Soaring Over MDE

8/13/2021

Amazing First 2-Days!

What a fantastic way to start the school year! It has been truly great seeing students walking the halls, playing on the yards and learning each day! Each student I get to talk to has only great things to say about school, their teacher and their friends. Even though I cannot see their mouths, I know they are smiling!


One group that is particularly excited to have us back on campus is the bees. We have noticed because we are eating regularly outside, the bees are attracted to the food. They seem very interested in lunch meat. We have requested an emergency spray and have moved the bee traps to a higher location to hopefully entice them to fly higher.


Speaking of eating...we do have two "NUT FREE" tables available at lunch and one table available at snack. They will be clearly marked on Monday. (Yesterday and today we were deciding the best location for the tables.) We also have hand sanitizer on each of the table groups and a portable hand sanitizer station right by the custodian closets.


MDE is already starting to grow a very large lost and found. If students leave their lunch boxes or water bottles outside, they will be left on the picnic tables after lunch. If they have lost a piece of clothing, there will be a clothes hanger in which clothes will be hung. Please know at the end of each month, we will be donating any items that have not been claimed.


I want to thank each and every one of our TEACHERS, STUDENTS, STAFF, and PARENTS for providing some grace and flexibility during this transition back onto our campus for in person instruction! We are still "pivoting" each day...I do feel that we are getting to the place where we will settle down and there will be no need to pivot. I am blown away by the support of this community.


Sincerely,

Katie Sanchez

New Drop-Off & Pick-up Procedures for Students

3rd-5th Grades

Drop-Off: When your student heads out to the upper playground, they are to keep their backpacks on and participate in the Walk 'n' Talk that will be occurring. Students will walk around the cones talking with their peers. When the bell rings, they will walk to their "line-up" location and wait for their teacher.


1st-2nd Grades

Drop-Off: When your student heads out to the lower playground, they are to put their backpacks by their teacher's cone and participate in the Walk 'n' Talk that will be occurring. Students will walk around the cones talking with their peers. When the bell rings, they will walk to their "line-up" location, which will be where their backpack was left. (There will be no more playing on the equipment before school.)


Pick-Up 1st Grade-5th Grade

We will continue to welcome parents to meet their student at their classroom. Please do not enter campus until 2:33pm. We are trying to ensure the best learning environment possible for all of our students. (When students see parents on campus early, they feel that school is done.)


TK/Kindergarten Drop-Off

For the upcoming week, Please continue to take your kindergartner to their classroom's front door. The teacher will meet your students at drop-off time.


TK/Kindergarten Pick-up

Teachers will be bringing their students to the front of the school. There will be no need to go to the classroom to 'pick-up' your tk/kindergartner. (PM students will be playing and supervised on the lower playground during this time.)

TK & Kindergarten ONLY Back to School Night

TK & Kindergarten Back to School night will be this upcoming Thursday, 8/19. This will be virtual. You will get the link from your teacher. They will also tell you the timing. Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. (1st-5th grade will be the following Tuesday, 8/24, also virtual.)

Girls on the Run

Now is your chance to sign up for Girls on the Run. Attached is a descriptive flyer with information about the program available only for MDE girls in grade 3-5. Registration is open and will close on Wednesday August 18th, please use this link: https://www.gotrbayarea.org/Program-Registration. Due to a high level of interest we will be using a lottery system and the team will be randomly selected once registration has closed. You will be notified by Friday August 20th regarding participation in the program .

Happy Birthday Eagles!

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