Mascoutah Elementary School

December Family Newsletter

Kim Enriquez, Principal

Sandra Litteken, Assistant Principal

Laura Yarber, Assistant Principal

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MES Families-

We loved seeing so many Veterans and current military men and women along with parents in the building this month for our Veterans Day assemblies. Thank you for taking time to join us on that morning. There are several opportunities for families to get involved at MES in the month of December-volunteering at Santa's Cottage, attending the Kindergarten Holiday Program, attending the 5th Grade Band Concert, donating to our December Service Project, attending Santa's Pancake Dinner or logging in and joining our PTO Zoom meeting. Please consider some or all of these events-one of the things that makes our school community so strong is the support of our families in school activities. Report cards will come home prior to the holidays, please be looking for those later in December.

If you have any questions or need anything from us, please call the office. Enjoy your holiday season with family and friends!

-Kim Enriquez


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Tribe Tickets-

This year at MES, students can earn Tribe Tickets.These require a student going above and beyond what is expected of them at school and exemplifying our Core Values. Students bring these tickets with them to lunch and can choose from a popsicle, ice cream, MES Tribe bracelet or a t-shirt. Each staff teacher is given 5 of these to hand out for the month. Congratulations to these students who have earned a Tribe Ticket for the Month of November:

Staff Tribe Tickets-

A 5th grade student, Bradley Posey, was looking for a way to recognize staff members who were setting a great example for students, following our core values and going above and beyond for kids. Bradley suggested creating Staff Tribe Tickets for students to fill out and submit. We loved this student generated idea, and have implemented this idea by creating Staff Tribe tickets. These tickets are in the hallway by the office on the circular table.

WOW! The students have loved highlighting staff members. We have had over 30 Staff Tribe tickets turned in so far! Thanks Bradley for making this suggestion!

Veterans Day Poster Contest Winners-

All students in grades 2-5 worked on Veterans Day posters at school this month. We had some amazing art work submitted. Each of these winners took home a gift card to Barnes and Noble. Congratulations to these winners at each grade level:

2nd Grade-

1st Place-Mason Lysholm

2nd Place-Nixon Morrison

3rd Place-Aaryn Williams

3rd Grade-

1st Place-Casen Ballard

2nd Place-Nevaeh Stallings

3rd Place-Nora Murphy

4th Grade-

1st Place-Vivian Jeffries

2nd Place-Michael Milburn

3rd Place-Alexandra Johnson

5th Grade-

1st Place-Scott Wells

2nd Place-Kensley Pine

3rd Place-Grayson Loewe

Thanks from the Schubert Family-

In October, we held a dollar day and wore costumes prior to Halloween. All the $ from this day was donated. Here is a message from the Schubert Family regarding that donation:

Allyson and our family would like to thank all of you for the amazing gift for the Congenital Heart Foundation! Allyson is so blessed to have a community of supporters raising awareness and taking part in this journey with her. Including the incredible donation of $945 from Mascoutah Elementary School, Allyson’s Team gave $2,288 to the foundation!

December Service Project-

As a school-wide service project, we are asking kids and families to donate Household Goods during the first two full weeks of December. The items will be used to help families in our community. Each grade is assigned a certain category. Check out your child's category on the flyer, and talk with them about it. You can help your child be a hero this holiday season by encouraging them to help others. Students can drop the items off right inside the front doors. Boxes will be labeled for each grade level. Thank you for supporting our community!
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Santa's Cottage at MES-

We will have Santa's Cottage set up at MES December 6, 7, 8 for students to shop. Set up will be on Dec. 5th and pack up will be on Dec. 9. In order to make this event possible, we are looking for parent or grandparent volunteers to help students shop, work a cash register or help students to wrap gifts for others that they purchase. If you would be available to volunteer any time this week, please email Sandra Litteken at or call her at 566-2152. Thanks for considering!

Flyers and envelopes will be going home with students after Thanksgiving.

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Attendance is very important for students to gain both academic and social skills. Setting an example of the importance of attendance, and being on time to school is a critical life skill you can help teach your child which will carry over into adulthood. As a reminder, the school doors open at 8:15 am and school begins at 8:35 am. School ends each day at 3:30 pm.

