Mac Memo - McLean School Newsletter

November 2020

News From the Principal

Thank you so much for your work on connecting with our teachers during conferences. We are excited to share your student's successes and work together to help them in areas they need support.


Arrival Procedures

Our district is no longer requiring temperature checks in the morning before students enter. We ask that parents screen their children before coming to school. If students have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, they should stay home and parents should contact the school at 973-8250 to report the absence.


Call Office for Change to Dismissal Procedure

If you plan to change how you normally pick up your student, please contact the school at 973-8250 to let the office know. They will then report that to the teacher, and latchkey or bus if needed. Please do not email the teacher, as they may be gone and not able to get the message to the right person. Our system works when you call the office to let us know of something different for the day.


Snow Days - Weather Updates

Please be sure that you have updated phone numbers in Parent Vue. In the case of a snow day, the district will send information to families using Parent Link, which ties directly to the Parent Vue phone numbers you have listed. They will also post the school closures on news stations listed under USD 259 - Wichita Public Schools. They do not list by school name.


Student Absences

Thank you so much for the great attendance our Onsite students have! At this time, we have the best percentage in the district! Keep up the great work.


Conferences

Thank you so much to our PTA that provided a wonderful luncheon for the staff during our long day. It was delicious. The snacks and drinks from families during the week were a welcomed surprise...thank you for thinking of us! We were close to our 100% participation in conferences. Parents, if you did not conference with your teacher, please call to set up a time.


We are committed to providing a safe, welcoming place for our students. We are so excited about seeing them again and look forward to connecting with you.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Graves

Dates to Know

October 31 - Daylight Savings Time Ends - Set Your Clocks Back 1 Hour

November 3 - Election Day

November 6 - No School Non-Teaching Duty Day

November 10 - MSR Supply Pick Up Day

November 10 - PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

November 11 - No School Veteran's Day

November 17-18 - Marcos's Pizza Night for PTA Spirit Night

November 25 - No School Conference Release Day

November 26 - 27 - No School Fall Break

From the Library by Mrs. Daniels

In the library, the kindergartners and 1st graders have been working on story elements such as characters and setting. First through 5th grade have started lessons about digital citizenship. The curriculum focuses how to stay safe online, making good choices when using the internet, balancing time spent on devices with other activities, cyberbullying, and how to keep online games fun and friendly. Some of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders practiced using the online Kansas library do some research and create powerpoint presentations. And of course, we’ve spent time reading our books.


Keep Reading

Mrs. Daniels

Science News by Mrs. Oelze

Fifth grade/Stamps is wrapping up a unit on Stars and Space. They are creating their own constellations. Look for their Flipgrid soon!

Fourth grade has completed a unit on information transfer and binary code. They are currently learning about space.

4/5 Leonard students are creating parachutes to learn about gravity and will also learn a bit more about space.

Third grade has completed their study of honeybees. Ms. Walker’s class created a Flipgrid to capture their learning. Currently students are learning about why animals often live in groups.

Kindergarten, First and Second graders have been using Seesaw to capture their learning. Be sure to check out the Music/Science Seesaw page for your students.

Art News by Mrs. Adams

It has been a great first semester in art class. Students are adjusting well to the new procedure of Special teachers coming into their classrooms to teach. They are also doing a good job of keeping their mask on and social distancing. Their first project was to color their art folder which they will use throughout the school year to keep their artwork in. They are now learning about the Elements of Art. Kindergarten through Third grade are learning about lines and how artist use various types of lines in their artwork; straight, wavy, zig zag and loop lines to name a few. Kindergarten and First grade listened to the book Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman to inspire their line drawing. Second and Third grade used a variety of lines to color and fill their page. Fourth and Fifth grade drew and colored all the Elements of Art; lines, shapes, color, space form and texture.

