Monroe Newsletter

March 2018

2018 Monroe Science Fair participants
The Monroe Science Fair was held on February 21. There were 81 students with 70 projects participating. Some of the students will be advancing on to the Regional Science Fair. More information will come next month.

From the Principal's Office

Welcome to March! It's hard to think "Spring" with the snow that we've gotten recently, but Spring is coming soon! This newsletter is packed with all sorts of Spring information, so please make sure to make it all the way to the end.


One area of concern that has been brought to me by parents is the morning drop off. After observing students being dropped off on Monroe Ave and the congestion on the surrounding streets, we need to make one major clarification: the Monroe side of Monroe Avenue(eastbound) is for dropping off students only. If you would like to park and get out of your car, we ask that you park on the other side of Monroe Ave and use a crosswalk to get to the school. If we are able to keep the Monroe side of the street a quick, unloading zone only, then it will help get cars in and out of the drop off lane quickly. Thank you for showing your Monroe PRIDE when you are dropping off your students!


Let's keep working together to make Monroe a safe and friendly place!


Steve Johanson

Testing Schedule

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Attendance Line

When your child is going to be absent, please call the attendance line at 207-5657 by 9:00 am.

School Closings & Delays

If you are ever wondering if school is going to be 2 hours late, called off or you do not have access to the internet, tv, or radio- call the district hotline to get the latest school announcements. This is a 24 hour hotline, with up to date information. 386-4777.

You can also sign up for the school text/email notifications by:


  • go to www.isd77.org
  • go to Quick Links on the left side
  • click on Subscribe to News
  • fill out information
Another option for digital information is to sign up for the KEYC School Closings.

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Monroe News Cast

Make sure to watch the Monroe News Cast! The students have put together a weekly broadcast about school happenings, teacher interviews, and Monroe PRIDE.

March 5

February 26

February 19

February 12

February 5

PLC- 2 HOUR LATE START- MARCH 13

On the second Tuesday of every month the teachers meet for a Professional Learning Community Meeting. Buses will run 2 hours late on late start days. Monroe School will begin at 10:00 AM, rather than 8:00 AM on these days. To accommodate parents that need childcare on late start days, we will provide supervision beginning at 7:40 AM for students needing this service. However, parents MUST complete the online form to sign your child up. There will be no charge but it is very important that we have an accurate count of students arriving early to plan for adequate adult supervision. You will be asked to complete a registration form for each month. To sign up for the March 13th PLC please, click here. Activities for students during this time may include such things as homework help, quiet reading time, and story time. Breakfast will be available serving from 7:40-7:50 AM.

**If you sign your child up and they DO NOT come, we ask that you CALL THE SCHOOL by 8:00 AM that morning as we WILL be taking attendance.


Children not needing childcare on the late start days should arrive at school between 9:40 and 9:50, with the tardy bell going at 10:00 AM.


Late Start Dates: The second Tuesday of Every Month

  • April 10
  • May 8

Spring Conferences

Grades K-5 Conferences have been scheduled for:


  • Tuesday, March 20 - 3:20-8:00
  • Thursday, March 22 - 3:20-8:00
  • Monday, March 26 - 3:20-8:00


You will be able to sign up online for conference times. The link to schedule is now open and will close on March 16. Please sign up here.

Feel free to stop in and visit with the Music, Phy. Ed., Media, and Art Specialists when you come in for conferences.

No School

  • There will be No School for students grades K-8 on Friday, March 16.
  • There will be No School for students grades K-5 on Wednesday, March 28.
  • There will be No School for students K-12 Thursday, March 29- Monday, April 2.

See you back at school on Tuesday, April 3rd!

No Excel

For students who attend the after school Excel Program, there will be no classes on the following dates.
  • No Excel March 19-April 2
  • Excel will resume on Tuesday, April 3
  • Excel ends on Wednesday, April 11
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Classroom Placements for 2018-2019

In early May, the Monroe Teaching Staff will begin to work on class lists for the 2018-2019 school year. These lists reflect a balance of boys and girls, students' abilities, and other educational needs. If you feel your child in kindergarten through grade 4 has an educational need that should be considered when we place students, send a letter or email to the principal (sjohan1@isd77.k12.mn.us) by March 27, 2018 stating this need. No phone calls please.

  • Requests for specific teachers will NOT be accepted.
  • Letters will not be accepted after March 27, 2018.
  • If you are moving or changing schools please let the office know ASAP.