When a child is not at school, they miss instruction and important skills they will have to try to make up. Please try to schedule appointments before or after school if at all possible. Sometimes it can be very difficult for a student to make up missed instruction from the classroom.

With the pandemic behind us, we would also like to remind parents if your child has a fever or vomiting they are able to return to school 24 hours after those symptoms subside.

Please help us to build strong work ethic in our students by getting them to school everyday (unless they have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea) and on time. Thanks for partnering with us to help grow students!

Drop Off Procedures-

Please take a moment to review the drop off procedures for school. It takes all of our families to follow these procedures to make drop off safe and efficient for all students .If there is someone dropping off your child for the first time, please be sure to review these procedures with them, too.

All students should be dropped off in the FRONT circle drive only. Drivers line up single file in the CARPOOL LANE (the RIGHT SIDE) to drop off car riders. Please follow staffs’ directions, and pull all the way up in the yellow zone as far as you can. Students must exit the car on the RIGHT side only, away from merging traffic. Parents should remain in their cars, and should be prepared to move quickly once students exit the car. Depending on how far a parent is asked to pull up in the carpool lane, a student may enter the building at DOOR #7, DOOR #25 or the front DOOR #1. In addition, please keep in mind that staff supervision is provided in the carpool lane, and throughout the building to help with this arrival process.

If your child needs more time to prepare to exit from the vehicle, or if you need more time with your child to help them prepare, please park on the LEFT SIDE of the circle drive. Please pull forward to one of the farthest available parking spots. Students must exit the car on the LEFT side only, away from merging traffic. Parents must walk with the child on the sidewalk to the marked crosswalk located across from DOOR #7, DOOR #25 or the front DOOR #1 and deliver the child safely to the sidewalk in front of school.

In addition, please keep in mind that there is a center lane of traffic in the middle of the circle drive. If you are parked on the left, no one in the vehicle should exit their car on the right side. If you are dropping off a student in the right lane, no one should exit the car on the left side. Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students safe.

Outside Temperatures for Recess-

Winter weather is here! Please be sure to send students to school with coats, gloves, scarves...whatever they need to keep warm outside. We take the students outside for recess if the temperatures or wind chill is twenty degrees or higher. Also, please be sure to write your child's names in all of their outerwear, including gloves, coats and hoodies. Thank you for your help with this!


Thank you to all the moms and sons who enjoyed our first ever Pillo Polo Tournament. We had lots of fun and came away with ideas on how to improve it for next year. Congratulations to these 1st Place Winners at Pillo Polo this year-

K-2 Division: Griffin Moll (Kindergarten) and Jameson Corbin (2nd Grade)

3-5 Division-Logan Pierce (4th Grade) and Lucas Cushing (5th Grade)

These boys were recognized over the intercom on Monday morning and given a gold medal.

Our next meeting is December 8th at 6pm. It is a virtual meeting.

Zoom Link for Dec. 8th's PTO Meeting-

The classroom with the most parent attendance will earn a treat. December Spirit Day is 12/16/22.

PTO is hosting our first Breakfast (for dinner) with Santa this year. December 6th from 5-8 PM. See the link below to get to the PDF for this flyer. RSVP form and payments are due by December 1st. All profits from this night will be donated to the Mascoutah Food Pantry. See our flyer below.

Link to flyer-

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Upcoming Community Events-

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Leu Civic Center-Shoot the Rock-

The Civic Center hosts this instructional basketball league each year. Here is a link to register. It is designed for students 4-10 years old.

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Dates to Remember-

Mon. Nov. 28th-McLimo for Straight A 5th Graders

Mon. Dec. 5th-8th-Santa's Cottage at MES

Tues. Dec. 6th-Pancake Dinner with Santa 5-8 PM

Thurs. Dec. 8th-PTO Zoom Meeting 6:00 PM

Mon. Dec. 12th-6:30 PM 5th Grade Band Concert

Tues. Dec. 20th-3:00 PM Kindergarten Christmas Performance for Parents

Wed. Dec. 21st-11:40 AM Dismissal

Wed. Dec. 21st-Report Cards go home

Thurs. Dec. 22-Wed. Jan. 4 No School-Winter Break

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