I look forward to a great year of learning and creating in art. Your support is much appreciated. You may contact me with any questions or concerns at jadams1@usd259.net


Art News: MySchoolRemote

It has been a great first semester in art class. Students are adjusting well to learning online and I appreciate their patience and grace whenever there is a technology mishap that needs to be worked out. Their first project was to color their art folder which they will use throughout the school year to keep their artwork in a safe place. They are now learning about the Elements of Art. Kindergarten through Third grade are learning about lines and how artist use various types of lines in their artwork; straight, wavy, zig zag and loop lines to name a few. Kindergarten and First grade listened to the book Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman to inspire their line drawing. Second and Third grade used a variety of lines to color and fill their page. Fourth and Fifth grade drew and colored all the Elements of Art; lines, shapes, color, space form and texture.

I look forward to a great year of learning and creating in art. Your support is much appreciated. Please see attached information to share with your child(ren) about MSR Art Expectations. You may contact me with any questions or concerns at jadams1@usd259.net

MSR Art Expectations

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Music News

Greetings! Though we are not singing, for health and safety, we are still learning and improving our other music skills. Rhythm, dancing, a growing knowledge of instruments and the science of sound are some of the topics in Music Class every day. I’m especially proud of our younger students, who are doing a fabulous job reading and playing rhythms. They will be quite the drummers someday. I hope you are all doing well and encouraging your students to sing when they are at home!


Cheers, Mrs. Johnson

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PE News

F2F

This year with not being able to use the gym for PE we are having class outside or in the classroom. In order to get the most out of Physical Education class, as well as providing safe conditions for physical activity; I recommend your child wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Shoes that are designed for physical activity and provide good foot support are required. Athletic shoes are a good example of proper footwear. Also need to be wearing clothing that is appropriate for the different kinds of weather. We will try to go outside if the weather is not to cold and wet. If you have any questions about PE, please feel free to contact me. My office number is 973-8284 and my e-mail is jdoornbos1@usd259.net.

Remote

Just wanted to first say I have really enjoyed trying to do all this remote stuff and finding ways to get your children up and moving even if I don't have them here at school. One thing I could really use some help with from you has parents is to help in making sure they are participating in the activities that I have them doing during class. I am not asking them to do a lot but the stuff I am asking is really going to go a long way for them since most of their grade is going to be from them participating during class. If you have any questions about PE, please feel free to contact me. My office number is 973-8284 and my e-mail is jdoornbos1@usd259.net.

From the desk of Ray Hall...PTA President

PTA Meeting: November 10th 6:30p.m. on Microsoft Teams

We will be meeting virtually. You can join via computer, tablet, or even by the telephone.


PTA Memberships: If you want to have a say in how PTA raises and spends money, please consider joining. Dues are $5, and you can join at any time. We support Kansas PTA and the National PTA with a large portion of our membership dues; this allows them to lobby our lawmakers on behalf of your children. Our PTA has short term and long-term opportunities to support students. We are always happy to have new members. We are proud to be WildCats at McLean because we exhibit a large amount of parent and community participation.


Executive Board for 2020-2021

President - Ray Hall

Vice President - Andrea Johnson

Secretary - Shannon Proffitt

Treasurer - Janell Carr


PTA Meeting Dates - Meetings will be on TEAMS at 6:30 p.m.

· January 12

· February 9

· March 9

· April 13

· May 11


McLean Spirit Night for November. We will partner with Marcos on November 17 & 18. McLean should be mentioned when ordering November 17th and/or November 18th! We will receive 15% of sales for in store/call in orders and 20% for online orders.

Marco's is located at 3305 W Central Ave Wichita, KS 67203.



Store pick up and delivery are available (no dine in option). The delivery boundaries from their store are North to 29th, East to Broadway, South to Pawnee, and West to Maize.


Follow us on Facebook! We will communicate important events, due dates, and urgent volunteer needs. www.facebook.com/McLeanPTA

Questions/Comments? Contact PTA President Ray Hall by email at droneshot@gmail.com or call (316) 308-3385. You can also call the office at 973-8250.