year. Our Halloween parade will be conducted in the same way that our Homecoming parade is done. Students will be lined up outside in the practice football field in front of the school. Parents and families will stay in their car. The start of the parade will begin in the front of the elementary where our pick-up area is located. It will also be led by Officer Lowber our school resource officer. Staff members will be present outside to help direct traffic. We ask that parents form a line behind the school by the back baseball fields. Once the parade begins, Officer Lowber will lead cars down Carrie Rex, take a right on Fourth Street, and then take a right on Broadway. Please wave at the students as you drive by. We ask that you do not throw candy or treats to keep it fair for all students and help us to follow our COVID-19 policies. Also, please do NOT stop and hand anything to students. We will run the parade from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Students will need time to participate in Halloween parties, so even if the parade is not completely finished we will bring students inside at 3:00pm. We will try to get as many parents to drive by as possible. We cannot wait to have you join us to celebrate this fun holiday!

Mustangs SHINE!

Our school motto this year is, "Mustangs SHINE!" The "S" in Shine stands for shows responsibility. Students have been focusing on what showing responsibility means and what types of ways they can demonstrate responsibility. When students or classes are caught demonstrating responsibility, they earn a star for their grade level. The grade level that earned the highest amount of stars for the month had to opportunity to earn an extra recess. The grade level earning the most stars by showing responsibility was Sixth Grade! Way to go!

September Mustangs of the Month

Each month, every teacher will be nominating a student that demonstrated the qualities of SHINE! Here are the students that demonstrated great responsibility for the month of September:

Kindergarten- Rossi G., Porter Y.

First Grade- Brodie W., Curby F., Carter C.

Second Grade- Adalynn N., Elizabeth B., Jaci G.

Third Grade- Sophia K., Andrea M.

Fourth Grade- Tesla M., Bowen F., Kinsley A.

Fifth Grade- Tuff C., Quincie H., Bryson F.

Sixth Grade- Gwyneth C., Heather A., Sonora F.

Music- Jackson O.

PE- Matt L.

Congratulations to these students. For the month of October, we will move to "H" which stands for "Have Respect!"

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on November 5th from 4pm-8pm and November 6th from 9:00am-2:00pm. We will be holding face to face conferences in our building. We ask that parents screen themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and do NOT attend conferences if they are feeling ill. If you are uncomfortable attending conferences in the building, please contact your child's teacher and we will make other arrangements. Report cards will be sent home the the week of October 15th. Teachers will be sending invitations to those conferences soon. We look forward to meeting with you!

Important Dates

October 1st- School Custodian Appreciation Day

October 8th- PTA Popcorn Sale

October 8th-Picture Retakes

October 9th-End of First Quarter

October 15th- PTA Farmstead Fundraiser

October 29th- Halloween Parties and Parade

November 5th, 6th-Parent-Teacher Conferences