MARCH

Mar. 7- Water Festival, 4th Grade

Mar. 12- Open Door Clinic

Mar. 12- PTO Meeting- Kindergarten

Mar. 13- PLC 2-Hour Late Start

Mar. 13- Township Elections

Mar. 14- Last Day of Excel until April 3

Mar. 16- NO SCHOOL, K-8 Grades

Mar. 20- Conferences, 3:20-7:40

Mar. 22- Conferences, 3:20-7:40

Mar. 26- Conferences, 3:20-7:40

Mar. 28- NO SCHOOL, K-5 Grades

Mar. 29- NO SCHOOL, K-12 Grades

Mar. 30- NO SCHOOL, K-12 Grades

APRIL

Apr. 2- NO SCHOOL, K-12 Grades

Apr. 3- School resumes

Apr. 3- Excel resumes

Apr. 4- Planetarium, 4th Grade-Blaisdell & 1/2 Bjork

Apr. 5- Planetarium, 4th Grade-Kaeter & 1/2 Bjork

Apr. 6- WOW Zone-5th Grade

Apr. 9- McTeacher Night- Kind. & 1st Grades

Apr. 10- PLC 2-Hour Late Start

Apr. 11- Last day of Excel

Apr. 16- PTO Meeting

Apr. 17- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Apr. 19- Kindergarten Round-Up

Apr. 20- Children’s Museum, Kindergarten

Apr. 24- Children's Museum, Evans & Anderson

Apr. 27- Carnival & Book Fair

~MONROE PRIDE~

What does the E in Monroe PRIDE "Excellence" look like in all areas of the school?

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~SPECIAL'S CORNER~

From the Media Room- Mrs. Hagen

Please return the magazine fundraiser packets by Thursday, March 8.
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From the Music Room- Mrs. Hopf

Spring Informances will be arriving for K, 2, and 4th Grades before we know it! Here is the schedule for your child's class. Please mark on your calendar!

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From the Gym.- Mr. Carlson

From the Art Room- Mrs. Wingen

~NEWS FROM THE PTO~

PTO Minutes

February 15, 2018


Welcome and introduction: Jackie Murray, co-chair

Welcome and introductions were done by all present.


Secretary’s Report: Rose Voss, secretary

Rose presented the minutes from the last meeting. The report was approved by Angie Anderson and seconded by Trisha Anderson.


Treasurer’s Report: Trisha Anderson, treasurer

  • The fun night at the Children’s Museum was a success! There were around 236 children and 130 adults. The PTO owes the Children’s Museum $600.

  • Upcoming expenses for field trips are around $3,100.

  • The PTO still has around $15,000 to spend on campus upgrades.

  • The treasurer’s report was approved by Steve Johanson and seconded by Jackie Murray.

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Principal’s Report: Steve Johanson, Monroe Principal

  • The sound panels are up in the teacher’s lounge and seem to make it echo less.

  • The testing season for students is coming up soon. The testing will be done in the classrooms on Chromebooks.


Teacher Request:

  • The first grade teachers requested funding for buses to the Children’s Museum for their upcoming field trip. The request was approved.

  • Some teachers have requested covering over the fluorescent lights in their rooms to reduce the glare. Some teachers are using a blue fabric cover that attaches to the lights with magnets, these seem to work well. Twenty packs of 4 will be purchased for $600. Depending on how well the teachers like them more may be purchased. This was approved by Becky Crimmins and seconded by Sarah Wennes.


Committee Reports:

  • Color Run: The date of May 12th will not work as the structure at Spring Lake Park is not available. The date of May 5th or May 19th will be looked into.

  • Carnival:

    • The carnival will be held Friday, April 27th.

    • Rose Voss will contact Shannon Gilbert to coordinate the food.


Miscellaneous:

  • Campus Upgrade Ideas:

    • The idea of getting an outdoor LED sign, for school announcements, was looked into. The sign would cost anywhere from $8,200 to $15,000 depending on the color of the LED lights and if it is double sided or single sided. This price did not include installation. The sign would be 16 feet wide and 6 feet tall. There was a concern of possible vandalism to the sign and if there should be an outdoor security camera. There were also questions on if there would be maintenance for the sign and how much it would cost. The option of purchasing a sign will be looked into further.

    • Storage shed: The PTO has received permission to place a storage shed next to the one on Bridges Elementary campus. Sheds that are sold by companies who install them on your property are more expensive than kits you can buy at a store but they seem sturdier and better made. Angie Anderson will get more quotes.

    • Tree stump: The Monroe playground has a very large stump from a tree that was cut down two summers ago. It was suggested that it could be carved into a bench or some kind of Monroe symbol.

    • Playground resurfacing: The district has no plans to resurface playgrounds at any of the elementary schools. However Monroe will be getting a new layer of mulch this summer and it can be spread all the way up to the black top.

  • Spring conference meal sign up: Some parents would like to bring food but do not have the time to prepare it or to bring it to the school. The idea of giving parents the option of purchasing a pizza or a platter of subs was brought up.

  • Parent Concerns: The sidewalk along Center Street and leading up to the school is very slippery. Another concern is the double parking along Monroe Ave during morning drop off. Steve Johanson will look into both of these issues.

  • If any teachers have pictures for this year’s yearbook, please turn them into the PTO.

  • Kindergarten Round up is April 19th.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm.

~SCHOOL MENUS~

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