Falcon Flyer Summer Edition!
Dear MES Students, Parents, and Family Members,
August is among us and we are thrilled to be getting ready for a fantastic year at MES. I can not wait to get to meet each and every student and learn all about your families. I am passionate about leading our school and can not wait to see all how high our falcons can soar!
This year our theme will be "Growing MES Leaders and Achievers!" We will be focusing on 10 character traits that make us each successful including being committed, flexible, resilient, responsible, motivated, trustworthy, innovative, as well as being a problem solver, a risk taker, and having a growth mindset! Each month we will focus on one trait and practice applying it to our lives so that our learners can grow and find joy in leadership!
Each month I will send out a newsletter highlighting important items happening at MES and showcasing our students. You can also keep up to date with our school by liking our Facebook and Instagram accounts! We will be posting lots of information on those sites. As always, our events will be posted to our online school calendar available on our webpage and the D2 webpage so check there for events!
I look forward to an amazing school year and getting to know you all personally. If there is anything I can do for you, your child, or your family, don't hesitate to call me at the school or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates to Remember
August 15--First Day of School for all students in 1st-5th grades and 5K A-L last names
August 15--Boys and Girls Club Begins
August 16-First Day for-M-Z last names in 5K
August 17--Independence Day--Students walk in to school independently!
August 17--Icees for sale to all students for $2 from Carolina Gourmet Snowballs
August 19--All 5K students attend
August 19-Ice Cream for sale to all students for $1
August 19-Falcon Sprit Day--Wear your best black and red!
August 19-Fire Drill
August 19-Last day to register for Suzuki Strings
August 22-First Day for A-L last names in 4K
August 22-Math Superstars begins
August 23-First Day for M-Z last names in 4K
August 23-iReady Reading Testing for students in 5K-5th grade
August 24-Icees for sale to all students for $2 from Carolina Gourmet Snowballs
August 25-iReady Math Testing for students in 5K-5th grade
August 26-All 4K students attend
August 26-Falcon Spirit Day--Wear your best black and red!
August 31-Icees for sale to all students for $2 from Carolina Gourmet Snowballs
September 1-Suzuki Strings Begins
September 2--Fire Drill and Tornado Drill
What's Happening at MES?
Playtime with the Principals
Ms. Lisa and Mr. Jeff have been kicking it in to high gear as the school year draws closer! They are finishing the waxing in the cafeteria, helping tidy up the remaining classroom areas, and ensuring our outside looks fantastic. A HUGE THANK YOU to them for all of their hard work!
For Your Information
Meet the Teacher
Upon arrival, please enter the front doors. You will have several stations to gather information:
1. Pay $7 registration fee (for all 5K-5th grade students) and ensure we have all correct residency and student information.
2.See the nurse for any questions or concerns you have.
3. Visit our PTO table and sign up to volunteer, complete a SLED check and pay $26 background check.
4. Visit the library to complete the online Free and Reduced lunch forms.
5. Visit your child's classroom to meet their teacher and get important information.
6. Visit our cafeteria to paint some kindness stones to go in the rock garden we are creating and complete an "All About Me!" page to let us know about your amazing kid!
7. Buy an Icee from the Carolina Gourmet Snowball truck and visit Mayo Drive In for $1 hot dog night!!! Both items support small, local businesses AND give back to the students at MES!
Five Year Old Kindergarten programs throughout the district will begin school on a staggered start basis during the week of August 15-19, 2022. Children will attend “their first and second days” according to the first letter of their last name. Students with A - L last names will attend school on Monday, August 15, 2022 and Wednesday, August 17, 2022, while students with M - Z last names will attend school on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 and Thursday, August 18, 2022. All kindergarten students will attend together on Friday, August 19, 2022.
Student Independence Day
Parents may walk students to the door of their classrooms on August 15 and 16. If you wish to walk your student in, please park in the parking lot and cross at our cross walk so everyone is safe!
On August 17 we will have "Independence Day" as students show off their skills in walking to their classrooms independently!
All staff will be assisting students the first week so that everyone gets to their correct location. Thank you for your support as we help all of our MES Falcons to fly!
(4K parents may walk their students in on the Monday/Tuesday the following week when they begin!)
Free and Reduced Lunch
We will sell Hershey's Ice Cream each Monday and Friday for $1.00 to all students. There are different varieties available and include non-dairy products as well!
Carolina Gourmet Snowballs will be visiting MES every Wednesday and will have a selection of 5 flavors for students to choose from each week. Students may purchase the icee for $2.00!
We will be going on a variety of field trips this year as well as having visiting guests bring their experiences to MES for students to enjoy! Be on the lookout for information from your child's teacher!
When completing InfoSnap parents indicated how their child would get to and from school. After August 10th, there is a 48 hour delay in providing bus transportation services. If you have questions regarding bus transportation, contact the school office at 864-461-2622.
The bus information number line is 864-342-2046 to learn about any bus delays. If you need to request bus transportation or have a change in your pick up/drop off address, you can complete a form here.
If parents have to make changes to their child’s transportation on August 11th at the Meet the Teachers those changes will not take place until August 17th.
Once school begins, all changes must be in writing--either by handwritten note or email. For the safety of students, we do not accept changes over the phone.
Boys and Girls Club
Registration Link: https://forms.gle/aDow2AXitTUAUg3R8
What is i-Ready?
i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.
The i-Ready Diagnostic is a test that we give to students in the fall, winter, and spring. The purpose of this test is to determine how to best support their learning. All students in 5K-5th grade will take the fall iReady diagnostics on August 23 (Reading) and August 25 (Math). These will be taken in their classrooms on their iPads.
What can I do to help?
To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:
-Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.
-Try their best on each question and try not to rush.
-Try not to worry about questions which they do not know the answers
-Use paper and pencil to show your work for math questions.
What happens next?
It is important that your child do their best because The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that help your child's teacher to identify your child’s strengths and determine next steps for instruction.
Teachers will also administer a reading benchmark assessment within the first few weeks of school to determine your child's reading level. Once their reading level is established, the teacher will use that data to determine which reading strategies your child will benefit most from in order to move them forward.
Make sure you have signed up for your Parent Portal account so you can see your child's grades and attendance information! Click here to access the portal. Contact the school if you need any help getting it set up!
Student Absence Notes
If your child is absent for any reason, please send in a copy of the excuse with your child or on our website. Click this link to take you directly to the submission area!
The school district no longer offers WiFi hotspots for home internet. If you are in need of internet at home for educational use, please take a look at the Affordable Connectivity Program.